Monday, May 02, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Quotes


         

Just random postcards that I pick up in card shops because I think they are funny

Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 2016 Reading



Barbarian Days by William Finnegan (library) The story of a surfer from California to Hawaii and the rest of the world
Catherine by April Lindner A modern retelling of Wurthering Heights
Nuts by Kevin and Jackie Freiberg The story of Southwest Airlines unusual management style and why it has been so successful
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan The story of the women who worked at Oak Ridge, TN during WWII ...a part of the Manhattan Project. I really enjoyed this one! And I will be doing some more research about Oak Ridge and maybe reading some more about this part of the war effort in the USA. I am especially fascinated with Ed Westcott's photos of the area.
The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by  Dominic Smith (library) very interesting following the history of a painting by a woman (gasp) thru it's history of sales and fraud
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky (library) so much fun, a group of friends stalking their favorite Boy Band end up kidnapping the most lame member of the band
Bettyville by George Hodgman ( library). So sad. But very good.  I enjoyed reading it, but it was really depressing. Be warned, if you are feeling fragile.
Open Season by C J Box the first of the Joe Pickett game warden books.   I'll be going thru all these in this series.
The Mystery of the Martello Tower by Jennifer Lanthier fun kids mystery by a Canadian author. There is another Hazel Frump mystery and I will try to track that one down too!
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (library) so much fun a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I really enjoyed it!!
The Secret River by Kate Grenville (library) the story of a family sent to Australia as convicts in the 17th century. After their prison terms were served most stayed in Australia and joined the other settlers, with some rising to prominent positions in Australian society. Approximately 20% of modern Australians are descended from transported convicts. Once deemed the "convict stain", it is now considered by many Australians to be a cause for celebration to have a convict in one's lineage.
Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson (library) about a reclusive author and her quirky son Enjoyed very much, the author is a cross between JD Salinger and Harper Lee
Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann This book is just too precious. I loved it. It is a murder mystery and it is told from the point of view of Sheep!! They wake up one morning and their shepherd is dead, it is foul play and they decide to find out what happened. There is another book by this author, but as she is German, it has not been translated into English yet!!  Bummer. Another reason I should have learned German!!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Horses









When I was a kid, I had a bit of horse fever like every other adolescent girl. Reading Black Beauty, The Black Stallion and Misty of Chincoteague and these antique postcards were probably acquired during that era.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Barbie







       I love aviation themed postcards and these Barbie Flight Attendant cards are awesome!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Floral Ships







                                      I just love these antique postcards of Floral Ships.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Books







     As a reminder, this years collection of postcards are just to illustrate that you don't have to travel to exotic places to find postcards. I bought a bunch of these postcards several years ago at a bookstore. Lots of images of books.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 2016 Reading



The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin Truman Capote among the rich and famous in NYC I enjoyed it
Blues of a Lifetime The Autobiography of Cornell Woolrich Ed. by Mark Bassett  I have been fascinated with this Author once I found out that he wrote so many books that were made into Films during the 30's and 40's, but how many recognize his name?
The Big Short by Michael Lewis (library) made into a movie, about the bursting of the housing/loan bubble. I could barely keep up with all the financial wheeling and dealing. Basically, only a few saw it coming and no one else thought there was anything wrong?
Not my Father's Son by Alan Cumming (library) Very interesting Autobiography of one of my favorite actors
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty (library) I really really enjoy this author and this is now one of my favorites by her
The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi (library) There was a lot in this book that was just plain silly, but the message is looks are not everything.
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (library) a heist book. I really liked it. About a casino robbery gone wrong in Atlantic City and the "fixer", the Ghostman who comes in and cleans up the mess.
Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards (library) dealing with grief by helping an abused horse
What was Mine by Helen Klein Ross(library) about a woman who kidnaps a baby and raises it as her own and what happens when the child finds out when she is 20 years old.
My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates (library) thinly disguised re-telling of the Jon Benet Ramsey tragedy from the point of view of a sibling.The format was a little odd...very disjointed and that bothered me reading it. Lots of weird footnotes and so forth.
Looking for Andrew McCarthy by Jenny Colgan Fun Chic Lit Ellie thinks that Andrew McCarthy can solve her relationship problems. something Kinda weird....both this book and What Was Mine had scenes in an Ikea store at the beginning of the book. Such a weird coincidence !