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Detective Work and April Books

Posted by KristoCat, 01 May 2011 · 2902 views

Sometimes at work I feel like a detective. A couple of weeks ago, a patron needed help finding a book that she didn't seem to know very much about, apart from the fact that she heard about it somewhere and she wanted to read it. She said the book:

  • Featured a plot point centered around methamphetamines
  • Had something to do with Missouri
  • Was fiction
  • Was probably written after 1995
  • Had an author whose first name was David
  • Had the word "dead" in the title.
The book she was thinking of was Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell. :huh: I found that answer for her in less than 5 minutes, despite the fact that I have never read it or seen the movie. On some days, I totally rock the house.:thanks:

On to April books!

Gave Up On:

  • House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds. This book was described as a "space opera" and since I love Star Wars I was eager to give it a try. Unfortunately, it was WAY too slow-moving and the world and characters were so unusual that they felt alien to meI couldn't relate to them at all.
  • Zombie Blondes by Brian James. This might be ok for fans of the Vampire Diaries, but for me it was way too predictable.
Regular Books:

  • The Final Empire and The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. First two books in the completely awesome Mistborn trilogy.
  • Freak Show by James St. James. This was about a teenage transvestite who campaigns for prom queen. I really enjoyed it because he refused to let other people beat him down.
  • Summer Knight by Jim Butcher. Another enjoyable Dresden Files book.
  • Powerless by Matthew Cody. A so-so book about kids with superpowers.
  • Tangled by Carolyn Mackler. If John Green fans could get past the girly-looking cover, they would really like this story about four teens winning battles against their own personal demons, ranging from depression to the accidental death of a girlfriend.
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey. Funny, feminist, and thoroughly enjoyable.
  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. I'm glad I read this excellent courtroom drama/mystery before seeing the movie.
  • All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg. Heartrending story in verse about a half-Vietnamese boy who is being raised by American foster parents right after the Vietnam war ended.
  • Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts. A bit too long, but so far her romantic suspense formula is still working for me.
Just 10 regular books this month, and I mentioned 12. I've been watching quite a lot of Big Bang Theory and Full Metal Panic (yay Netflix!) so that's probably why.

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