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



2018 Books -- 132 and counting
  1. Five Presidents -- NEW63  HISTORY11
  2. The Black Moth -- re-read
  3. Beyond the Black Stump --re-read
  4. Behold, Here's Poison -- re-read
  5. Bath Tangle -- re-read
  6. Emma -- NEW62 DNF
  7. English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable -- NEW61 HISTORY10
  8. Uncommon Type -- NEW60
  9. Banker --re-read
  10. Arabella -- re-read
  11. April Lady -- re-read
  12. One-Way Tickets -- NEW59
  13. My Adventures with God -- NEW58
  14. Master of Formalities -- NEW57
  15. A Week in Winter -- NEW56
  16. Romeo and Juliet: A novel -- NEW55
  17. Great Courses: 12 Essential Scientific Concepts -- NEW54 DNF
  18. Someday the Rabbi Will Leave --NEW53
  19. Single Malt Murder --NEW52
  20. Great Courses: Science Wars --NEW51
  21. Sacre Bleu --NEW50
  22. Great Courses: Heroes and Legends
  23. Lane -- NEW49
  24. Four Princes --NEW48 HISTORY9
  25. Steambath -- NEW47
  26. Prisioner on 2nd Avenue -- NEW46
  27. Great Courses: Classical Mythology -- NEW45
  28. Great Courses: America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era -- NEW44 HISTORY8
  29. Adam's Rib -- NEW43
  30. The Accidental President --NEW42 HISTORY7
  31. The Secret, Book and Scone Society --NEW41
  32. Great Course: The Rise and Fall of the British Empire -- NEW40 HISTORY6
  33. Lion (aka A Long Way Home) -- NEW39
  34. The Third Man -- re-read
  35. No Higher Honor -- re-read
  36. Eisenhower in War and Peace -- re-read 
  37. The Secret Life of Pronouns -- re-read
  38. What's So Funny -- re-read
  39. 10 LB. Penalty -- re-read
  40. Whip Hand --re-read
  41. Venetia --re-read
  42. The Unknown Ajax -- re-read
  43. The Unfinished Clue -- re-read 
  44. Twice Shy -- re-read
  45. Trustee from the Toolroom -- re-read
  46. Trial Run -- re-read
  47. The Toll Gate --re-read
  48. These Old Shades -- re-read
  49. The Talisman Ring -- re-read
  50. Sylvester, ... --re-read
  51. Sprig Muslin -- re-read
  52. So Disdained -- re-read
  53. Smokescreen --re-read
  54. Shattered -- re-read
  55. Second Wind - re-read
  56. Ruined City -- re-read
  57. Round the Bend -- re-read
  58. Risk -- re-read
  59. The Reluctant Widow -- re-read
  60. Regency Buck --re-read
  61. Reflex -- re-read
  62. Rat Race -- re-read
  63. The Rainbow and the Rose --re-read
  64. The Quiet Gentleman --re-read
  65. Proof -- re-read
  66. Pastoral -- re-read
  67. An Old Captivity -- re-read
  68. Odds Against -- re-read
  69. No Highway -- re-read
  70. Nonesuch -- re-read
  71. Nerve --re-read
  72. The Masqueraders -- re-read 
  73. Longshot --re-read
  74. Lonely Road -- re-read
  75. Landfall -- re-read
  76. Steppenwolf --re-read
  77. Zorba the Greek -- NEW38
  78. The Virginian -- NEW37
  79. Three Men in a Boat... --NEW36
  80. Roughing It -- NEW35
  81. The Railway Children -- NEW34
  82. Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk --NEW33
  83. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  84. In the wet -- re-read
  85. In the Frame -- re-read 
  86. Cider House Rules -- NEW32
  87. Matriarch -- NEW31 HISTORY6
  88. Misbehaving -- NEW30
  89. Cat's Cradle --re-read
  90. All Creatures Great and Small -- NEW29
  91. Pale Blue Dot -- NEW28
  92. Hot Money -- re-read  
  93. High Stakes -- re-read
  94. Friday's Child -- re-read
  95. Frederica -- re-read 
  96. Flying Finish -- re-read
  97. The Wizard of Menlo Park -- NEW27 HISTORY5
  98. On Power -- NEW26
  99. In This Bright Future -- NEW25
  100. Thursday the Rabbi..  -- NEW24
  101. Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet -- NEW23
  102. Code Girls -- NEW22 HISTORY4
  103. The Foundling --re-read
  104. Faro's Daughter -- re-read
  105. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler --NEW21
  106. Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red -- NEW20
  107. The Tale of Dueling Neurosurgeons -- NEW18
  108. The Secret of Chimneys -- NEW18
  109. A Nun in the Closet -- NEW17
  110. Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness -- NEW16
  111. Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Traveler -- NEW15
  112. Monday the Rabbi Took Off --NEW14
  113. The LIghthouse Keeper -- NEW13
  114. The Great Train Robbery --re-read
  115. The Great Courses: Food -- NEW12 HISTORY3
  116. Cosmos -- NEW11  SCIENCE2
  117. Amadeus -- NEW10
  118. The Far Country -- re-read
  119. False Colours -- re-read
  120. Even Money - re-read
  121. Enquiry -- re-read
  122. Driving Force -- re-read
  123. Dick Francis's Bloodlines -- re-read
  124. The Great Courses: Redefining Reality -- NEW9
  125. The Pun Also Rises -- NEW8
  126. M. Butterfly -- NEW7
  127. A Hologram for the King --NEW6  
  128. The Fountain of Paradise --NEW5
  129. Fire and Rain -- NEW4 -- HISTORY2
  130. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night --NEW3
  131. Consider the Fork -- NEW2   HISTORY1
  132. Consciousness and the Brain: -- NEW1  SCIENCE1 DNF
Another Audible 3 for 2 Sale
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser, HarperCollins Publishers Limited Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. - Ron Chernow, Grover Gardner, Inc. Blackstone Audio Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford - Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin, Simon & Schuster Audio, George Newbern

