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Edited: Nov 27, 2013, 12:35pm Top

**All photos are from the web**

I have a flock of twenty or so wild turkeys hanging out along my creek this year.

I had some beautiful wild turkey feathers which I had picked up on walks, but unfortunately the dog ate them. ;-) So apparently the feathers are not only beautiful, but tasty.

There is a flock of wild turkeys near here that has a peacock hanging around with it. I thought this was really funny, but in searching the web, I've found that it's not all that unusual for an escaped peacock to hang out with wild turkeys.

There are some reports on the web about turkey and peacock hybrids, but they seem pretty controversial, and if they exist, may not be fertile.

Here's a youtube video of someone convinced that's what they have: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rYvQnKVIUo


Edited: May 31, 2014, 12:10pm Top

I read a wide variety of books, split about evenly between fiction and non-fiction and spanning an eclectic mix of about any topic imaginable.

Right now I'm swimming in a sea of started-but-not-completed books.I have several LTER books, several groups--and I keep wanting to pick up something new.

The books I'm actively reading or listeninig to right now include:

- The Great Courses: Great World Religions: Christianity (The Teaching Company) - Luke Timothy Johnson - audiobook in the car- ROOT! cataloged 2012 = 1 ROOT point
- Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson; RL Bookclub; purchased 2013

--Various People's Bible Commentaries - trying to work my way through the Bible

Put Aside but still working on

- Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin March RL book group. (Purchased 2013)
-One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
-Meditations by Marcus Aurelius --real life book club read (acqd 2013)
-Quotable Book Lover by Ben Jacobs - from MT TBR (acqd 2006)

- Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers - Thich Nhat Hanh ROOT!-acquired 2008 = 5 points; personal Christianity/religion December challenge;
- The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon (Teaching Company) - Bart D Ehrman ROOT; audio/DVD; ROOT -2011
- Small Gods - Terry Pratchett - Dec TIOLI # 15. Read a humorous work of fiction ; ROOT! (not cataloged until this year) = 1 Root point; Christianity subtheme- general religion
- How to Survive the Loss of Love by Peter McWilliams - ROOT! #34/50; acquired (2007) = 6 ROOT points 106/160

44 Scotland Street
Lotus Eaters

I'm also reading several books of short stories for a short story challenge:
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Best of Montana's Short Fiction edited by William Kittredge
Snows of Kilamanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

and some I have been reading for months but still plan to finish:
Elegant Universe by Brian Greene - lurking on tutored thread
Religion Explained by Pascal Boyer started in group read
Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels started in group read
Shakespeare's Sonnets lurking on the tutored thread
Awakening the Buddha Within been working on this one for 6 months or so
Toxic Criticism

I'm hoping to read 100 books this year:


I'm hoping to keep my reading ahead of the number of books I acquire this year (not counting library books):


One of my challlenge is that 50 of the books I read will be books that I owned before 1/1/2013:
BOOKS READ FROM PLANET TBR Total read for year: 38/50

Besides keeping track of raw numbers, I'm trying to read older books on the shelves so I give myself points for these already-owned books depending on how old they are Goal: 160 points. Total Points Completed for Year: 120/160

Here's how it works:

1. ROOTS entered into LT in 2006 --7 points
2. ROOTS entered into LT in 2007--6 points
3. ROOTS entered into LT in 2008--5 points
4. ROOTS entered into LT in 2009--4 points
5. ROOTS entered into LT in 2010--3 points
6 .ROOTS entered into LT in 2011 --2 point
7. ROOTS entered into LT in 2012-- 1 point
8. ROOTS not previously entered into LT but which have been around the house pre-2013 (many of these are pre-2006)--1 point


Edited: Oct 11, 2013, 1:34am Top



1. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens 4.0/5; (acq'd 2012 ROOT) (France, England)
2. Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle 4.0/5 (Reread- owned since 1970's)
3. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See 4.0/5 (library audiobook) (China)
4. Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley purchased 2013 (Kenya)
5. The Last Unicorn graphic novel -Peter S Beagle and Peter S Gillis - library


6. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson audiobook (acq'd 2012 Yay! a ROOT) (Australia)
7. Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Ann Lamott (acq'd 2013)
8. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen (library)
9. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (acq'd 2012 another ROOT) (Washington State)
10. A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization by Brian Griffith (LTER 2012 ROOT!) (China)


11. - Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin (purchased 2013) (Location: Washington State)
12. - Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter (Barnes&Noble.com Literature by Women--library) (Locations: Germany, Mexico.
13. - Jhereg by Steven Brust - (Feb group read; library)
14. - Adventures of a One-Breasted Woman by Susan Cummings (LTER 2012; ROOT-Yay!)
15. - Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe by William Rosen audio book (ROOT 2012) (Locations: Constantinople & Byzantium= Istanbul Turkey)
16. - Phillipians Colossians Philemon - Harlyn J Kuschel (ROOT pre 2006= 7 ROOT points--Yay!)
17. - State of Wonder - Ann Patchett -audiobook- Literature by women (library) 2.5/5 (Location: Minnesota, Brazil)
18. - Comeback - Dick Francis (ROOT acqd 2006 = 7 ROOT points Double Yay!) 3.8/5 (Locations: Florida, England)
19. - The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson - (library) 3.8/5 (Location: London England)
20. - Luke The People's Bible Commentary by Victor H. Prange (Yay! Another pre-2006 ROOT! = 7 points!) Reread?

Edited: Oct 6, 2013, 8:06am Top


21. - A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman (library but liked it so well I purchased my own copy) (Location: Sri Lanka--Sri Lankan author)
22. Kings People's Bible Commentary by Arno J. Wolfgramm (Planet TBR pre 2006 = ROOT 7 points. Yay!)
23. - Wild Women: Crusaders, Curmudgeons, and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era by Autumn Stephens Book 11 from Planet TBR--acquired in 2007 = 6 ROOT points
24. Ezekiel People's Bible Commentary by Kieth Bernard Kuschel - (Planet TBR #12/50; pre 2006 =7 ROOT =47/160 points.)
25. - The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton - library (Locations: Cornwall, England, & Australia)
26. - Morning at the Burned House by Margaret Atwood (library) Atwood April
27. - West of Here by Jonathan Evison- audiobook - library (Location: Washington State)


28. - Warming the Stone Child by Clarissa Pinkola Estes - ROOT #13/50 audiobook - acq'd 2009 =4 points Total: 44/160; May TIOLI #18
29. Leviticus People's Bible Commentary by Mark J Lenz - ROOT #14/50 acq'd pre-2006 = 7 points. Total: 51/160
30. - Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain - audiobook - library May TIOLI #12 Read something for the fun of it
31. - Vicious: Men and Wolves in America by Jon T. Coleman (library, rec by class on wolves) TIOLI 5. Read a book that you should have already read;
32. - Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines (acquired 2013 for Bellingham Booktopia) May TIOLI # 9 Read a book in a series in rolling order up to the fifth book . Location: California)
33. - Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple audiobook from library. May TIOLI #12 (Location: Washington State, Antarctica)
34. - Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng - RL Book Club May; TIOLI # 3. Read a book that's in the top 10% of your TBR pile by average rating; purchased April 2013 (Location: Malaysia)
35. - Stag's Leap: Poems : Poems by Sharon Olds - library TIOLI #11. Read a book or play that was nominated for or has won a Pulitzer Prize
36. - Twisting the Rope by R. A. MacAvoy. ROOT! #15/50. Purchased 2012 - 1 ROOT point =52/160. TIOLI # 9 Read a book in a series in rolling order up to the fifth book (Location: Washington State)
37. - The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe library; TIOLI #8. Read a book with "life" or "death" in the title; audiobook.

38. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker - - Bellingham Booktopia author; purchased 2013; May TIOLI #12. Read a book where at least two words in the title start with the same letter (purchased 2013). Burma (Myanmar)
39. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley - - Booktopia author; June TIOLI #16: Read a book that has the letters D, O & N in the title; purchased 2013. North Carolina, Florida.
40. Please Look After Mom - Kyung-sook Shin; B & N Lit by Women; JuneTIOLI 6. Read a book where a title word or author name starts with B,D,G,J,P,R,U. Korea.
41. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean audiobook read by Ivan Doig ROOT # 16/50--1 point; June TIOLI #4. Read a book which you have a personal connection to. Montana, Idaho.
42. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi - audiobook - library; JuneTIOLI 6. Read a book where a title word or author name starts with B,D,G,J,P,R,U. Thailand.

43. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver - - June RL Bookclub; July TIOLI #22. For Better or Worse: Read a book about Man interacting with Nature; purchased Bellingham Booktopia 2013. Tennessee.
44. The Third Son by Julie Wu - - LTER. TIOLI #7. Read a TBR that has been on a previous TIOLI in 2012-13 and still isn't finished. Taiwan, South Dakota.
45. Darkness Visible by William Styron - - TIOLI # 15. Read a book where one of the main characters has a condition classified in the newly published DSM-5 - ROOT! challenge #17/50; book was previously owned but only added to LT catalog this year= 1 ROOT point for a total of 54/160
46. 1,2 Thessalonians (The People's Bible Commentary) by David P Kuske - purchased 2013 - July TIOLI #16. Read a book with less than 300 pages. Greece.
47. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford audiobook; library; TIOLI #13: Read a book from the Most Popular by TIOLI Challenge List. Washington State.
48. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson TIOLI # 27-- person's name in the first line; library. Wyoming.
49. The Kitchen House - by Kathleen Grisson Real Life July Book Club; purchased 2013; July TIOLI # --bird in the title (hen). Virginia.
50. Great World Religions: Hinduism - The Teaching Company - Prof. Mark W. Muesse - audiobook in car; ROOTS! challenge. India.
51. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks - group read; TIOLI 14. Read a book by an author who has passed away in 2013 in tribute to him/her; library. UK/Scotland.
52. The Etiquette of Illness by Susan P. Halpern - - library - TIOLI # 8 -Women in health care
53. The Soul of All Creatures by Vint Verga - LTER; TIOLI #7. Read a TBR that has been on a previous TIOLI in 2012-13 and still isn't finished
54. The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman - audiobook - #16. Read a book with less than 300 pages.

August Books Read

55. Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis - - August TIOLI #9 Read a book about a woman head of church or state or one aspiring to be so ; library.
56. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - - TIOLI #11. Read a book whose theme involves expatriates, culture clash or similar dislocations; Reading Globally- 3rd quarter Francophone literature - audiobook - library (Republic of Congo)
57. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman - - group read on the GD; TIOLI #15: Read a book with murder in its heart. Library. (Location: Poland)
58. Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman - - group read on the GD; TIOLI #15: Read a book with murder in its heart. Library. (Location: Poland)
59. Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson - - August TIOLI #8. Read a book by an author with a name that is also a verb; ROOT! #19 - added 2012 = 1 ROOT point; audiobook.
60. Hamlet - William Shakespeare - Arkangel Shakespeare Production - audiobook in the car. August TIOLI #15--Read a book with murder in it's heart (shared read); ROOT! #20; cataloged LT 2013 = 1 point - total 57 (location: Denmark)
61. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - - TIOLI # 15 Read a book with murder at its Heart; RL Library Brown Bag Book Club; purchased 2013 (Location: Missouri)

September Books Read
62. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith - September TIOLI #13: Serendipity Challenge: Read a book containing one element (author, location, theme, etc.) from previously listed book. Library. (Locations, Russia, New York)
63. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery - September TIOLI #12. Read a book first published before 1950 ; ROOT! # 21/50; not added to my library until this year = 1 point; total 58/160
64. Daniel (People's Bible Commentary) by John C. Jeske - ROOT! # 22/50; added to my LT library in 2006 = 7 points; total 65/160
65. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron - audiobook in the car; ; September TIOLI #5. Read a book with "Library" in the title or with "Thing" in the title -shared read; library
66. Montana by Gwen Florio - Library Thing Early Reviewer. September TIOLI #9 - Read a book by an LT Author
67. Wool by Hugh Howey; September TIOLI #14: Read a book with a fabric or fibre in the title (shared read)
68. 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith - September Series & Sequels. TIOLI #10 - Read a book that you have had since 2012 or earlier that either starts a series or continues a series - ROOT! # 23/50; added to my library 2012= 1 point; total 59/160
69. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli RL Book Club. Sept TIOLI #Challenge #13: Serendipity Challenge: Read a book containing one element (author, location, theme, etc.) from previously listed book.

Edited: Jan 1, 2014, 9:45am Top

....... and the books read in the final third of the year:


70. Mortality
by Christopher Hitchens - Oct TIOLI #1. Read a book whose title’s first word has 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 letters in rolling order. Audiobook. Library.
71. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf October Spooky/Creepy Reads. October TIOLI #5. Read a book where letters from the title can spell words related to Halloween , Graphic novel. Library.
72. Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - - 75'ers spooky October read; ROOT! challenge book # 24/50'; acquired 2012 = 1 ROOT point for 67/160; Oct TIOLI #13. Read a book by an author that is on the Top 75 Authors list; 1001 Books
73. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman October Spooky/Creepy reads; Oct TIOLI #2. Read a book from the library of an LT Author; audiobook; library.
74. - The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler - Montana Festival of the Book author; ROOTS! Book # 25/50; acquired 2008 = 5 ROOT oldie points for a total of 72/160; audio and dead tree combo;
75. - Night by Elie Wiesel; Oct TIOLI #11. Read a book everyone has read - bar you; audiobook; FOL 2013
76. Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality - Manjit Kumar; TIOLI #2 - Read a book owned in a LT author's library.
77. Macbeth - William Shakespeare - Ape's list of Spooky reads; ROOTS challenge (reread)- ROOT # 26/50; added to LT in 2008 = 5 ROOT points = 77/160
78. - Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E Frankl - RL Bookclub ROOT! #27/50; acquired (2006) for a total of 7 ROOT points - total =84/160; (Reread)
79. MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus (Book DVD-R): by Art Spiegelman - TIOLI # 15. Read a biography, autobiography/memoir or (auto)biographical novel about/by an author who has written books for children - (library)
80. Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood - library

81. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham - - Green Dragon October group read ; November TIOLI # Read a book where a title word or author name starts with; 1001 Books A,E,F,H,I,K,L,M,N,T,V,W,X,Y,Z - letters with straight lines only
82. - Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie - Read for Montana Festival of the Book; Nov TIOLI #20. Read a book for which you can scramble the letters to make a new title; (purchased 2013)
83. Abu Ghraib After the Scandal - Salvatore Anthony Esposito, Jr.; LTER; acq 2013; TIOLI # 17. Read a book about a veteran, a conflict, a war etc
84. On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross - ROOT! total 28/50; added to Planet TBR in 2008 = 5 ROOT points: total =89/160; Nov TIOLI #1. Read a book about change
85. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova audiobook in the car; October spookiness; purchased 2013
86. - Charlie Russell's Old Montana Yarns by Charles Marion Russell audiobook in the car; ROOTS! #29/50; cataloged 2012 = 1 ROOT point; total 90/160; acquired ?
87. - The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers - Green Dragon group read; Nov TIOLI #14. Read a book by one of the Inklings or their associates; library; 1001 Books
88. The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver - November TIOLI #5. Read a brightly colored book; ROOTS! #30/50; acquired 2011 = 2 Root points = 92/160
89. The Great Courses: Great World Religions: Buddhism (The Teaching Company) - David Malcolm Eckel - audiobook in the car ROOTS #31/50; cataloged 2012. acquired ? = 1 ROOT point; 93/160

90. - Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair - Anne Lamott - December TIOLI # 16. Read a book with an embedded word in the title; LTER 2013
91. - Skeleton Man - Tony Hillerman - TIOLI #1- Read a book with a two-word tag in which both words start with the same letter; 2013
92. - Testament of Mary - Colm Toibin - TIOLI #19. Read a book with an object or character which are in a Nativity Scene in the title; personal Christianity subgroup theme. (library)
93. - The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey; ROOTS challenge - = book 32/50; acquired 2012 = 1 Root point for 94/160
94. - Meeting Him in the Wilderness - Lois Ellen Olson - Dec TIOLI #10= Read a book with a predominantly blue cover; ROOT! challenge- book # 33/50; acquired 2007 = 6 points for 100/160;
95.- Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowatt -audiobook in the car; TIOLI 7. Share a read; GD Group Read; (library) -reread
96. -How to Survive the Loss of Love by Peter McWilliams - ROOT! #34/50; acquired (2007) = 6 ROOT points 106/160
97. - Small Gods - Terry Pratchett - Dec TIOLI #15. Read a humorous work of fiction ; personal December Christianity/religion theme; ROOT! # 35/50; not cataloged until this year = 1 Root point for a total of 107/160;
98. First Chronicles People's Bible Commentary - Paul O. Wendland - Reading the Bible through with the People's Bible Commentary series. Root # 36/50; cataloged 2006 =7 ROOT points = 114/160
99. The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon (Teaching Company) - Bart D Ehrman ROOT= 37/50 audio/DVD; acquired 2011 = 2 Root points =116/160
100. Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers - Thich Nhat Hanh Dec TIOLI #3; ROOT!-acquired 2008 = 5 points; personal Christianity/religion December challenge;

