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Time for a new thread. Finally!!
Welcome to my late summer reading thread!!
BOOKS READ IN NOVEMBER
87. How Hockey Saved a Jew from the Holocaust: The Rudi Ball Story by J. Wayne Frye--finished on 11/3/12
88. When Saturday Mattered Most by Mark Beech--finished on 11/4/12
BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER
77. Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey by Todd Denault--finished on 10/4/12
78. Powdered Peril by Jessica Beck--finished on 10/7/12
79. The Wurst Is Yet to Come by Mary Daheim--finished on 10/11/12
80. Rocket Men by Craig Nelson--finished on 10/15/12
81. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand--finished on 10/20/12
82. Mrs. Malory and a Necessary End by Hazel Holt--finished on 10/21/12
83. Ozzie's School of Management by Rick Morrissey--finished on 10/25/12
84. The Silent Speaker by Rex Stout--finished on 10/27/12
85. Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth--finished on 10/30/12
86. A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry--finished on 10/31/12
BOOKS READ IN JANUARY
1. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka--finished on 1/1/12
2. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich--finished on 1/2/12
3. Said in Stone by Steve Stone--finished on 1/3/12
4. Halfway House by Ellery Queen--finished on 1/4/12
5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King--finished on 1/7/12
6. A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly--finished on 1/11/12
7. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck--finished on 1/13/12
8. The Cleveland Creep by Les Roberts--finished on 1/14/12
9. And Hell Followed with It: Life and Death in a Kansas Tornado by Bonar Menninger--finished on 1/16/12
10. Chocolate Covered Murder by Leslie Meier--finished on 1/18/12
11. Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut by James Marcus--finished on 1/20/12
12. Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Edward Steers, Jr--finished on 1/27/12
13. Tragic Toppings by Jessica Beck--finished on 1/29/12
BOOKS READ IN FEBRUARY
14. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson--finished on 2/1/12
15. Dead Deceiver by Victoria Houston--finished on 2/4/12
16. Clark Griffith: The Old Fox of Washington Baseball by Ted Leavengood--finished on 2/7/12
17. Town in a Lobster Stew by B. B. Haywood--finished on 2/8/12
18. A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett--finished on 2/11/12
19. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach--finished on 2/17/12
20. The Evil That Men Do by Jeanne M. Dams--finished on 2/19/12
21. Taft 2012: A Novel by Jason Heller--finished on 2/21/12
22. Killer Crullers by Jessica Beck--finished on 2/26/12
23. My First Ladies: Twenty-Five Years As the White House Chief Floral Designer by Nancy Clarke--finished on 2/28/12
BOOKS READ IN MARCH
24. Dead Tease by Victoria Houston--finished on 3/3/12
25. Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke--finished on 3/6/12
26. The Game: One Man, Nine Innings, a Love Affair with Baseball by Robert Benson--finished on 3/9/12
27. Agony of the Leaves by Laura Childs--finished on 3/13/12
28. Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews--finished on 3/15/12
29. Affairs of Steak by Julie Hyzy--finished on 3/21/12
READ IN APRIL
30. Sup with the Devil by Barbara Hamilton--finished on 4/6/12
31. Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines--finished on 4/23/12
32. The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck--finished on 4/23/12
33. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach--finished on 4/28/12
BOOKS READ IN MAY
34. Calico Joe by John Grisham--finished on 5/4/12
35. Dread on Arrival by Claudia Bishop--finished on 5/7/11
36. Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington--finished on 5/10/12
37. Drop Dead Chocolate by Jessica Beck--finished on 5/20/12
38. An East End Murder by Charles Finch--finished on 5/20/12
39. Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life by Dara Torres--finished on 5/21/12
40. He Who Whispers by John Dickson Carr--finished on 5/27/12
41. Give It to Steve! by Will Bunch--finished on 5/31/12
BOOKS READ IN JUNE
42. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters--finished on 6/6/12
43. Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer--finished on 6/10/12
44. West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life by Jerry West--finished on 6/13/12
45. The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey--finished on 6/16/12
46. Adventures of a Surgical Resident by Philip B. Dobrin M.D.--finished on 6/17/12
47. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley--finished on 6/21/12
48. Tales from the Chicago Blackhawks Locker Room by Harvey Wittenberg--finished on 6/23/12
49. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey--finished on 6/25/12
50. Death of a Kingfisher by M.C. Beaton--finished on 6/30/12
BOOKS READ IN JULY
51. Hesitation Kills by Jane Blair--finished on 7/3/12
52. All the Pretty Hearses by Mary Daheim--finished on 7/7/12
53. Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams--finished on 7/13/12
54. A Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carole King--finished on 7/18/12
55. Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett--finished on 7/21/12
56. The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner--finished on 7/22/12
57. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves--finished on 7/26/12
58. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain--finished on 7/30/12
BOOKS READ IN AUGUST
59. If Death Ever Slept by Rex Stout--finished on 8/3/12
60. 11th Hour by James Patterson--finished on 8/5/12
61. Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart--finished on 8/9/12
62. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot--finished on 8/13/12
63. Murder on Wheels by Stuart Palmer--finished on 8/15/12
64. Shadows of a Down East Summer by Lea Wait--finished on 8/20/12
65. Life Behind the Mask: Memoir of a Youth Baseball Umpire by Michael Schafer--finished on 8/21/12
66. Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb--finished on 8/27/12
67. On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates--finished on 8/29/12
BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER
68. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny--finished on 9/2/12
69. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson--finished on 9/5/12
70. The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault--finished on 9/9/12
71. The Corpse of St. James's by Jeanne M. Dams--finished on 9/11/12
72. Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 9/13/12
73. The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber--finished on 9/16/12
74. A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer--finished on 9/21/12
75. Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly--finished on 9/24/12
76. Carl Hubbell: A Biography of the Screwball King by Lowell L. Blaisdell--finished on 9/26/12
I had a wonderful time at the Louise Penny book launch at North Central College in Naperville, IL last night. This is for her brand new book, The Beautiful Mystery.
She's got a wonderful, self-deprecating sense of humor and kept the large crowded entertained for 75 minutes, including Q/As. For 20 years, she was a journalist for the CBC. Love the Canadian accent. She says she's shy but she also seems a bit flamboyant.
The theater department's auditorium holds about 250 and it was nearly entirely filled. When my number came up (thankfully, #48, so it wasn't too long of a wait), she shook my hand. I thanked her for writing such terrific stories and she thanked me for reading them. Then, I mentioned how much I love reading her facebook posts where I get a real behind-the-scenes sense of what goes on and she started talking about how much she loves doing her blog and her fb page.
Phooey. Louise Penny took a picture of the crowd, which I've shared on my fb page, but I can't get it to work here.
