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Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

This was our book club choice for October.

Published: 2018

Genre: thriller

Length: 306 pages

Setting: mostly around Washington, D.C., present day

SummaryShort version: Vivian discovers her husband is a sleeper Russian agent Continue reading

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The 47th Samurai by Stephen Hunter

The title caught my eye as I was wandering the library shelves, looking for my net book. I was intrigued by the samurai reference. It seemed like a nice change of pace from what I had been reading.

Published: 2007

Genre: thriller

Length: 368 pages

Setting: flashbacks on Iwo Jima, WWII, present day in Idaho and Japan

Summary: Short version: Swagger returns a samurai sword to Yano, touching off a fight with the yakuza Continue reading

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Oxygen by Carol Cassella

Mr. Curiosity came across this book as he was looking for something for himself and thought it sounded like a book I would enjoy. I was thrilled to put one of his recommendations on my TBR. I was looking for something non-fantasy to read, and thought this would fit the bill.

Published: 2008

Genre: medical thriller

Length: 288 pages

Setting: Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, present day

Summary: Short version: A child dies under Marie’s care and she is devastated Continue reading

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The Never List by Koethi Zan

I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author to finish up my Author Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I picked this one because it looked like a thriller.

Published: 2013

Genre: sexual thriller

Length: 303 pages

Setting: NYC and Portland, Oregon, 2010s

Font: Sabon LT Std and Cresci LP

Summary: Short version: Sarah revisits the memories and locations of her horrific kidnapping Continue reading

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

This book was declared a gateway book for the post-apocalyptic genre by Tor (in this post) . I happen to love post-apocalyptic books, and yet hadn’t read this one, so of course I had to put it on my TBR list. I decided I needed a genre break and read it now.

Published: 2014

Genre: zombie thriller/post-apocalyptic

Length: 403 pages

Setting: near London, England, near future

Summary: Short version: The zombies always win Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #37: Mostly Nonfiction

I’ve been saving up new books for my reading list. I’ve been doing a good job of reading down my TBR list – time to add some new ones.

First up is If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda. It certainly wins an award for the longest title. I listened to Alan Alda  on the ID10T podcast. The book seems to be all about communicating science to non-science people. That’s basically my teaching job. I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my teaching, so on the list it goes.

My next addition is Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling. I learned about this one when doing some research for a new class I’m teaching in the fall about environmental issues and geography. For one of their assignments, I want my students to play around with data on Gapminder. When I went onto the website, I saw they had a book. It sounded interesting, so I’m putting it on my list.

One more nonfiction book for my reading list is Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen. I found this one in my library catalog as I was looking for versions of Beowulf that the library had. (I thought there was a graphic novel version of Beowulf, but if there is, my library doesn’t have it.) I love origin stories and learning about the origins of all of the Arabic letters sounds right up my alley.

And one last book, this time some fiction: Black Widow by Daniel Silva from The Modern Mrs. Darcy post on long novels. (I can’t write a post about new books without mentioning The Modern Mrs. Darcy at least once.) I don’t really care that it’s a long novel. I’m interested in it because it’s recommended as a high quality spy thriller (which is a genre I haven’t been reading much lately but do really enjoy) AND it gets me an S author (which I don’t have yet this year).

So, anything look good to you? Anything else I should add to my reading list?

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The Hunter by John Lescroart

I didn’t have a specific book I wanted to read next, so I decided to wander the library, for a thriller that provided a letter in my alphabet challenge. This book seemed to fit the bill. Turns out it’s the third book featuring the main character, but I didn’t feel like I was missing much from the previous books.

Published: 2012

Genre: thriller/mystery (sometimes I have a hard time telling the difference between the two)

Length: 381 pages

Font: ITC Berkley Old Style Std.

Setting: San Fransisco, present day

Summary: Short version: Hunt investigates how his birth mother died Continue reading

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