2018

Books read in 2018

01/2018

These are the books I read in January of 2018:   There were 9 crime novels,   6 general fiction,  5 nonfiction and 3 classics.  10 were by women!

CRIME:

Shutter Island

by Dennis Lehane

2003 / 400 pages

read by Tom Stechschulte / 9h 38m
rating:  B  / crime
*******

She Rides Shotgun

by Jordan Harper

2017 /  272 pages

read by David Marantz –  6h 14m

rating:   A++/7.5   literary thriller

*******

The Widows of Malabar Hill 

by Sujatta Massey

2018/ 400 pages

read by Soneeta Nankani 14h 34m

(#1 A Mystery of 1920s Bombay)

Rating:   A  / crime – cozy

*******

Sulfur Springs
by William Kent Krueger
2017/ 320 pages

read by David Chandler – 11h 5m

rating –   B+ /  crime:  suspense-thriller

(book 16 in the Cork O’Connor series)
*******  

The Birdwatcher

by William Shaw

2016 / 337 pages

read by Roger Davis – 9h 53m

rating:   B+  / British crime (procedural)

*******

One of Us is Lying

by Karen M. McManus

2017/  361 pages

read by a small cast

rating:   A  /  YA crime

******* 

Robicheaux

by James Lee Burke

2017 /  465 pages

read by Will Patton

rating:   A+++ /  literary crime

*******

Some Danger Involved

by Will Thomas

2003 / 304 pages

read by  Antony Ferguson – 9h 28m

rating:  B+  /  historical detective

(Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 1)

*******

Stillhouse Lake

by Rachel Caine

2017/ 300 pages

read by Emily Sutton-Smith –  10h 4m

Rating:   A /  crime – suspense

#1 in Stillhouse Lake series – of 2)

*******

GENERAL FICTION:

Dunbar

by Edward St. Aubyn

2017 / 258 pages

read by Henry Goodman – 7h 16m

rating –  8.5  /  very literary “thriller”

*******

Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett

2016/ 316 pages

read by Hope Davis – 10h 33m

rating –  8.5 /  contemp fiction

*******

Winter

by Ali Smith

2018/ 336 pages

read by Melody Grove – 7h 28m

rating: 9.5  /   contemp literary general fiction

*******

Wolf in White Van

by John Darnielle

2014 / 224 pages

read by John Darnielle

rating:  8 /  contemp fiction (techie?)

*******

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

by Phaedra Patrick

 2017 / 336 pages

read by James Langton – 8h 58m

rating:   7  (for fun) / contemp light fiction

*******

The Remains of the Day 

by Kazuo Ishiguro

1989 / 246 pages

read by Simon Prebble  8h 13m

rating:  10  /  20th cent US

(read and listened)

*******

NONFICTION:
Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder,  Rose Wilder Lane and the Making of the Little House Books

by Christine Woodside

2016 / 292 pages

rating – 7 –  biography

(read and listened)

*******

Holy the Firm 

by Annie Dillard

1977 / 76 pages

rating:  10  /  nonfiction –  spiritual

*******

Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy 

by Michael Perry

2017 / 245 pages

read by Michael Perry – 5h 12m

rating:  9 /  memoir/bio/philosophy

*******

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

By Michael Wolff

2017 / 336 pages

Read by Holter Graham – 11h 56m

Rating:  8+ /  nonfiction-politics

*******

“The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist”
by Marcus Rediker
2017/ 234 pages

read by Cornell Womack  7h 2m

rating :

(both read and listened)

*******

CLASSICS:
Flowers for Algernon

by Daniel Keyes

1959 / 311 pages

read by Jeff Woodman – 8h 58m

rating:  8.5 –  classic literary sci-fi

*******

Delta Wedding

by Eudora Welty

1946  / 327 pages

read by Sally Darling

rating: 8 / classic American 20th cent.

(read and listened)

*******

Brat Farrar

by Josephine Tey

1949 / 288 pages

read by Carole Boyd – 7h  55m

rating:  A-7.5   / literary mystery

*******

02/2018

These are the books I read in February 2018.  Out of 14 total,  there were 4 crime novels,  5 classics (including a trilogy) 4  contemporary fiction and 1 nonfiction.   7 were by women authors,  3 translated (the trilogy).  The total is low because 1.  it was a short month;  2.   Lord Jim was a slog;  3.  I read quite a lot of the book Montaigne’s Essays by Michael de Montaigne (Screech translation),  and a large chunk of How to Read the Bible by James L. Kugel.

