Terse and to the point!

No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.



2018 Books -- 80 and counting
  1. So Disdained -- re-read
  2. Smokescreen --re-read
  3. Shattered -- re-read
  4. Second Wind - re-read
  5. Ruined City -- re-read
  6. Round the Bend -- re-read
  7. Risk -- re-read
  8. The Reluctant Widow -- re-read
  9. Regency Buck --re-read
  10. Reflex -- re-read
  11. Rat Race -- re-read
  12. The Rainbow and the Rose --re-read
  13. The Quiet Gentleman --re-read
  14. Proof -- re-read
  15. Pastoral -- re-read
  16. An Old Captivity -- re-read
  17. Odds Against -- re-read
  18. No Highway -- re-read
  19. Nonesuch -- re-read
  20. Nerve --re-read
  21. The Masqueraders -- re-read 
  22. Longshot --re-read
  23. Lonely Road -- re-read
  24. Landfall -- re-read
  25. Steppenwolf --re-read
  26. Zorba the Greek -- NEW38
  27. The Virginian -- NEW37
  28. Three Men in a Boat... --NEW36
  29. Roughing It -- NEW35
  30. The Railway Children -- NEW34
  31. Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk --NEW33
  32. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  33. In the wet -- re-read
  34. In the Frame -- re-read 
  35. Cider House Rules -- NEW32
  36. Matriarch -- NEW31 HISTORY6
  37. Misbehaving -- NEW30
  38. Cat's Cradle --re-read
  39. All Creatures Great and Small -- NEW29
  40. Pale Blue Dot -- NEW28
  41. Hot Money -- re-read  
  42. High Stakes -- re-read
  43. Friday's Child -- re-read
  44. Frederica -- re-read 
  45. Flying Finish -- re-read
  46. The Wizard of Menlo Park -- NEW27 HISTORY5
  47. On Power -- NEW26
  48. In This Bright Future -- NEW25
  49. Thursday the Rabbi..  -- NEW24
  50. Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet -- NEW23
  51. Code Girls -- NEW22 HISTORY4
  52. The Foundling --re-read
  53. Faro's Daughter -- re-read
  54. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler --NEW21
  55. Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red -- NEW20
  56. The Tale of Dueling Neurosurgeons -- NEW18
  57. The Secret of Chimneys -- NEW18
  58. A Nun in the Closet -- NEW17
  59. Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness -- NEW16
  60. Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Traveler -- NEW15
  61. Monday the Rabbi Took Off --NEW14
  62. The LIghthouse Keeper -- NEW13
  63. The Great Train Robbery --re-read
  64. The Great Courses: Food -- NEW12 HISTORY3
  65. Cosmos -- NEW11  SCIENCE2
  66. Amadeus -- NEW10
  67. The Far Country -- re-read
  68. False Colours -- re-read
  69. Even Money - re-read
  70. Enquiry -- re-read
  71. Driving Force -- re-read
  72. Dick Francis's Bloodlines -- re-read
  73. The Great Courses: Redefining Reality -- NEW9
  74. The Pun Also Rises -- NEW8
  75. M. Butterfly -- NEW7
  76. A Hologram for the King --NEW6  
  77. The Fountain of Paradise --NEW5
  78. Fire and Rain -- NEW4 -- HISTORY2
  79. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night --NEW3
  80. Consider the Fork -- NEW2   HISTORY1
  81. Consciousness and the Brain: -- NEW1  SCIENCE1 DNF
And Yet Another "Found on Facebook"

More sweet thoughts about reading and readers from my friends on the Georgette Heyer group I follow on FB:


"Found on Facebook" Strikes Again

(If the 3rd party art is missing, I can only assume that the OP has deleted it or figured out how not to let it be shared. Sorry.)

Even More Found on Facebook!!!!

Another Found on Facebook

Please feel free to share!


Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative - Danielle Krysa

Yes, I know. It says right in the tag line, "No self-help" and yet here it is. Even worse, I can't believe that not only did I listened to the whole thing but I even went as far as checking out the price of the print edition. There are some quotes and some lists that I would like to have in front of me for future reference. I will also say that just because I was checking out the price does mean I am telling you to go out and buy this book. I'm not. I still don't like self-help books--and that's why this isn't a review and I haven't given it any gold stars. 


So, why did I buy it, besides the very cheap price and because I liked the title? Because I started to paint four years ago and wanted see if the author had anything helpful to say about the creative process and making art. The answer is yes, she does. 

Audible Two-fer-1 Revisted
Collected Fictions - Andrew Hurley, Jorge Luis Borges, George Guidall Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) - Jerome K. Jerome, Steven Crossley Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis, George Guidall The Railway Children - E. Nesbit, Virginia Leishman

I went back to the sale pile to see if I missed anything and found another 4 books. This is making up for all of those sales where I walk away with nothing.


Zorba is another one of those titles from my teen years while Railway is one of those childhood classics that I never read (that I can remember). Three Men in a Boat I chose because the name rang a bell (lol, it came through on BL feed).


The Borges I chose with mixed emotions. Reading it English is a sign of defeat, a sign that I have given up on trying to read it in Spanish. But, I want to read those stories, so time to stop procastinating and just get it done!


