Thursday, September 4, 2014

Summer Reads

After a bit of a layoff I'm getting back on track with linking up to The Bibliophile Files@sarah did it! this month. It seems that all of my travels did a number on my reading in August as I've fallen slightly behind my goal pace according to Goodreads. 
While I used to be able to read anywhere when I was younger I have found lately that I have a hard time concentrating when there are other things going on around me. The car radio, pretty scenery, thinking about the next toll both or the next stop all kept me reading and re-reading the same paragraphs for miles! Or being distracted by sights like this.
A dog in a backpack on a motorcycle on the Interstate in New York... yes, really! And very happy about it too by the looks of things.

In my last Good Reads post on July 15th I was working my way through Vince Flynn's series of books featuring Super Spy Mitch Rapp.  Since then I've finished reading all about Mitch and now am taking a break from that genre (I can only take so much adventure I guess!).

My 4 star reads during July and August were:
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  • Lost by Michael Robotham
  • Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (re-read)
  • Eat Like a Woman by Staness Jonekos
My favorite was What Alice Forgot - I really enjoyed the premise of the book and the characters were vivid, funny and enjoyable. This was my 3rd book by Moriarty this year and I've liked them all very much.  Lost was a fast moving police procedural with lots of twists and turns. Summer House with Swimming Pool was, like his last book Dinner Party, dark and rather disturbing. Koch seems to write his characters to repel us rather then attract us. But I couldn't put it down and thought about it long after I was done reading it.

Peace Like a River was a pleasure to read... great story, engaging characters and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. I found Eat Like a Woman to be filled with solid information on good nutrition, how women's dietary needs are unique and how to plan balanced meals. I took lots of notes.

So there you have it... 8 months down and 4 to go. Next month I'll show you how my bookshelves are starting to dramatically thin out at last! Miss Elsa thinks I should finish this post and feed her dinner. 


  1. I have actually gotten more read than usual but that is partly because some of my evenings have been spent alone in a motel away from home - no distractions. I love Peace Like a River as well. And I just started to reread the first Mitch Rapp book. I started the series years ago but only finished the first 2 books. So now I'm starting over. And I just finished reading The Giver - after seeing (and loving) the movie.

  2. Wow, I always think pics like that are posed (fake) but yours shows some people truly do this! We also have a little Jack Russell and motorcycles, but ours would be terrified in this scenario! Fearless, she is not.


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