Books We’ve Recently Enjoyed

30 Sep

They say the nicest thing you can do for another writer is tell people about their book. That’s what we’re doing today. Below is a list of books recently read and thoroughly enjoyed by one or more of your Gem State Writers. After you’ve read our favorites, we hope you’ll hit the comment box and add yours.


Weird Sisters by Elenore Brown

This is Elenore Brown’s debut novel, and it is stunning. Her writing is wonderfully lyrical without being heavy handed, and she’s written in what I can only describe as third person, collective (the collective viewpoint of the three sisters), and it works.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett


Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Jenny created another great off-kilter heroine, great conflict locks, and extended-family dynamics.


Savvy by Ingrid Law


Magic Slays by Illona Andrews

I really adore the female heroine in Andrews’ Kate Daniels series.


Call Me Irresistible  by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Ever since Nobody’s Baby But Mine, I’ve had to buy all of her new releases. In my opinion, she writes what I think of as romantic fairytales. Some of her heroes are pro football players, pro golf, actors and rock stars, and her heroines are saucy and funny.


Sex, Death and Fly-Fishing by John Gierach and Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb


The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli

This book retells an old Sicilian folktale. She masters the art of creating a character we pretty much hate at the beginning and by the end we a rooting for him and happy when things work out for him. It would be a great book to use for studying character development. I read it in two sittings, it was that good.


The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer

Now it’s your turn. What favorites have you recently read?


Posted by on September 30, 2011 in books


6 responses to “Books We’ve Recently Enjoyed

  1. ramblingsfromtheleft

    September 30, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Thanks to all of the Gem State group for a great list. Some of them are already on my TBR list.
    I will add one for all of you. I just finished “The Other Life” by Ellen Meister. Great read and well worth the effort.

  2. Carley Ash

    September 30, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    I’ll check it out. Thanks so much for the suggestion.

  3. Peggy Staggs

    September 30, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    I love seeing what others like to read. Thanks.

  4. Mary Vine

    October 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Love this post!

  5. Marsha R. West

    October 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Interesting list, ladies. I just finished Kathy Reichs latest, FLASH AND BONES. (I started reading her because I’m such a fan of the TV show Bones. They are different entities for sure.) It’s a good read, but the best thing is she’s amazing at writing an end of chapter hook. Hard to put her books down, because you just have to see what happens next. Marsha

    • Carley Ash

      October 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

      Thanks for the suggestion, Marsha.


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