FF: While Awaiting

Tepary Beans Read

Every audiobook I tried to request from the library was out, so I went back to some old favorites.  Each book has had a different reader, which has been a little unsettling.

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Do you have different “summer reads” than the rest of the year?

Recently Completed:

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall.

Have Sword Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams.  Audiobook.  Great fun.

Monk’s Hood by Ellis Peters.  Audiobook.  A Brother Cadfael novella. Re-read.

St. Peter’s Fair by Ellis Peters.  Audiobook.  Re-read.

In Progress:

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling.  I’m up to “How Fear Came.”

Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land  by Gary Paul Nabhan.  Just starting.

Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney.  Interesting with lots of details not only about Edwardian servants, but how their lives compared to those of their Victorian counterparts.

The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters.  Audiobook.  Re-read.


Bouncing between various magazines.

9 Responses to “FF: While Awaiting”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I live in South Florida so my reading, like the weather, stays pretty much the same. I am reading Forest Mage by Robin Hobb and, for variety, Cat In A Red Hot Rage: A Midnight Louie mystery by Carole Nelson Douglas.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Finished 1st 3 “Rivers of London” books in re-read. 2 more to go, plus reading book 6 for the first time. Book 7 should be out in paperback later this year. Not sure if I want to pick up the comic books as part of my reading or not.

    Acquired 3 more books to read. Not sure if I’ll read them in between the “Rivers” series, or after:

    City, by Clifford D Simak – published in 1952 but new to me; a fix-up novel of 6 short stories, which I picked up because someone mentioned the story “Huddling Place” online and I was curious. (Library copy)

    Witch Is When It Began, by Adele Abbott – 1st in the “Witch Is When…” series. Alan Robson mentioned it in his “What I Red On My Hols” website, it seemed interesting, and since the first book was available on Kindle for 99 cents, I decided to take a chance.

    A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab – book 1 of a trilogy; I’ve been toying with picking up this book for a while, but then tor.com decided to give the ebook away for free this week so I picked it up. It’s free on tor.com’s website until June 16 (Saturday)

  3. CBI Says:

    A have long liked the Brother Cadfael series, but it’s been years since I’ve read one. Hope you’re finding them enjoyable.

    Washington’s Crossing bye David Hackett Fisher (audiobook). Highly recommended. Gives good background on the participants on all sides (especially from recently discovered diaries by Hessian soldiers), and puts the winter of 1776-1777 in context of the greater American Revolution. Well done.

    Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia. Second in the series. I think that Correia’s writing is improved in book two. I’m looking forward to book three (but will wait until my wife buys it instead of going on ahead! 🙂 ).

    In progress:
    Metamorphoses by Ovid (A.S. Kline, translator). I’ve read bits and pieces over the years, but don’t recall ever reading the whole thing.

    On Liberty by John Stuart Mill. Another “bits and pieces but never the whole thing” book. I’ve come to realize over the past decade how incomplete my college education was, and am trying to correct that. Not very systematically yet.

    Phantastes by George Macdonald (reread). A classic. He had written one of the fairy tales in a book I read week or two ago, and so I was moved to reread this one.

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson (audiobook). Just getting started on this as a two/from work audiobook.

    • janelindskold Says:

      For once — except for the Correia — I overlap you. I went and checked my reading log, and I HAD read (or actually listened to as a audio) Washington’s Crossing. I agree with your high recommendation. I liked the Franklin bio. I read “On Liberty” in college, so I’ve pretty much forgetten it.

      I love George Macdonald’s THE PRINCESS AND CURDIE and THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLINS. Possibly because of those neither his PHANTASTES or LILTH did as much for me, although I liked them enough to keep copies.

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