Nittnut's 3rd thread of 2012 - Cooler Temperatures and a Cozy Reading Corner
This is a continuation of the topic Nittnut's 2nd thread of 2012 - Slow and Steady.
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Nice new thread. :)
I'm here and will be making myself comfortable. Don't mind if I grab one of those apples to munch on while I'm hanging around.
Love the fall apples! Did you ever read Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears? My favorite in that wonderful series, and perfect for your youngest:)
Lovely new thread. I love autumn.
the castings series is on my wishlist as well. I think I saw the reviews on Lucy's/Sybix thread *scratch head* - I can't remember anymore, but the list in my little black book is getting longer and longer.
*Curious me* how old is your younger one?
Hola Paul, congrats on being first! Not that there's a run on the place, but still.
Hi Stasia! Nice to see you around. Best wishes for the new semester of school :).
Hi Valerie! I figure the more apples you eat, the fewer I have to make into applesauce...
Hi Anne! Thanks for the recommendation. We're off to the library in a few minutes and I will look that one up.
Hallo Drachenbraut! I picked Castings up over on Peggy's thread, but Lucy hangs out there, so it's probably both of them :).
I have three children, my oldest is a boy (Jonah) - 14 in December, then I have a daughter (Margo) who is 8 and another son (Eli) who will be 6 in a few weeks. They are all in school at least part of the day now, which is nice. They make up for my quiet time after school though. Starting about 2:45, I just run around town with my kids. My oldest is a swimmer, so daily swim practice for him, then it's swimming, soccer, gymnastics, music, Boy Scouts - depending on the day.
Cooking notes: Last night after swim practice Jonah made fettuccine Alfredo with lemon juice and red pepper flakes in his sauce. He said it was perfect. :) Maybe I should hire him to cook dinners.
#121 The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression - mine
Amity Shlaes presents a detailed discussion of the politics of the late 1920's and the 1930's. She describes the failures of the New Deal and the resultant prolonging of the Great Depression. She introduces the major players on both sides of the political aisle and in business. I found particularly interesting learning more about the way that FDR operated; often indecisive, experimental and often pitting members of his cabinet against each other. Shlaes also describes the "depression within the Depression" and shows how it was brought about, largely, by the war on business. This book added great depth to my understanding of the political climate of the time, the effects of government attempting management of the economy and the parallels we can find with our economic situation today. Highly recommended.
Oh mei - that sounds like very busy days - but probably lots of fun as well.
Yummie - the Pasta sounds great - maybe you should also consider hiring him out? :-)
Very nice review, sounds like a very interesting book.
Busy days, and fun, and lots of time sitting by pools, soccer fields, etc. to read!
Haha! I'm still holding out, but mainly because I just don't have the time... That may change in the future....
Yes, I just checked it - hmpf. How did you do it? You entered ALREADY 67 series? I am stalking you now as well. *wink*
Jolerie - the Iron Lady is still holding out.
Good luck Valerie. It will get you in the end - I've seen your lists of series.
Is that a stalker wink you're giving me DB?
Hi markon - like I said to Valerie, good luck...
Hi Linda! Great to see you around LT! Hope you're recovering well.
Exactly..... That is why shouldn't go there...
My list of shame, which oh so wonderfully highlights my lack of discipline, will probably be my undoing one day. :)
Personal Moment - I have just introduced some new lines to my Etsy shop. Excited to share!
the children clothes are lovely, but why is the site in German? And did I understand it right, is that your online shop? Whatever, the clothes are beautiful and I love the pictures. *grin*
DB - If you opened Etsy in Germany, it will most likely come up in German unless you change the settings. :) My Etsy is in English. That is my online shop. Thanks :) Like your nickname abbreviation? I made it up myself... ;P Much too lazy to keep typing out the whole thing.
Hey Valerie, THANKS! Maybe you will have a daughter someday. My daughter is my greatest joy and my greatest challenge. The boys are soooo much easier for me, but I hope that when she's all grown up it will pay off. :)
Lovely, lovely little girl gowns!!! I'm mightily impressed, Jenn.
I'm impressed with Jonah too. I could really be enthusiastic about one who would cook for me!
Lucy and Tui read *Castings* first, but I am now behind you. I'm reading another fantasy along with Full Circle, and it's just a mite too much even though I love it all. I suspect that City of Thieves will be firmly on my wishlist before another 5 minutes has gone, but I don't need another siege story right now either. When I finish A Place of Greater Safety, I won't know what I do need. It's gripping to say the least!
Oh! Happy New Thread! Those apples look too good to be true!
ETA: I just ordered an available copy of *CoT* from PBS. Goody!
Hi Peggy, and thank you! I think you will really like City of Thieves. It is a different kind of book in a way. It contrasts a really nonessential activity (finding eggs) with a life or death situation - the siege and not finding the eggs. I thought it was interesting and clever.
I am now reading Ember and Ash, but I probably should have waited a bit. Or not, because I had already sort of forgotten who some of the characters were. I am also reading Delectable Lie for balance. :)
Those apples are true, and I just made 17 quarts of applesauce. It was really a shame not to eat them all, but 40 lbs was too much to keep up with and wouldn't fit in my fridge. LOL
Nice new thread, Jenn. Mmmm, love homemade applesauce. I bought some Jonathan apples earlier in the week. So tart and juicy. I think I'll leave mine in the natural state as I have nowhere near 40 lbs.
I am moving City of Thieves up the WL. I have a copy ready and waiting for me (along with a few hundred other books) as soon as I get caught up with myself. I can't believe it when people say they can't find anything to read. I'm glad no one around here has that trouble.
I'm not, of course, a devotee of ladies/girls clothing but they do like swell. Have a lovely weekend.
Beautiful nightgowns, Jenn!
I loved City of Thieves. I think it'd make a great movie.
Hi Jenn - so glad to see you enjoyed City of Thieves. I recommended ... no, forced this book into the hands of a friend who claimed he didn't like reading fiction and then nagged him into actually reading it. Once he got past the first chapter, he found himself sucked into the story and told me later he was very glad I made him read it.
With Halloween around the corner, what are your costume plans this year?
*wave* DB is fine - but Bianca is fine as well. I had a little browse on "Etsy" yesterday, they have a lot of beautiful and special things on there, such as your lovely girl nightgowns.
City of Thieves sounds like a very promising book as well. *run* and put it on to my wishlist.
Hello Donna, I think you will like City of Thieves. I look forward to reading your review :). Stay awhile and have an apple, or some applesauce...
Paul. Of course, one does not wish to see you wearing a ladies nightgown, but thank you for the compliment. :)
Hi Joanne, it would make a good movie. Lots of action all through. How are the pups and the kitty?
Caro, I don't know about Halloween. My daughter wants to be a vampire. Jonah keeps talking about being SlenderMan, and if you don't know that story, just Google it. Weird and just right for a 13 or 14 yr old boy. I don't know about the baby. He has talked about Angry Birds, Batman, Spiderman, he has a history of changing his mind last minute.
Bianca, Lovely. I like it better than DB. :) Etsy is a great place - as long as you keep from putting all the great things in your cart. Sometimes it's difficult.
#122 Ember and Ash - library
I mostly enjoyed this follow-up to The Castings Trilogy. Grandchildren of the heroes and heroines of the Trilogy fight Ice and Fire to save their people. I won't spoil, but the ending is !!!Frustrating. ARgh.
Exactely what I thought *sigh* .
Yes, and Halloween - my son would like to go either as Freddy Kruger or as Jason.
Many of my friends who have both a boy and girl echo your same sentiment. Based on Caleb's personality, I'd probably have to agree with you. Any baby, boy or girl is going to have some big shoes to fill since he has been such an easy baby/toddler, relatively speaking. :)
He is too young to have say in what he gets to be for Halloween. Last year he was a robot and we put an Android symbol on his back. This year, I'm thinking maybe Mickey Mouse since he is in love with the show right now.
I'm catching up! Happy new thread! Love your new etsy gowns. And I'm pretending I didn't see fictfact.com. Hope you are having a great weekend!
Seriously Bianca, maybe you were talking about Etsy, but I am going to say regarding Ember and Ash: why does she put them in such impossible situations? Will there be another book where the children have to figure it all out and deal with the fact that their parents lied to them? Argh. Also, what is it with the 13 year old boy and horrific Halloween costumes?
