November 3, 2016

September 2016 Reads

Sep 49 Nothing Short of Dying Erik Storey
50 The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden Philippa Dowding
51 The Whites Richard Price
52 Dr. Knox Peter Spiegelman
53 The Night Charter Sam Hawken
54 Small great things Jodi Picoult
55 Red Right Hand Chris Holm
56 Order To Kill Kyle Mills

There's a lot to recommend on this list.  The first novel "Nothing Short of Dying" is a debut.  It's difficult to get published these days, so I love to read debut novels and this one did not disappoint.  It's a terrific debut, harsh and exceptional throughout.

Sometimes I read a YA or juvenile novel, just to see what's out there.  This month I read
"The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden".  It's written for 9-12-year-olds, but it kept me engaged with a positive story about dealing with loss, being a young teenager and growing up that will appeal to a wide audience.

If you haven't previously read Richard Price, read this one "The Whites", then his backlist, "Clockers" and "Lush Life".  I'm going to quote my favorite author regarding this great book. “Whether you call it a crime novel or a mystery novel or a giraffe with polka dots is largely irrelevant--The Whites is, simply put, a great American novel.” —Dennis Lehane

This is the first Jodi Picoult novel I've read.  There are so many great authors, it's hard to read them all.  I'm really glad I finally got around to reading "Small Great Things"  “A gripping courtroom drama . . . Given the current political climate, it is quite prescient and worthwhile. . . . This is a writer who understands her characters inside and out.”—Roxane Gay, The New York Times Book Review.

Order To Kill starts a new chapter in CIA's Mitch Rapps' life.  Kyle Mills has taken over where Vince Flynn left off and done a great job. "Kyle has done a top-notch job of blending the beloved characters of Irene Kennedy and Mitch Rapp with a high adventure, action-packed plot." - Military Press

You'll notice that I quote reviewers.  I do this to recommend the books to you and these reviews state it so well.
What are you reading?

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