Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

This book set on my TBR shelf for several years, it was sent to me by my husband. For the record, he is late to the party, and only started a reading habit in the last couple of years, and as with the majority of new converts--they want one to immediately read and enjoy the books they read. Most likely this explains my reluctance to pick up this book, that and the fact that it is about a telepathic family--some with actual talent and some who just fake it. It just didn't seem to be my cup of tea. Well, turns out I was glad I finally cracked the cover as this book turned out to be a very entertaining read. Definitely reading time well spent.

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

This book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1963. I have read other of her books and I credit "A Distant Mirror" for igniting my love of reading history. For the most part, this book does a fine job painting a picture of the first month of WWI, however...it left me needing more. I do give myself credit for the selfless forced march I took on to slog through to the end of this book. It is mostly compelling reading but it does bog down in parts.

It is a top down look from the perspective of the bumbling, weepy, arrogant idiots --oops my bad-- the fine moustachioed gentleman who were in charge of making goverment, diplomatic, and battlefield decisions.  

Since this book was writtten much more is known and much more has been written. Off to the trenches...

Midnight Bowling by Quinn Dalton

2023 has turned out to be a lot. In times of stress I read a lot BUT I don't retain a lot...it has been that kind of a year to put it mildly.

This book was recommended/sent to me by my husband, he thought I would like it--even though he had not read it himself. Not sure if he has even read it since I did, so much for book club.

I don't remember all the fine details of the plot and truthfully I thought it would be more about bowling--instead it is more of dark character study. 

The Martian by Andy Weir

The is the second time I have read this book. I have also seen the movie (Matt Damon does a great job). My son and did a little book clubbing this summer. We both give this a thumbs up.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

By far my favorite read in 2023 and as much as I enjoyed The Martian I liked this book even more, beginning to end a great read.

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