So in years past, I used to keep track of what I read for the year. Here is my list for 2013, my list for 2014 and my partial list for 2015. Although I haven’t kept a running tally this year with what I have read, that is all about to change because I am officially linking up with Jana and her monthly post of “Show Us Your Books”, where fellow loving #booknerds all tell everyone what we read for the month What is great about this monthly post, is that you get to see what other people are reading and find some book titles that you may want to pick up for yourself!
So without further adieu, here is what I read in the month of March:
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
One of the quintessential murder mysteries of all time. Really, this is one of her best! If you are not familiar with this book, the basic plot is a man is murdered aboard the train The Orient Express. But as the murder is discovered by everyone aboard the train, everyone realizes that because the train has been stalled due to a snowdrift, the murderer must still be on the train. Mwah ha ha ha! I love a good murder mystery and this one delivers! If you have yet to read an Agatha Christie novel and are ready to dive into a murder mystery vortex, then this book is for you
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
Great book. Absolutely 100%. And truly I mean that because I have read every single book in Sue Grafton’s alphabet mystery series and some of her most recent books, I think jumped the shark a little bit. But this most recent entry into the fold, captivated me from the opening page.
If you are not familiar with Grafton’s alphabet mystery books, they all center around a private investigator named Kinsey Millhone and the cases and hijinks that she gets into. In W is for Wasted, she gets a call from the local coroner asking her to come down to the morgue to identify a body in whose pocket a paper with her name and number were found. She has no idea who the man is but is determined to find out. And just when she is thinking she should have known better and just left well enough alone, that’s when the trouble starts…
If you’ve never read Grafton’s books and you want to check this one out, don’t think that you have to start at the beginning and read all the rest of the Kinsey Millhone books starting with A is for Alibi and finally schlepping through V is for Vengeance. I would suggest maybe just reading A is for Alibi just to get a feel for the character and her background. Then at that point, feel free to dive into this book. But I am guessing you will also want to read B is for Burglar, C is for Corpse…
Since Yesterday: 1930’s in America September 3, 1929 – September 3, 1939 by Frederick Lewis Allen
The only non-fiction book of the bunch. The Great Depression is always an interesting topic to read on, especially with today’s climate with the haves and the have-not’s, and people not quite recovering from the recent Great Recession. What I find interesting about the 1930’s aside from the tumultuousness, is the reforms that came out because of the depression. There was no Social Security before Franklin D. Roosevelt became president and his administration brought about the FDIC. This juxtaposition of the Great Depression and the utter tumult (think bread lines and the Dust Bowl) is also interesting because the Roosevelt administration inspired hope in the American people in a time where there was none to be found. This is an excellent book and if you have an avid or even just a passing interest in early 20th century American history, then pick up a copy of this book.
There you have it, what I read for the month of March. Any good books you guys can recommend?