Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It's Tuesday! What are you reading? - August 15



So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Again I missed Monday, so here is my post on Tuesday.  It was a slow reading week for me!

Currently Reading:

Title: Letter to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen
Author: Fay Weldon
Date Started: August 3

Finished Reading:

Title: To Wed a Wicked Prince (Cavendish Square #2)
Author: Jane Feather
Date Finished: August 13
Stars: 3
Comments: This was technically a reread but first time tracking on Goodreads. I consider this series  comfort read books.

Title: A Wicked Gentleman (Cavendish Square #1)
Author: Jane Feather
Date Finished: August 12
Stars: 4
Comments: This was technically a reread but first time tracking on Goodreads. I consider this series  comfort read books.

Title: The House on Mango Street
Date Finished: August 8
Stars: 5

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It's Tuesday! What are you reading? - August 8



It's been like 2 weeks since I posted one, so this week's post is going to be a bit longer.

Currently Reading:

Title: The House on Mango Street
Author: Sandra Cisneros
Date Started: August 7

Title: Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen
Author: Fay Weldon
Date Started: August 3
Note: Austen in August hosted by Roof Beam Reader, Jane Austen Challenge

Finished Reading:

Title: Have You Seen Marie?
Author: Sandra Cisneros
Date Finished: August 7
Stars: 4

Title: Wired
Author: Julie Garwood
Date Finished: August 7
Stars: 3
Comments: Buchanan-Renard #13

Title: The Godfather
Author: Mario Puzo
Date Finished: August 6
Stars: 5
Comments: Honestly this book and movie are one of the only times you'll hear me say that I love both equally. The movie is such a good representation of the book and the story is just great.

Title: The Second Bakery Attack
Author: Haruki Murakami
Date Finished: August 3
Stars: 2
Comments: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast

Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Date Finished: August 2
Stars: 4

Title: Stories of Your Life and Others
Author: Ted Chiang
Date Finished: August 1
Stars: 4
Comments: NYPL Reading Challenge

Title: Henchgirl
Author: Kristen Gudsnuk
Date Finished: July 30
Stars: 4

Title: Love Bites
Author: Lynsay Sands
Date Finished: July 29
Stars: 3
Comments: Argeneau #2

Title: A Quick Bite
Author: Lynsay Sands
Date Finished: July 28
Stars: 3
Comments: Argeneau #1

Title: Chivalry
Author: Neil Gaiman
Date Finished: July 27
Stars: 4
Comments: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast

Title: Silver Silence
Author: Nalini Singh
Date Finished: July 27
Stars: 4
Comments: Psy-Changeling Trinity #1, Psy-Changeling #16

Friday, August 4, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Letter to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

So Adam over at Roof Beam Reader is hosting year 5 of Austen in August. So this month I'll be feature books I'm either reading or want to feature for Austen in August.


This week the book Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen by Jane Austen caught my eye.

Letters to Alice on first reading Jane Austen


It Begins: 
Letter One

The City of Invention
Cairns, Australia, October
My dear Alice, 
It was good to get your letter. I am a long way from home here; almost in exile. And you ask me for advice, which is warming, and makes me believe I must know something; or at any rate more than you. 


On Page 56:
She is neurotic.
You are nervy
I am perfectly normal, thank you.


Verdict:
I'm enjoying the book so far. As a lover of Jane Austen, a lover of literature, and a writer, it is full of joy and wit for me to read. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - The Godfather


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

About a month ago I got into a Twitter discussion about The Godfather. We were discussing how great both the book and the movie were. This conversation revealed that one of the participants hadn't read the novel.  It has been a number of years since I read the novel and here I was saying how great it was. I wanted to reread it to make sure I had my suggestions right.


This week the book The Godfather by Mario Puzo caught my eye.

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It Begins: 
Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonor her. 


On Page 56:
So Hagen started again, speaking in the most ordinary voice. "Look at my card," he said. "I'm a lawyer. Would I stick my neck out? Have I uttered one threatening word? Let me just say that I am prepared to meet any condition you name to get Johnny Fontane that movie."


