Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Philip Roth - Indignation: A Novel

12. Indignation: A Novel by Philip Roth (2008)
Length: 233 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started: 6 May 2017
Finished: 9 May 2017
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 18 December 2016
Why do I have it? I like historical fiction and had read and enjoyed The Ghost Writer by the same author in the past.

In 1951, during the second year of the Korean War, an intensely studious young man has just transferred from Newark, New Jersey to begin his sophomore year on the highly conservative campus of Winesburg College in Ohio. As the son of a kosher butcher, Marcus Messner finds that he can no longer take his father's attitude towards him. It would seem as if Marcus' father - the once-sturdy, hardworking neighborhood butcher - has become increasingly fearful for his beloved son. While Marcus' harried, long-suffering mother claims that his father's apprehension only stems from his immense love and pride in Marcus and his many accomplishments, the young man can no longer deny that his father's treatment of him has produced too much tension in their relationship.

To Marcus, the once jovial and diligent store-owner seems to have changed almost overnight. His inexplicable anxiety seems to stem primarily from the man's misperceptions about the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers that he imagines lurks around every corner for his beloved boy. It is this eccentric behavior that finally forces Marcus to move far away from his parents; as he believes that he can no longer endure their stifling behavior. So Marcus leaves the local college where he is originally enrolled and transfers to the pastoral, illustrious and elite campus of Ohio's Winesburg College.

It is in this midwestern college, where Marcus must find his own way among the customs and constrictions of a completely different world. Philip Roth's twenty-ninth novel Indignation, is a remarkable departure from his more recent books; this is a story of inexperience, foolishness, sexual discovery, intellectual resistance, courage, personal integrity, and error. It is a powerful story told with all the inventiveness and wit that the author has at his command.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; although I cannot adequately explain what I liked most about the story. In my opinion, it was a easy read for me, and quite a unique story. I found myself avidly wanting to know what would happen next and how the story would eventually develop. I would certainly give this book an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, May 6, 2017

I'm on a Roll With my Reading!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! Although having said that, I will admit that my reading pace is beginning to pick up very slightly. I had some really good news from my doctor on Thursday afternoon, so on my errand day the next day - Friday, April 14th - I decided to treat myself to a box of ten jigsaw puzzles.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 181 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! Actually, I've finished three jigsaw puzzles from my collection - the most recent one was a 500-piece puzzle of four large cats playing on the desk in someone's study, which I finished on Sunday evening, April 30th!

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I have watched several movies dealing with historical events. While I love watching movies about history, I don't think I have watched as many movies as I have over the past two months. The most recent one was Thirteen Days - a movie that was released in 2000 and starred Bruce Greenwood, Stephen Culp and Kevin Costner. It was about the Cuban Missile Crisis and was broadcast on Friday night, April 28th!

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Errands: A Novel by Judith Guest which I finished on Thursday May 4th! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book again, but I also made sure to rewrite my review as well. I have just chosen my next book that I want to read: Indignation: A Novel by Philip Roth. This book has been on my TBR pile for about five months or so. It was actually one of Mareena's 'just because' gifts for December of 2016.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Judith Guest - Errands: A Novel

Reread. Errands: A Novel by Judith Guest (1997)
Length: 335 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction 
Originally Read: 13 December 2009
Reread Finished: 4 May 2017
Where did it come from? Originally from a Library Book Sale, then from my "keeper" shelf.

So, as I have said before, Mareena actually chose this book for me. Well, I guess that I actually chose the book for myself, but Mareena had dug around on my bookshelf and grabbed four books that she knew I hadn't read in a long while. Both books that I had chosen to read again were too recent in my memory; at least once I had read the synopsis of each book. So, after some deliberation over the titles that Mareena offered me, I eventually chose this book to read.