Edited: Jan 11, 2014, 12:49am Top

SUMMARY of Books read in 2013

**** - 100 -TOTAL BOOKS READ SO FAR IN 2013 ****

38 - Books Read from the towering MT TBR (owned prior to Jan 1, 2013); ROOTS challenge
4 - Rereads from my shelves
36 - Books from library or borrowed
24 - Books acquired 2013

70 - Dead Tree Books
17 - Audiobooks
3 - combination of dead tree and audio

50- Fiction
-- 6 - classics/1001
-- 21 - general fiction
-- 10 - fantasy/sf/sff
-- 1 - fictionalized memoir
-- 1 - horror, suspense
-- 8 - mystery/suspense
--1 - novella
-- 1 - Young Adult
-- 3 -Biography
-- 10 -Christianity
-- 9- Memoir
-- 7 - Religion (not Christian, or not exclusively Christian)
-- 6 - Science/ Natural Science
-- 1 - Travel
-- 5 - Psychology/ self help
4 -Books of Short Stories or essays
1 -graphic novel
3- graphic non-fiction
2 - poetry
2 - plays
1 - Other


66 - Male Authors
33 - Female Authors

55 - Authors that are new to me
36- Authors I have previously enjoyed
6 - Rereads

Multiple books read in 2013 by same author:
-- Art Spiegelman (3)
--Sherman Alexie (2)
--Margaret Atwood (2)
-- Peter S Beagle (2)
-- Bill Bryson (2)
-- Neil Gaiman (2)
--Barbara Kingsolver (2)
--Anne Lamott (2)
-- William Shakespeare (2)

Nationality of Author:
1 - Australia
4- Canada
15 - England/UK
1 - France
2 - German
1 - Ireland
1 - Korea
1 - Malaysia
2 - Scotland
69 - USA
1 - Vietnamese

Birthplace or residence of Author if different from nationality:

1 --Britain
1 --Kenya
1- Poland
1- Romania
1 - Switzerland
1- South Africa
1 --Sri Lanka
? - Manjit Kumar - currently living in Britain

Language Book Originally Published in:
93 -English
1 - French
2 - German
1- Korean
2- ?

Of the books I've read this year:
10 - cataloged into LT 2006 or before
3 - cataloged into LT 2007
4 - cataloged into LT 2008
1 - cataloged into LT 2009
- cataloged into LT 2010
2 - cataloged into LT 2011
13 -cataloged into LT 2012
4 - acquired previously but uncataloged until 2013 (have lots of these!)
24 - acquired 2013
36- borrowed from library

Edited: Nov 30, 2014, 1:33pm Top

BOOKS ACQUIRED 2013 (✔ = Read)

**91** - Total Books Acquired -- Everything that has followed me home except library books

**24** - Number of books acquired this year that I have finished reading
**6** - Number of books acquired this year that I am currently reading
**5** - Books previously read that I acquired for my library

**10 ** - Read in 2014
Total 2013 books still unread as of May 2014: 51 = 56%

✔ 1. Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley January book club selection
2.***Reading*** Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin (March book club selection)
3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
4. Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott pure whim, had read a good review on LT
5. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander III --pure whim
6. ***Reading*** Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (February book club selection)
7. Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin Morphy's Feb group read
8. Mottled Lizard by Elspeth Huxley
9. Spirit Tailings: Ghost Tales from Virginia City, Butte and Helena by Ellen Baumler - FOL salesrack
10. The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins--group read here on LT
11. Photo History From Yellowstone Park by Bill and Doris Whithorn - FOL salesrack
12. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson- FOL salesrack
13. Read 2014 Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles - Fitzpatrick, John S FOL salesrack
14. 1 & 2 Thessalonians People's Bible Commentary by David P Kuske (fill in a hole--next to be read)
15. Understanding Arguments by Robert J Fogelin - (Coursera class)
16. The Third Son by Julie Wu - LTER book
17.Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines Booktopia 2013
18. - Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker Booktopia 2013
19. READ 2014 Teaching at the Top of the World - Marilyn Forrester - library sale rack
20. READ 2014 The Long Farewell - Michael Innes- library sale rack
21. Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander mcCall Smith - library sale rack
22. Fima - Amos Oz - library sale rack
23. Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving - Jonathan Evison - Booktopia 2013
24. Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin Because there it was on the FOL sale rack LOL
25. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls and there it was-- a pristine copy at Goodwill; More LOL
✔26. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on the FOL shelf and the August book club selection (so you see I didn't add anything to Planet TBR with this one as I have planned on reading it since December when we voted on books. Just being thrifty, y'know)
27. ***Reading***Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez--didn't think the one from the library would make it in time for my book club
✔ 28. A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman --enjoyed the library copy so much I purchased one to take to Booktopia for signing
✔29. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley -- Bellingham Booktopia
30. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng -- May RL Book Club
31. The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones FOL shelf 5/20
32. READ 2014 On Sal Mal Lane by Ru Freeman Booktopia 5/21 (pre-ordered)
33. The Soul of All Living Creatures by Vint Virga LTER 5/21
✔ - Prev read 34. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - read previously, wanted a copy for my library. Booktopia gift certificate.
✔ - Prev read 35. Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. - read previously, wanted a copy for my library. Booktopia gift certificate.
36. Tinkers by Paul Harding --booktopia book exchange
37. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver - June Library Brown Bag Book Club. Booktopia gift certificate.
38. The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch. Highly rec'd by Booktopia participant. Booktopia gift certificate.
39. My Life in France by Julia Child. FOL book shelf
40. Eat This Not That by David Zinczenko. FOL bookshelf
41. Eat This Not That 2010 by David Zinczenko. FOL Bookshelf
42. Glacier Lake Missoula and It's Humongous Floods by David ALT. FOL bookshelf 7/1/2013.
43. Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara by Colleen Morton Busch FOL bookshelf 7/5/2013.
44. Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies by Ella E Clark - FOL bookshelf 7/5/2013.
45. Gave to Cait 2014 Slow Cooking for Dummies (The plan is to scan this one quickly and hand it on to my DD or DS). FOL bookshelf 7/5/2013.
46. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom Library Brown Bag Book Club July
47. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson FOL bookshelf; 7/21/2013
48. Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye by A. S. Byatt FOL shelf 7/25/2013
49. Fire on the Rim - Stephen J. Pyne - Darby FOL 7/27/2013
50. Ghost Stories of the Old West - Dan Asfar - Darby FOL 7/27/2013
51. A Bride Goes West - Helena Huntington Smith from Mom's library 7/2013
52. Montana - Gwen Florio - LT ER rec'd August
54. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke audiobook FOL rack 8/29
55. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova audiobook FOL rack 8/29
56. READ 2014Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard audiobook FOL rack 8/29
57. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli 9/1 - Sept Book Club
58. Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie 9/1
59. The Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman 9/1
60. Reading 2014 Yoga XXL - Ingrid Kollak 9/11/2013 LTER (August batch)
61. Abu Ghraib After the Scandal by Salvatore Anthony Esposito, Jr - 9/11/2013 LTER (March batch)
✔ 62. Night - Elie Wiesel 0/24 FOL sale audiobook
63. Read 2014 Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer 9/24 FOL sale audiobook
64. READ 2014 Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston 9/24 FOL sale audiobook
65. My Dear Cassandra: Selections from the Letters of Jane Austen (The illustrated letters) - 9/24 FOL
66. Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion by Jack Zipes - 9/24 FOL
67. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott - 9/24 FOL
68. Lamb The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore - 9/24 FOL
69. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris - 9/24 FOL
70. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver - 9/24 FOL
71. Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo - 9/24 FOL
72. The Magruder Murders by Julia Conway West - 9/24 FOL
73, Penny Post Cards and Prairie Flowers by Philip J. Burgess - Montana Festival of the Book 10/12
74. READ 2014 Yellowstone Has Teeth by Marjane Ambler - Montana Festival of the Book 10/12
75. Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park by Elizabeth Watry- Montana Festival of the Book 10/12
76. Montana UFO's by Joan Bird - Montana Festival of the Book 10/12
77. Read 2014 - Curse of the Pogo Stick by Colin Cotterill 10/12
78. Icecutter's Daughter, The (Land of Shining Water) - Tracie Peterson gift basket from Festival of the Book
79. Quarryman's Bride, The (Land of Shining Water) - Tracie Peterson gift basket from Festival of the Book
80. The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water, No. 3) - Tracie Peterson gift basket from Festival of the Book
81. Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair - Anne Lamott - LT ER 10/24
82. Read 2014 Einstein: His Life and Universe - Walter Isaacson - RL bookclub
83. Read 2014 A Religion of One's Own - Thomas Moore - LTER - Nov 14, 2013
✔ - Prev read 84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain set from Mom/Aunt Clara
85. READ 2014 Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain - set from Mom/Aunt Clara
✔ - Prev read 86. Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain - set from Mom/Aunt Clara
✔ - Prev read 87. A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain - set from Mom/Aunt Clara
88. Shanghai Moon - S. J. Rozan - 12/13 FOL shelf
89. Read 2014 Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It - Gina Kolata - 12/13 FOL Shelf
90. The Speckled Monster - Jennifer Lee Carrell - 12/13 FOL Shelf
91. Where Angels Go: Shirley, Goodness & Mercy are Back - Deborah Macomber- 12/13 FOL Shelf
92. Read 2014 - New Testament and the People of God - N. T. Wright - group read here on LT
93. Love Songs From a Shallow Grave - Collin Cotterill
94. Read 2014 Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolfe - January RL Book Group
95. Read in 2014 The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon - Alexander McCall Smith audiobook; LibraryThing Early Reviewer

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extra--just in case -the lists are getting long

Edited: Oct 6, 2013, 8:17am Top

another extra

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I'm going to try a monthly theme read for myself. For October, I'm planning to join in with many of the 75'ers and give a nod to Halloween: anything with a supernatural element, true crime, murder mysteries. (Nothing too creepy-those I'll give a pass)

I also need to really read the old books off my shelf if I have any hope of finishing my ROOTS! challenge this year

Possible Spooky, Creepy, Macabre October Themed Reads:
- ✔ The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - ROOTS!
- ✔ Macbeth - Shakespeare - ROOTS!
- ✔ The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman audiobook read by author. Library.
- ✔ My Friend Dahmer - Derf Backderf - graphic novel memoir
- ** Reading** - Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham (Green Dragon Group Read) library
- **Listening** - The Historian - Elisabeth Kostova 2013 purchase
- Screwtape Letters - C. S. Lewis - ROOTS!
- Woman in White - Wilkie Collins - ROOTS!

2 LTER Books to be reviewed
- *****Reading***** - Abu Ghraib After the Scandal - Salvatore Anthony Esposito
-Yoga XXL - Ingrid Kollak

- ✔ Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
- ✔ Jane Austen Book Club - audiobook - author will be at Missoula Festival of the Book; ROOTS!
- ✔ MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus (Book DVD-R): A Look Inside a Classic by Art Spiegelman
✔ - Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality - Manjit Kumar
- Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie Reading for Missoula Festival of the Book
- How to Survive the Loss of Love by Peter McWilliams - ROOTS!
- On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross - ROOTS!

-✔ Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl - RL Book Club ROOTS! (reread)

TIOLI matches:
- ✔ Night - Elie Wiesel audiobook purchased 2013
- Gift From the Sea - Anne Morrow Lindbergh - ROOTS!

Book Attacks!: andom unplanned reads:

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood - (library)

Oct 6, 2013, 8:41am Top

WOW! I'm impressed by all the work you have put into al those lists! Respect!

Oct 6, 2013, 8:51am Top

Thanks for stopping by, Connie.

I started the lists in January and they're pretty quick to keep up to date. But thanks for the complement. I'm always happy to get them!

Oct 6, 2013, 8:55am Top

Morning Janet! Congrats on the new thread. I hope you liked My Friend Dahmer. It's a creepy & disturbing GN but I thought very well done.
How is the Alexie? I haven't heard much about that one.

Oct 6, 2013, 8:59am Top

Wow. I thought *I* was organized...but I have been surpassed by a superior with ATDS (Attention to Detail Syndrome)! ;)

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70. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
How it fits into my reading
- Oct TIOLI #1. Read a book whose title’s first word has 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 letters in rolling order.
- Audiobook.
- Library

Well known atheist Christopher Hitchens chronicles his diagnosis and fight with cancer. This is a short book as Hitchens passed on before finishing it.

It's received many rave reviews. Personally, I found it OK, but not terribly inspiring. He met his illness and death as he met his life. I guess if you like his philosophy, it works. If you believe he's on the wrong path, there's not much new in this book to change your mind.

Oct 6, 2013, 9:35am Top

Good morning, Mark. Your review (and Ellen's) of the Dahmer book were what motivated me to read it along with the recent group read of The Wasp Factory. Enjoyed? Hmmm. Disturbing, yes. A lot to ponder in that one. I'm glad I read it and I give it 4 stars but it did make me very sad. I'm thinking about the review.

Hi Lor--haven't seen you in a while. Heehee on the lists. At this point, they are just copy and paste from the previous thread. They'd take forever to recreate--but doing them one book at a time has been pretty easy.

Oct 6, 2013, 12:09pm Top

Good Sunday morning, Janet. I am impressed by the lists, too. I am way too "attention deficit" to handle lists.

Just rec'd the "pancakes are on" phone call from my niece. I invited myself over to breakfast yesterday, and now I need to get up and go. Catch you later.

Oct 6, 2013, 12:30pm Top

Your opening posts warm my list-loving heart. Way to go!

Oct 6, 2013, 12:30pm Top

Janet, I've been busy with my father visiting. He just left, so I can now spend more time following threads that grow into overwhelming obstacles if not read daily.

When I saw a short thread by you, I jumped right on it!

Oct 6, 2013, 2:11pm Top

Janet, I requested but did not get the Yoga XXL book, so I will be interested in your review of it!

Oct 6, 2013, 3:18pm Top

Janet, you have just given me ideas for next year's lists. I will not be starting them now since, as you point out, the year is nearly over. I'm so impressed.

Oct 7, 2013, 9:26am Top

The lists have been fun. At the end of the year, I'll probably copy them and keep them on a separate file on my computer.

"Pancakes are on" sounds like a great phone call to get, Karen.

I'm glad you got the time with your father Lor.

I spent a bit of time yesterday with my mom. We went out for brunch and then took a bit of a drive through a local wildlife refuge. The trails and parking lots were roped off due to the government closure, (although at least one group had just tipped over a barricade and driven in anyway). Gorgeous golden fall day with the cottonwoods along the river in full glory, a brilliant blue sky and a bit of fresh snow on the mountain.

I haven't worked through any of the book yet, Roni but it looks intriguing. The exercises in the first chapter are all done flat on your back to eliminate joint stress. I've never heard of that, but I think it's an interesting idea.

Oct 7, 2013, 11:18am Top

The Montana Humanities Festival of the book is in Missoula on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

I think I'll attend all three sessions on Thursday: a bookbinding demonstration, a storytelling get together, and a reading and presentation by Sherman Alexie - which is why I've been working on his most recent book of short stories, Blasphemy.

On Friday, I'll go to the panel discussion on the place of family in books. Jamie Ford will be speaking on that panel. I read his Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet earlier this year and enjoyed it although I don't yet have his next book on my reading radar. Karen Joy Fowler is also on the panel. I've had The Jane Austen Book Club living on MT TBR for many years. I started it as an audiobook last week, but just couldn't concentrate and so set it briefly aside.

Saturday has several interesting events, too. I'm thinking of one of the craft options--making marbled paper or bookbinding. Pete Fromm, author of Indian Creek Chronicles will be there, but the only panel he is on is one about writing teenage heroines, his current genre. The cajun lunch with James Lee Burke would also be fun, I'm sure (and includes a bookstore gift certificate and a Burke book--I've only read one or two of his).

