September 4, 2016

August 2016 Reads

Aug 42 Underground Airlines Ben H. Winters
43 Missing, Presumed Susie Steiner
44 The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Joanna Canon
45 Rough Trade Todd Robinson
46 The Dollhouse Fiona Davis
47 Truly Madly Guilty Liane Moriarty
48 The Hard Bounce Todd Robinson

August was a great reading month!

As you might guess, the list of my favorite authors is as long as my arm.  Ben H. Winters is on the list.  Underground Airlines is American history re-imagined.  The Civil War didn't happen, there's still slavery in the States, everything else is pretty much the same.  This is a wonderful thought-provoking read.

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner is a great British police procedural.  I love police procedurals, I think part of that is that my husband was a cop.  Steiner fleshes out the characters, you can't ask for a better read in this genre.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is so much fun.  A neighbor has disappeared and two young girls are on the case!   This is one of the best, most lively mystery/coming of age stories I’ve read in ages.  It's a quirky and charming debut novel that I highly recommend.

This month I added a "new" favorite author to my list, Todd Robinson.  The main characters Boo and Junior really did come from the school of hard-knocks.  Robinson is a good solid author, the action is quick and I loved the two I read, Rough Trade and The Hard Bounce.

I loved The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis.  Here's a quote from Publishers Weekly, "Davis’s impeccably structured debut is equal parts mystery, tribute to midcentury New York City, and classic love story."  It has something for every reader and it's a great read.

This is the first time I've read Liane Moriarty.  From the title, I thought Truly Madly Guilty would be light-chic-lit.  It wasn't.  It was a well-written, fast-paced, nonlinear narrative that will have you puzzling together the before, the after, and the in between.  I like a book that makes me think!

What are you reading?

July 2016 Reads


36 Sacred Dennis Lehane
37 Moonlight Mile Dennis Lehane
38 The Opposite of Everyone Joshilyn Jackson
39 The Life She Wants Robyn Carr
40 One Hundred Years of Marriage Louise Farmer Smith
41 The Girls Emma Kline

In June while I was traveling, I started reading Dennis Lehane's early work about working-class Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, this month I finished up.  I've probably read the series 6 or 7 times.  Good writing needs to be re-read.

The Opposite of Everyone is laced with sharp humor and poignant insight, it is Joshilyn Jackson at her very best.

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr was an interesting read.  I think I'd classify it as women's fiction, but it's not a piece of fluff, it's well written with great characters.

The Girls by Emma Kline is a fictionalized account of the Manson Murders.  It's a spell-binding debut novel that I highly recommend.

What are you reading?

July 22, 2016

Book List


Eight years ago, one of my Tai Chi students asked me to create a book list for her. She wanted a list of good books, fiction, and non-fiction, so she could explore authors she wasn't familiar with. She specifically asked that the choices be more family oriented, rather than dark or profane. I've passed the list out to several others, so I thought I'd post it here, too. - I updated the list to include four more great books.

Yes, I've read all of these.

Book List

109 East Palace Jennet Conant
700 Sundays Billy Crystal
A Three Dog Life Abigail Thomas
A Useful Dog Donald McCaig
Alex & Me Irene Pepperberg
Augusta Locke William Haywood Henderson
Bastard Out of Carolina Dorothy Allison
Behind the Scenes at the Museum Kate Atkinson
Belong to Me Marisa de la Santos
Big Sid's Vincati Matthew Biberman
Blind Your Ponies Stanley Gordon West
Chronicler of the Winds Henning Mankell
Coal Run Tawni O'Dell
The Color of Water James McBride
Coop Michael Perry
Dating Dead Men Harley Jane Kozak
Devil in the White City Erik Larson
Down Town Ferrol Sams
Dreams from my Father Barack Obama
Driftless David Rhodes
Evidence of Things Unseen Marianne Wiggins
Family Life Akhil Sharma
Forever Pete Hamill
Four Corners of the Sky Michael Malone
Friday Night Lights H. G. Bissinger
Good Grief Lolly Winston
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford
In the Shadows of the Sun Alexander Parsons
Irreplaceable Stephen Lovely
Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Little Bee Chris Cleave
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Ayelet Waldman
Love Walked In Marisa de los Santos
Marley and Me John Grogan
My Antoinia Willa Cather
One Thousand White Women Jim Fergus
Outcast United Warren St. John
Peace Like a River Leif Enger
Same Sweet Girls Cassandra King
Sky Bridge Laura Pritchett
Sky Burial Xinran
Some Horses Thomas McGuane
Some of Tim's Stories S.E. Hinton
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli
The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein
The Color of Water James McBride
The Flying Troutmans Miriam Toews
The God of Animals Aryn Kyle
The Good Good Pig Sy Montgomery
The Guernsey Literary Mary Ann Shaffer
Potato Peel Pie Society Annie Barrows
The Day The World Came To Town Jim Defede
The Dog Stars Peter Heller
The Longest Trip Home John Grogan
The Memory of Running Ron McLarty
The Mighty Queens of Freeville Amy Dickinson
The Opposite of Love Julie Buxbaum
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
The Tender Bar J.R. Moehringer
The Undomestic Goddess Sophie Kensella
The Well and the Mine Gin Phillips
The Whistling Season Ivan Doig
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson
The Life and Time of the Bill Bryson
Thunderbolt Kid, A Memoir
Turtle Warrior Mary Relindes Ellis
Undiscovered Country Lin Enger
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
We Bought a Zoo Benjamin Mee

What are you reading?