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Interests: books, needlework, altered art, walking, travelling, museums
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Fall is naturally the busiest publishing time of year and here we are, but this has been such a wonky year with publishing dates moved back, so I imagine it is going to be an especially busy new book Autumn!... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Work in Progress
I don't think this is a spoiler to say--while the Godwulf Manuscript is the hook into the mystery, the reason for Spenser to become involved into what appears to be an innocuous case of a missing book, it is sort... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Work in Progress
I am reading one and my fingers are twitching to pick up another (and maybe another after that one--lol). I never lack for variety! (And consider myself very fortunate indeed!).
Oh, well, at least we have books, right? Even if my reading is scattered, I am enjoying the books I am reading! The Mountain Lion is an NYRB that I have owned for ages and really must get to. Am dipping into a story collection by her that is quite good, too!
Okay, I am pulling this book out to read tonight (besides I am nearly finished with Eva Underground so have time left this month for another prompt book--as if I need an excuse, right?).
I have three on my pile and pretty much want the rest of them. I want to start all these books right now! I am so glad that publishers are reprinting these stories!!
Well, that sells me for sure! I have two of her Italy novels. Italy sounds like a perfect destination right now. Maybe read in pairing with a cappuccino and a tart? (Or my own homemade version of coffee and something sweet). Scooting that one over, too!!
Sorry Typepad is being so difficult. I would actually not mind blogging on another platform, but the idea of moving content overwhelms me at the moment. Maybe it will be my end of the year when I am at home with nowhere I can go--project!!I think you turned me on to Nicky Pellegrino in the first place and I do mean to read the books by her I bought. (Too spoiled for choice is always my problem). Tapestry of Love just hovers there and I think I may just go ahead and cave in even without finishing a book first. (As if that would be something new--lol). Dark Pines is in paperback, though would have to come from TBD--it sounds right up my alley though, so it goes on my wishlist for now! I really need to try one of the Longmire books--I have the first one and I suspect I would like them. I inherited a Nook from my mom, but it is hard to load free (library) ebooks on to it (I just need to take the time to figure it out!).
This is only a reading fresh start, but I am SO ready for normalcy in other ways. Even as things open up more here in Omaha, I don't feel like it is really real and am not jumping into doing things I did before--not until I am sure I can avoid getting sick!! So, a new book/a new story is always very welcome.
I think I might have to pick up the Rosy Thornton as soon as I finish Eva Underground. I have been eyeing it for weeks now and it sits by my bedside. So glad to hear you enjoyed it. And Italy is always a big draw for me when it comes to story settings!
I love those interwar, or post war novels, especially that were written just at the time as they have an authenticity that historical fiction often lacks! I chose Eva Underground as I was/am in the mood for 70s era and I like an Eastern European setting. Of course I can pick up any of the others any time as well!!
Whittling down the pile to just one is always so hard! And then I start one and then think longingly of one of the others I didn't choose! ;)
I love a fresh start--and I am always ready for one with my reading--after the summer months especially. I always agonize over my choice of new reads--especially for my prompts.
The anticipation of something new is always exciting. All the planning and idea of getting lost in something new! I have Rosy's book is letters--I think one of my last prompts this year is an epistolary novel of some sort. I am quite drawn to this book by her, though, as I saw a movie/ghost story set in the French alps and so am very taken with that setting. I will go in search of your review. I ended up picking the YA novel but as I am almost finished with it, I might manage a second prompt this month!
I get the LOA newsletter and would like to have their noir crime collections, especially the women writers one edited by Sarah Weinman! I only wonder if, since they are omnibus editions, I will buy them and then let them sit on my shelves not wanting to lug a big book around, but they are quite tempting. I go back and forth, too. I want to read older mysteries and then see all the new books coming out. I want to read more classics, and I have plenty of them on my shelves, but then get caught up in new releases that are making prize lists. I do try and mix things up and read a little (okay a lot) of variety.... Which is why my reading is always all over the place. And then I think--no, buckle down, nothing new until I get the languishing reads finished and out of the way. I guess it really is just a big work in progress!
One of my 'almost the weekend' high points is my walk to the library for curbside pick up of my holds. I am actually reading Kate Riordan's The Heatwave (set in France!) from last week's haul, so now the added... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2020 at A Work in Progress
I am ready for a new beginning. My September prompt is not in need of any tweaking at all this time around. I could use a story with characters looking for a new situation or a new path in life... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at A Work in Progress
I was going to create a list of hot, sultry reads, and by that I mean setting-wise. I was thinking of hot locales or places enduring a heat wave, which as a last hurrah we are experiencing here. As always,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2020 at A Work in Progress
I think I am--I have had some problems with my monthly read choices and I don't know why, since really these are kind of 'treat' choices! And now September is closely upon us and there will be another choice. Maybe I will let myself off the hook for books that I did not finish and sort of lost the interest of. But the one I chose, A Map of the Damage started out iffy but I am getting more into the story, which is a good thing.
I am curious who she picks. I watched the trailer to see her options on the screen--lol, but I don't think there were any spoilers. Time does fly--I think that a lot lately. I mean maybe a year later, but 2016? Really?? It is funny how easily I was able to get into it again, though I am now stuck in courtroom (kind of boring drama) over land ownership. I am trying to press on and not get caught here. Did the person who spoil it not realize that you did not know who Lata's choice (and IS it Lata's real choice...) was??
Even though Sue Grafton never finished the last letter, I kind of don't mind. I like the idea of Kinsey being out there still--jogging in the morning, having coffee and cinnamon rolls with Henry, going to Rosie's for dinner. Doing a little sleuthing and lying her way out of a situation. That said, I do want to get through the rest of the alphabet. I am thoroughly enjoying letter R and feel back in the realm of Santa Teresa. It does feel good. And I have even also picked up a thriller. The Vision Maker film festival starts Monday--I just got a reminder email so am happy to have something good on the horizon.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2020 on August 14: Reading Notes at A Work in Progress
Thanks for the link. This has been an upside to being at home--getting access to theaters I would not otherwise have been able to and so seeing their offerings. I will check out that link--I have watched a few movies from Film at Lincoln Center. So much good stuff out there!!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2020 on August 14: Reading Notes at A Work in Progress
Do you find that your reading habits have changed a lot with the way we all live now? Is it more or less or the same but different? I think I did so much of my reading away from home and while exercising or on the bus that when I stopped doing that or now do it less, my reading kind of slowed. It is that whole focus thing for me. I would think I have more time to read--no having to take the bus to work, etc, so that time saved, but that time seems to disappear. I keep looking at my half read books pile which includes some chunkier books. Some recent stresses are keeping me from being able to concentrate on my books which really bothers me, but I Will get back to ASB this weekend. Did you finish Q?
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2020 on A Suitable Boy: Part 10 at A Work in Progress
I should read Ed McBain--I have read Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice a few times. I think I read one James Lee Burke--I'll have to dig around and look at these authors. I was also thinking of Dorothy B Hughes, though hers are crime novels and not detective stories. I need to stick with a couple of authors and work my way through their titles, but I am also looking for something new, too! Thanks for the suggestions!
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2020 on August 14: Reading Notes at A Work in Progress
What exactly is your patented pages per day system? I try for ten pages of ASB but if I get one small chapter within each section read I call it good. This new section is another not as exciting part as it takes place in a courtroom. Good for you to finish Wives and Daughters. It was adapted to a movie, will you watch the movie? I shouldn't, but I have sort of been thinking what book I would pick after this one.... Now that is a goal--maybe knowing another new book is on the horizon will keep me on track.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2020 on A Suitable Boy: Part 10 at A Work in Progress