I‘m starting this nonfiction account of a circus fire today. When the Ringling Brothers circus came to town, no one could guess the tragedy that would unfold when 8,000 people would be trapped in a burning circus tent.
I decided I needed a gin and tonic to go along with this book. Now all I need is a roasted goose and some strawberries. The Crazy Larkin family can guzzle cocktails and chow down food with the best of them. This look at a large family living in the English countryside in the 50‘s is wild. @LeahBergen
Shirley Jackson writes such strange, unsettling stories. Many of them just end and I had no idea what just happened. Others had me laughing at their craziness. These are highly entertaining and I‘m now a short story fan. This book is perfect to read in October.
This is a fun little mystery written in 1946. So many suspicious characters and odd occurrences that I never figured out the murderer. Think Agatha Christy in the English countryside. Hopefully my family members will enjoy this next installment in our #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub. We missed our flight to London to see @AnnieD so drinking and reading is taking away a little of the pain.
I‘m so surprised that it seems readers either love or hate this book. I loved it! Moriarty‘s snarky look at real people and real lives always seems so funny and honest to me. Then there‘s the twist- and it became a thriller! I listened to most of it on audiobook and it is excellent!
August was an ok month for me. I spent too much time with family and friends to get much reading done. But that‘s fine with me! 😃 Tigers in Red Weather was probably my favorite book last month.
A young girl growing up in an aristocratic, English family is devastated when here nanny disappears unexpectedly. Years later, bones are uncovered in the lake on the property and a woman claiming to be the missing nanny, shows up at the door. Lies, deception, and family conflict is uncovered as the mysterious women becomes enmeshed in the family‘s life. This book kept me guessing about the fate of the nanny and the dead body until the end.
I‘m not a horror fan, but this creepy book was pretty good. Plus it checked the box for “written by a musician “ in the #popsugar challenge. Next up - the movie.
I over planted tomatoes this year, so today is a day for #audiocooking. The narrator of this book uses that affected, rich east coast voice so well. The audio version is a joy to listen to - you can almost feel the pearls around your neck and the martini in your hand. 🍸
One of the reasons I went to college in the south was due to my fascination with southern architecture. I lost the first copy I had of this book and finally found this copy in a second hand book shop in New Orleans. The old black and white photos are poignant and haunting.
I‘m letting readers vote on my next choice for #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub. Let me know if you‘ve read any of these or you think it would be a good choice for marking up. (Sometimes bad is good 😉)
Costco run for essentials-
Vodka freezer pops, wine, dip, cookies, and a book.
I had not heard of this book but I‘m a sucker for non fiction.
During #puppynaptime today, I‘m finally starting this one for a Goodreads buddy read. We have been joined by Gertrude the cat. 🖤 I sure hope the book is as good as the cover.
This is what happens when you are fifth in a mark up book club rotation - the book takes twice as long to read due to all the notations.
This is one of the funniest books I‘ve read in a long time.
I found this sign in the little town square of Lewisburg, West Virginia and found it fascinating. What would be the one book you would keep? I think I would keep a sweeping saga like Gone With the Wind, Thornbirds, Dr. Zhivago, or Lonesome Dove.
Thanks to @Reviewsbylola I starting reading this two days ago and I have done little else but read this book since then. For #truecrime fans, this is a story of church going couples in Texas in the 80‘s that get tangled up in an affair that ends in an ax murder. It is well written, concise, and to the point without too many legal details but lots of dialogue.
I‘m fascinated by Blenheim Palace after visiting there twice, so this book about Consuelo Vanderbilt was a must read for me. Her mother traded Consuelo and her Vanderbilt fortune to the Duke of Marlborough for his title and prestige. Harper does and adequate job of following Consuelo‘s life and love story. I find this period of time compelling thanks to Downton Abbey.
My husband and I figured out the twist in this book halfway through but it was still very entertaining to listen to on our road trip. It can be a struggle to find something that we are both interested in. The audio version is well done and there are many twists and turns to keep things interesting.
If you‘re a fan of Eleanore Oliphant then you will be a fan of this book. I decided to treat myself to afternoon tea and finish this one because I had to see what the ending would be. Lots of witty banter, sarcasm, family turmoil, and the awakening of Susan Green, making this one touching and a feel good story.
