Pretty sure I already talked about The Rosie Project but it remains one of my favorite summer reads – author is Graeme Simsion.

Read a number of books that promised more than they delivered and picked up a few that didn’t make it through the first few pages. I have decided there are so many good books that there isn’t time to read the rest. So here’s what I enjoyed the last few weeks.

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian and – a little less – Sand Castle Girls. These are both historical novels and a bit of a departure for this author. Sand Castle Girls is about the Armenian genocide and Skeletons at the Feast is set in the last few months of WWII in Germany.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (who we all know is J. K. Rowling). Second in the Cormoran Strike series, I really enjoy her main character and found this a fun read.

Reread Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – some of the old ones are still really good ones.

Saints of New York by R. J. Ellory – main character is a policeman who had a father who was a decorated officer but who his son knows was a bent cop. Interesting look at guilt and motivations.

The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh is the continuation of the Lord Peter Whimsey series from Dorothy Sayers. Think the author does a decent job of getting the sound of the characters.

Herbie’s Game by Timothy Hallinan is a Junior Bender story – the crook’s crook.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey is billed as a mystery but is really a look at a woman who is suffering from dementia and quite well done.

Can’t we Talk about Something More Pleasant is Roz Chast’s graphic novel about taking care of her elderly parents.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs is an interesting story about a strong woman character who is kidnapped by a man who has a reasonable motive and her struggle to come to terms with this.

2 thoughts on “LATE SUMMER READING

  1. I was glad to hear about The Silkworm. I read Cuckoo’s Calling in the spring and was surprised I liked it (was a bit hesitant because I tried The Casual Vacancy and never even tried to finish; really disliked it). I also read the following and liked them:Saints of New York R.J.Ellory
    *I Am Pilgrim Terry Hayes – new author; incredibly complex espionage novel; really liked it
    *The Book of Unknown Americans Cristina Henriquez
    *A Quiet Belief in Angels RJ Ellory (also read the RJ Ellory book you mentioned which got me to try A quiet belief in angels)

    Earlier, I read Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. I had never read any of his books and that led me to read a few more.

    It is interesting that often times the books that are supposed to great reads (everyone is waiting for them) just do not excite me. I also find in the summer I like some lighter reading. But I have books in my home I still have not read (not from the library) and I just decided to try London by Edward Rutherford (very long, but interesting).

    I am also looking forward to reading The Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides (non-fiction). He is a great non-ficiton writer. And I plan to read the new books from Louise Penny, Gabriel Allon, plus The Silkworm.

    Happy summer! It has been beautiful.

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