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75 Books Challenge for 2015

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1countrylife
Dec 27, 2014, 10:36pm Top



Mother and Child Reading - Frederick Warren Freer – 1896; Mother Reading - 1920s Art Deco; Mother and Daughter Reading - Jessie Wilcox Smith

Ever grateful for a mother who read to me when I was young. Thank you, Mama!

2countrylife
Dec 27, 2014, 10:37pm Top

Hello and welcome to any who happen upon my thread. My name is Cindy and I am a middle-aged reader from the midwest part of the States. Married for 34 years, grandmother to one, and mother of five – one an E.R. doc, one in college, one in high school, and one out in the world, finding her way – four voracious readers and one middling. BC, I was an executive secretary. I've been a member of LT for almost eight years; this is my fifth year with this group.

My reading taste runs to historical fiction, biographies and memoirs, though between the book bullets zinging throughout this lively bunch, and Madeline's TIOLIs, my reading horizons (and Mt. Toobie) have greatly expanded.

About my '75 Books Challenge for 2015' Reading List:

This is my main reading list; anything read for other challenges will be included and tallied up here. Ratings are purely arbitrary, and subject to change. I seldom return to a post to change a rating after further thought has prompted me to do so in my catalog. Discrepancies abound!

My Current Challenges:

Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge:
..........The group. and My thread.

Reading Through Time:
..........The group. and My thread.

2015 Category Challenge:
..........The group. and My thread.

3countrylife
Edited: Dec 27, 2014, 10:41pm Top

My 2014 Book Title Meme:
Using titles from books read in 2014.

Describe yourself: The optimist's daughter
Describe how you feel: Perfect
Describe where you currently live: O little town
If you could go anywhere, where would you go? : The lighthouse
Your favorite form of transportation: All the pretty horses
Your best friend is: Sarah, plain and tall
You and your friends are: A test of wills
Your favorite food is: Hunter's stew and hangtown fry
What's the Weather Like: Winter range
You fear: Itsy bitsy spider
What is the best advice you have to give: And furthermore
Thought for the Day: Life is short but wide
How I would like to die: Under this unbroken sky
My Soul's Present Condition: Whiter than snow

4countrylife
Dec 27, 2014, 10:38pm Top

2014 Summation:

My Five-Star Reads from 2014, in order of how much I enjoyed them:

The sweet by and by by Todd Johnson
Under this unbroken sky by Shandi Mitchell
Hippocrates' shadow : secrets from the house of medicine by David H. Newman
Thunder from the sea : the adventures of Jack Hoyton and the H.M.S. Defender by Jeff Weigel

4-1/2 Star Reads in 2014:
The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
Where the river ends by Charles Martin
The Blackhouse by Peter May
Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
A month in the country by J.L. Carr
The Rosie project by Graeme C. Simsion
The Fault in our stars by John Green
Heresy by Stephanie Merritt

Books read: 172 (avg 14.3 per month)
Breakdown:
..........Audiobooks: 87 (average 7.3 per month)
..........Ebooks: 20 (1.7 avg)
..........Paper: 65 (5.4 avg)
Pages read: 51,454 (Avg 4,288 per month)
Ratings: Avg 3.46
..........5-stars - 4 books
..........4.5 stars - 8 books
..........4 stars - 49 books
..........3.5 stars - 54 books
..........3 stars - 45 books
..........2.5 stars - 5 books
..........2 stars – 2 books
..........1.5 stars - 3 books
..........1 star - 1 book
........... .5 star - 1 book
..........abandoned - 3 books (should've made that 9!)
Shared TIOLIs: 40 (Avg. 3.3 per month)

5drneutron
Dec 28, 2014, 4:55pm Top

Welcome back!

6jolerie
Dec 28, 2014, 9:08pm Top

Love your books, love your reviews.

7lkernagh
Dec 29, 2014, 2:04am Top

Looking forward to following your reading and discussions, both here and over on the category challenge!

8Cobscook
Dec 29, 2014, 12:12pm Top

Hi Cindy! We share some favorites from 2014 I see. Looking forward to following along in 2015.

9porch_reader
Dec 29, 2014, 12:13pm Top

Hi Cindy! I love your thread topper art. I also had a Mom who read to me. So many good memories - Uncle Wiggly, Dr. Seuss, The Five Dolls, The Bobbsey Twins. . .

Hope you have a great 2015!

10thornton37814
Dec 29, 2014, 10:19pm Top

Checking in and dropping a star. Great meme answers.

11scaifea
Jan 1, 2015, 10:05am Top

Happy New Year, Cindy!

12DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 6, 2015, 6:40pm Top

Hi Cindy, I will probably do most of my posting to you over at the Category Challenge, but I just had to say how much I love the artwork you opened this thread with. I am another lucky one who had a mother that read to me. She is now 94 and we still exchange books.

13sjmccreary
Jan 6, 2015, 9:00pm Top

Happy New Year, Cindy.

What a nice sentiment about your lovely mother. I don't remember my mother reading to me, but she made sure there were always plenty of age appropriate books in the house and set an example by reading her own books every day - stacks and stacks of them coming home from the library at regular intervals. I'm sure that's where my love of the public library came from.

14countrylife
Jan 25, 2015, 9:35am Top

Back from a lovely Caribbean cruise with 24 family members. This is my mother, with four of her daughters (the other two weren't able to go). I'm in the middle. I was sick that night, and unable to go to the formal dinner - missed out on the lobster!

15scaifea
Jan 25, 2015, 10:03am Top

A cruise!! Cool!! And a lovely photo, too.

16countrylife
Jan 25, 2015, 10:50am Top



Book # 1. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (4.1)

JANUARY TIOLI # 1: that has the word "psychological" followed by a noun (p.173:psychological profiles)
BingoDog: Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 14: book bullets (DeltaQueen)

Contemporary fiction, murder mystery, good-guy sheriff investigates murder in Wyoming. Excellent sense of place. DQ was right: now I’m hooked on this series.

17countrylife
Jan 25, 2015, 10:50am Top



Book # 2. Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick(3.9)

JANUARY TIOLI # 22: a book in which one of the author's names has 6 or more letters
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: BC to 1
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Myths & Legends
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: BC
BingoDOG: 12. Scientists
My Category Challenge Category: 15. books off my shelves

Young adult biography of Archimedes. Very well written to be understood by young minds. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

18countrylife
Jan 25, 2015, 10:51am Top



Book # 3. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (5)

JANUARY TIOLI # 10: by someone whose name ends in I, O, or U
Authors Challenges: British: Kazuo Ishiguro
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. setting: places I haven't been

As a lover of the movie, I was sore afraid that I was going to find my second instance of a movie that was better than the book. Not so! The book was even better! I enjoyed this in the audio version.

