Thoughts by Jesse Ball, HarperAudio 2018, 4 hours 52 minutes
Challenge: Tournament of Books
Genre: Contemporary Lit
Type/Source: Audiobook / Audible
Why I read this now: Looking at my list, this was a short one.
MOTIVATION for READING: Winner of the 2018 Summer TOB
WHAT’s it ABOUT: A physician discovers he is suffering from a terminal heart condition and so he takes a job as a census taker; he muses philosophically on this father-son adventure. The author’s note in the preface states this is in homage to his brother who had Downs Syndrome.
WHAT’s GOOD: It’s well-told and interestingly odd. Or oddly interesting?
What’s NOT so good: I didn’t get it. I am going to need to do my review-research to find out why exactly this is such an awesome tale. I was not overwhelmed with admiration and joy but it had its amusing and thoughtful, insightful and dare I say? quirky moments. Definitely ODD.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Not the book’s fault but I am only giving this
RATING: Three slices of pie.
The book DOES mention pie! and I highlighted a few texts that I am hoping will come over from Audible? Hope so.
It’s ON! I’m so excited to be participating once again in the Challenge that suits me and my reading style so well. The What’s in a Name 6-Category Reading Challenge now hosted by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook. The image below will link to the Challenge Sign up Page.
The categories and my ideas for a book I might read to satisfy:
A precious stone/metal – The Alexandrite: A Time Travel Noir by Rick Lenz
A temperature – Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford (a CC50)
A month or day of the week – One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes (CC50)
I am bizzy-bizzy going through my stationery getting ready for February 2019’s Month of Letters.
If you are unaware of the initiative AND you love to send written correspondence through the postal service, please visit the official website LetterMo.com.
I’ve been participating since 2012 when author Mary Robinette Kowal started it as a way to encourage more pen to paper and enjoying connections via that medium. Sadly, my original account at the website has been lost and I had to re-sign up; thus I don’t have any of the same penpals from those early days but if you want to friend me there, just look for Care_BooksandPie.
In the meantime, I will share one of the books I am very excited to experience this 2019 that happens to be Ms. Kowal’s latest endeavor:
It looks awesome! Anyone want to ReadAlong it with me in February? Just throwing it out there. Preparation, people; it’s all in the prep! I have the audiobook queued up and waiting. As soon as I listen to Michelle Obama’s Becoming…
OK, then. I’m back to prepping February birthday cards, stamping postcards, and deciding on my absolute must-write-to list… (Are YOU on that list? just know – one of the rules of Letter Mo is I must reply to any letter I receive.)
This is a 2018 Year End Summary (Sub)Post to provide a record of update on my Classics Club 50 (CC50) but also to bemoan the fact that I never actually entered the Back to the Classics 2018 Challenge. And wouldn’t ya know it?! Yep, I could have met it. I actually achieved 8 of the categories by reading only 10 books that count as classics! LOL
By Our Beginnings by Jean Stubbs 1972 – a new to me woman author
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 1932 – CC50, a new to me woman author
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy 1958 – CC50, another new to me author and satisfies the COLOR category as well as a woman author
Emma by Austen 1815 – satisfies the REREAD category and a single word title plus a woman author
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte 1847 – 19th Century classic, a woman author
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather 1912 – a 20th Century classic, and a woman author
Stoner by John Williams 1965 – CC50, single word title
Vanity Fair – Thackeray 1848 – CC50 and I possibly could fight that it is a travel classic or even maybe a crime classic? yea, maybe not.
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 1966 – CC50 and a classic that scared me. and OH YEA– woman author
A Wizard of EarthSea by Ursula K LeGuin 1968 – a new to me woman author and totally a children’s classic
I am just shaking my head. I usually NEVER hit enough categories to fulfill the Back to Classics Challenge and so I didn’t enter it for 2018. Go figure.
On the other hand, I am only 3 classics away from having read 50 in 5 years. I have to the end of 2019. Now, don’t get too excited because I have to read 24 from my CC50 list to make it but I never committed to that… woo hoo!
Next up is my recap post with pie charts. Enjoy this photo of a pie:
I read 9 books in November for a total of 70 for the year.
My favorite was the Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. It’s terrific. Just so so GOOD. Read it.
Four audiobooks – two were free via Audible, which is appreciated. Two were Kindle ebooks. One was a gift from my Mother-in-Law: A Captain for Laura Rose. The Jemisin was the second in The Broken Earth series (I’m listening to the final book now, The Stone Sky). Girls & Boys is a one-woman play – which is different. And it delivers a punch. Overall, a fabulous reading month.
So now for December. The time to complete challenges, meet goals (doubtful), bake pies, and write Year End Stats posts! Woo hoo.
I have 3 books to read for the What’s in a Name Challenge and don’t even have them in the house. Just realizing this is inspiring me to run to the library and GIT er DONE!
I am happy with how many classics I’ve read this year but I’m unhappy with how little I unpacked my boxes of books.
We are considering a move to a different apartment in our complex – but dreading the actual “MOVE” of the CRAP part of that project. I also dislike dealing with the updates of utilities, address notices, cable company, etc stuff but … I don’t know. The pros are that we will have outside access for dogs (no waiting for the elevator), place for a grill and no leaky windows. The cons are doing the physical transfer of stuff, losing square footage and going to one bathroom. Advice? Just talking out loud here. Thanks for listening.