What a strangely diverse group of books I have ended up with! But at least I found three titles; sometimes I find nothing in the sale pile. We start with what I know is going to be one of those deep tomes; at 35 hours long how can it be anything but--and it is Chernow so it will be well done. Then an Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot story, which at least I know that even if it is a comparatively light read, it will be a well written and well crafted. And then there is the bit of fluff, which is what I am sure I will get when a retired Secret Service agent and his not quite ghost writer start dishing up on Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Carter.

At Least It Was Free
Emma: An Audible Original Drama - Morgana Robinson, Joseph Millson, Aisling Loftus, Isabella Inchbald, Anna Lea - adaptation, Audible Studios, Jane Austen, Joanne Froggatt, Emma Thompson

Introducing Audible Originals. Each month, members may pick two out of six selected Audible Originals to download for free. The only one that had any appeal this month was Austen's Emma. Sadly it is an adapted dramatization, Austen Light for those whose only knowledge of Austen is from the television. After 8 minutes I had had more than enough, DNF'ed it and moved on.


It flips back and forth between dramatized dialogue and narration, with little connection between the narrator the subsequent dialogue, The dialogue sections are Foley-enhanced and the background noise is super annoying. Enough. You get the point. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Found on Facebook

Who'd a thunk it?
Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Random House Audiobooks, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

It was in a sale pile and I like Tom Hanks so I bought it. I don't know why I did because I usually avoid books written by celebrities. But, you know what? I really liked it. The stories were well written. The characters were interesting and diverse. And, of course, the narrator was really good.

3 Stars
Juliet: Anchronism after Anachronism
Romeo and Juliet: A Novel - Audible Studios, David Hewson, Richard Armitage

Progress report. Just started. Pretty much decided to quit back in the first chapter. This 1960s rebellious teenager is no where near my idea of how this character should have been portrayed.