After decades in service to a great house in England, from the 1920s through the 1950s, an aging butler begins to realize the regret in his life. Through his commentary, you see him through what remains unsaid.

”No point in worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done for the course one’s life took. Surely it is enough for the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that is in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”

19countrylife
Jan 25, 2015, 12:42pm Top



Book # 4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (5)

JANUARY TIOLI #19: from a library of a frog-award-winner 2011-2014 (cbl_tn)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Olympus Has Fallen
13. Read a CAT
My Category Challenge Category: 2. fav authors

Even better this time around!

20countrylife
Jan 25, 2015, 12:43pm Top



Book # 5. In search of a homeland : the story of the Aeneid by Penelope Lively (3.5)

JANUARY TIOLI #8: which is a literary homage, or features as characters a real life author or other figure from the arts world
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: BC to 1
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Myths & Legends
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: BC
Authors Challenges: British: Penelope Lively
BingoDOG: 16. Mythical creature
My Category Challenge Category: 12. out of my comfort zone

21countrylife
Jan 25, 2015, 12:45pm Top



Book # 6. Lila by Marilynne Robinson (4)

JANUARY TIOLI # 2: from a list of best or notable books of 2014 (Kirkus)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT
My Category Challenge Category: 2. fav authors

More of the story of Gilead. Very good, though I liked the previous two better. Beautiful writing.

”He was happier than he wanted her to see, relieved even though he knew it was too soon to trust that they were safe yet, and worried that he was too ready to be happy and relieved. After breakfast he set a little glass bowl on the porch railing to catch some snow as it fell, and when he saw it had stopped falling, he took the bowl out to the rosebushes to pluck snow that had caught in the brambles. He brought it inside and set it on the windowsill so the sun would melt it. It was pretty the way the light made kind of a little flame, floating in the middle of the water, burning away in there cold as could be. It was for christening the child, she knew without asking. If the child came struggling into the world, that water would be ready for him. If it had to be his only blessing, then it would be a pure and lovely blessing. That was the old man getting ready to make the best of the worst that could happen. Not my will but thine. In his sermons he was always reminding himself of that prayer. “

22countrylife
Jan 25, 2015, 12:46pm Top



Book # 7. Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (3.3)

JANUARY TIOLI #14: that has a "beginning" word in the title (birth)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT
My Category Challenge Category: 8. BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

I always enjoy midwife stories. This one was good, but seemed affected in places, almost made-up. The techniques and practices of the day still made for very interesting reading.

23thornton37814
Jan 25, 2015, 7:18pm Top

Looks like you've been busy reading, Cindy! Lila is one that I have on my TBR list, but I suspect it will be awhile before I get to it since it is available in Raleigh as well as here.

24scaifea
Jan 26, 2015, 7:38am Top

Wow, you have been busy reading, Cindy! Nice going!

25cbl_tn
Jan 26, 2015, 8:24am Top

>14 countrylife: Great photo of the ladies in your family! Has a cruise become an annual event for you? It's nice that you're able to get together regularly for a happy occasion!

I'm glad you enjoyed your first Longmire! I really liked the first two. Book 3 got a little weird. I will join in with the group later this year for nos. 4, 5, & 6.

I still have to read Home before I go on to Lila.

26Cobscook
Edited: Jan 29, 2015, 7:59pm Top

Hi Cindy! Man, I am so jealous you got to go on a cruise! I have been on two and I love them. Your photo is great too, although its too bad you were sick and missed the lobster! I see your mom there, Hi Cindy's mom!!

You are doing some great reading. We share the love for The Remains of the Day.

27countrylife
Jan 29, 2015, 8:00pm Top



Book # 8. Farmhouse Christmas by Gooseberry Patch (3)

JANUARY TIOLI #18: that includes a word or phrase in title or name that puts you in mind of the season (Christmas)
Category Challenge: CookingKIT: Breakfast; focus: eggs
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood
My Category Challenge Category: 15. books off my shelves

Homey little cookbook with family favorite type recipes for the holidays. Adorable sketches accompany holiday sayings and seasonal décor ideas sprinkled throughout the recipe sections.

"Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” - William Shakespeare
"A wooden bowl filled with pomegranates, lady apples and juniper makes a welcoming country centerpiece.”

Recipe contents are: Farmhouse Breakfasts; Home-Style Beginnings; Fireside Soups & Breads; Cozy Kitchen Suppers; Homemade Desserts. But probably a third of the book is left to chapters that I didn’t buy the book for: Holiday Trimmings (things like handmade gift tags, balsam draft stoppers); Christmas Past (memories from the authors and their friends); Holiday Magic for Kids (things like stained glass candies, paper snowflakes); Homespun Handiworks (ideas, how-to’s and patterns).

I guess I’ve gotten spoiled with cookbooks that have glossy photos of every recipe. This book has none. Even with the lack of pictures and the extra “stuff” padding the book, because I do like to try family favorite recipes, I’m sure I’ll be making more from this book.

28countrylife
Jan 29, 2015, 8:00pm Top



Book # 9. The Native Star by M.K. Hobson (3)

JANUARY TIOLI #18: that includes a word or phrase in title or name that puts you in mind of the season (star)
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Other Pasts -- Steampunk, Gas Lamp and other historical SFFF (Steampunk)
BingoDOG: 18. By an LT Author
My Category Challenge Category: 12. out of my comfort zone (science fiction)

My first steampunk. Not a genre I’d venture into again. On the plus side, the romance part of it was much more realistically developed than many “romance” novels.

29thornton37814
Jan 29, 2015, 8:17pm Top

>27 countrylife: I have downloaded several Gooseberry Patch cookbooks when they were free, and I agree that the lack of photos is disappointing.

30countrylife
Jan 29, 2015, 8:22pm Top



Book # 10. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (2.1)

JANUARY TIOLI #12: whose title is also a song title or whose title is a riff on a song title
Authors Challenges: American: Carson McCullers
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT
My Category Challenge Category: 1. new to me authors/1st in series (new to me)

The American Author challenge thread has quite a few folks saying that they didn’t really care for the author’s writing, but they could see the literary merit in her work. I’m not a sophisticated enough reader to see that. I just didn’t like it.

