Wednesday, June 01, 2016

May 2016 Reading



Heat Lightning by John Sandford A Virgil Flowers mystery. I enjoy these and I usually have a few paperbacks in my luggage when I travel. This was one that I turned to while flying at the beginning of May.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Katie DiCamillo Some friends were discussing this book and I realized that I had not read it! So easily remedied. Read it quickly in one day.
Journey To Munich by Jacqueline Winspear (library) the latest Maisie Dobbs novel. Love it
Savage Run by C J Box another Joe Pickett novel as I make my way thru this series
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson (library) I always enjoy Bryson's observations about life
Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly (library) I like the book and the story from Houdini's wife's point of view, however, I was a little annoyed at the back and forth from the story of how they met and lived with the things going on after Houdini's death. I would have prefered a more linear story. I would just be getting into their relationship and the author switches to the flimflam artists that duped Mrs. Houdini later in life. Just start understanding that and switch back again. Annoying.
Maphead by Ken Jennings (library). Yes the Ken Jennings who won at Jeopardy!  Loved this book. Totally awesome, all my Letterboxing friends need to run out and get it ( if only to get mad over the geocaching chapter). And I thought of my friend, John, who used to work at Caltrans when I read the Roadgeeks chapter!
Coronado by Dennis Lehane  a collection of Short Stories by one of my favorite authors
The Widow by Fiona Barton (library) good suspense and pseudo mystery Not as good as Girl on a Train or Gone Girl, but not bad
Inspector Cadaver by Georges Simenon I recently saw Maigret Sets a Trap on ITV in the UK and so now I am intrigued by Inspector Maigret. This is one of many books featuring this sleuth by Georges Simenon
Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. This is the guy who wrote The Strange Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I liked this book too.
Boar Island by Nevada Barr ( library) the latest Anna Pigeon mystery. This one takes place at Acadia National Park in Maine.
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter ( library) story of a girl who spent her teen years institutionalized and her life as she tries to live in the real world, Coming to terms with the mother who had he locked away
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin (library) this is a collection of short stories and it is wonderful.  I loved just about every single story love love loved her prose, her use of words to paint a picture in my head.
Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown   My sister gave me this book and I had to hurry and read it before the movie comes out!! About the University of Washington crew team and their journey to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Very Good I went back and forth from reading the book and listening to the audiobook in my car. The audiobook is awesome just because it is read by Edward Hermann.
Face Off  ed. by David Baldacci an awesome collection of short stories. From the Thriller Writers of America. Each story has a famous protagonist from one author combined with the famous protagonist of another author, with the two authors combining forces to write the story. I thought it was a pretty interesting gimmick and really enjoyed it!!

2 comments:

Baqash said...

Several in this list to intrigue. This will be a good hot week to visit the library

Rabid Quilter from CA said...

So neat that you mentioned my CalTrans John! We both liked your critique of the book and he instructed me to order it on Kindle from Amazon. We'll also get "Face Off". Always love your monthly book list, Amanda!