Friday, February 26, 2016

Books to Library - February  26, 2016 AD

I am cleaning out the office and have decided to get rid of as many books as I can force myself to do.  Many of these books are unread - partially read, started and dropped, or just plain skipped.  I was raised that this is a mortal sin - but we shall see!

Loving Frank - Nancy Horan - book about Frank Lloyd Wright, OK, sad fire murder, read parts.
Holy Bible - God? - got at dollar store - print is too small to read - but can't throw it away!
Mr. Churchill's Secretary - Susan Elia MacNeal - good WWII fiction intrigue book from SIRS
Bowling Across America - Mike Walsh - who cares - read parts
The Year That Changed the World - Michael Meyer - 1989 - fall of the Berlin wall - read in parts
The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan - gift from Brett - long, slow moving series - many books - I read about half of this and gave up - sorry Brett.
Windows XP Pro - who cares
Webster's New World Dictionary - use the internet
animate Journal - book from Bible study - never used - sorry, God.
Disciplined Minds - Jeff Schmidt - about graduate students beind abused and killing professors - Dwight Nicholson case discussed at length as well as Stanford murder - from Fletcher Goldin
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity - John Stossel - too arrogant - never read!
Kathy Reichs - Deja Dead - Bones originator but too long, too depressing - never read.
Life Animated - Ron Suskind - one of two copies - about GKTW founder, holacaust survivor.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen - chick lit? - I did not read
Capitalism and Freedom - Milton Friedman - during my self betterment phase bought this book - never read it!
The Couples Comfort Book - Jennifer Louden - too late!
IBS For Dummies - Carolyn Dean - didn't help!
Abdication - Juliet Nicolson - a gift about England in the 1930's - I did not read - mea culpa.
White Mischief - James Fox - saw a movie - bought book - couldn't get into it. About 1930s Englich diplomats in Africa - based on a true story - murder unsolved!
Hong Kong Step by Step - bought for Dan's trip.
The Weird Sisters - Elanor Brown - Diane read - I didn't.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E. L. James - bought for Diane who read it - I read book 1 - got bored!
Practical Classics - Kevin Smokler - bought at his SIRs talk - couldn't get into!
LIFE Picture Puzzle - didn't like - giving away.
The Character of Physical Law - Richard Feynman - gift from Bill Berner - read a long time ago
QED - The Strange Theory of Light and Matter - Richard Feynman - from Berner - don't know if I read it?
Wild Frie - Nelson DeMille - never read - some sort of action adventure book with conspiracies?
What Do You Care What Other People Think? - Richard Feynman - from Berner - read a long time ago
Anthen - Neal Stephenson  - beats me?
Eye of the World - Robert Jordan - more unread Wheel of Time
Idiot's Guide - Father of the Bride - summary - "shut up and pay, pay, pay!" - been there done that
The UltraSimple Diet - Mark Hyman - simple my ass!
Hero At Large - Janet Evanovich - romance - don't know if I ever read it.
Twenty Wishes - Debbie Macomber - don't remember?
The Castaways - Elin Hilderbrand - beach murder mystyer - not bad
Imagining Space - Launius and McCurdy - space picture book


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Title: The Solomon Curse (A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure) - Clive Cussler and Russel Blake
Genre:  Action / Adventure
Date read:  October, 2015

Typical Clive Cussler joint author book.  It is set in Guadalcanal with a few WWII references and some legacy characters.  Prequel chapters (there are two) were good, action okay although I have not been in a jungle recently.

Local politics a bit confusing and I did'nt get the market manipulation part of the book.  Treasure hunt was okay but the exploration of the ruins and subsequent discoveries were not detailed - more about the backroads and revolutionaries.

Rating (0-10): 7 - I made it through and it helped on a plane flight.
Disposition: Give to SIRS

Title: The Bootlegger (An Isaac Bell Adventure) - Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
Genre:  Action / Adventure
Date read:  Summer, 2015

Isaac Bell prior to his marriage gets involved with a bootlegger in the New York streets and harbor.  VanDorn is shot early on and the question throughout the book is "will he survive?"

