Books that might not set my world afire, but at least are providing sparks (TSS)

The Sunday 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:

  1. The Reversal by Michael Connelly, the 16th in his Harry Bosch series and the third in his Mickey Haller series.
  2. 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?

Peace out, y’all. Holla.

9 responses to “Books that might not set my world afire, but at least are providing sparks (TSS)

  1. You may not be a book blogger or a cat blogger or any other kind of blogger, but you routinely make me laugh and I like that in a blogger.

    The Bosch series . . . that’s one I have yet to start. It’s on my list and I even own the first three. Maybe I haven’t started it yet because I keep reading things from folks I trust saying that a later book in the series was just kind of OK. Good to hear you’re liking this one.

    As for me: not at BEA, not Armchairing, Finished Good People by Marcus Sakey the other day and really enjoyed it. Definitely putting it on The Hubster’s ‘read these’ stack.

    • I sort of feel like I don’t quite belong with the Armchair BEA folks, because I’m just not into connecting with publishers and all that…er…crap. However, I do like the “relationships” I’ve developed through the book blogging community. There are among the best in the blogosphere.

  2. Only a few days ago I heard about BEA, and as I can’t physically be a part of it, I am a participant of the armchair version.:)

    I’m not familiar with any of the writers you’ve mentioned in your post. But the books that have been sparking my interesting this week (and surprisingly so!) are ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘War and Peace’ and ‘A Vindication on the Rights of Woman’.:D

    Am looking foward to reading more of your blog!

  3. Unfortunately, I’m not going to BEA, and I honestly have no idea what Armchair BEA is. I keep seeing the term floating around, but I haven’t really had time to sit down and look at it and figure it all out :[

  4. Not going to BEA – but definitely participating in Armchair BEA.

    Sparkiest book right now is Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

  5. I signed up for Armchair BEA, but I honestly don’t know exactly how it works. I signed up last year and did nothing. How do you go there without going there?

    I agree with you completely. I’m not about to spend hours and hours on a book that doesn’t send off sparks.

  6. I am not going to BEA but I am participating in Armchair BEA. I am really looking forward to it. I am reading West Of Here. If yo can get past page 150 it really is an interesting book.

  7. I’m not going to BEA (I live in California!), but I do still feel the buzz from the one time I went when it was in LA (in 2008).

    I signed up to participate in Armchair BEA, though; for some reason I didn’t do that last year. But I noticed (and liked) that we don’t have to participate EVERY day…and, funny thing is, I probably will. But I’m kind of a commitment-phobe when I’m feeling stressed, which I am right now.

    I haven’t been able to get into Michael Connelly’s books, but I have enjoyed some of the ones made into movies. Go figure.


  8. I’m not going BEA this year and I am participating in Armchair BEA. And there are some good events in Boston this week vis-a-vis books so I’m looking forward to those!