Good morning! Happy Wednesday! Hazah and flowers to you all! Ok… no idea why I am giddy.. maybe because it is my first break in my half marathon training and I did not have to run this morning… maybe it is because I am going to the cabin in two days with friends to bike ride and that is exciting too…. I really don’t know…
Today is mid-week through audio book week and today we are supposes to answer the questions provided by Jen at Devourer Of Books:
Current/most recent audiobook:
Is This Tomorrow is in my car…. interesting…
And I am just starting Inferno this morning when I get ready for work. A friend of mine who is in a different book club read it and said they really enjoyed it and now several of my other friends are reading it too… I am curious, I have enjoyed what I have read of Dan Brown in the past.
Current/most recent favorite audiobook:
Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently:
Hmmmmm….. I dont know about favorite but The Good House was narrated by Mary Beth Hurt and I loved how well she portrayed the characters!
One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack, or your audio wishlist:
Celebrating the healing power of food and the magic of New York City, A Place at the Table follows the lives of three seekers who come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole. A Place at the Table tells the story of three unforgettable characters whose paths converge in a storied Manhattan café: Bobby, a young gay man from Georgia who has been ostracized by his family; Amelia, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose life is upended when a family secret comes to light; and Alice, an African-American chef from North Carolina whose heritage is the basis of a renowned cookbook but whose past is a mystery to those who know her. These characters are exiles – from homeland, from marriage, from family. While they all find companionship and careers through cooking, they hunger for the deeper nourishment of communion. As the narrative sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to Manhattan during the deadly AIDS epidemic of the 1980s to the well-heeled hamlet of contemporary Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Bobby, Amelia, and Alice are asked to sacrifice everything they ever knew or cared about to find authenticity and fulfillment.
I am excited about this one. I think it sounds really good!
So that’s the audio post for today. Stop by Devourer Of Books and see what others are saying to these questions… I know I will be!
I am off, full day at work, a meeting afterwards for camp planning and a gym date tonight with my friend Kate.
If you listen to audio, I would love to hear how you would answer these questions – better yet, write a posy and add it to the link at Devourer of Books.
Enjoy your day
Tennessee. Early 1800′s. James Richardson, a man who has fought his way to the top to build up his own wealth and status finds himself looking for some strong male slaves to help him keep up with his ever-growing property. He is surprised when his eyes fall on a proud looking woman slave, although Richardson is not in the market for female help, he finds himself purchasing her, Mena, anyway, almost before he realizes what he is doing.
Richardson puts Mena to work minding his kitchen and as time passes he realizes she is pregnant with child. What a bargain Richardson had for purchasing a pregnant slave. Soon, Mena gives birth to Wash. As Wash grows into a man, he holds the same strong confident will that his mother does. When Wash is a young man, Richardson, who is struggling financially, notices how the female slaves watch Wash. Richardson gathers his neighbors and offers Wash as a stud service (for a small fee) to go to their properties and lay with their women to create babies that will grow up to be strong like Wash which is of course, more slaves for the lot of them.
And so it begins.
Told in the alternating voices of Wash, Richardson, Thompson, Thompsons son Eli, and Pallas who is the woman who Wash really wants to be with.
When I read the synopsis of Wash I was thrilled with the story line. I had never thought of slaves breeding slaves (I don’t know why – I am sure now that it must have happened) but it felt to me both repulsive and brilliant on the landowners part. I mean that in no disrespect – but instead setting myself in the time period in which this story unfolds.
Wash is incredibly likeable. I pictures him as strong and quiet but knows how to hold his own and protect his own when he has too. Wash’s mother taught his right and as he grows he is able to get a better understanding to the messages she had given him in his younger years.
Narrated by a cast of different voices this audio plays our nicely as each voice is its own. There are times the multiple narrator-ed books are not appealing to me but this one flows nicely. Each time a chapter changed perspectives of who was talking I looked forward to hearing their part of the story.
As a whole, Wash is a powerful and captivating read. I found his situation unfathomable and yet I had to know his story… how do you love one, but be with another because you have to – sent out to stud much like a horse….
