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Been several days without that little pull in the hamstring, so I'm planning another try on Monday. Suppose I could have waited until after I actually tried to run before I posted about it, but I'm a little antsy.

Other than that, not much happening here.

Latest books:

  • The Dark Tower (VII - last one). Stephen King. Sort of just wanted this one to be over. Hated the ending. King wrote that he added it after the first publication because everyone wanted a "real" ending. I think he should have left it where it was.
  • The Rembrandt Affair. Daniel Silva. Israeli superspy Gabriel Allon wins again.
  • The Mark of the Assassin. Daniel Silva. Not about Allon, but a side figure from the CIA. Not a bad escape.
  • Watchers. Dean Koontz. Never read any Koontz before, but I've decided I will.
  • The Silent Corner. Dean Koontz. Confirmed my decision on Koontz.
  • Gilead. Marilynne Robinson. Small town in Iowa. Well written but pretty boring.
  • Lila. Marilynne Robinson. One of the sidebooks from Gilead. Good writing but didn't like the character.
  • Jack. Marilynne Robinson. Another. Really disliked this guy, who had so few (none?) redeeming qualities.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing. Delia Owens. Heard this was popular lately, so gave it a shot. Didn't love it. The twist ending was no surprise.
  • Casino Royale. Ian Fleming. Seen all the 007 movies but this was the first time reading one of the originals. May or may not do more.
  • The Guest List. Lucy Foley. Not a bad little mystery, well told from several different perspectives.
  • Strange and Obscure Stories of World War II. Don Aines. The chapters about different war movies could have been skipped, but the actual stories were interesting and worth the time.
  • The Bomber Mafia. Malcolm Gladwell. ALWAYS a fan of Gladwell's work.
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Suzanne Collins. Prequel to The Hunger Games series. If you like HG, you'll probably like this, too.

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I love a good book list so am glad you posted! I didn't think Where the Crawdads Sing was as great as the hype either; it was good but not The Best. I've read The Guest List and liked that one, and The Balland of Songbirds and Snakes is a must-read for anyone who read all of the others in that series, even though it's not the best IMO.  Not sure I'll add any of these others to my list to read.  Maybe Dean Koontz?

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