07/2013

These are the books I read in July,  2013 –   16 books,   5 crime novels,  3 classics,  1 vol of sci-fi stories,  1 nonfiction and  4 women authors,  7 audio books,  1 paperback.  About 6,300 pages – an average month in retirement,  really.

The odd thing about this month’s reads is that the books contain so much war – I avoid war books – yuk.  But this month war turned up unannounced by blurb or cover eight (8!) times – out of 16 books.   –

Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller –  Korea, WWII, Vietnam
The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo –  WW2 (I actually DNF that one – returned it)
Light of the World by James Lee Burke – Vietnam and South America
Reef by Romesh Gunesekera – Sri Lankan conflict (minimal)
Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Spanish Civil War – WW1?
The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Tim Egan –  Little Big Horn
Vanity Fair by WM Thackeray – Crimean War

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The books:

The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker (US)
2013 / 496 pages
read by George Guidell
Rating:  7 /  historical fantasy

The House of the Dead
by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russia)
1862 / (Kindle – about 300 pages?)
Rating: 9/  classic fiction

Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
2013 / 544 pages
read by Fenella Woolgar 15h 34m
Rating:   6  /  historical-speculative fiction

The Second Chair  (Dismas Hardy #10)
by John Lescroart (US)
2003 / 624 pages
read by David Colacci – 14h 11m
Rating:  A / crime fiction

Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria/US)
2013/ 496 pages
Rating: 9 /  immigrant fiction

The Winter of Frankie Machine
by Don Winslow
2006 / 320 pages
read by Dennis Boutsikaris 9h 12m
Rating: B / crime

The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
by Tim Egan
2012/384 pages
Rating:  9+ /history-biography

The Science Fiction Omnibus
Great Books Foundation
2007 / 592 pages
Rating:   A  / Sci-Fi  stories

The Stockholm Octavo
by Karen Engleman
2012/ 433 pages
Rating:  8 /  historical fiction

Light of the World
by James Lee Burke
2013 / 560 pages
read by Will Patton 19h 3m
Rating:  A+ / crime
(# 20 in Dave Robicheaux series)

Final Theory
by Mark Alpert
2009/480 pages
Read by Adam Grupper 12h 50m
Rating A- /crime & sci-fi/techno-thriller
Finished 7/17/2013

Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero
by  William Makepeace Thackeray (English)
1847-48 (serial) 564 pages
started 7/10 – finished 7/
Rating: 10 / classic

River Thieves
by Michael Crummey
2001/352 pages
Rating:  8.5 /  historical fiction

Wind, Sand and Stars
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
1939/103 pages
rating:  6 / classic

Reef
by Romesh Gunesekera (Brit/Sri Lanka)
1994/190 pages
rating:  9 / contemp fiction

Norwegian by Night
by Derek B. Miller
Read by Sean Mangan 10h. 36m.
2013 / 306 pages
Rating:  A    / crime (basically)

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