What I’ve been reading

I write these posts about the books I read and I never know what books you like. Do share! Are you a buyer, loaner, recipient, library, kind of person?

Me? library all the way.

omenGood Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon.

I wasn’t looking forward to this reading this book for book club. I thought it was going to be Monty Python stupid funny. But it was truly hilarious and sacrilegious.

Amazon Prime is releasing the TV show based on this book in 2019. I’ll be watching.

treeA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Wow. I see why this is a classic. This is the first time for me reading this and I just loved it. The story is timeless! Betty Smith was very insightful on her observations of life.

If you haven’t yet, check this book out.
foolNobody’s Fool by Richard Russo

I remember the movie that was based on this book in the 80s or 90s with Paul Newman. It was a good movie.  I probably wouldn’t have picked this book up if it hadn’t been one of my book club books, but I really enjoyed it.

Sully reminded me of men I knew while growing up in small town America. He’s a good man but for circumstances we don’t have the clearest view of — and are a mystery to Sully too — he is having a hard time maturing into a stable life.

Sometimes life has a way of beating us down. Still, we can mean a lot to the people who love us.

Now I need to go to the library to rent the DVD of the old movie.

Hope this weekend if full of great pages for you.

— Namaste

What I’ve been reading

Baby it’s cold outside. What a great time to grab a book and rack up those “books read” for your Goodreads challenge.

Here are three books that I’ve recently read that are notable.

lessLess by Andrew Greer. My book club members brought this book to my attention.

The story involves a writer with a degree of success who is finding it hard to accept that his boyfriend of nine years is marrying someone else. So to deal, he gets out of town in order to miss the nuptials date.

Way out of town. Paris, Berlin, Morocco, Southern India, a desert island, and the Sahara.

The humor is low-key and smart. This was a real pleasure to read — what truly lovely love story isn’t a pleasure to read.

clementineClementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell

I enjoyed this biography of a public figure that I may not have been interested in before reading. This was a book I had to read for book club.

I learned about what was going on in the background during WWII England, British government, life as an aristocrat (yea, I want to write Aristocat) Winston Churchill and Clemmie.

I recommend.

greataloneThe Great Alone by Hannah Kristin

I really enjoyed this book. It might be the topic of Alaska homesteading, because I’ve always thought that would be a great way to live.

The young family moves to Alaska in the 1970s to escape demons. The dad, a former Vietnam POW, suffering from PTSD is the driver. His wife and daughter are the helpless riders in Volkswagon bus — literally and figuratively.

Let’s face it, Kristin Hannah knows how to tell a good story.

Enjoy these if you try them; if not, enjoy whatever helps you through.

— Namaste

What I’ve been reading

There are plenty of books I read to the final page that I am not going to mention in this blog. They are fine but nothing exceptional. Not worth the mention.

Boy, do I have a good book for you this month. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is everything a book should be. I enjoyed the characters, it taught me a little about Russian history, so funny and clever, it held my interest — so much so I can’t wait to read Towles other book, Rules of Civility.

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In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. The story of Rostov’s 30+ years in this hotel has heart, such wit and the subtle back handed humor of a true gentleman. A must read.

Here are other great books I’ve read recently.

12384157The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. This was a hand-me-down from my mom. I was pleasantly surprised by this. It’s an easy read. Great for when you want a good story.

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she’s had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be her personal maid on the Titanic. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men—a kind sailor and an enigmatic Chicago businessman—who offer differing views of what lies ahead for her in America. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes, and amidst the chaos, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat.

The story then takes us on the aftermath of the survivors and starting a life on a new continent. Check it out.

27209486Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. I had some issues with this book but it had many positives and I’m glad I read it. It certainly is a book that sticks with you and those are the best kind.

(Straub is also the author of The Vacationers, if you have read that. I haven’t.)

The story involves a tight-knit group of friends and bandmates from college who go on to remain each other’s lives in middle age, but how relationships change and evolve is explored. A splash of the next generation and it’s a nice, thoughtful read.

So curl up on the couch this weekend and read whatever you like. Hope it’s a good one!

— Namaste

Have you ever heard of NaNoWrMo?

I listen to podcasts a lot and sometimes get bored with whatever I’ve been listening to.  So about a year ago, while looking for something new I ran across an obscure podcast that was a quick, easy listen.

In many of the episodes, the host kept mentioning Nano month and how much she was trying to meet this writing goal. It was totally foreign to me but because I’ve been writing a lot more in recent years I tried to find out what I could.

Fast forward to this past Thursday and I’m on a conference call listening to a town hall. I’m skimming my smart phone and notice that trending on Twitter is #NaNoWrMo2018. Hmmm.

I looked into it and decided to join in for the fun of it. No planning. No forethought. I grabbed one of the projects I’ve been working on and I’m off.

NaNoWrMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It appears to have been going onbooks-education-school-literature-51342 for a long time but I didn’t know anything about it. It’s basically an organization that through a website provides motivation to write. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

I know 50,000 probably won’t happen for me but they say that it is an achievable goal for a full-time worker with a family to achieve in a month. So let’s test this. I’ll let you know how many words I write in November. (Not counting blogs or paid projects that is.)

Have you ever heard of NaNoWrMo? Are you doing it this month? Have you ever? I’d love to know.

— Namaste