Anyway, I had a tasty dinner with my sister, niece, and nephew. Also browsed around the beautiful Naperville downtown, though I never quite made it to Anderson's Bookshop itself. It was a hot day and I hadn't had lunch and got quite distracted by the Cold Stone Creamery. Their motto ought to be "expensive but worth every penny."
On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates--finished on 8/29/12
It's truly rare for me to pick up and read a book on a subject I really detest. Boxing is one such subject.
When as distinguished an author as Joyce Carol Oates manages to wax poetic about a subject I detest, it intrigues me, making me wonder if I'm missing something or am just wrong.
This book, a collection of essays, is beautifully written. It gave me great insights into boxers and boxing fans. After reading it, I still detest boxing, but I certainly have a greater understanding of it.
Some of the essays are quite dated. Though there are general essays and plenty of discussion about boxing literature (source for future reading, perhaps), her main essays focus on boxing champions Jack Johnson (who went to prison for having "relations" with a white woman), Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. The Tyson essay focuses on the young, newly annointed champ but no reference to his subsequent legal problems.
Excellent book, full of great insights. I'm glad I read it. I still don't like boxing though.
Linda, Penny is a former journalist -- probably accounts for the shyness/flamboyant contrast that you note. People meeting me probably wouldn't consider me to be shy, but that's definitely how I see myself, unless I'm with people I know well. Public speaking? crippling. But you can't let it show, and I def. learned some tricks when I was promoting the book.
Interesting comments re the boxing book, but I don't think you've convinced me I want to read it as I'm definitely NOT a boxing afficionado! I even avoid some of the writings on boxing by the great William Hazlitt, essayist two centuries ago, despite my passion for his other writing.
I've started an interested-sounding book about the early days of college football, with an emphasis on how Teddy Roosevelt saved the game. I'll be dabbling with The Big Scrum.
However, my main reading focus will be on the new Louise Penny mystery, The Beautiful Mystery. Even the cover is gorgeous. Very eager for this one.
Linda, I pre-ordered the new Louise Penny and it arrived on Tuesday. I'm saving it for this weekend because I know I wouldn't want to go to work once I start it!
#8: I am loving The Beautiful Mystery, Linda. I hope you enjoy the book when you get to it!
I thought I'd start it today but I was busy at work. Now, the new TIOLI is up and football is on. I do plan to start tonight though.
Glad to hear that you're loving it, Stasia.
Anymore updates on Linda L?
No, I have not heard anything from Will yet and the wait is killing me!
Oh dear. I hope it all went ok. I've been messing around on my pc but am going to go start the Louise Penny book and read awhile. I'll check back later.
I am on the phone with Will now. Update in a few minutes, I hope :)
Linda, I'm glad you had such a great time at the Louise Penny appearance. I would love to meet her someday.
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny--finished on 9/2/12
I absolutely loved the latest Three Pines/Inspector Gamache mystery from Louise Penny, even though Three Pines is nowhere to be found. In this one, Gamache and Beauvoir investigate the murder of the prior/choirmaster at a remote Quebec cloistered monastery whose monks are known for their voices. The monks' recording of Gregorian chants has created some dissension, in this instance, until now, dissension had been measured by raised eyebrows and other subtleties.
As is usual, Louise Penny's writing is beautiful and full of depth. This is a book to be savored, though I wondered throughout whether the good citizens of Three Pines were enjoying their brief respite from crime.
Penny's version of the locked room mystery is an interesting take on the usual kind of locked room puzzles (not only is the monastery locked to outsiders but the location of the murder is not easily accessible even to the monks).
Also, as is usual with Louise Penny books, I loved it but didn't like the ending.
Highly, highly recommended!! If you haven't read a Louise Penny, you owe it to yourself to give her a try. However, while this one is different from her usual, I'd recommend starting with the first one, Still Life.
As much as I love Louise Penny, there's always a big letdown after finishing it. After all, I've probably got to wait an entire year for the next one.
Did a lot of yardwork today and I'm tired.
Now, I've got my feet up, the Cubs game on TV, and I'm picking up a light and fluffy cozy.
I've got to wait a bit longer before I can start The Beautiful Mystery. It will probably be at the library within 10 days, and I'll be the first to check it out!
Linda, I'll second all your comments about listening to and reading Louise Penny! And I also second the Cold Stone Creamery distraction!
I still have to wait for The Beautiful Mystery. Tina brought her copy down to me and left it at Mom's. I've got to get up there to get it. It's really tempting me.
The new Louise Penny sounds great. I should have my hands on it in a couple of days. Can't wait!
If you have to wait for the Louise Penny, it's definitely worth it.
After watching the Cubs yesterday, I "watched" golf, aka, took a nap. Then read about half of Bill Bryson's enjoyable A Walk in the Woods, about his hike on the Appalachian Trail. Loving it.
Well, we'd better talk about books instead of baseball since I'm a Giants fan! I love the Louise Penny mysteries although I think the best one was the first one! I didn't realize she had a new one out so I'll have to look for it. I loved A Walk in the Woods when I read it. Glad you are enjoying it.
Hi Carolyn: Thanks for stopping by. At the Cubs games this weekend (I saw the two losses to the Giants), we were just talking about how we want the Giants to win the NL West.
With the Cubs out of it, as usual, I'll probably be rooting for the Washington Nationals. I like underdogs.
Not sure if you saw the mention earlier but I'm also trying to finish up all the Rex Stout books. If I'm remembering right, you're a fan, aren't you?
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson--finished on 9/5/12
I really enjoyed this book on hiking the Appalachian Trail by humorist Bill Bryson. Yes, there are funny parts but I actually preferred the hiking commentary. A non-LT friend informs me that he's written similar books about other locals.
In this one, Bryson and a long-ago friend, Katz, start hiking the Appalachian Trail in the spring, starting at the southern end, starting in the coldest cold snap the South had seen.
I enjoyed reading how he went about preparing for this trip, along with the calamaties that befell this duo. One thing I never realized is that there are towns along the way and hikers often take advantage and spend the night in a motel, enjoying civilization.
Beyond his adventure, this book was informative as to the history of the trail. It also gives me lots of ideas for related reading.
Thanks to LauraBrook for suggesting this one for my 12 in 12 Challenge category "Books Chosen by Friends."
Please keep your fingers crossed.
There was a severe earthquake in Costa Rica today. My uncle and his wife live in Costa Rica and have for years. Their oldest daughter, her husband, and their new baby also live in Costa Rica.
Trying to get word about them. I know that he is nowhere near the coast, where the earthquake hit (50 or so miles from him) but I think my cousin and her husband are managing a B&B on the coast, on the NW Pacific shore.
UPDATED: Lots of shaking, sliding, and rocking but nothing toppled over and all my relatives in Costa Rica are safe!!
Glad to hear that your relatives in Costa Rica are safe, Linda. I was just watching the news on TV and heard it mentioned, then I read your thread about your family that is there.
Okay, I am practically drooling over the newly--announced Kindle Fire 8.9, to rival the ipad. Oh my!! I want one...
