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Reader name: Melissa
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Favorite genre: Chick Lit, Thrillers
Favorite authors: Chuck Palahniuk, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Jennifer Weiner, Stephenie Meyer, Chelsea Handler
Favorite books: Invisible Monsters, The Long Walk, The Bean Trees, Good in Bed, House Rules, Twilight, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Fight Club, Christine . . .
There are SO many book recommendations we could make based on this list of favorite authors, but I'll try to narrow my suggestions to just a few titles I think Melissa will enjoy.
Chevy Stevens' Still Missing—about a Realtor's worst nightmare (being abducted at an open house)—was one of my favorite thrillers of 2010. The paperback came out a few weeks ago, and the sequel (Never Knowing) is out on July 5. It's one of BookPage's top suspense picks for summer.
On the lighter side, you can't go wrong with Jennifer Crusie (her wit and embracing of curvier heroines will remind you of Jennifer Weiner). We like Bet Me, about a woman who is wise to the bet her suitor is trying to win.
Finally, the Twilight fan would do well to read Elizabeth Kostova's vampire tale The Historian—described in BookPage as a "terrifying gothic thriller, enlightening historical novel and haunting love story."
I hope this list helps you add to your summer reading list!
Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian and The Swan Thieves, will publish a new novel in 2013. Formerly with Little, Brown, Kostova will move to Ballantine Bantam Dell at Random House for #3. Here's a bit more on the book, from a press release from Random House:
The new novel will be set in the U.S. and Eastern Europe, and like The Historian will move between past and present, and combine elements of suspense, myth and folklore.
We interviewed Kostova for The Book Case back in the fall of 2009, and she mentioned then that her readers especially enjoy "the mix of historical and contemporary settings" as well as travel through time. Based on Random's short plot description, it sounds like Kostova is not straying from what she does best!
It has been four years since her blockbuster debut, The Historian, but Elizabeth Kostova is rising again on January 21 with a second act, The Swan Thieves. Instead of literature, this time Kostova's subject is painting—and painters who struggle to balance love and art. The novel goes from 1870s France to the modern day as a Washington, D.C., psychiatrist tries to discover why one of his patients attacked painting in the National Gallery.
She told Powell's she began work on The Swan Thieves before The Historian was even published. "I felt it was important for me to get back to writing right away — to draw that magic, private circle again."
After the jump, a video of Kostova discussing the novel.