Five Books Every Woman Should Read by JB Lynn (with giveaway!)

Congratulations, Pamk, you’re the winner of The First Victim by JB! She’ll be in touch soon.

I cringe whenever I hear someone say she only reads one kind of book. Books are like friends, you can have a favorite, but sometimes others can fill in gaps in your life. Here are the five kinds of books I think every woman should read:

1 – The Escapist Read

Sometimes you just want to take a mental road trip and get away from it all. Books can carry you to far off lands, another time, or even another galaxy.

2 – The Truth Teller

Like the friend who always tells you how it is, books can teach us some hard truths about ourselves and others. Things I’ve learned from books:

– Anyone can be a hero if they’re just brave enough to do the right thing

– People may not be who you think they are

– Have faith in yourself

– Don’t believe everything you’re told

– Booksmart only gets you so far

– Only idiots walk into dark alleys at night

3 – The Fun One

Girls just wanna have fun and books can definitely fill that need. An entertaining read can take you on an adventure, sweep you off your feet, or leave you laughing.

4 – The Unlikely

Everyone’s got one of those friends who is different than everyone else they know. This person brings a different perspective or life experience to everything that you do together. You took a chance on this friend, take a chance on an unlikely book. Read something outside of your usual comfort zone…you never know what you might discover.

5 – The Old Favorite

Like pulling on your most comfy sweater or wrapping yourself in a worn blanket, there are days when nothing beats a comfort read. Maybe you love to escape into the familiarity of a well-read classic, or maybe you’re looking to lose yourself in the Happily Ever After ending of a romance novel, or maybe you’re having trouble in real life, and a mystery or thriller presents a challenge of a puzzle that has clear solution, which you’re desperately craving.

Those are the five kinds of books I think everyone should read. Are there any other “friends” you’d include in this list? Tell me one thing you’ve learned from a book. One lucky commenter will win a copy of The First Victim.

Although fascinated by things dark and twisted, JB is also enamored of tales of love conquering all. The First Victim, her romantic suspense novel, will be released by Carina Press on June 13th and is available for pre-order now.

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Fifteen years ago, Emily Wright barely escaped from a serial killer dubbed the Baby Doll Strangler. She wants nothing to do with the small town she grew up in, but when her father is hospitalized she reluctantly returns home to care for her teenage sister.

When a friend of her sister is killed and left in front of Emily’s house, Emily begins to relive the nightmare she endured long ago. Soon she realizes that her sister too is in danger from the killer – and the only person who can help is the man Emily left behind: Deputy Bailey O’Neil. Together, Emily and Bailey must discover the killer’s identity before he claims his next victim…

About Misty Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series, as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.
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19 Responses to Five Books Every Woman Should Read by JB Lynn (with giveaway!)

  1. Amy Atwell says:

    Great post, J.B. I love the breakdown of the 5 different kinds of reads. As dry as it sounds, I’d add another–The Lesson. I love to read historicals and it’s because I love getting that new perspective on a period of history, whether it’s the Tudor court or the American Revolution. I suppose the same thing goes when I read contemporaries and they feature protagonists who have interesting occupations. I’ve learned about glass blowing, ship building and fire fighting (among other things) through entertaining fiction reads.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    I think my favorites are books that have all the categories in ones. Those are the 5 star books.

    Congratulations on your book! You must be so excited.

  3. JB Lynn says:

    Amy — The Lesson is a great addition!

    Edie — Yes, I’m VERY excited!
    JB Lynn`s last blog was …Turning real life fears into fiction

  4. What a great list! I think you’ve categorized the various types of reads perfectly ;).
    Today, I’m in the mood for an old favorite…
    Thanks so much for being here with us today!
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Judy Croomes Dancing in the Shadows of Love giveaway!

  5. Misty Evans says:

    JB, so nice to have you here with us at MM! Fabulous post as well. I’d never thought of my reading experiences in this manner, but it’s so true that we need each of these types of books, just like we need different types of friends.

