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pontalba's 2016 reading list

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I'm keeping it even simpler this year than in previous years.

Listing only in this section, and a list of previous book blogs, located here in the "past" section.

 

http://www.bookclubf...ing-list/page-1   (2014) 109 books read

http://www.bookclubf...3-reading-list/    99 books read

pontalba's 2012 reading list  65 books read
pontalba's 2011 reading list  92 books read
pontalba's 2010 reading list  74 books read
pontalba's 2009 reading list  36 books read  (I was distracted this year.) :D
pontalba;s 2008 reading list  62 books read
pontalba's books read list (2007)  59 books read

http://www.bookclubforum.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/13235-pontalbas-2015-reading-list/page-1  Only 43 books read this year, but good ones! :)

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BOOKS READ 2016

 

January

 

The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango  4/5

Silence by Mechtild Borrman, translated by Aubrey Botsford  3.50/5

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk by David A. Goodman 3/5

Lay Down My Sword and Shield by James Lee Burke 3/5

 

February

 

Dictator by Robert Harris 4/5

The Innocent by Harlan Coben 4/5

Who Is Conrad Hirst? by Kevin Wignall  3/5

Disclaimer by Renee Knight 4/5

 

March

 

Deceptive Cadence by Kathryn Guare 3.5/5

The Man of Feeling by Javier Marias 5/5

Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus 4/5

Sackett's Land}

To The Far Blue Mountains}  by Louis L'Amour  4/5

The Warrior's Path}

 

April

 

Prime Suspect by Lynda LaPlante 4/5

Darker Domain by Val McDermid  3/5

Prime Suspect 2 by Lynda LaPlante 4/5

Bridge of Spies by Giles Whittell 3.5/5

Mind's Eye by Hakan Nesser 4.5/5

Virgins by Diana Gabaldon 4/5

Abandon by Blake Crouch 4/5

Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser 4.5/5

Even the Dead by Benjamin Black 5/5

 

May

 

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane 4/5

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane 4/5

World Gone By by Dennis Lehane 4/5

New Yorked by rob Hart 3/5

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben 3/5

Down River by John Hart 4.5/5

Keller's Fedora (a novella) by Lawrence Block 5/5

City by Clifford D. Simak  5/5

The Passage and

The Twelve (rereads) by Justin Cronin 4.5/5

 

June

 

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin 4.5/5

The Defence by Steve Cavanaugh 4/5

New Pompeii by Daniel Godfrey 3/5

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth 3/5

 

July

 

Night Film by  Marisha Pessl  3/5

The Time Traders by Andre Norton 5/5

The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves 4/5

The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place by Jennifer McCartney 3/5

Willnot by James Sallis 5+/5

The Killer is Dying by James Sallis 5/5

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North 4/5

The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith 3.5/5

 

August

 

Vanished (a Nick Heller Novel) by Joseph Finder 3.5/5

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 4/5

SPQR by Mary Beard 3/5

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington by Jonathan Horn 4/5

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo 4/5

The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell 5/5

Havana Nocturne by T. English

Damage by Felix Francis 3/5

The Return by Hakan Nesser 4/5

 

 

September

 

Special Deliverance by Clifford D. Simak 3/5

Way Station by Clifford D. Simak 2.5/5

 

October

 

The City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison 2/5

Shaker by Frank         0/5 unfinished

Blackhouse by Peter Man 4/5

 

November

 

The Girl From the Sea by Shalin Boland 3/5

Good Behavior by Blake Crouch 4/5

The Lewis Man by Peter May 4/5

The Chess Men by Peter May 4/5

 

December

 

Leonard by William  Shatner 3.5/5

 

 

 

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The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango  a flexible 4/5, perhaps 3.75/5 :)

 

Henry Hayden apparently has no past.  Or at least a past that he will broadcast in any way.  Even his wife doesn't know anything about his childhood, or young adulthood.  He is any and everything to whomever he is with at that moment.  A loyal, loving husband, a cheater with his mistress, a loyal friend.  And he truly is all these things.  In other words, a chameleon.  But how was this chameleon created?  What are the mysterious gaps in his life? 