Crime:

The Good Lawyer 

by Thomas Benigno

2012 / 346 pages

read by Dan Triandiflou  – 9h 38m
rating:  B+ /  crime – legal

*******

Murder on Astor Place
by Victoria Thompson
2015 / 288 pages

read by Callie Beaulieu –  8h 32m

rating:  B+ /  historical-procedural

(Gaslight Mysteries #1)
*******

Flat Spin

by David Freed

2012 / 300 pages

read by Ray Porter – 9h 7m

rating:  A- / crime thriller

*******

The Good Lawyer 

by Thomas Benigno

2012 / 346 pages

read by Dan Triandiflou  – 9h 38m
rating:  B+ /  crime – legal

*******

CLASSIC FICTION:
Lord Jim

by Joseph Conrad

1899 / 308 pages (Kindle)

read by Ric Jerrom

rating:   5 /   classic fiction
*******

Kristin Lavransdatter – The Trilogy:
1. The Wreath;
2.  The Wife:
3. The Cross
by Sigrid Undset
1921 – 1925 /  1168 pages

read by Erin Bennett  – 44h 59m

(read and listened)
*******

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

1813 / 254 pages

read by Rosamund Pike – 11h 35m

rating:  10 / classic of classics

(read and listened)
*******

CONTEMPORARY FICTION:
Reservoir 13

by Jon McDonald  (England) 

2017 / 304 pages

read by Matt Bates – 8h 48m

rating:  9 / psychological suspense

(Booker Prize Long List)

*******

Rules of Civility 

by Amor Towles

2011 / 368 pages

read by Rebecca Lowman – 12h  3m

rating:   8  / historical fiction –

*******

Longbourn

by Jo Baker

2013/ 331 pages

read by Emma Fielding – 13h 31m

rating:  8.75 / historical fiction

****

Autumn

by Ali Smith  

2016 / 272 pages

read by Melody Grove / 5h 27m

Rating:  8.25/  contemp fiction

(both read and listened)

** second of a seasonal quartet **

(but NO need to read in order)

*******

NONFICTION:
Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City

by Matthew Desmond

2017 / 448 pages

read by Dion Graham – 11h 10m

rating:  8/  nonfiction – current events (policy analysis?)

(both read and listened)

******

03/2018

These are the books I read in March, 2018:  There were 3 general Fiction, 8 crime novels, and 5 nonfiction.   This is a total of 16 books with 7 women authors.   Three of the books were over 500 pages.

GENERAL FICTION:
The Persimmon Tree

by Bryce Courteney

2007/ 500 pages

read by Humphrey Bower –  27h 56m

rating:  6/10 –   historical fiction 

*******

Any Human Heart: The Intimate Journals of Logan Mountstuart

by William Boyd

2002 / 479 pages

read by Simon Vance – 15h 58m 

rating:  8 / contemp fiction (Booker List) 

(both read and listened)

*******

The Half Drowned King
by Linnea Hartsuyker
2015/ 453 pages
read by Matthew Lloyd Davies – 15h 33m
rating:   7 –  historical fiction
*******

CRIME FICTION: 

Don’t Let Go

by Harlan Coban

2017 / 368 pages

read by Steven Weber-  8h 42m

rating:  A+    / crime – suspense/procedural
*******

The Third Victim

by Phillip Margolin

2018 – 320 pages

read by Therese Plummer  – 8h 30m

rating:  A+  / crime –  legal 

(stand-alone) 

*******

Guilt by Association

by Marcia Clark

2011/ 432 pages

read by January LaVoy – 9h 49m
rating – B+  / crime procedural/legal

(Rachel Knight series #1) 

*******

Jar City

by Arnaldur Indridason  (Icelandic)

2005/ 304 pages

read by George Guidall – 7h 33m

rating:  B / crime – procedural

*******

A Grave Talent

by Laurie R. King

1993 /  385 pages

read by Alyssa Bresnahan – 14h 14m

rating:  B-  / crime – procedural 

(Kate Martinelli series #1) 

*******

Murder on St. Mark’s Place

Victoria Thompson

2000 / 288 pages

read by Callie Beaulliau  – 8h 11m

rating:

(Book 2 of Gaslight series)
*******

City of the Lost

by Kelley Armstrong

2016 / 416 pages

read by Therese Plummer 13h 47m

rating –  B  /  crime/procedural-thriller
(1st in Rockton series – or Cassey Armstong series)