Decisions, decisions! What to attend!


Oct 7, 2013, 1:09pm Top

I love marbled paper! And the idea of book binding, too. Although I probably do not have the patience to actually do it. Have a great time, sounds like a fine line up of things to do and people to see.

Oct 7, 2013, 7:47pm Top

Janet, I am just getting caught up on your thread(s). I love the picture of your folks on your last thread. Your father's countenance looks so thoughtful and patient and peaceful. You must miss him so. My prayers are with you.

Oct 7, 2013, 7:58pm Top

Janet- How is Blasphemy? Does it hang in there with his earlier stuff?

I read Songs of Willow Frost and enjoyed it and now I have Ford's first novel at hand. He is a very engaging speaker.

I love your state, BTW!

Oct 8, 2013, 8:50pm Top

I enjoyed Jamie Ford's author chat a couple of years ago; he was engaging there, as well. His Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was really good, and I've just now gotten a chance at Songs of Willow Frost from my library. Looking forward to it!

Oct 9, 2013, 9:28am Top

I'm looking forward to it, Karen! I'm not sure how my boss will react to my taking Thursday and Friday off if my furlough suddenly ends ...... but since it looks like it will go on a while longer, it's probably safe to make plans.

Hi countrylife--thanks for stopping in. I listened to Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet earlier this year and enjoyed it. Although I was aware of the Japanese internment camps, I was not aware of the tensions between the Chinese and Japanese communities in the US at that time. I'll get to Willow Frost eventually!

Hi Mark--Blasphemy is very good. Alexie is definitely at the top of the game with his short stories. My only disappointment is that half the stories in this collection are not new, but are from earlier volumes.

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71. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
How it fits into my readiing
- October Spooky/Creepy Reads (True Crime)
- October TIOLI #5. Read a book where letters from the title can spell words related to Halloween (fear)
- Graphic novel
- Library

Jeffrey Dahmer was a notorious serial killer—known for his twisted sex and torture crimes which included cannibalism and keeping body parts as trophies.

This is a graphic memoir about his time in Junior High and High School as written by one of his classmates.

Dahmer was a lonely kid, isolated from other kids and from his emotionally absent parents, including his mother who also probably suffered from some mental illness. Although used for practical jokes by his classmates, at the end of the day when they went home and on to other activities, Dahmer, went home alone.

During this time, Dahmer showed a penchant for dead animals, picking up road kill and displaying animal parts such as dog skulls. As he got older, he became alcoholic, drinking heavily during school hours. Although Backderfer asks “Where were the adults?” he gives the kids who knew many of Dahmer's problems a pass in reporting them to a grown-up since the culture was against narc-ing on another kid.

The memoir ends the summer following high school. After his parents completed their exceptionally bitter divorce, Dahmer spent some time alone at the family home, a time when he later admits committing his first murder.

I'd read several great reviews of it here on the 75'ers board. I'm glad I read it as it is incredibly thought-provoking read. It will continue to haunt me in ways fictional Halloween reading never could. It's a story that has left me with sadness for all involved.

Oct 9, 2013, 1:14pm Top

Hmmm . . . . You may have just convinced me to give this graphic memoir a try.

I'm selfishly hoping that you'll be able to attend the Montana Festival of the Book.

How is your weather these days? Have you gotten any snow yet? I remember seeing a weather map about a week ago that made it look like your area was going to get some.

Oct 9, 2013, 1:17pm Top

Janet, I think I will give this one a pass even though I have in the past been interested in "true crime" genre books. This one does sound incredibly sad. It gives me pause to wonder if our culture which is so focused on individual effort and development has left the value of community and common purposes in the dust. This person, as a child, was abandoned not only by his flawed parents but by the entire community. No one saw him well enough to know a connection was needed. Perhaps he could not have been saved but it is so sad if no one ever even tried.

Oct 10, 2013, 9:45am Top

Hi Pat--Thanks for stopping by. No snow here in the valley, yet, but it's very pretty up there on top of the mountain.

That's very true, Karen. Ellen and Mark both did excellent reviews on My Friend Dahmer, as well as Merrikay, whose thread I follow on the Club Read group. It doesn't explain **why** Dahmer did what he did, but what he looked like to a classmate. It certainly leaves one with lots of 'what if's'.

In the past I also enjoyed the true crime genre. I remember reading Small Sacrifices multiple times trying to get a grip on Diane Downs' motivation in shooting her kids. I wish I had taken some psychology in school....... nature, nurture-- where does the twist occur?

This morning I'm going to the lawyer with Mom. She feels it will be pretty straight forward. She had a call on Tuesday that there is an apartment waiting for her in the independent living center. She seemed upbeat. Yesterday, she said she has changed her mind. It's just too fast after Dad's death - which I can totally understand but I was soooooooo celebrating her move out of her big house before winter hits.

yay--today Missoula and the Montana Festival of the Book.

Book binding demo at 4; story telling session at 6; Sherman Alexie at 8 (hope I make it that long! I'll jettison earlier events if need be to go hear Alexie.

Oct 10, 2013, 12:11pm Top

Janet, I've not read much "true crime", but I recall being overwhelmed by Helter Skelter. I even reread it within a year or two of reading it the first time. The most fascinating part, for me, was the investigative and judicial aspects of the story.

Oct 10, 2013, 1:28pm Top

Janet, perhaps you can ask your Mom if she is willing to set a date in the not too distant future where she will look again at the option of not living in the big house through the winter. Maybe Halloween, or Veteran's Day? She may need to have just a week or two of the reality of it to let her know an alternative situation may be more comfortable. Having dates on which one can re-examine big decisions can be a piece of structure which will help.

Be patient. I imagine it will works out.

Oct 11, 2013, 12:37pm Top

Hi Lor---- oooh I remember Helter Skelter. When I was in high school, my Dad read it, but Mom wouldn't let me. Eventually, it sneaked out of Dad's closet and into my hands. :-)

Karen, I think you're right. One thing about my ginormous Planet TBR, no matter what the topic, I can find a relevant book living there. I started On Death and Dying and also How to Survive the Loss of a Love about a month ago.

OK, everyone--listening to Sherman Alexie was wonderful last night. He talks like he writes--witty and funny with occasional cuts that go right to the heart. He read several of his poems - the first of his poetry I've been exposed to. He's on a book tour sponsored by his publisher. If he comes anywhere close, GO SEE HIM!

The book binding demo was very interesting. Although I don't think I'll take the Japanese stab binding class on Saturday, she teaches other styles of book making - amazing folded books that open into geometrical wonders and a really cool medieval-looking leather journal which is the class I think I'll try to take in November. I'm hoping DD will also think that's cool and want to do it - she's much more craft-y than I am, and I'm sure she'd help me through any hard bits.

Couldn't make it into the storytelling session yesterday- it was packed. But I had dinner with my DS, which was better, anyway.

I'll drive in for the afternoon sessions, today. There's a panel on families with Jamie Ford and Karen Joy Fowler among others and then I'll go to the next session --either history or nonfiction memoir - decisions, decisions. And of course wander the exhibits a bit.

Oct 11, 2013, 6:31pm Top

I love Sherman Alexie live! He is so clever and amusing, and yet brilliant, too!

Oct 13, 2013, 12:02pm Top

Yup, yup, yup on Sherman Alexie! He could sell tickets-- I would definitely pay to see him! He was the highpoint of the three days. Literally hundreds of people were turned away at the door because the venue was full. (I heard various estimates by event organizers (and a friend who didn't make it in) of 300-500 people turned away).

Although there were some well-known authors and large publishing houses, it was really a celebration of small press authors. I intentionally went to a wide variety of panels and genre readings.--everything from environmental authors, literature, poetry, outdoor and history memoirs, Christian women's lit, and UFO's in Montana. :-) A few of the events were great. Most were good. Two were semi-awful snooze inducing that showed that authors aren't necessarily good readers.

I bought 4 books at the festival (you can see how much I enjoy women's history and memoirs). I chose small press books that probably wouldn't be available from the library. I added a lot more to my spreadsheet of wishlisted books! This is the 14th year of this festival and the first I have attended --how could I have missed out on this for so long?

Penny Post Cards and Prairie Flowers by Philip J. Burgess

Amazon description: "A hundred-year-old collection of stunning vintage postcards is used to piece together the story of two Minnesota sisters who traveled overland to eastern Montana in the early 1900s. This unique book features dozens of the beautifully preserved postcards, and their messages reveal a powerful community of women who supported each other though all their travels and exploits "

Yellowstone Has Teeth by Marjane Ambler

Marjane and her husband lived year round in a remote area of the interior of Yellowstone Park in the 80's and early 90's while her husband had a job with the Park Service grooming snowmobile trails. No cell phones, no TV, a several hour snowmobile ride to the next inhabited station. They were part of a small community of (I believe) 6 people with very little contact with anyone else until spring.

Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park by Elizabeth Watry

Same publisher as the above memoir. The author was not at the festival, but how could I pass up this book? It's a recent winner of the Willa Award for Women Writing in the West.

Montana UFO's by Joan Bird

Well, I told you my reading is liable to be eclectic. :-). This author has a PhD in zoology and was very well-spoken during her reading.

It was the only reading that I attended where the men outnumbered the ladies present. :-)

Oct 13, 2013, 2:04pm Top

Nice finds. The postcard one is headed for my "to read" list. :)

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Streamsong, you are about to go on the same list as Avatiakh, "don't visit because you will wind up putting something on your wishlist." :-) I just added the postcard one.

Oct 14, 2013, 8:25am Top

Hi Lor and Auntie. Yes, the postcard book is nicel I really enjoyed the author's talk. He is a storyteller for Humanities Montana and said he started telling this story about ten years ago. It was honed and shaped and new directions suggested by his audiences.

The paperback was expensive but it's printed on nice paper and I suppose the color postcard reproductions were quite expensive to do. I see its available in a very inexpensive Kindle format--I wonder if the postcards are shown in that version.

He mentioned one of his source books was called Courage Enough -- family pioneer stories published by the MonDak historical society. I'm especially interested in the area since my parents' families were from there.

Oct 14, 2013, 8:38am Top

72. Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
How it fits into my reading
- 75'ers spooky October read
- ROOT! #24/50'; added to LT 2012 = 1 ROOT point for 67/160;
- Oct TIOLI #13. Read a book by an author that is on the Top 75 Authors list

The classic Sherlock Holmes novella about a family haunted by a fiery hound from hell on the moors of Scotland.

Someday I will get the entire Sherlock Holmes canon read. In the meantime, I plan to rewatch the Sherlock episode of the Hound--even though I know they are only loosely related.

Oct 14, 2013, 8:54am Top

73. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
How it Fits Into My Reading
- October Spooky/Creepy reads;
-Oct TIOLI #2. Read a book from the library of an LT Author;
- audiobook; library

Earlier this year, I really enjoyed listening to The Ocean At the End of the Lane narrated by Gaiman. So when this title appeared on Ape's list of Halloween reads for the 75'ers group, I again looked for the audio. Once again, Gaiman's reading came through and I found this YA story spooky but not horror-ific. I like my Halloween reads on the tame side.

A baby crawls away from a gruesome scene where his parents and sister were murdered. He ends up in a nearby graveyard where the inhabitants, mostly ghosts along with a more powerful creature or two, agree to raise him. Besides his more regular studies--learning to read English and Latin from gravestones- he learns supernatural skills, too, such as fading from sight and handling ghouls.

All of which come in very handy when the murderers return to finish the job.

Oct 14, 2013, 9:23am Top

Ohhh, I really liked The Graveyard book

Edited: Oct 14, 2013, 12:31pm Top

If you enjoyed Sherlock Holmes, you will probably love Laurie King's series about him and his apprentice, Mary Russell. The series starts with The Beekeeper's Apprentice. I love those books.

Oct 14, 2013, 2:25pm Top

I am another who has read all the Sherlock Holmes stories and I loved them, each and every one. I read The Hound of the Baskervilles recently and thought it held up nicely. As the Green Dragoneers are wont to say: the "suck fairy" did not steal that one.

Oct 15, 2013, 9:46am Top

I've only read The Hound of the Baskervilles. However, one of the ladies in my book group is bringing me the entire Sherlock collection so I can read them over the next year.

Oct 15, 2013, 5:25pm Top

H, Streamsong!

I just finish Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories and really enjoyed it. Yes, many of the stories were old, but he chose a few of my favorites ("What Ever Happened to Frank Snake Church" and "What You Pawn I Will Redeem") so that made it a little more acceptable in my eyes.

I'm so glad that you got to hear him speak! He seems so charismatic and interesting in his writing; I imagine the effect is magnified in real life.

I love all of the "Halloween-ey" reading you're doing! This is a fun time of year to be reading (well, all year round is fun, right?!)

Karen O.

Oct 15, 2013, 8:56pm Top

Glad you liked My Friend Dahmer. It remains one of the creepiest books I have read this year. Those illustrations were haunting.
I am also glad you loved the Graveyard Book. Isn't Gaiman the perfect narrator?

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It's fun that you liked it too, Connie. I love it when other people enjoy the same books that I have enjoyed.

Lor, that serie is definitely on my radar. I just keep to get Planet TBR tamed a bit (like that's ever going to happen!). It's like the national debt--won't start getting smaller until I quit adding to it.

Morphy and Karen, I'm also planning to read all the Sherlock Holmes. DD bought them when she was in Shanghai-- 2 volumes, lots of reading, definitely nice English comfort reads. She left them here--I'll probably get to keep them through next year since she wants to return to China, so I may be joining you, Morphy.

Karen -- yes, Sherman Alexie was wonderful and now I have signed copies of Blasphemy and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. There are several high poverty schools requesting his books on www.DonorsChoose.org . After the furlough is over, I plan on making a donation to one of those projects. I think it's very cool that teachers are finding an author that resonates with disenfranchised kids.

Mark, I'll continue to haunt your thread for more recommendations.

Oct 17, 2013, 9:22am Top

74. The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
How it Fits Into My Reading

- Montana Festival of the Book author; (Fowler signed my copy)
- ROOTS! Book # 25/50; acquired 2008 = 5 ROOT oldie points for a total of 72/160
- audio and dead tree combo

A group of five women and one man form a book club to read the Jane Austen novels. The book is broken down into chapters for each of the Austen's novels; in each section Jane's novels illuminate the story and the characters.

It's a quick chick lit read. If I was better acquainted with the novels, I probably would have enjoyed the story more. As it was, it came off as light weight chick flick about relationships, working through them and happy endings. The ending is one of Austen's quotes: "The mere habit of learning to love is the thing."

Nevertheless, the author had some very amusing turns of phrases. There was also a really fun idea where everyone's favorite Austen quotes were thrown together and drawn out to help predict life questions, magic 8 ball style. To paraphrase Grigg, the male member of the club, 'I bet you could sell a bunch of these .... I'd pay a lot for access to daily advice from Mickey Spillane".

Although I felt a bit meh about this book, I did enjoy the author's flashes of humor, so I think I'll add her current book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves to the overstuffed wish list and try her again. I enjoyed her presence on the Montana Festival of the Book panel that I attended.

Oct 22, 2013, 9:06am Top

Ugh, she forgot to bring me the Sherlock Holmes book. Maybe next month!

Oct 22, 2013, 5:45pm Top

Streamsong, are you back at work? How are things in your lab?

Oct 26, 2013, 11:23am Top

Hi Morphy. I just re-watched the Sherlock series 'Hound of the Baskervilles' after reading the story. That was really cool. I think I'll rewatch all the Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman Sherlock episodes and read the corresponding original story.

Hi Auntie Clio-- Yup, back at work although I had a stomach bug (or something) and missed a few days of work this week. What bad timing!

When I was at the Montana Festival of the Book, I attended a panel of Christian women fiction writers. I signed up for the drawing and won a beautiful gift basket put together by Tracie Peterson. It was an entire reading event--a basket filled with three of her books - she's written over a hundred of them!- a mug, popcorn and candy, votive candles, a gorgeous bubble pen and a beautiful scarf. All wrapped up in a bit of gauze with ribbons. The books are Christian romantic historical fiction. I'll probably give them a whirl in December, when I thought I'd focus on Christian fiction and non-fiction. All the women on the panel were promoting a website for Christian books called readingfun.org. It looks like they have lots of Christian giveaways.

