Saturday, August 9, 2008

Summer Reading Lists: Status Report

In the six weeks or so since I adopted a Summer Reading List, I've read several of the books on the list, abandoned others, and added quite a few. So far, I've read: Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer. This is the first of his "Eastern Europe" series, in which various police detective heroes solve murder mysteries in an unnamed Soviet satelite country. The books are dark, gritty, and compellingly evocatove of Cold War Eastern Europe. Resistance Fighter by Jorgen Kieler about the Danish resistance movement in WWII, which I reviewed here. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, which I'd been avoiding but the book club chose. It didn't bother me as much as I anticipated, but I could have done without. The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy, a 19th Century anthropological novel about the native people of the Caucasian Mountains. America, America by Ethan Canin, which I need to review. The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie, which I carried around in my car for emergencies and finally finished. House of Mondavi by Julia Flynn Siler, which I briefly reviewed here. Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke. Night by Elie Wiesel. The Fracture Zone by Simon Winchester. Errors and Omissions by Paul Goldstein. John Paul the Great by Peggy Noonan.


  1. It was great to see you at my new blog! I'm reading another memoir at the moment (Surviving Ben's suicide by C Comfort Shields.) so I will be reviewing that one shortly

    I am just waiting for Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn as I was chosen to review this for LT last month. I hope it arrives soon. Did you enjoy it?

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment! Nice to have you visit.

    I thought Protect and Defend was just so so. My mom is a big Vince Flynn fan, so I finally tried one. It was mildly entertaining, but I thought the first half or more just marched along with no excitement and the only little bits of adventure or suspence came closer to the end.

    I should write a little review of it.


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