It’s Monday What Are You Reading #85

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 0 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

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 I finally read it. It was just delightful

 

Started in Print

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle


This is yet another of those childhood classics I never read. When I saw all the excitement over the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptatiion I decided It was time to remedy that.

 

Finished 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

This was a fun look back at the realities of living in the Victorian Age. Makes me glad to have been born in the 20th century.

 

Started on Audio
Nothing yet but when I get back from vacation next week I’ll be starting The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess who finished the book after the death of Elizabeth Peters. It’s narrated by Barbara Rosenblat who has done such a fabulous job of narrating this series.

 

Reviews since my last update:
Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright – Audio Edition

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

 

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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Weekend Update – June 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update
June 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

June 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s what I read in June:

Novels and Novellas

Imitation in Death by J.D Robb (audio narrated by Susan Ericksen)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (review coming this week)

 

Graphic Novels and Comics

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

Secret Path by Gord Downie

Queen & Country: Operation Saddlebags by Greg Rucka

 

Nonfiction

Oops! I didn’t finish my nonfiction audio before the end of the month. I read two last month and will read two next month so my average nonfiction reading this year is still good.

 

Hope you had a great reading month in June. What was the best book you read last month?

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #83

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 6 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

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I adore the movie and have been intending to read this for years. There were things I loved about it and a few things I didn’t like so much.

 

Secret Path by Gord Downie with art by Jeff Lemire

Secret Path by Gord Downie with art by Jeff Lemire

This is a graphic novel that goes along with an album by Gord Downie. It’s a beautifully heart wrenching story of a young boy that died while trying to get home from a residential school in Canada in the 1960’s

 

Started 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.

 

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

 

Finished on Audio

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

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

This series is a guilty pleasure of mine. The audio editions are are so good I’ll never go back to the print editions.

 

Started on Audio

Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright narrated by Gabra Zackman

Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright narrated by Gabra Zackman

 

Reviews since my last update:

Secret Path by Gord Downie

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

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia June 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia June 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:
Final Account by Peter Robinson
Robinson’s Inspector Banks series is just excellent. It’s been far too long since I’ve read one. I need to fix that.

2005:
gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
This was her first book and it was just wonderful. If you haven’t read it, you should.

2006:
Birdman by Mo Hayder
This is the first in her Detective Jack Caffery series. It’s rather brutal but she does such an fabulous job with this series and it’s troubled protagonist,. This is yet another series I need to get back to.

2007:
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
Parrado was one of the survivors of a plane crash in the Andes in 1972. His first person account is harrowing and uplifting.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Five Books I Want to Read: Summer 2017

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun | 6 comments

Five Books I Want to Read: Summer 2017

I’ve been doing this seasonal list of Top Books I’d Like to Get To for a while now. This time I did pretty good with getting through my choices.

For Spring I picked 5 books and I finished four of them and I’m currently reading the fifth.

The four I finished are:

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy
This is the fourth in a cozy mystery series featuring a White House Chef.

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
This one languished on my shelf far too long. A book about the elements of the Periodic Table sounds a bit dry but it wasn’t. It was a lot of fun and filled with wonderful tidbits of scientific history.

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey
The Serge Storms series is wild, violent and totally wacky. I love it.

1776 by David McCullough
This is another one that sat on my shelf for far too long after I bought it. I enjoyed it and learned a lot.

The one I’m still reading:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I adore the movie and I’m having fun reading the book.

Today is the Summer Solstice so it’s time to pick my Summer possibilities that I want to read before the Fall Equinox on September 22nd.

The Five Books I Want to Read This Summer

For this summer I’m picking a mix of non-fiction and books from series I’m currently reading.

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

I bought The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore back in December but haven’t read it yet. I’ve always been fascinated with the Romanov Dynasty.

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I started reading the Sherlock Holmes books several years ago. It’s been a while and The Hound of the Baskervilles is next for me.

 

 Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O'Neill

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O’Neill

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O’Neill is an audiobook I bought a while ago. I keep hearing more good reviews of it so it’ll be coming up soon on my iPod.

 

The Blackhouse by Peter May

The Blackhouse by Peter May

More and more people keep telling me that The Blackhouse by Peter May and the rest of the trilogy are excellent. I need to read it.

 

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor is fun time travel adventure. I need to read the next one up for me, Second Chance.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?

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