I've decided that instead of occasional book recommendations, I'm going to simply post what I'm currently reading, with a brief comment. I'll just keep adding to the list so there will be a running list of what I have read this year with a few notes, where applicable.
What I'm Reading in 2013
Murder is a Fine Art, David Morrell: David's latest, should be awesome.
The Roswell Conspiracy, Boyd Morrison: My first Morrison read, very good.
Drowned Hopes, Donald E. Westlake: A John Dortmunder novel
The Three Count, Jimmy Korderas: Autobiography
Sex Slaves of the Dragon Tong, F. Paul Wilson: Short Stories
Hit Me, Lawrence Block: Newest Keller novel.
Good Behavior, Donald E Westlake: A John Dortmunder novel, Always Great.
Why Me, Donald E Westlake: A John Dortmunder novel, great stuff.
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, Eoin Colfer: The end to an awesome series.
My Top Reads from 2011
I can't do my top 12 for 2012 because I spend most of the year reading 1 series. So I will just give you some of my top reads.
Alpha, Greg Rucka: Awesome start to a New Series
A Wanted Man, Lee Child: Great stuff
Damage Control: John Gilstrap: Another great Jonathon Grave
Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake: A John Dortmunder novel, very fun read.
Cold City: F. Paul Wilson, First in the "Before he was Repairman" Jack trilogy, AWESOME
Thicker Than Water: G.M. Ford, brand new Leo Waterman novel
Unfortunately I've shut down Book Marks.
Enrollment and reader involvement has been dropping off gradually over the last year or two and it's gotten to the point where there doesn't seem to be enough interest to warrant the amount of work involved.
I started Book Marks 9 years ago and while being a ton of work, it has also been a true pleasure. I've discovered a ton of great new authors through the club as well as made some really good friends. I've become friends with many of the authors we've featured in the club as well as several of you readers who have taken part.
As a group we've read 38 books spanning 31 different authors, and only one of which I didn't have personal contact with. Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)had passed away by the time we read his classic tale. Every other author knew about their involvement in the club and was happy to be a part of it. Of those 30 participating authors only two failed to deliver and stood us up: G.M. Ford (Black River) and Adam Copeland (On Edge). Everyone else came through and to those I say thank you.
Thank you for taking part in Book Marks with me and making it special. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the club and your contributions to the world of literature. If we created even one new reader we were a success.
I hope to get all past Book Responses reposted by the end of the year. I took them down at one point due to bandwidth issues on my site, which have since been fixed. I plan to still post book recommendations on the site and hope to continue to hear from some of you more loyal Book Marks. Thanks to everyone who took part.
Good Reading Everyone,