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fuzzi's Reading Register - 2017 Installment!

The Green Dragon

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1fuzzi
Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 12:23am Top

I'm planning to go for the 75 and 100 books read challenges again this year:




75 Book Challenge thread:
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/243845)

100 Book Challenge thread:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/245336#5865468)

I plan to continue reading my old/unread tomes (ROOTs), and then set them free, as I did in 2016. I met my challenge of 66, almost doubling it! However, I'm going to use a nice "round" number of 100 for 2017.




My ROOT Progress
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/245071)
And here's a ticker for culled rehomed books, either read or unread...!


Books Culled Rehomed
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/245074)
Here's my favorite thread on LT: https://www.librarything.com/topic/177029

All my reviews can be accessed here: http://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=fuzzi

And here are my garden and butterfly threads for 2017:

fuzzi's Puttering Around the Demesne in 2017!
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/243848)

Butterflies 2017!
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/245217#)
Jump to February's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838037

Jump to March's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838038

Jump to April's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838039

Jump to May's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838040

Jump to June's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838041

Jump to July's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838042

Jump to August's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838043

Jump to September's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838044

Jump to October's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838045

Jump to November's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838046

Jump to December's Reads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/243643#5838048

On your mark...get set....GO!!

2fuzzi
Edited: Feb 1, 2017, 7:15am Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/232482#5729881)
January challenge is the letters M and S (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)
"M"

Horse Racing's Top 100 Moments by Staff of Blood Horse Publications - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Bear Island by Alistair MacLean - Read and reviewed


The Years of Change by Mollie Hardwick - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The War to End Wars by Mollie Hardwick - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

"S"

Showdown Trail by Louis L'Amour - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/245565#)

Ross Poldark - Reread

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/244342)
January is "Prizewinners"

The Tapestry: The Life and Times of Francis and Edith Schaeffer by Edith Schaeffer (ECPA Gold Medallion Book Award: Biography/Autobiography, 1982) - (ROOT) - Did nor read

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/243419)
January is "Search and Rescue"

Showdown Trail by Louis L'Amour - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/245071#5860313)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 4

Horse Racing's Top 100 Moments by Staff of Blood Horse Publications


The Years of Change by Mollie Hardwick


The War to End Wars by Mollie Hardwick


Showdown Trail by Louis L'Amour

*My TIOLI Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/244421#)
Challenge #2: Read a book with a compound word in the title

Showdown Trail by Louis L'Amour - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #4: Read a book you received for free in December 2016

Judgement on Janus by Andre Norton (store credit!) - Read and reviewed


Resolution by Robert B. Parker (library book) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #6: Read a book whose title includes at least two of the same number

Horse Racing's Top 100 Moments by Staff of Blood Horse Publications - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #7: Read a book whose author's name does not reveal their sex

Ross Poldark - Reread

Challenge #9: Read a book honoring SqueakyChu

The Green Hills of Earth by Robert Heinlein - Read and reviewed

Challenge #10: Read a book from challenges 1 - 6 of the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge based on your die roll (2)

The War to End Wars by Mollie Hardwick - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #13: Read a book whose title includes, or whose subject concerns, an animal that hibernates

Bear Island by Alistair MacLean - Read and reviewed

Challenge #17: Read a book whose title or author's name includes the word "year", or a synonym

The Years of Change by Mollie Hardwick - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #19: Read a book whose title or author's name contains something that can be worn

The Rifle by Gary Paulsen - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/243698)
January challenge is "Read an SFF you meant to read in 2016, but never started/completed"

The Green Hills of Earth by Robert Heinlein - Read and reviewed


Judgement on Janus by Andre Norton (store credit!)- Read and reviewed

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Green Hills of Earth
2. The Years of Change - (ROOT)
3. Horse Racing's Top 100 Moments - (ROOT)
4. Showdown Trail - (ROOT)
5. Ross Poldark
6. The War to End Wars - (ROOT)
7. Bear Island
8. Judgement on Janus
9. Resolution
10. The Rifle
Books culled rehomed this month:
1: The Rifle
Male authors read this month: 7 to date
Female authors read this month: 4 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 1
Books read and reviewed: 10
ROOTs completed to date: 4 in January 2017

3fuzzi
Edited: Mar 1, 2017, 8:59am Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/246693)
February challenge is the letters W and H (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

Innocent Heroes: Stories of Animals in the First World War Sigmund Brouwer - Did not read, yet


Shag by Thomas C. Hinkle- (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


When Christ and His Saints Slept: A Novel by Sharon Kay Penman - (ROOT) - Did not finish, moved to March


*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/247751)

February's book is Demelza

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/247600#)
"Voyages of Exploration in February"

John Muir's Wild America by Tom Melham - (ROOT) - Did not read


Poldark's Cornwall by Winston Graham and Simon McBride - (ROOT) - Did not read

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/246698#)
February is "Mine, Yours, and Ours" (Possessive pronoun in the title)

When Christ and His Saints Slept: A Novel by Sharon Kay Penman - (ROOT) - Did not finish, moved to March challenge


Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/247781)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 29

Shag by Thomas C. Hinkle

(see rehoming list below for additional titles)
*My TIOLI Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/247639)

Challenge #1: Read a book whose one-word title is composed of four letters and/or numbers

Shag by Thomas C. Hinkle - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #2: Read a book that's on the Alex Awards List or similar adult books for YA readers list (I used Meg Rosoff's List)

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller- (ROOT) - Did not read

Challenge #5: Read a book where both “humor” and “romance” are words listed in the tags for that book

The Two Mrs. Abbotts by D.E. Stevenson - (ROOT) - Did not read

Challenge #8: Read a book about a political dystopia

When Christ and His Saints Slept: A Novel by Sharon Kay Penman - (ROOT) - Did not finish, moved to March challenge


Orphans of the Sky by Robert Heinlein - Read and reviewed

Challenge #12: Read a book where the title starts with the last letter of the previous title

The Enchanted Isle by D.E. Stevenson- (ROOT) - Did not read

Challenge #15: For "Presidents' Day", read a book with the word "president" in the title, or about a President of the United States

John Adams by David McCullough - (ROOT) - Did not read


Reagan Inside Out by Bob Slosser - (ROOT) - Did not read

Challenge #18: Read a book with a title word beginning with "L"

Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield - Read and reviewed

Challenge#20: Read a book whose title only contains one noun

Demelza by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed


Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn - Read and reviewed

Challenge #21: Read a book by an author whose work you enjoyed in February, 2016

A Tangled Web by L.M. Montgomery - (ROOT) - Did not read


*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/246706)
February challenge is "Space Travel!"

Orphans of the Sky by Robert Heinlein - Read and reviewed

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. Orphans of the Sky
2. Demelza
3. Sam Sorts
4. Garden Birds
5. Shag - (ROOT)
6. Follow My Leader
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. Play Ball, Snoopy (read)
2. Rebel With a Cause (duplicate, unread)
3. The Ortho Home Gardener's Problem Solver (not read, not likely to read)
4. Wildlife in Color (unread)
5. The Visitation by Frank Peretti (unread)
6. Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti (probably unread)
7. Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King (unread)
8. Pride and Prejudice (duplicate)
9. Orphans of the Sky
10. Cold Sassy Tree (duplicate)
11. The Tale of Despereaux (unread)
12. The Newman's Own Organics Guide to a Good Life (unread)
13. Bible Readings for the Home (not used)
14. Oswald Chambers: The Best from All His Books, Volume II (unread)
15. Matthew Henry Commentary VI Acts to Revelation (unread)
16. Barnes' Notes Isaiah (unread)
17. A Field Guide to the Birds (duplicate, poor condition)
18. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
19. A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
20. Crossing the Continent by Michel Tremblay (ER, read)
21. Foundation by Mercedes Lackey
22. Nelson's Three-in-One Bible Reference (unused)
23. Gardening Essentials (unread)
24. Follow My Leader
25. Resolution (duplicate copy)
26. The Moor (duplicate copy)
27. Fortress in the Eye of Time (duplicate copy)
Male authors read this month: 5 to date
Female authors read this month: 1 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 27 in February, 28 total for 2017
Books read and reviewed: 6
ROOTs completed to date: 33

4fuzzi
Edited: Apr 7, 2017, 8:22pm Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/249043)
March challenge is the letters E and K (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

When Christ and His Saints Slept: A Novel by Sharon Kay Penman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Exiles of the Stars by Andre Norton - Read and reviewed


Luck of the Irish by Ruth Adams Knight - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare - Read and reviewed


Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The Enchanted Isle by D.E. Stevenson - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*March AwardsCAT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/249065)
March's challenge is "Newberry and Caldecott Winners"

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare - Read and reviewed


Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray


Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag - Read and reviewed

*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/250592#)

March's book is Jeremy Poldark - Read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/250022#)
March is "Heroes & Villians"

Innocent Heroes: Stories of Animals in the First World War by Sigmund Brouwer - Read and reviewed

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/249067)
March is "Luck o' the Irish"

Luck of the Irish by Ruth Adams Knight - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/250360)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 7

When Christ and His Saints Slept: A Novel by Sharon Kay Penman


Luck of the Irish by Ruth Adams Knight


Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson


Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon


The Enchanted Isle by D.E. Stevenson - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*My TIOLI Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/250017)

Challenge #1: Read a book of which the first letter of each title word combines to make an actual word found in the Official Scrabble Dictionary

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag - Read and reviewed

Challenge #2: Read a book set in a country other than the US, Great Britain, France or Germany

The Black Stallion Returns by Walter Farley (Arabia) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #4: Read a book by a female author with a female main character

When Christ and His Saints Slept: A Novel by Sharon Kay Penman - Read and reviewed

Challenge #5: Read a book by an author who publishes under three names

Luck of the Irish by Ruth Adams Knight - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #7: Read a book where the author's first or last name has exactly five letters

James Herriot's Dog Stories - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #9: Read a book that brings up a completely wrong touchstone

Innocent Heroes: Stories of Animals in the First World War by Sigmund Brouwer - Read and reviewed (brings up touchstone for "The Empire's Old Clothes: What the Lone Ranger, Babar, and Other Innocent Heroes Do to Our Minds" by Ariel Dorfman)

Challenge #13: Read a book listed in 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #15: Read a book that holds an odd-numbered position in a series

Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/250097#5953721)
March challenge is "Religious-themed SciFi/Fantasy

Exiles of the Stars by Andre Norton - Read and reviewed

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. When Christ and His Saints Slept - (ROOT)
2. Millions of Cats (reread)
3. Exiles of the Stars
4. Jeremy Poldark
5. Innocent Heroes - (Early Reviewer Book)
6. The Aesop for Children - (ROOT) - DNF
7. Luck of the Irish - (ROOT)
8. Sign of the Beaver
9. James Herriot's Dog Stories
10. The Black Stallion Returns (reread)
11. Jacob Have I Loved - (ROOT)
12. A Soldier's Sketchbook - (Early Reviewer Book)
13. The Path of the Second Advent
14. Anna and the King of Siam - (ROOT)
15. The Enchanted Isle - (ROOT)
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. Innocent Heroes
2. The Tapestry (ROOT) - Did not read
3. The Aesop for Children (ROOT) - DNF (did not finish)
4. Luck of the Irish (ROOT)
5. Jacob Have I Loved - (ROOT)
6. Anna and the King of Siam - (ROOT)
Male authors read this month: 7 to date
Female authors read this month: 8 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 6
Books read and reviewed: 15
ROOTs completed to date: 7 in March, total of 31 in 2017

5fuzzi
Edited: Feb 10, 2:04pm Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/251826)
April challenge is the letters I and D (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo - Read and reviewed


Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays by Candace Savage - Read and reviewed


Down the Long Hills by Louis L'Amour - Read and reviewed


Flight in Yiktor by Andre Norton - Read and reviewed


On With the Dance/Endings and Beginnings by Michael Hardwick - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/254205#)

April's book is Warleggan - Reread and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/253621)
April is "Hobbies, Pastimes and Passions"
Possible reads:

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik - (ROOT)- Did not read/finish


The World of Roger Tory Peterson: An Authorized Biography by John C. Devlin - (ROOT)- Did not read/finish

Projects for the Birder's Garden: Over 100 Easy Things That You can Make to Turn Your Yard and Garden into a Bird-Friendly Haven by Fern Marshall Bradley - (ROOT)- Did not read/finish


wA - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed
(this one is especially timely, as we're putting in a new pond, soon!)


Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays by Candace Savage - Read and reviewed


My Recipes Are for the Birds by Irene Cosgrove - (ROOT)- Did not read/finish

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/252074)
April is "Love in the Stacks" (read a library book)

The Restoration of Israel by Peter S. Ruckman (lent by a friend)- Read and reviewed


Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays by Candace Savage (ILL) - Read and reviewed


Flight in Yiktor by Andre Norton (ILL) - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/254239#)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 4

Santorini by Alistair MacLean


Seven Baptisms by Peter S. Ruckman


Complete Guide to Water Gardens: Ponds, Fountains, Waterfalls, Streams by Kathleen Fisher


On With the Dance Endings and Beginnings by Michael Hardwick

*My TIOLI Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/253640#)
Challenge #1: Read a book whose title has two words sharing one adjacent letter across those two words

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo - Read and reviewed

Challenge #4: Read a book with a 4 word title

Down the Long Hills by Louis L'Amour - Read and reviewed

Challenge #5: Read a book that has much to do with religion

The Restoration of Israel by Peter S. Ruckman - Read and reviewed

Challenge #6: Read a book with a title that makes you think of spring and tell us why

On With the Dance Endings and Beginnings by Michael Hardwick (beginnings=Spring) - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #7: Read a book with a title starting with the first letter of your LT username

Flight in Yiktor by Andre Norton - Read and reviewed

Challenge #13: Read a book with the word egg or eggs in the title or text

Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays by Candace Savage - Read and reviewed

Challenge #14: Read a book where a title word starts with the same letter as the author's name (first or last)

Complete Guide to Water Gardens: Ponds, Fountains, Waterfalls, Streams by Kathleen Fisher - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #16: Read a Book With a One-Word Title That is Unusual

Warleggan by Winston Graham - Reread and reviewed

Challenge #19: Read a book whose title has the words "of" and "the" adjacent to each other.

Son of the Black Stallion by Walter Farley (shared read) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #22: Jerusalem, in rolling order by the author

Santorini by Alistair '''M'''acLean - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Seven Baptisms by Peter S. Ruckman- (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/251830#)
April challenge is "Apocalyptic & Dystopian Literature"

Android at Arms by Andre Norton - (ROOT)- Did not read/finish


The Day After Tomorrow by Robert Heinlein - Did not read/finish

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Tiger Rising
2. The Restoration of Israel
3. Santorini - (ROOT)
4. Warleggan (reread)
5. Complete Guide to Water Gardens: Ponds, Fountains, Waterfalls, Streams - (ROOT)
6. Down the Long Hills (reread)
7. Seven Baptisms - (ROOT)
8. On With the Dance Endings and Beginnings - (ROOT)
9. Son of the Black Stallion
10. Flight in Yiktor
11. Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. The Tiger Rising
2. Seven Baptisms
Male authors read this month: 7 to date
Female authors read this month: 4 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 2 (36)
Books read and reviewed: 11
ROOTs completed to date: 4 in April so far

Books I did not read/finish in April

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold - Currently reading


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

6fuzzi
Edited: Jun 4, 2017, 12:42pm Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/255047)
May challenge is the letters C and T (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

Twisted True Tales From Science: Disaster Discoveries by Stephanie Bearce ("Disaster") - Read and reviewed

*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/256304)

May's book is The Black Moon - Re-read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/255756#)
May is "History"

John Adams by David McCullough - (ROOT) - Did not read


Reagan Inside Out by Bob Slosser - (ROOT) - Did not read

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/255017#)
May is "All About Mom"

May's book is The Black Moon - Re-read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(url tba)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 1

Partisans by Alistair MacLean

*My TIOLI Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/255773#)

Challenge #1: Read a book which has on page 113 a mode of transportation used by people

The Black Moon by Winston Graham - Re-read and reviewed

Challenge #2: Read a book with a title that mentions or describes the main character

The Island Stallion by Walter Farley - Re-read and reviewed

Challenge #3: Read a book with a title that might convey some kind of warning as does the word “Mayday”

Twisted True Tales From Science: Disaster Discoveries by Stephanie Bearce ("Disaster") - (ER) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #16. Read a book that has an odd number of letters in every word of the title

Partisans by Alistair MacLean - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/255049)
May challenge is "Aliens!"
Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Black Moon (reread)
2. The Island Stallion (reread)
3. Twisted True Tales From Science: Disaster Discoveries ER
4. Partisans (ROOT)
Books culled rehomed this month:
1.
Male authors read this month: 3 to date
Female authors read this month: 1 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 0
Books read and reviewed: 4
ROOTs completed to date: 1

Future planned reads:

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold


The Darkness and the Dawn by Thomas B Costain - (ROOT)


Android at Arms by Andre Norton - (ROOT)


You and Your Aquarium by Dick Mills - (ROOT)


John Adams by David McCullough - (ROOT)

7fuzzi
Edited: Nov 26, 2017, 5:43pm Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/257188)
June challenge is the letters Y and N (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

Dare To Go A-Hunting by Andre Norton - Read and reviewed

Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/258791#6069318)

June's book is The Four Swans - Read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/258286)
June is "The Natural World"

Wild America: The Record of a 30,000 Mile Journey Around the Continent by a Distinguished Naturalist and His British Colleague by Roger Tory Peterson - (ROOT) -Did not read, yet


The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik - (ROOT) -Did not read, yet


*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/257589#)
June is "Into the Unknown"

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books by Marta McDowell - Read and reviewed


John Muir's America by Tom Melham - (ROOT) -Did not read, yet

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/258773#)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 6

The Grandfathers by Conrad Richter

*My TIOLI Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/258201)
Challenge #1: Read a book with a food *embedded* in the title

Sham: Great Was Second Best: A Brave Bay's Rivalry with the Legendary Secretariat (*ham*) by Phil Dandrea - (ROOT) - Did not finish

Challenge #2: Read a book in which an important character has red hair

The Four Swans by Winston Graham (Caroline) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #3: Read a book you've had to wait at least a month to get

Unleashed by Amanda Jones (April Early Reviewer book, received in June) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #4: Read a book with no more than 10 words on the front cover

Reagan Inside Out by Bob Slosser - (ROOT) - DNF

Challenge #5: Read a book where changing one letter in the title still makes the title make sense

Dare To Go A-Hunting by Andre Norton - Read and reviewed

Challenge #6: Read a book where a sport is mentioned on page 99

The Black Stallion and Satan by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed

Challenge#9: Read a Book That Has At Least One Title Word That Begins With the Letter C

Conagher by Louis L'Amour - Read and reviewed

Challenge #10: Read a book where a character travels from one country to another

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books by Marta McDowell - Read and reviewed

Challenge #17: Read a book with a "father" word in the title or author's name

My Father, My Son by Elmo Zumwalt - (ROOT) -Did not read, yet


The Grandfathers by Conrad Richter - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/258055#)
June challenge is "Series!"

Dare To Go A-Hunting by Andre Norton - Read and reviewed

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Four Swans
2. The Black Stallion and Satan
3. The Grandfathers - (ROOT)
4. Unleashed - Early Reviewer
5. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books (ER)
6. Conagher (reread)
7. Dare To Go A-Hunting
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. Never Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice - (ROOT-unread)
2. I Will Fight No More Forever - (ROOT-unread)
3. The Mouse and the Motorcycle - (ROOT-unread)
4. Diplomatic Immunity (duplicate)
5. A Tangled Web - (ROOT- DNF)
6. Reagan Inside Out - (ROOT- DNF)
7. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books (sharing with my sister)
8. The Four Swans (hardcover duplicate)
Male authors read this month: 4 to date
Female authors read this month: 3 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 8 in June (44)
Books read and reviewed: 7
ROOTs completed to date: 6 in June

8fuzzi
Edited: Aug 26, 2017, 7:13pm Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/259425)
July challenge is the letters B and G (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

Journey by Aaron Becker - Read and reviewed


Quest by Aaron Becker - Read and reviewed


Return by Aaron Becker - Read and reviewed


The Black Stallion's Filly by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed


The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik - (ROOT) - Did not read, yet


The Blood Bay Colt by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed


The Angry Tide by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed


Sham: Great Was Second Best: A Brave Bay's Rivalry with the Legendary Secretariat by Phil Dandrea - (ROOT) - Did not finish


Duck's Truck by Burton Marks and Michael Chesworth - Read and reviewed


Raining Cats and Dogs: A Collection of Irresistible Idioms and Illustrations to Tickle the Funny Bones of Young People by Will Moses - Read and reviewed

*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/260731)

July's book is The Angry Tide by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/260683)
July is Creators and Creativity
(did not read a book for this challenge in July)
*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/259545#)
July is "Let's Celebrate!"
(did not read a book for this challenge in July)
*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/261068)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 1

Animal Stories for Girls by Peter Rolls

*My TIOLI Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/259908#)
Challenge #2: Read a book with a name in the first sentence

The Black Stallion's Filly by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed

Challenge #3: Read a book you acquired during the first half of 2017

A Home for Jessie by Christine Pullein-Thompson - Read and reviewed

Challenge #8: Read a book first published between 1955 and 2017

Animal Stories for Girls by Peter Rolls - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


July's book is The Angry Tide by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed

Challenge #15: Read a book written by an author whose name appears in a Biblical book in rolling order

Journey by Aaron Becker ("Aaron" in Leviticus) - Read and reviewed


Raining Cats and Dogs: A Collection of Irresistible Idioms and Illustrations to Tickle the Funny Bones of Young People by Will Moses ("Moses" is mentioned in Joshua 1:2)

Challenge #16: Read a book that has an animal as the main focus or character

The Blood Bay Colt by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed

Challenge #18 Read a book in which a group or team travels together on a multi-day and/or multi-stop trip

A Place Of Her Own by Ann Mari Falk - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/259625)
July challenge is "Award-winners and Nominees"
(did not read a book for this challenge in July)
Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Black Stallion's Filly
2. The Blood Bay Colt
3. A Place of Her Own
4. Journey
5. Animal Stories for Girls - (ROOT)
6. Duck's Truck
7. Raining Cats and Dogs: A Collection of Irresistible Idioms and Illustrations to Tickle the Funny Bones of Young People
8. A Home for Jessie
9. Quest
10. The Angry Tide
11. King of Kings
12. Return
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. A Place of Her Own
2. Animal Stories for Girls
3. A Home for Jessie
Male authors read this month: 10 to date
Female authors read this month: 2 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 3 as of 7/9/17
Books read and reviewed: 12
ROOTs completed to date: 1 in July

9fuzzi
Edited: Sep 10, 2017, 7:41pm Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/265082)
August challenge is the letters O and F (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

The Island Stallion's Fury by Walter Farley (also a shared group read: ) - Read and reviewed


Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan - Read and reviewed


The Stranger From the Sea by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed


Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell - Read and reviewed


Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/260731)

August's book is The Stranger From the Sea by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/266328#)
August is "I've Always Been Curious About..."
...words, I love words and their origins!

