Sunday, October 17, 2021

Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, by Richard Rhodes

  • Title:  Arsenals of Folly:  The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race
  • Author:  Richard Rhodes
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (Kindle Edition and Audibook)
  • Started: 10/1/2021
  • Finished: 10/17/2021
Some people I follow on Twitter were talking about this one, I think in relation to the Chernobyl documentary/series streaming.  I was intrigued and gave it a shot, and just as they described -- it read almost like a thriller.  An incredible read, which I started on the Kindle edition and then switched to an audiobook when my original loan ended.   

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Storied Life of A.J Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: The Storied Life of A.J Fikry
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Borrowed from Worcester County Public Library Audiobook
Started: 10/12/2021
Finished: 10/13/2021

Book club selection, very enjoyable. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Based on a True Story, by Norm Macdonald

Title: Based on a True Story
Author: Norm Macdonald
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
Started: 9/22/2021
Finished: 9/28/2021

Very enjoyable. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman

  • Title: Britt-Marie Was Here
  • Author: Fredrik Backman
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 9/16/2021
  • Finish: 9/21/2021
Another great one from Backman.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Silent Bite, by David Rosenfelt

Title: Silent Bite
Author: David Rosenfelt
Borrowed from Fairfax County, Public Library Audiobook
Started: 9/11/2021
Finished: 9/15/2021

This was a pretty terrible book, but as with late entries in many mystery series, what can you expect?

Monday, September 13, 2021

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, by Fredrik Backman

  • Title:  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
  • Author: Fredrik Backman
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook & Kindle Edition
  • Started: 9/8/2021
  • Finished: 9/13/2021
I am a sucker for Backman books and this was no exception. Just such a great writer.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Shooting Columbo, by David Koenig

  • Title: Shooting Columbo
  • Author: David Koenig
  • Purchased Hardback
  • Started: 8/23/2021
  • Finished: 9/7/2021
Big Columbo fan so was curious to see what I'd learn from this one.  Interesting to fans, but probably not to a wider audience.  Relatively deep knowledge of the episodes will be necessary for most readers to enjoy this -- unless you plan to watch each episode before reading the chapters.

Overall enjoyed it -- not as much as I wanted to... but I'm a fan and Koenig clearly is too.  

Monday, September 6, 2021

Claudius the God: and his wife Messalina, by Robert Graves

Title: Claudius the God: and his wife Messalina
Author: Robert Graves
Borrowed from Fairfax county public library audiobook
Started: 8/22/2021
Finished: 9/5/2021

As I said when I finished the first book in this series, I, Claudius, this is probably my third reading.  I love these books.  Probably close to an annual read for me.  

Friday, August 13, 2021

Newcomer, by Keigo Higashino

Title: Newcomer
Author: Keigo Higashino
Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 8/2/2021
Finished: 8/12/2021

Another enjoyable Detective Kaga. This one had a lot more heart to the novel, very entertaining. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Flashman and the Angel of the Lord, by George MacDonald Fraser

  • Title:  Flashman and the Angel of the Lord
  • Author:  George MacDonald Fraser
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 7/15/2021
  • Finished: 8/1/2021
Second or third time reading this one, one of the more somber Flashman books.

Friday, July 30, 2021

The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

Title: The Midnight Library
Author: Matt Haig
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 7/10/2021
Finished: 7/30/2021

An easy read, but i didn't really enjoy this one.  

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell

Title: Down and Out in Paris and London
Author: George Orwell
Borrowed from Fairfax county public library audiobook
Started: 6/30/2021
Finished: 7/13/2021

Reasonably enjoyable, great last paragraph. 

Of Women and Salt, by Gabriela Garcia

Title: Of Women and Salt
Author: Gabriela Garcia
Purchased from Amazon Kindle Edition
Started: 7/12/2021
Finished: 7/12/2021

Book club choice, easy read (finished same day), sometimes tough subject matter.  Decent but not great.  

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Muzzled, by David Rosenfelt

Title:  Muzzled
Author: David Rosenfelt
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (audiobook)
Started: 6/30/2021
Finished: 7/8/2021

Pretty sure I listened to this one before, but never recorded it here, so it got a listen again. Not very good.

