July 14, 2018

June 2018 Reads




June 42 Even Dogs In the Wild Ian Rankin
43 Ohio Stephen Markley
44 Rainsong Sue Hubbard
45 The Martin Chronicles John Fried
46 American Journal Tracy K. Smith editor
47 Still Life With Two Dead 
Peacocks and a Girl Diane Seuss
48 Annie Freeman's Fabulous
Traveling Funeral Kris Radish

Even Dogs In the Wild is a  Scottish police procedural. I really enjoyed this, Rankin kept me guessing.

I think Ohio by debut author Stephen Markley is going to be an instant best-seller.  The book will be published in August, and you don't want to miss it.  "Markley’s novel is alternately disturbing and gorgeous, providing a broad view of the anxieties of a post-9/11 Middle America and the complexities of the humans who navigate them." ~ Publisher's Weekly.

I picked Rainsong to read because the title reminded me of Plainsong, one of my favorite books.  The story starts slow, but I really liked it.  It will be published in September.  Here's the blurb from the BN site, "It unfolds as a compelling tale of grief, art, and the fragile, quiet ways in which time and place can offer a measure of redemption."

And, I picked up The Martin Chronicles, because of Martian Chronicles!  Sometimes these things work out.  This is a moving debut that perfectly captures the intense emotion, humor, and earnestness of young adulthood as Marty navigates a series of life-changing firsts: first kiss, first enemy, first loss, and ultimately, his first awareness that the world is not as simple or safe a place as he had once imagined.  The book will be published in January 2019.

Don't you just love this title, Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral?  I'm not big on "chick-lit", but this story was great, and it does Thelma and Louise, one better. “Radish sings the praises of sisterhood by creating an enticing world of women helping women to become the empowered individuals they were meant to be.” —Booklist

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July 13, 2018

May 2018 Reads


or books.


May 33 Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate
34 American Fire Monica Hess
35 The Rising Heather Graham/Jon Land
36 Midnight War of Mateo Martinez Robin Yardu
37 Mean Streets Jim Butcher
38 Before I Let Go Marieke Nijkamp
39 Woman In The Window A. J. Finn
40 County Line Bill Cameron
41 Anatomy of a Scandal Sarah Vaughan

Mays' reading started out with a bang.  Before We Were Yours, is good historical, well researched, fiction about a shameful chapter in American adoption. My heart broke a couple of times.

American Fire is in-depth reporting of an American crime. Arson is hard for me to understand and because the lead perpetrator wouldn't grant interviews, I still have questions. Hesse interviewed everyone she could, including the volunteer firefighters and crime scene investigators, plus victims and other affected residents. Very worth the read.

The Rising is a Terminator-like suspense story that has everything you would want in a science fiction fantasy…action, mystery, thrills and a storyline that will spur your imagination and give you hours of reading pleasure.  Jon Land was one of my husband's favorite authors, this is the reason I gave this book a try, and I'm so glad I did.  It's YA, but I'm an adult and loved it.

Midnight War of Mateo Martinez is a children's book, geared toward 7-10-year-olds. It's well written, a lot of fun, and involves best friends, little sisters, and talking skunks!

Woman in The Window has been on the bestseller list for months. I packed it for a 3-week trip, hoping that it'd be good. (Sometimes bestsellers are stinkers.) This is suspenseful and well written, I couldn't put it down. A great debut. I really recommend that you read it.

Contemporary sharp-edged noir doesn't get much better than County Line. This was a suspenseful read; another one that was hard to put down. I recommend it.

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July 11, 2018

April 2018 Reads




Apr 24 Rust & Stardust T. Greenwood
25 Agent in Place Mark Greaney
26 Rocket Men Robert Kurson
27 Ascension of Larks Rachel Linden
28 Lean on Pete Willy Vlautin
29 After Ana Lisa Scottoline
30 Buttermilk Graffiti Edward Lee
31 How To Walk Away Katherine Center
32 The Graybar Hotel Curtis Dawkins

These later posts are testing my memory!  There are the books I recommend from April.

Rust & Stardust is the brilliant novelization of the true crime story that inspired Nabokov’s Lolita. Shatteringly original, eloquently written and hard to put down.

Agent in Place is the 7th installment of the Gray Man series.  Usually, I get tired of a series at about this time, not this series.  Mark Greaney keeps the series fresh, and I can't wait for the next installment.

Kurson is a great nonfiction writer and he didn't disappoint with Rocket Men, the story of Apollo 8. I felt very connected to the Apollo program because my husband built the command modules that went to the moon, for the program. (Before he went on the LAPD.)

The truth is, I read Lean on Pete because it's going to be a movie and I was curious.  It was a good read. Willy Vlautin reveals the lives and choices of American youth like Charley Thompson who were failed by those meant to protect them and who were never allowed the chance to just be a kid.

OK, I fell in love in April while reading Buttermilk Graffiti.  It's a cooking memoir and brilliant.  I don't watch TV, so I didn't know anything about Edward Lee.  Read it, you'll fall in love, too.

How To Walk Away, was a great Trans-Atlantic read, for me, and it'd be a wonderful Beach Read for anyone!

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