Friday, June 7, 2013

What's Your Summer Reading Pile?

Hartline Literary Agent, Diana Flegal is GGG guest today 

and reminds us of old favorites. 

Reprinted from Hartline blog by permission of author

It is officially summer and it is heating up here in Asheville. Yesterday while running an errand I passed my local East Asheville Library. Impulsively I made a u-turn and pulled up to the front door.

There is just something about summer and books for me. I believe it is because some of my fondest memories were summer days when walks with my mother ended at the library, where I would check out a weeks worth of books and we would carry them home. After completing my chores, I'd lie on a blanket in the back yard or under my canopy bed with a book. Nancy Drew's and a Nurse Mystery series with a mystery solving female, Cindy Ames, were my companions.

Nancy Drew is a fictional character in a mystery fiction series created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer. The character first appeared in 1930; the books have been ghostwritten by a number of authors and are published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene.[1] Over the decades the character has evolved in response to changes in US culture and tastes. The books were extensively revised, beginning in 1959

Cherry Ames is the central character in a series of 27 mystery novels with hospital settings published by Grosset & Dunlap between 1943 and 1968.The series stars a job-hopping, mystery-solving nurse in the Nancy Drew mold, named Cherry Ames. Cherry joins the Army Nurse Corps, and, after the war, she moves to Greenwich Village. Whenever Cherry isn't working with the Visiting Nurse Service, Dr. Joe sends her on assignments in various parts of the country.

Yesterday I choose a new mystery author, Laura Childs and her Tea Shop Mystery series title, Oolong Dead as well as Maeve Binchy's, Heart and Soul. Maeve is a fav author of mine that passed away last year. I will miss her new titles, but know I will revisit many of my favorites again.  

I feel guilty. Just a little.

I have a client manuscript I need to finish and submissions on my desk, but I will manage to carve out some evening reading- I must. After all it is summertime!

What is in your reading stack?



Diana Flegal is a literary agent with Hartline Literary Agency. 


Carol said...

Diana - By the time my daughter had finished middle school, she had read every book in the Young Adult Section of our local library. LITERALLY! When she graduated, she received a full four-year scholarship. I believe the two items are linked!

Caroline said...

Memories of reading, reading, reading! Loved the books you mention and lots more. Our boys read before they went to school and still enjoy books. We had comments galore from people who'd see are boys reading (and behaving) while having casual meals at restaurants.

Good post, Diana!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Diana, for taking me back....ahhhh....those wonderful hours/afternoons spent reading my heart out!

Happy feeing guilty!!

Donna B said...

I remember many a night spent reading romances in my bedroom long past bedtime. I can't seem to get enough. I love it when a book won't let me go, but I wonder what's wrong with me. LOL There are often many other things I should be doing, but oh, the joy of that book that won't let me go!