 No steam engines and only slightly evokes the gilded age for me.

Rating (0-10): 7 - I made it through, OK but not Dirk Pitt.
Disposition: Give to SIRS
Title: Piranha (A Novel if the Oregon Files) - Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
Genre:  Action / Adventure
Date read:  Summer, 2015

I read and enjoyed this last summer but to be honest I barely remember anything.  Something about sunken ship in Cuban harbor.  Scientific breakthrough hidden for ages - fighting breaks ou upon the attempt to recover technology?

Rating (0-10): 7 - I made it through.
Disposition: Give to SIRS
Title: Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill - Gretchen Rubin
Genre:  Biography
Date read:  Fall, 2015

Weird book - each chapter contradicts the previous.  Not a biography in the chronological or traditional sense - rather a series of essays.  I still do not know some of the basic facts on Churchill and his life.

Yet the book is oddly fascinating and thought provoking.  I have a better feel for the man with all his foibles and flaws.  His first love (almost only) is the British empire.  The fascinating revelation to me from this book is that Churchill's overwhelming goal in fighting WWII was to preserve the empire.  The terrible irony  is that while successfully "winning" the war he actually brought about the (perhaps inevitable) dissolution of that empire.  He reminded me of the father in Downtown Abbey - the world is changing all around him and he is unable to stop it.  Perhaps Chamberlain was right?

Rating (0-10): 8 - Plowed through but it enhanced my perspective of WWII, Churchill, Roosevelt, and that era..
Disposition: Keep with WWII books.
Title: Top Secret Twenty-One - Janet Evanovich
Genre:  Mystery
Date read:  Summer, 2015

Typical Stephanie Plum fare

Rating (0-10): 6 - Did finish but mostly forgot.
Disposition: Give to SIRS.
Title: 3rd Degree - James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Genre:  Mystery
Date read:  Fall, 2015

Short chapters - house blows up.  Business executives murdered.  Tension mounts leading up the the G8 conference in San Francisco.  Nice ambiance of the city.  References to radicals in Seattle and Berkeley.  A bit to right wing for me but enjoyable.

Rating (0-10): 7 - Read in OKC - helped with plane flight
Disposition: Keep for Diane.
Title: The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
Genre:  Mystery, chic-lit?
Date read:  Summer, 2015

Woman (alcholic) sees something from a moving train.  Murder?  Gets all intertwined with her ex husband and his new lover / wife.  One never quite knows what to believe since the woman is alcoholic and befuddled.  Still don't quite know what happened and I don't care.

Rating (0-10): 5 - Plowed through - not satisfying.
Disposition: Return to Diane.
Title: The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
Genre:  Mystery, chic-lit?
Date read:  Summer, 2015

SPOILERS
Interesting characters.  Plot mystery - what happened to that girl almost twenty years ago?  Mundane husband - wife interactions but actually enjoyable.  Then comes the big reveal - the husband's secret. He accidentally, inadvertently, sorta, slightly, kinda broke his girlfriend's neck and left the dead body in a park.  Many people where hurt by this act but, hey, it was a long time ago.  He's got a family now and they guy they all suspected didn't go to jail.  So we'll just let it be!

Rating (0-10): 6 - OK mystery, characters interesting, denoument awful.
Disposition: Return to Diane.
Title: Attack on Pearl Harbor Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions - Alan Zimm
Genre:  nonfiction
Date read:  Summer, 2015

This and the next book came out 2008 and 2005 and offer new perspectives on WWII and two main battles.  A key point is that these books looked at the Japanese sources and not just the US ones. 

The Pearl Harbor book has the primary message that the Japanese weren't that smart - we were just stupid and careless.  He debunks myths (the harbor could have been blocked, oil storage tanks destroyed greatly prolonging the war, Japanese were omniscient about the future of carrier warfare etc.).  He points to a lot of missed opportunities and miscalculations.

