Monthly Archives: December 2015

End of Year!

It’s that time again – my reading summary.   I read 187 books which is really more than I think is healthy and I need to get out more  (lol).  But it’s possible I feel this way because there were … Continue reading


Senior Moments Are Murder

Senior Moments Are Murder by Mike Befeler 2015 / 268 pages read by Jerry Sciarro  7h 42m rating – B / crime – cozy This is the third novel in the Geezer-lit series by Mike Befeler.  They’re kind of fun, … Continue reading

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World of Trouble

World of Trouble by Ben Winters 2014 / 320 pages read by Peter Berkrot  8h 10m rating:  A /  crime – dystopian future (Book 3 in The Last Policeman trilogy) It’s only a few weeks until Astroid Maia hits the earth … Continue reading

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Karnak Cafe

Karnak Cafe by Naguib Mahfouz 1974 / 101 pages rating 9.25 – classic – 20th cent fiction Back in 1954 Egypt was swept up by the July Revolution and granted independence from Britain.  King Faruk was unseated and the Republic of Egypt … Continue reading

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Slade House

Slade House by David Mitchell 2015 /256 pages read by  Thomas Judd, Tania Rodrigues  6h 54m rating:  5 (out of 10) /  literary fantasy-horror I’ve been reading David Mitchell since Cloud Atlas, 2004, and then went back and read his priors.  I … Continue reading

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The Gate of Angels

The Gate of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald 1990 / 219 pages rating  9 /  historical fiction Back in a very well presented 1912,  somewhere near Cambridge England, Fred Fairly, a physics lecturer at St. Angelicus,  was riding down the road on his bicycle … Continue reading

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Reykjavik Nights

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason 2014 /  304 pages read by George Guidall / 7h 10m rating –  A+  / crime – police procedural (Erlendur  Sveinsson series #16 but it’s a prequel) This is a little different in the course … Continue reading

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Numero Zero

Numero Zero by Umberto Eco 2015 (US) / 208 pages read by David Colacci  5h 14m rating 8.75  / literary crime (satire) Big fan of Eco here – since The Name of the Rose and including some nonfiction.  (May I recommend Six Walks … Continue reading


Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me by  Ta-Nehisi Coates 2015 / 178 pages read by  Ta-Nehisi Coate  – 3h 35m rating:  9.5  / race relations – memoir  I was winding up the reading for 2015 but there are a couple short books I really wanted to … Continue reading

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The Shepherd’s Life:

The Shepherd’s Life:  Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks 2015 / 304 pages read by Bryan Dicks rating:  9 / memoir Why do we read memoirs?  Is it because the author is a famous personality  or had … Continue reading

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The Secret Chord

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks 2015 / 320 pages read by Paul Boemer  13h 8m rating  7.5  / literary historical fiction (both read and listened) I tried to listen to this book twice and got so confused I just … Continue reading

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The Octopus

The Octopus by Frank Norris 1901 / 421 pages rating 8.5 I’ve wanted to read this for a long time because the historical situation unfolded about 50 miles from where I live and it still gets some play in the … Continue reading

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Countdown City

Countdown City by Ben H. Winters 2013 / 320 pages read by Peter Berkrot 8h 18m rating:  B / crime – futurist (#2 in The Last Policeman series) “Boomsday” is about 4 1/2 months closer than it was in The … Continue reading

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The Righteous Mind:

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt 2014 / 528 pages read by  Jonathan Haidt – 11h rating 9  / nonfiction – psychology / ethics Good book – it’s going to have to … Continue reading

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The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters 2012 /336 pages read by Peter Berkrot 8h 20m rating:  B+  / futurist crime Interesting book – it takes place in the current times,  but the world has just been informed it has about 9 month … Continue reading

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Notorious RBG:

Notorious RBG:  The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik 2015 / 240 pages read by Andi Arndt / 5h 9m rating:  9 This is a splendid biography of a heroine – but it’s hard … Continue reading

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Men Explain Things To Me

Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit 2014/ 130 pages read by Luci Christian Bell  2h 48m rating – 8 / nonfiction – feminist essays I haven’t read anything by Solit for many years and then I wasn’t too thrilled … Continue reading

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