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What I’ve Been Reading

Hey all,

The most recent week has been a great one for reading. Here’s the list:

The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Incredibly dark mysteries from Danish writer Adler-Olsen. Comparisons to Stieg Larsson Girl books will be constant and well-deserved, but I think Adler-Olsen is more fun.  There aren’t many laughs in the murderous romps of Lisbeth and Mikael. Detective Carl Morck of the hastily-formed and under-staffed Department Q has a better sense of humor, but the cases certainly aren’t any more heartwarming.

The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek

Reading it again. Impossibly funny.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Just got the urge again. Read it in a couple of doctor’s waiting rooms (yes, they were long waits this week)

How about you? Anyone reading anything great?


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  • steve June 3, 2013, 11:36 am

    Finally getting around to The Bonfire of the Vanities for the first time. Halfway through and loving it.

  • Jon June 3, 2013, 12:40 pm

    Just finished a pretty good book recently about this guy named Josh. Think it was called The World’s Strongest Librarian or something.

    Almost finished with another book a book by Eric Siblin, The Cello Suites, which are about the Bach cello suites. Not as good as the Hanagarne book but still a fine read.

  • Susie June 3, 2013, 4:26 pm

    My book group is doing “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova this month. I read it right on the heals of your book Josh. It was sort of a downer in comparison. In fact after I finished the book, I keep thinking I probably have, um what’s the word… oh, Alzheimers too.

  • Jennifer June 4, 2013, 8:15 am

    I just finished Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman. Holy smokes, what a heart breaker!

    • Josh Hanagarne June 4, 2013, 11:15 am

      I’m not in the mood to be sad.

      • Jennifer June 4, 2013, 11:30 am

        I can’t blame you for that! Have you read Where’d You Go, Bernadette? I thought that was smart and funny

        • Josh Hanagarne June 4, 2013, 11:53 am

          Yeah, I loved it. Thought about it the whole time I was in Seattle. I don’t think I’d read it again, but it had some hysterical lines.

  • Jack M June 6, 2013, 6:36 am

    I’m reading Keith Richards’ autobiography Life. It’s about 20 times more interesting that I thought it would be, and a must for rock fans. Keith is funny, intelligent, perceptive and incredibly personable. It’s really remarkable.

    Also ready to start McCann’s Transatlantic. Let the Great World Spin was incredible.

    • Josh Hanagarne June 6, 2013, 9:52 am

      McCann is great. Can’t wait to read Transatlantic.

  • Heather June 6, 2013, 12:20 pm

    Part-way through John Irving’s “In One Person.” Still plugging along on a book about Vikings (the Norse marauders and pirates, not the football team) as well.

  • Bill June 8, 2013, 10:42 am

    I read the first two Adler-Olsen books and really enjoyed them. Can’t say the same about the third book unfortunately, which I’m a little over a third of the way through. I don’t know if it’s the translation (the prose seems more awkward than in previous books) or the way the author handles the characters (the interaction between Rose and Karl is clumsy), or the plot (a bit strained), or what, but it’s just not as compelling so far. Hope it improves as I get deeper into it.

    • Josh Hanagarne June 8, 2013, 11:02 am

      Thanks Bill. I still haven’t picked up the third one. I think I need a break.