This morning I looked through the past book review postings on the site. From the reviews posted you would think that about the only things I read are Romances, Biographies and Literary Fiction. It would be a fair evaluation, although not exactly accurate.
There are a number of books that I have read, but for various reasons have not reviewed. For example, I don't know how to review a Mystery without giving away the plot. Or (for another example) I try to stay away from political controversy so I never review books about politics or current events.
Then there are the books that are either so bad I can't finish them, or the ones I struggle to finish because. . . well, just because. I almost never review those either. I mean what's the point; after all I want you to read the books I write about.
Which brings me to the point. . .listed below are some of the books I have read this year and not reviewed. I am going to confine it to only the ones I have enjoyed. Maybe one of these days I will post a list of the ones I couldn't finish. . . .
Musicophilia by Sacks, Oliver
First of all I am a huge fan of Oliver Sacks and his work so this was a natural. Added to the fact that I come from a family of musicians and music is a big part of our family culture. Sacks explores the connection between the brain and music.
Outliers by Gladwell, Malcolm
This was a fascinating study on intelligent people and how raw intelligence may actually be overrated. It is also a study of how culture, environment, education and personality interplay with intelligence. The stories are enthralling. This was a book I read in fits and starts over several weeks.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Goodwin, Doris Kearns
Kerns is another favorite author. Several years ago I did a reading project: I read at least one book about each of the US Presidents. I wish that this book had been around then. But it is good reading now!
T is for Trespass by Grafton, Sue
I have read very one of Grafton's novels and am always anxious to get my hands on the latest one. Now, however, I am starting to get worried since we are up to T; are there really only six left? Oh no! Grafton is a master at building and holding tension and hasn't written a bunk one yet. If you haven't read her books -- do yourself a favor and start one today!
DownHill Lie by Carl Hiaasen
I'm not a golfer, a golf watcher or even a Tiger Woods fan, but this take on golfing had me laughing out loud. . .
So, there you have it. A few of the other books I have enjoyed this year and highly recommend.