It’s Monday What Are You Reading #82

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 3 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 Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

This was fun and interesting nonfiction about the elements of the Periodic Table. Lots of interesting scientific history.

 

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

I ended up having fairly mixed feelings about this one. There is definitely some beautiful writing in it but the story as a whole left me a bit flat.

 

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

This is simply a fabulous graphic novel and you should read it.

 

Started in Print

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I adore the movie and have been intending to read this for years. I picked up this gorgeous illustrated edition earlier this year and decided to finally read it.

 

Continued on Audio

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

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

This series has been a guilty pleasure of mine for years. After listening to the audio of the previous book I’m not going back to the print editions. Susan Ericksen does a great job of narrating this mix of police procedural, light science fiction, and romance.

 

Reviews since my last update:

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The 2017 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap Up

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

The 2017 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 Tenth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

What's In A Name 2017

What’s In A Name 2017

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. I typically end up looking for a book in December to fit that one tricky category that seems to come up almost every year. This year I completed the challenge before the end of May. I think that’s the earliest I’ve ever completed this annual challenge

Here are the 2017 categories and the books I read:
(Clicking the images will take you to my reviews)

A number in numbers 

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

 

A building

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

 

A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

 

A compass direction

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

 

An item/items of cutlery

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

 

A title in which at least two words share the same first letter

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

 

It’s not too late to join in on this challenge. For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole.

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in 2017, 5 stars, Book Review, Graphic Novel, Jeff Lemire | 0 comments

Roughneck by Jeff LemireRoughneck by Jeff Lemire

Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Gallery 13
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 272
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Derek Ouelette’s glory days are behind him. His hockey career ended a decade earlier in a violent incident on ice, and since then he’s been living off his reputation in the remote northern community where he grew up, drinking too much and fighting anyone who crosses him. But he never counts on his long-lost sister, Beth, showing up one day out of the blue, back in town and on the run from an abusive boyfriend. Looking to hide out for a while, the two siblings hunker down in a secluded hunting camp deep in the local woods. It is there that they attempt to find a way to reconnect with each other and the painful secrets of their past…even as Beth’s ex draws closer, threatening to pull both Derek and Beth back into a world of self-destruction that they are fighting tooth and nail to leave behind.

My Thoughts:
Yes. I know, another Lemire. He’s being rather prolific this year and I can’t help it. I love his work and this one is no exception.

For this one he’s back to doing his own artwork. He has a distinctive style and I’m happy to see it again. He’s done the main story is blues, white and black. It’s the colors of the landscape in wintertime in remote northern Canada. He’s done the flashbacks in more color as well as the danger and violence in the present to underscore the connection.

The story, as with much of Lemire’s work, deals with emotional issues. It’s about family dysfunction, loss, healing, and breaking the cycles of violence and abuse. It’s a dark story but one that draws you in and tugs at your emotions.

Here’s a video from the publisher that include some of the first few pages and some comments from Jeff Lemire.

I know I always highly recommend Lemire’s work but seriously do yourself a favor and read this one.

5 stars Rating 5/5

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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in 2017, 3 stars, Book Review | 3 comments

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth StroutMy Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Genre: Fiction
Format: Hardcover and ebook
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 191
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

My Thoughts:
This is a short little book with much more story than the number of pages would suggest. As Lucy tells her story it’s with spare language that clearly tells the basics but at the same time hints at much unsaid.

At first it’s she and her mother reminiscing about people they knew but within that is Lucy doing her own telling of her childhood and her departure to college and a new life so very different. This book is about family relationships, it’s about wondering what love means.

Lucy herself seemed flat. Even as I finished the book I didn’t feel as if I knew Lucy Barton.

Individual sentences and paragraphs were beautiful but they were wrapped up into a whole story that left me wanting. It was good but I wanted it to be better.

3 stars

Rating 3/5

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Weekend Update – May 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up | 4 comments

Weekend Update
May 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

May 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s what I read in May

Novels

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Review coming this week)

 

Graphic Novels and Comics

Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

 

Nonfiction

The Disappearing Spoon< /strong> by Sam Kean

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (audio narrated by the author)

 

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

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