Joining Kat and friends to talk about knitting and books.
The beginnings of another BSJ to cement the pattern in my head. Once again I am unraveling as much as I am knitting. But please enjoy my computer wallpaper!
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. This one has been on my want-to-read list for quite some time. Sadly, it was not my cup of tea — very dense, image- and metaphor-rich prose, not to mention l-o-n-g. I have no doubt that it is a rewarding book to read, but I gave up reading for graduate credit a long time ago. My loss, but there it is.
Masked Prey by John Sandford. This is the latest in the Prey series of police procedurals. As much as I adore this series — Sandford writes such intelligent characters — any police procedural is problematic reading now. That aside, it was better than his last one but not as good as many of the earlier books in the series. I think what I have enjoyed most about the series is the interactions among Davenport’s police team and between he and his family. Well-drawn characters are the thing that make a book for me, and those characters were appealing. In these later books Davenport is a U.S. Marshall working cases in various locations around the country, so there is very little of that enticing interaction. 3✭
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I was not completely brainless this past week, however. A Black man is convicted in Louisiana of a rape he did not commit and is sentenced to twelve years. The story tells of the effects on him and his wife and their families. Well-written, in-depth characters, intriguing plot. 4✭
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. I am listening to this one and am about one-third of the way through. The story follows five women who deliver books on horseback to people living in the hills and hollows of Kentucky Appalachia in the 1930s. I am enjoying it. 3✭
Your computer wallpaper is so lovely and relaxing!
I agree with you re: An American Marriage. So good! (And . . . there are too many books to read the ones that don’t “do it” for you. As my mom used to say, “scratch where it itches, not where it looks best.”) XO
Your computer wallpaper is a lovely window!
I have Masked Prey in my Audible Library. Just not getting much reading/listening done with a 9 year old and homeschooling….Agree the current Sanford books are not the quality of his first. May have to go back and read a couple sometime to remind myself just how good they were
That is very nice computer wallpaper. 🙂 I’m with you on not reading books that aren’t working for you. I read (and had to finish) books picked by other people all through my school career, and as an English major that made for a lot of books I wasn’t always thrilled with. Now that I get to pick my own books, life is too short to keep reading ones I’d rather put down.
On first glance, I just thought that was the view out your window! I have the last two books on my TBR, which just keeps growing faster than I can read!