January Reading List & Reviews

Here are the books I have read so far in 2007. There’s a legend that explains the rating system below the reviews.

1) The Gravedigger by Peter Grandbois ©2006 – Spanish gravedigger is privy to stories told by the dead about their lives. This gets him into trouble in the small village where he lives. ☻☻☻☻


2) The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner © 2004 – bohemian in San Francisco begins feeding and studying wild parrots near his home. On the way he makes some personal and spiritual discoveries. The movie was incredible too. ☻☻☻☻☻


3) Desperate Measures by Kate Wilhelm ©2001 – Lawyer tries to prove innocence of disfigured man in a murder trial. ☻☻☻


4) Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan © 2005 – FBI agent pins down a serial killer, but not before an attraction occurs between them. ☻☻☻☻


5) The Silver Anniversary Murder by Lee Harris ©2005 – This is book #15 in an excellent series starring ex-nun Christine Bennett Brooks. This time she receives a phone call that someone is about to die, hears shots, then tries to solve the murder of a woman found dead in the apartment where the phone is traced to. ☻☻☻☻☻


6) The Divine Matrix by Gregg Braden ©2007 – Author cites various quantum physics science experiments and how their results suggest that a collective consciousness exists. ☻☻☻


7) Soft Focus by Jane Ann Krentz ©1999 – Business consultant and hedge fund chairman try to save a company whose invention has been stolen by unknown persons. Here’s the plotline in a nutshell: Look for the crystal, argue, have make-up sex. Look just a little bit more for the crystal. Argue a lot, have even more make-up sex. After they find the crystal they live happily ever after. What possessed me to pick this book up and read it??? ☻☻


8) In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith ©2004 – Book #6 in the incredible “Ladies No.1 Detective Agency” series. Follows the exploits of Mma Ramotswe who is a private detective, and her husband Mr. JLB Matekoni, a car mechanic, in Botswana, Africa. Wonderful detections and heartwarming interaction between the people, their country, and each other. Tops!! ☻☻☻☻☻


9) Body Trace by D.H. Dublin ©2006 – Rookie Crime Scene Investigator gets caught up in a case that looks like an accidental overdose, but she feels is a murder. She puts her job on the line to pursue this case, which becomes a political football. ☻☻☻☻



Cold Case Squad by Edna Buchanan I could not finish this book, got to about page 70 and put it on my “donate to the library” pile. I didn’t like the author’s narrative style; the story moved too slowly and was bogged down with too many extraneous details. ☻



☻☻☻☻☻ Excellent. I highly recommend this book. Wonderfully plotted or chockfull of insights.

☻☻☻☻ Very good. May have minor aspects of style or plot that prevented it from getting 5 smileys.

☻☻☻ Flawed, but of some entertainment or thought-provoking value.

☻☻ Read this book if you are stranded on a desert island and have nothing else handy to read.

Don’t bother, it’s a waste of time.





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5 responses to “January Reading List & Reviews

  1. seb

    Cool! I love book reviews, you’re reading lots of different kinds of things.

    I just started reading some short stories by Shirley Jackson, have you ever read any of her stuff?

  2. I read The Honeymoon last year. Loved it. Started it in the morning and couldn’t put it down. I finished it that night.

  3. Sonja (jackalope) says:

    Seb – Isn’ t she the one who wrote “The Lottery”? I remember reading some of her stuff years ago. Some of it’s kinda spooky or suspenseful, right?

    Manual – Yeah, Patterson’s pretty good. I also like the ones about the lady cop and her two friends (I think one’s a lawyer and the other’s a reporter) who solve crimes together. I wonder who this Howard Roughan guy is and why he writes with Patterson?

  4. Hi Sonja:
    Thanks for the suggestions! I love to read and will keep this list handy!

  5. seb

    Yes! I just read the first short story. Going to work my way through it in the next couple weeks. Seems pretty dark.

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