Week 38 – 2016

Since the last post had a whopping 1 book on it, I feel compelled to post another week of books. This covers September 19 – 25. As always, let me know what you think. Any feedback is encouraged.


The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. I thought this was quite good. It is a novelization of Agatha Christie’s trip on the Orient Express after her divorce from her first husband and the people that she meets along the way. It’s fun and I definitely liked it. It is well written and quite entertaining. I definitely recommend it even if you just like historical fiction and you’ve never read a single book by Agatha Christie (and if that’s the case, then shame on you). I’m giving it 4 stars.


House of Holes : a book of raunch by Nicholson Baker – I borrowed this as an actual book from the Boston Public Library. This was inadvertently picked for book club. IOne person said racy, so this is what turned up in the subsequent internet search. This is Alice in Wonderland as porn with a hint of Dirty Dancing. That’s all I’m going to say about it. I’m going to tell you a story instead. I got the call to pick up the book and when I went to retrieve it, I realized that I was walking right into a polling station during some sort of a primary. It wasn’t my polling station. So let me just go grab my porn and I’ll get out of here quickly. I did go vote at my own polling station. I left the porn in the car. I’m giving this book 3 stars. It did make me laugh for quite a while.

Oh and here is an Instie book selfie….

It's raining. Time for a random book selfie. ☔📖

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Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This author wrote a couple of books that I liked a great deal and I will continue to read his books until he achieves that level of greatness again. That being said, this book is really quite great in its own right (is that even the right homonym?). Former investigators and current college professors are brought in to investigate a dead body in a decrepit trailer. It’s quite good. You probably won’t figure it out right away, which I always like. I’m giving this 4 stars.

That’s it. Let me know what you think. Or let me know if you have any recommendations.

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