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  1. I finished Origin. I love Dan Brown's books and Origin didn't disappoint. Yes, you definitely have to suspend disbelief to enjoy his stories, but that's to be expected when its fiction. Art and history, mysteries, religion, technology, all my favorite subjects mixed together for an interesting read. Once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down. Every time I read one of Brown's books I learn something new and always find plenty of rabbit trails to follow, places and people to look up.
  2. More on Proust In the Footsteps of Marcel Proust Marcel Proust’s Inspiring Thoughts: Essays And Interviews On Reading Proust: Justice Stephen Breyer, interviewed by Ioanna Kohler The world of comic books - The Value of Reading Comics Watch: David Baldacci on Writing One Good Deed What it means to win the Hugo as a Blind person
  3. Good afternoon. After a couple weeks of the Barefoot Bay series by Roxanne St. Claire, I'm ready for something more substantial. I have my head buried in Dan Brown's Origin which is intriguing. Also reading Kwei Quartey's Wife of the Gods and sipping on In search of Young Girls in Flower.
  4. Week 38 is live - please continue the conversation in the new thread
  5. Happy Sunday and welcome to week thirty-eight in our 52 Books rambling roads reading adventure. Greetings to all our readers, welcome to all who are joining in for the first time and everyone following our progress. Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as the central spot to share links to your book reviews. I have Marcel Proust on my mind today. (Thank you Violet Crown) A couple years ago I read Swann's Way which is the first volume of In Search For Lost Time which includes seven volumes: Swann’s Way In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower The Guermantes Way Sodom and Gomorrah The Prisoner The Fugitive Time Regained I had a love/hate relationship with the story. Proust is passionate about everything and long winded; his sentences flow like a river, side streams branching out in every direction. He’s a romantic at heart, with a sense of humor, analyzing everything. Sometimes I got caught up in his whirlpools of emotion and other times, I felt like I was a leaf floating on the surface of the water, bobbing along with no direction, no purpose. His stories aren’t meant to be casually read. His words require you to immerse yourself entirely, his stories experienced and not just observed. Check out Proust's Madeleine moment as well as Pieces of Light discussion on Proustian Memory and the power of memory and sensory experiences. “Taste and smell alone, more fragile but more enduring, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, remained poised a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unflinchingly, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.” ~Marcel Proust Which led me to think about my very own Madeliene moments. It’s on the tip of my tongue, both physically, mentally and emotionally. A taste, a scent, that takes me back. But back to where? A fleeting memory of time past. So amazing how smells and flavors can catch me unaware, make me stop and reflect. There have been many times over the years when a scent wafted past my nose and took me back to high school, or an old house, a day on the lake, or a moment of grief. Honeysuckle takes me back to my first home in Texas and sipping on a honeysuckle bush outside a friend’s house. I can see our block, our neighbors, long forgotten and pushed a bit further into the background of my conscious with each move. My dad was in the military so there were many moves over the years. Our house was the gathering spot and I remember long summer days and evenings playing hide-n-seek, head stands on the front lawn, and the boy next door teasing me. Growing up and even into my 20’s, I couldn’t understand my parents fixation with food when we traveled. The concern of where and when we were going to stop and eat. Do we eat to live or live to eat? It wasn’t until later I realized it wasn’t the food, but the place. Food takes on a different flavor when we equate it with a place, use it as a placeholder for our memories. A favorite restaurant takes on a new meaning when it isn’t the food we are going for, but the camaraderie and a place to rest, think and talk. When my mother died, dad insisted on going to one of their favorite restaurants. Little did I know they’d practically adopted the owner and the staff. Surrounded by love, familiar scents and comfort food, it helped him to grieve. Favorite foods, recipes from the past passed on, not just because they taste good, but because also remind us of mom and grandma and of bright days cooking and puttering around the kitchen, eating and playing games. I love how Proust poetically and philosophically leads us to the point of memory. He could have very well said – It’s on the tip of my tongue. But where is the beauty in that? In 1886, when Proust was 14, he was asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding his writing. The original manuscript was recovered and in 2003, it was sold at auction for $120,000. Below are the questions: What is your idea of perfect happiness? What is your greatest fear? What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? What is the trait you most deplore in others? Which living person do you most admire? What is your greatest extravagance? What is your current state of mind? What do you consider the most overrated virtue? On what occasion do you lie? What do you most dislike about your appearance? Which living person do you most despise? What is the quality you most like in a man? What is the quality you most like in a woman? Which words or phrases do you most overuse? What or who is the greatest love of your life? When and where were you happiest? Which talent would you most like to have? If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? What do you consider your greatest achievement? If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Where would you most like to live? What is your most treasured possession? What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? What is your favorite occupation? What is your most marked characteristic? What do you most value in your friends? Who are your favorite writers? Who is your hero of fiction? Which historical figure do you most identify with? Who are your heroes in real life? What are your favorite names? What is it that you most dislike? What is your greatest regret? How would you like to die? What is your motto? How would you answer these questions? And perhaps create your very own madeleine while doing so. Create a perpetual challenge for yourself or sip read and join me in reading Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. I'll be continuing my read with In Search of Young Girls in Flower Link to week thirty seven
  6. Great pictures @mumto2. Neat living near the prime meridian. Is that one of your son's goals - to hike the prime meridian? Thanks for sharing!
