Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George: Her first two books were all or nothing for me. I loved the Autobiography of Henry VIII, but didn’t like much of Memoirs of Cleopatra. I’ve heard good things about this one and hoped that her return to the Tudor era will be an improvement. At the halfway point I’d gotten lost in the vast numbers of people mentioned in places, but still kept up with the focus of the story. Some time online researching the main participants helped. The rest of the book was less confusing, but by the time I got to the end, I was ready to be done with it.

Night Fall by Nelson DeMille: I really enjoy DeMille’s books and particularly those with John Corey in them. I love him as a character because he’s got a real fun attitude.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz: Many people I know have already read this book and recommended it to me. I used to read a lot of the horror/thriller genre and read quite a few of Dean Koontz’s early books. I haven’t read one of his books in years, but had so many people recommend this one that I had to give it a shot. I really ended up enjoying it.

Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult: Picoult is one of those authors I would never have read if not for the recommendations of my online book group. The thing I enjoy about her books is that she takes controversial issues and presents them in a way that the reader can have empathy for both sides . This one was the same way. By the end of the book I could see valid reasons for both outcomes to the trial.