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Bibliofile - May




Well, we made it through 9 books this month bringing my year-to-date total to 49. I read fewer books due to the length of some of this month's reads. For instance it took me 2 weeks to get through the 5th volume of Game of Thrones. It wasn't a tough read, just a long one at just shy of 2,000 pages on my iPad.

Another "series" I caught up on was the latest from Jeffrey Archer - the 3rd volume in the 5 book series of the so-called Clifton Chronicles. I've always liked Jeffrey Archer.

The problem with picking up on books that are part of a continuing series or saga, like Game of Thrones, is that one (especially old ones like me) forgets the previous storyline or main characters. Of course, that's not a problem with Game of Thrones because author George Martins keeps killing all the main characters off.

Last month I read the novel Candlemoth by R.J. Ellory and really enjoyed it. So this month I read Ghost Heart by him and, believe me, wasn't disappointed. This is one of my newly discovered authors that I really enjoy.

And I whipped through 3 Private Eye Elvis Cole novels by Robert Crais in May.  These were good, quick reads. But I had to order the pocket books from Amazon because they weren't available in the ebook format.

I read Tony Visconti's autobiography this month. An American, Visconti moved to Britain in the 60s and produced T. Rex's Marc Bolan as well as David Bowie and others. The book provided an interesting glimpse into music production, hit-making and rock and role winners and losers.

So here's this month's list of books.

Tripwire - Lee Child
Best Kept Secret - Jeffrey Archer
Ghost Heart - R.J. Ellory
Sunset Express - Robert Crais
Indigo Slam - Robert Crais
L.A. Requiem - Robert Crais
A Dance With Dragons - George R.R. Martin
Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy - Tony Visconti
The Ophelia Cut - John Lescroart

With the warm weather and the beckoning golf course, we'll see of I can increase next month's total. How about you? You reading much these days? What would you recommend to me?

Comments

Bryan G. said…
You're rocking the Elvis Cole series, aren't you? I'm jealous. I'll be getting back to it later this month, starting with Sunset Express. Thanks for the recommendation of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. It's on hold now at the Free Library of Philadelphia for me. As for recommendations for you, hmmm...let me think about it. Hey, maybe scifi: Old Man's War by John Scalzi was a pretty good read. Oh, and I'm not saying anything about your age either ;).
nonamedufus said…
I love the Cole series. But I also have to get back to R.J. Ellory who I recently discovered. His novels are excellent.


And on the age thing? That's okay, I've come to accept it...even if my body hasn't.
meleahrebeccah said…
"bringing my year-to-date total to 49." - Wow! Impressive!
nonamedufus said…
I know. I guess I'm what you might call a book whore. Just finished my 50th.

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