Begat: the King James Bible & the English Language by David Crystal - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*RandomCat Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/265281)
August is "Animal Kingdom"

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The Island Stallion's Fury by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed


In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle (Romano) - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/266514#)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 4

Begat: the King James Bible & the English Language by David Crystal


The Satan Bug by Alistair MacLean


The Rawhide Knot by Conrad Richter


Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

*My TIOLI Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/266194#)

Challenge #2: Read a book where one of the main characters is described as being “august” or a synonym thereof listed somewhere

The Satan Bug by Alistair MacLean - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge#7: Read a book where a name appears in the first complete sentence on page 48

In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle (Romano) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #8: Read the next book in the series

The Stranger From the Sea by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed

Challenge #10: Read a book with at least two words in the title where all the title words are of one syllable

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell - Read and reviewed

Challenge #12: Read a non-series book by an author who has at least three books you've already read

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan - Read and reviewed

Challenge #13: Read a children's or YA book that was published between 1901 & 1999

The Island Stallion's Fury by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed


Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #14: Read a book with a musical term in the title or author's name

Begat: the King James Bible & the English Language by David Crystal - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Challenge #15: Read a "wordless" book

The Bird King: an Artist's Notebook by Shaun Tan - Read and reviewed

Challenge #18: Read a book with either a wedding or eclipse word or phrase in the title

The Rawhide Knot by Conrad Richter - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/266412#)
August challenge is "Humorous Sci Fi & Fantasy"

In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle - Read and reviewed


Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Bird King: an Artist's Notebook
2. The Rules of Summer
3. Begat: the King James Bible & the English Language - (ROOT)
4. The Island Stallion's Fury
5. The Satan Bug - (ROOT)
6. Sing Down the Moon
7. In Calabria
8. The Rawhide Knot - (ROOT)
9. Brighty of the Grand Canyon
10. The Stranger From the Sea
11. You Don't Know Jack
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. Sing Down the Moon
2. Find Momo Coast to Coast
Male authors read this month: 10 to date
Female authors read this month: 1 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 2
Books read and reviewed: 11
ROOTs completed to date: 4

10fuzzi
Edited: Nov 26, 2017, 5:44pm Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/267222#)
September challenge is the letters U and P (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

Seven Resurrections by Peter S. Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Seven Sevens by Peter S. Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The Two Raptures by Peter S. Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/260731)

September's book is The Miller's Dance by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/268395#)
September is "Gods, Demons and Spirits in September"

Corrie ten Boom's Prison Letters by Corrie ten Boom


Seven Resurrections by Peter S. Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Seven Sevens by Peter S. Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The Two Raptures by Peter S. Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/267274#)
September is "Where did the time go???"
Time to play "catch up" with your reading

Horses and Mules in the Civil War: A Complete History with a Roster of More Than 700 War Horses by Gene C. Armistead - (ER and ROOT book)

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(url tba)
See ticker above for progress

ROOT Total This Month: 3

Seven Resurrections by Peter S. Ruckman


Seven Sevens by Peter S. Ruckman


The Two Raptures by Peter S. Ruckman

*My TIOLI Challenge*
(Did not participate this month)
*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/267186)
September challenge is "Steampunk"
Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Miller's Dance
2. Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Vol. 12
3. Seven Resurrections - (ROOT)
4. The Man Without a Country and Other Tales
5. Seven Sevens - (ROOT)
6. A Bedtime Yarn (ER)
7. The Two Raptures - (ROOT)
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Vol. 12
2. The Man Without a Country and Other Tales
Male authors read this month: 6 to date
Female authors read this month: 1 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 2 (51 to date)
Books read and reviewed: 7
ROOTs completed to date: 3*

*After doing recalculations for the previous months, I have updated my stats to the following:

ROOTs read through September: 28
ROOT books total (including rehomed): 76

11fuzzi
Edited: Nov 3, 2017, 12:52pm Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/269474#)
October challenge is the letters A and V (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

James Herriot's Animal Stories - Read and reviewed

*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/270438)

October's book is The Loving Cup by Winston Graham - Moved to November

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/270322#)
October is "Current Affairs"
(I think I'm going to skip this one, I get enough of that every day!)

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/269480)
October is "Turn on the Dark" (dark themes)
*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/270591)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 4

Fact, Faith, and Feeling


The Judgment Seat of Christ


Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage by Peter S. Ruckman


Discrimination: the Key to Sanity by Peter S. Ruckman


Life, Love, and Laughter by Peter S. Ruckman

*My TIOLI Challenge*
Not participated this month
*UN-official SFF-KIT*
Not participated this month
Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Judgment Seat of Christ - (ROOT)
2. Fact, Faith, and Feeling - (ROOT)
3. Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage - (ROOT)
4. Discrimination: the Key to Sanity - (ROOT)
5. James Herriot's Animal Stories
Books culled rehomed this month:
51 as of 10/29/17
Unread, likely to remain unread:
Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks to Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure by Ravi Zacharias
Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Spymaster: Call for the Dead, a Murder of Quality, the Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre
Night Manager by John LeCarre
A Perfect Spy: A Novel by John LeCarre
Stained Glass by William F. Buckley Jr
Spytime by William F. Buckley, Jr
The Jeweler's Eye by William F. Buckley Jr
Preacher's Quest (First Mountain Man) by William W.Johnstone
Preacher's Fortune (The First Mountain Man #12) by William W.Johnstone
Absaroka Ambush (First Mountain Man #3) by William W.Johnstone
Rage Of The Mountain Man by William W.Johnstone
Warpath of the Mountain Man by William W.Johnstone
The Return of the Mountain Man by William W.Johnstone
The Last Mountain Man by William W.Johnstone
Matt Jensen The Last Mountain Man The Eyes of Texas by William W.Johnstone
Violence of the Mountain Man by William W.Johnstone
O Jerusalem by Larry Collins
Shadow of the Hegemon (The Shadow Series) by Orson Scott Card
Leaving Cold Sassy: The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy by Olive Ann Burns
The First Rumpole Omnibus by John Mortimer
John Adams by David McCullough
The Big Year by Mark Obmascik
The Man Who Moved a Mountain by Richard C. Davids

Read, easily borrowed if I decide to read again:
The First Mountain Man by William W.Johnstone
The First Mountain Man: Preacher by William W.Johnstone
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
The Virginian by Owen Wister
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough
The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
Spencer's Mountain by Earl Hamner, Jr.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Uncommon Wisdom of Ronald Reagan: A Portrait in His Own Words by Bill Adler
Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Emma : A Signet Classic by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Read, unlikely to read again:
Fiddler on the Roof: Based on Sholem Aleichem's Stories by Joseph Stein
Upstairs Downstairs (Upstairs Downstairs, No. 1) by John Hawkesworth
In My Lady`s Chamber (Upstairs Downstairs, No. 2) by John Hawkesworth
The Years of Change (Upstairs Downstairs, No. 3) by Mollie Hardwick
The War to End Wars (Upstairs Downstairs, No. 4) by Mollie Hardwick
On With the Dance/Endings and Beginnings (Upstairs Downstairs, No. 5 & 6) by Michael Hardwick
A Girl Named Sooner by Suzanne Clauser
First Aid and Health Care for Cats by Charles Bell
The Dog Whisperer by Paul Owens
Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan

Male authors read this month: 5 to date
Female authors read this month: 0 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 51
Books read and reviewed: 5
ROOTs completed to date: 55 in October

12fuzzi
Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 12:15am Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/271008#)
November challenge is the letters L and Q (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

Little Hawk and the Free Horses by Glenn Balch - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Hi and Lois by Mort Walker and Dik Browne - Read and reviewed


The Loving Cup by Winston Graham - Read and reviewed

*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/272943)

November's book is The Twisted Sword by Winston Graham - Did not read, moved to December

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/255769)

The Black Stallion Revolts by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/272804)
November is "November: Science and Technology"

Innovation Nation by David Johnston - Read and reviewed

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/271020#)
November is "Read a book that either is about a topic traffic/mobility related, or a book that has traffic/mobility related words in the title."
*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/273225#)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 2

Little Hawk and the Free Horses by Glenn Balch - Read and reviewed

The Monument by Gary Paulsen - Read and reviewed

*My TIOLI Challenge*
(url tba)
Challenges tba:
*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/272733)
November challenge is "Historical SFF"
Did not attempt
Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Loving Cup
2. The Black Stallion Revolts
3. A Merry-Mouse Book of Months
4. Counting on Snow (ER)
5. Innovation Nation (ER)
6. Butterflies of North Carolina, South Carolina & Georgia: A Guide to Common & Notable Species
7. Sylvester
8. Little Hawk and the Free Horses- (ROOT)
9. Hi and Lois
10. The Monument - (ROOT)
11. The Bobbsey Twins in the Country
12. David's Ranch - (ROOT)
13. Sheep by Valerie Hobbs
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. Innovation Nation
2. Hi and Lois
3. The Monument - (ROOT)
4. Room With a View - (ROOT)
5. Sharky's Machine - (ROOT)
6. The Books of Rachel - (ROOT)
7. Howard's End - (ROOT)
8. Groundwork: A Gardener's Ecology - (ROOT)
9. The Bobbsey Twins in the Country
10. David's Ranch - (ROOT)
Male authors read this month: 9 to date
Female authors read this month: 4 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 10
Books read and reviewed: 13
ROOTs completed to date: 8 in November (141)

Read but not matched to a challenge yet:

Counting on Snow by Maxwell Newhouse - Read and reviewed


Butterflies of North Carolina, South Carolina & Georgia: A Guide to Common & Notable Species by Marc C. Minno - Read and reviewed


A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman - Read and reviewed

13fuzzi
Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 12:16am Top


From Around the Year by Tasha Tudor

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2017 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/274864)
December challenge is the letters J and R (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

There's an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


John Muir's Wild America by Tom Melham - (ROOT)


Buckskin Brigade by Jim Kjelgaard - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The Dreamstone by CJ Cherryh - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Life, Love, and Laughter by Peter S. Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*2017 Category Reading Challenge*
Group Read of Winston Graham's Poldark series:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/276639)

December's book is Bella Poldark by Winston Graham
And November's book:

The Twisted Sword by Winston Graham

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/255769)

The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/276492)
December is "Out of Your Comfort Zone/Book Bullet"

Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich - Read and reviewed

*RandomCat Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/275241)
December is "One Day"

1. Prince Valiant, Volume 3: 1941-1942 by Hal Foster - Read and reviewed


2. Prince Valiant Volume 2: 1939-1940 by Hal Foster - Read and reviewed


3. Prince Valiant, Volume 4: 1943-1944 by Hal Foster


4. There's an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


5. The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed


6. Betsy and Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


7. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


8. Striding Folly by Dorothy L. Sayers - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


9. Prince Valiant, Vol 1 by Hal Foster - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/276693)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 8

Life, Love, and Laughter by Peter S. Ruckman - Read and reviewed


There's an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George - Read and reviewed


Night Without End by Alistair MacLean - Read and reviewed


Striding Folly by Dorothy L. Sayers - Read and reviewed


Betsy and Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace - Read and reviewed


Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace - Read and reviewed


Buckskin Brigade by Jim Kjelgaard - Read and reviewed


The Dreamstone by CJ Cherryh - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/275234)
December challenge is "Magic Systems"

The Dreamstone by CJ Cherryh - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. Prince Valiant, Volume 3: 1941-1942
2. The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt
3. Night Without End - (ROOT)
4. There's an Owl in the Shower - (ROOT)
5. Betsy & Tacy & Tib - (ROOT)
6. Prince Valiant, Volume 2: 1939-1940
7. Striding Folly - (ROOT)
8. Understanding Trump
9. Buckskin Brigade - (ROOT)
10. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace - (ROOT)
11. Prince Valiant, Volume 4: 1943-1944
12. The Dreamstone - (ROOT)
13. Life, Love, and Laughter - (ROOT)
14. Prince Valiant, Vol 1 by Hal Foster
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God: The Life Story of the Author of My Utmost for His Highest - (ROOT)
2. The Quicksilver Horse by Anne Digby - (ROOT)
3. Jonathan Edwards: Basic Writings - (ROOT)
4. Mew is for Murder - (ROOT)
5. Aquariums For Dummies - (ROOT)
6. Christianity Is Jewish - (ROOT)
7. Birds of North America - (ROOT) (duplicate copy)
8. The Moor (duplicate copy)
9. A Field Guide to the Butterflies - (ROOT) (duplicate copy)
10. Mimosa - (ROOT)
11. A Field Guide to the Ferns - (ROOT)
12. A Field Guide to Wildflowers - (ROOT) (duplicate copy)
13. Dwight L Moody - (ROOT)
14. The Long Goodbye
15. Winds of Change
16. Winds of Fate
17. Winds of Fury
18. There's an Owl in the Shower - (ROOT)
19. The Dain Curse
20. Striding Folly - (ROOT)
21. Life, Love, and Laughter - (ROOT)
Male authors read this month: 9 to date
Female authors read this month: 5 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 21
Books read and reviewed: 14
ROOTs completed to date: 20 in December so far (161 through 12/29/17)

Currently reading, not matched to a challenge yet:

20641966::The Book of Mark by Peter S Ruckman

14pgmcc
Dec 18, 2016, 4:08pm Top

Hi, fuzzi. Just booking my seat for the coming delights.

