What I’m Reading: Before the Fall


I just finished the audio book Before the Fall by Noah Fawley.  This is a book that was recommended by Mary from Country Threads.  I typically like books that Mary recommends to I wanted this one.  After putting it on my on-line library hold list I was somewhere like #78 on 2 copies.  It would have been a long time before it would be available to me.  That’s when blog reader Doris contacted me and gifted me her Audible credits.  This was a book she gifted me…what a sweetie.

With all that riding on the book…a recommendation and a gifted book, I was hoping  would like it…but did I? [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: Or Not Reading


I started the audio book A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles.  I didn’t finish it.  I might someday though.  This one came up in my on line library.  I had been on the waiting list as it sounds very much like a book I’d like to read.  The problem, I had a couple other books come up at the same time….and I had a head cold.

I started listening to it but with a pounding head, I couldn’t concentrate.  The writing is much more advanced than a “fluff” for fun read….I don’t mind that.  I just couldn’t do it when my head was like it was.  It’s not a book that I could listen too and be doing a lot of other things.  So this is on my list to someday come back to.  Has anyone else read it?

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.  From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.”

Amazon readers gave it 4.7 stars.  With that high of a rating, I really need to get back to it.

The other book I passed on was….  [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: Saving Sophie


I just finished up listening to the audio book Saving Sophie: A Novel by Ronald H. Balson.  I had read two other books by the author and VERY much appreciated both books.  Not realizing they were a series I didn’t read them in order.  If you are inclined read Once We Were Brothers first.  Then read Saving Sophie: A Novel  and then Karolina’s Twins: A Novel.

All of the books focus around the Holocaust or around crimes against Jews.  All are very good.

The books all start with someone bringing a case to either Liam, the private detective or Catherine the lawyer.  Yep, you guessed right, Liam and Catherine are a couple.  The two always end up helping each other.  It’s a good premise and works.

The writer is very talented in that he easily switches from present day to past and from character to character.  I love that style.  I always feel that I am offered more of a complete story verses a story told from only one perspective.

Here’s what Amazon had to say,  [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: The One Man


I finished the audio book The One Man by  Andrew Gross.  I grabbed it because it was a WWII book and I feel I rarely read on that I don’t like.  I think one of the reasons I am so fascinated with the is that I am in awe of how Jewish people who have such power, strength and frankly luck to have lived through that horrible time in history.

I have to tell you upfront that this is likely in my top five books from the time period.  It was VERY suspenseful.  It kept my interest.  I was always guessing and often time wrongly guessing.  Up until the end, I couldn’t guess the ending.  At one point when I was listening, I had to rewind because I had to make sure I heard it right.  I didn’t guess at all what was happening.

Here’s what Amazon had to say… [Read more...]