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Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #8

This is a continuation of the topic Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #7 .

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1Berly
Edited: Mar 18, 1:55pm Top



I Opened a Book
By Julia Donaldson

I opened a book and in I strode.
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.

2Berly
Edited: Mar 28, 2:18am Top



Reading Now
Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson, March Obama Read
We Are Legion (A) by Dennis E. Taylor, Narrated by Ray Porter
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
Harry Potter re-read and April Obama Read

Future Maybes
Poetry Month Choice
Being Mortal by Atul Gawade -- RL Bookclub
Lincoln in the Bardo (IR) by George Saunders
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (K) by Douglas Preston
Evicted by Desmond
I Am No One by Patrick Flanery -- LT ER
Nutshell (L) by Ian McEwan




Read in March
29. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (456 pages) by Anne Brontë 3.0
28. The Obsession (480pages) by Nora Roberts 3.5
27. The Sign of Four (92 pages) (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Read by Stephen Fry 3.0
26. Dr. Mütter's Marvels (304 pages) by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 4.5
25. Insidious (447 pages) by Catherine Coulter 3.5
24. Hunting Badger (324 pages) (K) A Leaphorn Mystery by Tony Hillerman 3.5
23. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (84 pages) (IR) by George Saunders 4.0
22. The Madwoman Upstairs (341 pages) by Catherine Lowell 3.75
21. The Globe: The Science of Discworld II (345 pages) by Terry Pratchett, for Paul's BAC 3.0
20. A Study in Scarlett (124 pages) (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, collection read by Stephen Fry 3.0
19. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (304 pages) (A) by Trevor Noah 5.0
18. The Night Beat (K) (30 pages?) Short story by Harry Bingham 3.75

Read in February / 2590 pages / 5,273 YTD
17. Talking to the Dead (368 pages)(K) by Harry Bingham 4.0
16. Life on Mars: Poems (76 pages) by Tracy K. Smith 3.5
15. Behind the Beautiful Forevers (256 pages)(OS) by Katherine Boo, for Feb Obama Reading Challenge 4.0
14. Invisible Man (608 pages) (A) by Ralph Ellison, read by Joe Morton, reread of a classic 4.0
13. Nights at the Circus (294 pages) by Angela Carter w/ Cammykitty (Late Bowie read) 2.5
12. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (316 pages) by Amy Schumer 3.5
11. Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott (LT)(215 pages) Joyce Wallace Scott 5.0
10. Jane Eyre, (457 pages)(OS) by Charlotte Bronte, classic reread for RL book group 4.5

Read in January / 2,683 pages
9. The Secret History of Wonder Woman (OTS)(332 pages not incl. the index) by Jill Lepore 4.0
8. Kindred (264 pages)(L)(K) by Octavia Butler 4.0
7. The Vegetarian (201 pages) by Han Kang 4.5
6. Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos Meg Langslow #3(288 pgs)(L)(K)by Donna Andrews 3.0
5. An Obvious Fact (336 pages)(A)(L) by Craig Johnson 3.5
4. Fun Home. A Family Tragicomic (232 page)(GN) by Alison Bechdel--RL Bookclub 4.0
3. Night of Fire (358 pages) (IR) by Colin Thubron 4.5
2. Fire Touched Mercy Thompson novel #9 (352 pages)(K)(L) by Patricia Briggs 4.0
1. Murder with Peacocks (320 pages)(K)(L) 1st in Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews 3.0

Rating System
I think I am giving out too many high scores, so I needed to post a rating chart and I borrowed Karenmarie's. You probably won't see many below three because I am less afraid to use the Pearl rule now, but "Anathema" tickled me. So many books, so little time!

Masterpiece 5.0
Stunning 4.5
Excellent 4.0
Very Good 3.5
Good 3.0
Average 2.5
Bad 2.0
Very Bad 1.5
Don't Bother 1.0
Anathema 0.5

A=Audio
L=Library
OTS=Off the shelf
N=New/Gift
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
K=Kindle
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

3Berly
Edited: Mar 28, 2:09am Top



Welcome to the President Obama Challenge!!

This is a chance to read one of his books, or several; independently or following a monthly theme. Just have fun and let us know what you are reading and what you think about it! There are more books suggestions on the thread.