15fuzzi
Dec 18, 2016, 4:55pm Top

>14 pgmcc: woo! Glad to see you. :)

I'm hoping to get a little more set up later today...we'll see.

16fuzzi
Edited: Dec 18, 2016, 6:45pm Top


Cute overload...

17BonnieJune54
Dec 18, 2016, 9:57pm Top

> Maybe she should take over the nickname Fuzzi. :-)

18fuzzi
Edited: Dec 19, 2016, 10:01am Top

>17 BonnieJune54: lol. Ruthie looks a lot like I did as a baby, especially the HAIR. I never thought of my moniker as being a description of my childhood appearance, ha!

19SylviaC
Dec 19, 2016, 9:47am Top

She's adorable! Babies grow so fast.

20fuzzi
Dec 19, 2016, 9:55am Top

>19 SylviaC: I know, and she's SO far away...we probably won't be able to visit more than twice a year...WAAAAAH!!

21harrygbutler
Dec 20, 2016, 5:24pm Top

I really like those illustrations from Around the Year! And that's a nice photo of your granddaughter, too!

22fuzzi
Dec 20, 2016, 6:03pm Top

24imyril
Jan 2, 2017, 7:46am Top

Happy new year! Thank you for getting us off to a cute start :)

25hfglen
Jan 2, 2017, 7:50am Top

Happy New Year

26fuzzi
Jan 2, 2017, 12:26pm Top

Stats since I started "keeping" them:

2013
Books read: 112
ROOTs completed: 31

2014
Books read: 125
ROOTs completed: 40

2015
Books read: 122
ROOTs completed: 66

2016
Books read: 150
ROOTs completed: 103
Books rehomed: 102 (a new category for me!)

What will 2017 look like...?

27fuzzi
Jan 2, 2017, 12:27pm Top

>24 imyril: >25 hfglen: Happy New Year back atcha, both!

What's cute, Tasha Tudor covers or Ruthie? :D

28imyril
Jan 3, 2017, 1:32am Top

>27 fuzzi: Ruthie - although now you mention it, the Tasha Tudor cover is pretty cool ;)

29Peace2
Jan 3, 2017, 2:12pm Top

Happy New Year. May you enjoy your reading this year.

30clamairy
Jan 3, 2017, 5:32pm Top

Happy New Year. Good luck with those challenges!

31Sakerfalcon
Jan 4, 2017, 6:38am Top

Happy New Year! I wish you another year of great reading!

32fuzzi
Jan 6, 2017, 8:23pm Top

>29 Peace2: >30 clamairy: >31 Sakerfalcon: thanks!

We're supposed to have a snowy day tomorrow, so unusual! I might just curl up most of the day with a book, lap throw, and cat...

33fuzzi
Jan 26, 2017, 6:24pm Top

Boy, I've been in a reading slump! It's not that I don't like what I've been reading, it's just that RL (real life) has been taking up most of my spare time.

I hope to finish Bear Island by tomorrow, and see if I can knock out a couple more books over the weekend.

34stellarexplorer
Jan 28, 2017, 10:45am Top

>33 fuzzi: It happens!

35fuzzi
Jan 31, 2017, 3:32pm Top

As a result of the statement put out by the LT staff earlier today, I have decided to add my own statement to this, my main reading thread.

As a note to my LT friends: I would like this thread, and all my threads, to be no-politics zones.

No matter what is posted here on LT, or elsewhere on the web, I want to keep my reading totally NONPOLITICAL.

~

In the interest of transparency, I will state that I have been a Donald Trump supporter since early in the election cycle.

As an American (USA) citizen, freedom of speech and freedom of political choice are some of the rights I enjoy, and have exercised in the present, as well as the past.

However, my political beliefs and leanings do not and WILL NOT DICTATE with whom I will converse here on LT. I don't care about your political beliefs, just about what books you liked, and why. Or maybe about your gardens, or your pets, or your grandchildren, as that's what interests me about you. :)

Simple, right?

Thanks for reading. And now, on to February's books...

36pgmcc
Feb 1, 2017, 4:04am Top

>35 fuzzi:

I like the Green Dragon group because it aims to keep the space free of political or religious wrangling. I grew up in a divided community and I have experienced the anxiety, problems and violence it gives rise to. The Green Dragon is, in my view, a safe-haven where we can discuss our book likes and dislikes without attacking one another.

My views on politics and religion will vary from many people in this group but I value the chance to have civil conversation with people who have views and experiences that differ from mine. While my views on politics and religion may differ from yours I respect your right to have different views and would defend your right to hold those views.

The World, not just America, is going through a difficult period at the moment and we all need somewhere to get away from the constant flood of bad news and unrest. I see the Green Dragon as that place for me and I am glad you are in that place.

As you say, on to February's books...

37fuzzi
Feb 1, 2017, 12:48pm Top

>36 pgmcc: thank you for reading and understanding.

Now, what will my first February read be? :D

38harrygbutler
Feb 1, 2017, 4:43pm Top

>35 fuzzi: My thread will be, I hope, a no-politics zone as well. I don't care for online interactions around politics, as in my experience the medium doesn't really elicit or support empathetic and reasonable discussion among those who disagree. So I don't post comments on current politics in my threads, and I generally actively avoid threads or posters that regularly do.

>3 fuzzi: Are you definitely reading Shag for TIOLI #1 for February? If so, I'll try to find my copy for a shared read; I've never read it, but I picked it up at a used-book sale because it looked interesting.

39fuzzi
Feb 1, 2017, 8:48pm Top

>38 harrygbutler: I'm pretty sure I will read Shag, I put it on top of the pile.

I'll wait to start reading until you find your copy. :)

I used to frequent the Pro and Con section here, when I first joined LT, but found it was polarized even then, 5 or so years ago. No one listened, and I was always wrong...

40harrygbutler
Feb 2, 2017, 11:46am Top

>39 fuzzi: I found my copy of Shag. I probably won't get to it for a week or so; I heard from the library yesterday that one of my ILL requests had come in, and that will move to the head of the line once I finish a couple that I hope to read in the next few days.

I think Pro and Con was one of the first groups I ignored. :-)

41fuzzi
Feb 2, 2017, 2:22pm Top

>40 harrygbutler: lol at "Pro & Con" comment.

Let me know when you want to start Shag. I'm going to start a chunkster, I think, When Christ and His Saints Slept, but can put it on hold if I'm not finished when you're ready for a joint read. :)

43BonnieJune54
Feb 3, 2017, 11:15pm Top

Quite a variety.

44harrygbutler
Feb 4, 2017, 9:51am Top

>41 fuzzi: Will do.

>42 fuzzi: Not a bad haul. These days I often don't find that many at the sales around here, though sometimes I'm fortunate and stumble upon a cache of good ones.

45fuzzi
Feb 4, 2017, 1:24pm Top

>43 BonnieJune54: ha! My choice of reads is rather eclectic.

>44 harrygbutler: I agree. I think the Terhune is a duplicate, but I can't locate the copy I supposedly have in my library...

46MrsLee
Feb 4, 2017, 5:09pm Top

>42 fuzzi: Oooo, a Robert B. Parker! Having only read one of his books recently, and been surprised by the excellence, I am on the lookout for him. A customer came in the other day with one he was reading. When I commented on it, he said he was in a used bookstore and they had just received about two stacks of them! He snapped them all up. I tried giving gentle hints that if he ever got rid of them, he could drop them by our place.

47fuzzi
Edited: Feb 4, 2017, 5:38pm Top

>46 MrsLee: I just discovered Robert B. Parker's westerns, but have not yet read any of his other works.

I found a copy of Brimstone at the local used book store, so now I just need Blue-eyed Devil. Someone else is writing new additions to his series, but I'm not sure I want to tackle those, yet.

I used to snap up all the Louis L'Amour books like that, so now I own all the ones I want.

48fuzzi
Feb 5, 2017, 11:09pm Top

We just got some bad news. :(

I will be driving the family to CT for a funeral, leaving on Tuesday.

I would appreciate any prayers you might offer, for travel too.

Thanks.

49tardis
Feb 5, 2017, 11:12pm Top

Deepest sympathy and safe travels!

50pgmcc
Feb 6, 2017, 3:02am Top

>48 fuzzi: My condolences. Safe journey.

51hfglen
Feb 6, 2017, 3:27am Top

>48 fuzzi: Sincere condolences. Travel safely, and get home safely afterwards.

52harrygbutler
Feb 6, 2017, 7:13am Top

>48 fuzzi: Praying for comfort for you and yours in this time of sorrow, and for safe travels as well.

53AHS-Wolfy
Feb 6, 2017, 8:15am Top

>48 fuzzi: Sorry to hear of your bad news. My condolences to you and your family.

54majkia
Feb 6, 2017, 8:25am Top

So very sorry to hear that. Drive safely.

55drneutron
Feb 6, 2017, 9:19am Top

^What they said.

56Sakerfalcon
Feb 6, 2017, 9:54am Top

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Safe travels.

57SylviaC
Feb 6, 2017, 9:57am Top

My sympathy to you and your family. Safe travels.

58fuzzi
Feb 6, 2017, 12:41pm Top

Thank you, all.

The weather may turn nasty (ice) so we'll go slow. Promise.

59catzteach
Feb 9, 2017, 10:55pm Top

Keeping you and yours in my thoughts. Safe travels.

60harrygbutler
Feb 13, 2017, 8:57pm Top

>41 fuzzi: Just stopping by to say hello and that I'm ready to read Shag whenever you'd like a break from When Christ and His Saints Slept.

61fuzzi
Feb 14, 2017, 12:44pm Top

>60 harrygbutler: I can start it tonight. :)

62harrygbutler
Feb 14, 2017, 1:44pm Top

>61 fuzzi: Go for it.

63fuzzi
Feb 14, 2017, 8:04pm Top

>62 harrygbutler: done! :D

Review forthcoming.

64harrygbutler
Feb 14, 2017, 9:04pm Top

>63 fuzzi: Wow, very fast!

