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text 2017-05-28 22:04
Summer Reading List 2017 (in a Nutshell)
Nutshell: A Novel - Ian McEwan

I've been on a bit of a reading slump in the month of May.

 

Oh, I'm still reading every day. But instead of having 3-5 books going on in various categories, I've mostly just been reading Philippa Gregory novels. To mixed effect. (You can read more about that in my last post here: http://carissagreen50.booklikes.com/post/1566197/in-her-head.) And always a poem, or two or three, every day (mostly).

 

I suppose it's partly an end-of-school-year thing. Lots of energy gets invested in the last weeks of April and beginning of May when you work in academia, regardless of your job. I also read like a champion in February-March, preparing for our university's Writers Conference, completing a personal project, and working my way through August Wilson's Century Cycle, one of my 2017 reading marathons. 

 

Being in a slump with relatively low reading energy and focus was frustrating, because good things continued to happen in my reading life. A friend sent me his new novel (look for a column on that soon). An interlibrary loan request fell through, so our local library just purchased the book and reserved it straight through for me, which was nice. Another friend published a new middle grade novel. There's a writer's conference with free public readings coming up in my area in June.

 

But now it's Memorial Day Weekend, the official summer kick-off, and time to publish my Summer Reading List for 2017. You can read the "app" list on BookLikes here: http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/792/summer-reading-list-2017. Each book fits a category that I've been working with for the last several years of these lists, and I'm going to walk you through my choices below:

 

1. An Ian McEwan novel - "Nutshell." McEwan is one of my favorite living authors, and "Nutshell" is his fall 2016 release - too late for last summer's list. Last summer, I read "The Comfort of Strangers" from far into his backlist, and it was firmly in the "Ian Macabre" phase of his career. I'm happy to get back to his more current oeuvre. 

 

2. A Michael Chabon novel - "Moonglow." One of my other favorite living writers. I went to the Cities back in December for Chabon's book signing. I've saved the book for this summer because, except for graphic novels and screenplays, I'm pretty much completely caught up with his published books. 

 

3. A recent "big" book  - "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. I just can't be the last person on planet earth to read this important, beloved book. Plus: Oprah movie.

 

4. A classics I have neglected - "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Bronte. Saw that Bronte biopic on PBS earlier this spring and realized I had completely neglected poor Anne. 

 

5. A YA / Middle Grade book - "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. Film releasing soon (always read the book first). My boss' kids loved it. Who didn't love it? 

 

6. A play - Finish August Wilson's Century Cycle, so the last play, "Radio Golf," will stand for that.

 

7. A baseball book - "Slouching Toward Fargo" by Neal Karlen. Last year, I discovered a cool website called the Casey Awards, which honors the best baseball books of each year. These kinds of "best of" lists are one of my true loves, and from it, I found a book that not only fulfills the "baseball" part of my summer but also relates to the region of the country in which I live. 

 

8. A recommendation from a friend - "The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton. Both my aunt, who read it before her NZ adventure, and my friend D., who included the book in his students' syllabus last year, said I'd like it. Say no more.

 

9. The book from last year's list that didn't get read - "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" by Susanna Clarke

 

Not on the list, but coming up quickly, will be "Life on Mars" and possibly another work by Tracy K. Smith, who is reading in my area on June 21. Poetry (always) and plenty more to be determined. Won't you read along with me?

 

-cg

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text 2017-05-20 15:34
Tea, Rain, Book's COYER Summer Vacation 2017 Sign Up Post

To sign up and for rules, see COYER Summer Vacation 2017 post

 

This is my second COYER (my first was last year's summer edition) and I really enjoy the book discussions (on FB and Twitter) and giving me incentives to keep reading during the summer.

 

COYER Summer Vacation has two ways to play this year: one way is to do basic "read anything you want in whatever format you want" COYER and the other way is to build your own summer reading list (a throwback to summers spent reading off a list given by teachers). I decided to go with the COYER Summer Reading List, as I like a focused group of books to track. I made two copies of my summer reading list, here on BL and on GR. My list is a mix of print and e-books, all from my personal library. I don't know if I will add more books as I read down the original list (see rules in the linked post); that will be a decision I make come in early August.

 

For the summer reading list, there will also be mandatory read-a-thons- the last read-a-thon will happen at the same time as Bout of Books Cycle 20, so I can participate in two read-a-thons in one week (of course, the read-a-thons end the day before school starts).

 

Now I just need to wait patiently for June 17th to come around.

 

 

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url 2017-05-01 19:43
List: "Old(er) Women in SF/F"

A nice long list of SF/F books and stories with old(er) women protagonists (or, in a few cases, prominent characters?).