April--Excellent Novels and Poetry collections
(Coinciding with Mark's Poetry Month)
1. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese ✔ ✔
2. To the End of the Land, David Grossman
3. Purity, Jonathan Franzen
4. A Bend in the River, V. S. Naipau
5. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
6. Lush Life, Richard Price
7. Netherland, Joseph O’Neill
8. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie
9. Redeployment, Phil Klay
10. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison ✔ ✔
11. Plainsong, Kent Haruf
12. The Way Home, George Pelecanos
13. What Is the What, Dave Eggers
14. Philosophy & Literature, Peter S Thompson
15. Collected Poems, Derek Walcott
16. In Dubious Battle, John Steinbeck
17. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn ✔ ✔
18. The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin
19. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling planned re-read of April ✔ ✔

March
1. Moby Dick, Herman Melville ✔ ✔
2. Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson--planned read for March
3. Song Of Solomon, Toni Morrison ✔ ✔
4. Parting The Waters, Taylor Branch
5. Gilead, Marylinne Robinson ✔ ✔
6. Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam
7. The Federalist, Alexander Hamilton
8. Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois
9. The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
10. The Quiet American, Graham Greene
11. Cancer Ward, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ✔ ✔
12. Gandhi’s autobiography
13. Working, Studs Terkel
14. Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
15. Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith
16. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren ✔ ✔

February -- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo ✔ ✔

What are you going to read? Click on the link and tell everyone!! (✔ ✔ are ones I have read)

https://www.librarything.com/topic/247375

4Berly
Edited: Mar 28, 2:09am Top

Plans for Reading


The President Obama Reading Challenge
https://www.librarything.com/topic/247375
February - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo ✔ ✔
March - Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
April - I am thinking Harry Potter re-read
May-
Summer -
September -
October -
November -
December -

RL Book Club #1
February - Jane Eyre - Jane Austin ✔ ✔
April - Being Mortal - Atul Gawade
June - America's First Daughter - Laura Kanole, Stephanie Dray
August - In the Time of Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
October - Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
December - Choose new books! ✔ ✔

And RL Book Club #2
January - snowed out : (
February - Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel ✔ ✔
March - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (read last year) ✔ ✔
April - Born A Crime by Trevor Noah ✔ ✔
May-
Summer - Off!
September -
October -
November -

And just maybe an occasional one from here, Mark's AAC or Paul's BAC

January AAC- Kindred by Octavia Butler ✔ ✔
February BAC - The Globe by Terry Pratchett ✔ ✔
March- William Styron
April- Poetry Month
May- Zora Neale Hurston
June- AAC Sherman Alexie or BAC Georgette Heyer
July- James McBride
August- Patricia Highsmith
September- Short Story Month
October- Commonwealth (OS) by Ann Patchett
November- Russell Banks
December- AAC Ernest Hemingway or BAC Neil Gaiman

luvamystery65/Roberta's Tony Hillerman and ???

January - The First Eagle
February -
March - Hunting Badger ✔ ✔
April -
May - The Wailing Wind
June -
July - The Sinister Pig
August -
September - Skeleton Man
October -
November - The Shape Shifter
December -

And because I don't have enough going on..maybe Ellen's Erdrich thread:

February: The Round House

March (optional): LaRose reading now

April: The Master Butchers' Singing Club

June: The Birchbark House

August: The Beet Queen

October: The Bingo Palace

December: The Antelope Wife or The Painted Drum

5Berly
Edited: Mar 18, 1:34pm Top



Favorites from this year:

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 5.0
Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott by Joyce Wallace Scott 5.0
The Vegetarian by Han Kang 4.5

Favorites from last year:

Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson 4.5
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore 4.5
A History of the World In 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor 4.5
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes 4.5
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman 5.0
The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens 4.5
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs 4.5
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens 4.5
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchet 5.0
Eleanor Jason Gurley 4.5
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters 5.0
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeannete Winterson 5.0
And Again by Jessica Chiarella 4.5
As I Lay Dying by Faulkner 5.0

6Berly
Edited: Mar 18, 1:34pm Top



These are series I still want to follow. This list will evolve over time...

