Thursday, December 03, 2009

Book Recommendation? What’s that?

This week’s blog will help me more than it will help our Type M readers. Monday, I read Vicki’s post outlining the Type M gang’s book recommendations and was excited to recommend some books I’ve read during the past year—until I hit her “ground rules” line: “…they must have been published in 2008 or 2009.”

Okay, I thought, let’s see what books I’ve read that were published within the last two years. Well, you can never go wrong with a Robert B. Parker title. I loved “Hundred-Dollar Baby,” but that’s the last Spenser novel I read, and it was published by Putnam in 2006. That’s alright, I thought, I’m reading—and absolutely loving—Greg Isle’s “Third Degree,” except that one was published in 2007 (however, the paperback edition came out in 2008, so, technically, it makes Vicki’s criteria). I’m listening to “The Church of Dead Girls” by Stephen Dobyns, which has blown me away, but was published in 1998 by St. Martin’s. Even those in my bedside “to-be-read” pile are at least a couple years old (Michael Chabon’s 2007 Edgar-nominated “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union”), or even older (Ross MacDonald’s 1949 classic “The Moving Target”).

As a teacher, I read many “classics” over and over again, even in my Mystery Literature class. And like most writers, when I have a free half-hour and must choose between reading and writing, I write.

I apologize if you turned if for a recommendation. Only “Third Degree” fits the bill. But this week’s post has taught me that I need to read more contemporary fiction. So I’ll take my colleagues’ advice, find a quiet corner, and prepare for next year’s recommendations!


Charles benoit said...

That's how I felt my first year we did this end-of-the-year shoppers guide and it did change (slightly) my reading habits.

Rick Blechta said...

I'm too busy reading 2009 books to comment. Oh...I guess I just did!


John Corrigan said...

The new guy is still taking it on the chin from Blechta!