I have had little formal education.
My education has been from life experience,
on the job training and my love of reading.
Books have taught me many things and taken me many places.
I am so very grateful to my elementary school teachers
who gave me what I would need in life when they taught me to read.
When I was young I read whatever caught my eye.
Sometimes I would go to the library and just randomly pick books.
Some I didn’t like, some I didn’t understand much of the content.
Most I liked and learned from.
Some I fell in love with.
These days I read less to learn and more for pure pleasure,
but still I learn.
Something I take for granted every day is that I can read.
Not that I can see to read though that is a great blessing
but that I know how to read.
I could read a bit before I went to school and was very excited to learn more.
I loved the words and how they went together to make sentences and paragraphs.
To read stories and be transported to other places or learn about new things,
to read about people and how they lived, it was all fascinating.
The library was and still is one of my favorite places,
Today, I take this wondrous gift for granted.
If I have any fear for tomorrow it is that as I grow old
I may lose the ability to read.
Somehow I thought I already posted this
but apparently I dreamed it.
So, here are the books I read in January.
This was really good. But I have yet to read a Grisham book that I didn’t like. A young attorney loses her job in a big firm in NYC due to the recession. She takes a job as an intern with a small law office that does free work for the folks in a small Appalachian town. At first the book was interesting but not one I couldn’t put down. I kept on because it is a Grisham book. Glad I did because the last sentence of chapter 22 was a stunner. Totally didn’t expect what happened. The young attorney finds herself in the middle of a legal battle with big coal companies. There is a killing, lots of lies, her first real trial, and the questions she begins to find answers for about what to do with her life.
This is one of Sandford’s Virgil Flowers books. Another very good one. Flowers is a police officer in Minnesota’s Department of Criminal Apprehension. He prefers fishing over work but does find himself in some interesting cases. In this one, it starts out with Virgil unofficially helping a friend solve some dognappings. Then there is a murder he is officially assigned to that leads to a professional meth lab and the school board. Interested? It is all connected and takes a while to sort out. But being the cop he is Virgil gets the bad guys. For some serious crimes taking place, there is a lot of humor.
This was a good read and fun for me because I know the author and his wife and most of it takes place here in Columbia where we live. A handsome but not too successful attorney wins a multi-million dollar case that turns his life into a circus. His wife leaves him for another woman, he is hired to do legal spots on national tv, tries to help his brother and their sort of adopted brother solve the murder of his mother and a couple other older women in Columbia and enters the singles scene after a long time away. There is a lot going on in this book with many different story lines and subplots. It’s worth reading, sweet and funny in spite of the murders.
I have told you a bit about this book before. It was an ok book just not my cup of tea. It was interesting in that the author Anne Perry had another life before she was the best-selling mystery writer. When she was a teenager in New Zealand she and a friend murdered the friend’s mother. It was a sensational case that got lots of press in the 50’s. The background of the story is rather eerie and frightening. Anne Perry has paid the price for her crime and has worked to come to terms with what she did. Her past was a secret for years then her story was found and reopened in the media.
The main emphasis of the book is her writing and the process of how she does it. There are a lot of references to and quoting from her books. To me, it just became a bit tedious. One thing I did learn is that I would never make it as a writer if it is as repetitive, aggravating, and boring as the book makes it out to be.
If you read this or have read it do tell me what you think.
It’s December 1 and the first Monday of the month.
That means this post is a list of the books I read in November.
There were five.
This is the seventh in a series about detective Carol Jordan and Tony Hill. I have not read the other six and I think if I had I would have not been so frustrated with this one. I liked it…it’s a good story. A serial killer is doing his thing and taunting Jordan and Hill. They had put him in prison for life but somehow he has escaped maximum security. That part of the story is pretty straight forward mystery. But there is a Carol and Tony back story that kept being alluded to that made me want to know more and how it was shaping this story. It was a good book and I liked it but that one thing bugged me.