  7. @Kareni Any book you've recommended or sent my way have all been hits and Linesman is wonderfully unique. For non fiction, I often recommend Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing or Alice LaPlante's Making of a Story Fiction wise, it's hard to narrow it down to just one book, much more one genre or author, but I'll try I would recommend James Rollins medical thriller Judas Strain, #4 in his Sigma Force series which lead to reading the entire series. Oh. Lee Child's 61 hours (14th book in his Reacher series) was my introduction to Jack Reacher and I'm slowly working my way through the whole series, weirdly reading them out of order.
  8. I didn't expect to enjoy the Poisonwood Bible as much as I did. This is another one in which the African culture and history plays a big part of the story in the lives of the characters and not necessarily in ways they intended. The story totally engulfs you.
  9. Yes, this was a wonderful book and totally enjoyed the history, culture, and politics mixed in with the family interactions. I was totally pulled in to the lives of all the characters, loved them, hated them, wanted to throw the book across the room, loved them throughout the story. An emotional ride to say the least. I so wished he would publish A Suitable Girl.
  10. @mumto2 Thank you for posting the link to the two threads. I find something new every time I read Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series or Soulwood. Loved the bit about Marilyn Monroe. @Kareni Love the links. Thank you! Are you doing the What's in a name challenge? Sounds like one Bethfishreads used to host. @Liz CAAdding Dead Sea Cipher to my want list. Love those types of mysteries. @Negin So glad to hear you are doing better! @Ottakee Thanking for sharing your blog and experiences. You are an amazing woman. Hugs and wishes for continued strength. @Mothersweets and @melmichigan and @Penguin Waving hi and hugs! @Violet Crown Ha! I missed checking out Apollinaire during my heated moments. So glad you are checking out Proust. I really enjoyed Swann's Way and currently have In Shadow of Young Girls in Flower. I took a class on Proust so was challenged to have my own Madeleine experience, in how a taste or smell can bring back so many memories. @PenHow are you enjoying your first Barbara Cornwell?
  11. She's alive. Thanks for all the well wishes. We have the stomach flu run through our house and it's the gift that keeps on giving. Just when you think you're better, fever hits and energy fades or it's the porcelain express all over again. More than you wanted to know, I bet. It's knocked all three of us for a loop and John was well enough to go to work today, although I think he's regretting it at this point with more house stress. Nesting with fluffy romance reads - Roxanne St. Claire's Barefoot bay series and watching you tube videos with James. Learning more than I ever wanted to know about Zelda Games and Star Wars Theory.😀
  12. I have the flu so could one of you please link the threads. Going back to bed. Thanks Our next 52 Books Bingo category is Medical and Legal Thrillers. Medical thrillers may involve a mysterious disease such as Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain or center around doctors or medical personnel such as in Robin Cook's Coma. Legal thrillers center around lawyers and judges, legal issues, and courtroom drama such as John Grisham's The Firm or Brad Meltzer's The Tenth Justice. The International Thriller Writers society has published several short story anthologies including Thrillers: 100 Must Reads and is a great source for writers who write all types of thrillers. Another great source is Crime Reads. 10 Best Legal Thrillers That Bring the Courtroom Drama according to Celedon Books. ABA Journal's Pick for the Top 10 Law Novels of the Last 10 Years The 21 Best Legal Thrillers of the 21st Century, Ranked 10 Legal Thrillers on Alafair Burke’s Bookshelf Pinterest list of Medical Thrillers Crimereads 9 Great Medical Thrillers chosen by a physician and the Enduring Power of the Medical Thriller. Mystery Sequels Medical Thriller authors and Legal Thriller authors. Amazon New Releases - Legal Thrillers and Medical Thrillers Indian Prairie Public Library All Time Faves: Medical Thrillers
  13. Good morning. I'm currently immersed in Jayne Ann Krentz's romantic suspense novel - Promise Not to Tell "Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire burned through the compound killing her mother. And now one of her artists has taken her own life, but not before sending Virginia a last picture...a painting that makes Virginia doubt everything about the so-called suicide—and her own past... Like Virginia, PI Cabot Sutter was one of the children in the cult who survived that fire—and only he can help her now. As they struggle to unravel the clues in the picture, it becomes clear that someone thinks Virginia knows more than she does and that she must be stopped. Thrown into an inferno of desire and deception, Virginia and Cabot draw ever closer to the mystery of their shared memories—and the shocking fate of the one man who still wields the power to destroy everything they hold dear."
  14. Week 36 is live - please continue conversation on new thread.
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