65fuzzi
Feb 26, 2017, 12:01pm Top

>64 harrygbutler: yes, that one was fast, but I am stalled here. Real Life in February has been bogging down my reading, though I am determined to finish When Christ and His Saints Slept, it's SO good.

Adult son and I are going to see a local production of 1776 today, 45 years after I saw the movie. I expect we both will enjoy it.

66hfglen
Feb 26, 2017, 12:54pm Top

>65 fuzzi: You remind me that I saw it on the flight home from USA in 1973. It was hilarious, and one of the few movies I'd be pleased to see a second time.

67harrygbutler
Edited: Feb 26, 2017, 2:00pm Top

>65 fuzzi: I don't think I ever saw the movie 1776 -- though I believe I may have seen some clips from time to time. I'll have to watch for an opportunity to check it out, or a local production of the play if it comes around sometime. It should be the sort of thing that shows up, given our proximity to Philadelphia (and we're just 15 minutes from where Washington crossed the Delaware).

I've been pretty backed up in my reading this month, too. And the arrival of a couple lengthy books via interlibrary loan has kept the count low even when I've had time to read.

I'm glad to hear you're enjoying When Christ and His Saints Slept. I don't read a lot of historical fiction (or rather more modern or contemporary historical fiction), but I'll bear it in mind.

68fuzzi
Feb 26, 2017, 8:12pm Top

>66 hfglen: >67 harrygbutler: it was a well-done production. The young man playing John Adams was very good, but the student playing John Dickinson was excellent. Good cast and music.

69fuzzi
Feb 28, 2017, 9:56am Top

Regarding political discourse, and cultural purging, a very good read from someone I don't necessarily agree with:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-27/cultural-purge-will-not-be-televised

70fuzzi
Mar 18, 2017, 9:09am Top

FYI: to SciFi or Robert Heinlein fans, I have a duplicate copy of The Menace From Earth, a 1962 paperback edition in very good+ condition. I'd like it to go to a good home instead of just dropping it off at the local used book store. Any takers?

71fuzzi
Edited: Mar 26, 2017, 11:55am Top

A very interesting read by Alex Good, "The Rising Tide of Educated Aliteracy":
"...What I find of most concern and significance is the rise in aliteracy—the growth of a population that can read but simply doesn’t want to. ..."
https://thewalrus.ca/the-rising-tide-of-educated-aliteracy/

72fuzzi
Mar 27, 2017, 3:14pm Top

Time for a Robert Heinlein quote, which I find especially appropriate in this day and age:
“Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms such as you have named...but a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.”

73fuzzi
Mar 27, 2017, 3:15pm Top

Quote #2 by Robert Heinlein (both the quote in post #72 and this one are from his book Friday):
“It is a bad sign when the people of a country stop identifying themselves with the country and start identifying with a group. A racial group. Or a religion. Or a language. Anything, as long as it isn't the whole population.”

74pgmcc
Mar 29, 2017, 3:33am Top

>72 fuzzi: & >73 fuzzi: Have you finished Friday yet?

I read it years ago and really enjoyed it up to the ending. Friday was a very powerful woman with strong spirit and strong-willed. I thought these attributes were robbed from her by Heinlein in the closing pages of the book and rather than this being a strong feminist-before-feminism book it faded away.

On the plus side, I thought it interesting how mobile phones (wrist communicators) and the Internet (net terminals in people's homes) were foreshadowed, also the concept of cloning and genetic manipulation to produce beings physically perfect for specific jobs was an interesting element that is echoed in discussions to this day now that cloning is a reality.


75fuzzi
Mar 29, 2017, 9:11am Top

>74 pgmcc: I have read Friday more times than I can recall, and it remains one of my all time favorite books!

I agree about the ending, but then again, Robert Heinlein tends to have weak endings.

But he sure knew people, and society, and was ahead of his time on a lot of technological advances. Think about the "eyes" Friday mentions in her work, and ATMs.

76pgmcc
Mar 29, 2017, 11:14am Top

>75 fuzzi: Have you read H.G. Wells' The Sleeper Wakes? I made a list of technologies he predicted and was quite impressed. It included video recorders; video calls; aeroplanes (but his were manpowered); and numerous other devices that came to pass. He had telephones in the story too, but Bell had invented his device shortly before the story was published..

He was also correct about the type of things that caused people to protest. I read the book at the time of the Occupy Wall Street protests and the book contains protests about the same things raised by the Occupy movement and the other worldwide protests about Globalisation.

77fuzzi
Mar 29, 2017, 11:44am Top

>76 pgmcc: no, I've not, though I've read The Time Machine.

78karenmarie
Mar 29, 2017, 11:56am Top

The Time Machine was the source of the 1960 movie of the same name. For some strange reason my parents thought that it wouldn't traumatize a 7-year old, so they took me to see it. I had nightmares for weeks and weeks about the Morlocks as they went backward and forward in time. *shudder*

79fuzzi
Mar 29, 2017, 12:02pm Top

While we are referencing H.G. Wells, I have to mention that I really, really liked the movie Time After Time starring Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, and David Warner. Unfortunately the book it is based upon is so filled with gratuitous and graphic descriptions of violence I just can't read it.

80BonnieJune54
Mar 29, 2017, 2:34pm Top

>79 fuzzi: I loved that movie too!

81fuzzi
Mar 31, 2017, 7:24pm Top

I've about 140 pages left in my current read, The Enchanted Isle, and want to finish it tonight...so...later, all!

82SylviaC
Mar 31, 2017, 7:39pm Top

>81 fuzzi: Ooh, that's a good one!

83fuzzi
Mar 31, 2017, 10:31pm Top

>82 SylviaC: you should know, you sent this one to me! :)

84fuzzi
Edited: Apr 1, 2017, 7:28pm Top

Best Reads of First Quarter of 2017

I had a lot of books, no . In no particular order, here are my best reads so far:

Horse Racing's Top 100 Moments
Demelza by Winston Graham (reread)
When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag (reread)
Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham (reread)
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
James Herriot's Dog Stories
A Soldier's Sketchbook by John Wilson (Early Reviewer book)
Path of the Second Advent by Peter S. Ruckman

If I had to pick just one as "best", I'd lean towards When Christ and His Saints Slept, maybe.

85fuzzi
Edited: Apr 26, 2017, 7:14pm Top

Shelving woes...

From another LT member's thread, in a discussion of how we shelve our books:
...I want to have my books in categories, but my limited shelf space makes it difficult.
And off the top of my head, this is my unorganized system, lol:

1. The living room's bookshelves have most of my non-fiction
2. The bookcase headboard to our bed has mostly already-read juveniles and favorites
3. The nightstand has childhood favorites like the Silver Chief and Lad: A Dog series
4. Shelves above the nightstand have my Bible commentaries, Christian reference, and some oft-used nature guides
5. Above my bedroom door is a small shelf with Laurie R. King and Joyce Stranger paperbacks
6. On the wall by the door I have one large shelf that holds all my Louis L'Amour books, other westerns, and a few unreads that have no other place to go
7. Just below my western shelf is a small shelf of Stuart Kaminsky mysteries and CJ Cherryh favorites
8. Bookcase by the doorway and a small shelf above it hold TBRs
9. Bookshelf next to bookshelf on #8 has stationery and office items, and some odds and ends like Beverly Cleary's Ramona series, and Winnie the Pooh books, oh, and my Sharon Kay Penman collection, and some of my Thomas Costain collection
10. On the inside of the closet door I have a wire rack for paperbacks, and it has my Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Roger Zelazny, Dorothy Sayers, LM Montgomery, and a few others
11. Inside the closet I have two bookcases, one on top of the other...nuff said
12. On top of my dresser I have a small rack that holds all my Winston Graham Poldark books, and a couple other odd books
13. On the short wall next to the closet door I have a series of shelves that have all the others, in very little semblance of order, though I try: I have all my Jane Austen books together, and all my Leon Uris chunksters are sort of together, too

I know I have more books, tucked here and there, but that's the bulk...

86harrygbutler
Apr 26, 2017, 7:56pm Top

>85 fuzzi: I think that's rather more organized than I've managed. I'll have to see whether I can come up with a similar list for our books.

87MrsLee
Apr 27, 2017, 9:35am Top

>85 fuzzi: Sounds like you don't have enough shelving for TBR books. Get on that, will you? ;)

88fuzzi
Apr 27, 2017, 10:01am Top

>87 MrsLee: HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I just ordered two more books last night...though they are paperback replacements for two hardcovers that are too big to hold anymore.

Net increase = 0.

89harrygbutler
Apr 27, 2017, 10:50am Top

OK, my list of book shelves is up on my thread now: http://www.librarything.com/topic/252731#6026970

:-)

90fuzzi
May 2, 2017, 6:44am Top

Heading out on Thursday to visit the granddaughter, but will check in with LT while she's sleeping...maybe.

>89 harrygbutler: I don't usually read much while on vacation, if I'm driving, which I am. If it works for you, I'll bring Partisans with me on May 4th, as The Island Stallion is a library book, and I avoid taking library books with me on out-of-state travels.

I might get some quiet time to read, like while on the Blue Line. :)

91harrygbutler
May 2, 2017, 8:19am Top

>90 fuzzi: That works for me!

My reading on vacation is highly variable. Some trips I seem to get a lot read, but others see me bringing back nearly all the books still untouched. It's a bit unpredictable, so I always try to bring many. :-)

92MrsLee
May 2, 2017, 9:42am Top

>90 fuzzi: Enjoy the grandbaby! I'm thinking maybe you will be napping while she does. ;)

93harrygbutler
May 3, 2017, 9:57pm Top

>90 fuzzi: Have a great trip, and enjoy your time with your granddaughter!

94fuzzi
May 3, 2017, 10:39pm Top

>92 MrsLee: >93 harrygbutler: thank you, both! Departure is scheduled for Thursday at 5:30am...

95fuzzi
Edited: May 4, 2017, 8:02pm Top

After a long day's drive, we stopped for the night in Ohio, where 2wonderY and I had dinner at an excellent Italian restaurant.



(photo compliments of Mr. fuzzi)

96SylviaC
May 4, 2017, 8:37pm Top

That's a great picture!

97fuzzi
May 4, 2017, 9:01pm Top

>96 SylviaC: thank you! I'll let Mr. fuzzi know you liked it.

98SylviaC
May 4, 2017, 10:19pm Top

>97 fuzzi: Do! You both look so happy and friendly.

99pgmcc
May 5, 2017, 2:08am Top

Super picture!

100Sakerfalcon
May 5, 2017, 7:02am Top

Lovely photo! I'm glad you got to meet up!

101harrygbutler
May 5, 2017, 7:11am Top

>95 fuzzi: Looks like it was a fun meet-up!

102MrsLee
May 5, 2017, 9:18am Top

What fun!

103fuzzi
May 5, 2017, 6:51pm Top

We're here, I'm tired and thinking about how lovely that bed looks right now. It took two hours to get across the city to our hotel, the traffic was that bad!

104catzteach
May 6, 2017, 10:15pm Top

Cute pic!

105fuzzi
May 9, 2017, 9:23pm Top

We're home. It was a long haul but we made it back safely!

More later, I'm heading for bed...

106fuzzi
May 10, 2017, 10:19am Top

I see that I have fallen behind on my ROOT challenge, so I plan to concentrate on my older books this month (May).

107fuzzi
Edited: May 14, 2017, 9:05am Top

Mother's Day here in the USA, and on my placemat on the kitchen table I found two books:

National Geographic Bird Watcher's Bible: A Complete Treasury and National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America. My family knows me well...

108harrygbutler
May 14, 2017, 9:23am Top

>107 fuzzi: Excellent! Happy Mother's Day! The steady, heavy rains of yesterday seem to have moved off today, so we may get in a walk with a little birding this afternoon.