Dublin Murder Squad by Tanya French (on #2 The Likeness)
#2 Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
Cormoran Strike--#4 whenever that comes out
Alex Cross--I have read (17) and (23)
Alpha and Omega--Next is Dead Heat (4)
Author Terry Pratchett, Discworld, Wyrd Sisters Souloftherose's fault ; )
Longmire Series: now on (9)
The Gaslit Empire Series: (3) The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire
Morgue Drawer by Jutta Profijt (on book 6, not out yet)
Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs--next up is (10)
Meg Langslow Mysteries by Donna Andrews (Read #1, 2, 3, 7, 20)
Spenser and Hawk Series, by Robert Parker (Read # 1,2,3, 15,16,20) And Ace Atkins
Maggie Hope series by Susan Ella MacNeal (on #2 Princess Elizabeth's Spy)
Fiona Griffiths Crime Series by Harry Bingham (on book #1)

Finished:
End of Watch in Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

7Berly
Edited: Mar 21, 6:38pm Top



New Books in 2017
✔ ✔ = read

A=Audio
N=New/Gift
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=INDIEspensable Readers
K=Kindle
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

8th Thingaversary
1. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (GN) by Alison Bechdel ✔ ✔
2. The Vegetarian by Han Kang ✔ ✔
3. Commonwealth (TBR in October) by Ann Patchett
4. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
5. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer ✔ ✔
6. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
7. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter ✔ ✔
8. Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith ✔ ✔
+1. Self-Reliance and other essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Others
10. Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson (Free--Audible)
11. The Night Bird by Brian Freeman (Free--Kindle First Pre-Release)
12. Night of Fire (IR) by Colin Thubron ✔ ✔
13. Moonglow (IR) by Michael Chabon
14. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (from MichiganTrumpet) ✔ ✔
15: History of Wolves (IR) by Emily Fredlund
16: Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith
17. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
18. Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Christen O'Keefe Aptowicz ✔ ✔
19. Talking to the Dead (K) by Harry Bingham ✔ ✔
20. Love Story, With Murders (K) by Harry Bingham
21. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (K) by Harry Bingham
22. This Thing of Darkness (K) by Harry Bingham
23. The Dead House (K) by Harry Bingham
24. The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (K) by Douglas Preston
25. Sherlock Holmes Collection read by Stephen Fry (have read book 1, 2 ✔ ✔)
26. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (IR) by George Saunders ✔ ✔
27. Lincoln in the Bardo (IR) by George Saunders
28. A Criminal Defense by William L Meyers, Jr (Free-K) no touchstone
29. 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die
30. The Ice Twins: A Novel by S. K. Tremayne
31. Insidious by Catherine Coulter ✔ ✔
31. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
32. The Obsession BY Nora Roberts
33. We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
34. Good poems selected by Garrison Keillor
33. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay Thank you BLBera!!
35. Milk and Honey poetry by rupi kaur
36. The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (I am on a Brontë tear this year!)
37. Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
38. Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir Aczel (April--CultureCAT Challenge hosted by EBT1002)
39. Seamus Heaney collected works 1966-1987 (April--Mark's Poetry Month)
40. Kafka on the Shore by Murakami
41. A Wild Sheep Chase by Murakami
42. Babayaga by Toby Barlow
43. Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (Tournament of Books)
44. Pond by Clare-Louise Bennett
45. All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks
46. The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky

8Berly
Edited: Mar 18, 1:44pm Top



Welcome!!

9Ameise1
Mar 18, 1:45pm Top

Happy new one, Kim.

10ronincats
Mar 18, 1:45pm Top

Have a great time at the meet-up today, and don't forget to take pictures!!!

11Berly
Edited: Mar 18, 2:01pm Top

>8 Berly: Thanks, Barbara! For you, a comfy chair, a little something to drink, and some books!! Stay for a while. : )

12Berly
Mar 18, 2:32pm Top

>10 ronincats: Thanks!! I won't!

Off to the meet-up. : )

13karenmarie
Mar 18, 2:49pm Top

Happy New Thread, Berly!

Have fun today with the meet up.

14Ameise1
Mar 18, 4:13pm Top

>11 Berly: Thanks so much. Perfect timing cause I need it.

15thornton37814
Mar 18, 4:25pm Top

Happy New Thread!

16Familyhistorian
Mar 18, 4:44pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim. I love the opening poem!

17johnsimpson
Mar 18, 5:08pm Top

Happy new thread Kim my dear and hope you have a really great meet-up dear lady.

18Crazymamie
Mar 18, 6:08pm Top

Happy new one, Kim! I am sure you are out painting the town red right now - enjoy!

19drneutron
Mar 18, 8:15pm Top

Happy new thread!

20BLBera
Mar 19, 12:16am Top

Great new thread, Kim. I love the poem at the top. Thanks so much for arranging a great day. I had a lot of fun. Take care and get some rest.

