Peregrinations

Peregrinations

 

Terse and to the point!

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

 

 

How many of us reread?

That was a question asked on my FB Georgette Heyer group and here was my reply. I want to save it and it will be easier to find here than on FB.

 

Re-read? It is my middle name!! Over half my reading is re-reads. I re-read all the GH, Dick Francis and Nevil Shute in my library in alphabetical order at least once a year. Between new books and my favorite three, I troll my Audible library for titles that I feel like reading again. I so prefer my old friends to most of the current writings. I have such a lousy memory that it is almost like reading a new book except that I know in advance that I already like it.

I am taking a bow!!!

 

Today is July 7, 2017, the 188th day of the year, just a smidgen more than half of the year is over and I am CELEBRATING.

 

As of yesterday, I have met my BL reading goal of 100 books. Last year it took me until September to reach this point. I am now 30 books short of what I consider the minimum books I wish to read and 86 shy of what I read last year. Will I make it? Stay tuned!!

 

My first hundred books includes 42 new titles, 9 Great Courses, 4 History titles and a couple of bucket list items (like the Illiad and the Odyssey). The last month or so, I have been on a re-read jag and I am just ripping a hole in my annual re-read cycle of Georgette Heyer, Dick Francis and Nevil Shute. I have 8 Great Courses and a couple of new titles waiting to download to my iPod but I have been super lazy and clinging to old friends for easy entertainment. There is a lot to look forward to in the second half of the year.

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Two for One and I Went Crazy
The Industrial Revolution - Patrick N. Allitt Cycles of American Political Thought - Joseph F. Kobylka History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration - Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius The Mysterious Etruscans - Steven L. Tuck Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century - Jeffrey Rosen An Economic History of the World since 1400 - Donald J. Harreld Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know - Mark Berkson

The latest Audible sale is offering  2 for one credit on 250 of the Great Courses lectures and I went crazy. I spent every credit in my coffers. It will take me weeks to get through all that I bought because I will have to sprinkle some light-hearted romps in among the didactic discourse just to keep me going.

 

The banner should look a lot better once the cover art gets updated. (Thank you, Librarians).

 

Today's daily deal on Audible...
Words on the Move: Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally) - John H. McWhorter

On sale today for $2.95. For all my language loving fellow BLers, if you haven't found John McWhorter, here is your chance. He is best heard -- in Great Courses or on audiobooks--not read, because it is the only way to understand the nuances of pronunciation that come up all too often in his work.

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You don't really start getting old until you stop learning. Everybook teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.

Bill Gates interviewed in TIME magazine (June 5, 2017) about his reading habits, his favorites books, his summer reading suggestions and his book blog gatesnotes.com.

Today's daily deal on Audible...
Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning - Benjamin K. Bergen
I just finished Bergen's What the F and liked it, so, let me see what else Mr. Bergen has to say.
Audible 2 for 1 Credit Sale
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Shana Knizhnik, Irin Carmon, Andi Arndt The Relic Master: A Novel - Christopher Buckley, James Langton

Well, it took a bit of patience but I managed to find two titles that might be fun to read.

At Trinity Rep, Providence RI
Fuente Ovejuna - Felix Lope de Vega

I have three days to finally read this play before I see it on Sunday. I've known since last summer that I would be seeing it and still have just not picked it up to read. It is a bit intimidating. Written in Spanish, In verse and contemporary to Shakespeare -- and with the same same challenges of vocabulary that we have today, that of the ever shifting meanings of words. At least the edition I own is a didactic version with lots of notes to help the reader.                                

 

I'm looking forward to the production. I read the play way back in college but have never seen it on stage. So even though I know the translation will stray fare from the original text, I am looking forward

to the production because Trinity Rep is very bold when it comes to re-interpreting old works.

 

FOLLOW-UP: I loved it. Writings become classics because each succeeding generation finds something in them that resonates and keeps that book alive and in the conversation for the next generation to hear about and explore for themselves. Fuenteovejuna is a classic and it shows in the ability of the translator/adapter, the director and the cast to find something new and relevant in the text. We don't have to understand the historic circumstances of the events or the time in which it was written to find something to take away from this play because the message is as relevant today as it was when the play was written. Bravo, Trinity Rep!

 

PS, I never even got past the first scene in reading the play, but I'm working on it!

 

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The Anachronisms are...
The Secrets of Wishtide - Kate Saunders, Anna Bentinck

driving me crazy!!!

 

The book takes place in 1841 or so. Something is described by the first person narrator as smelling like Lysol--which wasn't first marketed until 1889. There have been more usages that I haven't been able to check out that I am sure are out of date.

 

So, I'm just trying to ignore them all and enjoy the the mystery itself which isn't all that bad.

Audible 2 for 1 Credit Sale

Another 2 for 1 sale, another disappointment.

 

I was hoping to clean up on this sale and maybe fill up my cart with exciting reads but as usual, in the couple of hundred books that were on offer on this sale, I found just one title that I would like to read. I guess maybe it is because I'm not a big reader of best sellers and I'm kind of picky about what I do read.

 

I'll look again before the sale ends to see if I change my mind on any of the titles.

 

In the meantime, Audible users, have you noticed that Audible has once again made some changes to its appearance. I'm not sure it for the better this go round. There are some cosmetic changes that instead of giving us more information in a given amount of space are giving us less. I'm sure I will get used to it eventually because really there is no use in complaining about it. Better to save the complaint for something that really matters.

Today's daily deal on Audible...
The Secrets of Wishtide - Kate Saunders, Anna Bentinck

Even though I plunked down my pennies for this one, I'm still not sure why I bought it. I don't usually read historical novels (other than Georgette Heyer) but it is a cozy mystery so maybe that will counter-balance the historical. As always, time will tell. And maybe I will have found another series to work my way through considering that my last try with Margery Allingham isn't going to work out.

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Bad News - Donald E Westlake, Michael Kramer

Fun story as always when it's Dortmunder and his gang but terrible narrator compared to the others who have narrated over the years.

 

The scene at Max's Used Cars writing the letter to the Better Business Bureau and the regulars in the bar trying to name the 8 reindeer had me stitches. Vintage Westlake.

Review
0 Stars
Ho hum
Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1 - M.C. Beaton, Davina Porter

I bought it because it was on sale and because it was written by M.C. Beaton but as far as reading Regency romances, I think I will stick with Georgette Heyer.

 

Three stars

Today's daily deal on Audible...
Starman Jones - Robert A. Heinlein, Paul Michael Garcia

 

 

 

It might be YA but Heinlein is a classic no matter who he is writing for.

I've been book shopping again...
Bad News - Donald E Westlake, Michael Kramer Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America - Adam Cohen, Norman Dietz

Having just finished the stack of books I got on the 50% off sale, it was time to spend a couple of my credits and get some more new title to keep me busy. I figured that since "the first hundred days" was a current topic on the news today that perhaps there was some insight to be gained by reading about FDR's hundred days. Then, after all the heaving reading, I decided I needed a bit of escapism and chose a Dortmunder story. This should keep me busy over the weekend.