January Summary –

I was really too busy and tired to read as much as usual this month, but what I read was, for the most part, quite good. That said, here it is: I read 8 books (about 1/2 the normal amount) of which 2 books were general fiction, 3 were crime and 3 nonfiction. Also 3 were by women authors and none were translated.

Milkman
by Anna Burns
2017 / 360 pages (paperback) 
read by Brid Brennan – 14h 11m
rating: 9.6 / – fiction 

I plan on reading this again very soon – the Booker Prize Group is discussing it in February.
*******

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
by David Quammen 
2018 / 480 pages
read by Jacques Roy 13h 48m
rating – 10 – non-fiction biology 

Terrific book – very informative.
*******

The Bookshop
by Penelope Fitzgerald
1978 / 192 pages
read by Doranda Peters – 3h 30m
rating – 8.75 / fiction
(both read and listened

Wonderful book by a master of the simply said. It’s not a “happy book” but it certainly strikes a note of truth.
*******

New Iberia Blues
by James Lee Burke
2019 / 465 pages
read by Will Patton -15h 3m
rating – A+++ / rather literary crime

Fantastic – gritty crime novel with a sense of history and literature
*******

The 7th Canon
by Robert Dugoni
2016 /334 pages
read by James Patrick Cronin – 10h 33m
rating: B / legal thriller

Okay –
*******


Leonardo Da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson
2018 / 634 pages
read by Alfred Molina – 17h 1m
rating – 9.25 / biography 
(both read and listened)

This is a very good book about a genius. The focus is a bit different from other books about Leonardo.
*******

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English
by John McWhorter
2009 / 256 pages
read by John McWhorter – 5h 22m
rating: 8 / nonfiction – linguistics

McWhorter is always good but he’s written better.
******

Monkeewrench ~ by P.J. Tracy
2004/ 429 pages
read by Buck Shirner 11h 9m
rating: A / cyber crime-thriller 
(1st in series) 

A fine little cyber crime novel.

White Lies
by Lucy Dawson
2
018 / 294 pages
read by Rachel Atkins – 9h 13m
rating: C+ / psychological thriller 

The ending is pretty good.

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4 Responses to January Summary –

  1. I’ll have to get hold of The Tangled Tree — sounds interesting.

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  2. Carmen says:

    Kudos to you for reading 8 books this past month and reviewing them all. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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