Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Books I read in June 2012

Christmas circa 1975 Holly Hobbie doll, Malibu Ken and a Clue game, but a good book is always the best present!

The Spellman's Strike Again by Lisa Lutz (library) These mysteries are by a San Francisco Author and quite funny
Inflight Entertainment by Helen Simpson (library) great short stories by British author
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (library) I liked it better than Thirteen Moons, but not as much as Cold Mountain, Like Sharyn McCrumb, Frazier does a good job of evoking the Appalachian Mtns of NC
The Odds by Stewart O'Nan (library) HUGE fan of this man's work. If you have never read anything by him, go now and get something anything by him. Very eclectic, he has something for everyone. Nonfiction, fiction --mystery, drama  READ this Author!!

The Rope by Nevada Barr (library) Much like John Sanford did with his Prey series, Nevada Barr is looking back at an adventure that Anna Pigeon had when she was a new ranger. I think this is a great way for these authors to get some more mileage out of their aging protagonists!
My Long Trip Home by Mark Whitaker (library) the author is a successful journalist and a bi-racial child born in the midst of the civil rights era to a black american man and a white European mother. He was always labeled "African American" but he tries to come to terms with his identity when he is part of both black and white society
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (library) so-so I'm a fan, but I might be getting tired of Picoult
Ghost Flower by Michele Jaffe like the Pretty Little Liars series if you like that sort of thing
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron  recommended to me when I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain so much. Told from the Dog's Point of View, have hankies on hand!!
Hush Now, Don't You Cry by Rhys Bowen (library) the latest Molly Murphy Mystery
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (library) great fun, if you like 80's pop culture and/or video gaming
Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (Library) Opp's last in this series,  now I gotta wait for her to write another one!
Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox (library) love triangle ruins a friendship
Sisters by Nancy Jensen (library) a misunderstanding divides the sisters
The Cove by Ron Rash (library) If you like Sharyn McCrumb  and Appalachian stuff like Nightwoods I read earlier this month! Also reminded me of Summer of my German Soldier
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (library) Titanic if Rose were convicted of murder because she was the only survivor from her lifeboat, I liked it
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (library) another love triangle story reminded me of Friends Like Us
This is Your Captain Speaking by Jon Methven (library) super over the top humor like Carl Hiaasen or Bill Fitzhugh
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (library) the story of a girl in Atlanta whose father is a bigamist
Murder Follows Money by Lora Roberts rereading an old favorite
The Shelters of Stone by Jean Auel rereading in anticipation of her new book, The Land of Painted Caves
21 books read this month

abandoned book: Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles-I always like airline related stuff even derogatory, but I started this one and in the first few pages, he keeps stopping to smoke or complaining about not being able to smoke at airport (having to go all the way out to the curb) and my sympathies just were not with him anymore. sorry all you smokers out there...

Ryan and I are again participating in the Washington Trails Association Hike-a-thon. Be sure to check out my WTA page and make a donation, every little bit helps! WTA Hike-a-thon We will be doing all kinds of hiking in August and of course I will be blogging about our adventures and progress here :-)

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