Monday, March 18, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a bookish meme hosted by Book Journey. It's where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It's a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list. So hop on over via the link above and join in...and leave a comment here so I can check out what you are reading.
Still running at least three books behind.  Can't seem to catch up this year....

Books Read (click on titles for review): 
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
The Perfect Landscape by Ragna Sigurdardottir 
The Diplomat & the Gold Piano by Margaret Scherf 
The Lady Vanishes (aka The Wheel Spins) by Ethel Lina White 

Currently Reading:
Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams: Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. And getting them back will mean getting tangled up in a murder investigation as complicated as the mysteries solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes. With soccer practice, schoolwork, and the lead role in her town's production of Alice in Wonderland, Ingrid is swamped. But as things in Echo Falls keep getting curiouser and curiouser, Ingrid realizes she must solve the murder on her own -- before it's too late!
AND (one fiction & one non-fiction)
A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield:  Recounts the colorful history of cochineal, a legendary red dye that was once one of the world's most precious commodities. Treasured by the ancient Mexicans, cochineal was sold in the great Aztec marketplaces, where it attracted the attention of the Spanish conquistadors in 1519. Shipped to Europe, the dye created a sensation, producing the brightest, strongest red the world had ever seen. Soon Spain's cochineal monopoly was worth a fortune.  Pirates, explorers, alchemists, scientists, and spies -- all joined the chase for cochineal, a chase that lasted more than three centuries. A Perfect Red tells their stories -- true-life tales of mystery, empire, and adventure, in pursuit of the most desirable color on earth.

Books that spark my interest:
Holiday Homicide by Rufus King
The Hollow Chest by Alice Tilton
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The African Queen by C. S. Forester
Hammett Unwritten by Owen Fitzstephen

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