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Out of My Comfort Zone
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf, David Drummond

I've never done a buddy read or joined a book club before, so this is new territory for me. I started listening about an hour ago and so, far, I'm enjoying the book and the experience. Still, I'm not quite sure how all of this works, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.


I will say that this is a very interesting read considering that I just finished listening to a Great Courses lecture series on the Industrial Revolution. There is a certain amount of overlap in the two discussions.

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.

2017 Books---- 104 and counting....
  1. Great Courses: Cycles of American Political Thought -- NEW46
  2. The Invention of Nature --NEW45
  3. Great Courses: Cultural Literacy for Religion NEW44
  4. Great Courses: Industrial Revolution NEW43
  5. Sprig Muslin -- re-read
  6. So Disdained -- re-read
  7. Smokescreen --re-read
  8. Shattered --re-read
  9. Second Wind --re-read
  10. Ruined City -- re-read
  11. Round the Bend -- re-read
  12. Risk -- re-read -
  13. The Reluctant Widow -- re-read
  14. Regency Buck -- re-read
  15. Reflex -- re-read
  16. Rat Race -- re-read
  17. The Rainbow and the Rose -- re-read
  18. The Quiet Gentleman -- re-read
  19. Proof -- re-read
  20. Pastoral --re-read
  21. An Old Captivity -- re-read
  22. Odds Against - re-read
  23. The Nonesuch -- re-read
  24. No Highway --re-read
  25. Nerve -- re-read
  26. The Masqueraders -- re-read
  27. Longshot -- re-read
  28. The Lonely Road --re-read
  29. The Relic Master --42NEW
  30. Louder Than Words -- 41NEW
  31. Notorious RBG -- 40NEW
  32. Landfall -- re-read
  33. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  34. Starman Jones -- 39NEW
  35. The Secrets of Wishtide -- 38NEW
  36. Hidden Figures -- 37NEW HISTORY4
  37. Nothing to Fear -- 36NEW HISTORY3
  38. Bad News -- 35NEW
  39. Mrs. Fortescue Steps Out --34NEW
  40. Great Courses: American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue' --33NEW
  41. Anansi Boys -- 32NEW
  42. The Great Decision --31NEW HISTORY2
  43. What The F -- 30NEW
  44. The Crime at Black Dudley -- 29NEW
  45. Great Courses: The Illiad of Homer --28NEW
  46. Cairnaerie --27NEW
  47. In the Wet -- re-read
  48. In the Frame --re-read
  49. The Illiad & The Odyssey -- 26NEW  Bucket List
  50. Great Courses: The Odyssey of Homer  -- 25NEW
  51. Hot Money -- re-read
  52. High Stakes --re-read
  53. Spaceman --24NEW
  54. Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- 23NEW
  55. Luck and Judgement -- 22NEW
  56. The Jungle Book --21NEW
  57. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  58. Words on the Move -- 20NEW
  59. Frederica -- re-read
  60. Friday's Child --re-read
  61. Double Whammy -- re-read
  62. The Foundling -- re-read
  63. Flying Finish -- re-read
  64. The Spaceship Next Door --19NEW
  65. Great Courses: From Plato to Post-Modernism -- 18NEW
  66. Great Courses: English Grammar Boot Camp -- 17NEW
  67. Faro Daughter -- re-read
  68. The Far Country -- re-read
  69. False Colours -- re-read
  70. Even Money -- re-read
  71. Enquiry -- re-read
  72. Driving Force -- re-read
  73. Bloodline -- re-read
  74. Devil's Cub --re-read 
  75. The White Cottage Mystery -- 16NEW
  76. The Eyre Affair -- 15NEW
  77. On What Grounds -- 14NEW
  78. But for the Grace -- 13NEW
  79. Great Courses: The High Middle Ages 12NEW
  80. Decider -- re-read
  81. Dead Heat --re-read
  82. Dead Cert --re-read
  83. The Danger --re-read
  84. Crossfire --re-read
  85. Cotillion --re-read
  86. The Corinthian -- re-read 
  87. The Readers of Broken-Wheel Recommend -- 11NEW
  88. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home -- 10NEW
  89. An Accidental Death --9NEW
  90. A Convenient Marriage --re-read
  91. Come to Grief -- re-read
  92. A Civil Contract -- re-read
  93. The Chequer Board -- re-read
  94. Charity Girl -- re-read
  95. The Breaking Wave --re-read
  96. Bret Farrar -- 9NEW
  97. Great Courses: Find Your Roots -- 8NEW
  98. Break In --re-read
  99. Great Courses: The Great Debate -- 7NEW HISTORY1
  100. Great Courses: 36 Books That Changed the World -- 6NEW
  101. Speaking American --5NEW
  102. You're Saying It Wrong --4NEW
  103. We are Legion (We are Bob) --3NEW
  104. Great Courses: English in America --2NEW
  105. Midnight Riot (aka A River in London) --1NEW
  106. Bolt -- re-read (continued from 2016)
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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.

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