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Reading While Sick May 12, 2008

Posted by bookgoddess in Authors, Books, Fiction, Literature, readers, Reading.
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I’ve had several nasty colds recently, which is pretty unusual for me.  One of the few good parts of being sick is that you generally have more time to read, as well as an excuse for not doing anything more strenuous.  

It is important to pick the right book – as always, but even more so when you’re feeling puny.  The “right book” will be different for every individual, but for me, mysteries are usually prominent.  I like the suspense, the characters, the sense that someone is at least trying to right a wrong. 

Here are some good ones that I’ve read recently: 

The Glass Devil by Helene Tursten:  A young teacher and his parents are killed on the same day in separate houses.  What is behind these crimes?  This well-written police procedural is one of the many Scandinavian mysteries that are arriving on our shores.  Set in Sweden and London, the grim subject matter is offset by the friendships and humor of the police detectives and their families.  

Slip of the Knife by Denise Mina:  Paddy Meehan is a single mother and a striving journalist in Glasgow.  When she finds out that her old boyfriend has been killed, possibly by the IRA, she has to get some answers.  Paddy’s Irish family and background add a special dimension to the mystery.  This is my first Denise Mina, but it won’t be my last. 

Hold Tight by Harlan Coben:  If you’ve ever read Harlan Coben, you know why I like him.  He draws you immediately into the action, and really, it never lets up.  In this case, two concerned parents decide they have to spy on their teenager.  At the same time, there’s a serial killer on the loose.  Just don’t start this book when you have to be somewhere important. 

Yes, I do read books that aren’t mysteries.  For example, I just finished The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff.  A terrific book, and a first novel at that.  Set in a town that strongly resembles Cooperstown, New York, it’s primarily the story of Willie Upton:  descendant of Jacob Franklin Temple (who resembles James Fenimore Cooper); disgraced Stanford graduate student; and illegitimate offspring of someone. 

I guess this is a mystery after all, since much of the book involves Willie’s search for her father (her mother refuses to tell her).  This search involves delving back into the history of the town, and the genealogy of the Temples, and we learn a great deal about early American life.  There are several librarians, and a love interest for Willie and her mother, and at least one monster.  Really, you’re going to have to read it if you want to know more than that.

 Happy reading! 

The Book Goddess

 P.S.  I’m feeling much better now, which makes me very happy and likely to blog more often.

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