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2017 * 2: Longbook LizzieD Reads Again! Hi Yo Kindle, Away!

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Mar 3, 10:36am Top

Posey and May just last year!

Edited: May 29, 10:15pm Top

This Is Not a Game
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Wait for Me!
New Boy

Into the House in March
21. The Cutting Season - Kindle Daily Deal
22. New Boy ✔ - ER ARC
23. Last Night at the Lobster ✔ - PBS
24. The Dead Ladies Project ✔ - gift from a very special friend
25. Robert Kennedy: His Life - PBS
26. The Baker's Secret - friend's ARC
27. The Price for their Pound of Flesh - same
28. Nobody's Fool - PBS
29. Long Summer Day ✔ - Awesomebooks

Ship of Magic
The Dead Ladies Project
Long Summer Day
Jonathan Swift
City of Blades

Into the House in April
30. City of Miracles ✔ - ER
31. The Mad Ship - PBS
32. The Anchoress - AMP
33. A Gentleman in Moscow - Gift from Friend who Loved It (Love her!)
34. A Rage to Live ✔ - AMP
35. Crippen - PBS

Out of the House
Mine ~ 7 Wards' ~ 3

Edited: May 1, 10:17pm Top

On the READ NOW table in April!

Best of the First Quarter
A Closed and Common Orbit
Jane Steele

Mar 2, 10:53pm Top

Then, Happy New Thread, Peggy!!

Mar 2, 11:05pm Top

Feeble waves seem to be all I'm able to manage this year....

Mar 2, 11:13pm Top

Thank you, Ms. Cats! You are a welcome first visitor!
Reading today: a bit of *TINAG* (This Is Not a Game), Home (thanks to somebody who just read it --- can't remember), and *Sapiens*. I finally made my way through his discourse on money as the first globelizer (that's how I'd say it; wonder how on earth I should spell it?), which I didn't really need and didn't particularly enjoy. Tomorrow should be better if only I were not playing bridge!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
'Jeeves,' I said, 'may I speak frankly?'
'Very good, sir.'
~ Right Ho, Jeeves

***Quote of the Day***
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
~ P.G. Wodehouse (*Epigrams*)

Mar 3, 4:08am Top

Happy new one and happy Friday, Peggy.

Mar 3, 8:36am Top

Happy new thread! I don't know what's up with your right clicking, but it seems ot work on my Mac with Firefox.

Mar 3, 8:49am Top

Happy New Thread, Peggy!

>3 LizzieD: I've got Sapiens on my wishlist and am envious that you've got it on your READ NOW table! I've heard really good things about it.

I just had to change batteries in my wireless mouse - I'm hoping that's the problem with my fat fingering duplicate posts and weirdness when copy and pasting recently. Maybe there's a problem with your mouse/connection to PC?

Mar 3, 9:15am Top

Happy new thread! Love the Wodehouse. :)

Mar 3, 10:37am Top

Thank you, Barbara, Jim, Karen, and Jenn!
The right-click is fine this morning, so I think it was something to do with LT and not my mouse. (It worked everywhere else last night....and it's working now!) Yay!

Mar 3, 4:36pm Top

Happy new thread, Peggy.

Glad the problem with the clicks have left and its now all right!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mar 3, 5:11pm Top

Happy new thread, Peggy.

Mar 3, 11:29pm Top

Thank you, Paul and Beth!
How I hope to visit more than my own thread + 1 someday soon!
Query: do publishers now demand that novelists open every book with a prologue? The Underground Railroad is the only newish thing that I've read lately that didn't have one. I can't say I'm in love with the trend. I'm also contemplating a major rant on American speech patterns that are irritating me vastly, but I'll save that for another night. Oh, the curmudgeonliness of it all!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
For many centuries, the Celts were a mystery to their neighbours.
He plunged, like the sun and souls of the dead, into the roaring sea, and the ship that had carried him sailed on in the certain knowledge that light would soon be spreading from the east.
~ The Discovery of Middle Earth

***Quote of the Day***
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
~ Erma Bombeck (*1,911*)

Mar 4, 4:18am Top

That's a very wise quote. Happy weekend, Peggy.

Mar 4, 6:21am Top

Happy new one, Peggy.

Mar 4, 10:04am Top

Oh , I can't wait for your rant!

I'll help you get started. My main rant is just that Americans have a kind of timidity about showing any sort of love of language.

That and the transforming of the word "to orient" to "orientate". Complexification of language. Bah!

Mar 4, 10:07am Top

>17 sibyx: Me either, sibyx!

Good morning, Peggy! I hope that being farther south means that you didn't get the 20F we got early this morning.

Mar 4, 10:55am Top

Happy new thread and wishes for great weekend!

Mar 4, 11:20pm Top

Kim and Barbara, thank you for good weekend wishes! If only the weather were not threatening me with a sore throat, I'd be having a lovely one!
Two truths, dear Lucy and Karen: language changes and people have no idea what a treasure their language is - or was. (They need more edumification, to use a friend's word.)
So here's the rant in part.......
I can scarcely listen to NPR these days or to Bloomburg News or the programs my mama has on her TV. The spoken language is moving in dire directions, and this tells me that I am old! So here are some things that you will never hear from my mouth!
1. Vocal fry
2. Nasal articulation
3. Distortion of the long A sound --- I will never say, "Isn't it ameezing? We got it on sell, and now all we have to do is peent it."
4. In-ter-REST-ing and In-ter-REST-ed
5. Poo-wul and Schoo-wul
6. The suddenly development of pronunciation of final letters.... I will never say, "NO-wah! I want you to stop-ah!" (Women with young daughters, are your girls doing this???)
7. "Dih-dunt" (or, worse, "dih-dint") nor "cou-dunt" nor "wou-dunt"
And on the word front ---
1. I will never end a clause or sentence with "as well."
2. I will never begin my part of a conversation with "You know" if I am not planning to establish what you do know or the newer "I mean" if I haven't said anything that needs interpreting.
I think that's enough for a start!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
The older woman sipped her coffee.
We can still hear the marching feet of millions in the streets of America, all of them belonging to the children of Emmett Till.
~ The Blood of Emmett Till

***Quote of the Day***
Every language is a temple in which the soul of those who speak it is enshrined.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes (*Epigrams*)

Mar 4, 11:34pm Top

And you chose a pertinent quote with which to punctuate your rant, Peggy! {{{{Peggy}}}}

Mar 5, 2:48am Top

What a wonderful quote. So sorry to hear that you have a sore throat. Get well soon, Peggy.

Mar 5, 7:11am Top

>20 LizzieD: 1. I will never end a clause or sentence with "as well."
I was doing okay until this one. I've always attributed it to living in England where "as well" is more commonly used. But I am a grammar/word usage snob so please educate me, Peggy!

Mar 5, 7:23am Top

>20 LizzieD: I would never tell you what should or should not bother you, Peggy, but I will say that in my latter years I have transformed from a strict prescriptivist to a much more laissez-faire sort of grammar snob. I have too little life left to be judgy about how other people speak — as long as I can understand what they mean to say, of course!

Mar 5, 12:10pm Top

Ooooo Posey and May frolicking!!! How did I not comment on this in my last comment?

LOVING your rant.

Mar 5, 1:39pm Top

That's a good list, Peggy. I think my biggest complaint is the shrinking vocabulary of younger people. I blame it on the fact that they encounter only the simplest language in their texting and no use of synonyms.

Mar 5, 3:29pm Top

Ranting is always good, Peggy :-)
>14 LizzieD: I like that quote!

Mar 5, 3:31pm Top

>26 Oregonreader: What Jan said!! That, and no one can spell anymore. They write half a word and then auto-correct suggests the word. Mind you that's a great feature for my daughter who has dyslexia and a valid excuse for not being able to spell, but the rest of the population? Learn how to spell!! And to use the correct homonym! Phew. Rant over. I feel better.

Mar 5, 6:38pm Top

Hello, Peggy!

Mar 5, 11:23pm Top

STASIA'S BACK!!! YAY!!!! Welcome home, Graduate!!!!!!!
Hi, Kim. Happy to have offered you rant-space. Honestly, if we don't bother to teach them to spell (and my school system certainly never did while I was teaching --- another rant or examples coming on --- *squash*), why should they bother to learn?
Hi, Anita and Jan. If the POTUS speaks like a 5th grader, why should anybody learn to do better? They don't read ---- another rant coming on --- *squash*
Stay tuned, Lucy, I'm not through.
Julia, I commend you, but I can't really join you although I'm sure you have a calmer life than I. I never say anything to offenders, but it's a visceral reaction. I put it down to my "High Sensitivity."
Hi, Roni and Barbara. I was happy to run into that quote.....
Laura, you have pushed a button. I feel that there's something not quite right about "as well," (Where's Tui? She'd know.), but it's the omni-presence and insistence on it that I object to. We certainly didn't seem to need "too" or "also" so often in the olden days. Continuing rant ---------
"As well" arrived in my little town in 2007 or thereabouts. I listened to our new, young minister teach himself to use it. In the early days I lost the thread of what he was saying as I counted as wells --- a typical 15 minutes produced 32 times, and at least once he even said, "...as well, as well."
Just for comparison's sake, I counted the local TV weather person this morning who said "as well" 3 times in one 3 or 4 minute report - and "as well as" once. (Most people don't use that phrase, which feels more legitimate to me, but I can't tell you why.)
You will note that I've said nothing about the newly ubiquitous "So," at the beginning of any sentence or the equally common "That's a good question," in response to any question at all. How do these things arrive in the verbal atmosphere???
I'm happy to report that I hear far less of the word-stutter among talking heads. I was afraid it was going to take over a year or so ago - (this from people who otherwise are able to speak perfectly fluently).
End of Rant.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
The ship's bells clang out their signal: Andrea Doria's four-master the Triton is about to set sail for Constantinople.
Seize the day.
~ The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi

***Quote of the Day***
Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language while in fact language remains the master of man.
~ Martin Heidegger (*Epigrams*)

Mar 6, 7:41am Top

>30 LizzieD: it's the omni-presence and insistence on it that I object to.
Oh, now I get it. It's like, when my daughter says "like", like so many times I just like wanna scream. :)

I'm glad to hear I wasn't making an egregious grammatical error. I, too, have a problem with words or phrases that suddenly become omnipresent. Thanks for clarifying!