Um, Linda, didn't you just get a new Kindle only a few months ago? This new one must be loaded to have turned your head so easily!
Linda- Good review of the Bryson book. Like I mentioned to Bonnie, who also just read A Walk in the Woods, you NEED to add Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail to your WL. It's a perfect companion piece.
Linda, I'm glad to hear that your relatives in Costa Rica are safe.
Great review of The Beautiful Mystery. Our library has it in and cataloged, but we're waiting for an order from the library supply before we can put it (and some other new books) out, as we're out of plastic book covers!
Hubby and I had talked about going to see the Pirates tonight at PNC Park; but all the tickets that were left were a bit pricey for us, plus I had a very tiring day at work. I'm glad we stayed home, as it looks like your Cubs hammered our Pirates this evening!
Great Bruce Springsteen concert at Wrigley Field tonight. He performed 8:30 to midnight without intermission.
Boy am I tired and I'm not even a quarter of the way home.
WOW!!! I'm glad you enjoyed the concert. Hope you can rest up today, Linda!
Hi Terri: I'm stupidly agreed to meet a friend for breakfast today at 10. Argh. Didn't get in til 2:30 which means I'll be tired all day. Oh well, nothing much planned for today. Maybe a nap and fond outdoor reading. Gosh it's beautiful out today. Sunny and 70, I think.
Still reading The Broken Teaglass. About halfway in and it's finally starting to grow on me.
Aw, it's never stupid to meet a friend for breakfast! That's what naps are for! Glad your relatives are safe!
Well, after no sleep, met then friend for bfast, then took elderly mother to a craft show, now doing yard work. Running on fumes. I thought I'd have a nice relaxing afternoon.
Just picked up the brand new Dorothy Martin mystery from Jeanne Dams at the library. Love that ultra cozy series.
Oh, no. Not another Jeanne Dams book to add to my list? I guess I'd better add it and see if our library gets it. They usually do. I'm not sure how fast they'll add it though.
ETA: They have it. It's checked out though. I put a reserve on it.
Lori, I just checked out the cozy mystery website for new cozies in October. There's even a new Hazel Holt along with a number of favorites.
I do not think I have read anything by either Jeanne Dams or Hazel Holt. I will have to check to see if my local library has books by either of them.
I do hope you get some rest this evening, Linda!
Stasia - If you try Jeanne Dams, be sure to read the Dorothy Martin series. That's the one we all love so much. I need to go back and read the one set in Indiana. They have it at my library too. I just haven't had time to start on it.
A real treasure trove in October. A new Ruth Dudley Edwards. Seems like the first new one in a few years. A new Laura Childs scrapbooking one. A new Anne Perry Christmas. A new Elizabeth J. Duncan and a new Ellen Hart. I need to start reserving these.
I agree with Lori. I love the Dorothy Martins. As for the Hilda J ones, I can take them or leave them.
Not sure about rest, Stasia. I helped a friend get Bruce tickets for tonight. She's been excitedly texting me since they left home at 4.
The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault--finished on 9/9/12
This is an odd sort of a murder mystery. In the course of their work, two young editors at a dictionary publisher, Billy and Mona, find some odd "citations" that don't relate to a published work but instead to a death and other events in October 1985. The cits are numbered but they find them in varying order so the reader gets pieces of the puzzle out of order.
The portions about their present-day work were mildly interesting to a word nerd such as me. Even the 1985 plot got mildly interesting, at some points. I was bored for the first half of the book, then things perked up for awhile, and then, drifted off.
This is not a book I could recommend, though I understand that some may love it. I was bored, for the most part.
Though this most recent read was a dud, as far as I'm concerned, I'm more confident that I'll enjoy my next one, the new Dorothy Martin mystery from Jeanne Dams. Her books are always a treat for me. They are as cozy as can be. The Corpse of St James's.
I think I liked The Broken Teaglass a bit better than you did, Linda, but not much. I thought it was odd, too, and I didn't get taken by it like some others have.
I heard Springsteen at Wrigley Field was great. I've seen him four times, but not this one. Our neighbor said the tribute to Clarence Clemons "when the big man joined the band" was quite moving.
Joe, I kept changing my mind about this book. Some of the lexicography stuff was interesting. There was a time, about mid-book, when I thought the story was terrific. But for me, this never went anywhere. I didn't care about the characters and never really cared about what happened to them.
Hi Linda, I'm envious of you having read the new Louise Penny already! I haven't checked but I think it won't be out for a while over this side of the pond.
Glad to hear that your relatives are ok, and the Springsteen concert sounds like it was worth the tiredness next day.
And a book involving lexicography ought to have been a good one - what a shame that it proved a disappointment.
I always knew that books can be a cure for what ails you but who knew that there's "bibliotherapy."
An old school friend who now lives in Brazil alerted me to this...
May we never forget the tragic events that occurred 11 years ago today.
Here's a little-known story about the largest-ever boatlift (bigger than Dunkirk, even) that took place that day.
Wonderful story, Linda. The weather today reminds me very much of that day 10 years ago - one of those rare beautiful, cloudless late summer/early fall days. Definitely a reminder of a day I'll never forget.
The Corpse of St. James's by Jeanne M. Dams--finished on 9/11/12
The ultra cozy Dorothy Martin series by Jeanne Dams is among my very favorite mystery series. Dorothy is an American expat living in England, married to, Allan, a retired chief constable.
In this 12th and newest installment of the long-running series, Dorothy and Allan are attending an investiture at Buckingham Palace (aka Buck House) for a Scotland Yard inspector friend of theirs who had been severely injured saving a child. After leaving the palace, they stumble upon the dead body of a youngish girl in St. James Park.
Some royalty talk, some art world talk, some London scenes, some countryside scenes.
I just love this series. If you like cozies, I'd highly recommend this series. I'm not nearly as fond of her other series.
Glad this Dams book is a good read. Just waiting on the hold to come in. I've got plenty to read in the meantime.
Thanks for posting the link to the boat lift story, Linda. I'm always inspired by stories of how people stepped up and worked together in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 9/13/12
Now that the Miss Zukas books are no longer being written, this cozy series by Jenn McKinlay is probably my favorite mystery series set in a library.
This time, the husband of the new president of the Library Friends is found dead. Much of the action takes place in, or involves, the library. The sleuth is the library director at a small New England library.
In this one, I love the fact that the action takes place during a blizzard.
Lots of fun and it looks like a new, lovable character has been added(yay!!). This isn't the greatest mystery but I absolutely love the cast of characters and hope this series runs for a long time.
>55..Glad you liked it..I love the first one and have the second one sitting on my tbr pile..must get to reading it sometime in the near future.
I'll be reading the second cupcake series book from her soon, too. Actually, I think I like the library one a bit more, though I do like the cupcake one, too.
I'm reading a non-mystery "first in the series" book by Debbie Macomber now.
