Thursday, October 22, 2020

Sweet Thursday, by John Steinbeck

  • Title:  Sweet Thursday
  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library (audiobook) and Fairfax County, VA, Public Library (Kindle Edition)
  • Started: 10/13/2020
  • Finished: 10/22/2020
This was a book club selection, and I liked it, but not having read Cannery Row the characters and their quirks were jarring at first.  Also did something I don't often do with this one and switched between audiobook and Kindle edition as I felt like listing or directly reading, respectively.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James

Title: The Turn of the Screw
Author: Henry James
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library eBook
Started: 10/17/2020
Finished: 10/20/2020

My wife and I read this one to each other.  Not a romantic book, but it is a good one. Lots of fun for this time of year.  I'm firmly in the "no ghosts" camp. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Blue Moon, by Lee Child

Title: Blue Moon
Author: Lee Child
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started:  10/11/2020
Finished: 10/16/2020

Another terrible Reacher novel, but stupidly enjoyable. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Letter of Marque, by Patrick O'Brian

  • Title:  The Letter of Marque
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 10/9/2020
  • Finished: 10/12/2020
As a series the books are fantastic.  Individual books have big highs and a few have some lows.  This is one that I love a bit less than the others.  The first half or so is great, but the Steven/Diana stuff near the end is just a bit too much melodrama.  So still extremely enjoyable in the series, but as an individual entry not my favorite.

I didn't keep notes when I read this  in 2013 so I have no clue if I felt the same way back then.  

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Dead Eye, by Mark Greaney

Title: Dead Eye
Author: Mark Greaney
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 10/1/2020
Finished: 10/10/2020

Another stupid but fun Gray Man novel. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Reverse of the Medal, by Patrick O'Brian

  • Title:  The Reverse of the Medal
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 10/2/2020
  • Finished: 10/8/2020
I absolutely love this series and it really hits its stride now.  The first time I read this one the scene where Jack is being put in pillory and all the sailors surround and cheer him -- it made me cry.  Knowing it was coming make it slightly less impactful, but it is still really moving.  

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Far Side of the World, by Patrick O'Brian

  • Title:  The Far Side of the World
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 9/29/2020
  • Finished: 10/1/2020
God these books are JUST SO GOOD.  I can't believe O'Brian as me rooting against the Americans in the War of 1812, but this is just an outstanding series, and an outstanding entry in said series.  Good, good stuff.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Treason's Harbour, by Patrick O'Brian

Title: Treason's Harbour
Author: Patrick O'Brian
Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
Started: 9/22/2020
Finished: 9/28/2020

This series is just so good.  I can't text during my first reading if I knew Ray was the traitor, I think I had picked up on it by this book but really not sure.  I know the answer now, of course, but on this second reading it is obvious and all the clues are there.  Good stuff.  

Friday, September 25, 2020

Ballistic, by Mark Greaney

Title: Ballistic
Author: Mark Greaney
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 9/15/2020
Finished: 9/25/2020

This one started out pretty good.  Like a legitimately good novel and not the action movie-ish throw away books these are like the earlier two (I say this with love, Greaney hit on a winning formula and I applaud him, but literature these ain't).  And then about halfway through the book reverted to form and while entertaining as hell to read, it was as silly as the rest.  Got to hand it to Greaney -- having the love interest decide to become a nun was the coup de grace. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Ionian Mission, by Patrick O'Brian

  • Title:  The Ionian Mission
  • Author:  Patrick O'Brian
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 9/15/2020
  • Finished: 9/21/2020
Cruising right along through my re-read.  This Aubrey-Maturin series is just so good.

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Surgeon's Mate, by Patrick O'Brian

  • Title:  The Surgeon's Mate
  • Author: Patrick O'Brian
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 9/10/2020
  • Finished: 9/14/2020
The first time I read this book back in October of 2012 I said it was my least favorite in the series so far.  Second time around it's a favorite.  I'm better able to comprehend the story, and embarrassed to admit I only now got the joke of the title when Maturin gets married at the end...

Friday, September 11, 2020

The Eighth Detective, by Alex Pavesi

  • Title:  The Eighth Detective
  • Author:  Alex Pavesi
  • Purchased Hardcover from bookstore in Bethany Beach, DE
  • Started: 9/7/2020
  • Finished: 9/10/2020
Book club book (my selection based on WSJ review), pretty good.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Fortune of War, by Patrick O'Brian

Title: The Fortune of War
Author: Patrick O'Brian
Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
Started:  9/6/2020
Finished: 9/9/2020

Continuing at high speed through these books, I just love them and it's been so long since I ran through the series last. 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

On Target, by Mark Greaney

Title: On Target
Author: Mark Greaney
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 8/31/2020
Finished: 9/6/2020

Second in The Grey Man series, pretty terrible, but easy to read. 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Desolation Island, by Patrick O'Brian

Title: Desolation Island
Author: Patrick O'Brian
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 8/30/2020
Finished: 9/5/2020

My re-read is hitting high speed, love these books.  

