Let’s read books!
Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been curling up on the couch with…these, and two cats and a mug of Earl Grey tea.
The Martian by Andy Weir. How would you survive if left stranded on Mars? This formidable first novel answers that question with geeky science details (that I mostly skipped over,) cheesy 70’s music and TV references (LOL and OMG,) and a daring rescue (hurray!) There’s a whole lot more in there, but you’ll have to read it. I loved it.
The Virgin of the Small Plains by Nancy Pickard. I’ve read this murder mystery a couple of times and have gone looking for other books by Nancy Pickard as a result. There’s something haunting about this book that keeps me coming back.
Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. More sci-fi fantasy to feed my inner Star Trek geek. Ship “parts” come to life and take revenge. Kind of, but a whole lot more sophisticated. Looking forward to the third and final book in this series Ancillary Mercy which will be released this October.
When: Would You Want To Know? by Victoria Laurie. Teenage Maddie sees death dates on everyone’s foreheads. Then she’s accused of murder, her life goes off the rails, and a thrill ride of a novel ensues.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman. The sequel to the best seller If I Stay, we catch up with Adam and Mia – and mostly Adam. If you read the first one, you’ve got to read the second one. Because love, and everything.
My Son and the Afterlife by Elisa Medhus, MD. An easy introduction to the afterlife, as if we -the living- have any clues. Medical doctor Medhus lost her teenage son to suicide, and went looking for answers.
Kittens Can Kill: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir by Clea Simon. This mystery had me at kitten, and kept me reading through squirrels, dogs, and more. I’d read another in this series.
The Girl On The Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins. An intriguing and fast read of a thriller. I gobbled it up in less than 24 hours. There’s a reason it’s a best seller, people.
The “Why Did I Bother?”
Who Killed Mr. Moonlight: Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction by David J. Haskins. This book goes a long way towards proving the point that music celebrities are just like you and me, with a lot more alcohol. Pity, really, because Haskins has a way with words. Interesting tidbits for die hard Bauhaus or Love and Rockets fans, but otherwise not worth reading.
Caught Dead: A Rick Van Lam Mystery by Andrew Lanh. It’s not that this mystery is poorly written, it’s not. It’s that I got bored and wanted it to be over. Or maybe because I read a mystery before I started this mystery and should have read something else first. And that I wasn’t sure if it was hard-boiled, thriller, cozy, or all three.
The “Weather Warden” series by Rachel Caine – Books 1-4 The first book was a fun ride: a kick ass heroine with super power ability to manipulate weather. Cool beans! But then I proceeded to read books 2, 3, and 4 in order. That was my mistake. Permanent note to self: read books in a series one at a time, not one right after the other.
And finally, I’m still slogging through Beyond Willpower: From Stress to Success in 40 Days by Alexander Lloyd PhD, N.D. Terrific advice with an academic delivery. Perhaps I’ll finish it by July.
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