Mar 6, 8:39am Top

>30 LizzieD: Event of the weekend was definitely Stasia's return to the fold. She is the original mega poster and her thread in the early days of 2010 (I only joined mid 2011) 9,210 posts which was double what anyone else had managed at the time. It is quite notable how active she was back in the day by the fact that only on three subsequent occasions in the next six years did anyone else break 9,000 posts. Myself in 2012 & 2013 and Amber in 2014. No one managed the feat in either 2015 or 2016.

I think the UK version of "as well" is "you know". To listen to a soccer player being interviewed is excruciatingly tedious. If we already know why the heck is he telling us?!

Mar 6, 8:51am Top

Mar 6, 11:11pm Top

Hope you had a happy Monday yourself, Jenny! Thank you for the good wish!
Oh Paul, I feel that the 75 group is much more intact with Stasia returned to the fold. I doubt that she'll be the omni-poster that she was in her glory days, but it's lovely to have her here at all!
I do so feel with you about "you know." NO. I don't know. If I knew, I wouldn't have asked. It just bugs me that people aren't sensitive enough to realize that words mean what they say.
Laura, I gave up on "like" a long time ago, and it does seem less prevalent than it was in the earliest days of the century. I wonder, though, whether your daughters have succumbed to the last letter-rah business.
I had a good time today with *Sapiens* and *TINAG* and *Home*, and even a bit of *J. Swift*. Tomorrow I get to stay home (well, with my mom), and that should be a very good day!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
"No!" said Jane Frame, replacing the telephone receiver with a furious crash.
"And," he added, with a flourish that tried to sound mournful, "this is the sad, yes, well, tragic proof of it."
~ Until Death Do Us Part

***Quote of the Day***
What luck for rulers that men do not think.
~ Adolf Hitler (*1,911*)

Edited: Mar 14, 11:51pm Top

Oh dear. I will now be listening to myself and wondering how many of these awful things I say.
I know I use "So," in speech, if not in writing. "Like" is all too often part of all my sentences. I hear myself doing it, I cringe, but it still happens. Sigh.
Something I will never do, though, is use the abbreviated words that are all the rage. "Totes adorbs" is one example.
The last letter-rah business is just whining. One cannot speak that way without whining. Try it.

One thing that bothers me a lot is the dumbing down of the books written for youth. I remember reading Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys when I was 9 or 10, and comparatively, the vocabulary in those books is much more challenging than what is found in the recently published books my 10 year old is reading. Luckily, he has me to feed him better stuff. *grin*

Mar 7, 4:55am Top

Happy new thread Peggy! I enjoyed your rant (although I'm sure I make a lot of those mistakes myself without realising).

Mar 7, 7:31am Top

I haven't heard "the last letter-rah" from my daughters yet but will be listening more closely now. I caught myself saying "as well" yesterday and my sentence just trailed off into nothingness. Peggy you're having such an impact on me already!

Mar 7, 1:22pm Top

Oh, Laura! And Heather! And Jenn! My profound apologies!!! I didn't mean to complain about everyday speech and certainly not of my friends'. I do object to hearing professionals speaking professionally sounding --- unprofessional, I guess. That, and I'm just a bit nuts.
I'm not sure whether the totes adorbs has reached here, but I guess that it has and I just don't talk to teen-age girls enough to realize it. (Isn't it interesting that the male population doesn't glom on to a lot of this stuff?) Surely, surely teens won't take this into their careers with them although we can't say that for "like." *sigh*
I do so deplore lowered expectations regarding reading. Kids can read what they want to read if given the opportunity.

Mar 7, 10:45pm Top

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Somewhere around mile three on the trek up the hill Pitry Suturashini decides he would not describe the Javrati sun as "warm and relaxing," as all the travel advertisements say.
They climb aboard and ready themselves for the short journey home.
~ City of Blades

***Quote of the Day***
I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.
~ Alexander Pope (*Epigrams*)

Mar 7, 11:10pm Top

Aaargh, don't remind me that I really don't like the use of present tense in story telling, even though I do like that series by Bennett. But the tense puts me off before I even start the story.

Dropping off my nightly hugs, Peggy. {{{{Peggy}}}}

Mar 8, 11:32pm Top

I've about given up on contemporary writers and that present tense. I also deplore it, Roni - especially in first person narratives. Oh well. But to say ((((((Roni)))))) is a lovely thing!
I spent a little time with Gilead this morning to be sure that I was remembering things correctly. Home is another gem as far as I'm concerned! On the other hand, whether I finish a book this month is anybody's guess. I'm certainly not getting/making much time to read. Oh well, again.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
It was during the Thompson-Delacroix wedding, Caren's first week on the job, that a cottonmouth, measuring the length of a Cadillac, fell some twenty feet from a live oak on the front lawn, landing like a coil of rope in the lap of the bride's future mother-in-law.
Leave it just as it is.
~ The Cutting Season

***Quote of the Day***
No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.
~ Lily Tomlin (*1,911*)

Edited: Mar 9, 11:43pm Top

Bailey List!!!! (Thank you, Luci!)

The longlisted books are as follows:

Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo
The Power, Naomi Alderman
Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood
Little Deaths, Emma Flint
The Mare, Mary Gaitskill
The Dark Circle, Linda Grant
The Lesser Bohemians, Eimear McBride
Midwinter, Fiona Melrose
The Sport of Kings, C.E. Morgan
The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso
The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
First Love, Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien
The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain

Mar 9, 9:13am Top

Good morning, Peggy! I hope you're having a good week even if you're not getting/making enough time to read.

We might get snow on Sunday.

Mar 9, 11:47pm Top

Hi, Karen! Another day without much time in the books........ We might get some snow Sunday morning too, but they say that it won't accumulate since we'll be in the 40s by afternoon. These are the same people who said that we wouldn't see much at all of Matthew - not a comforting thought.
When I do read, I read This Is Not a Game, which is fun and Home. When I read something like, "But his voice was mild and warm, courteous to the page he read from...," I melt. I don't particularly care for the Rev. Mr. Boughton, and part of that is MR's fault. His "Yes!" has become irritating in the extreme. I loved John Ames. I think I'm going to end up loving Jack and I already empathize with Glory. Adding depths to Gilead (or the other way around) is a really good thing!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
"Home to stay, Glory! Yes!" her father said, and her heart sank.
The Lord is wonderful.
~ Home
(If I have posted this one before, I apologize. I didn't remember the last line, so here it is again maybe.)

***Quote of the Day***
A politician is a man who approaches every problem with an open mouth.
~ Adlai Stevenson (*Last 637*)

Mar 10, 8:08am Top

Love that last one!

Mar 10, 11:02pm Top

Hi, Lucy. Hmmm. I must have more politician in me than I thought!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Paston Village, Norfolk.
In the Paston letters there is a chorus of voices - rational, humane, amused, sceptical, pragmatic, and resilient - speaking across the centuries to contradict him.
~ Blood and Roses

***Quote of the Day***
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
~ Salvador Dali (*Advice*)

Mar 10, 11:48pm Top


Mar 11, 3:54pm Top

>46 LizzieD: I have finally come to understanding "you'll never reach it"-part of perfection ;-)

Mar 11, 6:56pm Top

Dali gave the best advice! (in this case anyway)

Mar 11, 7:08pm Top

Dali was right. *smile*

Mar 11, 8:51pm Top

>44 LizzieD: Wouldn't Adlai Stevenson do a much better job today?! He did forget to add "and a closed heart" in the modern context.

Have a lovely weekend, Peggy.

Mar 11, 9:33pm Top

>46 LizzieD: Smart man. : )

Edited: Mar 11, 10:01pm Top

Where did my post go? I know I posted it.
(((((Roni))))) Thank you!
Beth, Paul, Megan, Anita, and Karen, I'm glad that Dali or Stevenson spoke to you.
I'm just too young to have been able to vote for Stevenson - I would have. Perfection - well.......
I spent my morning making soup and pimiento cheese in preparation for our snow storm. We're not supposed to have any accumulation since our temps will be back in the mid-40s in the afternoon. I'll be happy to see a flake or two fall if that has to happen. I did mourn our azaleas on our walk today. The early ones, a full month too soon, are in full, gorgeous bloom. The rest are full of buds about ready to pop.

That's how they look right now. *sigh*

Mar 11, 10:03pm Top

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
In 1878 Leslie Stephen married Julia Duckworth, formerly Julia Jackson.
He was afraid I'd think him sentimental but it seems so appropriate that I could only think it right.
~ A Very Close Conspiracy

***Quote of the Day***
Nothing is stronger than the position of the dead among the living.
~ Virginia Woolf (*Epigrams*)

Edited: Mar 11, 10:51pm Top

I voted for Adlai Stevenson!! It was in second grade in the middle of Kansas, 5 miles from Ike's boyhood home, and every other kid in the classroom voted for Ike (1956). Not a secret ballot, obviously. I was the only Democrat and the only Catholic in my class. Stood out in all sorts of ways...

My Adlai quote (in my mail sigs) is "A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular." Quite relevant now as well.

ETA: Almost forgot the hugs. {{{{{Peggy}}}}}

Mar 12, 5:14am Top

Happy Sunday, Peggy. Sending huge spring waves over the pond.

Mar 12, 12:05pm Top

Hi Peggy - Happy Sunday. Love the quotes.

Mar 12, 6:47pm Top

Hi Peggy! Happy Sunday. Did you get any snow?

We got a bit. It was all gone by lunchtime. It's still cold, so we had homemade vegetable beef soup and cornbread for dinner while we watched the tail end of the NCAA bracket selection. Husband is happy that the Tarheels got a #1 seed but don't think they deserved it.

Edited: Mar 13, 10:03pm Top

>55 ronincats: Wow, Roni! That's a splendid memory! GOOD for you!!!
Thanks for happy wishes, Anita, Beth, and Karen.
We did get snow - about 4&12; hours of steady precip...... It was pretty on lawns, etc. Then it stopped, and the whole thing was gone inside 2 hours. That is pretty much my dream snow except that I didn't get to watch it fall much and I would have preferred it earlier in the winter when all the flowers were not so vulnerable. The 20s we expect Wednesday should be even more harmful.

