Saturday, June 4, 2011

Stuff to Check Out

I'll be in Chicago this weekend for the Printers Row event. It will be my last major trip until Bouchercon; I'm hoping to do a lot of catching up here after this weekend. But while I'm away, here are some fun things to check out around the web.

I've been squeeling about this wonderful news from Marcus Sakey this week. Then I found out yesterday about this wonderful news from Michael Koryta. Great things happening for great people.

I mentioned Alafair Burke's Duffer Awards earlier this week. Have you been voting? A new match-up everyday. Be sure to check them out.

I don't think I mentioned yet about Chris Grabenstein's summer reading contest for young readers. If you have kids home on summer break and need a motivator for them to read, this is a great opportunity!

Next week I'll be able to see Craig Johnson (Tuesday) and Michael Koryta (Wednesday) at events close enough to my home. Have you taken a look at your favorite authors' tour schedules? Are they going to be close to you? They love the support of having readers come out and see them, so maybe you could pick someone to see this summer!

Don't forget June is Audiobook Month. I'll be participating in Devourer of Books' Audiobook Week next week. I hope you'll stop by to check out all the fun.

All the summer "beach read" lists are coming out now. I don't really discern between a "beach read" and any other kind of read. I read what I want, when I want. It doesn't matter to me if I take Dickens or Doyle to the beach. So, I thought I'd quickly run down books I've read - and highly recommend - that are coming out this summer:

  • Alafair Burke's LONG GONE
  • Craig Johnson's HELL IS EMPTY
  • Michael Koryta's THE RIDGE
  • Gregg Hurwitz's YOU'RE NEXT
  • Ace Atkins' THE RANGER

And these are books coming out this summer that I'M still looking forward to reading:

  • John Verdon's SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT
  • James Barney's THE GENESIS KEY
  • Joe Finder's BURIED SECRETS
  • Andrew Gross' EYES WIDE OPEN
  • Val McDermid's TRICK OF THE DARK
  • Jo Nesbø's SNOWMAN
  • Duane Swierczynski's FUN AND GAMES
  • Thomas Young's SILENT ENEMY

Uh oh, I think I may need some more summer! This is not even close to all the great books that are coming out this summer, so let me know in the comments what books you're looking forward to reading.

I'll wrap this up with a video of Gregg Hurwitz talking about his upcoming YOU'RE NEXT. Have a great weekend!


Beth F June 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

So many great books in many genres coming out this summer and fall -- how will I find the time to read them all.

Thoughts of Joy June 4, 2011 at 9:05 AM  

I have a couple of Gregg's books on my TBR shelves, but haven't picked one up yet. After seeing the YouTube video, I'm going to have to change that soon! I liked him and how he thinks! :)

Naomi Johnson June 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

I'm looking forward to seeing Craig Johnson this week. Should be fun!

Kay June 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM  

I'm looking forward to so many of the books on your list. This is a great summer for crime and thriller novels!!

Sheila Beaumont June 4, 2011 at 6:29 PM  

Thanks for the video. I've just finished the ARC of "You're Next," and it's a terrific read!

EK June 5, 2011 at 7:37 AM  

Arriving at the tail end of the summer reading season: Louise Penny, *A Trick of the Light* Aug. 30, and Laurie R. King, *Pirate King*, Sept. 6.

I have such a big stack of not-yet-read books, I'm afraid to read any more lists of new releases!

Jen June 5, 2011 at 8:41 PM  

Joy, so glad you liked the video!

Me too, Naomi!

Kay, you are so, so right. I need some time off just to enjoy all the books coming out this summer. Of course, I say that no matter what time of year it is...

Sheila, isn't it? I love it. I'll have a review for it at a later time.

EK, I know exactly what you're talking about!

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