    I’ve learned so many wonderful things from books, I can’t single one specific thing out. I would add to your list, The Foreigner…the book/friend who teaches me about a different way of life, a new language and let’s me immerse myself in a new culture. I’ve learned French, some Italian, Russian, Spanish, and even good ol’ American urban-isms from these friends/books. I like being more multiculteral and getting out of my Midwest mindset by experiencing life through others’ eyes and words.

  6. Barbara says:

    I love your categories! I ought to spend a weekend reorganizing my shelves. :shock:

    Since I read a lot of series’ (even though a lot of these also qualify as old favorites too), I’m going to add the category of The Refreshers. When some books in a series come out a year or even two apart and if I’m reading 10 of them at a time, sometimes I need to go back and figure out where I left off.

    I couldn’t even begin to list what I’ve learned from books, but my favorite things in the last ten years or so have come from my collection of European historical biographies.
    Barbara`s last blog was …Forbidden

  7. Brenda Hyde says:

    I agree! I personally like to have a “dark read” category. Books that have a plot that is dark, a hero or heroine that keeps getting slammed with bad stuff, but keeps going. I guess we could put that under “The Truth Teller”.

    I can’t imagine reading only one type of book…there are SO many good ones out there in every genre!

  8. Liz Kreger says:

    What a great blog, JB. Thanx for reminding me of many of the reasons why I read (and write). Yes, I’m probably one of those people who make you cringe, but I do tend to read one type of book. I’m into the paranormal and UF at the moment. However, in the past I’ve also been a huge fan of Harlequins, science fiction, historicals, non-fiction historicals, biographies and yes … ‘pon occasion I’ll explore WF or general fiction.

    I rarely, if ever, let myself be influenced into buying a book because so-and-so is on the best seller list. That means little to me other than the fact it may be friend that hits the list. I read for pleasure and information.

  9. Jane says:

    Congrats to JB on the upcoming release. I love rereading the old favorites. It’s definitely a comfort read.

  10. JB Lynn says:

    Marilyn – Old favorites are the best!

    Misty – The Foreigner is a great addition!

    The Refresher – LOL I do that with series too!

    Brenda — I’m a fan of dark stuff!

    Liz — I go thru phases when I read mostly something too. Thanks for commenting!
    JB Lynn`s last blog was …Turning real life fears into fiction

  11. Sassy says:

    Oooo I have to totally agree with you. i especially LOVE #5. that is exactly what I do! the old warn blanket out and everything.

    sassysasha817 at gmail dot com

  12. Cynthia Eden says:

    What a great list! And The First Victim looks awesome. ;)
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …NEVER CRY WOLF Giveaway!!!

  13. Pamk says:

    Books have taught me my job, how to drive, and allowed me live out many different things in my imagination. This book sounds great.

  14. Marilyn says:

    Congrats to JB on the upcoming release. I love reading many different kinds of books. I’ve learned so many things from books that have helped me become who I am today. For example: Paranormals and historicals have taught me to use my imagination and travel back in time. Self-help books have taught me to become healthier and more confident.

    Hiya Misty! waving hi like crazy…

  15. JB Lynn says:

    Jane — I love snuggling up with a comfort read.

    Sassy — Those ARE the best.

    Cynthia — I had a blast making up the list and I love the additional suggestions that have been provided?

    Pamk — I like your list!

    Marilyn — I like your use of self help books. Good for you! :-)
    JB Lynn`s last blog was …Turning real life fears into fiction

  16. Congrats on your upcoming release, JB. And great list. I’m reading a book in the Unlikely category at the moment, a Russian-set urban fantasy that’s unlike anything I’ve read before.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …I’m being interviewed at Get Lost in a Story today

  17. JB Lynn says:

    Michelle — I’ve never read a Russian UF — sounds intriguing!
    JB Lynn`s last blog was …A Working Staycation

  18. Donna S says:

    Great list. I think you have really captured the five. I am mostly found of the ezcapist myself.

    The First Victim sounds great. Congrats on the release!

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