Those were the days Valerie. When they had NO say in what they were for Halloween. Those were the days.
Hi Amy, nice to see you. You just keep ignoring fictfact, although I do have to say that I like being told which book is next in a series and not having to look it up all the time...
#123 The Betrayal of Trust - library
I enjoyed this installment - #6 in the series. I do feel like it was almost a set up for the next book, kind of like Pirates of the Caribbean 2 was just a very long set up for 3... but not so long.
Simon is handling a couple of cold cases along with budget cuts, the chief on sick leave, and falling in love. He has a full plate this time around. Has anyone else noticed that Susan Hill likes to intertwine a social issue in her story? The social issue of the day is euthanasia/assisted suicide. I do appreciate the way she uses it naturally, and I don't feel lectured, and in this particular story, it was a very interesting tool adding suspense and tension. I think it's about time that Simon has a good woman in his life, but the current difficulties with the woman he has fallen in love with seem insurmountable. He's a little cranky these last few books and hurting people's feelings and I don't like him doing that. Not that I am emotionally involved with a fictional character in any way whatsoever at all.
Yes - I was talking about Etsy, but your thoughts on Ember and Ash with the frustrating ending, maybe I will skip that one, once I got around to read The Castings Trilogy.
Boys and their Halloween costumes - I know - last year he went as a dangerous looking ork, and the year before that as a white vicious looking werewolf.
We have got something in Germany which is called "Fastnacht" or "Karneval", beginning of the year (you might even now that, as you have/had a German friend) - everyone dresses up, big parades, lots of sweets - and on this occassions Alex usually dresses up as something funny (and female) - last year he was wearing a purple dress, large necklaces, a purple and white hat with patterns and a huge yellow flower on it and, seriously, ridicilous looking glasses.
I already have The Forgotten Man in the BlackHole. I sure wish my local library would get a copy!
Well Bianca, at least some of the time, he's not scary. :)
Stasia, I have loaned my copy to a friend. When I get it back, if you don't have it already, I'll send it on. It took me awhile to read, very content heavy. I doubt you'll get it until the next school break. :)
Simon's "a little cranky these last few books and hurting people's feelings" ---- when has Simon not been cranky and hurting people????? He has a lot more in common with his father than he'd like to think! Yet I keep coming back to him and pulling for him to find a good woman who'll shape him up. Hill is very clever that way. However, I have to say that I do always like the supporting characters better - especially Cat and Co.
I can add my likes to the City of Thieves. I enjoyed it, it didnt have so much meat on the bones, but what was there was tasty enough.
And I liked the cover. Which is important to me anyway :)
*off to look for you on fictfact*
I'm laughing at the fact that you were ignoring my list of series and now you are on Fictfact! :)
Hi Valerie, Well, when are you going to join? :) You only have to spend the time on there to add your series, check out what the others have what could be of interest, and you have on one glance, in one place, something where you can see when the next book is going to be published.
Haha, I'm still holding out. It is a mighty big black hole that for now I think I *should* avoid. I have officially run out of bookshelf space at home and am currently hinting at the hubby to get me some new shelves for my birthday. Maybe after the shelves are acquired, I may change my mind... ;)
Haha - shelve space - same problem here. AND I seriously sort my books out every 6 month. Everything which has not some kind of sentimental value, or is not worth rereading goes to create more space. I desperately need another shelve, I started already piles :(
Shelf SPACE? What is this concept? Shelves don't have spaces on them.........do they???!
mine neither, that's why they are piles and piles on the floor. *sigh*
Hi Peggy. I still like Simon, in spite of the crankiness, but I hope he gets happier soon. I am also fond of "Cat and co." I felt desperate when Chris got sick. :(
Laugh away Valerie, but Bianca is right. It's a great place to keep track of the series.
No space on my shelves either, Lunacat. Double shelved and piles on the floor...
I am persevering with The Cry of the Icemark. The struggle I am having with it is that the author appears to want to include every legend and myth known to all mankind in the story. It's a little overwhelming and perhaps strains my ability to suspend believe a bit too far. I do like the main characters, and when the author forgets that he is trying to write an all-inclusive epoch adventure fantasy, the dialogue is even quite entertaining.
I think I like Simon because he's cranky (not that I would want to deal with him in real life, by any means). It just makes him a more interesting, complicated character. I'm not so sure I like his new love interest... Hmm, maybe I'm just jealous....eh, he'll screw it up...
Hi Joanne. Yes, it does make him more interesting and complicated. I don't know about the new love interest either. It's a terrible situation and stupid all around for both of them to get involved just like that...
I think if you struggle so much already with the Cry of the Icemark, then the second installment is definately not for you. He even adds even more cultures in the second book, and I am curious how the third one is going to be. I didn't mind all that "cramming in" - that's exactly what appealed to me, and I thought he is done a pretty good job with that, by IMO creating a very vivid and engaging story.
However, imagine we all would like the same books - how boring. *grin*
I stuck with it Bianca, and here is my review. It wasn't all bad... :)
#124 -126 The Icemark Chronicles - library
The Cry of the Icemark was OK. It took me a while to really get into it enough to not be annoyed. I did like some of the characters quite well and the concept wasn't too bad. The dialogue was pretty stilted and awkward sometimes though. The heroine, Thirrin, becomes queen at 14, after the death of her father. She immediately has to go to war to defend her country from the evil (Roman-ish) Polypontian Empire to the south.
Blade of Fire was absolutely my favorite of the three. The youngest son of Thirrin is sent to the Desert People to try and gain allies for his family in their war against the Polypontian Empire. This book seemed the most natural to me and was pretty fun to read.
The Last Battle of the Icemark contained no real surprises. Enemies become unlikely allies to defeat a common foe. Characters I liked die in battle and peace is achieved in the end.
Overall, not a bad series, but not great either.
Oh, you seriously read all three. Then you are so much better than myself, if I can't engage that well with a story I usually don't bother to carry on a series.
I still have to wait to the end of the week, until I can read the third installment.
Hm, interesting that you found the dialogue stilted, it didn't feel for me like that at all. :)
Occasionally stilted. It seemed like they switched from casual to formal speech sometimes and it didn't always work for me... I did like the characters enough to carry on, and like I said, the second book was my favorite. Sometimes it's good to persevere to the second book. Sometimes the author just needs a warm-up. :)
#127 A Chicken In Every Yard
This is a great overview of how to choose, house and care for chickens in your back yard. I found it easy to read and informative. And yes, I am considering chickens. :)
Chickens -- wow! I read a memoir a few years ago called Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the backyard-chicken raisers!
We had chickens when I was growing up (this was the 1970s, for you youngsters out there). Technically they were my brother's FFA (Future Farmers of America) project, but he lost interest pretty early on, so they became mine by default. We sold the eggs to a club in town, so I even got a little bit of spending money out of it. The main thing I remember is that we actually ordered the baby chicks from the Sears Roebuck catalog, and they mailed them to us!
Mailing chicks? That sounds clucking crazy! Good luck with the chickens Jenn - my FIL keeps his own and I am sure he would be happy to pass on his experiences.
They do mail them, but you have to buy 25 at a time. Apparently they stay warm that way... I am only allowed 4, so that is probably not the direction I will take. I also still need to get the husband on board. Too bad I am not known as SWMBO. It would make things so much easier. :)
#128 An Invisible Thread - library, book club
A heart warming story of an unlikely friendship between Laura Schroff and a boy named Maurice. When they meet, Laura is a well to do woman working for a magazine in New York. Maurice is an 11 year old pan-handler. He asks her for money one day and she stops and takes him to McDonalds. The relationship that develops between them changes both of their lives. I was more fascinated in the similarities between their life experiences than the differences.
Wow, that sounds like a very interesting read - *Run fast* and put onto wish list.
I wish you a very happy weekend :)
Henning Juul is a journalist, returning to work after a leave of absence. He took the leave of absence due to a fire which resulted in the death of his son and serious injuries to himself. Naturally, his first day back he is drawn into a murder investigation. A woman has been murdered, and it looks like it may have been done by her Muslim boyfriend. As the case progresses, Juul finds that there are really two different stories and that the murdered girl is the only thing the two stories have in common.