*******

Bad Moon Rising

by Ed Gorman

2011 / 211 pages

read by Joe Barnett – 6h 10m

rating –    C-  /  series crime 

Sam McCain Mysteries, Book 9

*******

NON-FICTION:

How to Read the Bible:  A Guide to Scripture

by James L. Kugel

2007  / 852 pages

read by  Mel Foster

rating:  9.5 /  Bible interpretation and history

(both read and listened) 

*******

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress 

by Steven Pinker

2018 –  576 pages
rating:  9.75  /  science/politics

read by Arthur Morey  – 19h 49m
*******

I’ll Be Gone In the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

by Michelle McNamara 

2018 / 352 pages

read by  Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt/ 9h 45m

rating    9 /  true crime-memoir

*******

Nomadland:  Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

by Jessica Bruder

2017/ 320 pages

read by Karen White – 9h 57m

rating:  8   / sociology – economics

*******

Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City

by Matthew Desmond

2017 / 448 pages

read by Dion Graham – 11h 10m

rating:  9   nonfiction – sociology    

(both read and listened) 

******

04/2018

These are the books I read in April 2018 –   this was a really stellar month in terms of quality:  There were 15 books –  7 General Fiction,  4 Crime,  1 Classic and 3 Nonfiction –  4 by women authors and 2 translated.   (5916 pages but I don’t know if that counts – just putting it down for comparison to other months –  a couple were pretty long.)

GENERAL FICTION:

The Known World

by Edward J. Jones

2003 / 437 pages

read by Kevin Free – 14h 13m

rating:   9  –  historical fiction

Pulitzer winner from 2003 I finally got to it and although I tried before this time I stuck it out and finished.   Definitely worthy of a Pulitzer – a wonderful book.

*******

The Only Story

by Julian Barnes

2018 / 261 pages

read by Guy Mott – 7h 21m

rating:  9 / contemp fiction

Barnes is writing about how to be really truthful this time –  no “unreliable” narrators here –  his protagonist tells all in this very sad story of love between a May (him) and a December (her) couple.

*******

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

by Joanna Cannon 

2017/ 368 pages

read by Paula Wilcox – 11h

rating:   A/8  (for fun)/  very British literary suspense  (set in the 1970s)

Delightful novel about two young girls who go searching for a missing neighbor who very well might have been killed.  The whole neighborhood is involved and worried and is essentially guilty of one thing or another.

*******

The House of Broken Angels

by Luis Alberto Urrea

2018 /  336 pages

read by Luis Alberto Urrea – 9h 46m

rating:   8/ contemp fiction

A large middle-class Mexican-American family gets together for the funeral of their mother/grandmother, but also to celebrate the birthday of the oldest child-  Big Angel,  who turns 70 and is also dying.   Full of love and troubles.

*******

The Red-Haired Woman
by Orhan Pamuk
(translated) 
2017/ 254 pages
read by John Lee 7h 22m
rating 9.25  /  contemp fiction
(read and listened) 

Tale of a man who as a young man was fascinated by a red-haired woman and gets involved in an Oedipus story as well as its Eastern counterpart,  Rostam and Sohrab.  He grows up and has to live the story.  (What is real?) 
*******

Paris in the Present Tense
by Mark Helprin
2017/ 400 pages
read by Bronson Pinchot – 14h 34m
rating:  9.5  / contemp fiction
(read and listened)

Enchanting  story of an old man, a retired composer,  who needs money to help his grandson.   Very atmospheric.Not quite as good as Winter’s Tale but wonderful in its own right. 
*******

Elmet
by Fiona Mozley
2017 / 312 pages
read by Gareth Bennett Ryan  7h 37m
rating:   9.5
(both read and listened)

Booker Prize List –  a small family trying to live a very isolated life get caught up in the troubles of the area in remote England.  Each family member has his/her own individuality.   Very violent. 
*******

CRIME:

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

by Adrian McKinty

2017 / 322 pages

read by Gerald Doyle- 9h 49m

rating A+ /  crime – procedural (Ireland)

(#6 in the Sean Duffy series) 

Belfast circa 1988 and the “Troubles” have an effect at the police department, too.  This is the last of the series which started out as a trilogy.

