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Bookish Nostalgia June 2019

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Some of these are pre-blog so the links take you to Indiebound for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

2005:

Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray

A sweet charming romance.featuring 60ish rival florists. I should read it again.

2007:

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

This is the first in a series that was the basis for the TV show Bones. I never watched the show but I liked the book. I read the first few books but the series kind of dropped off my radar.

2009:

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Another very good but disturbing book from Gillian Flynn. I didn’t like it quite as much as Sharp Objects though. It was pretty gruesome.

2010:

Ghosts of Everest by Jochen Hemmleb, Larry A. Johnson, and Eric Simonson

This was a fascinating book about the 1999 expedtion that found George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest.The book tells the story of both Mallory’s 1924 expedition and the 1999 expedition that found him in parallel stories. There’s a follow up book called Detectives on Everest that I still want to read

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Five Books I Want to Read: Spring 2019

I’ve been doing this seasonal list of Top Books I’d Like to Get To for a while now. Sometimes I do better than others with getting through my choices.

For Spring I picked 5 books. I finished all of them.

The books I read are:

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
This was a fascinating story of a family complicated by bigamy. It would make a great book club book because there is so much to discuss.

A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton
This is the first in a mystery series set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This one has been on my ereader for years. I’m so glad I finally read it.

The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White
I liked the first book in this series more than this second one. I did enjoy the parts the history of Charleston, South Carolina and the mystery was interesting enough. I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series though.

Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall
While I have loved all the Walt Longmire books on audio, this one was just okay for me. Away from the usual cast of supporting characters and more violence than usual for this series kind of left me flat.

The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Lisette Lecat
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series narrated by Lisette Lecat is one of my favorites. This one was as delightful as usual for this series.

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice so it’s time to pick my Summer possibilities that I want to read before the Fall Equinox on September 23rd.

The Five Books I Want to Read This Summer

This season I’m picking a few books have been on my shelves or TBR list for way too long.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Almost everyone I know who has read Backman seems to love his books. It’t time I read one.

The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

I’ve always been fascinated by the Romanovs and then I got a copy of this from LibraryThing. I loved Gortner’s book about Catherine de Medici and I’m looking forward to reading this one.

S is for Silence by Sue Grafton

Many years ago I binged the first four or five books of Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series and then read the new ones as soon as they were released. I stopped reading after R. Now that Grafton has passed away and the series ends with Y I decided I wanted to see about finishing it. I’m going to read this one and then decide if I want to read the last of them or not. I’m thinking about listening to the audio edition.

When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis

I was interested in this book already and then won a copy. Now I need to read it.

The Travelers by Chris Pavone

I liked Pavone’s first two thrillers quite a bit. I’ve had this on my shelf for far too long and I don’t have any good reason why I haven’t read it yet.

What books are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?

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Whimpulsive by Suziqoregon - 6d ago

Goldfinch

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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 generally post it every two or three weeks but sometimes more often depending on how many books I’ve finished.

Finished in Print

The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White

I read the first in this series years ago. For some reason I never got around to continuing with the series. I decided it was time to read this one. It was OK. I happened to read it at a time when I had very little reading time available so it took me a long time. I thought most of the story was pretty good but I definitely dislike the main character. I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series even though I love the setting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Started in Print

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

I’ve had this memoir in graphic novel form on my TBR list for a while. It happens to work for a couple of different challenges for June so it’s time to finally read it.

The Dinner by Herman Koch

This is another one I’m reading for a challenge. I need a book with a meal in the title for this year’s What’s in a Name Challenge. I’ve heard mostly good thing about this book and I’m glad to finally be reading it.

Finished on Audio

To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L’Amour narrated by John Curless

I had never read anything by Louis L’Amour until I listened to the first of his Sackett’s series last year. I enjoyed it enough to ad this second book in the series to my TBR list. It’s part adventure and part family saga. Sackett manages to fight pirates and make friends with the Native Americans. There are plenty of hard to believe coincidences but it’s entertaining and easy to let that kind of thing slide by.

Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson narrated by the Author

The Hubster and I both enjoy Bill Bryson and this was the perfect book for our road trip this past weekend We were off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to see All’s Well That Ends Well which is the last of the plays we needed to see to complete Shakespeare’s Canon. We’ve now seen them all at OSF. It took us over twenty years and some of them we’ve seen more than once but it’s nice to be able to say we’ve seen them all. This was a fun book that Bryson wrote for Harper Collins Eminent Lives series. It was light and interesting. The gist of it is that everything we think we know about Shakespeare might be wrong.

Started on Audio

The Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

I enjoy the audio editions of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series and this one is no exception. I have no idea where this one is going at this point but I’m enjoying the story, the narrator, and the familiar characters.

Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri narrated by Grover Gardner

This is another road trip book for The Hubster and I. We started it yesterday on our way home from Southern Oregon and will finish it up next weekend when we go to Seattle. Inspector Montalbano is an honest and decent man, although he has a tendency to be a bit grumpy. He enjoys good food and the books usually make me hungry. I’m looking forward to finishing this up next weekend.
Books Reviewed since my last update:

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou narrated by Wil Damron

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey narrated by Peter Berkrot

The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

The Quantum Age by Jeff Lemire

To The Far Blue Mountains by Louis L’Amour narrated by John Curless

What are you reading?

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Whimpulsive by Suziqoregon - 1w ago

Sunset – Tierra del Mar, Oregon

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The Things I Liked This Week June 9, 2019

I started doing The Things I Liked This Week in June 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite regular post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are the things I liked this week:

1. This baby having a conversation with his dad

This is adorable and hilarious

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Whimpulsive by Suziqoregon - 2w ago

Beach Grass as Sunset

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June 2019 Photo a Day Challenges

It’s June! Time for another month of daily photos!

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. Every once in a while I just can’t find a prompt that works for me that say so I give myself permission to tag whatever I do want to photograph. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for June:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 7 years of daily photos

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my May 2019 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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Whimpulsive by Suziqoregon - 3w ago

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Bookish Nostalgia May 2019

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Some of these are pre-blog so the links take you to Indiebound for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

2006:
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

This was pre blog days but I remember liking this one.

2007:

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

If you have never listened to the Ameila Peabody series you need to remedy that situation. They are simply delightful books and the audio editions narrated by Barbara Rosenblat are wonderful. Start with Crocodile on the Sandbank.

Refuge Denied by Sarah Ogilvie and Scott Miller

A short but powerful book about a ship full of Jewish Refugees rejected by both Cuba and the United States in 1939. The ship returned to Europe but most of the regugees ended up back in Nazi Germany. It took 10 years of research but the authors were finally able to account for what happened to all fo the passengers. Many of the stories were tragic but some were tributes to the will of the human spirit.

2008:

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I liked this one a lot. I never bothered with the movie adaptation though.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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