This was a fun fast read. Diane Keaton, in all her eccentricities, seems like a normal person. Someone it would be nice to know. Lunch could turn into an adventure. She talks about her kids like any mother does. She tells funny stories about herself and acknowledges that she was never one to follow the crowd. The bits about aging were so funny to me. I guess because I could relate…even if I am not exactly eccentric…just a bit ditsy in my thinking. It’s an easy afternoon read and women of a certain age will recognize themselves in the pages.
I have read a book or two by David Rosenfelt and really like his style. There is lots of humor and realness to his characters. Andy Carpenter is a lawyer that is unspeakably rich due to an early case and now he doesn’t have to work and doesn’t want to but gets pulled into legal battles because he likes people…for the most part…there are some he likes not much. This time a good friend of his, police detective Pete Stanton, calls him for help. Pete is being framed for the murder of an ex-con that Pete has mentored. The murdered man has a young son and Pete asks Andy to take him in so he won’t go into the child welfare system. Then Andy becomes Pete’s defense lawyer and surrogate dad to the boy. The writing is quick-witted and sentimental. I really liked the book.
I have read several Iris Johansen books and they are always good. This one she wrote with her son, Roy, and is no exception. Kendra Michaels was blind until a radical new surgery gave her sight. Now she is a music therapist and is sometimes called on by the FBI and CIA to help solve the unsolvable. This is because she has extraordinary power of observation with the ability to see what other people don’t. Not in a mystical sense but more of an awareness of the ordinary misplaced. She is called into a case that has a serial killer recreating murders that she solved in the past. He is doing in a series of steps that will lead to his ultimate victim…her. I really liked this book. I could not put it down and the killer was a shock. I had no clue…I thought I knew but I was so wrong.
Anne Rivers Siddons is a favorite author of mine. She doesn’t write big splashy exciting novels. Her books are about people you could know and love. They are real and honest. In this book the girls of August were four friends from the days when their husbands were in medical school. Every August they went somewhere for a week of just the girls kind of stuff. A few years ago one of them died and the weeks at the beach stopped. But then the husband of the dead friend remarried and it is decided there will be another week for the girls of August…three of the original four and one newbie. Each of them comes to the beach house with changes happening in their lives that the others don’t know about. There is laughter and tempers flare, feelings are hurt and tears are shed. As with all Siddons book there is a happy if somewhat bittersweet ending. Worth reading.
It’s the last Monday of July and here are the books I read this month:
I liked this book.
It was an easy read about an uneasy subject, drug addiction.
A young working woman, married with a child, is overwhelmed
and turns to prescription pain medicine to help her cope.
Jennifer Weiner writes good easy read books that are interesting.
I can’t say I liked this book but I didn’t dislike it.
It was ok.
Last book in a series about a 92-year-old woman who was born male.
Maybe if I had read the other books this one would have meant more.
I think because the characters are all from previous books
they aren’t well defined here.
At least, to me, it seemed a lot was alluded to that happened in the past
and it was a bit hard to follow.
This is another book that has a main character, Bill, who has been in other books.
But this book stands on its own and I did like it. I really liked Bill…he seemed real.
Bill was a police officer and is now a private detective.
He is married and has a daughter.
An old girlfriend calls him asking for help.
Her son has been arrested and charged with murder.
I liked all the characters…not so much the son,
but Bill and his old love and the attorney and sheriff.
I will read more by Mr. Pronzini.
I don’t know what to say about this book.
I liked it, I didn’t like it, I didn’t like Dyer, I liked Dyer.
Confused? Me, too.
It is his memoir. And it is all about him.
From the beginning to about three-quarters through I really didn’t like Dr. Dyer.
But in the end I guess he is ok. Certainly successful.
I always like Johansen’s books and this one is no different.
That being said her books have a formula to them and though
they are interesting and have excitement and some surprises
you pretty much know who will win and who will lose.
In this book Catherine Ling, a CIA agent is sent to save a woman from a madman.
Her mentor and friend, Hu Chang, and her 11-year-old son, Luke,
end up part of the rescue effort.
There is a Guardian that the madman is trying to get to
through the woman he kidnapped who has been rescued.
The Guardian works for a Committee and has telepathic powers.
I like Johansen’s books so I recommend it. It is a good read.