What are you reading the week of March 20 2021?

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What are you reading the week of March 20 2021?

Mar 20, 8:44am

Spring! It's a lovely spring day in New England. I've been swamped with work, so no reading to report this week. Go outside and enjoy the change of seasons if you're able.

Mar 20, 12:18pm

It's a lovely spring day here in the southwest too!

I'm reading The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister. It was a busy week so possibly unfairly the beginning seemed a little slow to me, but it's picking up now.

Mar 20, 12:34pm

We're having a drizzly Saturday here in Mendocino County, CA. I've recently started In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s by Clayborne Carson. I'm 40 pages in and finding the writing clear and enjoyable and the subject matter as fascinating as I was expecting.

Mar 20, 6:38pm

Besides the other books I mentioned last week, I finished Ring Shout and Berlin 1936. Still plugging a long with Geoffrey Parker's tome on Charles V. The book I'm actually lugging around with me is Lincoln's Informer.

Editado: Mar 23, 7:36am

continuing to enjoying this Audible/Kindle combo ~

Secrets Never Die (Morgan Dane Book 5)
by Melinda Leigh

Sunny, and getting warmer, in Massachusetts

Mar 20, 7:57pm

Enjoying the classic O Pioneers! by Willa Cather.

Mar 20, 9:05pm

It was a warm and breezy spring day here in Colorado but we're under a winter storm watch for the next two days. Happy spring!

I'm enjoying Charles Todd's A Pale Horse.

Mar 20, 9:31pm

Gorgeous day here in Connecticut! I finished Last Stone by Mark Bowden. A disturbing true crime book about the abduction and disappearance of Sheila and Kate Lyon in 1975. Truly creepy and eye opening. Not my usual cup of tea but it drew me in from the start and I couldn't stop reading. Glad to be done with it.
I just got The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman from the library and I've got high hopes for it. I've also started No Name by Wilkie Collins and it's a pleasure, so far.
I'm still working my way through Tom Holland's Dynasty about the Caesar dynasty, and rereading Suetonius's Caesars. I needed a break after the Tiberius chapter though- such an unpleasant man!

Mar 21, 9:41am

It's a lovely spring day here in Ontario. My first daffodil shoots have pushed their way through the earth.

Read A Confederacy of Dunces this week: it was extremely good.

I'm not feeling great so instead of reading, I've been watching TV. However, I have N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season on the table next to me and am hoping to begin it today.

Mar 21, 10:19am

I finished the Joyce Carol Oates book Black Girl/White Girl. It was a study of unrequited love, of a dysfunctional family, of racial distance, and politics. It was good but somehow the Meade family and the Swift family seemed over the top, or unbelievable.

Mar 21, 10:23am

Somehow I completely missed that it was spring! The perils of still being in stay-at-home one year later. Well, at least I have my family and my books. =) This week I'm reading The Fire Next Time.

Mar 21, 1:25pm

Airs Above the Ground
Mary Stewart
4/5 stars
Vanessa, whose husband is missing, sees him in a newsreel from Vienna though he was supposed to be on a business trip to Stockholm. Worried she takes off to Vienna and encounters on the plane her friend’s son Timothy on a trip without telling his parents. They bond and decide to travel together to find out what has happened to her husband Lewis but they also get caught up in investigating a mysterious circus fire. Are the two connected? Very enjoyable!

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
John M. Barry
4/5 stars
This is a historical comprehensive look at the 1918 flu/influenza epidemic. Barry discusses the epidemic, the scientists who went about researching influenza and their attempts to find a vaccine for it and he includes information about previous epidemics. He also writes about the time period and what was going on during the flu in the USA and other countries. Detailed but very readable.

Editado: Mar 22, 2:13am

Finished listening to the less than stellar Winter Garden.

Next up for listening is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Mar 22, 7:50pm

Finished Shadow of Night and started The Book of Life, both by Deborah Harkness.

Mar 22, 9:34pm

The Last Rhinos – Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence
Book on CD narrated by Simon Vance

Subtitle: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures
Alternate Subtitle: The Powerful Story of One Man's Battle to Save a Species

Lawrence Anthony has been called the Indiana Jones of conservationism. He certainly lives up to that moniker in this memoir of his efforts to save the last remaining Northern White Rhinos in the wild.

Anthony went to great lengths to plan a rescue of these magnificent beasts. But he was up against a growing market for the illegally gotten rhino horns (which are nothing more than keratin … the same basic material that makes up our fingernails), the increasingly military-style training and equipped poachers, the inane bureaucratic hoops he had to jump through (repeatedly), and a civil war with one of the most feared, ruthless rebel groups, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Still, he would not give up. The stories of his meetings with official leaders, and then with LRA generals are fascinating.

