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I’m sure no one is surprised to see Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol heading up the bestseller list this week. It was a top seller before its release! Here’s a sampling of what you could be reading…

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (read by Paul Michael)

A fast paced mystery/thriller featuring symbologist Robert Langdon has been a pre-sale bestseller for weeks. I got caught up in the hype and picked mine up on release day. Haven’t started it yet, but it’s next to my bed.

Dexter by Design and Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (narrated by Nick Landrum)

I started reading the Dexter books when they first emerged in 2004 and was hooked. I enjoy the unusual, and Dexter definitely qualifies. Can you imagine yourself rooting for a serial killer?

Dexter Morgan works as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department… oh, and he’s a serial killer who kills serial killers.

His foster father identified Dexter’s bloodlust early and taught him to harness it in a more… moral way. The books are smart, funny, and completely enjoyable to read. The books have been adapted into a Showtime television series. Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first of the series. Start there. This latest entry… wait, I can’t tell you about it without spoiling the others. Take my word for it. Meet Dexter.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (read by Pepper Binkley)

I’m not a Sparks’s reader, but based on his frequency on bestseller lists, many people are. The Last Song finds Ronnie Miller reuniting with her father, from whom she has been estranged since her parents divorced three years ago. It does sound like a good story… just not my style.

True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy (read by John Bedford Lloyd)

The recent passing of US Senator Kennedy has renewed interest in the Kennedy family. This memoir takes a close look at the victories and tragedies surrounding the Kennedy family. US history buffs will especially enjoy Kennedy’s candor about his family.

Sounds like a busy week for reading. And yes, I did stop writing long enough to put the new Dexter audiobook on hold at the library.

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