I thought the story moved fairly slowly for a murder mystery, but it was interesting. We definitely learn a lot about Juul and his tragic past. There is also some social commentary on multiculturalism and sharia, which is a current issue in many countries, especially in Europe.
City of Thieves - mine
The Castings Trilogy - library
Ember and Ash - library
The Betrayal of Trust - library
The Icemark Chronicles - library
Burned - library
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression - mine
A Chicken in Every Yard - library
An Invisible Thread - book club, library
Ooooh...new Scandi crime author I haven't yet read. Thanks for the review and tip, Jenn ... this one goes on my obese wish list.
Hi Caro. You may thank Paul for the recommendation. I found Henning Juul on his thread... :)
Jenn - Glad you liked Burned pretty much. You are right it is not a wham bam slam thriller but has a good story with great characterisation.
I hope you succeed in your mission to have chickens! They make me chuckle. We have ducks but that was purely unintentional ;)
Jenn, they will let you raise chickens in Highlands Ranch? I am shocked! It sounds like an Ozarks thing. ;-)
I watched the newest episode of Major Crimes and saw your Etsy nightgown. Very photogenic. I can't believe how excited I got! Good work.
Hi Paul. I will definitely read the next one. I thought that Henning Juul was an interesting character.
Hey lunacat! I want to know about the unintentional ducks?
Hi Donna! Thanks for watching :) Pretty exciting. Now I have to figure out how to capitalize on the moment...
I don't know if I would call it "raising" chickens. We may get chickens and feed them so they will lay eggs for us. Is that raising eggs? Hmmm.
>58 I cant believe they would post chicks in the mail!?
My sis has just got herself 10 chickens and the eggs are-a-flowing already. Im visiting tomorrow so will be sure to take an empty egg carton with me in anticipation.
If anyone wants to see my 5 minutes of vicarious fame that Donna mentioned...
Well.........we have five cats, and last year (when we had four) one of them started bringing home ducklings from the nearby duck pond. Live ducklings.
2 of the five she brought home didn't make it, but the others we reared in cat carriers with hot water bottles wrapped in towels. They now live in an enclosure and fenced off bush area in our (very small) back garden.
Then, this year, our newest cat brought us another duckling. So we have one big male mallard who is hopefully going to live somewhere else as he has got quite aggressive, two smaller ducks we think must be half domestic/half wild, and a new girly duck.
I would love to see your nighties on the link - but - they don't let me watch it they bubble something like "we are very sorry but your television is currently not registered with us..........." *grumble, scratch head*
#67 Yes, I would call it "raising eggs" *giggle*
Lunacat, that is funny. Was she bringing them home to play with or to nurture do you think?
Sorry Bianca. That is a problem. I forget that people have to have some kind of account with the TV services. I don't have one either, but my friend let me use hers for that night. My blog has some screen shots if you want to see the photos. www.mylavenderave.blogspot.com
I've had a completely different week than I planned. I had one kid home sick for 4 days and I got a nasty kink in my neck, neck spasms and everything and I'm not sleeping that well. So I have been reading, but not sitting at the computer much.
#130 Enthralled - library
I came across this title on a search for something completely different, and I was intrigued. It's an anthology put together by writers of paranormal tales. Most of them were pretty good. A couple of them stayed in my head for a few days, and I'm not a huge fan of the paranormal. This collection of short stories was just right for me. If you like fantasy/paranormal stuff, you'll probably enjoy this.
#131 Matched - library
#132 Crossed - library
I really enjoyed these first two installments of a newer dystopian series by Ally Condie. The first book has deep shades of Lois Lowry's The Giver, but begins to take on a twist of its own. The Society chooses everyone's "match" for them. Perfectly selected by computer program and almost perfectly successful. Except this time there was a mistake. Is it possible there could be more than one match for a person? What would you do to find out? The second book, Crossed, goes deeper into The Society, the origins and the fault lines that are beginning to show. The writing is good, the story moves at a good pace and the characters are interesting. Good reads.
#133 Gone Girl - library
This may very well be one of the creepiest books I have ever read. A man's wife disappears, he is accused of murdering her. The story is told in turns from both the husband's and the wife's point of view. It's not just a murder mystery though. It's definitely got a solid share of psycho-thriller. The twist at the end will probably give me nightmares for days. *shiver*
I have now sat at the computer as long as I can. I'll catch up with you all later. :)
#37: I appreciate the offer and will take you up on it although, as you say, it may be a while before I get to it :)
thanks for the link to your blog. The pictures are lovely. You must be so proud to see that your clothes are used on TV, because they are so lovely.
I hope your neck pain will get better soon. I know it is absolutely awful when you have neck spasm.
Your list of books are very intriguing, especially the one by Allie Condie. I have to check them out.
Wish you a lovely Sunday with your family.
Hi Bianca, Valerie and Megan!
Thank you so much for the compliments! I was VERY excited to see the nightgown on TV. I had a big smile for several days.
My neck is better. The whole muscle still feels very bruised and sore, but the neck spasms are better. I only have them when I am waking up in the morning. I don't know if I need a new pillow or what. I probably need a massage, but I have never had one and I don't really like my back rubbed hard... it might kill me. LOL.
I am reading Opium Nation, which is very interesting, but slow going. Her style of jumping back and forth in time is a little hard. It's an interesting companion piece to the other book I am reading - Delectable Lie - which is basically about the failure of multiculturalism as public policy in Canada.
I am also reading Flatland for my book club. Has anyone read it?
#134 Cover Her Face - library, audio
Entertaining and quite brief. It reminded me a little of Poirot - how he would gather all the suspects together and solve the mystery in a discussion. I quite enjoyed the collection of actors who read the parts.
#135 Opium Nation - library
Once I got used to the writing style, I really got absorbed in the information. This is one woman's journey through Afghanistan, talking to opium farmers, traffickers, addicts, families of farmers and traffickers and even government officials who are involved in the drug trade. Some are involved both as traffickers and informants. Taken at face value, Fariba Nawa's story explains very well why the U.S. and allies cannot really make headway in training Afghan leadership for democratic style government. Opium is such a huge part of the economy there and everyone is involved in some way. It all seems a rather hopeless situation. Her point of view is interesting because she left Afghanistan with her family when the Soviets invaded. She came to the US as a 10 year old and grew up here and went to college, all the time trying to reconcile her Afghan heritage and love for her homeland with her life here. Her travels in Afghanistan helped her come to terms with those feelings and also allowed her a unique view of the situation there.
I have a friend with a similar story. She left Afghanistan with her family, I believe after the Soviets and before the Taliban. She is well educated and lively, is married to a man a good 20 years older than she is. He works for the military. They have 3 children and have adopted a niece and nephew (or some such relation) so that they can come to the US and go to school. She cannot ever return to Afghanistan because she converted to Christianity here and her relatives there have threatened her life. Her husband must be somewhat modern in that he allowed her to choose a different religion and allowed his children to go to church with her. He is gone a lot, and I don't know him well. One funny thing that she has never adjusted to here is the locked doors. She will come over and just walk in and shout a greeting and we just hope we're dressed... if my door is locked she gets kind of frustrated with me. :)
Anyway, I have a long list of questions to discuss with my friend after reading this book. I highly recommend it as another point of view on Afghanistan.
Hi Jenny - Love the review on Opium Nation something I definately would be interested in reading (enjoy in books like that just feels so inappropriate). Gone off to put it on my wishlist.
Wish you and your family a great weekend. :)
Hi Jenn, congrats to you and your nightgown! How exciting. Great reading, too. Have a great weekend!
Hi Bianca, we have had a lovely weekend. I hope you have as well. I agree - sometimes enjoy is just not the right word.
Thanks Anne! Hope your weekend was also great.
#136 A Door in the River - library
This is the third book in a series about Detective Hazel Micallef, and I did feel a little bit like I wanted to read the first two. There is definitely some back story there.
A local handyman, friends with most of the small town, is found dead. Questions about his murder lead to a horrifying crime. The story is fast paced and several of the characters' are compelling.
#82: I have the first book in the series downloaded on my Nook - one of these days I may actually read it!
