2014 BOOK LIST
1. The Litagators John Grisham Entertaining and informative as Grisham always is.
2. The Strain Guillermo Del Toro First book of a trilogy. A new kind of vampire. First half of the
book is very good. Second half, not so much.
3. Five short stories from The Best Of P.G. Wodehouse Always a pleasure.
4. The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion Entertaining love story with a mildly autistic/genius narrator. Good fun.
5. A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson. The big picture made clear. Good stuff.
6. Paper Trails Pete Dexter Pete’s newspaper columns. Great reads.
7. The Intrusion of Jimmy P.G. Wodehouse Great fun as always.
8. How Long is Now? Tim Freke Interesting philosophical tome. Worth a look see by anyone.
9. The Goldfnch Donna Tartt A deserving Pulitzer winner. Beautifully written.
10. Darkly Dreaming Dexter Jeff Lindsey Fun, fast read from which the Dexter TV show’s first episode was written.
11. Mary’s Mosaic Peter Janney How JFK’s main squeeze was murdered and by who. Nice companion piece to JFK and the Unspeakable.
12, Rainbow’s End Martha Grimes Another satisfying Richard Jury and Company mystery.
13. The Little Nugget. P.G. Wodehouse Always fun, but this one is not special.
14. Silent in the Grave Deanna Raybourn Mystery set in the 19th century and told by the protagonist, Lady Julia Grey. Plays out in a nice unhurried fashion.
15. The Strain Book 2 Guillermo Del Toro The story expands, becomes broader in scope. Just good enough to move me on to book 3.
16. Silent in the Sanctuary. Deanna Raybourn Lady Grey solves another murder mystery in her own unique style.
17. Vertigo 42 Martha Grimes Martha’s latest is one of her best.
18. Silent on the Moor Deanna Raybourn Nice wrap up of the trilogy.
19. Over Easy Mimi Pond Graphic novel set in a ‘70s diner. Big fun.
20. The Little Warrior P.G. Wodehouse Love and complications around the making of a Broadway play. Good P.G. stuff, as always.
21. Foul Matter Martha Grimes Most entertaining book of the year so far. Read it all in two sittings. Publishers, writers, agents, editors and …hit-men. Fabulous!
22. Cold Flat Junction Martha Grimes More good Martha. Twelve year old girl narrator solves murder mystery.
23. The Deer Leap Martha Grimes Like I was when I ran out of Dick Francis’ mysteries, I will be when I’ve read the last of Martha’s, sad. Always good entertainment.
24. The Man With A Load Of Mischief. Martha Grimes Martha’s first Inspector Jury mystery. I’m caught up now and will let Martha go for awhile.
25. It’s Only Slow Food Until You Try To Eat It Bill Heavy Good writing from a man trying to catch, shoot, grow and forage for his own food.
26. The Souls of All Living Creatures Vint Virga D.V.M. Caring for animals and philosophically linking their ways to ours. Well done.
27. The Road Home Jim Harrison A great book. A long, slow, deep read. I savored it from beginning to end.
28. Love Among the Chickens P.G.Wodehouse Frolics and love at a chicken farm by people who know nothing about chicken farming.
29. Different Seasons Stephen King I had read this collection of novellas before but didn’t realize it until I was well into it again, so I continued on. Four solid stories and an interesting afterword.
30. Desperation Stephen King Not one of his best, but still readable.