Wash is truly worth your time.
HI all! I missed the official kick off to Audio Book week yesterday so today I will play some catch up…. here is what yesterdays topic was:
Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience.
I discovered audio books about three years ago. Prior to that – I thought they were something outdated and something my aunt and uncle who travel from California to Minnesota each spring in an RV listen to (and that part is true…)
And then – I received an audio book for review and a whole new world was opened to me. I know there are many of you out there who have told me that you just cant get into audio – you can not focus, it’s boring… I have heard all of the things you said…
But listen up. I don’t sit and listen to audio. I listen to it while I mow the lawn which really passes the time and keeps it interesting. I listen to it while I cook and it keeps me patient and in the kitchen (two things I am not good at), I listen to it while I get ready in the morning in the morning for work and while I drive and I LOVE it. Audio books triple (yes, triple) my reading each year.
My challenge to you – please try it. My recommendations are:
80′s lovers – you will not go wrong with Ready Player One – Will Weaton is awesome!
mystery lovers – it was the James Patterson (wait wait here me out…)Michael Bennett series that hooked me!
Chick Lit – Joshyln Jacksons books are so fantastic and she reads them herself – southern fun! Backseat Saints, Gods In Alabama…. soooo good!
Historical Fiction – 11-22-63 was so amazing – yes its long yes its worth it!
For fun – Lucia! Lucia! By Adriana Trigiani sooooo good!
Non Fiction – Rob Lowes Things I only Tell My Friends and The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
How do you decide what you’ll listen to? Do you mostly listen, or split time between listening and reading? Particularly if you split time, how do you decide what you’ll consume in audio and what in print?
A lot of the time I look at other reviews to see what people are listening to and what they think of it. Jen (Devourer Of Books) has a Sound Bites meme that each Friday she has people link up their audio books they have listened to that week. This is a great resource when you are looking for your next great listen. It seems like I am always pr using Audible.com looking for something great to listen to.
This time of year seems like I mostly listen as I am so active outside and on the go. When it comes to choosing if I will read of listen to something many times I will hear about something wonderful on audio and then go that route – other times it could be a book club book I know I will not have time to sit and read so I will download it on audio. Audio books truly help me “read” more books then I ever could before.
So that is the first two days of the audio book week. I hope to post an audio review later today. To check out more on audio book week stop over and see Devourer Of Books posts.
This morning I am on my way to do my day 3 training for a half marathon this fall. The past two days of training have been good but I have a long way to go. I have walk/jogged the training session (3 miles) each day and cant wait until it fills a little smoother, a little more natural. I will keep you posted.
I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited. **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.
Under the new and hopefully improved 2013 guidelines, the winner each week will receive a $5 Amazon gift card. This past weeks winner is:
Mama Bear Musings
Congratulations! please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get this out to you later this week!
A busy week here between organizing a 5k for a fund raiser and book club this past Tuesday. Here is what was on the blog:
However Long The Night by Aimee Molloy (Wow what an amazing book!)
The Fate Of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb (Bookies June read and review)
The Good House by Ann Leary (pretty goof listen on audio!)
This week here is what I will be working on that is new:
Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley’s wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish—’til death did them part—for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.
If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn’t painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les’s world and push her to the edge. She’s had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he’s doing her a favor by keeping her around. She’s not going to waste another minute on people she doesn’t care to know. Now, she’s going to take some time for herself—in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brother’s stately historic home, she’s going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along Charleston’s live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountry’s dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which she’s always dreamed.
Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.
In 1956, Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a desirable Boston suburb. Ava is beautiful, divorced, Jewish, and a working mom. She finds her neighbors less than welcoming. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. The neighborhood—in the throes of Cold War paranoia—seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son.
Years later, when Lewis and Rose reunite to untangle the final pieces of the tragic puzzle, they must decide: Should you tell the truth even if it hurts those you love, or should some secrets remain buried?
Tonight I am sitting here watching Identity Theft (funny!) And getting ready for Audio Book Week that starts tomorrow.
