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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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.

 

 

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia August 2017 Edition

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia August 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.

This month I’m focusing on audiobooks

2007:
The Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters narrated by Susan O’Malley
The Amelia Peabody series is just delightful listening. The first few I listened to were narrated by Susan O’Malley. While she does a fine job I was much happier when I switched to those narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. She’s one of my favorite narrators and really the best for this series.

 

2008:
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer narrated by Philip Franklin
The Hubster and I have both read books by Jon Krakauer and like his writing. This one we listened to on a road trip. The story of Chris McCandless will never be fully understood. As I said in my review:
“Chris was definitely idealistic, intelligent, rebellious, unprepared, reckless, stupid, compassionate, friendly – all of the above and more. I’m stil not sure of how I feel about him.”

 

2011:
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell narrated by the author
Sarah Vowell has a unique style and voice. I have enjoyed many of her books. This one wasn’t a favorite.

 

2013:
Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall
This continues to be one of my favorite audio series. George Guidall does a masterful job of narrating.

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia July 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia July 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.

2007:
Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural by Ronald C. White Jr.
“Who knew a book about a speech could be so interesting? Yes, it was 210 pages about a speech that was only 703 words long.”

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
I waited to read this one because everyone seemed to be reading it for a while.
“I had some mixed feelings about this book. I think the background of the cultural and societal stuff was actually more interesting to me than the actual relationship and story of Lily and Snow Flower. ”

2008:
Audiobook – Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
Narrated by Jim Dale this is one from a fun adventure series that is set up as a prequel to Peter Pan. Techinically it is a series for children but I enjoyed it.

2009:
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
I was so glad to finally read this one. I should read it again. It’s so deliciously creepy.

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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.

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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.

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