Wednesday, December 01, 2021

November: Books I read


Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake Basis for the movie and just a little bit of a tweak of the ending, otherwise completely faithful. 
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (library) If you like books like The Man Called Ove, then you will like this one, plus it is about books too. 
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (audiobook) so I have never liked this book, and I thought I'll give it another try as an audiobook, maybe listening to the language will help me like it better. Nope, still don't like it. Don't think that Heathcliff and Katherine deserve any sympathy.  I think Katherine especially is a horrid person. I don't feel sorry for her and then Heathcliff's revenge on the family and the next generation is just Bleh...I prefer stuff like Jude the Obscure or even Gone with the Wind for "Star Crossed Lovers" drama. 
The Big Roads by Earl Swift the story of how the interstate highway system was built in America, I recommend it
Under Orders by Dick Francis This is one of the Sid Haley books (there are 5) Sid is Dick Francis' only recurring detective to appear in more than 2 books. 
Adventures in the Skin Trade by Dylan Thomas novella and short stories by Dylan Thomas. 
Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey Murder mystery in an exclusive girls school. I recommend (especially if you like cozy mysteries, Miss Marple type stuff)
Kopp Sisters on the March by Amy Stewart (library) based on true stories, Amy Stewart interweaves fiction and fact with these Kopp books. Highly entertaining and a learning moment also. I highly recommend. 
They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie mystery set in Baghdad, more of spy intrigue in this one. I really enjoy reading these, like comfort food for me. 
The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts If you love horses, you need to read this one. A horse rescued from the slaughterhouse becomes a champion. 
Blood Sport by Dick Francis a jaded and depressed mercenary soldier is the protagonist. But the setting goes to the USA and Montana, Wyoming near Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. so it was good although a bit predictable in my opinion
The Sentinel by Lee Child and Andrew Child (library) The first Jack Reacher book co-authored by Lee Child and his brother. (James and Andrew Grant) 
Shattered by Dick Francis this one has a glass blower as the protagonist and that was interesting because I was also watching Blown Away the Christmas Edition on Netflix and had Glass Blowing on the brain! Serendipitous 
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist dystopian future where 50 year old people who do not have children and do not "contribute to society" are kept in a unit where they live comfortably and in leisure as their organs and other body parts are harvested until they die from making the "final donation"   Similar to Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I read this book 10 years ago and enjoyed it and I still like it a lot and I like it better than the Ishiguro book (where people are cloned to provide organs etc for harvesting) 
Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks extremely interesting book about the history of Sign Language and the Deaf community. Highly recommend. 

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