Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

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Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern, is the book of found families and who and how we choose to get involved. This was a commuter book for me, meaning that I listened to it as an audio book.

This is one of those books that is perfect for a drive or reading on the beach.  Kit is a librarian in a small town that is losing its grip on live. Sunny is a child who is looking for structure, and then there is Rusty a man who thinks he has lost everything in the market crash.

None of these were my favorite character, I loved some of the secondary characters. There is a group of old men who for me just make the book. I know this book should be about Kit, Sunny and Rusty and their mysteries their problems. But I loved the old guys. I just wish that I could remember their names. It is just one of those strange things where if I read a name I can remember it, but hearing them I just can’t remember.

This book is not going to change the world, it is not totally original. It is however fun, light, and easy for the summer.

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Ready Player One

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I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline when the book was first released and I loved it . I got my son a copy and made him read it, he gave someone a copy and I will talk to any one about this book.  I might have even reviewed it a when it came out, but that was a while ago and I am lazy and don’t want to go looking for it.

This book was a reread for me, because the book club that I belong to chose to read it. This will tell you how far behind in blogging I am. We read this the month the movie was released. So this is going to be more of a comparison of the book and the movie. Cheating I know.

I know I said I loved the book, and I thought the move was OK for an adventure film. I understand why they made the movie more modern, but  I wish they would have left in more of the story with H I loved that character. I wish that they would have put the bit in about going to Oregon. I would have loved to have seen the garden and the mansion that is described  in the book.

 

 

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.

Turing’s Delirium (Bolivia)

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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

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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

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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

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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. “