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.
I've listened to an eclectic group of audiobooks over the last few weeks. And as I was writing this post, I realized I never reviewed Fall of Giants, which I really loved. At this point I think I'll just add it to my review of Ken Follett's Winter of the World (Penguin Audio), which I'm listening to now. I also need to review My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher (Hachette Audio) I have mixed thoughts about the story, but liked the narration.
I wrote about other recent audiobooks for AudioFile magazine and the SheKnows Book Lounge, click on the links, for the reviews. Narrator Todd Haberkorn did an outstanding job on Kiana Davenport's The Spy Lover (Brilliance Audio). Molly Ringwald kept my attention during her reading of Jami Attenberg's The Middlesteins (AudioGo). The Jewels of Paradise by Donna Leon (AudioGo) was beautifully read by veteran narrator Cassandra Campbell. And don't miss Libba Bray's The Diviners (Listening Library) and the award-winning narration by January LaVoy.
I'm currently in the middle of two print books, and both involve mystery. I'm going to blame my current craving for mysteries and thrillers on Halloween season. I first learned about Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam Books) at the book club session at BookExpo America (BEA). This is the second in a series that takes place in Europe during World War II. I like the strong female lead as well as the time period. I'm also reading and enjoying the latest in the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, The Woman Who Died a Lot (Viking). I plan to hold an international giveaway for a hardcover copy of this title in a few weeks.
For the SheKnows Book Lounge, I recently wrote about All Gone by Alex Witchel (Riverhead Books), which is about her mother's early-onset dementia. Louise Erdrich's The Round House (Harper) is an emotional coming-of-age story that shouldn't be missed.
Movies and TV
Our Sunday nights have gotten out of hand. I've become the master of the DVR, On Demand, and other television scheduling. We're watching Dexter, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, and whatever is on PBS's Materpiece. Mr. BFR watches 666 Park Avenue, but I think it's too scary for me. Five shows plus the political debates means there isn't a lot of time for movies. On top of all that, we've also recently started watching season 1 of Revenge on Netflix streaming. The only movie we've seen in the last couple of weeks is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer; I'll have a review up next week.
In the Stacks
All three books at the top of my stacks this week seem like intense stories, perfect for long, dark evenings. Michael Robotham's Say You're Sorry (Mulholland Books) is a mystery about two missing teenaged girls who may or may not be dead. It's Fine by Me (Graywolf Press), the latest Per Petterson, is also about a teen, in this case a troubled boy is trying to find his way in a rough world. Dennis Lehane's new novel, Live by Night (William Morrow), takes us to the Roaring Twenties, complete with bootlegging and corrupt police.