Thursday, September 07, 2017

What Are You Reading?

I'm excited about the book I picked up at the library yesterday. It's Craig Johnson's new Walt Longmire book, The Western Star. I'll admit, as much as I adore the author, sometimes the books are over my head. But, I love his story collections. And, The Western Star is a tribute to Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, so I think I'll understand this one. I've read the book several times, led a book discussion about it, watched several different versions of the movie, and I'm looking forward to Kenneth Branagh's version. I really don't care that I know how Christie's book ends. I'm sure Craig Johnson's book will have some unusual twists.

What are you reading this week? I hope it's something you're enjoying. Tell us about it.

And, if you're anywhere near the path of Hurricane Irma, stay safe.


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

You always have books I didn't know about! This one went right on my hold list. Of course, I am already so far behind it is hopeless trying to keep up. Right now I'm reading two short story collections and a mystery and a memoir, I've downloaded another library book (SF) and I have seven other library books on the shelf (plus one is in transit), three of which are of highest priority for me to get to.

Stories? Edward D. Hoch, ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE, which I should finish by tomorrow. Terrific "impossible" crime story collection.
Richard Christian Matheson, DYSTOPIA.

The mystery is P. J. Tracy's latest Monkeewrench and Magozzi & Rolseth book, NOTHING STAYS BURIED, as good as usual.

The memoir is Peter Turner's FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL: A True Love Story, of the author's relationship with actress Gloria Grahame (one of my favorites), and how he nursed her through her final illness.

The books I'm anxious to get to are by Peter Robinson (SLEEPING IN THE GROUND, Alan Banks), Colin Cotterill (THE RAT CATCHERS' OLYMPICS, Dr. Siri Paiboun), and Rachel Caine (ASH AND QUILL, The Great Library).


Bill Crider said...

I'm re-reading Robert Skinner's DADDY'S GONE A-HUNTING, the third book in the Wesley Farrell series. I liked this series a lot and might be re-reading another book soon. Also reading REDEMOLISHED, a collection of Alfred Bester's early stories, along with some interviews and essays.

Lesa said...

I have book hangover this morning. I started that Walt Longmire book on my lunch hour, read thirty pages, and then stayed up to 11:30 to finish it. Terrific book. Darn that Craig Johnson anyways.

You sound like you have a backlog as bad as mine, Jeff. And, I'm not helping one bit, am I?

I'm not familiar with the Wesley Farrell series, Bill. I'll have to check it out.

Sharon said...

This week I read Mrs. Saint and The Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer. I liked it very much especially the reasoning at the end for Mrs. Saint's actions.

I also read On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen. The Lady Georgie mysteries are fun reads for me. I was a little disappointed with this one as I figured out who would be murdered, the murderer as well as the fate of Belinda's baby early on. I am ready for Darcy and Georgie to be married. Hopefully the next book.

Now I am reading Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell.

Enjoy your week!

Charlotte said...

I love to watch Walt Longmire on Netflix. I haven't read any of Craig Johnson's books. As of right now I have no plans to read them.

I finished One Coffee With written by Margaret Maron.

I am reading Since We Fell written by Dennis Lehane. First time I have read anything written by him.

Trust you will have all the time you need to read this week.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Charlotte, I believe September 23 is the start of the (sad!) last season of LONGMIRE on Netflix. I like it (mainly due to the perfect casting of Robert Taylor), but the books are better. Really.

Karen Reittinger said...

I'm reading DEAD TO BEGIN WITH by Bill Crider. So, so good.

THE WESTERN STAR is on my hold list. I also like LONGMIRE on Netflix. I do agree with Jeff,however, I think the books are better. But then I always think the book is better. :)

Lesa said...

Sharon, Right there with you on that. Ready for Darcy & Georgie to get married.

Charlotte, I'm going to be honest and say a couple of the Longmire books have been a little deep for me. But, I loved this one. And, if you ever decide to try any, you might want to try the short stories.

Isn't Bill's book fun, Karen?

Charlotte said...

Jeff, thanks for letting me know when Longmire is coming on. Looking forward to seeing it. Sad really sad to learn that this is the last season on Netflix. They always take the good shows off and leave the awful ones on forever.

Lesa, I will make a note about this book if I decide to read of Craig Johnson's books. I am impressed that you started this book at lunch time and finished it in the evening.

SandyG265 said...

I've been too busy to read much this week. I finished KING KONG which was interesting since it was a novelization of the original movie. I started reading OH, FUDGE by Nancy Coco but haven't gotten very far. I just got Seanan McGuire's new October Daye book THE BRIGHTEST FELL which I really want to read as well as five library books.

Lesa said...

Charlotte, Loved the book. HATED that he wrote a cliffhanger.

You're in the same boat as Jeff, Sandy. An enormous TBR pile.

Andi Davis said...

Love, love, love the Longmire books, but haven't read the last two yet.

I just finished Robert Goddard's WAYS OF THE WORLD, having innocently picked up the sequel first and being quite confused. I'm better now and plan to read the last of the trilogy as soon as the library lets me have it. I also read DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS by Catriona McPherson, my first read of hers. I like the characters, not so sure about the modus operendi of the villain. I think I picked that one up mid-series as well.
On Bookbub, I tried THE HUMMINGBIRD WIZARD, an Annie Szabo mystery, which was non-stop characters and action. I liked it, but need a quieter read for a while I think (good luck when you like mysteries, I guess) and I've just begun SHIVER HITCH by Linda Greenlaw (thanks Lesa). I like the characters, the descriptive cold not too much. Brings back too many midwestern memories.

Glen Davis said...

I read:

The Man Who Invented Florida by Randy Wayne White. Now that I've caught up with the Trash 'n' Treasures series, I'm working on Doc Ford.

Dance Hall of the Dead, a fairly early book in the Leaphorn series. I read these every so often, but I feel that I don't like them as much as everybody else seems to.

Between The Blade and The Heart by Amanda Hocking, a YA fantasy that seems like every other YA fantasy.

The Trust by Ronald H. Balson, a PI mystery involving The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Reading this it occurs to me that I've never even heard of a book involving The Troubles from the Protestant point of view. In this book, they're almost as faceless and nameless as an Indian in an old time western.

Disorderly Families by Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault. The historiography is more interesting than what the history purports to be here. I've always found Foucault to be more fun to talk about than to actually read, like a interestingly bad movie.

Glen Davis said...

I left out two books!

Hawke's Prey by Reavis Z. Wortham. Sort of Die Hard in a Texas courthouse, only this would be TV movie rather than a theatrical release, if you know what I mean.

Yeager's Law by Scott Bell. Another Texas novel, about a truck driver and a bookstore owner who get into a bunch of shootouts with various bad guys and find romance.

Gram said...

I'm about halfway through The Dark Side of the Road by Simon R. Green - I'll let you know how I feel about it after it's finished. I'm still playing catch up with Fern Michaels' Sisterhood series and am now on Deja Vu. I'm about to start The Blood Card #3 in Elly Griffiths' Max Mephisto series.

Carol N Wong said...

I am going to start listening to Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. I have pneumonia and couldn't figure out why my left side hurt so much that I was crying so I went to ER and grabbed My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. So lucky that I took it. I loved that book and read all of it while staying in the hospital. May be starting The Bird House by Kelly Simmons next. Good to be back home. The pain was from my left lung getting ready to collapse!

Gaye said...

Just finished Killing Trail: A Timber-Creek 9 Mystery Creek by Margaret Mizushima. Far too many on the TBR nightstand is embarrassing.Wonder which one will be next?