The – 6-Y-H-N line of letters is not working on my laptop. Neither soft touch nor tough love will get them to "print" on the screen. I'm at the mercy of the manservant's generosity to share his computer until I get this problem fixed. So, excuse me if my time limit runs out before I complete the rounds of my neighbourhood!
The left lens of my reading glasses fell out the other day when I was washing them. I have it sort of back in but the frame has cracked and stretched and the lens wobbles around inside it depending on the angle of my head! This can make writing appear to wobble too! I hope I don't lose it totally before I have a chance to get to Target or CVS to buy a new pair.
I missed posting my June reads at the end of the month. At the end of June I'd read 32 books towards the 50 book challenge (read 50 books in 52 weeks). I think I'm on target to meet the challenge unless I suffer some type of injury which prevents me from reading! (damaged limbs have not succeeded).
These are the books I read in June:
The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver -
I got really emotionally involved in this book. It is fictional but at times I really wondered. It is set first in Mexico and then in Asheville, North Carolina in the period 1929 to 1951. It is a story told through a series of journals and it touches on the political upheavals of those years from Trotskyism, Stalinism to McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. It also delves into mass hysteria and the media's intrusion into personal lives. It also has some fabulous paragraphs describing food!!
Every Man Dies Alone - Hans Fallada -
A big heavy book that I did not attempt to cart to work. Considering the length of the book (543 pages) I was surprised at how quickly I finished it. It was really gripping as I developed a real need to know the outcomes of the central characters. It is also worth reading the history behind the book and the author. The book was published in 1947 (Germany) but not translated until 2009. It is the story of a working class Berlin couple who took on the Third Reich with a postcard rebellion in 1941. The book was written in 24 days by Rudolf Ditzen who'd spent a lot of his life in prison and asylums. Ditzen wrote more than 20 books under the pen name Hans Fallada which he took from Grimm's Fairy Tales – Fallada from "The Goose Girl" and Hans from "Hans in Luck".
Rough Country – John Sandford – a great metro read. A couple of times I almost missed my stop!!
The 3rd book in the Virgil Flowers series – murder, jealousy, blackmail, greed and good old fashioned anger.
A couple of months ago I mentioned reading my first James Lee Burke book
and a few people recommended I try his series featuring New Orleans homicide detective Dave Robichaux. The first book in that series is Neon Rain published in 1987. I immediately liked the character and whizzed through this book which involved Robichaux taking on the mob, the Feds and other cops.
I followed up that book with the second one in the series – Heaven's Prisoners – a much more intense book involving a story of Robichaux's personal revenge. Published in 1988 - I thought the writing was better than the first. I'm looking forward to finding the 3rd – 18th books so far in this series
Broken by Karin Slaughter - another fast paced metro book. Featuring previous characters Sara Linton and Lena Adams. Murder, assumptions and crooked cops.