29 November 2012

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts 4

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.

Print Books

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.

What's on your read, watch, listen, or review list?


Orisi 11/29/12, 7:09 AM  

I've got so many everything on so many lists lol.

On my 'To Watch' list I've got 'cowboys and aliens', 'sleeping beauty'(Not the Disney version) 'the red shoes' and 'Fargo'.
I'm currently reading 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince', and 'World War Z', and next on my list is 'HP and the Deathly Hallows' and 37 others, haha!

I'm currently working my way through 'That 70s show' very very slowly...

Daryl 11/29/12, 7:56 AM  

awesome ...

Caleb Carr - must check this one out, i loved his 1st 2 books .. Blue Bloods is ok, its not great we've been watching since it premiered .. gets a little too formulamatic for me but still Tom Selleck, ya know. i am really enjoying Nashville, the soapier the better .. i still miss All My Children .. so there, I said it .. I am a former Daytime Soap watcher ...

thanks as always for such wonderful peeks into a lot of good reading

Nan 11/29/12, 8:35 AM  

I've just downloaded The Alienist from the state library. A friend recommended it years ago, and another friend raved about it just last week so I thought it was time I try it.

I love Blue Bloods, but have you heard about all the flack going on now about Jennifer Esposito? More here:


I just read about another Eve Bunting book on Alex' blog!


Unknown 11/29/12, 9:20 AM  

I'm reading books I own, so right now it's Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, so enjoying it! I love Southern fiction. I just finished listening to The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Joshilyn Jackson, she is amazing in print and audio. Next two up are Defending Jacob in print and Killing Kennedy in audio. My TBR stack runneth over...as do most of my friends...ha ha.

Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams 11/29/12, 9:46 AM  

I just finished On the Map and it was utterly fascinating. And I loved Alibis.

Just started Fahrenheit 451, and the TBR stacks are huge, as always.

bermudaonion 11/29/12, 11:13 AM  

Twitch Upon a Star really appeals to me!

Julie P. 11/29/12, 11:54 AM  

I wish I were this organized with my reading and t.v. watching! I'm flying by the seat of my pants right now.

Heather M. 11/29/12, 5:26 PM  

Im a huge fan of Blue Bloods, have been watching since it started. Enjoy the family dynamics and the storylines. It's my new L&O, only with more character development.

JoAnn 11/29/12, 8:11 PM  

I really need to get to the Follett books - just know I will love them. My biggest decision is whether to read or listen...

Anonymous,  11/29/12, 10:47 PM  

I imagine your rum running uncle had quite a few sotries who coulda told! He would've made a fascinating oral history project.

Carrie K. 11/30/12, 12:14 AM  

We love Blue Bloods! I love that it's honest and gritty and yet the family dynamic is so strong. Good stuff.

David Abrams 11/30/12, 7:04 AM  

You've got some great, eclectic choices here. Philbrick's "Mayflower" was one of the few audiobooks I've ever listened to, and it was great! Maybe I'll revisit it in print next year for Thanksgiving.

"Life Among Giants" is certainly in my TBR pile....but up next--after I finish the three I'm currently reading ("Brain on Fire" by Susannah Cahalan, "The Liberator" by Alex Kershaw," and "Back to Blood" by Tom Wolfe)--I plan to read "Misfit" by Adam Braver (a fictional reimagining of Marilyn Monroe's last weekend--Braver never disappoints, so I'm sure it will be good), "Falling to Earth" by Kate Southwood (one man is left unharmed when a tornado rips through his small town in the 1930s--fascinating topic!) and a book called "Hollywood Unknowns—A History of Extras, Bit Players, and Stand-Ins" by Anthony Slide (for research purposes as I work on my next novel, which is about a stuntman in 1940s Hollywood).

Jenners 11/30/12, 8:53 PM  

Audios that are 60+ hours will cut into your listening time. I don't know if I could stick with any book that long!

Booksnyc 12/1/12, 7:12 PM  

I really like Blue Bloods especially Tom Selleck's character.

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