Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Books I read in March 2015

When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning (library) this was a wonderful book. It tells the story of how the ASE books of WWII came into being (Armed Services Editions) and really it was the beginning of the popularity of Paperback books. I have a couple of ASE books in my collection.
Trading Up by Candace Bushnell (audiobook) Yuck, listened to while driving around the AT, would not recommend
Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly (audiobook) liked this one okay, Ryan is getting me to read the Michael Connelly books, so there will be several of his on my lists throughout the rest of the year.
The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore (library) I really liked this one. WWII sort of upstairs/downstairs (Downton Abbey-esque) a young irish girl goes with a countess to be her maid in Germany during the time leading up to WWII and experiences all the changes that the war brings to the social order.
Agents of Treachery ed. by Otto Penzler (library) Short stories about spies
The Vacationers by Emma Straub (library) a dysfunctional NYC family goes on vacation in Majorca
 The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (audiobook) I liked this one better than Concrete Blonde.
The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg (library) YA book about a Quiz Team of kids who come together to form a winning team. I had never read it when I was a kid and it was recommended to me. Very good and I will be picking up more books by Konigsburg.
The Real Photo Postcard Guide by Robert Bogdan and Todd Weseloh I had asked for this one for my birthday and it is really interesting....if you are a postcard collector
Over-Dressed The shockingly high cost of cheap fashion by Elizabeth Cline (library) Learned a lot about the over consumption of clothes. And I feel good about buying at consignment and thrift. AND getting things repaired when they break. So glad that I don't fall into the trap of needing the latest trendy thing OR getting a dozen shirts in every color just cause they are $3 at Old Navy.
The Dark End of the Street ed. by Jonathan Santlofer and S. J. Rozan (library) Short Stories by Crime authors
Black Echo by Michael Connelly moving on through these...this one was good, I think it was the first one and I really ought to be reading these in order, but that has been problematic.
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien I read about this book when it first came out years ago and I thought it was non-fiction. It is actually a fictional account of the Vietnam War
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg I told ya I would be reading more of her stuff.
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly I got a lot of reading done during my jury duty stint
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians by Doris Gove I really enjoyed this detailed guide to the AT. Ryan has some "bare bones" hiker guides (light weight, so the detail is not as extensive) and I really liked her descriptions of the areas including natural history and social history.
Just after Sunset by Stephen King (audiobook) short stories on an audiobook that I listened to while driving Ryan to and from the AT. There will be a lot of audiobooks these next few months.
The Camino by Shirley Maclaine just watched The Way again on DVD and saw this book about the camino in a used bookstore.
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and me, Elizabeth by E. L.Konigsburg (library) I was delighted to figure out that I HAD read this one as a kid. I totally remembered the storyline once I got into it.

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