31countrylife
Jan 29, 2015, 8:37pm Top

Cool! Visitors! Thanks for dropping in Valerie, Lori, Amy, Amber, Judy and Sandy. Carrie, our two! Cousin-Cruises have worked out to be every other year so far. We're enjoying them so much that we'll probably try to keep that up. Heidi, I'll give Mama your "hi"! She loves these warm weather cruises, and had a great time on this one all the way til the last day, when she fell on the stairs and got something called a boxer's fracture on her hand. Then she got to spend some time in a part of the ship she hadn't seen before. I'm sure it won't slow her down for future cruises! Lori, I see you really liked Gilead. I'll be interested to hear which you prefer, after you've read both of the first two. I think I'd be hard put to choose a favorite (I rated them both a 4), but I'd probably lean to Gilead, since it hit my heart first.

32sjmccreary
Jan 29, 2015, 8:49pm Top

What a great idea that all the women in the family take a trip together! Love the picture, too bad about your illness (although I don't like lobster so missing that doesn't seem like such a loss to me) and your mom's injury. Glad to hear it won't put her off from another trip.

It looks like you must have taken a whole suitcase of books! >16 countrylife: Judy got me on that one, too. Need to get back to the series. >18 countrylife: That one looks great - I'll be adding it to my wishlist. >20 countrylife: I attempted The Aeneid for the January History CAT and bogged down after the 2nd book. I'd read Black Ships a few years ago and loved it, but evidently I'm not ready for the original yet. I'll try this one first.

33countrylife
Jan 30, 2015, 8:25am Top

Hi, Sandy. I don't think I'd do very well with the originals either. Penelope Lively's version was about the right speed for me! I hope you get to The Remains of the Day; I highly recommend the audio version. Actually, I only took one book (and my kindle) on the cruise. It came my turn for Lila just before I left, and I knew I'd best take it to finish or I'd be way back on the waitlist again. The rest of my list was read before or after my trip.

34countrylife
Jan 31, 2015, 3:14pm Top



Book # 11. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (NOT RATED YET)

JANUARY TIOLI #2: from a list of best or notable books of 2014 (NPR)
Authors Challenges: Australia/New Zealand: Richard Flanagan or Fiona Kidman (Australia/Flanagan)
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 9. war / disasters

35countrylife
Jan 31, 2015, 3:16pm Top

JANUARY READING RECAP:

1 The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson - 4.1
2 Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick - 3.9
3 The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro - 5
4 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 5
5 In Search of a Homeland by Penelope Lively - 3.5
6 Lila by Marilyn Robinson - 4
7 Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth - 3.3
8 Farmhouse Christmas by Gooseberry Patch - 3
9 The Native Star by MK Hobson - 3
10 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers - 2.1
11 The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – 3.6
x The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt - abandoned

Books read: 11
Breakdown: audio books-2, eBooks-2, paper-7
Average rating: 3.7
Pages read: 3,157
Total shared TIOLIS: 7
Number of TIOLIs Completed: 9 of 24 challenges: 1,2,8,10,12,14,18,19,22

Favorite book from January:
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

36countrylife
Feb 11, 2015, 1:22pm Top



Book # 12. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (3.6)

FEBRUARY TIOLI #11: a book with a pitch or a catch (catch-p301)
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (tututhefirst)

37countrylife
Edited: Feb 11, 2015, 1:23pm Top



Book # 13. Bright’s Passage by Josh Ritter (3)

FEBRUARY TIOLI # 4: with a French connection (partly set in France)
Reading Through Time: Quarter: 20th century - WWI
75 Theme: Fantasy February (magical realism)
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters

38countrylife
Feb 11, 2015, 1:24pm Top



Book # 14. The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach (3.2)

FEBRUARY TIOLI # 13: title starts with the letters H, A, R, or T
BingoDOG: 15. Natural Disaster
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States

Notes:

He was a guy who prided himself on thinking his way forward through a problem. While meanwhile he was a guy who dealt almost daily with people who hadn’t thought forward, who never thought forward, who were always crushed by the problems that not looking forward had caused. Page 212.

When circumstances leave an attorney in a situation where he can find no other haven from the winter storm overwhelming rural Maine, he takes shelter with the person he had just given a lift from town – a homeless woman who is squatting in a summer cabin deep in the woods.

The setting was rendered vividly; the story-telling was good. The situations facing them were credible. My feeling while reading was that those parts that had to do with preparing for the storm and figuring out the whats and hows of survival could have been greatly expanded, while the steamy scenes could have been a bit less. I admired how the backstory of each of the characters was gradually revealed, which made their relationship believable.

Altogether, a good winter yarn to read in front of a roaring fire.

“. . . not even poetry is working, so he wrote down something like that the only remedy for love was to love more. Like love was a disease that cured itself.”

“He was quoting Ovid!” Eric said, proud of himself. “The Cure for Love. I read it in school, in Latin class. It’s racy. Mr. Tims used it because it would make us work harder, finding all the naughty stuff.” . . . “He said the cure for love was to go find more lovers. Among other things. Like focusing on your lover’s flaws. Or farming.”

39countrylife
Feb 11, 2015, 1:25pm Top



Book # 15. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (3.2)

FEBRUARY TIOLI # 16: with the letter U, V, or W in the title
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors/1st in series

40countrylife
Feb 11, 2015, 1:25pm Top



Book # 16. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (4)

FEBRUARY TIOLI #21: has a main character with the same name as the book posted above it (Andrew)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1 to 500 / Theme: Religion
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme: General Religion
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been

41countrylife
Feb 11, 2015, 1:26pm Top



Book # 17. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (3.6)

FEBRUARY TIOLI # 5: with a number in first sentence (ten)
Authors Challenges: British: Evelyn Waugh and Sarah Waters
Alas, doesn’t fit BioKIT: Post WWII Britain (right time frame, but horror, not biography!)
BingoDOG: 14. Author same name as mother/grand (maternal great-grandmother, Sarah)
My Category Challenge Category: 11. Scary or chunksters (scary)

42countrylife
Feb 11, 2015, 1:26pm Top



Book # 18. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (3.6)

FEBRUARY TIOLI # 6: a book that can be found on openculture.com
Authors Challenges: American: Henry James
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Books Made Into Movies
BingoDOG: 20. Outside comfort zone
My Category Challenge Category: 11. Scary or chunksters (scary)

Notes:
“Ordinary human virtue” pitted against “the hideous obscure” that was “revoltingly against nature”. A chilling read.

43thornton37814
Feb 11, 2015, 1:40pm Top

>41 countrylife: I've got that one lined up for later this month. It will likely be at least next week before I get to it.

