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.
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.
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.”
I am behind on posting reviews, alas. I do want to post soon on the great books I’ve read lately; the most top-of-mind being A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. I’m listening to Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists, narrated by Maggie Hoffman. Can’t say I’m in a slump, exactly, but I’m not tearing it up on the reading efforts. I’m one book behind my 2018 goal…
What’s been happening for you, lately? Any good pies sampled? Any great books to recommend?
Happy Day! Happy 4th of July! Happy Birthday USA!!
Thoughts by Katherine Heiny, Vintage 2017, 322 pages
Challenge: Personal, just a whim
Genre: non-plot driven family focused comedy?
Type/Source: Tradeback/can’t recall
Why I read this now: not sure about this, either
MOTIVATION for READING: Somewhere I read a positive rec on this and it landed in my lap. Jumped into my book-buying basket somehow. I don’t remember! I could possibly have been swayed by the mathematical-ish title.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: I have another video to share. Crazy, right? I do these with zero planning and then they make it into a post here while I probably should be doing other things. Like vacuuming.
WHAT’s GOOD: It *is* funny, but not wildly funny. (Why do we always have to qualify what is funny? such a personal odd thing: humor…) It has funny moments and witty insights and nutty characters.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Oh just watch this. See how I try to bury these so you have to read to the end of the post before you realize I have a video? Is this passive aggressive? I’m asking too many self-consciousy questions.
RATING: I give this 4 slices of pie – I enjoyed it. I’ve been reading too many heavy books. This fit me right when I needed it.
Well, wasn’t she the sneaky one with that cottage pie!”
Genre: Swashbuckling Romance
Type/Source: eBook / Kindle
Why I read this now: Oh, I was so ready for something FUN.
MOTIVATION for READING: Another book that came to me and I didn’t note where/how/whom rec’d.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: This is about a strong independent woman determined to live her life on her own terms despite her father’s fear and objections and meddling. She’s a pirate’s daughter; her mother was a proper English lady. And then, sadly, boys will be boys and girls can’t be as independent as they want (sigh)…
WHAT’s GOOD: All good fun!
What’s NOT so good: Only ‘baked pastry’ mentioned as a pie reference. Ha
FINAL THOUGHTS: This was my 1000th book entered as DONE-READ in goodreads. I know I’ve read more – didn’t have a good tracking system until I started blogging…
Challenge: My Marina Bookclub
Genre: Contemporary Lit?
Type/Source: Hardcover / Barnes & Noble
Why I read this now: First book selected to kick off the summer of “Boats and Reading”
MOTIVATION for READING: I really liked Tayari Jones’ Silver Sparrow novel and this, her first book since, has been eagerly awaited PLUS is being received favorably by many.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: A young black married couple don’t have the strongest of trust between them when a tragedy occurs. The husband is mistakenly accused of a horrific crime even though his alibi is verified by his wife at the time of the alleged event. He is sentenced to 15 years in jail in Mississippi; the wife lives in Atlanta. Thus, the marriage is further strained? Is that accurate? I think so.
The story is told through three viewpoints: the husband, the wife and her childhood friend who introduced them, was the best man at the wedding and has been in love with the wife for years. These two begin a romance but she can’t quite bring herself to serve divorce papers and questions her own loyalties and needs. Then, husband is released from jail and comes home. How will this triangle resolve itself?
THOUGHTS: This book took me a long time to read. I would put it down and just not want to pick it back up. I found it realistically presented and the characters/ situations interesting but I couldn’t invest in the story for some reason. I can only take so much heartbreak and heartache.