Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Books I'm Reading and have read

The above are books I have from the library to read.  I'm reading the top one now.   It's Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini and is a historical fiction about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writing the poem "Christmas Bells" that then became the song, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."  It is excellent.  Henry's story is told parallel to a modern day story and that keeps the pace going.  It deals with the death of his beloved second wife Fanny (his first wife died in childbirth).  Fanny's dress caught fire and she succumbed from the  injuries.  The book deals with his horrendous grief.

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the quilt series, some of which are also historical fiction.   One such book was Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.  Her book can become tedious in some parts, but this one only had a very brief spell of that and it was at the beginning before the first civil war battle.

The next book is Any Village by Faith Baldwin and is about the people in an English village.  I've not read her before, so I don't know how it will be.
Another author I've not read is Sara Addison, the author of Lost Lake.  I stumbled upon both of them when looking for other authors.  I'll let you know how good they are.

Tess Gerritsen and Harlan Coben are authors I've read before and thoroughly enjoy.  Tess writes the Roseli and Isles murder mysteries.   She also writes books that deal with other material such as Gravity which is about a strange disease in a space station.   That is the one I will read next.  Ones that I've read that starred Risoli and Isles was Ice Cold and Die Again -- great books.  Harvest was about illegal transplants and the Russian black market; it did not feature the detective Risoli and the medical examiner Isles.

Harlan Coben also writes murder mysteries and is excellent. He has several that feature sports agent Myron Bolitar.  Myron has a sense of humor while solving a murder. The ones I've read that feature Myron are Fade Away, Drop Shot, and Deal Breaker.  The first one that I will read that doesn't involve Myron will be The Woods, which I think was his first book.

Jude Deveraux is another good author.  She does romantic mysteries.  Some that I've read are: Someone to Love, The Mulberry Tree, and Wild Orchids -- all good books. So is Kristin Hannah, although hers always have a sad  part in them.  Comfort and Joy, Magic Hour,  The Things We Do for Love, and Night Road are excellent books.

Janet Evanovich writes the Stephanie Plum novels that always have a number in the title.  She's a bounty hunter that always ends up in the middle of a murder mystery.  They are risque, irreverent, and funny with a bit of cussing.  Some are silly; all have made me laugh out loud.  I've read 16 of them. I'm hoping there are more.

One of the best books I've ever read is 100 Days of Happiness by Italian author Fausto Brizzi.  It has been translated into English, but the references to artists, books, plays,celebrities etc. are all Italian. A man finds out he has terminal cancer.  He maps out 100 days and then dies in Switzerland by assisted suicide.  The book is about all the things he does and how his priorities change. Wonderful book!

So that's my update on books.  Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. Hello Beth! How nice it must be to be able to read whatever you want! I heard about the Italian book when it came out, but didn't read it. I've just finished Elena Ferrante's 4 book saga, and am re-reading The time traveler's wife and although I still find it moving and gripping, there are many parts that seem a little feeble.
    Happy reading :)


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