109pgmcc
May 14, 2017, 12:01pm Top

>107 fuzzi: Happy Mother's Day!
Those are great books. It was only when I visited Boston I realised there were so many birds in N. America that have the same name as bids in Europe but are totally different birds, e.g. The Robin and the Goldfinch.

110fuzzi
May 14, 2017, 5:16pm Top

>108 harrygbutler: >109 pgmcc: thank you!

It's gorgeous here, today, sunny, slight breeze, temps in the upper 70s, low 80s. The mosquitoes are not harassing me, so I've been working on my pond most of the day.

pgmcc, when I read books that are based in England, I like to compare the birds listed there to those here in the USA.

We do have English sparrows here, you know, lots of 'em! They've settled in many cities, and compete with the pigeons for scraps.

111pgmcc
May 15, 2017, 3:03am Top

>110 fuzzi: The Cardinal was a new one on me when I visited Boston. I was amazed to find such a colourful bird in the trees around where my daughter lives. The North American Goldfinch was also a surprise to me. We spotted one while waiting for a train in Salem. I did not know what it was and my son-in-law said he thought it was a Goldfinch. As he is a physicist and not certain of the identification I dismissed his identification (careful not to say that to him) and looked it up next time I had access to the Internet. He was correct. I was surprised because the European Goldfinch has many more colours. The North American Goldfinch, like the European one, is also very beautiful.

112Sakerfalcon
May 15, 2017, 10:37am Top

>107 fuzzi: Those sound like perfect gifts! I really like the NG field guide.

113fuzzi
May 15, 2017, 12:43pm Top

>111 pgmcc: while the male Cardinal is gorgeous, I've been partial to the female as far as beauty goes. They often have a greenish/gold cast to their feathers, and sometimes they are tipped in red, too. It's more subtle than the bright red of the male.

Goldfinches are pretty, too, but we only see them in the winter here. When the heat arrives, they head north.

>112 Sakerfalcon: I like the look of that guide, too, though I don't think it will replace my Peterson's.

114fuzzi
Edited: May 15, 2017, 9:12pm Top

For those of you who might be interested, here's my pond update:



I'm just about finished, except for some more cardboard to cover the dirt, and cypress mulch to cover all the cardboard.

Once the water settles a little more, I'll get some fish.

And now I can catch up on my May reading, which to date has been "0"...I'm still reading book #1. Argh.

115harrygbutler
May 15, 2017, 1:11pm Top

>114 fuzzi: The pond is looking good. I use cardboard as a weed suppressant under mulch a lot, as we get so many items, like paper towels, that come in big boxes.

Your May reading is like my second half of February — I was doing well until the 15th, and then a combination of factors, most notably some extra work, brought my reading pretty much to a halt for the rest of the month.

116fuzzi
May 15, 2017, 9:11pm Top

>115 harrygbutler: thank you, I'm happy with the pond progress.

Back to reading The Black Moon tonight, then maybe I'll get back to The Island Stallion later in the week. The weather forecast is for much hotter temps, which will keep me inside, aside from watering after I get home from work.

117MrsLee
May 16, 2017, 9:37am Top

>114 fuzzi: Lovely! What a sweet spot that will be to relax in when you are finished.

I wish you lived a little closer. On a whim, I bought some water lily seeds to try starting them. It sounded complicated, so I figured I would be lucky to get any to grow. Surprise! Five from each seed packet started! I have a pond which will be lucky to hold two of them, and that is pushing it. Now I'm trying to find homes for all my baby water lilies.

All the moving water features I have tried to get to work end up clogging and being more work than I am willing to put in, but I love the sound of water trickling in a pond. My pond is more a boggy swamp at times, which I use to study biology. :) Right now it's kind of pretty though.

118fuzzi
Edited: May 16, 2017, 1:26pm Top

>117 MrsLee: post pictures!

The water features do create a little more work, but I wanted to 1. keep mosquitoes from using the pond as a breeding location and 2. eventually add fish, which do better with moving water and some sort of filtration.

I wanted to create a "bog" or water garden, where the dirty water from the pond is pumped, and filtered by growing plants before being returned to the pond, but so far I've not been able to figure out how to incorporate it with my setup. In the meanwhile I've put water lettuce and water hyacinths not only in the pond, but in the waterfall section. Their roots are great for removing nutrients (like fish waste) and cleaning the water.

Look at the waterfall in this photo, to see a clearer image of the floating plants in the basin above:

119pgmcc
May 17, 2017, 5:12am Top

>118 fuzzi: Very nice. Enjoy the sound of trickling water as you read.

120MrsLee
May 17, 2017, 9:50am Top

>118 fuzzi: I'll try to remember to take one soon.

My pond is a hole in the ground on our patio, outside my bedroom door, which is cement lined. My grandfather built it in the 1950s. Amazingly, it hasn't developed any cracks yet. It isn't really deep enough for fish like koi or water lilies, but he always had water lilies in it, and so have I.

I find that purchasing little feeder goldfish at the pet store for about .10 each makes me feel less sad when the raccoons come and clean them out. Out of the most recent batch of 15, I have four left. They are very pretty, some being mottled. They have been feasting on pollywogs I think, because they recently had a growth spurt. I also have what we call mosquito fish, which are found in creeks and ponds around here. They seem to do a fine job on the mosquitoes, because in all of our pond samplings under the microscope, I've never seen any. My favorite critter from the pond are the dragonflies and damselflies.

We aerate the pond every few days by filling it with a hose from on high to make bubbles, and every other weekend we overflow it to clean the gunk out a bit. I use the microby things you can buy to eat algae and fish poo. Also trying to float little sacs of oat straw, supposedly that helps keep the water clear, but mine isn't so clear. First time I put those in, the raccoons took them out and tore them to bits. I think they may have been looking for snails or worms (which get in the straw things), or they could have just been curious.

121harrygbutler
May 17, 2017, 10:44am Top

>116 fuzzi: Today is supposed to be the first of the hot days here. I don't usually mind them, though I've had to cut back outdoor activities in such weather after a bout of heat exhaustion several years ago.

Later this week sounds good for The Island Stallion. I've had enough conflicting claims on my time that I haven't gotten to it yet either.

122fuzzi
May 17, 2017, 12:32pm Top

>120 MrsLee: actually, your pond sounds cute!

I've had bullfrogs but not raccoons clean out my fish. The sides of my small pond, and now my big pond, are straight, no slope. Raccoons like to wade into the pond to fish (so I've read), and are less able to catch anything from a pond with straight sides. If you give the fish some more cover (floating plants) or little "caves" of rocks/pvc pipes, they can hide from predators, and survive better.

Ever think of just adding an air stone for a little aeration? I used to do that in my whisky barrel "pond", and it worked well. It seemed to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

I love it when dragonflies molt and come out of the water, and I enjoy their adult company. They seem to follow me around the garden areas, landing and looking at me. It helps me get some good photos.

FWIW, a healthy pond usually isn't "clear". Some algae is a good thing, just not when it takes over!

>121 harrygbutler: I've only got a couple chapters of The Black Moon to read, then The Island Stallion awaits!

123MrsLee
May 18, 2017, 10:00am Top

>122 fuzzi: Looks like the air stone requires electricity? More trouble than I want to do. :)

I put photos of my pond on Facebook.

I want to get some more of the floating "cabbages" as the one I purchased seems to be doing well, and they are cute. All this talk of bullfrogs eating fish reminds me of The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher! I put two cement blocks in the deep end with a PVC tube about 4" across running through them. I think it must give just enough protection for four fish to hide, as that seems to be the maximum number of fish which have ever survived for any length of time.

124hfglen
May 18, 2017, 11:09am Top

>117 MrsLee: Went to look for pictures of MrsLee's floating cabbages, as a plant called "water lettuce" (Pistia stratiotes) is the world's second-worst aquatic weed. So Lee, if yours looks like this pleasepleaseplease contact your local friendly wildlife service -- you may need to grow something else urgently:



And Fuzzi, now that I look at your picture I'm horrified to see Water Hyacinth, the world's worst water weed, the villain that has clogged up Lake Victoria (among other places), staring back at me! Could you, too, please, talk nicely to your state wildlife service -- you may need to get rid of the floating plants pronto to stay on the right side of the law!

125NorthernStar
May 18, 2017, 7:11pm Top

>107 fuzzi: - hope you enjoy the books, the National Geographic bird guide is my all-time favourite. Your pond is looking great.

126fuzzi
Edited: May 19, 2017, 7:16am Top

>124 hfglen: water lettuce and hyacinth are not illegal to own, to buy, to have floating in a backyard pond, as long as they are not transported between states. They are overwintered by local nurseries from years-old stock, not imported.

They are excellent at what they do: remove pollutants from the water and shade the pond so algae growth is curtailed.

I try to go native as much as I can. I have planted Arrow Arum, and have Bladderwort growing in my ponds, both of which are native plants.

>125 NorthernStar: thank you! I'm looking forward to both reading my books and sitting outside, enjoying my pond...perhaps both at the same time?

127MrsLee
May 19, 2017, 9:32am Top

>124 hfglen: Thank you for the warning. My little cabbage doesn't look like that though. I have had water hyacinth, and here it is legal, so long as there is no chance of it migrating into local streams, ponds, rivers, etc. We are very careful about that.

I guess my little cabbage is indeed the dreaded water lettuce, but it looks like a floating cabbage right now. I will be very careful not to let it leave my pond alive! :)

128hfglen
May 19, 2017, 12:23pm Top

>126 fuzzi: >127 MrsLee: Phew! You're safe. Here they are class 1 invaders, which must be destroyed unconditionally, and the fines are quite painful.

Fuzzi, what you say about water hyacinth's ability to clean questionable water is quite true; it's just a pity that they take over so thoroughly and choke everything else out. Presumably you have a good range of pests and predators that teat them (we don't, regrettably).

129fuzzi
May 19, 2017, 8:34pm Top

>128 hfglen: my pond has no outlet, the plants stay put.

When the hyacinth gets crowded, into the compost barrel it will go! The same for the water lettuce.

They always die with the first frost, too.

130fuzzi
May 29, 2017, 9:52pm Top

Well, with two days left in May, I think I can safely say that this has been the worst reading month, EVER, here on LT. We had a trip to Chicago that ate away one of my weeks, and then RL kept getting in the way, with family and yard needs...and then my three-day weekend was spent helping a friend move a friend into her first apartment.

I'm hoping to at least get Partisans completed by Wednesday evening, for a total of four books this month.

131fuzzi
Jun 1, 2017, 12:58pm Top

Whew! I finished Partisans (good book!) to complete May's reading with only 4 books, and ONLY 1 ROOT book, faugh!

For June I am planning on concentrating on my ROOT books, those books I have owned for over a year without reading.

Onward...

132harrygbutler
Jun 1, 2017, 1:21pm Top

>131 fuzzi: I'm glad to see you liked Partisans, too. Shall we skip both MacLean and the Black Stallion this month and pick one or both back up in July?

133fuzzi
Jun 1, 2017, 8:11pm Top

>132 harrygbutler: we can skip them, and you can ignore my query in your thread about the next Black Stallion book. :)

I might still read a MacLean, since some of them are ROOT books...

134harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 1, 2017, 9:00pm Top

>133 fuzzi: I guess I should have come here first. :-) I went ahead and requested The Black Stallion and Satan from the library, but if you'd like to postpone it until July, that's fine. Just let me know.

If you do get to a MacLean this month, let me know, and if I have a copy and time permits, I'll try to fit it in.

