What are you reading?

It’s cold and grey outside, but according to the calendar, summer is here! Any beach reads on your list? Any stay-inside-reads on your list? I personally am in a rut when it comes to picking reading material. The last couple of years I found some crime/detective novel authors I liked and read through all their series. Now I need something new! So if you have any hot tips on new or old books you love, please share.

If you like crime novels, I recommend the Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman. It starts in the 1980s and goes through today – the characters don’t age but the technology gradually does, along with social attitudes. Dr. Delaware is a psychologist who helps his best friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, solve crimes. I also enjoyed the Jane Whitefield series by Thomas Perry, about a woman who helps people in trouble disappear and start new lives. The novels of Keigo Higashino range from interesting mysteries to full-on nuts, but they’re always good reads.

Or just talk about anything. What are you guys up to?

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5 Responses to What are you reading?

  1. hotspur says:

    I am reading a whole mess of stuff.

    First, a book of essays called “On SF” (about science fiction) by science fiction author Thomas M Disch. Dude was SMART, and he holds huge swaths of his field in contempt as wish fulfillment aimed at assuaging people who have failed in life. Somehow, he never became popular! The essays are all sharp. In April I read one of his books about giant alien plants taking over the world and a ragtag gang ill-equipped to survive. Funny, overwhelmed by DARK. At the moment, I enjoy his ruthlessness. Call it a phase.

    I read part of the Neil Gaiman book! The library came through. But then it wouldn’t let me renew it, so, only part.

    I’ve had Terry Pratchett on my list for ages, so finally I’m trying one of his. “Mort.” It’s about Death taking an apprentice and then deciding he needs a vacation and leaving the apprentice in charge. It’s super fun! I’m 2/3 of the way through and think about it when I’m away from it. I also found out over the weekend that the new hit show “Good Omens” was a collaboration between Pratchett and Gaiman — how fortuitous is the timing on that? I watched a couple episodes over the weekend and it was fine.

    I’m reading other stuff more haphazardly. Tracey, a few months ago I tried an old crime novel by John D. MacDonald, “Dead Low Tide,” which prompted me to buy a couple more I didn’t read yet. It was written in the wayback (’50s?), but didn’t set off my Outdated Notions alarm much. (From the same era I tried a spy novel called “Death of a Citizen” by Donald Hamilton, and THAT was wall-to-wall alarm clanging, such that it quickly became not a novel but a Study of Our Past.)

    Speaking of writers (Donna Tartt, Bret Easton Ellis, Jonathan Lethem), if any of you have ever spent your time thinking (like I have) about Bennington College in the 80s, here’s an amazing article I read on Friday: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a27434009/bennington-college-oral-history-bret-easton-ellis/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    • nastyemu says:

      Weird, I’ve also had Pratchett on my list of stuff to read forever and I’m also about 2/3 of the way through Mort right now. I started with the first two (Colour of Magic & The Light Fantastic) and then jumped to Guards! Guards! and now Mort. Those last two have been the better ones and I have the follow ups to both of those (Men at Arms & Reaper Man) ready to go next.

      I don’t usually read much non-fiction but I picked up Bad Blood and finished it in a couple days. It’s the story of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes and it’s bonkers. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or if it would just make me angry but mostly I enjoyed it.

  2. Sergeant Tibbs says:

    I read the Neil Gaiman book (my first of his!) but I’ll wait to share comments until book club. I need some real light, happy reading right now. My sister left Bad Blood at my house but I don’t think I can read it just yet, it sounds frustrating and depressing in addition to bonkers!

    If you like crime/noir, a book I’ve been meaning to reread is The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon. I love him and I enjoyed reading it. It has a really interesting premise based on some crazy history. During WWII, there was an idea to shelter fleeing Jews in Alaska but in the end, the idea was dropped. The book takes that idea and pretends they were allowed to move to Alaska after all, and now here’s what’s happening decades later. And it adds a crime drama to it. Michael Chabon is very creative. Before I moved to Alaska, this is how I pictured it. It’s not too far off!

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