Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Living Reading List for July

  • GAME OF THRONES, George R. Martin - This is one of those series that I feel like I should have read, but I am behind the rest of the world.  I love the HBO show and don't want to spoil it, but I think I'm getting to the point where I could read the first book and not spoil anything. And I could stop myself from reading further. I have enough willpower.  Don't I? (For a little more on this, click here.)
  • OPEN RANGE, THE LIFE OF AGNES MORELY CLEVELAND - How can you not want to read a book that starts out, "Agnew Morely was born in Cimarron, New Mexico, on the night that Clay Allison shot up the town."
  • THIS BODY OF DEATH, Elizabeth George - This is a re-read. I just love her novels (I buy them all in hardback) and I wanted to read it one more time because I've missed Havers and Lynley. The TV show is good, but it's just not the same. 
  • THE SWAN THIEVESElizabeth Kostova - yes it was on last months list, see confession below. I'm trying again this month. It's really only the size that's stopping me, I really want to read the book. 

So how did last month's list go? See notes below.

  • THE SWAN THIEVES, Elizabeth Kostova -  Written by Elizabeth Kostova who who brought us the HISTORIAN, this story is about intrigue in the art world. I freely admit this book has been in my pile since 2010. It's big and long which means traveling with it is impractical, and it's a little heavy for before bedtime reading as well. I refused to be cowed by it's size and weight any longer. 
    • OK, the whole refused to be cowed by it's size any longer claim didn't actually turn out to be true. Since I do a lot of my reading on airplanes or before bedtime, the actual size and weight of the book continues to daunt me. 
  • GODS OF GOTHAM, Lindsay Faye - This is a historical mystery set in New York City in 1845 and has only been out since mid-May.  
    • I loved this one. I've added Linsay Faye's first book to the reading pile. Stay Tuned. 
  • THE BROKEN TEAGLASS, Emily Arsenault - I chose this book because it has a dictionary page on the front cover because what could be better on the cover of a mystery novel? 
    • I didn't get to this one either - gasp.  
  • CALIFORNIA, INTIMATE GUIDE, Aubrey Drury - Published in 1935, I'm looking forward to reading about my home state from the point of view of another time. I picked this beautiful book up at a library sale, and am looking forward to reading individual chapters as pockets in-between other books. 
    • I read the sections I was most interested in. It gives great flavor to old California.  
  • MISTAKEN IDENTITY, Lisa Scottoline - Somehow I missed this one as I read through Scottoline's other books. It's like someone brings you a present you weren't expecting. 
    • I actually had read this before. I kept re-reading thought because I didn't remember what happened. Lisa Scottline books make great reads on airplanes! 

Have you read any of these books? Have more books to recommend? Would love to hear your comments below.

Special thanks to the helpful librarians at Mission College who help me find all of my impossible to find books.

Great airplane read - you'll forget you're flying until you land.


  1. I loved Gods of Gotham, too, still haven't read Dust and Shadows--will fix soon!

    I also bought the Broken Teaglass, and it seemed so interesting and beautifully written, and then I didn't get to it.

    But I'm glad you updated your reading list candidly later--makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only one with an over-scheduled TBR!

  2. @Clare2e - I am so over scheduled on the TBR. I'm trying to be realistic and get to things I've had for awhile, but then I went and read Gone Girl out of order because everyone was talking about it. I guess we all have our lemming moments.