Sunday, January 25, 2015

It's Burns Night - January 25

Today, January 25, is the annual celebration of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. Whether you are a fan of poetry or not, you've undoubtedly mumbled through a bit of Burns' work on New Year's Eve: Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne.

Even if you don't have any haggis on hand for supper, perhaps tonight you can nonetheless pour yourself a drop of whisky, download the Robert Burns app, and read a bit of poetry.

A Red, Red Rose
Robert Burns

O, my luve is like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June;
O, my luve is like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only luve,
And fare thee well a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Recommended Reading: The Secret Place by Tana French

Looking for a good book for the weekend? Check out The Secret Place, another tale of the Dublin Murder Squad from Tana French.

In this outing, a new clue to an old murder falls into the hands of Dublin Detective Stephen Moran. The murder in question occurred on the grounds of St. Kilda's, an elite boarding school for girls; the victim was a 16-year old boy from a neighboring elite school for boys. Moran, who feels his career is stuck in the Cold Case squad, sees the clue as an opportunity to showcase his skills and possibly join the Murder Squad. The lead Murder Squad detective on the case, Antoinette Conway, sees the clue as an opportunity to solve the high profile case that is haunting her career. The pair have one day at St. Kilda's to effectively use the new information and crack the case open. Are the two detectives as wily as the teenagers they have to question?

The Secret Place is an entertaining read and my favorite Tana French book to date.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Books

The January 19 edition of The New Yorker briefly reviews several intriguing books: Sophia by Anita Anand, The Seventh Day be Yu Hua, and Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet.

I am going to check out all three, starting with Sophia, the biography of Sophia Duleep Singh. Sing, born in 1876, was the daughter of the last maharaja of the Punjab. According to The New Yorker's description of the book, Sing "was a trendsetter in everything from clothes to dog training. But by her early thirties she had joined the suffragettes, and she became a key figure in the movement." It sounds like an interesting life and I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A "meow" moment from Amazon?

Catty or informative? "This price was set by the publisher."

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Shopping for Books

A cherry pie with lattice crust sitting on a sunny table
Have another slice of holiday pie while you do some cyber shopping.

Yes, this season we'll be buying books at our local, independent bookstores. And for those of us who buy lots of books, it is also nice to have this deal right now from Amazon: Use the code HOLIDAY30 to get 30% off a print book (up to $10; one use per account).

Amazon's terms and conditions page says, "offer good while supplies last." Have to say, that sounds sort of ominous for readers!!

What am I buying with my coupon? All About Braising by Molly Stevens.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

From A Great Collection of Love Stories.

I just found this excellent 2013 post from Half Price Books: 50 Greatest Love Stories Ever Told (in a book). This is a terrific collection. Some of my favorites on the list are Water for Elephants, The History of Love, Atonement, The Fault in our Stars, and Bel Canto. Others I read long ago, like The Thorn Birds and Anna Karenina; perhaps I should read some of them again.

How many of these books have you read? What are your favorites? Join the Facebook group and let us know!

Thanks to Half Price Books for creating this list.