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Summer Reading List 2012

The best beach reads, mysteries, chick lit and new releases from down South. 

We’re excited to partner with Better World Books  for our reading list again. Headquartered in Atlanta, BWB donates a book to someone in need every time you buy one. Better yet, they offer FREE shipping and have provided Deep South readers with a special discount code. Just click on the book titles to go to BWB’s site and enter BWBDEEPSOUTH to get 10% off when ordering. Code can only be used once and expires August 31. Scroll down for giveaway details. 

Alligator Lake
by Lynne Bryant
published by New American Library

Lynne Bryant’s second novel, following last year’s “Catfish Alley,” tells the story of a Avery Pritchett, who returns to her hometown of Mississippi for a summer wedding with her mixed-race child. It’s been 10 years since she left as a pregnant teenager, and as the summer progresses, Avery’s return releases a Pandora’s Box of shocking discoveries.

Calico Joe
by John Grisham
published by Random House

America’s favorite storyteller and Mississippi native takes on America’s favorite past-time in his new novel about Cubs rookie player Joe Castle. This boy from Calico Rock, Arkansas, blew fans away in the summer of 1973, as he scored one home run after another, always tipping his hat politely and breaking every rookie batting record.

by Carl Hiaasen
published by Random House

“Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head,” goes the first line of Florida writer Carl Hiaasen’s latest YA novel. An animal wrangler in a zoo, Cray takes a job with a reality show, while his son, Wahoo, tries to keep him from killing the show’s boneheaded star. It all comes to a head on location in the Everglades, when the host gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm.

The Cove
by Ron Rash
published by Ecco

New York Times bestselling writer Ron Rash returns to Appalachia in his new novel, which centers around Laurel Shelton and her brother, Hank, who are living out on farmland the locals say is cursed. Laurel’s fate is forever altered when she comes upon a stranger in the woods one day, who slowly insinuates himself into life in the Cove and brings her the only happiness she’s ever known, along with profound danger.

Creole Belle (available July 17)
by James Lee Burke
published by Simon & Schuster

The latest Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke finds the detective in a recovery unit on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. When Tee Jolie Melton, a young woman with a troubled past, visits his bedside, Robicheaux becomes obsessed with her memory and begins to find links between her and a recent oil spill in the Gulf.

by Charlaine Harris
published by Ace Books

The latest in the Sookie Stackhouse series, “Deadlocked” continues fictional Louisiana town Bon Temps’ tradition of vampire politics. Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana, is in town, and it’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard. It’s up to Sookie and Bill to solve the murder.

The Family Fang
by Kevin Wilson
published by Ecco

“A comedy, a tragedy, and a tour-de-force examination of what it means to make art and survive your family,” says Ann Patchett about Tennessee writer Kevin Wilson’s new novel. Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang have dedicated themselves to making great art, but things haven’t been so easy for their children. Now grown up, Buster and Annie go back home to discover their parents are planning one final performance.

Helen Keller in Love
by Rosie Sultan
published by Viking

Exploring the little-known romance of American icon Helen Keller, Rosie Sultan’s new book reads like a historical romance. The book begins when Keller is in her thirties and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, becomes too ill to keep up with their grueling lecture schedule. A young reporter named Peter Fagan steps in as her private secretary and offers Keller a whole new world, but not one her family is willing to let her have. Read our interview with the author here.

A Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash
published by William Morrow

A debut novel from North Carolinian Wiley Cash, who’s being compared to John Hart and Tom Franklin, “A Land More Kind than Home” revolves around an autistic boy who is smothered during a church healing service. His 9-year-old brother secretly witnesses the tragedy and is thrust into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared.

Ocean Beach (available June 26)
by Wendy Wax
published by Berkley Trade

The sequel to Wax’s 2011 “Ten Beach Road,” “Ocean Beach” picks up following the trials and tribulations of four unlikely friends who are trying to launch their new business venture by refurbishing a historic Art Deco home in Miami, Florida. As the women work together, they also find themselves struggling with their own personal renovations in life, work and love as hurricane season looms.