21EBT1002
Edited: Mar 19, 12:19am Top

Great meetup, Kimmers! I hope you feel better tomorrow!

By the way, A Wild Sheep Chase is apparently third in a series. The first two are Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973. I'm not sure how cohesive a series it is, but this is how they are listed in LibraryThing.

22Ireadthereforeiam
Edited: Mar 19, 4:24am Top

>11 Berly: i am just imagining that if I went into someone's house and saw that- I would be so distracted and unable to have normal conversation until I had checked out each of the books in that pile. It'd be hard, and I'd probably just wish everyone would go away so I could do it properly ;) (I know yo know I don't mean to be rude, and that my comment here will be understood)

Happy newest! Now I better go back and see what I missed of the last thread...

ETA: love that you stepped in with the definition of your words in the last thread. It was all I could do not to copy and paste them somewhere just because....but, I'm not promising I won't go back ;)

23Berly
Edited: Mar 19, 7:10am Top

>13 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. : ) Pictures below...

>14 Ameise1: Welcome! Uh-oh...why do you need it? I will check your thread...

>15 thornton37814: Thank you, Lori!

>16 Familyhistorian: Meg--Glad you liked the poem. Thanks for coming by. : )

24Berly
Edited: Mar 19, 7:05am Top

>17 johnsimpson: John--The Meet-up was so much fun! More below...

>18 Crazymamie: Crazy--I ran out of red paint. Besides, everyone is still into Green this weekend! ; ) And I am up at 4 in the morning, because something woke me up and now I am wide awake. Sigh.

>19 drneutron: Thanks, Jim! Happy Sunday.

>20 BLBera: Hi Beth! Long time no talk, LOL. Have a safe trip back--it was so much fun to see you again and thank you for the books!!

25Berly
Mar 19, 6:29am Top


>21 EBT1002: Ellen--I know you have been traveling like crazy and I am so glad you were up for squeezing this trip in. It was so great to see you!

Uh-oh. Third in a series. Dang it. Do we read it out of order or get the other two from the library and start from the beginning?

>22 Ireadthereforeiam: Hi Megan! You know I would totally support your investigative nature and the call to check out the books, LOL. Glad you liked the definitions--You just gotta know, right?!

26Berly
Edited: Mar 19, 7:13am Top

Hurray!! The Meet-up is here.



Judy (ffortsa), Kim (Berly), and Beth (BLBera)



Portland Art Museum



Judy (ffortsa), her cousin, and Beth (BLBera)

27Berly
Edited: Mar 19, 6:51am Top

Powell's and the Loot!!



Beth (BLBera), Ellen (EBT1002), Juli (SuziQOregon), Kim (Berly), Deborah (arubabookwoman), Judy (ffortsa)



I already got one at the grocery store this week, so I didn't get any of these...this time!! LOL

28Berly
Edited: Mar 19, 12:19pm Top

The gang is all here!!!



Deborah (arubabookwoman), Ellen (EBT10020 and Judy (ffortsa)



Beth (BLBera), Kim (berly) , Juli (SuziQoregon)



(In red is Beth's sister and not pictured was Deborah's indulgent husband)

We had a few people who had to drop at the last second and they were missed: Rhonda (Banjo123), Maggie1944 (Karen), and Jan (Oregonreader). Next time!!

29Berly
Edited: Mar 19, 7:12am Top

I don't know about the rest of you, but I had so much fun!! I got way too many books at Powell's--and I blame all of you! Thanks for being my partners in crime and enabling the heist. ; )

30lauralkeet
Mar 19, 7:20am Top

Such amazing photos!! It looks like everyone had a great time.
Um ... it's oh-dark-30 where you are Kim. Insomnia again?! At least you're making good use of your time, LOL. Sending a little hug nevertheless!

31Berly
Mar 19, 7:22am Top

>30 lauralkeet: I know. It's 4:20am, dang it. Something woke me up and I am wide awake. Sigh. I am going to try to go back to sleep and I will post my purchases later. Thanks for the hug! : )

32Ameise1
Mar 19, 7:49am Top

Thanks so much for posting all these gorgeous photos. It looks like you had a fabulous time.

33maggie1944
Mar 19, 8:38am Top

I am very green with jealousy, sitting quietly in my apt., very, very early on Sunday, reading my NY Times book review newspaper, wishing for more books, always more books!

Looks like it was a sweet Meet-Up as it seems it always is when we meet at Powell's.