44charl08
Feb 11, 2015, 1:59pm Top

Loved >39 countrylife:
>38 countrylife: Sounds interesting (I do love a --fictional-- snow storm. I blame too much Chalet School when I was a kid).

45lkernagh
Feb 11, 2015, 9:07pm Top

Great batch of reviews!

46jolerie
Feb 11, 2015, 10:04pm Top

Lots of good reading here, Cindy. Way to go for rocking out those reviews. :)

47scaifea
Feb 12, 2015, 6:43am Top

>40 countrylife: Oh, I really enjoyed this one when I read it a few years ago!

48tymfos
Feb 18, 2015, 12:49am Top

You've been reading up a storm, Cindy!

49countrylife
Edited: May 1, 2015, 3:05pm Top

AMERICAN AUTHORS

Carson McCullers - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (2.1 stars) 1/28/15
Henry James - The Turn of the Screw (3.6 stars) 2/10/15
Henry James - Washington Square (3.3 stars) 2/20/15
Richard Ford - Women with Men (3 stars) 3/18/15
Louise Erdrich - The Birchbark House (3.6 stars) 4/1/15
Sinclair Lewis - Elmer Gantry
Wallace Stegner - Crossing to Safety
Ursula K. Le Guin - A Wizard of Earthsea
Larry McMurtry - By Sorrow's River
Flannery O' Connor - The Violent Bear it Away
Ray Bradbury - Something Wicked This Way Comes
Barbara Kingsolver - Small Wonder
E.L. Doctorow - Homer and Langley

50countrylife
Edited: May 1, 2015, 3:08pm Top

BRITISH AUTHORS

Planning to try both authors each month, with permission to abandon what I don't like.

Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day (5 stars) 1/2/15
Penelope Lively - In Search of a Homeland (3.5 stars) 1/8/15
Sarah Waters - The Little Stranger (3.6 stars) 2/10/15
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited (3.2 stars) 2/23/15
Aldous Huxley - (wild card) - Brave New World (3.1 stars) 3/3/15
Daphne Du Maurier - The Doll: The Lost Short Stories (2.9 stars) 3/5/15
China Mieville - The City and the City (3.6 stars) 3/18/15
W. Somerset Maugham - The Magician (2.9 stars) 4/3/15
Angela Carter - Wise Children (3.2 stars) 4/21/15
Margaret Drabble - Planned: Pattern in the Carpet
Martin Amis - Planned: The Pregnant Widow
Beryl Bainbridge - The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress
Anthony Burgess - A Dead Man in Deptford
Virginia Woolf - Jacob's Room
B.S. Johnson - Christie Malry's Own Double-entry
Iris Murdoch - A Word Child or Something Special
Graham Greene - The End of the Affair
Andrea Levy - Small Island
Salman Rushdie - Haroun
Helen Dunmore - The Lie
David Mitchell - Black Swan Green
Muriel Spark - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
William Boyd - Restless
Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall
P.G. Wodehouse - Carry On, Jeeves
Bernice Rubens - wild

51countrylife
Edited: May 1, 2015, 3:09pm Top

ANZAC AUTHORS

Planning on one or the other of the month's authors.

Jan:Aus: Richard Flanagan - The Narrow Road to the Deep North (3.6 stars) 1/31/15
Jan:NZ: Fiona Kidman
Feb:Aus: Cate Kennedy - The World Beneath (3.4 stars) 2/13/15
Feb:NZ: Maurice Shadbolt
Mar:Aus: Michelle De Kretser - The Lost Dog (3 stars) 3/30/15
Mar:NZ: Elizabeth Knox
Apr:Aus: Roger McDonald - Mr. Darwin's Shooter (3.3 stars) 4/28/15
Apr:NZ: Alan Duff
May:Aus: Christina Stead - Option: The Man Who Loved Children
May:NZ: Katherine Mansfield - Option: The Garden Party, and Other Stories
Jun:Aus: Kim Scott - Option: That Deadman Dance
Jun:NZ: Witi Ihimaera - Option: The Whale Rider
Jul:Aus: Peter Carey - Option: Jack Maggs
Jul:NZ: Lloyd Jones - Option: Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance
Aug:Aus: Helen Garner - Option: The Spare Room
Aug:NZ: Keri Hulme - Option: not available at my library
Sep:Aus: Ruth Park - Option: My Sister Sif
Sep:NZ: Michael King - Option: not available at my library
Oct:Aus: Robert Hughes - Option: The Fatal Shore
Oct:NZ: Patricia Grace - Option: Tu
Nov:Aus: Kerry Greenwood - Option: Cocaine Blues
Nov:NZ: Ngaio Marsh - Option: A Man Lay Dead
Dec:Aus: Matthew Reilly - Option: Seven Deadly Wonders
Dec:NZ: Paul Cleave - Option: The Cleaner

52countrylife
Edited: Mar 25, 2015, 9:33am Top

Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads

January - The Blessing Way (read previously - 8/27/13)
February - The Cold Dish (read previously - 1/1/15)
March - Dance Hall of the Dead (3.5 stars) 3/7/15
April - Death Without Company
May - Listening Woman
June - Kindness Goes Unpunished
July - People of Darkness
August - Another Man's Moccasins
September - The Dark Wind
October - The Dark Horse
November - The Ghostway
December - Junkyard Dogs

53countrylife
Feb 22, 2015, 8:56am Top



Book # 19. The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy (3.5)

FEBRUARY TIOLI #16: with the letter U, V, or W in the title
Authors Challenges: Australia/New Zealand: Maurice Shadbolt or Cate Kennedy
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (Tasmania, Australia)

Those parents! I didn't read the readers' notes at the end of my copy, but the word "delusion" jumped out at me. Thinking back, I can see that each of the three main characters deluded themselves in some way. The mother, at least, appeared to be startled out of her years of sleepwalking delusion and began a transition into becoming a different sort of person. During the trek, the daughter had her eyes opened to both the reality of her father, as opposed to her hope of him, and the reality of her mother, as opposed to her derision of her. The father just seemed hopeless. I didn't like any of the characters. But I enjoyed Tasmania through her descriptions, and afterwards found myself googling 'Tasmanian tiger' (my - that mouth!) and 'Cradle Mountain' (beautiful! dangerous-looking!). I do like that in a book - the impetus to learn more.

