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Anne (AMQS) reads in 2017 - Chapter 2

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1AMQS
Edited: Feb 28, 11:32pm Top

Welcome to my second thread for 2017!

My name is Anne. I am an elementary school teacher librarian in a little Colorado mountain school. My husband Stelios and I have two daughters: 15 and 18. All of us have tottering piles of books in nearly every room of the house. We love to hike, play games together, and travel. 2017 travel plans include a summer visit to Cyprus, and move-in-to-college-related travel. Hard to believe.

This is my 8th year in this wonderful group, and while there's no place I'd rather be, I found it very hard to keep up in the last part of 2016. I will try to be better in 2017, but please know that I appreciate all of you so very much!

Welcome! I'm very glad you're here.


Always Remember by Cece Meng

It is a rare picture book that handles the death of a loved one with so much tenderness and beauty. "In the end, on his very last day, Old Turtle swam his last swim and took his last breath. With his life complete, the gentle waves took him away. By dawn, everyone who knew Old Turtle knew he was gone."

The sea creatures, while grieving their beloved friend, remember the gifts Old Turtle shared.

The sea otters remembered how Old Turtle would dive and play with them and make them laugh. Old Turtle had loved to have fun.

And the otters would always remember.



Once, a terrible storm tossed and turned the ocean for three long days and nights. A Starfish was torn from her rock and swept away. When the waves became calm again, Old Turtle looked for her and found her and carried her home.

And the starfish would always remember.



2lit_chick
Feb 28, 11:18pm Top

Happy new thread, Anne. Love love the illustrations you've opened with. Hugs and prayers to you, family, and Whistler.

3AMQS
Edited: Feb 28, 11:57pm Top

I am so thankful for all the well-wishes and love for Whistler. He had surgery yesterday to remove necrotic tissue. He is in a lot of pain, but things are a bit easier here because he is on some pretty strong narcotics and his wound is wrapped. He goes back tomorrow to have his bandages changed. Tonight he is enjoying his new bed, and a drug-induced sleep. I imported the picture about 10 times -- can't get it to appear "right side up."

4AMQS
Edited: Mar 19, 3:33am Top

January, 2017
1. The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
2. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
3. Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
4. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
5. One Half From the East by Nadia Hashimi
6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

February, 2017
7. A Severed Wasp by Madeleine L'Engle
8. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
9. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
10. The Best Man by Richard Peck
11. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
12. Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner
13. Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

March, 2017
14. Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
15. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
16. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

5AMQS
Feb 28, 11:31pm Top

*saved for more reading*

6AMQS
Feb 28, 11:31pm Top

7AMQS
Feb 28, 11:34pm Top

>2 lit_chick: Hi Nancy! Thank you. Whistler was attacked one week ago today. We're moving forward and back, but our journey is easier with your support and kind words. Thank you.

8ronincats
Feb 28, 11:35pm Top

Happy New Thread, Anne. Still sending well-wishes and love for Whistler, poor dear. And that book is definitely I would have added to my library at school in a heartbeat were I still working--looks marvelous.

9AMQS
Edited: Feb 28, 11:44pm Top



12. Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner, audiobook narrated by Danny Campbell

An engrossing audio about a thoroughly mesmerizing personality and a romanticized war. The book makes it seem as though the US entered the Spanish-American War solely on the basis of Theodore Roosevelt's personality, which may be partially true. It seems as though Roosevelt created the Rough Riders out of sheer will, which could partially explain the unpreparedness of the War Department to support them in the campaign, the battles of which actually numbered two. Mark Lee Gardner analyses many primary source documents to support his account.

10AMQS
Edited: Mar 1, 8:18pm Top



13. Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

The real reason I read Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes was because I wanted to read Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, which was a doozy! This is a terrific adventure/fantasy for grades 4 and up that celebrates the magic of stories and the bonds of friendship. Young bookmender Sophie is charged with a quest to save the Four Questions -- the Books of Who, Where, What, and When to save not only them, and the collected stories of her land, but to save civilization itself. A terrific, fast-paced read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Favorite quote: "Sophie's eyes went wide, and she turned toward the knight. "You're a royal storyteller?" Before this moment, she had not known such a thing existed, but she was nonetheless impressed. She had, in fact, never met an author in person before. As you can imagine, it was a singularly thrilling experience. Should you ever be so lucky as to encounter an author in your life, you should shower her or him with gifts and praise."