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Good morning! I was not planning to drop off the blogesphere yesterday but I was in charge of a 5K here in Brainerd and after getting up at 5 am and biking the route to mark it off and then setting up the event with awesome awesome awesome volunteers at 6:30 am and then being there until afternoon…
well lets just say I was shot.
A mid afternoon nap, assembling a new grill for my hubby for his Fathers Day gift, and a visit from my cousin Cheryl made for a nice evening . We used the grill last night too.
As for books that came in the past couple of weeks here is what I have:
I have some fun reading ahead!
When you read the start of this post about the 5k know that I am not a runner. My cousin Jarrod says if you are out and moving and not sitting on the couch yes you are a runner… but really, I don’t think I am.
However, I do want to be.
So that said, today I am starting my half marathon training. My friend Christy and possibly a couple of others I know are planning on doing a half marathon this October. The half marathon has been my goal for this year and frankly between our winter that lasted through April and the rain that took over May – I am way way behind.
I am still doing it.
I am using a plan called 12 Week Half Marathon. I am starting today with the Tuesday schedule – the 3 mile. In fact, I should be on the trail in the next thirty minutes. After that my cousin Cheryl is meeting me to Rollerblade. I will keep you informed here and probably on the Fitness blog I started and have neglected for the past three months
Later this afternoon I am going to listen to audio while working in my hosta garden and then we will probably grill again – gorgeous out today! And then tonight I will do some reading. My day sounds awesome – I hope yours does too.
Successful real estate agent Hildy Good (age 60+) has lived in the Boston area for well, all her life. She considers herself not only a wonderful agent, but also a good friend, mother, grandmother, and confidant. Why if Hildy were to tell you, she would say that she is the center pulse to the town and all things start and stop with her.
Of course, the occasional drink is a must in order to celebrate, social occasions, or wind down, or help her sleep, or calm her nerves, or just to take the edge off… or….
after having gone to treatment thanks to her families prodding and an intervention, “meddling” would be Hildy’s words…
“if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday, run for your life” ~ Hildy
…she no longer drinks, going late to party invites just in time to grab a bite of food make small talk and leave as dessert is served. Yes, Hildy no longer drinks.
Or… more accurately, Hildy no longer drinks in public.
There is still her hidden wine stash in the cellar at home and who is she really hurting by having a glass or two in the privacy of her own home, or finishing off a bottle because it just doesn’t make sense to re-cork it when there is only a partial glass left, or a glass and a half…
and really, so what if she occasionally passes out in her living room in a chair, or has no recollection of the previous nights events, or phone calls her friends “claim” she made, or the occasional drive in her car that she can not remember where she went or what she did…
no, really – if people would all just mind their own business. Really mind their own business, because as Hildy knows all to well, there’s a lot of things going on in this little town of hers… things that people would not be too keen to have spread around…
The Good House was a book I listened to on audio and right from the start of Mary Beth Hurt’s narration I knew I was in for a treat. I absolutely loves the voice of Hildy, she was matter of fact, a story-teller, an observing person, and 100% in denial. Her story is engaging as she observes those in her town as they move in and out of the houses she sells (or hopes to!) Seeing the world from the eyes of a realtor was a treat – from the inside (“the holes in the walls and the stains in the carpet… it would be a miracle if she would ever be able to sell it!”) to the outside people coming in (“since they moved into town they were by far the richest family in the area – at least as far as money goes…”)
I laughed along with Hildy’s antics and excuses of why she just needed that one drink – just a sip and how irritating it was when people arrived who just by being there delayed her chance to relax with just one glass of wine… just one…
My only tiny thought that does not fall in the “love it!” category is that at some points it seemed to go on and on in a side direction that seemed overly unnecessary.
While the Good House is full of funny moments, it is also surrounding a serious subject and after a while I no longer found Hildy funny, but a little pathetic – however that is not a negative. I think as the reader (listener) we should come to that conclusion that Hildy’s excuses for drinking are tiresome and wearing… and in that case, the author hit this subject dead on.
I would recommend The Good House, I had recollections of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series, but with a harder edge to it.
