November 2, 2017

October 2017 Reads

Oct 64 Think of a Number John Verdon
65 The Defense Steve Cavanagh
66 The Burning Girl Claire Messud
67 Turtles All The Way Down John Green
68 Gun Street Girl Adrian McKinty
69 The Uncommon Type Tom Hanks

Another slow reading month, but the books I read were great.  This time I spent two weeks on a tour of Spain and it was grand, not much time for reading.

Think of a Number is the first time I've read John Verdon and it won't be the last.  This novel starts slow, but hang on to your hat, it really captured me and I had a hard time putting it down.

I love John Green.  His novels are written for young adults, but they are very translatable to all adults.  This may be my favorite of Green's novels.  The title is odd, but you'll need to read the book to find out what it means.  Here are a couple of quotes from John Green about the book, “This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.", and “The great thing about figurative language and symbols and the like in novels is that you don’t have to be conscious of them for them to work."

Gun Street Girl by McKinty is the fourth in the series, and it was great.

Someone else I love is Tom Hanks.  His debut is a short story collection and it is great.  Three of the stories, spread through the book are about the same 4 friends.  I think Hanks should explore making a movie about these four.  I'd go see it for sure.  Read the book and see if you agree.

The Defense is a nail-biter, for sure. Eddie Flynn, one-time con artist, current lawyer, has a problem. The Russian mafia wants him to smuggle a bomb into a courtroom and eliminate the prosecution’s star witness against the head of New York City’s Russian mob. Eddie has vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again, but now he finds he has no choice: the mob has abducted his ten-year-old daughter, Amy.  Read it!

What are you reading?

September 2017 Reads

Sep 56 The Lying Game Ruth Ware
57 My Absolute Darling Gabriel Tallent
58 The Cold Cold Ground Adrian McKinty
59 The Heavens May Fall Allen Eskens
60 I Hear The Sirens In The Streets Adrian McKinty
61 In the Morning I'll be Gone Adrian McKinty
62 Lightning Men Thomas Mullen
63 The Misfortune of Marion Palm Emily Culliton

As you can guess from this list, I have another "new" favorite author, Adrian McKinty.  As usual, I'm reading them in order, although it's not essential, and the three from this month are outstanding.  These are police-procedurals that take place in Ireland during the time of the Troubles.  Very good reading and they gave me a different historical view.

Lightning Men is another police-procedural but very different.  It takes place in overcrowded and rapidly-changing Atlanta in the '50's.  This is fiction and it follows the first black policeman hired by the Atlanta PD.  I'm from SoCal, and the '50's in the South is like a foreign country, I was still in school when these changes were happening.  This was an eye-opener for me.  Mullen's writing has echoes of Walter Mosley and Dennis Lehane, two of my favorites.
What are you reading?

August 2017 Reads

This month I chose this photo because books and 
the library really saved me when I was a child.

Aug 50 Beartown Fredrik Backman
51 The Heart's Invisible Furies John Boyne
52 1222 Anne Holt
53 The Last Ballad Wiley Cash
54 Plainsong Kent Haruf
55 Another Brooklyn Jacqueline Woodson

Only six books this month but they were all great reads. I did a bit of travel to Iceland, it was a tour and I didn't have much reading time for a couple of weeks.

I'll occaisionally re-read a favorite book; this month is was Plainsong.  I love Haruf's writing and Plainsong is outstanding.  Beartown, The last Ballad and Another Brooklyn are all wonderful novels and well worth reading.

1222 is classic Anne Holt.  Holt is Norways best-selling female crime-writer for a good reason.  This one is full of suspense.
What are you reading?