'Sapiens' : Yuval Noah Harari

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

Sapiens uses history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage...and our future. A fascinating read.

Historical Fiction

'The Mirror and the Light' : Hilary Mantell

A brilliant end to this superb historical trilogy on Cromwell, the ordinary man who rises to an exalted status under Henry VIII. Mantel’s research is impeccable, her blend of fact and fiction is extraordinary, nowhere is this more apparent than in her amazing characterisations. Despite knowing where this is all heading, the tension and suspense had me biting my nails! Simply marvellous and highly recommended.

'Oligarchy' : Scarlett Thomas

If anyone can write the voice of a young adult in heart, spirit and dialogue, Scarlett Thomas can and has successfully accomplished this feat. I loved her dark humor and quirky style! This is an absolute brilliant writing with layers upon layers of adolescent bizarreness that is fun, addicting and menacingly, one hilarious read!

Historical Fiction
'War Lord' : Bernard Cornwell

A favorite series, a favorite character in Lord Uhtred, a talented author equals one exciting read. The action in this book leads up to The Battle of Brunanburgh of 937. The alliance of so many coming against Athelstan is portrayed in blood, oaths, dreams, prayers and human suffering. It also defined England. Fans of Uhtred will not be disappointed.

Crime Fiction
'Camino Winds' : John Grisham

In John Grisham's second book featuring Camino Island, Bruce Cable's Bay Books--and the entire island--is preparing for the first direct hit by a hurricane in a long time. Hurricane Leo heads straight for the island. Bruce and a small band of friends ignore the mandatory evacuation order and hunker down to ride out the storm. In the aftermath, the island is destroyed in many places. And Nelson Kerr, one of Bruce's author friends, is found dead.

Still, despite the hurricane and the murder and other various killings, this is actually a fun read and Grisham gives us an engaging mystery.