Happiness is… a Good Book!

1 Nov

So… since February, I have been working at a part-time job downtown. It’s not my dream job, but it’s okay – the people are great, the office is nice, the work is enjoyable — but the BEST part of this job, is the commute.

It is an easy commute — a short walk to the skytrain station and one bus right to the office front door. The fact that it takes about 50 minutes to complete this daily journey is a bonus! This past eight months I have read over 30 books!  That’s 3.75 books per month, a record for me!  My “to-read” stack is slowly diminishing, I have enjoyed some excellent reads and I have discovered some new authors that I really like. Susan Juby, Terry Fallis, Iain Banks and Keigo Higashino, to name a few. (The last two, are thanks to my husband – who is very good at suggesting new books/authors that I LOVE).

In fact, Keigo Higashino, who wrote The Devotion of Suspect X, is my new favourite mystery writer. Here is a short review, that I posted on Goodreads:

An excellent mystery! Great characters – even the murderer. Well written and a very good translation from Japanese – the book was easy to read and flowed nicely, but there was still a flavour of “Japanese”. I loved all the clever twists, the plot was unpredictable, by that, I mean I didn’t automatically figure it all out.  I would recommend this book to mystery lovers as a great read. I am looking forward to his next book, “Salvation of a Saint”, which has just recently come out.

Click here to read a review on the blog, almost falling:

Right now, I am reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, but as it is next month’s book club pick, I won’t give away what I think of it so far. I will be finished reading this New York Times bestseller in a few days and will be deciding on my next book — Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell or Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

Any other suggestions?


2 Responses to “Happiness is… a Good Book!”

  1. db johnston November 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    ‘Cloud Atlas’ is excellent; it is organized like a novelized Ukrainian Matrushka set; intricate, but worth the effort.

    I also recommend another David Mitchell novel, ‘Number9Dream’, which is — among other things — a nod to Haruki Murakami (who wrote ‘Norwegian Wood’, and many excellent metaphysical novels (‘Kafka on the Shore’, ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ (my favourite), ‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’, etcetera…)).

    If you like Iain Banks, my favourite of his ‘Culture’ novels is ‘Use of Weapons.’ (‘Player of Games’ is easier to digest, but ‘Use of Weapons’ is — IMHO — a more intellectually satisfying (albeit disturbing) novel).


    • cgjohnston November 3, 2012 at 12:04 am #

      Thanks for the suggestions! I look forward to reading them.


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