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About my libraryMy reading logs are tagged by year. 2000-2007 tallies do not include rereads.

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Favorite authorsSarah Addison Allen, Chelsea Cain, Orson Scott Card, Raymond Chandler, Teri Coyne, Robert Crais, Gillian Flynn, Cornelia Funke, Elizabeth Hand, Joanne Harris, John Hart, K. W. Jeter, James Patrick Kelly, Tabitha King, Ira Levin, Jeff Long, Patrick Ness, Carol O'Connell, Jodi Picoult, Neal Shusterman, Karin Slaughter, Julia Spencer-Fleming (Shared favorites)

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Ugh. Sorry, Victoria. I'll try again today. We have house guests and that has moved us from ordinarily busy to insanely so.
Hi! Yes, I'll call the vet and order more and ask about picking it up at your vet. What is their name and address?

My best friend from 8th - 10th grade is coming to visit tomorrow (I last saw her at my wedding!) so I may be erratic for the next few weeks. Denise Mina and Ian Rankin are doing book signings here in October. Denise Mina!!!

I hope you are well and that the refreshment you took from your fabulous cruise is still with you. How is Feni?
Hi Victoria:
I think Im going to start reading the Longmire book tomorrow after I finish all my chores. Judy should be ready on Monday so I don't think we'll be too far from each other reading wise.
Hi Victoria, I am waiting for my library copy to come in. It's in transit so I will probably pick it up Monday morning and be reading it by Monday afternoon. I'm looking forward to this one!
Happy Holidays Victoria!
Thanksgiving's today for us. Dirk is putting the turkey in the oven right now -- it's only 6 lbs, so we should be okay, although he's taking his sweet time getting it ready.
No, just busy getting things on track after a week away. This weekend we host students from Vienna, here for a debate tournament, so I've been getting the guest room up to inhabitation. It had become the place to put stuff, so I've been busy. And just daily life take time. Today I successfully located distilled water (for the triops tank Charlotte bought at the Paris science museum) at a gas station. It's gotten cold -- but no real snow so far. The kids totally don't believe that school is not going to be canceled if snow is on the ground. That'll be a moment of awakening! Next is finding an eye doctor since I'm due for new glasses and a new gyn (just ick. But necessary. Do I dare just go with a German speaker?).

Hi Victoria: are you reading Through The Evil Days yet?
You'll get to Paris, silly.
It is! And I've gotten us an apartment in Montmartre. I am very excited and I've been planning all kinds of things I think the kids will like, like climbing to the top of Notre Dame to see the gargoyles close up and a trip to Angelina's, which has the best hot chocolate in Paris. We had such a good trip to Venice, so I think we'll have fun.
Well, if I liked it, then you're sure not to! Look at Hunting and Gathering. Do you want anything from Paris? We're going on Saturday. How lucky am I?
How about Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda? I'm reading it now and it's fun, although a little more heart-warming than I prefer. For WWII, there's Suite Francaise, which is amazing, and also The Girl at the Lion D'Or or Charlotte Grey (book is much, much better than the movie) by Sebastian Faulks? Louis Bayard has a good historical novel called The Black Tower. If you want the Revolution there's A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel, but City of Darkness, City of Light by Marge Piercy is less serious and tells the story from the point of views of a few women. The Paris Wife is about Hemingway's first wife and about Paris, Alan Furst writes good spy thrillers set around WWII, several of those are set in Paris. Look, you got me started and I'm going to stop now. Let me know if you need more suggestions.
I would love to read that with you. I think Lisa's already read it, but I'll double check with her.
No, I'll have to get a copy. Was it good? Are Susan and Archie a thing?
I know. I was thinking that it wouldn't be the same without you. But Christina_reads is doing it. And we can't meet to pretend to write together anyway...
Glad to see you back! I was starting to worry about you! Hope you will continue to participate in the 2014 challenge, despite some differences of opinion in the group.
It's great to see you back! You've been missed!
Those lips are made to quiver.
I hope you're having a good summer! Just wanted to let you know I'm getting ready to start Interred With Their Bones if you're still interested in a tandem read.
I'll tell Meatie to set his alarm a little earlier than usual on Saturday.
Nine at Pelham Mill dog park.
Nine or ten?
No, now Friday no longer works. Are you free anytime this weekend? Saturday morning? It's just busy and the kids are home. They're working on getting their rooms ready for viewing and in getting rid of old toys. Charlotte's working. Not entirely sure what Max is up to, but I lack the determination to go look.
Things are nuts. But Wednesday or Friday evenings would work for me and I know Meatloaf has no firm plans. Presently he is either napping or has not yet gotten up for the day. The storms wore him out.
Same dog park? When works best for you? I've gathered all the information the rescue group gave us for you to have a look through if you'd like. It basically boiled down to GREYHOUNDS ARE AWESOME!, but with some interesting facts and ideas in there, too.
How funny! We've set out the traveling crates so that the pets can be familiar with them. Max has gotten Emmie to go in hers now and again, but Tarzan loves all of them, especially the large dog crate. He sleeps in there. He'll be disappointed to get a cat size crate for the trip.
I'm free after 11:00 and before 2:30. Does that work for you?
I'm glad you're getting better. Take care of that cough, though. Maybe cut back on the smoking?

Let's get together! Let me know when works for you and I'll make it work for me.
How are you feeling? You got whalloped!
Interesting. We go to Germany for a week starting Sunday, to find a place to live and introduce the kids to things. It will nice to be able to get a picture of where we'll live and be able to decide what to take.

How does the week after next look for you?

I am soooo looking forward to the long flights! Imagine -- you have to sit there and not do anything but read! Also, people will bring you something to drink whenever you want it. It's like a fantasy life. I'm spending more brain space considering which books to bring than I am anything of substance.
Hey! I actually finished Ashford several days ago...I'm just so behind on my reviews! I assume you are done as well. What did you think? I liked it very much overall; it's a nice change from the Pink Carnation books (not that I don't still love them!). I felt very conflicted about Bea's character. On the one hand, I felt sorry for her because she was so unhappy. But on the other hand, I wanted to shake her throughout most of the book! She made a stupid marital decision and then almost ruined her friend's life because of it. I did like the way things turned out, although I felt like the ending was too abrupt. As usual, the modern story was less interesting than the historical one...I don't feel like I spent enough time with Clemmie to connect with her.

Sorry for all the rambling! Would love to hear your thoughts as well...I'll go check out your thread to see if you've posted them already! :)

We can start whenever you want. How about this weekend? I'lll try to begin on Saturday. I'm glad you got it finally.

Wow, you're far ahead of me! I'm a little less than halfway through Ashford. I do like it so far, especially the historical section. I think this book is less silly and more mature than her Pink Carnation books, which is a good thing (although silly has its place!). I do find the modern sections pretty dull so far...and it took me a while to figure out that Jon wasn't actually to Clemmie. I am very curious to see how everything will play out!
I've got twenty pages left in UF. I'll finish it tomorrow morning. Vowell does have a fondness for puritans, doesn't she?
I've got twenty pages left in UF. I'll finish it tomorrow morning. Vowell does have a fondness for puritans, doesn't she?
Oh, yay! Let's do it then! Looking forward to discussing The Ashford Affair with you. :)
Really, I'm almost done. For a while there I was on a non-fiction kick, which ended partway through UF. I'll finish in the next few days.
No, a real snake, a juvenile and I couldn't tell if it was a variety of a brown snake, a rat snake or a copperhead. We trapped it under a tupperware (not being used ever again), but Max thought it might not get enough air and so accidentally let it go. I may have yelled. So there is a mystery snake loose in our yard that may or may not be venomous. No deaths so far!

I'm halfway through Unfamiliar Fishes. I like Vowell, so I'm enjoying it, but not as much as her other books. Of course, I don't have a trip to Hawai'i in my future!
You're asking me to get up and go to where my phone is charging to check my schedule. Today involved a snake. I'll let you know tomorrow!

I'm a little past halfway in Unfamiliar Fishes and enjoying it. I hope Feni survived the rain.
I finished Monuments Men late last night. Absolutely loved it. One of my favorite books of the year.

I see that Edsel has a book out next month about the monuments men in Italy. It's called Saving Italy.

Also saw that the George Clooney movie is filming now and will be released right before Christmas.
I am at about 75% and will likely finish it today. Really enjoying it. It's more fast-paced than I expected.

I'm about a third of the way through. I am enjoying it but find I can't read it for long stretches. There's also the fact that RL has been quite busy and I haven't been reading much.

I'll keep at it, reading some every day.
It starts at noon. I've never been to the Lazy Goat. I'm looking forward to it, too. And driving downtown is easy. Everyone's driving slowly.
I finished removing wallpaper today. I'd left the stuff behind the toilet for last for a reason! And it's almost all resurfaced, which is a dusty job.

You rated a book just a half star? Wow, it must have stunk!
There are no chapter breaks in Unfamiliar Fishes. And, yes, it took me fifty pages to find that out. I thought to myself, "it's getting late. I'll just finish this chapter and go to bed."
I don't think I'm as far along as you but I am enjoying it. I had no idea that the U.S. arts community starting planning ahead.

I'm also finding the names easy to forget. I think I'm focusing more on what was done than on who did it.
I started Monuments Men. Didn't get too far into it yet but it has pulled me right in.
How about sooner, rather than later?

I'm about halfway through a mystery but have no other books going on right now.

I'm off of work on Monday, too...
I've started Unfamiliar Fishes. And I got the tickets for the William Kent Krueger lunch. I'm looking forward to that.
Unfamiliar Fishes in April?
Have you noticed that William Kent Krueger will be in Greenville?
You obviously liked Kindness Goes Unpunished a lot to have read it so quickly! I didn't get as much reading time in over this weekend as I hoped so I'm only just starting Chapter 5. I love Walt Longmire, I had forgotten just how easily the reader is drawn into his world. I hope to get some time this evening to get a few more chapters under my belt. I will probably finish either tomorrow or Tuesday.
Sounds like a plan, I will probably start it later tonight.

I finished it last night, and you're right, the story gets increasingly hard boiled toward the end. I can't wait for your overall thoughts!

I was going to tell you that I am plowing through it as well! I am really enjoying it. I'll be finished shortly.
Yes, let's begin March Violets! The timing worked very well, I just finished a book that I have to take back to the library.

How was your trip? Have a good week-end, despite the rain!
Say Hi to Lori for me and enjoy your trip! Destressing is very, very important. Happy Valentine's Day!
I am very happy your house did not catch fire. I suppose that this has now been fixed?
What did you do with the first two Corley guys? The third guy won't find them while he's under the house, will he?
What did the Corley guy say?

It's only for two years! And Munich is really in the middle of Europe, which is great for seeing things. I'm going to look at it as an extended trip -- a Grand Tour kind of thing. Of course, the packing up part just makes me nuts already, but hopefully the first meeting with the relocation person will calm me down.

How's work going? What are our chances of getting an ice storm?
These are easy and awesome:

There won't be ice tomorrow morning. That's saved for Friday. Just more relentless gray. Dogs are frisky. Cat is wet. Making chicken noodle soup for dinner tomorrow. I plan to incorporate kale. But I'll make cheddar biscuits to compensate.

Your next book needs to be at least four stars. How are you liking Swamplandia!?
Hi Victoria: If you do decide to read Monuments Men, please let me know and I may join you. I have to rummage around my shelves and my Kindle to see if I own any more space-related books.
The David Peace book does look interesting. I'll have to go back and find out who recommended it to me. I should read it first, though, and there are a few books ahead of it. This weather is the pits. And this is the week both children lost all electronic privileges. You know, I should really check the weather before meting out punishments, because this one is as hard on me as it is on the kids. Max has finished his library books. He is considering working hard enough to get all As because he found out there are places in FL that let you swim with manatees. I have promised him that if he delivers the grades.

This rain is lousy, but at least we're not having flooding, like in TN.
Well done! I haven't even started. lol.
You didn't rush me. I was joking. ;) It's one of those books you get into and just plow right through.

Talk to you later,
I finished reading Devil last night too. I knew you were going to finish, so I *had* to too. Kind of like having a running partner. I still haven't composed all my thoughts yet either. As for the birds, don't you think they must have clipped the wings of some of them, if not most of them? There's no way the birds would've stayed otherwise, even for great eats. & yes, early on they would've had to have fed them. There wouldn't have been enough food in the landscape. If there had been, the birds would've already been there before the construction started. After the fair got rolling though, I'm sure people were feeding the ducks and leaving enough food litter behind to take care of it.

Di (aka brucekraft) hated the book last year, and her comment was that he'd put two stories together that didn't have enough to do with each other, other than the contrast of "white" perfect and "black" evil - the idea of a snake in Eden. However, the murders didn't happen at the fair or because of the fair. I loved Devil, but I have to agree with Di. The book would've been stronger if it had focused on the fair, perhaps with more on labor issues and the aftermath. As for Holmes, he didn't have enough for a stand-alone book in Devil, but that could've easily been remedied by filling in information on the changing role of women in the workplace/the rise of the independent young woman, and of course the question everyone has been asking - what was the Chicago police force doing? What were those private detectives doing? What were the tenants thinking? After all, when Geyer started asking questions the neighbors to the rented houses all had seen weird things. - Of course, lack of documentation would be a hindrance to some of this, but there's certainly more information - what cops had what beats - what kinds of people were being arrested for what crimes - was the police force regarded as reliable or corrupt - Larson mentioned the nepotism in Chicago politics reached to the police force, but by how much? There's plenty of material for another book.
I don't know if you saw my comment in (what I think is) your thread on the 2013 Challenge, but yes, I would still like to read Solaris with you. I will probably grab the book next week.
Here's a link to several of Louis Sullivan's buildings. The Carson Pirie Scott building is sure familiar!
I'm on page 168 or something like that. After seeing how the poor female architect has been treated and the planned exhibit from the Congo, I'm thinking a modern American walking through the fair would be shocked by things that seem sexist, racist and every other -ist you could find. Geez louise, talk about patronizing.

Louis Sullivan - I remember the art institute of Chicago had several ornate grills from doors and windows in the atrium of the Art Institute. I know several of them were credited to Sullivan, and I swear they were from the Transportation building of the world's fair. I'll bet the other pieces were from the world's fair as well. I wish I could go back for a second, or at least find the atrium on the web. Searched, but found too much other stuff. They have a complete collection dedicated to Louis Sullivan. At the time, I remember thinking it looked like he was copying Frank Lloyd Wright - when the truth is the other way around. FLW worked for Sullivan. They parted not as friends. Rumor had it that Sullivan was difficult to work with and for. I've heard the same said of FLW though. If what Larson quotes from Sullivan was "on the record," you can imagine what he might say off the record.