11AMQS
Feb 28, 11:58pm Top

>8 ronincats: Roni, thank you. Whistler needs all the love he can get. Always Remember is simply lovely. One of those books you read with a lump in your throat and joy in your heart.

12coppers
Mar 1, 12:26am Top

>3 AMQS: Poor baby! That's so sad. Thank goodness for strong drugs and comfortable beds. Is he eating ok?

Greyhounds really are all legs, aren't they.

13scaifea
Mar 1, 6:52am Top

Aw, Whistler. Please pass along more *very* gentle hugs for me.

And happy new thread, Anne!

14rosalita
Mar 1, 7:12am Top

Lots of love continuing to come Whistler's way via eastern Iowa! And to all of his human family as well; I cannot imagine how stressful this is for you, to see him in pain and not be able to make it all better immediately.

>9 AMQS: I read Edmund Morris' 3-volume bio of TR recently, and the Spanish-American War section was a lot of new information to me and fascinating. It does seem as though Teddy was exremely gung-ho about getting into it.

15drneutron
Mar 1, 8:38am Top

I hope Whistler gets better soon!

16Crazymamie
Mar 1, 8:44am Top

Happy new thread, Anne! Your topper illustrations are truly lovely. I am keeping you and Whistler in my thoughts and prayers - poor, poor baby.

>10 AMQS: Birdy loved those books.

17jnwelch
Mar 1, 9:18am Top

Happy New Thread, Anne!

>1 AMQS: "Like'

18Donna828
Mar 1, 9:57am Top

I love the opening to your new thread, Anne. The book has a lovely cover and an important theme. I love turtles!

Aww, poor Whistler is a mess but it looks like he is resting comfortably. I'm sure all the love and attention will make his recovery move along more quickly. Will his convalescence interfere with any plans for spring break?

It looks like I might be out your way the last weekend in March. Will you be available for a meet up? We need to give Mary a good send-off!

19lit_chick
Mar 1, 10:44am Top

Wonderful review of Sophie Quire, Anne. Love the quote!

Interesting about Roosevelt's personality ... I knew virtually nothing about the man until I became engrossed in Susan MacNeal's Maggie Hope series. In the last one I read, The Prime Minister's Secret Agent, Churchill travels to the US as the latter is about to enter WWII. The personalities of both prime minister and president are wonderfully written!

So delighted to see that Whistler is resting in his new bed. xo

20RebaRelishesReading
Mar 1, 10:54am Top

Thanks for the update on Whistler. Poor Baby, glad he's resting for a bit (even if drug induced).

21FAMeulstee
Mar 1, 1:28pm Top

Happy new thread, Anne!
The book on top looks lovely. Two more great picture books that deal with the same are Frog and the Birdsong and Badger's parting gifts.
Sending healing thoughts and hugs for Whistler.

22MickyFine
Mar 1, 2:13pm Top

Happy new thread, Anne!

Sending along scratches between the ears for Whistler and hugs for you and your family.

Glad to see you've had some good reads in the midst of all this.

23ChelleBearss
Mar 1, 6:54pm Top

Happy new thread! Hope Whistler starts feeling much better!

24PaulCranswick
Mar 1, 10:25pm Top

Happy new thread, Anne. Also have my fingers crossed that Whistler will be on the mend soonest.

25AMQS
Mar 1, 11:04pm Top

Whistler update: he returned to the vet today to have his bandages changed. Stelios took some pictures. The wound is now huge, but it is nice and pink instead of black and rotting. Best of all, we can't see it, as it is under wraps, which helps us psychologically for sure. He is still in a lot of pain, but things are looking up!

>12 coppers: Hi Joanne, Whistler is feeling more and more like himself, and is eating pretty close to his normal amount (plus a lot of meds). Sometimes it seems as though he is all legs:)

>13 scaifea: Thanks, Amber! Whistler likes to have his ears scritched, and tends to lean into the scritcher and "purr." He hasn't purred in awhile, but Callia got one out of him tonight.

