Books, Books, Books: What Have You Read, What Have You Written?

There are so many books out there.




I barely graze the traditionally published books I’d like to read let alone the indie/small press ones.

But I do my best, because there are a lot of gems out there, including in genres I never thought I’d be reading.

For example, my latest (in no particular order):

Indie/Small Press

📚A haunting dystopian thriller about a feline “Kat” colony: Paw: Book 1: The Bastis Archives by L.E. Henderson

📚A psychological thriller in which a son holds his mother at gunpoint: What Remains Unsaid by Audrey Kalman

📚A memoir by a 91-year-old man: A Fortunate Life by Fred H. Rohn

📚A historical, supernatural western: Panama by C.S. Boyack

📚A military thriller: Twenty-Four Days by J. Murray

📚A poetry/flash prose collection that tells the stories of ancestors: Kin Types by Luanne Castle

📚A swashbuckling, adventure fantasy: Gift of Chance (The Nagaro Chronicle Book 1) by Carol Louise Wilde

📚A dystopian thriller: The Start of the Majestic World by Berthold Gambrel

There are so many more indies I’ve read (and so many more waiting on my Kindle), but I can’t list them all. I’d crash your device, and you’d throw my blog to a pack of wolves (who’d promptly toss it back out). These just happen to be the most recent. But you can visit my Indie Reads pages to see them all. You might spot something you like.

Big 5 Publisher Favorite

My favorite Big 5 published book I “read” this year is a nonfiction title: Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime about growing up biracial in South Africa during apartheid.

I listened to it as an audiobook, and that’s the way to do it. Noah is a superb narrator. He nails every accent, and between his humor and his incredible life story, this is a book not to be missed. I could not turn it off. Seriously.

Exciting New Release

My publisher, ScienceThrillers Media, has a new release: The Han Agent by Amy Rogers, in which a deadly virus puts the “gene in genocide.”

Foreword Reviews calls it “a surefire genre hit, fast-paced and full of elements of mystery and adventure.”

James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author says it “will leave you stunned.”

I devoured it on a plane ride. Great science and great suspense!


So that’s what I wanted to say. Books, books, books, books. Jeez Louise, how I love me some books.

What book have you enjoyed lately, traditionally published or otherwise? If you want to mention your own book, feel free. It might be just what someone is looking for. But only one link per comment please. Otherwise you’ll end up in spam.

And ain’t nobody got time for that.

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standing color cropped tiny for blog postsCarrie Rubin is a medical thriller author with a background in medicine and public health. Her novels include Eating Bull and The Seneca Scourge. For full bio, click here.

131 Responses to “Books, Books, Books: What Have You Read, What Have You Written?”

  1. roughwighting

    As you say, SO many great books out there. Perhaps with so many talented Indie authors now, the ‘big’ publishing companies are coming out with better books (?). I found Women in the Castle and A Gentleman in Moscow both sublime – both totally different genres. I discovered Return of the Courtesan by Victoria Blake thanks to a blogger. Smaller publisher found her – it was brilliantly written. I read many genres, and obviously enjoy Women’s Fiction also, since I write and publish in that genre. But I have a hard time with psychological thrillers – they give me nightmares. :-0

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  2. Jennifer J. Chow

    Although I do read trad pubbed, I also look out for indies. Most recently, I read Starswept by Mary Fan, which is a great YA SF read about an Earth that’s prized by an alien race for its artists. There’s even an invented language in it! It’s a far cry from my own YA historical, Dragonfly Dreams, but I love how Starswept also has a diverse main character.

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  3. kourtneyheintz2

    I’m been reading a lot this year because it calms my vertigo. These are all YA, but I’m pushing 40 and loved them! If you like vampires and not cuddly ones- Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series is really good. I’ve read 13 of them. I also enjoyed the angel/demon worldbuilding in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Book 1-4. I plan to finish the 6 book series next year. If you’re into ghosts, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl was a great trilogy to pick up. 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      They sound good! I don’t read a lot of YA, only that of some of my author acquaintances, but it’s certainly a sought-after genre by agents!


      • kourtneyheintz2

        I really enjoy it. I tend to read books referred to me at writing workshops or from speakers at writing conferences or from my writing buddies. I’m still working my way through so many great books from years ago!

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  4. turnipsforbreakfast

    I just finished re reading Belisarius by Robert Graves. It’s about a brilliant general of the Byzantine empire. My brother read it to me as a child and my main memory of it was the general being blinded and cast out on the street to beg at the end of his haunted me for years. But it’s a great story of a little known era. Oh and there’s fallacious rose’s the Wyndham werewolf.. that’s not bad either (that’s my plug).

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  5. Kate Johnston

    Wow, Born a Crime looks/sounds very interesting. I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction titles instead of fiction as I’ve noticed that any fiction I read influences what I’m writing.

    I just finished Dan Jones’ Wars of the Roses which is the story of how the Tudors came to power and what inspired George RR Martin’s Fire & Ice series. Very interesting if you like history, especially dark history! 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Sounds good. It seems the only time I read historical novels is for my book club, and I always end up loving them, so I don’t know why I don’t do read them more often!

      If you do check out Born a Crime, definitely consider the audiobook. His narration is not to be missed.


  6. Diane Henders

    Oh, sure, add to my TBR list! (I’m not really complaining, though.) I’ve been on a reading binge lately, after (finally) releasing Book 12 of the Never Say Spy series and before starting work on Book 13. I’ve enjoyed lots of books in the past month, but haven’t yet hit on one that made me think “WOW!” More research is required. 😉

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