Okay, I know it's Feb and the thing about the new thread, but I'm going to try to post regularly here on these threads. I've been reading a lot (for me) lately. I can't remember what was in Feb and what was in Jan. Right now I'm finishing up:
Standing in Another's Man's Grave by Ian Rankin
It's the latest mystery from Ian Rankin featuring Edinburgh detective John Rebus. He's retired in this one, but working on a cold cases unit with other former cops. He's thinking of reapplying to the force since they raised the retirement age. He also runs into Malcolm Fox from the Complaints, Rankin's previous novel. I don't know if it's the best of the Rebus books, but I do thoroughly enjoy them so I've been racing through it. I'm almost done, but trying to make it last until I can get to the library next.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
I very much enjoy Kingsolver also and this one didn't disappoint. It was a little easier read than her last, The Lacuna, which was fine, but just a little dense. This one is more like Prodigal Summer although only told from one viewpoint not three as in that one. It's not nearly as heavy as Poisonwood Bible. The main character is a young mom in rural Appalachia. Kingsolver, of course, gets that all exactly right since it's her native territory. (As an aside, I've read and enjoyed as a guilty pleasure Diana Gabaldon's books, but she does not get NC quite correct in a few places. I'll definitely read her next since I love a page turner and she does get many things right on the nose, but as a native of NC and being extremely familiar with all the places she writes about in NC parts of it just felt a little "off". It is NEVER at all "off" for Kingsolver. She is always right on the money in her characterization of the setting and people of the mountains of Va, Tn, and NC.) Back to Kingsolver and Flight Behavior, the story revolves around Monarch butterflies and global warming and the young mom's own coming of age. I would recommend.
started but did not finish:
It was a good read, but I don't think it's a spoiler to say that some disaster had befallen the main character's children after which his wife divorced him. As the story unfolds we get to know his kids in flashbacks more and more and I just couldn't deal with knowing something bad was going to happen to them, so I stopped reading. In another point in my life I would have forged ahead, but just not worth it for me now. I did like his relationship with his client, a young man with a terminal degenerative muscular dystrophy type disorder. It was funny and well-written and I would recommend it if you don't mind that something bad happens to his kids.
I also read:
Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night
I think these would appeal to Gabaldon/Outlander fans. They are big books, but quick reads chock full of history. The basic set up is a young 30s historian is a reluctant witch. She's been fairly successfully repressing her powers, but they can't be repressed any more and she is dragged into a world she had been avoiding. There's lots of magic and history. There are three main types of magical characters with witches and vampires (I know, I know) getting the most page time. Daemons are the third type. She has a third book in the series coming out this year. I think there's also a movie deal in the works.
I also read a Val McDermid mystery in there somewhere I think in Jan, but it might have been December. I liked her all right, but it wasn't riveting. I also like Stuart MacBride (funny, graphic, violent mysteries), but I've run through the ones in our library. I rarely buy books these days and would rather just check them out from the library. Not a huge fan of reading on a device although I have done it. I love a page-turner and something I can just lose myself in. I don't want to have to think too hard, but don't want complete fluff either. Gabaldon and Harkness are sort of guilty pleasures for me. I just turned on a cool feature our library has online that will allow you to look back over your history of items checked out so I won't forget any. I also listen to middle grade audiobooks with my kids. Is there any interest in those or is this mainly for grown-up books?