Hey! Did anybody miss me? LOL
I've been in Utah the last week. My sister and I spent a few days in Salt Lake City and Park City, eating good food, seeing some sights and we even took in Jekyll and Hyde, the musical - that was an experience, let me tell you. Everywhere we ate was amazing. If anyone is planning a trip to SLC, and wants to know where to eat, I have a list for you. We ate Vietnamese, Mexican, Pub grub, Middle Eastern, French, Diner, even gourmet and expensive once - you name it, we probably ate it. Now I need to join Weight Watchers...
I didn't visit LT at all while I was gone, but I did some reading.
#137 Raven Black - library
This was a fantastic mystery set in the Shetland Islands. I really like Jimmy Perez and the other characters we are introduced to. I like the small town atmosphere and the development of suspense in the story. Great read. Can't wait for the next one.
#138 Edenbrooke - my sister's
Self described as a "proper romance" it is written in the style of Georgette Heyer, but without the historical accuracy or colloquial language that characterize a Heyer romance. It is a sweet, if predictable, tale of a young girl who has always taken the back seat to her twin sister in every aspect of their lives growing up. Unfortunately, now she has fallen in love with the man her sister plans to marry. How will it all end? You can easily guess, but it's a fun read all the same.
#139 White Nights - library
The second in the series of Inspector Perez mysteries. Just as enjoyable as the first one, if not more so. I liked getting to know the characters better and the developing romance between.... well, I won't spoil it. Very satisfying read.
#140 The American Heiress - mine
Bought to read on the plane, and while it held my attention for the purpose, it was just OK. My copy is called The American Heiress, but both Amazon and touchstones have it titled My Last Duchess. Kind of an odd title...
A wealthy and spoiled American heiress travels to England to marry a title. She ends up falling in love with him, of course, but has to learn to navigate the tricky social web of the English aristocracy. Fairly predictable and melodramatic at times. Helped me ignore the "gentleman" in the middle seat who had both elbows akimbo while snoring for the hour flight from SLC to Denver.
Now I must finish my book club book and an Early Reader review I just found at the bottom of a pile - oops.
Jenn many happy returns to your son - is he kitted out already for Halloween?
Hi Paul, we were at Joe's Crab Shack for dinner Saturday night, and the waiter kindly turned a bib into a cape and let our little guy run around the restaurant as a super hero while everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. He didn't like it a lot, he said he felt shy.
Hi Lori, I am really enjoying the Cleeves novels. I have the third one ready to go, but I have to finish my book club book first. :)
84: I missed you, Jenn. Sounds like you had a productive reading time in Utah!
Happy Birthday to Eli! Love the pictures.
Aww, what a handsome guy you have there, Jenn! The happiest of birthdays to him!
Glad to hear that you had a good trip away and that you found time to do some reading. :)
Hi Jenn. Happy Birthday to your youngest! And I'd be interested in recommendations on good places to eat in SLC. That's one of the places we plan to visit at some point and I haven't been there in almost 20 years.
Thank you Donna. :) I had a productive reading time, and some productive eating too...
Thanks Valerie. He is a pretty cute little guy. He has a very sunny personality too. My easiest kid, so far.
Hi Pat! I haven't seen you around in ages. Probably because I am not around as much as I used to be. :P I'll PM you with a list of where we ate. Man, we ate some really great food.
Finished my ER book and will review it tomorrow. It was a very interesting read.
Watched the final debate. Meh. Ready for the election to be over.
Hi Jenny, great to hear that you spend a brilliant time with your sister and congratulations to your youngest son (Eli?) 6 is a great age. I love the baby picture - how cute and now he is a big boy. And all smiles on the second photo :) *big smile* from myself.
Hi Bianca! Nice to see you here. I have to go get caught up on your thread. I am really behind, between being busy and taking a vacation...
#141 Push Has Come to Shove - mine, ER
This is a book about fighting for better education for our kids. Reading it was a real trip. Dr. Perry is an unusual person. I admit, I did not expect him to be a take no prisoners, do whatever works type of reformer. Given his personal story and then knowing where he works and the theme of his school, I expected him to be, well, against vouchers, school choice and for unions. I was totally wrong. The book is raw and unapologetic, even considering the fact that it was an unedited version. He may be exactly the voice that school reformers need to get their message across. From him it is totally authentic. One really interesting thing he said, one that I'm still tossing around, is that the kids need to read less of the old classics and more good, current literature that they can relate to. I see his point, but I'm still thinking about it. Love to hear what you all think.
Don't let your kids get caught in the self-victimizing trap, thinking that everybody else has it better than them. Every family has precisely what it has and yours is no different. Who gives a damn about the Joneses unless you are a Jones? The parents of your kids' friends have issues just like your family does. Don't let your kids trick you into thinking that they don't...Tell your kids to mind their own damn business, go do their homework, and hope they don't wake up tomorrow with a zit the size of a cherry tomato under their eye.
...don't leave your kids alone on the computer. If you're not literally over their shoulder, simply audit their computer use by checking the history of their internet searches and the cache of chats and emails. And don't fall for that specious argument about "invasion of privacy." If your children want privacy, tell them to grow up and buy a house. The Web is a powerful educational tool, but it's also a minefield of distractions and potential interpersonal conflict.
And I am going to have to leave the quotes at that because my friend came over and borrowed the book. :)
Hi Jenn, Aww, your son is a cutie. Happy birthday to you both! 6 is such a great age.
I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying the Shetland series! I'll be looking for your thoughts when you finish all four.
I love the quotes from the book - and soooooo true. Especially, the top one LOL. Alex always tries to blackmail me with what are other children allowed to do, read, watch and play and as I am usually not bothered, he then tends to get in a huff and a puff about it. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention - According to my son - I am the striktest mom in the world. *large grin*
Hey Bianca. There were more great quotes too, but my friend was pretty insistent on taking the book. LOL. I always tell my son that he should get me a badge that says "Meanest Mom on Earth" and I will wear it with pride. :)
Hi Joanne! 6 is a great age, and he's a great kid. Lots of fun. I am in the midst of the third book right now and enjoying it when I can ignore the little voice telling me to finish my book club book...
This idea of personal privacy is rather novel to me..haha!
I grew up with a mom who would pick up the phone in the middle of my conversations and yell at me to hang up because it was late and then proceed to stay on the line until I actually hung up. Talk about total mortification. My only saving grace - she didn't read much English so all my diaries were completely safe. My brother's nosy eyes were a whole other issue.
I know what you mean Valerie. My mom didn't have to spy. She just moved my little sister into my room to share and my sister reported everything I did and said to my entire family. Unfortunately, she did read English... With 4 brothers between us, you can imagine how merciless the teasing could be. I really didn't "appreciate" my sister's better qualities until she was much older. In the last 10 years, in fact. LOL.
I never had a private moment in my life until maybe my 4th year of college when I had my own room for a year. My next brother was born when I was 14 mos old and I was never alone again after that. :)
The most dire punishment we can inflict on our eldest is to remove the door to his room. When he is particularly defiant, he loses his door for several days. He does not love that.
The most dire punishment we can inflict on our eldest is to remove the door to his room. When he is particularly defiant, he loses his door for several days. He does not love that.
Oh Jenny, I LOVE that one. When I read that I had to LOL that much, that I had to wipe the tears out of my face.
What I always love best about this generation of children is that the actually try to discuss with you about "why you should allow your child" allow something. If Alex isn't allowed anything - for good reasons - and they are, they actually try to convince me otherwise. Well, depending on how well they present their arguments I do tend to listen for a short while and then I just tell them to bugger off. *laugh*
I have not had my own room until I was 16, but that was never that much of a problem. I have got one younger sister and one younger brother and we actually found it odd to have our own rooms and even then we just used to crowd in one room. :)
#96 According to my son - I am the striktest mom in the world - No it can't be you - it's definitely me according to my son yesterday when I made him do some German revision - nobody else's mother makes them do German revision, apparently.
Jenn, I'm catching up..... Congratulations to your gown's appearance on national TV! I tried to check it out at your blog but didn't find it. I was enthralled with all the wonderful pictures of your food, however. SLC should hire you to promote them!
I have the Cleeves novel that you read but haven't gotten to it - the story of my life.
