Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia January 2017

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.”

Most 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 Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
I remember it seemed like everyone was reading this at the same time. I never saw the movie adaptation. Is it any good?

Homestead by Rosina Lippi
This ‘novel’ is structurally a series of connected stories. They take place over a period of 80 years in a tiny village in Austria. Still one of my favorite books of all time. I loved it.

2006:
Hell at the Breech by Tom Franklin
This is proof that I was reading Tom Franklin long before Crooked Letter Crooked Letter hit the bestseller lists. I always describe this book as a brutal story beautifully told. I think it’s brilliant but I mean it when I say it’s brutal. It’s not for the faint of heart but it is just excellent.

2007:
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
From my review: “This book has it all. Of course, at 1463 pages long there’s room for plenty.” It took me a whole month to read this but I am so glad I did. It will remain near the top of my all time favorites list.

2008:
Leavin’ Trunk Blues by Ace Atkins
This is the second in an early series by Ace Atkins. The hero is Nick Travers a former pro football player turned detective who is also a blues historian teaching at Tulane.
From my review:

he takes his Southern Noir style away from the Mississippi Delta and on the road to the South Side of Chicago. He visits both the rich blues history of its past and the danger of its present.

There is a graphic novel adaptation of a short story by Atkins featuring Nick Travers that I need to get my hands on. I’ve seen a few images and it looks good.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!