March was a busy month and then April rolled in and suddenly personal life tool center stage. Everything is back to normal and for the first time all week I don’t feel like I’m dying (killer headache immediately followed by food poisoning). So, here are the books I managed to read in March.
First up, the best book of the month by far Three Moons Over Sedona by Sherry Hartzler. This was a beautifully written story about an “older” woman who discovers her true self only after running away from home when she became a widow. The story is really a love story, not because she falls madly in love with someone, but because she learns to love life by doing what she loves regardless of what the perceptions are from her family, friends, or neighbors. I will easily read more books by this author, who was completely unknown to me before I picked up the book. I appreciate good writing, well crafted characters, and true love being expressed without explicit love scenes.
My second favorite book of March, Robert Crais’ Suspect, was a great listen from an old favorite author. The scenes written from the point of view of Maggie the dog were so touching and realistic I could have sworn she was out back waiting to chase a read or green tennis ball. The book is a beautiful example of the healing power of animals in our lives, even though the book is a work of fiction.
For years I’ve been tempted or tried to read Archer Mayor’s Joe Gunther series. In March, I finished the first book Open Season and loved it. Brattleboro, VT is a real place and is truly beautiful. The descriptions of Vermont and Connecticut in the book brought back memories of living in New England. While I don’t miss the bitterly cold winters or the short growing season, I do miss four seasons immensely sometimes. Next time I feel so inclined to miss living in New England I will pick up a Joe Gunter series book and remind myself just how pissed off my knees would be for most of the year and the feeling will quickly pass while I enjoy a Joe Gunther mystery.
A light quick read of the Jack Daniels series by J.A. Konrath. Nothing special or memorable about the book but at least the series is funny while sometimes being over the top in it’s gore. I’m not much for gore but in the context of this book, the gore was appropriate to the setting of the book.
Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn is the last installment of the Star Wars: The Old Republic novels that tie into the video game released in 2012. These are part of the Expanded Universe and deal with a time long before time frame of the Star Wars movies. As usual, the book was an Audible listen for me and a fantastic one. The story was great, the narration awesome, and the characters believable. To be frank,the Star Wars novels are so well done on Audible that I usually end up pick up another one every month despite telling myself not to. What can I say?
The last book was another excellent read, in fact I don’t think I read anything poor the entire month of March. Vol’jin was a great read that should have been released much earlier in the expansion cycle for World of Warcraft. The amount of depth Michael Stackpole managed to provide to important in-game characters was fantastic. Unfortunately, none of that depth of character development is carried over into the game and thus characters I gained tremendous respect for because of this novel I despise in the game. I don’t play World of Warcraft anymore, and I won’t be playing ever again, but I will continue to read Warcraft novels. If only the development team of the game had an iota of the talent that the writers of the novels have, the game wouldn’t be nearly as stagnant as it is now.