Hacked by her favorite daughter, @Reviewsbylola . Let‘s see how long until she notices. 😁
Pick up this book if you‘re a fan of memoirs as well as cooking. The author shares vignettes of her life and then ends the chapter with a recipe that reminds her of that story. I‘m definitely making this tomato pie!
I picked this book up at the Ohioana Book Fair this spring. It was free and it had the word “yarn” in the title, and being a knitter, I was excited to grab it. It turns out it‘s a book full of recipes and the author‘s life stories that she connects with certain foods. This turned out to be a happy surprise!
I was fortunate to be able to attend a seminar by a LFL board member yesterday. This free book movement is now pointed towards young readers who are underprivileged and most likely do not have many books in their home or parents that read to them. While this is very admirable, it makes my love of sharing my books in my LFL with old and young readers in a middle class neighborhood seem superfluous. ☹️
I have been reading books by Elizabeth Taylor along with the Goodreads group and this is my favorite by far! It is a poignant look at aging and friendship and loneliness- it ripped my heart into little pieces. Maybe it‘s my age? If you are wanting to delve into the world of Elizabeth Taylor, start here. 5🌟
Another chunkster that I‘m attempting after giving up on The Clockmaker‘s Daughter. Unfortunately, I need to finish this by next Tuesday for my IRL book club and since it‘s audio, I will be doing quite a bit of walking to get this finished.
Today‘s audio walking 😁
This is a different type of true crime because the convicted rapist/murderer was actually innocent. The story becomes a mother‘s quest for the truth as she spends years digging for the truth to set her son free. The injustice of it all is mind blowing and heartbreaking.
(Sorry @EadieB but I couldn‘t put this down today and had to finish it!)
After checking my GR TBR I came across this book that I added 4 years ago! And I have yet to read it!
I‘m not sure why since I love New Orleans and Ruta Sepetys so I am moving this one up nearer the top of my list
I‘m starting this true crime buddy read and so far I‘m hooked from the beginning! I‘m starting early so I can share this book with @Reviewsbylola since it is a tough one to find. (I got a used version on Amazon.) Please join us and check out the read along schedule from @EadieB
What did I just read? I‘m thinking the author might have been on an acid trip while writing this?
Reading this with my family‘s notations in the margins was very entertaining and made the book a definite pick! It wasn‘t scary but was creepy and perfect for a Halloween buddy read or a mark up book club.
Puppy nap time so I‘m starting this one for our #familymarkupbookclub. Is it actually scary?
This book has some of my favorite elements - a coming of age story, a sweet love story, and a possible murder mystery. I fell in love with Kya and her story of abandonment and survival. Yes this book lives up to the hype for me!
Thankfully, the puppies took a long nap so I could finish the book.
Kya has a #lustforlife in the swamp. I will be sad when this book is over because the imagery and story are beautifully woven together. Kya knows every leaf, shell, and feather in her swamp since she has nothing else, having been deserted by everyone she loves.
This is one of my all time favorite nonfiction #botm selections. One day Christopher Knight drove to the woods in Maine, left his car, and walked into the woods. He stayed there for 27 years without human interaction and surviving on only what he could steal from nearby cottages or forage for in the woods. But why? Fascinating look into the life of a hermit.
I loved this YA mystery told by 4 students who witnessed the death of a classmate. Who exactly was involved in the death of Simon just as he was ready to reveal secrets of the students online? Or was it an accident?
This does not read as a YA and one of my favorite thrillers last year.
Flavia is growing up. She and Dogger have gone into business together as detectives and their first case involves a finger found in her sister‘s wedding cake. As usual, the quirky characters of Bishops Lacey play a big part in the mystery. Alan Bradley has written another fun whodunit.
#popsugar19 #amateurdetective #jack
Darby traveled through a snowstorm and ended up getting stranded at a rest stop with a handful of strangers. This thriller takes place in under 24 hours, with nonstop action. Darby finds a young girl locked in a cage, in the rear of a van, in the parking lot. As she tries to discover who owns the van, she discovers nothing is as it seems.