Library Nostalgia

Monday, 26 July 2010 1 comment

Outside the Library at Trinity College -- 2004

One of the blogs I follow – Jesus Creed – often puts up a picture of the Old Library at Trinity College in posts about books. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know we had the good fortune to visit Trinity College in 2004. Every time I see the picture pop up on Jesus Creed, I get a very nostalgic feeling and wonder if I’ll ever get the chance to visit there again. Then I get to thinking about other libraries. If I close my eyes I can picture the library we visited in Champaign, IL when I was growing up and remember the joy of sitting there with a newly selected book, reading away. I long for the the excellent libraries of Grand Rapids, Michigan which I have really not seen matched anywhere we have lived.

Is there a library in your past that brings up feelings of nostalgia for you? Do you have good memories of time spent in a library? If you do, what specifically do you remember?

Categories: Bookish Things

WWW Wednesdays — 14 July 10

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 Leave a comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

While painting our bathroom last week I finished listening to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

After that, to keep the boredom level down as I continued to paint, I downloaded Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It’s slow moving, but not in a bad way. It’s set in the UK and I am enjoying recognizing places and British ideas. I also started on my new Booksneeze review book: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C. Maxwell. I am feeling compelled to take lots of notes as I go along, so I am not getting through it very quickly. It’s a very interesting book.

At this point in time I don’t have any plans for a next read. I’m always interested in suggestions, so feel free to leave a comment about a book (or books) you’ve enjoyed.

Busybody Bibliophilist asks: “Do you reread?”

Monday, 12 July 2010 2 comments

There are times when it pleases me to go back and reread a book I’ve previously read. Even as a child I remember rereading the Little House on the Prairie books over and over. As an adult I still continue to revisit favorite books: Snow Crash, Persuasion, Going Postal, and Enchantment to name a few.

How about you? Do you have a favorite book (or books) that you like to reread? Or are you more of a “read it once and move on” kind of reader?

WWW Wednesdays

Wednesday, 7 July 2010 1 comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

For the last of our motorcycle trip, I downloaded and listened to Tripwire by Lee Child. It’s the third Jack Reacher novel. As with any novel of it’s kind, it had a lot of stereotypical characters and plot-lines, but the story was engaging and made for good riding listening.

Yesterday I started listening to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. I’m really enjoying it so far.

I got a new book from Booksneeze that is on my next read list. It’s by John C. Maxwell and is titled Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently.

How about you? What are your three W’s?

Christian Audio Free Download — July 2010

Thursday, 1 July 2010 Leave a comment

This month’s free audio download from christianaudio.com:

The Pursuit of God
by A. W. Tozer

During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940’s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit Of God. He wrote all night, the words coming to him as fast as he could put them down. When the train pulled into McAllen, the rough draft was done. Although written in such a remarkably short period of time, Tozer’s passionate classic offers not only a deeper understanding of Biblical Truth, but a personal encounter with the very Source of that Truth.

WWW Wednesdays

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 Leave a comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

Tooling down some back road in Mississippi, I finally finished Olive Kitteridge!

I’ve yet to start another book, since we have been riding in the rain. (I can listen to a book in good riding conditions but prefer not to listen and ride when it’s yucky weather.) I saw that Audible tweeted that his year’s Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel went to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. I don’t know anything about it but I may look into it. I’ve been needing a new SciFi recommendation.

How about you? What are your three W’s?

Categories: Bookish Things

Talking About Detective Fiction by P. D. James

Saturday, 26 June 2010 2 comments

Non-fiction: Writing. Unabridged audio from BBC Audiobooks America. Published in 2009. Read by Diana Bishop. 4 hours and 18 minutes. Purchased from Audible.com.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book! It’s not long, but it was very interesting to hear James discuss detective fiction, make comments about her own work and the different detective fiction authors throughout the years. I spent a good part of the time looking for a pen to write down which stories were her favorites from different authors. She discussed some stories I have read and others that were new to me. It was great to get some new ideas. Diana Bishop did a fantastic job with the narration as well.

Publisher’s Summary:

To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P. D. James examines the challenges, achievements and potential of a genre which has fascinated her as a novelist for nearly 50 years. She explores the metamorphosis of a genre that has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel. Written by the author widely regarded as the queen of the detective novel, this book is sure to appeal to all aficionados of crime fiction.

For a hard copy:
Amazon.com
For the audio:
Audible.com

Categories: Audiobooks