Sunday, March 31, 2019

Books I read in March 2019

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (library) the story is of a man who travels around reading the news to people on the frontier. A child who was abducted by Indians for several years and now liberated, is given into his care to return her to her family.  Very interesting. I enjoyed it.
The Library Book by Susan Orlean (library) I LOVED this book. It is basically about the history of the Los Angeles Public Library and about a fire that basically gutted the place in 1986. I have been to this historic building and I had NO IDEA that there had been a fire there!! I was fascinated by this book and I thought the writing was great too. The descriptions of books and reading the the importance of libraries to our communities had me in tears. I highly recommend this book.
The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre (library) About the Myers-Briggs Personality test and how it was invented and the women who created it! Very interesting.
Nighthawk by Clive Cussler read this for a book club that I am in!! LOL
The Regulars by Georgia Clark (library) I enjoyed this one a lot. It is about some girls in NYC who take a potion that makes them pretty and how they deal with it. It was a fun read.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (library) This book was recommended to me by several people and then when I was reading it....I had people come up to me to tell me how much they loved the book. (I read at airports and on the airplane, so I am in public much of the time that I am reading) I liked the book too, but I am still gonna say The Library Book is my favorite of the year so far!! LOL But I recommend Where the Crawdads Sing also. If  you like To Kill a Mockingbird and/or Nicholas Sparks books and/or stuff like that. It has a mystery and romance and coming of age and it is set in North Carolina on the coast during the 1960's.
The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (library) Another great book this month about the MS St. Louis, a ship that had over 900 Jewish refugees from Germany and was turned away from Cuba, the United States and Canada. It is told from the point of view of a young girl and how her family deals with fleeing from the Holocaust. I recommend
The Line Between by Tosca Lee  (library) Yet another good book this month!! A Thriller, it reminded me a lot of some Dean Koontz books because there is a guy and a girl and a dog!! LOL and they are trying to save the world. Lots of action and it just zipped along, I couldn't put it down.  It is the first in a series that this author is writing. The premise is "ripped from the headlines" and the author includes information at the end about the articles that inspired her to write this book. Very good and I highly recommend. I can't wait for the next one to come out.
Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain (audiobook) listened to while I was in the car. I quite enjoyed. There is so much more detail than in the movie.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Postcards 2019: Branson, MO

My theme this year is places that I have never been....I have never been to Branson, MO

Monday, March 18, 2019

Postcards 2019: Taj Mahal

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!

The Taj Mahal in India

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Why the new Nancy Drew: Hidden Staircase movie should acknowledge Sammy Keyes

Why the new Nancy Drew: Hidden Staircase movie should acknowledge Sammy Keyes

I was very excited to see the new Nancy Drew movie and as I watched it, I was stuck by how similar it was to another young detective, Sammy Keyes. The movie opens with Nancy Drew sporting some skateboarding moves that would not be a problem for Sammy Keyes. The Sammy Keyes books started with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, which was written in 1998 by Wendelin Van Draanen and ended after 18 books in 2014 with Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye. Sammy starts as a seventh grader and of course is a few years younger than Nancy Drew, so she gets around town on a skateboard much of the time. Through the course of the Sammy Keyes books, she deals with some school bullying which is exactly how the new Nancy Drew movie starts with Bess being bullied by a school jock, and something that was not in original Nancy Drew books. Sammy often comes to the defense of her friends and just like Sammy, Nancy comes to the defense of Bess and in the process is forced to do community service. Sammy Keyes is no stranger to community service. She begins the book Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy by doing community service at the local Catholic Church. She was also suspended from school in the first book of the series. I believe that the Nancy Drew books did not address bullying by peers because the original Nancy Drew was not in a school setting. Other books written at the same time (Like the Dana Girls) do have more peer bullying.

Nancy Drew starts off the movie clashing with the local Sheriff and Sammy Keyes is no stranger to run ins with the local police. Officer Borsch in the Sammy Keyes books is very leery of Sammy, even when her motives are pure. The relationship between Nancy Drew and the Sheriff in the new movie immediately reminded me of Officer Borsch and Sammy Keyes. In the original Nancy Drew books, Nancy has a good relationship with the police. They respect her father and her as his daughter and often believe her hunches and ask for her help on mysterious cases.

There are differences also, Sammy lives with her grandmother and has a mother who is working in Hollywood and she is not sure about who is her father. Nancy Drew lives with her father and an aunt (created for this movie and appears to be a hybrid of Aunt Eloise and Hannah Gruen from the books) and her mother died recently (in the movie, not in the books). The main mystery in the new movie is taken directly from the Hidden Staircase; the second Nancy Drew book which was originally written in 1930. I really enjoyed the new Nancy Drew movie and I highly recommend it. It will only be in theaters for a few more days and will be released on DVD April 2nd. And if you like the movie, you might want to pick up a Sammy Keyes book. They are targeted for a somewhat younger audience, but do not let that stop you from reading some top notch mysteries!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Postcards 2019: Budapest

My Postcard theme this year is places that I have never been, but now that my airline flies to Budapest, I could go there very soon!!

Monday, March 04, 2019

Postcards 2019: Corfu

Never even thought of going to Corfu until I watched a show called The Durrells. Loved it and the location, now I want to go to Corfu.