Day: June 18, 2016

Having spent plenty of time in Idaho (too much time, perhaps???), I was naturally intrigued by a storyline about a man who ends up in a small Idaho town and can’t leave (I can relate too well). Sadly, I found Pines, the first book of the Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch, to leave something […]
I haven’t read Edith Wharton before, but I’ve heard good things about her. I recently attempted her book, The House of Mirth. I’m not sure if I listened to a bad narrator, or if I just didn’t like the book, but I didn’t like the book. The book tells the story of a young woman’s […]
20 years after first being terrified beyond all reason by the movie, The Exorcist, it finally occurred to this book-lover, that, huh, maybe I should read the book. What a crazy notion. I mean, seriously, I’m someone who loves being scared, I love reading scary books, and I haven’t read The Exorcist??? Turns out that […]
Ah, the disgruntled reader has returned in full force with this book. Excuse the profanity, but what the hell??? In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, by Hampton Sides, was one of the most horrible book experiences I’ve had all year. (Note: I’m going to reveal the […]
I was doing a lot of business travel for a while, which was great for accumulating miles, but terrible for someone with a nearly debilitating fear of flying. Then I read an essay in the New York Times, written by a pilot, which did such a brilliant job romanticizing flying that I immediately felt more […]
I didn’t finish The Atlantis Gene, by A. G. Riddle. It was another book that I listened to, mainly on flights. Two factors definitely prevented me from finishing, and it’s possible there’s a third. 1) I listened to it while I flew places for work, and when my business travel stopped, I stopped reading. But […]
As I drove cross country, moving from Virginia back to the mountains of the west that I’ve always considered home, I listened to The Dead Key, by P. M. Pulley. Some of the drive was beautiful, and I could spend hours just watching the scenery flash by, but states like Oklahoma required the distraction of […]
For me, All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doer, was very meh. I’m always torn about what to do with a book like this. Everyone loved this book. My review is probably not the one to go by. Hell, it won the freaking Pulitzer. (This book another example of why I think the […]
Wow. That pretty much sums up my reaction to this brilliant book. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert, completely changed the way I look at humanity. The research and writing are absolutely genius. The author does a wonderful job taking what could easily by dry science and adding humanity, emotion and drama. […]
Diary, by Chuck Palahniuk, was, well, weird, as only a Chuck Palahniuk book can be. It’s a diary written by a woman to her husband who is in a coma after he apparently tried to kill himself. But this is Chuck Palahniuk, so it’s obviously not going to get sentimental. Prior to attempting suicide, the […]