Hi all! I’ve been SO busy with my library tasks and enjoying summer and a beautiful autumn that I got way behind in reading recommendations. My reading so far this year totals 73 books. Here I’ll mention some highlights of what I liked:
Two “re-reads” based on movies–
Here are two books which I recently read for the second time because movie or video releases rekindled interest. The first is Olive Kitteridge which I read again after watching the HBO miniseries–Olive Kitteridge. It’s now available on DVD, and I intend to watch it again!
I loved the book “again”, and the four hour miniseries starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and Bill Murray, follows and exemplifies the interconnected stories of the book quite well. I highly recommend it!
The second book I read again because of a movie is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. I have not yet seen the recently released movie, but am looking forward to it. The book was as good the second time. It is interesting to compare current environmental changes with those observed in 1998.
I’m adding these books along with anything by Jon Hassler to my list of books that I could happily read again and again.
Others read in the past few months: I will give each a ‘star’ rating from 1-5!
The Cove by Ron Rash Excellent! *****
Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica by Matthew Parker
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson ****
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (this is a parallel story to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry)
The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson (A delightful story set in Barbados, but the book had what I thought was an unappealing cover, so it was not picked up by browsers).
Early Warning by Jane Smiley (2nd in trilogy) ****
The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg (intense psycho thriller) ****
The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (for library book group) a delightful mystery which the group enjoyed!
For our Native American month the library book group chose either Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie or The Round House by Louise Erdrich–both were equally powerful and gave interesting perspectives and insight into Native American culture and their economic and social situations in our country. *****