Time for another book update. I read 3 books in the last month. I have now reached my goal of 30 books for 2013. I am not going to change the goal for more. I will just see where I end up at and use that for myself for 2014.
A note on how I choose my books. I don’t buy books very often. I just can’t afford to buy as many as I read! I don’t get to the actual library as much now, but I can browse the library online and check out Kindle books. I just see what books are available and if one sounds interesting, I check out the reviews on Goodreads. That’s done me pretty well as far as avoiding most stinkers. For my free Kindle book a month (with Prime), I read the Amazon reviews, but they are not quite as unbiased because they sell the books and some of the reviews can be suspect. I will also check out any book on the Amazon list in Goodreads.
On to this month’s books!
The Dark Monk by Oliver Potzsch.
I had high hopes for this book. I really enjoyed the first book of the Hangman’s Daughter series. I love historical fiction, but this book was lacking some things. Like the first book, it involves the hangman, his daughter Magdalena and her boyfriend Simon, the son of the town physician, trying to solve a murder. The problem is that you find out who the murderer is very close to the beginning and the rest of the book is just kind of figuring out the motive and learning about the Knights of Templar. So, it was a little disappointing in that regard. The characters also became a bit repetitive with the same dialogue and situations (i.e., the hangman is shunned in the community, yet everyone seeks him out privately). I had read this was a problem with the 2nd book and the series picks up again better in the 3rd book, so we shall see. Borrowed the Kindle Lending Library.
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
This book follows Piper Kerman’s 13 month prison sentence spent in 3 different facilities. She spent the majority of time in Danbury and it was interesting to read about how prison relationships, routines and rituals form. It also makes you wonder what purpose prison serves for nonviolent offenders, which is what most women are in for.
Ms. Kerman was very lucky in that she had an extensive support network on the outside and a good life ready to accept her back, which is not what most of her fellow inmates would experience. She also pointed out how guards and other prison official would make note of how different she was from other inmates and that she shouldn’t be there. She seemed to keep pointing this out and it started to come across as her being better than everyone else.
This book is good to read in order to understand exactly how nonviolent offenders are punished and how there really is no idea of rehabilitation, but just marking time to get out. I think this book certainly opens a dialogue about prison reform and who really should be going there. Borrowed from my library via Kindle.
There is now a cable show based on her book, which I found out after climbing out from under that rock.
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote.
John had just finished this and told me I should read it, so I did. One of the few time I actually did something he told me to. I don’t really know what to say about this book. It’s disturbing, depressing and just really good. Of course, you do go into the book knowing that it is about the murder of the Cutter family and the 2 persons responsible, but it is amazing how Capote is still able to build a lot of suspense and anticipation. This book really was the first of the true crime genre and very well written. I didn’t really feel much sympathy for the 2 men, although I did feel kind of sorry for them in that I don’t feel they received a fair trial and you really realize how mentally ill they both were. Highly recommended. Borrowed from my library via Kindle.
Seems like a dark month of reading now that I look back at it LOL!
And can’t leave without the pink picture of the day! This is the new cover for my phone!