I don't have children, but I had 30 at a time when I taught. I could never get across to the majority of them that I was not their mother and that I was immune to their manipulations. (Most of them were very grateful that I was not Mom for more reasons than one.) Me too. Sometimes I could be flip - "This is a dictatorship, and I'm Dick --- and you guys are the taters." More times I just tried to let a little reality light the way. "Of course, I don't trust you. The first time I gave you a hall pass to run to the library you wandered around the school for 45 minutes." "Enough. You're asking me for a favor, and you're being obnoxious about it. No." I'm happy to say that my blood pressure doesn't shoot out of sight now when I remember those days!!!!!
God Bless All Mothers!!! (And your 6 year-old is darling - then and now!)
Glad you liked that Bianca. Seriously, I agree with you on the discussion thing. My son thinks everything is negotiable. I never would have dreamed of negotiating terms with my parents. If they said no, it was NO. Not that I didn't operate from the "better to ask forgiveness than permission" angle now and again...
#101 - Uh, No, Rhian, it's me. Apparently nobody else's mother makes them do dishes and put away their laundry, and everyone else's mother lets them have their own i-phone with unlimited everything.
Hi Peggy! Thanks. We had a great trip and we ate some really great food. It was genius to only eat 2 real meals a day. I can't imagine if we'd had 3. :) SLC should hire me!
I am reading the third in the Cleeves mystery series. Too busy to really sit down and get into it right now. It's parent teacher conferences today and the kids are out of school and I'm minding my friend's daughter on top of that...
It was really fun to see my work on TV. I had pics on the blog a few weeks ago... http://mylavenderave.blogspot.com/2012/10/earlier-this-summer-i-received-order.h... - just screen shots. You would have to have TV access online to watch the actual 2 minutes of fame. LOL.
"This is a dictatorship, and I'm Dick --- and you guys are the taters. hahahahahaha! I love that. I forget if you taught middle or high school... the benefit of that over elementary is that you can say things like that and even sometimes get a reaction. We definitely underestimate the power of NO. :)
I could be working on so many things, but I believe I will opt for a sit down with Red Bones for the mere hour I have until the next parent/teacher conference. My 6 year old is a genius, BTW. I have slightly lower expectations for the 3rd grader. Her genius lies in other areas...
Wow! The stills are great, Jenn! AND congratulations on your 6 year-old genius!
Thanks Peggy! Haha - apparently I have underestimated the 8 yr old drama queen. Both kids are well above average for their grade level and apparently the 3rd grader is reading at a 5th grade level. If it's true what they say about kids growing up with books becoming readers... my kids are just about buried in books...
Jenn - love the image of removing your son's door to cheese him off as a punishment. Not sure it would work with Kyran and there are things that I am sure he is doing that I would rather not see!
#142 Red Bones - library
may contain a spoiler
Third in the Shetland Series, this book featured Sandy a little more, which was fun. The mystery was intriguing, although I kind of had a hard time buying into the solution. It was also interesting to have Perez so distracted by his thoughts of Fran... only a little disappointed in the ending. I would have liked to see Perez do his own proposing.
#143 Venetia - mine
A much needed rest from reality :).
Now back to Flatland. Book club is tomorrow night. Fell asleep on it last night. I cannot say that I love it, it's definitely different.
Jenn, I was disappointed Perez didn't propose too, but on the other hand, I liked that Fran took matters into her own hands.
What's up for Halloween this year?
Hi Caro! Photos of the kids' costumes coming up... we have a fortune teller and a "fire" Mario. My eldest seems to have finally decided that he's not dressing up. Since he's a nearly 14 year old who looks 17+, I am fine with that. However, I won't be surprised if he comes home from school tomorrow demanding a shopping trip for a last minute costume.
Thinking of everyone in the path of the storm. Take care, hunker down and read. :)
#144 Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions - book club
Written in about 1884, Flatland is a book about perspective. Using geometry, Abbott describes society and group behavior. Satirical, occasionally funny, and quite a bit of work for 80 some pages. A pretty good read, better if you're really into math.
#145 The Princess Plot - audio, library
A fun story about a regular girl who finds out she's a princess and in the process also has to save her country. Translated from German - which I found interesting. It reminded me a little of The Princess Diaries, but with a twist.
Photos of my kids in their Halloween costumes for Caro: http://www.mylavenderave.blogspot.com/2012/10/to-do-list-tuesday_30.html
Jenn, those costumes look awesome and amazing. The best part? The price tag! You are so talented and creative and those kids are darn lucky! My family has a soft spot for Mario as well so I couldn't help but go awwwwww continuously! :)
Thanks for posting the link to the costume info and pictures. They both look great and it's so neat they get to dream up their own costumes and you can make them happen. They must be the envy of all their friends.
Hi Jenn, your children look absolutely stunning and your daughter is so pretty. Geourgous *big smile* and I agree with the others you are so creative and talented and your children look so proud and happy in their costumes.
Hi Valerie, Pat and Bianca! Thanks! I do enjoy making their dreams come true. So far they don't tax my skills as much as my eldest. He used to draw me pictures of things he dreamed up and with perfect faith expected me to make it happen.
My little Mario is out trick or treating right now, and I will take my daughter later, after her swim practice is over. Hopefully (after I eat all the Almond Joys) I can convince them to sell their candy to the dentist for $1 per pound. LOL
I just found what my husband and I are going to be next year. I'm still giggling...
Go to http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2012/10/happy-halloween-its-virtual-costume-parade-... and then scroll down to the Almond Joy/Mounds couple. Hilarious!
Those costumes are SO creative, and they turned out wonderfully! And loved the Almond Joy/Mounds couple as well.
Jenn, thanks for that link. The homemade costumes are really amazing and look like so much fun.
Jenn - I agree with Bianca - you have a lovely family - Mario's moustache is magnificently manufactured!
Thanks Roni and Paul! That is a great link, isn't it Pat? She does the virtual parade every year and it's amazing what people do.
So here's what is happening. Mario is tucked in bed. My 6 foot tall almost 14 year old decided that if he took his little sister trick or treating, maybe people wouldn't give him a hard time and would give him candy. They've been gone 45 min, so it's probably working out. Plus, I didn't have to take her. My husband is on his way to the airport to go to California for a couple of days for work. Not the best timing...
I am going to update my reading for October, watch a movie, and I would be eating candy, but can you believe not one single Almond Joy so far? Un believable. I may have to settle for the tootsie rolls. I can pretty much take or leave the rest of it.
October Reading (is it just me, or was it September, like, yesterday?)
Enthralled - library
Matched - library
Crossed - library
Gone Girl - library
Cover Her Face - audio, library
A Door in the River - library
Raven Black - library
White Nights - library
Edenbrooke - my sister's
The American Heiress - mine
Flatland - book club
Red Bones - library
Venetia - mine
The Princess Plot - audio, library
Opium Nation - library
Push Has Come To Shove - mine, ER
Not too bad. Lots and lots of library books!
Sigh. my count is off in Goodreads. By about 20 books. I can't figure out what I missed. A whole month or so somewhere. Not sure I really want to go figure it out....
My daughter is back. With 2 Almond Joys! Happiness.
LOL. Your night is now complete with the Almond Joys? :)
Haha I get what you feel. January still feels like yesterday and lookie here, it's only a few months away!
Hey, does anybody know how to find a book you reviewed in your threads, but omitted to review on the ER page, etc.?
The Halloween costumes are great, Jenn. Your kids look adorable! It was a perfect night for Trick or Treating. I also have a thing for Almond Joys...most don't get into the bowl that goes to the door.
If you go to the book page, up on the right - click "mentions" and it'll bring up the threads where a book was mentioned and maybe you could find it that way?
#145 The Shadow Patrol - library
An interesting follow-up to my recent read of Opium Nation. It is the story of a CIA operative sent to discover a mole in the Afghanistan operation and to find out if any of the US soldiers are dealing drugs. Not a happy story, or a happy thought regarding the morale of some of the soldiers over there, but an interesting and entertaining read.
#146 Blue Lightning - library
I AM SO FRUSTRATED! And I don't really want to talk about it. I really wish I hadn't read the end of this book. I am almost as upset as when Louise Penny sent Olivier to prison...ARGH!
