20 thoughts on “Reader Friday: TBR

  1. Mine are almost all electronic and I don’t really have a ‘top.’ The only print book on my nightstand is “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult, which I’m reading for book club. I just finished Debbie Burke’s new book, and highly recommend it. I normally have 2 or three books going at a time.

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  2. They Don’t Dance Much by James Ross. It was published in 1940 and is highly regarded as an example of Depression Noir.

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  3. I’m 50 pages into The Deep Blue Goodbye by John D MacDonald, 120 pages along in Master Plot Twists by Jane Cleland, and 30 pages or so into If I Tell You I’ll Have to Kill You edited by Michael Robotham (advice on writing crime fiction by Australian crime writers). On deck, so to speak, The Dark Tower by Stephen King, Plot and Structure by JSB, and Nathan’s Run (original version by John Gilstrap.

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  4. Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman (plus 22 other Leaphorn and Chee series books). 🙂
    Dead Man’s Bluff by Debbie Burke and Dead Man’s Watch by Kay DiBianca, both of which I’m looking forward to reading.

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  5. Novel: Finish Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin.

    Craft: Start Writing Unforgettable Characters by JSB, when it downloads on 8/17.

    Research: Finish Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden

    And in between all those and writing, tweaking my new WordPress site. Learning lots there! 🙂

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  6. Happy Friday, Jim!

    The novel at the top of my TBR pile is /Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. Been wanting to read this one for a long while.

    The non-fiction at the top of my TBR is Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series by David Pietrusza. This sounds like an absolutely fascinating look at a man known as “the Big Bankroll.”

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  7. I just pre-ordered “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson. I have read “The Warmth of Other Suns” and found it extremely enlightening. I know neither of these is fiction, but the times in which we currently live call for compassion and understanding. Other than that, there is the usual fare by Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, and Lee Child. However, lately I find it hard to concentrate on anything other than the news. These are, for me, very stressful times.

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  8. Right now, nothing of great interest, as I hop around reading what’s on my Nook with my senior equivalent of ADHD. I did luck out twice with my library holds in the last few weeks. PEACE TALKS by Jim Butcher, the newest addition to the “Dresden Files” urban fantasy series which has been on hiatus for YEARS. I was worried that the writing would have faltered, but it hasn’t. A fun read with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger.

    If you’ve ever wanted to try urban fantasy, this is the series for you. It starts as a noir detective series with magic. Real wizard Harry Dresden is a private eye on the dirty streets of Chicago who uses his magic and magical knowledge to help clients and the police when serious weirdness happens. The series is the gold standard of urban fantasy.

    And in worse news for a long running series, SEEING DARKNESS by Heather Graham, book # 30 of her “Krewe of Hunters” paranormal suspense series. A group of FBI agents, mainly mediums, handle serial killer cases. The ghosts are friendly, the killers are human monsters. The history of the local area always ties in to the mystery which is always interesting. Edgar Allen Poe, the Salem Witch trials, etc. There’s also an insta-romance as a subplot in each novel. On this novel, imagine a scientist feeding in Graham’s last five novels into an AI computer and asking it to create its own novel. The results would have been better than this. Both the author and editors couldn’t seem to be bothered. This is not the way to be a NYT bestseller.

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  9. Various SciFi books to get a better background / understanding on a story I am writing. Also just downloaded a book titled “Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez. A co-worker mentioned it in an online meeting and it looks interesting. Pertains to gender bias in data used in medicine and marketing. Should be an interesting and enlightening read.

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  10. I’m reading “Motherless Brooklyn” by Jonathan Lethem. I saw the movie and wondered if the book was as good.

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  11. I just got Someone’s Listening by Seraphina Nova Glass and I am about to start it after I finish Almost Dead by Lisa Jackson. It is Book 2 of her The Cahills series. I really liked the first book. I’m excited for JSB’s Writing Characters. I know it will answer my questions. His books on craft always do. Happy Friday to all. Have a great weekend!

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  12. S.A. Cosby’s BLACKTOP WASTELAND, Stephen Graham Jones’s THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS, and Eryk Pruitt’s TOWNIES: AND OTHER STORIES OF SOUTHERN MISCHIEF.

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