Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia July 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 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.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #84

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 8 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

Queen & Country Vol. 7: Operation Saddlebags by Greg Rucka

Queen & Country Vol. 7: Operation Saddlebags by Greg Rucka

This spy thriller comic series is extremely well done.

 

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

This little science fiction novella was just wonderful. Put it on your list for your next readathon stack. I’m looking forward to the second in this trilogy.

 

Continued in Print

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E Stevenson

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

This book has been on my TBR list for ages. I’m glad to finally be reading it. It’s just delightful

 

Finished on Audio

Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright narrated by Gabra Zackman

Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright narrated by Gabra Zackman

I enjoyed listening to this nonfiction about plagues and the folks who fought to stop them. I would recommend the print over the audio edition.

 

Started on Audio

Unmentionable the Victorian Ladys Guide to Sex Marriage & Manners by Therese O'Neill narrated by  Betsy Foldes Meiman

Unmentionable the Victorian Ladys Guide to Sex Marriage & Manners by Therese O’Neill narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman

I just started this one yesterday and it’s fun. Makes me glad to have been born in the 20th century.

 

Reviews since my last update:

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Queen & Country Vol. 7: Operation Saddlebags by Greg Rucka

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

 

What are you reading?

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #76

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 8 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 Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

This is the second in Archer’s Clifton Chronicles. The Hubster recently finished the series and enjoyed it. It’s been a while since I finished the first book so it’s nice to get back to this series.

 

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

This graphic novel is part of Willingham’s Fables series. I love the series and Bigby is one of my favorite characters but I didn’t enjoy this graphic novel.

 

Started in Print

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

This post apocalyptic suspense story is just delightfully creepy.

 

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

I love all things Lemire. I reread the first volume of this amazing comic series to refresh my memory before diving headfirst into this volume

 

Finished on Audio

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

This was our road trip audiobook this weekend

 

Continued on Audio

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley narrated by Jayne Entwistle

I had heard good things about the audio editions of this series so I decided to give it a try, Flavia de Luce is a great character and Jayne Entwistle does a fabulous job as her voice.

 

Reviews since my last update:

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week February 2017

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week February 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week February 2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. This Fennec Fox Cub
The Taronga Zoo in Syndey Australia posted this video of their baby Fennec Fox. I’m in love.

 

2. Justin Trudeau
He came fully prepared to defend himself from Trump’s weird handshake jerk.

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3. Tuesday’s Sunrise
It was spectacular and I got to the waterfront downtown just in time.

Sunrise on the Portland Waterfront

 

4. Our Valentine’s Day Tradition
We don’t do gifts or flowers but we have some champagne, good chocolates and watch our wedding video.
And we’re super classy and use the champagne flutes we got at a race.

Valentine's tradition

5. This Dog

 

6. My New T-Shirt

Nevertheless She Persisted

 

7. This
I need to post this both at home and at work.

The Negative Comittee

 

8. Nora the Polar Bear
She was sleeping when we were at the zoo last week but she did some diving practice this week. I love her Belly Flop style.

 

9. Top Chef
This has been a good season and after this week’s episode I’m happy. I’m pulling for Brooke to win it all but I’ll be fine with any of the remaining top three winning.

Top Chef

 

10. Rogue One
We finally went to see it yesterday. I liked it.

Rogue One

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update: January 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Feb 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Weekend Update
January 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

January 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s what I read in January
Novels
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Graphic Novels
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”: the authorized graphic adaptation by Miles Hyman

Fables Vol. 17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham

Nonfiction
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Audiobooks
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

DNF
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

 

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

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