Now I am off to bed to try and enjoy my extra hour of sleep tonight. I couldn't sleep last night, so tonight it must be!
Also, my son just gave me an Almond Joy and told me it was incentive - if I was a good person, he would give me more. Hahahaha. Now that I know there is a stash... bwahhahahaha. I wonder what his definition of me being a good person is? Probably different from mine...
Well, you've left us with a cliff hanger! Now I want to know why you're so frustrated and it sounds like something that would be a spoiler so maybe we'll never find out. Arrgh!
That's pretty funny about your son. He knows your weak point! Hope you find the stash before you become his slave.
Lol...I'm chuckling at Jonah with his stash of Almond Joys. He's one smart young man! Oh yeah, those costumes are the best. Cute kiddos I'll bet they got lots of candy. We have a group of dentists buying candy and sending it to the troops overseas.
Sorry Pat, You'll have to read the Shetland series by Anne Cleeves - there are only 4 so far - and tell me if I'm crazy to be so frustrated... :)
Hi Donna. Jonah is pretty smart. Hard to keep up sometimes.
I feel your pain.
I'd have warned you, but what fun would that be?
another fan of the Shetland Quartet (assuming you're still a fan.)
p.s. Mmmmmm Almond Joys....mine are all gone. :(
Haha. I'm still a fan, Joanne, but I am bitterly disappointed in the ending of the 4th installment. It was just wrong.
It's true that warning would not have helped and probably wouldn't have been properly appreciated.
#147 Bidding for Love - library
A cute and lightweight read. Just what I needed over the weekend.
Hi Jenn! Oh, wow, I'm behind! Love the photos of Eli, and love the Almond Joy/Mounds costumes -- so clever!
#148 Wild Designs - library
Another light read, but I didn't like this one as well. The premise is nice, that a "middle aged" woman with teenagers can fall in love and have a romance. The story just bugged me. The main character dithers and lets her children run her life. She drove me nuts. The love interest sounded hunky. It would probably make a good Lifetime movie...
Jenn - I have Cleeves' Vera Stanhope novels (the first three anyways) but the Shetland Quartet sounds interesting naff endings notwithstanding. btw Very much enjoyed reading your thoughts on Federal government over at my place. In Malaysia we have a Prime Ministerial as well as a Federal system but the states powers are greatly curtailed here. One of the northern states is ruled by the Islamic party (a very moderate group I would hasten to add). The states that have oil off its shores or under its soil receive a share of its revenues. When the opposition took power that particular states revenues were rescinded by the federal government.
Hi Paul. Thanks for your patience with my need to explain things :). The main thing about the electoral college is that it was originally intended to have them work with the State Legislature to choose the president. It was never intended that there would be a popular vote for president. The president would be elected by representatives who, it is assumed, would represent their individual states. Obviously that is no longer the case.
I think you will like the Shetland Quartet - maybe the ending of the 4th book won't bother you as much as it did me.
So, are you saying that the central government took oil revenues from a state that is led by the opposition? That is very interesting...
#149 Tiger's Destiny - library
I have been waiting quite a while for this final book in the Tiger's Curse series. I enjoyed it. There was one kind of big mistake in the book, but I don't suppose it ruins the story. The error doesn't come out until the last 2 pages anyway, but it was a pretty big editing mistake IMO. Anyway, the end of the quest draws near and all the threads are beginning to be tied off. The last remaining conflict is the love triangle. It is resolved in a predictable, but nice way. It's a good YA series, adventure, romance, Indian folk lore.
Hi Jenn! Hope you and the family are doing well. We just got a huge dump of the white stuff today so I've been on shovel duty all morning and afternoon. I haven't read the last couple of books you reviewed, but it sounds like you are enjoying them! :)
I kind of think you would enjoy the Tiger's Curse series. Try it some time :).
Congrats on the snow. We are expecting some Saturday night. It doesn't look like we'll get a shovelable amount though.
Jenn - basically the northern state of Kelantan is the only "oil state" that doesn't get its share of the revenues. The neighbouring state of Terrenganu went rogue and voted in the opposition two elections ago and promptly the oil revenue share was revoked - they reverted to the government in the next election. Democracy in action indeed.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for the elaboration Paul. These kinds of things really interest me. :) Obviously...
#150 Whatever Happened to Justice - mine
I have been reading the "Uncle Eric" books, both on my own and to my kids. This latest installment was the clearest, most definitive discussion of natural law, common law and political law that I have ever read. Highly recommended.
#151 The Hungry Tide - library, audio
I have been listening to the audio of The Hungry Tide this week while working. I am so sorry it's over. The narrator was very good, which naturally helps, but the language was beautiful, the setting was fascinating and the characters were so real to me that I am still thinking about them. The story is about adaptation, and about the interaction between humans, plants and animals. The author presents an excellent question: Do we have the right to promote conservation efforts in a place where those efforts will have the most detrimental cost to the people who can tolerate the cost least? Because of my biology background, I also enjoyed the bits of information about the mangroves, the weather, the dolphins and other wildlife indigenous to the Sundarbans. However, this is only incidentally a biology or natural history book. The real story is in the interactions between people of vastly different backgrounds and how they adapt to each other and their environment. If I were giving out stars, this one would get 5.
150 books! Mind boggling considering the busy life you lead, Jenn. Congratulations!
150!! Congrats Jenn! Did you end up getting any snow over the weekend?
Hi Jenn, congrats on reaching 150+. I remember a few weeks back when you said I read to fast *smile*. We are actually both on 151 now *grin*.
And thank you soo much for sharing your story on Donna's thread. The 5 years made me chuckle and now you have three absolutely stunning and beautiful children.
Hi Jenn. Congratulations on reading 151 books! I read part of The Hungry Tide years ago for a book club meeting that it turned out I couldn't attend. I never went back to it but I really should since so many people love Amitav Ghosh's books.
Hello Paul, Donna, Valerie, Bianca and Pat! Thanks for the good wishes.
I literally haven't read a thing since last weekend. I have been working a holiday boutique every day this week. You live and you learn. It's not the best setting for my product. I also find that I really, really do not like the kind of down time I have had - sitting and waiting for people to come by and look. I don't mind when there are lots of people and I'm handing out business cards and talking with them, but when nobody is really coming by it's just deadly boring. Also, I get funny comments from people. For example:
"did you know that someone down the aisle from you is selling nightgowns with John Deere tractors on them?" (No, and I don't really care, because if you want a nightgown covered in John Deere tractors, you are not my target customer...) Oddly enough, that lady actually bought one of the John Deere gowns and then brought it over to show me. ?!?
"My daughter sews and she could just walk in here and look at your nightgowns and make up her own pattern." (Get out of my booth. Fast.)
"Did you actually make these yourself?" (???)
Then there was the lady who I watched circle around the boutique at least 4 times over an hour or so. She would wander by the booth across from me and get a handful of the popcorn, then, trailing popcorn, she would walk into my booth and pretend look at stuff while stuffing a handful of the peppermints I have out in her pocket. Then she would wander by the caramel apple booth and take a sample. Around the corner she would go, trailing peppermint wrappers, and disappear for awhile. 15 minutes later, she's back, repeating, as though we wouldn't recognize her. Hilarious.
On the bright side, I did manage to finish a little dress I've been knitting for my daughter. I'll have photos soon.
Valerie, we did get snow last weekend. Unfortunately, we also got some rain first, then just after it started snowing the temperature dropped way below freezing. We were out running errands and we saw several multiple-car accidents. It also snowed more than predicted, naturally. Also, although it shames me to say it, we had not got around to dealing with the sprinkler lines and our pipes burst. Fortunately just the outside sprinkler main line near the valve box. A neighbor happened to see and came over and shut off the water for us. We were not home. I am so thankful for good neighbors!
Ha! I caught up, Bianca! Although I am sure you are past 151 now. :) :P
Pat, I will definitely read more Amitav Ghosh. I really liked The Hungry Tide. The audio was great. The narrator did all the voices - American and Indian - really well. It really helped to know whose point of view we were getting when he changed accent/voice.
Question?? I started Cloud Atlas last weekend and I am having a hard time getting into it. I know a bunch of you have already read it. Did it have mixed reviews? Was it hard to get into? Or is it just that I've been too busy to really dive in?