54countrylife
Feb 22, 2015, 8:57am Top



Book # 20. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (4.5)

FEBRUARY TIOLI #5: with a number in first sentence
75 Theme: Fantasy February
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Classics -- Written before 1980
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Made into a Movie
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

55countrylife
Feb 22, 2015, 8:58am Top



Book # 21. Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen (3.6) 2/18/15

FEBRUARY TIOLI #8: with something you could love in the title (Molly)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1 to 500 / Theme: Religion (Theme: religious freedom)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Made into a Movie
Reading Through Time: Month:Theme: General Religion
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors/1st in series

56countrylife
Feb 22, 2015, 8:58am Top



Book # 22. Washington Square by Henry James (3.3) 2/20/15

FEBRUARY TIOLI #17: U.S. president's last name title or author's name
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Made into a Movie
Authors Challenges: American: Henry James
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (Donna828)

57countrylife
Mar 4, 2015, 9:29pm Top



My Grandbaby turned one-year old this month. This is Avery at her birthday party.

58jolerie
Mar 4, 2015, 9:47pm Top

Happy Birthday to Avery! What a darling and beautiful little girl. :)

59alcottacre
Mar 4, 2015, 9:49pm Top

Sorry to be so behind, Cindy, but looks I came by just in time for the party!

Happy Birthday, Avery!

60countrylife
Mar 4, 2015, 10:37pm Top

Thank you! She's a sweetie!

61countrylife
Mar 4, 2015, 10:37pm Top



Book # 23. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (3.2) 2/23/15

FEBRUARY TIOLI #11: a book with a pitch or a catch (pitch-p249)
Authors Challenges: British: Evelyn Waugh and Sarah Waters
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Religion
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Made into a Movie
Reading Through Time: Month:Theme: General Religion
BingoDOG: 17. LGBTQ main character
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (England)

62countrylife
Edited: Mar 5, 2015, 10:43am Top



Book # 24. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (3.4) 2/27/15

FEBRUARY TIOLI #8: with something you could love in the title (love song)
BingoDOG: 6. Epistolary
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves

Notes:

More far-fetched, even, than Harold Fry’s journey, this journey through Queenie’s memories back in time. Parallel with Harold’s walk through England, runs this story of Queenie’s. We see the parts of her story as it happened when she worked with Harold, when she lived on the coast, and during the last stage of her life in hospice. When Queenie gets Harold’s first communication that she must wait, for he is walking to her, she begins to write it all down in a letter for Harold. Her gift to him is the truth.

At the end of it all, through both books, we see three decent people, whose lives turned on their reticence. For Queenie, Harold, and Maureen, their journeys were of the heart. No matter how far-fetched a walking journey across England for a retired gentleman, or the events portrayed in “The Love Song”, their heart journeys rang true. I thought the author did a wrenching-good job of portraying that.

63countrylife
Mar 4, 2015, 10:38pm Top

FEBRUARY READING RECAP:

12 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce - 3.6
13 Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter - 3
14 The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach - 3.2
15 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler - 3.2
16 The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare - 4
17 The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - 3.6
18 The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - 3.6
19 The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy - 3.4
20 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - 4.5
21 Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen - 3.6
22 Washington Square by Henry James - 3.3
23 Brideshead Revisited by EVELYN WAUGH - 3.2
24 The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce - 3.4

Books read: 13
Breakdown: audio books-5, eBooks-2, paper-6
Average rating: 3.5
Pages read: 3,679
Total shared TIOLIS: 6
Number of TIOLIs Completed: 9 of 22 challenges: 4,5,6,8,11,13,16,17,21
Favorite book from February:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

64countrylife
Mar 6, 2015, 10:01pm Top



Book # 25. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (3.1) 3/3/15

MARCH TIOLI #20: One of author's names begins with an "A", "J", or "E"
Authors Challenges: British: Aldous Huxley and Daphne Du Maurier
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Apocalyptic, Dystopic
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Everyone Else Has Read It
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy
BingoDOG: 20. Outside comfort zone

65countrylife
Mar 6, 2015, 10:01pm Top



Book # 26. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (3.7) 3/4/15

MARCH TIOLI #5: a book about change
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (Mine)
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (tututhefirst - April 2014)

Notes:

”I learned long ago that loss is not only probable but inevitable. I know what it means to lose everything, to let go of one life and find another. And now I feel, with a strange, deep certainty, that it must be my lot in life to be taught that lesson over and over again.”

A nine-year-old Irish girl, not long in New York City, finds herself orphaned and heading west on one of the orphan trains with other parentless children. The many changes of circumstance she goes through - could it get any worse? Yes, it does, before it gets better. Interwoven is the story of a seventeen-year-old foster child doing community service for the now-elderly Irish immigrant. As they open up to each other, their stories open up to the reader.

I liked the way Christina Baker Kline poured several orphan-train experiences into the background of the story, while focusing on the few. There must be so many more that can be told. I enjoyed the author’s representation; it was sweetly done for a hard subject.

”Her hand flutters to her clavicle, to the silver chain around her neck, the Claddagh charm – those tiny hands clasping a crowned heart: love, loyalty, friendship – a never-ending path that leads away from home and circles back.”

66countrylife
Mar 6, 2015, 10:03pm Top



Book # 27. The Doll by Daphne Du Maurier (2.9) 3/5/15

MARCH TIOLI #6: author's last name has more syllables than first name
Authors Challenges: British: Aldous Huxley and Daphne Du Maurier
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (England)

Notes:

“The Lost Short Stories”, written in her younger years. I loved Rebecca. These didn’t strike me as well. I don’t know if it was the hurtful edginess to these stories, or that her craft wasn’t honed, yet. A few of them gothic, all of them exaggerated vignettes of relationships. I’m glad to have read them, though.

East Wind – remote island changed by events after a storm-tossed ship lands there
The Doll – she doesn’t prefer real men
And Now to God the Father – a clueless worldly preacher who never does get a clue
A Difference in Temperament – married couple not understanding each other’s temperament
Frustration – a 7 year engagement, a spoiled honeymoon night in a tent; all goes wrong for the newlyweds
Piccadilly – a hooker tells her story
Tame Cat – boarding school girl returns all grown up and finds trouble with her mother’s ‘boy toy’
Mazie – the Piccadilly hooker growing old
Nothing Hurts for Long – friend’s marriage crumbles, the husband’s doings are repeated by her own
Week-End – lovers play-acting through love turn bitter when reality hits in a cold boat
The Happy Valley – a dream home and a bad dream
And His Letters Grew Colder – just that-letters in progression from introduction, through passion, to disinterest
The Limpet – thoroughly repulsive woman and her history of meddlesomeness and its consequences

67cbl_tn
Mar 6, 2015, 10:24pm Top

Lovely photos from Avery's party. What a little beauty!

