I'm feeling a little behind. I was aiming to get to 52 books this year, and I'm only on track to squeak by with 50. But, there are still 2 months, so we'll see!
Book #41 and 42 were both books on CD. I have been reading print books, but they're going slowly.
Book #41 was "A Fistful of Charms" by Kim Harrison, the 4th in "The Hollows" series of urban fantasy books with the main character Rachel Morgan. As per usual, these are brain candy for me. I have some issues with Harrison's artistry as a writer- she uses stock phrases over and over in a way that irritates me. And yet, she makes me want to know what happens next, so I guess she's doing something right. I've listened to most of these on road trips with my husband, and they really help pass the time. It was fun that we were listening to this particular book during a trip in Northern Michigan, since much of the action is set around Mackinaw City and the straits.
Book #42 was "Rebecca" by Daphne DuMaurier. This is a re-read for me, but I read it as a regular print book the first time, and this time as a book on CD. The reader was quite good. I think I got more out of it the second time, caught some literary allusions that I missed the first time. I still think DuMaurier's descriptive powers are fantastic and I still have problems with the gender politics in the book. Reading up on DuMaurier's life, I suspect she really identified with Rebecca and not the unnamed first-person narrator of this book.
( The other books I've read so far this year:Collapse )