Happy Thanksgiving, Jenn! Sounds like you've been a little busy lately...
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your lovely family, Jenn.
I loved your stories from your holliday boutique - is that something like a market? - Especially, with that women going round for sweets LoLOL.
Jenn - thanks for being a good pal and correspondent this year! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Hi Jenn! I've been so busy with school, but it's good to see that you and your family are doing well. Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Jenn. I am sadly very far behind on LT, and I hope to fix that. I just saw the audio of The Hungry Tide at the library yesterday, and now I'm sorry I passed on it. Great review! I've only read one other book by Amitav Ghosh (The Glass Palace) but I really enjoyed it, and have others of his waiting in my pile.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Jenn, regarding Cloud Atlas, I asked the VERY SAME QUESTION over at my thread. After all the raves about how much people loved it, I was quite underwhelmed with the start of the book. I had a hard time getting into it, but I'm about a quarter way through and it is starting to pick up a bit. Hopefully it keeps moving in that direction!
Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving with the family, Jenn! :)
#152 A Red Herring Without Mustard - library
I think Flavia is the most vulnerable in this installment. She is showing a greater need for friendship and human companionship. The mystery was a little bizarre, an old murder and an antique fencing ring. Fun read.
#153 True Sisters - library
I have liked the books I have read by Sandra Dallas. I think she has a unique sense of the West, particularly women of the West. I was not disappointed with this novel about the Martin Handcart company. Although her characters were fictional, she did enough research to have a good sense of the challenges they faced on their journey. Overall, her depiction was more accurate than most non-LDS authors I have read. The stories of the members of the Martin Handcart Company are both inspiring and devastating.
This is not a quote from the book, but a quote from the journal of one of the survivors:
I am getting on in years, children and grandchildren play around my door, but I have never, for one single moment, regretted what I have passed through for the cause I believe in." John Watkins, (age 22, Martin Handcart Company)
Jenn, your boutique experience sounds...interesting. That poor woman was hungry! The John Deere woman sounds crazy. Lol.
Re: Cloud Atlas. Please do persevere with the book. I remember being bewildered by it in the beginning to the point where I read the first section twice. It may not make sense until past the midway point and you probably won't totally appreciate Mitchell's brilliance until the end. I also liked the movie. It made me want to read the book again.
Hi Donna. Thanks for the encouragement on Cloud Atlas. I think I will set it aside for a few weeks. When I have my shop shut down for the holidays, I will sit myself down and read it without stopping until I'm less bewildered. :)
#154 The Kitchen House - library, audio, book club
This was an interesting twist on the antebellum/slavery theme. A young Irish girl is indentured after the death of her parents. She grows up in the kitchen house, and considers the slaves her family. I think it would have been a page turner, if I had been reading. Some of the situations were really difficult, and it was occasionally frustrating knowing a character was on a bad road and lacking information that would save them. Overall, not a happy story, but a good read.
Hi Jenn, just wanted to see if you are ok :) Has been very quiet here! Wish you a great week
Hi Bianca! Thanks for checking on me. :) I am very quiet. LOL. I am so busy I am hardly sleeping. Not doing much reading either. I'll be around. :)
It is the busiest time of year for my business and of course, the busiest for everything else too, right? Things will calm down in about a week, I think.
Jenn, there's just no way I can catch up, but I did have a great time looking at your kids' Halloween costumes and reading about the stash of Almond Joys! AND belated congratulations on your 150 or 60 or so books read this year! Keep up the good work!
Hi Peggy! Thanks for stopping by. :)
#155 Four Sisters All Queens - library
A very interesting novel detailing the history of four sisters from Provence who all become queens. They are trained from birth to put family first, but as they marry and have children, their loyalties transfer to their children.
#156 Reached - library
The final installment in this dystopian trilogy. I enjoyed it, it was even suspenseful in parts, but a lot of threads had to be tied up and some of them seemed a little convenient...
*grin* understand what you mean by being busy. Have been very busy myself for the past two weeks and had almost no time for any reading.
Wish you a great weekend
Hi Bianca! Must get over to your thread for a visit!
We've been wild around here. My oldest turned 14, and he also completed his Eagle Project and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. I am so very proud of him. He had a really neat project lined up, building a Little Library at a local bus transit center. He worked on it for about a year, and then was stonewalled by the legal department of the beneficiary. They wanted us to carry liability insurance to the tune of $1 million per incident. I have yet to ascertain what type of dangerous incident they imagined could happen involving books...
At any rate, he changed his project and did a food drive and built an outdoor grill station for a local youth homeless shelter. They were thrilled, easy to work with and we were able to do the project start to finish in 6 weeks. And they said it couldn't be done.... (bwah-ha-ha). I admit that for a few weeks I did become that mom who accosts scouting officials demanding that they "sign here and get out of my way" but it was mostly through the hard work of my son and his dad and the lovely people at the youth shelter. You can see photos from the project here: http://www.mylavenderave.blogspot.com/2012/12/tuesday-link-party-whats-on-your-l... and a photo of the 14 year old here: http://www.mylavenderave.blogspot.com/2012/12/early-christmas-iphone.html.
I then proceeded to produce about 18 nightgowns in 6 days. Things started to calm down a bit on Tuesday, when I shipped the last of the orders from my shop. Then I caught a beastly head cold. Nothing to do but read... and use up boxes of Kleenex. I am starting to feel a little better now.
#157 Call the Midwife - mine
I am so very glad I bought this book. I loved it. If I have any criticism at all, it is that the book was too short. I am thrilled to know there are more. The stories were amazing. Jennifer Worth is the James Herriot for humans. 6 stars.
#158 Divergent - borrowed from my son
This very creative first novel is set in a post apocalyptic world where people are divided into factions. Each faction values a different attribute; courage, selflessness, kindness, intelligence. The purpose of the factions is to ensure peace in society by having each faction do what is best - the selfless lead the government, etc. At the age of 16, members of the society choose a faction and if it is different from the one they were raised in, leave their families forever. However, what happens if a faction becomes dissatisfied with its role? I was intrigued and then completely enthralled. Couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading the next one - which my son is getting for Christmas. It may not be my turn for a few days...
#159 Gossamer - mine
Ever the master of storytelling, Lois Lowry explains where good and bad dreams come from and how "dream givers" protect humans by strengthening them with good memories in dreams. A lovely little tale.
Now I'm off to tackle Cloud Atlas.
Hi Jenn, what a handsome and hardworking boy you have! Thanks for posting the photos on your blog, and congrats to Jonah on achieving Eagle Scout! What an inspiring project he completed.
Missed seeing Jonah around these parts but can see he's been a bit busy!
Jenn thankyou for being such a good friend and regular visitor during 2012 and I want to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas a little prematurely as I am afraid I may not be around the stratosphere on the big idea, soaking up the pool-side sunshine instead. x
Jenn, I've got Call the Midwife on the TBR shelf. Have you seen the TV series? In the UK we have a Christmas special episode on TV Christmas Day.
Have a great Christmas and New Year!
Getting an Eagle at 14 is a REAL accomplishment! Congratulations to Jonah and to you and your husband for rearing him and supporting him!!! (AND he's quite a handsome young man!)
I wish your whole family a very Merry Christmas, Jenn, and a happy, productive 2013!
Woo hoo on both Jonah's outstanding achievement AND your Etsy success!
Congratulations to Jonah and his awesome achievement. Too bad the first idea was a no-go but the projects he completed were worthy ones as well. My goodness, you have been busy.
Jenn, I hope you have a relaxing week between Christmas and the new year. It's a miserable time to have a cold.
Congrats to Jonah, the brand new Eagle scout!! What a wonderful accomplishment!!
I'm going to have to buy Jennifer Worth's next two books. I listened to the audio of Call the Midwife and thought it was very entertaining. The follow-ups look to be as well.
Have a Merry Christmas Jenn!!
Hi everyone! Joanne, Donna, Paul, Rhian, Roni, Peggy, Anne, Thanks for stopping by, and for the good wishes for Jonah. :) I hope you all have a nice relaxing week!
