Molasses in January

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”  Groucho Marx

I am a slow reader. Thus, this is a slow page, a gradual collection of four and five star books that I have read. You could wait a while for the next book because the books I finish are sometimes three stars (okay read). And the others? I gave up on them before page fifty. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an uninteresting book. I probably got distracted.

Books by Indie Authors

I have made a commitment to reading indie authors and hope you can do the same. Do you read 200 books a year? Make 10 of them by new and self-published authors. It won’t break the bank. If you read more like twenty books a year like me, try two indie books. Is that too much?

Here is a list of indie authors I have read. I am not a reviewer. A reviewer might not be nice. My goal is to be nice. I wouldn’t list a book here if there wasn’t something redeeming about it, a diamond in the rough.

  • The Last Monument by Michael C. Grumley. An adventure story, fun read.
  • Approaching Shatter (Echo #1) by Kent Wayne. I don’t usually start series because, you know, slow as molasses. If I wait long enough, maybe I’ll forget that I really wanted to know what happened next.
  • The Bahawre Secret by Chris L. Meyers. If you like dragons, this is for you.
  • Fire Within by Morten W. Simonsen. Three sons of a king on three separate paths.
  • How to Travel While Being Dirt Cheap by Hugo Morel. Travel tips from one who knows.
  • Reflection of Memories by Tesa Jones. A realistic romance more like how real people experience love.
  • The Bahawre Legend & The Bahawre Covenant by Chris L. Meyers. The first two books of a series. I also read the third one and there is a fourth coming. I like the story and want to know how it ends. I’m waiting. Featured Indie Author.
  • Unlonely Planet by Billy Curry. A memoir of the author’s travels when younger.
  • The Trials of Hercules by Tammie Painter. Featured Indie Author.

Books I’ve Read Recently (recently means that I still remember reading it). These are non-indie books. The highlighted books are my favorites. Symbols: *book club choice; ^independent choice; ! plucked from my bookshelf; %recommended to me. All of these are recommended (4 or 5 stars).

2021

  • ^The Names by Don DeLillo.
  • * The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate.
  • *A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.
  • ^Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor.

2020

  • *American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  • ^The Psychology of Time Travel: A Novel by Kate Mascarenhas
  • *Circling the Sun by Paul McLain
  • ^Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis
  • *Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister
  • *The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
  • *The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • ^Recursion by Blake Crouch
  • ^Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • ^Love and Summer by William Trevor
  • *The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • %There There by Tommy Orange

2019

Symbols: *book club choice; ^independent choice; ! plucked from my bookshelf; %recommended to me. All of these are recommended (4 or 5 stars). Highlighted books are my favorites.

  • *Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
  • *The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
  • *The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
  • ^Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates
  • *Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • *Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • ^A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
  • %Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • !Gardener to the King by Frederic Richaud

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