October was a slow book month. We have had friends visiting and it's kind of rude to put headphones on while they are here. Although when Laura and I are sewing we both listen to our books. The low book count is also because of 2 big books this month. One, Stalin, is still underway and will be on next month's report. It's really interesting but requires a lot of focus to follow.
by David Baldacci
Will Robie is an assassin for hire. He can't/won't kill his last target. He's on the run and ends up partnered with a 14 year old whose parents were murdered and it's all connected.
This is the first in the Will Robie series. It was fine but the Baldacci books are all becoming very formulaic. It had sound effects but not as bad as the last Baldacci book that I read.
Mao's Last Dancer
by Li Cunxin
I can't do better describing this book than to share the publisher's summary. I loved this true story.
"This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars, and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West. Here is Li Cunxin's own story, a beautiful, rich account of an inspirational life, told with honesty, dignity, and pride."
by Anne Perry
This is #19 in the William Monk series. It starts out as a fraud accusation against a local minister. In the end it involves Judge Oliver Rathbone arrested for perverting the course of justice. William and Hester Monk work to save him.
Anne Perry is keeping this series intersting.
Guns, Germs and Steel
by Jared Diamond
This book is for the non-fiction readers and anyone who likes history. Jarend Diamond is an evolutionary biologist and presents his theories about the evolution of societies. I don't particularly agree with everything he proposed but the book is well researched, well presented and is a great base for discussion.
It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and was republished in 2011.
by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood
After reading GG&S I needed something easier t read and War hawk fit the bill. This is the second in the Tucker Wayne series. Tucker is an ex-Army Ranger dealing with PTSD with his war-trained dog Kane.
In this one a former colleague has contacted him for help. Co-workers from her current employer are disappearing and she thinks she is next.
And this I started Stalin which might be the only book I finish in November!
I'm always happy when you share your book posts Vicki....thank you. This time I'm on a quest to try Anne Perry and will be scouting out the library. I think, on your recommendation, I got a couple James Rollins books for Jack and will put this one on the list to find.
11/2/2016 10:33:19 am
I have seen the movie Mao's Last Dancer a couple of times. I don't know how close it was to the book, but I enjoyed the movie. I think male ballet dancers are fantastic athletes.
11/2/2016 10:49:15 am
Thanks for your book reviews! I always love reading them. I read Guns, Germs and Steel many years ago and found it fascinating. I don't recall hearing about Mao's Last Dancer but I will have to check that out.
11/2/2016 06:48:26 pm
I read The Innocent a year or so ago, it was a good mystery. I've since read a few more of his books not a great fan, but he's a good writer.
11/5/2016 04:01:16 pm
Thanks for the reviews Vicki! I see some potential Christmas gifts for Warren on this list (ones that I'd like to read too!)
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.