Sunday, November 20, 2016

My November Reading List

1. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume - This is one of her 'adult' books (rather than a children or young adult book). This is the only book of hers I have ever read and it is wonderful. Check it out of your local library, you will enjoy it.

2. The Widow by Fiona Barton - I find the format a bit disconcerting, it goes back and forth in time BUT I also could not put it down. It is told from 3 viewpoints - the widow, the reporter and the detective, and that's okay, that didn't bother me at all. The time thing - meh. But still - a good read, you will stay engaged. I'm not too sure I found the end quite satisfying, I would have liked something happier. I like my endings tied up neatly and happy.

3. Diane Arbus by Arthur Lubow - dull as dishwater. Badly written. How anyone could make a person as intriguing as Diane Arbus boring is beyond me but the author succeeded. I did not finish the book.

4. Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke - a bit of fluff. I've read quite a few of these, the best part is the recipes. If you like to bake you might just be better off buying the "Lake Eden CookBook"

5. Love Story, With Murders by Harry Bingham - Most excellent. This is the second in a series, and my library does not stock the first. I keep hoping they will. It seems there is a third out now. Very well written, characters you care about, good story, NOT a fluffy murder/detective novel, this has meat to it.

6. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich - Crap. The first 5 or so books in this series were laugh-out-loud funny and then - enough already. Move on. Same old, Same old. No longer funny.

7. In the Woods by Tana French - I liked it. I thought it was well written, liked the characters; good mystery. Yeah, so why not - pick it up.

8. The Devil and Miss Prym by Paul Coelho - Don't bother; short book, waste of time.

Currently on my iPad: -

1. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen - An autobiography. A bit purple prose-y. I'm on page 27, probably won't read any more.

2.  Would you believe I actually had another Maria Semple book on hold?  This One is Mine is her first novel. I will start it but probably like her other 2 books I started, I probably will not finish it. I found her books interesting and amusing for maybe the first third to half and then - enough was enough; I no longer cared and was losing the will to live.

3. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - This is my next read. I know there is a new movie made from this book. I haven't seen the movie and probably won't. But I will give this book a whirl.

(Links are either reviews, which I hope are still available. or the author's web site.)


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