Oct 27, 2013, 1:43pm Top

75. - Night by Elie Wiesel
How It Fits Into My Current Reading:

- October TIOLI #11. Read a book everyone has read - bar you
-Purchased FOL sale 2013

At age 14, Elie Wiesel and his family were shipped to the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz. There had been rumors of Nazi atrocities in his Hungarian/ Romanian village, of course. But residents thought reports had been exaggerated even though one of Wiesel's own spiritual teachers was an eyewitness who had been on a transport train of Jews on which all passengers had been machine gunned and babies thrown into the air for target practice.

There in the shadow of Aushwitz's furnaces, Wiesel saw and experienced the unimaginable, losing his identity, his family and his God.

When first written, dozens of publishers refused this manuscript, calling it too morbid, and saying there was no interest. A publisher in France took a chance and indeed found little interest, selling less than a thousand copies. When the US rights were sold, again there was little interest. And yet, this amazing first hand account has sold millions of copies and eventually helped Wiesel earn the Nobel Prize.

I'll be reading more by this author.

Oct 27, 2013, 2:18pm Top

Sorry you've been sick. :(

I am going to put Night on my TBR list. Is it really graphic?

Oct 28, 2013, 9:23am Top

Hi Lor--Thanks for stopping by. I'd call Night more disburbing emotionally than physically. It's a short book, but very powerful.

Oct 28, 2013, 9:32am Top

76. Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
How It Fits Into My Reading

- group read from Science, History and Religion group
- Oct TIOLI #2. Read a book from the library of an LT author
- library

In 1900 Max Planck described the theoretical derivation for electromagnet radiation emitted by a blackbody. In 1905, Albert Einstein proposed that light is a particle, not a wave. So began science's great journey into the strange subatomic world now described with quantum mechanics—a world so foreign that standard Newtonian physics fell completely by the wayside and scientists debated the very existence of matter.

This book elaborates on the history of quantum thought contributions by dozens of scientists—many who won the Nobel prize. In the end it cam down to two schools of thought-- that of Niehls Bohr and Albert Einstein who held opposing views on the subject . To quote the book:

“For Bohrs there was no 'quantum world', only an 'abstract quantum mechanical description.' Einstein believed in a reality independent of perception. The debate between Einstein and Bohr was as much about the kind of physics that was acceptable as a meaningful theoretical description of reality as it was about the nature of reality itself.” (p332)

This book was a fascinating but not un-technical look at the history of quantum thought. It took me months of reading in small snatches while I thought through variations of theories and how they were wrong or right. I feel I learned a lot from it, but would not recommend it to those without a strong interest in science and perhaps at least some background understanding of quantum physics.

I was quite interested in the political environment of Europe and how the World Wars and anti-Semitism affected the scientifc community. Coincidentally, the next book up for my real life book club is Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson so I'll get a chance to compare and perhaps to solidify some of this material.

Edited: Oct 31, 2013, 5:11pm Top


77. - Macbeth - William Shakespeare
How It Fits Into my Reading:

- Ape's list of Spooky reads;
- ROOTS challenge ROOTS challenge (reread)- ROOT # 26/50; added to LT in 2008 = 5 ROOT points = 77/160
-part of the Great Courses William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories and Tragedies

I chose to reread this because of Stephen (Ape) 's list of Halloween Spooky Reads for October.

What can one say about Macbeth that hasn't already been said.

I enjoyed the reread, but I was glad that I read the modern online No Fear Shakespeare along with the original. Despite feeling fairly familiar with this play, there were parts the modern 'translation' definitely helped out.

Edited: Nov 10, 2013, 12:49am Top

78. - Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E Frank
How It Fits Into My Reading:

- RL Bookclub
- ROOT! #27/50; acquired (2006) for a total of 7 ROOT points - total =84/160; (Reread)

Sidenote: This was the very first book I cataloged into Library Thing in the fall of 2006.

In the first half of the book, psychiatrist Victor Frankl describes his experiences in the Nazi concentration camps. There he saw men perish by the thousands and it made him deeply aware of life and its meaning.

In the second half of the book, Frankl elaborates on the meaning of life. While Freud believes humans are driven by pleasure, and a second school of thought, Adler, says humans are driven by the need to acquire power, Frankl believes humans are explained by their need for meaning--and this is what sets humans apart from all other species.

He believes in the dignity and worth of all human beings no matter if they are of any use to society and in the direst of circumstances.

Frankl called his new type of therapy which he devised based upon these beliefs and which focuses on the future instead of the past, logotherapy and believes it to be an effective tool in combatting the existential crises when man is confronted by the void of nihilism.

This is a thought provoking read, although painful for me to reread at this time since my father recently passed away feeling he was of 'no worth to anyone.'

I've meant to read more Frankl since I read this 7 years ago. Time to dig The Doctor & the Soul out of Planet TBR.

Nov 2, 2013, 9:39am Top

79. MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus (Book DVD-R) by Art Spiegelman
How It Fits Into My Reading:
- Green Dragon Group Read of Maus last summer
- TIOLI # 15. Read a biography, autobiography/memoir or (auto)biographical novel about/by an author who has written books for children
- (library)

This book has quite a range of subjects.

First of all it was the story of the evolution of Maus , the Pulitzer Prize winning story of Spiegelman's father in the Concentration Camps of Nazi Germany. It emerged first as a 4 page graphic in an indie comic magazine. It soon took on a life of its own, changing the way graphic novels are viewed from a child's comic to a medium telling a complicated, serious story. It was published throughout the world--including countries such as Poland which were fairly hostile to its message.

It's also a biography of Spiegelman-- his troubled past including a breakdown and hospitalization as a young adult, his mother's suicide, his father's prickly quirkiness.

It's a history of cartooning--both of the art in general and Spiegelman's personal evolution from illustrating bubble gum cards, to running an indie comic magazine and creating Maus.

I was quite impressed with sections showing the details and drawing processed used in Maus--from the plotting of the panes to small details which most readers would never notice, but which add to the richness of the drawings --ie the smoke of the crematoriums in one panel drifting into an upward pane and becoming the smoke from his father's cigarette.

After reading this, I have a lot more respect for graphic novels which are a new-to-me literary form of which I've only read a handful.

The question and answer format and lavish illustrations made this easy to dip in and out of.

But it was also a book that I struggled to stay with and which took me literally months to read. I'm not quite sure why; perhaps it's just a subject that I would have been happy to only have a quicker, more surface treatment rather than the depth of explanations that this book had.

Recommended for those with an interest in cartooning, graphic novels, or more details on the book, Maus.

3.3 stars

Edited: Nov 2, 2013, 11:08am Top

And one last one to finish up October:

80. Maddaddam - Margaret Atwood
How It Fits Into My Reading:
- New release--end of a trilogy that I have been enjoying
- library

This is the third and final installment of the Maddaddam trilogy.

In previous installments, we saw an engineered plague let loose upon the world with the intent of wiping out the human species and setting the way clear for an engineered hominid, called the Crakers, to replace mankind -- a species that has been crafted to have such traits as aggression, jealousy, and the need to acquire things removed, and other traits such as purring and strict vetarianism engineered in.

In this final installment, the Crakers and a remnant of humans are learning to live in close proximity with each other and also with pigoons, an engineered pig type creature with human reasoning. We learn a lot of satisfying back story about many of the human survivors we met in the second installment. We get a few great laughs (sasquatch on a bicycle!), and a sense of seeing the new world evolving and becoming something not imagined by the designer of the Crakers or the human survivors.

I had some quibbles about the ending, but overall it was one of the most enjoyable reads of the year.

Great series. Start with the first - or the second- this one has too many spoilers to be read first.

4.3 stars

Nov 2, 2013, 11:00am Top

Enjoyed your reviews of #79 and 80, thanks!

Nov 2, 2013, 11:02am Top

Janet, you finished October with a very satisfying book. I enjoyed the trilogy and am amazed at Atwood's range of writing. Lucky you getting to see Sherman Alexie in person. I have read several of his books and am a fan.

I saw on another thread (Mark's) that you are considering a trip to Booktopia Boulder next spring. Me too! I hope we can get a little group of LTers to join us.

Nov 2, 2013, 11:20am Top

Hi Lor--always great to see you! Glad you enjoyed the reviews.

Donna, yes I really enjoyed the Bellingham Booktopia this past summer. I enjoyed meeting Karen and Ellen, the first two LT'ers I have met and would love to meet you. My DD was with me and we had a great trip - she didn't attend Booktopia, but didn't have any trouble keeping herself entertained on that beautiful coast within striking distance of Seattle. I'm dangling the trip to Boulder in front of her eyes (See! we could come back by cutting south and seeing Mesa Verde, and then turning right and seeing Canyonlands or Arches on the way home). She has very limited days off so I'm not sure she's buying it..... I recently watched the movie Guilt Trip and had some great laughs since some of the experiences were so similar.

Edited: Dec 1, 2013, 9:39am Top

I did well with my October reading -- the exta time off for the government shutdown was evened out since I had no desire to read during the period of my father's death and funeral. Still, I finished eleven books which is a very good month for me and I feel very satisfied finishing several that were hanging around for months.

I really enjoyed all my (very tame) Halloween reads and decided that I like that format of choosing a theme from my TBR pile for the month. So for this month, I'm going to try to have a theme in honor of 'The Guests at the Feast' - a Native American theme honoring the Native Americans at the first Thanksgiving. I have about thirty books to choose from on Planet TBR so my plan is to read from a variety of genres with this theme. I'm going to try to start with some of the oldest ones (living on the mountain since 2006/2007):


Native American Author
- ✔ Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
- Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse - Louise Erdrich - Root
- With the Nez Perces: Alice Fletcher in the Field, 1889-1892 - E. Jane Gay- Root (2006)
General Fiction
- Walk in My Soul by Lucia St Clair Robson - Root
- The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver - Root (2007)
Contemporary mystery
- *****Listening***** -Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman - paperback 2013; audiobook from library
Youth and Young Adult Fiction
- War Pony by Donald Emmet Worcester - Root (2007)
- Om-Kas-Toe: Blackfeet Twin Captures an Elkdog by Kenneth Thomasma - Root (2007)
Myths and legends
- Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with His Daughter - Barry H Lopez - Root (2011)
- Charlie Russell's Old Montana Yarns Volume 1 ROOT

Also: Books to Be Finished
- ✔ - On Death and Dying -
- ✔ Abu Ghraib After the Scandal - Salvatore Anthony Esposito, Jr - LTER;
- ✔ The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova audiobook in the car; October spookiness
- ✔ - Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

Also want to Read
- ✔ - The Nine Tailors - Dorothy Sayers - Nov Green Dragon group read
**Reading** Einstein - Walter Isaacson - RL Book Club

Yoga XXL by Ingrid Kollak - having started working my way through this one a bit
Stitches - Anne Lamott -
Rec'd 11/14/2013 - A Religion of One's Own - Thomas Moore

Unexpected Randomness

- The Great Courses: Great World Religions: Buddhism (The Teaching Company) - hadn't planned on reading this one this month, but my audiobook has not arrived from the library. One more ROOT

Once again, this is about twice as many books as I'll probably read, but I think it's a great variety!

Nov 2, 2013, 3:10pm Top

I'm less than impressed with the review on MetaMaus. I think I'll pass on it for now. I wasn't THAT thrilled with the graphic novel in the first place.

However, I have MaddAddam here from the library and look forward to reading it.

My sympathies again on the loss of your father. *hugs* It must bring on-going sadness.

Nov 3, 2013, 7:53am Top

Janet, I am thinking Boulder, too. I need to take stock after the house is sold, and I have my vacation from winter, in Hawaii. I'll probably sign up for Boulder, and maybe Asheville, too. I have family roots back in North Carolina and would love to visit. But money is definitely a consideration. Maybe I'll see a bidding war on my house… (-:

Your November possibilities all look very interesting. Should be a great month. BTW, I loved Nine Tailors. Hope you enjoy it, too.

Nov 3, 2013, 8:02am Top

Hi Janet- Great review of MaddAddam. I felt very much the same. What a terrific trilogy. Now, I am looking forward to Atwood April, so I can read a couple more of her books.
Iam glad you are considering going to another Booktopia.

Nov 3, 2013, 12:14pm Top

Nice review of MaddAddam, streamsong. I'll eventually read the trilogy, but I have no idea when.

Nov 5, 2013, 8:03am Top

Hi Morphy-- You hit the nail on the head with MetaMaus. It was an interesting book. I felt like I learned a lot, but much of the book was about a subject (cartooning) that I'm not all that interested in.

Karen, that would be really fun if you go to Boulder. Would you drive or fly?

Mark, thanks for stopping by. I want to read more Atwood, too.

I've told this story before, but back in my college freshman days, (OMG 40ish years ago), I was annoyed when the prof of my literature by women class had us read a first novel by a young new author. I thought it was a waste of time. The book, however, was Surfacing by Margaret Atwood. Guess the prof knew a lot more than I did!

Darryl, thanks also for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the trilogy when you get to it. I know that speculative dystopias are not for everyone.

Nov 5, 2013, 8:39am Top

Janet, as I have two dogs and I'll have the expense of boarding them I will probably fly. It would be great fun to drive, but I don't think I can manage it. I don't even know yet if this is even remotely possible. We'll see….

Edited: Nov 24, 2013, 7:56am Top

And speaking of speculative dystopias:

81. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
How It Fits Into My Reading Now:

- Green Dragon October group read
- TIOLI #66. Read a book where a title word or author name starts with A,E,F,H,I,K,L,M,N,T,V,W,X,Y,Z - letters with straight lines only
-Slightly late Horror for Halloween

The Russians have created a new form of plant life. Although the triffids produce an amazingly nutritious oil, they also have a lethal sting, are carnivorous, and can walk. An accident scatters their seeds throughout the whole world. While first world countries can deal with the scourge, less developed countries struggle.

And then one night there is an astounding media shower. By the next morning, all who have seen it are blind.

And the triffids are on the hunt.

This book was written in the 50's, but I think has held up amazingly well. It's a cautionary tale of science gone too ambitious - since the technologies used aren't described, technoligcally it holds up pretty well.

There are social mores that seem outdated, of course.

Most of the surviving groups consider the women as breeders with little else to contribute. It's disturbing, but one does see this attitude among certain groups even in this century.

More disturbing is the way the hordes of the blind are regarded as being nothing but a burden on the backs of the sighted.

It's an interesting quick read with enough meat in it to keep one thinking after it is over.

3.7 stars.

Nov 5, 2013, 9:23am Top

Hi Karen--Yes, I hear you about the cost. Right now I'm not sure what will work out for me, either. But I'd love to go, so I'll poke at the plans a bit and see how it might work out.

Edited: Nov 6, 2013, 12:52pm Top

My copy of Einstein by Walter Isaacson just arrived - it's my RL book club selection in two weeks.

OMG it's over 500 pages.

Having just fought (it took me four months!) - my way through Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality with the online group here, I'm not sure I'm up to this one.

Wasn't there someone in literature who swore they could write a book report by reading the first page, the last page and page 129 (or something like that?)

Edited: Nov 24, 2013, 7:56am Top

82. Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
How It Fits Into My Reading Now:

--Featured Speaker Montana Festival of the Book
--Nov TIOLI # 20 Read a book for which you can scramble the letters to make a new title (Beam Sylph);
--(purchased 2013)

When he spoke at the recent Montana Festival of the Book, Sherman Alexie said that Native American author James Welch was the first author he'd read that made him feel that his soul had been ripped open and his guts laid out for everyone to see. That is how I feel about Sherman Alexie's writing.

His stories are about the poorest of the poor; one of the most disenfranchised groups in America, the American Indians. Yet he tells these bleak tales with humor and even a bit of triumph. And somehow he speaks a bit to the disenfranchised part of all of us; that part of us that also feels isolated and disconnected.

I was a bit disappointed after purchasing this book to find that half the short stories were previously published. But since Alexie is so prolific, I'd only read a few of them and they are the best of the best - definitely worth rereading.

Nov 10, 2013, 12:34am Top

Great set of reviews around here! I agree that Night is a poignant and profound piece of writing. And I haven't thought about Man's Search for Meaning since way back in college. Your comments make me want to read it again.

Nov 11, 2013, 9:48am Top

Thanks for stopping by and for the complements, Ellen.

It was fun to reread Man's Search for Meaning. I used to reread favorite books many times; since joining LT I hardly reread at all now. There are just too many suggestions of really good things to read. so Planet TBR grows by leaps and bounds and I seldom return to old favorites. It makes me wonder why I am keeping a couple thousand books in the house if I am going to reread less than a handful a year.

