It’s Monday What Are You Reading #90

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 0 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #90

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 Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

It’s been a while since I read a Miss Marple book and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

I had high hopes for this one. The first half kept me interested but the second half let me down. I won’t be continuing with the trilogy.

Started in Print

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

This is a fun time travel adventure series with plenty of action and humor.

Continued on Audio

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

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

This is a guilty pleasure series for me and now that I switched from print to audio I won’t go back. Susan Ericksen does an excellent job of narrating this series.

Reviews since my last update:
The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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Weekend Update – Bookish Nostalgia Ocrober 2017

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Uncategorized, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia October2017

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.”

Some 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 House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons audio edition narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
This is such a disturbing story. It gave me the creeps. If you’re looking for a creepy Halloween read you should give this one a try.

 

2009:
Still Life by Louise Penny audio edition narrated by Ralph Cosham
This is the first in one of my favorite audio series. If you haven’t started reading this series you should.

 

2010:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K Rowling audio edition narrated by Jim Dale
This was my first time rereading this series in the audio format. It was wonderful. Next time I’m going to listen to the British editions narrated by Stephen Fry.

 

2011:
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray audio edition narrated by the Author
It’s simply fabulous. Instead of filming an all female version of Lord of the Flies (which two men are planning and it’s stupid) they should film this, I liked this audiobook so much I made The Hubster listen to it when we were on a road trip. He loved it too.

 

2012:
Charlotte’s Web by E.B White narrated by the author
Hearing the author read this was simply a lovely experience. From my review:

The audio production is certainly not up to the standards expected today. At one point I distinctly heard something falling over in the background and I heard paper shuffling several times but I didn’t care.

E.B White reads the story much the same way as you’d expect a kindly grandfather to read the story to a child. It was recorded after the book was already a success and this bit from the NPR article was what made me want to hear him.

in 1970, he sat down in a studio to record the narration.
“He, of course, as anyone does doing an audio book, had to do several takes for various things, just to get it right,” Sims says. “But every time, he broke down when he got to Charlotte’s death. And he would do it, and it would mess up. … He took 17 takes to get through Charlotte’s death without his voice cracking or beginning to cry.”

It’s only three and a half hours long so do yourself a favor and listen to it.
 

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #89

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 12 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #89

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 Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

I’ve long been fascinated with the Romanov Dynasty. This look at all the Romanov rulers is very interesting.

 

Started in Print

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

It’s been a while since I read a Miss Marple book.

 

Finished on Audio

The Western Star by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

The Western Star by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

This series is one of my all time favorite audio mystery series. I enjoyed this one because part of it was set in the past when Walt Longmire was just starting work as a deputy sheriff.

 

Started on Audio

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

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

 

Reviews since my last update:
The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

The Western Star by Craig Johnson narrated by Geroge Guidall

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update- September 2017 Reading Wrap-up

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 7 comments

Weekend Update
September 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

September2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Well, this will be short because I apparently sucked at reading in September. I’m not sure why other than just life and work getting in the way over and over again. Blergh. I think I need to make a commitment to myself to set a week each month to read as if the Bout of Books was going on.

I only finished two audiobooks and one graphic novel in September. In print I’m reading and enjoying The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore but just not getting enough time so spend with it. I’m going to see if I can turn off distractions better this week and get back to my long lost reading routine.

Here’s what I read in September

Graphic Novels and Comics

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

 

Audiobooks

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

The Western Star by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

 

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

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Five Books I Want to Read: Fall 2017

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun | 4 comments

Five Books I Want to Read: Fall 2017

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 do so well with getting through my choices.

For Summer I picked 5 books and I finished two of them and I’m currently reading a third. Clearly I was little overambitious regarding my summer reading

The two I finished are:

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I let the Sherlock Holmes books drop off my radar a couple of years ago. It was good to get back to them and finally read this classic.

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O’Neill
This was fun and interesting. I listened to the audio edition narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman.

The one I’m currently reading:

The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore
This history of all the Romanov rulers of Russia is quite interesting.

This Friday is the Autumn Equinox so it’s time to pick my Fall possibilities that I want to read before the Winter Solstice on September 22nd

The Five Books I Want to Read This Fall

I’m going to start with the two I picked for summer but didn’t get to because I still want to read both of them.

 

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.

 

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

This book has been on my TBR list since it was released. It’s about time I read it. I have both print and audio out from the library but I haven’t decided which format I’ll read yet.

 

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

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

Once I started listening to the audio editions of this series I knew I’d never go back to the print editions. I need to read this next one for me before I let too much time pass with this series.

 

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

There was so much buzz about this one when it was released that I didn’t want anything to do with it. Now that there’s been a television adaptation starring Tom Burke (who I loved in The Musketeers), I decided it’s time to finally read it. HBO has the US rights to the television series but no US premiere date has been set yet

 

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

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Weekend Update – Bookish Nostalgia September 2017

Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia September 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.”

Some 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:
Mrs. Pollifax on Safari by Dorothy Gilman – audio edition narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
This is such a delightful series and the one that kicked off my love for Barbara Rosenblat as a narrator.

 

2006:
One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
This continues to be one of my all time favorite books. I should read it again.

 

2008:
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
As old as this one is I was surprised that it didn’t feel more dated. It’s a short book but the gradually building tension makes it disturbing but good.

 

2009:
Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
This is the beginning of a great series about a group of Australian teens and what they do when war breaks out. I have the final two books on my ereader but haven’t read them yet.

 

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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