Saturday, December 31, 2016

#709 Reading 2016

According to Business Insider, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the most famous book set in Missouri.

Having already read that one some time ago, I opted to read these more recent Missouri books and loved each one.
  • Mrs Grant and Madame Jule (2015) by Jennifer Chiaverini. 
  • Bettyville (2015) by George Hodgman.  
  • The Whole Town’s Talking (2016) by Fannie Flagg. 
In addition to books about Missouri, I also find myself reading literary adventures, books about books and booksellers.  According to Katarina Bivald, "you've got to be something of a dreamer to enjoy books."  She may be right.  These are my favorite literary adventures in 2016.
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (2014) by Gabrielle Zevin 
  • 84 Charing Cross Road (1970) by Helene Hanff  
  • The Little Paris Bookshop (2013) by Nina George 
  • The Red Notebook (2014) by Antoine Laurain
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (2013) by Katarina Bivald
  • The Bookman’s Tale (2013) by Charlie Lovett
  • First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen (2014) by Charlie Lovett

Some books aren't categorized so easily, but I love them all the same.  Well, maybe I love that last one just a little bit more.   

  • The Revolving Door of Life (2016) by Alexander McCall Smith. 
  • Underneath the Lintel (2001) by Glen Berger.
  • An Ideal Husband (1895) by Oscar Wilde.
  • Love and Friendship: in Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon is Entirely Vindicated (2016) by Whit Stillman.
  • Eligible (2016) by Curtis Sittenfeld, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Book #4 of the Austen Project.
  • Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings (2015) by Matthew Burgess.
  • Britt-Marie Was Here (2016) by Fredrik Backman.
  • The President’s Hat (2012) by Antoine Laurain.  
  • All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr - my 2016 favorite!

Yours in reading,

Sunday, December 25, 2016

#708 Drama 2016

We witnessed plenty of drama in 2016 and a lot of it was on the stage!

We love seeing live actors performing for an audience rather than a camera.  And in 2016, we were lucky to catch 19 live performances - more than any other year.

Yours in the theater,