Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: Warnings Unheeded by Andy Brown




He thought it might be an exercise until he saw the gunman trying to come in through the "out" door. Dennis yelled, "Oh my God, He's got a gun, everybody run!"
-- Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base by Andy Brown.

Andy Brown was an Air Force Security Forces airman during a 1994 mass shooting at Fairchild Air Force Base. His new book tells of how he ended the shooting and draws on medical records, police reports, and first-hand accounts to chronicle the history of that event and an intentional airplane crash four days later.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mailbox Monday

What books came into your house last week?

I got one book I was looking forward to:



Seeing the World: How US Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era by Mitchell Stevens, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, and Seteney Shami. This short book looks at how US universities are slowly coming around to the need for a global perspective in the study of economics, political science, and sociology. It's a bit wonky, but interesting.

I also stopped at my favorite Friends of the Library bookstore and got a stack of books:


It might be a while before I get around to reading any of these. Books tend to percolate on my shelves before I read them.



Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday, a weekly "show & tell" blog event where participants share the books they acquired the week before. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is graciously hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

2019 EUROPEAN READING CHALLENGE: WRAP UP POSTS


The European Reading Challenge


January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020

THIS IS THE PAGE FOR WRAP UP POSTS.

TO LIST YOUR REVIEWS, GO TO THIS PAGE.

TO SIGN UP, GO TO THE MAIN CHALLENGE PAGE, HERE,
OR CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE.

If you have finished the challenge at whatever level you signed up for, please do a wrap up post and enter a link to your post here. Please link to your wrap up post, NOT the main page of your blog.

If you do not have a blog, please leave a wrap up post in a comment on this page. Tell us the books you read and, if you reviewed them in comments on the review page, tell us that so we can go find your reviews.

LINK YOUR WRAP UP POST HERE:






Saturday, January 12, 2019

2019 EUROPEAN READING CHALLENGE: REVIEW PAGE


The European Reading Challenge



January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020

THIS IS THE PAGE TO LIST YOUR REVIEWS.

IF YOU HAVE FINISHED, WRAP UP POSTS GO ON THIS PAGE.

TO SIGN UP, GO TO THE MAIN CHALLENGE PAGE, HERE,
OR CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE.

When you review a book for the 2019 European Reading Challenge, please add it to this list using the Linky widget below. Please link to your review post, NOT the main page of your blog.

If you don't have a blog, so don't have a way to link to a review post below, just post your review in a comment on this page. If you post your reviews on Goodreads, LibraryThing, Facebook, or some other place that doesn't generate a link, just copy your review into a comment here.

NOTE: There is overlap in January 2019 between the last month of the 2018 challenge and the first month of the 2019 challenge. If you participated both years, only count books read in January in one of the years, not both.

Please put your name or the name of your blog, the name of the book you reviewed, and the country of the book or author. For example: Rose City Reader, A Gentleman in Moscow, Russia.





Thursday, January 10, 2019

Book Beginning: The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS
THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING




For almost a century, the murder mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers have kept enthusiasts hungrily turning pages.

-- from the Introduction to The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays by Dorothy L. Sayers (Author), Carole Vanderhoof (Editor), C. S. Lewis (Afterword).

Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her Golden Age mystery series featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. But she was also a respected classic translator, apologist, and theologian. This anthology traces faith-based themes through her popular fiction and other writings.






Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING




Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: Son of Amity by Peter Nathaniel Malae



This wasn’t the first time, though, that she had tried to leave her life. Sometimes she’d spend an entire weekend on a friend’s couch in a house barely seven doors down from her own, pretending to be three states over in the Badlands, say, which she’d once learned about in a documentary on the History Channel.

-- Son of Amity by Peter Nathaniel Malae. Three lives converge in the small town of Amity, Oregon, a town straddling line between upscale wine country and rural poverty.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2019 CHALLENGE: Back to the Classics

Back to the Classics



I’ve been hit or miss with the Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Books and Chocolate. It’s a challenge I enjoy, but I often fail to sign up in time.

