Zero Hour (Dewey’s Read-a-thon)

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Northern California
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? A Plage of Giants by Kevin Hearne
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I got lots of fruit and veggies
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I have two cats and a dog, The cats are Squeeker (6), Poirot (5 Months) and Dobbie (11 yo German Shephard) and one of them just yacked.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I did not participate in the last one, I forgot about it.

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It Is TIMEEEEE! For Dewey!

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It is time for the Dewy’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon and because this is the tenth year they have a special challenge 10 years, 10 books. So here is my list of 10 books published in the last ten years.

2007 The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

2008 The Grave Yardbook by Neil Gaiman

2009 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

2010 The Immortal Life of Henretta Lacks by Rebecka Skloot

2011 The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins

2012 The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

2013 The Cats of Tanglewood Forrest by Charles de Lint

2014 Console Wars by Blake Harris

2015 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

2016 Beartown by Fredrick Backman

2017 A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

Sourdough

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Sourdough is written by Robin Sloan it is his second book and it is wonderful. His first book Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore took you into a world of magic and reality. Sourdough takes you into the magic of food, but not just any food. The secret food, the ones who push the boundaries of what is considered good food, always looking for the next best thing.

Lois the protagonist of this story is given a sourdough that feeds on music as well as flour. The music creates happy faces in the dough, and I do not think I am giving anything away by stating that.

I went to see Mr. Sloan when he came to a local bookstore to promote this book and it was a great time. He talked about what gave him the idea for this book, and why he chose bread over all the other foods out there. This is not just about food, it is about discovering a passion and how a person is effected by thatt, who they become and who they were.

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“The internet: always proving that you’re not quite as special as you suspected.”

“Here’s a thing I believe about people my age: we are the children of Hogwarts, and more than anything, we just want to be sorted.”

“It felt, also, like and empty spaceship, and, as a rule, you do not enter an empty spaceship without first knowing the fate of the crew.”

 

 

My Favorite Thing is Monsters

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I have heard a lot about My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris, and so I was thrilled to find out that my local library had a copy. When my hold for this came in I devoured this book. It is not a short graphic novel it is 380+ pages.

This book is not for kids or those who are sensitive to subjects of sexual abuse. However, it was the most amazing book, and the artwork in there was just wow! Karen sees herself as a werewolf in a trench coat. She is trying to solve the murder of one of her neighbors. Hence the trench coat.  I do not want to give a the plot or anything away, so I will just say that Karen is Mexican, Irish, and Cherokee. She also likes girls!

Just read this! Then like me wait, wait for the second one to come out.

QUOTE

“No, the bad monsters want the world to look the way they want it to. They need people to be afraid… They don’t live in their lair and mostly mind their own biz… ”

I wrote down the whole paragraph for the above quote, but you should read this.

 

Pavilion of Women

The Pavilion of Women was written by Pearl S. Buck and takes place in China. I do not have a photo of this book to share as the copy that I borrowed from the library just had a plain solid dirty cream cover and I did not want to take a picture of that.  This was a book club book and I try not to post about the books we read for book club until after the meeting. However, the meeting should have been last week but it was moved to this week do to the wildfires here in Sonoma County. Because it was moved I am not going to be attending so I am just going to talk about this book.

I know that Pearl S. Buck is a well known author and that her most popular book is The Good Earth. I know that a long time ago I must have read something written by her, but it just did not stick with me. The Pavilion of Women focuses on the life of Madam Wu, and the running of her household in a time of change. (But isn’t all time a time of change?) She decided at the age of 40 to quit in her wifely duty to avoid a dangerous pregnancy. Thus begins the adventure of her becoming a woman by leaning about who she is, and what makes her happy.

The book starts out so slowly, and then about half way picks up speed a bit. One thing that Mrs. Buck did amazingly well in writing this story was setting the scene of the book. When Madam Wu was sitting in the garden I could almost smell the flowers, and hear the bees.

I do have a question about this book that seems to have no answer. What war was coming? I think it was WWI, I knot that the movie takes place right before WWII but some things in the book did not line up for me time wise. If anyone knows I would love an answer.

The Rattled Bones

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The Rattled Bones by S.M Parker was not a book that I have heard about before. This was one of my wander in the library and see what I can find. What attracted me to the book at first was the cover of the book.  So, I thought why not give it a try. I am so glad that I did.

Rilla Brae is such a strong character, she has a boyfriend but she has set boundaries on their relationship that involves what they speak about, and when he pushes the boundaries she pushes back. Rilla also takes over the family business of lobster fishing.  She does not have a lot of support from the other fishermen as they are all men. One even tries to run her off her string.

This is not the most amazing thing about this book. What is the amazing thing is that it is based in history, a history that I knew nothing about.  There is an island off the coast of Maine called Malaga that has a sad tragic  history. In the book she moved the timeline up to keep the book set in current times. When the Malaga event happened  it was in 1911 and 1912.

The Man in The Picture

 

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I found The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill when looking for books to read for R.I.P. This was one that the librarian recommended when I told them I wanted ghost/ haunted stories to read. This book is only about 160 pages so I would consider it more of a novella then a book.

I did not find it scary at all in fact I kind of found it confusing. When you first open the book you get the scene of Gothic Victorian. Old man lives at college, it is dark not well lit, shadows are every where type feeling. Then at the end there are cell phones. The other thing that I found confusing about this book it that it is set in England, but it has a very American feel to it. For example, lawyer rather than solicitor, call phone rather than mobile.

I also did not find it scary.  I liked the premise of the book, and I think that if there had been more of an explanation of how the picture was created, where the evil person got it from, who created it and why. It might have lent a more rounded feel to the book.

This one was just not for me.