Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously, and a good laugh is in order. Helen Macdonald, author of “H is for Hawk” – a book on my wait list at the library – mentioned authors and genre (mystery) she enjoys in the New York Times “By the Book” interview. When she cited Steve Delaney’s hilarious mock autobiography Through It All I’ve Always Laughed, I downloaded a copy on Audible.
Delaney assumes the voice of Count Arthur Strong in this funny fake autobiography. His British accent and the droll view of his life have been leaving me with a chuckle every night as I listen to a chapter before I go to bed.
Other books Macdonald recommends:
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Pack My Bag by Henry Green
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
And …the complete set of Smiley novels with master spy George Smiley by John le Carré
In Abby Geni’s mystery thriller, The Lightkeepers, creepy crawlies compete with head-bashing seagulls, whales, sharks, and a small group of research biologists in the isolated Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco. Miranda, a nature photographer, tries to make peace with the death of her mother, but ghosts, mysterious accidents, and murder keep distracting her. If you can survive the miserable descriptions of mice crawling everywhere, bats attacking, and the image of bird poo (guano) covering every inch of ground, you will enjoy the extensive information about marine life that keeps intruding on the fast-paced mystery. You’ll keep reading to be sure the murderer is who you think it is.
When the library has nothing for me, I browse the bookstores. Of course, I can never get out of a bookstore empty handed. The books have piled up, and now I’m not sure why I bought them – but someday I may read them.
Have you read any? Do you recommend I cut my losses and donate them,
or buckle down and read them?
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Narrow Road in the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe