Thursday, March 24, 2022

BWB Reading Challenge 2022 - March Selection

The reading challenge for March is  "Chilling True Crime".

As I have mentioned before,  though my favorite genre deals with fictional crime (mysteries, police procedurals, etc.), I'm not usually a fan of True Crime. So when looking for a book for this challenge I turned to an author I like, Erik Larson.  I loved The Devil In The White City so I turned to another Larson true crime and history book:

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
Audiobook narrated by Bob Balaban

Larson's website describes the book as "the saga of how the lives of the inventor of wireless and of Britain’s second most famous murderer (after Jack the Ripper) intersected during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time."


For mystery lovers like me, I just finished listening to Mania by L.J. Ross, narrated by Richard Armitage.  So many twists and turns in this story, I have to listen to it again soon to capture all the details.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

BWB Reading Challenge 2022 - February



My book for February is an audiobook, Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor, narrated by Caroline Lennon.

I'm enjoying this cozy mystery, especially all the marvelous Irish names and the narrator's Irish accent.

The book challenge for this month was/is  "Treat Yourself Reads" and  I selected my favorite genre, Mysteries and Thrillers.   I will confess that the Carlene O'Connor mystery I selected is also the pick of one of my book clubs.   I'm 90% done with the book and need to return it to the library by end of Feb 27.

I haven't selected my March book yet (Chilling True Crime).


Thursday, January 20, 2022

New Year - New Reading Challenge: Better World Books 2022 Reading Challenge and My January Selection

 Sean Bean in Equilibrium - photo from Fanzone50

In December I started contemplating taking up a new reading challenge for 2022.  I liked the Better World Books reading challenge the best.

This is not a strictly audiobook challenge like other challenges I've attempted.  As an audiobook lover I plan to do both printed books an audiobooks depending on the book I select for the month's challenge.

Better World Books (BWB) also has a Facebook page for this reading challenge and I like the idea of sharing comments with my fellow challenge participants.  
I'm still a member of three different book clubs (all still online 💖).  Part of last year I was a member of four book clubs, but I dropped one for this year. Though I enjoyed all the book clubs, two monthly ones were a bit too much for me. One monthly I can handle. Two hefty books a month, plus my other "two chapters a week" clubs left me no time to read/listen to books of my own selection.  (Plus I still have other chores of life I have to do, even if now retired.)

What does BWB consider History Retold for January?  " Historical fiction, memoirs, or any retelling of a historical event or time in history. "

I've selected two audiobooks for this challenge:

I'm finishing this one today, have one hour to go.


A book a friend recommended a few years ago, and I've had it "resting" in my Audible library since then.

Why two?  I was already listening to the Poe one, but didn't think of it when I posted Educated: A Memoir as my Jan selection on the BWB Challenge FB page. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Stay Close by Harlan Coben and Netflix Book Club with Richard Armitage

Photo from Harlan Coben and Netflix 

What a great idea from Netflix.  To have a book club for their book-to-series "original" streaming offering.

Discovered the Book Club because of Stay Close series starring Richard Armitage, Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt, Jo Joyner and others, from the book by Harlan Coben.

Uzo Aduba is a charming and well prepared host and guide for the book club.  She had a very easy rapport with the author, Harlan Coben, and with series star Richard Armitage.  


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