Friday, November 30, 2012

N or M?

Fiction by Agatha Christie.
Audiobook read by Hugh Fraser.

N or M?: Tommy and Tuppence Series, Book 3

Awesome book, well-performed.

I love listening to Agatha Christie on audiobook. Unabridged, of course.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The St. Zita Society

Fiction by Ruth Rendell.

The St. Zita Society

This was a good book; however I have to say it's about the least mysterious mystery I've ever read.

By which I mean, there is no doubt at any point who-dunnit. It's still an interesting bunch of character studies though.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Fiction by Patricia Hickman.


This book is about a woman trying to love again after her husband's death by maybe-suicide.

Pretty good; a little sad.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


(Secrets of Crittenden County Series #1)
Fiction by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Missing (Secrets of Crittenden County Series #1)

An Amish murder mystery. Does that sound like an oxymoron?

This was a good book but I wish I didn't have to wait for the next book to find out what happened.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Casual Vacancy

Fiction by J.K. Rowling.

The Casual Vacancy

Okay. Let's get this out of the way.


That said, it is an extremely good book in its own right. But I think Potter lovers might be disappointed.

Ms Rowling might have done better to release it under a pseudonym; it's that different. But in that case I guess no one would have read it, which would have been a shame.

Let's face it: If they put J.K. Rowling's name on a roll of TP people would read it! And if she tried to sell a book with this premise and and unknown name, no one would buy it. (Sorry, but it's the truth!)

Here's the premise: "In a small boring English village the town council is locked in a conflict over the drawing of district lines. One of the important council members dies, leaving a vacant seat that could turn the tide for either faction."

I know! Does that sound like a yawn-fest or what? But it's NOT! It's an awesome book.

This is very definitely a novel for adults. By which I mean, there are cuss words and sex. Oh, and drugs. But still...

This book is a testament to J.K. Rowling's skill as an author. Even without the fancy backdrop of the magical world, she can write characters you are fascinated by.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Chocolate Jewel Case

Fiction by JoAnna Carl.

The Chocolate Jewel Case (Chocoholic Series #7)

A nice mystery story. A jewel robbery, no bloody violence, light on the murder. It's Encyclopedia Brown for grown-ups.

I enjoyed it.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Love and Respect

Subtitled: "The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs."
Nonfiction by Emerson Eggerichs.

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs

You may have noticed I've been reading a lot of marriage books.

It seems lately that people keep giving me marriage books, or recommending them.

Are y'all trying to tell me something?

No, seriously, it was explained to me once that reading books on marriage, or attending couples' seminars, et cetera, should not be reserved for those whose marriages are "in trouble." Because if you value your relationship, you want to study and improve it. The same way that if you enjoy golf, you want to read books about the game, and watch videos or whatever to get better at it.

So I'll take the flood of marriage books as a compliment.

And this was a good one, by the way.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Family Fang

Fiction by Kevin Wilson.

The Family Fang

Really different book. It's about a couple of "performance artists" who incorporate their two children into their weird stunts, and how the kids grow up because of it.

Odd but quite enjoyable.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Pirate Queen

Fiction by Patricia Hickman.

The Pirate Queen

This book begins with a woman who is about to leave her cheating husband when he revels he is dying of a brain tumor.

It caught my interest and held it. Good book.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Aliens on Vacation

Children's Fiction by Clete Barrett Smith.

Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast Series #1)

Funny book I read to my 9-year-old daughter.

She liked it, and is interested in the sequel. So I'd recommend it for kids 8-12.