The easiest way for me to start a conversation is to ask a fellow bibliophile what he or she is reading. I’m not much of a chatter-upper when it comes to strangers but whenever I see a book I’ve read or want to read in the hands of another, on an airplane, park bench, or on the subway, I have to fight off the urge to ask, “How do you like that?” I always have my nose in a book and, let’s face it, I have a nosey nose. My nose wants to know what other noses like.


I’m about halfway through a wonderful debut novel by Nicola Keegan called Swimming. It is about an Olympic champion swimmer named Pip who hails from Glenwood, Kansas.  I don’t know much about Ms. Keegan other than the one line bio at the back of the ARC that says, “Nicola Keegan divides her time between Ireland and France with her husband and three children.” But based on that alone I kind of want to be her. Not only for France and Ireland but also because I’m loving this book.

So I must ask, what are YOU reading right now? Do you like it? C’mon! Induldge me… As a bonus, I’ll choose one lucky blogger and send him/her my copy of the Swimming ARE once I am finished with it. (It will be gently read but still perfectly good!)


Swimming and fishing for your comments! What are you reading?

Category: MusingsStaff Picks


  • I just started The Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick and so far it is amazing. I can tell it is going to be one of those books that I don’t want to end.

  • I am reading The Big Beautiful by Pamela Duncan. Fabulous Southern fiction – family, women, and humor – all in one book.

  • I am listening to Mozart’s Ghost by Julia Cameron while I walk and trying to decide what physical book to read next. I have some ARCS for YA titles on my shelf. I am going to pick up an audiobook by Anne Perry for listening to in the car.

  • I just finished [for review] a really wonderful juvenile fiction book from Tyndale, Dandi Daley Mackall’s Dark Horse. It’s part of her Starlight Animal Rescue series, and it was so good. (Off to pick up daughter from school in a few minutes, but I’m working on a review and hope to get it posted tomorrow.)

    Next on my shelf is The Twelve Sacred Traditions of Magnificent Mothers-in-Law by Haywood Smith. It looks like it will be a pretty fun and quick read.


  • I am reading Bittersweet by Nevada Barr. I love her mystery series with Anna Pigeon in the National Parks System, but this is an historical fiction novel – she describes it as a “neo-gothic lesbian western”

  • I’m reading Lowcountry Hurricanes: Three Centuries of Storms At Sea and Ashore by Walter J. Fraser, Jr., Don Quixote by Cervantes, and Nicholas & Alexandra by Robert K. Massie.

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