What I decided to do this week was to keep a list of the books that I saw other people reading near me on the train, and then pick one book each day to talk about for whatever reason it appealed to me! Some days I have titles, other days just the author name, depending on how much I could ascertain from the book without really, really freaking out the other people on the train!
Joe Donnelly (from the cover I would have picked this as some kind of thriller but apparently Joe Donnelly is a fantasy writer. I don't recall having heard of him before)
The Mascot: Unraveling The Mystery Of My Jewish Father's Nazi Boyhood by Mark Kurzem
The book that most interested me on Monday was The Mascot, which I don't recall hearing about before. I find the WWII completely fascinating, and just reading the blurb makes me want to read it! I've requested this one from the library already.
'A powerful book . . . revealing his father's remarkable and horrific story' Sunday TelegraphOne summer's day in 1997, Mark Kurzem returned home to find his father on his doorstep. Alex Kurzem had travelled halfway round the world to reveal a long-kept secret, and now wanted his son's help to piece together his past and his identity.As a five-year-old during the Second World War, Alex Kurzem had watched from a tree as his entire village, including his family, were murdered by a German-led execution squad. He scavenged in the forests of Russia for several months before falling into the hands of a Latvian SS company. After one soldier discovered this young boy was actually Jewish, Alex was made to promise never to reveal his true identity - to forget his old life, his family, and even his name. The young boy became the company's mascot and part of the Nazi propaganda machine responsible for killing his own people.After the war Alex was adopted and his new family made a home in Australia, far from the sites of wartime atrocities. But after fifty years of holding onto this childhood secret, Alex needed to discover and share the astonishing truth about his past.
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (for a while there the Twilight books were in the hands of many commuters!)
Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larssen
Himalaya by Michael Palin
If There Be Thorns by Virginia Andrews
Lyndon B Johnson: Portrait of a President by Robert Dallek (the chapter was called After the Fall which seems to be from this book!)
I used to love watching Michael Palin's travel documentaries, but I have never read any of his books! In fact I used to read a lot of travelogues, but I don't think I have read one for years!
Having risen to the challenge of seas, poles, dhows and deserts, the highest mountains in the world were a natural target for Michael Palin. In a journey rarely, if ever, attempted before, in 6 months of hard travelling Palin takes on the full length of the Himalaya including the Khyber Pass, the hidden valleys of the Hindu Kush, ancient cities like Peshawar and Lahore, the mighty peaks of K2, Annapurna and Everest, the bleak and barren plateau of Tibet, the gorges of the Yangtze, the tribal lands of the Indo-Burmese border and the vast Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh. Facing altitudes as high as 17,500 feet as well as some of the world's deepest gorges, Palin also passed through political flashpoints like Pakistan's remote north-west frontier, terrorist-torn Kashmir and the mountains of Nagaland, only recently open to visitors. They had a brush with the Maoists while filming in Nepal and advice from the Dalai Lama before crossing into Tibet. This book records the pleasure and pain of an extraordinary journey accompanied by the superb photogrpahs of Basil Pao. This is adventure at the very highest level.
Heaven by Virginia Andrews (I was a little surprised that I saw a few Virginia Andrews books this week!)
Open by Andre Agassi
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Australian Citizenship book
This charming man by Marian Keyes
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
Initially I was planning to post about the Australian Citizenship Book, because I am not sure if it is something that other countries have, but instead I am going to talk about the person who was reading I, Alex Cross by James Patterson.
my train friends a couple of times, but what started my connection with these people was books! I always read on the trains, and when there was only one or two of them by themselves they were reading, and one day I started chatting to one of the ladies about the book she was reading, and then since then, I started sitting and chatting with them (which is not actually all that conducive to reading but still). A couple of the girls aren't readers, but if I happen to get on the train and there is just one of the other readers, we might chat, but it is just as likely for one of us to say something along the lines of "I want to read today" and we quite happily sit there reading our books with only the occasional comments!
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes - I quite often stand next to the girl who is reading this book. She has been reading it for a while now but she is nearly at the end!
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
The Serpent Bride by Sara Douglass
The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton (This was a new to me author. Will have to check out more about this book at some point)
Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian classic, and was made into a movie a while ago by Australian Director Peter Weir. I read it in my pre blogging days, and still couldn't really tell you what happened to the girls. Here's the blurb:
On Saint Valentine`s day, 1900. a party of ninteen girls accompanied by two schoolmistresses sets off from a fashionable College for Young Ladies for a day`s outing at the spectacular volcanic mass called Hanging Rock. What begins as a pleasant and happy day out ends in inexplicable terror. The sinister implications of the events cannot be ignored, and Joan Lindsay traces the effects of this mysterious incident on the lives of the people involved.
I had a much shorter commute on Friday as I drove most of the way into the city because the boy had his cricket final on Friday night.
Frostbite by Rachelle Mead
Debt of Honour by Tom Clancy
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
Assegai by Wilbur Smith
I talked a bit before about how I hadn't read many travelogues recently. Another setting I haven't read much of lately is Africa (if you don't count the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books that is). I really enjoy reading big adventure stories, and I am pretty sure if I ever read a Wilbur Smith book I would like it! One day I will...maybe! I really should try and read more Beverly Harper too. I really liked the books I read by her, but haven't read any in a while! Here's the blurb for Assegai:
It is 1913 and ex-soldier turned professional big game hunter, Leon Courtney, is in British East Africa guiding rich and powerful men from America and Europe on safaris in the Masai tribe territories. One of his clients, German industrialist Count Otto Von Meerbach, has a company which builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser’s burgeoning army. But Leon had not bargained for falling passionately in love with Eva, the Count’s beautiful and enigmatic mistress. Just prior to the outbreak of World War I, Leon is recruited by his uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, Commander of the British Forces in East Africa, to gather information from Von Meerbach. He stumbles on a plot against the British involving the disenchanted survivors of the Boer War, but it is only when Eva and Von Meerbach return to Africa that Leon finds out who and what is really behind the conspiracy.So there you have it! My observations about the books that I saw other people reading on the train this week! I might do this again for another Sunday Salon post.
Edited to add: Muse in the Fog has started a Suddenly Sunday meme for people like me, who want to post on a Sunday but can't participate in Sunday Salon because it is now closed to new members. Check out all the details here