Monday, November 13, 2017

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?


What a week... brutal, bone-chilling cold (the kind usually reserved for the dead of winter) and snow. Perfect weather to stay indoors and read - especially good timing since it's Nonfiction November!


Finished this week//

by Anne Bogel

You might know Anne Bogel from her blog (Modern Mrs. Darcy) or podcast, but I was a little slow making that association. Personality typing and theories of personality have always interested me, so I literally devoured this short book... and, of course, took another free online typing in the process. Highly recommended, especially if you're into reading about psychology, interpersonal relations, and the like.




by Annie Spence
I loved this book! The audio version, narrated by Stephanie Spicer, is amazing. Review coming soon.



Current reading//


by Jessica Bruder
At the halfway mark, this is not what I was expecting... but it is completely fascinating, and a little scary, too.



Listening to//


Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

I picked this up because Tina recommended it...and because I love wine. So far I'm enjoying the conversational tone and have already learned a thing or two. The audio version is read by the author.



Up next//
It's hard to say... Nonfiction November is adding to my tbr list by the hour!


On the blog//
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Nonfiction November, Week 2: Book Pairings
The Sunday Salon: Hello, November

How was your week? What are you reading?


This post will link to It's Monday, What Are You Reading?  hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

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46 comments:

  1. JoAnn, I'm adding both Dear Fahrenheit 451 and Nomadland to my list; I've been hearing so many great things about those two. Thanks for the recommendations! I hope your week is off to a great start!

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    1. Tara - Books about books don't get much better than Dear Fahrenheit 451, and Nomadland has been eye-opening to say the least!

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  2. I just finished Dear Fahrenheit (the e-book version) and loved it too! Delightful and funny!

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    1. Sarah - It's definitely one of the best books about books I've read in a long time!

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  3. I am terested in Dear Fahrenheit. I'm glad to know you loved it. I'm adding it to my list! Also I've come across Mrs. Darcy's blog once in awhile and was happy to recognize it. I'm going to check out her book and your typing link. It's been a long time since I've taken personality tests. I think it's time for a refresher! Stay warm and have a great week JoAnn.

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    1. Pat - It was fun to do the personality test again... it had been a while for me, too. I've added Anne Bogel's podcast to my list, too.

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  4. I really want to read Fahrenheit 451 and am happy to know you liked the audio version. I may go that route on it. Glad to hear that you're enjoying Nomadland. It really is a whole other world. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Susie - I thought the narrator was perfect for Dear Fahrenheit 451! She definitely added to my overall experience with the book. Nomadland continues to amaze me... definitely another world.

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  5. All new to me and all an interesting mix of reads. Enjoy them all.

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    1. Mystica - I've learned about most of these books though other bloggers' Nonfiction November posts. My list of books is exploding!

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  6. Normally, not a reader of non-fiction, but Dear Farenheit 451 just may go on the TBR pile.

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    1. Nise' - I've had such a slumpy reading year and nonfiction has really pulled me through. Dear Fahrenheit 451 was excellent!

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  7. I do love the look of these books...especially Dear Fahrenheit 451 and Nomadland. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Have a great week!

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - I've enjoyed quite a few off-beat nonfiction titles this year... they're both fun and have taught me a thing or two.

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  8. Nice variety of books. I'm trying hard to read from TBR mountain to get it to a more manageable size. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - It's about time for me to tackle the out-of-control tbr pile, too. Might make that a priority for 2018.

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  9. It seems like you read some interesting books. Nomadland looks particularly interesting. I saw Jesica Bruder on Book TV and the appearance really made me want to read this.

    It finally got cold here on Long Island. I am still hoping for a mild winter.

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    1. Brian Joseph - Wish I'd seen Bruder on BookTV...will see if I can find a link to the interview. I'll bet she had some interesting things to say!

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  10. I am so thankful that we're going to miss that bone-chilling kind of weather this year (and hopefully, from here on out!). We have been experiencing a lot of rain (and wind!), but it's Oregon and we expect it in the winter so no complaints from us.

    Dear Fahrenheit 451 sounds like a winner. Adding it to my list, along with Nomadland and Cork Dork.

    I got inspired this past week to re-read some of my favorite nonfiction books from 1996. A few have been just as good as when I read them for the first time, but one was a disappointment and I found myself wondering why I gave it a 5-star rating the first time around.

    Have a great week, JoAnn. When are you heading south?

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    1. Les - It's snowing again today, but I'm hoping this will be the end of that bitter cold for me, too! The last of the equipment will be removed from the office this month, and we plan to head south after Thanksgiving... then we'll fly back up again for a couple of weeks at Christmas. I'm sure the Oregon winter will be much easier than what you've been used to in Nebraska!

