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HelenGress Traveling the world- Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Books!

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Jan 27, 2017, 11:45am Top

Well I'm off to a slow start compared to many folks on this thread- but have read 4 books so far. I like a variety- am interested in finding our more about places I travel to- or where my traveling daughter has been- and use books to 'travel in spirit'. We just returned from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia- fascinating tourist destination! We toured historical sites, took cooking classes, and came home exhausted but with many new insights and appreciation for how lucky we are to live in Canada.
January Reads:
1. The Last Anniversary by Moriarty,Liane (Australian Author I discovered before visiting there last winter)
2. Wedding Dress by Hauck, Rachel A pick by my local library's book club- too sappy for me- but neat premice.
3. Orhan's Inheritance by Ohanesian, Aline - wonderful book! set in WW I Ottoman Empire, and Current day Turkey and USA.
4.Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink by Olson, Tod - Nonfiction- set in WW II Pacific Ocean
5. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (currently reading)- my daughter having been in South Africa recently reignited my interest in Mandela's life.
6. Temple of a Thousand Faces by Shors, John - set in Cambodia during the time frame that Ankor Wat was built. I picked this up in the Airport at Phnom Penh- historical fiction- looks good so far. (currently reading)

So off to the book corner! Happy Chinese New Year Folks!

Jan 27, 2017, 1:06pm Top

Welcome. Late's fine. We'll have people joining in December! Looks like a good start.

Jan 27, 2017, 5:19pm Top

Happy reading in 2017!

Edited: Mar 8, 2017, 12:34pm Top

So here is February- We are quite cold (-30 Celsius) this morning - but now as the sun reaches midpoint- it is minus 22. I am trying to gear myself up for a snow shoeing session- it would do me good and if I manage to do it- I will not feel guilty reading the afternoon away. Although I have yet to finish # 6- I will add to my list.

7. The Android's Dream by John Scalzi- science fiction piece of satire that has long been on my list to read- what a strange imagined world future- with insights on the minds of power brokers and some rather obvious messages about not becoming Lambs to the Slaughter in international - or in this case intergalactic politics.

8. Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens- (currently reading) another satire- though I fear some of the barbs go over my head without hitting their mark as I am unfamiliar with some of the topical references. Still I always enjoy Dickens writing and return to it periodically.

9. Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense by Julia Heaberlin- a psycho thriller- very well done.

10. The Dante Club by Mathew Pearl - another psycho thriller- with a leterary history twist. I enjoyed the plot once I got into it- but found the writing style to be a tough go to begin with.

11. The Ghost Army of World War II : how one top-secret unit deceived the enemy with inflatable tanks, sound effects, and other audacious fakery by Rick Beyer. I really enjoyed this one- a nonfiction account which included the anecdotes of several of the unit's key players.

12. Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes : a story by Jonathan Auxier One more cautionary tale- trust no adults- unless they treat you like a person!. A blind thief is set on a magical quest to save a princess. sounds very cliched -but it is well rendered.

13. The Stranger by Harlan Coben Secrets, internet 'misbehavior' and murder. Quite a good suspenseful read- although the ending was a bit too neatly tied up.

14. To the bright edge of the world : a novel by Eowyn Ivey. I loved this book- it was a blend of historically acurate events, newspaper clippings, and imagined correspondence, and diary entries. The plot has two time frames- early days of Alaska's history and modern day times- themes are myriad--exploration, contact between first nations and Americans, photography, spirituality.

15. The man who forgot how to read by Howard Engel. Very interesting book- afterword by Oliver Saks The book describes a stroke victim's brain injury, treatment, recovery, and adapted life. It is a very quick read.

Mar 8, 2017, 12:47pm Top

March- has hit us with a memorable blizzard! At least a foot of fresh snow and 20 below Celsius! A Great time to read.

17. Amok: An Audible Original Drama by Sebastian Fitzek Oh this was a delightful, suspense ridden listen. The sound affects and actor's voices made it all the better. The main event is a kidnapping and subsequent murder, investigation. The back stories of the hostage negotiator and the kidnapper is what makes this a very interesting story.

18. Tesser: A Dragon Among Us: A Reemergence Novel(Volume 1) by Chris Philbrook Fantasy- set in Boston- well done but a light read.

19. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson The title does not mislead. I listened to audio book- read by the author and thoroughly enjoyed it. Her struggles with mental illness are very real and very horrible- but her narrative is hilarious and well thought out.

20. The Factory Voice by Jeanette Lynes Historical fiction- set in a wartime factory producing airplanes-enjoyable. the story is told from 5 very distinct voices and the author did a really good job of differentiating their points of view.

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