WWW Wednesday, 23-March-2022

23 Mar

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Kelly

Currently reading: I don’t think I read any of The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson again. I wish this book grabbed me more so I had a reason to push forward with it, but it hasn’t demanded my attention as some have.
I read a chapter from True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey which felt great! I’d love to make more progress with this one since I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Hopefully I can keep that up.
The weather has finally started to turn warm so I’ve been able to listen to Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie while running consistently. I’m so close! I know I’ll have this one finished next week.

Recently finished: I’m feeling confident I’ll have something next week!

51FUsCV0vdLReading next: I’ll get to A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman. Eventually
I’m really hopeing I’ll start Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati next week. It seems like a good time to start a nice long audiobook.

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WWW Wednesday, 16-March-2022

16 Mar

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
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What do you think you’ll read next?

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Ghost

Currently reading: I didn’t read The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson this week. I know I’m really close to finishing it, I just haven’t had any good time for an ebook so it’s lingering. If I can find a good time in my schedule to open it consistently, it will finish quickly, but I haven’t found a good time for that.
I did get through some of True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I’ve been making an effort to read a few pages before bed each night and it’s great to see some progress here!
It’s been nice enough (between snow storms) for some running so I’ve made progress with Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie, too! I’ve got about 10% left in the audio. Here’s hoping it stays nice enough to finish it up soon!

Recently finished: Optimism, optimism.

91tzXN8Fp0LReading next: Here’s hoping I get to A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman some time in March. We’ll see if I can make that happen.
With the summer rolling around, I think I can get to  Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati soon. It’s just a matter of how long it will take to finish once I start.

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WWW Wednesday, 9-March-2022

9 Mar

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
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What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: I didn’t open The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. It was one of those weeks where I blinked and it was gone. It’s one of those weeks I’m surprised I had time to write this!
I read nothing in True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey either. Our house got hit hard by a stomach bug so it was a lot of sleep, naps, and TV time on the couch. Luckily, everyone is better now so I’m optimistic about next week!
I don’t think I grabbed any time for Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie either. We finally have spring weather and I was hoping to go for a run, but the stomach bug doesn’t lend it self well to that. Maybe next weekend?

Recently finished: I’m sure no one is surprised to have me say ‘Maybe next week’ here. I’ll stay optimistic.

51FUsCV0vdLReading next: I’ll push A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman another week. I’m sure this will all happen eventually, but life has pulled me in other directions right now.
At this pace, it will take me a year to finish Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati. Maybe summer sports and time out of the house will give me some more listening time.

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WWW Wednesday, 2-March-2022

2 Mar

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What are you currently reading?
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What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: I didn’t really have a lot of time for The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson this week. It felt like the week flew by since my partner had some big work deadlines and I had my hands full with Baby. Things should slow down a bit now so I hope to get back to this.
I made some minor progress with True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I try to read at least two pages each night and I even finished a chapter last week!
Unfortunately, there was snow again so I got to listen to some of Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie while shoveling. I’m really hoping that’s the end of the snow for this season! I’m getting so tired of shoveling.

Recently finished: I feel like I’ve been saying ‘Maybe next week’ for a month, but I’ll keep with that mantra for another week.

51FUsCV0vdLReading next: I’m remaining optimistic. I hope to have started A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman next week. Keeping my fingers crossed.
With continued optimism, maybe I’ll have started Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati, too! Wouldn’t that be something?

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WWW Wednesday, 23-February-2022

23 Feb

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What do you think you’ll read next?

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Kelly

Currently reading: I keep moving forward a page at a time with The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. It feels like Baby wakes up the second I open it. Maybe next week?
I’ve chipped away at True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey, too. I don’t want to sacrifice sleep too much to read yet, but it does feel nice to make some forward progress.
We had more snow so I was listening to Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie while I shoveled. I’m about 2/3 done and I’m hoping I find a time other than snow shoveling to finish it!

Recently finished: I thin I’ll finish my ebook next. We’ll see.