The idea is to read six, nine, or 12 books published more than 50 years ago, one from each of a list of categories. Other than being more than 50 years old, Karen does not strictly define a “classic” book.

I’m signing up at the six-book level, but hope to read more. I’m going to cross over several books with the European Reading Challenge that I host here on Rose City Reader.

CATEGORIES AND BOOKS READ
(no books read yet)

  • 19th Century Classic:
  • 20th Century Classic:
  • Classic by a Woman Author:
  • Classic in Translation:
  • Classic Comic Novel: 
  • Classic Tragic Novel:
  • Very Long Classic (over 500 pages):
  • Classic Novella:
  • Classic from the Americas (includes the Caribbean):
  • Classic from Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia):
  • Classic from a Place You’ve Lived:
  • Classic Play:


BOOK POSSIBILITIES



Thursday, January 3, 2019

Book Beginning: Educated by Tara Westover

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS
THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING



I'm standing on the red railway car that sits abandoned next to the barn. The wind soars, whipping my hair across my face and pushing a chill down the open neck of my shirt.

-- Educated by Tara Westover. This is my book club's pick for our January meeting, so it is time I got around to one of the most popular books of last year.




Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING




Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018 Top Ten Favorite Books



I don't usually do a Top Ten favorites list for the year, but I'm in the mood. What were your favorite books that you read in 2018?

My personal favorites for 2018 were mostly fiction, a couple of nonfiction, and, as usual, a lot of older stuff. Here's my list, in alphabetical order by the author's last name:

Eating People is Wrong by Malcolm Bradbury (1959), because of the title (natch) and because I love campus novels.

Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield (1930). This faux diary was so funny I immediately bought the sequels. 

Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy by Jonah Goldberg (2018), because he can make me think and laugh about serious subjects.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2017), because it is wonderful, especially the audiobook.

Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson (2016), which I thought was a brilliant retelling of The Merchant of Venice.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (2013), not because of the bling and the silly product placement, but because it gave me my first understanding of how unrelated and independent Asia is to the West.

The Towers of Trebizond by Rose MacAuley (1956). A very funny novel about a young woman and her aunt traveling through Turkey, that also has a serious side as the young woman struggles with her conscience and her faith.

H is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald (2014), because I get now why people like it even though it is about a bird.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016), for all the reasons everyone loves it.

Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike (2000). This was a surprise. It's the story of Hamlet's mother and her love affair with Claudius, his uncle and the murderer of his father, leading up to the moment the Shakespeare play opens. It is terrific.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2018 Books


I read 104 books in 2018, which which is about the same number I read every year. Here is the list, in the order I read them.

My star system is idiosyncratic. Five stars go only to a very few all-time favorites and a hardly ever give five stars. Four stars go to books I think are really good or would recommend to anyone (I'm trying to be freer with my four stars). I rate a book a 3 if I liked it personally, but wouldn't think to recommend it. Most books get 3.5, which means that I liked it and would recommend it to people who like that genre or type of book. See this post for details.

The Virgin in the Garden by A. S. Byatt (4/5)

The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau (4/5; Pulitzer Prize winner)

Jake’s Thing by Kingsley Amis (4.5/5)

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra (3.5/5)

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (3.5/5)

The Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed (4/5)

Open House by Elizabeth Berg (3.5/5)

Mao II by Don DeLillo (2/5; PEN/Faulkner Award winner)

Lord Mullion’s Secret by Michael Innes (3/5)

Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone (3/5; National Book Award winner)

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (4/5)

From a View to a Death by Anthony Powell (4.5/5)

LaRose by Louise Erdrich (3.5/5)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (5/5)

Long Ago in France: The Years in Dijon by M. F. K. Fisher 3.5/5)

The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance by Thomas McNamee (4/5)

The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer (3/5)

