During this time of sheltering in place, I have consumed books as though they are nourishment. Perhaps they are. Sometimes I read the real thing. Other times, like when I’m getting dressed, cooking, making the bed, walking or whatever, I listen. Fact is I’ve gone through more audio books which with a talented reader is a most enjoyable experience.
So, what have I read or listened to? It’s been a hodgepodge as you will see. Selections have been made online from what is available at the public library. What a gift this ability is for all of us!
First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch tells of the plot to assassinate George Washington during a critical period of American history. It reads like a novel.
The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (yes, the ex president) is an intriguing thriller telling of the president’s disappearance and why.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is filled with memories of the relationship between two women. I always enjoy the author’s books as they give insight to an unfamiliar culture.
Blue Moon by Lee Child is another of Jack Reacher’s adventures sure to satisfy if you are one of his fans.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is the tale of one woman’s journey from Mexico with her son to America. It is fast paced and touches the emotions.
Every Breath by Nicolas Sparks is a beautiful love story between two people who found one another at different times in their lives. Nobody touches the heart like Sparks.
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie was a choice because it had been named a best book of 2019. I don’t know what to say about it so you’ll have to read it and draw your own conclusion!
The Reckoning by John Grisham is a good story because the author is a good story teller. I kept waiting for something good to happen, but it rarely did.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is another best book that explores the bond between two siblings. It’s hard not to like Patchett’s books.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a book I waited a long time to get from the library, and it was worth the wait. Talk about a surprise ending!
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson paints a picture of Churchill and London during the Blitz. Larson has a way of presenting history so that it reads like a novel, a very good one.
So there is some of what I’ve been reading. If you have favorites, do pass them on.
As I read I find myself wishing I could write a book, but that is likely never to happen. I might be able to construct a few pages. Beyond that I can’t imagine continuing to pour out words. Sometimes writing a blog post is challenge enough!