I, Claudius, by Robert Graves

  • Title:  I, Claudius
  • Author:  Robert Graves
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (audiobook)
  • Started; 6/30/2021
  • Finished: 7/8/2021
Easily the third time I've read this book, so enjoyable.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Relentless, by Mark Greaney

Title: Relentless
Author: Mark Greaney
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 6/20/2021
Finished: 6/24/2021

Latest grey man installment. I hate to admit this but it was pretty enjoyable. Perfect book for a few days at the beach reading outside.  

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Sentinel, by Lee Child

Title: The Sentinel
Author: Lee Child
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 6/14/2021
Finished: 6/15/2021

Summer so time for some quick easy reads.  This jack reacher, transitioning to a new author, wasn't great but certainly was quick and easy.  

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Moving Toyshop, by Edmund Crispin

Title: The Moving Toyshop
Author: Edmund Crispin
Purchased from Amazon.com Kindle Edition
Started: 4/15/2021
Finished: 5/2/2021

Very short book but I took my time with it.  Enjoyable, but not quite as funny as I'd hoped.  

Monday, April 26, 2021

All You Need Is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Title : All You Need Is Kill
Author: Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 4/22/2021
Finished: 4/26/2021

Entertaining sci fi story, made into. Tom Cruise movie years ago. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane

Title: Shutter Island
Author: Dennis Lehane
Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
Started:  4/2/2021
Finished: 4/7/2021

Enjoyable, even knowing the basic plot from the movie it is still atmospheric and engrossing. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Medicus, by Ruth Downie

  • Title: Medicus
  • Author: Ruth Downie
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 3/26/2021
  • Finished: 4/1/2021
Wanted to like this one more than I did, an ok way to pass time but not worth continuing.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Death of a Doxy, by Rex Stout

Title: Death of a Doxy
Author: Rex Stout
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 3/23/2021
Finished: 3/25/2021

Another Nero Wolfe re-read, enjoyable. 

Eight Perfect Murders, by Peter Swanson

Title: Eight Perfect Murders
Author: Peter Swanson
Borrowed from
Started: 3/17/2021
Finished: 3/24/2021

Book club selection, enjoyed it mostly, ending was a bit off. Still, overall an enjoyable read. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Searcher, by Tana French

Title: The Searcher
Author: Tana French
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 3/18/2021
Finished: 3/23/2021

Really enjoyed this one, not at all like French's Doubling Murder Squad book (which I also enjoy).  More of a modern day western, thoroughly enjoyed this book.  

Sunday, March 14, 2021

We are all the same in the Dark, by Julia Heaberlin

Title: We are all the same in the Dark
Author: Julia Heaberlin
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 3/1/2021
Finished: 3/14/2021

Book club selection, really enjoyed this one. 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins

Title: American Dirt
Author: Jeanine Cummins
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 2/26/2021
Finished: 3/11/2021

Enjoyable overall, if flawed.  

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Plot It Yourself, by Rex Stout

  • Title:  Plot It Yourself
  • Author:  Rex Stout
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County, VA Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 2/20/2021
  • Finished: 2/24/2021
Another enjoyable Nero Wolf mystery.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Looking for Rachel Wallace, by Robert B Parker

Title: Looking for Rachel Wallace
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 2/9/2021
Finished: 2/13/2021

I think this is my favorite Spenser novel.  Was in the mood for a familiar read so went this this one, again. 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Murder by the Book, by Rex Stout

Title: Murder by the Book
Author: Rex Stout
Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
Started: 2/8/20201
Finished: 2/12/2021

Another fun, comfortable, Nero Wolfe book re-read. 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Doorbell Rang, by Rex Stout

Title: The Doorbell Rang
Author: Rex Stout
Borrowed from DC public library audiobook
Started: 2/2/2021
Finished: 2/6/2021

Re-reading of a great Nero Wolfe book, takes on the fbi.  Hoover shows up at the end and isn't let in the house.  Good stuff.  

Monday, February 1, 2021

Conviction, by Denise Mina

Title: Conviction
Author: Denise Mina
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 1/20/2021
Finished: 1/31/2021


Boon club selection, I liked it. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tangerine, by Christine Mangan

Title: Tangerine
Author: Christine Mangan
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 1/20/2021
Finished: 1/26/2021

Book club book, didn't care for this one.  