A key point - they wanted to shock us into a negotiated peace by destroying battleships for their image value - they new the ships would be back in service after say 6-12 months.  They started a war they had no way to win.

He reviews and updates the reputations of several of the leaders, Nagumo, Yamamoto,etc.

Rating (0-10): 8 - New perspectivies on WWII and Pearl Harbor
Disposition: Keep.
Title: Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway - Parshall and Tully
Genre:  nonfiction
Date read:  Summer, 2015

This and the previous book came out 2008 and 2005 and offer new perspectives on WWII and two main battles.  A key point is that these books looked at the Japanese sources and not just the US ones. 

The authors review the planning, execution, and aftermath of Midway.  Key points:

Counting the planes at Midway there was near parity between US and IJN planes - this was not a David and Goliath fight.

Japanese planning was severly flawed.  Japan suffered from "victory disease", after the battle authors suffered from "increadible victory disease".

The battle was pivotal but had the US lost the outcome of the war would not have changed.  The IJN lost at Pearl Harbor.

IJN damage control sucked.

They dispute much of what Fuchida says, they discredit him.  Carriers were not in the configurations claimed when the attacks arrived.

They show how the ship and plane counts were evenly matched but they do not really deal with the quality issue - were the Japanese better, more skilled - why didn't they win - were we just luckier?

Rating (0-10): 8 - New perspectives on WWII and Midway.
Disposition: Keep.

Todd Borg - Tahoe Series

Diane and I met Todd Borg at a quilt/sewing show in Pleasanton - he is self published with about a dozen books out with a retired detective, Owen McKenna, his dog, girlfriend, and other folks living in the Tahoe area.  I've read three of his books and will continue with them.  Enjoyable - the local aspect, the characters, thd super large dog.  Now - he does a number of things that would make Dirk Pitt run home to mommy, he takes the dog along into ridiculous situations  while sometimes leaving him home when he would be useful.  He waxes poetic about cosmology and general relativity and the artwork on his walls and books which is sometimes annoying.  His endings seem to abrupt - after all the action I would like more of a cleanup.  Still - I like him - and for me that is saying something.

I will be reading more of his work.

Tahoe BlowUp - fires in the lake area - pruchased and signed! - keep
Tahoe Killshot - pop star Glory murdered on a bike trail - library book - returned
Tahoe Hijack - kidnapping on a boat - missing gold - militias - library book - returned


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Title: The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith = J. K. Rowling
Genre:  Mystery
Date read:  April, 2015

Awful book.  I was very disappointed.  Maybe even worse than Casual Vacancy!
Very slow and plodding - if this is social satire I didn't get it.

For most of the book nothing happened - interview upon interview.  Finally at the very end he announces whodunit - reaction was not "ah ha" but rather "oh @#$@". Lead character was more pathetic than likable

Note: JKR - if you are reading this I absolutely loved Harry Potter - even flew to OK from CA to read book 7 with my daughter.  I don't dislike all your books, but...

Rating (0-10): 0 - I plowed through because it was JK Rowling but no redeeming features!
Disposition: Give to library


Title: Like Any Normal Day - Mark Kram, Jr.
Genre:  Nonfiction / Sports / Disability / Suicide
Date read:  April, 2015

Very moving and poignant story of a high school football player paralyzed in an on field "accident?".  Book covers his life for the next 23 years dealing with his injuries and ultimately his death by Kevorkian suicide (no spoilers here - this occurs in the first few pages).

No - I did not cry - but the story certainly highlighted issues and questions of life and love in a very thought provoking way.  I love watching football but...

Rating (0-10): 8 - Good read and I will take away something from this book.
Disposition: Keep and try to loan out! 