HOME by Marilynne Robinson
I started out loving this one. I love the experiment of seeing the story of Gilead through the eyes of the other family. I was hoping for some sort of redemption for Glory and Jack Boughton and even for their father, and it didn't happen. It was only after I finished the book tonight that I realized that Jack reminds me forcefully of my father's cousin, who was already an alcoholic at 11 when he came to live with my grandparents after his mother died. He was the same quiet, smiling man - the outsider in the midst of the boisterous, normal family. Bill didn't have Jack's talents, but he did end up with a wife and child and some happiness, I think, in Texas.
I guess I'll have to look at Lila for a minute at least.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***

Mar 13, 7:59am Top

>59 LizzieD: Such a sad story of your father's cousin; I can see why you might have a visceral reaction to Home. Jack doesn't figure much in Lila, which is much more about Lila & John. I hope you like it.

Mar 13, 10:32pm Top

Yes, Laura, Bill's story is sad. He was a marine in Korea, not the best place for an alcoholic.
Anyway, I hope I like it too, Laura. I hope I find it. It's not where I tagged it to be, and I haven't had much time to look for it. I like Lila herself, so I'll be happy to read her story. I also like John more than Boughton even if I am Presbyterian!

This Is Not a Game by Walter Jon Williams
(*RRRRRRRrrrrrr Touchstones* The correct book is not in the list when I type the title in all caps as is my practice.)
What a fun book!!! It is perfect entertainment for would-be gamers (those of us who still prefer to read rather than play full-time). Dagmar is the puppet master and creator of ARGs, which are played by tens of thousands or more world-wide at several websites and in real life. Players may see a billboard that contains clues or receive phone calls or go to RL events. They post their conclusions online for a very cooperative, group mind solving of puzzles and narrative adventure games.
Dagmar's three college friends, who spent their time gaming with her are the other main characters. Charlie is a highly successful writer of software. BJ was once his partner but was fired from the company before it succeeded. Austin is a financial wizard.
When one of them is murdered, Dagmar uses the group mind to hunt down his assassin. She also sets them up to avert a real life financial apocalypse.
I loved it!
And there's a sequel!!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Dee noticed him before everyone else.
The darkness overtook her, and the scene went black.
~ New Boy

***Quote of the Day***
Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not silence.
~ Samuel Butler

Mar 14, 7:19am Top

>61 LizzieD: I also like John more than Boughton even if I am Presbyterian!
Me too! I'm not sure I agree with all of John's theology but he's still a fine man.

Edited: Mar 14, 10:55pm Top

Agreed, Laura. (And I'm pretty sure I don't agree with all John's theology.)

Mar 14, 11:03pm Top

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
I have lost count of the days that have passed since I fled the horrors of Vasco Miranda's mad fortress in the Andalusian mountain-village of Benegeli; ran from death under cover of darkness and left a message nailed to the door.
I'll drink some wine; and then, like a latter-day Van Winkle, I'll lay me down upon this graven stone, lay my head beneath these letters R I P, and close my eyes, according to our family's old practice of falling asleep in times of trouble, and hope to awaken, renewed and joyful, into a better time.
~ The Moor's Last Sigh

***Quote of the Day***
This disappointment serves you right. You would rather hope for goodness tomorrow than practise it today.
~ Marcus Aurelius (*Epigrams*)

Mar 14, 11:19pm Top

{{{{Hugs}}}} You are too far south for all that weather, aren't you? We were up to 87 today at the house, way above normal. Cherry and apricot trees are blooming.

Mar 14, 11:54pm Top


Mar 15, 7:30pm Top

Hi Peggy, I am hopelessly behind and don't have a single intelligent thing to say at the moment. But I do love the sweet photo of May and Posey.

Mar 15, 9:04pm Top

Hi Peggy, I too am way behind in posting. I'm stopping by to say hello and let you know I am thinking of you.

Much Love!

Mar 15, 10:41pm Top

(((Roni))), the storm came from the south, so we had our share of it Sunday with the 4-hour snow that disappeared. Now it's just cold. We may get down even into the teens tonight - way too cold for my taste!
Happy to see you, Jenn, Nancy, and Linda! You're kind to come here. I can't keep up. I'm able to visit maybe a couple of threads at night when I get home, and that's all I can manage for the time being. I really appreciate friends who come even when I haven't repaid their visits!
I think I have maybe 20% of Sapiens left to read. I definitely enjoyed the first third of the book more than I am liking the last third - not that it's bad.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
The day is early with birds beginning and the wren in a cloud piping like the child in the poem, drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe.
And Bob was deaf, and he sat alone, and slobber trickled down his chin, and his voice had grown thin like a thread, and the day burned on him as hot as the stove that is ready for pikelets if there were anyone in the world to make them.
~ Owls Do Cry

***Quote of the Day***
There ain't no rules around here! We're trying to accomplish something!
~ Thomas Edison (*Last 637*)

Mar 16, 11:21pm Top

Oh well....... I had planned to sit in the car in the sun and read *Sapiens* for a full 45 minutes while Mama had her hair cut. The car and sun were fine, but when I had read a paragraph, the Kindle put up the 'Battery Low' window, and I hadn't brought anything else to read. SO I trundled home, plugged in the Kindle, took a bathroom break, and by the time I got back to the car in the sun and book 2, I had about 10 minutes. That's how it was all day. Mama's hair looks pretty though.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Mall traffic on a gray winter's day, stalled.
It's late, and he needs to get to bed if he's going to make it in early tomorrow.

***Quote of the Day***
Sometimes a day serves only to hold time together.
~ H.D. Thoreau (*Epigrams*)

Mar 16, 11:27pm Top

That definitely calls for {{{{{{{Peggy}}}}}}}!

First sentence: As far as it was possible for an elderly gentleman suffering from dyspepsia and a particularly violent attack of gout to take pleasure in anything but the alleviation of his various pains the Earl of Wroxton was enjoying himself.
Last sentence: "But if you should get into any more scrapes, Des, just send me word, and I'll post straight back to rescue you!"
from my last book finished. ;-)

Mar 17, 2:04am Top

>70 LizzieD: That's a quote I know too well.

Happy Friday, Peggy.

Edited: Mar 17, 10:48pm Top

Hi, (((((Roni)))))! Thanks for the hug; I sort of needed one. And I know that Heyer for sure! Nobody like her - even when she's not at her best!
Sorry you have personal experience with that time thing, Barbara.
Today my mom reclaimed another big piece of her life. She was strong enough to sit through lunch in a restaurant and another couple of hours of bridge. She was tired when she got home, but not devastated, and SO happy!!!! I can't say how happy I am for her or how proud I am of her.
Meanwhile, I just can't finish *Sapiens*. I should be skimming all this economic theory that is basic enough for even me to know it already. Instead, I nod off. Oh well. Persevere.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Maulkin abruptly heaved himself out of his wallow with a wild thrash that left the atmosphere hanging thick with particles.
"Remember this, then, above all else. That we must continue to seek She Who Remembers."
~ Ship of Magic

***Quote of the Day***
Half the people in America are faking it.
~ Robert Mitchum (*1,911*)

Mar 17, 11:52pm Top

Grrr to Kindle battery, Peggy. Glad your mama's hair looks pretty; I am sure she enjoyed the outing.

Mar 18, 1:30am Top

>73 LizzieD: I am sorry Sapiens is putting you to sleep, Peggy. Although I found it worthwhile, maybe you should reserve it for episodes of insomnia? ;)

Edited: Mar 18, 4:53am Top

>73 LizzieD: Luckily not too often.
Happy weekend, Peggy.

Mar 18, 11:34pm Top

Hi, Nancy, Rex, and Barbara! Glad to hear from you all.
Unfortunately for my reading, I'm a champion sleeper. I will finish *Sapiens* before the month is out - I have not so much yet to go. I just apparently don't reverberate with economics.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
There are two Chicago cops standing in my kitchen.
It's time to go.

***Quote of the Day***
A liberal is a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.
~ Robert Frost (*Epigrams*)

Mar 19, 9:42am Top

Love this bunch of quotes from Dali to Frost!

Hope temps are warming up for you. They sort of are here--mainly the strengthening sun and some sunny days. Melting are snow a few inches every day, a welcome thing. I really am so done with winter!

Mar 19, 8:58pm Top

>77 LizzieD: Robert Frost was a cynical old fellow. Perhaps explains the mess the Democratic Party got itself into!

Have a great Sunday, Peggy. xx

Mar 19, 10:37pm Top

Hi, Lucy and Paul! Spring is coming, and I don't know that anything except the world's general tendency to go nuts can explain the mess the Democrats have gotten themselves into.
I'm still not reading much, doggone it, and I have to play bridge tomorrow. I get what I ask for, I guess.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
In a single year, my father left us twice.
Remember what I say: not everything will pass.
~ Do Not Say We Have Nothing

***Quote of the Day***
Ronald Reagan is the first president to be accompanied by a Silly Statement Repair Team.
~ Mark Russell (*1,911*)

(Who would have thought that those were the days!?!?!)

Mar 19, 10:53pm Top

Rats about the Kindle battery! But HOORAY that your mama is doing so well. :)

Mar 20, 8:04am Top

Hi Peggy! Wishing you a wonderful Monday.

>69 LizzieD: I bought Sapiens at Costco the other day and am on chapter 2. It's quite wonderful!

>80 LizzieD: I love that quote by Mark Russell. I was never a Reagan fan, being from California, but honestly! The Republicans just keep getting worse and worse and worse, and more dangerous and more dangerous and more dangerous. I hope the Dems can be smart and get some power back in 2018. I keep saying I'm going to attend our Democratic precinct meetings but am on hold what with Mom's death in December and the financial hash she had made of things. Perhaps by summer.....

In the meantime, today looks to be lovely here, weatherwise. Bookwise, too, with Poldark and Sapiens!

Mar 20, 11:34pm Top

Ummm. Poldark and *Sapiens* sound good to me, Karen! I was a great fan of the first third to half of the book. This latter part is hard going for me although now that he's dealing with consumerism, my interest has picked up. I didn't attend our latest precinct meeting last week, but like you, I hope to get to one eventually.
Today was bridge. I was low. Had one completely bust hand and lots of peculiar, unbiddable ones. Oh well.
Hi, Jenn! Mama is doing really, really well! She has to have a tooth filled tomorrow, so I'll have some waiting room reading time except that I have to work on a Bible lesson. Very good, but it doesn't help my recorded reading for the month.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Penitence Hurd and the Plague arrived in London on the same day.
"... Much, much duller."
~ The Vizard Mask

***Quote of the Day***
Good health makes the practice of virtue more difficult.
~ John Bunan (*Last 637*)

Mar 21, 9:47am Top

This is the day. I am going to go out and just sit on my screened porch. Sigh of happiness.

