Book twenty-three in 2012 – “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane

“The Given Day” is one of my favorite books so far this year. It was recommended to me on Twitter awhile ago by my friend Ricardo. During a conversation about longer audio books, he recommended this one to a couple of us, mentioning the book involved baseball. I went and checked it out on Audible, dismayed to find it was two credits. I put the book in my wishlist, thinking I’d never have two credits.

Audible read my mind! (Or paid attention to the fact that I had a two credits book sitting in my wishlist for awhile.) They sent me an offer, get three credits for the price of two. I immediately thought of “The Given Day” and took Audible up on their offer. I’m so grateful I did!

Carol, if you’re reading this and you haven’t gotten passed the prologue yet, please skip this post.

I’m not really going to give any spoilers, I just had to tease her. When she found out I had read a Dennis Lehane book she was very happy. I had never heard of him before but she was a fan.

I loved this book. Ever since reading Scott Westerfeld’s “Leviathan” series, I’ve wanted to read more historical fiction. ‘Given’ is definitely that. I learned so much about post WWI Boston that I never knew. I learned things about early baseball. I unfortunately learned how awful racism was then and how evil men could be. While the story line is fictional, the mood of the time isn’t.

I found myself shouting at the book, almost crying, wanting to vomit, feeling joy, feeling fear, laughing, wanting to vomit some more, cheering for the underdog, clinging to hope, feeling it vanish, finding it again. I imagined one of my paratransit drivers as one of the characters. I thought about the characters during my day and couldn’t wait to get back to the book at night.

I know I’ll read this book again in the future. I also very much trust recommendations from Ricardo after reading this, and am actually starting another one he recommended tonight.

Speaking of recommendations, I highly recommend “The Given Day”. So so so good!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

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