Mini Mini Reviews and Not Much More

My friends, my friends.

I have read much, listened to much while not blogging of late. I have much to recap. I have read and enjoyed much. Much is the word.

I purchased this wisbyriWomen in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky for the children of a friend who required birthday presents. (the presents were for the kids’ – 4 of them – birthdays not the friend’s) Don’t worry! I also sent candy and confetti and garland and more books. But this was the one I purchased in hopes to influence young minds. Personally, I thought the tone a bit ‘piled-on’. OK, already; women are great. “Thou dost protest too much.” Sigh… Yea, I own my bad feminism. I also took off a point for the dark font on dark background. Guess I’m old. Which is why I’m hoping these youngin’s will read, appreciate and larn sumthin’. That women can and have done way far more than they get credit for and will continue to do so and people should pay attention and give credit and respect. Three slices of pie.

Citizen citbycr by Cynthia Rankin. I want to read more poetry. I know I need to read more poetry. I feel like I should read more poetry. I realize this book is not quite poetry as I expect – is that the best kind? This book is powerful and heavy. Felt it in my bones and heart but still realize that there is much I cannot ‘get’ and that’s ok. I’m willing to keep attempting to reach and learn and respect and lean in and lean out and lean humble, probably lean strong. I purchased this book at my local Indie bookstore.

Then I jumped into an audiobook with comedienne extraordinaire, Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair. yctmhbypr I am not sure I have laughed this hard in a long time (I read it before the election and already feels like eons ago). Ms Robinson explained a few things (ok, lots of things) to me. I probably could/should re-listen. Very enjoyable and extremely informative to my demographic, (ahem.) She mentions the movie Michael with Travolta which has one of the best pie songs ever recorded in film. (I wrote Ms Robinson a fan letter. I wrote Lindy West of Shrill, too. I like to write letters…)

Remember to laugh. 

I listened to an audiobook by John Scalzi that was being offered free by Audible.com. tdbyjs It was wonderful!  It was 2+ hours. Enjoyed it very much. I follow Mr. Scalzi on Twitter and should read something longer by him. Someday.  (I already had him on the authors-I-must-get-to list, I think, but a sample is nice.)

I quickly moved on to another audiobook that was utterly delightful. Realizing it is Nonfiction November and I had failed to plan for this AND having just read TriniCapini’s lovely Litsy post of how good it is, I used an Audible credit to get As You Wishaywbyce written and narrated by Cary Elwes. SO GOOD. I also watched the movie again. SO GOOD!

Overlapping with As You Wish, I read Barbara Claypole White’s debut novel tugbybcw The Unfinished Garden. I really REALLY enjoyed it. I think it is one of my favorites of hers. Maybe Perfect Son is my favorite, and this was lovely, too. I am now in a state of fandom where I have to wait for an author to publish again – I’ve read everything else by her. This is a rare thing. I usually don’t ‘follow’ an author. One more fun fact: I read all of her books in this calendar year. Another no-small-feat accomplishment for me. It would be remiss of me to fail to mention some of the BEST pie references are in this book!!!! I hope to capture in another post.

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I just yesterday finished Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. I will write another post just for this book soon…

Also, FYI – I just today started The World According to Garp. O.M.G. Oh, Mr Irving, you are a rascal. Yowza. I’m already to Garp’s birth scene. The whole Garp conception scene was … memorable. Let’s go with ‘memorable’, shall we?

Keep reading, friends. Keep on, keepin’ on. Be vigilant.

 

 

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Monday, So Let’s Talk Mailbox

I have stuff to talk about, yay me!  I had a lovely day on Thursday when a friend had invited me into Boston to go to a Garden Tour Luncheon. We kinda skipped the actual Garden Tour but we did snap a few lovely photos of lovely flowers and the lunch was fabulous.

 Melon and mint soup! The beverage concoction is a Garden Martini of blueberry vodka and some kind of cucumber something I don’t recall – surely not a liqueur but maybe another vodka? It was quite tasty. The photo will link to the restaurant, 75 Chestnut’s website or click here.

AND, while walking through Boston, we discovered Brattle Books where I proceeded to let a few $1 books jump into my arms:

 Paperback Thriller by Lynn Meyer, published in 1975, under 200 pages

and

  The Importance of Being Oscar: The Life and Wit of Oscar Wilde by Mark Nicholls. I think of Jenny when I think of Oscar Wilde. I hope she finds that flattering?

(I also bought a $3 book published* in 1885 about the state of Kansas  which I am sending to my brother as a belated birthday present but don’t feel sorry for him because he seemed to hit the birthday bonanza from me this year; he also received a paper pop-up card that was super nifty (imo) and a BN giftcard…)

MORE! Upon the drive home out of Boston, we stopped at a Barnes & Noble which gave Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones the chance to jump on my back and insist I purchase. Darn pushy books.

I’m not done…

I also ordered The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones which came in the mail first of last week and I promptly sat down with but interrupted to read Cranford for my book club and then returned to. This has really hit the blogs hard lately – I read it because of Jeanne and have been discussing with Amused and now I see Ms Nancy the BookFool read it about the same time I did. She, however, has been able to find time to write about it.**

Plus, that same Nancy sent me a book, Molly Peacock’s The Paper Garden. Supposedly it is full of flower porn. Woo hoo! Thank you, Darlin’.

I have books to send out in the mail:  that Kansas book and I promised 1Q84 to my friend Jessica over at The Bluestocking Society.  I have a book to return to a bookclub-bud: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson, so that will be reviewed soon. Yikes! I have 4 reviews to write? In order (as my reminder) Cranford, The Univited Guests, BIGTS, and Paperback Thriller. Stay tuned! As you can see, it was a book-filled week for me.

* The copy I purchased is old and dark mossy green cover is faded and spotted, but I liked this cover shot – shown above – I found on goodreads.com. Which means this book is still in print? or recently printed which impresses me. My book has the editor’s name, Horace E. Scudder, more prominent than the author, Mr. Leverett W. Spring. I love the old names! Anyway… Of course, my bro doesn’t read my blog so the package will be a surprise. I love surprises, don’t you?

Tell me about a book that has surprised you recently.

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