135fuzzi
Jun 3, 2017, 8:10pm Top

>134 harrygbutler: let's go ahead and do The Black Stallion and Satan whenever it comes in, but can wait on our next Alistair MacLean read. I think just about all my MacLeans are ROOTs as well.

136harrygbutler
Jun 8, 2017, 2:26pm Top

>135 fuzzi: I picked up The Black Stallion and Satan at the library today and can start it on the weekend.

137fuzzi
Jun 8, 2017, 8:53pm Top

>136 harrygbutler: I finished The Four Swans this evening, and picked up The Black Stallion and Satan...and read it straight through!

138harrygbutler
Jun 8, 2017, 10:05pm Top

>137 fuzzi: Well, well — it must be a good one!

139fuzzi
Jun 9, 2017, 11:36am Top

140fuzzi
Jul 1, 2017, 7:07pm Top

Just a heads-up, I'm still here. I've been sick, and now my internet service is spotty ("so sorry! we try to have better by July 4th!" - customer service quote) so my ability to access, let alone post on LT, is limited.

Harry, I've got The Blood Bay Colt in the queue, which Alistair MacLean did you want to read this month?

141harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2017, 7:22pm Top

How about either Night Without End or The Satan Bug? I just spotted those two on a pile of books near my desk.

I hope you're feeling better!

142fuzzi
Jul 1, 2017, 7:23pm Top

Let's do The Satan Bug, I've had that one longer.

I'm better, it's just my internet that's sick! Thanks for asking. :)

143harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2017, 7:28pm Top

OK, then. That sounds like a plan! (And I hope your Internet recovers soon. :-) )

144Jim53
Jul 1, 2017, 7:33pm Top

Hope you're feeling better!

145MrsLee
Jul 3, 2017, 10:41am Top

>140 fuzzi: Sorry to hear that! Hope you are better now?

146fuzzi
Jul 3, 2017, 11:02am Top

>145 MrsLee: yes, thank you!

It was a nasty "bug" with fever (102F +) and "cleansing" properties. Ick.

147fuzzi
Jul 12, 2017, 8:21pm Top

Yippee! It appears it was just a "loose wire"...my ISP is SO much better now!

I'll get some more updates done, soon...

148pgmcc
Jul 13, 2017, 12:35am Top

>147 fuzzi: Glad to see you and your Internet have recovered.

149harrygbutler
Jul 13, 2017, 7:02am Top

>147 fuzzi: It's good to have that resolved. Looking forward to hearing about what you've been reading.

150fuzzi
Jul 13, 2017, 7:04am Top

>148 pgmcc: me too!!!

>149 harrygbutler: agreed. I just posted in your thread about my latest read, which I think you would enjoy.

151fuzzi
Jul 15, 2017, 9:37pm Top

I took three boxes of books to the used book store today (some were my son's) and brought home nine:

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat (I read it years ago)
Dog Days by Jon Katz (I like this author's writings about his farm and animals)
James Herriot's Animal Stories (one I'd not read)
Capt Kidd's Cat by Robert Lawson (I've read and enjoyed other books by this author)
and five (5) Ellis Peters Cadfael mysteries I'd not yet read!

The Hermit of Eyton Forest
The Confessions of Brother Haluin
The Leper of Saint Giles
The Raven in the Foregate
The Potter's Field

I also found a copy of Funny Cide, a bio of the racehorse who was the first NY-bred to win the Kentucky Derby, and the first gelding to do so since 1929.

So much for getting RID of books...

152fuzzi
Edited: Jul 15, 2017, 9:43pm Top

Currently I'm reading several books, including:

The Angry Tide by Winston Graham (#7 in the Poldark series)
Begat: the King James Bible and the English Language by David Crystal
Sham: Great Was Second Best by Phil Dandrea

I'm enjoying the first two, but slogging through the third. It's really a shame, because I wanted to enjoy a book about one of my most favorite thoroughbred racehorses, the one who had the misfortune to be born the same year as Secretariat. However, the writing style is aggravating, bouncing back and forth, forwards and backwards in time for no good reason. Just tell the story...

harrygbutler, I'm up for The Satan Bug whenever you are!

153MrsLee
Jul 15, 2017, 10:42pm Top

>151 fuzzi: I envy you your first reading of all those Cadfael novels! Enjoy!

154harrygbutler
Jul 15, 2017, 11:52pm Top

>151 fuzzi: Nice haul! I stopped in at a thrift store today in search of books, but didn't find any.

>152 fuzzi: How about the middle of this week, after you've a chance to finish at least one of those you have going?

155fuzzi
Jul 16, 2017, 8:23pm Top

>154 harrygbutler: middle of the week sounds doable. I'm not quite halfway through The Angry Tide, but hope to get more reading done tonight.

>153 MrsLee: thank you! I've read a number of them, but am trying to complete the series in order.

Another good mystery series I've not yet finished is the Inspector Rostnikov series by Stuart Kaminsky: I decided to stop reading the books until I could get the last few volumes...that's another series where you want to pick up the next book once you turn the last page. The Laurie R. King Holmes/Russell books are like that, too, at least for me!

156MrsLee
Jul 17, 2017, 9:31am Top

>155 fuzzi: I've seen Stuart Kaminsky books, but never tried one. I'll put one on my wishlist to try.

157fuzzi
Edited: Jul 17, 2017, 12:17pm Top

>156 MrsLee: if you're going to read the Rostnikov books, try to do so in order. You don't have to, but it makes more sense, as the characters change and grow book by book.

I just checked, number one is Death of a Dissident.

158harrygbutler
Jul 21, 2017, 1:18pm Top

Drat. I've mislaid my copy of The Satan Bug. I had set it aside, but it isn't in the stack of imminent reads where I thought I'd put it. I'll keep looking, but I may not be able to get started today.

159fuzzi
Jul 21, 2017, 1:59pm Top

>158 harrygbutler: I just read 2 pages last night, too sleepy to do more. We can put it on hold if you can't find your copy.

160harrygbutler
Jul 21, 2017, 2:20pm Top

>159 fuzzi: If you wouldn't mind, that would be great. I have some shifting of books to do, so there's a decent chance it will resurface soon.

161harrygbutler
Jul 21, 2017, 3:26pm Top

Woohoo! I found it!

162fuzzi
Jul 21, 2017, 9:52pm Top

>161 harrygbutler: that only took an hour...

...shall we begin?

163harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 21, 2017, 10:04pm Top

>162 fuzzi: Yes!

(It was in plain sight, just not somewhere I expected it to be.)

164bonannoan
Jul 22, 2017, 1:38pm Top

This user has been removed as spam.

165fuzzi
Edited: Aug 1, 2017, 11:14pm Top

I'm tired of seeing a gravestone on my thread, so here's a post to bump it out of my sight.

I love, love, love Aaron Becker's trilogy Journey, Quest, and Return. If you love beautiful art, and aren't afraid to "read" a wordless book, I highly recommend them all.

~
Return is a gorgeous, enchanting, and wonderful conclusion to the first two books in the author's trilogy. Aaron Becker's artwork is simple, yet so intriguing, so gorgeous, and his story is so well laid out through his pen and brush, there is no need of words to explain what is happening.

A treat for children or adult eyes. Share it with someone you love.

166MrsLee
Aug 2, 2017, 9:44am Top

Gravestone? Was that what the spammy person did? That doesn't seem a very inviting thing to post as spam.

167suitable1
Aug 2, 2017, 10:45am Top

>166 MrsLee:

The gravestone appears when a spammer is removed.

168MrsLee
Aug 2, 2017, 3:40pm Top

>167 suitable1: :( Not for me.

169hfglen
Aug 2, 2017, 3:54pm Top

>168 MrsLee: Me neither

170YouKneeK
Aug 2, 2017, 7:45pm Top

>168 MrsLee:, >169 hfglen: It shows up next to the person’s name under the “Last message” column if the last person to post was removed for spam. It makes me smile whenever I notice it. :)

You may see it if you scroll down to last Saturday’s posts, or in my screen shot below:

171fuzzi
Aug 2, 2017, 8:11pm Top

>170 YouKneeK: that's it. I got tired of seeing a tombstone on the thread...

172hfglen
Aug 3, 2017, 11:23am Top

>170 YouKneeK: Thank you. Interesting, in that all I see at that position is a text message that "This user has been removed as spam." What browser are you-all using?

173YouKneeK
Aug 3, 2017, 5:18pm Top

>172 hfglen: Hmm. I normally use Firefox, but I checked on IE and Chrome and I see it on all three browsers:
Firefox – version 54.0.1
IE – version 10.0.9200.16736
Chrome – 60.0.3112.90

Do you have an ad blocker or some other add-in tool blocking graphics, maybe? It seems like an odd place for a graphic to be blocked, but I’ve never used those tools so I really don’t know how they choose what to block.

174hfglen
Aug 4, 2017, 3:35am Top

>173 YouKneeK: Ah. Yes, I do use an ad blocker. Thank you for solving the problem.

175MrsLee
Edited: Aug 4, 2017, 9:36am Top

>174 hfglen: me too. Although, I disabled it, refreshed the page, and still nothing. Fuzzy doesn't like the tombstone, and I feel like I'm missing out on something! Lol

>165 fuzzi: I am definitely looking into that trilogy, it sounds wonderful.

Hardcover of Journey was on sale at Amazon for $7, so, I bought it. I have lots of great-nieces and nephews to share it with.

176fuzzi
Aug 4, 2017, 12:22pm Top

>175 MrsLee: I'm going to get a copy for my granddaughter, but she's still a little young. As space is limited in her parent's apartment, I can wait a little...

177fuzzi
Edited: Aug 29, 2017, 1:14pm Top

FYI: I'll be out of town and offline for the next few days, starting tomorrow and extending through Saturday.

If you don't see me, don't worry, I'll have my books and my poetry to protect me... ;)

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISozOEnEs8c)

178harrygbutler
Aug 29, 2017, 2:10pm Top

>177 fuzzi: Enjoy your trip!

179zjakkelien
Aug 29, 2017, 3:34pm Top

>177 fuzzi: Paul Simon!

Ah, that is also what the link is to. Wow, they look young...

180fuzzi
Edited: Aug 29, 2017, 11:03pm Top

>178 harrygbutler: thank you, we hope to!



>179 zjakkelien: hahaha, I was wondering if anyone would get my rather obscure reference, congratulations! I only added the link to those who might go "Hmm, where have I heard that before?"

Yes, they were young, we all were once... ;)

181fuzzi
Sep 12, 2017, 1:16pm Top

I finished two books while at the beach house, but started The Miller's Dance before anything else in September, and am still reading it. It's a wonderful book, but big, and life has been unusually busy at home. I hope to get it read by the weekend.

182fuzzi
Sep 12, 2017, 7:58pm Top

I've just been kissed by a butterfly, no kidding:


Red-spotted Purple butterfly, related to the Admirals and Monarchs

183pgmcc
Sep 13, 2017, 3:10am Top

>182 fuzzi: Lovely.

184harrygbutler
Sep 13, 2017, 7:12am Top

>182 fuzzi: Cool!

We once visited the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory — a great experience, with many, many butterflies constantly flitting around, landing on everything, including the visitors.

185MrsLee
Sep 13, 2017, 9:07am Top

>182 fuzzi: Awwww! You must be a coordinated lady to get that photo with only one hand!

186fuzzi
Sep 13, 2017, 10:13am Top

>183 pgmcc: thank you.

>184 harrygbutler: there's a butterfly house of that sort near Raleigh, I keep meaning to go there.

>185 MrsLee: the butterfly cooperated, allowing me to take its picture repeatedly with the pocket camera I keep in...my right hand pocket!

187Sakerfalcon
Sep 14, 2017, 7:13am Top

>182 fuzzi: How lovely, and how lucky of you to be chosen!

