Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Books I read in April 2019

Phantom Prey by John Sandford (audiobook) Listened to on a road trip to Oregon, a book that I have enjoyed in the past.
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (library) a fun little book written as a series of letters. So it was gimmicky, but I enjoyed it.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (library) I found this very enjoyable. It read very easily. And I love Russian stuff, so I really enjoyed the setting and time period.
You by Caroline Kepnes (library) a story about a stalker....very good and it is a series on Netflix now too. So you can read it and immediately see it on screen. (I think they did a great job of translating the book to film).
Red Bones by Ann Cleeves (library) another book to video, I have been watching the British TV show, Shetland, and I found it that it was based on books by Ann Cleeves, so now I am reading the books too!
America The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges (library) extremely depressing. It appears that we are in a handbasket headed you know where....
Tear It Down by Nicholas Petrie (library) loved it....great Jack Reacher type hero, this time set in Memphis, TN
Educated by Tara Westover (library) more cult/end of days survivalistm type stuff...I am kind of over it, so did not enjoy it as much as I might if I came at it from another perspective.
The UnThinkable: Who survives when disaster strikes by Amanda Ripley  Very interesting, especially for me, who is trained to survive an airplane crash and how much we do not tell passengers....
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (audiobook) I quite enjoyed this on audiotape in the car while driving around. I had never read it before.
I, Richard by Elizabeth George short stories by Elizabeth George, very good, highly recommend.
We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter (library) a Holocaust story about how a Polish family survived WWII. Very good and I highly recommend.
This One is Mine by Maria Semple  I am a little over this author, I do not find her heroines that sympathetic, they start to annoy me and then I wonder why I am reading about these spoiled whiners.
Citizen Keane by Adam Parrfrey and Cletus Nelson (audiobook) The Story of the "Big Eye" paintings.  I had read this before and now listened to it again in the car. I like to "reread" books on audio, because I do not have to concentrate as much and can pay more attention to my driving since I already know the story.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (library) I was not sure if I could handle another Holocaust story so soon after reading "We Were The Lucky Ones" but this was recommended by so many folks and it is a bit shorter (a thinner book for sure) and it was very good and I recommend it also. Another survivor story.
Nine Pints by Rose George (library) Non-fiction about Blood. History of blood, the history of typing it and transfusing it and donating it....I really enjoyed it, learned a lot.
Maid by Stephanie Land (library) Very good, about a single mother struggling to pull herself up out of poverty by working as a maid. (set in the PNW for you guys out here!) It is a memoir, so based on her true story.
Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham  (library)
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola (audiobook) One woman's story of her road to alcoholism. Very good

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