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 got Cindy Gerard, New York Times bestselling author of RUNNING BLIND, to give us a rundown of what’s she’s reading and her ultimate reading fantasy.


Okay. Here’s the deal. They said I could write anything I wanted as long as it was about books, so you’re going to hear my ultimate fantasy. I’m kidnapped and locked in a library for a solid month, alone. (You may be asking yourself “In what world would this happen?” But remember, it’s MY fantasy so it doesn’t have to be plausible). Food (mostly pizza), drink (mostly Coke) and tons of chocolate are shoved through the return book slot daily. I am not allowed contact with the outside world.

Do I:

A) Cry uncontrollably

B) Ruin my manicure by trying to escape

C) Read as many books as I can as fast as I can


If you answered A or B – Then I would ask you: In what world do YOU live?

My only dilemma is where to start and how to keep from smearing chocolate or pizza sauce over these precious, sweet smelling pages. So I start walking the hallowed stacks.

If I hadn’t recently read BELONG TO ME by Marisa de los Santos, it would have been at the top of my list. What an engaging story – three stories actually – that intertwine in a fabric woven of trust, betrayal, love, and loss that teaches three amazing women what it means for one human being to belong to another.

Another book I would slip out of the stacks is Paul Levine’s MORTAL SIN. But sigh, I read that one last week. I love Levine’s quick wit, relatable characters and twisting fast paced suspense.   Levine can hold his own with the likes of Carl Hiaasen, whose books I also adore.

When I walk further down the rows and rows of glorious books, I’m tempted to reach for Elaine Hussey’s THE SWEETEST HALLELUJAH and read, again, this emotional and touching story about two brave women who are brought together by the love of one lost little girl.

But lucky me – I’ve got one entire month in the stacks and in the computer and audio library. No doubt I’ll find plenty of books to keep me busy, and happy, and totally entrenched in my very own fantasy.

As long as they keep the pizza and chocolate coming – I’m a happy, happy girl.