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Vivian's 2019 reading, chapter 2!

This is a continuation of the topic Vivian's 2019 reading.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Jul 14, 2:48pm Top

Welcome to another thread!

2018 favorites:

The Overstory
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Virgil Wander
The Silence of the Girls
A History of Loneliness
Birdcage Walk

The Cazalet Chronicles

Spain in Our Hearts
An Odyssey

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Edited: Jul 14, 2:51pm Top

2019 favorites so far:

(will have to work on this one!)

Jul 14, 8:01pm Top

Happy newthread!

Jul 14, 11:17pm Top

Happy new thread, Vivian. I can't wait to see your favorites for this year, so far.

Jul 15, 9:28am Top

Happy new thread, Vivian! Hope the weekend afforded you some time to rest and recover.

Jul 15, 7:00pm Top

Happy new thread, Vivian! As Katie said, I hope you have had a chance to rest and recover from what sounds like a great vacation.

Jul 19, 7:55pm Top

Happy New Thread, Vivian! I hope you are fully back in the local time zone. It sounds like a great trip (Paris: how could it not be wonderful??).

Jul 19, 8:19pm Top

Happy new one!

Welcome back from your vacation :)

Jul 21, 11:03pm Top

Happy new(ish) thread, Vivian

Edited: Jul 31, 11:20am Top

I've neglected my own thread for so long! Thanks Jim, Beth, Katie, Judy, Ellen, Anita and Paul for the good wishes.

Life's been busy since our return from Paris, but that seems more and more to be the status quo. Work keeps me engaged all week, and often evening meetings, and I've just been asked to chair a critical committee (rabbinic search) for our synagogue. Lots and lots of meetings and differing opinions all around. My reading has suffered because I can't keep my eyes open at night! We'll be empty nesters when our youngest leaves for college next month, but still spend a fair amount of time with the others, including baby Rafa - pure joy!

Some brief reviews:

#87 The Chilbury Ladies' Choir Jennifer Ryan
Really predictable and formulaic but reasonably engaging.

DNF Gentlemen of the Road Michael Chabon
I love Chabon and all of his other works I've read so far, but this adventure story just didn't work for me. I love his writing and the way he can switch genres, but it still didn't sustain my interest.

#88 The Rosie Result Graeme Simsion
This seems to have become a series...#3 so far. This one focused on parenting but at times it read like a very repetitive treatise on autism. The first two were far better.

Jul 25, 5:43pm Top

I also enjoyed The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, Vivian. And I did love Gentlemen of the Road; I laughed aloud frequently. But I can see that this would not appeal to all, and I think you would have to be in the right mood.

I haven't read any of the Rosie books; they seem like they might be good for light reading or for a vacation...

You sound super busy.

Edited: Jul 31, 11:54am Top

Hi Beth - the Rosie books are very light, so yes, they'd be great for vacation reading.

#89 Big Sky Kate Atkinson
I'm such an enormous fan of all of Atkinson's varied novels, with God in Ruins being one of my all-time favorites. I've recently reread the Jackson Brodie series, and this latest installment, although not my favorite, did not disappoint. It contained numerous threads that were all brought together, and I loved all the references to previous books. Just a great read. My RL book group loved it (with one exception) as well.

#90 A Darker Shade of Magic V.E. Schwab
I'm not a huge fan of fantasy, but the premise of 4 parallel Londons was really intriguing. Great characters but way too many fight scenes for my liking. I'll probably continue the series at some point.

#91 Golden State Ben Winters
This was an incredibly powerful dystopian novel. The narrator, Lazlo Ratesic, is a member of a special police force whose job is to enforce the primary credo of this California-like state: lies of any sort are forbidden. Both private and public lives are recorded in infinite detail, and exile is the punishment for those who stray. Some parts were unclear and twisty, but I couldn't stop listening. (Great narrator on the audio too.)

Aug 1, 12:27pm Top

Hi Vivian - I also loved Big Sky. I've added Golden State to my list. I'm sure my library has a copy.

Aug 2, 6:47pm Top

Well I just added Golden State to my Overdrive list Vivian. I'm not a big fan of dystopian novels but this one sounds awfully good.

Edited: Aug 4, 2:31pm Top

Hi Beth and Bonnie - hope you are enjoying the weekend. It's glorious here today - sunny and warm but not humid.

#92 Murder in Misdirection Anne Cleeland
I'm losing patience with this series, which had intrigued me because of the unique relationship of the two, now married, principal police officers. Doyle has supernatural abilities (which too often cause her to solve a mystery out of the blue) and Lord Acton has questionable morals. Each of the last few books has relied too heavily on a prior scandal so that it feels no new ground is covered. But, at last, the long-awaited birth!

#92 Nanaville Anna Quindlen
The perfect essay compilation for a quiet afternoon's patio read. Having loved Quindlen's parenting essays years ago, I still feel that I know each of her children, one of whom has now become a father. Lots of humor here, a little wisdom, and some great stories.

Aug 5, 9:19pm Top

Happy New Thread, Vivian. Sorry, for the delay getting over here. I want to get my mitts on Golden State. I love Winters. Maybe, I can track down the audio.

Edited: Aug 14, 11:09am Top

Catching up here! Mark, I think you'd like Golden State. I really liked his Last Policeman series too.

#93 The Wall John Lanchester
Booker longlist. Short and totally absorbing: Britain in a post-climate change future in which a massive concrete wall surrounds the island to protect against "others." I particularly liked the thoughts about generational conflict as the younger people, all forced to withstand a harrowing period of national service, blame their parents' generation for their past selfishness and unwillingness to act.

#94 The Seven Good Years Etgar Keret
Finally off my shelves, a great collection of modern Israeli mostly humorous essays.

#95 In the Bleak Midwinter Julia Spencer-Fleming
Not yet sure about this new series, I think in part because I listened on CDs from the library so I couldn't speed up the rather labored (and poorly accented) reading. A newborn is left on the steps of a church in the deep winter in a northern NY State town. The dynamic duo of Clare Fergusson, ex-Army and newly ordained Episcopal priest, and Russ van-something, also ex-Army and now police chief, investigate, with Clare frequently meddling and ending up in danger.

Aug 14, 11:11am Top

I think you've convinced me to give The Wall a try. Only 11-weeks wait time from NYPL :)

Aug 14, 11:22am Top

>17 vivians: I've enjoyed the Clare/Russ mysteries, which I read in print editions. I hope you try the next one.

Aug 14, 11:33am Top

I think I will get to The Wall soon, Vivian. I just started Disappearing Earth, which starts with a bang. I think you loved that one? And I do trust your judgment.

Aug 14, 8:05pm Top

I also read the Julia Spencer-Fleming series Vivian and really loved them.

Aug 18, 3:45pm Top

Hmm, I will see if I can get The Wall from the Seattle Public Library -- or perhaps my local library. As is often the case, when the long list first comes out, availability can be limited. I've just started Lost Children Archive, which I had actually purchased a couple of months ago, and I think it's going to live up to the praise it has received. I know the short list comes out in a couple more weeks and I may wait so I can focus on that list rather than the whole long list.

I've had the series by Julia Spencer-Fleming on my radar but haven't gotten around to giving it a try yet. It sounds like I'll want to read, rather than listen to it.

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