Title: The Lovers Knot - Claire O'Donohue
Genre:  Mystery / Quilting
Date read:  April, 2015

Quilt store mystery - woman - ex fiance - grandma - dog - handsome sheriff - etc.  Slow moving but entertaining.

A Someday Quilts Mystery.

Rating (0-10): 6 - Good read.
Disposition: Keep for Diane


Title: The Martian - Andy Weir
Genre:  Fiction / Adventure
Date read:  December 2014

I read this book because I worked with Andy's father, John, for many years.  I even bought a Volkswagen bus from John and gave him a woodlathe.  My copy of the book is signed!

Good book with lots of chemistry, physics, biology, engineering.  Technical and sometimes slow moving.  Not a nail biter - soon to be a major motion picture.

Rating (0-10): 7 - good, not great
Disposition: Keep and try to loan out!


Title: Making the Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa
Genre:  Nonfiction
Date read:  December 2014

Very interesting book about a cat who lives in a nursing home and senses approaching death.  Book is much more about old age, geriatric care, and people than it is about the cat named Oscar.  Very interesting and thought provoking.  I am trying to get others to read this book.

Rating (0-10): 9 - Moving, inspiring, interesting.
Disposition: Keep and try to loan out!


Title: The Struggle for Guadalcanal - Samuel Eliot Morison (1949) (Volume V in the series)
Genre:  History
Date read:  Fall, 2014

Interesting to read book written just four years after the war.  Emphasizes how touch and go things were.  No necessarily politically correct in some of its references to the combatants.

P. 372: "and the number of Japanese sailors lost in the vicious sea battles will never be known, because such matters do not interest the Japanese."

Rating (0-10): 8 - Interesting - both for history and perspective.
Disposition: Keep for now.



Title: The Story of  World War II - Donald L. Miller & others (1945, 2001)
Genre:  History
Date read:  Fall, 2014

This book emphasizes the brutality of war and not the glory - gives a different perspective and makes the WW II experience much more akin to that of our gulf war and Afghanistan veterans.  PTSD is not new.  WW II was a great, heroic crusade in the history books but it was horrible for the men on the ground, sea, and air.

P. 610: "The paradoxical effect of the decisive American victory at Okinawa was to discourage the Americans "while inspiring the Japanese""

Rating (0-10): 8 - Interesting - both for history and perspective.
Disposition: Keep for now.


Title: Absolute Victory - Time Magazine (2005)
Genre:  History
Date read:  Spring, 2015

Book emphasizes the victory as opposed to the previous books which emphasized the brutality.  Europe and Germany centric - Midway gets only a brief mention.

Rating (0-10): 7 - Interesting - both for history and perspective.
Disposition: Keep for now.
 Title: USS Iowa art War - Kit & Carolyn Bonner
Genre:  History
Date read:  Spring, 2015

Visited the Iowa in mid April and bought this glossy book about the ship.  Interesting to read about battleships since most of WW II literature is aircraft centric.

Ship's entire history was covered including the tragic explosion in 1989 including the investigations and changing conclusions.

My strongest impression of the Iowa was how small it was.  It is 887' long, 108' wide.  Walking at 4 MPH (~20000'/3600s = ~5'/second) one can cross the ship in 20 seconds, go the full length in 3 minutes.  And with so many men on board everything is crowded.  Very interesting anyway - now I want to go see the Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda.

Rating (0-10): 7 - Interesting - especially when visiting the ship
Disposition: Keep for now.
 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NOTE:  I am depressed at the number of books which sucked!  Is this because of my mood, our choices in literature, or something else.  But remember these are the books I am donating to the library - maybe I keep the good ones?
 
APOLOGY:  My apologies to the library for donating so many sucky books - but maybe others will like them!
 
Title: How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
Genre:  Mystery
Date read:  November, 2014

Started well - Canadian police officer investigating a murder.  Backstory about a previous incident in his career and police corruption.  Plot about a plan to blow up a bridge.  Mystery town outside big city where people live in seclusion.  Much ado about the quintuplets.