Thanks for the great photographs.

34ursula
Mar 19, 8:42am Top

>21 EBT1002:, >25 Berly: Murakami considers A Wild Sheep Chase his first book. He didn't allow the first two to be published in English until last year. I just finished reading Wind / Pinball (they were combined into one book for the US) and there's no reason to read those before A Wild Sheep Chase. There's really no reason to read them at all, unless you're really into seeing where writers started out. They're both okay, and they both feature the same characters as Sheep Chase but there's not really any development to speak of that you'd be missing out on if you skipped them.

35msf59
Mar 19, 8:49am Top

Happy New Thread, Kimmers! LOVE the Meet-Up photos. The only thing missing is a male presence...particularly ME. It looks like a wonderful time. So glad Beth & Judy made it too. How special.

I hope you were able to get back to sleep...poor thing.

36sibyx
Mar 19, 8:56am Top

LOVE the poem topper!

My ENVY at your recent meet-up knows no bounds. I've had a few but never a group, just two of us.

37katiekrug
Mar 19, 9:13am Top

The meet-up looks great! (And I love the photo of you with the romance display!)

Looks like you all had great fun. Thanks for posting the pictures!

38FAMeulstee
Mar 19, 9:14am Top

Happy new thread, Kim, I love the top picture it's book imagination like the poem.
Thanks for sharing the meet-up pictures, you all look happy being together and with the purchased books :-)

39PaulCranswick
Mar 19, 11:21am Top

Happy new thread, Kimmers.

I can see it is indeed a happy one with six of the gang meeting up in that Mecca of books; Powells. Pray tell what did you buy?

Love the photos.

40Berly
Edited: Mar 19, 12:19pm Top

>32 Ameise1: It was absolutely a blast! Thanks again to Beth (BLBera) for deciding to attend her conference out here and giving us enough time to gather a crowd. It's immensely fun to meet my LT friends in person, to share stories, phone photos, and get hit with real live book bullets.

>33 maggie1944: I am so sorry that you were not able to join us this time. You were definitely missed! How is Ms. Greta doing? Sending good mojo to her and a hug to you. Hopefully you can make the next one!

>34 ursula: You are the best!! I will just start with the Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase then and not worry about it. Phew! Hear that Ellen? : )

>35 msf59: Glad you enjoyed the photos, Mark. And next time you better be in the photos! I am holding you to a visit within the next year. ; )

41Berly
Mar 19, 12:18pm Top

>36 sibyx: Glad you liked the poem!! A group is totally fun, but meeting one-on-one is also wonderful. I would jump at either chance. : ) LTers are truly an amazing bunch of people: interesting, kind, smart and fun.

>37 katiekrug: Ha!! I thought you might like that photo. ; ) I just started The Obsession last night (when I couldn't sleep). So far, gotta say, no romance but lots of creepy serial killer stuff. Also, not helpful when trying to sleep. LOL

>38 FAMeulstee: I am glad you like the topper and the poem. I though they were a good pairing, too. : ) I loved every part of the Meet-up and will enjoy reading some of the books I bought with the people who talked me into them! They will have little notes in them that say "So-and-So's Fault"!! LOL

>39 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! A designated Mecca...yup! That's Powell's. : )

I will happily post my purchases later today. Right now I am off to IKEA with my daughter to find a bed frame and then we have to go assemble things in her apartment. I'll be back this afternoon.

Happy Sunday everyone!

42ronincats
Mar 19, 1:03pm Top

Wonderful pictures, Kim! I hope you can work in a nap later today. Maybe after assembling the bed at your daughter's new apartment?

43lunacat
Mar 19, 2:09pm Top

Wonderful to see the meetup photos! It looks like you all had a fabulous time.

44EBT1002
Mar 19, 2:14pm Top

>25 Berly: "Do we read it out of order or get the other two from the library and start from the beginning?"

It's a valid question. Maybe someone who is a Murakami aficionado can advise us. In any case, let's start with that mutual-support read of Kafka on the Shore (after I read Norwegian Wood!) and then decide.

45EBT1002
Mar 19, 2:15pm Top

>34 ursula: and >40 Berly: Oh. Now I hear that! Cool beans. We'll go with the one we bought (after all, that title!...)

46EBT1002
Edited: Mar 19, 2:16pm Top

Hmmm, and now, based on >34 ursula:, I'm wondering if we should dive into A Wild Sheep Chase before I read Norwegian Wood!

