Books I’ve Read Lately

Lately, many of the books I’ve read, or attempted to read, have not been recommendable.

I used to be a reader that would always finish the book — no matter what.  But my book club instigated a 50-page rule. If a book doesn’t grab your interest in 50 pages, you can stop reading. Most of the times, I’ll read further than 50 pages, but I will certainly put a book down now. Life is too short and there are too many great books out there to struggle to keep reading a badly written book!

However, I have finished three books I can recommend. They are:

fishBowlfish bowl by Bradley Somer.  I read this because my book club selected it and I really enjoyed it.  I’d describe it as a modern day, “Rear Window.”

Throughout the book, a goldfish is falling from a high-rise balcony. As he falls, he takes the reader on a journey witnessing the residents intertwined lives.  The characters are interesting and fresh.  It’s a quick read for when you don’t want to think too hard but enjoy the human condition.

GrapesOfWrathGrapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I hadn’t ever read this book and on a recent discount book store run, I picked up a copy for my house.  I enjoyed this book, but skipped over the philosophical chapters. They showed their age.  If you’ve already read this book, hope you can grab another classic book out there that you haven’t been able to read.

 

CuckoosCallingThe Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling). I had read that this was the weakest of the three books in this crime drama trilogy. It may have been the weakest, but it was a great book. The crime genre is not my favorite but this was a good book. Cormoran Strike is an ex-military, private investigator with a complicated personal life and a fledgling business. If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought of this.

— Namaste

Top 3 Books

I’ve been in the same book club for over 15 years. It started, with me logging into MeetUp to find like-minded readers.  The people I interact with once a month are like no others in my circle of friends and that is what makes them so special to me.

They have become friends, but the only thing I know about some of them is their first name and what they think about the books we read. The discussions are always invigorating. If you are a reader and aren’t in a book club yet, seek one out. It is well worth the effort.

I’m a constant reader and Goodreads user. Here are some “book club” books I’ve read in the past three months. If they look good to you, check them out. (See what I did there.) 🙂

Namaste

Ready_Player_OneReady Player One took me back to the 80’s with the descriptions of the computer/video games. It was smart and thought provoking story based in the year 2044. The lonely world  depicted, can be compared to the present day trends the world is moving towards. It combines nerdy computer speak with likeable characters. I really enjoyed the read.

The_MiniaturistI’m not going to suggest the next book because although I enjoyed it, it wasn’t a knock out. Also, the majority of my book clubbers had a strong dislike for the book. The Miniaturist is set in Amsterdam and this is what saved it for me. It was nice to learn about the city in the 18th century. The second half was disappointing and the ending was a LARGE disappointment.

The_Relic_MasterIf you want to laugh at a great book, pick the Relic Master. This is about a sixteenth-century relic hunter and the artist Albrecht Dürer who conspire to fabricate Christ’s burial shroud. The history is amazingly correct, but the dry humor is the BEST. I highly recommend this book.