Other stuff - a couple times Larson seems to be way over writing. The "large fire cracked and lisped..." p 123. What??? "Trains bearing fangs of ice..." p 157. I know these are just descriptions and not really factual details, but they make me distrust him as a historian. I'm having trouble figuring out just what about Holmes' time with his victim they actually know versus what Larson is filling in. If they know it, how on earth!!! I doubt that Holmes kept a diary saying "when I cut her open, I was aroused." If it came from a confession, the guy obviously wanted to be praised for it - Like OJ and his "If I Did It" book.

pg 161 Burke & Hare!!! Wow, how come I'm not surprised.

Where are you in the book? What are you thinking?
LOL, I think you're right, especially since he seems to be saying Jack didn't have nearly the impact that Holmes did - but since JtR was never caught, there's no way of knowing what his body count was. shudder
Yes, they are all blue eyed and beautiful men - and I'm sure a lot of the women were naive, but obviously he gave a lot of people the creeps. I'm betting some of the women weren't naive, just desperate for a job. Most people would look at that ye old strip mall and think it was legitimate. More details on Jack the Ripper than I wanted. Yuck!
I'm loving the part about the foundation too. I've seen the leaning tower of pisa and was in Mexico City before the big earthquake, and even then the sinking was obvious, but I never really thought about it being a big engineering problem.

I'm on about page 74 now and, not meaning to give you a spoiler, but I swear Holmes was reincarnated as a Nazi. What a sick man!!!

Talk to you later,
No, Mexican is good. See you there! Have you tried the box thing with Elora? Friends brought lunch over on Sunday and Tarzan was immediately in the paper bags. He has some new issues - our absence has caused him to be a little clingy. Last night he slept on top of me (less cozy than it sounds; he's getting big), then accompanied me to get a cup of tea and then into the bathroom. It's feeling a little oppressive, but luckily he still goes outside.
That will work. I don't know where that is, but I will find out in plenty of time to be on time on Wednesday. Glad you've finally read a four star book this year!
PMs sound good. I haven't read any of it today. Maybe later.
Wednesday or Thursday would work. Yay!

I read that the best way to keep your cat off of your laptop is to put a box of the right size next to the computer, boxes being irresistible to cats. Our cat-tree problem has been solved by removing the tree from the house.
Sounds good? How do you want to do this. Should we just comment back and forth on each other's category thread, or should we pick a home thread,or make a new thread? or just use PMs???
Yeah!!! I'm about 40 pages into Devil in the White City. Loving it partly because I went to school in Evanston, just outside of the city. Just finished the part where they were celebrating the cornerstone of the Women's Temperance Building, which blew me away. When I was at Evanston, all the liquor stores were right on Jarvis Street, the border between Evanston and Chicago, and whenever we were walking near there someone would always comment on Evanston being the home of the Women's Temperance Union - but it never occurred to me that they were once powerful enough to commission a skyscraper!
Happy New Year Victoria!

I wish you health, happiness and lots of good reading! I've finished book number one already, and it's back to work tomorrow.

So our last books of this year were't the best ones! Oh well, i hope it means that the first few books of next year are five star reads. I'm reading the Tana French as the first book of the year and then settling down to read Infinite Jest and Lolita; I signed up for group reads some time ago. Do you think January will be a month with only three books in it?

I'll hope for you a wonderful new year!
Hi Victoria:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to a few days off and I'm excited about the 2013 challenge. I may just finish my 2012 in the nick of time.

I need to go back and check on our tandem reads, I know we have quite a few lined up. I see you're reading Brian Freeman. I enjoyed the first book of his that I read.


Look at that book there in my most recent activity. Isn't it beautiful? Thank you again for the book, the gift certificate, the card and the enjoyable lunch.
Well, Salsarita is our Christmas tradition, if one time can make a tradition, otherwise Sweet Basil. Your choice.
Somewhere with warm food!
Are we still on for Friday? I've had less time than usual for reading, but I'm loving Queen of the South.
Yes. Sounds good. Have things settled down? Are you training someone new?
Things are flexible with me, for now. Give me a day and I'll make sure nothing is scheduled there!
Our Christmas lunch!
I'm enjoying The Queen of the South. It's entirely unexpected -- I thought it would be more mannered and take place long ago.
Yes, I'll finish Baudolino tonight (really, I will) and will take Queen with me tomorrow. Charlotte is taking the SAT, so I'll have lots of time to read as I wait. Better than taking the test myself!
Things you didn't particularly want to know: in the Darths and Droids comic, the writers wanted to see if they could make a universally hated character likable and a beloved character into someone less likable. If you think about it, lots of the Star Wars creatures look like they sprang from a child's imaginative rambling. The Liam Neeson character is a guy who likes to shoot first and then look for loot. The story follows the movies visually, but in plot it's an entirely different thing.
I'm going to hope things settle down for you soon. When is your birthday? For some reason I had it as early summer.

Thanksgiving was surprisingly stress-free. I think I got it all out of the way well ahead of time! Dirk's mother is a great houseguest. The pets all adored her and spent much of their time in a worshipful row in front of her. And she was gracious about it. I was in dire need of time alone afterward, though. I like all the bustle and making sure everyone has a good time and everything they need, but eventually I have to have several hours of a hermit-like existence to recoup.

I'm reading a pair of very funny web comics, one imagining The Lord of the Rings movies as a role playing game and one where they do that for Star Wars. They both work very well. in the Darths and Droids one, R2 D2 is kind of a jerk and Jar Jar Binks is played by the 9 year old sister of one of the players -- he had to babysit. Is there a greater waste of time than a web comic?
How's the week after Thanksgiving going for you?
Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to you also Victoria! Hope you had a good one. Just peeking through some of the threads and hope to get some time to myself next month to get caught up.

Let's do Queen. We had fun with Queenpin, I won't read this book soon without a push and the first sentence makes me want to keep reading. Are you able to start at the beginning of December? I'd like to finish Baudolino first.
Lunch was fun but went by way too quickly.

So, books we both have on our TBRs:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Gun, With Occasional Music: A Novel
The Queen of the South

There are more, but you have "don't own" in the tagline. Which should we read?

Me, too. See you tomorrow.
Friday would be great. Shall we keep trying for noon at Panera?
my review is currently hot. Funny how much easier it is to write an interesting review about a bad book than a good one!
When, next week, looks good for you?
I've posted my review. I wasn't very nice.
I could just copy what I've put down here! No, I'll be nicer. I'll try to be nicer.
I'm eager to read your review!
But they did! They just didn't move in together. I guess Louis's wife was right. And Tony was horrible. I disliked her. So ready to see herself as a victim. She was a negligent mother. Who sees their kids hit and doesn't move out -- for twelve years? And if one of my children suddenly stopped speaking, I'd be hauling them to every doctor, therapist and random quack I could find. Jeez, lady, don't you think you might want to at least ask the pediatrician for advice? And the school system was fine with it? And the response to two missing girls was not exactly overwhelming. Utterly unrealistic. And badly written. And too much stuff. Selective mutism, spousal and child abuse, unrequited love, alcoholism, mystical crows, pedophiles and two simultaneous kidnappings?
What a stinker that was! I'm glad you didn't love it, not because I want you to have wasted time with a terrible book, but because I would be so dismayed to have to word my displeasure carefully. I thought that the author was going to have the deputy and the mom get together, but I thought that would be such a tasteless, lazy and silly thing to happen. And the lonely student did it? Argh! Pick the secondary character who is present, but not well developed and of course he's the killer. Geez. And everybody's voice was exactly the same! Why switch the POV every freakin' page if it brings nothing to the book? Urgh. I was hate reading for much of this book, can you tell?
Looks good, except for Monday!
And rainy, but don't forget to vote!

It may be a dud, but for once we agree! I'm happy that while we may disagree on what we like in a book, we can both identify a stinker. Unless, I fall in love with it over the final half. Doubtful--it has a lot of ground to make up.
I'm a third of the way through. Your rating does not indicate that this book will improve! What shallow and stereotypical characters! "Backseat Saints" had an abusive husband theme, but he wasn't monstrous and idiotic all the time. And there were reasons for the wife to be with him. Here, I just think she's an idiot. And the kids are little saintly cartoons of actual kids. But the plot moves along and the chapters are short.
Hi, Victoria,

I was just wondering if you wanted to continue the Group Reads thread for 2013 or do you mind if anyone does it?
Twelve books for eleven bucks. I would have bought half as many, but the half price thing and the shopping without anyone else there thing got to me.
Ok. I went to the FOL booksale and everything was half off. That was fun.
Yes. When do you want to start? Tonight? Mr. Peanut is a difficult book, as is Baudolino. So, of course, I'm in the mood for easy.
See you there!
Sounds good. The one across from B&N?
Hi Just a brief note for you: the next Will Trent book will be released in July. The title is Unseen.

Ok back to work now!

She's better and back to school tomorrow. How does next week look for you?
I have to cancel on you today. Charlotte has a fever. Can we reschedule?
How about May for Under the Dome? Let me know what you think. I have to look at our other tandem reads, we don't want to have too many whoppers in one month do we?
Good job finding about the new JSF. We can wait until June right lol?
Tues. 12-2. Panera?
The cats for sure. Probably Emmie. I'd like to find a place for Meatloaf, since he's so easy-going but I think the journey would stress him too much. I'd also like to live in an apartment in the city center (or in Schwabing), but with both dogs we'd need a yard. The crabs will have to find another home. I don't think Cinnamon will be around in 8 months. Do you know anyone with a fenced yard who would like a dog that mostly sleeps and never needs walks? He loves kids.
What time works best for you? I'll have to leave at 2. If you see that flavor around this Christmas let me know!
The other rabbit, Cinnamon, is healthy and at least a year older than her breed is supposed to live. The vet suggested another rabbit to keep him company, but I see a brutal cycle here, where we are condemned to always have rabbits. Cinnamon will have to make do with a lot of human companionship, at least until we hear back about Germany.

Charlotte had half of a pint of B&J cookie dough ice cream. If you're going to have ice cream for dinner, it had better be good ice cream. Bonnaroo Crunch is no longer carried in SC. And no SC stores carried Schweddy Balls, a seasonal flavor, last Christmas. B&J was starting to show up in Germany when we left, so hopefully they've achieved market dominance by now.

One of our rabbits, Pip, died today. I've allowed Charlotte to have ice cream for dinner. Which is either awesome or negligent, not sure which.
Sound good. Wait, are we supposed to write this stuff down? How about November?
I thought you had two cars now?
I'm not going to worry about it until it's certain. La, la, la.

Which day works best for you next week?
I should finish Rocket Men today. I'm about 85 percent through it (they're just about to head back and rejoin Michael Collins). Absolutely fascinating book, with that brief, dull to me portion about the history of rocket science.

It has kept me up to midnight and beyond, always a sure sign of a good book.
I'm about 50 orb60 percent through it. Loved it except for when he backtracks to the history of rocket science.

At a minor league hockey game right now so no reading til tonight.
Are we going to the big sale?
The 50 Shades series certainly has people reading and talking about books, and that's always a good thing! You'll have to tell me what you think. Maybe if you like 'em, I'll try again, and maybe get past the third chapter.
Monday it is. I was rummaging around and, after this, about the only other space travel book I own is Martian Summer. I'll have to add another book or two or more.
Hi: I was actually thinking of starting Rocket Men on Monday. It'll be a sleepless night for me that night so I'd love to read something that'll hold my interest. Too soon?
In fact I did not see the baby coming at all, or the connection! I did really like the way it ended though and I thought she tied things together, including a lot of different layers, very well. I think what I struggled most with is that English Romantic poetry is a huge blank spot for me, and it was very intimidating to read a book with Victorian poets at its core. Of course the book is about much more than that, but still.
I finally finished [Possession]!! I think I like it more now that I am done with it than I did while I was reading it. I found the first half very very slow and the second half much easier to get caught up in.
Hi: I'm thinking of Rocket Men at about the week of October 15-21 or perhaps the early week after. How does that sound?

After reading a whole bunch of series books in September, I'm hoping to focus on nonfiction in October.
A fantastic time, as always!
Sounds good. Mimi's at 1:45.
Do you have a preference for tomorrow? Panera's always fine, but I'm equally happy to go elsewhere.
Do you have a preference for tomorrow? Panera's always fine, but I'm equally happy to go elsewhere.
Oh, I'm glad to know you didn't finish it weeks ago! I am still reading, but slowly. I'm intentionally reading only about a chapter a day. It started off slow for me, which I was warned about, but I'm at about the halfway point and I'm genuinely intrigued now and not tempted to set it aside. A.S. Byatt always makes me wish I had more background information though!
That depends. Are you enjoying it?

Where should we meet? Are you more in an ABC mood or a Sweet Basil mood?
Hey, my dad is picking my son up from school on Wednesday, so let me know what time would work best for you. I don't have to be home before four!
I'd have to be done by 2. Would that work? 1:00?
Either works for me. Yay!

You didn't like Corelli's Mandolin? Hmmm. But I'm glad you liked Gone Girl. The twists were fun, weren't they?
I know, right? It's a book that demands to be read straight through, without pausing to get a drink or feed the cat.
Oooh, I'll look forward to discussing it with you over lunch sometime soon!
Hi: This is the info for the Julia Spencer Fleming book that I saw a while back. Looks like it's still in progress though....

As you may know, I'm working on the next book in the series. Its working title is SEVEN WHOLE DAYS, but don't count on that to last because the booksellers I've spoken to all went, "Blaaah," when I tried out the title on them. The novel opens about two months after the end of ONE WAS A SOLDIER and, as you might guess from the title, takes place over a single week.

Right now, it looks as if publication will be at the end of 2012 or beginning of 2013. I'll let you know when I have a more definitive date.

Last updated by Julia Spencer-Fleming Dec 30, 2011.
Hi there:

Just checking in, how goes it? I've been trying to read, but alas the late summer early fall ragweed/grass allergens have my under their spell.