Afterwards, I might read the new soup restaurant book (first in the series). A Spoonful of Murder or else the latest donut shop cozy, Powdered Peril. I've got a lot of series books I'd like to get to, for September Series & Sequels month.
Mary Schmich, a prizewinning columnist for the Chicago Tribune, is my favorite newspaper columnist. Many times, she writes what I'm thinking.
Interesting column today called "Road to good reading may be paved in cheesy books."
FYI - the link you left us insists that we register for the Chicago Tribune before we can read the article.
Hi Linda- I read the Schmich piece too! Good stuff! You must have loved the Packers game. They played well. The Bears, well....
Have a great weekend! It supposed to be beautiful!
Cheli, I put a link in on fb, too. Some friends have been telling me about books they liked as kids, too.
I really do need to get to the Library Lovers series. I miss Miss Zukas!
Thanks for the article.
When I think back, I read the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew all the time. My Mom would give me a BT book for every birthday and Christmas from the time I was 6 - 12 when I could get my own books from the library. I had started the BT about age 5 with my older sisters so I took over from them and got the later adventures.
Still have them on my bookshelves. would love to find a child that would enjoy them.
Enjoyed the article. I suspect that The Hardy Boys would take the place of her Nancy Drew for me. I inherited my brothers' collection. A friend had others, and we would share them.
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber--finished on 9/16/12
A woman whose husband recently died in Afghanistan opens a B&B in Cedar Cove, in Washington State. Her first two guests are troubled souls. One young woman has been harboring guilt for many years, as the driver of a car that crashed, causing the death of her best friend. The other, a young man, never got along with stepfather but that stepfather is now on his deathbed.
This is a feel-good story and first in a new series by Macomber. I read one or two of the early Cedar Cove books but, after reading this very enjoyable book, I may need to go back and read that entire series, too.
I loved it too, Linda. I'm glad I won it so that I did read it. I think Macomber may be among the most checked out authors at our library, and I can see why. They are just nice feel good stories.
It was my first Macomber and I don't even remember requesting it but I won it and it was really good. how lucky to win a good book!
Please keep your fingers crossed for me. They appear to be in the midst of notifying people who've been downsized today. It appears that they've contacted any affected onsite people and are now going to offsite people.
I was invited to the dept mtg in a half hour do I think I'm ok. Not out of the woods yet though.
UPDATE: They eliminated 3 of the 18 jobs in my dept, plus an open position. I am still employed. Two long-term employees, one of whom I knew well, and a part-timer.
Whew! dodged that bullet... I know you're happy that you still have a job, but I'm thinking that part of you is worried/sad for those that got cut.
Trust in the Lord that everything has a reason and that they will be okay.
Thanks, Cheli. Yes, happy for myself and my closest friends but sad for these three. Relieved, too, but then feeling guilty about feeling relieved.
Time to relax and try to curl up with a nice cozy.
Hi Linda- Wow! That had to be scary. I'm glad you were not one of the unlucky ones. I remember they did this before. Do they do it every year?
Mark, someone said that, since mid '08, we've lost 12 people. One died unexpectedly young and one had a mild heart attack and then retired. Even so...
I was sort of our jack of all trades before this. Probably even more so now.
My latest toy arrived in the mail. A Power Gen Mobile Juice Pack. Sort of a super duper recharger thingy. I'm not very spatial so deciding what piece goes where (need diff ones for iPhone recharging and Kindle recharging) has kept me "entertained" all evening.
You may need that 'entertaining' in order to recharge yourself after today:)
Glad to hear that you are still employed, Linda, but I certainly understand your mixed feelings, it's always difficult when people have to be let go. I sure hope this is the last of the cuts you have to endure.
Doing ok today but I feel like I've been through the wringer.
My comfort read is a cozy mystery set at a soup restaurant. A Spoonful of Murder. I could use some soup right now, too.
Wish I could use that recharger on myself somehow.
I hope you can just get yourself into the weekend, Linda, and recharge then. What a tough situation to be in. And I join Judy in hoping this is the last one you have to endure.
Cubs/Cardinals this weekend, Joe. If that doesn't recharge me, nothing will. Even if it's chilly.
I've been at my company for 26 years but, during the first 5 years or so, I worked in a different business unit (same building). Today, people all over our rather large building are hearing the news. As a result, I can't go to the ladies room without encountering well-wishing old friends thankful to still see me here. Makes me feel good.
A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer--finished on 9/21/12
I enjoyed this first in the new Soup Lovers cozy mystery series. The sleuth, Lucky Jamieson, is the new owner (after her parents died in an accident) of a soup restaurant called By the Spoonful, in Snowflake, Vermont. The accused is the soup chef at the restaurant.
It's got all the usual cozy elements but includes a nice set of characters. I'd recommend this to people who like cozies. I look forward to further installments in this series. In the meantime, I think I'm having some chicken matzoball soup for dinner.
It's nice to be reading again. After the upset and the aftermath, I didn't feel like it.
Closing in, at long last, on book #75.
I love soup! Does the mystery include recipes? I'll have to add that one to the wishlist.
I hope #75 is a good one for you!
Carrie, yes, there are recipes. I dont usually pay much attention but there were some.
I was going to make #75 a nonmystery but I started reading Fundraising the Dead.
#79: I will have to see if my local library has that one. Thanks for the recommendation, Linda!
Hooray for both feeling like reading again and for getting to your 75th book, Linda.
Glad to hear that your job is safe. I've already commented on the soup mystery on another thread so I'll skip that here!
Downsizing is dreadfully hard on everyone, but I'm glad that at least you still have your job.
Best wishes for that Book #75!
I've got the mystery going as well as one about how Teddy Roosevelt saved football. Hard to tell which will end up being #75.
We got that Teddy Roosevelt one at work, and I've kept meaning to read it. I'm pretty sure we kept it when its approximate year was up on the lease book program.
Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly
I enjoyed this cozy based at a history museum in Philadelphia, featuring a sleuth, Nell Pratt, who's the museum's chief fundraiser.
I loved the behind-the-scenes at the museum information in the book. I liked the characters and hope this series continues. The plot was ok but the background and the characters more than made up for it. I'd recommend this one to people who like cozies.
Thanks, Carrie. My reading pace is quite slow this year. The last 2-3 years, I reached 150 books. This year, I feel like I'll be lucky to get to 100 books.
Except for March/April, I've enjoyed reading as much as always. I just haven't spent as much time doing it this year.
Phooey. Last year or whenever it was, our Borders closed. I kept hoping that a Barnes & Noble or another bookstore would move into that spot.
This morning, I noticed that a DSW shoe warehouse is moving in there. Boo.
Congrats on getting to 75! I am going to slow down at some point, but I want to read at least another 50 this year.
Congrats on #75, Linda! Not that the numbers matter around here, but it's always nice to celebrate a milestone.
Thanks. It was nice to reach 75.
