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Monday, February 15, 2016

Books I've read this week....

 This week, I have somehow ended up with two books for entertainment, and none for education or enhancement. Not exactly sure how that happened as I do have some other books selected and even on my table, but I didn't open them for some reason.

For next month's book discussion group, the book is "The Humans" by Matt Haig. I'm not sure what to say about this book. I guess it has me stumped. It's a sci-fi book with an alien visiting earth, taking on a human form and inserting himself into the life of the (now dead) human. And when he first arrives, he makes some profound observations about (western European style) human culture. And it doesn't take him long to start questioning his main objective and finding value in the messed up lives that humans live.

At this beginning, I really like this book with it's observations of our culture, but as the alien acclimated, these stopped happening and the story was a moderate story to me. Not horrible, but not great either. I do think the discussion at the group will be lively and am looking forward to it.

The second book I finished this week is actually a book on cd that I took back and forth between the kitchen and car cd players, and it's "Dead Heat" by Dick Francis and his son Felix Francis. I have enjoyed Dick Francis' books for a long time, easily 10 years and am excited that his son took over the franchise before his (Dick's) death in 2010. This is a mystery loosely based in the steeplechase racing world (there is always some connection, no matter how small). It's a delightful, easily read story which didn't require my undivided attention for listening and still following the story.

I do highly recommend this book along with all of the Dick Francis mysteries. They are always filled with interesting characters and stories. Very entertaining.

What are you reading this week?

Peace -- Ann


  1. Our library has just become a part of a nationwide ebook system, so the offerings have been greatly expanded. Of course I had tolearn how to use the new app and the best way to learn is by doing, so I borrowed Margaret Atwood's Heart Goes Last. :-) This morning I finished an old short story book from Project Gutenberg Australia called Fires Burn Blue. Having some knee trouble atthe moment, so might have a lot of reading time this week as I rest it. Have a great week!

    1. I hope your knee heals quickly. Happy reading!

  2. To be honest, I've been reading so many parenting books and economics books lately, I think it's time to go to the library and look for something in the fiction section that I can get lost in completely that will spur my imagination. I am feeling inspired!

    1. In last week's post, I shared a formula for reading that I came across -- 3e's. An educational book, an enlightenment book, and an entertainment book. I'm finding this is a good balance as I go forward.

      I hope you find something that whisks you away!