Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The All of It

"The All of It" was the Newberry selection for October.  It's a quiet book.  I did not think I liked it much when I was reading it but looking back on it after a few months it was not bad.  It made for a good book discussion.

Cannery Row

"Cannery Row" was the last selection for the Novella group last year.  We ended the group in September just due to some shifting in the schedule and the weather was just perfect to sit outside and discuss this one.  Interesting to find out during my research that this one was not well received by critics when it was released.  Just a word of caution - the movie (with Nick Nolte) does not match the book!  A while ago Esquire published a list of best party scenes in books and they did not include this one which I think is a huge oversight.  They sure sound like they know how to have a good time on Cannery Row - even in the face of major challenges.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Girl in a Band

I liked reading about the inspiration behind some of the Sonic Youth songs.  I was surprised at how much freedom Kim Gordon had growing up.  Seems like she had a very fun California childhood.  I laughed at Danny Elfman's inclusion in the book because he seemed to be following me around during the time I read it.  But, wow, sour grapes!  But can you blame her?  She gave so much to Thurston, to the band, to raising their daughter and what a betrayal.  She is a good writer because you can feel the anger.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Next in the Series as good as the original!

Oh my.  "The Girl in the Spider's Web" was great.  I even pre-ordered it via Kobo so it was fun to have it delivered to my iPad as soon as it was released.  Burned through it.  David Lagercrantz takes the original feel of the series and adds to it.  I can't wait for more!  I love the characters and I'm glad someone has taken up the series and will keep it alive.  I also just re-watched the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Swedish series over the Christmas holiday via Hoopla from Chicago Public Library.  Interesting to knit and read sub-titles at the same time but it can be done!

The Humans

This was the Newberry selection for September 2015.  I missed the discussion due to a work trip to Iowa and visit to Prairie Lights.  The book is a bit silly.  I don't remember that much about it but it was a quick read.  I would have been interested in the discussion.  The math stuff got a little old after a while so I would skim it.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Series (for me) from Evanovich

As smart as the Plum series with a little bit of Remington Steele thrown in for good measure.  Or The Thomas Crowne Affair.  Pierce Brosnan on the brain toward the end of 2015 for some reason.  Thanks to Amy for telling me about the series and to Chicago Public Library for having them available via Overdrive.  (In order for the first three in the series - The Heist, The Case, The Job).

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Catching up with Evanovich

I've read other books in-between the titles and will be updating the blog over the next few days but here's what I've completed in the Stephanie Plum series.  Moving right along!  I did have an incident with #13 where I had it at home in hard AND softcover so pulled out the hardcover and thought "wait, I've read this before" without realizing the print copy was on the nightstand.  Yikes.  Thank you Newberry book sale!