Interesting times at work. As a company, though we address all sorts of legal issues, my dept focuses on four primary areas. I'm a senior in two of those areas and have been known to pitch in, in the other two. I'd consider myself a novice in those two areas, however.
Well, tough times call for tough measures and much of my work in upcoming months will be in one of my novice areas. One of those two areas lost two people in the recent downsizing. I'm flexible and can step up to the plate in any subject area. (To be clear...much of my ADDITIONAL work will be in this other area.)
Though I've been doing this job for over a quarter century, I'm feeling a bit like a trainee these days. Albeit a trainee with a lot of technical and other knowledge, at least. Plus, the content coordinator I'll be working with is one of my closest friends and is also probably the sweetest person in the dept.
Interesting times ahead. You can teach an old dog new tricks etc.
Carl Hubbell: A Biography of the Screwball King by Lowell L. Blaisdell--finished on 9/26/12
I love a good baseball biography. However, this biography of 1930s era New York Giants screwball pitcher, Carl Hubbell, is not a good baseball biography.
The author has certainly tracked down a substantial amount of information about this Oklahoma-born pitcher. However, his writing style is awkward and his words often flowery. I felt as though someone gave the author a thesaurus and he managed to find words that were close, but not exactly right.
The excessive verbiage made this book tough to get through. For instance, why not just say that Hubbell married his girlfriend? Instead, Hubbell and his "inamorata"..."decided to venture upon matrimony."
Typically, I'll read a baseball biography in several days or, certainly, in less than a week. It took me over four months to slog through this relatively short volume. If I didn't "have" to read it as an overdue ER book, I would have put it aside awhile ago. Not recommended.
Congrats on reaching (and passing) #75, Linda!
Sorry #76 was such a bummer.
Interesting times at work, indeed! I'm glad you can be flexible, and that you have a friend to work with to help get through the changes.
I'm back from my family reunion in central Wisconsin. Had a great time, as usual. We're a Polish family and this year the hostess, who is about the only person of non-Polish heritage gave us a Polish feast. Yum!!
A fun several days.
I did no reading whatsoever. I may not get much done today, either.
However, and it's a big however, I'm going to Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville tonight for another book signing. This time, it's former long-time baseball manager Tony LaRussa who is signing his new book. I hope he gives a brief talk or something, too, and not just a book signing.
Linda- I hope you have a good time with Mr. LaRussa. And thanks for your thoughts on our girl, Bailey.
Mark, I really liked Bailey the two times I met her. She'll be frolicking in doggie heaven.
LaRussa didn't give a talk or anything but, while he was doing a media interview in one aisle of the bookstore, I found a chair within earshot and listened in. He's a really interesting guy. Said he loves to read, especially fiction. Plus, how many baseball managers can you name who also have a law degree. I shook his hand and asked if he's enjoying his retirement but he said the commissioner is giving him some special projects. We all sang happy birthday. Also got a close up view of his World Series rings.
I 'm pretty sure I've got Tony La Russa's autograph somewhere among my memorabilia. He managed our local minor league team for a short time early in his coaching career. At the old stadium, the players & coaches had to walk through a public hallway to get from the field to their dressing room and they were usually pretty nice about signing autographs on their way through.
Linda congrats on beating me to 75 and with a quarter of a year to go.
Thanks. Hopefully, I'll get to 100 this year but that might be iffy. In October, I've got a lot of nonfiction planned.
Carrie, I always forget that managers travel around and pay their dues, just like players. Looking forward to reading his book.
Just saw that I won an ER book called Being Santa Claus.
Ugh. I am due for a colonoscopy. I was thinking of later, rather than sooner, but it's a week from today. (Have to go for one every 5 years, due to my cancer diagnosis.)
Hopefully, I can get a lot of reading in...
I experience the joy of colonoscopies, too, Linda. The first time around, our family doctor was so worried I might not get one done (so many people don't when they should, which is too bad) that she acted out a commercial she had seen about it. I figured if it meant enough to her that she'd do that, I'd better go.
Sounds like a good outing with Tony L. He's an interesting guy all right, and what a successful coach. "World series rings" - it would be nice to have some of those to show off.
I had my first one 5 years ago, but with my personal cancer history and my father's colon cancer, I have to go every 5 years. Due to my father, even my 45-year old sister has had to go for one every 5 years.
Ugh, they now do a "split dosage" which is a change from last time. Ahem. Half at 5 pm and half at 3 am. I figure that, by the time I finally get to sleep, I'll have to get up again.
Uggh. I hope my guy hasn't heard about splitting like that. Not splitting is bad enough.
#111 It seems to be the new industry standard. Much more effective, I think.
Anyway, instead of doing these at the hospital 35 mins away, at least she's now doing these at the new endoscopy center about 15 minutes away.
If you've ever seen the movie, Field of Dreams, you may recall that ball player Moonlight Graham played in the field but never got an at bat. He always wished to see how he'd do.
A modern parallel...in 2005, Cubs rookie, Adam Greenberg, was hit in the head on the first pitch of his only career at bat. He suffered from severe headaches, vertigo and other ailments and never batted again, until tonight.
The Miami Marlins signed Greenberg to a one-day contract and tonight, he got his chance to face a major league pitcher, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Just had my colonoscopy yesterday. I had a different prep routine. The day before was all clear liquids. Did half the icky liquid stuff between 2 & 4 p.m., had to take 3 pills at 6 p.m., and then finish the rest of the icky liquid over the course of two hours before midnight. Nothing by mouth after midnight. Test was in the morning.
Terri, last time I had pills every half hour, which wasn't so bad. At least they didn't have any taste.
This time, Suprep. Some new liquid. Not sure about the taste. Half at 5 pm, half at 3 am. Have to be there by 6:30 am. Good thing it's not too far away.
Not looking forward to this but at least I checked out the location this morning when I dropped off all the filled-in forms, HIPAA, insurance, etc etc. at their office.
As for Monday, yes, all clear liquids, but nothing that's red or purple.
Regular gatorade=ok. Purple gatorade=no.
Yellow jello = yummy! It's my favorite flavor.
When do you get the results of your colonoscopy, Linda? Hope you get the all clear.
Hi fellow Linda!! Hope you're feeling better.
Caroline, last time, I got my results right away, though I was so groggy that they told me several times and I could barely remember. However, the dr also told my family who remembered quite well. I have a youngish female gastroenterologist who I'd met only once before and I had no idea who she was after the procedure.
Both parents have had polyps and my father had colon cancer. With my own related cancer, if there is a problem, I'd like to nip it in the bud.
Nearing the end of a most interesting bio of Jacques Plante. If you know who Jacques Plante was, you might like it too. Actually, even a non-fan might like it for the glimpse at how the game has changed since the 1950s/1960s.
Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey by Todd Denault--finished on 10/4/12
Although he was one of hockey's all-time greatest goalies during his lengthy playing career, which lasted from the mid 1940s to the mid 1970s, Jacques Plante is probably best known as the goalie to wear, then popularize, the goalie mask. Before Plante donned a mask during a regular season NHL game in November of 1959, goalies played the game barefaced. Until Plante, goalies tended to stay in their creases while Plante revolutionized the concept of the wandering goalie.