Verdict:
Well, if you know the movie or the story you know that this Hagen speech only does so much good. The man Hagen is talking to, Jack Woltz, gets a rude awakening a little later in the story.  I'm not that far into reading the novel but I'm enjoying it and yes I still think the novel and the movie are both excelent. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 24


So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)
Author: Nalini Singh
Date Started: July 24

Title: The Godfather
Author: Mario Puzo
Date Started: July 24

Currently Listening:

Title: Stories of Your Life and Others
Author: Ted Chiang
Date Started: July 18
Note: NYPL Summer Reading Challenge

Finished Reading:

Title: Rodeo Rancher (Rodeo, Montana #2)
Author: Mary Sullivan
Date Finished: July 23
Stars: 4
Comments: Really enjoyed this novel. Liked that they were older (mid 30-early 40s) with kids. Want to go back and read the first book in the series.

Title: The Rancher's Baby Proposal
Author: Barbara White Daille
Date Finished: July 23
Stars: 3
Comments: Cute romance but so much seemed forced.

Title: Love Me Again (Hope #7)
Author: Jaci Burton
Date Finished: July 20
Stars: 4
Comments: Kinda of falling out of love with this series, but only as a series not as stand alone romances.  Does this make sense?

Title: Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Author: Lynne Truss
Date Finished: July 17
Stars: 4

Monday, July 17, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 17

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Love Me Again (Hope #7)
Author: Jaci Burton
Date Started: July 16, 2017

Currently Listening:

Title: Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Author: Lynne Truss
Date Started: July 12, 2017

Finished Reading:

Title: One Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Finished: July 11
Stars: 4

Title: All He Needs
Author: Shirley Hailstock
Date Finished: July 11
Stars: 2

Title: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (short story)
Author: Lesley Nneka Arimah
Date Finished: July 12
Stars: 4
Comments: Listened to the titled short story on LeVar Burton Reads. I have picked up the whole book and will be reading it to finish the full collection.

Title: Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Date Finished: July 12
Stars: 4
Comments: A little dry, but totally worth the time invested in reading it.

Title: Come Sundown
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Finished: July 14
Stars: 4

Title: Second Change in Laguna (Finding Forever in Laguna #1)
Author: Claire Marti
Date Finished:July 16
Stars: 1

Friday, July 14, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Come Sundown


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week the book Come Sundown by Nora Roberts is my current read.

Come Sundown
It Begins: 
Prologue
- Western Montana, 1991 -

Alice Bodine relieved herself behind a thin screen of lodgepole pines. 


On Page 56:
He had the novices on a couple of reliable hacks - though the bay they called Biff could be as lazy as a teenage boy on a summer morning. He plodded along under the man while the nervous giggle rode the cooperative Maybelle.


Verdict:
This novel is broken down into four parts. I'm about halfway through the second part and enjoying the story. I've already got my suspicions about things, but knowing Nora I can't be sure if I'm right or not and probably will find out when she tells us.

She paints such a great picture, I miss my brief time in Montana!

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 10, 2017


This was a slow reading week. I'm plodding along with Princes at War and hoping to finish it up soon. I had a week off from listening to One Summer because my digital checkout through the library expired and I had to wait for another copy to become available so I could pick it back up.

Currently Reading:

Title: Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal FAmily in the Darkest Days of WWII
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Date Started: June 22, 2017
Note: Reading this on my lunch breaks so it's slow going.

Title: All He Needs
Author: Shirley Hailstock
Date Started: July 9, 2017


Currently Listening:

Title: One Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017


Finished Reading:

TitleEmpty Places
Author: Richard Parks
Date Finished: July 5, 2017
Note: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast. 2 parts

Title: Audubon, On The Wings Of The World
Author: Fabien Grolleau
Date Finished: July 8, 2017
Note: Loved the artwork, wasn't thrilled with the pace of the story. Also it always makes me a bit sad to know that while Audubon loved animals he killed so many birds to make his prints.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - beachcombers


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

My little twist to this; I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good at ignoring them, otherwise, my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


This week the book beachcombers by Nancy Thayer caught my eye. It was on a display with a sign that was a picture of a beach with the world 'escape' on it. Nancy Thayer is like the queen of beach reads so the display had a number of her books and I just randomly picked this one. I might be checking this one out on my way out of the library today!