>14 rosalita: Thank you, Julia. It has been hard. It's hard to see your pet suffer, and it's beyond hard to see your pet rotting. It's been hard to rearrange everything to make sure someone is with him all the time. Thankfully my husband has a lot of flexibility, but a teacher has none!

Yes, the book I read was interesting in presenting TR's gung-ho desire to fight. It didn't seem to matter where or against whom. The author presented an interesting generational divide between those who had known the horrors of the Civil War, and the younger generation who saw war as a chance for glory. TR's father paid someone to fight in the Civil War in his stead, which didn't seem to be too uncommon for the wealthy of the day, and the "shame" of that never left TR. TR was itching to rise and train a regiment of cowboy fighters for WWI also, but by then was on the opposite political side of President Wilson, who wasn't about to let a political rival seek glory. The Rough Riders have such a storied place in our history, but the attention and glory they received really ranked the professional soldiers of the day, who also had a significant hand in defeating the Spanish. Interesting stuff!

>15 drneutron: Thank you, Jim. Today we are feeling more hopeful and less exhausted!

>16 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie! Whistler -- and all of us -- are grateful for your good thoughts! I've pressed Sophie Quire on my para. It's terrific!

>17 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe!

26AMQS
Mar 1, 11:22pm Top

>18 Donna828: Thank you, Donna! I think Whistler's convalescence will entirely derail spring break, though to be honest, I don't know that we would have traveled far anyway. It definitely prevented Callia from attending the admitted student days at Willamette, which were not a "must-do" but a "would like to do." She already knows she loves it, and those days are really to give prospective students a taste of what it's like to attend. The first is in another week or so, and the April dates don't look like they will work, either. Ah, well. The veterinary bills have definitely taken a huge dent out of our pockets as well. Maybe just as well to save our dollars for Cyprus. So yes, it looks like we'll be around when you come to Denver later this month. I would love to see you!

>19 lit_chick: Thank you, Nancy! The Maggie Hope series sounds great. I've always been interested in Teddy Roosevelt, and he actually played a huge part in my family story. My great-great grandfather served in the Rough Riders as a veterinarian and general doctor, and was able to write his own ticket with Roosevelt's influence after the war, serving first as the Surgeon General of the Philippines, and then as the Director/Physician of the quarantine station in Hawaii, where his son met my great grandmother. She was traveling with Australian opera singer Nellie Melba, and as VIPs, their party did not have to serve their quarantine period on their ship, but instead were invited to spend it in the family compound. Somehow or other over the years we've claimed TR as "family." :)

>20 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba! We are very grateful for the drugs. He had been anxious and in pain, and we spent many sleepless and restless nights. It has helped all of us a lot for him to be more comfortable!

>21 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I have read Badger's Parting Gifts, but I had never seen Frog and the Birdsong before. The title itself is lovely.

>22 MickyFine: Micky, Whistler says he is grateful for the ear scritches!

>23 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle! It's not over, but things are getting easier, and we're grateful.

>24 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. We have real progress this week, and we're thankful.

27BLBera
Mar 2, 3:18pm Top

Hi Anne - I hope Whistler is over the worst part. Poor pup.

>10 AMQS: This looks like another one to add to the Scout collection.

I love the illustrations at the top of your thread, happy new one, by the way.

28foggidawn
Mar 2, 3:56pm Top

Happy new thread! Glad Whistler is on the road to healing.

29AMQS
Mar 2, 11:38pm Top

>27 BLBera: Thank you, Beth! I'd say that it'll be awhile before Scout is ready for Sophie Quire, but then again, time seems to go by in the blink of an eye! On the Whistler front, things are looking up, and we're very glad!

>28 foggidawn: Thank you, Foggi! Whistler is feeling more and more like himself, though he still has a lot of healing to go.

30AMQS
Edited: Mar 3, 11:23am Top



14. Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina

This is a charming early chapter book about a young girl named Juana growing up in her beloved Bogotá, Columbia. The text is very visually appealing, and sprinkled throughout with images, graphic features, and Spanish words -- particularly cognates.

