Stacked-Up Book Thoughts are my random notes about books I've read, movies I've watched, books I'm looking forward to, and events I hope to get to.
Although we rarely listen to a book together, Mr. BFR and I started Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl on a recent driving trip. We're only about a third of the way through and because we're listening to the book together, I suspect it will take some time for us to finish. We're both enjoying it and have several theories about what happened. I wonder if we're on the right track. I'm listening to Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis by myself. This is a long book with multiple narrators; famous people who appear in the story include the Borgias, da Vinci, and Machiavelli. Ever since I started watching the HBO show The Borgias, I've been interested in that time period in Italy.
I also reviewed Rules for Virgins by Amy Tan for AudioFile magazine and The Dog Stars by Peter Heller for the SheKnows Book Lounge. Click the links to read the reviews.
I'm currently reading Nichole Beriner's The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.; in fact, I shared a quote from the book earlier this week. I'm also reading Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar series; the first book, Shelter, is coming out in paperback this month, and the second book, Seconds Away, is just about to be released. Look for more about all these books in a couple of weeks.
In case you missed them, I wrote about Jussi Adler-Olsen's The Absent One (Scandinavian crime) and Diane Ackerman's One Hundred Names for Love (memoir) for the SheKnows Book Lounge last month. Click on the links to read the articles.
I saw One for the Money on BluRay over the summer. I thought it was only just okay, but I am one of the few people who is not a huge fan of Janet Evanovich's mystery series. I don't know why the books (and movie) haven't clicked with me. A few months ago I received a review copy of the movie Machine Gun Preacher. It's based on the true story of a man who went from biker drug dealer to god-fearing protector of children in Sudan; unfortunately, I didn't love the film.
In the Stacks
I was looking over my stack of September books, and I can't believe how many great reads are coming out this month. Released on September 4 were two children's books and two adult books that are calling to me. Deron R. Hicks's Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave (a Letterford Mystery) and Gary D. Schmidt's What Came from the Stars (fantasy) are for younger readers. Erika Robuck's Hemingway's Girl (historical fiction) and Chase Novak's Breed (horror, but I think I can take it) are for the older crowd. I can't wait to get started on them.
What's on your read, watch, listen, or review list?