91tzXN8Fp0LReading next: I’m hopeful that next week I’ll have started A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman. It seems like it will be a quick read so I’m excited about this.
If audio goes faster than expected, Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati will be the next book I start. I’m ready for the long haul with this one!

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WWW Wednesday, 16-February-2022

16 Feb

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Ghost

Currently reading: I finished a chapter in The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson but nothing to brag about. I want to get back to it soon since there was a really surprising end to that chapter! Hopefully soon.
The transition to having Baby sleep in the nursery is going well! I’ve been able to read some of True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey a few nights before going to sleep. It’s slow progress, but after months of nothing, it feels wonderful.
Not much with Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie this week. There wasn’t snow to shovel and it’s too icy to run so I’m slowing down here. I’m sure I’ll find time to pick it up again, just nothing immediate.

Recently finished: Nothing again. I’m a bit up in the air what the next book I finish will be!

51FUsCV0vdLReading next: I do think I’ll need an ebook next so A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman seems a likely pick. It will be fun to have a thriller/horror book. It’s been a while since I enjoyed one.
Despite my intimidation, I’m determined to pick up Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati. I think I’m ready for the long-term commitment!

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WWW Wednesday, 9-February-2022

9 Feb

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Currently reading: I made the slightest progress with The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson this week. We’re adjusting to some new parts of Baby’s schedule and it’s given us some sleepless nights and long days but we’re getting there!
We’re trying Baby sleeping in the nursery so I’m optimistic I might get back to True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey soon. Even a few pages before bed would be amazing.
The snow this week helped me make progress in Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie. Listening to an audiobook makes shoveling the sidewalk a little less miserable! (Though I still don’t love it.)

Recently finished: Waiting patiently.

91tzXN8Fp0LReading next: I’ve still got A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman next up for an ebook.
My plan is to listen to Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati next but I’ll honestly say I’m intimidated by how long it is! I’m so slow on audio right now that this is a major commitment!

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WWW Wednesday, 2-February-2022

2 Feb

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Kelly

Currently reading: I fell off this week with The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. Things were a little nuts with bad weather and a fussy baby so we’re just surviving now and that’s fine.
Again, nothing with True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I was so tired this week that I’m not surprised picking up a book to read for five minutes wasn’t on my agenda. I’ll get to it eventually I’m sure.
I did make a bit of progress in Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie. I took Baby to visit a friend who is due soon and it was a bit of a drive each way. Baby was babbling but otherwise happy and I turned on the audio to keep me entertained. We were both fine with the arrangement.

Recently finished: Nothing again. I’m sure I’ll get there soon, but I’m in no rush.

51FUsCV0vdLReading next: If I need an ebook next as I suspect, I’ll grab A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman.
However, I’m starting to think I might get to an audiobook sooner since I’ve slowed down so much on my ebook reading. Next on the docket for me is a long haul, Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati. It’s been about three years since I read the first book in this series and I enjoyed the story and was frustrated when I learned it wasn’t a standalone book. I’m hoping the second in the series will provide a more satisfactory ending.

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WWW Wednesday, 26-January-2022

26 Jan

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Ghost

Currently reading: I wasn’t quite as good this week about getting through The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. I’m being patient with myself and remembering that some weeks are better than others. I’m sure I’ll get there.
I don’t have any ideas yet on how I can find more time for True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. We’re getting close to when Baby is going to start sleeping in another room, so that might be what finally gives me the time. I do miss this story as I was really enjoying it.
I made a decent dent in Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie. I have a better idea of where the plot is going to go and I’m looking forward to the mystery Downie has woven for this installment!

Recently finished: Nothing new this week. I’m not surprised, though. I did manage to post my review of The Ghosts of Eden Park on Monday so please check that out! I gave it Three out of Five Stars but I feel like that rating doesn’t convey how much I enjoyed it.

91tzXN8Fp0LReading next: I think I’ll finish my ebook soon once I get back to a groove which will mean I’m picking up A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman next. It will be fun to have a thriller!

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Book Review: The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott (3/5)

24 Jan

I heard of this book when a friend from college, Becca, mentioned it on her Instagram page. I have a lot of family in Cincinnati and I love my 1920s bootlegger stories so it seemed custom made for me. I enjoyed the book a bit more than I think my rating lets on, but not enough to raise the rating to a 4. I’m a stickler like that.