Absalom, Absalom! By William Faulkner (3.5/5)

Apple of My Eye by Helene Hanff (3.5/5)

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (3/5)

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America by Arthur Brooks (4/5)

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (3.5/5)

Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson (4.5/5)

Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald (3/5)

Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy (3.5/5; Edgar Award winner)

H is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald (4/5; Costa Book of the Year Award winner)

Eating People is Wrong by Malcolm Bradbury (4/5)

Larry's Party by Carol Shields (3.5/5)

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (4/5; James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner))

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics by Charles Krauthammer (4/5)

Scandalous Risks by Susan Howatch (3/5)

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (4/5)

Canada by Richard Ford (3.5/5)

Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy by Jonah Goldberg (4.5/5)

Fishbowl by Bradley Somer (3/5)

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (4/5)

Elmet by Fiona Mozley (3.5/5)

The Professor of Desire by Philip Roth (4/5)

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (3.5/5)

Second Honeymoon by Joanna Trollope (3.5/5)

Exodus by Leon Uris (3/5)

Manners by Kate Spade (3.5/5)

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan (3.5/5)

Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis (3.5/5)

Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George (3.5/5)

A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd (3.5/5)

A Morning for Flamingos by Lames Lee Burke (3.5/5)

The Perfect Murder by H. R. F. Keating (3/5)

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer (3.5/5)

The Sacred and Profane Love Machine by Iris Murdoch  (3.5/5)

The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchey (3.5/5)

Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd (3.5/5)

There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction by Saul Bellow (4/5)

Barbara Bush: A Memoir by Barbara Bush (3/5)

Holiday by Stanley Middleton (3/5)

An Amis Anthology: A Personal Choice of English Verse, edited by Kingsley Amis (5/5)

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe (5/5)

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (2.5/5)

About the Author by John Colapinto (4/5)

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (3.5/5)

Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield (4/5)

The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin (3.5/)5; Edgar Award winner)

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century by William F. Buckley, Jr. (5/5)

The Red Road by Denise Mina (3.5/5)

Blandings Castle by P. G. Wodehouse (4/5)

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (2.5/5)

Persian Nights by Diane Johnson (3.5/5)

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (4.5/5)

California Girl by Jefferson T. Parker (3.5/5; Edgar Award winner)

Goldfinger by Ian Fleming (3.5/5)

A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black (3.5/5)

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach (3.5)

Florence of Arabia by Christopher Buckley (3.5/5)

Stet: A Memoir by Diana Athill (3.5/5)

Down among the Women by Fay Weldon (3/5)

Indignationby Philip Roth (3.5/5)

City of the Mind by Penelope Lively (4/5)

Her First American by Lore Segal (3/5)

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (3.5/5)

The Spirit Level by Seamus Heaney (5/5)

Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin (3/5)

Dead Souls by Ian Rankin (3.5/5)

All Set for Black, Thanks: A New Look at Mourning by Miriam Weinstein (4/5)

The Towers of Trebizond by Rose MacAuley (4.5/5)

Delicious by Ruth Reichl (3/5)

A Welcoming Life: The M. F. K. Fischer Scrapbook, compiled by Dominique Gioia (4/5)

Home by Marilynne Robinson (4/5)

Absolute Proof by Peter James (2/5)

Wildlife by Richard Ford (3.5/5)

Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene (4.5/5)

The Message to the Planet by Iris Murdoch (3.5/5)

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (3.5/5)

The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie (4/5)

Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike (4.5/5)

No Smoking by Luc Sante (3.5/5)

The Bachelors by Muriel Spark (3.5/5)

You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats by Francesco Marciuliano (3.5/5)

Something Fresh by P. G. Wodehouse (3.5/5)

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy (3/5)

The Senator's Wife by Sue Kidd (3.5/5)

Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh (3.5/5)

Outline by Rachel Cusk (3.5/5)

Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford (4/5)






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