This excellent biography is more than just a fascinating look at Plante's life, his hockey career, his most-ever 7 Vezina Trophies and his 6 Stanley Cup wins, it's an insightful look at hockey in its golden era. All of the NHL greats are here. I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. Highly recommended for sports fans.
Powdered Peril by Jessica Beck
This is the latest in what is quickly becoming a top-of-my list cozy favorite series, the Jessica Beck donut shop series featuring donut store owner Suzanne Hart. In this one, very little of the action actually takes place at the donut shop. The focus is on Suzanne's bff, Claire, but all of the usual characters I like so much are here. Love this series!!
There are four games on today and I'm watching them all. While I'm reading cozies, anyway.
--Detroit (already won today)
Hi Linda- Sounds like you had a good time yesterday with books & baseball. I predict you will LOVE Unbroken. It's an amazing read.
Prepping today for tomorrow morning's colonoscopy so liquids only, including gatorade, orange juice, 7-Up, white grape juice, chicken broth, and, of course, plenty of water. Really try to stay busy for now.
Besides work and, later, ballgames on TV, I'm reading two books. A cozy from Mary Daheim called The Wurst Is Yet to Come and a nonfiction book I'm reading along with VictoriaPL called Rocket Men.
Gosh, that Jacques Plante book is tempting, Linda. I remember him well as a great goalie. I'd forgotten he was the first one to wear a mask. I grew up near Detroit (Gordie Howe!) and loved that golden era of hockey. I haven't been as avid a fan after all the expansion, although I root now for the Hawks and get to at least one of their games each season.
I think you'll love Unbroken. Great choice by Mark.
Close call. About 20 minutes before I was to drink the prep liquid, the dr's office called to reschedule my colonoscopy. Whew. I would've been quite unhappy had I taken it and not needed it. For monitoring purposes, she wants to do it at the hospital itself.
I think it's a good thing that they called before you drank the prep!! Have they given you a new appointment, Linda?
When I had my hysterectomy and had to take that stuff, I called to make sure that everything was still a GO before I started. My time was changed but still the same day.
No new appointment yet. They suggested 10/17 but I think I have a work conflict with that and so may ask for 10/24 instead.
The more I think about it, the more I think it has to be done in the hospital, not at the endoscopy center in a medical building, because I had a sedation problem with another gastroenterology procedure years ago. I woke up during the procedure and they had to repeat it. The second time, the dr said he gave me so much that he "scared the nurses."
Also, next time, I'm taking a half day off the day before. After having only liquids, by 2 pm, I had a headache and couldn't concentrate anymore.
#132 Cheli, I did talk to them yesterday morning and it was a go. At the last minute, someone pointed out to the scheduler that the dr said she insisted on the hospital.
Lots of great ER books this month, as far as I'm concerned. The best selection in many, many months.
I agree, there were 5 books I wanted but I promised myself that I only request 1 so I choose the one I want most.
Apparently, it's tough to get a colonoscopy scheduled at the hospital.
I'm now set for December 12th.
The Wurst Is Yet to Come by Mary Daheim--finished on 10/11/12
This is the latest in Daheim's long, long-running cozy B&B series. I used to love this series. Now like is a better description. I liked, but did not love, this one.
It's set at Oktoberfest in Little Bavaria so B&B owner, Judity, and her cousin Renie are, once more, away from the inn for nearly the entire book.
I had a hard time keeping all the characters straight but loved the colorful atmosphere at the Oktoberfest as well as the historical elements.
Recommended, but not strongly so. If you like this series, you'll probably like this one.
I'll probably start another mystery but, for now, I'm about a quarter of the way through the fascinating book, Rocket Men, which is the story of Apollo 11. I'm reading it with fellow LTer, VictoriaPL, which makes it even more enjoyable.
As for my mystery, either the new Laura Childs scrapbooking entry, if I ever get around to picking it up from the library, or else the new Hazel Holt. Or maybe something else.
I'm spending more time watching the exciting baseball playoffs than I am reading, these days.
Amazing comeback by the Cardinals. Biggest comeback ever in a deciding ball game. They were down 6-0 but kept chipping away. Down to their final strike in the 9th, the scored 4 to win the series and advance to the NLCS.
Hoping for a Cardinals/Tigers World Series. Gotta love those Midwestern teams.
Thanks Mark. You too.
I've got brunch plans with some current and former coworkers today and then brunch plans with some good friends on Sunday morning. Oh and then a Chicago Wolves minor league hockey game later on. Might be the only kind of hockey we see this year.
My niece, a 6th grader, is being asked to take the ACT test. Apparently, they do this now. I need more info before I make up my mind on this. Not that it matters, as, in the end, it is up to my sister and BIL.
She's smart but just want to be a kid, improve her swimming, do well at school etc. At that age, I would've relished the challenge but I'm not sure how eager she is for this.
Got an email today from Amazon. Something about a settlement in a book pricing antitrust case. For a two year period, every e-book I bought from certain publishers will give me something like a fifty cent to one dollar credit.
Not clear about the specifics but I'm hoping it'll add up to some real money/book credits. I certainly bought plenty of books but I'm not aware of how many I picked up from the publishers in question--Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster.
#144: Not clear about the specifics but I'm hoping it'll add up to some real money/book credits.
I hope you end up with that too!
Glad to hear about the settlement in that anti-trust case. I always wondered how publishers could get away with setting the prices on the e-books and not allowing the vendors to vary from those prices or offer discounts. I thought that kind of price-fixing wasn't legal.
Here's hoping you get some book money/credits out of that!
I doubt that I'll end up with much because I didn't buy many books at full price. I tend to download free or bargain priced books. I've only paid full price for a few.
Hi Linda! I got the same e-mail, and I'm certainly interested to see if I get any $ back.... Surely, they wouldn't have sent us the message if we were not eligible for even a little???? Here's when I'd REALLY like to be Suzanne!
I just got one, too, related to books purchased from Sony Reader Store. I do want to make sure it is on the up-and-up before I click the link for the form and send it in with my information. I rarely buy e-books at full price.
A couple of publishers and Apple are still fighting, and didn't settle, though a proposed settlement in the European Union is getting a lot of press.
Worth noting: I saw an article saying that Independent Book stores and B&N were supporting the publishers in the lawsuit, and say something to the effect that breaking the price agreement may allow Amazon, with its ability to offer deep discounts, to put them out of business. That's a sobering thought.
Terri, for mine, I don't have to do anything unless I want cash instead of an Amazon credit. If I get s book or two out of it, I think I'd be happy.
I should finish Rocket Men today. Excellent book. One that's kept me up past midnight a couple of times.