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text 2017-04-20 15:18
Update to Agatha Christie Reads for 2017

 

Publication Order of Hercule Poirot Books
 
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) 
 
The Murder on the Links (1923) 

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) 
 
The Big Four (1927) 
 
The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928) 
 
Peril at End House (1932) 
 
Lord Edgware Dies (1933) 
 
Murder on the Orient Express (1934) 
 
Three Act Tragedy (1935) 
 
Death in the Clouds (1935) 
 
The A.B.C. Murders (1936) 
 
Murder in Mesopotamia (1936) 
 
Cards on the Table (1936)
 
Dumb Witness (1937) 
 
Death on the Nile (1937) 
 
Appointment with Death (1938) 
 
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1938)
 
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940) 
 
Evil Under the Sun (1941) 
 
Five Little Pigs (1942) 
 
The Hollow (1946) 
 
Taken at the Flood (1948) 
 
Mrs. McGinty's Dead (1952) 
 
After the Funeral (1953)
 
Hickory Dickory Dock (1955) 
 
Dead Man's Folly (1956) 
 
Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
 
The Clocks (1963) 
 
Third Girl (1966) 
 
Hallowe'en Party (1969) 
 
Elephants Can Remember (1972) 
 
Curtain (1975) 
 
The Monogram Murders (2014) (Not reading this since it's not a Christie book)
 
Publication Order of Hercule Poirot Collections

Poirot Investigates (1924) 

Murder in the Mews (1937) 

The Labours of Hercules (1947) 

Poirot's Early Cases (1974) 
 
Publication Order of Miss Marple Books

The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) 
 
The Body in the Library (1942) 
 
The Moving Finger (1942)
 
A Murder is Announced (1950) 
 
They Do It with Mirrors (1952)
 
A Pocket Full of Rye (1953) 
 
4:50 From Paddington (1957) 
 
The Mirror Crack'd (1962) 
 
A Caribbean Mystery (1964) 
 
At Bertram's Hotel (1965) 
 
Nemesis (1971) 
 
Sleeping Murder (1976) 

Publication Order of Miss Marple Collections

The Thirteen Problems (1932) 

Miss Marple's Final Cases (1979) 

Publication Order of Tommy and Tuppence Books

The Secret Adversary (1922)

N or M? (1941) 

By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968) 

Postern of Fate (1973) 
 
Partners in Crime (1929) 
 
Publication Order of Superintendent Battle Books

The Secret of Chimneys (1925)
 
The Seven Dials Mystery (1929) 
 
Cards on the Table (1936) 
 
Murder is Easy (1939) 
 
Towards Zero (1944) 
 
Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)

Giant's Bread (1930) 

The Sittaford Mystery (1931) 

Unfinished Portrait (1934) 

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1934) 

And Then There Were None (1939) 

Sad Cypress (1940) H

Absent in the Spring (1944) 

Death Comes as the End (1944) 

Sparkling Cyanide (1945) 

The Rose and the Yew Tree (1948) 

Crooked House (1949)

They Came to Baghdad (1951) 

A Daughter's a Daughter (1952) 

Destination Unknown (1954)

The Burden (1956) 

Ordeal by Innocence (1958) 

The Pale Horse (1961) 

Endless Night (1967) 

Passenger to Frankfurt (1970) 
 
Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930) 

The Hound of Death (1933) 

The Listerdale Mystery (1934) 

Parker Pyne Investigates (1934) 

The Regetta Mystery and Other Stories (1939)

The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948) 

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950)

The Under Dog and Other Stories (1951)

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960) 

Double Sin and Other Stories (1961) 

Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories (1965) 

The Golden Ball and Other Stories (1974)

Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories (1991) 
 
The Harlequin Tea Set (1997) 

While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (1997) 
 
 
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review 2017-02-03 09:49
Blame It On Texas By Amie Louellen
Blame It on Texas - Amie Louellen

i been reading this off and on for 10 days. This a sexy and fun read. Couldn't stop thinking about it. I been wondering why i haven't seen any blonde cowboy romance til i stumbled upon this book. This book is about a woman returning to Texas and want Ritt Mccoy to sign the divorce papers so she can return to her own life but proven to be difficult because Ritt doesn't want a divorce nor ready to sign divorce papers in the beginning. She pegs him as stubborn and he thought the same of her. The bickering between them is funny and i had a good laugh. They dance around desire and push away. They are the most stubborn characters i ever seen til everything start changing. Shelby and Ritt set on a journey of hurt, finding love again and happiness. Unfortunately this is definitely a HEA, no surprise there but i am happy about that though. I enjoyed this book and i definitely check out more from this author.

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