Saturday, February 04, 2012

Books I read in January 2012

I know you guys were wondering if you would see this again this year!
I really wanted to quit posting my reading list, but I had emails from so many people asking me to continue.
Writing the little "reviews" of each book was so much work and that was what I was resisting, so this year, I am not going to review EVERY book that I read. I will give you the list and perhaps write a bit about the books that were my favorites each month.
Also, I want to add the books that I abandon. These are books that I start that I never finish. There were many every month last year. Often I get a recommendation and I start the book and I don't like it, so I don't bother to finish it. So this year, you will get that list too.
Photo is from Kansas City, KS public library.

Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben
The Cutie by Donald Westlake
First Cases ed. by Robert J. Randisi (short stories)
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese (library) ***great, I recommend to my foodie friends!!
The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol (library) dark thriller
Haunting Jasmine by Anjali Banerjee (library) romance with a literary twist very cute
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (library)
The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch (library)-time travel thriller
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot (library)
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee (library)-- set in Hong Kong, if you like Empire of the Sun/Lisa See etc.
The Faculty Club by Danny Tobey (library) fantasy
Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan (library)-short stories
The Exile by Diana Gabaldon (graphic novel)--cartoons for adults :-)
Nancy Drew The Legend at Miner's Creek by Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew The Legend of The Emerald Lady by Carolyn Keene
Three Day Town by Margaret Maron (library) one of my favorite authors, but I prefer when her protagonist is in NC. In this one, they visit NYC.
What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
Clemmie by John D MacDonald
The Total Tragedy of a Girl named Hamlet by Erin Dionne (library)-YA fun
Murder One by Robert Dugoni (library)


Veracity by Laura Bynum (library)--scifi fantasy and I just got tired of this stuff too, couldn't finish and got other books from the library that I wanted to read more!
Smoking Poppy by Graham Joyce--just got tired of this author

21 books, Hard to pick a favorite.


clueless said...

I love looking through your list each month and getting book ideas! Thanks for posting!

Anne Bonny said...

What did you think of What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz? I think I'd like to read it!

Amanda from Seattle said...

I call Dean Koontz the "Danielle Steele of horror"...his books tend to blur together for me because his characters are all almost the same. The hero, the girl, the dog and something horrible is out to get them. That being said, sometimes you just want to read something predictable. That is why genres are so popular. You can count on them. No surprises. I had been reading those creepy Graham Joyce novels, so Dean Koontz was a return to horror that I could enjoy. PS of course my favorite Koontz is Watchers

Rabid Quilter from California said...

Thank you, Amanda for continuing to publish this list! I knew the critiques must have been time-consuming and your compromise suits me just fine! I like that you 'give up' on books too--some feel guilty about that but I'm with YOU!

Adrienne said...

So glad you are continuing! I've found some great books through your lists!