I read five books last month bringing my year to date total to 61, well past the 50 I estimated at the beginning of the year. And I've yet to get through December.
The month started out with The Nix, the debut novel by Nathan Hill which has been receiving a lot off positive reviews. In it Hill flips back and fourth from the 1968 Chicago protests and 2011 in a desperate search for the truth behind why his mother abandoned him at an early age. In between Hill takes on politics, the media and addiction as well as other aspects of society. It's a well-spun tale and I quite enjoyed reading it.
Next up was the auto-biographical I Am Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame. This was somewhat of a scattered affair but an interesting read nonetheless. Wilson - or his ghostwriter - however is no Hemingway.
Then it was on to one of my favourite authors, Ian Rankin and his latest tale of now retired Inspector John Rebus, Rather Be The Devil. I never tire of these stories and this is the 21st in …
Here, as promised is a month-by-month breakdown of the 67 books I delved into this year. I got off to a strong start and then my intake dwindled for a couple of months until picking back up in April. I'll let you in on my favourites at the end of this list.
Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles - Geoff Emerick - **** H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald - *** Close To The Edge - The Story of Yes - Chris Welch - *** Sweet Caress - William Boyd - ****
Purity by Jonathan Franzen Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
Natchez Burning - Greg Iles The Promise (Elvis Cole #20) - Robert Crais
The Snowman (Harry Hole)- Joe Nesbo **** Phantom (Harry Hole) - Joe Nesbo **** The Leopard (Harry Hole) - Jo Nesbo ****
George Harrison Reconsidered *** The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood **** Dropping The Needle - The Vinyl Dialogues Volume II *** The Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead, (Dave Robicheaux #6) - James Lee Burke****
It was noon. The sun shone brightly in the sky. Birds chirped merrily in the trees. The sounds of traffic drifted up from the street. George picked up his keys and headed for the apartment door. This was a special day. Perhaps the most special day of his life to date. Today was the day he would ask Georgina to marry him. Georgina was his girlfriend. French. From France.
He'd covered all the bases. He'd bought the ring, a bouquet of flowers and a set of knee pads. If she said "no" at least they'd have a good laugh over the knee pads. If she said yes they'd remember him down on his knees this day forever.
He grabbed everything, locked the apartment door and descended the stairs. The restaurant was nearby so he decided to walk. As he waited on the corner for the light to change he thought of spending the rest of his life with Georgina. Not that he was being presumptuous but he had a good sense she felt the same way too. He was sure it was kismet. And besides wi…