April 2, 2018

March 2018 Reads


17 Manhattan Mayhem Mary Higgins Clark, editor
18 Red Right Hand Chris Holm
19 The Dry Jane Harper
20 The Night Hour Alice McDermott
21 Night Tremors Matt Coyle
22 Gone World Tom Sweterlitsch

I love NYC, and the short story collection Manhattan Mayhem was right up my alley.  From Wall Street to Harlem, each story covers a part of Manhattan.  Many famous and soon to be famous authors contributed to this collection.

Last year I read Holm's debut novel, The Killing Kind, and I was hooked. His writing is crisp and you don't want to stop reading.  You'll love Red Right Hand.

The Dry is another great debut novel, tightly woven and compelling. It was hard to put down and might want to keep a jug of water nearby.

I loved Gone World. The writing is lyrical and so good; NCIS and time travel are involved.  At once futuristic and hard-boiled. It takes you to another world and back again. (I paraphrased Stewart O'Nan for the last two sentences.)

What are you reading?

February 2018 Reads.

First off, I really need this t-shirt!  Now, on to my book recommendations.

Feb 9 Only Killers and Thieves Paul Howarth
10 The Night Trade Barry Eisler
11 Artemis Andy Weir
12 The Deceivers Alex Berenson
13 A Morning for Flamingos James Lee Burke
14 Bastards Mary Anna King
15 The Never-Open Desert Diner James Anderson
16 The Story of Arthur Truluv Elizabeth Berg

I like noir, I cannot lie, and the debut novel, Only Killers and Thieves is a good one. A story of savagery and race, injustice and honor, set in the untamed frontier of 1880s Australia; reminiscent of the novels of Cormac McCarthy, one of my favorite authors.

Barry Eisler is another favorite author, I'm glad I can have more than one!  His latest, The Night Trade, is up to his usual standard, fabulous!

Artemis was so different than The Martian, but equally good. It hugely entertaining, perfect if you like thrillers, sci-fi or adventure.  I loved it.

Bastards is a memior.  It is funny, wise and very entertaining. It could of been heartbreaking, but it wasn't, it was hard to put down.  I passed this around my Tai Chi class, they loved it, too.

It's difficult to get published, so I read a lot of debut authors. I want to evaluate them. Anderson knocked it out of the park with The Never-Open Desert Diner! This is a great story, daring, smart, suspenseful, and deeply effecting. I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it.

What are you reading?

January 2018 Reads

Jan 1 Heart Berries Terese Marie Mailhot
2 The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Katarina Bivald
3 The Highway Kind Patrick Millikin
4 The Treatment Mo Hayder
5 The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen Hendrik Groen
83 1/4 Years Old
6 The Italian Party Christina Lynch
7 The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing Mira Jacob
8 Vinegar Girl Anne Tyler

 A great start to 2018!  My favorite book this month is The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.  This is a winner.  I was hooked after the first 10 pages, great writing and I didn't want it to end.

I also loved The Highway Kind, of course, I also love cars.  Many of my favorite authors contributed to this short story collection; each story is centered around a particular car.  Great read.

I also recommend The Treatment, it's a British police procedural, very exciting and well written.

And my last recommendation is Vinegar Girl.  It's the retelling of Shakespears' Taming of the Shrew.  I've never read Shakespear and these Hogarth editions are great.

What are you reading?