Paul, he has been very busy. Aside from the Eagle project, he was in a school play and in the thespian troupe. The thespians went to the state competition in early December, and he and his partner got an excellent rating for their rendition of the "question game" scene from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He is also on a competitive swim team and is manfully trying to maintain his top 20 ranking in the 50 freestyle (top 20 in Colorado, anyway). When he's not doing all that, or school work, he is trying to watch every known episode of Dr. Who. Not sure what season we're up to now, but I believe we have got to the "new" ones. I admit to watching the occasional episode with him, and I can see why they are intriguing. Not terribly fond of the weeping angels though.
Hi Rhian. Sadly, I don't have PBS anymore. We got rid of our cable and now we just have internet and Netflix. I just have to wait until the season is over and then I can usually get it. I would love to watch. I am also trying to finagle a seat at a friends' house for the new season of Downton Abbey...
Peggy. We are doing our best to raise him. He is somewhat resistant, being a teenager, but he is a great kid in his own right. We call ourselves the "drive and Pay" support team. Can't wait until he can do a little of both. :)
I need to get to bed. My husband is in the garage constructing a bed for our daughter's American Girl doll and I will need to create the bedding in the morning. The final dash to the Christmas finish line!
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, a wonderful everything.
Hi Jenn *beam at you and your son for his "Eagle" achievement! *
and what lovely photos *smile*
Just wanted to wish you a wonderful, blissfull and as you said so nicely everything very Happy Christmas!
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I want to wish you a glorious celebration of that time of year when we all try to unite around a desire for Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward All. Merry Christmas, Jenn!
Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family, Jenn! Let's get together soon.
Happy Christmas to you and yours!
I hope you have time to enjoy the season, and revel as well if you want ;)
Just dropping by with some Christmas cheer from me and the Moomins (another great LT find). I can't believe how gorgeous Jonah is! He seems like he's doing really well. Good job! Hope you get lots of time to relax in the next few days.
Jenn - Just catching up. Congrats to Jonah on his Eagle Scout accomplishment! And good for you for being the "accosting" mom. Sometimes that's what it takes! I hope your cold is better and that you are enjoying the holidays!
Hello to Chelle, Bianca, Caro, Roni, Anne, Megan, Pat and Amy! Thanks for the Christmas Cheer! I am so impressed at how you all get around to all the threads with your fun gifs and holiday wishes. I would love to be so good. Thanks too for all the good wishes for my son. I am that proud! :)
I popped in last night, reviewed a couple of books and wrote notes to you all. Then inadvertently deleted my post and was unable to get it back. At that point, I confess to abandoning the effort and going to bed. :) Here is my current attempt to re-create my reviews...
#160 Gathering Blue - mine
I have always liked this companion to The Giver. The story is set in the same world as The Giver, but in a distant and very different community. Village, as it is called, is poor, disorganized and primitive. It is ruled by a council of guardians, but we don't learn much about them. The main character, Kira, was born with a deformed leg. Normally in Village, this would mean her death, but her mother saves her. Kira has a special gift, and when her mother dies, she is brought to the guardians and given a home and work to do, using her gift. She encounters several other young villagers who are also gifted. Together, they use their gifts to improve the lives of the other villagers. I like the message of hope and change.
#161 Messenger - mine
Messenger is another companion book to The Giver. It connects Gathering Blue with The Giver. I don't want to spoil, but I read this with mixed feelings. I have always felt that part of the charm of The Giver was the not knowing the end. Although frustrating, it allowed for much discussion and a variety of opinions. At the same time, I love knowing the rest of the story...
Messenger deals with what can happen in a society when distrust and vanity creep in, and what is required to heal after.
#162 Bath Tangle - mine
A lovely, relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of life lately. Thank you Georgette Heyer. :)
Jenn - I got Lois Lowry's new book Son for Christmas, and I've been thinking about re-reading The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger before I read it. I listened to them on audio the first time and loved them, but I'd like to have the experience of reading them too!
Jenn - I have been privileged to get to know you and yours a little this year. Happy new year and shake your son's hand for me (boys don't like getting kissed by their moms!). See you in 2013 fingers crossed.
#163 Son - mine
Starting from a completely unexpected (to me) place, Son overlaps The Giver a bit. Claire has been selected to be a birth mother. She encounters difficulties at the birth and is reassigned. For one reason and another, she never starts taking the pills that all the adults take. She is able to remember giving birth and that she had a son. She discovers where he is, and ultimately learns that he is to be released because he is not settling in. On the night that Jonas leaves the Community with her son, she leaves by another way. Son is the story of her journey to find her son. It is a story of courage and love and learning to accept and use the gifts we have to help others. Excellent story.
That will do it for me for 2012. :)
Reading summary - December
Four Sisters All Queens - library
Reached - library
Divergent - Jonah's
Gossamer - mine
The Giver - mine
Gathering Blue - mine
Messenger - mine
Bath Tangle - mine
Son - mine
Call the Midwife - mine
My favorite read this month was probably Call the Midwife. Seven OTS isn't too bad!
Happy New Year, Jenn!
There was a Call the Midwife holiday special on PBS last night that we just happened to catch and only missed the first few minutes. It was good!
163 Books, 38 OTS, 24 Non-fiction
favorites: Call the Midwife, The Hungry Tide, The Warden, Son, The Weight of Glory, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, The Scent of Water, The Power of One, Simon Serrailler...
North and South
An Elephant in the Garden
A Gathering of Old Men
Shooting the Moon
The Very Picture of You
Three Golden Keys
The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin
Tibet: Through the Red Box
In the Bleak Midwinter
A Fountain Filled With Blood
The Importance of Being Married
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Power of One
Out of the Deep I Cry
To Darkness and To Death
All Mortal Flesh
I Shall Not Want
One Was a Soldier
Moon Over Manifest
A Storm of Swords
A Monstrous Regiment of Women
A Letter of Mary
A Feast for Crows
The Dark Hills Divide
Beyond the Valley of Thorns
Sing: A Novel of Colorado
Claim: A Novel of Colorado
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
A Wizard Named Nell
The Scent of Water
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The House I Loved
The Princess and the Hound
The Princess and the Bear
Tris and Izzie
At First Sight
City of Bones
City of Ashes
Al Capone Does My Shirts
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
Al Capone Shines My Shoes
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
Mara, Daughter of the Nile
The Woman in Black
The Holy Thief
Bring Up the Bodies
The Prince and the Pilgrim
How To Train Your Dragon
Inside Out and Back Again
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
The Various Haunts of Men
The Pure In Heart
Rumor Has It
Under The Mesquite
The Buddha in the Attic
The Darkening Field
The Peach Keeper
How to Knit A Heart Back Home
The Vows of Silence
The Shadows in the Street
The Return Journey
State of Wonder
The Anniversary Waltz
More Than You Know
Miss Julia Meets Her Match
City of Thieves
The Castings Trilogy
Ember and Ash
The Betrayal of Trust
The Icemark Chronicles
Cover Her Face
A Door in the River
The American Heiress
The Princess Plot
Bidding for Love
The Hungry Tide
A Red Herring Without Mustard
The Kitchen House
Four Sisters All Queens
I Have Nothing to Wear
A Little History of the World
A World Undone
An Ordinary Man
Surprised by Joy
The Man Without A Face
Cleopatra: A Life
The U.S. Constitution: A Reader
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education
Mitt Romney: The Heart of the Tin Man
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living
Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life
Dancing Under the Red Star
The Weight of Glory
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
A Chicken in Every Yard
An Invisible Thread
Push Has Come To Shove
Whatever Happened to Justice
Call the Midwife
Using book titles read in 2012, answer the following questions. Feel free to borrow!
Describe yourself: I Have Nothing to Wear
Describe how you feel: Lucky
Describe where you currently live: In the Bleak Midwinter
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?: Edenbrooke
Your favorite form of transportation: War Horse
Your best friend is: An Ordinary Man
You and your friends are: Divergent
What's the weather like?: Bitterblue
You fear: The Man Without A Face
What is the best advice you have to give?: Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life
Thought for the day: Inside Out and Back Again
How I would like to die: Surprised by Joy - agree with Donna on this one :)
My soul's present condition: I Shall Not Want
Great answers to the meme! And you obviously had a great reading year--so many books in your list. I need to check out the Midwife show but first I need to get completely caught up with Downton Abbey.
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