I’ll begin with what’s left over from last post. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl is still sitting waiting to be perused and finished. I took it home to Pittsburgh for Christmas and I didn’t unpack the bag until last night. So hopefully, it will be finished soon.
New items: The Persuader and The Killing Floor by Lee Child. These book are in a series of books about a former military policeman Jack Reacher. He’s the typical thriller protagonist; handsome, kick-ass, extremely skilled etc. I picked up one of his earlier books at my mom’s place and thought I’d look for more. These books are fast paced page turners. If you enjoy James Patterson I’d recommend these as well.
The thing I like the most about these is that you don’t need to read the series in order. So far everything I’ve read has been out of order and there hasn’t been any confusion. Also as an aside, I’ve heard that Paramount Pictures has optioned the Reacher novels and are considering making a film.
Next up, Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman. The first book in the Tess Monaghan mystery series. I first heard about this book on NPR’s Diane Rehm show. She interviewed the author and I thought it sounded fairly intriguing. Fast forward a year and I finally got around to buying the book. I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s good so far. Tess is a former newspaper reporter turned detective. She’s not very good but I’ve heard she gets better as she goes along. It’s not a very intense novel which is a nice change from the Child novels.
Last contestant for today is Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (And Hate to Love) About TV by Tara Ariano and Sarah Bunting. I received this as a Christmas gift and it rocks! I started reading Television Without Pity (TWOP) a few years ago. It’s a simple little web site that recaps tv shows. If you miss an episode they have a 10-13 page recap of what happened and then you don’t miss anything. This book is by the creators of TWOP and it’s basically an encyclopedia of tv snark. It’s funny and ever since I found out they had a book, I’ve been lusting for it. Thanks Mom and Dad Meehan!
That’s it for today. I bought a few more (slightly more diverse titles) but haven’t started any of them yet. Hopefully I’ll get to them soon and let you know.