Talk to you soon!
Hooray! I'm glad you're not working for idiots.
Sure, why not tomorrow.
How about Possession in September? I think I'm ready!
Oh yes, I think a group read of Under the Dome is an excellent idea!

Re: Clare and Russ, I think I found out about the book when I did a Google search, and then it took me to her blog. The name of the book is supposed to be Through the Evil Days (book #8). It's not in Amazon or Fantastic Fiction, so there was no release date as yet.

I'm going to make a note of our planned reads for next year, yay!
Yes, the Clare and Russ series is one that I am all caught up on!
Sorry for the additional message, but I was perusing and I think that there will be a Rev Clare and Russ book next year.

I am having a good week so far, and I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing long weekend.

So,even though I haven't declared my categories formally yet, I have some ideas on tandem reads. I looked at your library, and we have read most of the same books at different times:) Let me know your thoughts on the following:

Stephen King- Under The Dome, 11/22/63 (I'm open to others if you have an idea)

Justin Cronin- The Passage (this has been sitting on my Nook for a while)

Philip Kerr- Berlin Noir series, I think the first book is March Violets

I took a peek at your library and saw a few Patricia Cornwell. I read most of her earlier works in order, but I'm not sure where I stand with the series now. I have a few of them sitting on my shelf.

Also, I have planned a re-read of Gone With The Wind

Lastly, I've already read the excellent western Lonesome Dove (it's one of my favorite all time books) by Larry McMurtry, and I planned to read the prequels to it which are Dead Man's Walk and Comanche Moon.

I think that's it for now. Mull it over and let me know.

Talk to you later!

You haven't said anything about Kill You Twice. I rushed to read your review as soon as I finished it and it wan't there. I hope to have time to say something about it today, but may have blown all of my free time finishing the book. Cain didn't slow down for a moment, did she?
So ready. So so so ready.

Thanks again for loaning me the Chelsea Cain. I keep looking at it, but have determined to get a little further along in Middlemarch first.

Thank you! I'll give it a try. I had fun, and it was great to see you. Are you going through your books? I'm about to start, thereby blowing my TBR out of the water.
See you tomorrow.
Saturday. 12:15. Brick Street Cafe. Yay!
Twelve or 12:30? Glad you like it. I thought it'd be a great place to show off to out-of-towners.

Wow! Yes, please! I'll have the first season of Castle to return to you. We're watching season 3 now. Lunch at the Brick Street Cafe? 12?

Ok, I finished Kill You Twice. I couldn't help it! I can't wait to chat about it. As good as it was, there were a couple of details that bothered me.

How are you enjoying Archie and Gretchen this time around?
Well, Carrie and Lori are very nice. And I like your husband, so he is welcome. I'd bring Dirk to give him someone to talk about fantasy novels and manly things, but he's on child care duty.

Looking forward to hearing what you think of the new Chelsea Cain. I really need to put a hold on it at the library.
Happy Anniversary! I'm impressed that your husband would want to eat lunch with us.
I'm glad that you got a copy of Kill You Twice. Yes let's start it on Monday!

I'm so glad! You know that it's no sure thing that a book I adored will be a winner with you (and vice versa). I'm looking forward to the 18th. It's been way too long.
Hi, just checking in. Let me know if/when you decide to read Kill You Twice. Gretchen's back!
Hey, how are you doing? I finished the bathroom, mostly! Some touch ups and I need to buy towels and put up the second towel rack. Also pictures-but that will take a while.

I'm glad for a rainy day, although Max has a friend over and they may have the house dismantled by the time he's picked up at 2.

Looking forward to the 18th!
No, was it good? I don't like KST at all.

How are you? We're speeding through the summer and I miss seeing you!

I'm going to finish redoing the bathroom today! One more coat of paint on the ceiling and the bead boards. But the walls are done and new hardware is ready to install -- no more fake gold! So, if the color scheme is cream, sand and a muted aqua, what color towels would you get? I was just going to have the kids use striped beach towels, but with guests coming, I'll try to coordinate things a little more.

Tarzan sends his love. I've kicked him off of my lap because he does drool when he purrs and this is a new laptop.
Hi: Have you ever read Rocket Men? I was thinking of reading that one sometime this fall. Any interest?

I saw your note on my thread. Judas Child is definitely on the must read list. I will fit it in somehow. She is such an amazing writer! I'm glad I have several Mallory novels on tap also, I was tempted to plow through them, but I didn't.

Which reminds me, have you read any of Karin Slaughter's Grant County series?

I just finished Criminal. You are right, the ending was definitely wow! Overall, I enjoyed the book; although the 70's retrospective parts did seem to take over the book, but it was important, I guess to shed light on Amanda's character and her relationship with Will.

Now I want her to tend to her unfinished business with Lena!
Well now I am intrigued about the ending! I was ok with the vintage parts, but this morning I felt like there was too much "vintage" and that it was taking over the book! I've got about 100 pages or so to go.

Wow, you've finished. Hmmm, let's see if you have no idea how to rate it then you're feeling a little meh about it?
Hi Victoria!

I'm doing ok, thanks for checking on me. Mom is gradually getting stronger and getting her appetite back which is great!

How are you liking Criminal? I'm enjoying it but I feel like there are many pieces of a giant puzzle that I can't quite get yet. I'm loving the 70's references though.
Yep, I'm back, with a few reviews to write. NYC was fun, but hot.

Sophie Hannah's doing a signing with Fiction Addiction! I'm excited. Authors I like never make it to Greenville. I'm going to sign up tomorrow.

Dogs seemed happy to see us, but happier to see their beds. They are napping.

Caught a cold yesterday and so I'm not doing much more than some laundry today.

How have you been weathering the heat?
Yep, I'm back, with a few reviews to write. NYC was fun, but hot.

Sophie Hannah's doing a signing with Fiction Addiction! I'm excited. Authors I like never make it to Greenville. I'm going to sign up tomorrow.

Dogs seemed happy to see us, but happier to see their beds. They are napping.

Caught a cold yesterday and so I'm not doing much more than some laundry today.

How have you been weathering the heat?

I saw where you have Criminal now, would you like to start tomorrow?
Possession--no, we did not set a date. Unfortunately I can't read it in July--it's laughable how many books I'm trying to read right now. August might be good though--what do you think?
Yeah, I like the unexpected humor that I catch every once in a while! But you're right, that one character needs some soap!
How are you doing? Is work still fun?
Did you win an ER book? I got the newest Quirke book, so I'm pretty pleased! We leave tomorrow, but today we're at the pool. I'll pack tonight.
He's driving back from visiting his mom. He'll play golf on Thursday with my Dad, who I really need to call right now! Eeep!
How is your weekend going? Next week is going to be hot, so I'm enjoying the weather now.

What are you going to do now that you've finished The Day the Falls Stood Still? Are you enjoying Wolf Hall?
I'm glad you're enjoying The Day the Falls Stood Still. I remember liking that one.
So now we own seasons 2 and 3 of Castle.
I didn't think I would, but I liked Castle quite a bit. Charlotte is nuts for it.
A rainy week!
I did go to the book sale. I bought myself five books, an equal number for the kids and 15 for Books for Keeps.

Thornton may make the sale on August 18th. Shall we meet for lunch beforehand either way?

The boys are at a scouts meeting so Charlotte and I are watching Castle. We're enjoying it very much!
Oh, good - I got worried there for a while! Thanks for letting me know!!! :)
August? I'll let you know when I find out.
Charlotte's doing fine, she goes in Tuesday for surgery. We spent today together and she made a necklace at The Beaded Frog that she's quite proud of. It's frustrating, but hopefully this will put her on the road to healing and eventual ability to do everything again. One of the reasons for getting a new computer was so that she can play with it while she's stuck on the couch over the summer.

Shall we plan on doing the Really Big Booksale again this year?

I finally finished Burglar in the Library. I was underwhelmed to say the least. I'm not sure if I can get "Bern" out of my head!

Enjoy your weekend!
Hi Victoria:

I am having the hardest time concentrating on Burglar in the Library! I see you added Henrietta Lacks. As you know I don't read much non-fiction, but that was a really good book.

I was looking at the library's catalog, you know kind of stalking it for the summer releases that I want to read: Karin Slaughter, Laura Lippman, Chelsea Cain, Megan Abbott, Tana French. I Know you told me that the Slaughter was due out in July, I think the 3rd, so I was surprised to see only a CD format version available. Usually I can find the new releases in the catalog about 2-3 months ahead of time.

I'm not against listening to a book but usually the library purchases several print copies for various branches. I fear that they are phasing out printed copies and are looking to obrain electronic formats! Yikes! Have you noticed more electronic versions of newer releases at your library?


I am about halfway in the Burglar book, and got distracted with the library books that need to go back this week. I hope to finish it midweek though! Honestly, it was starting to drag a bit for me which is why I put it to the side.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil looks so good, I can't wait to read it!

Have a good week!
I'm not reading much, either. I'm looking forward to summer -- while there's still a lot going on, there is the illusion of lazy days! After 150 pages, I began to enjoy the Hedgehog book, so I hope to finish that this weekend. I'm glad I'm not counting books this year!


I started the first couple of pages also, and plan to read more tonight. I like it so far. Lawrence Block is an excellent writer; I've been reading his Matthew Scudder and Hit Man series also.
I am really enjoying The Holy Road, but I think I preferred Dances With Wolves more. Dances seemed a more personal, rewarding story while The Holy Road is dealing with the downfall of a nation and tells many separate stories. Dances With Wolves was a 5 star read for me last year, The Holy Road will probably come in about a 4.4 or so. How are you feeling about the two?
Starting it today, probably over morning coffee.
And I thought you'd said goodbye to the Kreuger series!
Hi: I've been in a horrible reading funk lately but maybe some nonfiction, such as Packing for Mars, might be just the thing. (It certainly couldn't make things any worse.)

Are you ready to read soon? I was thinking about the week of April 23rd or so. If that doesn't work, let me know what time is good for you.

Hi Victoria, I order The Holy Road from the library next week, and then it should be waiting for me when I get home the week after. Thanks for the good wishes, I am having a nice visit with my Mom and family.

Yay! Yes, please.

Back from camping. That was the best shower of my life late at night after unloading the car. The kids were exquisitely filthy. My car still smells of wood smoke.
Hey, it's the big book sale in April. I'll be here for that. Any interest?
See you tomorrow. I've picked up the tickets, just in case.
Hi Victoria, I haven't seen you on the threads lately so I am hoping everything is ok and that you are just busy. Do you have a time frame for reading The Holy Road? I am going to be away at the beginning of April so if you want to read it first thing then I will order it from the library next week and take it with me. Or if you can wait until towards the middle or even later into the month, I will be home.

How are you doing? I'll check movie times and let you know. Is the theatre on Woodruff ok?

I'm wishing you a four star read soon. That's a long run of sub par books there. Still, you did get to meet Picoult in person.
Hi there!

I'm just checking on you, I haven't seen you much on the threads, hope all is well. I haven't been on as much as I would like myself, the early warm weather is wreaking havoc with the allergies, but that's life! I'm becoming a tad obsessed with Mallory these days, the last book I read, Killing Critics, ends with her going to find out about her mother's murder. I can't wait to see what happens.

Oh btw, I know you will be reading the Karin Slaughter and the Chelsea Cain when they come out, I would love to read them with you!

Have a good week.

Ha! I do hope to have the ceiling scraped this weekend, but that and packing up the approximately 700 books and taking them to Athens are the only things surviving from my original list. Oh, and laundry, but that's eternal. No storm tonight. I plan to get home by ten and be asleep an hour later. My wild life.

I just wanted to let you know that I've started on Night Passage, it reads quickly with short chapters, and I am liking it very much. I think there is a new adaptation of one the books in this series coming on this weekend.

I'm spring cleaning/decluttering!
Thanks, it was a bit rough finishing Great Expectations. It wasn't horrible, just parts that dragged. Perfect timing for Night Passage, I should be finished what I have started by then. I will begin over the weekend I think.
Haha, poor Augustus indeed! He really picked an inconvenient persona to get stuck with. When I think of him, the word "hapless" comes to mind.
I know, I know! We lost our internet for a few days, and typing on an iphone isn't fun. I should catch up this weekend.
Maybe more towards mid-April? I'm leading the Steinbeckathon book discussion in April and also reading, with Sandy, a book I chose for her in 12 in 12 "chosen by friends" category in early April.
How about we go with April?
Hi Victoria, I am fairly booked up for March, but how would April or May be for you? I am really looking forward "The Holy Road" as I loved "Dances With Wolves" so much.

OK, then we're on! :)
Ooh, that IS exciting news! I'm in the middle of something else right now, but it's a chick-lit book, so it should go by quickly. I think I'll be ready by Saturday...would that work for you? I don't want to hold you back if you're chomping at the bit to start!
I am loving The Crime Writer! Thanks for pushing it at the book sale. I'm having trouble putting it down.
Hey, I can wait until you get it! It just wouldn't be the same without our yearly tradition.
Hey, just stopping by to say that my (pre-ordered) copy of The Garden Intrigue should be arriving within the next few days...are you up for another tandem read? And if so, when? I can hold myself off for a few weeks or a month if need be. :)
Happy Valentine's Day to you, too.
Oh, they think it's great. Ginger-ale and cartoons.
Okay, here it is!

Now I just need to make more progress on my reading.
I'm glad someone else will be joining in! I haven't set up a thread yet. I can do it this evening, or you can do it earlier if you want. I've barely gotten into the book yet because I'm out of town this weekend and have been pretty busy, but I should have more to say tonight. And I can always catch up on my 4-hour bus ride tomorrow :)
Yup! I'll get started tonight. Should we start a discussion thread in case anyone else wants to weigh in?
It's so tricky. The light in the store is different from the light in that room and I'm worried about picking a shade that's just terrible. I'm even rethinking the five samples I did get. Should I have picked five different ones? I know, I know, I can go back and pick new shades based on how the ones I did get look. When did I become so indecisive?
Isn't it a good sign when you're interviewed more than once?

I'm continuing with the redecorating. Today I bought a bunch of paint samples so I can see which colors work best in the bathroom and I took pictures of some light fixtures for the dining room, which currently has a hideous smoked glass and gold tone shade with fake candles. It's in great shape, so unless I take action, it could well hang there for decades. I don't mind shopping when I can defer decisions until later! Of course, I'm already wondering if I got the right five samples.

