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.
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.
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
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.
by Lucy Dawson
2018 / 294 pages
read by Rachel Atkins – 9h 13m
rating: C+ / psychological thriller
The ending is pretty good.