From time to time I like to share what I’ve been reading and get some recommendations from you guys. I’ve had a wide range of topics on my bedside table lately.
I recently finished “The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel” by Anthony Horowitz. It read fast and definitely felt like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s style. It corresponds with some news of late (without giving too much away) and sort of made it too real. But it was a good twisty mystery. I want to check out Horowitz’s other novels.
I am currently working on two books. I picked up on a lark the new Levi Johnston biography “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs.” It was on the “new” shelf at our local library and I thought it would be entertaining and it is. It is a very easy read. You don’t have to concentrate, and it’s fun to try to decide what is the truth and what is exaggerated. He talks about how and why Bristol got pregnant, what life was like in the Palin’s house and of course posing for Playgirl. I haven’t quite finished it. I’m not sure if I will.
I also am currently working on the new James Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver entitled “007: Carte Blanche.” I’m just starting to get into the story and have hit a point now where I just want to keep reading. It’s tough to put down.
Waiting in the wings for me to be done with my spy novels and mystery books is a food book: “The United States of Arugula: How We Became A Gourmet Nation,” by David Kamp. I started it but then found the Sherlock Holmes book and threw it aside. It will get read but Bond’s adventure must come first.
I have two books that I would like to highly recommend. About an month ago, I finished “As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto,” by Joan Reardon. I was heartbroken when I finished it because I felt like I’d lost my two best friends. I loved reading about what was going on in their lives — what they were cooking, what appliances and kitchen gadgets they were trying out, what Avis’s sons were doing, what their husbands were doing and their view on politics, including the McCarthy hearings. It was fascinating to read about how they tested the recipes and the “cook bookery” as Julia called it. You learned what life was like in the foreign service and also the publishing industry. It also was fascinating to read about 1950/1960s marriages.
I can’t remember if I recommended the last time “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.” I know I have recommended it to friends on Facebook. It is an excellent book and is now according to Amazon.com “bargain-priced.” It would be a great Christmas present for anyone that likes history, mysteries and science. It is my favorite book of 2011.
So what are you reading these days? What would you recommend? What is a brainless relaxing book? Which books did you learn from? What are your favorites for the year?