Monthly Archives: January 2021

Just Mercy ~ by Bryan Stevenson

Except for the last couple chapters, I was kind of disappointed in this.  I know it’s a classic now but I think that’s because of the movie version.  I don’t watch movies.  That said, the book won a bunch of … Continue reading

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Under Pressure ~ by Robert Pobi

Ahhh…. This is a good book for escapist decompressing, but…. a wee bit over the top with a seriously disabled FBI vet (as well as astro-physicist, professor and novel writer) going in for chasing down a bunch of run amok … Continue reading

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Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World ~ by Fareed Zakaria

I read this for the All-nonfiction Reading Group discussion where I actually nominated it.  I enjoy Fareed Zakaria on CNN anyway so I figured I might like the book.  I was right – I very much enjoyed the book.  It’s … Continue reading

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An Equal Justice ~ by Chad Zunker

David Adams, up from poverty and newly graduated from law school, has found a position working in a pricy and very high-pressure law firm.  He works harder than he should and is rewarded.  But before long a couple people are … Continue reading

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Russka ~ by Edward Rutherford

“As literature, Edward Rutherfurd’s historical novels are not successful. They judder slowly along ill-made roads, like carts with square wheels, and the beauty of the scenery through which they pass does not entirely distract the passenger’s mind from his aching bottom and tired … Continue reading

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A Strangeness in My Mind ~ by Orhan Pamuk

Omg- I finished it!   This book but Orhan Pamuk, of whom I am a fan, is long and slow and if you’re new to Pamuk then I suggest you read one of his earlier books before this one.  My Name … Continue reading

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Winter’s Bone ~ by Daniel Woodrell

I don’t know why but I didn’t really get involved in this book until close to the end – when the bail bondsman shows up at Ree’s house.  Then it kind of took off for me, became real somehow.  The … Continue reading

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Ye Olde TBR Files –

I now have several books on my systems (Kindle, Audible on Mac and iPad) which have been sitting there for awhile (more than 3 months) and I’d like to get them gone. I’d like to get rid of 1 book … Continue reading

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The Last Monument ~ Michael C. Grumley

This was on sale and it was okay for a book about hunting old Germans and their missing Nazi treasures plus going a bit further. But the reason I bought it was that mountain range on the cover and the … Continue reading

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Shuggie Bain ~ by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain was the Booker Prize winner for 2020. I bought the Audible fairly early because I knew the Booker Prize Reading Group would be reading it.  Still, I really kind of didn’t want to read it. For some reason … Continue reading

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Murder in Old Bombay ~ Ne March – 7.5

This is a long book and it seems longer,  but like so many novels of India it is immersive with loads of background and history.  It’s also a debut novel but won the 1st Crime Novel Award given by Minotaur … Continue reading

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Another “resolution”

Gone are the days when I made serious reading resolutions. A lot of readers say they want to read 100 books this year or they want to start a reading log. Those were my goals for many years until I … Continue reading

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