Ten to Recommend

I have read ten books this month. As usual, it is a broad mix. I tend to dip into whatever interests suit me at the time. Sometimes, I am surprised; others, there is given delight.

If you are looking for a good read, you could do worse than these.

The Monsters We Make by Kali White – 260 pages – *5 stars – This book is about newspaper boys going missing and others searching for answers. Having some history, by the end, the novel set off my PTSD. It is that realistic and enormously creepy. I recommend you leave the lights on.

The Gospel According to Satan by Jared C. Wilson – 219 pages – *5 stars – It is not what you might at first think. Thomas Nelson Publishers brought it out. There are things we are often taught that are not at all Biblical. Some take us into jeopardy. If you think God Helps Those Who Help Themselves or Let Go and Let God are scriptural, you might find this interesting. The author covers several mythical things we are enticed to believe. Quite fascinating.

The Light Through The Leaves by Glendy Vanderah – 453 pages – *5 stars A Prime First Reads selection, this book is in some ways magical. A baby was misplaced then stolen, a family falling apart, people led on journeys of discovery, wood magic, and a warm, as Summer sun on an ocean beach ending. I loved it, and it is rare to find such beauty all in one book.

How Poetry Can Change Your Heart by Andrea Gibson & Megan Falley – 150 pages – *5 stars – This is an introduction to poetry reading and writing, but more than that too. I approach craft books hoping for inspiration, and this delivered. It was a jumping point for me at times. It is open and authentic.

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas – 343 pages – *5 stars – Our heroes here are women who discover time travel, but there are murder and lunacy afoot. Sometimes technology makes human nature something other. I am a time machine – travel – fan. If it goes back or forward in time, the story, I am there—lots of things going on in this to rivet the attention.

Oblivion by David Foster Wallace – 346 pages – *5 stars – The world lost a genius when David chose to leave. His work, in my experience, is not the easiest to read. He writes in a stream-of-consciousness style that paragraphs can go for pages, but his descriptions, characterizations, and plots are complex and beautiful like a night-time sky in a desolate desert. You can see the universe, whole, complete.

The Essential Chomsky by Noam Chomsky – 523 pages – *5 stars – Have a care if you read this. It may leave the foundations of your awareness tattered like paper gone through a shredder. I am shaken, appalled, and will never look at things in the world the same again. An altogether stellar read, but earth-shattering.

Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman – 489 pages – *5 stars – Mr. Pullman wrote The Golden Compass, and despite the name, this book is mainly about storytelling and writing. He writes in an open and informative style which is terrifically engaging. One of the best craft books I have read in some time. His pieces on fairytales are enchanting. Read it; you might learn something more than you suppose.

Dark Matter by Philip Kerr – 333 pages – *5 stars – Sir Issac Newton, need I say more. Newton lights up these pages, he is working in the mint, and people are dying. Counterfeiters are ruining the coinage; it must stop. It is a romp through historical London, loved it.

Savage Lands (Book 1) by Stacie Marie Brown – 425 pages – *5 stars – Fae, humans, shifters, a war, a prison, royalty… you get the picture. A little erotic for my taste, but the story is lovely. It was good enough; I will read the second in the series, and that speaks well.

*** A note on my giving five-star ratings, in case you are new here: I love books, all books, but I rarely pick any up with which I am not in love. Poor writing will bring numbers down. I am a copy-editor and do not like text that abuses conventions or grammar and style. If a book is horrible, it gets bad marks, but I am judicious about what I put into my brain. I read a wide variety of content, so I never get in a rut. By the way, all these are available on Kindle. Happy reading!

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

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