Welcome to a month of ideas to beat the February Blues!
Day 14: Read a book!
This is my monthly collection of quick reviews of the books I’ve been reading.
Hands down, this was my favorite read this month. I’ve requested the first and second Inspector Gamache novels from the library, but apparently the line is long. So I picked up this one from the shelf and jumped right in. I showed up at my doctor’s office, and he was very concerned that I had begun reading in the middle. Apart from advising me to eat right and exercise, he recommended I don’t read any further in the series without backing up to the beginning.
Set in an isolated Quebecois monastery where the monks sing like angels, The Beautiful Mystery is a compelling psychological drama with layer upon layer of tension. It was almost polyphonic, really. Highly recommended.
I was undecided about this series after the second, but the third book sold me on it again. I love art, I love heists, and I love mysteries, so The Genevieve Lenard books should be a no-brainer. She is a unique narrator, though, because of her autism. I love series which deepen our understanding of the characters, and Ryan’s books do that. I will definitely read on in this series.
This is my first reading of Brantley, whose fiction is a little darker than my usual fare. But I really liked the protagonist of The Sacrifice, Mex Anderson, who is a former lawman, now simultaneously fighting both his own demons and those around him. The characters are multidimensional, the writing compelling, and the story kept me wondering. I’ll be starting her Aspen Falls series next.
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders (audiobook by Blackstone Audio with John Moffatt)
Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (audiobook read by Dan Stevens, HarperAudio)
I wasn’t sure how the family would respond to Agatha Christie, but we’re at a funny stage where my older kids don’t want to repeat what they’ve listened to before, and my youngest still can’t handle a lot of complicated psychology. Agatha Christie was complicated but not as graphic as a lot of what is out there. These two CD books seemed to hit everyone’s sweet spot.
Andy Weir’s The Martian (audiobook read by RC Bray for Brilliance Audio) Although I loved both the book and the movie, this was another book I was unsure about listening to as a family. The kids have loved it, and Sam and I argue about who gets to have the discs in our respective cars. Somehow when I read it the first time, I must have blocked out much of the swearing. Believe me, though, the kids notice it. Highly recommended (with an advisory to listeners with sensitive ears.)
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