I’m doing this new thing where I try not to spend money on books. I looked at the size of my Kindle library, did a little math in my head, and almost fainted. Since I have lots of options for free/low-cost books, there’s no reason to squander money buying them, especially if I’m never going to read the book again. (That’s the drawback of the Kindle e-book: you can’t sell it/give it away when you’re done with it.)
I the past two weeks I have listened to two thrillers by author Daniel Hecht. Hecht is a great writer – his writing has a poetic, lyrical quality. Continue reading
The true story of the gruesome murder of masseuse William Guldensuppe, in 1890s New York City, The Murder of the Century tracks both the murder investigation and the surrounding media circus that presaged today’s tabloid culture. I don’t usually read true-crime novels, although I very much enjoy programs like 48 Hours Mystery. (Spoiler – it was the victim’s husband/wife/lover!!)
Moving right along…
I’ve wrapped up the second installment of the trilogy, which picks up approximately six months after The Hunger Games. Katniss & Peeta have returned to District 12 and have taken up residence in the Victor’s Village – they, and Haymitch, occupy just three of the twelve houses intended for victors of the games. Continue reading
I just tore through The Hunger Games. Even though I knew what would happen, I still had a hard time putting it down. Continue reading
I put off reading Carrie Ryan’s 3rd book, The Dark and Hollow Places – not because I don’t like her writing, but because I wasn’t sure I was up to immersing myself in the post-zombie-apocalypse one last time. Continue reading
Amy Chua’s somewhat controversial memoir, Continue reading, was our July book club read. We chose it hoping that it would spark some good conversation – and it did!
Water for Elephants is June’s Book Club pick, and the first one I’ve really enjoyed since our first novel, Never Let Me Go.
The main character Jacob Jankowski is a young man of Polish descent who is following his father’s footsteps in to the field of veterinary medicine. When his parents are suddenly killed in a car accident just before his final exams and the family home is repossessed, Jacob hops a train in the middle of the night and finds himself serving as the veterinarian to the Benzini Brothers traveling circus. Continue reading