ShelfAwareness had the following article this morning:
Some Amazon customers received an e-mail Saturday indicating "they will be eligible to receive a credit estimated to range between 30 cents and $1.32 for each e-book purchased between April 2010 and May 2012 published by several major publishers."
The letter referred to the settlement reached earlier this year between three publishers--Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster--and 49 states and five territories. Federal district court judge Denise Cote has scheduled a final settlement approval hearing for February 8, 2013. Should the deal be approved, consumers could begin receiving $69 million in payments beginning 30 days after the decision.
Barnes & Noble is preparing similar information to send to its customers, a company spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal.
I'm waiting for my notice.
Rocket Men by Craig Nelson--finished on 10/15/12
This is an terrific, informative book about Apollo 11. Included is information about the mission itself, but also the first astronauts to walk on the moon in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, as well as the one who didn't walk on the moon, Michael Collins, as well as NASA and its origins, and other related space travel information.
I got chills when I read the speech that Nixon would've given had they not been able to get Armstrong and Aldrin back from the lunar surface.
Absolutely fascinating though the diversion into the history of rocket science was too long, I thought.
The author does a great job on the Apollo 11 mission itself, including the practices for it, and the aftermath.
I found the discussion of "what it all means" especially fascinating. Also of special interest was the look at the post Apollo 11 careers of the three astronauts. When you've been to the moon, the rest of your life can never compare.
A fascinating book that I would highly recommend.
I read this along with VictoriaPL and, as always, that makes the reading more enjoyable!!
Last night, I saw a Christmas commercial from Target. That's far, far too early. Two weeks before Halloween. Ridiculous.
A friend posted on Facebook that he'd already received his first Christmas card - that's way too early! He hopes it might be a delayed one from last year!
#154 Way too early. I've thought about what kind of cards I want to get but that's about it.
Last year, I had a local artist adapt one of her pieces to suit my needs. I'm thinking about whether I want to do that again this year or go a different route.
I am absolutely fascinated by Unbroken. I had no idea that only a small fraction of aviators whose planes crashed during WW2 did so due to combat. Most were on noncombat missions/training, or else there were mechanical problems, navigation problems, or pilot error.
Even though I'm not familiar with Louie Zamberini, the subject of the book, this is one of those books where you know what's coming. It's just a matter of when.
Linda - 17th has been and gone - hav you had your scope and is everything ok?
Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend in any event.
#158 I thought I posted, but it might've been elsewhere, that it was postponed at the last minute.
Then, when I went to reschedule it at the hospital, I couldn't get in there til December 12th. I'll try not to think about it again til after Thanksgiving.
I'm another one who really enjoyed Unbroken, Linda. I'm trying to get my dad and wife to read it. Such a good one. Hope you have a great weekend. We're off to a Bulls exhibition game tonight - the regular season is looming.
Enjoy the game, Joe. Once the regular season starts, assuming there's no hockey, I'll start watching the Bulls.
Peggy, World War 2 aviation is a topic I know very little about. I want to read more on this subject.
Unbroken was one of my best non-fiction reads last year. It's amazing that Louie is still alive - I saw him on TV (can't remember where) just after I read the book. Such an amazing spirit!
I want to read it, but I've got to get to Seabiscuit first! I know the two stories are completely different, but I want to read about the horse first!
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
This is an incredible book about an incredible story of survival. Louie Zamperini was a track star who participated in the 1936 Olympics, meeting Hitler after his race. During World War 2, he was an airplane bombardier whose plane crashed into the ocean. Three surviving crew members, including Louie, managed to get onto a raft and were adrift, with almost no food and water, for over a month and a half, until they ran aground on a tiny Pacific island and were captured by the Japanese. Physical and mental torture and slave labor faced the survivors.
Beyond the gripping story, I learned so much about the war and those involved.
This is an unforgettable story. Most likely, my favorite book of the year. Most highly recommended!!
Thanks to Mark and Ivy for choosing this book for me for my 12 in 12 "books chosen by friends" category.
You are welcome, Linda! Your Chicago pal, would never let you down. Hillenbrand is a heck of a NF writer!
I came to seek you out to say I have finally started my 50 states challenge, after how many months of thinking about it? hehe, bit slow on the uptake, but good things take time.
Ill see you on this (and the other) threads I hope. :)
#167 Glad to see you're starting it. That's a challenge I haven't worked on in quite some time. My main focus is the annual category challenge (this year, 12 in 12).
Mrs Malory and a Necessary End by Hazel Holt
This is about the coziest of all cozy series I read. I've enjoyed this village cozy series for many years, including this latest one featuring Sheila Malory, who volunteers at a charity resale shop.
For me, lots of comfortable long-running characters but this is one is probably too cozy for most people.
It sure was, Joe.
It's rare but we've got a thunderstorm going on now. Glad I'm inside and don't need to go out til much later.
Yeah, we're getting it downtown, too. Which is not so swell, as I need to cross the loop on an errand. Arrggh.
Just heard that Ozzie Guillen was fired as the manager of the Florida Marlins.
Kind of ironic as, just this morning, I started reading a book about Ozzie Guillen who, up until the end of the 2011 season, was the longtime manager of the Chicago White Sox.
I never cared for Ozzie but, according to this book, there was a method to Ozzie's outbursts. Either he's gotten worse or his outbursts weren't worth it.
Now I'm even more eager to finish this Ozzie book. Ozzie's School of Management by Rick Morrissey.
Okay, Linda, here is another NF title for your List: Destiny of the Republic. It contains many of your favorite subjects, all in one book. Find it, read it!
Wow, I didn't hear that about Ozzie! What will Zambrano do?
Thanks, Mark. That one is near the top of the list.
Enjoy the 80 on Wed. Might be the last one for quite sometime.
Linda, did you hear about the security breach at some Barnes & Noble stores? Credit/debit card readers/pin pads were hacked. Apparently, quite a few of the stores were in Chicago area:
Supposedly, their databases for online purchases & Nook are not affected.
Thanks Terri. While I've visited some of those stores, I haven't bought much in-store except for a magazine or two. I think Deerfield was included but Lincolnshire, my usual one, wasn't. Since our local Borders closed, the nearest bookstore is probably 15 miles away so I don't stop snd browse as much as I used to.
Phew....saved by not having a BN locally...last time I was physically in one was in August in Baltimore. I do all my "shopping" online.
Actually, wouldn't this just apply if a person typed in their pin? Not sure about that. I never ever use a debit card.
I miss visiting a bricks and mortar bookstore but nothiing around.
Apparently, they got credit card data, too. I guess any card that was skimmed in the compromised readers. However, it did say that they notified the credit card companies of accounts that might be compromised.
And the sales involved are Mid-September and before, as I understand it. By I think it was 9/14, they say they had the card scanners out of the stores.
If your card was scanned by the clerk into the actual cash register, you're supposed to be OK. At least, that's the info I've been able to glean.
We don't have a B&N near us, so it's been quite a while since I made a purchase at one. And I always check my credit card statements, and nothing odd has come up.