Juana is just like any other schoolgirl -- she gets in trouble on the school bus for blowing bubblegum bubbles the size of her head, she dotes on her dog Lucas, adores her family, and struggles with certain subjects in school, namely English. Whyyyyyyy does she have to learn English, particularly when it is so hard and its words are hard to say and not nearly as logical as Spanish? But her family offers examples of why English will be good to learn - Juana's Tía Cris tells her she'll be able to sing all of the great songs that are in English (Juana grumbles that there are tons of great songs in Spanish); the brothers who run the corner market want her to be able to translate their store signs so that tourists can read them; and Abue, best of all, convinces her to learn English because he is taking the family to Florida to visit Spaceland! Juana's big-picture reward for learning English is great:
"And the number-one thing I've learned from coming here to Spaceland in Florida in the U.S. of A. is that I'd love to keep on traveling! Even if Astroman didn't seem to care much about my stories, other people did. Because I speak English so well, I've been able to have fun with a lot of new people and make a lot of new friends. And who wouldn't like for that to happen all around the world?

The number-two thing I've learned is that if I want to travel and make new friends, I will need to learn a gazillion more languages besides English and español! That's what Abue says. I don't know if there will be enough espacio between my pigtails for French and Chinese and Italian and Farsi and Portuguese and all of the other languages. Maybe it's time to go back to Columbia and ask Lucas what he thinks about that."

31Ireadthereforeiam
Mar 3, 4:08pm Top

How is poor Whistler? He certainly looks weighed down by the meds in that shot up there.

>30 AMQS: the gold medals usually help me pick wines and books too!

32DianaNL
Mar 4, 5:52am Top

How is Whistler doing today, Anne? And are you all coping?

33SandDune
Mar 4, 11:23am Top

Sending (gentle) hugs to Whistler.

34alcottacre
Mar 4, 1:36pm Top

Hello, Anne!

35rosalita
Mar 5, 8:08am Top

Anne, I'm so glad to hear that Whistler continues to mend. Happy Sunday to him and the whole family. Ear scritches all around! (The girls may not actually want those; use your best judgment. :-) )

36AMQS
Mar 5, 12:06pm Top

>31 Ireadthereforeiam: Hi Megan! Whistler is doing as well as can be expected, I guess. He's still in a lot of pain, but overall feeling more and more like himself, which means he's more restless and does not wish to be confined.

LOL, I don't think my copy of Juana and Lucas had the gold medal on it (Pura Belpre Award), but yes, those do tend to catch my eye as well:)

>32 DianaNL: Thank you, Diana! We're coping. Still rearranging schedules so that one of us can be with him all the time. He is more restless at night, so we're going to change up his narcotic to give it to him when we want to go to bed. Hopefully that will get us some rest as well. Hope your weekend was lovely!

>33 SandDune: Thank you, Rhian -- he will gratefully take them!

>34 alcottacre: Stasia!! It's nice to see you -- how's everything?

>35 rosalita: Happy Sunday to you, too, Julia! I will administer the scritches and let you know how it goes:) . I think we could all use some love, right?

37ronincats
Mar 5, 8:04pm Top

>30 AMQS: The third graders at my old elementary school (where I worked, not where I went to school) seemed to really like the abridged version of Juana & Lucas that I read to them for Read Across America day. I basically read the first few pages and then all the sections about school (skipped lunch and futbol) and about learning English, abbreviating neighbor comments and the like, to fit it into a half-hour period. I had already explained to them that I was donating this to their school library and they could check out the book to read the parts I was skipping over. There's a lot of sophisticated vocabulary in there! And some English words like flapjacks were unfamiliar to them, but everyone in the English transition class knew abrazos. And they all seemed most interested in the fact that it was autobiographical and the picture of the author as a little girl with her hair in pigtails.

38AMQS
Mar 7, 10:20pm Top

Roni, your former school is very lucky! How often do you go there? I enjoyed Juana and Lucas a lot. What a great choice!

