My Boyfriend, the Book Snob

My boyfriend is a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to reading or as he likes to call it serious reading. He has always enjoyed reading, but only really read what was required reading for school. Understood. So, now he’s reading and reading the classics.

“Branch out,” I say.

“Nah. The stuff today is crap,” he says.

I smile amiably because Continue reading

Top 10 all Time Favorite Books

I really wasn’t feeling today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, so I went back into the archives and saw this topper. I had to really narrow it down. I probably could have tripled or even quadrupled the list.

Are any of these on your list of favorite reads?

Top 10 all time favorite books

  1. The Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson
  2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  5. Native Son by Richard Wright
  6. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  7. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
  8. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  9. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  10. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

I Read Banned Books Meetup Group

ETtnE9[1] I’m so excited my Meetup went live today, just in time to kick off Banned Books Week. It’s called the I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club. So, obviously if you live in the Washington, DC metro area, please join us or if know someone who lives in the area that loves to read and is so inclined to make a few new friends than by all means them our way. If you don’t live in the area you can still be a part of the group. I will post the upcoming month’s book under the I Read Banned Books Club tab and you can read right along with us. After we meet I will upload a post that will contain my critique, a group discussion summary, and a few group comments. Feel free to share your thoughts on the banned book of the month. I would definitely love to continue discussing the book. Our first meet up is October 18th and we’re reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Enjoy! I hope you’ll stop by I Read Banned Books Club and give us your thoughts.

[5] The Bat by Jo Nesbo

51Jf6U30dZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Bat by Jo Nesbo
Kindle Edition/Paperback, 369
Translation Published 2012
First Published 1997
First Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Edition, July 2013
Translated by Don Bartlett
Rating 3/5

I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out earlier this year that Jo Nesbo’s The Bat would finally be available in the U.S.  It saved me from ordering it from the U.K. or Canada or even Australia.  But I was even more ecstatic when I received a galley copy of the book from the publisher (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) before its actual U.S. release date.

The Bat is the first book in the Inspector Harry Hole series and the latest to be released in the U.S.  Inspector Harry Hole from the Oslo Crime Squad is sent to Syndey, Australia to assist in the murder investigation of a young Norwegian woman, who is minor television celebrity in his homeland.  However Harry soon finds out that he is to be a mere observer and to look at his time in Australia as a vacation.  However as the investigation progresses Harry finds himself more and more involved in solving the murder or as he discovers murders. Continue reading