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’ve asked Linda Howard, author of ANGEL CREEK, to tell us what she’s reading now!


I’m one of those people who always has to have something to read, so what I’m reading depends on what room I’m in; I can’t work on more than one book at a time, but I can certainly read more than one at a time. When I’m reading, it’s as if I’m checking in with friends, finding out what they’re up to, who’s doing what, etc. I’m not dedicated to any one genre, either; the only thing I don’t read is horror, because it scares me :-).


Here in the office, I’m reading “Jingle Spells,” by Andrea Laurence, Kira Sinclair, Rhonda Nelson, and Vicki Lewis Thompson. The skew on Christmas amuses me. Though it isn’t required, I like quirky twists in a book, quirky characters — though that doesn’t necessarily mean goofy characters. Nor does it mean I don’t also enjoy a good amount of goof.


In my den, which is where I do my most intense reading, I’m on “No Fortunate Son” by Brad Taylor. I discovered his work with the first Pike Logan book, and have read everything he’s written since then. Thrillers/adventure are a big love for me; I started with Tom Clancy and adored the late, much-grieved Vince Flynn, and I’m constantly on a search for someone good in that genre. Brad Taylor fits the bill; may he keep writing for a long, long time!


In the breakfast nook (sadly, I’m one of those people who eats and reads at the same time, unless I have guests), I have the latest edition of Readers Digest. My parents always subscribed to it, so I’ve been a reader of the Digest since I was old enough to read. Even when I was (much!) older and had my own subscription, my dad would pass on his copy to me the way he’d always done. He’d complain about how many “commercials” were in the Digest, but he never let his subscription lapse. I never pick it up that the memory doesn’t make me smile.