Books Recently Read

Below are a few thoughts about books I have read recently. Mysteries are my guilty pleasure. Once I have started one, I find it hard to put it down. And if I’m reading a series that I like, I’m barely social until I finish every book in the list. So here are some thoughts about…

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Why Do We Like Crime Fiction So Much?

Take a look at the New York Times best seller list any given week and you will see that about a third of the books listed are crime mysteries. Americans, at least those who read and buy books, are in love with crime fiction. Readers of the genre will have different preferences. Some like the…

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My 2013 Year of Books

I like to read contemporary fiction, especially mysteries. When it comes to reading, mysteries are my guilty pleasure. But this past year I tried to put the mysteries aside (for the most part) and read less pleasureful, but perhaps more thought provoking, literature. The annotated list for the past year is below. If you have…

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My Year of Books – An Annotated List

My past year in books (from the end of November through November)  includes lots of escapist literature, but there are a few serious selections too.  Among the crime fiction I rate Keigo Higashino’s, Salvation of a Saint, the highest. For pure enjoyment in crime fiction I recommend the Dr. Siri series by Colin Cotterill. For…

My Year in Books – Hooked on Noir

What have you been reading lately? I have always thought that you can tell much about people by observing what they read (or in some cases, if they read at all). Thoughtful people, presumably, read thoughtfully written books. Frivolous people, in turn, read frivolous books. Perhaps, however, I should be a bit less judgmental about…