39AMQS
Edited: Mar 7, 11:06pm Top



15. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, audiobook narrated by Rosalyn Landor

Jane Austen is balm for a worried spirit. I loved every splendid minute, despite it being not my favorite Austen. In fact, when I was listening, I was thinking back to a recent conversation about Emma, which is my favorite, for all of Emma's faults. Still, I can tolerate Emma much better than Marianne! Holy moly, she is self-absorbed! Fortunately for the reader she, like Emma, grows and matures over the course of the book. Edward Ferrars is definitely not my favorite Austen hero, in fact he's something of a drip. I kept wishing Col. Brandon and Elinor would fall in love. My daughter Marina informs me this is called "shipping" - readers/viewers wishing fictional characters into romantic relationships, and that it is a common pursuit in the fandom world. I asked her if this makes me (unintentionally) cool. Or hot? Hip? None of them, she says:)

40foggidawn
Mar 8, 4:38am Top

>39 AMQS: I also ship Col. Brandon and Elinor, but mostly because of the film version of S&S.

41Crazymamie
Mar 8, 7:59am Top

Well, I learned something new - I had not heard of "shipping". I also love Colonel Brandon and thought he and Elinor would make a lovely pair. You are so right that Edward is "something of a drip" - oh, this made me laugh. I like Sense and Sensibility a bit more than you, I think, although Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favorite followed closely by Persuasion.

42AMQS
Mar 8, 9:29am Top

>40 foggidawn: Yes, I love the film version too, but in the film, I really like Edward. Hugh Grant gives him a funny and sweet personality which helps his character in my estimation.

>41 Crazymamie: Mamie, Emma is #1, but Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are tied at #1a!

43lit_chick
Mar 8, 10:47am Top

Jane Austen is balm for a worried spirit. Indeed, Anne! I've got Austen's six on audiobook for re-read, and you inspire me to get to them sooner than later.

Speaking of classics and balm for the soul, Carsten has set up a March GR for Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall ... interested in joining us? Thread is up.

44MickyFine
Mar 8, 11:54am Top

Our local professional theatre is doing an adaptation of S&S as their final play of the season and I'm really excited for it. I should try and squeeze in a re-read before I go at the end of April. I'm looking forward to seeing if they include the scene where drunk Willoughby shows up and gives his final confession to Elinor while Marianne is dying. Such melodrama but I've always felt it redeemed Willoughby a teensy bit.

45katiekrug
Mar 9, 7:44pm Top

Hi Anne! How is Whistler?

Agree with you about S&S. Also, I loved your exchange with Marina about your hipness ;-)

Persuasion is my favorite because it seems, to me, a little less polished than P&P (which is #2) and I love that raw emotion in it. "You pierce my soul." *sigh*

Hope your Friday is painless and that you have a great weekend!

46AMQS
Edited: Mar 11, 1:12pm Top

>43 lit_chick: Thank you, Nancy! I'll take a look at the thread. I am really bad at group reads. I don't know why -- there is nothing better than books and a thoughtful community to read and share them together! And do reread/re-listen to the Austens! I just love them, and love them more with each reread. I reread (on audio) Persuasion and Northanger Abbey late last year. I will for sure add Pride and Prejudice and Emma this year. As there are so few, I try to spread them out to maximize the health benefits:)

>44 MickyFine: Hi Micky! You'll have to let me know if they include it. It does help -- both the reader and Elinor.

>45 katiekrug: Hi Katie, thank you for checking on me and on Whistler! It is a few steps forward and a few back. He returned to the vet yesterday to change bandages, and for the first time since his surgery last week, she was not pleased. Some stitches have failed -- possibly because there just isn't much tissue on the chest of a greyhound to be able to remove a large portion and have enough to stitch closed. So new antibiotics, continued surveillance. He is definitely feeling better, and that helps a lot.

And Persuasion -- ah, I love it so much!

47RebaRelishesReading
Mar 11, 1:29pm Top

I'm glad Whistler is feeling better but so sorry to hear the actual healing isn't doing as well.

48BLBera
Mar 11, 2:54pm Top

Hi Anne - I'm happy to hear that Whistler is better. It sounds like it's going to be a long haul, though.

I need to reread Austen. It's been a while.

Have a great weekend.

49MickyFine
Mar 11, 4:26pm Top

>46 AMQS: I'll try and remember to give you the lowdown after I see it.

