My Watch List
There are three things that I love most in life: Reading a good book, making a long “To Do” list, and trying a new flavor of potato chips (I’m a Chip-Connoisseur – I can often be found trying a new chip while reading a good book in a country recently checked off my “To Visit” list).
Today, let’s focus on my first two loves: Reading and Lists. Everywhere I go, I see “Must Read” lists for 2013. I already feel like I’m falling behind. My list just keeps growing and growing. Now, I know that everyone out there isn’t as obsessed with list making as I am, so I thought I’d share mine with you! This particular list is of authors I want to KEEP reading. If they want to share it, I want to read it!
I’m sure you’ve all seen alsam2 around the BookRix water cooler – he’s a regular fixture in our community. You Get What You Pay For was the first story I ever read by John and it is the reason why he was added to my watch list. It is well written, heartfelt and kept me interested the entire time. My eyes welled up when the main character was telling the story of his wife, and then again at the ending. Due to the amount of time I spent studying film and literature in university, I rarely come across a movie or a book that is able to surprise me. YGWYPF has a completely shocking twist at the end that I just didn’t see coming, and for that, I thank you John!
Here’s another rave review from A Kevin Review: The Talented John. C. Laird:
This week, I read three short stories by John C. Laird. The first is a completely beautiful kind of modernized fable, a tale of prophetic justice and the possible aftermath of living one’s life according to certain principles…I am not a Christian, but I know them well, and I still found You Get What You Pay For (YGWYPF) fun to read and a totally imaginative, boldly written story and my little synopsis here will take little away from the fun and surprise of reading it.
5. Nina Kari (xxxauroraxxxwiccan)
Nina is another member that you’ve probably seen around BookRix – and if not, I’m wondering how you could have possibly missed all TWENTY-THREE (23) of her books – especially if you’re into Young Adult (YA) lit. You’ve also probably seen her featured in one of the monthly Cover Art albums because she has an eye for cover design. Nina is a young writer, but what she lacks in years, she makes up for in plot! Her stories are interesting, heartfelt, exciting, romantic, funny and sad – sometimes all on one page! Her top rated book, Mates, has a staggering 550 hearts, followed closely by Forbidden Fantasy with 462. Sure, there might be a werewolf or two in her repertoire, but trust me, her talent is unique and won’t leave you with any kind of Stephanie Myers aftertaste.
I was first drawn to Nina’s writing when I stumbled across Dawn of the Wolf a few months ago, but what really made her a concrete part of my list was The Unconditional Love of Mr. Ted, a short story with maturity and life of its own.
Here are some glowing comments (about her books) from the community:
One of the best books I have ever read on bookrix. Love it!!!! – missfeisty575
I haven’t even finished the book and yet I’m freakin’ loving it. I don’t want it to end! – nicks.girl
Me:write more or I will die of heartbreak. Doctor:I can confirm that will indeed happen – lauren11246
6. Laurie Paulsen (lauriemariepea)
Laurie Paulsen is the creator and moerator of the Into The Darkness group, and for good reason – she writes horror stories. Grasping At Shadows was extremely well written and completely fear inducing. I’m the kind of person who hides behind my hands, a pillow or even the entire couch when watching a scary movie, so I’m sure you can imagine my heartbeat increase and rising nausia that accompanied these horrific dark shorts. I’m going to leave it up to Kevin to tell you how awesome it is to read yourself scared. A Kevin Review: Grasping at Shadows (and looking under the bed…):
These are not tales for children. However, IF you like having what I call “the pattooties” scared out of you – and delight in images so frightening they linger and wait for you in that short-cut through the cemetery in the wee hours, epitomizing our worst fears from childhood not yet convinced there is nothing really out there, or under the bed or in the closet or the basement or in the mind of the person standing before you, to be afraid of or at least a little concerned about – you’ll really enjoy this one. Ever read something so disturbing you keep stopping to look up, scan around the room, you feel vulnerable, feeling the people around you, on the subway, bus or in the laundry, can sense your…discomfort, “Hahaha, this is…sure is scary…”, wet armpits, nervous laugh?
