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

There are so many books out there.

So.

Many.

Books.

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.

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

  1. Carol Balawyder

    I admire your reading list. Lately, I seem to be over-read and tend to favor podcasts. Maybe I’m just getting lazy. Hopefully, I’ll get back into the groove of reading.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Like everything else, our reading can go in cycles. Sometimes we’re prolific in what we finish. Other times a book sits on our nightstand for a long time.

      Hope you’re doing well, Carol. 😊

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  2. Roy McCarthy

    Awesome book lists there Carrie. I guess I could build a list up but I doubt it would be as comprehensive. I’d love to have the ability to speed-read (maybe you do) – I know one guy who can blaze through a book, or any writing, in no time and absorb it completely.

    My favourite book this year – probably Donna Tartt’s ‘The Secret History’.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I can’t speed read either. I’m actually kind of a slow reader. I like to take my time and really absorb things. But lately I find I’m having to speed up just to get through my list!

      I read Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch.’ Had mixed feelings about it. I wonder how ‘The Secret History’ compares.

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  3. Holly B / Dressedtoread

    I also want to find “gems” out of my genre.I love that idea. Paw looks intriguing…going to check it out!

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  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt

    Carrie, this is such a cool thing to do for writers trying to publicize their books. I’m not yet published so can’t link to my stories (yet.) However, I’ve read several outstanding books this year. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is about a man condemned by Bolshevik revolutionaries to life in a hotel. One step out the door and his will be shot. Towles cleverly twines modern Russian history into a world where every human association has impact. One of the best books I’ve read in a decade is The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish, a story about a brilliant seventeenth century Jewish woman who challenges the rules about spiritual knowledge, and the modern historians who race to uncover her secret. I will reread both. I wish I could read faster.

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  5. Matt

    I am about halfway through the Trevor Noah book and am loving it. Good call listening to the audio book. I should have thought of that.

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        • Carrie Rubin

          I usually only listen to them on long drives, but this one was so good I listened to it at home. I had planned on reading the book, but then I saw so many reviews on Goodreads that said to listen to the audio instead. So I did. 😬

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  6. diannegray

    These all look wonderful (do you have a secret time machine or something that helps you fit all this reading in plus manage family and work? – if so, please share) 😀 I am in awe of you with the amount you do, Carrie. xxxxx

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. 😊 Most of my time is devoted to writing, but I love to read, and I take time for it every day. I may not have seen Game of Thrones or Downton Abbey, but I’ve read these books and that works for me. 😁 Hope all is well, Dianne. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Sue Slaght

    Carrie thank you for all of the great suggestions. I am currently reading The Kitchen House by Karhleen Grissom. It was a gift from my Mom as the author and I grew up in the same small rural area. I’m really loving it.

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  8. Curmudgeon-at-Large

    All the books you mentioned, plus your own, need my attention.

    While on vacation, I reverted to something more traditional, The Golden Age: The Saturday Review 50th Anniversary Reader. Before that, it was Morte D’Urban by J.F. Powers.

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  9. annabellefranklinauthor

    I’ve just finished Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Normally anything with ‘Booker’ of ‘Man Booker’ on the cover is a turn-off for me, but this one is an exception. It’s one of my all-time favourites, I could read it again and again.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      That’s kind of funny, because I didn’t care for that one as much. Go figure! But it was beautifully written, I can’t deny that. I’d like to see the movie, just haven’t yet. Thank you, and thanks also for the Twitter share!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Jacqui! I enjoy the fast-pace, page-turning quality of your books. The Han Agent is similar to that. Action from the start and really doesn’t let up. Some reviewers have criticized the main character, but her callous attitude at the start is the whole point. She goes through a nice character arc. I really enjoyed it.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Just checked your review out. Thank you for the link! Looks like a great read. Seems to fall into that ‘upmarket fiction’ category that so many agents are looking for now. Basically genre fiction that reads like literary fiction.

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  10. thefolia

    Thank you, always great to have recommendations from a talented author! My seventh grader loves fantasy/thrillers. I know he’s learning a WHOLE lot in health class about life, but do you think he would be mature enough to read any of the above or should we continue relying on our trusty librarian for recommendations?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you for your kind words. Most of these have pretty adult content, but Panama is pretty clean, and Gift of Chance is definitely clean. The main character is a young man, and it’s a fantasy/adventure, a la Pirates in the Caribbean style. They’re still geared toward an adult audience though, but I could see a younger reader liking it. But your librarian is always a great resource!

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  11. Polly

    Can’t do justice to your questions right now, but you’ve given me pause for thought…thanks so much for the list and the info.
    If you’d like to see books published by a small press in the UK, go to https://blackpear.net/ I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of collections published.

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  12. Sharon E. Cathcart

    First, thank you for your post! I love seeing what others are reading, which is why I share a book I’ve enjoyed at least once a week myself. I presume others like to know that kind of thing. Thanks also for the opportunity to share my own work. I’ll be paying this idea forward!

    Having said that, my latest work is entitled Bayou Fire. It’s a historical paranormal set in New Orleans.

    Blurb: Diana Corbett’s childhood was plagued by unceasing dreams of smoke and flames. The nightmares went away, until the noted travel writer’s first night on assignment in Louisiana … when they returned with a vengeance. Could the handsome Cajun, Amos Boudreaux, be the key to unlocking the secret of BAYOU FIRE? Award-winning author Sharon E. Cathcart presents her first full-length historical paranormal tale, set against the backdrops of modern-day and 1830s New Orleans.

    Link: https://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Fire-Sharon-E-Cathcart/dp/1544887876/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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  13. Elyse

    I just read “A Piece of the World,” by Christina Baker Kline. And The Way Life Should Be by the same author. I was in Maine, and they were written by a wonderful Maine author who lives in my area! She also wrote Orphan Train. All three are wonderful.

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