A Month in Books: November 2011

Got in a good mix of historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, romance and sci-fi this month. My tendency is to go straight for historical mysteties or historical romances, but I’m trying to consciously branch out. Being part of a book club will help with this goal. Our first book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford was a big success.

Question for Perusers: are you part of a book club?  If so, what do you read? A specific genre or anything that looks interesting? How to do you choose what book to read next?

Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy #1), Margaret Atwood
4 stars
Titillating, horrifying and fascinating, Atwood truly is the queen of “speculative fiction.” I have read anything of hers since The Handmaid’s Tale when I was in high school. I plan to remedy that in 2012.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford
3 stars
Some glaring anachronisms and a terribly maudlin ending kept this book from being as good as it could have been. The middle sections, set in the 1940s though, are a vivid depiction of being Asian in the US in World War II.

Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven #3), Kate Nobe
3 stars
A good close to the Blue Raven series, I was delighted to read about younger brother Jason. Different setting (Germany) and two character who are definitely not your stock type made for a fun romp.

Grade Goods (Mistress of the Art of Death #3), Ariana Franklin
4 stars
To help quell an uprising in Wales, King Henry needs to know if two recently discovered skeletons are in truth Guinevere and Arthur of legend. Adelia finds herself with much more than she bargained for, as multiple mysteries and deaths start piling up.

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1), Megan Whalen Turner
3 stars
Slow to get started and get the world figured out, but an interesting start to a series. I’ll check out book two for sure.

Leonardo’s Swans, Karen Essex
Enjoyed the relationship between the sisters and the characterization of Leonardo da Vinci was awesome. However, the choice to write in the present tense, and then not stick to it, was distracting to the point of headache. Not worth continuing.


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