Good morning! Friday and I find myself anxious, excited, a little nervous… I am working on a 5K in Brainerd for tomorrow morning. I have run 5ks before but never hosted one. I have 119 people signed up and I have been working on ordering t-shirts, lining up volunteers, making lists, raffle items, planning out the route, emails of starting times, breaking into groups of 12-15,finding help to haul things to the event, camera people, learning about event insurance, chatting with the DNR, city of Brainerd and The Arboretum people, answering questions on the phone, by email, and on Facebook…
details details details….
But it is fun and I am learning a lot about this kind of thing so that is cool.
Every Monday in June and July for 13 years the Brainerd Public Library has hosted what they call a Brown Bag event. On each of these Mondays an author speaks from noon to one and people are welcome and encouraged to bring their lunch (thus the name… Brown Bag).
The first Monday in June our author was William Souder, author of On A Farther Shore, The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carlson. 45 people were in attendance.
What is so fascinating about this book about the life and works of Rachel Carlson is that Rachel herself was an author. Having written and published three books on the ocean (she was a marine biologist), it was her fourth book ‘Silent Spring‘ that put her on the map, and on the world’s radar as a force to be reckoned with.
It was in the late 1950′s when Rachel’s friend wrote a letter about the effects that DDT (an aerial pesticide used to kill mosquitoes and keep pests off crops). What was noted in the letter was that this pesticide was killing birds as well. Rachel looking more deeply into the effects of these chemicals, something Rachel had been watching and concerned about since the 1940′s.
When Silent Spring was published in 1962 is created quite an uproar. The book forced the government to take action and the chemical companies were furious. William Souder tells the story behind Rachel’s story. Revealing that while she was a shy woman, she was also a passionate one who made a difference not only in her little corner of the world but beyond.
I really enjoyed listening to William talk about this incredible woman. I always say I like strong female characters – and that does not only go for fiction. I can not wait to have a chance to read this book!
Grace Alban left the large mansion like home on Lake Superior in Duluth Minnesota 20 years ago and had not looked back. But when her mother suddenly dies leaving Grace the sole heir of the family property and a staff with some spooky insight into the last two decades, Grace reluctantly travels back to her childhood home this her teenage daughter.
Long buried family secrets, love letters, and a mysterious unpublished book by a famous author are just a few of the things Grace discovers shortly after her arrival. As Grace soon learns, a secret around a death that took place at the house during a party many years ago was about to be relieved by her mother to a reporter on the day that Grace’s mother had a heart attack and died. It was an event that no one in the family had discussed – ever.
What really was the story behind the girl in white dancing in the yard that people have claimed to have seen through the years? And what of the hidden tunnels within the walls that look as though they have been traveled recently…. why is someone trying so hard to frighten Grace and her daughter away?
The Bookies chose this book for two reasons. 1.Wendy Webb is an author that is going to be at our fall Wine and Words event in Brainerd MN. 2. The book is written around an actual mansion in Duluth called the Glensheen Mansion which does actually have a real murder story.
My thoughts: Honestly, The Fate Of Mercy Alban was better than I had anticipated. I read this one on the plane on my way to New York and found myself thoroughly engaged in the writing. The characters were nicely developed and I lived the thought of hidden tunnels in the walls (how very Nancy Drew!), and I wondered in the Glensheen Mansion which I have toured many times, did indeed have secret walls and tunnels.
Wendy Webb mixes a good old-fashioned mystery in with the paranormal which was surprising in content, and I liked that twist of expecting one thing out of a book and getting a little bonus! The book had me guessing on what happened to Mrs Alban, what had really happened to the famous author who had died on the property years ago, and who was the girl in white….
Did the butler do it?
You will have to just read this one to find out!
As this was our book club read for June 2013, the overall census was fairly high ratings. The Bookies really enjoyed the mystery around a place that we were all aware of. While we had some different thoughts on the ending (I was bummed – found it unnecessary) other really liked the way it ended.
As a result of this read, we are planning a Bookies road trip this late fall to the Glensheen Mansion, about half of us have toured it before – but we all would like to go through it again now, seeing it through the Alban families eyes and Wendy Webb’s too!