Porch Lights (available June 12)
by Dorothea Benton Frank
published by William Morrow

The latest from bestselling lowcountry author Dorothea Benton Frank, “Porch Lights” is the story of Jackie, whose  fireman husband is killed in the line of duty, and her 10-year-old son’s return to her childhood home on Sullivan’s Island. Crossing the bridge from the mainland, they enter a world full of wonder and magic. Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home.

The River Witch
by Kimberly Brock
published by Bell Bridge Books

A debut novel from Atlanta author Kimberly Brock, “The River Witch” tells the story of Roslyn Byrne, who spends the summer recovering from a car wreck and miscarriage on Manny’s Island, Georgia. Despite the serene setting, she becomes caught in a mysterious stew of past and present caused by the dead and dying who haunt the riverbank and a little girl who keeps appearing at her doorstep. (Signed copies with free shipping are available from FoxTale Book Shoppe here.)

Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward
published by Bloomsbury

Winner of the National Book Award, “Salvage the Bones” by Mississippi native Jesmyn Ward is a gritty and tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Fourteen-year-old Esch and her three brothers attempt to help their father prepare for the storm that’s coming, but have other things on their minds, from pregnancy to the survival of a litter of pitbulls.

Sea Change (available June 5)
by Karen White
published by New American Library

Author of “The Beach Trees” and the popular Tradd Street series, Karen White returns with a tale set in the historic area of St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia. Midwife Ava Whalen meets psychologist Matthew Frazier at a conference and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they elope and move to St. Simons, despite Ava’s fear of water. As she tries to start her new life, Ava discovers it may be impossible to escape her past.

Spring Fever (available June 5)
by Mary Kay Andrews
published by St. Martin’s Press

Beach read favorite Mary Kay Andrews delivers her delicious, new escapist novel about small towns, old flames and deep secrets. Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. She’s engaged to a terrific new guy and ready to leave her small Southern town until fate intervenes at Mason’s wedding. Annajane realizes she may want him back, but the secrets of Hideaway Lake and its people have other plans for her.

A Teeny Bit of Trouble
by Michael Lee West
published by St. Martin’s Press

Michael Lee West’s Teeny Templeton returns from last summer’s “Gone With a Handsomer Man” for a new, peach-infused adventure. After witnessing a crime, the Charleston pastry chef finds herself trapped in the zany “little Savannah” of Bonaventure, Georgia. Teeny tries to solve the murder of her high school rival, while fending off the advances of an old beau, decoding an encrypted diary, outwitting a stalker and developing recipes like “The Right to Remain Silent Salsa.”

Oldies but Goodies:

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
published by Herbert S. Stone and Co.

Louisiana author Kate Chopin’s controversial 1899 novel is still relevant today, and its coastal Grand Isle setting makes it a thought-provoking summer read.

Bastard Out of Carolina 20th Anniversary Edition
by Dorothy Allison
published by Plume Books

First published in 1992, Dorothy Allison’s novel about a young girl growing up in a troubled family in rural South Carolina celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The new edition has an afterword from Allison.

Light in August
by William Faulkner
published by Random House

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Faulkner’s death, the Modern Library is reissuing six of his most acclaimed works. We suggest “A Light in August,” set in late summer in Mississippi, 67 years after the Civil War ended slavery. The new edition is available August 7.

Summer Crossing
by Truman Capote
published by Random House

Set aside in 1943 for “Other Voices, Other Rooms,” the manuscript for Capote’s “Summer Crossing” was discovered in notebooks put up for auction at Sotheby’s in 2004. The story of a young socialite whose parents leave her alone in their New York penthouse for the summer, the book is a precocious first novel reminiscent of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” (Scarlett Johansson is said to be working on the film version.)

The Wettest County in the World
by Matt Bondurant
published by Scribner

Read Bondurant’s tale of violence, desperation and greed, as three brothers run moonshine in Virginia during Prohibition, before the movie version comes out August 31. It’s based on a true story involving his grandfather and uncles.

Giveaway Details: 

We’ll be giving away copies of most of the titles on this list throughout the summer. All you have to do to enter to win is tell us what you’re looking forward reading this summer. If it’s a book on our list, even better!

