For me, traveling is the ideal time to read so I before I set out on any trip I look thru my TBR (To Be Read) pile and load up the Kindle.
Here’s what’s on my list for this trip:
I recently heard an interview with Sarah Bakewell, the author of How to Live or A Life of Montaigne, on Forum with Michael Krasny (one of THE best interviewers in radio or TV bar none). The book is a 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award winner and both the author and book sounded wonderful, so I’m really looking forward to it.
Ron Suskind‘s latest book, Confidence Men, is about the Obama presidency and Wall Street. I don’t know about you, but since the documentary Inside Job I’ve been curious to know what the hayballs is going on in Washington regarding the banking system. When I heard Ron Suskind had a new book out, I immediately put it on my list. Plus, it’s gotten tons of push back from the White House due to some unfavorable exposition. Hmmm. Even more reason to read it, eh?
Several years ago I read Suskind’s The Way of the World and thought it very good: interesting, well written and well-rounded. Probably as unbiased as you’re going to get from an American on 911. Suskind’s background in hard news journalism is extensive and award-winning. Anyway, I then loaned it to Jack: “I thought it was a fascinating way to present several different sides to the anxiety that has been created post-911. In some ways it was also really alarming.”
If you haven’t read it, I recommend it.
Now, let’s get to the fun stuff! I was reminded by my friend Karin that Julia Spencer-Fleming‘s newest book was out (I’ve been waiting more than 18 months for it). Spencer-Fleming is a wonderful mystery writer. This books is the latest in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyn series.
And finally, the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. A discussion over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books finally forced me to pull this series off the shelf. Here was the quote that raised my eyebrows and had me reaching for my Kindle:
“I have a problem. I recently read Karen Marie-Moning’s Fever series, and since finishing it, have lost my will to live. The hero (I use this term loosely) is absolutely my favorite of all time, and I feel like I’ve just been dumped. I’m not looking for someone to replace him, just something to numb the pain. A rebound sorta thing, ya know? Someone to show me that there can be life after Barrons.” —Krista
So, what are you guys reading?