The Bookshelf

 

I added this page on my blog called, “the bookshelf” and have left it un-populated for too long. Initially my thought was to share some of my favorite books. After thinking it over, this seemed silly. I enjoy reading but am not an avid reader compared to many of the people i know. I’m also not interested in writing long, riveting reviews. If i like a book, i like it. Further, i’m working on getting better and sharing and tracking my reading on GoodReads. It seemed repetitive to be updating things twice.

The happy medium, i decided, is that every so often, i will share what i’ve been reading. With that in mind, here is my first book report (insert drum roll). These are highlights of books i read over the three months. For the inaugural book report, i’m skipping the low-lights, and yes there were a few.

Chocolates for Breakfast is a novel from the 1950’s that was republished earlier this summer. The central character is coming of age while dealing with an out-of-work actress mother, father living on the opposite coast and several male “friends” who want to be a father figure or have sex with her. The content is dark, particularly the ending but the book is still fantastic.

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen. My uncle recommended this book and he was spot on. It was phenomenal, i could not put it down. If you enjoyed Steig Larson’s The Girl trilogy, you will like this book. The story centers on a newly formed Department Q tasked with solving cold cases throughout Denmark. Once you get into the story, it’s fast paced. The character development is also well done: you feel sorry for central character Carl Morack and at the same time think he’s a jerk or a pushover depending on the chapter. My only disappointment with Department Q is that the second novel was not nearly as good as the first. I’m halfway through the third so the jury is still out there.

A Fatal Likeness. I’m surprised i liked this book. I do not usually go for what i call “revisionist history” (ie., a fictional retooling of a real persons life. For instance, i don’t know, did Lincoln really have dealings with Vampires? Were the X-Men really involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis?). Although this was not my favorite summer read, it was enjoyable and i do recommend it. The story follows detective Charles Maddox as he unravels a mystery surrounding the Shelly family (yes, of the same family that wrote Frankenstein). I have a strong appreciation for books and TV shoes that can make seemingly small, insignificant details come together throughout their story. Lynn Sheppard did that and as a result received a spot on this post. Note: I received an advance publishers copy of this book to read and review.

  

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