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



2017 Books---- 92 and counting....
  1. Reflex -- re-read
  2. Rat Race -- re-read
  3. The Rainbow and the Rose -- re-read
  4. The Quiet Gentleman -- re-read
  5. Proof -- re-read
  6. Pastoral --re-read
  7. An Old Captivity -- re-read
  8. Odds Against - re-read
  9. The Nonesuch -- re-read
  10. No Highway --re-read
  11. Nerve -- re-read
  12. The Masqueraders -- re-read
  13. Longshot -- re-read
  14. The Lonely Road --re-read
  15. The Relic Master --42NEW
  16. Louder Than Words -- 41NEW
  17. Notorious RBG -- 40NEW
  18. Landfall -- re-read
  19. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  20. Starman Jones -- 39NEW
  21. The Secrets of Wishtide -- 38NEW
  22. Hidden Figures -- 37NEW HISTORY4
  23. Nothing to Fear -- 36NEW HISTORY3
  24. Bad News -- 35NEW
  25. Mrs. Fortescue Steps Out --34NEW
  26. Great Courses: American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue' --33NEW
  27. Anansi Boys -- 32NEW
  28. The Great Decision --31NEW HISTORY2
  29. What The F -- 30NEW
  30. The Crime at Black Dudley -- 29NEW
  31. Great Courses: The Illiad of Homer --28NEW
  32. Cairnaerie --27NEW
  33. In the Wet -- re-read
  34. In the Frame --re-read
  35. The Illiad & The Odyssey -- 26NEW  Bucket List
  36. Great Courses: The Odyssey of Homer  -- 25NEW
  37. Hot Money -- re-read
  38. High Stakes --re-read
  39. Spaceman --24NEW
  40. Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- 23NEW
  41. Luck and Judgement -- 22NEW
  42. The Jungle Book --21NEW
  43. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  44. Words on the Move -- 20NEW
  45. Frederica -- re-read
  46. Friday's Child --re-read
  47. Double Whammy -- re-read
  48. The Foundling -- re-read
  49. Flying Finish -- re-read
  50. The Spaceship Next Door --19NEW
  51. Great Courses: From Plato to Post-Modernism -- 18NEW
  52. Great Courses: English Grammar Boot Camp -- 17NEW
  53. Faro Daughter -- re-read
  54. The Far Country -- re-read
  55. False Colours -- re-read
  56. Even Money -- re-read
  57. Enquiry -- re-read
  58. Driving Force -- re-read
  59. Bloodline -- re-read
  60. Devil's Cub --re-read 
  61. The White Cottage Mystery -- 16NEW
  62. The Eyre Affair -- 15NEW
  63. On What Grounds -- 14NEW
  64. But for the Grace -- 13NEW
  65. Great Courses: The High Middle Ages 12NEW
  66. Decider -- re-read
  67. Dead Heat --re-read
  68. Dead Cert --re-read
  69. The Danger --re-read
  70. Crossfire --re-read
  71. Cotillion --re-read
  72. The Corinthian -- re-read 
  73. The Readers of Broken-Wheel Recommend -- 11NEW
  74. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home -- 10NEW
  75. An Accidental Death --9NEW
  76. A Convenient Marriage --re-read
  77. Come to Grief -- re-read
  78. A Civil Contract -- re-read
  79. The Chequer Board -- re-read
  80. Charity Girl -- re-read
  81. The Breaking Wave --re-read
  82. Bret Farrar -- 9NEW
  83. Great Courses: Find Your Roots -- 8NEW
  84. Break In --re-read
  85. Great Courses: The Great Debate -- 7NEW HISTORY1
  86. Great Courses: 36 Books That Changed the World -- 6NEW
  87. Speaking American --5NEW
  88. You're Saying It Wrong --4NEW
  89. We are Legion (We are Bob) --3NEW
  90. Great Courses: English in America --2NEW
  91. Midnight Riot (aka A River in London) --1NEW
  92. Bolt -- re-read (continued from 2016)
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.

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

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!





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.

0 Stars
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.

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.

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A bit scientific but a book for lovers of words, all words
What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves - Benjamin K. Bergen

A couple of books published recently have tackled the heretofore taboo yet titillating topic of taboo/profane words. This is the one that I just happened to buy but I guess that it could have been anyone of them. The title was read by the author and I usually avoid self-read titles because just because you can write beautifully doesn't mean that you are pleasant to listen to for multiple hours. Bergen is an exception to the rule; he reads as well as he writes. The book is nicely organized. It has a basis in scientific research and is filled with anecdotal evidence to support the points he is trying to make. He writes for a broad audience not academia.


Warning, if you hearing/reading taboo/obscene/profane language in any context offends, this book might not be for you. Bergen's over-all intent is not to offend but to explore the topic and discuss its social ramifications. Four-letter words are here to stay; we might as well learn a little bit more about them.


If nothing else, this book made me think and it made me want to set my thoughts to paper. I don't have a problem with declaring some words to be taboo--particularly slurs. In fact, I am actually in favor of it. Except for slurs, I also don't have a problem with judiciously using taboo words in my own speech. However, I think that one should not use them with impunity (that is the way I was brought up); there is a time and a place and an appropriate audience. I still don't drop f-bombs in front of my parents, who I don't think I have ever heard use the word, and I don't regularly sprinkle my speech them (to the effect that when I use them, they are powerful!). I don't full agree with Bergen's take on our attempts to censor speech.  I'm in favor of censorship on the airwaves and of ratings of TV, movies and videogames that protect my right not to have to hear any of these words or to have my children hear these words. It should be up to me when I want to hear taboo speech and under what circumstances. I'm not against free speech; I'm just against those who think that just because they say it that others want to hear it or even have to react positively to their utterances. If you insist on peppering each sentence you utter with f-bombs this that and the other, you will soon find that we aren't having very many conversations. Daddy always said that smart people don't need to use taboo language to express themselves and that has always formed the way I try to speak. But yeah, I'm no goody-two-shoes; I do have my moments.