Wednesday, June 30, 2021

June: Books I read


Escaping Dreamland by Charlie Lovett  has a storyline that revolves around NYC during the era of Series Books with Edward Stratemeyer. Other famous folks like Tesla and Mark Twain show up as well. 
Maus by Art Spiegelman (library) graphic novel about the holocaust and I highly recommend. I read it years and years ago when it first came out and it is great. Reading it again for a square on my summer reading bingo!! LOL
The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley (library) The latest in the Flavia de Luce series. Charming as always. 
Bury What We Cannot Take by Kristin Chen (library) A story of a family fleeing from Maoist China. Depressing. 
The Exterminators by Bill Fitzhugh (library) loved Pest Control by the same author. 
Younger by Pamela Redmond Satran (library) love the TV series, so I had to read the book, enjoyed it and the TV version is very true to the book. I also like how the TV show expanded on the book. 
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby (library) yeah, I know I read this book last year, but it really is funny as heck and if you need a laugh, it delivers. So after reading Maus and Bury What We Cannot Take, it was just what I needed.
The Path Through the Trees Beyond the World of Pooh Part II  by Christopher Robin Milne (audiobook) part two of Milne's autobiography. I enjoyed it. It was interesting hearing his experiences during WWII and also life with a daughter who has Cerebral Palsy and his life as a bookseller. 
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (library) dystopian sort of like Handmaids Tale in a world where women's reproductive rights are controlled by men --set in the Pacific Northwest which I enjoyed. 
Ocean Prey by John Sandford (library) the latest in the Prey series, they go to Florida (mainly Miami/Fort Lauderdale) My favorite part of these books is the dialogue between the characters and the building of the character relationships and their growth. So I really enjoy them. 
Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert (library) Lobstermen along the coast of Maine, just okay, She is not my favorite author (I was one of those who did not like Eat, Pray, Love.)
Flight or Fright ed. by Stephen King (audiobook) short stories combining Horror/Thriller with stories of aviation. I really enjoyed it. 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

May: Books I read


Speedbumps: Flooring it Through Hollywood by Teri Garr (audiobook) the autobiography of Teri Garr. I have always been a fan and always enjoyed her on Saturday Night Live and on the David Letterman show. 
Win by Harlan Coben (library) Win is a character in the Myron Bolitar books by Coben and now he gets his own stand alone story. It was okay, I think I had it built up so much in my anticipation that I was let down a bit. 
Flyover Lives by Diane Johnson a memoir about the authors family from Illinois. I really enjoyed her stories of her family and how they settled and how she grew up in the middle of the country, (not near an ocean.) I think her theme is how very American that is. 
Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman another book by the author of  "A Man Called Ove."   
Uncertain Voyage by Dorothy Gilman Gilman writes a fun adult mystery series centered around Mrs. Pollifax. (Miss Marple as a secret agent) This is one of her stand alone novels. I highly recommend her. 
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (library) So much fun, You might remember that this is the guy who wrote The Martian. This is his latest book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mysterious, lots of science, poignant and funny at times.  Highly recommend. 
Murder at San Simeon by Patty Hearst based on the true story of the death of Thomas Ince.  I recently saw a movie, The Cat's Meow, about the murder of Thomas Ince and the cover-up. So now I just want to read more and more about it. And it is probably a testament to William Randolph Hearst's power that there is basically nothing to see. This is it, rumor and speculation and a noticeable lack of any paper trail about the incident. Both Murder at San Simeon and Cat's Meow are fictional accounts of what might have happened.   
The Wife Upstairs by Rachal Hawkins (library) This one was a very entertaining read. It is an updated retelling of the Jane Eyre story. I really enjoyed it and would recommend. 
How Carrots Won The Trojan War by Rebecca Rupp Super fun read about the history of many different vegetables.  Loved it, very entertaining and makes me want to go back and try some veggies, like broccoli, beets and brussels sprouts again. (not my favorites)
Shit, Actually by Lindy West (library) movie reviews by Lindy West. From the Lion King to Face/Off, funny and even though I don't always agree, I thought it was good
White Magic by Elissa Washuta (library) Essays about her native american experience
Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke Pan Am stories, or course I enjoyed them.