Sunday, June 16, 2013

Read Any Good Books Lately?

As a matter of fact, yes, yes I have.  I read Robert B. Parker's Lullaby, published after his death and authored by Ace Atkins.  It's a Spenser novel, and that made it even better! Maybe Ace can continue to write this series...
Then I read Redfield Farm, by Judith Coopey, an excellent, well researched story of a Quaker family involved in the Underground Railroad prior to the Civil War.  A very "smart" read, if you know what I mean.
I just finished Allan Folsom's The Exile.  This superb action packed novel is a long one.  It consists of 702 pages, so be warned:  don't start it unless you have time to finish it.  It's a good one!!!
Interspersed with these wonderful reads, I also read The Devil's Cradle by Sylvia Nobel. It was an okay novel, but just let me say, it wasn't quite my cup-of-tea.  Enough said about that.  I have two of her others here that I borrowed from Curley.  I intend to just give 'em back unread.  After much soul searching several years ago, I gave myself permission to not finish a book that I wasn't enjoying.  I give it a chance, but now I don't feel obligated to read one if it doesn't meet my expectations.  Nobel's work doesn't. 
But, I must say, that three out of the last four were real "barn burners" for me.  Not a bad pick from my local library, huh?
I still need to get used to using my Kindle.  There's a lot of good stuff available at little or no cost now for Kindle, and all e readers, but I still like the look, feel, and smell of the written word, on paper, held in my hand.  Call me old fashioned...that's okay!



Anvilcloud said...

You are old fashioned. (Well you asked :) )

Marcia said...

If I really can't work up an interest in a book, I just read the last page to see how it ends, and give it back. Works for me.

Curley said...

Oh Marcia, you sound like me. Sorry you didn't like the book JE. That's ok, not everyone likes the same stuff.

Annmarie Pipa said...

I have read that people do not retain information as well on kindles b/c they cannot explain if what they are reading happened in the beginning, the middle or the end of the book...since it is all the same on an electronic device. give me a paperback anyway!

Anonymous said...

I have to add I love to read a book too. Love the bookstores, could stay and look for hours. No more around here. So sad.