Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Book Bingo Update And A Trip To The Bookstore

While I'm not as quick a reader as some, I am making progress and for the most part enjoying what I'm reading. I am wondering though - have I chosen any short books?

So far, I have finished - (disclaimer - I am not a reviewer!)

Square 21 The Art of Racing in the Rain     4 stars

I almost wanted to back out of this one. I just can't take sad stories involving animals, especially when just given a terrible diagnosis for one of my own. But I'm glad I read it. I absolutely loved Enzo! Yes, I cried in places, but I also laughed. A favorite quote from the book -

“To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life. To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.”

Square 22 The Time Traveler's Wife     5 stars
Science fiction - not my thing at all. Very pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book - found it hard to put down. Even at 500 and some pages I didn't want the story to end. But of course it did and with many tears. 

Square 23 Death in a White Tie     4 stars
Mysteries have always been my favorite type of book. It's a mystery well written by one of the classic queens of mystery.

Square 24 Insomnia     4 stars
Again, going way back, I have always had a thing for Stephen King's books - only author who has made me read with my back to the corner. I enjoyed this 890 +/- book very much and even cried at the end.

Square 25 Goodnight, and Thanks for the Vodka     3 stars
Humorous and laugh out loud funny, but unfortunately, somewhat ruined by the graphic details of her sex life and there was more than enough of that in 582 pages. I did feel compassion for her but there were quite a few times I wanted to reach through the book and just slap her for the way she let people take advantage of her. I can feel my blood pressure rising as I type this. : ) 

Square 20 The House of Mirth     5 stars
I still find myself thinking about this book. Edith Wharton painted some beautiful pictures with words in this story. At some point I had a feeling about the ending, but was still surprised / shocked and moved to tears. I would love to read more by this author.

Square 15 The Pale Horse (Re-read)     4 stars
I don't usually read the same book twice. Glad I did - another well written mystery written by another queen in the mystery world.

Square 10 The Book Thief     5 stars
My son had bought this book some time ago, so it was at hand and I thought why not? And what a great choice for this square! Another book that was hard to put down. And again involved a combination of tears and laughter.

Square 5 Life of Pi     4+ stars
Woke my husband one night laughing at the description of a seasick orangutan. Unfortunately, the laughter didn't last long. Fell in love with Richard Parker. I am so not a movie person (unless it's an oldie) but find myself thinking about maybe...possibly trying the movie.

Square 4 The Plague     3 stars
Not much I can say about this one. Not sure if it is really the book's fault or maybe just the timing of reading it. 

Currently listening to and enjoying very much Centennial - it's another biggie! 
Currently reading Life After Life.

With everything going on in my life and in the world I feel so ready for a funny, uplifting book! Looking at my list of books I'm not sure anything fits the bill, so I may have to take a brief break and find something that does.

When my son asked if I would like to take a trip to the bookstore the other day - after I got done rolling in the floor laughing - I said of course! As much as I love the bookstore you would have to see the mall area to understand why I don't visit more often. They are building and adding so much around it that it makes the trip quiet an adventure. And not one of the fun variety! 

This is pretty much how I felt upon arriving.

But I wasn't deterred from making a few purchases.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep just for the title alone, although it does sound interesting.

And I hope no one is offended. I usually don't go anywhere near politics... but...??

Where is the stitching you may be asking? Back soon with an update.


Barb said...

I love books and reading so I totally enjoyed this post! I love that you gave stars to let us know how well you liked the book. Thanks for all the advice!

Mary said...

woo hoo!!!! TWO Bingos, a lot of great books and a lot!!! of reading! you are tackling some tomes for sure and I'm so happy you are (for the most part anyway) loving them. The Art of Racing in the Rain, Time Traveler's Wife and The Book Thief are some of my all-time favorites. I predict you will love Life After Life, too. (and that Trump Book cracked me up ;-)

Julie said...

You are doing really well with the Book Bingo, your new purchase gave me a giggle this morning.

Vickie said...

Wow! You are reading A LOT!! Good for you!! :D Love reading. Always have.

Carol said...

I always enjoy seeing what you're reading, Penny! I just loved The Book Thief--in fact it is one of my top 10 favorites. I still haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife, although it's been on my "must read" list for ages...

Hope you fill up the whole card! I've only read 6 so far on my library's Bingo card.

Margaret said...

I enjoyed quite a few of the books you've read. Love Edith Wharton -- you definitely should read more by her. It's funny -- I don't think of the Time Traveler's Wife as SF although I guess it is. Another good read. I love Life After Life -- the whole series -- so so good! Loved Centennial -- any of Michener's books are good. Hawaii is the best IMO. Enjoyed the Life of Pi way back when too. I also liked Everyone Brave is Forgiven. Hope you continue to enjoy all your reading!

Brigitte said...

You have done such a lot of reading lately, Penny. I wish my reading bug would return to me more often, sigh. I read but not as often as I used to. I think I have to get back into a habit of daily reading again. Then I'll try a book bingo too. Sounds so interesting.