Stories that Matter

Book Buzz!

Anybody read any good books lately that you want to talk about?
I recently read Into The Free, by Julie Cantrell. Julie was actually a guest on the blog a few weeks ago, and soon after that, her book, her debut novel no less, hit the NYT Bestseller List! Amazing, isn’t it?
And yea, I admit to going a little green. I’m not sure how that happens. Is it just a lot of good buzz, lots of interest and word of mouth that suddenly catapults a book to that status? Of course the book IS good, but I’ve always wondered what the process for becoming an overnight sensation is.

But I truly LOVED this book. It did raise some questions in my mind, but I hear there is a sequel on the way, so perhaps those things will come up in the next book. I just loved Julie’s prose and the way she drew me write into Millie’s world, as horrible as it was at times. Well, most of the time. It’s very satisfying to me when I do read a book that stays with me long after the last page is turned. Unfortunately that’s not always the case with a lot of books I pick up these days.

So let’s talk. What’re you reading?



  1. Cassie on March 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I look forward to reading this book now, thank you for recommending it.

    • Cathy West on March 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Cassie, it’s really good!! Maybe you can give mine a try too while you’re at it!! LOL!! 🙂

  2. Lindsay Harrel on March 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

    OK, I’ve been hearing a lot about this book. Might be time to get it and read it!

    I just finished a few of my friends’ debut novels…I have ARCs and will be interviewing them on my blog in the next few months! So excited. But I’m about to start a Deanne Gist book. I haven’t read her before but have heard she’s great, so I wanted to check her stuff out.

    • Cathy West on March 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Hmm, don’t think I’ve read any of Deanne’s stuff yet either. I didn’t used to read any historical fiction, but lately I’m getting more into it. I just started She Walks In Beauty, by Siri Mitchell. So far I’m enjoying it. 🙂

      • Lindsay Harrel on March 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        I just read that last month! I really liked it. The cover really grabbed me for some reason!

  3. Michelle Sutton on March 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I loved this book too! It was deep, honest, and compelling. My kind of story!

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