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It Begins: 
"Look," their mother said to them.
     It' was late October, and Danielle had brought her daughters to Surfside, the beach that faced, unprotected by bulkhead or harbor or jetties, the immense sweep of the Atlantic Ocean.


On Page 56:
Jim introduced her to everyone. "This is Marina Warren. She's from Kansas City. She's renting our cottage for the summer and she wants to learn all about the island."


Summary:
Abbie Fox hasn’t seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years. But now Lily, the baby of the family, is sending Abbie urgent emails begging her to return home. Their middle sister, Emma, has taken to her bed, devastated after losing her high-powered job and breaking up with her fiancĂ©. Also, Lily is worried that the beautiful, enigmatic woman renting their guesthouse has set her sights on their widowed father. The Fox sisters closed ranks years ago after the haunting, untimely death of their mother, but seeing their dad move on with his life forces each of them to take stock.

Over the course of the summer, the sisters’ lives grow as turbulent as the unpredictable currents off the New England coast: Abbie breaks her own rules in the name of love, type-A Emma learns a new definition of success, and strong-minded Lily must reconcile her dreams with reality. At summer’s end, these unforgettable women will face profound choices—and undergo personal transformations that will surprise even themselves.

Monday, July 3, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - July 3, 2017

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

TitlePrinces at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Date Started: June 22, 2017

Currently Listening:

TitleOne Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017

TitleEmpty Places
Author: Richard Parks
Date Started: June 27, 2017
Note: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast. Part 1 was released this past week and Part 2 will be released later this week.

Finished Reading:

TitleThe Best We Could Do
Author: Thi Bui
Date Finished: June 26, 2017
Stars: 5
Note: Book 1 for #ReadersUnite: NYPL's Summer Reading Challenge For Adults

Title: The Lighthouse Keeper
Author: Daisy Johnson
Date Finished: June 26, 2017
Stars: 4
Note: LeVar Burton Reads Podcast

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Date Finished: July 1, 2017
Stars: 4

Title: Building the Perfect Daddy
Author: Brenda Harlen
Date Finished: July 2, 2017
Stars: 4

Friday, June 30, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Princes at War


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.



This week the book Price at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWIby Deborah Cadbury caught my eye.

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It Begins: 
Prologue

20 May 1910. The Streets below Windsor Castle were filled with crowds waiting for a sight of the gun carriage. Every window, roof top and ledge was commandeered to watch King Edward VII's coffin complete the final stage of its journey.


On Page 56:
...papers across the world with pictures showing Wallis resplendent, all Gloriana, her adoring ex-king in tow, and Hitler almost rubbing his hands in glee, his often despondent expression transformed.

Monday, June 26, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 26, 2017

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Date Started: June 22, 2017

TitleThe Best We Could Do
Author: Thi Bui
Date Started: June 25, 2017
Note: Book 1 for #ReadersUnite: NYPL's Summer Reading Challenge For Adults

Currently Listening:

TitleOne Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Finished Reading:

TitleBound Together (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #6)
Author: Christine Feehan
Date Finished: June 19
Stars: 4

TitleThe Things About Love
Author: Julie James
Date Finished: June 22, 2017
Stars: 4

TitleSpill Zone (The Spill Zone #1)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Date Finished: June 25, 2017
Stars: 3

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#ReadersUnite: NYPL's Summer Reading Challenge For Adults

Challenge Accepted!

This year's summer reading theme is Build a Better World. For this challenge NYPL has come up with 3 categories and a few suggestions for each category.  They say, "If you read one book from each suggested category below in June, July, and August, you'll have knocked out three great new-to-you books before the fall."

Cover image for The best we could do : an illustrated memoirFirst up is to try a book about immigrants or refugees.

I'm going with their suggestion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

The author describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.


Cover image for Stories of your life and othersNext is to try a book about an unlikely friendship.

Again I went with a NYPL suggestion of Arrival by Ted Chiang.