Mar 21, 10:34pm Top

Oh, YAY, Jenn! I'm off to your thread to see whether there are pictures. Congratulations!!!!

Mar 22, 11:35pm Top

Oooops. I forgot to come back last night with my dailies. I won't try to make anything up, but here are a couple for today.....

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
I had just begun to write this story, when a literary pal of mine who had had a sticky night out with the P.E.N. Club blew in to borrow bicarbonate of soda, and I thought it would be as well to have him vet what I'd done, in case I might have foozled my tee-shot.
Then, hand in hand, we walked down the lane, guided by the scent of frying sausages which told me that Eggy had not overestimated his culinary skill and that little Joey Cooley was busy victualling up against the new day.
~ Laughing Gas

***Quote of the Day***
A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. Another pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.
~ Charles Péguy (*Epigrams*)

Mar 23, 10:36pm Top

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
When I opened my eyes, I saw John Wayne pointing a .38 at my chest.
"They make a great rice pudding."
~ The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance

***Quote of the Day***
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
~ John W. Raper (*1,911*)

Mar 24, 12:12am Top


Mar 24, 10:01am Top

Hi Peggy! Happy lovely spring day to you.

I love the John Raper quote. I'm afraid that I'm still in irresponsible retirement - only doing things when they have to be done. And sometimes, not even then....

I'm hoping that we're past frost although we have a month to officially go up here before we're safe. I think I'll put the plants out that are clogging up my living room. If I have to bring them in again, oh well! At least they'll get some fresh air and sunlight today!

Mar 24, 10:58pm Top

It has been lovely, hasn't it, Karen? I do sympathize about those plants, but I'm not here enough in the daytime to put ours out and then bring them back if I need to. We know we'll have an Easter cold snap. How 'bout Them Heels???!!!!! Looks like their shooting eye is coming back although I never saw a more sober bench of winners.

*First Sentence/Last Sentence***
For many centuries, the Celts were a mystery to their neighbours.
He plunged, like the sun and the souls of the dead, into the roaring sea, and the ship that had carried him sailed on in the certain knowledge that light would soon be spreading from the east.
~ The Discovery of Middle Earth

***Quote of the Day***
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
~ Josh Billings (*Epigrams*)

Mar 24, 11:20pm Top

Yup! How 'bout Them Heels!!! Got scared when Berry fell, for a bit, but they were excellent from three-point-land for sure. Maye! He was fantastic. They're in my bracket for the Final, loyal wife that I am - and my husband picked the dread Kansas to beat them in the semifinals. If they beat Kansas I have ammunition for an entire year. *smile*

I know we won't get by without another freeze, I just wanted them out of the living room for a while. We'll monitor the nights and bring them back in - they're smallish and light enough and I'll just put the plastic trays down under them again.

Mar 25, 5:53pm Top

>69 LizzieD: That first/last quote makes me want to read the book! Janet Frame - I'll look for her.

Mar 25, 10:42pm Top

>90 LizzieD: I really like that one, Peggy. Not enough people know the estimable power of holding one's own counsel.

Have a splendid weekend.

Mar 25, 10:44pm Top

Hi, Judy. Me too --- I put it back on the shelf for now, but I think it will call me.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
For all his desire to shape and promote his children, Joseph P. Kennedy does not seem to have paid much attention to the schooling of his third son and seventh child.
One thinks of his struggle to overcome fear and wonders what, if he had lived, he might have done.
~ Robert Kennedy: His Life
(I'm really happy to have this one while I wait for Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. I have the Schlesinger bio on my Kindle, but I'm not sure how close to hagiography it comes.)

***Quote of the Day***
About one fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
~ Robert Kennedy (*Epigrams*)

Mar 26, 9:14am Top

>94 LizzieD: Sometimes I've the feeling it's more one third who are against everything all the time.

Happy Sunday, Peggy.

Mar 26, 10:34am Top

I'm still mulling over that quote about the liberal mind! I love the Bobby Kennedy quote too!

Mar 26, 4:54pm Top

As a species we give ourselves plenty to think about, don't we, Barbara and Lucy? That's an appropriate thought for one who just finished *Sapiens*.....

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari
I've probably said enough in the couple of months I've been picking this up and putting it down. On the whole, I'm happy to have read it. I really, really enjoyed the first half or so of the book as Haran briefly and clearly analyzes our development as a species. We are a species whose distinguishing strength is an ability to work together with strangers, bound by a world-view that is the result of myths that we share. In the latter half of the book I bogged down. I didn't think I knew much about economics (and I'm still convinced that I don't), but what he said seemed basic to me, and I had to slog to get through it.
I applaud the clarity of his presentation. He's no Jared Diamond who demands some effort from his reader. I applaud his passion - for other animals and for the necessity of thinking now about what we are doing and are about to do to our planet and to ourselves. Somehow, though, I was never completely engaged, and I suspect that's the fault of Lizzie rather than of YNH.

Mar 26, 5:40pm Top

>97 LizzieD: I see you finally finished it! I am not sure I will read that one - economics is definitely not my forte!

Mar 26, 6:20pm Top

>97 LizzieD: Warm Sunday greetings, Peggy. (Wish they were warmer - still feels freezing here in the far north!) It strikes me that you pretty clearly telegraphed where you were headed with this one. I liked it more than you did, feeling he did a good job of putting forward many of the current and future challenges facing humankind as a species. I agree his work is more comfortable than demanding. Much of it is a retelling of the scholarship of others, and as such is easier to absorb than reading the original work. Synthesizers are needed too. Where he challenges the reader is in questioning the human ability and commitment to face the real problems we have created. And I always enjoy the question of whether all our post-Neolithic and post-industrial innovation has made us on the whole happier. I actually preferred the second half of the book, because that was where we saw more clearly his motives for writing it. The first half was a more familiar account of human and societal origins.

I bet you are happy to be finished!

Mar 26, 7:15pm Top

I am happy to have finished it, Rex, and I appreciate your comments. I'm apparently all feeling.....or mostly so.
We are enjoying a lovely spring day - my favorite purple formosa azaleas are blooming and are lovely although the late freeze has bleached them of their typical deep purple incandescence. I won't feel bad for you because you will get spring, and we will be in pretty awful summer when that happens.

Mar 26, 8:21pm Top

How 'bout Them Heels???!!!!!

Mar 26, 11:12pm Top

Hey, Karen!!! HOW 'BOUT THEM HEELS!!!!!!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Blank. There is no entry in my mother's engagement book for 31 March, 1920, the day I was born.
For now, I look back on a wonderful life watching other people work.
~ Wait for Me!

***Quote of the Day***
Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
~ G.K. Chesterton (*1,911*)

Mar 27, 10:08am Top

Good morning and Happy Monday to you, Peggy!

I like the G.K. Chesterton quote. It immediately made me think of PaulCranswick's threads, where cheese has been a serious topic of discussion recently!

Mar 27, 11:16am Top

I'm desperately behind, but I love the Kennedy quote, too, Peggy. Too true!

Mar 27, 12:50pm Top

Nice review of Sapiens, Peggy. I bought his subsequent book Homo Deus on Friday, and if I like it I'll probably read that book as well.

Yesterday I posted an anti-dook rant by a cardiologist at Children's who graduated from UNC on my thread, which I suspect you'll find more amusing than I did.

Mar 27, 12:55pm Top

>102 LizzieD: Peggy, it looks like our Ducks will be meeting the Tar Heels on Saturday. None of us have high expectations (this is our first Final Four since 1939) but we can dream!

The G.K. Chesterton quote gave me a good laugh.

Mar 27, 3:54pm Top

Hooray Oregon!! Hooray Tar Heels. Booooo Kansas. Kansas losing pretty much totaled my bracket. Oh well. I was looking pretty good for a while anyway. Lol.

Mar 27, 3:58pm Top

Dare I brag for one tiny minute that I have 3 of the 4 Final Four Teams? I admit that I didn't pick South Carolina, but did anybody except die-hard SC fans?

Edited: Mar 27, 4:19pm Top

>108 karenmarie: Brag away, lady. I have 2. I lost Kansas, but I hadn't expected them to be playing Oregon until the very end, so once they were playing each other in the Elite 8 I was in trouble either way. I can't believe South Carolina is still there. Sigh. But I've got Gonzaga, a team I've always liked for no real reason that I know of. :)

Mar 27, 7:38pm Top

I love watching Charlie Rose talk about college basketball. He was happy this morning.

Mar 27, 10:41pm Top

Hi, Karen, Jan, and Nancy! Glad to have hit you with the quotes I chose.
Darryl, I did enjoy the anti-dook rant that you posted on your thread as you will see. I also took time to insult Jim (a prime example of the reason for ABC schools in the ACC); hope he doesn't hold it against me. Thanks for the name of the latest Harari book. It looks like one that my friend Rex will enjoy. I think I'll pass for now.
Jan, I assure you that no true Tar Heel is counting his ducklings before they hatch! Meanwhile, I'll just say, "GO, TAR HEELS!"
Jenn and Karen, I don't indulge in prediction...... I'm sorry about the Hawks for Roni's sake, but that's about my only reason. Jenn, you'd better keep that Gonzaga love quiet in G'boro. I confess that I like to say Gonzago. Beacause I'm from around here, I'd dearly love to see a NC/SC final. I'm so sorry that my uncle, who played round ball for SC in the early 50s isn't here to see his team in the final four. He'd have died happy.
Hi, Beth. Mama normally watches Charlie Rose in the mornings, but I missed today's program.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
On February 3, 1813, Leigh Hunt began a two year prison sentence at Surrey Gaol in Horsemonger Lane, London.
This is an idea which lies at the heart of a story about a web of exceptional men and women, who were made by their relationships with one another.
~ The Young Romantics

***Quote of the Day***
You can keep going on much less attention than you crave.
~ Idries Shah (*Epigrams*)

Mar 28, 6:15am Top

Even though my bracket has Gonzaga losing to UNC, we'd like to see an NC/SC matchup simply because our cousin Mike graduated from SC and he's over the moon at how far his Gamecocks have come.

Of course they would ultimately have to be disappointed.....