* note – the Alban family and the events in the book are fictitious as are the hidden tunnels in the home (at least according to Wendy Webb )
Tuesday evening of this week was our Bookies get together around our review of The Fate Of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb. I am not sure why – but I did forget to take pictures of the food…
So…. picture this:
French onion soup with crunchy garlic bread
chicken breast tenderloin plain, and some with orange sesame sauce served with chicken broccoli rice
a pepperoni pasta salad
cole slaw salad
Some of the foods are out of a meal they had in the book on page 85.
I will tell you more about the book review later, but for now I want to focus after the review. This is our second year doing a favorite book exchange. The rules are:
1. The book should be a favorite of yours
2. You have read the book and LOVED it
3. put a post it note in the inside cover sharing why you loved this book and if you want it back or if it is to keep
4. Wrap up the book.
Then what we did was put the wrapped books on the floor and we each took a turn choosing a book, opening it and hearing why it was the givers favorite book. (That is my favorite part, listening to the given share why they loved a particular book).
This is such a great time. Now our task is to read the book we have chosen and talk about next month at our annual Queen event and potluck celebration. SO EXCITED!
As for life… I am busy working on the 5k that we are putting on this Saturday morning. I put 10 hours in yesterday and who knows what I will do today to make sure we are ready. Its good fun though – 116 registrants at the time I left work yesterday. Today I will help assemble the swag bags – t-shirt, water bottle – and yes, a book, Every Body Matters by Gary Thomas.
Good morning! What a great night last night! 14 of us were at the Bookies gathering and book review – I am tired, but they are all so fun….. I will talk about that tomorrow – I did not have time to put my pictures together of last night yet and I really want to do that event justice.
Instead, today I thought I would share with you my recent bought with donated books. Our local Brainerd Library had a spring and fall book sale. The books come from discards from the library – but mostly they come from book lovers who donate the books they have read. This has been our largest fundraiser for the library for years as the books are 100% profit to the library and they turn around and sell them at 50 cents a piece which is awesome for book lovers all around. (You may have seen my posts of the sales and waiting outside at the break of dawn!)
Our spring sale is the bigger sale of the two as we gather the books from late August through April. The fall sale being a smaller collection window from mid April through the third week of August. However… I am trying to make that sale a bigger event. I have been working with our friends group to encourage those who have lots of books at garage sales who do not wish to pack up the left overs to donate them to the library. I even made us little cards to hand out with a phone number on it and if they want – we will even come pick them up.
Yes…. I am trying that hard…LOL
Gail, from the friends Board always had great success with this… each week she tells me how she picked up books from here or there for the fall sale. I however have been getting nada. Nothing. Crickets. I hand out my little card each weekend when I am garage saling, I offer to come and pick up the books… nobody calls.
I was at a sale that had a lot of books. A LOT of awesome looking great books. When I left the sale I told the ladies running it that if they wanted to donate the leftovers after the sale I would be happy to pick them up. They could even leave them at the end of the driveway I offered. I left my number.
Saturday afternoon I received a call that yes they were done with the sale and while most of the books sold they would love it if I would come and pick up the rest. I told them that I had to be on that end of town in a few hours for a birthday gathering and I would stop by on my way there to gather the books.
Does everyone know I drive a little red jeep?
Boxes upon boxes were left which is AWESOME. And I had to laugh as the lady helped me put them in the jeep, I… assuring her they would fit. And they did.
I drove to my friend’s house with my crock pot of beans on my lap. People joining the gathering that walked by my vehicle would approach me saying… “Ummm…. Sheila…. are you having a little issue with your love of books?”
As this was on Saturday evening – and the library is not open on Sundays I left all the books in the jeep until Monday afternoon after work. I was not about to move them again… but unloading the jeep was like… clowns coming out of a car….
Wait – there are more books…. still coming…. *cue circus music*
I work today and tonight I may bike ride – I am way behind on riding this year with the long winter and overload of rain. It is supposed to be nice today and I do need to get some miles in