Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week July 2017

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Ten Things, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week July 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week July 2017

I started doing Ten 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.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. A beautiful morning
A lovely morning inspires me to get off the train a few stops early and walk to work.
Pretty morning

 

2. The Musketeers
for the second time We’re partway through rewatching the first and second seasons before we watch the third and final season for the first time. Such a fun show.

The Musketeers

 

3. Fiona spending time with her parents.
(You knew there would be a Fiona update didn’t you?). I have an irrational desire to fly to Cincinnati and hang out at the zoo until I see her in person.

 

4. The Hubster’s birthday present
He adores the Minions for some reason so he needed Turbo Dave. It’s hilarious.

 

5. These clowns
Abby loves Howie. Howie is getting old and was just diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism as well as some other issues. He’s now on daily meds and once the thyroid issue is settled down we’ll see how much of the other things were side effects of that.
Howie and Abby

 

6. Broadchurch
This is just an excellent show. The third and final season is airing now. David Tennant and Olivia Coleman are so good as detectives.
Broadchurch

 

7. Marvin
I was fully prepared to ignore Amazon Prime day until the Roomba. I’m impressed so far.
Roomba

 

8. Field trips for ice cream
On Friday my boss scheduled a ‘meeting’ at Ben and Jerry’s. Supporting our downtown Ben and Jerry’s supports a good cause.

Ben and Jerry's Downtown Portland

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9. This
Turn up the volume

 

10. Wonder Woman
We finally saw it yesterday. I loved it.
Wonder Woman

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright – Audio Edition

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in 2017, 4 stars, Audio, Book Review | 0 comments

Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright narrated by Gabra ZackmanGet Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright narrated by Gabra Zackman

Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Publication Date: 2017
Length: 7 hours 43 minutes
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

A witty, irreverent tour of history’s worst plagues – from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio – and a celebration of the heroes who fought them.

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn’t stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome – a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. And in turn-of-the-century New York, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary.

Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of their responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight. Get Well Soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues we’ve suffered as a species, as well as stories of the heroic figures who selflessly fought to ease the suffering of their fellow man. With her signature mix of in-depth research and storytelling, and not a little dark humor, Jennifer Wright explores history’s most gripping and deadly outbreaks, and ultimately looks at the surprising ways they’ve shaped history and humanity for almost as long as anyone can remember.

My Thoughts:
I heard about this one from some friends on Twitter who were enjoying the audio edition. I had an audible credit available so I bought it.

I enjoyed learning about well known and not so well known diseases and plagues and meidcal care throughout history.

This book is full of interesting facts and tidbits. There’s also quite a bit of sarcasm and humor. The author makes a lot of jokes. Some of them aren’t as funny but I did giggle quite a bit while listening to this.

The narration by Gabra Zackman mostly good. I don’t know whether it was the production or the narrator herself but there was a quirk with this audiobook that was distracting. Almost every sentence sounded as if the playback speed was increased for the first few words. It was noticeable enough that I kept checking my ipod to see if the playback speed setting was changing. I even downloaded the book a second time to see if there was a problem with that but it didn’t make any difference. It was a minor irritation and not enough to make me stop listening.

I do recommend this book but if you choose to read it I recommend that print format.

 

Rating
4 stars 4/5 for the book

3 stars 3/5 for the narration (or maybe the production)

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #84

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

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

Queen & Country Vol. 7: Operation Saddlebags by Greg Rucka

Queen & Country Vol. 7: Operation Saddlebags by Greg Rucka

This spy thriller comic series is extremely well done.

 

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

This little science fiction novella was just wonderful. Put it on your list for your next readathon stack. I’m looking forward to the second in this trilogy.

 

Continued in Print

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E Stevenson

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

This book has been on my TBR list for ages. I’m glad to finally be reading it. It’s just delightful

 

Finished on Audio

Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright narrated by Gabra Zackman

Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright narrated by Gabra Zackman

I enjoyed listening to this nonfiction about plagues and the folks who fought to stop them. I would recommend the print over the audio edition.

 

Started on Audio

Unmentionable the Victorian Ladys Guide to Sex Marriage & Manners by Therese O'Neill narrated by  Betsy Foldes Meiman

Unmentionable the Victorian Ladys Guide to Sex Marriage & Manners by Therese O’Neill narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman

I just started this one yesterday and it’s fun. Makes me glad to have been born in the 20th century.

 

Reviews since my last update:

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Queen & Country Vol. 7: Operation Saddlebags by Greg Rucka

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update The 11 years of Blogging Edition

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Weekend Update
Eleven years of Blogging

This week (Wednesday) is the 11th anniversary of my first post on this blog.

I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for eleven years.

Eleven Years!!

Eleven Years!!

As I said last year a lot has changed. The world has changed. Technology has changed. I’ve changed. Blogging has changed. One thing that has not changed is my love of books and reading.

When I started a blog all those years ago I was planning on it being an online reading journal that I might share with a few friends and family who asked about book recommendations. I was shocked to get a comment from a total stranger a couple of weeks after going live. I had no idea that book blogs were even a ‘thing’.

I followed the links on her blogroll (gosh, remember those) and discovered a whole new world of booklovers and readers. Over the years many have come and gone but I have a solid group of core reading friends I wouldn’t even know if I hadn’t started this blog.

Next month I’m going to meet one of those first commenters who is now a friend. It’s a meetup over ten years in the making.

This little online reading journal led me to a wonderful community of readers who have become my friends. So yeah, it’s totally worth it to still be doing this after all these years.

Thanks for visiting. Thanks for reading. I hope we’ll still be here for many years to come.

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