Brrr is for Books & rrreading

Right now I’m reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith; picked it up after it was mentioned in last week’s book thread at AoSHQ. Set in 1953 Stalin USSR, this is so far more horrifying to me than an horror novel. I can only read it a couple of chapters at time because it keeps getting to me. Since the main character is an officer in the MGB, I think I can call this a Secret Police Procedural.

Apart from that, my 2014 reading has so far been mostly duds, with the exception of Bitter Kingdom, which is the conclusion to a YA fantasy trilogy by Rae Carson, and Electra, which is the conclusion to Kerry Greenwood’s uneven Delphic Women trilogy.

I do not know if I’ve just become a cranky reader lately, but it seems easy to get me turned off – unlikable characters and authorial pc preachiness are my reader allergens.

So, what have you been reading lately and what are your reading pet peeves?

Open thread.

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50 Responses to Brrr is for Books & rrreading

  1. votermom says:

    The neatest thing about my smart phone is that it lets me scan the barcode on the book I’m reading and add it to my goodreads bookshelf. I’m hoping this keeps my list of read books up to date.

  2. Jadzia says:

    Lots of books about the Way of St. James, which I really really really really want to do next summer. LOVE the barcode thing!

  3. helenk3 says:

    still rereading Taylor Caldwell books

    • votermom says:

      Which of her books is your favorite?
      By the way, Helen, I have the first 3 books of WEB Griffin’s Brotherhood of War on my to-read pile.

      • helenk3 says:

        I really can not say which is my favorite. I first read them in the 1970s and 80s. she made me think about a lot of things. the Idea of when you are rich and donate, you do not just give, you match what the people wanting you to get themselves For man to use the brain given to them and not follow blindly. In one way she had a lot of faith in the individual, but not a lot of faith in the goodness of mankind

      • helenk3 says:

        you will also like this police books. the badge of honor series

    • votermom says:

      Speaking of Taylor Caldwell, I ran into this quote from her memoir:

      “We, perhaps, have corrupted our children and our grandchildren by heedless affluence, by a lack of manliness, by giving the younger generation more money and liberty than their youth can handle, by indoctrinating them with sinister ideologies and false values, by permitting them, as young children, to indulge themselves in imprudence to superiors and defiance of duly constituted authority, by lack of prudent, swift punishment when the transgressed, by coddling and pampering them when they were children and protecting them from a very dangerous world – which always was and always will be. We gave them no moral arms, no spiritual armor.” – Taylor Caldwell, in On Growing Up Tough (1971)

      Looks like she nailed it.

  4. elliesmom says:

    I’m finishing up the trilogy by Christopher Castellanni that starts in a small Italian village during WWII with “A Kiss from Maddalena”. I went to hear him speak about his writing and his mom, the inspiration for the books after reading the first book. The books are warm and the story real.
    Before that I read “Identical” by Scott Turow, my favorite author for “law stories”. And before that “The Boy in the Suitcase”. A Danish crime drama.
    The favorite so far for 2014 is “The Silent Wife” by S.A. Harrison. I think I read that after the new year started. I’m looking for something else to start. Everything on my Kindle has been read. 😦

  5. DeniseVB says:

    I’m one of those who has many books going at once so non-fiction satisifies my adult ADD 🙂 Currently stacked on my nightstand is James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom, books by Laura Bush and Condi Rice, and *free autographed books for a donation* by Jan Brewer and Scott Brown.

    My first love is current events (pop culture and political), so I spend way too much time reading blogs and websites to get my daily fix 😉

  6. The Klown says:

    what are your reading pet peeves?

    Incongruities, like reference to a safety on a revolver. They ruined the Jack Reacher series for me.

  7. piper says:

    OMG – I’m listening to Child 44 on CD – can only listen to one disk at a time. Scary

    Currently I’m reading Summer Death by Mons Kallentoft – a Swedish police / crime story and The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg – humorous story about a woman who finds out she was adopted.

    • votermom says:

      Child 44 – I’m just at the part where the awful doctor pays a house call to the main character & meets the wife. Ugh.

      Is the Mons Kallentoft series good?

      • piper says:

        Child 44 – I just finished listening to where Leo is following his wife and spots the guy following him.
        Mons is okay but not up to Henning Mankell’s quality – his Wallander series. Also the Brits and Swedes produced movies based on the series. Although I like Kenneth Branagh the Swedish versions are much better even with subtitles.

  8. helenk3 says:

    also reading the Ulsterman books. pretty good

  9. helenk3 says:

    this is off topic but really makes me angry

    don’t do your job, get people killed, get promoted in the backtrack world

  10. Gojoyknocks says:

    John Irving has done me in again. I didn’t read a novel for five years after he painted a vivid image on my soul in “Cider House Rules” . It has taken me all month to read 125 pages of “In One Person” so I did an eight season marathon of Weeds, twice.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    It’s a sign, I tell ya…Obamas’ announce a visit to the Vatican in March, literally, the sh*t hits the fan……

    Peace out 😀

  12. piper says:

    OT – extreme cold, blustery winds, snow and more snow here in S.E. Wisconsin along with 2 train derailments. To add to our misery, we are going to be ‘blessed’ with a visit by Obie which will shut roads and add to our traffic problems.

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  16. insanelysane says:

    Actually don’t have the time to read so I listen to books while I work.
    I like murder mysteries with a side of forensics or historical
    background.Really liked all the Dr Kay Scarpetta books. James Patterson is fun for a romp. Lee Childs tells a good tale.
    Now listening to some light murders mysteries

    The Royal series by Rhys Bowen.
    “Royal Flush”
    ” Royal Pain””
    Takes place in London in the early 1930’s. From a woman’s POV. That woman happens to be of royal linage. She 34th in line and poor and on her own. And she’s a sleuth!

    Audible books have the best voices.

  17. helenk3 says:

    the fact that man went into space during my lifetime always amazes me

  18. votermom says:

    Be sure to check this out
    Photos & reports on Kiev (Ukraine)

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  20. 49erDweet says:

    OT but worrisome, There have been a few posts or articles lately suggesting China has reached it’s economic apex. with the hint they will soon begin an economic plunge of epic proportions. But that’s not important. Or maybe it is.

    This story, OTOH, might tie into that scenario and turn out to be be very significant.
    If apparently influential people on both sides think going to war over a few worthless rocks is eminent, and at the same time we have the most worthless and unstatesmanlike and self-absorbed, narcissistic president ever in office at the same time, there could be massive, world-wide trouble ahead.

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