I reported not that long ago that I've been reading again and so I'm here to share with you what I've been reading. Rich asked me how I find new books and this is one of the ways - seeing what others have been reading via blogs, FB, IG, etc. I also periodically scroll through the new ebook titles on my library's website. For those wondering, I went through a bit of a transition period after I stopped working because I used to read on the train and I obviously lost that train time. Now, I sometimes read at night, sometimes I read during the day, and sometimes I read when I shouldn't be.
I am of the opinion that most trilogies exist simply to make money. To me, it feels like the third book drags on much longer than it should and that maybe, possibly, the three books could have been written as one long novel. I recently read two books that completed trilogies - Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs and End of Watch by Stephen King. Library of Souls wasn't too bad but I did think the storyline was pulled along and then the ending was super quick. End of Watch was slightly better in that it was somewhat of a different story than the first two books. All three books are connected but it's not the same book broken into three. I've been a King fan for almost 30 years now (gah! I'm old) but this one didn't seem believable to me. It was well written but there was something I couldn't quite buy into.
I know - everyone read Bloom years ago. Kelle Hampton and I share some common ground with our daughters and this was an interesting read. However, I grew up in a Boston Irish Catholic household (which means we were taught to suppress emotions) and so Kelle and I are very different in that manner. The world would be pretty boring if we were all the same though. Wouldn't it?
This next one may sound boring but trust me, it is anything but. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (by Matthew Desmond) takes an in-depth look at the housing crisis in America by telling the story of both tenants and landlords in some of the poorest areas of Milwaukee. This was so well written and fascinating. The author actually lived with and followed the "characters" of the book for months. This book was so good that I had trouble shutting the kindle.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman. OMG. This book was dangerous in that I would start reading and an hour would go by just like that. Poof. Gone. This page turner is a quick read. If you're into apocalyptic themed books, this one's right up your alley. I'm recommending this to everyone though. It is that good.
My wish list right now is out of control but what have you been reading?