68tymfos
Mar 10, 2015, 3:56pm Top

Belated birthday greetings to Avery. What a sweetie!

69Donna828
Mar 11, 2015, 11:44am Top

That first year just flies by, doesn't it, Cindy? Avery is a beauty. Thank you for sharing her with us. I also enjoy reading your book reviews. Keep 'em coming!

70countrylife
Mar 15, 2015, 11:18am Top

Thank you for all the Avery-love!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~



Book # 28. Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman (3.5) 3/7/15

MARCH TIOLI #6: author's last name has more syllables than first name
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project
BingoDOG: 11. Prophecy, signs, portents
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (New Mexico)

71countrylife
Mar 15, 2015, 11:20am Top



Book # 29. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From My Frontier by Ree Drummond (5) 3/15/15

MARCH TIOLI #6: author's last name has more syllables than first name
Category Challenge: CookingKIT: Soups & Stews; focus: Mediterranean (Cauliflower Soup, p.86)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (Mine)
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

The cookbook, itself, is beautifully photographed and well arranged, with a very good index. Ree went from a city girl to a ranch wife with four children. She intersperses her recipes with pictures of the ranch and her children's ranch life. Her photography is stunning. The recipes are such as you'd serve to your family or guests, with easy to procure ingredients, and that can be made by mere mortals without a culinary school background. I've made many of Ree's recipes, and loved all of them. Someday I'm going to break down and actually purchase one of her cookbooks.

For the March CookingKIT, I served her Cauliflower Soup (p.86); Here it is online. Nothing but raves from all 25 ladies to whom it was served. One lady said that she'd start making it for her father, since he can no longer have potatoes. This was very easy to make and very tasty, and looked exactly as pictured in the book.

72charl08
Edited: Mar 15, 2015, 12:00pm Top

>65 countrylife: Thanks for your review of Orphan Train - I read it a while back when I wasn't writing about all my reading. It's stayed with me though, which seems like a "good sign" even if I didn't like all of the book. Just amazing to think so many children went through this experience. Good to be reminded.

73thornton37814
Mar 16, 2015, 7:41pm Top

>71 countrylife: I sometimes watch her on Saturdays. I've used one or two of her recipes from Pinterest. I don't own any of her cookbooks, and I've never found one "in" at the library, not that I've spent a lot of time looking.

74jolerie
Mar 17, 2015, 12:28am Top

I went to her website and instantly saved 2 of her recipes to my computer to try out at a later time. I've seen her show a couple of times but didn't know she had a website. Thanks!!

75countrylife
Mar 25, 2015, 9:37am Top



Book # 30. The city & the city by China Miéville (3.6) 3/18/15

MARCH TIOLI #6: author's last name has more syllables than first name
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Apocalyptic, Dystopic
Authors Challenges: British: China Miéville and Daphne Du Maurier
BingoDOG: 20. Outside comfort zone
My Category Challenge Category: 12. Out of my comfort zone (scifi)

Notes:
Much more enjoyable than I expected. I’m still not a science fiction convert, and I probably won’t try anything else by this author, but I’m glad to have been introduced to his work.

76countrylife
Mar 25, 2015, 9:38am Top



Book # 31. Women with Men by Richard Ford (3) 3/18/15

MARCH TIOLI #10: Author's Last Name Could also be a First Name
Authors Challenges: American: Richard Ford
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (mine)
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors

Notes: “meh”

77countrylife
Mar 25, 2015, 9:38am Top



Book # 32. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (3.6) 3/20/15

MARCH TIOLI #9: a book that describes the preparations for a theatrical performance
BingoDOG: 7. Owned for more than 1 year (though I listened to audio from the library this time)
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors
Group Read

78countrylife
Mar 25, 2015, 9:38am Top



Book # 33. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (3.7) 3/21/15

MARCH TIOLI #14: a book in which one of the characters is a working woman (chef/restaurant owner)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (cbl_tn)

79countrylife
Mar 25, 2015, 9:40am Top



Book # 34. The Great War : Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War by various (3.4) 3/23/15

MARCH TIOLI #13: a book that acknowledges the book designer or cover artist
Reading Through Time: Quarter: 20th century - WWI
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (WWI)
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters (WWI)

Notes:

This is a collection of eleven short stories written by authors of young adult fiction. Following the stories is a section “About the Items”, with each item pictured, and receiving a half-page entry of information, much like a school textbook. The last section is “About the Contributors”, with a paragraph on each author. (The contributors are David Almond, John Boyne, Tracy Chevalier, Ursula Dubosarsky, Timothee de Fombelle, Adele Geras, A.L. Kennedy, Tanya Lee Stone, Michael Morpurgo, Marcus Sedgwick, and Sheena Wilkinson.) The book and its cover are illustrated by Jim Kay.

I found all the stories to be quite dark, and the illustrations mirror that feeling. My favorite story was “Maud’s Story”, written by Adele Geras, about sisters who paint china in Staffordshire, and the special commission given to that company to produce “The War Time Butter Dish”, with a message about being frugal with food. Also interesting was “A Harlem Hellfighter and His Horn” by Tanya Lee Stone (item-sheet music). Written as a musician member of The Clef Club, giving tribute to, and telling the story of, James Reese Europe and his 369th US Infantry “Hell Fighters” Band.

Every story has children or young adult characters. The time settings vary a lot, from the time of WWI to the current time. With stories involving children of soldiers, to children in school learning about The Great War.

The short stories included in this collection are:
1-“Our Jacko” by Michael Morpurgo (Brodie Helmet)
2-“Another Kind of Missing” by A.L. Kennedy (compass)
3-“Don’t Call it Glory” by Marcus Sedgwick (Nose of a zeppelin bomb)
4-“The Country You Called Home” by John Boyne (Recruitment Poster)
5-“When They Were Needed Most” by Tracy Chevalier (Princess Mary’s Gift Fund Box)
6-“A World That Has No War in It” by David Almond (Soldier’s Writing Case)
7-“A Harlem Hellfighter and His Horn” by Tanya Lee Stone (Sheet Music)
8-“Maud’s Story” by Adele Geras (War-Time Butter Dish)
9-“Captain Rosalie” by Timothee de Fombelle (Victoria Cross)
10-“Each Slow Dusk” by Sheena Wilkinson (School Magazines)
11-“Little Wars” by Ursula Dubosarsky (toy soldiers)

It appears that my favorites were the least dark of the stories. Others dealt with the horrors of war, or death of family members. Many with the changes for those at the home front while their men were at war, and further changes afterwards, if they never came home, or came home different. I don’t know that it was all anti-war, as one reviewer stated. But, overall, it certainly gives YA readers the message that “War is Hell”.