This is a collection of short stories and contains the story Arrival  that the recent movie was based on. The book was originally published in 2002 under the title Stories of Your Life and Others,  which is the book I've got on hold at the library.


Cover image for Necessary trouble : Americans in revoltNext is to try a book that's nonfiction, about an issue that's important to you.

There are so many issues important to me, but since I went with NYPL suggestions for the first two books I decided to pick one of the three they suggested. At the root of all the important issues, speaking out and speaking up are at the core of what I want to get motivated to do more. So one pick was perfect.

That pick is Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt by Sarah Jaffe.

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 19, 2017

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Author: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam M. Grant
Date Started: June 12, 2017

Title: Bound Together (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #6)
Author: Christine Feehan
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Currently Listening:

Title: One Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Finished Reading:

Title: Animal Attraction (Buckhorn Brothers #5.5)
Author: Lori Foster
Date Finished: June 13, 2017
Stars: 3
Comments: Read for Buckhorn Ever After (Buckhorn Brothers #5.5) but reading all the cute animal focused romances.

Title: Kin
Author: Bruce McAllister
Date Finished: June 15, 2017
Stars: 4
Comments: Short story read by LeVar Burton on his new podcast LeVar Burton Reads.

TitleThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & the Great Lakes Avengers
Author: (various)
Date Finished: June 18, 2017
Stars: 3

Friday, June 16, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Option B


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week the book is Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
It Begins: 
Introduction

The last thing I ever said to him was, "I'm falling asleep."


On Page 56:
{prior to this she describes the poem "Footprints in the Sand"}

I used to think there was one set of footprints because my friends were carrying me through the worst days of my life. But now it means something else to me. When I saw one set of footprints, it was because they were following directly behind me, ready to catch me if I fell.


Verdict:
I lost my father 16 years ago, from that moment forward our lives were drastically changed. This book is about what Sheryl learned after the unexpected death of her husband. As I read this book, I'm understanding my mother better and I'm also learning about myself. It's about taking that moment you never dreamed would happen and yet it just happened, now what do you do with it? You find a way to move forward and this is sort of a guide in how you can do that. She mentions several times that it might not work for you, but here's why it does work for people. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - June 12



It's been a crazy few weeks. I closed on a house and I'm slowing moving into it. I'm moving from my childhood home so it's been a process to go through 30 some years of stuff and decide what can fit into my new home and what can be trashed or sold.  So reading has been slow, but I'm slowly picking up steam.

Currently Reading:

TitleAnimal Attraction
Author: Megan Miranda
Date Started: June 9
Note: Reading for Buckhorn Ever After (Buckhorn Brothers #5.5) but reading all the cute animal focused romances.


Finished Reading:

TitleThe Library Policeman
Author: Stephen King
Date Finished: June 10
Stars: 2
NoteWould have been more stars if not for the graphic description of the sexual abuse of a young child.

TitleWinning the Wallflower (Fairy Tales #2.5)
Author: Eloisa James
Date Finished: June 9
Stars: 4
Note: June book club selection

TitleStorming the Castle (Fairy Tales #1.5)
Author: Eloisa James
Date Finished: June 9
Stars: 4
Note: June book club selection

TitlePractical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Date Finished: June 7
Stars: 2
Note: Movie better than the book. Maybe had I read the book first I would think differently.

TitleAll the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Date Finished: June 6
Stars: 4
Note: June book club selection

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - June 5



It's been a crazy few weeks. I closed on a house and I'm slowing moving into it. I'm moving from my childhood home so it's been a process to go through 30 some years of stuff and decide what can fit into my new home and what can be trashed or sold.  So reading has been slow, but I'm slowly picking up steam.

Currently Reading:

Title: All the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Date Started: June 3
Note: June book club selection

Title: Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Date Started: June 4
Note: I had no idea this was a book until last last week! Friends of mine all said they enjoyed the movie more than the book, and I can already tell its very different.

Currently Listening:

Title: The Library Policeman
Author: Stephen King
Date Started: May 24

Finished Reading:

Title: Killer Chef
Author: James Patterson and Jeffrey J. Keyes
Date Finished: May 23
Stars: 3

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Date Finished: May 29
Stars: 4
Comments: Got this as an ebook ARC from Netgalley and completely forgot about it until I saw the book had come out and then was mad at myself for forgetting about it!

