Wednesday, May 19, 2021

April Books

 April - 5

19. Sable Messenger - book 2 in the Inspector Knollis series
by Francis Vivian
mystery 1947
finished 4/2/21

20. The Threefold Cord - book 3 in the Inspector Knollis series
by Francis Vivian
mystery 1947
finished 4/8/21

I like these Vivian mysteries. I'm not wild about them, but find them pleasant enough old mysteries.

21. Something in the Water
by Catherine Steadman
mystery/thriller 2018
library book
finished 4/10/21

This book is completely out of character for me! It is a thriller, an edge-of-your-seat kind of book which I rarely read. My daughter actually quit because it was scary! I stayed with it just because I had to know how it turned out. Whew! I don't think I'll read any more of her work, but the book was very good.

22. The Swiss Summer
by Stella Gibbons
fiction 1951
finished 4/20/21

It is probably obvious that I read mostly English authors of books set in England. I do occasionally take a different road, and that's what happened this month. Although Stella Gibbons was an English woman, this book is set in Switzerland. Other than Heidi, I don't think I have ever read a book set there. Swiss Summer is one of the re-issued publications by Dean Street Press. The characters were new and interesting. Their personality quirks were quite different than I've read before. And Switzerland sounded just divine - a perfect place to spend a summer. I highly recommend it.

23. Convenience Store Woman
by Sayaka Murata
translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori
fiction 2018
library book
finished 4/22/21

This was a recommendation from Sam at Book Chase. It was unlike any book I've ever read, and I loved that. The characters, the setting, the idea were new and so interesting to me. I am very happy I read it, and it has led me to other Japanese writers. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tom's 2021 Reads

May - 1
1. Truman
by David McCullough
nonfiction 1992
finished 5/12/21

July - 1

2. Bury the Lead - book 29 in the Joe Gunther series
by Archer Mayor
mystery 2018
library book
finished 7/10/21

August - 1

3. Illumination in the Flatwoods
A Season Living Among the Wild Turkey
by Joe Hutto
nonfiction 1995
finished 8/13/21

September - 1

4. Bomber's Moon - book 30 in the Joe Gunther series
by Archer Mayor
mystery 2019
library book
finished 9/16/21

Sunday, May 9, 2021