White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1) by Holly Black — This was very good. It was a crime novel full of mobsters, con games, and magic. A teen finds out that the secrets he believes he’s keeping may not be the real secrets he needs to worry about and that the family that is supposed to protect you may be the people who are playing you the most. This was so different from Black’s fairy series and yet just as good. I really like the world order she has set-up. (Audio downloaded from Audible.com)
The Dark Tide (Adrien English Mysteries #5) by Josh Lanyon — This is the last book the series, and it was really good. It had an interesting mysteries, the resolution to Adrien’s on again off again relationship with his boyfriend Jake, more zany family members, scary temps for the agency, and old jazz music. Adrien is a character you like spending time with. I am sad this is going be the last in the series. (eBook purchased from Fictionwise.com read on my NOOK)
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr — I became aware of Nicholas Carr with an article called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” in the Atlantic, the ran about two years ago. I was intrigued. I have often thought about my Internet usage over the years. I have definitely experienced the phenomenon of my attention drifting before I get to the end of an article, print or electronic. I have on more than one occasion forced myself to read to the end and then write at least two sentences about what I read — because sometimes when skimming, I couldn’t even say what I’d just read. On the other hand, I do still love reading whole books, hopefully shown by this blog. I like books best when they have enough meat in them that I can look up words, research ideas, and copy down quotes for my journal. I just started this book tonight on audio (somehow I think this is cheating), and so far I’m interested to see where it is going.
The Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann — A co-worker loaned me this book. It is a lot like reading through an episode of the Shadow. I was hoping to settle in to this quickly, but it feels like I read it before which is making it way to easy to put down. The writing is nice and my co-worker LOVED it, so maybe I’m not giving it a fair chance.
ANY MANY OTHERS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED.
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