Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia June 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 0 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 | 2 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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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #82

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 3 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 Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

This was fun and interesting nonfiction about the elements of the Periodic Table. Lots of interesting scientific history.

 

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

I ended up having fairly mixed feelings about this one. There is definitely some beautiful writing in it but the story as a whole left me a bit flat.

 

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

This is simply a fabulous graphic novel and you should read it.

 

Started 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. I picked up this gorgeous illustrated edition earlier this year and decided to finally read it.

 

Continued 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 has been a guilty pleasure of mine for years. After listening to the audio of the previous book I’m not going back to the print editions. Susan Ericksen does a great job of narrating this mix of police procedural, light science fiction, and romance.

 

Reviews since my last update:

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The 2017 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap Up

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

The 2017 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Tenth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

What's In A Name 2017

What’s In A Name 2017

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. I typically end up looking for a book in December to fit that one tricky category that seems to come up almost every year. This year I completed the challenge before the end of May. I think that’s the earliest I’ve ever completed this annual challenge

Here are the 2017 categories and the books I read:
(Clicking the images will take you to my reviews)

A number in numbers 

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

 

A building

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

 

A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

 

A compass direction

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

 

An item/items of cutlery

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

 

A title in which at least two words share the same first letter

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

 

It’s not too late to join in on this challenge. For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole.

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – May 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up | 4 comments

Weekend Update
May 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

May 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s what I read in May

Novels

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Review coming this week)

 

Graphic Novels and Comics

Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

 

Nonfiction

The Disappearing Spoon< /strong> by Sam Kean

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (audio narrated by the author)

 

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

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia May 2017 Edition

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia May 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.

2005:
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
This is a fun memoir of the author’s rather interesting childhood.

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
I loved her earlier book (The Secret Life of BeesThe Secret Life of Bees) but I hated this one.

2007:
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
This was good but his book about Theodore Roosevelt before he became president (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt) was even better

2008:
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
This book was so good. I would like to read it again.

2009:
The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill
This is the first in her wonderful Simon Serrailler series. I highly recommend it.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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