To participate, you must do ONE of the following:

1. Comment on this post. Mentioning the giveaway on your own blog and linking to us will get you an extra entry.

2. Tweet or retweet about the giveaway and what you’ve been reading to @deepsouthmag using the hashtag #southernlit. You’ll be entered for as many times as you tweet or RT.

Deadline to enter is August 1, but we’ll be picking winners periodically throughout the summer as books arrive. (If you have your heart set on a certain book on our list, let us know in your entry.)

Thanks for reading!


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  • Tammy / May 1, 2012

    I can’t wait to read the new releases by Mary Kay Andrews, Michael Lee West and Ron Rash. Lots of others on this list I’ll have to check out too!!!!

  • Tamara / May 1, 2012

    YES! Reading list looks fantastic! I’m going to Booktopia in Oxford (Books on the Nightstand is having 3 retreats this year!) Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones is one of the authors/books that they have listed for the weekend!

  • Madelyn C. Magruder / May 1, 2012

    I am partial to James Lee Burke but want to read almost ALL of this list plus the additions. It is going to be difficult to wait for publication dates on some of these!

  • Madelyn C. Magruder / May 1, 2012

    BTW, just read The Cove by Ron Rash – EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!!

  • Kim Harper / May 1, 2012

    I can’t wait to read Helen Keller in Love, as well as many of the other titles on the list. Thank you for helping me figure out what to read next!

  • Leslie Deason / May 2, 2012

    The Michael West novel sounds fun and quirky. A Teeny Bit of Trouble would be a great summer read. There are several other novels that I will be adding to my summer reading list including Helen Keller in Love, Chomp and Spring Fever.

    I’m also looking forward to reading the next book in the Corduroy Mansion series by Alexander McCall Smith. I’ll continue reading books in the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series this summer. The series is a great summer escape.

    Thanks for the great list of summer reads!

  • Jennifer Riley / May 2, 2012

    I’ll start at the bottom of the list with The Wettest County in the World. The surname Bondurant reminds me of my childhood in the South.

  • kim nopp / May 2, 2012

    Can’t wait to start reading. Of course, Karen White and Dorothea Benton Frank are tied as my #1 favorite, but I’ve met some new authors and read books that I wouldn’t have otherwise because of your list. I will be sharing this list with my coworkers.

  • Sherry Perkins / May 2, 2012

    Years ago I did a research paper on Kate Chopin and “The Awakening.” Her story is fascinating and she was from just right up the road! I would love to have my own copy. Would also love to have Truman Capote’s “Summer Crossing.” For anyone interested in his life, they must see the movie “Capote.” Philip Seymour Hoffman does a perfect job in portraying and interpreting him. However, the most interesting on the list has to be William Faulkner’s “Light in August.” I have never owned any of Mr. Faulkner’s books, shame on me! Any of those three, or even Rosie Sultan’s, would be a treasure! Thank you so much for promoting both reading AND sharing!

    21 books to choose from, my oh my! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  • Heather / May 2, 2012

    Lost of good titles on your list! I’m most interested in Calico Joe and Helen Keller in Love. The Awakening is a great oldie but a goodie choice. Thanks!

  • Karen White / May 2, 2012

    Have heard lots of good things about the Wiley Cash, but am also intrigued by The River Witch.

  • WENDY WAX / May 3, 2012

    Very excited to see OCEAN BEACH on the list and looking forward to reading the others!

  • (Bloomin'Chick) Jo / May 3, 2012

    What an incredible list! A few were already on my to-read and now I have more than a few to add.

  • Kasey Clark / May 3, 2012

    “A Teeny Bit of Trouble” sounds like a great read to take to Gulf Shores when I visit family this summer. I love the charm and gentility of Savannah and I have been there to explore Bonaventure Cemetery many times, so reading about fictional Bonaventure, GA would be neat. Also, Bondurant’s novel about Prohibition moonshiners would be fun because I frequently have the privilege of trying homemade wines and “white lightnings” that my loyal customers bring to me at my NOLA wine bar. I just starting homebrewing my own beer too!