As for light fixtures, I like the most expensive one, which looks like maple, but is actually coppery metal. There's another 50's style light, but I'm worried that I'm drawn to it because I'm reading John Cheever's stories. If I were reading a Scandinavian crime novel, I'd like the IKEA one.
Hey there! I notice you recently read/rated Started Early, Took My Dog. I picked it up last week, but couldn't really get into it. I haven't read any of the others in the series so the disjointed narration kind of threw me. What did you think of it as a whole? Is it worth giving another shot? Should I try reading something else by Atkinson first?
Sounds good to me.
I'm finally at the end of A Dance with Dragons! I'll be finishing up tonight and will be ready to start The Book Thief whenever you want.
I did. I liked that quite a bit.
I had a great time. I have the windows open and am letting the fresh air flow through the house. Don't forget to send me the burger recipe.

On the way to Max's school there was a pontoon boat on fire. It was certainly unexpected.
I'm looking forward to Thursday! It's just been busy. The kids have lots of stuff and so does Dirk and while I'm fine with telling Dirk to handle his own stuff, the kids need support.

So when do you want to read the Atkinson? I'm flexible, being ahead on my one group read.
Can you go? I've had one of those busy weeks in which it seems that absolutely nothing got done.

Terminator philosophy? It's a wonder we ever have a book we agree on. I would never in a million years pick that one up.
Yup, that's the one. I'd definitely recommend the series, but I read the first four mostly around Thanksgiving/Christmas when I actually had some free time. I've been going on this last one for two or three weeks now, and I'm just past halfway. Still, I'm enjoying the experience!
Perfect, thanks! My current fiction read is the massive A Dance with Dragons, so I'll keep you updated on how that's progressing. I think I'm going more slowly than usual because the hardcover is so physically heavy.
Yup, still interested! Thanks for the reminder. I can't believe how long this book has been on my TBR pile.

I can't remember whether we'd set a particular time to start reading, or made any sort of plan? I think it will be at least a couple of weeks before I get done with my current books.
Oh, this guy oozes angst, but in an attractive, Jackson Brody kind of way. I'll loan you my copy. Did you see that the author of The Monsters of Templeton has a new one? I'll have to take a look.
Good Morning, Miss Victoria.

You did just fine with the continuation.

I have enjoyed all the Pink Carnation books, some more than others. I read the Mischief of the Mistletoe for December and so far, that was my favorite, but the Orchid Affair is highly enjoyable, IMO.

Great a great day!

Thanks so much for the nice comment about my profile picture. Minna was only a few weeks when it was taken :)
Victoria, the general thread for Iron House should already be on the group's info page, but I will add the spoilers one.
I only found three to request, so not a great month.

He was the perfect Dex. Funny, I didn't really mind the emotional manipulation in the book, but in the movie it irked. I turned it off right after she was hit by the truck. Good casting, but the movie wasn't great.

Iron House is interesting. My last book was also about a hit man trying to quit. Do you think there are a lot of them?
How are you healing? Are you wearing a lot of makeup today? Any interest in First Thursday? I'll be going and bringing Charlotte with me.
Skipping the New Year's Eve parties, then?
The same to you :)
Hi Victoria:

Just popping in to wish you a happy holiday and let you know I am thinking of you.

Aww, hope your tummy feels better! Why don't we just say that Death Comes to Pemberley will be a January read, and we can compare notes when we've both read it?
Thanks Victoria! I'm very excited for Death Comes to Pemberley, so I'm kind of thinking about reading it in January. It might even be my first book for the 12 in 12! Would be happy to do a tandem read with you, but I don't want to rush you! Let me know what you think.
What fun that was! I always have such a good time with you. Thank you for the Mina, which is now in its proper space on my bookshelf, and the Sweet Life, which has been added to my library. Thank you!
I don't mind, except that now ILL opens a new window and you have to go check.

I had a book rejected on PBS. I had sent a message saying that for this title, I didn't care about my usual requestor conditions, but it was turned down anyway. I am bitter.

I have been reading the same book for over a week. It does not seem like I will ever finish at this point. I have about 150 pages left, and the end of the Revolution is so unhappy and doomed that I'm sad. I'll zip through a few books as soon as i'm done and feel better.
If you're eating Mexican already this week, lets go to Sweet Basil instead.
Thursday. 11:30 or 11:45? Shall we repeat last year's choice and go to that Mexican restaurant? Salsa Ritas?
Wednesday or Thursday? Your call. What are you in the mood for/
Ouch! Sorry to hear about the strep, I remember how painful it was. I hope you recover soon!

How was your weekend?
Jeffrey's a good old boy. Hard to take in large doses.

Oh, I forgot. Glad your haul was so fantastic. Nag me next time. I used up a birthday gift card on bargain books at B&N, which arrived today, along with two ER books, so it's like I went to Merovan.
Good. PBS came through for you? How's the Slaughter?
No, let's wait. I thought you were looking at late fees if we didn't get started. I'm at the point in my mammoth book where I can read something else, but a few more hours and all I will be all consumed by the French Revolution again.

Shall we throw caution to the winds and start tonight?

Happy Friday! I hope you have a great weekend. I did all the shopping I have to do at the mall for the season. Yay!

So are you going to read the P.D. James? You can test read it for me. Maybe, because it's set in the past, she won't rail on about how kids and minorities have ruined things for the right kind of people.
I have sworn of P.D. James. Which is to say, I may pick up a copy if it is sitting right out in the open on the New Books case at my local library. Otherwise, not.

What miserable weather.
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm making rolls and pies and so am covered in flour. It's fun to have to fill the kitchen with those smells. I just pulled the pumpkin pie out of the oven and it is a thing of beauty.

Enjoy the long weekend!
Pick up everything located below waist height and put it above waist height. Every single thing. Hide the pets.

The zoo is good. We spent a lot of time there when the kids were little. The playground in front of the zoo is also good. At that age, they're pretty much still just along for the ride. Don't forget to hide the pets. Buy grapes and cut them in half. Then buy some Cheerios. Ok, you're ready. Hide the pet food. Also, move the litter box, because that would be gross, and with all the interesting stuff out of reach, all she'll have to play with.
Slow down! I'll never be able to catch up with you. I'm having a lackluster reading week, with nothing that gripping being read. And we finished the book we were reading together, so now I have to find a book we'll all like again. It's getting more difficult all the time. Can you tell I'm feeling whiny today?

How are you? Is work still inappropriately busy?
I so totally want a Kindle Fire! What's annoying is how people keep trying to convince me to go with something else. One set of techie friends are telling me that an iPad is better, which is true, but is it $300 better? Also, the Fire is smaller. And Dirk's brother (already not my favorite in-law) convinced him that I'd prefer a regular Kindle ereader. So, do you think I'll get it for Christmas?
Hey, are you swamped? Are you enjoying Outlander? If you like it, and want to read any of the sequels, I have the first five or six.
Yeah, I'm not happy about how hard B&N is pushing the nook. That's why I want a Kindle Fire. Dirk can't sleep when I have the light on to read. A kindle would solve that problem.
I guess I wasn't as careful as I thought I had been in updating the ticker. At least I didn't go backwards.

I bought a computer today. The display model of the desktop computer at the istore downtown. I pick it up tomorrow. So, sort of used. I'm not good at handing over so much money at one go.

We were over at a friend's house while his parents were down for a visit. It certainly gave me insight on why he is the way he is. His father is a pompous guy who only talks about himself. He could not even compliment his son on his son's new house. Both he and his wife has those frozen expressions that said they were just waiting for him to leave. And his mother is a docile husk. On the other hand, Coco was a delight. And he bit the father. Twice.
I'm number 6.
She's already mentioning the case! She's working to get the same impressive calluses her teacher has. Bass players need good finger strength. It's fun seeing her so passionate about this -- and she tends to keep her interest in things.
I can top that -- Dirk's best friend when we met hated to fly. He was on a plane, sitting next to a woman wearing a white outfit and he was drinking a bloody mary when they hit turbulence. That poor woman arrived in NY splattered with tomato juice and reeking of alcohol. Tomatoes are tasty, but no one wants to wear them.

We get to go buy rosin specifically for basses after school today. The general usage rosin that came with her instrument is inadequate now.
Today, in reaching into the back of the fridge for the flavor of yoghurt Max likes, I knocked out the large tub of marinara sauce defrosting for tonight's dinner. It broke. You cannot believe how far marinara sauce can travel. Looks like we'll be having sauce out of a jar tonight. Sigh. Oh, and that venty thing on my fridge? I'm glad I knew how to remove it.
Yes, let's do a write-in. I'm hoping to use Nano to at least get myself back into the routine of writing. Are you doing it?
Just busy. This single mom stuff is hard! We're doing well, but I'm taking a nap and a few hours with a book as soon as Dirk returns! Charlotte LOVES her bass lessons. Kids eat free on Tuesdays at Moe's so that's where we ate last night. Dirk tells me every day which fabulous restaurant he went to for dinner and so we had to get out. He'll get home and be ready to stay home and I'll be dying to go somewhere, anywhere, with an adult.

And the last book I read had me angry. I'm working on writing a calm review. But here's the thing -- it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and yet every woman who had sex outside of marriage died. None of the men did. Ugh.
Max is not great when he's tired. And we did a lot of fun stuff today. I'm going to slow things down tomorrow. You know, I would just really like to have a day to read. Just one day. I may let them watch tv for an hour or even two and get some reading done tomorrow. We did not manage to make cinnamon rolls today.
She did get earrings, but compromise earrings. A little danglier than I would prefer, but much shorter than the monstrosities Charlotte loved. Feathers are in, did you know?

I would be glad to owe you cinnamon rolls. I spent part of the day at the mall with my daughter, who wanted earrings that reached her shoulders and acrylic nails. She's still mad that I am so unreasonable. And then we visited friends because they have a parrot. And Coco loves me. We spent quite some time with my finger in his mouth and his dry, black tongue caressing said finger. True love, etc...In any case, I feel a little closer to my goal of becoming a pirate.
It's been down for a day and there is much worry and speculation. The twitter feed is also silent. People are going into the dt's. It's all very exciting and you are missing all of it!
I'm watching the Three Musketeers with the kids. Kiefer sure was a fine looking man, but I can't get past Sheen's later bad behavior. The kids are watching intently.

So, what are your post-BM plans?
I will. Let me pick up assorted children and take the turles, Shellos and Bitey, to their winter quarters first.

It was great to see you, as usual!
Good for you! Are you sad to see it end? I've been wanting to read mammoth books lately, since The Woman in White was so fun, but can't if I want to finish the 11 in 11. So short books it is, for now. Next year, there's no specific total to aim for, so I'm planning lots of big books and expect my book count to be very low. I'm reading Moby Dick in January! I'll be glad of Iron House for contrast.

See you tomorrow.
Hey, thanks! I've never been at the top of the pile!

Hey Victoria!

I might be up for a group read, although I have to catch up by reading "Find Me" first, as I gather it has major revelations about Mallory... Let me know when you're thinking of reading it; the probability is that even if it arrives promptly, I won't be able to get to it until December, sadly. Too many books, too little time!

I see we're both expecting The Chalk Girl from the October ER batch! Hooray!!! Looking forward to sharing thoughts with you!
Yay for you! Isn't it the best feeling to get a book you really, really want as an ER book? I got the Last Nude which is about the art scene in Paris in the 1930s, so right up my alley. And it will help me complete my challenge if it arrives on time.
Did you get an ER book this month?
Yes, let's do that. And then I can borrow the correct version of Three Musketeers.
Hey, all that excitement yesterday? Well, it all happened in my neck of the woods. Settle in and grab a cup of tea, because I'm giving you the long version.

So, Charlotte was having a sleepover Friday night and I ran to Target to grab the specific snacks she wanted. Reaching almost-home, I found three police cars the street in front of our neighborhood, all looking toward our neighborhood with binoculars. I drove around a police car and went home. Then I got a recorded message from the police department telling me to stay the hell inside and to lock the damn door already (they did not swear out loud, but it was implied in their tone). So I did. And occupied myself with frosting fifty mini-cupcakes, all with different decorations. This took a few hours. (buttermilk spice cake with cream cheese frosting) Also, police helicopters flew back and forth over my house. They must have a dozen of 'em.

So then there's another recorded message saying that Max's school is on full lockdown and to watch local news to find out whether I can pick him up or not, and if you're in the affected area and can't leave your home, that the school would hold him until I could get there. The local news, of course, did nothing of the sort. It just told me which schools were on lock down, which I already knew. So I attempted to drive to the school.

Three police cordons, all of which had police with their guns pointing in my direction as I drove off, and one where they actually had to move a car aside so I could get through.

The school was coated in cops. Actually coated. And in the blank spaces, there were news teams. It took an hour and a half to pick Max up, which gave me time to start to get calls from the parents of the girls coming to Charlotte's sleepover. I guess crossing police barricades to take their daughters to a party with an armed felon loose in the woods did not appeal to them. (note the fifty cupcakes mentioned earlier)

I called all the parents and let them know we'd decide on whether or not to postpone the party by five o'clock. I picked up Charlotte, who was as calm as one would expect a sixth grade girl to be. We all discussed the word inconsiderate for awhile.

Getting home at 4:30 still involved cops moving their cars, but there were fewer of them, and they were gone by five. So we had the party. Which was every bit as bad as Dirk's fears, with girls giggling until 3:30. Max went to a friend's house to spend the night and asked me on the way how I thought Patrick was doing. It took me a second, but I do like that he's concerned for the safety of the man on the run.

So that was my Friday, how was yours?

You'll like this version of The Three Musketeers, although I'm not sure the 3-D was necessary. It's been steampunked up and the three Musketeers are very good, as is Richiieu. Lady de Winter falls flat and d'Artagnan was horrible; all charmless arrogance and a wig that looked like a cat bed. But the Musketeers were yummy. And Orlando Bloom's hair was a marvel of engineering.
So any more thoughts on NaNo-2011? I think I'm officially taking a year off. I think I need to regroup and maybe spend some time developing characters in my head for 2012. :) If you're forging bravely into Novelland though know that you have my full support and cheering behind you!
Why, yes we are. That will keep me from beginning it earlier. But we'll have to read it early in the year!
I'm sorry they lost, but glad you had fun. No sore throat?

Charlotte's recital went well. All the kids were so excited and played well.

