2018 Books

January

  • Artemis by Andy Weir (B) – Weir’s follow-up to The Martian is a fast-paced, scientific, good old-fashioned heist…on the moon.
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (A-) – Very good character development and some pretty interesting plot twists. Reminded me of a Tales Of The City for the Aussie set.
  • City of Endless Night by Preston & Child (B-) – NYC’s 1% is being brutally murdered by a serial killer or killers. NYPD and the FBI are baffled, so is the reader.
  • Earthly Remains by Donna Leon (A-) – Brunetti’s relaxing vacation on San’ Erasmo is interrupted by the death of a local resident. It’s a slow build to get to the mystery but it was worth it.
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (A+) – Socially awkward and unintentionally funny, Eleanor Oliphant will capture your heat. I loved this book.
  • Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (A) When a TV show approaches Cumming about researching his genealogy he never imagined the mysteries both tragic and triumphant they would uncover. An amazing story of an amazing survivor. You can watch the show here.
  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (B) – A downed military satellite brings back a deadly virus and a group of scientists must race to find a cure before it spreads across the globe.
  • The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (B) – Novelization of the film. Answers questions such as: “How did Poe get from Jakku to Takodana?” and “What are the scientific principles behind the Starkiller Base?” as well as additional emotional conflict with Leia and Han.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (D) – Don’t believe the hype, this book is incredibly dull. The book promises a fierce duel where only one can live. None of that happens, in fact nothing happens for 400 pages. I hated it.
  • These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (B) – Last official book in the series. Laura courts Almanzo and along the way teaches school, almost gets murdered by a crazy knife-wielding prairie lady, and learns to break horses.

 

February

  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (A) – What starts out as an Erin Brockovich-like investigation into a small town’s water supply uncovers a much deeper and disturbing crime.
  • The Dry by Jane Harper (A-) A double-murder suicide in a small town opens the wounds of a young woman’s death from twenty years ago.  Engrossing and thrilling. I especially liked how all the clues were there the whole time, if you just pay attention.
  • The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon (B-) Someone or something is stalking the family that owns a rundown roadside motel in the 1955, 1989, and again in 2013. Well written and engaging with a few decent twists and turns but not as scary as it wants to be.
  • The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton (B) An experimental operation to alleviate seizures in a patient has unforeseen consequences when the patient learns to trigger the electrodes meant to curb the violence which causes the opposite effect.
  • Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction by Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson – (B) A very quick recap of the scrum and agile process for teams.