It is that time of the month again when I share what I have been reading, lately. This month I hosted our second book club meeting and discussed our first book club read, The Alice Network. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I could not have envisioned a more perfect first book - club - discussion. Everyone contributed compelling and persuasive dialogue and we all left highly charged for next month's meeting. Huge answer to prayer and yet still blown away by how God worked it all out.
That being said I think that 'required' reading - my book club read - was the culprit in a less than stellar reading finish for August. I only read 8 books this month I know, say it isn't so! But, when I am used to reading 10-12 books a month I consider this sorely lacking. I have already learned from my book club reading hiccup and will be reading September's selection first with a quick review prior to our next reading. Then, the remaining days of September will be for pleasure reading. Although, I am sure I will derive substantial delight from Where the Crawdads Sing, my book club's September selection.
Again, this month I have created pages for inclusion into my READ traveler's notebook. As always I have been using digital products from mostly Ali Edwards, In a Creative Bubble, and Kellie's Stamps. Enjoy.
Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George. The second installment in the Inspector Lynley series with his proverbial sidekick Sergeant Inspector Barbara Havers in another exceptional, twisted, and complex murder mystery. A couple dropped clues had me believing I knew who the killer was - suckered me and except for a bit of an anti-climactic ending, Payment in Blood was particularly un-put-down-able. 74/120
The Lieutenants, Brotherhood of War series by W.E.B. Griffin. I'm sure The Lieutenants is not for everyone because it is replete with military terms and lingo. As retired Air Force and married to a former Army special operations aviation regiment (airborne) soldier, it is right up my genre alley and I am comfortable with most of the language peppered throughout the book, even though it is in 1940's military vernacular. Griffin seamlessly entwines the plethora of character-driven story lines with military history. My attention was caught, immediately, and held as the book moved rapidly through time and through characters back and forth. While we are being introduced to Lieutenants, there are various ranks represented with strong supporting parts, as mentors, or if this was Griffin's police series, the term Rabbi might be used. This series begins at the end of WWII and takes us, historically, through often little-known military presence and the men (and women) impacted and their parts in the story. Loved The Lieutenants so much I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. Jeff has the entire series and it is his favorite of all of W.E.B. Griffin's series', which he has read all - and has all for that matter. 75/120
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. An amazing first book club read. 76/120
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. 77/120
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary. Make it past chapter eleven because that is as long as it takes to get real with the book and the characters and you fall in love with them. So hang on. You're gonna' love it. And, it is the characters who are amazing! It is not simply the main characters, either, but, the supporting cast of characters are perfection. 78/120
Like Lions by Brian Panowich. Think of the wild west but set in the hills of northern Georgia when family's rule the region and are only loved because of the fear they elicit. There is so much meanness and harshness and frustration and little redeeming qualities of any of the characters, even the main character Clayton, although he has truly been dealt life's harshest of blows in the family he was raised, but man, it was like watching a movie of the cattle baron who takes over the town because he is feared. 79/120
Night by Elie Wiesel. Wiesel, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, having survived Nazi death camps, writes a horrifying personal accounting of his agonizing witness and participation to shocking brutality toward Jews, the death of his family, the death of innocence, and the death of his God. 80/120
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. After the first chapter (chapters are set in months) sets up the mystery, every chapter following introduces portraits of women within a small Russian community on the Kamchatka Peninsula, each women searching for something other than what they are living. On the one hand it was intriguing, revealing the people, the natives, the immigrants of this tundra community. How they existed and dwelled, yet not really living, each a part of the missing girls even as a glance. And on the other hand, frustrating with each passing chapter, and little mystery resolution. Could it be simply the portraits of women that was the point? Aside from the story I loved reading about some place else, the living in the unknown. 81/120