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A non-blog from a non-blogger. Just readin' books and stuff.

Currently reading

Double Feature
Owen King
The Portable Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker
Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow
Barry Conchie, Tom Rath
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Complete Stories
Flannery O'Connor
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Brian Tracy
Good to Great in God's Eyes: 10 Practices Great Christians Have in Common
Chip Ingram

Murder at the Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie My first Agatha Christie novel ever. Delightful, quaint and clever with some interesting undercurrents.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) - Jenny  Lawson Funny but some of the funny wears thin toward the latter part of the book, as other readers have noted.
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury What a pleasant surprise. I was floored by the language and had to slow myself down to let it burble over me. Ornate, perhaps, maybe a bit much at times, but delicious and meant to be spoken. High marks.
The Running Man - Richard Bachman, Stephen King Probably would have liked it better if Stephen King hadn't given away the ending on page vii of the introduction, "The Importance of Being Bachman." Why?!? Guess he figured everyone's seen the movie. Nope.
The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed - Patrick Rothfuss, Nate  Taylor Huh.
Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know - Ralph Fletcher Tremendous. And not just for 12 year old boys, but especially for them.
Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories - Elmore Leonard Uneven but effective.
Unusual Uses for Olive Oil: A Professor Dr von Igelfeld Entertainment Novel (4) (Professor Dr Moritz-Maria Von Igelfeld) - Alexander McCall Smith Mildly amusing and genteel with few surprises, not unlike a cucumber sandwich.
The Dogs of Riga (Wallander #2) - Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson I think I prefer Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole to Wallander at this point. They're similar (40-ish, hardboiled, jaded, talented detectives, occasionally funny, divorced, father issues, etc.). Wallander is very straightforward but I feel like I don't know him as well after 2 books. I will read another, but first I'll finish the Nesbø books I have on hand.

Crooked Little Heart

Crooked Little Heart - Anne Lamott Poignant and heartbreaking at times with a real sense for wit in conversation and the human condition. Anne Lamott is wonderful at writing about what we have in common and what distinguishes us, but mostly the former. This is a fine follow up to Rosie, particularly if you don't mind all the tennis (which I don't).


Gravity - Tess Gerritsen I had a hard time getting into this but once things finally started happening, it got much better. I appreciate the accuracy in the technical details. I may give another Tess Gerritsen book a try in the near future.

The Wolfen

The Wolfen - Whitley Strieber

Clunky at times but pretty effective. I was pleasantly surprised by the book after seeing what felt like a drug-induced version on film.

Déjà Dead - Kathy Reichs Better than I thought it would be, and only related to the TV show in name. May check out the next one.
Beat the Reaper - Josh Bazell The closest thing to a Chuck Palahniuk book I've read without it being Chuck.
Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell, Steven T. Murray Solid. I think I'll try another.
A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel  - Alexander McCall Smith Rather nice.