I'm busy reading The Woman in White and will be reading it for some time. It's not a book that allows rushing through. You'll be finished with the challenge before Mr Harcourt and Miss Fairlie are reunited.

I'm planning Charlotte's birthday party. It's a sleepover and we'll all be going to see the Three Musketeers. I'm getting Kick it like Beckham for them to watch at night (they are all on a soccer team together), and also want to find the version of the Three Musketeers that I loved. Remember when Charlie Sheen was not repulsive? And Kiefer Sutherland didn't torture every single person he met? Oh, no! Do you remember Young Guns? I loved that movie. I wonder how it has aged. Probably badly.
Scream a lot at the game. Will you be waving a giant foam finger? Max longs for one of those, but, alas, we are not football game goers.

I caught the first episode of Case Histories on BBC Masterpiece Mystery. It was good. The guy playing Jackson Brody has a sort of Clive Owen world weariness about him, so I'm happy about the casting. I'm looking forward to episode two. A lot of care was taken with this.

Charlotte's first strings performance is Thursday. Max is not excited, but I am.
What a great picture of you! Have a great weekend. Where are you going? I won't be going to the booksale as I'll be manning a register at the BooksforKeeps booksale in Athens. I do hope to browse, though.

Is work nuts?
Hey lady:

Just checking on you; haven't popped in on you in a while. How goes it?

I'm in the middle of some serious Norwegian crime right now: The Devil's Star. I highly recommend The Redbreast even though I don't think it will fit in your 12-12 challenge.

How fun! See how reading books is on it. Dirk spends hours with the apps. I, myself, am eying the Kindle Fire. I am tempted, but more for the tablet stuff than to download books.
One of the women there, who was recognized by the staff, had the Amanda Chicken breading on tofu in a curry. It must be good.
You're so good about not letting a book sit around as you move on to something more interesting. I've got two that are being read, just very slowly, a few pages a day. I've started the new Thomas Mullen, which has a very interesting premise.

And yes, I was so pleased that the Mina was so good. It did that thing, where I couldn't stop reading it but I was desperate to stretch it out. I would have liked another hundred pages. It would have made for a weaker book, but I would have liked to still be reading it. I still have the newest Atkinson, but after that I'm caught up on my favorites. Which is not a good thing.

I'm glad you have at least a few days where you don't have to stall people!
I've requested three, which is on the low side for me, but those three look promising.

How's work? We're all less excited about getting up now that it's dark in the morning.
Ok, it's up for me now too. I'll have to take a good look. There's almost always something I want!
Are the next batch of ER books visible to you? Not to me!

Are you enjoying your triumph at the 5k?

And, yes, I could not resist reading the new Denise Mina. It's excellent so far, I just wish I had more time to read.
Congratulations, you!
I've made it through about the first third. My copy has an outline that places the Gondal poems in context of the overall storyline - I had no idea that so many of her poems were really pieces of a story, as opposed to vaguely biographical poems. I wish we could see Anne's poems, too. I wonder if they were as dramatic as Emily's.
Whew, I've now reviewed Tom Dooley. Two more reviews and I'll be up to date.
You'll be done in a few weeks. Will you stick around until the end of the year, or will the lure of the 12 12 be too strong? I am fighting the temptation to set up my 12 12 thread.

So the Krueger books are not as good as the first ones?
Me too! I'm picking up my copy from the library today. I'm looking forward to it!
I don't know. I'm glad of my TBR. I think it's just cyclical. I requested two off of my reminder list on PBS and felt better, although one was rejected as not meeting my requirements. I did email her to politely ask WTF?, as my requirements only reference hardcovers and she agreed to send it. I think so people see the requestor conditions and think that I'll be picky.

We went to Carrowinds yesterday and got drenched. It was a great day, though. Because we only went for a few hours and BMW gives everyone some Carrowinds money, we were able to let the kids play those games to win stuffed animals. And because the park was almost empty, we picked games that promise a prize every round and then let them play against each other and trade up. So they both have enormous orange sugar gliders and assorted other stuffed items. They had a great time, although Max was mad as spit to be an inch too short to ride The Intimidator. Charlotte almost threw up on that one and it kept her off of the roller coasters for the rest of the day.

A black cat now comes in and helps himself to dinner now and then. Six-dinner Sid!

I'm glad your picnic went well and you didn't get rained on.
Even Meatloaf has been fine through the rain, although the house smells decidedly of damp dog.
Count of Monte Cristo has me really bogged down. I started it on my Kindle this past spring and I really liked the beginning but once I got a third of the way through it's been kind of boring me. I keep reading spurts of it between other things, but I have a feeling it will take me a while to complete it. Which brings me to the Jim Butcher. I needed something fun so I picked up book 10 in The Dresden Files. The fact that they're set in Chicago along with his witty writing has me enamored with the series. I've been trying to space them out rather than binge reading the series too. I'm a little jealous that you got to see him in person!! He's definitely on my list of authors I'd love to hang out with for a day!

How are you liking The Stand? I haven't read a ton of King, but lots of people have recommended that one to me.

And dare I ask if you're doing NaNoWriMo this year? :)
Yeah, I'm stalled on that and the book before, The Most Dangerous Thing. Whenever I have the time to review, I'm so uninspired and when the words start flowing, I'm in the school line or doing something.

Ok, off to take Tarzan to the vet for his booster shots. Whee! Don't I live the wild life?
Don't tell me you're not happy to not have to figure out what to make for dinner? What did you have for second breakfast? I watched "New Girl" and there was a lengthy Middle Earth conversation.

I haven't had a wishlist hit on PBS in awhile. I'll soon have double digit points to spend and it makes me antsy. Even as I'm able to not request any of the available books on my reminder list. It's not like I need more books!
Someday we'll go.

You can argue it out with McCrumb. I don't remember enough of WH (other than not liking it) to offer an opinion. She finds Tom all Heathcliffy though. And Ann's husband is Edgar. The author likes Pauline less than I do. Sure, she's manipulative and cold, but her upbringing dictated that. And she doesn't put people into harm's way on a whim-she does so only for revenge.
Unlikeable lovers? McCrumb says she used WH as a template. Tom's to lazy to be violent, though.
Well, in Gone with the Wind, the characters were all wealthy planters and it was written to say that life had really been much better before those meddling Northerners interfered. It had to romanticize the time and place. I think life for ordinary people was pretty grim. Are you getting the Wuthering Heights vibe?

In this weather my hair just lays down and gives up. I know to just put it up.
Well, I'm not sick. I feel perfectly fine. It's tough for her (and it looks like Max is coming down with it too -- I suggest you use some hand sanitizer after reading this) because she's sick enough to feel lousy, but not sick enough to stay home.

I'm going to finish Tom Dooley today. I like Pauline. She's a survivor.
No time to read today. Charlotte has a cold. But I should finish it tomorrow.

I took your advice and checked BM to see if any of the Carol O' Connell series were available. I found the first few in the Mallory series, because I have a feeling I will enjoy them.

This may turn out like the Spencer Fleming fest of 2011!

Your 11-11 efforts are none too shabby either, it looks like you may be done soon also.

Okay, I can't stop playing around with that new feature "if you like", two authors keep popping up for me Robert Crais and Carol O'Connell. Thoughts?
Hi there!

I'm good, going back to work tomorrow after my time off. I so needed to be away from work for a little bit.

Lol, yes I've delved into the culinary mystery world, they are fun reads, some are better written than others, but entertaining at any rate.

I'm still plugging away at Of Human Bondage and hoping to finish my 11-11 soon.

Talk to you soon!

P.S. You'll have to let me know what you think of McCrumb,I've never read her before.
Your 12 12! Can you believe people have already begun? I have my categories chosen, but I'm waiting a few weeks to set up the thread.
oh, and I love Pirate Day. Arrrr.
No, I think McCrumb is using repetition on purpose. The lawyer also retells parts of his story in almost the exact same words, and in places he repeats some phrases. Like he's telling a story he's told before and reusing expressions he was proud of. I'm having trouble putting this book down and will now have to rush to get things done.

The new cat is having crazy hour. He's out to get his own tail. It keeps following him and getting larger and larger. He'll forget about it for a moment then catch sight of it as he turns and they're off again. Tarzan is being renamed Mario. I expect that we'll eventually work our way back around to Christopher.
Times were different? That Tom's no prize either. And all just a few miles away from here.
How is the training for the 5k going? Is your choir the type of group that will be really supportive of each other and walk together in a clump, gently encouraging one another, or will it be a competitive bloodbath? You'll have to plan your training accordingly.
Today or Monday would be great. I'm reading the new Laura Lippman, but don't mind reading about Tom Dooley at the same time.
I've gotten my hands on a copy of The Ballad of Tom Dooley. When do you want to start?
I finally divided mine into recent and all-time. I've posted my recent favorites, which will surprise you not at all, and will figure out how to weed my all-time list down to five in the school carpool line.

I look forward to seeing yours!
Have you started thinking about your five favorite fictional characters yet? It's an interesting question. I'm definitely putting Jason Fireson in there, maybe Jackson Brodie.
Did you ever see the BBC production of Jane Eyre?

That was my favorite one.

The kids want to sign up for lacrosse. Do you know anything about it?
There's a nephew and a close family friend by that name. In Germany, the cat across the way was unceremoniously rechristened Fritz when Max was born. He seemed none the worse for it.
No rain at the dog park. In fact, the sun came out. I did order a small stack of books from Amazon - bargain books, all and now I get to find room for them. At least that giftcard's gone!

The cat survived his days of being named Mittens and then Skippy. We seem to have settled on Tarzan, but don't have it engraved on anything. Max surprised me; I expected a lot of Captain Death or Mr. Destructor, but he loves the soft, cuddly names. Tarzan was a stretch for him. Charlotte is disgusted. She just wants him to pick something.
Hmm, if I wait a few more minutes, could I get out of taking the dogs to the park? I probably should get going.
Good morning! Yes, January would be good for Iron House. I'll get over to the 12 12 soon enough.

I'm hoping for rain.
My July ER book isn't here yet -- and it's the Thomas Mullen one. But I did just find out that the publisher ran out of ARCs and so will be sending finished copies soon. How cool is that?
Is my ticker up to...hey, wait a minute! You're just showing off now. Yes, you are 15 books ahead of me. I'm still on track to finish on time. I'm a third of the way through five different books and almost done a sixth.

Don't you love these cool mornings?
How about the end of this month? I don't have any must-read-due-soon library books this month, so I can get to Emily sooner. I can't wait - I bet the poems will be all moody and Emily-like.
I think that you'll be interested in this:
I've returned your point. Thank you! I have your copy of The Monsters of Templeton to return to you.

I'm going to bed early tonight. After the middle school open house, which I predict will be boring and mostly redundant, but which needs to be attended, if only to let the teachers know that I am a reasonably involved parent. I did figure out who Charlotte's social studies teacher looks like: Paul Bettany, only younger. I'll get to see if I got that right tonight. That should fill up all of eight seconds of the hour and a half. No, it probably wouldn't be acceptable to bring a book.
I don't like it. That two tier system thing, where some people are more important than others, brings out my inner socialist. I think I'll muddle along with 200 books in my wishlist. the reason you offered to put that book on your wishlist because you've crossed over to the dark side?
I'm glad things are smoother. I'd ask if he was willing to share his codeine with you, but the stuff makes me puke, so maybe it wouldn't be that much fun. I was given a valium once, before some dental surgery and it was a great disappointment. I just felt reasonably calm and in the mood for a nap. Which is pretty much my usual state of mind, when I'm not all worked up over fictional happenings, that is.

I have a busy afternoon, but I've left this morning empty on purpose and so had a quiet, slow morning. Yesterday, we thought we'd lost the new cat and the kids were out searching the property, when I found him napping on top of a white towel. Having a white cat is challenging.
How's your week starting out? Is your boss back?
Hi Victoria!

Thanks you have a good weekend also! I got The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers from the library, it looks good. You know I can't be left out when you both love a book!

Hammock time sounds great. We have soccer games, which are fun and feel very Norman Rockwell American, then pool and dinner at my parents. I think Sunday may have some breathing room.

Yesterday, Emmie rolled in something unspeakable at the dog park. They do not get to go today.

Has work calmed down? Is the Atkinson more pleasant to listen to at work than the Hill?
But why isn't she in the Bronte book you're reading? I can see leaving Branwell out of any listing of the Bronte siblings; him being a pedophile what never wrote nothing, but Anne?
He will be indoor/outdoor with the emphasis on indoor, just like AJ, in a few months. He will be required to be in at night, like she is.

Glad you're enjoying the Bronte book, but where, oh where is Anne? She's the best one.
Two "meh" books in a row. You'd better read a sure thing next. I'm not loving "The Sisters Brothers". It's not bad, but it's not knocking my socks off.

The new cat has a cold and he has explored the fireplace. He's a white cat, so it's made quite an impact on his appearance. We still love him, though.
No, it's the sixth one that's not yet out that we'll want. Actually, we'll take all the Wimpy Kids we can get, so I'll happily give you a point for the one you've requested, too.

Have a great rainy day. Our new cat is loud.
Ooh, I am so jealous, you got to see Karin Slaughter. I love the fact that we will learn more about Will too!
We lost our phone and internet connection last night, much to everyone's frustration. But it's back this morning. Yay!

I found places to cram my books! I think that the first Thursday thing is much better than the big sales.

Hope you aren't run off of your feet today, but there is a long weekend to look forward to!
I'm looking forward to it! See you there.
Yeah, thanks. That sucker has been up for two days. I guess Jesus is a votes getter. Ha! I think most politicians already knew that.
It's not going badly. I'm just not sure what to make of it. The people are a little self-consciously quirky, but I'm hoping they become more rounded with time.

I'm off to the dog park. I won't take your book there -- too many times I've had muddy pawprints added.

Looking forward to Thursday.
Yes, it's at Merovan.
Meet at nine then go for a coffee?
Let's do it! Especially if we might have to miss the October sale (well, I'll be there, but it's so much more fun with you). Let me know what time works and I'll meet you there.

How has your week been? We're still adjusting to the fall schedule over here.
Did you see that the FOL is having a booksale on Sept. 1 from 9 til noon? Have you heard of the First Thursday book sale? Is this a regular thing?

I'm sorry, I never responded to your comment from yesterday. All that hurricane hooplah was a big deal here in Philly! Anyway, I'm not sure if I will finish the 19 next month or October, but now I am toying with the idea of starting my 12-12 in December! I've never considered starting before January before, but I am thinking hard about it.

