Keep Reading January 2018
Here we are in a new year. This means we can add an entire year of new books to the already wonderful reads that await us.
This month I had two strong favorite books. One is a new book that turned me on to an author I did not know and the other a book I reread from an old favorite author.
After The Fire by Henning Mankell reached me in a lot of ways. First of all I was reminded of how much I enjoy reading Swedish writers. I love that such a tiny country has so many good authors. Maybe writing fills the time during all those long nights. Certainly the long nights add to the time available to read. Mankell Has written a detective series as well as a collection of free standing novels. Imagine my excitement when I realized, after falling in love with this book, that there were over 20 more books written by him and translated into English. All this and he is still writing.
If you have not read Beloved by Toni Morrison put it on your list. If you read it many years ago, read it again. Sometimes you just have to stop trying to figure things out and ride the words to where they take you. I can’t begin to say how much I was moved by this book.
If you love losing yourself in an Irish legend, you will love The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey. You will find yourself believing this is all really possible. Put this on your vacation book list.
Another page turner that could be a vacation book or something to get you through a snow storm is The Good Daughter. Karin Slaughter takes you on a wild ride with this book. You won’t be able to put it down.
The Rooster Bar by John Grisham is based on a not quite up and up law school and an even more funky school loan company that are oddly connected. Three young law students realize they are being taken for a very expensive ride and decide to fight back. This is a timely book that is fun to read.