Sending yet more well wishes for Whistler and his humans. :)

50cammykitty
Mar 11, 6:16pm Top

Oooo, I'm not sure if it wa a similar thing but my first dog Dillon had a big lump removed and had that issue with not quite enough skin to close the wound. It worked out and he even grew enough fur that we didn't remember she'd done a bunch of lattice cuts to get the skin to stretch over the wound. Did they have to remove something cancerous from Whistler? I missed the first part of this. Sure hope he heals up quickly, for both of your sakes. It is hard to keep a dog quiet so he can get well!

51coppers
Mar 11, 6:54pm Top

>46 AMQS: Ugh, I was hoping everything was going swimmingly.... Hope the new meds help! Skye sends a doggy hug!

52PaulCranswick
Mar 11, 9:15pm Top

>39 AMQS: I picked up on the same thing that Nancy did: "balm for a worried spirit" is a wonderfully acute observation, Anne. I appreciate and admire Austen but I wouldn't number her amongst my absolute favourite authors. That said I do need to get to S&S soon.

Have a great weekend and I hope that Whistler continues to slowly mend and that he keeps away from nasty other dogs.

53AMQS
Edited: Mar 11, 9:42pm Top

>47 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba. Things are still easier for us with the bandage on -- life will get a little harder when it comes off, but for now we're enjoying some peace. It's always a good time for an Austen reread!

>48 BLBera: Hi Beth, yes, I think you're right. Poor dog. We're still juggling. The girls have a high school choir concert this week, so we're trying to decide what to do -- leave him with a cone? Take him over for a playdate at Uncle Max's house? Get a dog sitter? It's a good thing we're as dull as we are:) . As I told reba, things are easier with the bandage on -- it will get harder once it's off.

There's a Scout book up in >30 AMQS: :)

>49 MickyFine: Thank you, Micky -- we're grateful for all the well-wishes we can get!

>50 cammykitty: Thank you, Katie! Yes, it is hard to keep a dog quiet, but I suspect it is easier with a greyhound, as they are champion sleepers. Whistler was attacked by a pit-bull (or pit mix) about 2 1/2 weeks ago. His injuries were and are severe -- mostly punctures. He has about a dozen patches all over his body that are shaved and stitched, but there was one particularly bad bite that went all the way into his chest cavity. It was gruesome, and became necrotic. He had surgery to remove all of the necrotic tissue, which ended up being quite a lot of skin and muscle. Aside from pain, things had been easier after the surgery because of the bandages, but it is not healing as well as the vet would like. And greyhounds have absolutely nothing to spare, so when it's all said and done, he'll be very scarred. Not that he will mind:) . We've been calling him Frankendog. The pain was very hard to manage, but the worst of that is also behind us. Thanks for checking in on him. It is so hard when our pets suffer, as your poor Dillon :(

>51 coppers: Thank you, Joanne! Give your sweet doggie a hug from us! Hope to see you in a couple of weeks.

>52 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, we need our balm in bulk, so to speak. Ms. Austen makes my commute at least worry-free! Many of our local dog-lovers bought pepper spray after Whistler was attacked. He's really not going anywhere for the time being, so that helps.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well! Stelios and I did several errands together today, which doesn't happen as often as you might think. I got him hooked on James Herriot when we drove to Kansas for Thanksgiving, so now he's listening to All Creatures Great and Small in the car. It was wonderful to revisit with him today (more balm), and I thought of you and your lovely Yorkshire spirit!

54PaulCranswick
Mar 11, 10:04pm Top

>53 AMQS: Thank you, Anne. Those Herriot books are great fun aren't they?

55ronincats
Mar 11, 10:44pm Top

Sending healing vibes to Whistler and hugs to his worried family, Anne.

56Ireadthereforeiam
Mar 12, 12:18am Top

Glad Whistler is healing, I guess it is a slow process.

57scaifea
Mar 12, 10:17am Top

Aw, I wish we lived next door - Charlie and I would definitely come and dog-sit for you... Please give Whistler some gentle ear scritches from us.

58AMQS
Mar 12, 5:55pm Top

>54 PaulCranswick: Yes, they are, Paul. We all love them!

>55 ronincats: Thank you, Roni. He's definitely feeling better, but we're not done yet. Thanks for thinking of us.

>56 Ireadthereforeiam: Yes, I guess so, Megan. It was nearly 3 weeks ago that he was attacked. He's come a long way in that time, but we're not done yet. Mostly good news lately, so we're grateful for that!

