Catching up on what’s been read this summer

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.



2 thoughts on “Catching up on what’s been read this summer

  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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