Lazy Sunday Open Book Thread

I’m trying to post this from a tablet. Bear with me.


Random drawing by my kid

I just finished “What Darkness Brings“, which is the latest in C.S.Harris’ Sebastian St. Cur regency mysteries. It’s one of my favorite cozy reads.
Just started a YA historical mystery by Dianne K. Salerni called The Caged Graves. Cool cover but a bit bland so far.

What are you reading this summer?

UPDATE: I’m going to add links on the book titles in the comments so peeps can check out the book descriptions. Don’t freak out. πŸ™‚

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113 Responses to Lazy Sunday Open Book Thread

  1. votermom says:

    LOL at my post – the other kid had the computer do this is the best I could do. πŸ˜€

  2. HELENK says:

    beautiful drawing.

    have any of you read any books by Taylor Caldwell?

  3. HELENK says:

    just found this.
    we all wear tee shirts of some kind. why not get them from here?

  4. votermom says:

    Just saw on the costco mag – for ladies over age 40 – if you go to you can get access to Jorge Cruise diet plan.
    It’s some kind of 2days no sugar calories cycle. If my kid ever lets me back on the computer I’m gonna check it out.

  5. elliesmom says:

    I just finished “The People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. The DaVinci Code for people who like things to be more realistic.

    • votermom says:

      Looks interesting – is it good?

      • elliesmom says:

        I loved it. The main character in the book is a woman who is an expert in ancient texts. She’s asked to restore an old Jewish book, and as she’s working, she finds things in the book, like a wine spill, a cat hair, etc. Then the story moves back in time,and you find out how they got there. It’s a really good read.

        • votermom says:

          Gonna add that to my “want to read list”

        • Erica says:

          Read that one for my book club. Everybody liked it. It’s interesting the way it moves back and forward in time and we had some really great discussion about it.

  6. votermom says:

    Teresa Heinz Kerry in the hospital

  7. myiq2xu says:

    I am just finishing re-reading The Prince by Jerry Pournelle. Before that I knocked out 4 Jack Reacher novels and re-read the Lisbeth Salander trilogy.

  8. piper says:

    Another author that I like is Ken Bruen who wrote the Jack Taylor series set in Ireland.

    • votermom says:

      Oh, oh oh — that was made into a tv series ( mentioned in the costco mag I got today – they sell the dvds) and it’s on netflix!

      I want to watch the tv series Miss Fisher’s Mysteries which is based on the Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood but netflix doesn’t have it. I think my lib might though.

      • piper says:

        Like the Miss Fisher mysteries which are being televised on PBS here in Wisconsin.
        BTW – like your child’s colorful drawing.

  9. Cool picture by your kid.

    Funny about your reading. We’re on the same track. Perusing at the library last week I found Imogen Robertson’s latest, Island of Bones. The inside cover mentioned Scotland, the 18th century, and a mysterious body found in a sarcophagus. SOLD! says I, and picked it up. Tore through it. Well done, I thought, despite a nasty over-reliance on similes. We all have our crutches, I suppose. Anyway, it was a sort of Sherlock Holmes, set in an earlier time, with Dr. Watson cast as a female. What a lovely idea!

    So it turns out this is the third in her serious of Gabriel Crowther (Sherlock Holmes type) -Mrs. Harriet Westerman (Dr. Watson type) historical mysteries. Picked up the first one, Instruments of Darkness, yesterday and am about 1/3 of the way through now. Got the second volume, Anatomy of Murder, being sent to my local branch any day now.

    • votermom says:

      That series sounds like just my poison! I have to check it out.

    • Lulu says:

      Me too. I like historical mysteries. I am waiting on the latest Michael Jecks Templar mystery series.

    • Start with the first one. It’s much easier to “get into.” The third one starts out kinda rocky because she has to explain SO much for people who haven’t read the first two (and bless her for doing so, since I started there, lol!). The woman has a gift for layered narrative, though. I will say that.

    • Somebody says:

      Lola thanks for the tip on the books. I love mysteries and historical novels!

      I will check out some of the other books mentioned that I haven’t read yet. I need to evernote this thread so I can find the list of books later. I don’t have time to read right now with everything that’s going on in my life, but it will all slow down soon enough and when it does pouring myself into some good books sounds wonderful.

      VM I love the picture.

      • Glad I could help. I hear you on the reading thing. The only reason I have the time is because it’s summer and they only let me teach two classes in the summer. Come mid-August, assuming the Obamacare announcement has softened things at my college, it’ll be back to the grindstone.