80countrylife
Edited: Apr 2, 2015, 8:02am Top



Book # 35. Tulle Death Do Us Part by Annette Blair (3) 3/26/15

MARCH TIOLI #1: title contains the first three-letter combination in your city’s name (Tulsa)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Connecticut)

Notes: Not a fan of paranormal, but, hey, at least I finally found something that fit Squeaky’s challenge this month.

81countrylife
Mar 27, 2015, 2:03pm Top



Book # 36. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (4.8) 3/26/15

MARCH TIOLI # 15: a book of which at least three books in the "LibraryThing Recommendations" section are featured in your collections (matched read)
BingoDOG: 14. Author same name as mother/grand (maternal grand – Elizabeth)
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors/1st in series (New to me author and a new favorite.)

Notes: LOVED it!

82thornton37814
Mar 31, 2015, 9:47pm Top

I'm sure I'll eventually get around to reading Cranford. It's been on my radar for awhile.

83countrylife
Apr 1, 2015, 8:40am Top



Book # 37. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (3.9) (3/29/15)

MARCH TIOLI #12: title has at least eight syllables (not counting the subtitle)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Everyone Else Has Read It
Category Challenge: BioKIT: Poverty
BingoDOG: 23. Unfamiliar Topic (Reservation Life)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

84countrylife
Apr 1, 2015, 8:44am Top



Book # 38. I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn (4)

MARCH TIOLI #13: a book that acknowledges the book designer or cover artist (Julia Denos)
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood
My Category Challenge Category: 13. From: Caught by the cover

Notes:
This is a sweet little children's book about a girl's favorite dress, which she outgrows, and the many changes the dress goes through in becoming other pieces of her apparel as she gets bigger.

85countrylife
Apr 1, 2015, 8:44am Top



Book # 39. The Lost Dog by Michelle De Kretser (3) (3/30/15)

MARCH TIOLI # 11: with something you should beware of in the title (dog)
Authors Challenges: Australia/New Zealand: Elizabeth Knox or Michelle de Kretser
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (dog)
My Category Challenge Category: 13. From: Caught by the cover

Notes: “meh”

86countrylife
Apr 1, 2015, 8:45am Top



Book # 40. Viking Longship by Mick Manning and Brita Granström (3.5) (3/31/15)

MARCH TIOLI # 18: a book with the name of a chocolatier in the title or the author's name (Viking Chocolates, PA)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 500-1000/ Theme: Exploration & Conquest (slotted in a children’s book, since I wasn’t able to complete my goal of The Long Ships by Frans Bengtsson in time.
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 1-1000AD
BingoDOG: 23. Unfamiliar Topic (Vikings)
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

87countrylife
Edited: Apr 2, 2015, 7:57am Top

MARCH READING RECAP:

25 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - 3.1
26 Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline - 3.7
27 The Doll: The Lost Short Stories by Daphne Du Maurier - 2.9
28 Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman - 3.5
29 The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond - 5
30 The City & the City by China Mieville - 3.6
31 Women With Men by Richard Ford - 3
32 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen - 3.6
33 Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris - 3.7
34 The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War by Various - 3.4
35 Tulle Death Do Us Part by Annette Blair - 3
36 Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskel - 4.8
37 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - 3.9
38 I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn - 4
39 The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser - 3
40 Viking Longship by Mick Manning - 3.5

Books read: 16
Breakdown: audio books-5, eBooks-4, paper-7
Average rating: 3.6
Pages read: 4,158
Total shared TIOLIS: 5
Number of TIOLIs Completed: 12 of 21 challenges: 1,5,6,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,18,20
Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
British Authors.
ANZAC Authors.
Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads: My progress.
Favorite book from March:
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskel

88Donna828
Apr 1, 2015, 9:47pm Top

You had a great reading month in March, Cindy. I think I have Cranford on the TBR shelves. I loved the BBC series which I think was on Masterpiece years ago. Good stuff. I'll save the book for when I need something special. I suspect I will think highly of it as you did. Happy April Reading!

89thornton37814
Apr 3, 2015, 8:21pm Top

>84 countrylife: Because you read a book about a dress, it reminded me that one of my projects for this weekend is to purge the closets and drawers.

90jolerie
Apr 4, 2015, 10:30pm Top

Happy Easter to you, Cindy!

91countrylife
Apr 17, 2015, 1:59pm Top

Waving to my myriads of followers... Its a beautiful spring day here; hope you all have a gorgeous day wherever you are!



Book # 41. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (3.6) (4/1/15)

APRIL TIOLI #2: cover, author's name, or title has something to do with 'green' (original "green" home design)
Authors Challenges: American: Louise Erdrich
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Life Change
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (Mine)
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

92countrylife
Apr 17, 2015, 1:59pm Top



Book # 42. The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham (2.9) (4/3/15)

APRIL TIOLI # 4: title or author includes a job title or occupation
Authors Challenges: British: Angela Carter and W. Somerset Maugham
BingoDOG: 16. Mythical creature (homunculus)
My Category Challenge Category: 11. Scary or chunksters

93countrylife
Apr 17, 2015, 2:01pm Top



Book # 43. Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire (3.5) (4/6/15)

APRIL TIOLI #20: a book (fiction or non-fiction) in which a person has been or is widowed
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Fairy Tales and Myths
BingoDOG: 24. Fairy tale/myth
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors

94countrylife
Apr 17, 2015, 2:03pm Top



Book # 44. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (3.8) (4/9/15)

APRIL TIOLI #3: narrator is opposite sex from author
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Life Change (family move to Alcatraz; coming of age)
Reading Through Time: Quarter: Between the Wars (1935)
75 Theme: Autism April (main character’s sister has Asperger’s)
BingoDOG: 21. Autism
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

95countrylife
Edited: Apr 17, 2015, 2:05pm Top



Book # 45. An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear (3.4) (4/12/15)

APRIL TIOLI # 17: a book that could have something to do with feminism (independent single female PI in 1930s England)
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme – Crime and Mysteries
Reading Through Time: Quarter: Between the Wars
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (the gypsy’s dog)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

96countrylife
Apr 17, 2015, 2:03pm Top



Book # 46. Orlando by Virginia Woolf (2.6) (4/14/15)

APRIL TIOLI #23: title has a subtitle
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Life Change
Group Read
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Life Change

97sjmccreary
Apr 17, 2015, 4:26pm Top

Hi Cindy! Working to get caught up on everyone's threads and here I am at the end of yours! Love the pictures of Avery - hard to believe it's been a year already. What a variety of books you've been reading - and so many - I'm both impressed and jealous.