Title: Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross Trilogy #1)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Finished: June 2
Stars: 3
Comments:  While not a part of her Darkhunter series, it is in that world as they mention a lot of characters and other things related to that series. While I still enjoy the stories, she really starting to lose me in all these other mythologies and how she merges them all together. But I'm still hooked so I'll keep reading

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? May 22


So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Killer Chef
Author: James Patterson and Jeffrey J. Keyes
Date Started: 5/17/17
Note: No it hasn't taken me this long to read it, I started it and then forgot it at work.

Finished Reading:

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Author: Mark Manson
Date Finished: 5/19/17
Stars: 3
Comments: I found some helpful information, but the lack of citations bothered me.

Title: Furiously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Finished: 5/20/17
Stars: 5
Comments: Audiobook was great, hearing Jenny read her words added a level of enjoyment.

Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Finished: 5/21/17
Stars: 3
Comments: I enjoyed the story, but the format bothered me and made it difficult for me to get into the book.

Monday, May 15, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - May 15


Yea still plodding away at these books. For some reason I'm reading really slow for me.

Currently Reading:

TitleThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Started: April 24

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Author: Mark Manson
Date Started: April 26

Currently Listening To:

TitleFuriously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Started: April 20


Finished:

TitleKindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Date Finished: May 7
Note:  I've read a few of her books and when I saw that this edition was having all proceeds go to the ACLU Foundation I purchased it. I hadn't finished a book in so long, I just wanted to feel like I finished something so a short story was in order and this was the newest purchase on my Nook so it seemed perfect.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Killer Chef


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

My little twist to this; I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good at ignoring them, otherwise, my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


This week the book Killer Chef by James Patterson with Jeffrey J. Keyes caught my eye.

Cover image for Killer chef
It Begins: 
It's a whisper past 10:00 p.m. in New Orleans' famous French Quarter, but it might as well be the middle of the day. The narrow streets were bustling with tipsy tourists and locals alike. From every bar and club waft the sounds of clinking glasses and tinkling jazz, filling the hot night air. 


On Page 56:
"I'll tell you anything you want to know about my ex-husband." Andrea says, pouring steaming water for a fresh pot of black tea. "I read about his death this morning in the paper. I was stunned. But I won't life to you, Detective. I wasn't sad."


Verdict:
So I'll be checking this book out of the library tonight. While I'm not a huge Jame Patterson fan, I'm really liking these Bookshots. Since I'm behind in my yearly reading goal, short books like this are perfect for a little catch up.  I also just got back from a vacation to New Orleans so the cover image and the plot got my attention. This is going to make a nice weekend read! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? May 1


I've been on vacation the last week and while I brought my book and a few others just in case, I really haven't had a chance to really read. I believe I've read a total of 2 chapters. One chapter in two different books.

I'm writing this on a very rainy Sunday afternoon. It's the perfect time to curl up and I think I'll be doing just that once I finish writing this post.

Currently Reading:

TitleThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Started: April 24

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Author: Mark Manson
Date Started: April 26

Currently Listening To:

TitleFuriously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Started: April 20

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 24

Hi! *waves enthusiastically* it's been nearly a month since I've posted.  It's been a weird month of stress and anxiety.  So, basically this is a big list of what I've been reading and listening too recently.

I got back into audiobooks! I missed them but podcasts seemed to take over my car trips, but now I get more time to listen at other times so audibooks are back in my car!!

Currently Reading:

Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Started: April 24

Currently Listening To:

Title: Furiously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Started: April 20

Finished Reading:

Title: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Finished: April 3
Comments: This was a reread, I needed a comfort read and Nora Roberts is my go to comfort author.

Title:  The Dry
Author: Jane Harper
Date Finished: April 4
Stars: 4
Comments: This was for my book club. Not my normal pick of genre, but I enjoyed the book and it says it's book #1 so I'll try the next book.

