Monday, June 11, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.   

Dublin Dead   (Mulcahy, #2)
Synopsis here.
I wish I had read the first book in the series The Priest as there are constant references back to it. Normally I don't mind if I read a series out of order, but it did make a difference in this case.
I knew many of the neighbourhoods he mentions in Dublin, so I liked knowing where he was talking about.
I liked the book until I got to the end then felt like it ended abruptly. it felt like it needed more substance to the story.

City of Bohane
From the book jacket:
As if Joyce had sat down and written Sin City -- this is the cool, comic, violent and lyrical debut novel from Ireland's most talented new writer. 
Thirty or so years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the North Rises and the eerie bogs of the Big Nothin' that the city really lives. For years it has all been under the control of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But they say his old rival Gant Broderick is back; there is dissent within the Fancy ranks; there are problems with the missus... and then there's his mother. 
City of Bohane is a provincial noir of mesmerising imagination and vaulting linguistic invention. Cool and comic, violent and lyrical, it is a taste of the startlingly new.

This is certainly an imaginative  story that kept me engaged to find out what would happen next. 
I loved this book, the writing is so imaginative and descriptive. 
It's a cross between West Side Story and Mad Max set in Ireland in 2054!! 

All the characters are memorable and certainly well-dressed. I loved Kevin Barry's descriptions of their outfits.

One of the first sentences in the book totally captured my imagination:
"Mouth of teeth on him like a vandalised graveyard but we all have our crosses” 
Yet another great description:
“The bed was an insomniac’s heroically rumpled nest”
I could go on and on with examples of his incredible prose but I won't.

This Beautiful Life
From the book jacket:

When the Bergamots move from a comfortable upstate college town to New York City, they’re not quite sure how they’ll adapt—or what to make of the strange new world of well-to-do Manhattan. Soon, though, Richard is consumed by his executive role at a large New York university, and Liz, who has traded in her academic career to oversee the lives of their children, is hectically ferrying young Coco around town.
Fifteen-year-old Jake is gratefully taken into the fold by a group of friends at Wildwood, an elite private school.
But the upper-class cocoon in which they have enveloped themselves is ripped apart when Jake wakes up one morning after an unchaperoned party and finds an email in his in-box from an eighth-grade admirer. Attached is a sexually explicit video she has made for him. Shocked, stunned, maybe a little proud, and scared—a jumble of adolescent emotion—he forwards the video to a friend, who then forwards it to a friend. Within hours, it’s gone viral, all over the school, the city, the world.
The ensuing scandal threatens to shatter the Bergamots’ sense of security and identity, and, ultimately, their happiness. They are a good family faced with bad choices, and how they choose to react, individually and at one another’s behest, places everything they hold dear in jeopardy.
This Beautiful Life is a devastating exploration of the blurring boundaries of privacy and the fragility of self, a clear-eyed portrait of modern life that will have readers debating their assumptions about family, morality, and the sacrifices and choices we make in the name of love.
2012 books read (39 to date):
The Coast Road - John Brady
Still Midnight - Denise Mina
The Bulgari Connection - Fay Weldon
Good Bait - John Harvey
The Heretic's Treasure - Scott Mariani
Dead I Well May Be - Adrian McKinty
The Devil's Elixir - Raymond Khoury
A Darker Domain - Val McDermid
The Impossible Dead - Ian Rankin
GB84 - David Peace
The Emperor's Tomb - Steve Berry
Stonehenge Legacy - Sam Christer
Inquisition - Alfredo Colitto ABANDONED!
The Troubled Man - Henning Mankell
Nineteen Seventy-Four - David Peace
Faithful Place - Tana French
Dead Like You - Peter James
Brother and Sister - Joanna Trollope
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton ABANDONED!
A Beginner's Guide to Acting English -Shappi Khorsandi
The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
The Leopard - Jo Nesbo
The Stone Cutter - Camilla Lackberg
Miramar - Naguib Mahfouz
The Gallow's Bird - Camilla Lackberg
Nineteen Seventy- Seven - David Peace
Timeline - Michael Crichton
Millennium People - JG Ballard
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Birdman - Mo Hayder
Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright
The Paris Vendetta - Steve Berry
Little Girls Lost - Jack Kerley
The Reutrn of the Dancing Master - Henning Mankell
Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
Dublin Dead - Gerard O'Donovan
City of Bohane - Kevin Barry


  1. This Beautiful Life sounds like it could be very interesting. The plot sounds like it could be ripped from newspaper headlines. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!

  2. Congratulations on your list! :) Looks like some good ones!

    Happy reading this week!
    What are YOU reading @ The Brunette Librarian??

  3. This Beautiful Life looks very tempting!

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. Love that cover for This Beautiful Life. Hope you enjoy your reads this week and thanks for stopping by earlier!

    What I'm Reading

  5. How do you find the time to read so much? ;)
    I'm always really impressed with your Monday lists.

  6. I find it fascinating that I have only read three of the same books you have...and all three are in the same series, the Hunger Game series.

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I'd love to have you stop by!


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