Sharing our Reading with the World

Haven’t been posting about reading but doesn’t mean reading hasn’t happened.  

Here are some of last month’s highlights

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – about the impact of the war in Chechen – not a light read but a good one

The Devil’s Dream by Lee Smith – story of a musical family from the hills of appalachia to a modern day country/western star – none of them behaved well

The Prophet by Michael Koryta – Really thought this was excellent – about two brothers in a small town trying to deal with the guilt over their sister’s murder years ago – lots of football and religion

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan -enjoyed this story of a very bright but unusual 15 year old who is dealing with losing her beloved sister to a husband and trying to understand love

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams -funny story of a typical Adams situation – time travel and saving the world is included.

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol – unusual plot for a thriller

Close to Home by Peter Robinson -a DCI Banks – bones of a friend of his who disappeared 30 years before are found and he gets involved in the case while Annie is dealing with the disappearance of another 15 old boy.



Comments on: "Catching up on what’s been read this summer" (2)

  1. Reading in June got off to a good start for me with two books that I gave 5 star ratings to – doesn’t necessary mean they are great books. Just means I really enjoyed reading them. One is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – a romance with the main character a man who has no social skills and no idea how his actions are seen by other people but well intentioned. A very funny book and a sequel is due out in a few months. The other book was Sunrise by Al Lamanda – a thriller with a character who is heavily flawed by very likable. Also part of a series that I’ll have to explore.

  2. Continuing on the what have I read and enjoyed (and why aren’t you posting your recommendations?) –
    book group discussed The Air we Breathe by Andrea Barrett and while it wasn’t universally loved by the group I thought it was fascinating and she is an author I really enjoy. Set in a TB Sanatorium in the 20th century it explored several themes with lots of information about what it was like to be treated for TB during that period.
    Read a couple of Chris Bohjalian’s historical stories – Skeletons at the Feast (Germany at the very end of WWII) and Sandcastle Girls (the Armenian genocide). Thought both were well done and worth reading.
    Lots of mysteries this summer – a couple of Peter Robinson’s (a favorite author) plus a very cynical and dark book by R. J. Ellory – Saints of New York, The Silkworm – the second in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith who we all know is actually J. D. Rowling. I really enjoy this character and I think she is an excellent story teller. Finally, Jill Paton Walsh has been continuing the Lord Peter Whimsey series of Dorothy Sayers and I think she does it quite well – the latest is The Late Scholar and I enjoyed it for the nostalgia.

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