Sunday (Evening) Post

Okay, so it’s Sunday morning, but it’s ready, so here goes…

What I just finished:   Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (Review was posted 10/6/16 on PWR.)   I also read a cozy mystery which serendipitously turned out to be set during the Great Pumpkin Festival in Stoneham, a fictional town of specialty bookstores, cafes, and other small town niceties. I could smell the pumpkin pie spices in the air as I read. (Review to follow later today)

What I’m still reading:   The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anad Giridharadas. It’s borrowed, so I should get cracking, but the owner said I could keep it as long as I needed, and other books keep “popping up.”

What I’ve started:   The Gulf Coast Read for 2016 and the selection for this month from my Third Tuesday Book Club at the library.  It tells the story of “FDR’s secret prisoner exchange program and America’s only family internment camp during WWII.” I’m only on page 29 and it is already fascinating, just the right mix of history-politics and anecdote.

What I’m going to read next:   Our on-line book group, Powerful Women Readers, will have its quarterly get together a week from today at my house, and we will all hold a mini-marathon from Wed. the 12th until we meet Sunday the 16th ,with instructions to read as much as we can every minute we can, and then come and tell what we read.  The purpose is to finish as many books, we’ve already started (We all admit to reading more than one book at a time!) as we can. We’re calling Wed. through one o’clock Sunday a Marathon and the party (for that’s what it really is) our Reading Race at Rae’s. Hopefully, we’ll have a good turnout and note good book recommendations. I need to do some serious reading on books I’ve started or temporarily laid aside (so I can start some new reads!)

What I’ve watched:   The Hours and also The Shipping News.  I had read The Shipping News first and am still debating whether I liked the book or the film best. They were both excellent.

What I’m watching:  I saw the first two episodes of Bull on TV and am already hooked.

I helped with our AAUW brunch yesterday and had doctor’s appointments in addition to class day Wed, so this has been a very full week for me.  This week, with mid-term papers coming in, preparations for the Reading Race, and time consuming promotions at my Little Free Library promises to be more of the same.



Sunday (Evening) Post

What I just finished: Daring Greatly by Bene’ Brown–perhaps the best self-help book I’ve ever encountered

What I’m still reading: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue–a story of immigrants in America, a story of happy times and scary times

What I’ve started: The True American (Murder and Mystery in Texas) by Anand Giridharadas–required reading for a friend’s history class.  I am reading his copy which means it’s loaded with teaching notes, margin-marked insights and explanations of terms I don’t have to look up in a dictionary

What I’m going to read next: Three cozy mysteries a book buddy read then sent to me

What I want to see: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children–I have read the first three books, and I will go realizing the movie is adapted from or based on the novel(s)

This has been a great week, and the new one, starting tonight promises a fine week as well.