Three Books // Read, Reading, To Read – Vol. 3

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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
— Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Since my previous Three Books post, I have finished: 

The Post Office Girl (didn't like it)
Of Mice and Men (my Old Faithful)
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson (absolutely loved it)
Gameplan: The Complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter Kit to Silver (I definitely recommend this book if you use Young Living oils)
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (learned a lot and highly recommend)
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (it was adorable and hilarious and you should read it)

and my most recently read book is...

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Recently Read: Rivers of London
(Ben Aaronovitch)

I gave Rivers of London a solid "eh." I was not impressed. The story started off well enough, but I didn't connect with any of the characters on an emotional level, so it was hard to really… care. It was a super quick and easy read, so it wasn't a major waste of my time I guess, but in the end it was just a'ight. It did not leave me wanting more, so I will not be reading any of the other books in the Peter Grant series.

I have the UK version; apparently the book is called Midnight Riot in the States. Anyway, in case you're interested, here's how Amazon describes it:

"Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic."

Again, "eh."

 

Currently Reading: It Can't Happen Here
(Sinclair Lewis)

Okay. Without getting too political, I'll just say that It Can't Happen Here is relevant in a really frightening way. It is, of course, well-written, and I'm connecting with and generally relating to the main character, so far. It's sort of like reading a not-quite-accurate record of the past and a possible-and-scary version of the future at the same time. I think I've mentioned before that I'm actually quite terrible at book reviews, so I'll just share what Amazon says about It Can't Happen Here:

"A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. 

Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. 

Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news."

Eek.

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Up Next: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
(Jonas Jonasson)

I recently read Jonas Jonasson's The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and thought it was just the cutest thing, so decided I'd better try another one of ol' JJ's books. His writing style is… I don't know… I told you I was bad at this "book review" thing. I really enjoyed Jonasson's writing style. (Insert shrugging girl emoji here.) Here's what Amazon says about The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden:

"In a tiny shack in the largest township in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is born. Poor and orphaned, she quickly learns that the world expects her to die young. But Nombeko has grander plans. Little does this cunning and fearless girl know that soon she will steal a fortune in diamonds, outwit a mad scientist kidnapper, travel across the world, fall in with a pair of diabolical assassins, and ultimately save a king--and possibly the world. 

Jonas Jonasson tackles issues ranging from the pervasiveness of racism to the dangers of absolute power in a charming and hilarious story. In the inimitable voice that has earned him legions of fans the world over, he gives us another rollicking tale of how even the smallest of decisions can ripple out into the world."

Yay, I love it already!

Three Books – Read, Reading, To Read – Vol 3 – THE LIFE IN BETWEEN
 

What's on your To Read list? Give me a recommendation or two in the comments! ⤵︎

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