*******

The Painted Queen 

by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

2017/ 355 pages

read by Barbara Rosenblatt –  13h 17m

rating:   A+  /  crime – historical (Egypt in   1922 or so)

Last of the Amanda peabody series –  Elizabeth Peters died a few years ago and Hess finished the book.   Amanda,  Ratcliffe are at a dig near Cairo where murder is on someone’s mind and schemes abound.

*******

Poison

by John Lescroart

2018 / 304 pages

read by Jacques Roy  – 9h 9m 

rating:   B+ /  crime -legal thriller

Old fashioned who-done-it in which the victim is poisoned via his cup of tea.  It looks like it was a heart attack. This is a case of big San Francisco family and money so motives abound. 
*******

Murder on Gramercy Park
by Victoria Thompson
2001/ 339 pages
read by Callie Beaulieu
rating   A  / historical mystery
(#3 in the Gaslight Murders series)

Fun historical murder mystery – New York City in 1895-96.  A midwife and a police detective solve crimes and have a great overarching relationship.  THis time the issue is drug addiction and chiropractic.

*******

CLASSICS:
Little Novels of Sicily:

“Novelle Rusticane” 

by Giovanni Verga

translated by D.H. Lawrence

1883 / 156 pages

rating:  10/  classic short stories 

Wonderful series of stories regarding the poverty of Sicily in the 1860s,  prior to unification.   Verga really brings his homeland and it’s people,  their troubles, to life.

*******

NONFICTION:
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership

by James Comey

2018 / 304 pages

read by James Comey –  9h 4m

rating: 9.5    /  current events –

More or less the background of James Comey,  head of the FBI under George Bush, a bit of Clinton, George W. Bush,  Donald Trump writes about his part in several of the big events during those times.  The point is his problems with Trump.   Good book!

*******

The Rise and Fall of American Growth:  The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War
by Robert J. Gordon
2016 /  764 pages
read by Michael Butler Murray – 30h 18m
rating –  10   /nonfiction- economics
(read and listened)

Economic history with lots of stats, graphs, tables etc showing how the US boomed in our quality of life between 1870 and 1970  or so –  and has not,  will not,  do that again.   Excellent.  
*******

The House of Government:  A Saga of the Russian Revolution
by Yuri Slezkine
2017 /  1004 pages
read by  Stefan Rudniki
rating:   10 / literary nonfiction – history
(read and listened)

Again,   beyond excellent –  the story of Russia under Stalin as the Revolution became institutionalized, fell into chaos and why it didn’t really take hold as other millenarian movements did. A huge housing complex in the center of Moscow is the focus – where the government big-wigs lived.  Many many historical subjects – but the special focus is on the children as that’s where the future of the Revolution should have been focused.   
*******

05/2018

These are the books I read in May,  2018.  There were 14 books total with 4 contemporary fiction, 2 classics,  4 crime and 1 “other,”  as well as 4 nonfiction.   There were 4 authored by women and 1 translated.

**** GENERAL FICTION:  ****

Circe

by Madeline Miller

2018/ 400 pages

read by Perdita Weeks – 12h 8m

rating:  9.25/ contemp lit (mythology)

*******

Norse Mythology 

by Neil Gaiman

2017/ 304 pages

read by Neil Gaiman

rating:   7.5/ fantasy

*******

The Story of Lucy Gault

by William Trevor

2002 / 240 pages

read by Kathryn Borowitz – 8h 38m

rating 9 / contemp fiction (Ireland)

(read and listened)

*******

Beneath a Scarlett Sky

by Mark Sullivan

2017 / 526 pages

read by Will Damron  – 17h 43m

rating:     / historical fiction

(both read and listened) 

******* 

**** CLASSICS: ****

Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton

1911 / 114 pages  

read by Librivox

rating:   9 / classic Americana
(read and listened)

*******

The Good Soldier

by Ford Maddox Ford

1915 / 125 pages

 read by Frank Muller – 6h 56m

rating:   9.25  /  classic fiction

*******

**** CRIME:****

Silent Lies

by Sarah Denzil

2017 / 294 pages

read by : Antonia Beamish and Rosie Jones – 9h 38m

Rating:  B+  /  psychological suspense/thriller
*******

The Secret,  Book and Scone Society 

by Ellery Adams

2017 / 304 pages

read by Cris Dukehart – 8h 31m

rating  B  /  cozy crime

*******

Before He Finds Her

by Michael Kardos

2016 / 384 pages

read by Julia Whelan – 10h 30m

rating –  B / crime

*******

****  OTHER FICTION: ****
Where the Hell is Tesla?

by Rob  Dirks

2015 / 398 pages

read by Rob Dircks – 5h 4m 

rating: A   /zany sci-fi – love story 

*******

**** NONFICTION: ****
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

by Ron Chernow

Grove Press / 2010 / 848 pages

read by Robertson Dean:  34h 36m

rating:  10 /  history-bio-economics

(both read and listened)

