The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Fiction / November 27, 2017

I loved this book.  It’s a quirky story of Don, a man somewhere on the autism spectrum, and Rosie, a somewhat free spirit of a woman, and how they fall in love. I read it in one day, although at only 292 pages that might not be saying too much. I am going to read the sequel, which does say something, at least to me.

The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / November 18, 2017

I’ve been planning on reading something from the “Johannes Cabal” series for awhile. These books, by Jonathan L. Howard, are in the Fantasy/Science Fiction section of my library. This one is about Horst and Johannes,  two brothers, one a vampire, the other a necromancer. Sounds interesting, right? In this installment, we read about these two anti-hero types battling an evil organization that wants to create a supernatural homeland on earth. Witty humor, sarcasm, and great cover art aside, I found myself wanting to put it down, maybe not finish it, or move onto another book.  But I had some extra time, so I continued on. (That’s how I roll.) But, when I have the feeling I might DNF, I usually don’t go back to the series, so for now, this will be my only Cabal novel.

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
Fiction / November 12, 2017

I read this because a friend loaned it to me and it looked like it might be a meaningful Christmas story. I found it to be bittersweet, and to me, more like an episode of “The Twilight Zone” than “It’s a Wonderful life.”  Maybe I am missing the point, and I might be in the minority, but I found it a bit odd. The author could have taken another turn with it, made it a bit longer, and made it more heart warming. I guess/feel the author is making some sort of personal statement on his own life-he has a revealing statement before the story- and to me this suggests he has contemplated his own ambition and life. Very short, easily done in 30 minutes.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Mystery , Women's Fiction / November 3, 2017

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware turned out to be better than I expected. I guess I had let some mediocre reviews cloud my impression before I even started the book.  So the book is about four girls at a boarding school in England and the dark secret that forces them apart and ultimately back together years later. Of course there is plenty of suspense, and the author is skilled at writing characters who are not necessarily honest with us as readers, or even themselves.  There are many themes in the novel- including love, honesty, and loyalty.  I have to say, unlike her previous novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, I feel, in my opinion, this one is focused/marketed to female readers, as it includes a lot of focus on a baby – as the main character Isa has an infant with her most of the story. That being said, the baby does come into play in the plot, and is important in terms of theme. It’s just an opinion and of course others might feel different. Still, I found it quick and satisfying, a good read.