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!
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!