******* 

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

by Gucci Mane 

2017/ 304 pages

read by Guy Lockhard – 6h 29m

rating:  7  / autobiography

*******

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion — Surprising Observations of a Hidden World

by Peter Wohlleben /  translated by Jane Billinghurst

2017/ 272 pages

rating:  7  / science light
*******

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away

by Rebecca Goldstein

2014/ 434 pages

read by Dennis Holland – 16h 43m

rating:   10 /  nonfiction-philosopy

(both read and listened)

*******

06/2018

These are the books I read in June,  2018:  There were 15 total with  4 fiction,  6 nonfiction and 4 crime-sci fi novels – only 1 women author, but …   2 classics with 1 translation.

The Monk of Mokha

by Dave Eggers

2018 / 375 pages

Good book –   fun –  the protagonist is now awaiting trial for racketeering – don’t know.  (I don’t know if I’ve ever tasted Yemeni coffee –  it sells for like $16 a cup in some places.  Great story, though.

*****

The Soul of America:  The Battle for Our Better Angels

by Jon Meacham

2018/ 416 pages

read by Fred Sanders – 10h 54m

rating:  10  / history and current events

excellent –  covers the history of US human rights as a reason for optimism

********

The Feather Thief:  Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

by Kirk Wallace Johnson

2018 / 320 pages

read by MacLeod Andrews – 8h 4m

rating –  8.5 / nonfiction

This was a fun book –  about a kid who got obsessed with making trout flies for which he and others need various feathers –

*******

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette

by Hampton Sides

2014 / 411 pages (Kindle)

read by Arthur Morey  – 17h 30m

rating: 8.5 /  history

(both read and listened)

The story of an ocean vessel exploring the Arctic region north of the Bering Straight and west of there.   They went missing and other ships searched for them.  This was in the 1870s and ‘80s.

*******

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo

by Richard Lloyd Parry

2012 / 454 pages

read by Simon Vance – 13h 8m

rating:  8 /  –  True Crime

Very nicely done piece of journalism about a young English woman who disappeared in Tokyo.  Her family searched,  the police did their investigations and so on.  (I do enjoy good True Crime when the focus is on the police procedural,  especially in non-US countries where it can be quite different.

*******

*******

Shakespeare and Company

by Sylvia Beach

and Introduction by James Laughlin

1956 / the Introduction in 1991-  / 230 pages

Rating:  8.5/ memoir / classic 

(I read this in paperback!) 

Memoirs of the American woman who opened a bookstore in Paris in 1920 and published Ulysses by James Joyce.   Parts are fascinating.

*******

 FICTION:   

 Ending Up

by Kingsley Amis

1974/1   pages

rating:  7  /  general fiction – Booker nominee

A peculiar little book about 5 very senior people who are living together somewhere in England.  It is funny at times and bleak at others.  Amis is his normal curmudgeonly self by style and I’m not a great fan of his.

*******

Little Novels of Sicily:  x2 

“Novelle Rusticane” 

by Giovanni Verga

translated by D.H. Lawrence

1883 / 156 pages

rating  10 /  classic fiction – 

A reread –  love this book and I really should read others by Verga because from what I understand,  this is not his best.   It is comprised of individual stories of peasants in Sicily and their landlords and the Church who oppress them in all manner of ways.   The Italian wars of Unification occurred during the time period but didn’t really change much except who the king was.

*******

The Overstory 

by Richard Powers

2018/ 502 pages

read by Suzanne Toren – 22h 58m

rating:  9.6   /  contemp fiction

(read and listened)

Very interesting story of how trees communicate and everything is connected –  Powers creates some great characters here – wonderful kind of saga in some ways.

*******

The Queen’s Gambit

by Walter Tevis

1983 / 272 pages 

rating – 8 /  general fiction 

Good tale of a chess prodigy who happens to be a young girl and an orphan.

