Tuesday, September 01, 2020

August 2020 Books I read

Field of Prey by John Sandford (audiobook) Serial Killer really creepy. But fun to listen to while driving back and forth to trailheads this month! 
Blue Chipper by Geoffrey Norman Really good mystery about Basketball and Extortion in the Panhandle of Florida
Painted Doll by Jonelle Patrick Another of my Japanese set mysteries, I have really enjoyed these, I think I have one more to read by this author.
Haunted by Randy Wayne White I quite enjoyed this mystery - lots of great Florida atmosphere
Boston Noir Edited by Dennis Lehane short stories set in Boston that have a noir bent. I love this stuff, so it was quite fun to read, I have more of these collections from cities all over the USA
Ninety-two in the Shade by Thomas McGuane I thought I was gonna enjoy the Florida Keys setting, but I got hung up on the purple prose and didn't really enjoy it so much. 
Hide by Lisa Gardner (audiobook) A woman who grows up in a family on the run, always moving, changing identities. She finally finds out why after her parents are dead and she is the target of a serial killer. 
Housekeeping VS The Dirt by Nick Hornby A collection of articles that Hornby wrote for a literary magazine about the books he read. I really enjoyed it and it gave me a huge list of books to read!!
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson loved it, good thriller with lots of twists and turns. It was inspired by Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train. 
Clara's Grand Tour by Glynis Ridley a fun true story about a rhinoceros that toured Europe in the 1700's. It is really fascinating! 
The Big Both Ways by John Straley Set in the 1930's an adventure from Seattle to Alaska. I thought it was a fun and interesting read
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (audiobook) Fun to listen to in the car driving all over the Olympic Peninsula this month for hike-a-thon and doing Trail Support for Ryan's PNT hike. 
Starstruck The Business of Celebrity by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett an interesting non-fiction look at what celebrity is and how it has evolved in this time of internet and social media
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger Sherlock themed short stories by authors from Alan Bradley (Flavia de Luce) to Jacqueline Winspear and Charles Todd (usually WWI and WWII writers!) If you are a Sherlock fan, you really need to read these. 
The Crossing by Michael Connelly (audiobook) I often get bored of the Michael Connelly books, but I enjoyed this one to listen to....and I picked up another one at a Goodwill. (I never pay full price for audiobooks. I always get them from Thrift stores or Used bookstores --or the library)
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames.  Very enjoyable family saga

You  can tell how much time I spent in my car this month! Lots of audiobooks listened to driving through the North Cascades and Olympic National Parks and Whidbey Island 

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