Mar 28, 10:20pm Top

Indeed they would, Karen! My Gamecock uncle, who played basketball there for a couple of years in the early 50s, died about 3 years too early. He would have been the happiest man in the world if he had lived to see them get this far.
Another happiness is getting books in the mail. Today was a REAL winner!!!!! And to boot, I won a copy of City of Miracles from ER. I need to hurry to read *C of Blades* before it gets here. Anyway, I have FS/LS material for the next couple of days!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
All through those years of war, the bread tasted of humiliation.
The taste of hope.
~ The Baker's Secret

***Quote of the Day***
Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.
~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (*1,911*)

Mar 29, 9:06pm Top

>111 LizzieD: I'm glad that you enjoyed that rant, Peggy. One of the best things about the cardiology pool is that there is a tremendous amount of trash talking amongst the participants, particularly between the dookies and everyone else, particularly by Cyrus, the Commish, who is as likely to denigrate himself as to speak ill of everyone else (all in good fun, of course). I should post an excerpt of Cyrus's last entry, in which he bemoans his DOA bracket, while grudgingly giving credit to his kids, who chose their bracket based on the mascots and their amusement at saying "BUTTler!" and are doing much better than he is.

a prime example of the reason for ABC schools in the ACC

That went completely over my head. Since Pitt is a new member of the ACC I'm not clear on the intracacies of the longstanding rivalries. I still think of us as a Big East school, particularly when it comes to basketball, and although I'm glad that the Panthers are part of a fantastic basketball conference, I do miss the great rivalries we had with West Virginia, Villanova, Georgetown, UConn and others. It's also a shame that Pitt is nowhere near as good as it was a decade ago, when it was a legitimate national contender.

Mar 29, 11:07pm Top

Hey, Darryl! I'm for trash talking anywhere aims are serious! And I confess that the expanded ACC is totally confusing to me. I think that it would be hard to leave the Big East without feeling that your school had stepped down. Don't get me wrong; I love the ACC, but even so. Anyway, ABC schools are ANYBODY BUT CAROLINA! Poor souls! I'm proud to say that my diehard NC State cousin pulled for Carolina for the first time in his life against Kentucky.
Mascots and BUTTler - funny!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
"Many a man, fifty years old, had not seen and felt what I had before my twentieth year."
If the outcome is affirmative, then the family will have some closure, and Nat Turner's body and soul will be reunited with his people just as he said it would, "Somehow, Somewhere, Someday!"
~ The Price for their Pound of Flesh

***Quote of the Day***
If you cannot mould yourself as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?
~ Thomas a Kempis (*Epigrams*)

Mar 30, 11:43am Top

WAIT FOR ME! by Deborah Mitford Cavendish
I remain a fan and devotee of family Mitford, and the Industry will flourish as long as I'm around. Debo (one effect of fandom is the familiarity one feels free to express) wrote this at 90 when she was the last of her family alive. I was mostly entertained although some sections didn't interest me. I was amused and sometimes a bit affronted by the uses of privilege. For example, she writes of her father-in-law begging feathers from ladies' hats to use in tying flies for fishing - and then lolling in the bath underwater while the butler flicked those flies over his head for him to decide which were most appealing to a salmon. Funny! On the other hand, I was a bit put off by her exulting that her wedding dress was made just before cloth rationing went into effect so that she could have the 80 yards (!) necessary for her gown. (Take that, Yes to the Dress!) All in all, I'll rest a bit and then get on with my next book about those lovely blond sisters, or maybe I'll read one of Nancy's novels. Yay!

Mar 30, 11:56am Top

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all. How perfect is that, LOL!

Edited: Mar 30, 5:05pm Top

Hi Peggy! My husband has been upset in recent years over the ACC expansion, although when anybody currently in the ACC is playing a non-ACC team, he cheers for them.

I've abandoned My Brilliant Friend by the way. Sad. BUT, I'm now going to start The Angry Tide, book 7 of the Poldark series!

Mar 30, 9:18pm Top

Another Duck fan, but for now, let's just celebrate making the Final Four!!! Whoohoo!! I am glad your Mom has been doing so well. And that she has a fabulous new do. ; )

Mar 30, 10:49pm Top

Hi, Nancy, Karen, and Kim! This is proving to be a good week while we all anticipate the possibility of a glorious win this weekend.
Karen, you know I didn't love the Ferrante either. I had a lot of other things going on when I was reading it, and it was really hard to pick it up. I did make it through, not being quite as sensible about stopping books as you are. Carry on with the Poldarks! Yay!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
He left the carriage, ascended the short flight of steps and walked briskly past the dozing porter sitting in the deep shade of the portico; a small, neat man, in dark, well-cut city clothes and glossy topper.
Smiling wat she would have called 'his smug, patriarchal smile' he turned out the lamp and added the clump of his boots to the long roll of thunder booming down the sky.
~ Long Summer Day

***Quote of the Day***
Winning isn't everything, but losing isn't anything.
~ Charles M. Schultz (*Epigrams*)

Mar 31, 9:26am Top

Have a great weekend, Peggy. Good luck to your team.

Edited: Mar 31, 10:11pm Top

Thanks, Beth! Appreciate both wishes!

NEW BOY by Tracy Chevalier
Thanks to ER for this one. It's short and quick and pretty compelling - her take on Othello as transferred to a 1970s sixth grade playground. You may read my review on the book page if you care to........ I think she only skimmed the surface of *O*, but the result is quite readable and resonates as a plea against racism.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
It was an interesting pile, the stack of wax-stained vellum that occupied the right side of Bren Cameron's desk, in his office, in Najida estate, on the west coast of the continent.
"I shall be fine in the morning, Jago-ji," he said, and gave his bodyguard no orders, trusting they knew exactly what they were doing, from now on until morning.
~ Conspirator

(This is my next in the *Foreigner* series, and I just can't get on with it yet. *sigh*)

***Quote of the Day***
The only decent diplomat is a deaf Trappist.
~ John Le Carre (*Epigrams*)

Apr 1, 3:43am Top

>122 LizzieD: LOL great quote.
Happy weekend, Peggy.

Apr 1, 6:26am Top

Apr 1, 11:38pm Top

Aw, Diana, that's a darling!
Happy Weekend to you too, Barbara!
WHEW!!!!! Heels in the final two. I trust that Roy will get them fixed before Monday night!

Apr 1, 11:40pm Top

WHEW is right, Peggy! We just about had heart attacks over here.

My bracket is intact - Gonzaga vs UNC in the final, UNC winning.

Apr 1, 11:49pm Top

May you be completely prescient, Karen!!!!!!!

Apr 2, 12:18am Top

That was a close one for the Tar Heels, Peggy!

Edited: Apr 2, 11:02pm Top

WAY too close, Roni. I will not allude to Carolina's uncanny and continuing ability to shoot themselves in their collective foot when the stakes are high. Surely this team with its huge amount of talent can get itself together for one more fabulous game this year!
Meanwhile, I had a nice day. I read a little of this and that but not the others. I am happy with everything I have lined up so far; I'm just hoping that the Swift bio doesn't turn itself into the Joseph Mitchell of last year - always on the list and never read!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
She wondered what it would have been like to be perfect.
The Lords of the Three Realms had returned.

***Quote of the Day***
I can't seem to bring myself to say, "Well, I guess I'll be toddling along." It isn't that I can't toddle. It's that I can't guess I'll toddle.
~ Robert Benchley (*1,911*)

Apr 3, 9:05pm Top

I've been reading my easy books and (I confess) playing Clef Hangers on YouTube singing "Hark the Sound" and "Carolina Victory" and "Aye Zigga Zoomba" just to get good vibes in the air.
I do ask them to play their very best!


Sentences and Quotes will resume tomorrow.


Apr 4, 12:27am Top

Congratulations, Peggy!

Apr 4, 12:47am Top

What a game! What an ending!!

Apr 4, 7:33am Top

WhoooooHOOOO! It wasn't pretty, but HOW 'BOUT THEM HEELS!!!!!!!!
(I'm on the Fire, so that's the best I can do.)
I'm thrilled to be able to welcome you here this way, Toni and Nancy!!!!!!

Apr 4, 10:32am Top


Oh yes! Ultimately satisfying, even if stressful and ugly during.

And the skies are Carolina blue today in celebration!

Apr 4, 6:55pm Top

>133 LizzieD: What a game! It was definitely not pretty, but it was exciting. :)

Apr 4, 11:21pm Top

Still grinning and enjoying all the happy team pictures, Karen and Jenn.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
I am convinced, however dear you are to me, Mrs Anne Wortley, I am no longer of any concern to you; therefore I shall only trouble you with an insignificant story, when I tell you I have been very near leaving this changeable world, but now, by the doctor's assistance and heaven's blessing, am in a condition of being as impertinently troublesome to you as formerly.
You may depend, dear madam, nothing shall be wanting on the part of your ladyship's faithful humble servant,
M.W. Montagu
~ The Selected Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

***Quote of the Day***
It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
~ Oscar Wilde (*Advice*)

Apr 7, 10:26pm Top

Bridge today, so no reading. Doggone it! I'm very close to finishing Ship of Magic. Tomorrow!!!!!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
The young man is first disdainful, then grudgingly polite as Rahul Khadse approaches and asks him for a cigarette.
Then she takes his hand in her own, fingers woven tight in his, and she watches the waves in the evening light.
~ City of Miracles

***Quote of the Day***
The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.
~ George Bernard Shaw (*1,911*)

Apr 7, 10:32pm Top


Apr 7, 11:06pm Top

Hi don't mind me. I'm new on here and I was wondering how do you read books on here(if you can)?
It would mean alot to me if you helped.

Apr 7, 11:13pm Top

Nevermind, I found out.

Edited: Apr 7, 11:15pm Top

I have posted a response on your profile page, AngelFinch

Apr 8, 9:57am Top

>136 LizzieD: Typically Oscar Wilde and typically right - uncomfortably so!

Have a wonderful weekend. xx

Apr 8, 4:45pm Top

Angelfinch, I hope you'll come back, and Rex, I'm grateful to you for offering help!
Hi, Paul. I'm still giggling at GBS, and since I'm reading a bit before jumping into the task of thanking our Humane Society donors, my weekend is wonderful. It's beautiful today, and that also helps!