>57 scaifea: Oh Amber, I wish you lived next door, too! Whistler and all of us would be lucky to have such kind and caring neighbors! I asked Stelios about Tuesday -- I think we're going to try to leave him. Probably closed in our bedroom, with a soft cone, his chest bandaged up, and a t-shirt on top of that. We'll see how it goes.

59AMQS
Mar 19, 10:29pm Top




16. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym, audiobook narrated by Jayne Entwistle

Ooh, love Barbara Pym! Mildred Lathbury, daughter of a clergyman, is unmarried, unlikely to ever marry, working part-time and volunteering countless hours to her church -- organizing the jumble sale, taking her turn polishing the brasses, attending the daily services, and attending to the vicar and his unmarried sister. She is one of those "excellent women" on whom one can rely, who make up the backbone of the local church and its goings-on. Her life -- she is considering whether she has earned the right to become fussy and spinsterish -- is discomposed when her new neighbors move in. Rockingham and Helena Napier are ultra-modern: Helena is an anthropologist who has no idea how to wash a lettuce or a teacup; Rocky is a super-charming naval officer recently returned from Italy. The Napiers rely on Mildred -- excellent women are always there to accompany to Learned Society meetings, make tea in a crisis, handle correspondence and furniture disposition in a marital spat -- while Mildred is left to contemplate the role of excellent women in society and her legacy in particular. The book is bitingly funny and vaguely depressing, and narrated to perfection by Jayne Entwistle.

60PaulCranswick
Mar 19, 11:47pm Top

>59 AMQS: I want to read that one too, Anne.

Trust your weekend was a good one.

61scaifea
Mar 20, 6:41am Top

>59 AMQS: You make that one sound so good! Onto the wishlist it goes.

62Crazymamie
Mar 20, 11:30am Top

Morning, Anne! I really love Jayne Entwistle's narration, so onto the list that one goes.

63RebaRelishesReading
Mar 20, 12:02pm Top

Oh, dear, Anne!! I'm afraid your excellent description got me.

64lit_chick
Mar 20, 12:09pm Top

Barbara Pym on audio sounds perfect, Anne! Got me, too!

65foggidawn
Mar 20, 1:34pm Top

>59 AMQS: I was increasingly intrigued as I read your review, and then -- bam -- Jayne Entwistle. Sold.

66BLBera
Mar 20, 6:10pm Top

Noted re: the Scout book, Anne. Juana and Lucas is no on the list. I got her The Fox Wish in Powell's, which has beautiful illustrations.


67alcottacre
Mar 20, 6:17pm Top

>59 AMQS: I love Barbara Pym! I have read Excellent Women previously, but I am going to have to try that one in audio form since you gave the narrator such a great recommendation.

68Donna828
Mar 20, 8:55pm Top

>51 coppers: "Bitingly funny and vaguely depressing" is just the way I remember Excellent Women which I read a few years ago. At least you didn't get me with a book bullet for this one!

Oh, poor Whistler. I hope the healing picks up. It sounds like the pain is being managed fairly well, and who cares about scars? Think of all the sympathy he will get when he is out and about.

Are you still up for a meetup this weekend? How does lunch at Sahara on Saturday sound to you? Around 12:30? I wish we had more time in Denver so I could give more options. Arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Monday morning... Hope the time and day work for you.

69drneutron
Mar 20, 9:59pm Top

Mmmm, Sahara was great!

70AMQS
Edited: Mar 21, 12:18am Top

>60 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! We always enjoy having a weekend. I will say, though, that the girls have so much homework that out weekends are often quiet as they're busy working. Callia was knocked flat last week with strep throat, and spent much of the wee sleeping. This is our last week before spring break, and we're very ready! Hope you enjoy Excellent Women when it has its turn:)

>61 scaifea: Hi Amber, it's a good one! Hope you are having a great week.

>62 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie! I think this is the first narration I've heard by Jane Entwistle, but when I was reading about her I discovered she narrated the Flavia de Luce books, which people love. Those are on the list...

>63 RebaRelishesReading: Yay, got you, Reba!

