Sunday, April 2, 2017

Quarterly Reading Report

I've just finished the 1st quarter's reading and thought you might (or might not!) be interested in my recap.
Books read:      16
Pages read (includes the 3 DNF's):  5,081
4.0 -      1
3.875 -  1
3.75 -    1
3.5 -      2
3.25 -    4
3.0 -      4
2.75 -    2
2.25 -    1
This is a decent, not spectacular, start, both in terms of books/pages read and ratings.

Some Other Stuff:

1.  I had a record-breaking day this morning at Recycle Books.  I sold 8 books!  And I signed up one new member for the RBC.  Here's what left the rec table (including one that I grabbed off the back shelf in the store):
Exile - Richard North Patterson
Paris for One - JoJo Moyes
The Last Child - John Hart
My Losing Season - Pat Conroy
Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben
If You Are There - Susan Sherman (RBC)
Mother Daughter Me - Katie Hafner (RBC)
Naked - Betsy Franco

2.  Just found out that Kristin Hannah, she of The Nightingale fame, will be coming to the Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland, courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books (this is the same place that I saw Vanessa Diffenbaugh about a year and a half ago, which led to her making an appearance at the RBC).  This is Kristin's ONLY Northern California appearance.  The date is April 29, and the time is 7:00.  It's already on my calendar.  And I reviewed it on 9/4/15.  Gave it a 3.25/4.  There is no RSVP and no entrance fee.  Buying a book is optional.

3.  Also just discovered that Rebecca Skloot, who wrote The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be coming to the Nourse Theater, located at 275 Hayes Street in SF, on Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to make that one.  But I reviewed her book on 1/19/16 and also gave it a 3.25/4.  You need to buy tickets for this one - (415) 392-4400.  But I don't think the ticket price includes a book.  P.S.  Did you know that this is an upcoming HBO TV movie?  It's scheduled to air on Saturday, April 22, and stars Oprah and Rose Byrne.

Did you notice how I titled this post Quarterly Reading Report, when, in reality, it was another series of quick-hitters?  That kind of clever subterfuge is the probable cause of a reduced number of blog readers! As Fagin says in the musical Oliver, I'm reviewing the situation.


  1. Congrats on selling all those books!

    I just read an article that said the success of Skloot's book has brought the Lacks' family a whole new set of problems and has caused a rift among them.

    1. Whoa. That's big news. I wonder if that will somehow be addressed in the HBO movie. Or if they will just concentrate on adapting the book.

  2. The one time Kristin Hannah was in my neck of the woods, I was unable to go see her. Hope you have a great time meeting her. Tell her I say hi!

  3. Kathy's news about the fallout from Skloot's book is new to me too. That's sad. I haven't yet read the book, but do plan to before I see the movie.

    Congratulations on the record breaking sales!

    How cool that Kristen Hannah will be making an appearance at RBC! I am glad you will be able to see her. I doubt I could convince my mom to drive out to Oakland to see her for me (and her), but it's tempting to ask. Have a good time!

    1. Where in the Bay Area does your mom live? What part of the country are you in?

    2. My mom lives Sacramento, so outside the Bay Area. She does make it to San Francisco every couple months or so to visit friends. I am in Southern California.

    3. Sacto is definitely a hefty ride. Do you live in Southern California because you lost a bet? Sorry. We Northern Californians think that this is only possible place to live. Maybe it is?

    4. Haha! No bets lost. I went to a university down here and just stayed. My family moved around a bit, although I spent a good chunk of my later childhood in Sacramento after my dad retired from the service. So, it's probably the closest to a childhood hometown I have. I do miss Northern California sometimes. Especially the green and trees. My mom and her brothers are still there as is my brother and his wife. From Stockton, Sacramento to Shasta Dam. My husband's family is from Central California. Probably more than you wanted to know.

      (Not that I'm a big sports fan, but I will always choose the Giants over the Dodgers.)

    5. Not too much info. I'm a very curious (nosy?) person. It's good to see that your baseball loyalties are properly aligned.