June 12, 2016

April and May, 2016

Apr 16 The Legends Club John Feinstein
17 The Kind Worth Killing Peter Swanson
18 One in a Million boy Monica Wood
19 Tuesday Nights in 1980 Molly Prentiss
20 Dept. of Speculation Jenny Offill
May 21 Kill Switch Jonathan Maberry
22 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
23 History of Wolves Emily Fridlund
24 December Boys Joe Clifford
25 Britt-Marie Was Here Fredrik Backman
26 Tell Me Three Things Julie Buxbaum

I really loved some of these books, those are the ones I'll recommend.

The Legends Club by Joh Feinstein is a must read for anyone who loves college basketball.  Feinstein knows sports and that's what he writes about.  This book covers Mike Krzyzewski. Dean Smith, and Jim Valvano. In the skillful hands of John Feinstein, this extraordinary rivalry, and the men behind it, come to life in a unique, intimate way.

One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.  This is a quote from another author that I think sums this up, "this novel hums with energy, warmth, wisdom, humor, and soul." ~ Christina Baker Kline.

Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry.  Maberry manages to blend SciFi, Horror, TechnoThriller and Crime all together in this latest installment of the Joe Ledger series.  It's a great, fast page-turner.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was an instant best seller, and justifiably so.  It took me awhile to jump on the bandwagon, but I was sorry I waited so long.  This quote, from the New Yorker, sums up why you should read it. “Intricate… A meditation on fate, free will, and the way that, in wartime, small choices can have vast consequences.”

December Boys by Joe Clifford.  I'm a huge Joe Clifford fan.  This is his third book and second novel.  He told me that his publisher has ordered five more Jay Porter sequels.  Read his books!

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman.  I'm also a huge fan of Backman.  This is his third novel.  He's a Swedish columnist, blogger, and writer.  His writing is funny, moving, observant and humane. I met him this year at Book Expo, and he was very funny in person, too.  I've read all his novels and I've been impressed with each one.  One of the hurdles of writers from other countries is having a great translator, and Backman has been very lucky with the translation of all his books.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum was a great read.  I don't read a lot of YA, but wanted to see how Buxbaum did in this genre.  I'm not too proud to quote another author ~ “Three Things about this novel: (1) I loved it. (2) No, really, I LOVED it. (3) I wish I could tell every teen to read it. Buxbaum’s book sounds, reads, breathes, worries, and soars like real adolescents do.” —Jodi Picoult,  The target reader is 12 - 17-year-olds, but I think good writing is for all ages.  This is a good story with good writing.

What are you reading?

April 3, 2016

January, February and March 2016

Jan 1 The House of Tomorrow Peter Bognanni
2 Midnight Riot Ben Aaronovitch
3 Down Cemetery Road Mick Herron
4 As Close To Us As Breathing Elizabeth Poliner
Feb 5 Nobody Walks Mick Herron
6 Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan
7 Anna and the Swallow Man Gavriel Savit
8 Daredevils Shawn Vestal
9 Lay Down Your Weary Tune W. B. Belcher
10 The Wolves Alex Berenson
Mar 11 Real Tigers Mick Herron
12 Dodgers Bill Beverly
13 Midnight Sun Jo Nesbo
14 Back Blast Mark Greaney
15 As Good As Gone Larry Watson

This time, I'm giving a Quarterly report!  I've done two months at a time previously, but never three!

My list of favorite authors is as long as my arm.  Because I read so much, I expose myself to a wide variety.  During these three months, I read books by five of my favorites, Mick Herron, Alex Berenson, Joe Nesbo, Mark Greaney and Larry Watson.  You can pick up any of their books, not just the novels on this list, and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

The primary reason I love reading debut authors is it's so darn hard to get published these days.  The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni is a debut novel; it's a unique and touching story about a teenage boy who has been raised in isolation by his grandmother.  The story is charming and thoughtful and a great read.  I highly recommend it.

Another debut that is outstanding is Dodgers by Bill Beverly.  From BN.com: "Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger. It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East's hothead younger brother—to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he's never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, ultimately forcing him to grapple with his place in the world and decide what kind of man he wants to become."

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit is also a debut novel.  It's YA, but I passed it around my Tai Chi Class and everyone who read it absolutely loved it.  This from the Kirkus Review:  "After a young girl is left to fend for herself in World War II Poland, she stumbles upon an intriguing gentleman who she hopes will guide her out of the emerging chaos of war. Anna Lania is 7 at the start of this multiyear tale with its overtones of folklore and magical realism. Her linguistics-professor father is taken away by the Germans during the expulsion of intellectuals at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. A linguist herself, Anna is drawn to the language abilities and bird savvy of the Swallow Man, so named to preserve his anonymity. As they make their way together across Poland, the Swallow Man has ingenious ways of explaining their new realities to Anna via storytelling while his real activities remain an enigma until the end. Most striking here is that debut author Savit creates a young girl's world that only consists of father figures—and it is not always clear how Anna is to determine whom to trust and whether or not these relationships and how she thinks of them are ultimately safe. The eventual conclusion: human connection, however, brief or imperfect, has the potential to save us all. Artful, original, insightful."

What are you reading?

February 24, 2016

November and December 2015

Last year was a rough year for me, I lost my husband, step-mother. and mom.  Blogging wasn't a priority, of course, but I'm getting back into the swing of things in many areas of my life, so I thought I'd do a catch up of my reading.  Here's a two-month report!

Nov 67 The Wrong Man Kate White
68 Did You Ever Have A Family Bill Clegg
69 The Do-Right Lisa Sandlin
70 The Devil's Share Wallace Stroby
71 The Things We Keep Sally Hepworth
72 My Southern Journey Rick Bragg
Dec 73 The Bone Labyrinth James Rollins
74 The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace Jeff Hobbs
75 Slow Horses Mick Herron
76 The Widow Fiona Barton
77 The Assistant Camille Perri
78 Dead Lions Mick Herron

This is going to be brief.  I loved "Did You Ever Have A Family", the story is masterfully told and you don't want to put it down.

I've read all of Wallace Stroby's Crissa Stone series, this last one, The Devil's Share did not disappoint.  Good writing and fast action, what more do you want!

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth deals with memory loss at a young age and its affect on everyone in the family.  Well written and warm hearted.

I love Rick Bragg and have read all his memoirs and family stories.  My Southern Journey is a great read.

I know you've probably heard of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.  Everything you've heard is true.  It's a fabulous accounting of, just as the title says, a short and tragic life.  It made me want to cry.

I have become a fan of Mick Herron.  I've devoured the Slough House series and I highly recommend it.  I'm looking forward to exploring his other work.

So many books, so little time.  Thanks for stopping by.
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