>64 lit_chick: Hi Nancy! She can be hard to find, at least 'round these parts. I'm going to have to get creative to track down more audios.

>65 foggidawn: LOL, Foggi :) . I was unfamiliar with Jayne Entwistle before now, but I do perk up when I see or hear a favorite narrator's name.

>66 BLBera: Thanks for the recommendation on The Fox Wish, Beth -- it looks lovely. Had you been to Powell's before, or were you completely gobsmacked like I was when I went for the first time last year?

>67 alcottacre: Hi Stasia! Barbara Pym is one of those excellent authors I had never heard about before LT. I read Some Tame Gazelle last year and really enjoyed it, so now I have heron my radar, and this one really was terrific on audio.

>68 Donna828: Hi Donna, yes, I am planning to be there on Saturday. This is a quick trip! Why so short? That can hardly be enough Hope time:) . Whistler is doing better. We even managed to take him for a walk on Saturday -- his first since the attack a month ago. He was slow and tired, and is missing a lot of muscle tissue after his surgery, so the vet says he will need to learn to adapt. I haven't actually seen his incision yet -- Stelios is the one who takes him to the vet and he returns neatly wrapped like a burrito. Today most of the rest of the stitches came out and he as a t-shirt on to keep the wound safe from his mouth. Every day gets a little better:) . Thanks for checking on him.

>69 drneutron: Wasn't it, Jim? Wish you could be joining us this time. We've had summer-like temps in the 80s while you've been socked in with snow. Are you tempted?

71AMQS
Mar 21, 12:21am Top

We had to uh... modify a shirt of mine for Whistler to wear, including tying the excess fabric into an oh-so-trendy knot to make it snug. Stelios says he's rocking the Flashdance look. He is looking pretty fabulous:)





Most stitches removed today, but there is still at least one, and the wound is still draining, even after all this time. Moving forward, at least.

72foggidawn
Mar 21, 9:03am Top

>70 AMQS: Entwistle narrated a couple of children's audiobooks that I really enjoyed -- The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place and The War that Saved My Life. I haven't listened to the Flavia de Luce ones, but I'll probably get to them eventually.

73Donna828
Mar 21, 9:35am Top

>70 AMQS: You asked "why so short" about the Denver trip. I'm blaming my retired husband who has a busy work schedule! I will be back in the summer by myself with my own car for a much longer Hope experience. Whistler is looking good. Yay for the walk!

74MickyFine
Mar 21, 10:52am Top

>71 AMQS: Whistler is stylin! Glad he continues to mend. :)

75scaifea
Mar 21, 11:17am Top

>71 AMQS: Aw, adorable! I'm so glad that he's on the mend!

76lit_chick
Mar 21, 1:35pm Top

Whistler looks fabulous, Anne! So grateful that he has you, Stelios, and girls for family. He does rock the Flashdance look very well!

77rosalita
Mar 21, 3:48pm Top

>71 AMQS: Whistler, you are looking better and better, buddy! I love the Flashdance look — you just need to make him some legwarmers. :-)

78BLBera
Mar 21, 6:39pm Top

Anne - It was my first visit to Powell's, and gobsmacked is a perfect description. I think I might have to move.

Whistler looks very stylish in his T-shirt.

79alcottacre
Mar 21, 7:18pm Top

>71 AMQS: Oh, definitely stylin'!

80lkernagh
Mar 24, 2:24pm Top

Hi Anne! Stopping by to get caught up. I was so saddened to hear about Whistler being attacked and that his recovery is so slow and painful for both Whistler and your family. Glad to see some progress in the recovery is occurring.

81PaulCranswick
Mar 25, 11:23am Top

>71 AMQS: He does look a bit sorry for himself.

>76 lit_chick: The quality of the bookstores has to be a factor in deciding where to live!

Have a lovely weekend, Anne. xx

82ronincats
Mar 25, 2:32pm Top

More hugs for Whistler--I hope the wound stops draining soonest!

83Storeetllr
Mar 25, 7:32pm Top

So great to see you again! And what a wonderful meetup! Loved spending time with the gang!

84witchyrichy
Mar 26, 2:54pm Top

Been away but glad to see Whistler is doing better! Love the fashion look ;-)

Hope you have a great week!

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