  • Connie O'Hara / May 3, 2012

    First, I’d have to start with Karen White’s new book, “Sea Change.” Then,”Salvage The Bones.” And, “A Teeny Bit of Trouble,” The Awakening…this is definitely a great list!

  • Julia Kirmse / May 4, 2012

    Wow! Can’t believe how many of my favorite authors you’ve offered. Thanks for this chance for everyone to do something good!

  • Mary Kay Vacheresse / May 4, 2012

    I can not wait for June to arrive! My 4 favorite authors have books coming out – K. White, MK Andrews, DB Frank and W. Wax!!! Life and Summer will truly be great. Thanks, Ladies.

  • Bridget Lopreiato / May 4, 2012

    I can’t wait to read Sea Change! Karen White is one of my favorite authors. Spring fever and porch Lights are also on my TBR list!

  • YvonneJ / May 4, 2012

    I just finished A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (5 stars). Right now I’m listening to Edge of Darkwater by Joe Landsdale narrated by Angéle Masters. I hope to get caught up on my reading so that I’ll ready when Spring Fever and Porch Lights are released next month.

  • Emily / May 7, 2012

    I am featuring this reading list on my blog this week. I can’t wait to get started reading!


    Here is the link to the feature:


  • Jennifer Huelsebusch / May 8, 2012

    I am looking forward to reading Sea Change and Porch Lights since I love both authors. I also would like to read Wendy Wax and I excited to hear that John Grisham’s new book is about baseball! I will be busy!

  • Sheri Perkins / May 9, 2012

    I just finished Wiley Cash’s a A Land More Kind Than Home, it is an amazing debut! I read it in one sitting and as soon as I finished it I immediately started it again. Even though the ‘South’ that I’m from is the Dakota kind, Cash’s writing made his South come to life. A definite MUST read!

  • Book Concierge - Tessa / May 10, 2012

    Great list! Am trying to get a reading group going on Shelfari.com and this will be invaluable.

    For myself, I’ll be reading Sights Unseen by Kaye Gibbons this month. I love her writing; this is a re-read for me.

  • Laura Kay / May 10, 2012

    What an amazing list of books! My eyes are set on Sea Change by Karen White and Ron Rash The Cove, but there are lots of great books listed!

  • Laura Kay / May 10, 2012

    I listed the giveaway on my blog’s giveaway page!

    Here’s the link! http://anovelreview.blogspot.com/p/giveaways_09.html

  • Kory Wells / May 11, 2012

    What an exciting, varied selection! Ron Rash and Wiley Cash are high on my list, and I’ve become a Karen White fan since reading her latest in the Tradd Street series….but they all look good!

    Added to my newest blog post that already mentioned Deep South at


  • Holly / May 14, 2012

    I am sooo starting with the river witch! Lots of great reads on this list. Thank you!

  • bn100 / May 17, 2012

    I’m looking forward to nicer weather this summer. The Cove and Creole Belle sound like good reads.

  • Holly / May 17, 2012

    I started reading the river witch it is hard to put down!!

  • Nancye Davis / May 18, 2012

    “Alligator Lake” by Lynne Bryant sounds like a great book!

  • Holly / May 18, 2012

    A lot of great

  • JoyAnne / May 24, 2012

    Spring Fever and Porch Lights sound wonderful!

  • Lisa / May 25, 2012

    Helen Keller in Love sounds like an interesting book.

  • Holly / May 25, 2012

    Weekend of camping for me. I will be reading alligator lake as I sit by the fire!!

  • Lisa / May 25, 2012

    A Land More Kind Than Home is a book I have been seeing great reviews and I am looking forward to reading it. The River Witch sounds interesting too.

  • Gay Galyean / May 28, 2012

    Being from VA ‘The Wettest County in the World’ caught my attention first but they all sound good.

  • Erin / June 5, 2012

    Great list! Thanks!

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  • Erin / June 7, 2012

    If there’s one thing I love it’s a summer reading last!! Can’t wait to bring some of these with me on my trip to the beach this summer. Thanks!

