Romancing Paradise, soon to be renamed Romancing the South or Romancing NASA or Romancing Forrest Gump, is not defunct. I swear it's not! ๐Ÿ™‚ But, the author has been taking care of a sick spouse this week, which takes much time and energy, and hasn't had time to think of anything to say.

Sue informs me in the comments section of the previous post that Absolute Write is back in bidness, so that's good. Whew.

I've been touring the blogs, albeit quickly, and there are lots of good conversations happening in all the usual places. Check out Miss Snark for the answer to what high concept means.

It's also time for Summer Reads, which you'll see talked about everywhere from the Borders catalog to NPR. What's hot this summer? What are the must reads? The ladies over at Lipstick Chronicles have some recommendations.

Me, I'm still trying to catch up on all the other books I want to read, so I never specifically go in for the summer market. But, I'm definitely planning on picking up a copy of Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl. It just sounds too cool, and Diana's a neat lady — which you already know if you read her blog.

I am woefully out of the loop on recent books, mostly because of the last couple of months of soul-searching and plan-making, so if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments trail. ๐Ÿ™‚

Other books I'm reading right now are mostly due to my book group, whom I love and will miss like heck. ๐Ÿ™ We're reading Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, which I don't particularly care for. It's like being forced to sit in Plato's cave and listen to him ramble on and on and on. Just give me the point already!!

Ahem. I know people love this book, and I guess I see the point, but it strikes me as clumsy. Just me.

We're gearing up for The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, and for T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom (which I have read once before and loved). I also have a slew of romances to read, and it really is put up or shut up time for my thesis. No more procrastination. ๐Ÿ™‚

What about you? What are you reading?