Hey, it’s Speedy Reader. It’s been an intense week, for lots of reasons, but I have had the chance to start an awesome new nonfiction book. It’s called Life and Death in the Andes by Kim MacQuarrie. It’s a collection of stories, arranged more or less geographically, that cover crime, history, religion, and culture. It really makes me want to visit South America. I’m loving this on audio. Enthusiastic recommendation here! What are you reading?
Every year for the last maybe 15 years I’ve participated in my library’s summer reading program. When the kids were little it was a great way for them to earn free prizes and keep them occupied when they were out of school. There were even fun prizes for the adults, from free t-shirts to books, candy, and free meals.
This year is the first time I didn’t participate. I signed up all right, but I didn’t finish a single book review. I don’t know what happened. It’s tempting to blame it all on depression, but I’m not aware of being more depressed than say, the year my dad died. It just seems like I haven’t been interested in reading lately.
Things are looking up slightly. I’ve finished a couple of books recently and I’m really enjoying this month’s book club pick. I don’t know. Let’s hope it was just a fluke and I can enjoy a good book again.
One of the reasons I haven’t posted much lately is that I haven’t been reading much. I’m not even going to try to catch up on what I have finished, but things are slowly looking up this week and I have a few books I’m working on.
The first is one for review called .Sawdust in His Shoes by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. I was excited to win this one from Library Thing because I’ve read one of her books before and really liked it. This one is about a boy who grew up in the circus. It has a very old-fashioned feel to it, but I don’t mean that in a bad way.
I’m also rereading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. It was our pick for book club in July. I was really into it but then I just got too depressed to finish. And I’m listening to a nonfiction book called Frontier Grit about pioneer women. Great stories but too much moralizing.
So what are you reading? Have a good weekend.
How are you all? We had a busy weekend. My husband and I went to see Incredibles 2, then Saturday I spent going through some storage with my sister.
Before the movie we went to a Thai restaurant. I love curry and most Thai food. This time we got the Massaman curry, which is a peanut sauce with potatoes and cashews. It’s one of my favorites, and they did a great job. Then we went to the movie.
If you haven’t seen the first Incredibles movie, you might not enjoy this one, but it’s been 14 years since the first movie came out! I couldn’t believe it has been that long! This one takes up more or less right after the first movie ends. I thought it did a great job of staying true to the original characters and feel of the original, while having some fun new ideas. My favorite scene was the fight between baby Jack-Jack and a raccoon. Hilarious!
One warning – they start the movie with an alert that there’s a scene with flashing lights that might affect people with a seizure disorder. I don’t have seizures, but I do find that flashing lights can trigger a migraine for me, so when the scene came up – it starts with a villain fight – I closed my eyes until it was over. It was intense! But I missed most of it.
Not a lot of reading right now, but I am mostly enjoying an audio collection of some stories inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Some stories are better than others, but it was still fun.
Happy reading to all of you!
Our local library is doing another fun summer reading program, but this year I am off to a slow start. I did finish an audio book recently, Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher. It’s book 2 in the Calderon series and it was a good summer page turner. There were a few things that bugged me, but I already downloaded the library copy of book 3.
One of the things I’m excited about with this trip is reading! I know, I do that anyway, but what can I say? I’m a serious bibliophile! I need my fix! Here’s what I’m reading right now. 📚
Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson. This is a collection of his shorter works related to the Cosmere. Some of them I have read before, but I just finished a longer story about Kelsier from Mistborn which made me even more excited to re-read that with by book club later this year.
Zero Limit by Jeremy K Brown. I found this one through Kindle Unlimited. It’s a sci fi set on the moon.
Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher. This one I got as a digital audio book from the library, but my loan expired, so I have to put it on hold until I get another copy. Enjoyable magic based story.
Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. Creepy supernatural mystery about a woman whose husband buried her alive. Great premise, but I’m having trouble sticking with it.
That’s all for me. Too many at once really, but that’s how I roll. What are you reading?
Thrillers are so hot right now. I haven’t read a ton of them, but there are definitely times when I’m in the mood for a book that will have me on the edge of my seat. Here’s some I’m looking forward to.
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.
A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror, reminiscent of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In, and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House
White Bodies by Jane Robins
A page-turning work of suspense that announces a stunning new voice in fiction, White Bodies will change the way you think about obsession, love, and the violence we inflict on one another–and ourselves.
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect–much like the silent companions themselves.
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
A contemporary gothic from an author in the company of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender, Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning.
Trespassing by Brandi Reeds
In a novel of mounting psychological suspense, a young mother follows a dangerous path to find her missing husband.
What do you th ink? Any that catch your eye? What thrillers are you reading?
How are all of you coming along with your reading goals for this year? I didn’t have a lot of goals, exactly, but I had my GoodReads goal of 250 books this year. So far I’m at 139 finished (and it includes books I DNF). That puts me at 56% of my goal already.
Now of my books I was hoping to get to this year. I’m not doing so great at reading the books off my shelves. I keep getting distracted by new releases, books from the library, even new purchases. I need to do better at that. I have gotten rid of some books, though, and I have a few more I need to find a new home for.
I also made some progress on the book video front! We finished filming the video – I won’t tell you what book it is but it’s a YA western – but we’re still editing it. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it so far, as a first try.
As far as writing goes, I have barely started a new book and I am not doing so well at keeping up with my writing goals. I need to carve out more time on the computer to actually work on my book.
What about you? How are your reading goals for 2018 coming along?
Hey bookies! I’m back from a little break and I thought I’d check in and let you know what I’m reading.
First up is a book I got for Christmas called The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen. I’ve read one of his books before and I really liked his writing. It might sound a little dry, but if you like nature programs or travel adventures, you’d love this. I just finished A section on Komodo dragons and it was fascinating stuff.
I’m also reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. This one is for book club and I can definitely say it is not one I would have picked up on my own. It seems like it was written for book clubs, where there’s a lot of vaguely unhappy characters (all White, of course) who don’t do much of anything. Not enjoying it at all.
I hope that you are enjoying your books!
I usually do these posts on Monday, but I missed it this week. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, but things are picking up.
My current audio book is Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. Kate rides up on her horse Silver to discover her father’s been murdered and the gang responsible is getting away. She disguised herself as Hate and heads off after them, Colt Revolver at her side. This one starts off with a bang and I can’t wait to see how it ends.
I’m also reading a nonfiction book, The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen. Islands have been crucial to our understanding of biology and evolution for hundreds of years, but they still have a lot to teach us about survival.
Finally, I’m working on There Is Something About Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy, and Genetic DNA by Edna Gail Bush and Natonne Elaine Kemp for review. It’s been great for me to read about another family’s genealogy, but it’s not a quick read.
I also realized I have a couple of Audible credits available, so I’m trying to decide what I want to listen to next. Give me your best recommendation!