Saturday, June 1, 2024

12 Books Soon -- BOOK THOUGHTS



12 Books Soon!

This was a hair on fire week for me with work. The deadline in the Boy Scout bankruptcy to file all claims on behalf of sexual abuse survivors was May 31. I am happy to say that we now have everything filed on behalf of our 69 clients with claims, but it was insane getting it all done. 

I don't have the capacity to actually concentrate on a book, but I am unwinding by playing with my books. Here are twelve books I am either currently reading or hope to get to soon, which puts them on my TBR ASAP list.

See anything here you’ve read or would like to?

Warming Up Julia Child: The Remarkable Figures Who Shaped a Legend by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz. I bought this at the Smithsonian when I was there recently, after I finally visited Julia Child’s kitchen. I just finished it this morning. Read my thoughts, here

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope. I'm in a Palliser Readalong group on Instagram and this is the next up in the series. It is the only book in the series that I've read before -- two times in fact -- but I am looking forward to reading it again, in context and with a discussion group. 

The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene. This novella (and a short story I can’t remember) are included in my Folio edition of The Third Man, which I read last month. I want to finish off the short pieces so I can move this book off my TBR shelf.

The Light of Day by Eric Ambler. I’m listening to the audiobook of this one, which won the Edgar Award for best mystery in 1964. It is funny, exciting, and quirky. This is the first Eric Ambler book I've read but it won't be the last. 

Lines of Deception by Steve Anderson, the latest in his Kaspar Brothers series of WWII/Cold War thrillers.

Last Chance in Paris by Lynda Marron. I am particularly excited to read this one so bought a copy from Blackwell's because it isn't available from US sellers yet.

Cabaret Macabre by Tom Mead. This is the third book in his series of historical, locked room mysteries featuring retired conjurer Joseph Spector. I was fortunate to get my hands on a review copy, but wanted to read the first two in the series before this one. I just finished the others and am looking forward to this one.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. A friend gave me this and I want to read it so we can talk about it.

The Messenger by Megan Davis. This is a review copy that I forgot about and am now burdened by guilt I haven’t read it yet.

Hanging the Devil by Tim Maleeny is another one! I made a stack of these and then forgot them. This one, about an audacious heist from a San Francisco museum, sounds great!

J by Howard Jacobson is next up on my TBR 24 in '24 list. Jacobson is one of my favorite authors, so I expect I will love it even though I am not a big fan of dystopian novels as a rule. 

The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy is another gift from a friend. I just can't decide if I should read the earlier books before this one.

How was your week? Better than mine, I hope! Here's to a relaxing weekend!

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