      Dear Fahrenheit 451 is definitely a winner - one of the best books about books I've come across in a long time. I thought Nomadland was going to be about happy retirees traveling the country, but it's actually quite a bit heavier and scarier than that.

      Hope you post about your rereading experiences. There are so many books that I loved but am afraid to read again.... what if they don't live up to my memories? I would like to do more rereading though, starting with some assigned high school titles. I'm sure I missed the point with many of them!

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  11. I have the audiobook of Reading People and put a purchase request for Nomadland at my library.

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    1. Vicki - I hope Reading People is just as good on audio. There were a few charts you might want to take a look at in a print copy if you can find one. Nomadland is eye-opening to say the least!

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  12. Oh no, that cold already? Yikes. Starting to cool off here too but not too bad yet.

    Nomadland does look fascinating, I may have to read it.

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    1. Greg - Cold weather hit with a vengeance last week! It's still snowing today, but temps are at least closer to freezing... still too cold for me though! Nomadland is fascinating read.

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  13. Nomadland and Dear Fahrenheit are both on my radar! Keep warm and cuddle up with these great reads!

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    1. Iliana - My SmartWool socks, a thick afghan, and a cup of tea made me very happy this weekend :)

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  14. I'm putting Reading People on my wishlist. Come see what I'm reading this week.

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    1. Pussreboots - Reading People is really interesting. Hope you get a chance to read it.

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  15. It’s my ongoing dilemma about rarely reading nonfiction. But...those covers really make those books look interesting.

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    1. Patty - Have a feeling I'll be back to fiction after I finish this current batch of books.

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  16. My comment was eaten! I wrote you a day or so ago but I must not have hot submit. Anyway.....thanks for the mention about Cork Dork, I hope you enjoy it. Nomadland is high on my list and I may try audible this time. Yikes - you have cold weather!!!

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    1. Tina - I'm only on chapter 4, but really enjoying Cork Dork. Just requested the print copy from the library and will make it a read/listen combo as soon as I finish Nomadland. We're up to the 40s today, so the weather is a little more seasonable. I'd definitely rather be in Florida now!

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  17. It has also turned bitterly cold here in the UK too! I am currently reading historical fiction The Shadow Queen by Anne O'Brien and non-fiction Crazy Busy by Kevin Deyoung. Happy reading and stay warm!

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    1. Jessica - I listened to Crazy Busy quite a few years ago, but sadly don't remember a lot about it. Hope you're having a good week :)

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  18. Reading “The Last Castle” (Biltmore House). Interesting time period, very well researched. So far, moving slowly, but I won’t give up quickly on this one, primarily because of the subject and its location. I’m primarily interested in reading about the last 50-75 years and the current owner(s). Will keep you posted.

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    1. JudyMac - That would be one I'd hate to give up on, too. Had a feeling it might be slow-moving... will be very interest to hear whether it picks up.

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  19. I really enjoyed both Cork Dork and Dear Fahrenheit 451, but I didn't listen to the audiobooks. I'm not surprised to hear they're good that way though! I thought both were written in a really personable way and I'm sure that could come across well with a good narrator.

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    1. Doing Dewey - That type of nonfiction translates so well to audio. A good narrator makes a world of difference, too!

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  20. I tend to really like books that integrate bookish stuff into them. These all look good. Dear Fahrenheit 451 looks particularly good. I will try to get to it within the next few months or so.

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    1. Brian Joseph - Books about books are among my favorites, too. I like the Dear Fahrenheit 451 had a slightly snark, irreverent tone... it was fun.

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  21. I haven't heard of Cork Dork but Dear Fahrenheit 451 just came home from the library with me yesterday. I have read the others you mentioned; in fact just did a reread of 84 Charing Cross Road, then went on to The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, Q's Legacy and Letter from New York all by Helene Haniff. I don't normally listen to audio books, just once in awhile.

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    1. Joyce F - It's time for me to go on a Helene Haniff rereading binge!

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  22. Is it still freezing there? It's full on winter here now. November always gets us. I'm on the wait list for Nomadland at the library. Are these people surviving?!

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    1. Susan - We warmed up a little during the week, in the 40s a couple of days. Looking for a round of lake effect snow/ice later this weekend. Whether these people are surviving depends on your definition of the word... certainly not an easy, or especially secure life. Hope to finish the book today.

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  23. Snow? I'm not sure I could handle that! It's my version of cold here but I don't think most people consider it particularly awful. I love Anne Bogel so I'm really looking forward to Reading People and Dear Fahrenheit 451 looks fantastic!

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    1. Katherine - Yes, snow... and we're just beginning a winter storm tonight - yuck! I've just subscribed to Anne Bogel's podcast. Hope you enjoy her book and Dear Fahrenheit 451, too.

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