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NYRB Classic Series

For all of the various ways we as readers can discover new authors and titles (amazing librarian recommended titles being a fantastic one), there are still those moments, even as a librarian, that the girth of new and exciting books to choose from overwhelms me, leading to a kind of mental paralysis. To get around this, I've recently decided that what I need is to focus my reading efforts. I am going to try my hand at reading only books published as part of the New York Review Books series (NYRB) for the next couple of months. I'm starting off this project with Arthur Schnitzler's Late Fame. From their web site:

The NYRB Classics series is dedicated to publishing an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, tell-all memoirs and learned studies, established classics and cult favorites, literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life.


Sandra Brown is still cranking them out!

 It has been many years since I have read any of Sandra Brown’s books. I mean decades. However, because I’m boycotting TV I picked a couple of her books up recently. Saying that I’m boycotting TV is really saying a lot. Normally I watch a lot of movies and Netflix but since January, I have been reading in my leisure time. The lighter the content the better. So, I’m catching up on Sandra Brown.

 

I started with reading Friction. It had a decent story line but more importantly I found it relaxing to read  rather than watching the news. Right now, I’m reading Sting. Sting caught my attention because the book jacket said the main male character is a hitman. He’s the hottie of the story, most of the time his character is the hero, but in Sting, so far he is looking like a criminal. I’m sure Sandra is going to throw a twist in there somewhere. If she is going to surprise me I haven’t figured out how yet. If not, I don’t think I can wrap my mind around rooting for a killer. I don’t care how much of a honey he is, I don’t want to see him romance the savvy businesswoman.

Anyway, Sandra Brown is one of the better-known romance writers and I’m sure she knows what she is doing. I hope so because I was planning to read Mean Streak next or maybe I’ll be ready for a good nonfiction.

Maybe the next 4 years won’t be so long after all! I just finished Sting and there are a couple of surprises. One I never expected but it was a zinger!