Weekend Update – The April 2017 Bookish Nostalgia Edition

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

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia April 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:
Gracelin O’Malley by Ann Moore
Historical fiction and first in a trilogy that begins during the potato famine in Ireland and moves to the United States

Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne
It was ridiculous and hilarious.

2005:
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (for probably the third time)
One of my all time favorites. I haven’t read the sequels because I’m afraid of falling out of love with it.

2006:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (for the umpteenth time) My favorite edition of this book is the audio narrated by Sissy Spacek.

Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon
A story of a young couple separated when he is sent to prison. It’s told through their letters. It’s a powerful little book,

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia March 2017 Edition

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia March 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 Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Along with the rest of the world.

2005:
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffinegger
This is another one that everyone seemed to be reading at the same time. I liked it.

2006:
Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George
This was a chunkster. I can’t believe I read 3 other books the same month I read this 866 page doorstop.

2008:
City Boy by Herman Wouk
I first read this book back when I was in high school. If you only associate Herman Wouk with such novels as The Caine Mutiny or Winds of War you probably have never heard of this, his second novel. It’s a charming, humorous, yet bittersweet coming of age story.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
And I loved it all over again.

2009:
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
A friend convinced me to read this one. I thought it was very good.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This was delightfully charming and one of those that I’l like to read again someday.

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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.

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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.

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia December 2016 Edition

Posted by on Dec 25, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia December 2016

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.

2003:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I hadn’t read it for a long time so it was go to revisit the original.

2005:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
For the first time.

2006:
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
Fascinating nonfiction about a group of divers who found a sunken WWII German Submarine.

2009:
Eli the Good by Silas House
To say I loved this book would be an understatement. It remains one of my all time favorites.

It’s the summer of 1976. Eli Book is ten years old and it seems that his family may be coming apart at the seams. His Vietnam vet dad is having horrible nightmares. His mom seems distant. His 16 year old sister is defying her parents. His very best friend is hurting because her parents are divorcing. His aunt who was a protester of the war her brother fought in is staying with them. Eli is an observer of people and of nature. He eavesdrops on conversations and finds himself knowing things he probably shouldn’t.

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia November 2016 Edition

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia November 2016

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.

2003:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
For the first time. Even after multiple readings and listens this series is so wonderful but that first time was special. (link is to my 2010 review of the audiobook)

2004:
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
This book should be required reading for anyone who works in the Health Care field. It’s all about cultural differences and how that can horribly impact medical care.

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Another one of my all time favorite nonfiction books.

2005:
Starvation Heights by Gregg Olsen
More nonfiction. This was a good one about a Seattle area Sanitarium where the treatment involved fasting. Crazy stuff but even crazier because it’s true.

2008:
Trinity by Leon Uris
A classic and I loved it. I made The Hubster read it too. Excellent historical fiction set in Ireland.

From my review:

I love big fat chunky historical fiction. I love books with maps. I love books that inspire me to head to google to start looking up more information about the time period or place described in the book. This book was all those things and more and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

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