"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Last Assassin by Barry Eisler

This book was a good one for audio. Of course it's the middle of a series- which I seem to do a lot, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of it. I love a good international spy story and this one had all the elements: a brooding hero, beautiful women, cool spy gadgetry, and the unexpected voice of reason from a spy-friend. I wouldn't say this added anything to my overall intellectual worth but it certainly made folding laundry and mopping more interesting!

You can find a plot line description at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1131592.The_Last_Assassin

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch #7) by Michael Connelly

This is one of the better installments in the Harry Bosch series. I liked reading a story about Bosch from another character's point of view. It was an interesting vantage point. I didn't like Terry McCaleb in the position of main character as much as I like Harry though. Something about Terry's penchant toward entitlement irked me. 
One thing that struck me about this one is that I rarely find things I want to remember or quotes I want to reflect on in Connelly's novels but this one had two that stood out: (and these aren't verbatim) 
1. When they took out your heart they didn't take out what makes you tick. 
2. ....sitting there throwing silence at one another. 

There's food for thought- how many times have you used silence as an object to throw at an opponent?  Hmmmmm... 

You will find a description of the plot line of this book at: 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

Angry Housewives is one of my all-time favorites. It has made the short list of books I can recommend without thinking about it. If you ask me, "What should I read?" my follow-up will be, "If you haven't read The Help, The Hunger Games, or Angry Housewives, start there." You will love these women and wish fervently for a group like that on your street.

You can find a description of the plot line of this book at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16249.Angry_Housewives_Eating_Bon_Bons

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book has received so much attention that it has started to induce eye-rolls and heavy sighs within the layman literary community. That's a sad shame because it really is a beautiful story about a normal woman wading through normal adult growing pains. I could closely relate to her in some parts of her tale and was in awe of her ability to tell her story- which at times paralleled my story- in language that wraps around you and weaves you right into it. Here's to you Elizabeth Gilbert; I hope you continue to grow, to write,  and to share it with your fans.

You can find an official description of the plot line at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19501.Eat_Pray_Love

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain

I liked this book a lot. Intersting story, quick read, what's not to love? There was just enough mystery to keep up the intrigue and you can't help but love the characters.

You can find a book description at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2485785.The_Secret_Life_Of_CeeCee_Wilkes

The Woods by Harlan Coben

This has been my favorite Harlan Coben so far. Maybe I'm becoming a fan after all... This was one had a good mystery centered on an old, dark family secret. You can't beat family skeletons!

Find a book description at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43931.The_Woods