Week 22 – 2017

Did anyone else have a totally crazy week? I am glad that Saturday is here. Working a full week is going to be brutal next week. Possibly. Anyway, I’m back to being behind schedule, so I’m going to jump right in. Week 22 covers May 29 – June 4. As always, feedback is greatly appreciated.

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. This is one that I recommended to the library. Between the cover and the title, it’s obvious why I was interested in this one. I really liked it. It’s a mystery of sorts. A magazine editor is found dead in a locked room and the cause of death is listed as starvation. Her best friends work to find out what actually happened, while also living their own glamorous lives. The ending is a bit weird, but it’s highly entertaining and I definitely recommend it. I’m giving it 4 stars.

Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva – I won this as an audiobook in a Kindles & Wine giveaway. I have an audiobook CD of this book and it took me forever to read. It doesn’t help that I bought a new car that doesn’t have a CD player. This is not one of my most favored genres, the spy novel, but it was well written. Simon Vance is an incredible narrator. If you like spy novels, I definitely recommend this. I’m giving it 3 stars.

Madame Zero by Sarah Hall – I received this as an actual book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I really liked this volume of short stories. Each one is a single serving of entertainment. I had actually already read one of these because it was included in Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane EyreReader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre. If you enjoy short stories, I would definitely recommend this to you. I’m giving it 4 stars.

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This book is set in Jamaica and that is where the author is from. It shows what life is like for the people that actually live in Jamaica and work in the tourist industry. It also tells the tale of what it’s like to have nothing and have a desire to fit in with the world around you. Two of the main characters are in a lesbian relationship. The youngest is in a private school and desperate to fit in with her rich and lighter skinned classmates. The mother sort of does what she can to get by even if that isn’t necessarily the best way to go about things. I thought it was good. I like learning about different cultures and circumstances. Ultimately, I’m giving this 3 stars.

The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. I thought this book was excellent. The story is intriguing. It’s well written. It takes place mostly in Prague, which I love. This is the story of a sonata that was divided into three parts during World War II, the people who had the three parts, and the musicologist that is tasked with bringing them back together. I love novels like this where there is historical fiction and some sort of mystery in the present that needs to be solved. I definitely recommend this. I’m giving it 4 stars.

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. I actually had to borrow it more than once. This is quite a tome. If you’re interested in Theodore Roosevelt (doesn’t like to be called Teddy, it seems), then definitely read this. It concentrates mostly on the establishment of national parks. It also helped me to understand executive orders and the fact that we as Americans are entrusting one elected official to sometimes make decisions on our behalf without the consensus of any other part of the government involved. It seems like we put an awful lot of trust in one person. I understand why this is important but it is also a bit alarming at the same time. I’m giving this 3 stars.

And that is it. Finally. This is why some of the previous weeks were a bit thin. As always, let me know what you think or if you have any recommendations or books you would be interested in getting my opinion about. While I try not to give away endings, I try to be really honest about my opinions.

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