Those I Loved and Lost

I was a reader long before I ever decided to be a blogger and so there are countless books that I adored that have never made it to these pages. That said, there are also a number of books that I did read since creating Nutshell, that never quite made it to a review. It’s not that they weren’t great reads, just that I failed to write them up.

So just in case you are checking up on me, I am imperfect and all of these deserve a worthy mention:

  1. The Rocks by Peter Nichols – A totally enjoyable read, although I wasn’t entirely convinced by the benefits of the reverse chronology format.
  2. The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut – I read it, enjoyed it, but found it hard to write about. It has a very clever premise, by which a prison psychologist’s teenage crush appears on his patient list.
  3. The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood – I thought that this was going to be absolute fluff and instead found it really captivating. Definitely worth reading.
  4. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler – If, like me, you enjoyed Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, then this is a book for you. Just lovely.
  5. The Bones of You by Debbie Howells – It was fine. Not great. The kind of book you read in a day and find totally absorbing.
  6. (Anything and everything by) Robert Galbraith – aka JK Rowling’s crime writing alter ego. These books are incredibly good, all of them. I enjoyed these so much more than The Casual Vacancy that she wrote in the post Potter era under her own name.  Unmissable. Truly.
  7. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante – How do you even begin to write about literature this good?
  8. In The Woods by Tana French – A very dense, but rather good murder mystery. Worth pursuing.
  9. The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz – These detective stories with Horowitz as the main protagonist are a lot of fun, but somehow this one just wasn’t quite a good as the last. Still a great book if you are looking for a nice easygoing holiday read.

…. and there’s sure to be more in the weeks, months and years to come!