As any voracious reader knows, there are so many books out there, it can be hard to choose just what to read next. So what could be better than a hand-picked recommendation from someone in the know? Every Wednesday the XOXOAD team likes to find out what some of its favorite authors are reading; today we’re thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, whose new book, Heroes Are My Weakness, is on sale now!

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I’m getting ready for a hiking trip in Peru at the end of September, so I’m reading lots of guide books now, as well as Mark Adams’s TURN RIGHT AT MACHU PICCHU. I adore armchair travel narratives. They’re even better when you know you’re going to visit in person.

I’m a sucker for non-depressing (!) women’s fiction and enjoyed Robyn Carr’s great girlfriend novel, FOUR FRIENDS, as soon as it was published. I was also delighted when my readers turned me on to Graeme C. Smith’s THE ROSIE PROJECT, and JoJo Moyes’ ME BEFORE YOU. I couldn’t put either one down. I’m not much of a suspense reader, but I got hooked on the first Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) mystery, THE CUCKOO’S CALLING. The second in the series, THE SILKWORM, was a bit grisly, but that didn’t stop me from reading it straight through. (Note to J.K.: Do you really have to compare Cormorant’s hair to pubic hair? Seriously?  Still, you’re a goddess, and I love you.)

When it comes to my beloved historical romance novels, I’m a huge fan of Sarah MacLean’s books. (Her slogan is, “I write books. There’s smooching in them.” Her novels are as delightful as her catchphrase. )  I also adore the very talented Eloisa James and Jayne Ann Krentz, both as herself and as Amanda Quick. So many great books.  So many fabulous authors!