Friday, August 01, 2008

Books Read in July

What a terrific month for books! And, the last book I read this month may turn out to be the best book of the year. We'll see. My review won't even be posted here until Monday.

Here are all those good books for the month.

Silent Thunder by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen - Marine architect Hannah Bryson had the opportunity to study a Russian sub, Silent Thunder, only to fall into a trap. Suddenly, she's teamed up up with a mysterious Russian to find the secrets behind Silent Thunder.

1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron - Summaries of 1001 books, perfect for book clubs.

This Land Is Their Land by Barbara Ehrenreich - Commentary on the current social problems and conditions in the U.S.

Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson - Charming story of two brothers and their refuge for bibliophiles in Canada. Poetry and book lists included.

Forward From Here: Leaving Middle Age - and Other Unexpected Adventures by Reeve Lindbergh - Essays about Lindbergh's life and memories, including one about her brain tumor.

The Sour Cherry Surprise by David Handler - Latest mystery in the Berger/Mitry series. When they break up, Mitch Berger returns to his life as a film critic in NYC, while Des Mitry learns that Sour Cherry Lane has problems she didn't know about, even though she's Dorset's trooper.

It Happened One Knife by Jeffrey Cohen - Elliot Freed, owner of the only New Jersey movie theater to show only comedy films, brings his two idols to the theater, only to discover a murder in their past.

Everything But a Bride by Holly Jacobs - Noah Salo's fiancee can't compete with his Hungarian grandmother's curse, and breaks off the engagement, only to have her stepsister step in to console him.

Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight by Mike Resnick - John Justin Malloy goes to an alternate Manhattan to help an elf find a stolen unicorn before dawn.

Hell Hole by Chris Grabenstein - A darker Ceepak/Boyle mystery is the strongest in the series yet, as the two Sea Haven, New Jersey cops insert themselves into the investigation when a veteran returned from Iraq is found dead in a restroom, an apparent suicide.

Brooklyn Dodgers: The Last Great Pennant Drive, 1957 by John r. Nordell, Jr. - The Dodgers' last season in Brooklyn.

The Last Embrace by Denise Hamilton - For two weeks in 1949, Lily Kessler, a former OSS spy, looks for the killer of a starlet in Hollywood.

King of the Holly Hop by Les Roberts - Milan Jacovich investigates when a former classmate is murdered at their 40th class reunion in Cleveland.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney - Greg's diary of a year in middle school is made up of cartoons, diary entries and jokes.

Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry - Memoir of the author's life in the book business, particularly buying and selling.

How Dolly Parton Saved My Life by Charlotte Connors - Four very different women form a catering business in Atlanta.

Beneath a Buried House by Bob Avey - Creepy story of Tulsa Det. Kenny Elliot's investigation of a killer connected to a cult.

And, the best book of the year, probably -

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. In one paragraph, I can't do justice to this wonderful epistolary novel. Set in 1946, it tells of the correspondence between an author, her publisher, friends, and residents of Guernsey, the island occupied by German troops during WWII. It's witty, charming, and I predict it will be the book club book of the year. For everyone who loved 84 Charing Cross Road.

I hope your reading month was as good as mine.


Les said...

18 in one month?! That's fabulous! Other than the Guernsey Book, the only one I've read on your list is Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast. And I loved it! Not so much the sequel, though. :(

Lesa said...

I agree with you, Les. The sequel wasn't quite as good as Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast.

I actually has one more book, so it was 19, but since it was an unpublished manuscript for a publisher, I don't like to include it. Who knows if it will be published, or under what title? I don't want to get the author all excited.