Unfortunately the story became muddled.  The bomb plot was absurd.  The backstory on corruption was hinted at repeatedly but not explained.  Ultimately I do NOT recommend this book.

Rating (0-10): 4 - Started well but ultimately flopped.
Disposition: Give to library

Title: Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe
Genre:  Chick-Lit?  Romance?
Date read:  September, 2014

I got this book in the hopes of enjoying the ambiance of beach life as I remembered from my youth.

Woman with husband and two kids summers at beach house.  She tracks sea turtle nests and finally makes ends meet with the turtle guy who, naturally, is then killed in a plane crash.  She reconnects with her husband and gets beaten.  But she stays - why - because she is an idiot.

Rating (0-10): 3 - Heroine a fool - I want to eat some sea turtles after this book!.
Disposition: Give to library

Title: Knockdown by Sarah Graves
Genre:  Mystery
Date not read:  November, 2014

Book was about beach house, summer, house restoration.  Again I liked the proffered ambiance.  But...twice I started this book, second time I got halfway through before quitting.

Female "heroine" has a past which comes back to haunt her.  The potential assailant is disgusting.  In order to demonstrate how bad he is she has him murder a few people along the way - the girl's death reminded me of A Casual Vacancy - very sad.  By the time I gave up on this book I was hoping both the antagonist and the heroine would die!

Rating (0-10): 2 - Repugnant characters - I wanted them all to die!.
Disposition: Give to library

Title: Havana Storm by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
Genre:  Action Adventure
Date read:  December, 2014

Reasonable CC book with usual first chapter historical event followed by action on the sea and under the sea.  Featured Dirk Pitt's two kids.  Story centered around undersea mining of high grade uranium ore near Cuba and a mesoamerican treasure whose location is revealed by a broken stone.

Rating (0-10): 7 - Good CC fare - nice to have main characters and not others in the CC family but I did not find the story riveting.
Disposition: Give to library

Title: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
Genre:  Chick-Lit?  Romance?
Date read:  Somewhere in Time

Woman is no Southern Belle - she loves her sweets hidden in the closet.  That is - until she discovers someone hiding in the closet.  Story revolves on this relationship.

Rating (0-10): 6 - Good read but ultimately sad ending - no great magic.
Disposition: Give to library

Title: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Genre:  Chick-Lit?  Romance?
Date read:  Somewhere in Time

Sidney returns from bad marriage with kid - there is an apple tree in the back yard.  Book is a nice mood piece.

Rating (0-10): 7 - Good read with some magic.
Disposition: Give to library

Title: someday this pain will be useful to you by Peter Cameron
Genre:  ?
Date read:  Somewhere in Time

About a screwed up loner kid who starts out screwed up - continues screwed up - and ends up screwed up.  Diane recommended this book so I did read it but...

Rating (0-10): 5 - A totally pointless book - read enjoyable at points.
Disposition: Give to library

Title: Finding Serenity by Jane Espenson (ed.)
Genre:  nonfiction, commentary
Date read:  Somewhere in Time

A set of essays on the Firefly / Serenity series - too cerebral for me so I read only some of the essays.  Serenity was a great show.

Rating (0-10): 6 - Had its moments but too much philosophy read into stories.
Disposition: Give to library

Title: Mounting Lenses in Optical Instruments by Paul R. Yoder Jr.
Genre:  nonfiction
Date read:  not read

Just to be complete - am donating this book.

Rating (0-10): NR
Disposition: Give to library

Title: The Mayan Secrets - A Fargo Adventure by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
Genre:  Action Adventure
Date read:  Somewhere in Time

Don't remember much but CC books are always good to read.

Rating (0-10): 7
Disposition: Give to library

Title: Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
Genre:  Mystery
Date read:  Somewhere in Time

Good mystery - got us started on Sandra Brown,  Girls sister is killed at company picnic before a tornado - she investigates.