I will be around in any event, whatever I decide, either with an extra thread in the 11-11 or starting early in the 12-12.
I'm wishing you a four or five star book next. You've been reading stinkers!
Did you feel it? I didn't and the dogs didn't let me know anything was going on. Unless they were napping because of the earthquake. In their defense, they were worn out from sitting around at the dog park.

I actually put Tender is the Night down and picked up Lolita. I get in my moods and pick up and put down books all the time.

I'm doing ok, have 19 books or so to finish my challenge, I'm wondering if I can do it all in September probably not, but we'll see.

How are you?
I would love to do a group read of The Windup Girl. It sounds like it is controversial enough to lead to some good discussion. And timing is pretty open for me too.
I'm not even sure what my categories are going to be yet so I don't know if The Windup Girl will even fit. I might have to take a rain check for now or possibly just join in anyway whether it fits or not. Pencil me in for a maybe please.
Hi Victoria. I would love to join in on a group read of "The Windup Girl". It seems to be gathering mixed reviews so it should spark lots of interest and conversation. I'm wide open as to timing as well.
Of course all of your audiobooks will arrive at once! I have a stack of library books that I requested sitting right here to prove my point.

I'm reading Doc, which reminds me of the Firefly Brothers in tone, surprisingly enough. Russell is making Doc Holliday (someone I've never liked) and making him complex and charismatic. They are all in Dodge and it's very colorful.

See you tomorrow. You'll get to meet Charlotte, although she'll disappear into the back of the sale and we'll only see her as she brings me her choices.
I can't stop thinking about the 12 in 12. I'm trying to come up with an over-arching theme. I could easily come up with a gross of categories! And I'm only halfway through the 11 11.

Ok, off to collect assorted children and to enlarge one stringed instrument.
McAllister Square, 225 S Pleaantburg -- take the I-85 towards Atlanta, exiting at the Pleasantburg/Augusta/Mauldin exit. Exit for Mauldin Rd (right lane) and take a right at the light, then a right at the next light onto Pleasantburg. McAllister Square is on your right, just after the Publix, which is about 2-3 miles down the road (I'm not great at judging distances, but it is first Publix you'll come to. If you pull in at the light by the Publix, you'll see a large building and larger parking lot to your left. That's it. The entrance you want is along the side of the building facing Pleasantburg. If we were to meet at 2:45, we'll have time to find each other. That's the entrance (entrance 2) nearest the fiction section.
I thought it was on the mean side, myself. But I wrote it anyway.

I'm reading What Is Mine, which I've had a long time because I mooched it when I was collecting any Scandinavian crime novels I could and it arrived with a cover that looks like a poster for a Lifetime movie that nobody cares about and a book club edition. So now I'm reading it and really liking it.

Which brings me to a question. A while ago you'd mentioned that you didn't like getting ex-library books on PBS and I was wondering why you didn't have a no ex-library books requirement over there? I have a no book club and please include the dust jacket note and it seems to work well.

Oh, my. Do you think he got to write the article himself? He's quite the hipster magnate, isn't he? I'm tremendously glad to not have to go to his salons and listen to atonal dirges in the background while making pretentious comments about small batch, artisanal tequilas and pretending to like saffron infused hummus. Sigh. He sounds just like my brother-in-law. Do you think he wears yoga pants and organic t-shirts made of hemp?

It's supposed to cool down this weekend. Read quickly!
The Master and Margarita is dense. I should get back to it. It's got magic realism and a lot of surrealism, so not my usual cup of tea. Maybe when's school's underway...

Chocolate does have caffeine in it, after all.

Are you reading the Worst Journey in the World to stay cool?
I did see the new Willig...methinks I'll have to make space for it in the 2012 challenge! Is it too early to schedule a tandem read? :)

I love Agatha Christie, and I think Lawrence Block is great, so yes to Burglar in the Library. This is fun! I noticed that you have a 2012 collection set up, I've been tagging just a few, but that is an excellent idea.

Meds are slowly helping, but of course I am just a tad impatient, hopefully all will be good by Monday.

Talk to you later!
Let's try just the book sale if you can swing it. If not, there will be later book sales.

A tomato tart sounds lovely. I'm making beef stroganoff, which is suitable only for winter dining, but it's Charlotte's favorite and she's home for camp, filthy, but tremendously pleased. I'd like some rain, here.
Right now, it's the story that's keeping me, despite the characters.
Paris is eternally interesting, but 19 more hours of a narrator you don't like? We listened to The Prince of Frogtown, narrated by Ricky Bragg himself and it was very well done. Oh, and Dr. Proctor's Fart Powder had a good narrator as well. Frogtown was set on the other side of the mountains, but it could have been here, as far as landscape and the textile mills went.

Thank you for liking the Firefly Brothers.
Victoria, despite the title, I don't think Tea with Mr. Rochester is very Bronte-centric. It's a collection of short stories of the English-drawing-room variety. I haven't read it yet, so I don't really know what to expect, but I can definitely say that the Brontes don't appear as characters or anything like that.
Excellent, that's one tandem read down! At least we know already that we won't change our minds about this one!
Hey: re 12-12

I'm not too creative when it comes to naming conventions, themes, etc, I pretty much gravitate toward mysteries. I pretty much just make general categories and try to fit what I want into them.

However, there were a few books that I put on my tenative 2012 list that I thought I could tempt you with haha: whatever the next Dexter installment is, I forget the title, John Hart's book that is out right now Iron House (if we can wait), and there is a new Penn Cage coming out the end of the year I think.

I have to look at your library, and see what else I can come up with. I really really want to purge my physical books next year, so I know one category will be Off My Shelf, another will be Just Released for those shiny new library books that come in.

That's all the thought I have put into for right now, but every time I run across something, I jot it down.

It's hot, time for ice cream now, yay!
Hi there:

Just popping in to say howdy!

Well, given the constraints of the genre, they couldn't really get together with her around. I think it would have been better otherwise, but Dex can't be a tragic figure with a bitter ex-wife, now could he?
I'm glad you're liking One Day. It took me a few years to get into the format, but then it really grew on me. It's a little heart-breaking in places.
I know, and it gets worse before it gets better. I really liked One Day. I'll be interested to see how the movie compares. They picked a good Dex, I think. I'm warier of Anne Hathaway, but I'm willing to be convinced.
Enjoy the audit! Isn't it fun how stress and frantic behavior are catching?

I'm still list making. Then there will be the making room in the fridge. And then all the shopping. Books are piling up -- I'll decide when I pack Friday what I'm taking. Mostly mass markets since it's fine if they get ruined. Charlotte leaves for camp the day after we get back, so I'm really getting her stuff ready. She needs special gear since they will be spelunking and white water rafting. So far all we've managed to buy are cute clothes and flipflops.

Hey, I don't leave until next week! And I'll be bringing my laptop and a stack of books, so I won't be taking a vacation from LT at all.

I met a very cute dachshund named Bendy. Is Feni interested in a girlfriend? There is a substantial age difference as well, but she is very, very cute.
Well, I'll let you know. It is brilliant, however.
I've had a copy forever and now someone wants it. So is there hope?
Yes, of course. If you haven't taken care of it, I'll start it.
Good idea, yes, let's have a thread for Down River!
You're a lot more discerning than I am.

I hope you didn't get rained on yesterday! We were at my parents and all had a good time. My parents' new kitten is extra, extra charming. He plays amusingly with everyone and then curls up in the nearest lap to purr and nap.

And I ended up with a new book by an author I'd just discovered and plenty in gift cards. I will make them last, really!
I'm trying strategy this month and only requesting one book. Thomas Mullen's new book, the Revisionists is up!
I know it's the best!
Raptor-Max was excited. There was a diorama with a volcano.

Happy Canada Day back atcha. Enjoy the long weekend!
10? Charlotte's at soccer camp from 9 to noon.

Just checking in, I'm all set with Down River. It arrived last week, and I promptly put it out of sight! Just throwing a date out: how about July 3rd? Let me know what you think.
So I won't be hearing from you much next month. Have fun. I'll be passing out popsicles and regulating arguments. I know that sounds glamorous...
Yes. Shellos, which is some kind of Pokemon thing. Did I mention that I have two children?
The rain is nice, though, isn't it? I love not having to water all my deck plants in the evening.
Another reading day for you? You can't answer phones without a roof!
I really, really wasn't nagging! After all, I still have The Monsters of Templeton. Did LT tell you to borrow Firefly Brothers from me?
Where is that?
Hi Victoria, I haven't actually read Y: The Last Man, I just added it to my massive wishlist. I saw it recommended by Mark (msf59). I am new to the whole graphic novel thing, read my first one last month and was totally surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Y: The Last Man is overall rated quite highly and my only fear is that it will come off as a total male fantasy!

I dare you not to hesitate before opening your mailbox tonight!
Of course they're heart-shaped! I'll look for them wherever I happen to be at the time. There have to be left overs somewhere.

We watched our trees with some amazement last night. I didn't know they could bend so far.
I'm glad that windstorm was good for something! It set off our sprinkler system somehow, so that it ran all night, until I noticed early this morning. Everything is Very Well Watered. You do get paid for today, don't you?

Poor Feni! What kind? I'll keep an eye out for them as well. He's too old to be forced into trying new things.

I'm deeply into my mountain climbing book. Everybody is an A-type asshole who is easily offended but astonished when others are upset by the things they do and say. It was a recipe for disaster long before the big storm hit. Hypothermia is described in detail and I'm pretty sure that I'm in no immediate danger.

Charlotte made it into the arts program she auditioned for and we are all pleased, except now she will be tremendously busy come fall.
Larry's the hard one to cast. Is there a younger version of David Morse around? Cuba Gooding Jr. would make a great Silas. Or Omar Epps.
I was just thinking today that it's about time for good, ripe produce. I'm hankering after gazpacho. Corn is not quite there.

At least it's not very hot.
How is Crooked Letter?
Hmm, my favorite part of Sugar Queen? I think when Joesy's b of a mother rekindled her relationship with the cab driver. I kept thinking that now love has revisted her life, she will be nicer to her daughter.
There must be a support group. There are so many of you addicted to Lost.

I have a cold and so stayed up late reading, which was nice, but, ugh, morning came too early. And who has a cold at this time of year? At least it should be gone before Florida.
Better than hot, hot, hot. It'll be over by tonight anyway and you'll get one last chance this year to wear that cute cardigan. Have fun!

I spent my day at the fifth grade awards and lunch. Yippee.
Lunch was fun, as always.

I think you should watch spaghetti westerns, for your neck and because your boss wants you to. A Fistful of Dollars, The Good the Bad and the Ugly to start.
See you at 11:15. Don't forget! I feel like I haven't talked to you in months.
The second move much more slowly. Truthfully, I haven't picked it up in months, but I do every now and then for an easy read in the bathtub.
Ha! You've fallen into the Hunger Games. Enjoy! I hope you bought all three at once.
Hey, there are two weeks to go. I'll pack later.

Thursday at Sweet Basil it is.

How's the Chinatown Death Cloud going?
How's your week going? I have a wishlisted book available to me on PBS, but until one of the 3 people I've sent books to says they've got them, I have to wait and hope. So now I see why people buy PBS DC. I'm not going to, but I now understand why people do it.

I'm reading Swamplandia! right now and I'm enjoying it. How come you don't know how to wrestle alligators?

I've finished Fallen. I really enjoyed it! Amanda has always been a b----, but she was over the top this time. I think Will and Sara together is so sweet, but how in the world will they ever get rid of Angie? I like how Karin Slaughter changes the central characters in her books, while still writing well enough so that all of her characters are well developed. Sara still has a score to settle with Lena, which I cannot wait for!

I also feel like groundwork was set for a few things : Will's real parents, Faith possibly having to share custody of her daughter, Amanda's past etc.

I am on page 238 in Fallen. I am loving it so far, if all goes well, I hope to finish by tomorrow. I can't wait to discuss it!
Although it is nice to have a break in the hot weather, gray and rainy weekdays are still gloomy.

Can you manage a lunch break next week? I'd like to see you before school's out! Did you manage to find shelf space for the books you found at the FOL sale? Only five months 'til the next one!
I'm well. We're going to the Mellow Mushroom tonight after soccer practice, so I don't have to cook. I'm reading One Day, which is being made into a movie, so I thought I'd read it before I see it.

Enjoy the hammock! I'm hoping for a quiet weekend, but it never seems to end up that way.

"Polishing off of Dexter" over breakfast is making me laugh, I think because I just read about Rita making blueberry pancakes. I should be finished tonight if all goes well!
Wow! No, we didn't get anything but rain. Those are some pretty big hailstones! I hope your new car was parked in the carport?
Okay, see I knew you'd be the voice of reason lol! Moving on with Dexter. You're right it is going rather quickly.
Haha you are reading my mind again. My copy of Fallen just arrived and I was going to ask you are we going to ditch Dexter for a few days to read Fallen????? You have more willpower than me so let me know. I'm at the point in Dexter where he and Vince have left the caterer.

This is exactly why I get off track and don't always finish things because I get distracted by new toys lol!
I am going to read. That is what I asked for. I have some other things to get done, but then I'm curling up somewhere and reading.

I went to see Something Borrowed last night and really liked it. Dirk would have been bored, so I'm glad he didn't have to go.
Which is why your TBR remains manageable. Unlike mine.
That is good gelato. I had grapefruit.

That was fun, and my TBR is also slightly over 200...

Thanks for starting the Agnes Grey thread. I've pulled my copy out.

I see you're getting Karin Slaughter's Fallen also. We can read that together if you like!

Have a good weekend.
Hey! I never asked if you read The Peach Keeper yet - and if so, what did you think?
Ten o'clock at the booksale! Whee!

I'm going to staple that one to my forehead.
I withdraw the rat statement. I'm glad you have a new ride and will be just a little safer.

So looking forward to next Saturday!
I went out yesterday and bought lots of summer clothes. So now its cool again and I have shorts and capris to wear. Of course, I should use the tanning lotion for a while before I wear the shorts so as not to blind anyone. Today I buy the gallons of sunscreen that keep us pale all summer long.
I'm done too. And she nailed his feet to the floor.
I'm at the same place. I think that unless Dirk whines, I'm going to spend my evening with it and finish it. And then I will do a little dance.