Title: Leveled (Saints of Denver 0.5)
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: April 5
Stars: 3

Title: The Chosen (BDB #15)
Author: J.R. Ward
Date Finished: April 7
Stars: 5

Title: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Date Finished: April 6
Stars: 5
Comments: Must Read!!!!!

Title: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Author: Shannon and Dean Hale
Date Finished: April 18
Star: 4

Title: Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz
Author: Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
Date Finished: April 16
Star: 5

Title: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
Editor: Kelly Jensen
Date Finished: April 24
Star: 5

Monday, April 3, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 3

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Started: 4/2/2017
Note: This is a reread, I had a stressful week and needed a comfort read. Nora Roberts is like my comfort read author of choice.

Title: The Dry
Author: Jane Harper
Date Started: 4/2/2017
Note: This is a book club selection.

Finished Reading:

Title: Evenings at Five
Author: Gail Godwin
Date Finished: March 31, 2017
Stars: 3

Title: If Not for You
Author: Debbie Macomber
Date Finished: April 1, 2017
Stars: 4
Comments: Mom and I both finished this book over the weekend and had a wonderful conversation.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Here We Are


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

My little twist to this; I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good at ignoring them, otherwise, my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


This week the book Where Are Here: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen caught my eye.

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It Begins: 
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World is a guide to understanding what it means to be a feminist and an invitation to one of the most important, life-changing, and exciting parties around.


On Page 56:
But Romy is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and it's hard for her to reconcile what happened in her past with what she wants for her future. - From the essay The Likability Rule by Courtney Summers


Verdict:
I follow the editor on Twitter and have been looking forward to this book for some time. Yes, I checked it out from the library but I'll also be buying the book when funds allow.  The last year has taught me that I need to speak up for not just myself, but for the women around me, but how do I go about doing that? I'm hoping this book, filled with the work of some of the most vocal and powerful feminist of our generation can help me be a better feminist. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - March 27, 2017

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently At Home Book:

Title: If Not for You (New Beginnings #3)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Date Started: March 26

Currently At Lunch Break Book:

Title: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Date Started: March 6

Finished Reading:

Title: NextWave, Agents of H.A.T.E.
Author: Warren Ellis
Date Finished: March 17
Stars: 3 Stars
Note: I read the 12 individual issues of the full run. I don't like tracking those as individual reads so I'm tracking them as 1 book.

Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? March 20

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently At Home Book:

Title: NextWave (issues 1-12)
Author: Warren Ellis
Date Started: March 17

Currently At Work Book:

Title: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Date Started: March 6

Finished Reading:

Title: Built (Saints of Denver #1)
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: March 7
Stars: 3 Stars

Title: The Tale of the Unknown Island
Author: Jose Saramago
Date Finished: March 9
Stars: 4 Stars

Title: Jane Austen
Author: Carol Shields
Date Finished: March 18
Stars: 4 Stars

Title: Eat This Poem
Author: Nicole Gulotta
Date Finished: March 19
Stars: 4 Stars
Comments: ARC received from NetGalley - Review

Weekend Cooking: Eat This Poem


Title: Eat This Poem
Author: Nicole Gulotta
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: A literary cookbook celebrating food and poetry, two of life's essential ingredients.

In the same way that salt seasons ingredients to bring out their flavors, poetry seasons our lives; when celebrated together, our everyday moments and meals are richer and more meaningful. The twenty-five inspiring poems in this book from such poets as Marge Piercy, Louise Gluck, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield are accompanied by seventy-five recipes that bring the richness of words to life in our kitchen, on our plate, and through our palate. Eat This Poem opens us up to fresh ways of accessing poetry and lends new meaning to the foods we cook. 

Review: I love cookbooks and have a bad habit of collecting some of the interesting ones I come across. This one will be added to my collection (got a digital copy to review). My love of cooking is growing steadily to match my love of literature and poetry. This book combines poetry, analysis of the poems, stories from the author, and recipes.

Each section of this book has a few poems that connect with the recipes in that section. So a poem about blueberries is followed by a quick analysis from Nicole which then ties into the following recipes. Some of the recipes have stories to explain while Nicole included them in this collection.

