Mar 29, 2020

Sunday Salon: Self-Isolation Reading

I've been doing a lot more reading during self isolation, since I have someone else to do the shopping for the house. Ha!

New book:

The Big Lie

The Big Lie by James Grippando, February 25, 2020, Harper

Genre: political thriller, suspense
AboutAs the Electoral College battle for the White House lands in a Florida courtroom, Miami attorney Jack Swyteck has never felt farther from the truth.

Currently reading: 

Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Japan

Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Japan by Keisuke Matsuoka, April 30, 2019, Vertical

Genre: mystery set in Japan
Source; library book 
About: Where did Sherlock Holmes go during his famous disappearance between his death at Reichenbach Falls and reappearance in Baker Street, three years later? God of mystery Keisuke Matsuoka contends that it was in the Far East in Japan, to be exact.

Finished reading: 

The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes

The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes, May 26, 2020, Berkley

Genre: historical fiction
Source; NetGalley ebook

Based on a true story as related by a soldier in WWII, the author has filled in the details that are missing in this story about a Czech girl who runs off with a British POW, disguising herself as a boy/man in order to stay with her man all through his ordeals as a German prisoner of war.

The true story focuses on the details of the Czech girl's deception and how she could pull it off in spite of all the odds, living in camps populated by male war prisoners. It also includes the Long March, of  Allied and British prisoners, from Poland to Germany, which I was interested to learn about.

As part of WWII literature, and based however roughly on facts, the book is of importance to a fuller story of WWII.

Thief River Falls

Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman,  Feb ruary 1, 2020, Thomas & Mercer

Genre: thriller, mystery
Source; Kindle Unlimited ebook

A thriller with a very big twist at the end that I did not see coming.
 Unusual, but pretty good reading, about a woman who must protect a young boy who show us at her door, apparently being hunted by crooked police and police officials. 

How the Penguins Saved Veronica

How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior, June 16, 2020, Viking

Genre: contemporary fiction
Source; ebook

This novel reminded me very much of  the plot of  the book and movie, Where Did You Go, Bernadette?  
How the Penguins Saved Veronica is about an 85 year old woman who becomes intrigued by the penguins in Antartica and decides to do something drastic about it.  A very light read, enjoyable. 

I loved the author's previous book, Ellie and the Harpmaker, a romance that was unusual in plot and characters.

What books have you chosen to read?

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  1. I love the look of How the Penguins Saved Veronica. I don't mind a bit of predictability right now.

    I've seen a lot of people reading Sherlock Holmes lately. It's a good choice. We are thinking about starting a series of audiobooks, and Sherlock Holmes would be something my husband would like.

    I hope you can get through this time of self-isolation.

  2. The Prisoner's Wife sounds like a good book! I'll take a loot at that one... It's been a long time since I read historical fiction based on a true story.

    Hope you have a good week!

  3. I've not been able to read as much as I should considering the time available. Mostly drifting from one job to another with no particular focus. We on complete lockdown/curfew till the 11th. No going out to pharmacy, groceries or a walk in the park!

  4. How the Penguins Saved Veronica was released as Away With the Penguins here, I enjoyed it and I hope you do too

    Wishing you a great reading week and good health

  5. The Big Lie looks really good. I could use that kind of distraction. Thanks for sharing. Stay safe!

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  6. How the Penguins Saved Veronica sounds like a fun read. My reading has slowed but I've gotten outside a bit more during the week - taking walks or working in the yard. See what I've read Girl Who Reads

  7. Harvee,

    It sounds like you are reading up a storm now! All of these books are new to me. Enjoy your reading in the week ahead, and stay safe and healthy.

  8. Hope you are doing okay given our circumstance. Glad to read that books are still working well for you.


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