98Whisper1
Apr 24, 2015, 9:11am Top

I love your opening images. May I ask where you found them? Are there more? I'd love to see them.

Have a great day Cindy.

99countrylife
Edited: Apr 25, 2015, 5:05pm Top

Thanks, Linda. I love the old paintings with people reading. I keep a board of my favorites on Pinterest. But initially, I found them with online searches - a google image search (painting mother child reading) and a pinterest search for boards with (art reading). And out there on the webs, there's more than one person could ever use! It was sweet of you to come to my little thread; I know your energy isn't back up, yet. I hope your health improves daily.

100Whisper1
Apr 25, 2015, 7:37pm Top

Thanks Cindy! My energy is compromised, but much better than this time last month. I vow to read some threads each day.

I'll be sure to do some searching regarding the sites you mentioned. I hope your weekend is a good one.

101tymfos
Apr 30, 2015, 9:03pm Top

Just stopping by to say hello!

102countrylife
May 1, 2015, 4:53pm Top

Hello to all! And, Sandy, I've never found myself caught up with everyone I like to follow!

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Book # 47. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (3.4) (4/16/15)

APRIL TIOLI #2: cover, author's name, or title has something to do with 'green' (author’s name, cover color)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1000-1300/ Theme: Crime & Mysteries (Time and Theme)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Life Change
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme – Crime and Mysteries
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

103countrylife
May 1, 2015, 4:53pm Top



Book # 48. The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron (3.3) (4/19/15)

APRIL TIOLI #22: with a tree name embedded in the Title, Subtitle or Author's Name (iron)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Life Change
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

104countrylife
May 1, 2015, 4:54pm Top



Book # 49. Wise Children by Angela Carter (3.2) (4/21/15)

APRIL TIOLI # 11: a four-letter word in the title
Authors Challenges: British: Angela Carter and W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Through Time: Quarter: Between the Wars (1920s)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been

105countrylife
May 1, 2015, 4:54pm Top



Book # 50. Benediction by Kent Haruf (4.4) (4/25/15)

APRIL TIOLI #13: a cover that you love
BingoDOG: 4. Chosen by someone else (lauded by Donna828)
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (Donna828 March2013)

106countrylife
May 1, 2015, 4:54pm Top



Book # 51. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (4.1) (4/26/15)

APRIL TIOLI # 11: a four-letter word in the title
Reading Through Time: Quarter: Between the Wars (1935)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (RandomCAT)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Alabama)

107countrylife
May 1, 2015, 4:55pm Top



Book # 52. Mr. Darwin’s Shooter by Roger McDonald (4/28/15)

APRIL TIOLI # 12: written when the author was the same age you are now
Authors Challenges: Australia/New Zealand: Roger McDonald or Alan Duff
BingoDOG: 12. Scientists (Charles Darwin)
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

108countrylife
May 1, 2015, 4:56pm Top



Book # 53. William the Conqueror by Robert Green (4.1) (4/28/15)

APRIL TIOLI # 2: cover, author's name, or title has something to do with 'green' (author’s name)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1000-1300/ Theme: Crime & Mysteries (Time)
Category Challenge: BioKIT: Medieval England
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

Notes:

Surprisingly rich for a children’s book. The chapters are: The Bastard of Normandy, England Before William, Prelude to War, Battle at the Hoar Apple Tree, The Conqueror’s Legacy. Also includes: For More Information (recommended books for young and advanced readers, and internet sites. , “The Royal Family Tree”, Index.

109countrylife
May 1, 2015, 4:56pm Top



Book # 54. The Art of Making Good Cookies Plain and Fancy by Annette Laslett Ross (3) (4/29/15)

APRIL TIOLI #1: a title word that rhymes with "rain"
Category Challenge: CookingKIT: Baking – Sweet; focus: cookies
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood (Mama’s cookies!)
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves

110countrylife
May 1, 2015, 4:56pm Top



Book # 55. The Long Ships by Frans Gunnar Bengtsson (4.1) (4/30/15)

APRIL TIOLI # 10: a book that you share with a legacy library where you share 20 or fewer books overall (matched read - Arthur Ransome)
BingoDOG: 4. Chosen by someone else (sjmccreary)
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (sjmccreary)

111countrylife
May 1, 2015, 5:06pm Top

APRIL READING RECAP:

41 The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich - 3.6
42 The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham - 2.9
43 Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire - 3.5
44 Al Capone Does My Shirts by Choldenko, Gennifer - 3.8
45 An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear - 3.4
46 Orlando : a Biography by Virginia Woolf - 2.5
47 Labyrinth by Kate Moss - 3.4
48 The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron - 3.3
49 Wise Children by Angela Carter -3.2
50 Benediction by Kent Haruf - 4.4
51 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - 4.1
52 Mr. Darwin's Shooter by Roger McDonald - 3.3
53 William the Conqueror by Robert Green - 4.1
54 The Art of Making Good Cookies Plain and Fancy by Annette Laslett Ross
55 The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson - 4.1
x Abandoned: Away by Amy Bloom

Books read: 15
Breakdown: audio books-7, eBooks-1, paper-7
Average rating: 3.5
Pages read: 4,318
Total shared TIOLIS: 6
Number of TIOLIs Completed: 12 of 23 challenges: 1,2,3,4,10,11,12,13,17,20,22,23
Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
British Authors.
ANZAC Authors.
Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads:
My progress.
Favorite book from April: Benediction by Kent Haruf

112thornton37814
May 1, 2015, 10:43pm Top

>105 countrylife: >111 countrylife: I'm so glad that you liked this one as much as all the other people who had already managed to get it on my TBR list. I'm not sure when I'll get to it because I'm trying to clear out books from the pile at home and use books that are available in the library in Morristown and won't be in Raleigh for the most part (except for American and British author challenges).

113tymfos
Edited: May 2, 2015, 8:51pm Top

Wow, you've been reading up a storm! 55 already!

114Whisper1
May 3, 2015, 9:20am Top

Yes, ditto what Terri said above!

115jolerie
May 4, 2015, 7:11pm Top

Way to go with all the reading!

116countrylife
May 22, 2015, 9:39am Top

Nice to see you here, ladies!

I never end up with very long threads, but I feel like starting a fresh one for May, anyway. I like to include book covers in my posts, but fear it could make the thread load more slowly. I’d rather start a new thread than change my “style”. Besides, I’m craving a new thread topper!

If you care to, join me here.

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