Anyone else? How many books did you reread this year?

I finished my ER book on Abu Ghraib yesterday - the review is to come. I'm thinking.

I've started Einstein for the library book club, but it's a bit dense and way too soon after reading Quantum.

I'm listening to The Historian in the car. Not bad. But vampires and blood and stakes in the heart aren't terribly uplifting.

And I'm slowly finishing On Death and Dying. Lots of food for thought, but not horribly mood elevating.

So despite all my best intentions not to start anything else until I get one more book completed, I started The Nine Tailors last night. And that my friends, is how I have so many books going at once.

Edited: Dec 30, 2013, 2:27pm Top

And here's another reason why I tend to have too many books going all at the same time:

2014 challenges/group reads I would dearly love to take part in:

Mark's American Author Challenge 2014 (downside--I have few of these on Planet TBR)

Willa Cather- January - probably My Antonia
Cormac McCarthy- February
William Faulkner- March
Toni Morrison- April
Eudora Welty- May
Kurt Vonnegut- June
Mark Twain- July - own several in omnibus volume
Philip Roth- August
James Baldwin- September
Edith Wharton- October
John Updike- November
Larry Watson- December

Geocat challenge from the 2014 Category group - Hopefully can fill with ROOTS - listing below ones that fit

January - Canada and the US:
- We Like It Wild by Bradford Angier
- subspeciality: Immigration: My Antonia - Yay works for this one too.
- Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao
February - Middle East and North Africa
- Dreamers of the Day - Mary Doria Russell - library
- Palace Walk
-Fima - Amos Oz
-House of Wisdom - Jim Al-Khalili
- Stop Being Mean to Yourself - Melodie Beattie
March - Central America, Mexico and Caribbean
- Balize, Balize, Balize (oh, gee will have to acquire some)
April - Eastern Europe
- The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obrecht
- The Black Book - Orhan Pamuk
May - South Asia (India etc)
- On Sal Mal Lane - Ru Freeman
- The Wedding Wallah - Farahad Zama
June - Islands and Bodies of Water
- The Beak of the Finch - Jonathan Weiner
- The Lighthouse - P. D. James
- To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
July - Polar Regions
- Teaching at the Top of the World
August - Western Europe
- Sarah's Key
- Les Meserables
- Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath
September - East Asia (China, Japan, etc.)
- I have about 30 to choose from
October - South America
November - Australia and Oceania
- Island of the Color Blind - Oliver Sacks
December - Sub-Saharan Africa
- Of Water and the Spirit - Patrice Malidoma Some
- Woman in the Mists - Farley Mowatt
- various #1 Ladies' Detective Agency
-The Mottled Lizard - Elspeth Huxley
- The Constant Gardener - John Le Carre

MysteryCat challenge from the 2014 Category group I can fill almost all of these from the Planet, too.

January - Detective Novels (on Planet TBR: Sherlock Holmes, Dick Francis's Sid Hailey; #1 Ladies Detective Company sequels)
February - Series -
March - YA and Children's Mysteries
April - Nordic Mysteries
May - Classic and Golden Age Mysteries
June - Police Procedurals
July - Noir and Hard-Boiled Mysteries
August - British Mysteries
September - Book-Themed Mysteries
October - Global Mysteries
November - Historical Mysteries
December - Cozy Mysteries

--And Darryl has proposed reading Canadian novels throughout '14.
--And I love the 75'ers Atwood April; mystery, murder and mayhem May; September sequels; spooky October and various other group reads. Not to mention Reading Globally themes.
--And I really need to up my game reading books from my shelves
--And there's my real life book club

I need to quit my job. (Or at least throw away the TV!)

Nov 11, 2013, 12:40pm Top

You are tooooooooo busy!

I hope there will be a new kind of ROOT challenge next year.

Nov 11, 2013, 1:18pm Top

"I need to quit my job. (Or at least throw away the TV!)"! Amen, my friend. I don't have as much problem with the TV and there is no way I can toss out my PC, so I will just have to excel at making book time.
It looks like your 2014 is booked-solid! LOL. Good luck.

Nov 12, 2013, 9:00am Top

Hello Connie--Im also hoping that the Roots challenge is repeated next year. I didn't do too well this yearl I upped my goal from last year and I think I read fewer off the shelf this year than last. Of course I plan on changing all that, starting right now. I found out just how easy it is to do the one click Interlibrary Loan this year and may have gotten carried away.

Hi Mark. Well, I may not read a book every month for all three challenges. Your Am Lit challenge is the most challenging for me, because I don't have many of those authors on Planet TBR. I read less than others here, I'm not sure if I'll make it to a hundred this year.

Edited: Nov 13, 2013, 1:02pm Top

Out of 270 books read this year, yikes, 83 were re-reads. LOL. Guess I like to re-read!

ETA: Part of this was because I've been doing a re-read of all of Mercedes Lackey's books and she has an extensive bibliography. Of the 83, 55 were by Lackey.

Nov 13, 2013, 4:52pm Top

I've reread 34 books in 2013, out of 95 total read to date.

In July I did a Marion Chesney readathon, and in October/November it was a Anne McCaffrey jag I went through.

Nov 16, 2013, 9:32am Top

Hi Morphy--Thanks for stopping by! Your reading is amazing; and that's a good amount of rereading. I really enjoy rereading - it's like revisiting old friends. I hope to do more next year.

Hi Lor--You're doing great, too. I You're ahead of me on both reads and rereads. I haven't read a lot by a favorite author for quite a while--that sounds good!

I finished three books this week, (yay me!) and so will be working on reviews for them. One book was off Planet TBR (residing there since 2008); one LTER; one purchased this year from the FOL shelf.

I can see I won't get my ROOTS challenge completed this year. Last year my goal was 30 off my shelf and I read 45. So I upped my goal this year to 50 and so far have only read 28. ;-) In addition I've only read about a quarter of the books I've purchased this year.

Oh me, oh my. I know what sort of book resolutions I need in the coming year.

Nov 16, 2013, 12:51pm Top

Just try next year, Streamsong.

Nov 16, 2013, 1:02pm Top

38 of my books have been rereads this year, but that's only 25% of my books for the year. And some of those were because I was filling in series and had to reread those I already had owned, and then there are new books in a series and I had to reread the one before...YOU know how it is! And I've read 35 of my goal of 40 ROOTS books, which is much better than I did last year, but I am going to have to move it to get those last 5 in.

Nov 16, 2013, 2:07pm Top

I think 5 more is doable! Just keep reading.

Edited: Nov 17, 2013, 9:48am Top

Hi Connie--Yes, I've really enjoyed my reading this year, even if my physical Planet TBR is becoming alarming.

On my home page I have the 'Your library over time' set to my physical tbr collection so I have a large graph reminding me that a year ago I had 335 books on the Planet and now I have 405. My gripe about this feature is that when you take books off, the graph doesn't go down, it just mysteriously adjusts so the entire graph from beginning to end down a number. I **need* the line on that graph to go down! Where's my positive reinforcement?!

My other favorite feature on the home page is the 'notes' section where I make private lists to my heart's content.

You're going to do it, Roni! Awesome!

I'm really enjoying The Nine Tailors, my first Dorothy Sayers book. Looks like another series I will have to continue--at least this one won't have more books being added to it.

We have a light snowcover on the ground, and it's snowing a bit here. I hope the roads are good. I'm driving about an hour this evening to meet my grown up kids for dinner at a wonderful Thai restaurant and a Mannheim Steamroller concert. Since DS will be away for Thanksgiving, I'm calling this the kickoff to my holiday season.

Nov 17, 2013, 12:54pm Top

Enjoy the dinner, the concert and the company. And get home safe.

Nov 17, 2013, 1:03pm Top

You’ve seen on my thread that I loved We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, though I’d had reservations because The Jane Austen Book Club does not seem to be at all my sort of thing. I see that you’ve finished Quantum. I’ve set it aside; what I’ve read is good, and reviews are good, and I’m just not in the mood.

Nov 21, 2013, 6:37am Top

Janet, I hope the kick-off to the holiday season is all that you want it to be, and I agree…. drive carefully and safely if the snow is continuing. But I'll bet you are experienced!

I am closing in on the "fly to Hawaii day". And the house is nearing "all packed up" but OMG I have to say this has been a lot of work! I've never had to pack every little thing before, usually some things I can just move in the back of my car. This time they have to be stored for 6 weeks. A bit of a challenge.

Edited: Nov 21, 2013, 10:10am Top

Hi Connie, thanks for stopping by and thanks for the good wishes. The roads were good and the company was wonderful. The snow is gone although it's been pretty cold here; low 20's in Farenheit.

Hi Katherine--thanks to you, too for stopping by. Today my RL book club is discussing Walter Isaacson's book, Einstein. I'm enjoying it a lot more than Quantum, because while that was a history of the science, this has a lot more history of the man and the era. Chapters on physics alternate with non-scientific chapters. I was unaware of the amount of anti-Semitism (and anti-atheism!) in pre World War I Europe. It's also fascinating that some of E's colleagues developed gas warfare. I think this would have been a better read for the Science Religion and History group than Quantum was and I'd recommend it. I'm sorry that I'm only halfway done for the discussion today.

The discussion leader will be absent as she is trekking in Nepal with her son and then staying an additional 10 days by herself in Katmandu. She's my age or so, although in much better physical shape!

Karen, -Yay! Hawaii! I'd love to make it there one day, but don't know if I'll ever make it. What sort of place are you moving to? It's not the retirement condos, right?

A friend is wanting to visit tropical Belize as she is considering retiring there. I may head that direction with her in May. My only reservation is that I'm not sure how compatible we'd be traveling together. But, oh my -- sunny beaches and day trips to the jungle to see jaguars sure sounds good! I'll just have to chew my tongue off at the halfway point when she gets off into her Democratsareevil rant.

I think I'll still try to sign up for the Boulder Booktopia on Friday so I have a backup if Belize falls through. I wouldn't be able to pull them both off in May!

Not to mention, I should be saving $$ to visit Cait in China next time she is there.

edited--typos, typos, typos!

Nov 21, 2013, 9:00am Top

Benita, I'm moving back into the "trailer park" where I used to live. I own the house outright, and the land, so monthly expenses are much less. I will spend more on gas, but less on everything else, letting me save for the retirement place.

Good luck with Belize, and Booktopia!

Nov 22, 2013, 8:15pm Top

Hi Janet, did you get registered for Booktopia Boulder today? I'm in! This will be my first big book event and I am so excited about it. I hope you are there to show me the ropes so to speak as you are a seasoned Booktopian now! I have a lovely copy of Einstein that I hope to read someday. How did your book discussion on it go? I might be tempted to skip the science chapters and just read about the man. Shhh...don't tell anyone.

Nov 22, 2013, 8:30pm Top

No, I was at work, and didn't get online in time; it was already sold out only a half hour after it went live. I'm on the waiting list, though I've been a bit ambivalent since my friend wants me to go with her to Belize in May .... haven't decided for sure, but obviously I can only do one.

Nov 24, 2013, 7:42am Top

Sounds like a good plan, Karen!

Hi Donna; The book club all enjoyed Einstein. Several of the members did exactly what you are proposing and skipped or skimmed the science chapters. The anti-Semitism, even before the first world war is amazing; that and the wars fed Einstein's pacificism and Zionism and his work to establish the Hebrew University.

We'll probably do another Isaacson biography next year; maybe Benjamin Franklin: An American Life since we did Steve Jobs last year.

Edited: Nov 24, 2013, 7:55am Top

83. Abu Ghraib After the Scandal - Salvatore Anthony Esposito, Jr
How It Fits Into My Reading:

- TIOLI #17. Read a book about a veteran, a conflict, a war etc
- acquired 2013

The Iraqi prison Abu Ghairab was made notorious not only by Saddam Hosein's brutal treatment of prisoners but then, later, by the abuse of Iraqi detainees by a few US soldiers guarding them. Many Americans don't know that Abu Ghairab is also the name of an Iraqi city as well as the site of a large American Forward Operating Base and a military hospital treating both detainees and wounded troops. Author Salvatore Anthony Esposito, Jr. was a medic in the hospital there about half a dozen years after the abuse incident. He worked closely with detainees.

He was chagrined by the associations that the name Abu Ghairab conjured in the minds of the world—a slur he felt keenly when he would tell people where he was stationed. He felt this memoir of his time there would help people see the tough but very good work that US soldiers do at the hospital there and help erase the stain.

The US military, trying to erase the stigma of abuse, gave orders to treat all detainees with the utmost respect. This included giving them outstanding medical care. Like prisoners everywhere, though, detainees often were able to use this system to harass their captors; 'stick it to them man' if you will. While many legitimate complaints were treated, hypocondriasis requiring a large number of diagnostic tests and minutiae such as asking to have a dental cleaning before being executed were also part of the scene.

The above incidents, combined with the prisoners' militant intolerance of any perceived slur to Islam, caused the author 's frustrations to build to the acting out point time and again. When reprimanded by superiors, he would seem to have a better understanding for a while, but as frustrations would rebuild, he would once more become brusque with detainees, letting his own prejudices show. Even after he caused a riot with an anti-Muslim joke, his sensibilities were realigned for only a short time. At the end of his tour, he once more had an epiphany that the detainees needed to be treated as brothers; however, after being discharged and stateside, he again bemoans the fact that the detainees got better medical attention than many Americans. This sounds like a true statement, but it does make me wonder if he ever truly accepted and understood the mission of his medical deployment.

Throughout the book, Salvatore, parallels his feelings of trying and failure and trying again with his own Christian walk.

Unfortunately, this book was badly in need of a professional editor. There are numerous grammatical and word usage mistakes throughout. For instance, in one of many examples I could give, on page 23 he writes that “an insurgency arose to stalwart sic U.S. presence in Iraq.” His use of the term 'short shrift' to describe things that need more attention, seemed an odd usage of the term and was also quite distracting.

All in all, a frustrating read. I'll give it three stars as I have a better understanding of the problems our military in Iraq face and I believe that Mr Esposito can tell a good story. However the lack of insight by the author that his attitudes are the same as those that ultimately led to the Abu Ghairab abuse, as well as the mangled writing make this a book that's hard to recommend.

Nov 24, 2013, 8:01am Top

It does sound as if it was very interesting, if poorly written. Too bad. I wonder if he will continue to write and perhaps find that editor who can help him improve.

*shakes her head* Oh, the American education system. I remember when we were told to not correct our students' writing, to just encourage writing. I think this book is a good example of that approach.

Nov 24, 2013, 8:54am Top

Karen, you're right about this author. In one incident in the book, he looked forward to a journalist writing a story about his unit and then was bitterly disappointed with the result, believing he could do far better himself. I wonder if that was part of the reason that he might have refused professional editing help. In the book, he states that he wants to make writing his profession.

I hate writing critical reviews of first time authors.

But the writing was so bad, that I don't think I'd ever request another book from the publisher, McFarland, again. McFarland's website claims that they publish important nonfiction (I think they said 400 titles a year) for the academic market. If this is an example I can't help but thinking they are helping authors more-or-less self-publish their non-fiction.

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84. - On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
How It Fits Into My Reading Now

- Nov TIOLI #1. Read a book about change.
- ROOT! (2008); = 5 ROOT points: total =89/160;

This is Kubler-Ross's iconic book on death and dying. When she started her work studying the dying in hospitals in the 60's, this was not a subject many doctors would discuss. In fact many medical professionals believed that the patients should not be told if they had a terminal disease; in some cases family was told, in some cases not.

This includes the now iconic stages of grief and interviews with patients and family.

I started reading this about a month before my father passed away. I hoped it would give me some insight into what he might be thinking. He was definitely of the generation/mindset that he would not discuss his impending death--which unfortunately, included practical matters like finances and wills and what he might want at his funeral. I know this is what I was taught as a child, too, as elderly and ill relatives approached death. The family motto seemed to be 'Thou shalt not mention it!'

Reading this book did not give me the magic bullet to help my father open up. I understand that that's OK, too; that that's how my father wanted things. The book has helped in talking with my Mom as we move forward.

Although I note that some reviewers say this book is out of date, I'll give it four stars.

Nov 24, 2013, 10:29am Top

Haevy Stuff, Streamsong!

And so true. I remember our father telling us our mother was dying but we could not talk to her about it, because she did not know. But I'm sure my mother knew. She simply could not have not known it. She must have felt the illness eat her from the inside. I think she was protecting my father by not sharing her thoughts and fears. How lonely they both must have been.