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Mauritius Command, by Patrick O'Brian

Title: The Mauritius Command
Author: Patrick O'Brian
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 8/25/2020
Finished: 8/29/2020

These books are so good, and fun to reread where you catch more and are more comfortable with the larger story.  Crazy enjoyable.  

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Gray Man, by Mark Greaney

  • Title:  The Gray Man
  • Author:  Mark Greaney
  • Borrowed from Little Free Library in Ocean City, MD (Paperback)
  • Started: 8/25/2020
  • Finished: 8/27/2020
Terrible novel, terrific beach read.  Just like the Reacher novels I'll probably burn through this series despite how bad they are.  Hard to knock action movie-like books.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan

Title: Washington Black
Author: Esi Edugyan
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 7/37/2020
Finished: 8/18/2020

Book club selection, did not enjoy.  

Friday, August 14, 2020

HMS Surprise, by Patrick O'Brian

  • Title:  HMS Surprise
  • Author:  Patrick O'Brian
  • Borrowed from Worcester County Public Library (audiobook)
  • Started: 8/2/2020
  • Finished: 8/14/2020
I started to listen to the next book in the Harry Turtledove alternate history but just couldn't stomach it (too many of those in a row) so I turned back to an old favorite, the Aubrey/Maturin series.

I had started a re-read of the series a while back and was up the third entry, the book I just finished (HMS Surprise).  I thought I had started my re-read about a year or so ago -- incredibly it was 4 years ago (2016) when I re-read the first two books.  Time does fly.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Blood & Iron, by Harry Turtledove

  • Title:  Blood & Iron
  • Author:  Harry Turtledove
  • Borrowed from Montgomery County, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 7/19/2020
  • Finished: 7/29/2020
This book had a few enjoyable payoffs after several books in the series had clearly been leading up to a few major plot points.  Probably the most satisfying was Sylvia Enos killing the man who murdered her husband (torpedoed his boat after the war was over).  You knew it was coming but it will still immensely satisfying.

With much embarrassment I had to admit I confused two of the canadian characters (one in Manitoba, the other Quebec) and was confused as to which had unsuccessfully thrown a bomb at Custer.  No matter what, and no matter how much of the plot is telegraphed in these novels, they're very enjoyable.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Godfather's Revenge, by Mark Winegardner

Title: The Godfather's Revenge
Author: Mark Winegardner
Borrowed from Little Free Library in paperback
Started: 7/19/2020
Finished: 7/26/2020

So so as a beach/easy read, but not as good as other Godfather novels. 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Breakthroughs, by Harry Turtledove

Title: Breakthroughs
Author: Harry Turtledove
Borrowed from Montgomery County, MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 7/2/2020
Finished: 7/17/2020

So I was all set to continue this series via Worcester County, MD Public Library but apparently on July 1st they changed the audiobook holdings and dropped the rest of Turtledove's series.  So I had to hunt around for a neighboring library system with reciprocal privileges with DC that also carried the series.  Montgomery County was the winner and I've been able to continue on with my entertainment.  

This was better than the middle book, very entertaining. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Afterlife, by Julia Alvarez

  • Title: Afterlife
  • Author: Julia Alvarez
  • Borrowed from Worcester County Public Library ebook
  • Started: 7/7/2020
  • Finished: 7/14/2020
Book club book, really liked this one.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Rumpole on Trial, by John Mortimer

Title: Rumpole on Trial
Author: John Mortimer
Purchased used on Amazon hardback
Started: 6/29/2020
Finished: 7/2/2020

Enjoyable but I'm pretty sure one or more of these were in other volumes I read. Not a complaint, still fun. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Walk in Hell, by Harry Turtledove

  • Title:  Walk in Hell
  • Author:  Harry Turtledove
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 6/24/2020
  • Finished: 7/1/2020
Book two in the Great War trilogy, but book 3 in the overall Southern Victory series.  Enjoyable.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

American Front, by Harry Turtledove

  • Title:  American Front
  • Author:  Harry Turtledove
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 6/18/2020
  • Finished: 6/23/2020
Very enjoyable continuation of this alternate history series.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Kickback, by Ace Atkins

Title: Kickback
Author: Ace Atkins
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 6/13/2020
Finished: 6/18/2020

Decent Spenser novel

A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean

Title: A River Runs Through It
Author: Norman Maclean
Purchased from library book sale hardback
Started: 6/13/2020
Finished: 6/18/2020

Enjoyable short novel. Never saw the movie version. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

How Few Remain, by Harry Turtledove

  • Title:  How Few Remain
  • Author:  Harry Turtledove
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 6/9/2020
  • Finished: 6/17/2020
Really enjoyed this one -- an alternate history where the south wins the civil war.  There are a bunch more novels in this and related series so I suspect I'll be going through them in order now.  Nice to have a new series to invest my time in.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Cheap Shot, by Ace Atkins

Title: Cheap Shit
Author: Ace Atkins
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 6/9/2020
Finished: 6/12/2020

The best so far of the Ace Atkins Spenser novels. Very enjoyable. 

