Thursday, November 30, 2017

2017 Reading List November

                      Artist Unknown (French)  Portrait of a Lady Reading, sixteenth century

Killer Stuff by Sharon Fiffer (library) This was a fun murder mystery.  A mysterious "American Pickers" or "Antiques Roadshow" and add a dash of romance. I'll be reading more by this author.
Deep Freeze by John Sandford  (library) A Virgil Flowers book, I love these, because I love the characters. The mystery is now secondary to me, although this one moves fast....I just like the interaction between Virgil and everyone else.
Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor (library) basically a romance novel with a love triangle and lots of shark info. I liked it well enough. Ann Kidd Taylor is the daughter of Sue Monk Kidd
Second Life by S. J. Watson (library) Julia's sister has been murdered and when Julia tries to get answers as to why, she finds out that her sister had a secret life and there are questions as to what kind of life Julia has been leading also...I liked Before I Go to Sleep better than this one by the same author.
So You've been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (library) How we now use social media to publicly shame people, and how this is becoming a norm in our society now.
Wear No Evil by Greta Egan (library) Very interesting book about paying attention to where and how the clothes you wear are being created. This book hit home after the uniform fiasco we are having at American Airlines. And actually because I do purchase the majority of my wardrobe from consignment and resale stores, I feel that I am already doing a great job at this....also recycling by donating or reselling the clothes that I no longer wear!!
Flight of the Gin Fizz by Henry Kisor (library). I absolutely loved this book about a deaf pilot who re enacts a 1911 coast to coast flight in his Cessna 150.  The obstacles he overcomes just to get his pilots license and the things he has to do to make this journey are amazing.  I really enjoyed this and I might have to buy it now so I can read it again!
Die Trying by Lee Child (audiobook) while driving in the car, I always like a book that I have read before because I don't have to pay too much attention to it, I can still concentrate on driving! LOL
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost it's Luster by Dana Thomas (library) really enjoyed this one about how Luxury Goods are now not so much....when everyone can buy a Dior pair of sunglasses or a Chanel knock-off. The history of luxury goods and duty-free shopping etc was really interesting to me.
Mr Monk Goes to Hawaii by Lee Goldberg a novelization of the Monk TV show. I really enjoyed the TV show and the books are just as much fun. There are several titles in this series.
Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson This is a children's book from Finland. Tove Jansson and the Moomin are like national treasures there! I had no idea when I first visited Helsinki, but they are very popular characters and there is even a theme park in Naantali, Finland. So I have been telling myself that I need to read one of the books. The Moomin have all kinds of crazy adventures and are worried that a comet is going to hit the earth.
Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton (library) this series is coming to an end and I am still enjoying it....twice in this book there were instances where things were sort of expected or I just saw them coming....I mean how many times do you have to see Vultures circling in the air and not think that a dead body is going to show up??? But all in all, I enjoyed it!

To Be Read:
The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Storybook Travels by Colleen Dunn Bates and Susan Latempa
Boon Island by Andrew Vietze and Stephen Erickson
Tea at the Blue Lantern Inn by Jan Whitaker

Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: New Orleans

These New Orleans postcards are all from the 1980's

Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale, FL during the 1970's and early 1980's

Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Peaks of Otter

Two postcards from Peaks of Otter, VA  one from 1966 and one from 1983

Monday, November 06, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Sweden

Postcards from Sweden

Huge Thank You to my cousin Holly for sending me a box of family postcards last year. I have been highlighting them all year and they have been wonderful!! I especially love Sweden and was thrilled to see these postcards from one of my favorite countries!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

2017 Reading List October

                                        Laurits Anderson Ring (Danish)  At Breakfast, 1898

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (library) True story of how the women who painted luminescent watch dials were poisoned by the radium. Despite the companies claiming that radium exposure was safe for years and years. I recommend it. Especially in this day and age when we are bombarded by chemicals everywhere.
The Mystery of the Tolling Bell by Carolyn Keene reading in anticipation of a Nancy Drew convention in Maine. And Nancy Drew experts will realize that I actually read this book twice because I have to read the Original Text AND the Revised text versions of the book.
Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery: Tour of Danger by Carolyn Keene more reading for the convention, but I do not recommend the Super Mysteries. In fact, I am writing reviews about them talking about how bad they are!!
Cairns by David B. Williams (library) I was just hiking with my cousins and we saw some cairns along the trail and started talking about them. So I wanted to learn more.
Off the Cliff by Becky Aikman (library) about the making of Thelma and Louise and how it shook up Hollywood. Very good, highly recommend
 If you go through the Seattle Airport, there is a kiosk that tells you that you can download a book for free (from the King County Library), so I have always been intrigued by this and today, I stopped and downloaded an audiobook to listen to during my flight to go to the Nancy Drew convention. It was awesome!! So if you are ever at SeaTac, look for this kiosk at the beginning of C concourse across from the Alaska Airlines lounge.  And the book I downloaded was:
The Purple Diaries by Joseph Egan (audiobook) It is about a Hollywood scandal from the 1930's involving Mary Astor and child custody. I really enjoyed it.
The History of America in Thirty-six Postage Stamps by Christopher West (library) exactly what it says, he takes 36 postage stamps and tracks them through American History and the history of the postal service also. I really enjoyed it and recommend highly. He also has a book about British History too, which is now on my TBR list.
What She Ate by Laura Shapiro (library) I really liked this one. She examines the lives of some famous women by concentrating on what they ate, meals, food descriptions in their memoirs and their writings etc. I was fascinated!! Because food means so much to me. If you are someone who is always posting pictures of your meals on might want to read this one.
Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen (library) another fun "Her Royal Spyness" mystery, I really read these to see what is happening with Georgie, the mystery is secondary.
Never Turn Your Back by Margaret Scherf  Nancy Drew ghostwriter Margaret Scherf also wrote many adult mysteries and this is one of them.
Back Spin by Harlen Corben (audiobook) One of his Myron Boitar mysteries, a professional golfer has his son kidnapped.
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed (library) Dystopian world much like 'The Handmaid's Tale" ....something creepy is going on with the women and how they are controlled by the men. I really enjoyed it, it is the author's first book.
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin (library) currently a movie that is out now, I really enjoyed the book , have not seen the movie yet. Survival story of a plane crash in the Rockies between Salt Lake City and Denver.

To be read:
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Killer Stuff by Sharon Fiffer
Midnight Line by Lee Child
Deep Freeze by John Sandford
To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon