Monday, March 19, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

So I basically cleared the decks last week- finally finished The Luminaries, gave up on my carry-around read and started a new one, and made it to book 3 of Buddha. I haven't started a new book at the gym because I was only able to make it to the gym once last week and forgot to take a new book. This week I have to travel for work and won't be at the gym at all (although I may be able to work out in my hotel room) so no new gym book this week either.

I did get to have some nice bookstore-cafe time last Monday and started Hideo Yokoyama's very compelling crime novel Six Four. It's about a police media-relations specialist and former detective dealing with three things at once. First, a controversy is brewing at his station because his department is refusing to release the name of a woman involved in a fatal car crash, so Yokoyama is dealing with police department politics and the issue of freedom of information. Secondly, Mikami, our main character, has a daughter who has disappeared. And finally an old case is coming back around, a case of a kidnapped and murdered child. Mikami has a lot on his plate and the book is long and detailed.

Bedside I'm reading Daniel Galera's latest in English, The Shape of Bones. This one is about a group of friends who are avid climbers. I like that his books seem to frequently feature athletes. It adds an interesting dimension to his characters and I learn a lot. I'm not far enough in to say more and it's a short book I hope to finish this week.

In audioland I have about an hour left of Tiffany Haddish's memoir The Last Black Unicorn. Since starting it I've become aware of the controversies around it and while I enjoy the book I'm not sure how those are going to shape my feelings about it in the end. I have a lot of audiobooks on deck and haven't decided what to start next. I'm leaning towards Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark but we'll see. And in the meantime maybe this is the book that will get me back to reviewing.

And like I said no new book at the gym, last week or this. I hope to be back in the swing soon.

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