I had originally acquired this book from a Library Book Sale that Mareena and I went to on November of 2009 and read it for the first time over one day in December of 2009 - from December 12th, to December 13th! My reread of the book took place almost eight years later, over a week in April of 2017 - from April 27th, to May 4th! Since I have read this book at least twice, I have put the book back on my bookshelf and will probably read it one more time.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, May 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For April at Moonshine and Rosefire


Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading month for yourselves. I am known as Rosefire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog. I originally posted my reviews over at my daughter's blog, Emeraldfire's Bookmark but am now in the process of transferring them all over to my own blog. My daughter makes blogging look like so much fun that I thought that I would try it out for myself! :)

Anyway, I started out April with 1,059 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,058 books unread. Also, it would appear that for the second time this year, I didn't receive any new books! Oh, my goodness! - :)

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Charming Billy: A Novel by Alice McDermott
- Changes by Danielle Steel
- Three Junes: A Novel by Julia Glass

Well, there it is...the breakdown! All in all, a very good reading month for me. Here's a further breakdown:

Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 290
Grade Range: A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was April. I hope that you all had an equally good reading month; if not a little better. :) See you all next month! :)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April's Book of the Month

 

Hello Everyone! I chose the picture posted above because it reminds me of reading to my daughter Mareena when she was little. Every afternoon until she was about eight or nine years old, we would take one of her books that she wanted to read or that she was reading and we would curl up together on my big bed. 

We would spend an hour or so reading a chapter of her book, and then take a nap together. Her absolutely favorite author at that time was an English author named Enid Blyton. Ahh, nice memories... 

My picks for 'Books of the Month' will be decidedly more adult these days, but they will be from almost any genre. April's Book of the Month is:


The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb
  Published as: The Vanishing in January 2014
Publisher: Hyperion Books



Birth Name: Wendy K. Webb
Born: in St. Louis Park, Minnesota 

Canonical Name: Wendy Webb
Pseudonyms: None

The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb was the tenth book that I read in 2017. I have had this book on my TBR pile since March 27, 2017 and it took me twenty-one days to read. I sent this book off to another good home on May 8, 2017

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, April 28, 2017

I Think That my Reading Pace is Getting Back to Normal!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! I had some really good news from my doctor on Thursday afternoon, so on my errand day the next day - Friday, April 14th - I decided to treat myself to a box of ten jigsaw puzzles.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 173 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! I have also started doing jigsaw puzzles again as well. So far, I've finished my giant box of twelve - on Saturday afternoon, April 8th - and started doing some puzzles that are already in my collection. Actually, I've finished two jigsaw puzzles from my collection - the most recent one was a 750-piece puzzle called 'Frederick the Literate' which I just finished on Saturday afternoon, April 22nd!

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I watched The Day Reagan Was Shot and S. O. S. Titanic on television. The first movie was released in 2001, but was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Thursday, March 30th! The second movie was originally broadcast over two days in September of 1979. It was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Friday, April 14th - the 105-year anniversary of the sinking of the R. M. S. Titanic.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb which I finished on Wednesday, April 19th! I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book, despite taking such a long time to do so. Since I last wrote about my issues with finding another book to read, Mareena told me that the two books that I had chosen for myself - Abide With Me: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout and The Crooked Branch: A Novel by Jeanine Cummings were actually ones that I had read more recently than I thought!

So, Mareena dug out three or four books that I had read before, but much later than my choices. After much deliberation, I finally chose Errands: A Novel by Judith Guest to read again, and started it yesterday - Thursday, April 27th! I read this book for the first time back in December of 2009 - so, it has been almost eight years since I have read the book.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Once Again, Mareena Saves the Day!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! I had some really good news from my doctor on Thursday afternoon, so on my errand day the next day - Friday, April 14th - I decided to treat myself to a box of ten jigsaw puzzles.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 170 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! I have also started doing jigsaw puzzles again as well. So far, I've finished my giant box of twelve - on Saturday afternoon, April 8th - and started doing some puzzles that are already in my collection. Actually, I've finished two jigsaw puzzles from my collection - the most recent one was a 750-piece puzzle called 'Frederick the Literate' which I just finished on Saturday afternoon, April 22nd!

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I watched The Day Reagan Was Shot and S. O. S. Titanic on television. The first movie was released in 2001, but was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Thursday, March 30th! The second movie was originally broadcast over two days in September of 1979. It was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Friday, April 14th - the 105-year anniversary of the sinking of the R. M. S. Titanic.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb which I finished on Wednesday, April 19th! I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book, despite taking such a long time to do so. Since I last wrote about my issues with finding another book to read, Mareena told me that the two books that I had chosen for myself - Abide With Me: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout and The Crooked Branch: A Novel by Jeanine Cummings were actually ones that I had read more recently than I thought! Anyway, Mareena dug out three or four books that I had read before, but much later than my choices.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight