It’s Monday What Are You Reading #90

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 0 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #90

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

It’s been a while since I read a Miss Marple book and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

I had high hopes for this one. The first half kept me interested but the second half let me down. I won’t be continuing with the trilogy.

Started in Print

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

This is a fun time travel adventure series with plenty of action and humor.

Continued on Audio

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

This is a guilty pleasure series for me and now that I switched from print to audio I won’t go back. Susan Ericksen does an excellent job of narrating this series.

Reviews since my last update:
The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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Weeknd Update – The Things I Liked This Week October 2017 Edition

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Fun, The Things I Liked This Week, Weekend Update | 1 comment

The Things I Liked This Week September 2017

The Things I Liked This Week August 2017

I started doing The Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

I know this feature used to be called Ten Things I Liked This Week but ten was feeling like self-imposed pressure so from now on it’s “however many things I choose to post that I liked this week,”

Here are the things I liked this week:

1. Reading on the porch in mid-October
The weather Sunday afternoon was simply delightful. Rain arrived later in the week.
Reading on the porch in mid-October

 

2. Kiko Alonso
This just made me laugh

 

3. Yep

Bookworms

Thanks to Iirisheyz77 for posting this on Instagram

 

4. The UPS dogs Facebook page
Whenever you need to smile go check this out. It’s photos of the pets (mostly dogs) who greet and ‘help’ their UPS drivers.

 

5. This Baby Emu
Just so excited

 

6. This Mug
I totally need one.
I will probably spill this

 

7. This
Now I think of this every time I see some fake spiderwebs.

 

8. Truth
mansplainer

 

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in 2 stars, 2017, Book Review | 3 comments

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeerAnnihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Format: Ebook
Series: #1 in the Southern Reach Trilogy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 195
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

My Thoughts:
I bought this ebook when it was on a sale after hearing good reviews. Then I forgot I had it until I saw a trailer for the upcoming movie. After finishing a chunkster I wanted a short book to I decided to read this one.

The first half was exciting and kept my interest. I was enjoying the suspense and trying to guess what would happen next. Then the second half happened and the only reason I finished it was because it was so short.

The story went from thriller to just strange and began to feel repetitive. I wasn’t bothered by not having everything explained because I knew going in that this was the first book in a trilogy. I’ll have to look online to find out what happens because I don’t intend to read the other two books.

2 stars Rating 2/5

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The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in 2017, 3.5 stars, Agatha Christie, Book Review, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Body in the Library by Agatha ChristieThe Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery
Format: Trade Paperback and Ebook
Series: #3 in the Miss Marple series
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 1942 Originally, 2011 This Edition
Pages: 207
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing an evening dress and heavy makeup, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?
The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple into their home to investigate. Amid rumors of scandal, she baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.

My Thoughts:
It’s been a while since I read a Miss Marple book. I wanted something short after finishing a chunkster and this was on my ereader. I was just what I needed. A classic mystery with just enough touches of humor.

This time around Miss Marple is one of several people investigating the murder both professional and amateur. Mrs. Bantry wants to be part of the investigation after she invites her friend Jane Marple to find out what happened. She wants the murder solved to prove her husband didn’t have anything to do with it but she doesn’t mind having a little fun along the way. Multiple police departments are involved as well as a retired Scotland Yard commissioner. Of course, Miss Marple is the one who solves the case.

I enjoyed this one partly for the characters and partly for the mystery. I had some guesses along the way but wasn’t sure before Miss Marple explained it all.

Now that I’ve read a few Miss Marple books I’m planning to start the Hercule Poirot series.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Weekend Update – Bookish Nostalgia Ocrober 2017

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Uncategorized, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia October2017

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

Bookish Nostalgia

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Some of these are pre-blog so the links take you to Powell’s for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

 

2004:
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons audio edition narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
This is such a disturbing story. It gave me the creeps. If you’re looking for a creepy Halloween read you should give this one a try.

 

2009:
Still Life by Louise Penny audio edition narrated by Ralph Cosham
This is the first in one of my favorite audio series. If you haven’t started reading this series you should.

 

2010:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K Rowling audio edition narrated by Jim Dale
This was my first time rereading this series in the audio format. It was wonderful. Next time I’m going to listen to the British editions narrated by Stephen Fry.

 

2011:
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray audio edition narrated by the Author
It’s simply fabulous. Instead of filming an all female version of Lord of the Flies (which two men are planning and it’s stupid) they should film this, I liked this audiobook so much I made The Hubster listen to it when we were on a road trip. He loved it too.

 

2012:
Charlotte’s Web by E.B White narrated by the author
Hearing the author read this was simply a lovely experience. From my review:

The audio production is certainly not up to the standards expected today. At one point I distinctly heard something falling over in the background and I heard paper shuffling several times but I didn’t care.

E.B White reads the story much the same way as you’d expect a kindly grandfather to read the story to a child. It was recorded after the book was already a success and this bit from the NPR article was what made me want to hear him.

in 1970, he sat down in a studio to record the narration.
“He, of course, as anyone does doing an audio book, had to do several takes for various things, just to get it right,” Sims says. “But every time, he broke down when he got to Charlotte’s death. And he would do it, and it would mess up. … He took 17 takes to get through Charlotte’s death without his voice cracking or beginning to cry.”

It’s only three and a half hours long so do yourself a favor and listen to it.
 

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