Category Archives: Picking Titles

Vacation Reading List and Other Priorities

It’s official, I have too many potential books to read for my upcoming vacation and now I don’t know which to read.

I’d read the whole time except I get to meet this fluffy-face while I’m away.

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This is my new dog-brother, Reggie, and I’m sure playing with puppy might actually beat out reading books.

TBR check: All is Lost

TBR pile

I’m probably right at that line between “reality check” and “all is lost.” Here’s what I’ve got on deck:

  • Wayward, Blake Crouch
  • The Martian, Andy Weir
  • The Body Reader (ARC), Anne Frasier, sometime before the 6/21 release date
  • The Likeness, Tana French
  • Forged in Desire, Bec McMaster
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (June bookclub pick!)
  • The Word Nerds June Challenge book, a book someone gave you or you bought for yourself and haven’t read yet. The choices here are overwhelming. I have NO IDEA which one to pick.

and make their way to me through the wonderful IndyPL hold system

  • Blood Defense, Marcia Clark
  • Jane Steele, Lyndsay Faye
  • Stiletto, Daniel O’Malley (releases June 14!)

And these are the titles I know about… things have a way for getting on my radar when I’m not looking… I will never finish this pile.

Mockingbird

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I don’t know why but this meme cracks me up every time.

Career Aspirations

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Of the Word Nerds, one of us is far better than the other about reading books that are good for our professional development. Truth, I have one on a Library hold that I’m waiting for about Google Analytics. I’d much rather be reading Vader’s book by the glow of my light-saber too.

Bosch

boschThe hubby and I finished watching Bosch Season 1 on Sunday night and I’m trying to figure out if we have enough time on our Prime trial to squeeze in Season 2.

I’ve read all the Bosch books to-date. As he’s gotten into audiobooks, I’ve been pushing the Bosch books his way, so he’s at least halfway through the whole backlist.

We liked it and compared to a lot of the cop shows on TV, I think it’s miles ahead. The plot focused on two cases, instead the murder of the week and doesn’t suffer from the unbelievable tech of all the CSIs and the like.

The weird part is how the show pushed everything to current time. The show is pulling from a couple Bosch books, but back from the 90s. It’s too bad they didn’t make it a period cop drama, to me. I would have like to see Bosch still wrestle with typewriters, instead of smart phones. The BBC and PBS have proved that period cop shows work (Life on Mars, Ripper Street, Endeavour,) but I can see why the young Amazon Studios would choose NOT to do that.

On the other hand, they got LA spot on. I have only been there a few years ago on a work trip and we drove out of it (in traffic) on our honeymoon, but I recognize the downtown scenes. LA looks like what I think LA is like.

And then, let’s talk about the cast.

Titus Welliver nails Bosch. While Bosch’s credo of “everybody matters or nobody matters” hasn’t surfaced yet, it is embedded in Welliver’s Bosch. He is gritty and determined and completely watchable.

Jamie Hector has made me like Det. Jerry Edgar. In the books, I never really dug Jerry and have liked some of Bosch’s later partners better. That said, Hector is slick and has made me really like Edgar and how the two work together.

Lance Reddick’s sauve Deputy Chief Irvin Irving brings all the political backdroup into the show in his voice alone. He doesn’t say anything he doesn’t mean.

And who remembers Jason Geddrick from Boomtown? Anyone? What a surprising way for him to show up in this show.

I feel bad, that I don’t remember Billets much from the early novels, but I really like her in the show and I’m glad that they kept her as Harry’s LT and didn’t replace that with a male character.

We’ve got a busy few days and a rapidly approaching end to our Prime Trial, but if we can sneak in Season 2, we will.

Plans

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The Nerds are INTJs don’t forget. That means we turn into Emperor Palpatine. We have quite a lot of power.

The Shakespeare Party

Over the past two weeks, my book club and I hosted a Shakespeare reading party.

We found the idea on BookRiot and were hooked on doing this ourselves. We don’t pick a January club title because we’ve all agreed with the holidays, it’s too hard to get a book read with travel etc. But you don’t have to read anything ahead of time for a Shakespeare party. Just show up, play in hand and read.

Since it’s January, we picked “A Winter’s Tale,” which most of us didn’t know.

The first meeting, we got through Act I-III and had so much fun, we decided to meet the following week to do Acts IV and V.

Reading Shakespeare aloud really helps with comprehension. Occasionally, we’d stop just to say, “Wait, did he just say this?” to make sure we were all getting it. But the longer we read aloud, the more our brains started to get it without needing a translation.

Not only is this geeky, cheap winter fun, but we also got to learn that one friend is freakily talented at being the mad, jealous, king Leontes. Another was eerily good at playing trickster/con-man Autolycus.

Yours truly got to be Polixenes, king of Bohemia, and various other small parts, including a mariner who quickly got shipwrecked. Sad.

And the best part?

HATS!

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One participant brought every hat she could find in her house, plus some scarves. As we changed characters, we changed hats. As you do at a Shakespeare party.

Reading Obstacles

We all have goals to read more, but sometime the obstacles to actually doing so are real. Real and purring and trying to occasionally bite your chin.

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What to read

NPR has brought back it’s book concierge service, loaded with great picks from 2015.

You pick the kind of book you want and it serves up recommendations? Long, sci-fi novels? Done. Short books for history lovers? No problem.

If you’re looking for what to read over the holiday break, check it out.

NPR’s Book Concierge.

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