I am glad we are more open about dying now, but I understand and respect the elderly people who are not used to this openess.

Nov 24, 2013, 7:35pm Top

>100 streamsong:: Hmmm, out of date? Surely not. I read this a few years ago because I was doing some counseling through my church with those who had recently suffered losses. I thought the stages of grief she identified were interesting but I also think that everyone grieves in his or her own way and may not go through these stages in textbook fashion. I think the more information we have about what others go through helps us to understand our own feelings better.

You do read some heavy topics, Janet. Einstein, Abu Ghraib, and death. Personally, I like those books best that make me think...and your last few books certainly do that!

Nov 25, 2013, 12:15am Top

#78 - You are cracking me up, Janet! I resonate fully with your attraction to the various challenges around here ---
I'm choosing to participate in Mark's AAC but I reserve the right to participate imperfectly. I know that some of the global challenge books will capture me and I also want to do a bit of the Canadian author reading. And then there will be all the new books coming out, and prize nominees being announced, and.....

Ah well, we do what we can.

#97 - a book I can skip. That's a rarity.

Have a good week, Janet, and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2013, 9:38am Top

Hi Connie--thanks for stopping by. Definitely not a light read but I learned a lot from it. It more reflects my state of my mind mid August (when I started it) since it took a while for me to pick away at it and now I am a couple weeks behind with reviews.

And hi to Donna! Well, out-of-date may have been the wrong phrase. The medical professionals' attitudes, though, have certainly changed regarding their patients since this book was written. Now, doctors not only want their patients fully informed they are also legally required to discuss risks and most will even look for patient input regarding desired level of care, etc. So in that respect it is a bit out of date but the importance of listening --not just to dying patients, but to everyone -- is a really important lesson that will never go out of date.

Yeah, some heavy books in a row. I usually have at least one light and airy going on at the same time, but I review in the order I finish them and sometimes several heavies come down together. I'm now a bit behind with my reviews, because the Abu Ghraib review stymied me for a couple weeks. But I do enjoy non-fiction and some serious titles. When we were talking about books for next years' RL book club, I mentioned Five Days at Memorial due to the excellent reviews it was getting here. I though it might lead to some interesting discussions about health care, but one woman in particular positively shuddered at the idea of reading it.

Hi Ellen--Yup, way too many challenges sound fun. And of course, I will have to acquire books to go with the challenges. And the books that I have to read because of reading the wonderful reviews here. And the books that just want to go home with someone as I walk through the book store or past the FOL shelves. And they can all join the 400 books that already live on Planet TBR which I hereby pinky swear promise that I am gong to work on next year.

Nov 26, 2013, 12:04am Top

^ "Planet TBR." I'm borrowing that phrase.

Edited: Nov 26, 2013, 9:33am Top

Janet, I can't recall if you joined those of us who ROOT'd out some of our TBR this year, but if not, please do in 2014. It's not a time intensive group, and the support was a part of my being able to remove 30 books from my TBR mountain. :)


Edited: Nov 26, 2013, 11:32am Top

Glad the phrase tickled your funny bone, Ellen. Unfortunately, my planet is threatening to become a whole solar system. It says it's lonely being only an only planet, poor thing.

Hi fuzzi--Yup, I'm a member of ROOTS although I quit updating my thread there. You can see my tickers in my first post and I'm about in the same place as you since I've read 29 ROOTS this year. Unfortunately last year I read about 40 BOMBS so I figured my goal for this year should be 50 and I'm not going to get there. My new goal is to be slightly ahead of the group average, which right now is 64%. So I'll aim for about 70% of my goal, and see if I can finish 35 ROOTS for the year. Right now, 3 of the 4 books I'm reading are ROOTS.

The problem is that about 60 books I've purchased this year remain unread. So I'm expanding Planet TBR even as I try to dismantle it. I think I fell in love with how easy it is to do the online ILL this year--any book is only a click away! But, hey, if I cut down on my library use, the poor library will see a fall off of their statistics.

ETA--I am taking some comfort in the fact that I've purchased less books than I've read this year.

Nov 26, 2013, 12:52pm Top

I stopped counting my new books for this year...I know it's more than my "reads". :(

Nov 26, 2013, 5:45pm Top

I am in your kin group, ladies! I can't believe how easily I am seduced by yet one again a new book. But I do read at least some of them. I did not read that many books this year compared to what I've done before, but I did read more than an average of two books a month. Whatever I do with books I own, and books I plan to buy next year, I do know one thing: Library Thing has improved the quality and the quantity of what I'm reading. Horray! And then there's Booktopia….

Nov 27, 2013, 9:50am Top

I got more books this year than many years before. I typically buy less than a handful. But that's because I got 49 books at my first Library Sale! The rest of the 300-ish books I read I get from the library.

Edited: Nov 27, 2013, 2:07pm Top

Yup, I'm going to get serious about this.

One of the 75'ers posted her 'Rules of Engagement' for buying books. I think that is a great fun title and since 'trying to buy less' didn't work too well this year, I need stricter rules.

Actually, I need only one rule:
Don't purchase a book until the previous book is read
(same goes for LTER--don't request unless previous reviews are done)

- library book sales (bwaa haha you're hooked now, Morphy, no turning back!)
- attending an event like Booktopia, Montana Festival of the Book, author signing etc.
- traveling and finding a unique new book store
- seeing something I've previously read and know I want to have in my library on the ongoing FOL sale rack
- seeing something unique on the ongoing FOL sale rack that I may not see another copy for a long time
- a really anticipated book through LTER or a really interesting title
- treating myself to a book
- needing to use my credit at the used book store
- wandering through a book store and seeing something mentioned with lots of praise here on LT
- everyone else is reading it and I want to join in
-just cuz


Speaking of which, I won the new Mma Ramotse book on audio according to LTER.

Edited: Nov 27, 2013, 2:06pm Top

85.- The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
How It Fits Into My Current Reading:

- audiobook in the car;
- started during October for October spookiness;
- November TIOLI # 20: Title Scramble : Read a book for which you can scramble the letters to make a new title (The Historian/Antihero Sh*t)
- purchased 2013 FOL sale

A historian researching in Eastern Europe finds signs that Dracula may still be alive. He soon becomes obsessed with his search. But unfortunately, Dracula knows when he is being sought out and the hunted soon becomes the hunter.

This is told with three different points of view in three different time periods. Listening to the audio became a bit confusing at times, although they used different actors/voices/accents to keep things pretty well straightened out. I still had to occasionally relisten to sections to figure out who was doing what.

It was engaging, and I did want to find out the ending. There were the requisite numbers of good and bad guys turned into vampires and mysterious disappearances. I didn't find it particularly scary, which for me is a good thing. Not a bad Halloween listen, but not sure why it had all the hype a few years ago.

3.5 stars

Nov 27, 2013, 11:11am Top

111: Don't purchase a book until the previous book is read

Edited: Nov 27, 2013, 2:04pm Top

86. - Charlie Russell's Old Montana Yarns by Charles Marion Russell
How It Fits Into My Current Reading:

- audiobook in the car;
- ROOTS! # 29/50; cataloged 2012- acquired ? = 1 ROOTS point for a total of 90/160
- personal November Guests at the Feast Native American reads
- November TIOLI #4: Read a book whose title contains 15 letters or more

Charlie Russell is a Montana icon.

He cowboyed at the turn of the 20th century and made his experience into a plethora of authentically accurate art (paintings, drawings, murals, bronzes) as well as writing.

These short stories are the sorts of yarns, tall tales and downright lies of a sort that cowboys still tell around campfires. Great fun, and like his art they are hugely evocative of the era.

Unfortunately, the selections are separated by music made with a musical saw (for the uninitiated that is a hand saw blade that you bend and play with a bow. Not a fan. It sounds like a bag of cats). There is no volume control on a saw, and they didn't match the 'musical' intervals well with the much quieter volume of the narrative. So I constantly had to adjust the volume control.

3 stars

Bit of nostalgia: Mom read hundreds of books to us, but Dad refused to read kids' books or go to Disney movies. Dad would, however, read us bits from his books that he thought suitable for kids : Charlie Russell stories from Trails Plowed Under, and also stories from The Jungle Book.

Nov 27, 2013, 11:31am Top

Katherine--well a girl can dream.

Off to do a bit of cleaning before I drive to Missoula to pick up DD for a quick Thanksgiving visit.

**Looks furtively around** I may go look at a kitten at a rescue or two, too. One has a Siamese (my favorite cat personality) kitten and another has the cutest tuxedo kitten with a stunning white moustache.

My beloved Siamese was killed a couple weeks ago. No more cats going outside. My heart can't take it. There are just too many predators in the area - foxes, coyotes, owls, hawks, eagles and the occasional wandering dog. One time in the twenty years I've lived here I saw a mountain lion just outside my front window and there is a possibility of wolves, although I haven't seen one.

Add a kitten to the golden retriever I adopted in September and life should be merry. Or at least bouncy.

Nov 27, 2013, 11:58am Top

So sorry to hear about your fur-person loss, Janet. One kitten or, better yet, two would certainly liven up the place!

Nov 27, 2013, 12:28pm Top

Thanks, Roni. I do have one cat still--a very shy rescue who doesn't like to be touched. She is strictly indoor. Two kittens would give her a heart attack, I'm afraid.

Finally created my thread topper in post number one--pics are from the web, not mine.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Edited: Nov 27, 2013, 1:08pm Top

streamsong: Don't purchase a book until the previous book is read

qebo: Hahahahahahaha.

No kidding...what has Janet been smoking? ;)

Addendum: seriously, sorry about your loss. It always hurts. :(

Nov 27, 2013, 1:11pm Top

Speaking of the OP, did any of you see the news about wild turkeys running amok in New York?


... After decades of effort to halt the decline of the symbolically American birds, experts say the nation's wild turkey population has rebounded from about 300,000 in the early 1950s to an estimated 7 million now.

The forest-dwelling gobbler has adapted to settings as populated as lower Manhattan, where a turkey nicknamed Zelda hangs out. They've been accused of attacking residents in Brookline, Mass., and menacing schoolchildren in Glendale, Wis.

Turkey tensions have come to a big-city head on Staten Island, where the birds started congregating at a state psychiatric hospital and attracting notice a decade or so ago.

Now, nearly everyone on the island seems to have a turkey story, not to mention an opinion. ...

Nov 27, 2013, 2:49pm Top

I'm so glad you like the Proposed Rules of Engagement ... do I follow them? Don't make me laugh :-)

Nov 27, 2013, 2:56pm Top

What is FOL?

Sorry about losing your fur-friend.

Turkeys are relatively common here in the suburbs of Minneapolis. We had one tom hanging around this summer for several weeks. They are MUCH larger than I thought.

Nov 27, 2013, 4:49pm Top

FOL=Friends of the Library?

Nov 27, 2013, 7:06pm Top

Janet, I am appropriating some of your list making ideas for 2014. :-)

Nov 27, 2013, 11:40pm Top

Happy Thanksgiving, Janet!

Nov 28, 2013, 11:39am Top

Happy Thanksgiving, Janet!

Nov 29, 2013, 6:39pm Top

Hi Janet, I'm sorry I didn't make it over yesterday to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I'm also very sorry to hear about the loss of your cat.

I'm not surprised though to hear about the foxes, coyotes, owls, hawks, and eagles in your area. I remember when we first moved here, I was surprised to see so many hawks and worried for awhile about our new puppy. Not sure if that concern was warranted or not.

I had a good laugh at all your exceptions to the rule of not buying a new book until the previous book is read. I started out the year listing all the books I purchased thinking it would slow me down but I admitted defeat around April or May. I like buying books as much, if not more, than I do reading them and I decided I'm OK with that.

Nov 29, 2013, 10:21pm Top

phebj, I also tried listing my new books, but gave up after I hit 75...

...it IS fun buying them, isn't it?!

Nov 30, 2013, 11:32am Top

Thank you for stopping by Lor, Roni, Stephanie, Morphy, Darryl, and Pat! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

Lor, thanks for posting the bit about New York and the turkeys. The marauding New York flock seem to be a feral mix of domestic and tame, but I know wild turkeys can also be quite a nuisance. I have read that the comeback of wild turkeys is a great success. However, one of my coworkers can't keep her garage door open because the wild turkeys will roost in there when she does. They are extremely messy birds--almost as bad as geese.

But the peacocks hanging out with the wild turkeys were a new-to-me twist.

Morphy, yes, Lor it it on the head. FOL is the Friends of the Library. The volunteers run the yearly sale and constantly keep a shelf of donated books for sale near the front door where you can't miss them. It's a nasty trap. I like using the library, but far too many books I have found on that rack go home with me.

Feel free to borrow away, Stephanie. I'm so using your term 'Rules of Engagement' next year and I'm sure the interesting lists are combinations I saw on others threads and thought 'Oooh, that would be fun.' Actually I'm not listing all the books added to the Planet, as, like you, I am also going through 'mysterious boxes' of books. If they are books that were owned for a long time and not cataloged, I catalog the ones I want to keep and am not counting them as 'books acquired' even though they swell Planet TBR.

You were wise to be concerned, Pat. Definitely a downside to living in the 'wilds'. No kitten came home with me. The right one will show up, I'm sure. In the meantime, my shy older cat is getting much braver without the Siamese around so maybe this is her time to come into her own.

Pat, I'm glad you spotted the exceptions. It's a great rule, but does need exceptions to make it work. However, I can always find more exceptions when needed.

Dec 1, 2013, 10:31am Top

87. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
How It Fits Into My Reading:

- Green Dragon group read;
- Nov TIOLI #14. Read a book by one of the Inklings or their associates;
- 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
- library

Lord Peter Wimsey and his manservant, Bunter, drive their car into a sluiceway draining a fen during a storm on a nasty New Year's Eve. They walk to a nearby village where the bellringers are preparing a marathon bell ring. Wimsey fills in for a sick man and thus lets himself into the village's life. When an unknown body is found several months later, Wimsey agrees to help identify the victim and find the culprit.

This is the first mystery by Sayers that I have read. I thought it had an interesting plot, interesting characters and a lot of technicalities about the art of changeringing (most of which I couldn't follow as it is an art I wasn't familiar with at all.) I'll be interested in reading more by this author. I'm also looking forward to watching the BBC production of this, which was pointed out in the group read as being quite good; I hope there are some sequences of bell ringing so I can better understand the art.

I was interested to see that this book was included in three editions of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. I had no idea there were any 'genre mysteries' besides Agatha Christie (whom I also haven't read), included in that book.

4 stars

Dec 1, 2013, 10:34am Top

Morning Janet- Just checking in. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and that your books are treating you well.

Dec 1, 2013, 10:52am Top

88. The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
How It Fits Into My Reading

- TIOLI #5. Read a brightly colored book;
- ROOTS! #30/50; cataloged 2011 - 2 ROOT points for a total of 92/160
- My personal November subchallenge: The Guests at the Feast - Read books about Native Americans - (contemporary literature)

After graduating from high school, Marietta Greet earns enough money to leave her backwoods Kentucky home by buying an ancient VW Beetle without a starter (requiring her to start it somewhat like pushing a skateboard). She changes her name to Taylor and heads for Arizona and a new life.

Since she's always been told that she is a small part Cherokee, she stops at the reservation in Oklahoma to see the people she's always counted as her 'ace in the hole'; they can't turn her away as she has just enough Cherokee blood to enroll as a tribal member if she wants. She stops only briefly at a small café; there she is given a severely abused, non-verbal three year old girl whom she names Turtle. Taylor oddly enough, accepts this child and takes her along as Taylor is searching for her new life.

This is a novel of finding friendship and family even when you don't grow up with the paper doll version of Mom, Dad and two kids.

I really bought into the story and cared about the characters, even though I thought the acquiring of the girl, Turtle, an unlikely scenario. I'll probably continue on with this series, as well as other of Barbara Kingsolver's books --an author whom I find very enjoyable.

4 stars

Dec 1, 2013, 1:58pm Top

Thanks for stopping by, Mark.

Yes, I had a nice Thanksgiving. Mom, Daughter and I went to the potluck at our church. It was the first time we had attended. The church provides turkey, stuffing and potatos. Everything else is brought by attendees. Thee were dozens of pie and side dish choices. It was open to the community and we had a great mix of church members and community members; singles, families, retirees and people who even brought their out-of-town company.

