If you are looking for some good reading that will probably keep you up later than you’d planned, here are three recent reads, all of which I’d give four stars (out of five).

I’m not sure if any of them will make it to my Best Reads of 2012 (you’re keeping your list to send me in Dec., right?), but all three are involving, well written, and have value beyond being ‘page turners.’

  1. Trapeze, by Simon Mawer, author of The Glass Room, among others
  2. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, author of Dark Places, Sharp Objects
  3. Broken Harbor, by Tana French, author of In the Woods, The Likeness, and Faithful Place

If you’re looking for non-fiction, let me repeat myself from earlier postings about two books that I would give five stars:

1. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Caro’s latest tome on LBJ. If presidential politics, leadership, power and how Washington really works is an interest of yours, invest the time in this one.

2. A Real Emotional Girl: Memoirs of Love and Loss, Tanya Chernov. The more I reflect on this first book by a 30 year old, the more amazing I think it is and the more I am convinced that it is deserving of your time.

Coming out, tho not soon enough, are two books I am looking forward to reading

  1. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks. I’m a great fan. There is an excerpt of this book in the Aug. 27th New Yorker. The book will be released Nov. 6, 2012.
  2. Sutton, by J.R. Moehringer, author of the wonderful memoir The Tender Bar (MillersTime review). Moehringer also collaborated with Andre Agassi to write OpenSutton is due to be released Sept. 25, 2012.

Finally, although I kiddingly referred to this above, I am planning again to ask for your Best Reads of the year. I will do so in early December and so hope you will respond with the names of the books you have most enjoyed this year.