Rating (0-10): 8  Interesting mystery
Disposition: Give to library

Title: The Thrill of Victory by Sandra Brown
Genre:  Romance
Date read:  Somewhere in Time

Female tennis player and sportswriter hate each other - she gets sick - they hook up - live happily ever after?.

Rating (0-10): 3  Women can't be this dumb!  Still an OK read.
Disposition: Give to library

Title: Unbroken
Genre:  Nonfiction WWII
Date read:  December, 2014

Teenage delinquent, olympic runner, becomes pilot.  Ditches in the Pacific in 1943, drifts 47 days.  Spends two years in a Japanese prison camp.  Gets out, has PTSD, gets religion, does well.  Book made me so angry at the Japs.  Had to jump ahead to reassure myself of a happy ending after all the suffering.

Rating (0-10): 8  Kept reading to find the happy ending
Disposition: Give to Jeremy.






Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Books and Authors I have read:

Sandra Carey Cody - Jenny Conners Mystery Series (mother with two kids who works at an old age home and solves murders).

Left at Oz
Consider the Lily
Put Out the Light
By Whose Hand 

Kristin Hannah

Home Front - wife and mom goes to war - dad copes poorly

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tracking Books

Books being sent to Robin, Jeremy, Autumn on June 19, 2014
Books mailed Friday, June 20; due Friday June 27.

Cinderella by Walt Disnet - Twin Books
Beauty and the Beast by Walt Disney - Twin Books
My First 1000 Words by Walt Disney
Fuzzytail Friend Lift and Look Animal Book by Lisa McCue
The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland

Horses by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
Unicorns II by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe
Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe
Holiday Inn by James Howe

The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe
The Little Leftover Witch by Florence Laughlin
Short Palys based on Aesop's Fables by Albert Cullum
The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Star of Shadowbrook Farm by Joanna Campbell

The Wild Mustang by Joanna Campbell
Battlecry Forever by Joanna Campbell
You Be the Jury - Courtroom V by Marvin Miller
You Be the Jury - Courtroom IV by Marvin Miller
You Be the Jury - Courtroom III by Marvin Miller

You Be the Jury by Marvin Miller
The Saddle Club - Riding Class by Bonnie Bryant
Midnight - Champion Bucking Horse by Sam Savitt
The Littles Take a Trip by John Peterson
I am a Kitten by Ole Rison

I, Houdini by Lynne Reid Banks
Animal Rescue Farm - The Stolen Horse by Sharon M. Hart
Baby Dinosaurs by Peter Dodson and Peter Lerangis
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Strange but True - 22 Amazing Stories by Donald Sobol

I Can by Helen Oxenbury
The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory
Winter of the Owl by June Andrea Hanson
Hannon Police Horse by Jank and Patricia Demuth

A milk crate of books Robin says she is not interested in.  Last chance for Robin/Jeremy; Dan/Carrie to review and request books be kept before donating to library.  If you want any of them I will either keep them here or send them to you as per your wishes.

Silver Creek Riders 1 Back in the Saddle by Beth Kincaid
Silver Creek Riders 2 True Romance by Beth Kincaid
Silver Creek Riders 3 Winning by Beth Kincaid
Orphaned Pup by Elanor Ladd
Triple Threat by Claire Birch

Tight Spot by Claire Birch
Harry Cat's Pet Puppy by George Seldon
The Great Quarterback Switch by Christopher
The Kid Who Only Hit Homers by Christopher
Choose Your Own Adventure 1 - The Cave of Time

Choose Your Own Adventure 58 - Statue of Liberty Adventure
Choose Your Own Adventure 99 - Revenge of the Russian Ghost
Choose Your Own Adventure 112 - Skateboard Champion
Choose Your Own Adventure 115 - The Island of Time
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

The Littles Go To School by Peterson
The Littles Go Exploring by Peterson
The Littles Go Exploring by Peterson (copy 2)
The Littles Give a Party by Peterson
Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques

