Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday 13 Book List

for once I've been keeping track of my reading through the entire year--so far, since  January,  I've managed to cull out 13 that are worthy of saving, and reading again.  Tried some new authors this year,  and some very old (as in classics I never got to yet) ones,  it's fairly eclectic.  It's always a bit disappointing to reread old favorites and find that, like the Campbell's Soup you loved as a kid, this too seems to have lost its flavor.  The Terry Pratchetts are rereads, as is The Samurai's Garden.  Some I've had around for years and never really got into:  Antonia Fraser,  Edwin O'Connor,  P.D. James...

1. The Night of 400 Rabbits   Elizabeth Peters 

2. The Attorney                    Steve Martin

3. The Samurai's Garden      Gail Tsukiyama

4. Everything She Ever Wanted   Ann Rule

5. Dorchester Terrace          Anne Perry

6. The Night Watch            TerryPratchett 

7. Family Man                   Calvin Trilling

8. All In The Family         Edwin O'Connor

9. The Lincoln Lawyer     Michael Connelly

10. Low Country              Anne Rivers Siddons

11. Thief of Time             Terry  Pratchett

12. Marie Antoinette         Antonia Fraser

13. Death In Holy Orders    P.D. James


  1. I don't recognize one. My favorite book that I read this past year was Patti Smith's Just Kids and M Train. I like memoirs these days.

  2. Cavin Trilling is a memoir man, writing wonderful books about his father, his own life, all manner of things. He's gentle, funny, and worth a look.
    I have spells of things, and then move on. I always wanted to read Anne Rivers Siddons, she writes careful, lyrical books about living in remote areas of the south--almost memoir, but I will admit a bit of it (her females are copious cryers, lol) is enough...

  3. Steve Martin writes books? I'll have to check it out. Thanks.

  4. I suspect it may be a different Steve Martin, just as Robert Goldsborough (who has taken over the old Nero Wolfe series) is no relation to Bobby Goldsborough the singer.

    This was actually quite good, and I don't believe too much literary blood was spilled, which these days is my criteria for turning the next page or closing the book entirely.

    Patricia Cornwell has rounded the corner into serious gore and grue, and her Coroner is getting into anger problems. I may just have read my last Scarpetta book of hers, sadly.

  5. My reading got totally derailed when my ipad locked me out and refused to accept any of the passwords I've ever used on it. Gah!

    Mine is here:

  6. Oh how frustrating. I tend to seize up like an unoiled engine when Blogger or any other thing I use constantly suddenly asks for my password... did you ever get it resolved?

  7. I have never been a Terry Pratchett fan. I have other friends who love him, but I never could get into his work. I have read most of Siddons work; one of her last novels I did not like and nearly threw it across the room when I finished it, but the others have been okay.

  8. I reread Pratchett, in its entirety, about once every two years. Every time I do, I find a different Something I missed before.
    But, everyone is different. Once I found Pratchett I never went back to Douglas Adams. =)

    I have just started reading Anne Siddons, this one I liked a great deal, the second one I found featured the same water-works females and Im wondering if she doesnt have the same plot lines for each, just filling in the blanks as she goes. She does, however, write most evocatively about river and estuary life. For that alone I forgive her the rest.

  9. I reread people such as Barbara Pym, Muriel Spark, Georgette heyer. Pratchett I tried. Several different books, hoping to find out why people love him. Didn't!The lust of writers I have no patience with is pretty long, come to think of it.

    Speaking of patience, soon Bloomsday and another run at Joyce!

    Donna Leon is currently a good read.

  10. I have Barbara Pym, the LUcia books, both of whom are resting comfortably at this stage. I found last winter that between the senior discount at the Salvation Army and the insanely low price of used books there, I could drag home a dozen books for about three bucks. At those prices I am willing to venture into the unknown a bit more freely than if I was paying even 5 bucks a book.

  11. Not sure what happened to my last comment. It sort of disappeared into the ether part way through a sentence.

    At least my 'yet to read' pile is mainly virtual nowadays since I converted to mainly Kindle.

  12. Yeah, blogger has been acting strangely lately. I comment on people's blogs and while it says "0 posts" I see it's taken the comments anyway. Not sure what that's about, maybe they're changing things around again.

    I love having a stack of 'to be read' books, it's my sick stash. If Im too sick to read, then Im probably dead. Just find it hard to cuddle up with a good Kindle, I guess. Old school, probably, with the smell of paper and ink, and the texture of the book itself.

    I used to love to read in the tub, but as I've gotten older it's become "nap in the tub" and the book suffers for it. And that is no place for a Kindle...

  13. I featured books for my list this week as well.