47EBT1002
Mar 19, 2:18pm Top

Thanks for posting pictures, Kim! I think my favorite is the one of you by the Romance novels. ;-)

48drneutron
Mar 19, 2:29pm Top

Nice pic! It's great to see how LTers get together and enjoy good times. :)

49alcottacre
Mar 19, 3:21pm Top

Love seeing another LT meetup!

50BLBera
Mar 19, 3:27pm Top

Thanks for the pictures, Kim, and thanks for organizing a great meet-up - the most fun I've had in a long time. And, all of my purchases fit into my suitcase.

Good luck with the IKEA and construction project today. I hope you got some rest and are back to 100% soon.

51johnsimpson
Mar 19, 3:54pm Top

Hi Kim, looks like you had a great time during your meet-up and the photo's are gorgeous. I must admit you all look as though you got a goodly amount of books my dear.

Good luck at IKEA and enjoy the construction project, that job is usually left to me.

52charl08
Mar 19, 6:05pm Top

Lovely pictures. One day I will make it to Powells...

53arubabookwoman
Mar 19, 7:05pm Top

Hi Kim--It was great meeting up with you and the other ladies yesterday. I had a wonderful time (and so did Mr. Arubabookwoman). Thank you so much for organizing this.

We are safely back at home after another early morning trip to Powells before leaving--I ended up with several more goodies. So I may end up with the prize for buying the most books. :)

Hope you are feeling better!

54banjo123
Mar 19, 7:34pm Top

Love the pictures, Kim! I am so bummed to have missed it. But it looks like you all had a great time.

And Mrs. Banjo says hi.

55EBT1002
Mar 19, 11:14pm Top

^ Sorry you couldn't join us, Rhonda!

I wonder how Kim's IKEA trip and project went today.

56Berly
Edited: Mar 20, 12:28am Top

>42 ronincats: Nope. No nap. It was an all day affair. We spend about two hours at IKEA, and then needed a few things, like hooks, a step ladder, drawer organizers, etc. When we made it to the apartment we assembled the bed frame, a shelving combo, and the TV stand. Then it was just put away, put away, put away! We finished most of it. Phew! I am exhausted. We didn't get around to the grocery shopping, so my daughter is staying here one more night and then the final move-in.

>43 lunacat: I need that reminder BAD!! Thanks. ; )

>46 EBT1002: Let's do LaRose, like you suggested and then the Sheep.

And I am glad you like the Romance photo. LOL It was too good to pass up.

>48 drneutron: I think you would be hard pressed to find a get-together with LTers which wasn't fun!

57EBT1002
Mar 20, 12:18am Top

I've got LaRose in the carry-on bag, ready to dig into it once I finish Maisie Dobbs and The Confessions of Nat Turner. Have no fear; the first is a quick read and I'm about 60% through the second. And I have a 4.5-hour flight tomorrow....

58Berly
Mar 20, 12:22am Top

>49 alcottacre: It is so much fun to actually meet in person. To hear people's voices and see their smiles. I feel like I "know" my friends on LT, but just like any shared experience, it is another opportunity to create memories together, to grow closer. Not to be missed!

>50 BLBera: I am so glad all your purchases fit into the suitcase!! ; ) Phew! Now it's back to the grind stone. Happy Monday! What book are you going to read first?

>51 johnsimpson: Yes, lots of books were bought. Powell's did all right by us for sure! I am too tired to post my purchases tonight, but I will tomorrow. The IKEA projects went very well. It was probably one of the first big projects my daughter has assembled and it was a great experience to let her read the instructions, get all the tools and figure things out. We only had to backtrack one step, because one piece got reversed, but it was an easy fix and it is done! She is quite proud and rightly so.

59Berly
Mar 20, 12:28am Top

>52 charl08: And you will have to let my know when you are here to visit Powell's!!! We would have fun. Just saying....!

>53 arubabookwoman: So glad you and your hubby could make the trek down here. It was great to see you both. With your additional purchases, you may be the prize winner indeed!! I will pop over tomorrow to see your final list. : )

>54 banjo123: I am so sorry you weren't feeling well yesterday. I hope you heal quickly. You both were definitely missed.

>57 EBT1002: I have to finish up The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (told you I was on a Brontë tear!) and find a copy of LaRose and then I'm in! I think you may blow by me, but I will catch up.

60Ameise1
Mar 20, 2:10am Top

Wishing you a great start into the new week, Kim.

