Juliet, Naked | By Nick Hornby

Another winner from Mr. Hornby. Many of his books are made into movies for a good reason – he writes great stories. This one is set in a little seaside town in England where we meet an unmarried couple, Annie and Duncan. Duncan has an unhealthy obsession with an American musician who hasn’t recorded in ages. He blogs with a few others who feel the same way about the music and Annie just seems to go along with it – for years. One day they have an argument about the music which effectively ends their relationship and Annie actually starts writing to the artist online, without Duncan having a clue about what is going on. As is typical of Hornby’s writing, this is another intelligent book with great character development throughout.

The Lost Symbol | By Dan Brown

I actually enjoyed the story in this novel. Brown is masterful at creating suspenseful scenes that completely capture you as you are reading. The main character in this book is a continuation of Da Vinci and Angels and Demons but I really think this story is superior. It is engaging and totally creepy at times even if the story is a little silly. How many people are poring over the monuments of D.C. to find all the markings Brown has written about I don’t know but it solidifies that he is convincing if nothing else. A great book for when you have a couple of hours to just read as you won’t want to put it down.

Heaven By Randy Alcorn

Got questions about heaven? This is the book for you. Many use this more as a reference but I just plowed through. It is somewhat of a tome and not a quick read but very interesting stuff nonetheless – all qualified with Scripture as well. I have to say the chapters on animals and pets were wonderful and very thoughtful. An intelligent read well worth the time and you may finally answer the question of whether or not all dogs go to heaven.

U is for Undertow | By Sue Grafton

Well Ms. Grafton is back. After the last couple of mildly disappointing books this one is a winner. Kinsey fans will jump into this one which involves an unsolved crime from 20 years previously. A young man visits Kinsey with a request to follow up on a memory he has of when he was a child. The case involves people our heroine went to school with and memories she’d rather forget. These mysteries are all written in the late 80s so no modern technology which is hilarious; research being done in the library and people being chased down by phone call – how prehistoric but so retro!