Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Good Morning, today is the the Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon. I have been doing this now for about 4 years and I love. This year the goal for the read-a-thon is to collectively read 1,000,000 pages. That is right ONE MILLION pages, there is a counter at the top of their web site to show how the group is doing. There are always some opening questions that each person answers.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Northern California, USA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I don’t have a stack.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Did not plan for this either. Maybe the rosemary popcorn.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I have a GSD who is not a happy girl right now. Thursday she had to have teeth pulled, she is 13 years old.
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 will try to move more.

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Turing’s Delirium (Bolivia)

Turing

 

Turing’s Delirium by Edmundo Paz Saldan is one of the books for my reading around the world challenge. Oh Boy, this book. This is book is set in the near or just alternative future where in Bolivia the president has decided to privatize all the utility’s in the country. The power structure is run by an American/Bolivian corporation that keeps raising the prices of electricity while power outages and black outs are very common. Because of this there are riots in the streets and cyber attacks on government run building, programs, and anything else the hackers can think to disrupt the government.

Turing, is the name of a cryptanalyst who works for the government. He has no care what his actions result in just that he cracks the code. He works at the Black Chamber and when his old boss retired he was regaled to the archives, because he is not computer savvy.

There is so much going on in this book, plots, sub-plots, history, and the ramblings of a dying man. I liked the rambling of the dying man the best. He told the story of cryptology, and the events that led to changes in cryptanalys.

QUOTES

“Suspended in the air by thick cables, you move without moving in peace.”

“In such a poor country, there were those who lived as if they were American. Or like the vision they had of life in the United States: the land of plenty, of glorious materialism.”

“The Same old argument. Only the one who pulled the trigger is guilty.”

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is just pure escapism. Part romance, part gossip, part nuts, this book is just fun to listen to. I did listen to it, I have found that I like audio books on my commute home. It helps me get my mind off work and I can relax.

This is also a perfect bathtub book. I will say that the family in here is huge, I can see one advantage to having  a paper copy there is a family tree in the book. The audio version was just so fun to listen to.  Half the time I did not know what was going on. One person in the book I wanted to BITCH slap. Oh, he is an asshole.

I do not handle animal abuse well there should be a trigger waning for that. It is there but not bold in your face there, but enough that I had to skip that part of the book.

The book will also make you hungry if you like good food. MMMMmmm good food.

Would I recommend,?yes.  Will I listen to the second one? yes. Will I go see the movie when it come out? I don’t know. Oh, I should tell you that this is being made into a movie.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Charms

If I had not listened to this as an audio-book I would call this a bathtub book for sure. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phardra Patrick is adorable.

Arthur Pepper lives his life by a set schedule, wakes up at 7:00am, has one cup of tea, waters Fredreka you get the idea. The book opens on the one year anniversary of the death of his wife. Mr. Pepper decides that he is going to clear out her belongings, and in her boot he finds a box.

Once he opens that box his neat orderly world is turned upside down. He makes phone calls, he travels, he has adventures and all because he cannot leave a mystery alone.

This story was so sweet and it made for a great read in the car when I was commuting. I need to see if Ms. Patrick has written any other books.

Would I recommend, yes. Would I own, no.

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Born

I bet people are going to wonder if I ever pick out books just for the fun of it. Yep, I do, but this one was a book club book. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah according to the title the book is about his childhood in South Africa. I and many others in the book club thought the book was more about his mother.

WOW! What a strong woman! She did illegal things to better her life and the life of her son. She fought, and did her best to have him be the best that he could be. I cannot even imagine her life living in apartheid. What she had to go through to keep him safe and healthy.

If you want to read a book about a strong woman this is one that should be read. I have also heard that this is going to be made into a movie. FYI the poop story is the best poop story I have read.

I did read this as a physical book, I do want to listen to it as an audio book. Mr. Noah reads it and I have heard that it is amazing.

QUOTE

“But I still had to pick. Because racism exists, and you have to pick a side. “

Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes

Portland

Portlandtown by Rob DeBorde is another one of my books for my TBR challenge the one that is being hosted at Roof Beam Reader.  This makes three down nine to go.

First I have to say I added this to my stack because I love reading books that take place where I have lived or do live, and I love Portland. Now on to the book.

You might be able to tell from the cover that something is not right in Portlandtown (FYI that was the cities name in the way old times).  This book creepped me out. I really gave me the willies, and I don’t know if that is because I know the town the author wrote about or if it was just that good.

Each person in the Wylde family has a special ability, and that all comes into play in the book. I am not sure how to describe how all the characters in the book relate but it works. Including the Voodoo, and the Zombies. Yes, this book has zombies in it.

This was so fun and when you read the quotes that I have for this book if you are from the PNW you will see that the author really knows what he his talking about. This book ends like there will be a sequel however I have not heard anything about a follow up book. I do hope that there is one. This was a fun read.

QUOTES

“Without a soul to turn the page, it is but ink on paper.”

“A few umbrellas popped open- Out-Of_Towners no doubt- but most in the crowd simply smiled and drank it in.”

Yummah ( Bahrain)

Yummy

Yumma by Sarah A. Al Shafei took me forever to find. My library did not have it and I had to get a copy from an inner library loan. I am so grateful for those. There is not a link to Powell’s for the book as they do not have a copy.

Yumma covers my reading around the world challenge for the country of Bahrain. I learned a few things from this book. I know some of you out there are going to just be amazed that I did not know that Bahrain was an island. Then the other thing I did not know was how close the island is to a few other countries.

Khadeeja was 12 when she goes into an arranged marriage, and this book covers her life from then until her death.  She is married to a man much older then she is, and by the time she is 24 she has nine living children. The book did not start out with a time frame, however there were cars, and her house did have the first refrigerator on the island. About half way through the book there is a year listed, and I figured out that she was about 12 in the 1950’s. My time however can be wrong. Math is not my best subject.

I had a lot of questions about this book, and I know that some of it comes from not understanding the culture. That is why I am doing this I want to know more than what I already do. So on with my questions.

Did Khadeeja really love her husband, or was it a reaction to being married so young and not knowing what sex was?

Was Layla (her doll) a representation of her lost childhood?

Why with all of the hardships she faced did she still have a blessed life? (The hardships were glossed over)

QUOTES

“”No, you have forgotten that after all I have been through, I am still a child.””

“Funny how life forces you to live in so many illusions.”