01/2017

These are the books I read in January of 2017.  It was a bit low in numbers of books (12) but the pages involved make up for that (4699 + 71 pages of Bleak House which I’m currently reading).   It was an amazing month for literary crime but only 1 book for straight crime novels – a good one anyway.   Also –  1 science fiction book  and 1 nonfiction  book about time travel.    Four books were written by women and 1 book was translated – from Norwegian.

GENERAL FICTION: 

LaRose
by Louise Erdrich
2015 / 384 pages
read by Louise Erdrich
rating – 8
(both read and listened)
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Rites of Passage
by William Golding
1980/  292 pages (Kindle)
rating:  8  – literary historical fiction 
1st in the trilogy  To the Ends of the Earth
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Sleeping on Jupiter
by Anuradha Roy
2015/ 256 pages
read by Deepti Gupta 7h 45m
rating:   6

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Swing TIme
by Zadie Smith
2016/  461 pages
read by  Pippa Bennett-Warner 13h 46m
rating: 8   /  literary fiction – contemp

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The North Water
by Ian McGuire –   England
2016 / 272 pages
read by John Keating
rating – 4 – historical fiction 
(Man Booker Long List – 2016)
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The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
2015/ 304 pages
read by Prentice Onayemi
rating – 9
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The Vegetarian 
by Han Kang
2007 in South Korea/ 2015 in English – 208 pages
read by Janet Song, Stephen Park  5h 14m
rating – 9  /  contemp fiction
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LITERARY CRIME: 

A Naked Singularity 
by Sergio de la Pava
2010 / 688 pages
read by Luis Moreno 27h 19m
rating:  9 /B+  literary legal thriller
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His Bloody Project 
by Graeme Macrae Burnet 
2016/ 300 pages
read by Antony Ferguson 10h 22m
rating –  8/B     /literary historical fiction (legal crime)

CRIME
I’m Traveling Alone
by Samuel Bjork  – Norwegian
2013 (2016 English) / 400 pages
read by Laura Paton
rating:   A- / crime 
(#1 in the Munch and Krüger series.

SCI-FI
Under the Dome

by Stephen King
2009 /  1074 pages
read by Raul Esparza 34h 29m
rating  –  A /  sci-fi
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Time Travel 
by James Glick
2016 / 352 pages
read by Rob Shapiro 10h
rating:  9.25  /nonfiction