SHIP OF MAGIC by Robin Hobb
I'm happy to be happy reading Hobb at last. Years ago I tried the first in the *Farseer* series and didn't care for it. I have some sort of disconnect with her, but I like this one enough to be charging right into the second one with the third on hand.
This is prime fantasy, and I can't quite put fingers on what I don't like. I like the characters. I particularly like the development of pig-headed Malta and her even more pig-headed father, who are so sure they're right that they are out to correct everybody around them even though those around them are natives to the situation. That seems a particularly 14 year-old trait to me, and it's just a shame that Kyle Haven never grew beyond it. Why didn't he?
I'm impatient with Althea and Brashen, but I like Wintrow. I like Amber and Paragon and Vivacia. I like Ronica and even Keffria.
I don't like Hobb's names much, but that shouldn't matter; I don't like Sheri Tepper's names either, but I have always loved her books. Rain Wild River, for example, sounds to me like a name Hobb made up when she was first getting the idea for the book, and one that she should have changed. That is so idiosyncratic that I ought not to leave it here, but I can't shake the impression, so there it is.
Anyway, I'm off to Mad Ship, and I know I'll have a good time!

Apr 8, 8:05pm Top

>143 LizzieD: I am going to have to give that one a try at some point!

Apr 8, 11:02pm Top

You should, Stasia. It's completely easy, fun reading!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
It is 1983.
Almost a week it will take to pick the fruit, longer if rain interrupts.
~ Fools of Fortune
(---- plucked off the shelf at random. I still haven't read any Wm. Trevor.)

***Quote of the Day***
He had the satisfied countenance of a man who has never succeeded in boring himself.
~ Peter Ackroyd, apparently on Oscar Wilde (*Epigrams*)

Apr 9, 10:26am Top

Golly, that Chesterton!

Apr 9, 10:29am Top

Hi Peggy and Happy Sunday! Isn't it a glorious spring day here in NC?

Apr 9, 1:29pm Top

Happy Sunday, Peggy.

Apr 9, 10:03pm Top

Good night, Lucy, Karen, and Beth. It was a gorgeous spring day in NC. I'm so happy that we didn't go from a mild winter straight into summer. Our azaleas are pretty much gone except for late-bloomers; dogwood, going; crepe myrtle and magnolia and cape jasmine on the way.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
On a Wednesday in the second half of November, a pheasant, flying over Anthony Keating's pond, died of a heart attack, as birds sometimes do: it thudded down and fell into the water, where he discovered it some hours later.
Britain will recover, but not Alison Murray.
~ The Ice Age

***Quote of the Day***
Toes are the fingers that have forgotten their past.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Apr 10, 12:22am Top

Early wishes for a wonderful Monday!!

Apr 10, 11:01pm Top

Many thanks, Kim. This was a nibbled-to-death-by-ducks day. After a visit to the Dr's office, I traced the problem with my most-needed nasal spray back to the pharmacy's computer and got the refill. Traffic was awful and all that plus my hairtrim meant that Mama and I didn't get to swim. Book club and piano at the old folks' home tomorrow, so we won't swim then either.
On the other hand, I did get to read a bit in the Swift bio, *Blades*, and *Ladies*. It could have been a LOT worse. I had a great Swift quotation for the day, but I left the book at Ma's, so I'll have to pick something else.
No! I just found it online. Yay!

***Quote of the Day***
When I am reading a book, whether wise or silly, it seems to me to be alive and talking to me.
~ Jonathan Swift

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
A white Pomeranian named Fluffy flew out of a fifth-floor window in Panna, which was a brand-new building with the painter's scaffolding still around it.
He went in and began another day.
~ Sacred Games

Apr 11, 12:30am Top

Love the Swift quote, Peggy! {{{{Peggy}}}}

Apr 11, 8:26am Top

Peggy, I know you are a big fan of The Jewel in the Crown. Did you see the news that Tim Piggott-Smith (Ronald Merrick in the TV series) passed away? He was only 70 and was in rehearsal for a production of Death of a Salesman, so this must have been quite sudden and unexpected. He was so good in that role.

Edited: Apr 11, 8:59am Top

Hi Peggy!

A white Pomeranian named Fluffy flew out of a fifth-floor window in Panna... I like that!

I hope that even with book club and piano at the old folks' home you have a lovely day.

Apr 11, 10:16pm Top

Hi, Roni and Karen! Glad to have hit you in some way with somebody else's creativity!
Oh Laura, thank you for letting me know about Tim Piggott-Smith. I thought he was wonderful as Ronald Merrick! "Only 70" is exactly the way to think about it. I'm sad.
I'm also too tired to look up a book, but I'll squeeze a quote out before turning in....

***Quote of the Day***
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
~ Mark Twain (*Epigrams*)

Apr 12, 10:51pm Top

I had a pretty decent day with a swim, finishing income taxes (I only check), and reading some in *Swift*, *Dead Ladies*, and Delderfield. I'll take the *Blades* to bed. I do like Mulagesh!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
No culture shock this time, Derek promised on the plane.
Cakobau was there, an old man with white hair, sitting crosslegged behind the plate-glass window, looking out.
~ On Fiji Islands
(----- totally random pick from the shelves!)

***Quote of the Day***
Blessed are those whose understanding exceeds their capacity to understand.
~ Elizabeth Bibesco (*Epigrams*)

Apr 12, 11:09pm Top

Blessed indeed!

Apr 13, 10:34pm Top

And blessings on you, Roni, for whatever reason!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
I had always wanted to be a jongleur, to leap from the shoulders of another, to fly and tumble, to dare myself in thin air with nothing but my arms and legs to land me safely on the ground.
That moment of risk - now it was mine.
~ The Anchoress

***Quote of the Day***
Writers aren't exactly people ... they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald (*1,911*)

Apr 14, 9:42am Top

Hello my dear, just stopping by, at long last. Twain nails it every time, eh?

Apr 14, 7:36pm Top

Delurking to say hi, Peggy.
I wonder what Twain would think of alternative truths.

Apr 14, 10:50pm Top

Greetings to Lucy and Jan! I'm sure that Twain would have something devastating to say about alternative truths. I'm pretty glad that he was spared the experience.
My more leftist rl friends are now predicting WWIII, and I've straight-armed despair at this point. It doesn't bear thinking or writing about, but it's always there right beneath the surface.
Meanwhile, on the surface, I read a good bit of Long Summer Day just because it is so far removed from anything topical and a very little bit of *Swift*. I'm in love with the latter book and recommend it highly already at only 150 or so pp in.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Coker kept the public bar at the Eagle.
'Same thing, mother.'
~ The Horse's Mouth

***Quote of the Day***
The opposite of peaceful coexistence is warlike non-existence.
~ Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay (*Epigrams*)

Apr 15, 5:17am Top

Apr 15, 6:21am Top

Hi Peggy, wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend.

Apr 15, 9:03am Top

Good morning, Peggy!

As one of your leftist RL friends, I'm very anxious about North Korea and president tweet because I'm going to California in early May for 2 weeks. I didn't think of it in terms of danger to me personally until this morning, actually. I've been worried about my family, who all live along the California Coast from San Francisco to Long Beach. *shudder*

Apr 15, 9:47am Top

Diana and Barbara, thank you sweetly for the Easter wishes.
To my Christian friends, I wish a blessed Eastertide.
To my dear other friends, I wish a wonderful spring!
Peace, Karen. I pray for it and hope for some relaxing of tension way before early May. That means right now.

Apr 15, 10:40am Top

Happy Easter! I hope your weekend is lovely.

Apr 15, 11:18am Top

Hoppy Easter, Peggy!

Apr 15, 4:24pm Top

Happy Easter,Peggy, to you and your family.

Apr 15, 7:22pm Top

Happy Easter, Peggy!

Apr 15, 10:52pm Top

Thank you for Easter wishes, Jenn, Nancy, Jan, and Karen! The very same back to each one of you!
My back is wasted from cooking today, so I'm going to look at a maximum of five threads and head to bed with *Swift*!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
The Dickinson House is a spacious, center-hall brick home on Main Street about three blocks east of the Amherst village center.
Or were her thoughts entirely upon our Father in Heaven, preparing to receive this prodigal daughter who had expended her whole life upon the poetry that described a long pilgrimage to faith?
~ Emily Dickinson

***Quote of the Day***
Faith has need of all the truth.
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (*Epigrams*)
Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned.
~ Paul Tillich (*Epigrams*)

Apr 16, 9:45am Top

And I've been IN the Dickinson house and can confirm!

Apr 16, 2:27pm Top

Or just Happy Sunday!!

Apr 16, 10:45pm Top

Happy Easter works for me, Kim!
Hi, Lucy!
HERE is a dog food commercial with a lot of cute puppies. They say that they'll give a pound of dog food to a shelter for every view, so I'm passing it along.....
Not much reading today. Phooey!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
There were two beds and a wardrobe in the room.
Above the hurrying people, above the lighted windows, above the sodium orange of the street lamps, they hump, lack and silent; unnoticed, unless some stranger to the city should happen to look up, and be amazed.
~ Blow Your House Down

***Quote of the Day***
A book must be an ice ax to break the frozen sea within us.
~ Franz Kafka (*Last 637*)

Apr 17, 7:36am Top

Hi Peggy!

I hope today is a reading day for you. I finished the 8th Poldark, The Stranger from the Sea and am debating whether to start the 9th or take a break for a bit. Decisions, decisions!

Apr 17, 8:15am Top

>173 LizzieD: Love the Kafka quote!

Apr 17, 10:08am Top

>173 LizzieD: Thanks for the puppy fix, Peggy, just what I needed today :-D
The donating a pound of dog food is over, that was until April 2016.

Apr 17, 11:04am Top

The magic of puppies! The little ones in their gym gear just cracked me up!

Apr 17, 6:28pm Top

Hi Peggy, I haven't gotten around to the LT threads much this year. I barely even get to my own.

Hope all is well.