61lunacat
Mar 20, 7:38am Top

62karenmarie
Mar 20, 7:42am Top

Hi Berly!

Thank you so much for sharing all the meet up pictures with names and LT usernames. I'm envious, for sure.

I hope you're feeling well and am sending wishes for a Happy Monday!

63Carmenere
Mar 20, 8:38am Top

Hey Kim! What great pics from the meetup! Always, always, always smiling faces when LTers get together!
Did you post a haul list? Must scroll back up and check again
Have a marvy monday :0)

64rosalita
Mar 20, 9:43am Top

Thanks for posting so many fantastic meet-up photos, Kim! It sure looks like y'all had a rollicking good time. :-)

65Crazymamie
Mar 20, 10:55am Top

Morning, Kim! Love the meet-up photos and the romance section!! Too funny. Hoping you can catch up on your sleep soon and that your daughter loves her new apartment and is blessed in her newest endeavor.

66Oregonreader
Mar 20, 11:22am Top

Kim, thank you so much for posting the pictures. I was there in spirit!

67jnwelch
Mar 20, 2:59pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

>1 Berly: "Like!"

Love them photos of the meetup. Easy to tell you all had a great time. I'll join you one of these times. Kudos to Judy (ffortsa) for making the trip. That's what I plan to do, with Madame MBH.

Murakami: I've read them all, and I like what Ursula says in >34 ursula:. I don't think you can go wrong with where you start, except don't start with What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - that one's more for completists, Murakamians, and runners, seems to me.

I usually recommend the slim short story collection After the Quake or Kafka on the Shore, and a lot of folks recommend starting with Norwegian Wood, as a very accessible one. But I love the idea of doing it chronologically - A Wild Sheep Chase is bizarre and wonderful, and you'll see his writing at the beginning. (I agree with Ursula about Wind and Pinball - later is better).

68SuziQoregon
Mar 20, 5:34pm Top

Kim - thanks again for organizing us for Saturday. it was great to see you again. Glad you survived your IKEA mission. Hope you get some decent rest soon.

69lindapanzo
Mar 20, 6:11pm Top

Great pics!! It's nice to see what fellow LTers look like.

70alcottacre
Mar 20, 6:42pm Top

>58 Berly: You either need to come down here or I need to come up there so we can meet in person! I think I still have your phone number (and Walt's) back from your surgery a few years back.

71jessibud2
Mar 20, 9:54pm Top

Great photos, Kim. Meetups are always so much fun!

72Berly
Mar 21, 9:26am Top

>60 Ameise1: Hi Barbara. Happy Tuesday to you! Yesterday was a good day. My daughter and I made a run to the grocery store and loaded her up on staples and then finished the BIG MOVE! She spent last night at her new apartment and today her roommate will be back in town. She is so happy. : )

>61 lunacat: Jenny--That. Is. Just. Perfect! Thank you. : )

>62 karenmarie: Karen--Glad you liked the photos. I am much better with faces than with names, especially when so many of the LT user names have NOTHING to do with people's real names, LOL. It is nice to see what people look like and who they are in person.

73Berly
Mar 21, 9:32am Top

>63 Carmenere: Morning Lynda! Marvey Monday. I like that. Terrific Tuesday is good, but not quite as good. LOL. How can you not smile when meeting up with people who like books as much as we do?! I promise to list my haul today....

>64 rosalita: Julia--So much fun!! : )

>65 Crazymamie: Morning, Crazy. Thank you so much! Got some sleep last night. Weight off my shoulders now that the move is done. Maybe I can even read some today!! And/or catchup on LT. It was all I could do to keep up with the big meet-up and the mover. Phew! Hope all is well over in your neck of the woods. I'll be over later...

74Berly
Mar 21, 9:41am Top

>66 Oregonreader: Hi Jan! We missed you. : ( Don't you hate when RL gets in the way? I hope I get to see you in the near future. : )

>67 jnwelch: Joe--It would be awesome to get the chance to hang with you in person, and with Mrs. MBH (I love that name). A good time was had by all, for sure.

I think I am going to go for A Wild Sheep Chase (I love the name and it sounds like great fun) first and then Norwegian Wood. I have Wind / Pinball waiting for me, too. Honestly, though, I don't think I can go wrong!

>68 SuziQoregon: Juli--It was great to see you again. And I am incredibly jealous that your work office is just four blocks from Powell's. Although that could be a bad thing, too, LOL! I am loving my books and my new Typewriter bag--I think you should splurge and go back and get one.