  10. insanelysane says:

    I am listening to a Jack Reacher called ” Killing Floor” , by Lee Child. Just finished The Enemy ( also JR).

    Also, slogging thru Ken Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth“. It’s a long one so I take breaks from it to read other stuff.

    • elliesmom says:

      I was reading “Pillars” on a visit to Savannah. I happened into the Cathedral of St. John with it sticking out of my backpack and was treated to an architectural tour comparing the cathedral in the book to the one I was standing in. One of the highlights of my trip. That and seeing the Lady Chablis of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” fame perform.

      • Oh, hell yes! Green with envy. Would have loved to have met the Lady Chablis. MitGoGaE is one of my all-time favorite modern books. A trip to Savannah is still on my bucket list because of it.

    • wmcb says:

      I adored Pillars. One of my favorite books ever. Another all-time love is A Prayer For Owen Meany.

      • leslie says:

        Prayer for Owen Meany was so hard for me to get through. I tried at least 3 times. But the 4th time I couldn’t put it down. It was one of my mom’s favorite books. She read all the time.

  11. DandyTiger says:

    Great references. I love historical mysteries so will try them out. Loved Edith Pargeter‘s Brother Cadfael series.

  12. leslie says:

    When I’m not looking at quartz and remodeling articles, I’m trying to read a book called “The Doomsday Key” and I can’t even find it at the moment to tell you who the author is. It begins with murders and seems to be more political. But I won’t pick it up again until the kitchenquestions are resolved.
    I”ll tryto remember “People of the Book”. for future reading.

      • leslie says:

        Yes… That’s the book.I bought it on my nook because it was inexpensive and sounded like a mindless book for my commute. Have you read it?

        I just returned from another clearing of the kitchen and it is 85 degs, high humidity, no breeze and no AC. I’m nearly undone. It’ll be a long shower for me tonight.

        • votermom says:

          No, haven’t read it. My mindless books tend to be historical romances or urban fantasies. Thrillers I tend to watch instead (kaboom! ratatatatat … suspenseful music … BOOM! aaaarrrrggh!!)

        • leslie says:

          Sounds good! I’d like to see it but I feel i’m living it right now….lol

      • wmcb says:

        For a minute there I thought you were speaking of Connie Willis’ Doomsday. That was part of her WWII time travel series, and was really good.

    • HELENK says:

      forgot to mention downstairs
      think about getting some tempered glass cutting boards. you can get them with all kinds of designs that look like stained glass pictures. they are about $15. I have them on either side of my sink and on either side of my stove. just pick them up and run under water and they are clean. and they look good

      • leslie says:

        Thanks, Helen. I have a beautiful tempered glass board that I gave to my mom before she passed away. I plan to use it on my white quartz counter as soon as I have my kitchen. (The last time I did this it was in 1981 and we were without a real kitchen from memorial day until the day after thanksgiving. I had a house with room. Now, I have a small condo and no room). You should see it. The computer is in the living room right next to the microwave because I have only 2 elec outlets and can’t reach the second one because the room is completely loaded w/ kitchen stuff. Light fixtures adorn the couch along with faucets and blankets for padding. lol.

  13. Lulu says:

    I am reading The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama. It was a dollar at the used bookstore I frequent in Austin. I know next to nothing about the Dutch and it is one of his usual interesting older early books.

  14. One of you lovely ladies recently-ish recommended The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by GB Edwards, which I adored.

    Also recently really enjoyed Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (also author of a terrific mystery/crime series)

    Transatlantic by Colum McCann

    Pacific by Tom Drury (really good but read his End of Vandalism first)

    A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel

    Arcadia by Lauren Groff

    The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferranti. Also unforgettable by the same author is My Brilliant Friend (first of a planned 2-novel series, it is remarkably good.

  15. mothy67 says:

    Reading the entire Harry Potter series with a six year old girl. She reads the first pages of each chapter and then I take over. Kid wakes me up in the middle of the night to read more. Incredible listening to her speculate about where the story is going. Broke her colar bone so summer activities are limited. Her idea to read to pass the time.

  16. insanelysane says:

    Amazing a 6 yr old can read that well. Very impressive. I was reading
    “Dick Meets Jane” at age 6.

  17. I also finished a strange little book a couple of weeks ago called The Monster of Florence, by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi. It’s got Hannibal connections, too. Here’s my review from Goodreads:

    I really, really liked this book. It’s the true story of a long-unsolved murder mystery in Florence, Italy, and we never do find out who the actual murderer is, though we get some clues. The story is really more about the completely inept political habits of Florence authorities, and how the author, and a local reporter who’d covered the story for 20 years, got tangled up in the investigation. Really, really interesting reading for both mystery lovers and historical lovers alike. I was sad to finish this one.

