My Summer Reading Project-cont’d

Hello, everyone!  Don’t think because I haven’t posted anything lately,  that I haven’t been reading.  Besides finishing “The Scarecrow” which was next in the Project, I’ve read some others.  Here’s my take on what I’ve read:

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly-  My first book by this bestselling  author  and it’s a good one.  The criminal activity was a little too grisly for my taste- British cozies being my mystery genre of choice- but I kept on reading!   I  recommend this one to fans of gritty suspense mysteries: 3 out of 4.

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich-  Although the number of words on every page are diminishing and the white space around them is increasing,  I still keep checking in with Stephanie and friends.   If a book in this series makes me laugh out loud at least once, I consider it a good one- I chuckled audibly a few times.  I’ll probably read “sixteen”: 2.5 out of 4.

Fear of Drowning by Peter Turnbull- This is the first in a British detective series that I discovered when my colleague Brenda picked a later installment as a “Staff Pick” here at the library.  The main character, Hennessy, and his sidekick, Yellich, are as interesting as the plot.   In fact, all the players in this mystery are compellingly realized.  British, not quite cozy, but I’ll be back:  3 out of 4.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.  This is my favorite book read so far this year.  The author tells the story  of Balram Halwal, an Indian of the lowest class, and makes the reader feel as if they understand exactly what he is experiencing.  Winner of the UK’s Man Booker Prize and deservedly so: 4 out of 4.

Next up: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See- # 4 on the 6/21 NYT list.

– Posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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