188fuzzi
Oct 1, 2017, 9:29pm Top

189fuzzi
Oct 1, 2017, 9:34pm Top

For those of you who still drop in occasionally I'd like to say I hope to get a little more on track for the final quarter of the year. Work, family, real life has been eating up all my time, so while I am still reading, doing much more than writing and posting reviews here has been difficult.

Oh, wait, we're going to visit our granddaughter in a couple weeks...

...maybe I can catch up in November???? :)

But I still love you and LT.

190catzteach
Oct 1, 2017, 10:00pm Top

>189 fuzzi: I think we can all understand. Sometimes life is just busy and there are things that are more important, like grandkids, than writing a review. :)

191suitable1
Oct 1, 2017, 10:30pm Top

Reviews can wait; grandchildren don't.

192pgmcc
Edited: Oct 2, 2017, 12:38pm Top

We love you too, fuzzi.

193MrsLee
Oct 2, 2017, 8:44am Top

>189 fuzzi: We can wait too, though you are always missed.

194fuzzi
Oct 3, 2017, 1:11pm Top

>190 catzteach: I get the reviews done, but I don't post much. Just wanted y'all to know I was still here. :)

>191 suitable1: You got it. :)

>192 pgmcc: aw, thank you. I've "met" some wonderful people here, and also sometimes in RL, meetups!

>193 MrsLee: so sweet, thank you.

I wish some of you were a little closer to me or on the way to see the granddaughter (NC/VA/WV/OH//IN/IL/Chicago). I've enjoyed meeting LT people for coffee, or dinner. :)

195fuzzi
Edited: Oct 12, 2017, 6:22am Top


And away we go...

196pgmcc
Oct 12, 2017, 8:54am Top

>195 fuzzi: I was in Chicago in 1989 on business for a week. I had the weekend to myself and I loved the place. I got to the viewing gallery in Sears Tower when it was still the tallest building in the world, and I got to see Number 5 in the Science and Technology Museum.

Have a great time.

197harrygbutler
Oct 12, 2017, 9:28am Top

>195 fuzzi: Enjoy your trip!

198fuzzi
Oct 12, 2017, 11:09pm Top

>196 pgmcc: >197 harrygbutler: thank you, both. I would love to see Johnny 5 ("that's cool"), maybe another time. We're tentatively doing something with family, like Navy Pier, so I have not made any specific plans this time.

In May we visited the Field Museum. Last year we did the Willis Bldg (Sears Tower) including stepping out into the transparent booth near the top...made my toes curl!

199stellarexplorer
Oct 14, 2017, 10:59am Top

Just read through. The Satan Bug reference takes me way back to 1975 when I first read it as a young person.

200fuzzi
Oct 14, 2017, 10:18pm Top

>199 stellarexplorer: I was a "young person" too in 1975, but just discovered Alistair MacLean within the last few years.

Oh, and thanks for taking the time to read my thread! :)

201stellarexplorer
Oct 14, 2017, 11:27pm Top

My pleasure. Thanks for offering it!

202fuzzi
Edited: Oct 21, 2017, 6:39pm Top

Back from Chicago this past Tuesday, and I do want to share just a few photos:

In southern Indiana there is a great family-run farm/business called Goat Milk Stuff. They raise goats, and use the milk to make organic soaps, lotions, cheese, and other products. If you are ever near Scottsburg, Indiana, I highly recommend a visit!


"Here's looking at you, kid..."

Near Georgetown, Kentucky, is a home for retired racehorses. I stopped by Old Friends last July, and so enjoyed it that I decided to visit them again.

They have several winners of the Kentucky Derby and other Triple Crown races, plus some Breeders' Cup winners as well.


Here I am, feeding carrots to Genuine Reward, one of two foals bred from the Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk, who was the second filly to win the Derby since 1875, beating "the boys" in 1980. She had great difficulty producing babies, which was a shame. This gorgeous boy never raced, but looks like his champion mother.

And here's Ruthie:


203pgmcc
Oct 21, 2017, 7:01pm Top

Great pictures. Ruthie looks wonderful.

204SylviaC
Oct 21, 2017, 9:42pm Top

Ruthie looks like she's waiting for something. She still looks adorable.

205MrsLee
Oct 22, 2017, 8:22pm Top

I'm sure you had a wonderful time with Ruthie, and it looks as though the rest of your trip was interesting and informative as well! Thank you for sharing it with us.

206fuzzi
Oct 22, 2017, 9:00pm Top

>203 pgmcc: >204 SylviaC: >205 MrsLee: thank you for your kind comments. Ruthie has her father's head, her mother's nose, but otherwise looks a lot like her Grandma's baby pictures.

My dh looked at her eyes, then looked at mine, and said he knew where she got her baby blues!

We also went to a railroad museum in Princeton, WV, but I'm running out of room in my gallery, so I didn't upload any pictures from that visit.

207cmbohn
Oct 22, 2017, 10:07pm Top

Love the pictures! What big eyes Ruthie has.

208harrygbutler
Oct 23, 2017, 5:29pm Top

>202 fuzzi: Thanks for sharing the pictures! I'm glad you had a good trip.

>206 fuzzi: I checked out the railroad museum site. Thanks for mentioning it, as I'd never heard of that one.

209fuzzi
Edited: Oct 25, 2017, 6:53am Top

>207 cmbohn: thank you.

>208 harrygbutler: you're welcome, glad you enjoyed them. My dh is a RR buff, so I try to find RR museums on our trips. This particular one I found through Tripadvisor.com.

210fuzzi
Oct 29, 2017, 3:42pm Top

Reading has been so sporadic this month, between the pressures of our vacation/trip to Chicago, and then a slew of personal difficulties that I've been juggling since, including health issues of three family members, a car accident, and work crises. Argh.

I'm fine, just trying to cope with everyone else's needs.

I hope to finish up The Loving Cup before Tuesday midnight, but if not, it'll just be my first read of November!

211pgmcc
Oct 29, 2017, 5:09pm Top

>210 fuzzi: Sorry to hear you are having personal difficulties to juggle. Whether your own or not, difficulties are trying.

I presume the, "pressures of our vacation/trip to Chicago", have been less onerous to deal with?

212SylviaC
Oct 29, 2017, 8:11pm Top

I hope things ease up for you and your family!

213fuzzi
Oct 29, 2017, 9:15pm Top

>211 pgmcc: yes, the Chicago trips are becoming more routine, thanks.

Being the only one not ill is both a blessing and a burden. My dad's been in the hospital, on the other side of the country. He's home, now, so that's one less thing on my plate.

>212 SylviaC: thank you, my dad is better, out of the hospital, so that helps.

214fuzzi
Edited: Nov 11, 2017, 8:07am Top

I forgot my third quarter "best reads" list!

Reads
Journey by Aaron Becker
Quest by Aaron Becker
The Angry Tide by Winston Graham
In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle
The Rawhide Knot by Conrad Richter
The Two Raptures by Peter S. Ruckman

And my one Read:
Return by Aaron Becker

Eclectic reads: children's picture books, historic fiction, fantasy, western, and Christian non-fiction...

216fuzzi
Dec 6, 2017, 10:47am Top

I've put 17 books on the "rehome" list so far in December, but added seven more by Alistair MacLean through the dangerous site called Ebay:

Fear is the Key
Seawitch
Ice Station Zebra
Breakheart Pass
The Way to Dusty Death
San Andreas
Caravan to Vaccares

I'll probably keep these, as I have yet to read a "bad" MacLean.

217pgmcc
Dec 6, 2017, 5:18pm Top

>216 fuzzi: There is no such thing as a bad "McClean". (My surname.) :-)

218fuzzi
Dec 6, 2017, 6:14pm Top

219fuzzi
Dec 7, 2017, 7:18am Top

Here in the USA, today is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, a "day that will live in infamy".

I highly recommend a book about this episode in history: Day of Infamy by Walter Lord. The author also wrote A Night to Remember about the Titanic, which is also very, very good.

221fuzzi
Dec 20, 2017, 1:56pm Top

Sometimes Hollywood does it right:

https://youtu.be/ZPe_ORTnG-Q?t=247

222MrsLee
Dec 20, 2017, 2:49pm Top

>220 fuzzi: That was a direct hit. Went right to my Kindle.

223fuzzi
Dec 20, 2017, 8:59pm Top

>222 MrsLee: that was the first book I've added to my phone, which I've had for about four months. :)

224fuzzi
Dec 27, 2017, 11:36am Top

FYI: I've got cataract surgery today. I'm not sure how I'll feel afterwards, so if you don't see me, don't worry.

Happy New Year. :)

225harrygbutler
Dec 27, 2017, 11:41am Top

Good luck with the surgery!

226majkia
Dec 27, 2017, 12:59pm Top

I've got that scheduled for January 2nd. Good luck

227catzteach
Dec 27, 2017, 8:03pm Top

>224 fuzzi: I hope it all goes well. Both my parents had better far vision after their surgeries.

228pgmcc
Dec 27, 2017, 8:26pm Top

>224 fuzzi: I hope all went well. Happy New Year and have a swift and complete recovery.

229fuzzi
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 12:34am Top

Checking in: the surgery was easy, aside from those nasty-bad stingy drops...I mean they were stinging worse than salt water in the eye!

Today: no pain, eye was a little itchy, and burned afterwards. And, even though it's inflamed, my eye CAN SEE 20/40!!! I can drive without my glasses, though I'll need sunglasses for a few weeks. I also have to use eye drops for a month. I go back to the surgeon in a week, and we'll discuss eye #2...

>226 majkia: it wasn't hard at all, no real pain. It's an incredible feeling to not have to wear glasses after 50 years...last time I asked, I was told my vision without correction was 20/400.

230harrygbutler
Dec 29, 2017, 6:03am Top

>229 fuzzi: Excellent news! I hope all continues to go well.

231majkia
Dec 29, 2017, 8:06am Top

>229 fuzzi: Great news!

I"ve had one eye done already - 2 years ago. I'm one of those weird folks whose eyes don't deteriorate at the same rate.

I'm pretty nervous though, since when I was little I almost lost an eye in an accident, so I'm pretty terrified of things coming at my eye. But I know how well the first eye came out. So I'm excited to get this done.

232MrsLee
Dec 29, 2017, 9:17am Top

>229 fuzzi: Good to hear!

233fuzzi
Dec 29, 2017, 10:45am Top

>231 majkia: my surgeon said my left eye was not "bad" enough to be covered by insurance, BUT... since the visual difference now between the two eyes is so great, the left eye qualifies! Woo!

I have to put on my glasses for close work, computer stuff, but I close the right eye while doing so. It's fascinating how, without glasses, my brain uses the right eye to see and seems to ignore the left (legally blind) eye totally.

Thank you all for your kind comments and wishes. It's weird not putting on my glasses before I even get out of bed in the morning...

234BonnieJune54
Dec 29, 2017, 11:06pm Top

I love my cataract surgery. After a lifetime of nearsightedness, it took a couple of months for me to put on my reading glasses to read small print without first trying to hold it up to my nose to see.

235fuzzi
Dec 30, 2017, 12:09am Top

>234 BonnieJune54: great news!

I'm leaving my glasses in a case most of the day, but still want to reach for them first thing in the morning! :D

236fuzzi
Jan 1, 12:43pm Top

Final stats for 2017:

Books read: 116

ROOTs completed: 161

Books culled rehomed: 133

Males authors read: tba

Female authors read: tba

Best reads of 2017:
1. etc.

Worst read(s) of 2017:
1. The Rifle by Gary Paulsen (this one wins, hands down)

Other assorted stats as they occur to me: (tba)

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