Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My Reading This Week

I do love me some reading. Are you with me on this?
This is a painting by Fragonard.
I almost time travel when reading certain books. In that way I recently returned from Egypt in 1922, whilst reading "The Visitors", a novel by Sally Beauman, with a 12 year old girl as the center of the story, and the discovery of King Tut's tomb the exciting story line. I give this book five stars and reviewed it on Amazon.
Although fiction the author did a lot of research and many actual historical figures are in the novel, including Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, two men who toiled for years looking for the tomb.
There is even a connection to the Downton Abbey series, since Lord Carnarvon and his family lived in Highclere Castle, the estate where Downton Abbey is filmed.
Now I am reading "Destroyer Angel" by Nevada Barr, a book that is very fast paced and that I don't want to put down. Two women and their two teen daughters are kidnapped by thugs while on a wilderness trip, and Anna must try to save them.
Soon I aim to read "The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar" by Martin Windrow, a true account of a man and his owl, and "Have a Nice Guilt Trip" by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, which sounds like it will induce laughs. I hope so.
What are y'all reading?
May 28, afternoon. I was sad to hear that Maya Angelou died today. To honor her today I bought the 4th book in her autobiography, "The Heart of a Woman", and the few pages I read show it to be fascinating. She was someone I would love to have lunch and a chat with.

22 comments:

DawnTreader said...

I'm listening to an audio book, A Darker Domain by Scottish crime novelist Val McDermid.

Librarian said...

Like you, I can time-travel while reading, if the book is written well enough to be totally absorbing.

Right now, I am reading a modern mystery set in Yorkshire, where I'll be spending nearly two weeks (to see the family, as is my habit once a week) from Friday onwards. As with nearly all of my reading, I'll post a review of the book on my blog when I have finished it.

Simply Shelley said...

I am reading Jan Karon's , The Mitford series...just on the first one...so far I am enjoying it. Blessings friend

Wanda said...

Love the painting.

I just finished a John Grisham novel "A Painted House" about cotton farmer in the south. Lots of twist and turns and an ending I liked.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I usually only read during the summer when I have more time. I need quiet and focus in order to concentrate or otherwise I find myself reading the same page over and over again. Have a whole stack of books a friend gave me last year so I should read them or pass them on to a friend who loves to read. Have a great week. Tammy

Mari said...

I love to read and I time travel too. :)
I often get less sleep than I should because I get caught up in a book.

Joanna Jenkins said...

You read a nice range of book. Love the title about the "guilt trip" ;-)

I'm reading "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. It's been around for a while but a friend recently gave it to me. I'm enjoying it very much.

Happy reading.

Denise said...

I am reading my Bible.

Happyone said...

I'm about to start Guests on Earth by Lee Smith for my book club next week.

Just finished a of couple books by Alexander McCall Smith.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh I would love to find time to read! and historical novels are my favorite, you are right you get to travel back in time! In answer to your question about selling jewelry on line, no I just dabble in it and barely make enough to sell at shows, but thank you so much for asking, I'm flattered!

Carol

Susan said...

Oh yes, Terra. I'm definitely with you on reading. Just joined a book club, too! Finished Longbourn by Jo Baker and Water's Edge by Vickie Neuman. Next in line is Why I Left the Amish.

Take care and thanks so much for your visits. I always love when you stop by. Susan

tina said...

Nevada Barr is one of my favorite authors. Oh yes, fast paced indeed. I got hooked on her Anna Pigeon series when I read Blood Lure. I too love to read and enjoy the trips to foreign lands from the comfort of my home so very much!

Shelly said...

I love to time travel when I read, too. I'm reading two fitness books now, nothing world changing!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh, more to add to my reading list, which is very long right now. I haven't had much time for reading while we were campaigning. I'm not sure I'm ready for Destroyer Angel, since I have trouble putting down any book. This sounds like one I'd stay up all night to finish. Thanks for the reviews. laurie

Hazel Moon said...

I have been reading a lot on my Free kindle app from Amazon and the free books offered by BookBub.
The book you read sounds fascinating. Thanks for visiting my site and your sweet comments.

Blondie's Journal said...

Very interesting books. I really love novels that take you through generations. The last book you mentioned sounds good, too. I just finished a book about a woman and her first garden...very funny and educational, too. So looking forward to getting to work on my own (garden, not book!) soon.

Very sorry about Maya Angelou. What an incredible life she had.

XO,
Jane

Dee said...

I like the way you said your reading is like time travel....a great way to look at it. Each book yo mentioned sounds very interesting. I am just starting to read " A Journey To The New World" The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple ~ mayflower,1620.

Carla from The River said...

Yes, I love to read too. At this time I am reading America's Ace of Aces.
Carla

Carol Z said...

Always enjoy knowing what you're reading. I'm struggling with a mystery from Iceland, "Jar City." Great reviews, but it's not my favorite.

Marie said...

The Visitors sounds delightful. I too love to read, but rarely read novels. I used to read them more when I was younger. Now it's mostly histories and biographies and that sort of thing. But a good novel captivates me from time to time! I post what I have read lately, with a review, on my sideboard each time.

The Canterbury Bells are absolutely wonderful! I can see why they are one of your favorites.

Jenny said...

I am going to see if the library has this book!

Maya Angelou was definitely one of the greats!

Her voice will be missed!

White Lace and Promises said...

I've seen this painting many times in antique stores and I've loved it. I don't have a place for it in my home, but it is a favorite of mine.