It's that time of the summer again.
I'm always eager for new suggestions for good books to track down.
What interesting fiction or non-fiction have you folks been enjoying over the past couple of months?
Anything that's inspired you to write a song or lyric on the basis of a story or characters? Or the title?
At the moment, I'm plodding through a series of quite reasonable crime/thriller novels by Laura Lippman. Just finished a few good ones by Mick Herron (a very good writer, with delightful turns of phrase that often had me laughing out loud). Lovely dry humour even amidst the murder and mayhem. I've also recently finished a few of John Le Carre's books. Another excellent storyteller.
On the literature front, I love 'History of the Rain' by Niall Williams. Wonderful writing.
Also, 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler.
And 'Then We Came to the End' by Joshua Ferris.
As well as 'A Fraction of the Whole' by Steve Toltz.
Not to forget 'Etta and Otto and Russell and James'. Lovely book by the Canadian writer Emma Hooper.