Recommended Reading

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I decided to get my Top 10 list in before the end-of-the-year crush. The only problem is that while I’ve read about 30 books this year, I didn’t read ten books that I can wholeheartedly recommend. I read several 3-star books this year that were generally enjoyable but just didn’t quite measure up to my snooty five-star requirements.

So, I wound up with a total of four. Sorry.

I read in many genres, most frequently literary fiction, history, biography and baseball the most accessed. Sometimes I’ll skim through business books but that genre is so cliche-ridden that I don’t even consider it reading material.

Sorry. Here are the four 5-star books I read this year:

1. Sleeping with Patty Hearst by Mary Lambeth Moore: A masterpiece of language, psychology and culture, this intensely captivating work is the finest literary fiction I have read in years. This book deserves all the attention it can get.

2. Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, Jonathan Eig: Beautifully and richly told. I found it remarkable that an author can tell a well-known story in such a way that it comes across as fresh and compelling. Published in 2006, so you can see I’m not much of a trend-follower.

3. Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula by Elise Stokes: I normally don’t read in the YA genre, but the lead character made it worth my while and then some. This is the first book in the series and I’ve judged it for its potential as well as the readability of this volume. The next installment in the series should be out shortly.

4. Hellhound on His Trail, Hampton Sides: An exceptionally gripping and superbly-narrated story of the King assassination and subsequent manhunt with exceptional insight into the motives of the key players. Unforgettable.

I’ll be getting into the writing of the new book in about six weeks, which means that I will stop reading all fiction for however long it takes to finish the book.

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