I feel like I’ve really been slacking at posting the the blog this month, but at least I was reading. I’m now up to 63 completed books for the year. Hopefully, I’ll do a better job of posting in the coming months.
The Tower Treasure
The Tower Treasure is the first book in the Hardy Boys mystery series by Franklin W. Dixon. It follows the Hardy brothers and their friends as they work together to discover where a burglar hid the jewels he stole from a local home, and clear the name of a friend’s father. I enjoyed this first installment of The Hardy Boys. It is interesting to compare how the boys are treated like capable detective while they are still in high school, but Nancy Drew is only an “amateur” and never accepts payment. Ah’ subtle gender stereotyping.
The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes | The Phantom of Pine Hill | The Spider Sapphire Mystery
I read 3 Nancy Drew novels this month. Each of the novels took Nancy and her friends out of town to solve mysteries. The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes follows Nancy and her friends Bess and George to Scotland where they search for a family heirloom, and catch sheep rustlers in the process. The Phantom of Pine Hill follows Nancy and her gal pals while on a trip to see their boyfriends at Emerson College. While there, Nancy is asked to help discover who is breaking into the house they are staying in. While solving this mystery, she discovers the location of a hidden treasure. The Spider Sapphire Mystery follows Nancy et al, on an African safari trip. While they are there they find a missing man, and capture the thieves of a rare gem.
Bossypants was a funny memoir, if a little rough in places. I think it would be an enjoyable read for anyone who loves Tina Fey’s brand of humor.
The Strange Library
This odd little book by Haruki Murakami was an interesting read. Very short, leaving me with many questions about the world he created. I picked up my copy of this book because it was beautiful, but also to determine if it would be worth my time to invest in reading some of Murakami’s longer works. I think I will give them a try.
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul is the 2nd novel in the Douglas Adam’s Dirk Gently series. I enjoyed the continuation of the adventures of Gently, but it makes me a little sad to know that there is only one more adventure to go. After that I will have run out of tales by Douglas Adams. At least the new BBC adaption of the series is starting in October.
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Vampires in the Lemon Grove is a collection of short stories by Karen Russell, the celebrated author of Swamplandia!. I haven’t read Swamplandia, but when I discovered this collection in the discount section at B&N, I couldn’t pass it up. I love reading short stories, and this collection did not disappoint. Each tale left me wanting more.
Books I’m Actively Reading
Hopefully you’ll see these books in the finished books section next month.
Books I’ve Put Aside and Plan to Finish Later
Let’s be honest. It’s been so long since I started a couple of these they will probably either become DNF (Did Not Finish) books, or I’ll have to start all over. I feel like such a slacker.
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