Apr 17, 11:14pm Top

Oh! Thanks for the news of deadline passed, Anita. They are lovely, and I'm sure I'll watch again.
Nancy, I should be a sucker for puppies in an old folks' home, but the gym ones were the best.
Linda, I feel your pain because it is my own. I do manage to get here mostly, but I don't manage to speak to friends, and I feel my loss. Glad to see you!
Karen, your call. I think that #s 8 & 9 are the two weakest of the series, but even so I found much to enjoy in them. I guess I just don't love Clowance as much as I do Demelza.
Hi, Stasia! I thought that Kafka quote was great too!
My news is that I finally read some today. *Swift* is really good. Damrosch explains a lot that I know, but he explains a LOT that I don't know too. Here's an example of an anecdote that amused me..... Swift's friend Harley, Earl of Oxford, was such a confusing speaker that he really needed a writer to get his points across clearly. He was talking to a young courtier who was anxious for an appointment, and suggested somewhat confusedly that he learn Spanish. The young man, expecting to be part of an embassy to Spain, came back to him after taking a lot of trouble to learn Spanish. Harley's response was along the lines of, "How wonderful! I do so envy you. You can read Don Quixote in the original now."

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
An English rain was falling onto the instruments of the band, onto their olive green uniforms and the uniforms of the cadets as they marched.
He travelled her face slowly and, returning to her eyes, saw that she was smiling at him.
~ Small Wars

***Quote of the Day***
If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.
~ Lee Trevino (*Last 637*)

Apr 18, 12:06am Top

Hi, Peggy. Made my way through all posts.

I love Gilead and am looking forward to Home.

New hated verbal tic: Interviewees starting every response with, "Sure," even if no request has been made. Maddening.

Apr 18, 4:08am Top

Dear Peggy just catching up with a late Happy Easter message and enjoying being on the same continent as most of my LT pals.

Apr 18, 11:04pm Top

Dear Paul, I'll say again that I wish your itinerary allowed a visit to NC. Karen and Jenn and I would meet you anywhere you chose ---- well, maybe not the mountains for me although I love them. Anyhow, I hope it's all going well.
GAIL!!! You are a champ if you're making your way through all posts. You are most welcome here. Glad to see another Gilead lover. AND --- I think Americans are growing constitutionally unable to say something without a pause-word at the beginning. Sure/So --- take your pick; either is maddening.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
At half past six on the twenty-first of June 1922, when Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov was escorted through the gates of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was glorious and cool.
And there in the corner, at a table for two, her hair tinged with gray, the willowy woman waited.
~ A Gentleman in Moscow

***Quote of the Day***
The generous, who is always just - and the just, who is always generous - may, unannounced, approach the throne of God.
~ Johann Kaspare Lavater (*Epigrams*) (William Blake underlined the last part in approval.)

Apr 19, 8:00am Top

Missed 168 posts, so some very belated comments:
>20 LizzieD: I know I'm doing some of those things, but can I please hide behind my foreigner status? Ending a sentence with "as well" was taught us a good English (compared to "...,too") and "I mean"/"you know" just happens while the brain is serching for the next words.

>30 LizzieD: Okay, now I get it. :)

>59 LizzieD: I liked Home very much and forgot almost all about it. I believe I liked it better than Lila in the end. Somehow it worked best when seen as a trilogy.

>97 LizzieD: Sadly my brain isn't even able to process the sample of Sapiens right now. It wants childrens' books and nothing else, so I saved it in my "to be bought" Kindle Folder for a better reading future.

Waah, lunch break is over, but before I leave I'm sending some {{{hugs}}} as well. Have a lovely week! :)

Apr 19, 9:48am Top

((((((Nathalie))))) They taught you "as well"????????? I'm aghast. It certainly keeps you au curant, but "too" is absolutely acceptable.
We can't seem to start speaking without some introduction, but words do still mean something. Certainly, "I mean"/"you know" are fillers, but not before you've said anything at all.....
I know what you mean about brain ability, Nathalie. I can't settle to much of anything either, but I plug along. As I said, I'm sorry that I didn't encounter Enid Blyton as a child. I would have loved her!

Apr 19, 10:41am Top

Hi Peggy! I had to skip over your first/last for A Gentleman in Moscow because it's our RL book club read to discuss in October and I'll read it in September.

Poldark #8 was the start of the handoff to the next generation, definitely, but there were still some soliloquies by Ross and Demelza that I thought beautiful writing. Clowance is a lesser-known quantity so far, as is Jeremy. I do love many of the characters, though, and am happy to keep learning more and more about them.

>182 LizzieD: A meet up with Paul would be lovely. But, we need to get going on a Jenn, Peggy, Karen meet up sooner than that!

Apr 19, 11:21pm Top

*Gentleman* is real serendipity for me, Karen. I can't wait to get to it; I certainly couldn't wait until September if I had it in hand already.
We do need to get on the J-P-K meet up. I haven't been willing to go out of town since my ma's accident, but surely I can take one day off when you are both able to get together.
Just so you'll know ---- In my town (the most violent in NC according to one online list) the bodies of two women were found in close proximity to each other yesterday. A gawker at the site fell into a manhole and had to be rescued by the investigating officers. Nowhere else! NOWHERE else!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
I think fit to tell thee these following truths; that I did not undertake to write, or to publish this discourse of fish and fishing, to please my self, and that I wish it may not displease others; for, I have confest there are many defects in it.
{blessing---} And upon all that hate contentions, and love quietnesse, and vertue, and Angling.
~ The Compleat Angler

***Quote of the Day***
Nobody ever makes up nicknames, a nickname is your real identity, jumping out from behind you like an afreet.
~ Robert Robinson (*Epigrams*)

Apr 20, 8:21am Top

Hi Peggy!

I wasn't able to find a copy of A Gentleman in Moscow at the Friends of the Library sale (fortunately?). I may find a copy in the September sale, otherwise I'll rely on Amazon. I do have the author's Rules of Civility on my shelves and may make time for it this summer.

Only in your town - gads! That's awful. When I lived in LA, one of the radio commentators would announce bottlenecks from traffic accidents as "Residual Pinhead Slowing". I don't understand the fascination with wrecks and tragedies.

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday filled with lots of good reading.

Apr 20, 11:37am Top

>187 karenmarie: Karen, I read Rules of Civility a couple of years ago and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Thanks for reminding me of this author. I'm giving A Gentleman in Moscow a BB.

I also don't understand how driving by an accident causes everyone to slow down. I read an article awhile back about the "wave" effect of braking. Cars begin to slow down and by the time the wave reaches a certain point, traffic is at a complete stop.

Peggy, I had always envisioned you living in a small, relatively peaceful town. I guess I got at least part of that wrong.

Apr 20, 10:09pm Top

Hi, Jan and Karen. I thought that I had read *Rules*, but it turns out that I haven't, so I have two to look forward to.
My poor town and county, Jan, are pretty much the worst of the worst in NC, and you may know that NC is not at or near the top of any good thing list. It's an interesting place in that we are almost equally ⅓ white, ⅓ black, and ⅓ Native American. White privilege still rules, but elected officials do reflect the general population.
Anyway, middle-class whites like me know what parts of town to stay out of, so we stay as safe as m-c w's anywhere else.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Richard Burton began his autobiography, "Autobiographers generally begin too late."
Above the voices of the priest and the choir, creating an exotic alien sound in the quiet English churchyard, strings of camel-bells tinkled gaily in the brisk spring breeze.
~ A Rage to Live

***Quote of the Day***
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
~ Josh Billings (*1,911*)

Apr 21, 10:39pm Top


Maybe I didn't like this more out of sheer envy. I worked hard, but I was never able to afford to sub-let apartment after apartment in major European city after European city for as long as I wanted as the narrator did. Or maybe the title fooled me into thinking that this book would focus on the dead ladies. I would have named it *Attempting to Channel Dead Artists in the Places Where They Met and Dealt with Depression*. The narrator is suicidally depressed, but knows that others have dealt with despair and heads to Europe to read their works in an effort to learn from them and help herself.
The thing about depression is that it is unavoidably self-centered, and there's not a lot you can say about it. You can manage your body and yourself while depressed, but in most cases it's there for no reason that you can discern, and it lifts for no reason you can discern.
I was hoping for more about the the writers/artists/mistresses (William James, Rebecca West, Margaret Anderson, Maude Gonne, Nora Barnacle, Somerset Maugham to name a few) and less about the narrator's own problems including her affair with a married man. She does give the reader incisive insights, and I came to like her better in the final two or three essays, but I never overcame my disappointment about the dead ladies, my dislike of sentence fragments, and my essential boredom with her problems. Sorry. I'm sure that a large part of the fault is mine.
I do appreciate the bibliography and have a copy of A Rage to Live ready for May.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Sea birds are aloft again, a tattered few.
I was very proud of my brothers, and grief came quietly, at last, at last.
~ Killing Mister Watson

***Quote of the Day***
Few words have the power of my to divide people.
~ Joseph Prescott (*Epigrams*)

Apr 21, 10:59pm Top

Sorry that last one wasn't better for you. {{{{Peggy}}}}

Apr 22, 9:37am Top

>190 LizzieD: You summed up my thoughts on the book very nicely, Peggy. I agree with everything you said.

Apr 22, 10:56pm Top

(((((Roni))))) and (((((Stasia)))))
I'm certainly not sorry to have spent time with Jessa Crispin, but I doubt that I'll seek her out for more.
I had certainly hoped to be writing what I think about Long Summer Day at this point, but I have another 20 or so pages to read. I'm headed to bed to stay awake long enough to do that.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Death came suddenly for Prince Frederic, ambushing him as he recovered from a temporary sickness, grabbing him by the throat, squeezing his life away.
"He was a good man," he said, pronouncing with unclouded reason his own short epitaph.
~ A Royal Affair

***Quote of the Day***
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
~ Mark Twain (*Epigrams*)

(Oh, Mr. Twain!)

Apr 23, 3:22am Top

Happy Sunday, Peggy.

Apr 23, 6:59am Top

My next trip to Florida will include a trip to one of Haskell's projects in North Carolina! There is indeed a God!

Have a great weekend. xx

Apr 23, 7:44am Top

Paul, that is amazing!!!!!!!! We can hardly wait!
Happy Sunday to you too, Barbara!

Apr 23, 7:48am Top

Hi Peggy! I wish you a wonderful Sunday.

>195 PaulCranswick: Paul! I'm glad Haskell has a project in NC! Hooray.

Edited: Apr 23, 10:58pm Top

Hi, Karen. Happy Sunday right back to you!

