Where in the world are you reading? (3)

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Where in the world are you reading? (3)

12wonderY
tammikuu 3, 2023, 10:57 am

New year, new thread.

I've spent the last week in North Stonefield, Connecticut. It's a fairly dour and un-Christian population of residents, with a few notable exceptions - Grandma Griswold and Aunt Mariana, and probably Aunt Martha too, though she gets no page time, always doing the work in the background. Grandma Called It Carnal.

2fuzzi
tammikuu 3, 2023, 1:44 pm

I'm in 1918 Devon, with a young schoolmaster in To Serve Them All My Days.

3gmathis
Muokkaaja: tammikuu 7, 2023, 8:44 am

>2 fuzzi: That was one of my favorite Delderfield novels. Did you ever try the series that began with God is an Englishman?

I'm on Yorkshire veterinary immersion: reading All Creatures Great and Small, as well as bingeing my way through the original BBC series from the 70's.

4MrsLee
tammikuu 6, 2023, 6:54 pm

I'm reading The Complete Ghost Stories of M.R. James. Giving myself the creeps, reading one each day just before bedtime. Some of them feel campy, some give the impression that the author was tired of them and just stopped writing (although I get the feeling he believed in letting the reader's imagination finish the story), and some are chilling to the bones.

5fuzzi
tammikuu 7, 2023, 8:57 pm

>3 gmathis: I read the Horseman Riding By series many years ago, loved it. I tried to read God is an Englishman but didn't get very far.

But I'm loving To Serve Them All My Days! It was my mother's favorite Delderfield.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Herriot series, both books and television. There's several books about a vet written by Joyce Stranger that you'd probably like, starting with Vet on Call.

6gmathis
tammikuu 27, 2023, 10:35 am

Rome and Palestine, circa 30 AD: The Robe has been on my self TBR for ages and I don't know what took me so long.

7alco261
tammikuu 28, 2023, 8:19 pm

At the base of l'Homme Mort on the evening of 30 September with the 308th. Soon the situation will become one of Finding the Lost Battalion.

8gmathis
Muokkaaja: tammikuu 28, 2023, 8:36 pm

>5 fuzzi: Making note ... Vet on Call does sound like fun!

9MrsLee
Muokkaaja: tammikuu 29, 2023, 7:51 pm

I am in southern Ireland in the 1800s, on Hungry Hill and not enjoying it at all.

So every now and then I slip out to the river to listen to The Wind in the Willows, which is delightful.

102wonderY
tammikuu 29, 2023, 8:10 pm

I’m spending time on Sweetbriar Farm. Not sure yet whether it’s Kentucky or Tennessee. I’m in the company of Maria Thompson Daviess and she is wrestling against crippling rheumatism to tell me her life story.
She’s telling it in seven year packets; thus the title Seven Times Seven. She tells great stories; even if her geography is vague.

11fuzzi
tammikuu 31, 2023, 9:37 am

>8 gmathis: anything by Joyce Stranger is good. The first book of hers I read was Rex, which caught my eye at the library due to the dog on the cover. I was 8 years old. It's not a children's book, but I loved the dog aspects. As an adult I appreciate her works fully. My favorite is probably The Running Foxes.

12gmathis
helmikuu 1, 2023, 9:20 am

>11 fuzzi: Just pulled up the Joyce Stranger author page. I recognized several titles, particularly Kym, but I couldn't tell you if I've ever read any of them or or not. Wouldn't it be fun to retrieve the titles and authors of all the unmemorable books you've read and forgotten over the years from our (at least in my case) rapidly aging brains?

13Sakerfalcon
Muokkaaja: helmikuu 3, 2023, 7:32 am

I'm in 1890s Leipzig with Maurice Guest.

14mnleona
Muokkaaja: helmikuu 2, 2023, 3:31 pm

I am in Minnesota with Birding Minnesota. The wrong book came up with the touchstones so I just added the name of the book.

15fuzzi
helmikuu 3, 2023, 6:42 pm

>12 gmathis: I do that, see a title or recognize a cover and memories of reading something 40 years ago come flooding back.

16gmathis
helmikuu 5, 2023, 5:04 pm

Quick wintry sojourn to 1860's Holland with Hans Brinker. One of my church kiddos (fifth grade) brought her copy of Heidi to read between teaching hours today, which inspired me to nab the copy from the 99-cent rack to share.

172wonderY
helmikuu 5, 2023, 5:47 pm

>16 gmathis: Both childhood favorites!

18gmathis
Muokkaaja: helmikuu 5, 2023, 8:52 pm

>17 2wonderY: Her Heidi was an abridged version, and the vocabulary of juvenile readers circa 1865 was a lot more sophisticated, as well as their capacity to plow through an entire chapter of exposition about Holland's geography and history...but we'll see how it goes!

