Sunday, July 31, 2022

July 2022 Books I Read


My Sunshine Away  by M.O. Walsh (library) This was a very interesting flashback kind of book, looking at a crime that happened during high school and what really happened?
Agatha Christie's Poirot by  Mark Aldridge (library) a wonderful book for fans of Poirot, from the books to the films a terrific compilation of all essences of Poirot
Tracy Flick Can't Win by Tom Perrotta (library) The sequel to Election. I liked it, but then I really liked Election. It was interesting to see where he took Tracy and it was not what I had expected. 
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (library) read again and to see how it has held up, so true and probably more true today about the horrors of trying to survive on minimum wage
How I Survived Being a Girl by Wendelin Van Draanan A fun read in the tradition of Harriet the Spy and Freaky Friday. Tomboyish Carolyn figures out that you can be a girl and still do the things you want to do ("boy" stuff). 
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (library) I really enjoyed this one and it would be a good book club book to start a discussion about race issues. African-American Nanny is accused of kidnapping her Caucasian charge.
Towards Zero by Agatha Christie One of her best in my opinion. And this is one of the first that I ever read when I was a kid, so it has sentimental value as well. 
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (library) Another enjoyable book, sad though--The protagonist is experiencing dementia and insists that her best friend in missing. No one will listen to her and she becomes obsessed with finding the truth. Another good book for a book club read. 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (library) This was a Pulitzer Prize winner. Meh, It was okay. 
Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult (library) another of her "ripped from the headlines" type books. Set during the pandemic quarantine and lock down! A girl gets stuck in the Galapagos Islands during the beginning of the lock down period and cannot get back home to her fiancé. I really enjoyed it. 
The Investigator by John Sandford (library) a fun read and entertaining -so glad that Sandford has found another character to write about !! 
Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton (audiobook) such a shame that we will never get to see Z
Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz (library) I really enjoyed the book within a book and so many twists and turns in this mystery. (second after Magpie Murders) Highly recommend. 
The Week by David M. Henkin (library) Non-fiction book about why we live in seven day increments, how it evolved and was reinforced over time. And how it is still evolving now (especially since Covid and the work from home/home schooling trend) 
Dopesick by Beth Macy (library) The story of how OxyContin led to heroin abuse in America in the 1990's. This was recently made into a mini-series
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders (library) love love love it, but then I am a nerdy English Major. It is a non-fiction book that breaks down some Russian Short Stories and tells you why they are awesome. Great ideas for critical thinking about what you read AND tips on how to write your own stories!! Highly recommend if you are into that sort of thing. 

I hope I can count on all of you guys again this year for support. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome.
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or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!

to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

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