Tater’s November 2022 in Books

According to Goodreads, I only finished two books this month. I knew it would be a down month, I didn’t realize it would be that low. I thought I had t have forgotten to add one, but I went back and looked at my weekly recap posts and I did only finish two books this month.

I am in the middle of two books right now and will have a week home alone followed by time in Kentucky in December so I have hope I will end the year on a high note.

What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

A family is carjacked. The incident leaves their daughter and one of the carjackers dead. The dead carjacker is the son of the head of a crime organization. He thinks the dad killed his son. The family goes into witness protection.

I struggled with this one for various reasons. I didn’t like anyone in the family. They were on the hit list of a crime organization and their daughter was dead and all they seemed to worry about was what people thought about their disappearance. The mom wanted to go on Facebook to message her best friend. They irritated me quite a bit. 

It got better in the second half when the dad goes rogue, escaped witness protection, and goes after the real killer himself. It was a little unrealistic, but the reason for the entire incident was interesting and the way everything wrapped up was satisfying.

Righteous Prey by John Sandford

The latest Lucas Davenport/Virgil Flowers book. Lucas and Virgil work together on a federal task force to stop a group of bitcoin billionaires from killing people they thought were bad for the world.

I only gave this one three stars on Goodreads. I love Sandford’s book. I love both characters. This one just dragged for me. I didn’t care much about the story. It was hard to have a rooting interest in a case of bad people killing bad people. Also, thrillers don’t need to be over 400 pages long.

One of the books I am reading now is also taking me forever to read. I need to start tossing books that bog me down. My reading is slow enough these days without making it worse by insisting on finishing slow books.

8 thoughts on “Tater’s November 2022 in Books

  1. I gave myself permission to stop reading a book I was struggling with quite a few years ago. If it’s the book itself, whether the writing style, the characters, the story, then it’s gone. If I think it’s my mood, then I just set it aside and try again later.

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      1. I recently worked slowly through Alan Rickman’s diaries (Truly, Deeply). It was lovely in bits, funny in bits, and very sad in the final stages, but otherwise not that interesting. I persevered because I loved him. But, yes, there has to be a reason for doing so.

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