A Mish Mash of Books


Sometimes, it’s the author. Sometimes, it’s the cover. Sometimes, it’s the reviews. And sometimes, you have no idea why you picked it up. Here’s my latest “mish mash” of novels I’ve been reading!

–Marissa

1. The Overlook by Michael Connelly

I’ll own it: I only grabbed this because it’s been a while since I’ve read Connelly, and after watching Bosch on Amazon, I wanted to reacquaint myself! Detective Harry Bosch, of course, is the irascible LAPD detective (played in the show by the fantastically cast Titus Welliver), and this time, he’s on the case of a man who was shot and killed, execution style on an overlook in LA. The twist? The murdered man is in charge of nuclear material. Quick and satisfying, this is my first Connelly in a while, but won’t be my last!

2. Saving Grace by Jane Green

I’ve been a fan of Green’s since Jemima J, so whenever she has a new novel, I add it to my “to be read” list. I saw her newest on audio and grabbed it. This is a mixed review: the story and characters are fine. Grace and Ted have been married for years, and though Ted is temperamental, they love their life, despite being so busy being, you know, fabulous. When a new assistant arrives on the scene, more than just a wandering eye turns Grace’s life upside down. As I said, fine story. The problem was…the narration. Green chose to narrate the audiobook herself. Her accent is, to me, a strange mix of English and American, and is quite jarring to me, who is accustomed to the *very* English accent of my family. Plus, her narration… was…. ever… so… slow… and… draaaaaaaawn… out. I actually abandoned ship partway through and just read the rest – better. The narrator really does make a difference when it comes to audiobooks!

3. Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman

I’m late to the Parks & Recreation party, but like everyone else, I’m such a fan of the character of Ron Swanson. Naturally, I was eager to read the memoir of Nick Offerman, who plays Swanson. Though they have many similarities, this is not a manual on being Ron Swanson, but rather a memoir of growing up in rural Illinois, getting into acting, escapades and dating disasters, and his eventual “pot of gold” with P&R and his wife Megan Mullally. This memoir is not, uh, precious – sex, drugs, and rock and roll (and language) abound, but I enjoyed it!

I also just finished the young adult novel Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always by Elissa Janine Hoole. This novel tries to take on too much, in my opinion – the primary topic being atheism, but we’ve got homosexuality, freedom of press, family conflict, bullying, tarot, and who knows what all. A bit too muddled for me. :-/

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