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Bibliofile - March

Boy winter just keeps dragging on, doesn't it? There's been so much snow and such cold temperatures it kind of makes you just want to curl up with a good book. Well that's what I chose to do…twelve  times.

I kicked off the month with a quick read about Van Morrison by Greil Marcus. It turned out to be an expensive read. Not so much the book but the three rare, out of print CDs I managed to find on the internet that were highly rated by Marcus.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn was an excellent read. I gave five stars to this precursor to Gone Girl. Another five star novel was Jeffrey Archer's Be Careful What You Wish For, the fourth book in his Clifton Saga.

Lois Lowry's four part The Giver series did not disappoint. I read them one after the other. I don't know how I came across this young adult series but I see it's now a movie with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, set for an August release.

Another highlight of the month was Still Life by Louise Penny. This is the first in her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. He's a Surete de Quebec detective and in the first book he's investigating a murder in the Eastern Townships community of Three Pines. Penny is a former journalist who turned her hand to mystery novels. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

I closed off the month with another thriller from Jo Nesbo, his third Harry Hole novel The Redbreast. It did not disappoint.

Here's the total list for March.

When That Rough God Goes Riding - Greil Marcus
I, Lucifer - Glen Dubcan
Parliament of Whores - P.J. O'Rourke
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
The Giver (1) - Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue (2) - Lois Lowry
Messenger (3) - Lois Lowry
Son (4) - Lois Lowry
Still Life - Louise Penny
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
Be Careful What You Wish For - Jeffrey Archer
The Redbreast - Jo Nesbo

So, the 12 books of March plus the 10 other books I've read this year means I've zipped through 22  books so far this year.

What about you? What are you reading?


LOBO said…
After watching the movie twice (and not understanding it at all), I was intrigued enough to chip away at, "John Dies at the End." The scope of the book explains why a low budget, 2 hour movie was kinda doomed to fail.
JDatE is rich with dense, dark humor, and is mind-blowingly imaginative. I'm only halfway through, but it's a great read so far.
Wow. That's a lot of reading! Good for you. What am I reading? The Good Book, sir! The Good Book. tee hee hee
Jayne said…
Damn! That's impressive. So far I've read "The Goldfinch" (all 800 pgs) and a bunch of short story collections.
nonamedufus said…
Sounds intriguing LOBO. I might give it a go.
nonamedufus said…
And if its good, Quirks?
My reading is stuck at about 16, I think. I also read The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian in March (as a reread for me). What did you think of that? It's one of my favorite books.
nonamedufus said…
Did you like it, Jayne? I loved it. It was a 5 star red for sure.
nonamedufus said…
Hey, Bryan. I liked it. I found it well written and quite funny.
I've read many of the books you've read this month or want to read them. For example, I really loved Parliament of Whores, but I'm not a fan of O'Rourke's politics.
Jayne said…
I did like it, but I would have liked it even more at 500 pgs. I thought the author was very self-indulgent and repetitive in parts. Still, it was brilliant writing.
S.G. Wright said…
Congrats on your reading; you are on a roll. I would like to read the Lowry series too, so I'm glad to hear that you liked them. Then I plan to see the movie in August. I'm reading The Martian right now; you might like it. cheers.
nonamedufus said…
I really enjoyed the Lowry series. Have you seen the trailer for the movie? I'll look into The Martian, thanks.

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