This Is a Good Book Thursday: June 28, 2018 except now it’s August 2

Note: For some reason, I did not schedule this on the right day.  Happy belated, George.  And now I must go write about dogs . . . .

If you haven’t read George Booth’s cartoons, you are missing out.  I love Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes.  I love Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County,  But George Booth is the cartoonist who really knows my life.  For example . . . .  

He definitely know where I live:

And he clearly understands what happens when I finish a book and come up for air and look around the place::

And he definitely understands my priorities:

George Booth is 92 today.  Happy birthday, Mr. Booth, and thank you for the joy you’ve brought so many people.




51 thoughts on “This Is a Good Book Thursday: June 28, 2018 except now it’s August 2

  1. I’ve just returned from two weeks in Malaysia (combined work and holiday). While there, I re-read The Goblin Emporer which I loved just as much the second time, and I listened to the audiobooks of the first two Kate Daniels books (by Ilona Andrews). I’ve re-read a number of the Kate books but had never gone back to the beginning so it was interesting to review how it all got started. I also knit and snorkelled (not, alas, simultaneously).

  2. I’m feeling a lot better for having a good book to read after a run of duds: ‘Getting Rid of Bradley’. Just wish it was longer; well, not really – but I like hanging out with Zack and Lucy and Anthony. Will probably follow up with the rest of Jenny’s short novels. Happiness.

    1. I just reread Getting Rid of Bradley, too. Zack was a winner, especially because he didn’t notice Lucy’s disastrous hair but he was all in favor of her tight jeans. Anthony’s matchmaking was a nice way to have a background commentary on Zack and Lucy’s romance.

      I reread Wild Ride last week: the difference is huge between small cast and large cast Crusies. That’s not a value judgement. The two approaches make for incredibly varied good reads.

  3. I am reading The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell. Read Rachel Hauck’s book The Love Letter. Also read snippets of The All You Can Dream Buffet, Barbara O’Neal.

    Love the cartoons, will look for more as I haven’t read many.

      1. I thought the same, but it’s referring to Jenny’s original post on George Booth.

        I’m quite sure I’ve not seen Booth before, just about most of what we saw here came via King Features Syndicate.

        1. D’oh! I was in a hurry to get to work this morning but just checked this website and went to the comments without even reading the text from Jenny! For me, blind stupidity is always worst in the mornings. Sorry, Carol Mc!

  4. I had a string of bad to mediocre reads recently, but I really enjoyed “Undateable” by Sarah Title. It was just a low angst breezy contemporary, but it was just what I needed.

    I liked that the author made it feel contemporary without resorting to making the hero a tech billionaire or centering the story around a new app or gadget. In this book, the heroine is a librarian and gets a picture taken at the wrong moment and becomes a meme. And not a cute baby animal type meme.
    The hero is a slightly lazy charming reporter who decides she’s his next story. The story becomes is a little improbable, but I felt like the author really took her time in letting their chemistry slowly build and I appreciated that.

  5. I’m re-reading Sanditon by Jane Austen and Another Lady. It was the unfinished manuscript, and although I can tell where Jane Austen left off, I like what the Other Lady did with the rest of it. But it always leaves me with a slightly wistful feeling, wondering what Austen would have done with it if she’d finished it herself.

    And I’ve just finished a kid’s book called The Weird Beard, which is, as advertised, all kinds of weird. And a bit fun.

    1. Has anyone read Reginald Hill’s take on Sanditon called A Cure for All Diseases? It’s brilliant. It has emails from one sister to another that are wonderful evocations of Jane’s letters to Cassandra.
      I’ve seen the Dalziel & Pascoe series on television and was underwhelmed, but the two books I’ve managed to get my hands on are entirely different kettles of fish. Very clever and they kept me guessing till the end.

      1. Yes, I agree about the difference between the books in the television series. In the TV series, Dalziel is just a big annoying slob. But in the books he’s a force of nature. I’m sure I’ve read A Cure for all Diseases, But I didn’t realise it was a take on Sanditon. Must read it again! He’s a terrific author, and plays around with a lot of different styles.

        1. It’s one of the few (book) series where both leads are a kind of annoying but so competent that you keep reading anyway. Dalziel is a pig and Peter (?) is a little bit of a prig, but together they’re great, and the mysteries are really well constructed.

          I’ve found I don’t like most adaptations of the books I’ve liked. I had my own ideas of what those people looked and sounded like, and I’m invested in those. I don’t think that’s a valid criticism of the shows, but it colors my reactions.

  6. Those are excellent cartoons. I’ve been so busy this week I’ve barely read anything, and now I’m entering the editing cave today. Most likely won’t read much next week either.

  7. I’ve just finished reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer, which I really enjoyed. It’s about a failing writer about to hit 50 and his disastrous love-life. It’s charming and sweet and funny, but poignant and bittersweet too. It’s not the best book ever, but after some recent duds, I did enjoy it.

