A Mini Wrap-Up
It was a very unproductive week here as a storm left me without a computer for a few days. Since I don’t have a backlog of reviews to post, no computer means no posts. So, for the first time since this blog started, I didn’t post a single book review all week. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few written this week!
Since I missed my weekly wrap-up, I thought I’d do a quick one now. The bad news is I didn’t lose enough weight for my “Lose Weight/Earn A Book” project so I’m back to square one. I’ve got to lose at least .5 pounds from my lowest weight to start qualifying for another book. So far, it isn’t looking good for this week.
As far as reading, I finished two books this past week, and oddly both of them had the word “number” in the title. The first was Sloane Crosley’s new essay collection, How Did You Get This Number. Although I really enjoyed her first book, but this one seemed a bit weaker. There were a few essays I really enjoyed, but overall I was a bit disappointed. I’m on the fence as to whether the few gems in the book make the entire collection worth reading. The other book I read was John Verdon’s Think Of A Number, which is being released on July 6th. This was a pretty decent thriller that sucked me in. It would be a good summer read if you want a mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing. I’ll try to write my reviews of both books relatively soon.
Question of the Week
This week’s question comes from Nise’ at Under the Boardwalk who asks:
What book or books do you find yourself recommending over and over?
To answer this question, I decided to break up my answer into a series of posts where I recommend some of my favorite books in a variety of categories. Here are this week’s recommendations.
If you’re looking for fast-paced, involving thrillers (or what I also call “books you can get a non-reading male to read and finish”), I’d recommend:
- Nelson DeMille, particularly the John Corey books (Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Lion) as well as Word of Honor, Up Country, and The General’s Daughter
- Greg Iles, especially Mortal Fear The Footprints of God Spandau Phoenix, Dead Sleep, Sleep No More, The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, True Evil, The Devil’s Punchbowl
- Harlan Coben, particularly his Myron Bolitar books as well as The Woods, The Innocent, Tell No One, Gone for Good
- The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson, which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Girl Who Played with Fire The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
If you’re looking for women’s fiction, I’d recommend:
- Lolly Winston, Good Grief and Happiness Sold Separately (I wish she would write another book … I love her!)
- Marisa de los Santos, Love Walked In and Belong to Me
- True to Form by Elizabeth Berg (prepare to cry … a lot!)
- Marian Keyes’s book Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married (this is totally chick lit but I loved it!)
If you like memoirs but want ones that DON’T focus on drug/alcohol/sex abuse or mental illness, I’d recommend:
- Haven Kimmel’s A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana
- Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
- Bill Bryson’s The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
- Andres Martinez’s 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down
- Jen Lancaster’s series of “memoir lite,” including: Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office, Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer, Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl’s Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?
So what books can you recommend in these categories? What are your favorite thrillers? women’s fiction? memoirs without drug/sex/alcohol abuse? I want to know!!!
Tune in next week when I share my recommendations for books about restaurants, motherhood, and offbeat contemporary fiction!
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