Blomqvist as horndog and babe magnet is getting old. How unreasonable of his ex-wife to flip out over his sleeping around! I like the German verb - ausgeflipt.
Simpsonville? What's interesting there? We could always do Panera. What else is there?

Larsson (and the cyberstalker) don't seem to feel much of a need to crack the old thesaurus. Good for me, because an inventive vocabulary would kill me, but it does make for a less interesting book. You're done, aren't you? I had a long wait at the doctor's today, but they've just put in a TV in the waiting room and it was impossible to concentrate. I did sneak over and turn it down when I was briefly alone.
There is no way that someone would see the Swedish actor playing Blomqvist from afar and feel their heart beating faster. I can see someone thinking that Daniel Craig looks interesting, but not a feel-it-in-the-ovaries kind of way. It's just silly.

Friday it is!
Enjoy the break. You've been so busy. Lunch Friday sounds good, if that works for you?

Dirk brought me a large bag of Yankee Candle stuff as an apology present. He hates Yankee Candle, so I appreciated the effort involved, although the candles he chose smell, well, interesting. I like the single note herb or flower ones. This one is a complex mixture of things. Oh, there is one that smell like Coppertone and reminds me of the beach. I like that one.

I'm only halfway through. Lisbeth has just gotten internet access and a fever. Not so sure about the muscular lady eying Blomqvist and thinking he was hot (bit of wish fulfillment there?), but I'm enjoying the ride. I think that the digressions are more obvious this time round, although that may just be because we expect them?
Greetings, Juror #117!

Just in case your time in the jury box extends for months and you're sequestered in some run-down motel and not allowed to use the internet.
Hi Juror #117!

If the worst had happened last night, the pets could have survived for quite some time on your remains. I hope that has relieved your worries. Things like that are much easier with your SO nearby, even if he's snoring and hogging the blankets after getting you only a card for your anniversary. He also offered that when I get boston ferns for the screen porch I can count them as an anniversary present. In his defense, he is still recovering from having me point out that he can't go to that car show on the 30th, because he already promised to take the kids that day. Also, he has traffic court today, so you may see him. Recommend the death penalty, please.

Larsson--why isn't it annoying how he gives soooo much background information, much of it with nothing to do with the story? It'll get exciting and the tension will mount and then we're learning about the Swedish building industry. And that works, somehow. Maybe because the main story is so cram-packed and intricately planned, that we need the breathers? I've been waking up in the middle of the night and reading it. I'm starting chapter 12.
OY! I thought the quarter ended Friday! Where are you?

I'm halfway through chapter nine. Where are you?

Are you ready for the thunderstorm tonight, possibly with hail? Don't leave your windows open! Meatloaf is already in the closet.
I'm at the end of the sapo political stuff. Did the English version have that bit of how they had to play with the name so that they didn't end up with SS or SA as the acronym. I took a day off and read a chick-lit based on a Jane Austen novel. There seems to be one available just when I need one.
The German version has over 800 pages. I'm enjoying it. I think repetition is helpful for me! Also, she's a meter fifty. Sometimes she's "barely a meter fifty" just to mix things up a bit.

Rainy days mean I really want to just lounge around and read chick-lit.
What were you doing at the Wimpy Kid movie?

How's The Peach Keeper? Our library system is only carrying the audio version, and while I have put myself in the queue, I don't think that I want to listen to it. I want to read it.

I'm waiting for your thoughts on the Cain book. What do you think of Susan and Archie? I like the ambivalence, but do you think that part where he couldn't hold on to her when the water hit was foreshadowing? Are they doomed ahead of time?

Since I'm reading it in German, I'm getting a running start on the Larsson book. Over 800 pages of German is a little daunting, even as the first 87 have flown by. How is it that Larsson can add all sorts of completely unnecessary detail and it's not boring?

I've finished it. I think it was her best yet. And I'm so glad the boy survived. And the goat, whatever he did in the living room while Susan slept. Do you have any idea of why Cain named her book The Night Season? I'd like her to write more quickly, actually, except then she wouldn't write so carefully. What did you think?
I'm glad that Gretchen hasn't made an appearance, although I'm sure she will. The story's stronger without her.

I've opened every window in the house and am discovering where we had put random stacks of paper as they fly across the floor.
Seriously. How on earth does Cain manage to make a serial killer wielding octopuses (I almost said octopi!) not silly? The hamster thing was weird and chilling.
I'm about halfway too. I am so enjoying it! It's exactly right. I do love Susan.
The Night Season is at the library, waiting for me. I'll pick it up tomorrow--so feel free to begin. I'm starting tomorrow, unless you're reading something else and want to finish it first.
Excellent! Thank you.
So someone mooched my copy of The Chicago Way and asked if I knew of any other good hard-boileds. Now you know I'm a Noir girl, but you're an HB if there ever was one. Can you suggest a few titles. I'm thinking A Prayer Before Dying and David Goodis, what else? Megan Abbott...

Hope you had a good weekend. I saw Rango because that's how I roll these days.
We are all fine and Max is almost recovered. I have declared a naptime because I have gotten very little sleep these past two nights.

How is Young Men and Fire? It sounds off your normal reading path. Or are there zombies?
Max loves fruit punch best, but considering what happened to the cup of said fruit punch, I don't know. We're now trying rainberry, which is, at least, a less vibrant color.
I'd like to read The Monsters of Templeton, if you're willing to lend it to me.

Gah! This weather. I know that we need the rain, and in general the weather's been great, but the dark, rainy mornings do not get me off to an energetic start on the day. For that I need the warmth of the sun and a brisk breeze.
Still no Cain for me. If you and jonesli want to go ahead, I'll understand.

I'm reading Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter now and it's amazing. It takes place in rural Mississippi and, boy, am I glad I'm not from there. Snakes and poverty.
I'm excited about Night Season. I've been so good keeping my little grubby fingers off of it.

Let me know when Kay is ready!
I've heard good things about Bruiser but I've not read it. I'm woefully behind on my Shusterman - the only ones I've read were The Schwa Was Here and Antsy Does Time. I'm not sure when I'll read Peach Keeper but we can definitely share thoughts!
Oh, how fun! Enjoy the new laptop!

We are off for Charleston and the State Finals for Lego this weekend. It will be so nice when Lego is over for the year!

Spring is here! And the FOL sale is just around the corner (and down the block a-ways)!
Yes, tomorrow for A Perfect Evil. Of course as soon as you and Kay let me know that you have Night Season, everything I'm reading will be dropped like a hot potato!
It just arrived in my letter box, so would you like to start now?

Good morning to you too, Victoria. Build My Gallows High has been dispatched, so should be here any day. I'll let you know as soon as it arrives.
Chapter 10 for me. I've been ignoring my chores lol!
I've finished SF book 4, what an explosive ending (no pun intended) I just have to see what happens next!
Sounds good. See you there on Friday!
I'm more than halfway through Book #3 Out of The Dark I Cry. I will be ready for Book#4 very soon!
I'm waiting for your Monsters of Templeton review. Sorry Bedlam wasn't great and please let me know Friday what you thought of The School of Essential Ingredients.

Oh, the weather is nice! Can we declare winter over and do a happy dance? Remember sunscreen!
No, they are being really nice. Of course, if I hear the truck approaching, I run out so that they don't have to lug the crate of packages to the door. And I've explained why I'm getting all the packages. I have two carriers and they are both excellent. I love them.

Larsson in April for sure.
Well, now I'm awaiting your review. I had The Monsters of Templeton on my wishlist and then someone didn't like it so I took it off. I'm open to putting it back on again.

After three years, the dogs have discovered the squirrels in our yard. They're determined to hunt down those foul trespassers. It's pretty funny, but there is a lot of intense, urgent whining at doors. Also, Emmie often wipes out on corners.
Hi Victoria:

I'm fine how are you? I'm feeling ok, work is nuts, but I hope to get some breathing space next week, it's interfering with my lunch time reading lol!

I'm still actively following Russ and Clare's lives. I'm trying to see how many I can fit it into my challenge. I've done it before with Ruth Rendell, Deborah Crombie, and Karin Slaughter just to name a few!

Hi Victoria,

I ordered Build My Gallows High last week from the Book Depository, so it should get here soon. I'll let you know when it arrives.

It's the weekend! Enjoy the sun.
The Survivor's Club? I read Deep Survival last year and decided that I would save time and discomfort and die immediately in the case of catastrophe. I'm not the kind of person who could hike out of the Amazon rain forest or traverse mountain ranges with a broken leg and I don't particularly want to be.

I hadn't known about the library survey until you mentioned it, but I've taken it now. Do you think they're deciding where to make cuts? Deciding which branches to close or whether to reduce hours? They're already buying fewer books, I've noticed -- the new books section is significantly emptier than a few years ago. Sigh. On the bright side, I do have a few unread books here.
I was happy that I could take the kids to school today. Very, very happy.
Good morning! I hope you went outside this weekend. How are you enjoying The Thirteenth Tale?
Wow, that's amazing! I've only read the first three chapters so far, but I should have a lot more time to read in the next couple days. I'm sure I will finish it by the end of the week...I look forward to comparing notes with you!
Bingo! Are you laughing?
So what do you think of RMB so far? I have to admit, I'm not all that hooked yet. I think I've gotten used to more detailed settings in historical fiction. This one seems more intent on the characters (understandably so) but I still love a well drawn sense of place.
I must confess, I started The Orchid Affair yesterday. But I only read the prologue!
And the author kept saying that Bonnie was ten, but everyone had to hunker down to talk to her--including people who were less than five feet tall. Even a small ten year old is well over four feet tall. And what was with the extra small women and extra tall men? That was weird.

I thought it was her therapist early on and then thought that that would be so silly. He was the only male not affiliated with law enforcement in the book. And what was with everyone being described as movie star handsome? Some of the secondary characters got to be interesting, but everyone else could have been supermodels (except for the height thing!)

I thought the writing was lazy. And the author was so clearly a man. I mean, do you notice breast size first thing? Or gasp with awe when you see a penis? Seriously, it was a male fantasy of what a woman thinks. All breasts and feelings and feelings about breasts.
Argh! I blame the drugs and the exhaustion. It was a good book to read while semi-conscious, not exactly a ringing endorsement!
Feeling improved. Slept 12 hours, so that had to do something!

A thread on the 1111?

I'm reading a mainstream thriller now, Shadow Man by Cory McFayden, and its irritating me with the laziness of the writing. Everybody's exceptionally good-looking. Also, the main character is female, but the male author has her thinking things that women just don't think and every time she and another female FBI agent have a conversation, it sounds like two middle-aged men. I'm sorry, but do you know any woman who's first impression of another woman is always breast-size? Even dead serial killer victims?
Happy Friday! I have my copy of Indemnity Only and am ready whenever you are.

And I see Dawn of the Dreadfuls wasn't quite your cup of tea. I kinda liked it - mostly because it was its own story rather than being tied to any original text - but I haven't read very many of the other quirk classics. Any that you'd definitely give a thumbs up to? (besides P&P&Z?)
I can start it Monday if that works for you! It looks like you're planning several tandem reads in Feb so whatever is best for you works for me!
lisa :)
I like to think that Sam did go back to Iva after the Maltese Falcon intrigue. It seems like no matter what he couldn't get over her, even if he wanted to.

Now we know why Sam was so quick to take Archer's name off of his office door after he was killed in the Maltese Falcon! Archer was a despicable character!
I'm on page 247 now, I just got started with the "Archer" section, so we'll see.

Yes, I am missing the "big picture as well".
Why don't we just read at our own pace, talk about whatever strikes us, but note what page/chapter we're on so that we don't spoil one another? I agree that if we're too structured, it won't be as fun to read the book.

Also, will add the thread ASAP!
Congrats on your hot review!
Aw, I didn't notice the lack of deckled edges! Oh well, at least it's the same size as the other books in the series!

I'd love to start The Orchid Affair on February 1, if that works for you. I'm really eager to start it! I can wait until the 14th if that's more convenient for you, though! And however you want to structure the tandem read is fine by me.
Oh, but think of how nice it will be to sit among friends and be all warm while the rain beats down around you. The roads will be fine and traffic will be very light. And when you finally get home, your pets will welcome you with open arms and a cup of camomile tea.
I'm waiting for my copy from the library. It should be here in a day or two.

Dirk got the kids "Short Circuit". Did you see that movie when you were a kid? Do you remember when Steve Guttenberg was a credible romantic lead?
Ugh. Not sure how I managed to erase an entire post. Be assured, it was witty and entertaining.

Sorry about the bad mash-up. Between that and the Hand novel, you'll need a great book soon or you'll be giving up reading altogether!
Sounds good, Monday for Spade and Archer it is.
Hi there!

I have a note in my calendar about Spade and Archer this weekend. If you can't fit it in, let me know I can wait. I'm not sure what I am in the mood for reading wise. Why??? I don't know!
I thought you might like those!

I'm off to cub scout purgatory, but I expect to survive.

When is the new chelsea cain coming out? The library doesn't list it yet.
The smell without the hyperactivity. You may be onto something.

Here's something for you and D -- Dr. Who mash-ups:
See you at 10.
February works for me!
Yes, Thursday sounds great. A peppermint mocha is calling my name...

As for BookMooch--I'm glad I'm well established over on PBS now and no longer had silly ideas about what that site was. Is Buckman shutting the site down, do you think, or is he bored and just playing around with his own little vanity project? I'll be interesting to see how long it takes him to remove enough posts so that a majority agree with him again--at this point he'll have to whittle the replies down to two, one for and one against, although the one positive post was more along the lines of "I don't really care anymore" than a ringing endorsement. I'm glad I've got a large stockpile of German and French books and a hubby who goes to Germany a few times a year.
Argh! Yes, Monday is off, too. Last night I lost the rest of my family and breathed a long sigh of relief (the kids went to sleep-overs, Dirk to a car show) to be finally alone! I watched the BBC version of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. There were changes made - at the end, it's Helen who thinks that Gilbert has just married someone else, etc...but interesting. What really struck me is how horrible all the women looked in their Victorian clothes and hair, especially the hair. No one could look good in that hair! And the men were all hot--they had flowing locks and sideburns instead of the greased down side parts and muttonchops that would have been more authentic. Also, why have waistcoats not been brought back? So I could totally see Helen's attraction for Gilbert and Huntingdon (who was wonderful--big, dark, dissipated eyes, so that he looked like he either wanted to make love or torture animals), but not how any of the men could be attracted to any of the women, especially when they were wearing their bonnets. Even Lawrence was smokin' hot!

