These are the books I read in May, 2017:  I read 12 books of which 2 were nonfiction,  2 were classics,  4 contemporary fiction and 4 crime.   Six of the 12 were by women authors and 4 were translated.  –  Actually,  only 4 were by native US authors.


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood 
by Trevor Noah  (South Africa) 
2016 / 304 pages
Read by Trevor Noah –   8h 50m
Rating 8.5

Hidden Figures:   The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
by Margaret Lee Shetterly  (US)
2016/  368 pages
read by Robin Miles  10h 47m
Rating:  7  / history-biography

The House on the Strand

by Daphne Du Maurier  (England) 
1961 / 336 pages
read by Ron Keith 11h  3m
Rating:   6 /   literary sci-fi  (I guess)

The Idiot
by Fydor Dostoevsky  (Russia) 
1869 / 720 pages (or so) 
read by
rating: 9.75
* Translated by Constance Garnet 

(both read and listened)

Men Without Women 

by Haruki Murakami  (Japanese) 
2017 / 240 pages
* Translated by Philip Gabriel and  Ted Goossen

Rating:  7.5  /   short stories

Open Secrets
by Alice Munro  (Canada)
1994 / 295 pages (Kindle)
rating:  8.5

In the Lake of the Woods
by Tim O’Brien / 1994   (US)
read by L. J. Lanser  8h 50m
rating –  6  / fiction 

by Yaa Gyasi  (Ghanaian-American)
2016 / 320 pages
read by Dominic Hoffman 13h 10m
Rating:  7. 25 / historical fiction – 


The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

by Richard Zimler  (US) 
1996 (Portugal) 318 pages 
read by Stephen Rudnicki  13h 28m 
Rating:  B /  historical crime
(Translated by ……?)

American Kingpin:
The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road 

by Nick Bilton  (US) 
2017 / 352 pages
read by Will Damron 12h 13m
Rating:   A++  / True Crime (tech) 

by Ottessa Moshfegh (US) 
2016 / 272 pages
read by Aylssa Bresnahan – 8h 46m
rating – 8/A  –   literary suspense 

The Exiled
by Kati Hiekkapelto  (Finland)  
2016 / 300 pages
read by Julie Maisey  9h  29m
(Translated by David Hackston)
Rating:    B+