In so many cases of the cookbooks I collect (many from celebrity chefs) I don't end up making any of the dishes because they are too 'fancy' for my style of cooking. This book has some of those, but also some easy and simple recipes that will easily find their way into my kitchen.  I'm a member of a CSA and a lot of what I get from the farm this summer will be used to cook from this cookbook. For the few recipes that call for canned items, I was happy to see that her recommended brands can be purchased at my small local grocery store.

If you love poetry and you love cooking, I think this book would make a good addition to your collection.

I received an ebook ARC from NetGalley. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Peek Inside a Book: Irish Gold


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

My little twist to this; I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good about ignoring them, other wise my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


Irish Gold (Nuala Anne McGrail, #1)This week the book is Irish Gold by Andrew M. Greeley :.

It Begins: 
"The Irish," I insisted to the black-haired young woman whose face might have belonged to a pre-Christian Celtic goddess, "are different. They look like some of the rest of us and they speak a language that's remotely like ours. Many of them even have the same names as we do. But they're different - almost like aliens from another planet."


On Page 56:
"What's her name?" Mom demanded happily.

"Nuala Anne McGrail - the first name is short for Fionnuala. She'a a student at TCD, Trinity College, that is, studying to be an accountant but she acts and sings."


Verdict:
This is the first book in the Nuala Ann McGrail series. It's like a cozy mystery series meets a good suspense series. I read this novel a few years ago at the suggestion from a friend's mother who just loved this books.  I remember liking the novel but it's wasn't really my taste in books so I didn't read on in the series.  The thing that really interested me was that Andrew M Greeley was an Irish Catholic Priest from Chicago and he wrote A LOT both fiction and nonfiction and donated his earnings to the Church and other charities. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Book Review: Why We March


Title: Why We March
Author: Artisan Press
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Celebrate the Women’s March with this inspiring collection of 500 images of the most powerful, uplifting, clever, and creative protest signs carried by marchers across the United States and around the world. Organized thematically, the photographs in Why We March--featuring messages about reproductive rights and immigration, cabinet picks and police violence, climate change, and feminism--together paint a striking portrait of the hope, defiance, anger, and passion that sent more than 5 million people into the streets to protest. “Women’s Rights = Human Rights.” “Love Trumps Hate.” “Nasty Women Unite.” “Build Bridges, Not Walls.” These messages are a rallying cry for this burgeoning movement, and this collection will serve as both a valuable encapsulation of this unprecedented moment in political history and a powerful reminder of why we march. All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Review: I marched in Trenton, NJ and one of the highlights of the march were the creative signs. My own pictures from the day are mostly of the signs I saw. This book is a collection of signs from a lot of the larger marches around the world. The book also includes a handful of quotes from some of the speeches from the March on Washington. I wish there had been a few more quotes and I would have liked to see pictures from more marches. 

I recommend buying the book and just leaving it out in your house. The cover makes a statement and invites people to pick it up and flip through. Each photo and quote explains why we marched that day and why we will continue to march. 

I received an ebook ARC from NetGalley.

Monday, March 6, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - March 6

 

So my plan is each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

If you saw last week I was reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. However, two things happened. First I realized that I started it too late to get it read by its due date back at the library. Second, the more I read, the more I could hear it in his voice and that made me realize I would probably enjoy it more in audiobook more.  So I returned the book to the library and put myself on hold for the audiobook.

Currently At Home Book:
Title: Built
Author: Jaw Crownover
Date Started:  March 5

Currently At Work Book:
Title: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Date Started: March 6

Finished Reading:
Title: Thunder and Roses
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Date Finished: February 25
Stars: 4 stars
Comments: Read for February's entry in the Keyword Reading Challenge

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Title: Address Unknown

Author: Katherine Kressmann Taylor
Date Finished: March 3
Stars: 5 stars
Comments: I'm highly recommended this book to everyone. It's short and worth reading right now! It just seems so completely right for the time period. It's time for this short story to be re-re-discovered.

Title: Echoes in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Date Finished: March 3
Stars: 4 stars

Title: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Vol 3
Author: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
Date Finished: March 5
Stars: 4 stars