Saturday, March 31, 2012

Books I read in March 2012

From Powell's bookstore in Portland, OR comes this image of a "tattoo"...

There but for the... by Ali Smith (library) enjoyed it
I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley this is the latest Flavia de Luce Novel and I think she is an EXCELLENT successor to Nancy Drew. These books have been so much fun to read and I absolutely LOVE Flavia as a heroine.
Red Ruby Heart in A Cold Blue Sea By Morgan Callan Rogers (library) coming of age in Maine-liked it
Sybil Exposed The Extraordinary Story behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case By Debbie Nathan (library)
Finding Everett Ruess The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of A Legendary Wilderness Explorer By David Roberts (library)-liked it If you liked "Into The Wild" you might try this one too.
Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon by Mark di Vincenzo
Why We Broke up By Daniel Handler (library)
Trixie Belden and the Sasquatch Mystery by Kathryn Kenny
The Good Thief's Guide to Paris by Chris Ewan another by this author and I am enjoying them immensely!
Her Fork in the Road edited by Lisa Bach (short stories) gift from a friend
The Neon Jungle by John D. MacDonald
The Invisible Line by Daniel J. Sharfstein (library) very interesting about African Americans and mixed race African Americans passing as white in America.
Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer (library) mystery
Haunted Hikes by Andrea Lankford, serendipity, one of the hikes in this book concerns the disappearance of Everett Ruess that I read about earlier this month!
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich (library) yeah, my excuse is that Ryan had it laying around the house. Like a pint of Ben and Jerry's, I couldn't resist
We bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee (library) the book that the movie is based on
Murder for the Bride by John D. MacDonald
When in Germany, do as the Germans do by Hyde Flippo
The Bountiful Container by Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey--getting tips about growing veggies on my deck

20 books read this month

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Indianapolis

This postcard is from a layover in Indianapolis in 1991.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wild Card: Nancy Drew

Today's wild card is from Applewood Books. They published reprints of the original Nancy Drew books, and I always loved getting their postcards! A great addition to my Nancy Drew collection. And appropriate because of the Nancy Drew convention going on in Phoenix, AZ this coming weekend!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Tikal

I visited Tikal in 2002 and sent this postcard to my Granny.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Newport Beach, CA

A postcard from my family visiting Newport Beach, CA. Thanks so much!!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock, yes there is an actual rock and here is photographic proof!!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Books I read in February 2012

The Children's section of the Camarillo, CA public library! I just love those columns that look like stacks of books.

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz--fun if you like Evanovitch, try these

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (library) and incredibly sad, I have to make sure I don't read stuff like these around Ryan. He hates it when I cry and I do cry while I read. I also cannot watch sad movies around him. In fact, he has already forbidden me to watch this movie. And I don't know if I can watch it after reading the book. --might have to wait a year or so.

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors (library) YA Romance/literary fun read it for valentine's day

Pauline Kael A Life in the Dark by Brian Kellow (library) Bio of New Yorker film critic

Sister by Rosamund Lupton (library)

Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle (library)-thriller with a deaf protagonist who is a victim of identity theft enjoyed it

V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton (library) love these, unlike Evanovitch, Grafton seems to grow with each book, her mysteries are unique and not the same old same old

Shine by Lauren Myracle (library)

The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock (library)-wonderful!

Life as We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer (library)-YA dystopian fiction--good

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (library) Fun YA timetravel

20 Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak (library) book was the basis of the movie "what's your number"

Feng Shui for Beginners by Richard Webster -wanted a little info while decorating the new condo :-)

Barry Manilow The Biography by Patricia Butler -yeah, I'm a fan

Unwind by Neal Shusterman (library)-YA really good

The Children of Men by PD James (library)--a bit different from the movie of course

Adverbs by Daniel Handler--Handler is Lemony Snicket and I love those books. These are short stories

Bad Haircut by Tom Perrotta (short stories)Perrotta wrote Election which was made into the movie with Reese Witherspoon. So I love his stuff. If In Zanesville was teenage girl angst, this is teenage boy angst. Great

The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan-fun reminded me of the Donald Westlake novels about Dortmunder (a thief) and very good in their own right.

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen (library)-Thumbs Up, Spanish Flu in small town in 1918

I'm Not the New Me by Wendy McClure -very cute memoir about weight loss and life of a single gal in Chicago

Favorite quote from a book this month: From Mad Love, they are talking about romances that have happy endings:

"'Bella and Edward have a happy ending', I said...'Bella ends up an undead, married teenage mom. If that sounds like a happy ending to you then you've got issues,' Realm said."

Part of what makes it funny to me is that the Realm character is such a dark, goth character and number two, I feel the same way about the Twilight books!!

21 books read

abandoned books:
A Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler (library) too sappy romantic for my taste at the moment
Swan Song by Robert Mc Cammon (library) got tired of post-apocalyptic fiction but might give this one another go at another time.