I read a lot. All the time, really. A few years ago I finally learned to allow myself to stop reading books that I wasn’t enjoying and move on to another title. The end of the year is an arbitrary marker but it’s as good a time as any to look back and review the pages I’ve read. Here are eight books I enjoyed reading this year.
I’ve been borrowing lots of library books lately. There are tons of titles from new writers and a library card is the best way to test them out. If you don’t have a library card, why not? It’s free and easy. Plus, librarians love it and circulation numbers help them stay open! Add these to your list for your next trip to the library.
In addition to being an excellent reference, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of criminal investigation. It is beautifully designed and a joy to thumb through. Chock-full of tidbits and ephemera, it offers a new way to view old cases.
Don’t feel bad if you have never heard of Bill Baggs. He wouldn’t have minded. In this biography, Condon’s presentation of this little-known character is approachable, despite the deep dive she did into his complicated life.
Richard Osman’s debut novel is a polite, heartfelt version of a crime story involving a retirement home and a handful of murders. At times laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a cracking good yarn with memorable characters.