- "If they give you lined paper, write the other way." --William Carlos Williams
- "Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." --Bernard Baruch
- “Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it.”―
- “The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.” ―
- There are no rules you can follow. You have to go by instinct and you have to be brave.” ―
- “Of course it's alright for librarians to smell of drink.” ―
- “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” ―
- “Some people's blameless lives are to blame for a good deal.” ―
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Saturday, May 21, 2022
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I hadn't read a Josie Prescott mystery for quite a while and I had forgotten how good they are. There are 14 books in the series (so far) and this is #6 so I have quite a few left to enjoy.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
- Ianthe Broome, the librarian in Barbara Pym's wonderful novel An Unsuitable Attachment.
- Daphne de Luce, who always has her nose in a book. Consequently she knows a lot of things. We first meet her (she is a secondary character) in Alan Bradley's Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
- Reine-Marie Gamache, librarian extraordinaire and the wife of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. We first meet them both in Still Life.
- Cliff Janeway (introduced in Booked to Die by John Dunning) is a Denver homicide detective turned bookstore owner and even though I read these mysteries decades ago I have fond memories of him.
- Jo March (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) was the first bookish character I loved and is still a favorite.
- Tricia Miles, the owner of a bookshop in Stoneham, NH who keeps getting herself mixed up in murder investigations. Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett is the first of her adventures.
- Karen Nash, the librarian/detective heroine of Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin.
- Thursday Next, literary detective, whom we first meet in The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
- Mary Russell, the main character in the Laurie King series that begins with The Beekeeper's Apprentice. She is a scholar, a voracious reader, and a skilled knife thrower; an unbeatable combo. I also like her name.
- Brooklyn Wainwright, the book expert and amateur detective featured in Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mystery series which begins with Homicide in Hardcover.
Saturday, May 7, 2022
This month the chain begins with True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I haven't read this novel, but I understand that it is a man writing his life story for his child. This is also the premise of one of my very favorite books so I will start with it: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Among the many things that main character John Ames tells his son about in this novel is the history of their family which included an abolitionist grandfather who fought in Kansas. That history is also the backdrop to the novel (2) Bleeding Kansas by Sara Paretsky. Also referencing that history as a backdrop (though less directly) is (3) Kansas Troubles by Earlene Fowler which is #3 in the Benni Harper mystery series. All the Benni Harper books have a quilt named in the title and some connection to quilting in the story. Another series of quilting mysteries begins with (4) Forget Me Knot by Mary Marks. I haven't read this one yet, but one of my quilter friends has been devouring these so it is on my TBR. A series that I have binged on is The Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini, which is quilt-related, but isn't mysteries. My favorite one in the series (so far) is (5) Circle of Quilters. The novel (6) How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto also features a circle of quilters. Otto's novel includes two of my favorite quotes:
“Why are old lovers able to become friends? Two reasons. They never truly loved each other, or they love each other still.”
“There are no rules you can follow. You have to go by instinct and you have to be brave.”
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Here is my list:
- 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown*
- Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin*
- Biography: Fiction, Fact and Form by Ira Nadel*
- Bloodline by Felix Francis*
- Burning Questions by Margaret Atwood
- Fluke by Christopher Moore*
- Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs*
- Jingo by Terry Pratchett
- Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert*
- Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
- NPR's Podcast Startup Guide by Glen Weldon
- Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris
- Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
- Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett
- Shades of Earl Grey by Laura Childs
- Small Ceremonies by Carol Shields
- Sticks & Scones by Diane Mott Davidson
- The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
This week's prompt for Top Ten Tuesday is "One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read." I have linked to my post for books I blogged about.
- Goofy (Eric by Terry Pratchett)
(Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel)
(The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel)
(Live and Let Chai by Bree Baker)
(Blizzard of Glass by Sally Walker)
(Lust for Life by Irving Stone)
(Women Writers at Work by the Paris Review)
(Murder Your Darlings by J J Murphy)
(One Half of Robertson Davies)
(The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin)
Monday, May 2, 2022
A quote from this month's reading:
"But Dickens was not a cool customer. He was, in fact, a ripsnorting, raging, egotistical cad, and if he had not also been a supremely great writer he would have been intolerable." --Roberson Davies, "Phantasmagoria and Dream Grotto," in One Half of Robertson Davies
Here is my progress toward various goals and challenges:
- Death in Cornwall by G. M. Malliett (4-stars)
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (audiobook, 5-stars)
- Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction by Neal Wyatt (4-stars)
- Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster (4-stars)
- The Art of Falling: A Novel by Danielle McLaughlin (3-stars)
- One Half of Robertson Davies by Robertson Davies (3-stars)
- Murder Your Darlings by J. J. Murphy (3-stars)
- Women Writers at Work by The Paris Review (3-stars)
- Lust for Life by Irving Stone (4-stars)
- Blizzard of Glass by Sally M. Walker (4-stars)
- Live and Let Chai by Bree Baker (audiobook, 3-stars)
- The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (4-stars)
- Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (5-stars)
Sunday, May 1, 2022
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“I’ve been thinking a great deal about time and motion lately, about being a still point in the ceaseless rush.”
"My point is, there’s always something. I think, as a species, we have a desire to believe that we’re living at the climax of the story. It’s a kind of narcissism. We want to believe that we’re uniquely important, that we’re living at the end of history, that now, after all these millennia of false alarms, now is finally the worst that it’s ever been, that finally we have reached the end of the world.”This book counts toward the Canadian Reading Challenge because the author is from Canada and parts of the book are set in Canada.