Here we go! Another month in books! Only four this month (I must be slipping!) but that can be attributed to a rocky start. Was missing my reading mojo for the first part of the month, which I attribute to reading a terrible book from Nick Hornby. However, romance saves the day, and Laura Kinsale brought me back into the light! 🙂
Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby
Had to read this one for bookclub and it fits right in with everything else I’ve read from Hornby. Total blah. Immature adults who can’t communicate with each other and lack even a basic instinct for questioning and self-reflection.
Lessons in French, Laura Kinsale
If you’re a Kinsale fan from the Old Skool, then this might not be your favorite. There are a few hints of her usual dark qualities, but Lessons is much lighter and fluffier than her previous titles. That being said, Callie and Trev are a hoot and make for a charm-filled afternoon.
In the Woods, Tana French
Despite my personal feelings about the ending, this is one of the most well-crafted mystery novels I have read in a long, long, long time. Like Kate Atkinson, French seamlessly blends literary fiction with crime fiction. It reads like an entirely new genre of amazingness.
The Pillars of Hercules, Paul Theroux
Theroux captures the culture of the Mediterranean on his round-the-sea trip in 1994: from tourists harassing apes in Gibraltar to a cruise filled with swarthy Turks, from war-torn Croatia, to decadent Morocco. Travel writing at it’s best.