 

On top of that, he is a famous author........but not really.  He and his wife are the only ones that are aware that she is the true author of the detective series that has made  him famous.

 

How his life becomes completely unraveled is a study in chaos and the dumbest of mistakes.  The blurb claims the book is "compulsively readable", and I have to agree. 

 

Recommended for fans of books like The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

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Hi Kate. That sounds very interesting. Picking on just one mystery, why would his wife let him take the credit for books she is writing?

 

Good luck with your reading this year!

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Hi Kate. That sounds very interesting. Picking on just one mystery, why would his wife let him take the credit for books she is writing?

 

Good luck with your reading this year!

 

Interestingly, she was just the sort of introverted person that didn't crave any sort of fame or recognition.  She'd been writing books way prior to meeting Henry, and simply threw the finished manuscripts in a drawer.  That personality played into his, and they melded pretty well. She was the one person that could accept him as he presented himself.

And thanks! :D

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Thanks, all!  :D  :flowers2:  :readingtwo:

 

It's starting out pretty nicely.  I have two more books on the go. :D  Patrick Modiano's Occupation Trilogy and Silence by Mechtild Borrmann.

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I hope you have a really amazing reading year in 2016! :smile2:  I like the sound of The Truth and Other Lies, it's going on my wishlist :D 

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Thanks, frankie. :) 

 

Just finished Silence by Mechtild Borrman, translated from the German by Aubrey Botsford.  I suppose it's about a 3.50/5...hovering .

 

I may or may not write up a real review later, but will say now that as mysteries go it was interesting, although not riveting, and kept my interest enough to finish.  There was an unexpected (sort of) twist near the end that added quite a bit to the story.  Basically a man whose father has died finds some identity papers and a come-hither photo of an unknown woman in a box in the late father's desk.  The story unspools from there uncovering a murder 40 years previously and possibly causing another death in the stories time frame of the late 1990's.  The relationships are quite convoluted, and I had some slight trouble keeping some of the characters straight at first. 

 

The book ended rather abruptly, summing up various fates as though in a documentary. 

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Happy Reading in 2016 Kate! :hug: Hope it's a good reading year for you .. and good in every other way of course :) 

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Happy reading, Kate! As always, I love reading your reviews and all about the gems you find during the year. :) 

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Happy Reading in 2016 Kate! :hug: Hope it's a good reading year for you .. and good in every other way of course :) 

 

Thanks, Kay!  I'd looked at your new thread the other day but wasn't sure if you were open for business. 

I hope your year, reading and all ways is great! :D

 

Happy reading, Kate! As always, I love reading your reviews and all about the gems you find during the year. :)

 

Thanks Kylie. :)  Much appreciated.

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Happy Reading in 2016, Kate !  :D

 

I`ve already Kimpled your first book ; it really grabbed me.  :smile:

 

:D  Thanks!  I'm glad you liked it!

 

I've read a couple more, The Autobiography of James T. Kirk by David A. Goodman....only a 3/5 and one must be a fan of Star Trek.  Really! :D

 

Also read Lay Down My Sword and Shield by James Lee Burke, only a 3/5 also.  Surprisingly.

 

First in what is so far a three book series. This one was written back in the 1970's, and the era and Burke's young writing shows. I've also read about one-third of the second in the series, published in 2009. I doubt I'll continue. While Burke's writing is really gorgeous.....lyrical and so very evocative of place and exceedingly descriptive of personalities.....the real brutality of the stories is so truly hurtful that it's difficult to read.

 

I've read 7 or 8 of his Dave Robicheaux series, The Neon Rain and Heaven's Prisoner being the first and second of them. In the second one, his opening description of the Gulf of Mexico is so absolutely wonderful and true that it almost brings tears to your eyes.

But they are brutal too, increasingly so as the series continues.

 

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Good to see you, Kate :). The James T. Kirk book sounds nice, but I don't know if I'm enough of a fan to get all of it (seeing as I haven't seen everything yet).

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