Weekend Update – The April 2017 Bookish Nostalgia Edition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 4 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 April 16, 2017 Edition

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Currently, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Currently //

Time // 9pm

Place // A hotel room in Reno.

Eating // There’s some M&M’s over there staring at me so that could be next.

Drinking // Pinot Grigio in the glass i got at the Reno Wine Walk this afternoon

Reading // I’m finally reading 1776 by David McCullough. It’s good so far.

Watching // Lots of great people watching today and this evening. I’m not a gambler but casinos make great people watching

Pondering // What we’re going to do tomorrow. Probably a Reno Aces baseball game. Possibly miniature golf. Looking for a Thai restaurant for dinner

What are you reading? What are you listening to? What are you doing?

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

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in photos, Ten Things, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week April 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week April 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. Wine Club Parties
Remy Wines in Mc Minnville is one of our favorites wineries. If you enjoy old world reds you should check them out. We joined the wine club a couple of years ago. Not only are the wines great but Remy turns the club pickup into a party twice a year.
Remy Wines

 

2. Trees in Bloom
The trees around here bloomed late (stupid winter) but this week they were spectacular. That is they were spectacular until Friday’s windstorm blew most of the blooms off the trees.
cherry blossoms

 

3. This Cockatoo
He definitely enjoyes Elvis tunes. The one on the left is all “Back off, Dude”.

 

4. The Financial Times 404 Page not Found Page
I saw a tweet about this earlier this week and just had to check it out to verify it is true and it is. I’ve copied a couple of sections to post here but please go to this link to read the whole thing. It’s brilliant.
Financial Times Page Not Found

Financial Times Economist Explanations

 

5. This
Branch Manager

 

6. Potential Job Offers
We’ve known for a while that the company that bought out The Hubster’s company was going to close the Portland plant and that he’d be out of a job. We now know that April 21st will be his last day. He’s had some meetings this week that could turn into job offers and that would be a very nice thing.

 

7. Asparagus Pizza
I know it sounds weird but it’s delicous. Our local pizza place has this as their monthly special this month. We’ll be eating more pizza than usual this month.

Fresh asparagus is here and we’re celebrating by serving it on both our Asparagi pizza and roasted asparagus appetizer. The Asparagi is topped with lightly blanched spears of crisp asparagus, fresh mozzarella, creamy gorgonzola and local bacon from family-owned Hill Meats farm in Pendleton.

Asparagi Pizza

 

8. Fiona Running
You already know I’ve been following the progress of the Cincinnati Zoo’s premature hippo. This 5 second clip of her running made my day.

 

8. The Lego Batman Movie
We finally saw it yesterday. I loved it.
Lego Batman Movie

 

10. This Guide
It’s baby bird season and this guide from Bird and Moon is extremely useful. Then it’s extremely hilarious. Click on the image for the full sized version.
If you find a baby bird

 

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Weekend Update – March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update
March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

This was a good reading month for me.

Here’s what I read in March
Novels
The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Graphic Novels and Comics
Descender Book Two: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

Short Stories
The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor (review coming this week)

Fiction Audiobooks
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Nonfiction Audiobooks
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by SarahVowell narrated by the author

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher narrated by the Author

This Time Together by Carol Burnett

 

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

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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 Five Books I Want to Read Spring 2017 Edition

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Five Books I Want to Read Spring 2017

The Five Books I Want to Read Spring 2017 Edition

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 read all the books I picked but I’m carrying over the one I haven’t started yet for next time.

For Winter I picked 5 books and I finished three of them. The other two I DNF’d near the halfway point

The three I finished are:

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
I loved this. I admired Ruth Bader Ginsburg before I read it but I admire her even more afterwards.

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
I enjoyed this audiobook mostly because the author’s narration was excellent. I doubt I would have liked it in print.

The two I DNF’d are:
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
The Hubster loves this series but it’s just not for me.

The Likeness by Tana French
I wanted to love this book but I didn’t

Tomorrow is the Spring Equinox so it’s time to move on and pick my Spring possibilities that I want to read before the Summer Solstice on June 20th.

The Five Books I Want to Read This Spring

This time around I’m focusing on books I want to read for the 2017 What’s in a Name Challenge. This is the only official reading challenge that I join every year. I typically end up finishing the final book some time in December. This year I’d like to wind it up earlier for a change. I was able to pick most of the books for this challenge from books that were already om my TBR list so now I want to get them read.

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy – I’ve read the earlier books in this cozy mystery series and enjoyed them. This one qualifies for the category of a book title with a compass direction.

 

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean has been on my ereader for years. This challenge is just the nudge I need to finally read it. This one qualifies for the category of a book title with an item/items of cutlery.

 

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey is the next book for me in his Serge Storms series. It’s guaranteed to be completely bananas. This one qualifies for the category of a book title in which at least two words share the same first letter

 

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough has been on my bookshelf since it was first released. After listening to Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell last weekend I’m looking forward to reading this soon. This one qualifies for the category of a book title with a number in numbers.

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is not for the What’s in a Name Challenge. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read this book. I picked up this gorgeous illustrated edition last weekend and I’m excited about reading it soon.

 

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

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