Sunday, January 1, 2017
My 2017 Reading List
Although I'm probably going to keep doing this, I finally broke down and joined Goodreads. On my My Books page you can find all the books that I've read over the last three years and a few others.
1. Blood's a Rover -- James Ellroy
Book Three of Ellroy's Underworld USA series. This book picks up after the events of The Cold Six Thousand (2016 list, #45), more of Ellroy's action-packed, hard-boiled, conspiracy-laden secret history of the United States.
2. This Census-Taker -- China Miéville
An intriguing, compelling little novella. I'm interested in reading something a little more substantial from Miéville in the near future.
3. Acceptance -- Jeff VanderMeer
Book Three of the Southern Reach Trilogy, a well-written, but bizarre sci-fi series. This are definitely not standalone novels, you must read the others, Annihilation and Authority, to get any sense out of this one (and maybe not even then.)
4. The Nest -- Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
I was hesitant about this book, not sure if it was just chick-lit or something a little deeper. It turned out to be a pretty decent family drama that moved along at a brisk pace.
5. April 1865 -- Jay Winik
Non-fiction. Subtitled The Month that Saved America, this is an engrossing account of the final days of the Civil War and the remaking of America.
6. A Man Called Ove -- Fredrik Backman
A comical/touching/affecting tale of a Swedish curmudgeon. It's hard for me to imagine anyone who wouldn't love this book.
7. The Widow -- Fiona Barton
A page-turner of a crime thriller involving a missing child and the widow of the man who was the main suspect telling her side of things.
8. The Wrong Side of Goodbye -- Michael Connelly
It's not very often that I read the same type of book back-to-back, but here's another crime thriller. A typical Connelly book; not as good as most, but still pretty damned good.
9. Just After Sunset -- Stephen King
I've been re-reading this collection of short stories over a long period of time, throwing a story or two in from time to time between books.
Now reading: Terror in the City of Champions -- Tom Stanton