Thanks for all the info, Terri. I think I should be on as I've paid cash for smallish purchases, except online.
Ozzie's School of Management by Rick Morrissey--finished on 10/25/12
This is a lively, somewhat entertaining look at long-time Chicago White Sox player and manager, Ozzie Guillen, written by a Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist. Of course, Ozzie, being the colorful, out-of-control person he is, eventually wore out his welcome in Chicago and, when the Sox refused to give him a contract extension, left the team shortly before the end of the 2011 season, to manage the Marlins for 2012. However, he was fired just this week, after only one year on a four-year contract.
As a Cubs fan, I don't like Ozzie but I gained a greater appreciation for both him and his management style, in terms of his baseball knowledge and his handling of ballplayers, particularly as to how he is different from other managers. He is known for causing a fuss to take the attention off of his slumping players.
This book starts out well, full of promise, but sort of fizzles out towards the end. It could've been quite a bit shorter, I think.
If you're a Sox fan or a true baseball fan, you might enjoy this. It's not bad. I've seen better baseball books but I've certainly read worse.
Off to my first opera of the season on Friday afternoon at the Lyric. Elektra. Hope to get some Rex Stout reading done on the train.
I want to make a concerted effort to get caught up on my reading/review of ER books and the Ozzie book was one of them. I'd like to get all caught up in the next month or so.
The Silent Speaker by Rex Stout--finished on 10/27/12
I love these Nero Wolfe mysteries and this ranks as among my favorites in the series.
Set shortly after World War 2, the head of a federal government agency is murdered shortly before he is to give a speech at the Waldorf Astoria. Then, while investigating and all concerned are asked to come to the brownstone, one of the concerned parties is murdered on Wolfe's doorstep.
Though a bit dated, this is Wolfe at his finest, with the usual great cast of characters.
Found out that I "won" another ER book today. I'm really being pigeonholed into the "sports fan" category. This one is about the Denver Broncos. The sports ones are usually pretty good so I don't mind.
My current read is the first Miss Silver mystery from Patricia Wentworth. Grey Mask. Started out slowly but it's starting to pick up.
Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth--finished on 10/30/12
I absolutely loved this first Miss Silver book from 1929. She's sort of a younger Miss Marple type.
This book is filled with criminal conspiracy. Great plot.
Miss Silver seems to be someone who is consulted from time to time, not necessarily a main character. In future books, I wonder if other characters are involved and also whether Miss Silver plays a bigger role.
Eager to read more of these!!
That's an intriguing one, Linda. I haven't read Patricia Wentworth, and have wondered whether I'd enjoy her. This one sounds good.
Joe, no mistake, it is a cozy. Just not as cozy as I'd expected.
Bulls opener tonight. I'll have to watch it. Watching old Blackhawks games, while nice, just doesn't do it when I remember the result.
A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry--finished on 10/31/12
For a change (I'd gotten a bit tired of these), I actually loved this year's annual Christmas novella from Anne Perry. She typically takes a minor character from one of her series and writes a non-traditional type of Christmas story around them.
This year, she takes a minor character from one of the Pitt novels, albeit a character I'm not familiar with yet) and goes back to his early days as a young lieutenant in India after a siege. A prisoner escapes and, as a result, nearly an entire British patrol, almost the entire patrol is killed. The lieutenant is ordered to take on the thankless task of defending the unit's popular medical orderly who is accused of murder for freeing the prisoner. That orderly is said to be the only one who was not working with anyone else at the time the crime was committed. Things seem impossible but the pressure mounts to get the trial over with before Christmas so that justice can be done and the unit can enjoy its Christmas holiday.
Absolutely loved this one. It's the 10th annual Christmas novella from Perry but each is, in effect, a standalone. For anyone who enjoys a good, quick story, I'd highly recommend this one.
I'm planning on reading A Christmas Homecoming in December because it was set in the little town where Dracula was set and I just finished that one.
Chelios, each one is quite different. I like some more than others.
Except for brunch with an old high school friend tomorrow, I have nothing planned this weekend. I may stop and browse around at the B&N near the brunch place afterwards. Haven't done that in eons.
With no baseball and no hockey, I HAVE to read this weekend.
I have to laugh. Every time I type Cheli on my cellphone, it changes it to Chelios, who just happens to be one of my all-time favorite hockey players.
I compromised and read a hockey book today.
#195 I have weak ankles. Could never skate, though I liked playing iceless hockey as a kid. Of course, hockey is second only to baseball as my favorite thing to watch.
How Hockey Saved a Jew from the Holocaust: The Rudi Ball Story by J. Wayne Frye--finished on 11/3/12
This long Kindle single (100+ pages) covered a fascinating topic. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about hockey history but I'd never heard about Rudi Ball, the greatest hockey player in Germany in the 1930s, and a Jew.
When the 1936 Winter Olympics hockey team was chosen in Germany, not surprisingly, Rudi Ball, Germany's greatest player, was not chosen because he was Jewish. However, in a rare occurrence of Germans standing up to Hitler, the rest of the team unanimously refused to play unless he was chosen. Germany relented but then Rudi Ball refused to play unless his entire family was allowed to leave Germany. Again, Germany relented and the family left for South Africa and Ball played for Germany in the 1936 Olympics. He played spectacularly and even Hitler gave him a standing ovation.
This is an interesting look at a little known chapter in hockey--and Nazi--history. I learned quite a bit, such as the fact that Germany did not completely repay the onerous World War 1 reparations it was forced to pay--and which many believe helped lead Hitler to power--until just recently. 2010 to be exact. I never knew that.
Despite the interesting topic, the flowery, almost amateurish, writing really detracted from this book. I realize that Kindle singles are not full-blown books. However, this one reads like a high school term paper. If you think the subject sounds interesting, hold your nose to the writing style and read it.
I'll add the Anne Perry to my Christmas reading list. I run hot and cold with her Christmas books, but sounds like this is a hot one!
I'm sorry to hear you won't make it to Joplin this year. Maybe next year?
#198 I hope so for 2013. I love some of the Anne Perry Christmas novellas but for others, I'm just so-so. I loved this one.
#199 Thanks. It's been a nice one so far.
I got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and noticed it was 1:59. I wondered whether it was the old 1:59 or the new one so I watched the clock on my nightstand move from 1:59 to 1:00. I decided that spending this extra hour reading would be a good thing, so I did.
I finished another sports book.
When Saturday Mattered Most by Mark Beech--finished on 11/4/12
This terrific book is a look at the undefeated Army (West Point) football team of 1958, the last time that Army really contended for the national championship.
The focus is on legendary coach Red Blaik and how he brought the Army team back after the cheating scandal of the early 1950's decimated the football team.
Interesting information about their "Lonesome End" approach on offense, whereby the flanker was lined up way, way out there, opening up room for their running game.
Very much recommended for sports fans.
This topic was continued by lindapanzo's 2012 reading--chapter 6.
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