May I also please note that I am thrilled that George Guidall reads two of the 8 titles and Grover Gardner another. It always makes it so much easier to choose when one of my favorite narrators is at the microphone. At least I know that I won't be yelling at the book to pronounce things properly or complaining about the voicing of a particular character; these two always get it right.

Another Audible 2-for-1 Sale: Classic Works
The Virginian - Owen Wister, Jack Garrett Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature - Arnold Weinstein, Professor Arnold Weinstein Ph.D. Harvard University Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse, Peter Weller Roughing It - Mark Twain, Grover Gardner

I do enjoy the 2-for-1 sales. Audible never makes its entire inventory available in these sales but selects a couple of hundred titles to offer. Some sales I find nothing and some I walk away with hours worth of listening. 


Please don't read anything into my choosing both Roughing It and The Virginian. Slowly but surely, I seem to be consuming more and more Twain, and I especially like his travelogues. Meanwhile, The Virginian (and Steppenwolf, too) are returns to high school reads.


Then, to round out my choices, there is a "Great Courses" lecture series on Classic Novels, which will either be very enlightening or just simply pompous beyond bearing. 



Shelving Audiobooks

I am adding new audiobooks to my shelf this morning. With the shelve it button only working with the UK site, it is more complicated to find a book and shelve it, especially when starting from AudibleUS, which defaults to AmazonUS. In the process, I am digging up housekeeping chores galore for the Librarians--missing cover art, editions to combine, etc.-- and learning new things.


I've learned that some of the titles I am looking for have different ASINs in US and UK. I'm now reporting the multiple ASINs, figuring that the Librarians will handle it anyway they see fit. It is very time consuming/inefficient to curate a multi-million entry database one entry at a time, especially when the curators are volunteers. So, many, many thanks to the LIbrarians! I am your biggest fan!


I'm also learning that even if the audiobook is actually already in the database, searching by ASIN on BL won't necessarily find it. (Oh dear, that's not good. Too many false negatives leads to duplicate entries for the same ASIN). Audiobooks are even harder to find because most of the time the narrator is listed as an author and the editions have not been combined with print or other digital edition. The only definitive way to find a specific edition is using the shelve it button from the website. If shelve it can't find it, it isn't there.


Please do not think I am complaining. Booklikes is a free service and I am grateful to the owners for its continued existence. We all would not be here, together otherwise. In the meantime, I'm sharing what I have learned about how things work and hoping that others will find the insights helpful.


Filched from Facebook

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut, Tony Roberts

I first read this one as a naive teenager and have not returned to it in the intervening 50 years. The only thing that I remember from 50 years ago was the ice-9 and its catastrophic results. This go-round, it was an entirely different read. The book is dated and yet it isn't; it seems shallow and silly until you realize just how deep it really goes. 


"We are gathered here, friends," he said, "to honor _lo Hoon-yera Mora-toorz tut Zamoo-cratz-ya_, children dead, all dead, all murdered in war. It is customary on days like this to call such lost children men. I am unable to call them men for this simple reason: that in the same war in which _lo Hoon-yera Mora-toorz tut Zamoo-cratz-ya_ died, my own son died. 

"My soul insists that I mourn not a man but a child. 

"I do not say that children at war do not die like men, if they have to die. To their everlasting honor and our everlasting shame they _do_ die like men, thus making possible the manly jubilation of patriotic holidays. 

"But they are murdered children all the same. 

"And I propose to you that if we are to pay our sincere respects to the hundred lost children of San Lorenzo, that we might best spend the day despising what killed them; which is to say, the stupidity and viciousness of all mankind. 


Today's Daily Deal
Paris in the Present Tense - Bronson Pinchot, Mark Helprin

I was on the fence about this one. I've read other books by Helprin and just wasn't sure. But the reviews on Amazon were lyrical and now there is another book in the TBR 'pile.'

Spending My Hard Earned Credits
Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet: A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 6 - Harry Kemelman, George Guidall In This Bright Future: DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 5 - Gildart Jackson, Peter Grainger

I have been a member of Audible for so long now that I have quite a library built up for re-reading, which is how I spend two-thirds of my reading hours, such that between the daily deals and two-fer sales, spending a whole credit on just one book is reserved for special occasions, like adding the titles of authors that I really, really enjoy reading and want to have more of. Kemelman and Grainger are two of those authors.



A couple of Audible Daily Deals
Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor - Anne Edwards, Corrie James Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics - Richard H. Thaler, L.J. Ganser

While the deals are daily, it is rare that they offer anything that would tempt me to plunk down the ready, so it is nice to be able to find two in such a short period of time. My TBR --or should that be TBH -- pile is growing and I am looking for ward to days and days and days of listening pleasure. 

Audible 3 for 2 Sale
Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut, Tony Roberts All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot, Christopher Timothy The Cider House Rules (Audio) - John Irving, Grover Gardner

I've been shopping the sales again and managed to find three titles that might be enjoyable. I think I'll save James Herriott for last because the other two might be a bit depressing.

3 Stars
Mme Ramotswe Wannabe
Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness - Kristin Kalbli, David Casarett

It wasn't awful, just a pale imitation of an already successful premise. Alexander McCall Smith has already has this franchise nailed down tight--physician turned author, exotic locale, lady detective.