December Reading

This month I almost made up for my months of not reading.  Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean!


This book was loaned to me by a coworker in an attempt to change my views on climate change.  It didn’t.  I still believe that, whatever natural changes are occurring, we are contributing to making things worse.

This was a really interesting concept:  the final days of the Third Reich as a series of Twitter posts.  I really enjoyed it, and I learned some things I had either not known or forgotten.

This was a fantastic book.  Chang did an excellent job.  I considered myself moderately knowledgeable about the subject, ut I learned a great deal from it.


As you can tell if you look at the dates on the 2014 books page, I read these books real fast.  They were all worth the time it took to read them, but by now some of them have faded a little from my memory.

A wedding gone bad.  This was a theme among a couple of the books I read this month.  This one was a little darker than the other.  A good book, though.

This was a good story with lots of twists and turns about an amateur drama group that meets with all kinds of problems as they bring a family tragedy to the stage.

This is the first book in a trilogy, and I would be interested in reading the others.  It is part science fiction and part mystery.  It’s a young adult book, I guess.  A good one.

The main character is a rough female detective.  Her new partner is almost too good, a devout Mormon who has trouble with her attitudes and actions.  While I wanted to not like the book because religion kept edging into the story, I couldn’t.  It was a good story, and I liked the characters.

This was a hilarious mystery about a cosmetics saleswoman who solves a couple murders.  And she gets the guy at the end.  It was a real easy read and a lot of fun.

A ghostwriter gets caught up in a murder — or actually several murders.  The villain isn’t who you think it is… Or should I say villains?  A fun read.

This was the second Leopold Blake book I have read.  I have to say that I didn’t like it as much as the first one.  It was too full of action and not enough character development.  But maybe I am just looking at it wrong.  I liked the book, though, in spite of that.

Having lived in the Caribbean for a number of years, I really enjoy books written about that part of the world — if they are good ones.  This was a good story.  I wish it had been edited a little better, but the story was great.  This is, I believe, the sixth book in the series, but it is the first I have read.  Since finishing this one, I have gotten another and will be starting it soon.

I really enjoyed this book.  Mercy Watts is a nurse, but she gets involved in investigating two murders.  The story was good, although I think I missed something at the end.  I would read more by this author.

An attorney who discovers a crime and fights to solve it.  I first picked up this book because the main character is named Sasha — and I have a daughter named Sasha.  The appeal of the story went way beyond that, though.  I truly enjoyed it and will look for more books by Miller.


The idea of a detective who only takes cases if they have some connection to the Blues is almost silly.  And some of the stories in the collection were silly.  But others were pretty good.  My biggest complaint is that the detective is really Welsh but tries to pretend he is from Memphis, so he is constantly trying to remember to speak “correctly”.  It was too much for me most of the time.  But I had a good time reading the stories.

So that ends 2014 as far as reading goes.  I can’t wait to get started on a new year of titles!


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