Of course, he also writes about the animals … from rhinos to elephants to bushbabies to spitting cobras. No living creature will be killed by man on his reserve, Thula Thula in Zululand, South Africa. I only wish that more of the book was focused on the animals rather than on the negotiations with government officials and rebel group leaders.

Simon Vance does a wonderful job of narrating the audiobook. He really brings this memoir to life; I felt as if Anthony, himself, were telling me about his adventures.

Mar 22, 9:47pm

Uncommon Grounds – Sandra Balzo

Maggy Thorsen has left her career as a PR executive, and, following a traumatic divorce, has decided to open a gourmet coffee shop in her suburban Wisconsin village, along with two of her best friends. But on opening day, Patricia Harper, is found dead – electrocuted by a hot-wired espresso machine. Maggy is a suspect, as she seems to have been the last person in the shop with an opportunity to sabotage the machine. So, she’s determined to find out who killed her friend and partner.

This has all the tropes of a successful cozy mystery series: an amateur detective with a food-related business, dueling law enforcement agencies (police chief vs sheriff), a cadre of good friends who will help Maggy investigate, a charming village setting, and enough suspects to keep even a dedicated mystery reader guessing. Unfortunately, I found the lead character a total ditz. This woman is just too stupid to live. She runs around like a chicken with her head cut off. And goes into dangerous situations without much thought to possible consequences, requiring that she be rescued (one of my pet peeves).

Well, it was a fast read, and it IS set in my home state, so I may read another in the series. But I’m in no hurry to do so.

Mar 23, 9:34am

>16 BookConcierge: I loved "The Elephant Whisperer". Not sure if there is an audio version though.

Editado: Mar 23, 10:55am

Finished reading the excellent, very dark short story collection, Belgrade Noir.

Now I am going to finish reading Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell.

Editado: Mar 23, 4:48pm

I have finished The Burning Chambers and was happy to learn that it’s the first of a projected 4 novel series. I’ve ordered the second from the library. And this week I’m well into H. F. M. Prescott’s The Man on a Donkey. I seem to be spending a lot of time following the European religious wars of the 16th century. Burning Chambers is set during the struggles of the Huguenots and Catholics in France in the 1560’s; it ends with the massacre of Huguenots at Toulouse. The Man on a Donkey is set in the earlier part of the century and tells of the struggle of the Catholics in the north of England against accepting Henry VIII as head of the Church in England and conforming to his demands.

I continue listening to Cernow’s Grant and expect to finish in the next 2-3 weeks.

Mar 23, 7:03pm

Starting this OverDrive audio ~

Confessions on the 7:45: A Novel
by Lisa Unger

Mar 24, 2:17pm

Finished Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman. Enjoyed it.

Next up is The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey,

Mar 24, 2:47pm

>18 lamplight: > There IS an audio of The Elephant Whisperer ... it's marvelously read by Simon Vance.

Mar 24, 2:48pm

Dead Man’s Switch – Tammy Kaehler
Digital audiobook read by Nicole Vilencia

From the book jacket: Aspiring race-car driver Kate Reilly goes looking for a full-time ride in the American Le Mans Series – and stumbles over a dead driver. When she takes that driver’s job just hours later, she also takes pole position on the list of suspects in his murder. Suddenly she’s in the hot seat with little time to clear her name or get ready to race a Corvette at lime Rock Park. … Kate finds exhilaration and hazards exist on – and off – the track as she throttles up both the Corvette’s V8 and a murder investigation…

My reactions:
This was a fun, fast read that taught me a bit about racing.

I liked Kate as a lead character. She’s intelligent, prepared, determined, skilled and strong. I liked the way she thought through the scraps of information she collected to arrive at her conclusions. I also really liked her focus on the job at hand – driving that Corvette as part of a team. I’m not likely to continue the series, as the basic premise just doesn’t interest me that much.

However, I was tickled when Road America was mentioned, as I’ve visited that track about an hour north of Milwaukee, to watch the races a few times. (One of my husband’s friends races his Porsche there.)

Mar 24, 6:41pm

Wow. I just finished Agaat, and feel like I've been on a jet-propelled carousel careening through a haunted house.

Very, very demanding book at almost 600 pages, drenched with blood and fire and the literal to-the-death struggle between two women for the immortal soul of one and the unquenchable spirit of the other.

Take a look at the LT reviews (including mine) if you need more.

I will be dipping into Michael Collins' Carrying the Fire next, interspersed with some Ray Bradbury short stories new-to-me in the collection The Toynbee Convector.

Mar 25, 8:20am

I'm delighted with Thursday Murder Club! It's funny, different and completely enjoyable.

Editado: Mar 25, 5:15pm

Finished listening to Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Lovely book!

Next up for listening is The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

Mar 26, 6:52pm

Finished reading The Clerk by Guillermo Saccomanno, one of the darkest existential reads in a long time.

Next up for reading is Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi.

Mar 26, 11:55pm

The new thread is up over here.