  8. George Booth is my soul mate. well, actually Jenny is my soul mate – anytime she meantions something I go “Oh, yeah, I love him!” and vice versa.
    I’ve been reading the new Eloisa James Wilde series (entertaining), Carian Cole, I think her name is (young/new adult angst), The Cruel Prince (fantasy and wouldn’t you know I’d love that title) and so many more. I keep a list of books I’ve read in my bullet journal, with occasional notes if it’s particularly good or a DNF. And of course, I injest my books through audio books so it’s a sightly different processes.

  9. Ok, my comment didn’t seem to post, so trying again…

    Just finished Eloisa James’s latest of the Wilde books, Born to Be Wilde. Definitely my favorite so far, mainly because of the characters. I like the trope too, the “oh, not you,” one. I think I need to go re-read the second one, to see if I disliked it as much as I thought I did, cause how can I like this one so much and dislike that one? I guess the author has range?

    In other news, THE BRIDGERTON SERIES IS COMING TO NETFLIX AND I AM SO EXCITED. Even though I am reminding myself that book to screen is never as good as we want it to be, so calm down, self.

    1. I gave up on the Wilde book I found in the library in January – may have been the same one you didn’t get on with. It made me write her off; but perhaps I’ll try again if she improves. I’ve found her oddly hit-and-miss over the years, but with more and more misses, unfortunately.

      1. Was it the one where the heroine was the ex-fiancée turned governess? That’s the second in the series that I didn’t care for. The first one was ok. Latest is definitely best

          1. I really disliked the first one because I thought the hero was sexually harassing the heroine. The second one was meh. The new one has a couple of good ideas—I like the heroine’s emotional arc—but the hero is wildly inconsistent in his attitude to the heroine with no obvious reason why. It’s hard to invest in a romance where you have no idea what is going on with one half of the couple.


      Seriously, I am excited as you are.

      And “Born to Be Wilde” is absolutely charming.

      1. I’m actually a little so so on the Shonda Rhimes part. She can write a good story, but she writes some crazy ones. I don’t know how much crazy I want put into the Bridgertons, lol.

    3. I trashed the first one for you; I think you posted under an account Argh didn’t recognize maybe?

  10. I finished book 4 of the Percy Jackson series – the Labyrinth one.

    I’ve started rereading Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers.

    Finished a reread of Agatha H and the Airship City and the sequel Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess – they’re novelizations of the long running webcomic Girl Genius.

  11. I’m in a total book slump, so all I’ve got is two books I’m looking forward to releasing this month: a new Donna Andrews cozy mystery (next week) and the finale to Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series (end of month). Amused that both books are by authors with the same last name, when they’re so vastly different otherwise.

  12. Back in Discworld again after the detour elsewhere = still Pratchett.

    Reread “Monstrous Regiment” and can’t help loving that book. (Can’t say much about it lest I’d spoil things for those of you who haven’t read it.) Luckily I’ve never ended up with my socks talking for me… 😉 Maybe I should try it out and see what happens.

    Reread “A Hat Full of Sky” and THIS is where I start loving Tiffany, too. I thought I had only given that one a 4 on Goodreads, but I apparently loved it last time too for it already had a 5. The Nac Mac Feegles <3

    Reread "Going Postal". This time I caught myself thinking "Ah, SO Davy Dempsey!" more than once (which didn't feel bad at all, for Davy is one of my secret crushes 😉 ) Moist really makes me think of him, somehow… with the possible exception that he constantly tries to convince himself he IS still a crook, while Davy tries to escape the crookiness. I love it.

    Currently rereading "Thud!".

  13. Have to ruthlessly de-hoard at work, but I’m what ‘Mericans call a grade school teacher. “I could use that in a lesson” is likely to be a chapter in my autobiography!

    But Kon Mari helped at work last term, it’s just that I opened the cupboard that I hadn’t touched during that clean-up and now things just multiplied. I must get it done by Wednesday. We have a public (aka Bank) holiday of National Women’s Day on Thursday and Friday is a school holiday as generally there’s poor attendance. It’s set by the Department of Education and added to the calendar so I have a long weekend that I must use to DO ALL THE THINGS.

    I’m re-reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz as I obviously need it. There’s deliberate antagonism at work and it is affecting my teaching. I gotta keep on the path. Live my truth, take things generally, don’t make assumptions, and do my best.

    I think that the assumptions one is my failing point. Have to learn to clarify what others mean so I don’t interpret it incorrectly.

  14. So read my first Carl Hiaasen, Thank you for the recommendation.

    Star Island, I made the mistake of reading a chapter before bedtime, was still reading at three in the morning on a work night, finished the book on my commute to work.