And this completes my post for today! Has to be one of the boringest posts I’ve ever blogged. I do hope to make a banana cream pie this weekend but let’s show you the pies I made and/or enjoyed for Thanksgiving.
Have a fabulous Month of December! May you meet your reading goals and have a Happy Holiday Season.
First, the response to the comments on the prior post: I did not mean to imply that WordPress is hard and difficult to figure out. I really REALLY do think it much more preferable than Blogger – especially when I do hear that platform has not been updated ever. Yikes. WP is better at spam filtering, if nothing else.
It was only that I didn’t want to deal with any changes. I want my OLD way I’m used to. If I do take the time to relax into it and deal, I’m sure it will be lovely. I just couldn’t do quick because I couldn’t FIND my tags and categories. Not a big deal. I could have taken the time to ask customer service where they are hiding this feature in the latest upgrade, but I was in a hurry.
I’m right now typing this on the WRITE-NOW button that is available to me and I’m rolling with it.
READY for my REVIEW?
Cool. Here goes.
by Elaine Dundy, 1958, 260 pages, Kindle Edition
I loved the Introduction to The Dud Avocado.
I actually read it first, too, and I don’t remember why. (I never read the Intro to a classic if I’ve yet to read the story!! What has happened to me?!)
Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish The Dud Avocado. I did enjoy the breezy style in the beginning and I chuckled in amusement with her observations and challenges of living in Paris as a young lady in the 50s.
But then I put it down and left it a few days and when I did come back to it, I couldn’t figure out where it was going. I put it down again and then, then,
oops. The book expired and I wasn’t able to read on. It was a library eBook and Too-Much-Time-Passed… POOF! It was gone.
DNF and I’m not that sorry. I can always check it out again.
I’m still going to count it for the What’s in a Name Challenge
So, I open my ADMIN access to write a new post and am presented with “WOO HOO!!! TRY THE NEWEST COOLEST STUFF TO SUPPOSEDLY MAKE BLOGGING FUN AGAIN! and EASY! and COOL!! and…”
I tried going to my “tried and true” which is to Add New Post and copy my template which brings in my copyright at the bottom of every post and
I’m not sure it worked.
So I start typing.
I have a few things to share, I guess. I made a pie. (go see my Instagram). I read a books since last post and I’m reading a few so says gr. (that’s goodreads.com, if you don’t know.
What an old curmudgeon I am! Yikes.
Earlier today, after receiving an unexpected gift from my 80 year old, I mean 29+ year old Auntie, I created a video via Facebook Story and then had to leave a FB message telling her I did so… when I get a text that says, “Huh? WHAT AND WHERE is this story thing you speak of?!” And, sadly, I can’t help her.
Doesn’t FB notify the tagged person when a story is sent to them? Facebook is dying, methinks. egads.
(whoa. this editor just put a blue box around a paragraph I just typed and labeled it… wait for it…. PARAGRAPH. Am I supposed to do something about it?
Ok, book and pie lovers, I am signing off. OH! I will tell you that I read Vanity Fair! I DNF’d The Dud Avocado which makes me sad but it expired from the library. oh well. And I’m loving Beth Howard’s latest! She is my pie-inspiration! The book is about her marriage and moving to Stuttgart to be with Marcus. HE’s German if you didn’t figure that out. It’s good! She’s a good writer and like I said, is a PIE INSPIRER.
Here’s the pie I made the other night: Butterscotch Bourbon.
When I go to post this and want to add tags and comments and can’t figure out WHERE/HOW to do this, I might throw a conniption. Did I spell that right?
Thoughts by Sarah Winman, GPPutnam’s Sons 2017, 214 pages
Challenge: not applicable
Genre: contemporary lit
Type/Source: Tradeback with the cool nifty edges/gift from friend
Why I read this now: it was top of the stack…
MOTIVATION for READING: Nancy said I would like it. I had already added this to my tbr so some nice blurb somewhere must have caught my attention.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: This is a story about friendship and love. All the kinds of love. We meet two young boys who both suffer losses and become true friends; then one meets a lovely girl (who runs a bookstore! squeee – always a bonus in a book, right?) and then the three become great friends and become family. And then…
WHAT’s GOOD: Everything. It’s told well, the imagery and settings across England and Europe, the conversations, the happenings, all touching in all the right ways.
What’s NOT so good: I give this 4 stars and maybe because it can be a sad book. But it can also be a hopeful book, it’s life. Maybe I just didn’t quite get all the buttons pushed when I love a reading experience but this one is delightful and I heartily recommend. Maybe it isn’t a 5 star because I wanted it to be longer? That’s nuts, but … oh well.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If you like ART and love your stories to involve grand gorgeous paintings by the master and love that imagery – this is a story for you. If you love love stories, sort of love stories, enjoy your heart getting involved – maybe stomped on a bit, then this is a story for you.
Come on, the title? TIN MAN. He has a heart… Now, I’ve piqued your interest. Admit it.
RATING: Four slices of pie with lots of whipped cream. Or gravy. This book is inspiring me to make more savory pies this fall. Mmmmmmm
“Potatoes, wine, a ham and a pork pie and salad, a feast.”
“But then he said, pie and chips, Janice, please. And she said, pie and chips it is then. There you go, my love.”
“The canteen was busy and smelled of chips and shepherds pie and something over-cooked and green.”