*******

Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York

by Francis Spufford

2016 /  321 pages

read by Sarah Rogers- 10h 46m

rating-  6.5  / historical fiction 

******* 

So Long,  See You Tomorrow

by William Maxwell

1980/ 136 pages

rating:   8 /  US fiction-metafictional bio? 

CRIME / MYSTERIES

Missing You
by Harlan Coben

2014 / 416 pages

read by January LaVoy – 11h 46m

rating B-    /  suspense-crime

*******

The Deep Dark Descending

by Allen Eskens

2017 /  288 pages

read by R.C. Bray – 8h 34m

rating:  B-  /  crime

*******

Don’t Touch the Blue Stuff!

by Rob Dirck

2017/ 388 pages

read by Rob DIrck

rating –  6? /  silly sci-fi

******
07/2018

These are the books I read in July, 2018.  There were 15 books,   7 nonfiction,  2 fiction and 6 crime with 4 women authors and none translated.

The Road to Unfreedom:  Russia, Europe, America
by Timothy Snyder
2018 / 346 pages
read by Timothy Snyder – 10h 9m
rating: 9.5   /  history
(both read and listened)
*******

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

by David Reich

2018 /   368 pages

rating;  8.75 /  science –  ancient genetics


*******
The Death of Truth:  Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump

by Michiko Kakutani
2018 / 208 pages
read by Tavia Gilbert – 3h 45m
rating:   8.5   / politics

*******

The Perfect Weapon:  War,  Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age
by David E. Sanger
2018 /  384 pages (Kindle)
rating:   9 / nonfiction – current events
*******

Grown-Up Anger:  The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan,  Woody Guthrie,  and the Calumet Massacre of 1913

by Daniel Wolff

2017 / 345 pages

read by  Dennis Boutsikaris  8h 49m

rating:   8 / nonfiction – history/biography

*******
October:  The Story of the Russian Revolution
by China Miéville
2018 / 384 pages
read by John Banks-  11h 37m
rating:  8.5 /  non-fiction history

*******

Out of Africa   (abridged) 

by Isak Denison  

1937 (original 1st published) 

read by Julie Harris 2h  57m

rating –  (nr) /  abridged memoir

*******

*****   FICTION:

*******


Warlight
by Michael Ondaatje
2018/305 pages
read by Steve West – 8h 36m
rating:  8 / contemporary fiction
(may read it again)
*******

A Month in the Country
by J.L Carr
1980 / 164 pages -(p’back)
rating:   8   /  contemp lit – almost classic –
*******

***** CRIME:
*******
Snap

by Belinda Bauer

2018 / 352 pages

read by Andrew Wincott – 9h 50m

rating:   rating:  8/ A+++  – literary(ish)  crime

*******

The Word is Murder

by Anthony Horowitz

2018 / 400 pages

read by Roy Kinnear – 9h 2m

rating:   A  /  literary  mystery 

*******
The President Is Missing

by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

2018 / 513 pages

rating:  A – /  political thriller 

*******

The Ruin

by Dervla McTiernan

2018 / 400 pages

read by Aoife McMahon 10h 25m

rating:   A /crime-procedural

*******

The People’s House

by David Pepper

2016-2017 /  285 pages

read by Jon Eric Preston –  11h 2m 

rating:  A  / political thriller
(#1 of 2 in Jack Sharpe series)

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A Rising Man

by Abir Mukherjee

2017/ 390 pages

read by Malk Williams 11h 36m

rating B- / historical crime

(1st in Sam Wyndham series)

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The Woman in the Window

by A.J. Finn

2018 / 449 pages

read by Anne Marie Lee – 13h 41m

rating:  C   /  suspense

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08/2018

These are the books I read in August of 2018.  There were 20 –  8 nonfiction,  5 general fiction,  1 classic fiction,   and 7 crime with 7 women authors and 1 translation.