    A lot of fun and worth the sleep deprivation 🙂

  15. I finished The Kiss Quotient a few days ago, and it was as wonderful as I’d heard. I read it in less than 24 hours (with other things on my to-do list), and I couldn’t regret a moment of it. The heroine is brilliant (an econometrician–dealing with economics but with more math–at least, that’s how she explains it), empathic, wealthy, and autistic. The author is also autistic, so I trust the portrayal. Stella, the heroine, is 3-dimensional, and very relatable instead of Other. The hero, Michael, is half-Vietnamese/half-Swedish, and is a clothing designer working as an escort to earn money to pay his mother’s medical bills (she has incurable cancer). He’s beyond yummy, and very sensitive to Stella’s needs.

    Okay, I’ll stop babbling about it now. Just go read it already. I read a library copy, but I’m buying it because I’ll be rereading it forever.

    I’m currently reading Penny Reid’s latest entry in her Winston Brothers series, Dr. Strange Beard. It’s a bit less satisfying than I’d hoped. She got preachy at one point re: being supportive of people subjected to racism. (Not that I think being an ally isn’t a good point to illustrate in fiction when it fits, but it loses impact when applied brutally with a heavy club.) And it feels like the heroine is quirky for the sake of quirkiness. Reid has a plethora of quirky characters in her books, but it doesn’t feel like the right tone for this heroine. But I’m still reading because I love the extended family, and I wanted to get to know the hero better since he was peripheral in the other books. We’ll see how it turns out. I’m at the 60% mark, so it could improve, tank, or coast along.

    1. I read reviews (after having the book recommended by a bunch of people) and it looks like it is on the very sexy end of the spectrum. (Which is not my thing, alas.) Was it?

      1. Deborah, I read it and it is definitely on the sexier side. Nothing too out there (no swinging from the chandeliers, orgies, etc), but the characters do consummate their relationship midway through the book and there are several descriptive sex scenes.

        I enjoyed although I do tend to read less sexy rather than more.

  16. I just finished reading a book I picked up at the 2017 RWA convention. Better Get To Livin’ by Sally Kilpatrick. A light-hearted Southern romance that I liked so much, I immediately ordered another couple of her books. Just enough twists to make it stand out, and I liked both the protagonists.

  17. I’m halfway through The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue thanks to a recommendation from here. It’s a fun romp so far.

    I ordered a bunch of Krissie’s back titles, but I can’t start them yet because I just found out I have to lead book group this month because the person who pitched the book will be on vacation. I also have the books I ordered at the library which all arrived at the same time and can’t be renewed. And I bought a copy of Born to be Wilde on my way to the library. So it may be a while before I can offer any reviews because I will be much too busy reading.

    As my favorite Tshirt says, “So many books, so little time”

    1. My favorite T-shirt has a cat laying on a pile of books and says “Cats. Books. Life is Good”

  18. I am listening to The Nix by Nathan Hill. Not my usual thing so I’m reserving judgment. I like the Narrator.

    I’ve heard through the grapevine that my ex-job is thinking of asking me to come back for the beginning of school. So there’s continuity. You know what? If they do ask, I think I’m going to say no.

    I don’t need the stress.

  19. I’m slowly reading Wrede on Writing by Patricia C. Wrede. It’s a collection of essays from her blog about, well, writing. It’s fascinating and has so far gotten me to make some much needed improvements, plus some side work so that I might finally finish this first draft at some point and be able to make it (with help) presentable enough to send out for rejections.

    Since that one is a “work” book (even while being entertaining, it still makes my brain work), I’m also reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers which I’m enjoying, though so far it hasn’t grabbed me and make me chuckle out loud the way her first book, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, did. I feel like a lot of Cherries would enjoy The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. The dialogue and characters are hysterical yet very real.

    Finally, an oldie that I’m slowly rereading/listening to is A Really Cute Corpse by Joan Hess. My husband and I read to each other at night, especially when treatments stress me out, so I’ve been introducing him to all my favorite authors. He loved the first Joan Hess book so much that he suggested working our way through the series. It’s been an age since I went through them in order so it’s a huge amount of fun for me, especially getting to see them new and fresh through his eyes.

  20. GEORGE BOOTH IS ALIVE? Omg. I figured the cartoons the New Yorker prints are homage similar to why/how I read dead poets there. Would he ever be worth having a conversation with right now. “Mr. Booth, what’s your take on” —

    In other reads, I read my first Alisa Craig. Hmm. Charlotte Macleod took time to grow on me, and now I use her books as soothers. Perhaps the same will happen with Craig. I do think nothing that arch would be published today. The only other Canadian author I’ve read, Robinson somebody, had that same arch quality — oh, wait. I’ve read mysteries, and they’re pretty straightforward. Perhaps it was the era. Heyer mysteries have their arch-y moments too. Yeah, got to be the era.

  21. It’s next Wednesday and I suppose I should wait for tomorrow’s Good Book post in order to comment, but who knows what tomorrow will bring my way? I’ve gotten stuck on Jodi Taylor’s The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series and it’s a hoot and a half. It’s History with a sense of adventure. Things get blown up and there’s a guest appearance by Tyrannosaurus Rex and, eventually, Isaac Newton, Jack the Ripper, and Helen of Troy to name a few. Also many cups of tea get drank.


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