Sunday, June 1, 2014

books read in June 2014

Fiction is in red.

84. The Mystery of Lewis Carroll, Jenny Woolf
85. The Glass God, Kate Griffin (these are quite good so far - a lot better than what the Matthew Swift series turned into)
86. The Bone Key, Sarah Monette (excellent. Booth is a wonderful character, the style is pitch-perfect)
87. Unnatural Creatures, Sarah Monette (ditto) 
88. Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes (really pretty heavy slogging. I was interested in the science - or lack thereof - behind the popular health press, and this was satisfying, but still clunky) 
89. My Salinger Year, Joanna Rakoff (extraordinarily slight. This is what gets published in hardback nowadays? Also rather amazingly petty)
90. The Wench is Dead, Colin Dexter
91. Codex Born, Jim Hines (pretty disappointing)
92. Redshirts, John Scalzi (quite funny, but he absolutely blows the ending, and the codas suck)
93. Rough Ride, Paul Kimmage 
94. The Crossing Places, Elly Griffiths
95. Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses, Theodore Dalrymple
96. The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
97. The Shroud Maker, Kate Ellis (mediocre)
98. MFA v NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, ed. Chad Harbach (frequently infuriating)
99. The Quick, Lauren Owen
100. The Alice Behind Wonderland, Simon Winchester
101. The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean
102. My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere, Susan Orlean