Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Killers of the Flower Moon

This has been the hot book of Tulsa this summer. Probably the most butchered title also. As a librarian, I have gotten really good at figuring out that our customers wanted this book when they ask for "Flower Killers," "Moon Flowers," or "Flower Killer Moon."

"Killers of the Flower Moon" is the story of Osage Indians being murdered for mineral rights or headrights in Oklahoma. However, the story is deeper and darker then that. It's about white man's greed, systematic injustice towards the Osage, and the lack of justice. It's also about the beginning of the FBI and how Hoover parlayed the agents' case into a national spotlight on the burgeoning FBI.

This was right in my wheelhouse as it was a great combination of true crime and history. Add to that description it happened not far from where I currently live and it definitely felt like history was close enough to touch.

Recommended if you enjoy true crime, history...I would recommend this to anyone. Toss it in their hand and say, "You must read this. We must do better than our history."

Monday, April 17, 2017

First "Did Not Finish"

I have had my first DNF (did not finish) of the year. Sadly, it's for a book club I'm doing with some friends from work. Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough has an awesome cover and an intriguing synopsis.
Unfortunately, it takes two chapters to actually start the book. Chapter one is all italics and chapter two was newspaper articles. The first person narrative just added to the sense that this was not a book for me.

Also, the lead character is a police surgeon who is an insomniac with anxiety problems. I'm pretty sure this is the basis of at least three-fourths of the current spate of detective/pathologist/forensic anthropologist series out there. Life's too short to read something I'm going to roll my eyes at every five pages.

I finally finished Under the March Sun by Charles Fountain. This was for the PopSugar 2017 challenge for "A book with a month or day of the week in the title." The early history of spring training-how and why training came to be was very interesting. Early days as teams moved around and the challenge for African American players in the south during the late 40's onward was very interesting. By the end of the book, I was really over business deals, moves, and trying to keep everything straight!

However, if you're a huge baseball fan, I would recommend this one.

 Up next in my reading list is to finish reading The Highway Kind and I'm going to delve into the second Tearling book. I have to admit this is one of my favorite times of the year. I turn on the TV to my ball game and pick up my current read.

Where are you reading these days?

Friday, March 24, 2017

ARC Review

I recently found myself between holds, waiting for something to come in to read. So I grabbed an ARC off of my shelf to fill the time.

I have several ARC's acquired through LibraryThing dating back to 2014. Oops. Bad reviewer!

The ARC I grabbed was Kim Zupan's The Ploughmen. This book was sent to me the summer of 2014 and was released on August 1st, 2014. The good news-this is still a fantastic book and something to definitely consider reading while waiting for new releases at the library.

I created a new shelf on GoodReads for this one entitled "Regional Noir." This shelf is for those wonderful gritty, hard boiled reads that make you feel the region that they are set in.

At the heart of the novel, is two men waiting. One is an old man, a killer, on trial. The other is a young deputy who's life is falling apart. As the men sit and talk in the dark of night, confidences are shared and the silences are marked together. It's a wonderful ode to the late night conversations between strangers of sorts, to insomnia, and life falling apart and ending.

I would definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for something outside of what they normally read. For the ones waiting on new releases but temporarily out of reading material.

**** Stars

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Queen of the Tearling

First book of 2017!

I'm working on PopSugar's 2017 Reading List and this is the first prompt: read a book recommended by a librarian. Well, at least three librarians I know love this book and it's been on my radar for a while.

I finished this Thursday and still find myself thinking about the book and Kelsea. I'm looking forward to book 2 and expect myself to cave and read it soon!

I've got three books I'm currently working on: The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads edited by Patrick Millikin, Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley, and Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Rebel is for a book club that meets next Friday so I'll need to dig into this one this weekend.

I started Grace, Not Perfection at the beginning of the year but honestly just not really liking it at all. Should probably just call it DNF and send it back. Highway Kind was started Thursday night before bed and I'll probably be dipping into this for a week.

I've got my 2017 wanna reads into Goodreads and I'll have my March TBRs post up on Monday.

I have also been watching movies again. For a list of titles click here! Highlights include the documentary The Seven Five and feature films Deepwater Horizon, In a Valley of Violence, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Today, I'm going to watch Hacksaw Ridge and then take over to my mom's. I also want to get watched The Accountant, Manchester by the Sea, and Trolls.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Life Post Divorce

Those magical days/weeks/months when real life kicks your butt...
December 21st was the first anniversary of my grandma's death.
Christmas was the first one as a single person.
December 30th started getting papers to file for divorce.
February 1st filed for divorce.
February 13th divorce finalized.
I spent February 18-21st in bed, completely unable to function.

Divorce sucks-even when it's necessary.

Unfortunately, everything in my life has come to complete stop. Including reading.

However, things are starting to pick back up and...

Good news-I finally finished my first book of the year! I'll get a review up tomorrow.

Here's to more reading and more blogging!

Killers of the Flower Moon

This has been the hot book of Tulsa this summer. Probably the most butchered title also. As a librarian, I have gotten really good at figuri...