This is my third foray with Hewson and Shakespeare. I have listened both his Hamlet and Macbeth (written with A.J.Hartley) and they were both gripping. This time he is out on his own and this novelization of the Romeo and Juliet story (which is fiction to begin with) is driving me nuts. It is the anachronisms. It drives me crazy when a modern author endows a 15th century heroine with modern sensibilities. Extraordinary women were few and far between and Juliet was not one of them. Juliet was just another sad pawn in her father's ambitions.


Yes, I am sure that many think me a bit anti-feminist but really I am not. It is that I just don't think women of the 15th century had any idea what feminism was and don't like it when they are portrayed as if they did. I can't imagine Juliet as educated and reading the ancient Greeks. I can't imagine her being anything more than a dutiful daughter who learned to do exactly as she was told.


And yet there is no story more heart-breakingly romantic in the entire Shakespearean canon. And so, I read on,complete with Nino Rota sound-track.


UPDATE: Done. The end was a bit disappointing and in general, the story lacked dramatic tension.

3 Stars
Suspend Disbelief All Ye Who Enter Here
Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery - Melinda Mullet, Gemma Dawson

Orphaned at a young age, the bachelor uncle who raised her has just died and she is solving a mystery. I don't buy it. Sorry, in this situation I would be numb with grief, not narrating a story. Lacks verisimilitude. Yes, I read the whole thing but only because I wanted to find out who the murderer was.

3 Stars
12 Essential Scientific Concepts - Indre V Viskontas, The Great Courses

Science 101. This one is not for me. I keep thinking I am back in middle school. I barely made it through the first lecture. However, if you are just starting to explore biology, this isn't a bad place to start.

0.5 Stars
See the Movie, You'll Like It So Much Better
Adam's Rib - Garson Kanin, David Rambo, Ruth Gordon

I just finished listening to the 2004 L.A. Theatre Works production of Adam's Rib, a stage version of the Katherine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy movie. It was terrible in so many ways--the adaptation to stage (Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon must be rolling over in their graves), the direction, the lead actors' attempts to sound like Hepburn/Tracy but then again to not sound like them. The only redeeming aspect was the supporting cast who were marvelous.


I've listened to a number of LATW productions and this is by far the worst. 

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Once again found on Facebook

Finally sat down to update my bookshelf
Werner's Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Minerology, Anatomy and the Arts - Patrick Syme Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery - Melinda Mullet, Gemma Dawson The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World - A.J. Baime, Tony Messano Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art - Christopher Moore, Euan Morton


It has been a while since I have updated my shelves or even downloaded my purchases to my computer (a process even slower these days than adding them to my bookshelf here). But today had been housekeeping day and at least here I am up-to-date. Now I can go spend the rest of my credits. Or, perhaps I should invest some effort into finishing the books I have already bought. In other words, it is time to attack Mount TBR. <dashing knight in armor, on horseback and a flourish of trumpets>


The truth of the matter is that Mt. TBR is just not as daunting when it doesn't take up much needed physical space thus lacking the imperative to "get these books read and put away already." Moreover, I just am not inclined to read anything new right now or to even finish any of the three or four titles that I have begun and abandoned but am not ready to declare DNF. I have been enjoying a prolonged and relaxing period of working my way through my re-read list and it seems that the only thing that will be getting me out of this groove is that I am quickly reaching the end of the alphabet and thus the end of the list. Yes, I read the list A-Z and then start over; it saves having to choose what to read next or answering that age old question, "what do I feel like reading."


All told, I added one reference book, five books and six selections from the Great Courses catalog. I hope I chose well.



ARRGHHH. Trying to add but can't find
  • Storing here so I don't lose the info. Not for sale on the amazon uk. Not in the DB, that I can find.
  • Lion by Saroo Brierley,  LarryButtrose narrated by Vikas Adams
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 33 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Release Date: November 18, 2016
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NA6SV1B
Books are ... ??

For me books are my escape, entertainment and ...  night lamp. How about you? 


Reblogged from Kate says
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.)