LONG SUMMER DAY by R.F. Delderfield

I introduced my mama to RLD with To Serve Them All My Days (which she loved), and when I looked through my holdings, I noticed that I didn't have this first one of the *Horseman* series, so I ordered it and read it. This was how I read 50 years ago, and I enjoyed the nostalgia in reading such a book again.
It is an overlong drama set in a remote valley of Devonshire at the turn of the 20th century. We follow the fortunes of a Boer War veteran whose dead father's business partner sets him up in civilian life by buying him a 1,300 acre estate and funding its restoration from years of the former squire's neglect.
It's a leisurely comfort read, and I will make my leisurely way through the other two books, I feel sure.

Apr 23, 11:04pm Top

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
'And where is the Pentapolis?'
Justinian walked forward, a step ahead, the cry went up from the crowd, calling Emperor, calling August, and then he turned, holding out his hand for his partner, and the people called Theodora.
~ Theodora

***Quote of the Day***
Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
~ Oscar Levant (*Last 637*)

Apr 24, 5:18am Top

Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
Ha!! I think we have all felt that, even if we haven't been able to articulate it so cleverly ;)

Apr 24, 10:55pm Top

Hi, Megan! I thought that one would have some takers.....
We had 3½" of rain today. I know that people ruined by Matthew had to be antsy at the very least. I, on the other hand, got to read some, so I'm happy. I made a strange concoction tonight of cabbage, apples, raisins, onions, caraway seeds, and rosemary baked in a sweet vinegar dressing. It tastes pretty good, but it smells divine. Who knew? (I don't know why I did this. I really, really dislike cabbage, and I'm not a cook.)
And I'm excited to report that I'll be getting a copy of The Essex Serpent from ER. That's two in a row that I really, really want!!!!! (Thank you ER!)

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
The winter is here.
It was just as if a foul pestilence had gone, and the free world seemed as fair as the Garden of Eden.
~ Private Battles

***Quote of the Day***
Cabbage: A ... vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head.
~ Ambrose Bierce (*Epigrams*)

Apr 24, 11:00pm Top

Oh, lucky you! The Essex Serpent was the only book I requested from ER this month and I didn't get it. :-(

Apr 25, 6:57pm Top

I also get a copy of The Essex Serpent, Peggy! I do have two ER books to read and review soon. I am hoping to get them done before the new one arrives.

Apr 25, 10:46pm Top

Roni, I am lucky, and I don't see why the algorithm isn't giving them to you. It should.
Congratulations, Beth! We are both lucky!!! I have one ER book to read and review, but I have to finish the second in the series before I start the ER #3. When I finish my *Swift* bio tonight or tomorrow, that's what I'll be doing, and I'm really, really happy about it. I wish I thought I'd finish it before the month is out... I guess it's possible.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
She was over 375 feet in length, with a beam almost an eighth of that size.
Ahead lay America.
~ Crippen

***Quote of the Day***
We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
~ Thomas Alva Edison (*1,911*)

Apr 26, 8:39am Top

Hi Peggy and happy Wednesday!

I got an ER book too, the first time I've asked for one in 3 years, An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist by Nick Middleton. Now I'll have homework!

>201 LizzieD: Strange concoction indeed. I love caraway seeds and I can imagine the smells wafting through the house. It sounds great.

Apr 26, 8:41am Top

>198 LizzieD: I think I still have a copy of To Serve Them All My Days around here somewhere - and possibly more of Delderfield's books - I know I had several at one time, although I am not sure I have ever read any of them.

Apr 26, 9:24am Top

>193 LizzieD: I stumbled over Crispin's name in the Guardian book section (where it seems I'm stumbling over lots of things lately) where there was an article about her view on feminism and I guess a review for a new book. Now reading your alternative title and "self-centered", I thought this one might be for me. And there's a great review by Lucy on the book page, so I got the sample. Trying not to buy it yet, I'm buying way too many ebooks given my current reading rate.

>201 LizzieD: I noticed lately that the addition of apples can turn a whole dish around and I'm now adding them to almost everything. Yes, and raisins. And onions I guess but I can't have those. Sounds delicious!

Apr 26, 2:14pm Top

Congratulations on your book too, Karen! That does sound like a good one.
Hi, Stasia. You should definitely try one of your Delderfields when you need something engrossing and comforting and not at all demanding. Just be sure it's not one of a series.
Nathalie, Lucy enjoyed the Crispin book a lot, and you may too. I thought it got better as it progressed, so you may not be getting the best idea of it by the first little bit. I do so sympathize about buying way to many books of any order but especially e-books.
I'm happy that Nathalie and Karen thought they might like my concoction. I don't know that I'll ever duplicate the proportions - lots of raisins, one apple, not many caraway seeds, enough rosemary....... I'm not sure that it's possible to smell umami, but somehow that's the way it smells - not cabbagy for sure!

JONATHAN SWIFT by Leo Damrosch
I think I've said enough about how much I enjoyed this biography. It hit me just right, so I gave it 5 stars. I really knew very little about JS - *Gulliver*, *Modest Proposal*, Dean of St. Patrick's in Dublin. I didn't know how much speculation is involved about his younger years, how he wanted to be an English bishop and (however much he came to champion the Irish) how being dean in Dublin was 2nd best, that he was involved with two women (but not necessarily how he was involved with them), that his writing was more political than literary - except for being witty and satiric and completely individual, that he suffered from dementia in his last years. I didn't know much about the politics of his period either, so this book was a clear, well-written introduction, and I loved it!

Apr 27, 2:32pm Top

Congratulations on winning The Essex Serpent, Peggy! I bought a copy of it last week.

Apr 27, 11:24pm Top

Hi, Darryl, and welcome!!! Thank you! I'm SO EXCITED to be able to read *ES* at the same time as everybody else. I buy very few new books, so ER is such a treat!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Most really pretty girls have really ugly feet, and so does Mindy Metalman, Lenore notices, all of a sudden.
"I'm a man of my
~ The Broom of the System

***Quote of the Day***
He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
~ William Blake (*Epigrams*)

Apr 28, 7:32pm Top

Peggy, the Blake quote reminds me of my husband's eulogy of my mother. She was known for attracting people everywhere she went and he explained it by saying that people "follow the light". I've always loved that thought.

The Swift biography sounds very appealing.

Apr 28, 8:33pm Top

I love the Blake quote, too. And what a lovely memory, Jan.

Apr 28, 10:38pm Top

Thank you for the story of your mother and your husband, Jan......truly a thought to hold tightly!
Hi, Nancy!
Hot here. If it didn't get to 90°, it will tomorrow. Here it comes.
I'm about to finish *Blades*, so I will have to decide tomorrow whether I want to be good and read something short and fast in 2 days for my numbers or start one of May's long books. I'll have a look at Blind Justice to see if it's a 2-day wonder.
Otherwise, nothing new here. Mama's best friend turns 95 Sunday, and 2 sons of another of their dear friends took the two of them to lunch today. Everybody loved it! I was happy to miss it!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Having often been asked to commit to print these memories of my association with the late Sir John Fielding, the celebrated magistrate of the Bow Street Court, I now set pen to paper for the first time, determined not merely to illuminate the feats of detection for which he is so justly renowned, but also to set forth those prodigious qualities of character that have enabled him to accomplish them.
Such I have learned, and I am near as old as I write this as Sir John was when he lived it.
~ Blind Justice

***Quote of the Day***
I have bursts of being a lady, but it doesn't last long.
~ Shelley Winters

Edited: Apr 29, 10:49am Top

Love the lonesome quote and the Shelley Winters one!

As you know I've WL'ed the Swift. I'm quite keen to read it, in fact.

ha! I see you've begun your Fielding adventure!

Apr 29, 11:11am Top

Hi, Lucy.... Maybe no Fielding just yet. And, btw, the person from PBS who sent my copy says that Bruce Alexander is dead, so there won't be any more.

Apr 29, 5:01pm Top

>213 LizzieD: What happened to spring?!

Apr 29, 10:39pm Top

>215 LizzieD: Bruce Alexander was actually Bruce Alexander Cook, who wrote crime novels and some nonfiction under Cook. Yes, he died in 2003 rather unexpectedly at age 71. The good news is that there are 11 books in his Sir John Fielding series, so that is a pretty sizable amount.

It was in the mid-80s here today and will be tomorrow as well before it cools back down to normal. But dry, 17% humidity.

Apr 29, 11:00pm Top

Hi, Darryl! We've had a longer spring than usual, so I shouldn't complain. Normally, if we get a couple of weeks of spring weather, we consider ourselves lucky. I can already tell that I'm less able to tolerate heat this year than last, and that's not good. I can remember not too long ago that I was willing to "play" golf in 95° weather...... No more - even if we still had that lovely, affordable par 3 course.

CITY OF BLADES by Robert Jackson Bennett
If anything, this is an even better book than City of Stairs, and that's saying a lot! Some people have called this "urban fantasy," but the City of Blades is like no city that exists on any earth. It's sort of the Valhalla promised to warriors by the goddess of war, Voortya. It's bad though. Voortya was worshiped as Empress of Graves, Maiden of Steel, Queen of Grief, She Who Clove the Earth in Twain, and her warriors were cruel and formidable. Now somebody is calling up her sentinels, and our friends from *C of S*, General Turyin Mulaghesh and Sigrud je Harkvaldsson and his formidable daughter Signe must find the source and stop them before the world is destroyed.
That all sounds like a typical military fantasy trope, but in Bennett's hands, it's something more. With Mulaghesh we get to study the effects of war on a good soldier and a bad one, and as unpleasant as it may be, that's a topic worth attention.
5 stars for me and on to City of Miracles!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
The village described in the Benedictine's manuscript by the name of Kennaquhair bears the same Celtic termination which occurs in Traquhair, Caquhair, and other compounds.
The Vision seemed to weep while she sung; and the words impressed on Edward a melancholy belief that the alliance of Mary with his brother might be fatal to them both.
~ The Monastery

***Quote of the Day***
All men are brothers, but thank God, they aren't all brothers-in-law.
~ Anthony Powell (*Epigrams*)

Apr 30, 6:48am Top

Hi Peggy! Yuck. Nasty early summer weather indeed. Stay cool.

Apr 30, 10:34pm Top

Hi, Karen. This is still spring-y........ Today was a bit cooler, and a steady breeze made our afternoon walk quite pleasant. We'll enjoy it as long as we can!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
On coming out of a faint that lasted for more than three days, Evita was certain at last that she was going to die.
Now I must write again.
~ Saint Evita

***Quote of the Day***
Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance.
~ Charlie McCarthy (*1,911*)

Apr 30, 11:11pm Top

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance.
Another cracker!

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