It was a wonderful alternative to cooking at home!

Dec 1, 2013, 2:13pm Top

89. The Great Courses: Great World Religions: Buddhism (The Teaching Company) by Professor Malcolm David Eckel
How It Fits Into My Current Reading:

- audiobook in the car
- ROOTS challenge #31/50; Acquired ? - cataloged into LT 2012 = 1 ROOT point for 93/160

Another fine installment of the fine Teaching Company's Great Courses: Great World Religions series.

Although I have several dozen books on Buddhism and Buddhist thought, I had never read an overview of Buddhism, contrasting the various schools and its evolution in various countries in South and Southeast Asia. As such, it was very interesting and helped fill in a lot of gaps in the variations by authors that I have read.

Recommended for those wanting an overview. 4 stars.

I have one more in this series to listen to: The Great Courses: Great World Religions: Christianity (The Teaching Company) by Luke Tomothy Johnson which I will listen to, appropriately enough, in December during the Christmas season. This particular set I bought at a Friends of the Library sale. As I mentioned after listening to the Hindu series, it's made up of audiocassettes. I would love to replace it with the same set in CD format, since I have learned so much from this series.

Dec 1, 2013, 4:44pm Top

Hi Janet. Glad to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving. I've never read anything by Barbara Kingsolver but I do have a copy of The Lacuna sitting on my shelves that I need to get to. I've heard quite a few people say that The Bean Trees is their favorite novel of hers so one day I will have to give it a try.

#127 fuzzi, it's definitely fun buying books. I even like seeing what other people buy. I just came from catching up on Paul Cranswick's thread. He's up to 914 books purchased this year and I'm rooting for him to get to 1,000 by the end of the month. :-)

Dec 2, 2013, 10:21am Top

Hi, Janet. I'm spending a few early early morning minutes catching up on threads while I listen to the surf (one of the best sounds in the whole world) and await the dawn to break here on Kaua'i. I love your book buying rule and exceptions. Mine is something like "don't spend money on books while you are trying to save up a big bundle" and my one and only exception is "except when you forget you said you were going to avoid spending money on books". Easy to remember, huh?

That forgetting exception is very convenient as I have a good deal of that aging related short term memory loss.

I am glad you had a sweet Thanksgiving, and I think I'm going to see if I can't create something like that in my old neighborhood, where I'm moving back in the new year. We have a clubhouse with a big room, and a pretty good kitchen and lots of single and older folks living in the neighborhood. It sounds like a very nice way to spend Thanksgiving.

Also, I want to say I'm so sorry to have heard that your Siamese cat is gone. It is the bitter sweet part of having pets. They do leave well before we are ready to see them go. I love Siamese personality, too; and, if my girl Greta Garbo was less of a cat chaser I'd get one as soon as I could. But She who rules my house does like to chase cats, its in her basic nature, so I guess I'll wait.


Dec 2, 2013, 8:59pm Top

phebj wrote ... I just came from catching up on Paul Cranswick's thread. He's up to 914 books purchased this year and I'm rooting for him to get to 1,000 by the end of the month. :-)


Dec 3, 2013, 3:37am Top

Yes, that is what I'm feeling.

Dec 3, 2013, 9:09am Top

Me too, Connie. He must to have a lot more storage space than I do!!!!!!!! My pile of 60 unread from this year added, to the unread (hmmm rhymes with undead) from previous years is making me feel overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing, Pat. I haven't been following Paul's thread although I lurk there from time to time--it moves way too quickly for me to keep up with it.

Perfect cat, Lor. Thanks for posting it.

Karen, the potluck dinner was great. I hadn't even mentioned it here on LT before going, because I had doubts about it. Who knows if Cait will be home for Turkey Day next year or whenever, so I thought we should do something special. I was amazed that this turned out special. I hope you'll be able to organize something similar; it was yummy and fun.

Edited: Dec 29, 2013, 3:41pm Top

So here's my possible lists of December reading that I am considering. Once again, there are probably more than twice as many books as I'll actually read.

Finish from November:
***READING*** Einstein - Walter Isaacson Nov RL book club (purchased 2013)
Skeleton Man - Tony Hillerman
How to Survive the Loss of Love ROOT still picking away--haven't given up entirely

Planned December Reads
Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowatt - Green Dragon group read - audio from library
Small Gods - Terry Pratchett - 75'ers's Discworld December; December Christianity/general religion personal challenge: ROOT; Acquired previously, not cataloged in LT
Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey ROOT

December--Personal Christianity/religion Theme: I hope to read 3 or 4 of all those listed below (includes two LTER and two partially read): I'll put the emphasis on books that will help fill my ROOT challenge. This may mean short, quick and older books.

✔ - LTER (General spirituality)-- Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair - Anne Lamott
LTER (General Spirituality)-- A Religion of Your Own - Thomas Moore
(Literature) - Gilead - Marilynne Robinson (purchased 2013)
✔ (literature/ Christian skepticism) - Colm Toibin - Testament of Mary (library)
(Contemporary fiction) - The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse - Louise Erdrich - (Purch 2011) - ROOT
(Contemporary fiction) A Light in the Window - Jan Karon (2013)
(Christian sects) Under the Banner of Heaven audiobook (2013 FOL)
***LISTENING*** (Theology) Great Courses: World Religions: Christianity Teaching Company - Luke Timothy Johnson ROOT
***LISTENING*** (history/theology) The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon Teaching Company audio/DVD - Bart D Ehrman ROOT
(history/theology) finish: The Gnostic Gospels - Elaine Pagels started reading 2012 ROOT
***READING*** (Comparative Religions) finish: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers - Thich Nhat Hanh (started earlier this year) ROOT
(Christian skepticism) Zealot (?) library - have request in; still on waiting list
(Skepticism/humorus fiction) Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore
(Christian Romance) Icecutter's Daughter - (2013) - (purchased 2013)
(Christian Romance) Rainbow's End - Irene Hannon - ROOT
(Memoir /Testimony) Meeting Him in the wilderness: A true story of adventure and faith - Ellen Olson ROOT

12/13: Picked up on a whim on the FOL shelf because I didn't have a Christmas read this year:
Where Angels Go - Debbie Macomber - (Christianish chick-lit)

12/13: Joined a group read of this on a whim:
***READING*** An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor (Christian living)

Dec 3, 2013, 11:34am Top

Our book group read Under the Banner of Heaven and had a very lively discussion. I'll be interested to read your thoughts on the book and how well the author did in being balanced and fair, yet truthful.

Dec 3, 2013, 12:04pm Top

Snow child is a lovely book! Enjoy.

Dec 4, 2013, 9:07am Top

Hi Karen--I think it was your discussion of Banner of Heaven that made me pick up the audio at the library sale.

Hello, Connie. Snow Child it is then. I finished my ER book last night and started SC--two chapters in.

The weather forecast here is that temperatures will be hovering about 0 F for at least the next ten days; a bit warmer in the daytime (single digits), dipping down into the negatives at night. This is forecast to be the longest stretch of frigid weather in decades. The good/bad news is that we don't have snow so it's not slippery, but without the insulation a blanket of snow provides, many plants winterkill. Not that I have many ornamentals--the dear deer see to that.

Also the olderly dog (not quite elderly) is forecast to drive me nuts. She doesn't like the temperatures outside, but her ideas of entertaining herself inside usually get her into trouble. (For instance she can stand flat-footed next to the kitchen counter with an innocent look on her face as she stares a different direction while her tongue just happens to have stretched itself onto the counter top as far as it can go.) She's not interested in ball or tug-of-war. I may have to rig up an agility type obstacle or two in the living room. Jumping over a broomstick? Playing hide and seek with a treat?

Dec 4, 2013, 11:05am Top

The idea of trying to find a way to give a dog entertainment, and exercise, while staying indoors during a very cold time seems to be an excellent subject for a book. Long winter days invite writing, don't you think?

Dec 4, 2013, 7:45pm Top

Janet! Aha! Your pup is a counter surfer!

I saw a dog toy online, probably on a "rescue" site, that makes your dog figure out how to extract toys/treats from its base. I'll see if I can locate the place for you.

Brrr...too cold there for me...

Dec 4, 2013, 8:41pm Top

Janet, I have to agree that Paul's thread is very hard to keep up with. When I have the time, I usually just focus on the current one. It seems like he starts a new one every ten days or so.

We are also having a cold snap but it's not quite as bad as where you are. It was in the low 20s for a high today and we had some snow but not enough to cover the ground. I'm pretty sure I heard that we were supposed to have higher than average temperatures this winter so I'm hoping this is a fluke. I was talking to someone yesterday who said she chased her dog up and down the stairs in her house on really cold days so she could forgo her walk.

Stay warm!

Dec 5, 2013, 8:26am Top

I'm currently about halfway through Zealot and finding it very interesting. However, I don't have a very deep background in either the history of the first century or the religious aspects of Jesus' story, so I don't know how it would be if one did. My motivation for reading it was to provide some context for The Last Temptation of Christ, which I read a couple of months ago. It's definitely accomplishing that for me.

Dec 7, 2013, 1:24pm Top

Hi Karen! It sounds as though Hawaii is treating you very well! It's still below zero here.

After your comment, I googled dog indoor exercise and found some more ideas--including the one you gave, Pat, on using the stairs for doggy workouts. Sounds like a good idea--the website I read said a major part of using the stairs is making sure your dog is well trained with 'stay' so the stairs don't turn into a racetrack. That's a command she could use some work with so we'll give it a try. I have a punk knee, and she may be a bit arthritic, so we'll start out with lots of 'stay' and just going up a few stairs.

Lor, yes--counter surfing- good term. She really cracks me up as the two times I have seen her do it, she is most decidedly **NOT** looking at the counter or her tongue--like a magician trying to focus the attention elsewhere. It's a Very Bad Dog thing to do; I'm now banning her from the kitchen to prevent it. *But* she was a very scared rescue, so in a way, it's nice to see her feel safe enough to be naughty.

Ursula, thanks for stopping by and commenting on Zealot. I've read some good and bad about it here on LT. I'm going to try to get an audio of it, but it may not be this month. Unfortunately, I don't know much about first century Judaism or the historical Jesus, so I just don't feel I know enough to judge the facts that the author presents. I would have loved to see this one as a group read with some relevant criticism from some of the Biblical scholars here.

Dec 7, 2013, 1:28pm Top

147: I'm still planning to read Zealot, even though it didn't make the cut as a group read, but I probably know less than you do. I'm figuring on it more as an infrastructure if I should wish to learn more at some point, which, I suspect, I won't.

Dec 7, 2013, 1:36pm Top

90. Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott
How It Fits Into My Current Reading
- December TIOLI # 16. Read a book with an embedded word in the title
- personal December mini emphasis on Christianity
- acquired 2013

In her most recent book, Anne Lamott uses the metaphor that cloth is like life - it can become torn, ripped, stained or just plain worn thin. While the cloth will never be the same, you can create something entirely new and lovely and the repairwork can be an important part of the new piece. Friends, God and inner reflection all help stitch the torn cloth back together. Ms Lamott is careful to make this book of interest to readers of any background; a specific spirituality is not required.

This is a very short work and can be read in a couple hours. I enjoy Ms. Lamott and believe you can't tell the quality of a book by its length. This one, however, I felt lacked meat and didn't get beyond platitudes, although, as usual, Ms Lamott has some very nicely turned phrases.

3 stars.

Edited: Dec 9, 2013, 9:31am Top

91. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman
How It Fits Into My Current Reading:

- part of my November subfocus on Native Americans; (NA focused mystery)
- TIOLI December #1- Read a book with a two-word tag in which both words start with the same letter (murder mystery);
- acquired a print copy 2013, although I decided to listen to this one on audio

All the familiar Hillerman characters come together in this one: Joe Leaphorn, Cowboy Dashee, Joe Pinto, Bernie Manuelito and Jim Chee.

A plane collision over the Grand Canyon in the mid-50's leaves a mystery as to the location of a fortune in diamonds. Decades later, a brain damaged man tries to pawn one of them for $20 and the scramble begins for millions of dollars and a woman's rightful inheritance. Bodies ensue.

I haven't read any of this series for several years. I think I had become a bit burned out on them and I was surprised to find one that I hadn't read. However, I was intrigued to learn that Hillerman's daughter, Anne, would be continuing the series featuring Bernie Manuelito, starting with the recently released Spider Woman's Daughter. I found I hadn't read this last one by the master himself.

I was pleasantly surprised by the book. As always, there were great details of the Grand Canyon, the Navajo and Hopi tribes and the Southwestern desert. I can see why I enjoyed this series and will be on the lookout for Anne Hillerman's continuation.

4 stars.

Dec 7, 2013, 2:10pm Top

150: I was intrigued to learn that Hillerman's daughter, Anne, would be continuing the series featuring Bernie Manuelito
Oh? I did not know this. I'll give that a try.

Edited: Dec 7, 2013, 2:22pm Top

Hi Katherine! Well, it wasn't exactly rejected since no other book was decided upon, although John was certainly against it. I asked him in his thread how the author's visit turned out, but he didn't answer. I suspect that if you and I declared a mini-group read, we'd have others join in with comments. I hate to see the Science Religion and History thread become totally inactive, although I only joined in about half of the reads.

(Did you notice that I have "finishing Gnostic Gospels" on my list this month? This one makes me laugh since I have been reading it for so long.).

ETA: I recently read a review (can't remember whose thread ) on The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester which I thought might be interesting since SR&H hasn't gone there.

Dec 7, 2013, 2:29pm Top

I will be really interested in knowing what you think of Zealot. I really enjoyed and thought it supplemented my library well. There's always going to be debate about "who" of "if" Jesus was but Aslan is a scholar and has been researching this book for about 20 years (I think). Much of what he wrote fit in with what I had already learned about the period.

Dec 14, 2013, 10:28am Top

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie.

Did you see the discussion about Zealot in the Christianity forum this past week?

And the one that Katherine and I were talking about in the Science, Religion and History thread is here, starting with post 193:


Dec 14, 2013, 10:47am Top

92. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
How It Fits Into My Reading Now"

-personal Christianity subgroup theme
-TIOLI #19. Read a book with an object or character which are in a Nativity Scene in the title
- library

It's some time after the crucifixion and we find Mary, Jesus' mother, a bitter woman.

She disliked Jesus' apostles from the start, calling them misfits and hangers on. Now after Jesus' death, the apostles are caring for her, but also pressing her to search her memory for details that they say happened during the crucifixion day. Mary will not change her story; she remembers what she remembers even though the apostles press her for a different version.

“Just as I cannot breathe the breath of another or help the heart of someone else to beat or their bones not to weaken or their flesh not to shrivel, I cannot say more than I can say. And, I know how deeply this disturbs them and it would make me smile, this earnest need for foolish anecdotes or sharp, simple patterns in the story of what happened to us all, except that I have forgotten how to smile. “ p 2

Mary remembers the bliss of early years when her husband was alive and Jesus was a boy; her growing uneasiness with Jesus' words and followers, her fear that he was marked by the authorities and His agony and hideous, brutal execution. In the end her summary is that it wasn't worth it.

And yet, even in this book, Mary saw Jesus' miracles, although Lazarus, recalled from the dead, is quite zombie-like, neither living or dead.

And Mary and Mary Magdalene, dreamed the same dream of Jesus' resurrection at the same time, having exactly the same details. This dream is a wondernment to Mary since, even her beloved Joseph never dreamed with her, although they were closer than she ever would be with another human.

At the end, Mary, bitter and angry, waits for death having turned to the goddess Artemis.

This is beautifully written, almost poetic. The language is incredibly rich and a treat to read. The story here is the story of countless other mothers of rebel sons throughout the world whose dreams ended in terrible deaths.

Yet, I can't feel that this is Mary's story. Instead, in many ways, it's would be Judas' story if Judas had lived. Surrounded by teachings and miracles, he was unable to believe that anything beyond the ordinary had happened; that something had occurred beyond the ordinary senses. In this version, Mary shares those sentiments.

Very thought provoking and highly recommended.

Dec 14, 2013, 2:44pm Top

93. - The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
How It Fits Into My Reading:

- needed a good stormy winter read!
- December TIOLI #6. Read a book of or about folklore
- ROOTS challenge - = book 32/50; acquired 2012 = 1 Root point for 94/160

In this retelling of a classic Russian folktale, a 50-ish couple moves to an Alaskan homestead, hoping that hard work and a fresh environment will help them forget their sadness over being childless. During the first snowstorm of winter, they build a snow girl. In the morning the snow figure is destroyed, the clothing missing and a single pair of small footprints leaves the scene.

