I’m back from vacation! It was incredibly restful and already feels as if it happened months ago. I even managed to get most of the books I had on my list read!
From the TBR List:
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. I really hadn’t read this! Tom is a totally amoral semi-con-man who is sent to Italy to bring back Dickie Greenleaf, at his father’s request. Eventually, Tom decides he wants to be Dickie, and will do anything he needs to do to meet this goal. The slow build is great, and there’s an undercurrent of unease to up the suspense. A nice reminder to not get into boats with weirdos! Trust your instincts!
Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories by Lauren Groff. I really enjoyed her novel The Monsters of Templeton, so I wanted to try her short stories. Groff’s writing is lyrical and detailed. Just about every story is about troubled love, in one way or another–between married couples, between lovers, between friends. And each one has its own tone and style and feel. I especially liked Lucky Chow Fun (set in Templeton, the setting for her first novel) and The Dictator’s Wife.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. I skipped to the front end of the TBR list for this one. Clever, scary, and hilarious–check back at Halloween for more!
The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill. This mystery is going to get a post all to itself. Stay tuned!
I think I’ve been thoughtlessly adding titles to my GoodReads to-read list for book club and such, because now I’ve got 755 books on the list. I’ve completely lost track of how I’m doing, but that doesn’t matter! I’m reading titles I’ve been meaning to get to, and that’s what counts.