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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Book Recommendations - Fall 2010

One of the great things about no longer working in the corporate world is that I've found time to read, read, read.  I don't even mind sitting in the car line at school - I always have my latest book with me.  I've also rediscovered the library.  I put recommendations on my Hold list and the library emails me when my book is available.  Love it!

A friend recommended this author so I picked up his latest book - "The Rembrandt Affair".  It is the story of a Rembrandt painting's journey through various owners over the course of 400 years.  It was a good book.  A good friend once said "a new author recommendation is the best gift".  I have to agree.

Another friend got me started watching "Castle" on tv last spring.  To my surprise, I saw these two books at our local bookstore this Fall.  They're written as if the actor/writer on the show is the author of these books.  They're cop stories - much like the show.  They're good and well-written.  I'd read them in order. 

Our new book club chose this book for November's meeting.  Really interesting.  Fiction.  In 1907 a well-to-do businessman puts an ad in the paper for a "reliable wife" to move to a remote town in Wisconsin.  The plot that unfolds had me reading as quickly as possible, stealing 5 minutes here and there.  Beautifully written. 

A friend loaned me this book and I really, really enjoyed it even though I don't normally read non-fiction.  I'm anxious to take an architectural tour of Chicago now.  It's the story of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and how it came together.  That alone was interesting.  Interspersed is the story of the serial killer who used the World's Fair to lure his victims.  It was hard to believe that either side of this story was true, and that made it even more fascinating to me.  I hear that it's going to be a movie one day with Leonard di Caprio.  I'm hoping he plays one of the good guys.

I'm just about finished with this book that a server at a local restaurant recommended to a group of friends one night.  She had just finished it and couldn't stop talking about it.  I jotted it down on my napkin. 
Again, non-fiction, and about murder - I've gone a little dark lately!  An elite group of 82 international police, forensic psychologists, FBI, etc. have created a "cuisine and crime" club.  They meet quarterly in Philadelphia where they socialize and try to solve true cold cases.  Again, the fact that's it's a true tale makes me even more fascinated.

And I'll leave you with one that I DID NOT finish.  Our book club chose this for the October meeting.  I tried, I really did.  It's just not my thing.

So, that's what I'm reading this Fall.  I've got a list of books in the "queue", but I'm always looking for good recommendations!

So, what are you reading?

{See previous recommendations here and here}


mamgof4 said...


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Thanks so much for the link and the post, Bonnie. I am a bookworm, and I read a lot because I spend my life waiting for my kids at their activities! I have had A Reliable Wife on my "To Be Read" list for awhile, and with your recommendation, I will definitely read it in 2011. I am also a new follower, and I love reading blogs with book reviews. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :D

Sharon said...

I'm so glad you did another book recommendation post today! I was looking for where I read about "Devil in the White City." I picked it up after reading your review and loved it! I searched my reader for the title looking for who recommended it, but it didn't come up! You never said the title in the post! Anyway, I loved your review, I loved the book and I wanted to thank you for directing my attention that way! Keep the reviews coming!