Subsequently, they find a small, blonde girl seemingly living alone in the wilderness. Her father is found dead. A picture remains of the child as a baby.

The little girl comes into the hearts and home of the older couple, as shy as a wild thing and refusing to stay with them, disappearing each spring as the weather warms and taking her fox familiar with her. Until, of course, she finds love with a neighbor boy and a child is on the way.

I found this well written, and an engaging read to curl up with a blanket on a winter's stormy afternoon. I didn't quite come under its spell as others did-- perhaps because I was anticipating the traditional ending of the folktale.

Some types of love endure forever. Others melt away and change into something else.

3.7 stars

Edited: Dec 14, 2013, 2:57pm Top

Eight books joined the planet this week: (just in case anyone is wondering why the planet never shrinks) I think that it's getting big enough to acquire its own gravitational field and just sucks more books onto it, despite my best intentions.

The Mark Twain's are copies I remember reading at my aunt's house as a child - as Mom cleans off shelves in anticipation of downsizing, I anticipate having to buy another bookcase as childhood books and some of Dad's collection come my way.

✔ - Prev read 84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain set from Mom/Aunt Clara
85. Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain - set from Mom/Aunt Clara
✔ - Prev read 86. Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain - set from Mom/Aunt Clara
✔ - Prev read 87. A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain - set from Mom/Aunt Clara

And then I joined a group read, and when I went to pick up the book from the library, purchased four more from the evil FOL shelf:

88. Shanghai Moon - S. J. Rozan - 12/13 FOL shelf
89. Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It - Gina Kolata - 12/13 FOL Shelf
90. The Speckled Monster: a Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox - Jennifer Lee Carrell - 12/13 FOL Shelf
91. Where Angels Go: Shirley, Goodness & Mercy are Back - Debbie Macomber- 12/13 FOL Shelf

Dec 15, 2013, 10:44am Top

Hi Janet, you remind me that I have a stack of Hillerman books to read before they get donated or go to the used bookstore. My husband flew through the series. I find them enjoyable reads and need to remember to read one occasionally after a heavyweight book.

I enjoyed your review of The Testament of Mary, especially your thought that it could have been Judas's story if he had lived long enough. I found much to think about in this book but that idea hadn't occurred to me.

Congrats on the new books in your home. Those books that get handed down from family members are precious. I'm glad the small library I use doesn't sell used books. They are planning a major expansion, however, that includes a FOL gift shop. I'm doomed.

Dec 17, 2013, 9:15am Top

Sometimes I'm glad I can't get out much else the library FOL and sales would be my bane.

Dec 19, 2013, 8:44am Top

Hi Donna; Two things came to mind when I was reading The Testament of Mary. First were some of Judas' lyrics from Jesus Christ, Superstar. (Hey I grew up in the 70's :-) )


and here: http://www.justsomelyrics.com/27802/jesus-christ-superstar-judas'-song-lyrics.ht...

The second was a book by Pearl S. Buck that I read a long time ago, called The Mother where a mother sees her son executed for political crimes.

Yeah, Morphy, the FOL sales rack is too darn hard to resist. I can avoid places like used book stores and thrift shops but whenever I go to pick up a library book, the FOL rack is lying in wait by the front door.

Dec 19, 2013, 8:56am Top

Janet- I love your eclectic book choices. I have not read Hillerman in years, although I read and enjoyed a few, back in the day. I see his daughter is writing them now. I have the Toibin on the list and I am also a fan of the Snow Child.

Edited: Dec 20, 2013, 9:06am Top

Yup, eclectic. Makes me a killer at trivial pursuit. Seriously, though, there's just too much out there to stay on a narrow path of a single genre or two. Since LT, I've done a lot more exploring, which is why I think I have a problem slogging my way through a lot of my pre LT acquisitions that are on Planet TBR.

94. - Meeting Him in the Wilderness - Lois Ellen Olson
How It Fits Into My Current Reading:

- Reading Christianity/religion in December personal challenge
- TIOLI #10 Read a book with a predominantly blue cover;
- ROOT! challenge book number 33/50 ; acquired 2007 = 6 ROOT! points for a total of 100/160

Tom and Lois Olson, along with their two young daughters, moved to remote Stehekin, Washington, a town accessible only by boat and seaplane. There, Tom worked as the sole teacher in a one room schoolhouse with only a handful of students.

The lack of any modern conveniences, along with the mountain beauty turned their thoughts both outward to the grandeur and inward for self-reflection. Both Tom and Lois had grown up as Christians, but had gradually had their faith lapse. Here, in this tiny community without a church or a group of fellow Christians, their faith was re-ignited and Tom eventually heard the call to the ministry.

Three stars. Not bad, but not as unique as I hoped it would be.

Dec 21, 2013, 9:11am Top

95. - Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowatt
How It Fits Into My Reading:

- Morphy's Mighty Monthly Group Read
- TIOLI #7. Share a read
- reread
-audiobook in the car;
- library

In the late 1940's, Farley Mowatt, newly graduated and employed by the Canadian Wildlife Service, set out to the Arctic Barrens to study wolves and the decrease of the local caribou population.

This highly entertaining book is the result. The wolves are the grand heroes, maligned by man. The government bureaucracy is bumbling and inept. Much of the book is written with tongue firmly in cheek.

Read it for the entertainment value and take some of the statements about wolves with a grain of salt. Wolves aren't the villainous killing machines they are often depicted to be; neither, however, are they the harmless good citizens that Mowatt depicts. The Wikipedia article describing some of the controvercies is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Cry_Wolf

It's probably been thirty years since I read this--well worth a reread.

Dec 21, 2013, 8:37pm Top

Definitely one of my favorite Mowatt books.

Dec 22, 2013, 9:30am Top

I started my thread this year with a photo of a big horned owl in winter.

Their mating season is winter, usually December and January here. I've been serenaded by hoots for several weeks now--whenever I call the dog after letting her outside in the early morning winter dark, a very bass-voiced owl answers back. From his voice, he sounds huge. I remember thinking the same thing last winter--perhaps it's the same owl. I love hearing him so much, sometimes I give a few extra calls much to the confusion of the dog.

The owls in winter are my favorite sign of spring-- in the darkest, stormiest part of the year, they promise that spring is coming.

Dec 22, 2013, 10:19am Top

I've not seen/heard many owls in my lifetime, but was gifted with both visual and audible evidence of a Great Horned Owl, 20ish years ago, in South Carolina. He sat in a pine tree in our yard, and his calls drove our dog just about crazy!

Dec 24, 2013, 4:45pm Top

Dec 24, 2013, 11:07pm Top

Merry Christmas, Karen!

Dec 25, 2013, 12:53am Top

Gorgeous butterfly!

Dec 25, 2013, 1:24pm Top

Have yourself a merry little book-filled Christmas!

Dec 25, 2013, 6:23pm Top

Finally found your thread. Star! Love that owl - great picture ;-)
We have a few in our woods too that I enjoy listening to - but I don't know much about them. They are beautiful creatures.

Hope you are having a great Christmas!

Dec 26, 2013, 10:46am Top

Hi and thanks for the Christmas wishes, Lor, Katherine, Roni, Morphy and Cee! I look forward to reading with all my LT friends in 2014!

I was trying to start some new traditions not associated with Dad, so Christmas dinner was seafood gumbo, terducken, several traditional sides and fresh strawberry pie. My son and daughter were here and we ate over at Mom's. I'd never fixed terducken before, but it was juicy and good. I'm not sure I'd want to do it every year, but it was fun to try!

My most serendipitous gift was a 'Perfect Pullup' bar. I had bought it for my son, but the style I bought was not the one he wanted. It is a very easy style for beginners, since it has a bar that swings down and out and you can start with pullups by leaning backwards. Since I had been saying that I wanted to work on my upper body strength, in the blink of an eye certain adult children installed it in my bedroom door frame.

Of course, I **could** get to this level:

I did about a dozen reps yesterday and my shoulders and upper arms are sweetly stiff today.

The model (the bar, not the girl) DS wanted has been ordered.

Today Mom and I will check out an assisted living center for her. Her RA has progressed quickly the last six months. She can barely walk and it's clear she needs more help and it's quickly becoming unsafe for her to live alone. The retirement apartment she's been considering (and avoiding) no longer is an option as she needs more help. :-(

And bad news for me a few weeks ago. I've been cancer-free for four years, but routine blood tests show something may be brewing. Follow up in January with testing such as colonoscopy - oh, crap! ;-) - and a visit to my oncologist.

Dec 26, 2013, 10:59am Top

Oh, crap! is right. I am sorry to hear of this possible brewing challenge. Yuck. Darn and dang!

I am also sorry that your Mom's RA is kicking up a storm. It is a challenge to live with a chronic disease which will not be predictable. I hope the place you go to check out today will be attractive to her. *crossing fingers*

Happy New Year, dear friend.

Dec 26, 2013, 11:06am Top

My most serendipitous gift was a 'Perfect Pullup' bar.
Hmm, that looks useful.

routine blood tests show something may be brewing
Oh my.

Dec 26, 2013, 1:20pm Top

Christmas gumbo has been our tradition since mrsdrneutron and I got married - nigh on 30 years now. Except I do chicken and andouille instead of seafood. I love having a non-standard Christmas dinner!

Dec 26, 2013, 3:46pm Top

oh crap is right! I will send out wishes of hope and healthiness. *humph* to ill health

Dec 26, 2013, 4:18pm Top

I will be praying for you and your mother. Please keep us updated?

Edited: Dec 27, 2013, 7:23pm Top

Well. I love the pull-up bar and your plans to develop amazing biceps and lats, and I share in the "oh crap" about the tentative test results. You know we're all sending you lots of positive and healthy thoughts, Janet!

edited to get your name right! *hangs head in embarrassment*

Edited: Dec 26, 2013, 7:28pm Top

LOVE the pull-up bar! We have two pull-up bars mounted in the basement, one for me and one for El Husbando. They sure do make for sore muscles, but it feels great afterward!

Edited: Dec 26, 2013, 8:47pm Top

Hi Janet. Just catching up. I'm sorry to hear your blood test results are worrisome but hope that it proves to be a fluke. For me, the worst part of having had cancer is the fear of it returning and having to pursue all these tests if something seems awry. I'll be thinking of you and hoping for the best.

I also hope you can find an assisted living place your mom likes. My experience with my parents and my mother-in-law is that although they initially resisted moving into one of these places once they were there it gave them a new lease on life for awhile.

Good luck with the pull up bar. It looks like great exercise.

And finally, I'm glad the turducken turned out well. We're still trying to figure out if we want to do it for New Year's. The problem is my husband loves meat and doesn't have it often so he's angling for a beef tenderloin.

Dec 26, 2013, 10:46pm Top

Glad the meal and the Christmas celebration went well, but second (or ninth) the "oh crap" response to the blood results. Hopefully, they will turn out to be something minor, but if not, we'll be here for you. And I hope you can find something good and appropriate for your mom.

Dec 27, 2013, 3:18am Top

Echoing everyone else's hopes that the blood test results turn out to be nothing to worry about.

Christmas gumbo sounds like a great idea! My husband made Christmas jambalaya. :)

Dec 27, 2013, 9:38am Top

Karen, Katherine, Stephanie, Lor, Ellen, Jim, dk_phoenix, Pat, Roni and Ursula thanks for stopping by and the good wishes.

Pat "For me, the worst part of having had cancer is the fear of it returning and having to pursue all these tests if something seems awry". Yup, that's it. I had a clean bill of health from the oncologist this fall and had only two more visits with him to hit the 5 year mark and be done. I'm such a chicken. I had the tests scheduled and then decided to cancel them and not think about anything until after the holidays. Which are now almost past. Which means I have to be a grown up and do this.

Mom wasn't crazy about the assisted living place. She has the option of trying it for a short time; they would even take her for just a few days, but I suspect that that short of amount of time would only confirm her dislike of the place and not give her enough time to get used to it--especially as she wouldn't have many of her own things there if it was only a couple day stay.

As for the terducken; I'd only had wild duck before which has a pretty strong flavor and is very lean, so it tends to dry and be very stringy. The duck part of the terducken was very tender and moist, but not my favorite meat. It was good, but I'm not sure I'll do it again.

Jambayla and gumbo are both dishes that I want to learn to cook - I love new recipes!

Dec 27, 2013, 12:27pm Top

Hi Janet. I've had a couple of things happen where they wanted to do more tests and both times I kept putting it off but I only made myself suffer more anxious days wondering what was going on. So I have resolved that in the future I will just "man up" and get things looked at right away to reduce my stress level. For some reason the tests, and even worse, waiting for the results, are the hardest things. And one of my pet peeves about medical staff is that they don't seem to understand this and often don't give you the results in a timely manner. Ok, end of rant.

I think sometimes with a move to assisted living, it takes something happening to make a person want to do it. My husband's strategy with his mother was to take her to all the local places "just to look" so she knew what they were like. He didn't want to be in the position of picking a place for her in a crisis and then have her not like it and blame him. About 8 or 9 months after the visits, she announced that she wanted to move to one of the places she had seen with him. We're pretty sure it was because she increasingly recognized how isolated she was getting in her house and that she would soon need to give up driving which she did shortly after moving. His mother is pretty remarkable in that even though she wasn't excited about going she made a commitment to herself to socialize and try the activities offered. She has really thrived there and doesn't seem to miss her home. My parents were basically anti-social compared to my MiL but they also did very well in assisted living. It drastically reduced the stress in their lives and they were so much happier which I was thankful for because I really pushed them into going.

Thanks for the additional information about the terducken. I think I'll just let my husband get his beef tenderloin.

Dec 27, 2013, 4:17pm Top

I am looking at a retirement community which goes from independent living in one's own apt. to assisted living to more help, if and, when needed. I want to get to know the place before I am "needing" it. I want to be able to observe how people are treated before I am so needful that any attention will be what I'm willing to accept. You know what I mean? Maybe if you suggest to your mother that she might want to choose before it becomes necessary for someone else to choose for her. I know this is not an easy conversation, but it is so sad when someone is beyond being able to express their wishes in a manner which will get them met. My grandmother was so angry that we had to choose for her that she stopped talking to us. )-;

Dec 27, 2013, 4:28pm Top

Adding the gadzillionth, "Ah crap." Cancer sucks. My SSIL had/has lung cancer. SIL - breast cancer. Another SIL - lymphoma. MrMorphy - retinal cancer. It's just UGH.

Sorry you have to go through the worry of more tests. I don't have any other words that it just sucks and I'm sorry you are having to deal with it.

Dec 29, 2013, 7:40pm Top

Oh, double crap! This can't be happening - and maybe it's not as bad as it seems right now. I hope, I hope. All you can do at this point is submit to the tests and pray for patience and strength. I'm sorry you have to go through this. So sorry.

"For me, the worst part of having had cancer is the fear of it returning and having to pursue all these tests if something seems awry"
Pat always hits the nail on the head. I feel the exact same way. I am just finishing up the 6 month assault on my body, aka treatments (:p~), and I never want to think of this again. But I know I will always live with the fear in the back of my mind... and will be super upset to go through any of this again. I think I know how you must be feeling. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs {{{Janet}}}

Finding a good place for your Mom will take some doing. She will not like anything you suggest... no one likes to lose their independence. I had to do this with my Mom as she has Alzheimer's. It took her awhile, but she has accepted and even likes where she is now. It might take a month or two for the adjustment to happen. The assisted living place my Mom is at did not suggest a couple of days. They insisted on at least a month. It takes longer and you do want to have her stuff around her. Don't despair. It's the right thing to do for her and for you. It's hard.

I am surely going to try that turducken someday - even if I have to eat it all myself. DH did not sound enthused when I mentioned it. He is not the adventurous type :(

Dec 30, 2013, 4:49am Top

I wish you all the best with the tests and the waiting. I know how you must feel and hope all will turn out well.

Jan 1, 2014, 9:46am Top

Hi Pat, Morphy, Cee and Connie

Thanks all for stopping by and the good wishes.

I squeaked into my goal, finishing the 100th book as I waited for New Year's.

I'm behind on reviews and probably won't try to catch up, so my list of the last five is in post #5. I may do a review of the last one, Thich Nhat Hanh's book Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers on my new thread. But somehow it just seems like the year is done and I am anxious to move on.

Here's my new thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/163074#4434259

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