NONFICTION
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Fascism:  A Warning

by Madeleine Albright

2018 / 289 pages (Kindle) 

read by Madeleine Albright 

rating  9 / history/politics – 

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OPTION B:  Facing Adversity,  Building Resilience and Finding Joy

by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

2017/ 214 pages

read by Elise Donovan  6h 14m

rating:  6 / memoir/self-help in bereavement

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Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence

by James R. Clapper and Trey Brown

2018 / 431 pages

read by Mark Bramhail – 18h 43m

rating:  9 / memoir – US intelligence
(read and listened) 

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Grown-Up Anger:  The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan,  Woody Guthrie,  and the Calumet Massacre of 1913

by Daniel Wolff

2017 / 345 pages

read by  Dennis Boutsikaris  8h 49m

rating:   8.5 / nonfiction – history/biography 

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Everything Trump Touches Dies:  A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever 

by Rick Wilson   

2018 /  336 pages (Free Press) 

read by Rick Wilson – 9h 25m

rating:   7.75  – /  current events – political 

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Has the West Lost It? – A Provocation

by Kishore Mahbubani 

2018 / 102 pages

read by Jonathan Keeble – 2h 21m

rating:   9.5 /  global current events
(read and listened)

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Russian Roulette:   The Inside Story of Russia’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump – 

by Michael Isikoff and David Corn

2018 /  353 pages  –  Twelve (publisher)

read by Peter Ganin

Rating:   9.5  / current events (politics) 

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A River in Darkness:  One Man’s Escape from North Korea

by  Masaji Ishikawa  (translated from Japanese)

2018 / 172 pages  (Amazon Crossing – pub.)

read by Brian Nishi  –  5h/54m

rating:   8.5 /  memoir

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GENERAL FICTION
4 3 2 1 

by Paul Auster

2016/ 867 pages

rating:  9.25     / contemporary fiction 

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Warlight

by Michael Ondaatje

2018/305 pages

read by Steve West – 8h 36m

rating:  8.5  / contemporary fiction
 (both read and listened)

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Faith Fox

by Jane Gardham

1996  / 384 pages

read by Piers Gibbon

rating: 8 / 20th century lit – English comedy

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Less

by Andrew Sean Greer

2017 / 273 pages

read by Robert Pekoff  8h 17m

rating: 8   / contemp lit – Pulitzer Prize in fiction 2018

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All For Nothing

by Walter Kempowski
2003 / 352 pages
rating :   9 /  semi-autobiographical fiction 

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CLASSICS:

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The Folded Leaf

by William Maxwell

1945 / 305 pages 

read by Mark Boyett – 9h 20m

rating   8  /   classic lit

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CRIME

Trafficked

by Peg Brantley

2018 / 368 pages

read by Sandra Murphy  9h 5m

rating:  A+/8   crime-thriller  (fiction and non-) 

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One Perfect Lie

by Lisa Scottoline

2017 / 366 pages

read by George Newbern  9h 11m

rating –  A / mystery- thriller 

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Iron Lake 

by William Kent Krueger

1998 / 464 pages

read by David Chandler 11h 57m

rating:  B+ /  crime series
(#1 in the Cork O’Connor series) 

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The Disappeared

by C. J.  Box

2018 / 398 pages

read by David Chandler – 11h 14m

rating:   B+  /  crime series
(#18 in the Joe Picket series)
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Rubbernecker

by Belinda Bauer  (England)

2015 / 434 pages

read by Andrew Wincott

rating:   B+  /  suspense-crime

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Jade Dragon Mountain

by Elsa Hart

2015/ 370 pages

read by David Shih 11h 55m

rating:    A / crime

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The Naturalist

by Andrew Mayne

2017 / 382 pages

read by Will Damron 11h 33m

rating:

09/2018

These are the books I read in September,  2018.  There were 15 books read this month including 5 Fiction,  5 Crime and 5 Nonfiction!   There were 3  by women authors and 3 were translations.  Total for the year so far is 147.

FICTION:
The Emigrants

by W.G. Sebald

1992 / 238 pages 

read by Mel Foster  7h 10m

rating 9.75 / historical fiction 

(both read and listened)

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In the Distance

by Hernan Diaz

2017 / 240 pages

read by Peter Berkrot  9h 17m

rating:  9.2 /  historical fiction 

(Pulitzer Prize finalist)

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The Vegetarian

by Han Kang
translated by Debra Smith

2016/  194 pages

read by Janet Song, Stephen Park  5h 14m
rating:  9 / contemp fiction
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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

2017 /  754 pages (Kindle) 

read by a cast of 6 –  / 24h 27m

rating: 8 / sci-fi-time travel & great fun

(read and listened)

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All For Nothing

by Walter Kempowski

(translated by Althea Bell)

