Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ten Books, Volume 2, 2014

Sorry. Time has slipped away. Everything is fine. Let's catch up on books, shall we?

NON-FICTION
  • Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit
    • I happened to see a blurb about a New Orleans atlas that came out last November and I was intrigued. Unfortunately, my library did not have it but they had an earlier book about San Francisco. I wasn't sure if I wanted to BUY a copy of the New Orleans book so I thought if I liked the San Francisco book then it would help me decide.
    • So. This was an odd book. It had lots of maps as befits an atlas but they were unusual to say the least. Each map was accompanied by an essay.
    • Several maps combined things, as maps do, such as butterfly habitats and gay-related places. On the same map. 
    • Probably the worst part is that the maps are hard to read in the center sections because the book does not open flat.
    • Despite the odd mixture of map topics it was definitely interesting but I decided that I didn't need to buy the new Orleans version. And then it turns out my library got a copy after all! More on that in the next post about books.
  • Zentangle Untangled: Inspiration and Prompts for Meditative Drawing by Kass Hall
    • I like to doodle so I thought this might be fun to peruse. Apparently Zentangle is a thing: people take classes about it and buy kits and so forth. This book covers a bunch of Zentangle patterns but wasn't really what I was looking for. I will continue to doodle in the time-honored way of just doing it!
  • The Cranford Companion by Sue Birtwistle and Susie Conklin
    • A book with behind-the-scenes tales of the PBS series Cranford and Return to Cranford. I watched the whole series in January and really enjoyed reading the book about the locations and actors (including my current actor crush Tom Hiddleston!).
FICTION
  • The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
    •  I loved this book. It is a fictional story about a real person, the actress Louise Brooks. The story is told through the eyes of Cora, a 36-year-old housewife who volunteers to chaperone 15-year-old Louise from Wichita, Kansas to New York City for the summer of 1922. Louise proves to be a handful but Cora has her own secret past to uncover.
  • Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
    • After watching the miniseries I picked up the book too!
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    • I have two more Jane Austen books to read: Emma and Mansfield Park. I have already read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion and this one, Northanger Abbey.
    • This is the story of Catherine and her visit to Bath, England. She makes new friends and meets an eligible young man (who likes her too) but Catherine's love of Gothic novels (which causes her imagination to run wild) and some unfortunate friendships thwart her budding romance. Will it all come right in the end? It will! I really liked it.
  • Downton Abbey Script Book Season 1 by Julian Fellowes
  • Downton Abbey Script Book Season 2 by Julian Fellowes
    • These were so much fun to read because I am a big "Downton Abbey" fan! These books include the complete scripts of every episode and also add in the scenes cut from the show. Julian Fellowes also footnotes the scripts with lots of comments and explanations. The season 3 book doesn't come out until late this year and hopefully the season 4 book around the same time.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    • It turns out you can rent one book a month from Amazon.com for the Kindle. I chose these to borrow for February and March. I have read them before but I had just seen the 2nd movie so I wanted to refresh my memory of the story. I will probably reread the 3rd book in April. (I really wish we could borrow more than one book a month though!)

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