Monday, October 14, 2019

Postcards 2019: Mostar

2019, this year I am highlighting postcards from places that I have never visited!! I know many of you think that I have traveled all over the world and I have been to many places, but there are places here in the USA and all over the world that are still on my bucket list. So this year, I am sharing postcards from places that I have not visited yet!

 Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, straddling the Neretva River. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. The nearby alleys are full of shops and market stalls, and the Old Bridge Museum explores the bridge’s long history. A narrow staircase leads up to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque’s minaret for panoramic city views.




Monday, October 07, 2019

Postcards 2019: Columbia

2019, this year I am highlighting postcards from places that I have never visited!! I know many of you think that I have traveled all over the world and I have been to many places, but there are places here in the USA and all over the world that are still on my bucket list. So this year, I am sharing postcards from places that I have not visited yet!

Columbia is part of Central America that I have not visited







Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Books I read in September 2019



The Chain by Adrian McKinty (library) great thriller about a kidnapping/hostage scheme --easy read and I liked it
Dead Water by Ann Cleeves (library) another in the Jimmy Perez series (Shetland TV Show)
Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean (library) about the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire in Montana. Very interesting. Book is a little disjointed just because it was published after Maclean's death from his manuscript that was unfinished. But it is an amazing story, so I still recommend it. He is the author of A River Runs Through It
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter (library) very interesting about the links between gluten and carbs and Alzheimer's and overall brain health. If this doesn't get you to reduce your carbs intake, I don't know what will.
The Thirty Mile Fire by John Maclean (library) Four young firefighters died at this fire in July 2001. I found this book much better written than the previous fire book I read. It was easier it follow the path of the fire and how it grew (with the Young Men and Fire book, I had to keep going to the photos and diagrams to figure out what the heck was going on.) I recommend this book too. Obviously, I am on a roll reading about fires.
We Don't Live Here Anymore by Andre Dubus (library) short stories - very good
Trophy Child by Paula Daly (library) thriller about the kidnapping of a child. Set in England, I really enjoyed it.
Fire On The Mountain by John Maclean (library) about a Colorado fire in 1994 where several firefighters died --- Once I get started reading about something,I just cannot stop!
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben (audiobook) thriller about a father trying to protect his son -just okay
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory (library) I have said before that I like getting my English History from Philippa Gregory. And I enjoy all the different interpretations of the Tudor story.
Firestorm by Nevada Barr rereading this after my recent fascination with books about forest fires. it is good.
The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman (library) a play about a hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming against a young gay man. Then the follow up to the aftermath of the crime 10 years later. Interesting how little attitudes had changed in ten years and how the crime and the consequences had been forgotten by many people.
Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson (library)  this book was just delightful. So much fun, descriptions of her and her family. And yes, the Shirley Jackson of The Lottery and Haunting of Hill House.
The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly (library) I liked Trophy Child so much that I decided to read everything else that Paula Daly has written. This one was good too and reminded me a bit of some of the storyline from the recent UK tv show Dark Water.
Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee (library) fun story of  a girl who wants to be a veterinarian and spends the summer with her uncle (who runs a veterinarian clinic) in the Pacific Northwest.
Clear My Name by Paula Daly (library) Another thriller by Paula Daly, I liked it and will definitely be reading more by her!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Postcards 2019: Chile

2019, this year I am going to highlight postcards from places that I have never visited!! I know many of you think that I have traveled all over the world and I have been to many places, but there are places here in the USA and all over the world that are still on my bucket list. So this year, I will be sharing postcards from places that I have not visited yet!

Chile






Friday, September 27, 2019

Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mysteries: Spies

Spies, Spies and more Spies in the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery universe.


Super Mysteries: Spies and Lies (1992) and Islands of Intrigue (1996)



Both of these super mystery books involve Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys with spies. This is a nice departure from the usual sabotage plot.  However, I did like one of these books better than the other. Will you be able to guess which was my favorite?

Spies and Lies is set at the FBI training academy. Both Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys are undercover although on different cases. Nancy is acting as a bodyguard for a senator's daughter and the Hardy Boys are acting as bait, hoping that unscrupulous agents will recruit them for a nefarious and illegal scheme.  A young agent in training is murdered and both Nancy and the Hardy Boys hunt for the killer. The boys have their mysterious "Network" to help them, but Nancy does her own detective work.

There was this interesting aside about guns. "Nancy had always hated guns and their potential for violence." But she does her job and goes to the shooting range and handles guns and ammunition throughout the story.  Another lesson we learn when Nancy and the boys go jogging is "a fit body leads to a fit mind." A throwback to 1992 when the book was written, "Nancy eyed her digital clock."


Islands of Intrigue takes place in Greece. The Hardy Boys have been sent to Greece by "The Network" to locate stolen missiles and track down the undercover operative who is suspected of stealing them. Nancy and Bess are only in Greece on vacation. Nancy does find a nice safe mystery to investigate involving a kidnapped heiress.

Ultimately, the Hardy's end up taking orders from a more senior spy at "the Network". Nancy picks locks with her hair barrette and uses judo moves to subdue a bad guy. She also defuses a bomb.
Frank says, "This may be the most frustrating case we have ever been on, ... but at least the scenery is decent."  And if you like the travelogue books, this one has lots of great information about Greece and Greek food and traditions.  However, I get really annoyed by "The Network" and I think it is often a cop out. The Hardy Boys don't do the detective work, they don't follow "John Smith" or look through his papers. They just ask the Network and boom, they know that "John Smith" has a gambling problem or "John Smith" has an alibi.

And so, which book did I like better? Spies and Lies.  I am a huge fan of travelogue books, however, I thought Spies and Lies did a better job of putting Nancy Drew on equal footing with the Hardy Boys.  And of the two, Spies and Lies had less romance.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Postcards 2019: Idaho

Now I have been to some parts of Idaho, but I have never been to Blackfoot or Silver City





Monday, September 16, 2019

Postcards 2019: Calgary

2019, this year I am going to highlight postcards from places that I have never visited!! I know many of you think that I have traveled all over the world and I have been to many places, but there are places here in the USA and all over the world that are still on my bucket list. So this year, I will be sharing postcards from places that I have not visited yet!

Calgary