Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: The Spy

The SpyThe Spy by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Most of this novel takes the form of a letter from Mata Hari about her life that she is writing so it can be given to her daughter. The last part is a letter from the lawyer who was defending her life against charges of treason. The part from Mata Hari's point of view was fascinating and compelling. According to the author's afterword it was also historically factual and he recommends Pat Shipman's
Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari as further reading on the subject. The part from the lawyer's point of view wasn't as good and seemed a bit tacked-on.

Monday, July 24, 2017

24in48 Readathon Final Update

I completed the #24in48 readathon. Here are my answers to the wrap-up questionnaire.
  1. How many books did you read? Pages? (If you didn’t keep track, tell me that too!) 
    I finished 3 books, began a 4th, read parts of 2 that were already in progress, and read several short stories from other books. No idea how many pages that was. 
  2. How many hours did you read?
    I read for a total of 18.5 hours. Not the full 24, but I was happy with my total.
  3. What do you think worked well in this readathon?
    I didn't play along with any of the challenges, but I enjoyed reading them and I visited a little bit among book bloggers who were readathoning. Overall I thought it all went quite smoothly.
  4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?
    I have no suggestions for the organizers as their part all went beautifully as far as I could see. Personally I think remembering to sun-screen before reading outside for hours would be a good idea and coordinating schedules better with my husband so I don't have to go anywhere all weekend would also be good. I noticed some people shifted their 48 hours a bit (mostly for time-zones) and that might work better for me as well if I adjusted the 48 hours to start earlier Friday night and end earlier on Sunday evening.
  5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon?
    Definitely! I met two out of my three goals and had fun reading. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

24in48 Readathon: Hour 34 Update

I have read 12 hours out of the first 34 of the #24in48 readathon. 
So far I finished 2 books (Agatha Christie's The Big Four and Paul Coelho's The Spy); read 4 short stories, listened to an audiobook when I was in the car, and made progress on Oh Canada! Oh Quebec!  
Now it is time for coffee and Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

24in48 Readathon: Hour 14 Update

I have read 4.75 hours out of the first 14 of the #24in48 readathon. I finished Agatha Christie's The Big Four and listened to an hour of Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warnings while stuck in traffic.
Next up: either Paul Coelho's The Spy or Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Readathon this Weekend!

Lots of Reading Options!
This weekend (beginning at midnight Friday) is the 24 in 48 Readathon. I have a huge pile of books ready to go (these are options, I have no illusion that I could read them all in the next few days).
I need to stop at the store tomorrow and stock up on snacks.
I will have to do some driving this weekend (family chauffeuring) and I have an audio-book going in my car so I can read during that time. I will be tracking my reading on a paper log (already printed up) and will post updates here at least a couple of times during the weekend. I will also tweet at least a little bit about the readathon @urbanquilternh.

I have 3 goals for the readathon:

  1. I am currently 2 books behind on my Goodreads goal for the year of reading 101 books and I want to get on track with that
  2. I want to read some short stories for the Deal Me In Challenge which I am way behind on -- the books for that are in the pile
  3. I want to get as close as I can to reading for 24 hours
If you want to share in the insanity you can still sign up at #24in48

Lisa's Review: The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Best Laid Plans is Terry Fallis' first book and winner of the Steven Leacock Award for Humor in 2008.

Daniel Addison, a head speech writer and political aide in Ottawa for the Liberal party, decides he has had enough of the grind working on Parliament Hill. So he resigns to pursue a teaching position at the University of Ottawa.

However, he promises to do one final task. He agrees to find a Liberal candidate to run in the Cumberland-Prescott riding in the upcoming election - a riding that is staunchly Tory, so the Liberals have no chance or hope in winning. The job for Daniel is to find any breathing person willing to enter the race, run the campaign, and then be done with politics. He does find a reluctant soul, and hilarity ensues.

I definitely enjoy Fallis' style of writing - it is humorous and easy reading. I wasn't certain how well I would appreciate the politics part of the story line, but I did!  

This is my second book read for the 11th Annual Canadian Book Challenge.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lisa's Review: Devil Bones

Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Devil Bones is the 11th book in the Temperance Brennan series. When mysterious remains (including chicken bones, a human skull, and cauldrons) are found in a hidden cellar, Tempe is summoned to investigate. When a decapitated body is then found at an area lake, signs begin to point at voodoo or devil worshipers.

I listened to this audio book, and was almost the perfect length for a solo drive from New Hampshire to Nova Scotia and back. As with the other Kathy Reichs books I have listened to, I was thoroughly engaged in the story. I like the attention to detail that is described & I always learn something new - in this instance a lot about Santeria and Wicca which I did not know much about.

This is my first book read for the 11th Annual Canadian Book Challenge.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: Vermont Beer

Vermont Beer: History of a Brewing RevolutionVermont Beer: History of a Brewing Revolution
by Kurt Staudter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Vermont had a long period of a very strong temperance movement, which I didn't know about. The beginning parts of this book about the early (ie. pre-prohibition) brewing history of the state were most interesting to me. The last 2/3 were basically a catalog of who started what brewery where. I do have a clear handle on who has bought what in the VT brewing world now.

Linking up with Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Review: Joshua Then and Now

Joshua Then and NowJoshua Then and Now by Mordecai Richler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the way this novel was structured. The first page finds Joshua in the hospital and then the reader follows along as his mind wanders back and forth in time and place telling us all kinds of stories about his family, his friends, his enemies, and his women. What he doesn't tell us--until the end of the novel--is how he ended up in the hospital. Joshua's world is full of colorful characters and in among the tall tales is a lot of info about Canadian history, boxing, and the Spanish Civil War.
This is my first book completed for the 11th Canadian Book Challenge.
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