Other Books (some mini reviews)

Below are a list of books that I read/ listened to and couldn’t write a review about for one reason or another I *may* write a full review at a later time

August 2013

Empty Hands, Open Arms – Deni Bouchard

Explore Everything – Bradley L. Garrett

The Haunted – Jason Searles

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt –

People love Donna Tartt for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed with The Goldfinch.

Many fans of The Secret History who were not one over by The Little Friend are rediscovering the Tatt they loved back in 1992.

Many reviews or promotional statements about the book talk about its length… It is long, and some readers would say too long. Having said that like Ariadne, Tartt is able to pull the many threads of story that she laid out across the spans of pages masterfully together towards the end to complete what many are declaring a masterpiece.

Friends with Boys – Faith Erin Hicks

Dominican Republic Rough Guide

Lost Girls – Robert Kolker

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

Amulet Books 1-5 – Kazu Kibuishi

Forgive me. Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick

Whistling Past the Graveyard – Susan Crandall

Asterios Polyp – David Mazzuchelli

Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies – Chris Kluwe

Listened to : Jo Nesbo – The Redeemer, The Snowman; Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the Lane; Louise Penny – “The Beautiful Mystery”

July 2013

Somebody Up There Hates You – Hollis Seamon

“The Dark Road” – Ma Jian – This was brutal.  It was also evocative and turned my thoughts upside down in a number of ways but it was still brutal and gave me disturbed dreams at night.  It was one of those books that once I started I felt obliged to read, to know that the world does not fit in the tidy package that is presented by television.  I thought I knew the brutality of the one child policy…no.  I thought I knew the depths of pollution…no.  All wrapped around a story and characters that one is compelled, utterly, to follow.

Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies : On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities- Chris Kluwe

Daily Rituals – How Artists Work – Mason Currey – This book is a treasure that you can dip into  and in a matter of moments learn intimate details about the rituals of hundreds of artists old and new.  I didn’t read them all yet but look forward to nibbling my way through periodically.

How the Light Gets In – Louise Penny…9th in the Inspector Gamache series.  I had the good fortune to hear her speak about the book and I was strongly pre-disposed to liking the book even before I read it because Louise Penny is a lovely, funny, wonderful human being and I wish that I lived in the small town where she was once empress of the library so that I could share a warm cider with her.

The World’s Strongest Librarian – Josh Hanagarne – I would probably recommend this book even though there were  times I thought about putting it down.  I certainly was given a deeper understanding of Tourette’s and Mormon life that I would have ever had previously.  A brief synopsis that does not describe what I liked most about the book.

Listened to : Jo Nesbo’s – The Devil’s Star, LA Theater Works performance of Proof, Bill Loehfelm’s – The Devil She Knows,

June 2013

The Yohnalossee Riding Camp for Girls – Anton DiSclafani – Everyone (else) loves this book.

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas – Jim Ottaviani : This is a really lovely graphic novel about all of the aforementioned ladies.  It does not mention Dian Fossey’s unfortunate demise and so is not inappropriate for younger readers though it is generally classified as YA.

Listened to :

Lee Child’s – “Wanted Man”, “61 Hours”, “Die Trying” “Killing Floor”…I don’t think anything needs to be said about these – they are what they are entertaining, perfect to be turned into films with Tom Cruise 🙂

Jo Nesbo’s – “The Redbreast”, “Nemesis”  …I’m sad to say this is the first time I experienced Jo Nesbo – As a thriller writer – I highly recommend and look forward to listening to the series.  The only thing I will say is that they had two different narrators for the first two books The Redbreast is narrated by Sean Barret who pronounces the detectives name Hole, the same way you might say mole.  Nemesis is read by Thor Knai who pronounces his last name Hoh-leh. As usual it took me some time to adjust to the new narrator but both readers are worthwhile

Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s – Good Omens…Classically both authors with all sorts of priceless quotes though if you are religious you might be offended by this flip view of the canons.

May 2013

Rules of Civility –  Amor Towles : Set in the 1920’s, this came to me highly recommended by many.

Admission – Jean Hanff Korelitz : I found this to be a highly readable book though it is possible that I was entranced by the very real depiction of Princeton (town).

The Widow Waltz – Sally Koslow : This book has been favorably reviewed in many places.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie – Ayana Mathis : I held onto the ARC of this book forever and just could not read it for reasons I can not explain.  I ended up downloading the audio book and I was knocked sideways..Highly recommend!

April 2013

Full Body Burden  – Kate Iverson : This is actually a really excellent book that I fully recommend – it’s like watching a horror film., instead of “Don’t go in the basement!” You will find yourself recoiling from all of the references to drinking water and the blandishments that a nuclear powerplant in your backyard is safe.

The Fever Tree – Jennifer McVeigh : Compared by others to “Out of Africa” and “Gone With the Wind” (At the time of this writing the kindle edition linked above is free!)

The Round House – Louis Erdrich : I listened to this book and it was a gift.


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