Happy Spring! And. A book list.

And hopefully to a better spring. With more posting. I did a double take to realized that I have posted a whopping 2x in the last three months. Time does fly when you are having fun. So what have I been up to? Busy job, busy life. I have made headway with quite a few books, though you couldn’t tell that AT ALL from around here. I took a look at the list of books I have read so far and thought I would share it here. 

What I’ve Read

Fog of Dead Souls  by Jill Kelly
The subject matter on this one is disturbing, but I loved that the characters were firmly in their 6os, and still vibrant and complex human beings, with the accompanying expertise in their careers, consideration for their sex lives, and a long list of completed goals and lingering aspirations. Though this is a essentially a whodunnit, the bulk of the narrative examines how Ellie deals with the crimes committed against her, and subsequent attempts to put her life together.

The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie

I just discovered Deborah Crombie with No Mark Upon Her, and I adore her smart detectives and equally smart writing style. If time allowed, I would read all of her books in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. If you can start at the beginning, I would highly recommend doing just that.

Defending Jacob  by William Landay
I read this one with my mother and I can tell why book clubs have been so taken with this one. We debated throughout the book the culpability of parents in raising their children, when sullen teenage behavior should be taken as an indication of something more sinister, and what actions are appropriate to take in protecting your child from society or vice versa . Landay packs in the twists. If you can truly guess the end, you are a better person than I am.

Choice of Straws by E.R. Braithwaite

This was first published in the 60s, and was recently re-published by Open Road Media. What stands out most to me is the oddity of this haunting story. A twin loses his brother while they are in the midst of brutal attacks against black citizens in London, and then he starts to consider feelings for the sister of an unwitting victim. This was an emotionally charged read, and while I’m not sure I felt it was entirely plausible, it gave me a lot to think about.

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

I started reading this on the train for a visit to DC and I was enchanted. Let’s see, magic, dragon, and intense alliances and politics, side by side with a romance that by rights should fail. Loved every minute of it.

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  1. The only one of these that I’ve read is Defending Jacob (and yeah, wow on the ending) but they all sound good. And there is nothing wrong with less blogging if you are having fun in your real life!!!

    • Sandy, I really think you would like the Deborah Crombie books. Start at the beginning so I can live vicariously through you! I am having a ton of fun, but I have missed the blog. It should all work out over the next few months.

    • It is a really good book. I recommend reading with someone because you are absolutely going to want to talk about it.

  2. Beth Hoffman

    I read Defending Jacob a while ago but the others are new to me. The minute I clicked on your page I noticed the cover of THE PROMISE (the book you’re currently reading). And wow … that cover drew me in. I’ll have to check it out right away.

    Happy spring, Nicole!

  3. Susan

    I am glad you posted something new. I did recently read the Deborah Crombie books in chronological order. I have been sick with cancer, and have obsessively read some detective series in order. I also read all of the Ian Rankin’s Rebus, Louise Penney’s Gamache, and Susan Hill’s. I love watching the relationships develop over time. I loved your recent list. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • You’re welcome! I think I am just going to get the first Crombie and work my way through. Each time I read one of her books, I want to read them all. Have you read the Tana French books? Those are pretty good and intricate mysteries.

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