Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty--#3 finished

A screwed up kind of family, Big the grandmother and her daughter Little and Little's daughter Mosey are each 15 years apart from their mom.  Story starts with Big being worried because Mosey turning 15 and that is when she had her baby and then her daughter had hers so she is afraid Mosey will continue this family tradition.  From there the book takes off in some serious directions.  Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the 3 main characters.  A pretty good story, some of it just too far out there and also has the easy to hate people too.  Seems like some things & people get introduced and then kind of pushed aside, seems like there would be more to tell in some directions.  Still overall a good and interesting read.  Mostly enjoyable.

I will be posting on PBS at some point, 8 WL for it so doesn't have to go soon but will probably move it along in next month or so.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Live Girls--#2 finished

A different sort of book, really kind of strange.  Just weird people in a run down & bad, sad part of town.  Reading the reality of the girl, the main character, she is basically a liar about all details of her life.  She takes about her sister that had an accident & scarred her face at a young age & the sister blames the main character about this.  Sister becomes a recluse and eventually dies young.  Kind of wonder if this girl is really the other sister and then wonder if any of the story is true.  Which kind of lead me to wonder why did I bother reading this.  Not the best book out there, at least for me, I just don't get it.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy in the system so I would think it will move at some point. While I didn't like it, it has an artsy feel to it.

Friday, January 5, 2018

End Game--#1 finished

This is a book about chess great Bobby Fischer.  A really interesting person that I didn't know a whole lot about.  The movie Searching for Bobby Fischer was probably my first time I learned much about him beyond chess great turned recluse.  Then later news of his arrest, anti-Semitism and eventual denouncing the US and moving to Iceland.  Obviously a much more complicated person than my general knowledge and glad I read this book to fill in some of the big gaps.  Still, like most I guess, I don't really understand how or why he went off the deep end like he did.  Living in near poverty in CA for years and then turning into an out-spoken anti-Semite.  I would say a sad life but it sure seems like he chose his life so maybe not sad but more of a what could have been instead.

I will post on PBS at some point, there are 7 WL for it so not a big hurry yet.  I have plenty of books to post and enough credits right now.

Glad to get my first book of the new year finished.  I was glad to get to 70 for last year, who knows what this year will bring.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

501 Minutes to Christ--#70 finished


Like the one before, I picked these two books because I wanted to finish before the end of the year to get to 70 read.  What a difference, just good true writing, not just crap to sell to readers looking for mindless entertainment.  Real life and real emotions going on in the author's personal essays but there is also humor and fun here too.  I really enjoy this author and have a few of his other books that I need to read.  This was the 2nd time through on this book and I am glad I did because it reminded me of what I really like about the author.  I will need to try to lean this way more and stay away from that other crap.

This is one of my keepers so back on the shelf for it to stay.

The Beach House--#69 finished

This is a James Patterson book and older one from early 2000s.  A Hampton's murder mystery with the rich & how powered vs a poor Irish family and friends.  A quick read but really not very good.  Action & bad guys get whats coming in the end but all characters sort of suck.  Like I said it was a quick read & that is what I was looking for to get to 70 books read for the year.

Book in too bad of shape & too many copies on PBS so this is going in my give a way pile.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Hologram for the King--#68 finished


A good read, a mid fifties guy struggling with career, family and basically life in general.  He was a higher up in Schwin Bicycles and when that went away has been a consultant.  Life as consultant started good with all his contacts but has now dried up.  Owing money everywhere, crazy ex-wife and a daughter going to Ivy league school, well he is basically broke.  Does have a job going to Saudi Arabia to be part of a team selling IT software & hardware to cover a complete complex/city being built.  Meets interesting people there.  Probably best part of book is how he looks back on his life and the decisions he has made.  He is still not comfortable in everything but is trying to carve out a new sense of self and by end it seems like he has done so even though deal falls through.  Just a good read that makes you think & I am getting close to the age of the main character too.

I will post on PBS at some point, I think there are 9 WL for it.

Invasion of Privacy--#67 finished

FBI guy was killed and an obvious coverup is done.  Wife becomes upset & an obvious attempt to stifle her & any investigation happens.  A drunken reporter will little work finds out about coverup and he is fired and also is threatened to stop looking into this.  I am sorry, just too much here that it would have to come out.  Wife & reporter team up & the teenage daughter that is also a hacker works it from another angle.  In the end the evil corporate CEO dude is taken down.  After a slow start at least quick paced action brought the book to an end.  Didn't really like but overall wasn't terrible just story had too many "really, no one else sees this" moments.

I have already posted it on PBS, there were zero copies and it has been requested.  If post office isn't crazy busy today, it will go out.