Monday, June 8, 2020

Wonderland, by Ace Atkins

Title: Wonderland
Author: Ace Atkins
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 6/6/2020
Finished: 6/8/2020

Spenser novel, not bad. 

The Seven Husband's of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: The Seven Husband's of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Borrowed from Fairfax County, VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 6/1/2020
Finished: 6/8/2020

Book club selection, like much of it but a bit too corny overall.  

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Band of Brothers, by Alexander Kent

Title: Band of Brothers
Author: Alexander Kent
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library eBook
Started: 6/3/2020
Finished: 6/4/2020

Third in the Bolitho series. Didn't enjoy this one as much. 

Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger

Title: Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger
Author: Alexander Kent
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library eBook
Started: 6/2/2020
Finished: 6/3/2020

Second on the Bolitho series, again pretty good. 

Richard Bolitho: Midshipman , by Alexander Kent

Title: Richard Bolitho: Midshipman
Author: Alexander Kent
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library eBook
Started: 6/1/2020
Finished: 6/2/2020

First in the Bolitho series, not bad.  

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sharpe's Trafalger, by Bernard Cornwell

Title: Sharpe's Trafalger
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Borrowed from Little Free Library in Ocean City, MD Hardback
Started: 5/30/2020
Finished: 5/31/2020

Enjoyable Sharpe novel, perhaps moreso because of how much I enjoyed the Aubrey/Maturin novels. 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

God Save the Child, by Robert B Parker

Title: God Save the Child
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/28/2020
Finished: 5/30/2020

Well I went back to read this one (skipping it as I read through the entire Spenser series since I had read it fairly recently) because of how prominent a role Susan plays in the series.  I couldn't recall their meeting. 

It's interesting in this first meeting Spenser describes Susan as "not beautiful" (while still enamored with her) when for the rest of the series she's described as a knockout no man can resist. 

Oh well, that's officially it for the Parker Spenser novels. 

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Wisdom of Father Brown, by G. K. Chesterton

  • Title: The Wisdom of Father Brown
  • Author:  G. K.Chesterton
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 5/22/2020
  • Finished: 5/29/20202
A couple of good stories, but not as entertaining as the first book in this series.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sixkill, by Robert B Parker

Title: Sixkill
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/26/2020
Finished: 5/27/2020


The last if Parker's Spenser novels.  

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Bridges of Madison County, by Robert James Waller

Title: The Bridges of Madison County
Author: Robert James Waller
Borrowed from Little Free Library in DC hardback
Started: 4/1/2020
Finished: 5/25/2020

I'm too cynical -- romance novel where the lady is cheating on her loving husband and family.  Didn't enjoy it much. 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Chasing the Bear, by Robert B Parker

Title: Chasing the Bear
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/24/2020
Finished: 5/24/2020

Young Spenser novel, decent, very short. 

Painted Ladies, by Robert B Parker

Title: Painted Ladies
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/22/2020
Finished: 5/23/2020

So so Spenser novel. Second to last I think. 

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Professional, by Robert B Parker

Title: The Professional
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/19/2020
Finished: 5/20/2020

So so Spenser, near the end of the series now.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Aunt's Aren't Gentlemen, by P.G. Wodehouse

  • Title:  Aunt's Aren't Gentlemen
  • Author:  P.G. Wodehouse
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 5/15/2020
  • Finished: 5/19/2020
I took my time over this one since it is the last in the series.  Great book, but depressing knowing there won't be any others.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Rough Weather, by Robert B Parker

Title: Rough Weather
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/17/2020
Finished: 5/18/2020

So so Spenser novel, abrupt ending. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Now & Then, by Robert B Parker

Title: Now & Then
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/13/2020
Finished: 5/15/2020

Ok Spenser novel. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hundred-Dollar Baby, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  Hundred-Dollar Baby
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD, Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started: 5/12/2020
  • Finished: 5/13/2020
Decent last entry in the Spenser series, abrupt ending.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Jeeves and the Tie that Binds, by P.G. Wodehouse

  • Title:  Jeeves and the Tie that Binds
  • Author: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 5/12/2020
  • Finished: 5/13/2020
An all too short entry in the Jeeves/Wooster series.  Enjoyable stuff -- only one book left in the series...

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Cold Service, by Robert B Parker

Title: Cold Service
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/8/2020
Finished: 5/10/2020

Read this one before, a not great Spenser novel.  

The Overstory, by Richard Powers

Title: The Overstory
Author: Richard Powers
Purchased from Audible Audiobook
Started: 4/20/2020
Finished: 5/10/2020

Book club selection, liked it more than I thought I would.