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Summary from Amazon:

In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he’s a multi-millionaire. The press calls him “King of the Bootleggers,” writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new cars for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States.

Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt’s bosses at the Justice Department hired her right out of law school, assuming she’d pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It’s a decision with deadly consequences. With the fledgling FBI on the case, Remus is quickly imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act. Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government–and that can only end in murder.

Remus’s story reminded me of Gatsby in many ways and I think the parallels are justified. He had a persona, a larger-than-life life that everyone had to know wouldn’t last. I enjoyed hearing about his heyday as a bootlegging king more than I liked the trials that followed. I felt the story got bogged down in legal details toward the end. I recognize that part of the story is probably the easiest to write about since so much of it was reported, but it wasn’t as interesting from a reader’s point of view. I did like that Abbott left it a bit up to her reader to decide if Remus really was mad or not.

Imogen and Remus both seemed a bit too much like caricatures. I’m not sure if that’s the way they acted for the press or if they really were like that, but it came off as a show. Late in the book, it’s obvious Remus is acting in a way to present himself as unhinged, but earlier in the book it seems like a persona he wanted to affect. Maybe this was part of what made the book a little ‘off’ to me. They just seemed so much larger than life that I couldn’t buy it.

It was hard to dislike Remus as a character with the way he was presented. He was scrappy and resourceful in a way you want an anti-hero to be. I couldn’t celebrate the things he did, but he was good at them. He understood what people wanted and used those motivations to his advantage. It seems unfortunate he put so much trust in Imogen, but you also want a man to trust his wife the way Remus trusted Imogen. I disliked him more at the end when he gamed the system to get out of such a horrible crime. That’s another thing that soured the book for me toward the end.

It was hard to relate to these characters. Prohibition is such a unique time in American history that it can be difficult to think of what it was like to live during the period. I think future generations will feel the same way about the COVID pandemic. Imogen and Remus’s social standing also made them seem a bit more untouchable than others I’ve read about. The mansion they owned was straight out of a movie! They were American Royalty in their day, something I don’t aspire to be.

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Karen Abbott Image via the author’s website

The lavish lifestyle Remus and Imogen led for a time was the most interesting part of the book to me. The ultra wealthy have had a variety of ways of showing off their wealth throughout history and the home they had and the parties they threw were quintessential of their day. While it seemed too good to be true, it was fun to read about.

The ending of the book seemed too different from the beginning. It was a good example of life being stranger than fiction for sure. We hadn’t questioned Remus’s sanity the entire book and then at the end, we’re made to reexamine if what we’ve heard was the story of a madman. It seemed a little too odd to me and wasn’t as enjoyable as the early parts of the book.

While there are two narrators credited, Rob Shapiro narrated a lot more of the story than Cassandra Campbell did. Shapiro narrated Remus’s story while Campbell took Willebrandt’s. Willebrandt’s story fell off to me about half way through the book and Shapiro took over the large bulk of the narration. I liked both narrators. Non fiction doesn’t lend itself to as much range in voice performance but both were able to keep tensions running and bring out the characters. Shapiro’s voices for Remus helped portray the larger-than-life persona he affected.

Remus is a shining example of how money can’t buy happiness. He was probably one of the richest men in America but his marriage was rocky and he had few friends. His story highlights how money causes more problems than it solves. The comparison to Gatsby is very apt and I might even call this the real life Gatsby story. It would be better in a more fictionalized adaptation to see how Imogen and Remus’s relationship might have played out.

Writer’s Takeaway: Toward the end, Abbott seemed to rely so heavily on first-person sources that the story started to suffer. There was so much source material for her to work from and it seemed a little bit too crammed in. I would have appreciated a little more speculation or some more straight forward linking between stories to make it feel a bit like fiction.

I enjoyed the book, but it won’t be a favorite. Three out of Five Stars.

This book fulfilled the 1920-1939 time period of the When Are You Reading? Challenge.

Until next time, write on.

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