2003 / 352 pages

rating – 9.5 –  historical fiction
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CRIME:
Down the River, Unto the Sea

by Walter Mosley – 

2018 / 337 pages

read by Dion Graham – 7h 44m

rating:  C- / crime-thriller 

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Lethal White

by Robert Galbraith

2018 / 656 pages

read by Robert Glenister – 22h 31m

rating:   A+ / crime – private detective team

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Flat Lake in Winter

by Joseph T.  Klempner

2016/  320 pages 

read by George Newbern

rating:  A / legal crime

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Broken Ice

by Matt Goldman

2018 /  336 pages

read by MacLeod Andrews 8h 22m

rating:  A-  / crime

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Gone to Dust

by Matt Goldman

2017 /  294 pages

read by McLeod Andrews

rating:   A / crime

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NON-FICTION:  

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors

by Dan Jones

2018/ 444 pages (Kindle)

read by Dan Jones (author) 15h 30m

rating:  8.5 / history medieval 

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Fascism:  A Warning
by Madeleine Albright
2018 / 289 pages (Kindle) 
read by Madeleine Albright 
rating  9 / history/politics –

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Fear:  Trump in the White House

by Bob Woodward

2018 / 358 pages

read by Robert Petkoff – 12h 20m

rating

(both read and listened)

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The Coming Storm

by Michael Lewis

2018 / 

read by Michael Lewis 2h 27m

rating:  9.5 /  nonfiction – weather and technology

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True Crime Addict:  How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray

by James Renner

2016 / 300 pages

rating:  8 – A+/  memoir-true crime

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10/2018

10/2018 – Summary –

Oh,  I did have a good reading month!   These are the books I read in October of 2018:  There were 6 general fiction,  2 crime novels,  1 classic fiction, and 5 nonfiction for a total of 14 books of which 2 were translated and 4 were by women.   (Note – the ratings for General Fiction and Nonfiction are 1-10,  but for Crime they are A-F.  Sometimes a book will get both ratings because it’s a more literary crime book, or literary sci-fi maybe.) –  Links to my reviews on this site.

Total for the year so far is 161 and I’ll break that down further later.

FICTION: 

The Invisibility Cloak

by Ge Fei /  translated by Canaan Morse

2016 (English)/ 144 pages

Rating:  9.5 / contemp Chinese fiction

Kindle only

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History of Wolves

by Emily Fridlund

2017 / 288 pages

read by Susan Bennett – 9h 12m

rating:  9 / B   literary suspense

(both read and listened)

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The Emigrants x2

by W.G. Sebald and translated by Michael Hulse

1992 / 238 pages

read by Mel Foster  7h 10m

rating 10 / historical fiction

(both read and listened – again)

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From a Low and Quiet Sea

by  Donal Ryan

2018/ 192 pages

read by 6 narrators – 5h 42m

rating:  9 / contemp fiction

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The Dark Flood Rises

by Margaret Drabble

2018 / 337 pages

read by Anne Bentinck – 13h 21m

rating: 8.75   / contemporary fict

(both read and listened)

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The Silence of the Girls

by Pat Barker

2018 / 304 pages

read by Kristie Atherton – 10h 44m

rating:  9 /  historical fiction

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CRIME:

To the Hilt

by Dick Francis

1996 / 351 pages

read by Simon Prebble

rating:   A / mystery (who done it)

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Quicksand

by Malin Person Giolito and translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles  

2016 / 513 pages

read by Saskia Maarleveld .. 12h 53m

rating:  B+ / legal crime
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CLASSIC:

It Can’t Happen Here

by Sinclair Lewis

1935 / 195 pages

read by Grover Gardner – 14h 28m

rating:  8,5 */ classic, future dystopian satire (US)-

(read and listened)

* the rating is a 9.75 for the themes and a 7 for the novel*
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NONFICTION:

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors

by Dan Jones  X2

2018/ 444 pages (Kindle)

read by Dan Jones (author) 15h 30m

rating:  8 / history

(read and listened)

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Black Dragon River:  A Journey Down the Amur River Between Russia and Chinaby Dominic Ziegler

2015 / 366 pages

Rating: 8  /  travel- history

(read and listened)

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Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta

by Richard Grant

2015 / 321 pages

read by Simon Grindell – 19h 19m

rating:  8.5 / memoir-travelogue

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The Fifth Risk

by  Michael Lewis

2018/ 221 pages

read by Victor Bevine

rating:   8 / current events  (lower score because it’s too short)

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American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West 

by Ned Blakeslee

2017/ 290 pages

read by Mark Bramhall – 9h 31m
rating:  9  –  natural history
(read and listened)
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