Friday, June 25, 2021

Books I've Read Lately


In retirement, reading was one thing I hoped to do more of. Reading usually fits in most retirees list of things to do. To sit back, relax and read a good book is always fun. This year I set a goal to increase my reading. I've always loved reading and set my goal to read at least 2 per month. I think I have set the goal to low as I have read 33 so far and have been on a pretty good pace. Here are a few that I have read this year and enjoyed. 

  • Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld.  Very funny stuff. He has put a lot of his comedy bits into this book. I enjoyed it a lot. I saw him in person a few years ago and some of the material is in there. I still got a great laugh.
  • The Rooster Bar and Camino Winds by John Grisham. I enjoy almost everything Grisham writes.
  • The Night Fire, Fair Warning and The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. I started reading these after watching Bosch on Amazon Prime. After seeing the character on TV is is easy to read these stories and picture Bosch as he works his way through the crimes.
  • Evil Knievel an American Hero by Ace Collins. After visiting the museum I bought this book and enjoyed reading about the life and time of Knievel.
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. An interesting read on how our choices put us on a variety of different life paths. 
  • Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden. I've been interested in the story since watching Narcos on Netflix. The book is interesting but I liked the series better that this book.
  • Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy. I think this is the best one I've read all year. The story is not bad but the clever way this book is written was refreshing. This book got me in two spots where I said "Wait a minute, did I miss something? Do I need to reread that section all over again". I've never seen a book so cleverly written as this one. My daughter read it and had the same reaction. 

I have a lot of books on the shelves waiting to be read. One I really look forward to is Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. I loved his book The Martian and look forward to seeing if this one is as good as that. Another one in my soon to be read stack is Treasure Hunter by W. C. Jameson, This interests me do to my metal detecting hobby. I also am eager to read a few books I found at a thrift store by Tim Dorsey. I have never heard of him before I picked these up. The description on the back of Florida Roadkill is "Some of the most wacky villains and situations since Hiaasen stuck a plastic alligator down a stranger's throat and called it Tourist Season". How could I resist a book with that kind of description?

Do you have any favorites from your reading list to share? I'm always up for a good suggestion or two. 


  1. I really enjoyed Open Road by Toby Neal and since I know you like to travel, you might too. It’s the story of a 12,000 mile road trip through many of the National Parks and also includes beautiful photos taken by the author’s husband.
    “Sometimes, a twelve-thousand-mile road trip is also a personal quest.
    An absorbing travel narrative about defining and facing the limitations and opportunities of midlife."~KIRKUS Reviews

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll keep my eye out for that one.

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  3. The only book you mentioned that I had heard about is "Midnight Library". I was considering reserving that from my e-library but wasn't 100% sure. Will probably give it a try now.

    I read when I'm on the treadmill for 40 minutes 5 days a week. It really is mindless reading as a lot of times I don't remember the book plots a few months after I read them, but I do enjoy reading :)

    Right now no recent books come to mind for me to recommend them. So many good ones out there!


    1. You are doing great by getting exercise and your reading at the same time! The "Midnight Library" is not a blockbuster of a book but it is interesting.

  4. 1. Ken Follett's Century Trilogy: Fall of Giants, Winter of the World & Edge of Eternity. I read this 3 yrs ago and it hasn't left me yet.
    2. The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
    3. Linden MacIntyre's series: The Long Stretch, The Bishop's Man & Why Men Lie.
    4. Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

    1. I will be on the lookout for those titles. Thanks.

  5. Oh I hope you enjoy the Tim Dorsey books as much as I have!

  6. I hope so too! I hope to start one of them tomorrow.