Weekend Update – The Five Books I Want to Read Spring 2017 Edition

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Five Books I Want to Read Spring 2017

The Five Books I Want to Read Spring 2017 Edition

I’ve been doing this seasonal list of Top Books I’d Like to Get To for a while now. This time I didn’t read all the books I picked but I’m carrying over the one I haven’t started yet for next time.

For Winter I picked 5 books and I finished three of them. The other two I DNF’d near the halfway point

The three I finished are:

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
I loved this. I admired Ruth Bader Ginsburg before I read it but I admire her even more afterwards.

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
I enjoyed this audiobook mostly because the author’s narration was excellent. I doubt I would have liked it in print.

The two I DNF’d are:
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
The Hubster loves this series but it’s just not for me.

The Likeness by Tana French
I wanted to love this book but I didn’t

Tomorrow is the Spring Equinox so it’s time to move on and pick my Spring possibilities that I want to read before the Summer Solstice on June 20th.

The Five Books I Want to Read This Summer

This time around I’m focusing on books I want to read for the 2017 What’s in a Name Challenge. This is the only official reading challenge that I join every year. I typically end up finishing the final book some time in December. This year I’d like to wind it up earlier for a change. I was able to pick most of the books for this challenge from books that were already om my TBR list so now I want to get them read.

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy – I’ve read the earlier books in this cozy mystery series and enjoyed them. This one qualifies for the category of a book title with a compass direction.

 

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean has been on my ereader for years. This challenge is just the nudge I need to finally read it. This one qualifies for the category of a book title with an item/items of cutlery.

 

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey is the next book for me in his Serge Storms series. It’s guaranteed to be completely bananas. This one qualifies for the category of a book title in which at least two words share the same first letter

 

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough has been on my bookshelf since it was first released. After listening to Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell last weekend I’m looking forward to reading this soon. This one qualifies for the category of a book title with a number in numbers.

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is not for the What’s in a Name Challenge. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read this book. I picked up this gorgeous illustrated edition last weekend and I’m excited about reading it soon.

 

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

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update: February 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up | 6 comments

Weekend Update
February 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

February 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

I spent most of the month on a book that just wasn’t grabbing me. I finally set it aside. I probably shoud have done so earlier.

Here’s what I read in February
Novels
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Graphic Novels and Comics
Paper Girls 2 by Brian K, Vaughan

The Fade Out Act One by Ed Brubaker

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham (review coming this week)

Audiobooks
H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

DNF
The Likeness by Tana French

 

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

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #75

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 12 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

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

All of my friends who recommended this book were right. I loved it.

 

Started in Print

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

This is the second in Archer’s Clifton Chronicles. The Hubster recently finished the series and enjoyed it. It’s been a while since I finished the first book so it’s nice to get back to this series.

 

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

This graphic novel is part of Willingham’s Fables series. I love the series and this on featuring Bigby Wolf is good so far.

 

Abandoned in Print

The Likeness by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French

I wanted to love this but it just wasn’t working for me. Maybe some other time.

 

Finished on Audio

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

I don’t think I would have finished this one in print but the author’s narration totally made the audio. I loved listening to her. There were parts of this I enjoyed and other parts I didn’t like as much. I think the fact that I only listen to audiobooks in the car and therefore in small increments helped with this one.

 

Started on Audio

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley narrated by Jayne Entwistle

I had heard good things about the audio editions of this series so I decided to give it a try, Flavia de Luce is a great character and Jayne Entwistle does a fabulous job as her voice.

 

Reviews since my last update:

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

The Likeness by Tana French

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia February 2017 Edition

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia February 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 Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory
I remember it seemed like everyone was reading this at the same time. I never saw the movie adaptation. Is it any good?

2004:
The Killing Floor by Lee Child
This is the first in his Jack Reacher series. I need to get back to that series. It’s been a couple of years since I last read one.

2006:
Leaving Ireland by Ann Moore
This is the middle book in a trilogy. It’s entertaining historical fiction beginning in Ireland and moves to America.

2007:
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
This was (at the time) a new translation by Richard Pevear. It was a lot of fun.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Forget every Frankenstein movie you’ve ever seen and read this book

2008:

Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
I was glad I finally read this classic. It’s got love, loss, war, emotional and political upheaval, wonderful writing, a complex story and one well worth reading.

Peter the Great by Robert K. Massie
Massie is the master of Rusian royalty biographies. This one is huge but it has to be because Peter lived a long and fascinating life.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Rereading childhood favorites can be risky but this one held up and I enjoyed it all over again.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #74

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 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

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

This 0ne languished on my shelf for way too long. I admired Ruth Bader Ginsburg before I read it and I admire her more after reading it.

Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

This one is such fun. Time travel, 1980’s nostalgia, science fiction and just the right touch of humor.

The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker

The Fade Out, Act One by Ed Brubaker

1948 Hollywood. A noir mystery story that takes place around the making of a noir movie. So good and I can’t wait to continue with the trilogy.

Continued in Print

The Likeness by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French

I loved her first book and have had this one on my shelf for way too long. I’ve been kind of hit and miss about reading it but I’m enjoying it and hoping to get some quality time with it this week.

 

Continued on Audio

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

This is absolutely not my normal reading/listening fare. I heard so many good things about the narration by the author of the audio edition that I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did. Her narration of her memoir is wonderful.

 

Reviews since my last update:

The Last Kingdom (DNF’d) by Bernard Cornwell

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

The Fade Out Act One by Ed Brubaker

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia January 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 8 comments

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!

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