19alco261
Muokkaaja: helmikuu 11, 2023, 11:35 pm

I made it out of the Charlesvaux Ravine with the 194 survivors (680 went in) (see post >7 alco261: above). The read was actually exhausting. I was going to go over to Red China and watch as The World Turned Upside Down and the place was torn apart by the Red Guard but I'm covered in dirt, dried blood, excrement, and gore, I'm mentally spent, my two wounds are badly infected, and I'm starving so I think I'll get cleaned up, get some medical attention, get something to eat, get some sleep and then and sit back and ride around in a Caboose in the U.S. for awhile.

202wonderY
helmikuu 12, 2023, 1:50 am

>19 alco261: Whee! Rough times! Glad you made it back.

21BonnieJune54
helmikuu 14, 2023, 7:45 pm

I’m in Hungary with The Good Master. It’s one of those visiting a far-away place books that was so popular for children in the first half the 20th century.
>19 alco261: Glad you are resting in your happy place for a bit.

222wonderY
helmikuu 18, 2023, 5:30 am

Ashfield, somewhere in New England, where the Finches’ Fabulous Furnace shakes up the entire town.

23mnleona
helmikuu 21, 2023, 8:38 pm

I am in France with Madame Fourcade's Secret War.

24fuzzi
helmikuu 22, 2023, 10:51 am

I'm somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean with The Dark Frigate. I'm really enjoying it, kind of like Treasure Island.

25BonnieJune54
maaliskuu 12, 2023, 11:09 pm

Sir Walter Scott and I are in search of the hold of a highland robber. We’re looking for stolen milch cows in Waverly.

26mnleona
Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 25, 11:06 am

I am in Ireland at a wedding wondering who killed the best man in Murder at an Irish Wedding.

27MrsLee
Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 25, 11:20 am

Cannery Row in Monterey CA. Doing a reread and finding this delightful. I read Sweet Thursday when I got home from an actual trip to Monterey and Cannery Row, then decided I should read this one again since it had been so long I had no actual memories of the story.

28BonnieJune54
kesäkuu 25, 1:19 pm

I’m in the Dakota territory with Laura Ingalls in The Long Winter also in Paris with Henry James in The Ambassadors.

29BonnieJune54
kesäkuu 25, 1:23 pm

>27 MrsLee: I love combining traveling with reading novels set in the place like L.M. Montgomery and Prince Edward Island.

302wonderY
kesäkuu 25, 2:00 pm

I’m in Tennessee over a century ago. I’m visiting new friends and old in Harpeth Valley.

31gmathis
kesäkuu 26, 4:55 pm

Just got back from Russia via a cargo ship full of livestock overseen by James Herriot ... The Lord God Made Them All.

32MrsLee
kesäkuu 26, 8:12 pm

I'm home from Cannery Row, I love this book and may revisit it again, or intend to, in the future.

Heading out across the wilderness with Marcus Whitman, M.D.: Pioneer and Martyr by Clifford Merrill Drury. Not sure I will finish this, having already read a biography of the Whitmans, but I will give the author a chance to enchant me.

33gmathis
kesäkuu 26, 8:24 pm

>32 MrsLee: Ever see the Nick Nolte/Deborah Winger film adaptation?

34gmathis
kesäkuu 26, 8:26 pm

>28 BonnieJune54: I remember saving The Long Winter until the hottest part of summer when I was a kiddo, then reading it ad nauseum while eating Freakies cereal. (I had Little Town on the Prairie virtually memorized, too.)

35BonnieJune54
kesäkuu 26, 11:52 pm

>34 gmathis: I was hoping for a cooling effect. So far I just feel guilty about being so whiny about the heat.

36MrsLee
kesäkuu 27, 3:14 pm

>33 gmathis: Haha, at first I thought you meant an adaptation of the Marcus Whitman biography! I have not seen any film adaptations of Cannery Row. Are there any good ones? I would almost be afraid to have my mental images replaced by film. I especially do NOT want to see Doc as Nick Nolte!

37gmathis
kesäkuu 30, 8:36 pm

>36 MrsLee: Uh-oh. Maybe not, then ;) I've never read Sweet Thursday, but I think a good deal of the movie plot was pulled from that as well. The supporting cast provides plenty of chuckle moments, though.

38MrsLee
Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 1, 11:36 am

>37 gmathis: I could get behind Edward Norton as Doc. He would do a marvelous job.

I quit reading the Marcus Whitman bio and have moved on to the Scotland and England border in the 1500s, with The Steel Bonnets: the story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers. So far I have enjoyed the introduction.

39varielle
Eilen, 10:13 am

>36 MrsLee: surprisingly, Nick Nolte did a tremendous job as Doc in Cannery Row. It didn’t do well at the box office but it was a great movie.