  • Tonya / June 8, 2012

    I’ve got Light in August on the list, along with a few other Faulkner novels for the summer. I also have The River Witch on the TBR. Thanks to this list, I discovered Helen Keller in Love, which I’ve also added!

    Here’s my blog post with the link: http://tonyalit.typepad.com/tonyariceblog/2012/06/deep-south-magazines-summer-reading-list-2012.html


  • Molly / June 13, 2012

    I’m interested in a good story, preferably set in the South – maybe the Louisiana book or the South Carolina one. Interested in exploring why they’re good enough to be suggested so long after publication. Interested in anything not involving Gray or Sookie…

  • Amanda Bosque / June 13, 2012

    I have already read Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris – great as always! I would love to read The River Witch by Kimberly Brock. It sounds like it would be a great book for me to enjoy!

  • Tamara / June 13, 2012

    I am still loving this Summer Reading List- Currently reading The River Witch- it’s mystical, it’s different, intriguing.

    Teeny Bit of Trouble- can’t wait to read that. I love Teeny!

  • Patricia / June 14, 2012

    Where in the world do I start on this juicy reading list? I have been re-reading P.D.James’ mysteries for the past two weeks, so I am definitely ready to travel back home for the Summer! I am torn between D.B. Franks’ newest (I dearly love the way she brings the Low Country alive) and that intriguing one about Helen Keller (who knew!?). I’ll post the list…and my decision…on my blog (http://adsit2.blogspot.com) tomorrow. Happy reading, y’all!

  • Jennifer / June 14, 2012

    Just finished Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris. The Sookie Stackhouse books are a delightful! I’m gonna put a Teeny Bit of Trouble on my list next! Love these suggestions! Thanks!

  • Sue Mastrario / June 17, 2012

    I cannot wait to read Mary Kay Andrews “Spring Fever”. I have actually bookmarked this page so I can keep coming back whenever I need to find a book to read!! Thank you for the list!

  • Sue / June 17, 2012

    I am also sharing this list with my daughters who are all avid readers and will love this list too!!

  • Lynn Lilly / June 18, 2012

    Great books…new and classics. I just started Drifting into Darien, the newest memoir from Janisse Ray about a raft trip down the Altamaha with other environmentalists and river lovers. I’d just finished Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (her National Book Award classic…couldn’t wait for the next one.

  • Tammy / June 18, 2012

    Rereading Nashville author Myra McEntire’s first book, Hourglass, and reading book two in her trilogy that just came out last week, Timepiece. Superbly funny and oh so smart, set in a small town near Nashville and Memphis. Can’t wait for book three next year.

  • Teresa Spear / June 19, 2012

    Great list for even more fun things to read this summer! This year, I will be revisiting a few old friends (ie: Things They Carried) and will be having a blast reading anything my grand-daughter picks out for her first year of a library summer reading club. Guess I’m ready for some great literature and a whole lotta Curious George!

  • Val / June 19, 2012

    I’m looking forward to reading “Sea Change.” And I love your idea of a southern summer reading list!

  • What an awesome list of books and an awesome give-away! I read and loved The River Witch. Have had my eye on Calico Joe for a little while now, but would also love any of the “oldies” listed. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Will be tweeting this, too!

  • Carmen / June 29, 2012

    I would love to read The Wettest County in the World

  • Liesl / July 6, 2012

    Intriguing books on your summer reading list! Right now, I’m reading (rather, listening to the audio book) “Rhett Butler’s People” by Donald McCaig.

    A couple of these books look like the perfect reads for my summer trips (to Arkansas for family reunion and to Delaware beach for R&R). Calico Joe by John Grisham looks interesting (I love baseball and Grisham’s books set in Arkansas have been great). I’m particularly interested in The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant because my grandfather and some great-uncles were bootleggers during Prohibition.

  • Kim Nopp / July 10, 2012

    Your lists have introduced me to some of my now favorite authors-karen White, Mary Kay Andrews and Wendy Wax! Thoroughly enjoyed all of their new stories. Also read Helen Keller in Love-a wonderful story. Moving on to some others on your list. I have shared your list with many friends!

