Monday, October 26, 2015

An Afternoon at Lisa's

Being invited to Lisa Scottoline's home for a book club party was such an honor. We had a fabulous time. As usual, she and Francesca were the perfect hostess'. We were treated to a wonderful afternoon, spending time in her gorgeous house while browsing her extensive book collection. The ladies entertained us with hilarious stories and Lisa discussed her new book. As luck would have it, we were able to pre-order the new book "Corrupted". Stay tuned - we will review it once we read it. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

National Book Festival

We had a great visit to the Nation Book Festival in Washington DC.  As much as we like to read, I am surprised we have never been before.  It was great seeing Lisa and Francesca and hearing them both speak.  They really are like family (as Lisa has said many times before). We look forward to attending the book club meeting at Lisa's house next month.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

It's camping season!  And what better way to kick it off than with the newest Lisa Scottoline book?  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GoodReads, Amazon Kindle Unlimited and Other Stuff - thoughts by Sheri

I love social media.  Not going to lie - I am addicted to Facebook.  I love seeing what people are doing (even those I haven't seen in over 30 years), love keeping track of all my kids comings and goings and love watching funny goat videos.  I also Tweet (some). And now, we have a social media for reading - GoodReads.  I can see what friends and family are currently reading and what they want to read.  I can read what others think about books that I am considering, which is cool!  Reading AND social media - I am in heaven!!!  

Because GoodReads isn't quite enough for me, I also just joined Amazon's Kindle Unlimited which offers a huge collection of books that you can read for free.  Well, free after you pay $9.99 a month - so not free. But you know what I mean.   Both of these are great ways to get introduced to authors you are not familiar with.  Because I read SO much, I have to fill the void until my favorite authors next book(s) comes out.  

Looking over our blog, I realized that most of what we write about is Lisa and her books.  Which is fine and great and wonderful but we do have other "favorites".  We both like to read Nora Roberts.  I'm not a huge romance reader.  I am more into ghost stories. I like psychological thrillers.  Back in the 90s, I discovered Barbara Michaels (Mertz) and read every spooky book she wrote and went to every reading/signing she did. She was the first author I really came to know on a personal basis and I was so sad when I learned that she passed away.  I feel fortunate to have met her and gotten to know her.   Not only were the stories scary, a lot of the them took place locally which I love!  

While surfing Amazon about two years ago, I stumbled upon an English writer - Sarah Rayne, who I feel writes very similarly to Barbara and immediately became smitten.  From, "Much of the inspiration for her dark psychological thrillers comes from the histories and atmospheres of old buildings...."  LOVE THIS.  I read everything that Amazon US had to offer and begged the publisher to offer all of hers available in the UK to us.  They listened!  I feel a personal connection with her as well, we communicate via email every few months or so.  

I have had to overcome by feeling of being disloyal to Lisa and Sarah and know that it's okay to like what others write.  And I have the internet to thank for the ability to read whatever I want.  Without the internet, there would be no Amazon, no GoodReads. many books, so little time.  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Corina Spends a Quiet Morning Reading

Spending some quiet time this morning reading Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline. Thank you Sheri for the new bookmark. I love it. It reminds me of our trip to Lisa's.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LOOK!  Corina is kicking back, enjoying her morning with Nora's newest in The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, "Blood Magick".  Sheri has some catching up to do.....  

Lisa Came to Fairfax!

We were very excited to have Lisa visit our local Barnes & Nobles on November 30. She was discussing her newest book in the Rosato series, "Betrayed".  Since she has now seen our faces several times this year, we feel like we are old friends and she refers to us as "family".  She is very kind and generous.  And not to mention hysterical.  Can't wait to visit again!