Wednesday, September 30, 2020

September 2020 Books I read

At Half Price Books Redmond, WA

A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan Set just after Civil War out west, a plague hits a small town and they must quarantine. Creepy and unsettling --especially in light of what is happening around us today. 
Homefront by Kristin Hannah (audiobook) I am not a huge fan of Kristin Hannah and this audiobook did not change my mind. Great subject matter of a mom who goes away during the gulf war and returns home changed by the experience and how it impacts her family. So if you like her, you will enjoy this one. I prefer Jodi Picoult or Elizabeth Berg for this genre. 
Cry Hard, Cry Fast by John D. MacDonald the lives of several people as they hurtle towards an accident on a highway. 
Window on the Square by Phyllis A. Whitney Gothic Noir type set just after Civil War in NYC
Gringos in Paradise by Barry Golson about an American couple who builds a home in Mexico
Bats Sing, Mice Giggle by Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal  How animals create, build and entertain themselves, how they express grief, joy, fear etc. The scientific explanations for animal behavior. 
Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien The story of women competing in air races during the 1920's and 1930's. Good stuff!
Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett (library!!!!) my first library book since March! My local library is finally allowing curbside pick up of holds. Fun, I liked the Hollywood setting. The author used to write for Cold Case 
The Secretary by Renee Knight (library) One of those unreliable narrator type thrillers. 
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish (library) It was like Yentl crossed with People of the Book. I liked it. 
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews  guilty pleasure ---just enjoying a read from my youth
Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn fictional story inspired by the true story of Colton Harris Moore who was known as the "Barefoot Bandit" and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in property, including several small aircraft, boats, and multiple cars.
The Double Bind by Christopher Bohjalian (audiobook) set in a world where The Great Gatsby is real. So that was the hook that got me to get this book but it was a little weird and I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. 
Murder Being Once Done by Ruth Rendell Wexford is supposed to take it easy and not exert himself, but he finds a mystery to solve anyway, while on holiday in London
$2.00 A Day by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer Poverty in America, this book was written in 2015 with research from decades prior. 
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman by the same guy who wrote A Man Called Ove, so super cute and poignant.
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg another quaint southern tale by Flagg and eerily like A Man Called Ove in a way. 

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