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Fer-De-Lance, by Rex Stout

Title: Fer-De-Lance
Author: Rex Stout
Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
Started: 1/15/2021
Finished: 1/19/2021

First Nero Wolfe book, read it before but needed and easy and fun distraction. And I hadn't read it for a long time. A decade maybe. Still enjoyable. 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre

Title: Alex
Author: Pierre Lemaitre
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Audiobook
Started:  1/3/2021
Finished: 1/17/2021

Book club book (my choice), this one is tough, lots of really bad things happening, hard to read some of this violence. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami

Title: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Author: Haruki Murakami
Borrowed in paperback from Little Free Library
Started: 1/3/2021
Finished: 1/15/2021

Read this one slowly, really enjoyed it, nice to digest a couple of chapters a night.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Something That May Shock and Discredit You,by Daniel Lavery

Title: Something That May Shock and Discredit You
Author: Daniel Lavery
Purchased from Amazon Kindle Edition
Started: 1/2/2021
Finished: 1/6/2021

Book club selection, didn't enjoy it. Disjointed and not for me.  Seemed like he was going for a David Sedaris thing, but it didn't work for me at all. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

The Italian Secretary, by Caleb Carr

Title: The Italian Secretary
Author: Caleb Carr
Hardback from Little Free Library
Started: 1/1/2021
Finished: 1/2/2021

First book of the new year, enjoyable Holmes pastiche. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Hunting Party, by Lucy Foley

Title: The Hunting Party
Author: Lucy Foley
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 12/15/2020
Finished: 12/25/2020

Enjoyable but very similar to the other Foley book I read earlier this year (The Guest List). 

Forgot to record this one last week, so posting this update out of order. 

One Minute Out, by Mark Greaney

Title: One Minute Out
Author: Mark Greaney
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 12/24/2020
Finished: 12/30/2020

My final book of 2021. Crazy year, read print/Kindle more than. Listened to audiobooks for the first time since starting this blog.  Also blew away my previous record of books in a year.  

This was another Grey Man novel, decent enough. 

Black-Eyed Susans, by Julia Heaberlin

Title: Black-Eyed Susan's
Author: Julia Heaberlin
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 12/ 25/2020
Finished: 12/30/2020

Book club selection, really enjoyed it.  

Thursday, December 24, 2020

The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood

Title: The Blind Assassin
Author: Margaret Atwood
Borrowed paperback from little free library in DC
Started: 9/1/2020
Finished: 12/24/2020

I liked this one but left it at the beach for months after starting -- so it took me a while to finish. Unlike any other Atwood novel I've read, but enjoyable all the same.  

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Mission Critical, by Mark Greaney

Title: Mission Critical
Author: Mark Greaney
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 12/13/2020
Finished: 12/18/2020

Another Grey Man novel, pretty fun action book and series. 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story, by James McIvor

Title: God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story
Author: James McIvor
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 12/13/2020
Finished: 12/16/2020

Enjoyable short book about civil war soldiers and Christmas.  

Monday, December 14, 2020

Last Christmas in Paris, by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Title: Last Christmas in Paris
Author: Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 12/6/2020
Finished: 12/13/2020

Book club selection, romantic WWI novel, enjoyable. 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Tomb, by F. Paul Wilson

Title: The Tomb
Author: F. Paul Wilson
Borrowed from DC public library softback
Started: 12/2/2020
Finished: 12/12/2020

Didn't like this as much as the Keep, but still entertaining enough.  Also my first trip to the public library via Covid.  

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Shane, by Jack Schaefer

Title: Shane
Author: Jack Schaefer
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 12/1/2020
Finished: 12/5/2020

Read this one before, it's such a good story. 

Monday, November 30, 2020

Nobody Move, by Denis Johnson

Title: Nobody Move
Author: Denis Johnson
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 11/23/2020
Finished: 11/30/2020

Loved this one the first time I read it. Still liked it, but not quite as much this time around. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Agent in Place, by Mark Greaney

Title: Agent in Place
Author: Mark Greaney
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 11/25/2020
Finished: 11/29/2020

Another entertaining Gray Man novel. 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman

Title: Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman
Purchased from Amazon.com Kindle Edition
Started: 11/21/2020
Finished: 11/27/2020

Also a book club book for a different group than the last post.  I LOVED this book.  One of the best I've read all year, and I've read some good ones. Life affirming, just fantastic. 

The Guest List, by Lucy Foley

Title: The Guest List
Author: Lucy Foley
Purchased hardback from Kramer Books in DC
Started: 11/14/2020
Finished: 11/27/2020

Book club book, my wife and I read it aloud over a couple of weeks.  Very entertaining, especially read that way.  Enjoyed this quite a bit.