  • Sheri / July 12, 2012

    This is a great list of Southern fiction to read for summer. I would love to win The River Witch by Kimberly Brock. I love Southern fiction especially novels set on a Georgia Barrier Island. That’s one reason why I am also interested in Sea Change by Karen White.

  • Lisa Tarvin / July 13, 2012

    Would like to read Salvage the Bones, The Cove and River Witch. All of the books sound great.

  • Holly / July 13, 2012

    It’s been a busy summer so far but I’m getting my reading in. I will be starting the cove tonight!!

  • Rhonda / July 13, 2012

    I have a never ending “to be read list”! I would love to read Alligator Lake, Ocean Beach, The River Witch. Porch Lights and Spring Fever were already on my TBR list.

  • Laurie Springer / July 18, 2012

    I’m looking forward to reading The River Witch and the new one by Michael Lee West! I’ve already enjoyed the new ones by Karen White, Dorothea Benton Frank and Mary Kay Andrews…they were fabulous!!

  • Bailey / July 19, 2012

    Put THE COVE on my to-read list!

  • Rose Chandler Johnson / July 21, 2012

    I’ve just discovered Deep South magazine, and I love it! I love what you are doing–and you’re doing it well. I’m a Georgia girl, who has also lived in Louisiana and North Carolina. So I appreciate others who enjoy staying deeply connected with southern roots. Thanks for this delicious list of summer reads. I’ve been waiting for Porch Lights.

  • Rose Chandler Johnson / July 21, 2012

    Hey Y’al, it’s me again. I forgot to add my blog address.



  • Libby Murphy / July 30, 2012

    What a great assortment. Hope you might consider my book about Tennessee which will be out for the holidays, A Tennessee Waltz. What’s not to love about the Deep South!
    Happy Twirls,

  • Jennifer / July 30, 2012

    I just got my hands on the new James Lee Burke, but it’s a library copy and I’d love to have one of my own! 🙂

  • Cynthia Randolph / July 30, 2012

    I’ve been reading Charlaine Harris’ Deadlocked and have been looking forward to A River Witch. Bastard Out of Carolina is one of my favorite novels.

  • Angela S / July 30, 2012

    I can’t wait to catch up with Sookie!

  • Daryl McG / July 30, 2012

    Nice selection; i haven’t read any of them. Been reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, and just started reading a mystery called Dead Man’s Switch by new novelist Tammy Kaehler.

  • susan r / July 30, 2012

    what a great list!! already read a few, found more than a few more to read. hiasson, benton frank and others have always been faves. salvage the bones is book club’s next read..

  • Pam A. / July 30, 2012

    Reading can take you anywhere in the world! Looking forward to reading Grisham’s & Harris’ latest releases. Impressive Summer reading list!

  • Mikki Hooven / July 30, 2012

    Wow, they all look interesting. I’ve read “Deadlocked” because I got hooked on the Sookie Stackhouse books last year, but it would be hard to pick which one of these I want to read next. I’m thinking maybe “Helen Keller in Love” – it’s so different from anything else you’d read about her.

  • Carla E. / July 31, 2012

    I can’t wait for some of those to come out.

  • Susan / July 31, 2012

    My favorite southern lit book is Clover by Dori Sanders.

  • MissSusie / July 31, 2012

    Re-tweeted https://twitter.com/MissSusie66/status/230367661786271744

    Really want to read The Cove!

  • Dale / July 31, 2012

    Great list, anything by Faulkner is good in the heat of a Southern summer.

  • Lauren / July 31, 2012

    Why can’t I just sit on the beach and read all of these? Well a girl can dream.

  • Jencey Gortney / August 2, 2012

    I have the MKA book. I look forward to Wendy Wax’s book. I also would love to read Karen White’s newest. I can think of a few others. I will tweet, facebook, and most likely blog it.

  • Kathryn / August 27, 2012

    I read Hiaasen’s YA book, Chomp. I have all of his books. #fan! I also want to read Mary Kay Andrews new one, I have a few of her tomes and always find lots to laugh about, being from the South, she touches off memories. Too bad I waited so long to check out your list and missed the terrific giveaways.