The Outcast of Redwall by Brian Jacques
The Bellmaker by Brian Jacques
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Edwards
Salamandastron by Brian Jacques
Scholastic Dictionary of Synonyms

Castle Spellbound by John DeChancie
I Am Leaper by Annabel JohnsoGreat Ghost Stories
Christmas With Ida Early by Burch
Ralph S Mouse by Beverly Cleary
Goosebumps - Welcome to Dead House by R. L. Stine

Earthstar Magic by Chew
Magic The Gathering - Tapestries - An Anthology
Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin

Another milk crate of books Robin says she is not interested in.  Last chance for Robin/Jeremy; Dan/Carrie to review and request books be kept before donating to library.  If you want any of them I will either keep them here or send them to you as per your wishes.

Woof by Allan Ahlberg
Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain
101 Bossy Cow Jokes by Hall and Eisenberg
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Summer of the Monkees by Wilson Rawls
Waterworld by Max Allan Collins
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Mysteries of Bizarre Animals and Freaks of Nature by Phyllis Emert
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Rascal by North
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb by Jay Montavon
Choose Your Own Adventure - 43 - The Great Zopper Toothpaste Treasure by Bach and Brost
Choose Your Own Adventure - 45 - You are Invisible by Saunders

Little House on the Prairie by Wilder
Stolen Pony by Rounds
Blind Outlaw by Rounds
The Blind Colt by Rounds
Catwings by LeGuin

Dogsong by Gary Paulsen
Danny the Champion of the World by Dahl
The Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Little House in the Big Woods by Wilder

The Adventures of Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
The Lost Work - Ladybird Children's Classic
Dumb Like Me, Olivia Potts by Lila Perl

Explorer Books: Wolves by Andrews
A Perfect Crime by Peter Abrahams
Dead Body Language by Penny Warner
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Black Beauty by Selell

Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques
The Saddle Club - 10 - Riding Camp by Bonnie Bryant
The Saddle Club - 11 - Horse Wiser by Bonnie Bryant
The Saddle Club - 12 - Rodeo Rider by Bonnie Bryant
The Saddle Club - 22 - Fox Hunt by Bonnie Bryant

The Saddle Club - 38 - Horse Trade by Bonnie Bryant
The Saddle Club - 49 - Stable Farewell by Bonnie Bryant
The Saddle Club - 51 - Pleasure Horse by Bonnie Bryant
The Saddle Club - 54 - Gold Medal Rider by Bonnie Bryant
The Saddle Club - 55 - Gold Medal Horse by Bonnie Bryant

The Saddle Club - 66 - Saddle Sore by Bonnie Bryant
The Saddle Club - 67 - Summer Horse by Bonnie Bryant

Books also going away

1990 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue Volume 1
1996 Scott Specialized Catalogue of U.S. Stamps
2001 Scott Specialized Catalogue of U.S. Stamps & Covers
2005 Scott Standard Stamp Catalogue Volume 1
2005 Scott Standard Stamp Catalogue Volume 2
2005 Scott Standard Stamp Catalogue Volume 3

I have the 2011 Specialized Catalogue and the 6 Standard Volumes
I have the 2001 Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940
I have the 1935 single volume catalogue



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Movie Reviews - MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Movie:   My Sassy Girl

Genre:   Romantic Comedy

Source:  Livermore Library DVD

Date Seen:  June 1, 2014

Typical girl meets guy, pursues him for a while, and then breaks it off for a year.  We must guess the reason.  They reunite after one year.  Mindless but sort of fun. ***/*****

Movie:   Easy Virtue

Genre:   Romantic Comedy

Source:  Livermore Library DVD

Date Seen:  June 1, 2014

British guy shows up at his home with a new bride - an American female race driver,  Acceptance is hard and she finally just gives up and leaves.  WTF? Was fun to watch until the ending which was lame. **/*****