  18. wmcb says:

    Let’s see, in the last few days I read The Last Centurion by John Ringo. It’s military sci-fi, which is not usually my thing, but it’s funny. It’s basically a dystopia, after a plague flu and mini ice age on earth. Good.

    Also just finished Sarah Hoyt’s Darkship Thieves, and am now on the second of that series, Darkship Renegade. I like the female protaganist, and it has cool stuff about cloning and bioengineering and stuff in it.

  19. HELENK says:

    a librarian told me about this site

    type a book title or author and you will get other books you might like on the subject or by the author or other writers like the author

  20. SHV says:

    “I like the female protaganist,….”
    David Weber’s “Honor Harrington” series is Mil Sci Fi with women and telepathic cats as the “stars”.

  21. leslie says:

    One of my favorite books is “Time and Again” by Jack Finney. Some time travel, some romance, really good historical narrative and descriptions. “Pillars of the Earth” is another good book. I like reading Pat Conroy’s books, too. I’m not very cerebral. I finally gave up on “Les Miserables” at least for the time being.

  22. myiq2xu says:

    The person who wrote this is a Jerry Pournelle fan:

    You see, on the one hand: John Kerry went yachting, instead of getting involved in the Egypt none-dare-call-it-coup. On the other hand: John Kerry went yachting, instead of getting involved in the Egypt none-dare-call-it-coup. And on the gripping hand: I had and have precisely zero confidence in Susan Rice when it comes to any sort of foreign affairs involving the continent of Africa. To use the classic military formulation*: John Kerry is Stupid/Lazy; Rice is Stupid/Energetic. Which is to say: Kerry can be counted on at least to generally not deliberately go out and do something (and thus mess things up); you would have been able to count on Rice to do precisely that.

    And I have the books to prove it.

  23. HELENK says:

    having a small temper tantrum. was watching a show with the ruko on my tv. show kept stopping and freezing. I put new batteries in the remote, when out of the ruko and then back in still kept happening. the handbook said to go to so I did. told them what was happening. the get an answer they want $30. no way in hell am I going to pay that amount of money for a problem with their product.

    • leslie says:

      sounds like they learned their customer service tricks from comcast.

    • lyn says:

      Go to settings to see if there is a software update. Also, you could try resetting it. I did a live chat with a Roku rep, and he was really helpful. My problem is that my old Roku won’t “work” if my computer is on.

  24. elliesmom says:

    We seem to have a problem with not everyone, ahem, doing their homework when we all try to read the same book, but this was grand tonight. I have a list of new books I want to read from people I know I share at least some interests with. I hope we do this again.

  25. mothy67 says:

    Thanks to all for the response to my post about reading Harry Potter with my grand niece. She is an exceptional child who has taught me so much. She was essentially a throw away kid. parents too immature to step up. I chose Potter because she has a very vivid imagination and I wanted to nurture that. And because it deals with some somber themes many of which are a part of her life already. I was given weeks to live in January after an emergency room visit which turned out to be ascites due to liver failure. Drs assume I contracted Hep C due to several blood transfusions in the seventies as I never participated in any of the risky behaviors. I drank but not to that extent. How doesn’t really matter though. I had planned on going out with a bang but I couldn’t do that to her. So it is 7 months later and I eat a lot of meds but I feel good. And I know it sounds corny but I feel blessed. Instead of wallowing in self pity or being dissolute I ride around in my back yard on a broomstick. The books afford me “loads” of opportunities to discuss things with my little one as well.
    Thanks again your replies made my day.

    • myiq2xu says:

      That’s terrible! I hope the prognosis was wrong. Hang in there.

      • mothy67 says:

        Plan on it. Strides are being made all the time in treatment and I have three brothers and a sister fighting over who gives me a hunk of their liver should that become my only option.
        Reminds me read a comment on an article about the Japanese growing a human liver in a mouse.
        paraphrasing but it was something like— That’s nothing. The Kenyans grew a rat inside a woman years ago.

    • votermom says:

      I didn’t know you were so sick! Now prove those doctors wrong!
      I will pray that you beat this.

  26. myiq2xu says:

    I finished The Prince. I think I’ll re-read Tim Powers’ books next,

  27. myiq2xu says:
  28. mothy67 says:

    Sorry for TMI. Like the person you make the passing statement to in a grocery store who responds by telling you his life story.
    I enjoy this site very much– read daily.

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