"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." (Francis Bacon)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Reading List

Well, I read one of these 16 Books to Read and Love Forever. And I want to read at least 3 or 4 of the others. So that's good, right? For the record, the one I read is The House of Sand and Fog.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Deal Makers

The Broke and the Bookish asked what books are deal makers. Aside from reviews in Publishers Weekly or Entertainment Weekly that make a book sound intriguing, I'm a sucker by books by an author I already like. I'm also intrigued by historical fiction, especially historical mysteries set in places and/or time periods I don't know much about. Science fiction is pretty much a guarantee I'll be interested, but if a book also has an alternate reality or time travel element, I usually can't buy it fast enough. I'm also a sucker for dysfunctional or emotionally damaged protagonists.

So, what are your bookish weaknesses?

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Polish Officer

TITLE: The Polish Officer
AUTHOR: Alan Furst

By now it should be no secret that Alan Furst is one of my favorite authors. I'm just past halfway through his published books so far, and he keeps writing new ones, so at this rate, I might never get past halfway.

The officer of the title is Alexander de Milja, a cartographer in the Polish military who is recruited into the underground when Poland falls to Hitler's troops. His first assignment is to transport the gold of Poland's treasurey on the first segment of its trip out of the country. Other missions follow, in Paris and elsewhere in occupied France, and in Ukraine and Polish border towns after the Germans invade the Soviet Union.

Furst paints a vivid portrait of life under occupation in the various locales, as well as detailing aspects of spying as part of an underground resistance. As in his other books, his characters, everyday people who rise to the occasion, come to life and his prose give the "you are there" quality that make his writing so addictive. Somehow, a series of missions add up to a chilling, thrilling whole.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Bookish Memes and Things

Reading's been slow this winter. One would think a winter when I spend so much time indoors due to frigid temps and lots of snow would translate to lots of reading, but I've mostly played online, and taken care of little projects, including my Library Thing library.

I just found this book meme: Top Ten Tuesday. I might try doing this if only to have something to post here between reviews. I do miss doing my Booked by 3 meme, but I ran out of ideas after a while. Memes are like that; easier to let other folks come up with the questions. ;)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Stuff

Wink is a cool site devoted to showing off books.

I've been scrapbooking the blank pages in my book journal and discovered that, after 40plus years, the spine is in bad shape despite my having tried to glue it a few weeks ago, and pages are coming out. So I got a new one, leather-bound this time, and I'll probably transfer all the entries into it.

New Book Journal and Old Glasses