After deciding earlier this week that I’m not a book blogger (or a cat blogger), I changed my mind later in the week as I wrote about the top five books or kinds of books I’d never read. And now I’m back here at The Sunday Salon, which is ostensibly for book bloggers. Tomorrow and the rest of this week, I’ll be joining part of the book “blogosphere” for Armchair BEA, the part that isn’t actually going to BookExpo America this week in New York City.
As noted in the first link above, I didn’t have a good start to my week in reading, starting with one DNF (The Informationist by Taylor Stevens) and then reading about 100 pages into a second DNF (Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borger Hellstrom). Being diplomatic, I will say that you might like those books, so don’t let me be your guide on them. They just didn’t set my world on fire…
…not that books that you read have to put your world completely in flames either, but I do believe books you read should at least provide a spark. So finally later this week, I found two that at least provided a spark:
- The Reversal by Michael Connelly, the 16th in his Harry Bosch series and the third in his Mickey Haller series.
- The Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas by Chris Ewan, the third in his series about mystery writer and thief.
I picked up the Ewan book Friday afternoon at the library when I realized I forgot to bring the Connelly book with me to work to read. I already had read the first two and thought, “Hey, they were passable, maybe even more than passable, I haven’t really decided yet, so why not read this one?” Plus it’s under 300 pages, so not a big time commitment. For the record, I’m leaning toward “more than passable,” otherwise why would I continue picking up the series?
As for the Connelly book, for the most part, I have enjoyed the Bosch series (and the Haller series too, probably Bosch more than Haller, though) and this one had slipped past me. Of course, it might have slipped past me because I wasn’t thrilled with the one before this, Nine Dragons, that involved his daughter and his wife. I think I might have been gun shy of Connelly after that.
However, so far, I’m glad I gave him another chance because I’m enjoying this one. The setup for the novel was probably one of his best setups. I’m only hoping it can live up to the promise. I’m 90 percent sure though it will be passable, if not more than passable, which is more than I can say for the seven books I haven’t finished this year.
So first if you’re a book blogger, are you going to BEA? Are you already there? What are you looking forward to this week? If you’re not going, are you participating in Armchair BEA? If not, why the heck not? 🙂 Second, whether you’re a book blogger or not, what books are providing at least a spark for you this past week or you’re hoping will provide a spark this coming week?