Printed books are cool! My husband can leave one by the bed and read it every night. When he finishes he can place it subtly on my night-stand, a reminder that he thinks I'll enjoy it too. How would he do that with an ebook?
Printed books are easy to carry around, without being afraid I'll drop them or spill coffee on them. Of course, spilling coffee before my husband reads the book would not be recommended.
Printed books feel comfortably un-technological in the hands. Oh dear. Am I showing my age?
Anyway, I read four printed books last week, while answering phones (landlines and cell), looking up apartments on the internet, researching locations, following links, answering emails, and generally being excessively technological. So here are a few more reviews and coffee recommendations. Enjoy!
but first.... Rumor has it Nazareth Neighbors might be a printed book now too! Find it on Amazon, coming soon to Barnes and Noble, etc.
My husband really enjoyed The Innocent, by David Baldacci, so I read it straight after him. It's a fast-flowing, exciting lend of spy story, action adventure, suspense, a touch of romance, plenty of mystery, and... well, you get the picture. It's intense, and everything matters, and everything makes sense in the end. Enjoy with an elegant, complex four-star cup of coffee.
Lost Legacy, by Dana Mentink, offers a different kind of mystery, much less global but still violent, with touches of faith and romance. A young woman wants help finding the lost painting which might revive her father's reputation. But the man she hires to help has his own mixed motives, and seeks revenge just as ardently as art. Then romance intervenes, and maybe even heals. Enjoy with a lively easy-drinking two-star cup of coffee.
A Stillness of Chimes, by Meg Moseley, offers small-town mystery set in Georgia as a young woman returns home after her mother's death, to find rumors that her dead father is still alive. Childhood friends have moved on, but the sort of commitments that held them together as children just might be what's needed to hold their relationships together now as Sean deals with his violent father, Cassie wonders about her failing marriage, Laura feels threatened, church women are curious, and even surviving parents are falling apart. Enjoy this complex tale with a four-star complex cup of coffee.
The Possibilities, by Kaui Hart Hemmings, takes readers to the ski slopes of Colorado and looks at lives touched by the death of a young man in an avalanche. The seasons of grief are evocatively portrayed, and the novel's surprisingly uplifting, like the sun, warm on snow. Enjoy with a well-balanced smooth full-flavored three star coffee.
And finally, moving to the Iowa writers' workshop and other literary venues, A Moveable Famine, by John Skoyles invites reader into a poet's life, and that search for identity in a place defined by intangibles and words. Hard-drinking, hard-living, and striving hard for that iconic recognition bestowed by publication, the poets drift and drive, then prove to have known purpose after all. It's an intriguingly literary novel that turns the reader around, changing famine into a feast of images and words. Enjoy this complex fiction based in fact with a rich complex cup of four star coffee.