Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The most recent 10

Until I went through my Good Reads list, I didn't realize how few books I've actually read in the last year.  In light of that I'm tweaking my list for Carol's prompt this week.  Some of the books I read were pretty long, so maybe that's why my list is so spartan.  I'm hoping that our yet-to-meet-new neighborhood book club will help in  getting more books on my "read" shelf.

10. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen-first book for book club and really loved this book.  Finished in a day and a half.  Can't wait to discuss it in a couple weeks.
  9.  Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George.  I read a lot of books in a series and this was George's latest, and I love it too.  Half of the book takes place in Italy, and I enjoyed looking up real "things" that she mentions. 
 8.  It Happens in the Dark by Carol O'Connell-another series that I enjoy.  Love the characters in the book.
 7.  740 Park by Michael Gross-this book is really for those who like history and reading about architecture and NYC.  I enjoyed it, and spent a lot of time looking up the people and places mentioned.
 6.  Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Windspear-Maisie Dobbs series-love this character and the the book's time period.
 5. Solomon's Puzzle by Loris Nebbia-I included this book as a "don't read".  It taught me how to consider a books merit and a writer's style, and that all books can't/aren't great.  It was too long, had a lot of unnecessary parts, odd characters, but could have been a good book if it had been better edited.  I bought the book when I went to Annapolis for a friend as a birthday gift.  It had won an award and was a local author.  My friend had the same reaction, and the reviews proved to be spot on, for once.
 4. The Greater Journey:  Americans in Paris by David McCullough-really enjoyed this book.  I found reading about the history of Paris very interesting.  I passed this book onto my son who enjoyed it as well.  It is really only for those who like history and Paris-see #7
 3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton-audio book-really like listening to this book, and would like to actually read the print form at some point.
 2. (current read) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell- another audio book.  I have read Wives and Daughters so when this book came up for Craft-Lit, I was excited to read another Gaskell piece.  Am enjoying it so far.
 1. (current read) The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell-this is for the May reading for book club.  It was a recommendation by 2 Knit Lit Chicks.  I'm not sure about this book yet, and I'm not so sure the ladies in my book club are going to want to read it.  A lot of really course language which I can only tolerate in small doses, but I'm plugging away.

The photo represents 2 recent magazines that I've gotten, and have yet found time to read.  Maybe it's time to re-evaluate how I'm spending my time.


Mary said...

OK, must add Lost Lake to my to-read list. this prompt added way too many to my pile!

also - I don't think you need to change how you spend your time...unless you want to. I know I read less now than I did at some points but that's because I'm doing other things I like more.

reading is a solitary activity. and too much of it means too much alone time. balance is everything of course, but still...

dianne said...

Lost Lake is on my Want to Read list. I'll have to get to is sooner rather than later!