It’s Monday What Are You Reading #67

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 2 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

A Gentleman's Game by Greg Rucka

A Gentleman’s Game by Greg Rucka

I enjoy Rucka’s Queen & Country comic series. It’s a great spy thriller series. This novel is related to that series and features the same main characters. It works well if you haven’t read the comics at all.

March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with art by Nate Powell

March Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

This is the final volume of an amazing graphic novel trilogy about the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960’s. This should be required reading in schools.

Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

I enjoyed this memoir. Ruth Reichl had a fascination early life that led her to a career as a chef and food writer.


Started in Print

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

I’ve had this one since last September. I’m glad I’m finally reading it. It’s a lot of fun.


Finished on Audio

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman narrated by Cassandra Campbell

I have had the ebook for ages but decided to give the audio format at try. I’m glad I did. I wasn’t sure about Cassandra Campbell’s narration at first but I ended up enjoying her narration I found the story of Piper Kerman’s experience with the prison system quite interesting.


Started on Audio

Nothing yet. I’m on vacation until Wednesday and will start a new audiobook then.


What are you reading?

Reviews since my last update:

A Gentleman’s Game by Greg Rucka

March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia October 2016 Edition

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia September 2016

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.”

This was the month I started tracking my reading with a spreadsheet

Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb
This Eve Dallas series is totally a guilty pleasure of mine. The last one I listened to instead of reading and I love the audio editions.

Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb
Witness in Death in Death by J.D. Robb
More Eve Dallas. Maybe it’s a seasonal thing.

The Great Bridge by David McCullough
Fabulous nonfiction about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Suite Francais by Irene Nemirovsky
Still one of my favorite books of all time

Sharp Objects by Gillain Flynn
She was a great writer long before Gone Girl


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in 2016, 3.5 stars, Book Review | 0 comments

Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table by Ruth ReichlTender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Genre: Memoir
Format: Paperback and ebook
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 284
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that “food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were.” Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. Beginning with Reichl’s mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters who shaped her world and her tastes, from the gourmand Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to those at her politically correct table in Berkeley who championed the organic food revolution in the 1970s. Spiced with Reichl’s infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist’s coming-of-age.

My Thoughts:
One of my friends on LibraryThing has a fabulous culinary arts book list that I periodically browse and add books to my own wish list. I have heard good things about Ruth Reichl’s books so I decided to start with her first.

I really only know Ruth Reichl from her occasional guest judge gigs on Top Chef. I knew she had a good sense of humor and is extremely knowledgeable about food and cooking. Other than that I didn’t know much other than she’s been a food critic and an editor of Gourmet magazine.

This book is about her childhood and early career. She had a difficult relationship with her mother but had other relatives and a family housekeeper who helped build her love for food and cooking.

In the author’s note she says ‘storytelling, in my family, was highly prized”. I enjoyed reading her stories from her fascinating and interesting life. Her travels and adventures are kind of amazing. Her trip to North Africa with a college friend would have terrified me.

Interspersed throughout the book are recipes many of which came from friends and acquaintances. I’m not sure I’d try any of them but there is quite a variety.

I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in 2016, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Graphic Novel | 1 comment

March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with art by Nate PowellMarch: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with art by Nate Powell

Format: Paperback, Graphic Novel
Series: #3 in the March series
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 250
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

By Fall 1963, the Civil Rights Movement is an undeniable keystone of the national conversation, and as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is right in the thick of it. With the stakes continuing to rise, white supremacists intensify their opposition through government obstruction and civilian terrorist attacks, a supportive president is assassinated, and African-Americans across the South are still blatantly prohibited from voting. To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative projects, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. But strategic disputes are deepening within the movement, even as 25-year-old John Lewis heads to Alabama to risk everything in a historic showdown that will shock the world.

My Thoughts:
I cannot recommend this trilogy enough. Even if graphic novels are not something you routinely read I absolutely encourage you to stretch your comfort zone a bit and give it a try. It’s an important story well worth reading.

This is an extremely well done story of the early 1960’s Civil Rights Movement told by one of its key leaders. John Lewis is now a congressman and his story is told with intermissions of him attending Barack Obama’s inauguration. The majority of the story in this volume takes place between the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four little girls and the 1965 Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery.

It’s tough to read at times but given the increasingly vocal racism that has permeated this year’s election season it’s a timely read right now.

The artwork is wonderful. It’s all black and white drawings but the emotions are well portrayed. The violence is a major part of this history and while it’s clearly portrayed enough to be unsettling it’s never too graphic (unlike the real events).

If you have kids this is an excellent nonfiction series in a very accessible format to teach them about the battle for the right to vote.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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