What are You Reading?

It’s time to check in with what we’re reading, but first a little update. We’re at the beach for two weeks! Yeah! It’s gray, but the ocean is still beautiful and the beach looks none the worse for wear since the Hurricane, though when we arrived here last night, it was high tide and the water was right up to the dunes. Made me a little nervous. This morning, though, the beach is wide and reassuring. (Sorry for the recycled beach picture of the dogs and me–I’m on my new Macbook Air and don’t have many pixes on it yet!)

Now to the important stuff! What have you read lately that you loved?

I recently finished The Kitchen House by Katherine Grissom. I read it for my neighborhood bookclub and really loved it. Now I’m reading my first Kate Morton, an author many of my readers have recommended. The book is The Distant Hours, and so far I’m totally engaged. It reminds me a lot of one of my favorite books, The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield.

So how about you? What are you reading?


  1. Donna on September 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I just started Rip Tide by Cherry Adair – she’ll be speaking at HCRW in October.

  2. julie barrett on September 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    then came you by lisa klepise
    read 2 other books this morming: by lizzy stevens
    a surprise at Christmas and brandon’s secret

  3. Diane on September 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I’m reading It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me, by Jane Congdon. It is a memoir and her first book! One of my favs of all time is also The Thirteenth Tale, by Setterfield. I don’t think she has written anything since, unfortunately. I am anxious to read The Kitchen Daughter and will look into The Kitchen House. Love the hat, Diane! Enjoy your time at the beach!

  4. Donna Galanti on September 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I am reading The Lovely Bones. Amazed by how she places the normal and horrific together. Enjoy your time at the beach. Its lovely and peaceful no matter the weather!

  5. Jo-Ann on September 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Just started Before the Storm. When ever I miss North Carolina I get on of her books.

  6. Ashley on September 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Just finished Sharon Sala’s ‘Blood Trails’ and now restarting Tatiana de Rosnay’s ‘A Secret Kept’– loved ‘Sarah’s Key’, so we’ll see what this one brings. Can’t wait for April and ‘The Good Father’ 🙂

    • Cheryl on September 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Recently finished Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon and Iron House by John Hart. Flew through both. Currently reading Bright’s Passage by Josh Ritter. This is a very interesting read and I can’t wait to see how it concludes.

  7. charlene osborne on September 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    i am reading summer’s child, great so far

  8. Sue Turner on September 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Just reading Rosie Thomas – The Kashmir Shawl, which is an excellent read. Previous to this I read Lisa Genova – Still Alice, which was very moving. Love Libraries, Love Reading!

  9. Woody Parker on September 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Just recently finished HONEYMOON by James Patterson and am now reading Keeper of the Light. My wife is nearly finished with it and says it is great!

    • Carole Bourassa on September 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      I just finished reading Sarah’s Key .. it was very good & the movie was too!

    • Carole Bourassa on September 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Keeper of the Light was one of my most favorite books of all times!!

  10. Phyllis Sabourin on September 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I’m reading Velva Jean Learns to Fly by Jennifer Niven. It is the sequel to Velva Jean Learns to Drive. Wonderful books.

  11. Helen Kavanagh on September 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I just read a couple of books by Sophie Hannah. They were really good. Little Face and The Truth-Teller’s Lie.

  12. Cindy Mathes on September 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I am reading “Spider Bones” by Kathy Reichs. She is one of my favorite authors, but it has taken me a while to read this book. It is very good, just can’t stay focused to finish it.

  13. Ann on September 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I just read Coming Up For Air by Pattie Callahan Henry – enjoyed it very much.
    I liked all 3 of Kate Morton’s books and The Thirteenth Tale.
    I am reading an older book by Jodi Picoult – House Rules. It is very interesting and hard to put down.

    • Louise Pearce on September 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      I REALLY REALLY enjoyed house rules, It kept me guessing to the end.

  14. Margo on September 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I never get tired of seeing the photo of you and your adorable dogs, Diane! It is an adorable picture. So happy for you that you’re at the Beach!
    I just finished reading SILVER GIRL by Elin Hilderbrand…loved it! Am now reading MAINE by J. Courtney Sullivan and am completely engrossed. In between my fictions I’m reading a biography of a man I’ve always wanted to read about…it’s called MY LIFE, by President Bill Clinton…absolutely phenomenal and as I read it, I feel like he’s in a room talking to me…extremely well written. (-O:

  15. Gina on September 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Just finished ROOM.

  16. Louise Pearce on September 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I am reading ‘Mini Shopaholic’ by Sophie Kinsella, I’m not sure what I think to it yet it is kinda slow going.

  17. Rachel on September 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I have recently discovered Ann Hood. Found her by googling ‘if you like Diane Chamberlain or Jodi Picoult then try…’ have loved both the books I’ve read so far esp. The Red Thread- highly recommend! Her writing is absolutely beautiful.

  18. Gabby Dixson on October 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I just finished Breaking the Silence late last night! OMG. Could not put it down.
    What a story! Love it so much.

  19. Diane Chamberlain on October 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    rachel, I’m honored to be in the company of Ann Hood. I loved THE RED THREAD too. Gabby, glad you enjoyed BREAKING THE SILENCE. It’s a personal favorite of mine.

  20. Margo on October 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Diane and Gabby, I also loved BREAKING THE SILENCE…one of those novels by Diane where I was up all night reading it…of course, I’m like that with all of Diane’s books.
    Diane…missed the Short Story Weekend this time…there must be a reason?

  21. Rachel on October 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Diane, the only reason I discovered Ann (not that I’m complaining because it was a very worthwhile find!)was because I’d run out of books to read of yours! I’ve a Kobo and have purchased every e book on offer! Plus hard copies of your books too! Now I’m waiting for more of your old titles to be transcribed as e books! Until then I’m always on the hunt for new authors!

  22. Kim Carter on October 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Just finished reading The Help, still crying. What a touching account from a very different perspective of a pivotal part in our history. Wow, the power of women.

    I am a master at finding a way to lighten things up with laughter and humor, but I don’t get it, I was expecting “funny” because everyone said this was so funny…I mean besides the pie, I was mostly crying through the whole thing.

    Touched on so many levels by feeling the worst and best that we can be as women, with a new understanding; whether it is a child or a person of color or any old thing that one can define as different, I guess from self; that distance for some can allow for some pretty horrific departures from human-ness.

    The Help was one of those books that I am glad I did not download on my Kindle, I want to run my hand over some of the truths printed in there, harshly beautiful.

    • Diane Chamberlain on October 5, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Kim, even your comment made me cry! beautiful.

  23. Irena on October 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I just finished your latest novel The Midwives Confession,best read in a long time,im reading Leaving the world by Douglas Kennedy at the moment for the third time,also just started writing my own first novel 🙂

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