Stay tuned for My Watch List Part Three to find out who else you should be reading!
There are three things that I love most in life: Reading a good book, making a long “To Do” list, and trying a new flavor of potato chips (I’m a Chip-Connoisseur – I can often be found trying a new chip while reading a good book in a country recently checked off my “To Visit” list). Today, let’s focus on my first two loves: Reading and Lists. Everywhere I go, I see “Must Read” lists for 2013. I already feel like I’m falling behind. My lists just keeps growing and growing. Now, I know that everyone out there isn’t as obsessed with list making as I am, so I thought I’d share mine with you! This particular list is of authors I want to KEEP reading. If they want to share it, I want to read it!
Here is My Watch List Part One of BookRix authors you should be reading (and why).
1. Stanley Mcqueen
Stanley’s stories are filled with humor, life lessons and the realities of back country life. They are just so darn charming that the charm often seeps off the pages of my Kobo and ends up all over me and I’m suddenly saying “Howdy” and “Y’reckin?”, calling my cowboy of a father up on the phone just to chat about car reconstruction and “the good ol’ days”. When you finish reading the first one you realize you’re holding an open-ended ticket to Muddy Fork, longing to return to the corn fields blowing in the breeze of a sunny afternoon and the wild country parties with moonshine smuggled in your britches. You can read ‘em all in The Folks of Muddy Fork, or try out one or two sold separately (he also has free books!). Here is a great quote from “A Kevin Review: The Folks of Muddy Fork“:
These are very diverse stories executed with wit, depth and sensitivity. I feel like I’ve known these people, their town, their concerns, for a long time. “Crazy” old codgers who’d survived a life of loneliness and isolation with the company of and caring for possums and a talking eagle who promised to fly the old boy “home”, when his time came to go, which reads like a tender Indian tale of the trip past the pain of physical existence and its suffering who was befriended, adopted and buried as family almost. Just plain beautiful.
2. Jess Wygle
Jess writes a thriller that you can’t put down because you’re too worried what might happen if you do. After I finished Evol, I was looking behind me everywhere I went and checking the corners of my apartment for at least a week, until I had to finally convince myself that it was “just a book”. I’m not the only one who thinks Jess writes a good thriller, here is an excerpt from “A Kevin Review: Keep It Safe” from last week:
This “shortie” reads fast and tense, punctuated by a few short breaths and some panting… In a flash Parker’s life switches from routine boredom to blinking, open-mouthed amazement and she ponders what might’ve happened had she left just a minute or three later, “…I would still be so naive and oblivious to the evils and wrong-doings in this world.” According to Jess Wygle this is the first book she’s finished yet her ability to grab the shirt collar and sweep us along through Parker’s wide-eyed, naïve bumbling discoveries is impressive.
And it’s not just that she writes a good thriller, she also writes non-fiction and romance. If you’re looking for a heartwrenching short story, check out her free book Indelible.
3. Patrick Sean Lee (felixthecat)
He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere. As a BookRix member, if you don’t already know felixthecat then you don’t really know BookRix. He’s a reader and a writer, stopping by to encourage fellow members on their latest work of creative genius, all the while writing non-stop pages of brilliance himself. Amazing! His book Valeriya recently won second place in the Flash Fiction contest and is absolutely worth a read. If you’re into nostalgia mixed with humor and adventure, visit some of my favorite recurring BookRix characters, Skip and Jimmy, in Frankensnake. I never tire of reading about their crazy antics and it makes me wish I could be a kid again, getting in trouble without any real life repercussions. Those were the days! Also, make sure you check out his most recent book, that he’s sharing on the site one wondrous chapter at a time, Closer to Heaven.
Don’t take my word for it – check out one of his many rave reviews from a fellow BookRix member:
“Angels, vagrants, anti-ageing, teen romance, unrequited love. – This book has it all! The title of the book led me to believe its contents would be a blend of intrigue, excitement, passion, romance and enchantment. It was a pleasure to find the pages within contained this and more. My only regret is that I have taken so long to read this remarkable story.” -chrisc
Stay tuned for My Watch List Part Two – coming soon!
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