What’s in a Name Challenge 2018

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, What's in a Name | 2 comments

The 2018 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 Eleventh Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

What's In A Name 2018

What’s In A Name 2018

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. It’s not a huge commitment and I usually manage to check off most of the categories randomly without even trying. There are usually a couple of categories that I end up needing to actively search for a book but that’s always a fun search and I’ve found some real gems along the way. This year I picked up both The Disappearing Spoon and The Blue Castle at least partly because of this challenge

The 2018 categories are as follows:

The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!):

  • The word ‘the’ used twice (The Secret By The Lake; The End Of The Day, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time)
  • A fruit or vegetable (The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society; The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake)
  • A shape (The Ninth Circle, The Square Root Of Summer, Circle Of Friends)
  • A title that begins with Z – can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’ (Zen In The Art Of Writing; The Zookeeper’s Wife, Zelda)
  • A nationality (Anna And The French Kiss; How To Be A Kosovan Bride; Norwegian Wood)
  • A season (White Truffles In Winter; The Spring Of Kasper Meier; The Summer Queen; Before I Fall; The Autumn Throne)

As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole by clicking on the image above.

Half the fun of this challenge is looking for books that might work. I’m looking forward browsing my TBR lists to find books that fit for the 2018 categories.

Hope you decide to join in the fun

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November 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up | 0 comments

November 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

November 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s what I read in November:

Novels

The Blackhouse by Peter May (review coming next week)

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (audio narrated by various artists) (review coming next week)

Comic Collections and Graphic Novels

The Fade Out Act Two by Ed Brubaker

The Fade Out Act Three by Ed Brubaker

Nonfiction
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (audio narrated by the author)

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

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Weekend Update – Bookish Nostalgia November 2017

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia | 3 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia November 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.

2004:
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman – audio edition narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
This is just a fun series about a senior citizen who decides one day to leave her comfortable apartment in New Brunswick, New Jersey and join the CIA. It’s just delightful and Barbara Rosenblat’s narration is wonderful.

2006:
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
This is the first in a wonderful mystery series featuring a young woman private detective in London after World War 1.

2009:
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
This true crime story of a serial murder investigation in Florence Italy showed some pretty suspect tactics by the Italian polide. It made me believe that Amanda Knox was probably railroaded by the Italian police.

2011:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline audio edition narrated by Wil Wheaton
One of my favorite audiobooks of all time. I would love to listen to it again.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #92

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 12 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 Fade Out, Act Two by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips

The Fade Out, Act Two by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips

The Fade Out, Act Three by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips

The Fade Out, Act Three by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips

These are the final two volumes of a wonderful comic series. It’s a noir story set in the blacklist era of old Hollywood. If you want a wonderful old Hollywood style murder mystery set in old Hollywood without getting involved in a long series I highly recommend this trilogy of collected comics editions. It’s fabulous story and fabulous artwork. I already want to go back and reread it from the beginning.

Continued in Print

The Blackhouse by Peter May

The Blackhouse by Peter May

So many of my friends have recommended this trilogy. Now I know why.

Finished on Audio

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson narrated by the author

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson narrated by the Author

I really enjoyed this even though it took me longer than the stated length of 3 hours and 41 minutes because I keep backing up to hear parts again.

Started on Audio

Mudbound by Hilary Jordan narrated by multiple artists

Mudbound by Hilary Jordan narrated by multiple artists

I read the print edition of this when it was first released. Now that Netflix has a movie version I wanted to reread it before watching. I decided to reread the audio edition this time and I’m glad I did. It’s excellent.

Reviews since my last update:

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – Audio Edition

The Fade Out Act Two by Ed Brubaker

What are you reading?

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #91

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 2 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

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. This was my favorite of the series so far.

Started in Print

The Blackhouse by Peter May

The Blackhouse by Peter May

So many of my friends have recommended this trilogy. Now I know why.

Finished 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.

Started on Audio

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson narrated by the author

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson narrated by the Author

I’m enjoying this but it’s taking me about twice as long as the stated length of 3 hours and 41 minutes because I keep backing up to hear parts again.

Reviews since my last update:

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

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

What are you reading?

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October 2017 – Reading Wrap-Up

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up | 2 comments

October 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

October 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

October was a slightly better reading month than September.

Here’s what I read in October:

Novels

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

Divided in Death by J.D Robb (audio narrated by Susan Ericksen) (review coming soon)

Nonfiction
The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

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

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