Stacked-Up Book Thoughts are my random notes about books I've read, movies I've watched, books I'm looking forward to, and events I hope to get to.
It's hard to believe, but I haven't listened to many audiobooks since my last update. I blame it on the two Follett books, which together ran for more than 60 hours. I listened to and reviewed The Turning by Francine Prose and Ancient Light by John Banville for AudioFile magazine. I'm currently listening to The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr, which is historical fiction, fantasy, and alternate history all rolled into one. It takes place in Europe in the 700s and I'm loving it. Good thing because the audio is 30+ hours long.
Over at the SheKnows Book Lounge, I featured three great audiobooks that tie in to a Thanksgiving theme.
I'm in the middle of two print books, and they're very different from each other. Tell me, how could you resist a middle grade book titled The Pirate Captain's Daughter (by Eve Bunting)? Especially when the first sentence is this: "I always knew my father was a pirate and I always knew I wanted to be one too." Look for a review soon. The other is a kind of mystery, The Life of Giants by Bill Roorbach. It's a great read that pushes the boundaries of the genre. For more, tune in tomorrow.
My most recent "Armchair Travels" column for the SheKnows Book Lounge focused on colonial America and includes suggestions for the whole family. Besides Thanksgiving cozy mysteries, I also featured fascinating new biographies and memoirs.
Movies and TV
As I mentioned last time, Sunday night on TV is crazy. Why does everything good have to be on one night? I think I already mentioned that we watch Boardwalk Empire. I love the Prohibition era, maybe because one of my great-uncles served time in Leavenworth after being caught for rum running. I sure wish I had asked him more questions about his wild life. On Wednesdays, we've been watching Nashville. The music is good and the plot is okay. If it veers too much into a nighttime soap opera, we'll likely drop it. On DVD we're watching season 1 of Blue Bloods. It has a great cast, headed by Tom Selleck.
In the Stacks
Eclectic describes the three books at the top of my stacks this week. First is Alibis, which is more than your usual travel writing. You'll see this on a Imprint Friday in a couple of weeks. Still on the wanderlust theme, is Simon Garfield's On the Map, which is all about, well, maps. I love maps and this looks to be a fascinating read. The third is the latest Harry Bosch mystery by Michael Connelly, The Black Box. You know you can't go wrong with Connelly.