Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bout of Books: Progress Day One

I finished my first book yesterday.  Did Lucrezia Borgia poison her husbands?  Was incest a part of her life?  What was life as a Papal bastard like?  Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant reveals some of the secrets in the life of this historical figure.

Not so long ago, we watched the Showtime series The Borgias.  I didn't know much about this family and after binge watching, I was hooked.  I needed to read more.  Blood and Beauty proved to be a good start.  While the television series concentrated on Roderigo Borgia the Pope, the novel centers on Lucrezia.  I admit the book is not a page turning thriller but it certainly satisfied my curiosity. 

I am taking an entirely different turn for my next choice.  Next Up:  Miss Julia Takes over by Ann B Ross

Monday, May 8, 2017

Day One: Bout of Books

First book of the challenge.

Friday, May 5, 2017

It is time for the Spring edition of Bout of Books.  I participated last year and made a dent in my TBR pile.  What better chance to cross off more titles.   Below is a brief description from the Bout of Books blog.  Visit the site to see all the rules and challenges.  I will list some of the books on my list but as the mood strikes, I may add or delete titles.  I am looking forward to this read-a-thon.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

The Great Gatsby

I think I will join the Great Gatsby discussion at The Edge of the Precipice.  The discussions begin June 1 and run through June 30.

Hamelette says  "If you've never participated in one of my read-alongs and are curious about how they work, basically I will write a post for each individual chapter.  Each post will contain my own thoughts on the chapter, some favorite lines, and a discussion question or two that I think people might want to ponder.  All participants are then invited to discuss the chapter in the comments, both with me and with each other.  You don't have to stick to the questions I ask!"

Sounds easy enough.  Gatsby is one of my favorites.  It should be fun to discuss the book in a group. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bout of Books Day 3

Favorite Books:

Ooooh this is like asking me who is my favorite grandchild or which is my favorite dog.  BUT I can choose a category and put some favorites in that.

Favorite Books to Teach:

I taught high school English for nearly 30 years and I did have books that I loved to teach.

1.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
            There was so much I could do with this novel.  I could focus on the obvious Civil Rights issue.  There was the "coming of age" angle or father/daughter relationships.  Depending on my group of students there were many paths to choose.   I love the point of view.  Scout's voice as an adult looking back on her childhood is heartbreakingly beautiful.

2.  Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
           Now this is a polar opposite!  Again, there is so much here.  To look at this from a "social issue" perspective, I love the discussions surrounding relationships:  husband/wife, sister/sister, society/individual.  Oh what a character Blanche is!

3.  Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
           Do you get the idea that I like discussing society!  Another great book about relationships and societal expectations.   Our curriculum also uses this book to discuss the American Dream.

4.  The Stranger by Albert Camus
            12th grade English covered this book.  "Mama died today.  Or was it yesterday?"  One of my favorite openings.

I am going to stop with four.  There are a few others I enjoyed teaching but my enthusiasm often depended on my group.

  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Lesson Before Dying by Earnest Gaines
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Macbeth by Shakespeare
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My Shelfies!

#boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks

Monday, May 9, 2016

Bout of Books - Day 1

Wife, retired, reader, grammy, crafter  #insixwords #boutofbooks

Today is Day One of Bout of Books Read-a-Thon.  My goal is simple:  read books I already own.  I will not go to the library or any bookstores!  I intend to tackle what is already here.

First up:  Highgate Rise by Anne Perry.

I rushed through household chores and as soon as my blogging is concluded I am off to the balcony with coffee and kindle.  Maybe I can clear out all those books I have purchased or downloaded and the left untouched.

Update to come.