Friday, October 31, 2014

October Reading

This photo is from around 2002-2003. Actually while letterboxing in Connecticut. But I think that counts as reading too! 

Off Course by Michelle Huneven (library) a girl stays at her parents Sierra cabin to finish her dissertation and ends up veering a little off course....there were things I liked about the story and things that I did not like.
Around the World in 80 Dates by Jennifer Cox fun book about a girl trying to find her soul mate by dating people from all over the world.
Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen another Rizzoli and Isles book I enjoyed it more than some of the others
Fast Times at Ridgemont High by Cameron Crowe I have been looking for this book for a couple of years for a reasonable price...if you go to Amazon or Ebay, you can see that it runs into the hundreds of dollars  thanks so much to the friend that found it for me at a Goodwill!!
A Prize for Princes by Rex Stout (library) not a Nero Wolfe Mystery which I did not know when I got it from the library. It was just okay. 
Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons Ryan and I went to Wendelin Van Draanan's Sammy Keyes Kiss Goodbye Party at the Puyallup Festival of Books and her husband had written this book, so we picked it up to give it a try.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (library) a retelling of the Oz story this is a YA book
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (library) Fun graphic novel/comic about sisters, I loved her book about having braces called Smile and now she has another one called Drama! can't wait to read it too!!
No Safe House by Linwood Barclay (library) another thriller by this author and he revisits some characters from a pervious novel
Scarp by Nick Papdimitriou about the suburbs of London and interesting to me because I am always looking for unique things to see and do on layovers
Bedelia by Vera Caspary (library) thriller/pulp fiction boo, I was told that Caspary's book was the inspiration for the film "Laura"
Drama by Raina Telgemeier (library) another graphic novel by Telgemeier, these are so fun and I hope she writes/draws more!
The Girl from Botany Bay by Carolly Erickson (library) I just watched a great TV movie called the "Amazing Journey of Mary Bryant". And this is a book about her life. I wanted to learn more about Mary Bryant.
Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney (library) fun novel about a script supervisor in Hollywood
Personal by Lee Child (library) The latest Jack Reacher novel. Ryan says it is not as good as some of the others.
Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson (library) short stories. I am a fan of the Longmire TV show and the show is based on the books by Craig Johnson

16 books

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday's Postcards 2014: Sunsets

I love the colors of the sunsets on both of these postcards! Friends sent both to me, Montreal in 1991 and South Carolina in 2011

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: Postcards from Mom

My mom sent me these postcards from a trip to Madrid and from Wrightsville Beach to remind me of home!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday's Postcards 2014: Holiday Inn

When I was a little girl, we only had one car and we would drive to the airport in Wilmington, NC to pick up and drop off my Dad when he would go fly a trip. At night, the neon lights from the Holiday Inn sign would fascinate me! I would beg to go along just to see the starburst lights on the Holiday Inn Sign. So these postcards remind me of those night time trips to the airport when I was 4 years old. I got them from relatives traveling in the 1970's.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Monday's Postcards 2014: Postcards from Ex-Boyfriends

Before Ryan, I did date other boys and they would send me postcards from their travels too!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

September Reading

Yeah, I was a teenager and wore a bikini while tanning in the islands....and I read a lot too!

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear (library) a Maisie Dobbs I liked the mystery and I am not sure about the direction that Maisie is going with her personal life....will have to see how the author addresses this in more books
Double Feature by Owen King (library) Stephen King's son a very good book! Lots of talent in that family
Longbourn by Jo Baker (library) Pride and Prejudice, the Downstairs version!! Love love love it!!!
Philomena by Martin Sixsmith I saw the movie first. The book has a lot more about her son. And less about her search for him... It really was more about him I thought, so this title is a little misleading I think. It was more about his struggle with his identity and his search for her. I think the original title of the book was The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, which is more accurate.
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson just made into a movie with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. It was pretty good, but I predicted the ending
The Book of You by Claire Kendal (library) great if you like Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) you might check this out. About a girl and her stalker
I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy (library). Great book about a bigamist. When his wives find out about each other they ban together to kill him.
The Rubber Band by Rex Stout (library)I am finding these Nero Wolfe Mysteries pretty convoluted 
A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black (library) more from this author
The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (library) Ms. Winspear does like her Suffragettes. And if you are a foodie, you might enjoy this one.  A husband and wife exchange letters during WWI.  She describes meals to raise his spirits.
You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried by Susannah Gora (library) About the "Brat Pack" and movies by John Hughes that shaped the 80's Loved this book and really enjoyed it.
Sammy Keyes and The Kiss Goodbye by Wendelin Van Draanen The last Sammy Keyes book.
Baggage Claim by David E Talbert (library) Made into a movie, about a single flight attendant looking for love
Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell. (Library)  fictional story about author Shirley Jackson. I liked it
Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (library) interesting about a poor girl spending the summer with the rich family of her college roommate....