What We’re Reading – April 2012

stack of booksWelcome to another round up of what we, your cheerful neighborhood library bloggers, are reading.

Vanessa – I am listening to Death of a Dreamer by M.C. Beaton, a Hamish MacBeth mystery from the highlands of Scotland and I am reading A Dance with Dragons, the 5th book in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire.

Laura S. – I put a hold on the most recent Kim Harrison book, A Perfect Blood, so I’m rereading the Hollows Series. I’ve blasted through Dead Witch Walking, The Good The Bad and The Undead, Every Which Way but Dead, and A Fistful of Charms in the last few weeks and now I’m reading For a Few Demons More.

EricHigh Fidelity by Nick Hornby.

Amy V.I recently finished the George RR Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire…at least I thought I finished the series. There are two more books in the series coming, sometime….

I really enjoyed the first five books. I was able to borrow all five from the library for my Kindle which was great! It was a little hard to read all of them in 14 days or less, but I managed.

Phyllis – I just finished The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew. If you liked The Help this is a good read alike.  The story takes place in the 1950′s in South Carolina.  The history and condition of black maids is more poignant than The Help and the story emotional and well developed.

Amy M. – Killshot by Elmore Leonard – Innocent witnesses to a mob-related murder discover that the Witness Protection Program is not exactly a safe haven when they learn that the killers are on the loose and that the authorities are not protecting them from harm. Great for fans who appreciate Leonard’s writing style  (such as “Justified” TV show fans).

The Outsiders by SE Hinton – The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent’s death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society. Reading for Classics Bookclub.

Emily – Just finished Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz, the fifth “document” in the Spellman Files, a humorous series about a family of private investigators who spend a great deal of time investigating each other.

Currently reading Wild Thing by Josh Bazell, the follow up to 2009′s acclaimed Beat the Reaper.  Pietro Brnwa is a former mafia hitman who has entered the witness protection program and has started life over as a doctor.  Of course, his former life is never far behind.

Currently listening to In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson.  Bryson narrates the audio version of his book, taking listeners on a tour of Australia.

Ross – I’m listening to Zone One by Colson Whitehead on CD. It’s the thinking person’s zombie novel.

Meg – I am reading The Bride Wore Black Leather,  the 12th book in Simon Green’s Nightside series and A Million Suns by Beth Revis which is the sequel to Across the Universe.

Laura E. – I’m reading The Book of Lost Fragrances, which combines reincarnation, Chinese – Tibet politics, and the ancient art of creating perfume into a thriller. Fair Game: Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs, the latest in an urban fantasy series that focuses on werewolves.

Susan – I’m reading The Technologists by Matthew Pearl.  A story of the early days of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (late 1800′s) and the young men (and 1 woman) who were it’s first graduates.  The MIT students struggle to prove their importance to Boston and the country against prejudice and fear of science and technology by proving they can solve the mysteries of a series of strange and horrendous disasters in Boston.

I’m listening to Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn and read by Rich Orlow.  Fantastic spy and suspense thriller!  I’ve found myself sitting in parking lots and in the garage unable to stop the CD player!  And I’m only half way through the story!  The narrator uses several voices for the different characters and is superb at it.  Takes spy stories, terrorism, and suspense to a whole other level.  Can’t wait for the ending!

McKenzie – I just finished listening to the book on CD version of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and he never disappoints. Even though this one was juvenile fiction, the theme was so poignant and the writing so clever that adults can easily be swept away, as I was, by its softened approach to life and death. It’s the first book since Harry Potter that’s made me cry!

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