So, Tuesday through Friday are fine for me.
Well in an interesting twist of irony, I have Maze Runner and Romancing Miss Bronte on my shelf but will have to get Shadow of the Wind from the library! I can't remember when The Peach Keeper comes out but I may end of purchasing it - either hardcover or Kindle. Did you have any time frames in mind of when you wanted to read them? I'm in talks for a group read with the Hogwarts Express group of Anne of Green Gables, Persuasion or The Moonstone, but nothing's set in stone of when that will be starting. I'm pretty flexible so let me know if you had any specific dates in mind!
Happy Friday!
lisa :)
I'm open in the morning. Let me know which one. I so want the kids to go back to school! Triptych is the only Slaughter that didn't annoy me, so let me know what you think about it.
No, no, the new one. He does want to drive his old one to a car show downtown tonight, but if he waits until after dark, he'll have to find his own ride home.
I won't be leaving the house for a few hours. I think once I get off this icy and unplowed hill we live on, it'll be fine. I just watched the neighbors slide down in their suv. They paused partway and put on their seatbelts. Kids were sledding down that hill yesterday, but if Dirk could make it out in a Mini, well, I have to be able to!
I do love the way Patrick McGoohan throws open those doors!

I finished the Levin book and really enjoyed it. Classic noir!
Emmie finally gave in and then roared around so that the back is covered in a pattern of dog prints, with occasional splashes of yellow snow. The kids are out front, where the hill and sleds are.
The kids have been out in the snow already and are very pleased. I'm pleased, because after all the extras are picked up in the afternoon, we can cocoon pleasantly, without whining for friends.

The dogs are holding it and refusing to go outside in that. Unlike Feni, neither of ours can be picked up and forcibly relocated.
Hi Victoria:

Would you believe that I just finished Dexter not more than half an hour ago? I couldn't stop! Alas, I have neglected my "get ready for the work week chores" though.

I can't wait until you finish and we can discuss!
Bi-Lo was so packed that all the registers were going with long lines and some of the shelves looked ransacked. But most everybody was joking and making the best of it.

Enjoy staying warm tomorrow.
Hi Victoria:

Yes, definitely more of Ms. Harris is in order. I have Blackberry Wine (which will be worked into my challenge)Gentlemen and Players, and I just mooched Lollipop Shoes (I think that's the name)

Anyway, re: Dexter, I am loving it so far! I'm at the part where he and Debra are having lunch and they have to leave. Good stuff!


Yep, all set for Dexter, today I will be finishing Five Quarters of the Orange, which is amazing!
Hee hee - Along with my lit fic and mystery binges, I'm a fantasy junkie! The Butcher canon was mostly Christmas presents and the Salvatore is one I need to pick up. Both awesome authors, so I guess I have to give your husband props on good taste in books!

I was pretty impressed with Unbroken. It's definitely intense and parts of it were really dark and difficult to read, but definitely an amazing story and a really well constructed biography!

I see you added the third one in The Strain series. I haven't read the second one yet but I'll have to pick it up after Night Eternal is released! And of course, I have to inquire about Bone Voyage - you piqued my interest, did I ever tell you that I did some graduate work in forensic science? :)
I liked it very much. Now I have to think about it for awhile and then wait for her next book. You still have a few to keep you company.
Well, it's pure Abbott, isn't it?
I've pulled This Song is You out and will start it tomorrow morning.
Hi Victoria:

Happy New Year to you also!

I can start Dexter whenever you would like. How about the 8th or 9th? Refresh my memory, you were going to start your 11-11 with another book correct? I am probably going to start with a Minette Walters that I have been dying to read, which won't take me long at all.

Let me know what you think.
So how are you liking Bone Voyage? I love how forensic anthropologists love to give their books pun-based names. My favorite is Dead Men Do Tell Tales.
Good Afternoon! Yes, I'd be up for a group read of "Leviathan". Whenever is fine with me, but I know I'm already group reads in January and March so if it wasn't either of those months, I'd have a better chance of finishing the book.

Thanks for asking me! I'll see you around the threads!

Hi Victoria! I would love to join a group read of Leviathan! I am good for any month except January, and I think my March is also busy. I am so looking forward to this! Cheers, Lori
Hi Victoria! Recieved your message in the middle of a coldish afternoon. Four o'clock, the sun set about an hour ago, and me and my son and wife have been out for some sonwracing in the gentle little slope down by the playground.

A group read of Leviathan sounds like a fun idea! I'm up for anytime - except march when Kay will keep my fantastical literature plate full, and july when I have clunkster of clunksters 2666 in mind. How about february?

God forts├Ąttning as we say (basically means "Merry Continuation", our prosaic term for the days between christmas and new year's.

School is closed today. I have two extra children, so I can't run the errands I need to run today. And I can't send them outside without being unusually cruel.

I found this:

By that I mean that any all-in-English books will be fine, not that Swedish-English books are plentiful.
I don't think you need to worry about finding Swedish/English books. They start 'em young and anything will be appreciated, especially with fun illustrations.

Too cold.

Max was written up today for using profanity at school. They were learning about the Hoover Dam. I'm not sure calling it the Hoover Dammit is Max creating an unsafe learning environment, but I told him to not to use swear words. He wanted to know what a swear word is, and all I could come up with was any word a grown-up tells you not to say. I didn't want to make a list, you know?
Oh, and get books for the two year old! Toddlers can't have too many books. Richard Scarry is great since it appeals to a child for years, or Goodnight Moon or Knuffle Bunny or anything Mo Willems or Eric Carle. Board books are good because they last longer, but nicer books are good for bedtime reading. You have to indoctrinate them young, Victoria. Get on it! Kohl's has Dr. Seuss books with stuffed characters, which would be cute together.
The cat loves this weather. We have a lot of squirrels this year and they are very visible now that there's no foliage. She's hasn't caught one yet, but Charlotte is ready to remove one from her room if need be. It is more humane for our wildlife now that the cat is trying to get Charlotte to kill her own food.

On the Border at 11:30 sounds good.

Gilbert's headlong race at the end was worthy of a Hugh Grant movie, wasn't it? I now want to borrow the dvd from the library. You're right about Anne being Austen-like; Huntingdon was not that far from Willowsby in S&S. Interesting because Charlotte Bronte held Jane Austen in such contempt and she disapproved of Anne's scandalous book. Helen summed it up when she said that it was her Christian duty to watch her neighbors and inform them of any sinful behavior on their part.
Yes, absolutely let's collaborate on A Perfect Evil as well, the more the merrier!
Helen doesn't like to make things easier for anybody! Still, the six months thing is very sensible. Do you think that he'll still love her? There's a made-for-film ending to this one.
That scene where Huntingdon leans against the fireplace and quietly reviles her is quite effective. It was interesting how she first made Huntingdon all hawt, and then slowly made him horrible. What do you think Gilbert's making of all this?

I think we lead parallel lives or something, I took another look at your 11-11 thread, and saw that you have A Perfect Evil (Alex Kava). I was looking through my downloaded books and I decided to add that to my 11-11 also. And, you and Kay are reading Tentant of Wildfell Hall, which is also in my 11-11. Too funny!
So, where are you in ToWH? I'm reading chapter 41 now. Bronte is so clever--she makes the reader fall for Huntingdon at first and makes Helen bitter and hard to like, but she brings us round to Helen and Huntingdon's behavior is so shocking because we were so charmed by him. What do you think of Hargrave? And how do you think Gilbert will react to what he's read?
Could you fit Agnes Grey into your 11 11?
They are such a badly matched pair. I think Huntingdon likes the idea of the straight and narrow, it's just that it's so boring. He would have been an easier person to be around today; he's have his xbox360 and his iphone and his blu-ray and his fantasy football league and it'd be Helen asking him to please spend some time with her. And she'd be so much happier because she'd have some great job running an art museum or a think-tank or being one of those A-type moms who run the PTA.

I read a description of ToWH that described it as Victorian, although it was written a decade before that era began. She's not Romantic like her sisters, and she's angrier. Her sister, Charlotte, thought she was too explicit in describing Huntingdon's behavior and the bit where Helen locks her bedroom door against him created a scandal.
Hmm, I think that, on the whole, I prefer my pdf file. Where are you in it? And do you know where my own paper copy went? I'm racking my brains. It's not something that would be lent out and its assigned location is high and in a corner behind a vase. Dirk just looked at the rows and rows of books and wondered how I could know for sure that it was missing. But it is! The purloined Tenant of Wildfell Hall!
Okay, I'm not liking Helen very much. Their marriage seems doomed--he jokes, she preaches. What a dour, purse-mouthed creature she is! Can you imagine her laughing? All his frivolity would grow tiresome, but she's a pill.
He's much worst than Mr. Collins, surely! All that nonsense about forgiving her her opinions because she's young and naive and anyway, he'll teach her how to think. Mr. Collins was merely dull and infatuated with his benefactor. One could survive marriage to Mr. Collins, but not to Mr. Bore'em, not without recourse to the laudanum bottle and a gardener or two.
Helen's aunt and Gilbert's mother are pretty much the same person, aren't they? You think that they'd be more effective without all the officious sermonizing. And what's with all the "Huntington will burn in Hell" stuff, when her uncle doesn't go to church?

I'm with Helen--Huntingdon is clearly the only viable choice.
She has just turned down Mr. Boarham - what a pompous ass! Can you imagine what married life would be like with him?
I'm only on chapter 8, myself. I'll catch up tonight, although it will be interesting to curl up in bed with my laptop...
I'll bet it was bad. Max loves the cow.

Macsbrains asked if she could combine our requests into one box. Is that a problem?

Have you begun Tenant?
It's interesting reading a book on the computer, not unpleasant, but I miss the feel of pages under my fingers and I don't entirely like being dependent on electricity for my reading. No Nook for me!

Wait until you meet Gilbert's mother!
It's a very mild cold. I don't need to be put down yet! Still, I read an entire book last night. It was slight, but still. I'm reading "The School of Essential Ingredients" right now and I think you'd like it--it was a little Addison Allen.
I haven't thought about my Nazis! I'll change the category if I run out of time (very few Nazis in the Bronte novels), but I have Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada, April in Paris, which I think you've already read, several WWII noirs and a few non-fiction books. The thing is, I have to be in a very happy place to handle Nazis without sinking into despair and I'll have to have them finished before we go to the in-laws at the end of the year, because that would be rude. Still, the Fallada book is whispering to me now and then...

I rearranged the shelves into color, which looks very nice and puts different books next to each other, keeping them from growing bored. I also managed to get an extra shelf's worth by putting a row on top of the bookcase.
No, but I've heard you can actually see the bodies of dead climbers from the terraces of some cafes there.

Enjoy IKEA. Bring extra cash. You'll find at least a dozen things that are beautiful, useful and cheap. If you don't pick them up, you'll think about it for weeks.
ABC? 10 on Monday?

Oh, and my horror novel was a bust. I guess I'll head back to genres that ask for some sort of internal cohesion.

Enjoy the rainy day. A good day to curl up and read. Or, in your case, write!

I'd definitely be interested in reading The Orchid Affair in February! I'll be ready to read it as soon as it comes out, which I believe is January 20. If the RTT group does a "love and marriage" theme for February, that's an added bonus! :)

Please remember how very much I liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! If a book's well written and well thought out then I'll usually like it no matter what genre it is (have not tested the war-type books like Doc Savage, etc, so this may not be universally true). I'm now reading a horror novel by a guy whose last book was "Star Wars: Death Troopers", so there!
Indemnity Only in Feb. sounds great.

Let's meet, if you can spare the time. You can give me all the info then too. Is Friday doable for you?

Keep writing!
Yes, I would be glad to angel a book to Canada for you. Keep writing!
Hey Victoria:

Re: the book that you saw at B&N, yes I would love to read this with you! It looks really good. Did you buy it?

Also, you're more organized than I am so you can make a note just in case I forget, we are also reading Indemnity Only, Dexter, and Chelsea Cain together.
Yay! See you tomorrow. I feel like we haven't met for months.
Geez Louise, it's cold. What happened to in-between weather?

Have you taken time away from your writing to look at the new ER books? How is the writing going?
Yes, we are. We're reading several books gether next year. It'll be fun.

Keep going. You'll get into the groove again. Let me know if you want to do a mini write-in together.
Are you writing?
Hallowe'en candy. Max came home with a haul. I've set it out on the counter in a pretty bowl and all adults passing through are unable to resist. At least as long as we're not down to Laffy Taffy and Nerds.

Take care of yourself and keep writing. Don't break your streak now!
Whatcha doing, sending me a message? You should be busy pondering your NaNo and making notes when you have a spare moment, not chatting!

The trip was great! The rally was full of happy people being polite to each other. Really unbelievably packed with people from the stage in front of the capital building all the way down to the Washington monument. Also there was a fantastic exhibition at the Natural History museum about forensic anthropology and how it's used both to solve modern crimes and to identify and learn about early settlers. Amazing. So, fun was had.

Now get back to work!
Yep, but I fear I am woefully underprepared, and, as usual, low on time. But I'll give it the old college try.
Charlotte is going as an elf princess warrior. She's going to read science fiction and fantasy for the rest of her life, isn't she? Max is going as the grim reaper. He was vacillating between a raccoon and a cow, but saw the scythe at the store we visited to get Charlotte's ears.

Enjoy the hike. The fall foliage is at its peak in the mountains, so the sights will be glorious. We leave Thursday morning and return Sunday afternoon.
And the weather was glorious too. I'm glad the rain waited for a Monday.

I'm in the process of putting together Hallowe'en costumes. Max is content to get Charlotte's Hermione Granger robe to which I'll add a hood and Charlotte gets a new robe with flashy colors and flowing sleeves. I know I have some satins and velvets in a box somewhere...
Oh, no, there were definitely two. The first suffered tail injuries.

I'm not kidding about the Picoults. Apparently, they are very popular among high schoolers.

I had a great time at the Books for Keeps book sorting. I learned loads. And hitting the open road on my own was very, very nice.
Thanks for the rant link too, definitely bookmarking that one! :)
Yes, I'll bring my list. Will you bring color swatches of the paint you've chosen? Unless you have samples in your hair and on your arms, like I always do?
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