IKEA is a great store, but I am glad I don't have to go again soon. It's huge!! And all the furniture has so many little pieces. If I don't see a screw or a cam lock or a dowel for a while, I will be good. ; )

75Berly
Mar 21, 9:47am Top

>69 lindapanzo: Hi Linda! Glad you liked the pictures. Me too!! I have a book photo I will post later today. Happy Tuesday!

>70 alcottacre: Stasai--That would be so much fun! I am definitely putting that idea out to the universe and we'll see how soon we can make it happen. And I still have your phone number, too. : )

>71 jessibud2: Hi Shelley. Meet-ups are the best!

76Berly
Edited: Mar 21, 6:38pm Top



My fun, new book bag, and it zippers on top, which is a good thing in rainy Portland!



The book haul!

Milk and Honey poetry by rupi kaur
The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (I am on a Brontë tear this year!)
The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks
Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir Aczel (April--CultureCAT Challenge hosted by EBT1002)
Seamus Heaney collected works 1966-1987 (April--Mark's Poetry Month)
Kafka on the Shore by Murakami
A Wild Sheep Chase by Murakami
Babayaga by Toby Barlow
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (Tournament of Books)

And two more, gifts from BLBera/Beth--Thank you!!
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennet
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gray

77Donna828
Mar 21, 10:16am Top

Absolutely fantastic meetup pics, Kim! LT people are the best, aren't they? I'm looking forward to seeing which books you bought. It looks like everyone's bag is full in the group picture. 📚

78Berly
Mar 21, 11:16am Top

>77 Donna828: Morning, Donna!! You must have been typing the same time I was. Check out ^^

79scaifea
Mar 21, 11:19am Top

>76 Berly: Ooof, I LOVE that bag! And that book stack looks pretty sweet, too.

80Berly
Mar 21, 11:26am Top

>79 scaifea: I know, right?! Happy Tuesday. : )

81Ameise1
Mar 21, 12:13pm Top

>72 Berly: Great to hear that the big move went well.

>76 Berly: Gorgeous bag, would like to have it too.
Great book haul. I hope you'll like The Wide Sargasso Sea as much as I did.

Happy Tuesday, Kim.

82rosalita
Mar 21, 1:06pm Top

The book bag is brilliant!

83lauralkeet
Mar 21, 3:13pm Top

More book bag love here! Did you buy that at Powell's along with the books?

84ursula
Mar 21, 3:34pm Top

>76 Berly: Nice bag! I have been (not actively) looking for something along those lines but I haven't run across any totes that were roomy enough and also had zippered tops. Good find. :)

85jessibud2
Mar 21, 4:57pm Top

>76 Berly: - Greal haul and I LOVE that bag!!

There was a new documentary film at our local doc cinema recently about the Typewriter. I missed it but it will likely come around again. I hope

86alcottacre
Mar 21, 4:59pm Top

>76 Berly: I love both the bag and the book haul!

Maybe you could come to the Joplin meet up in November (hint, hint). I am not missing it this year!

87souloftherose
Mar 21, 5:31pm Top

Hi Kim! Meetup! And a book haul! And a book bag! I love it.

Did I read upthread you were finishing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall? What did you think?

I liked Wide Sargasso Sea - hope you enjoy it. Also, I see lots of Murakami discussion happening - I've only read Norwegian Wood (which was great) and really, really need to try his other books. If there's some kind of Murakami reading happening please give me a nudge.....

88lindapanzo
Mar 21, 5:40pm Top

Rainy Portland...LOL. Our library lends out library book bags. These bags automatically renew. I check one out whenever I'm at the library and it's pouring which, around here, isn't all that often.

89ffortsa
Mar 21, 6:16pm Top

Hi, Beth. It looks like we both arrived home safely, if tired. It was great to spend time with you in Portland.

90thornton37814
Mar 21, 9:19pm Top

Great photos of the meet-up!

91Berly
Mar 22, 12:30am Top

>81 Ameise1: Let's see...you used "great," "gorgeous" and "great" to describe my activities and purchases. I'd say I did all right!! Happy Wednesday!

>82 rosalita: And now "brilliant"! I concur. A most excellent bag. : )

>83 lauralkeet: Yes, it is a Powell's bag. I love the retro typewriter, that it's water resistant and the zipper on top. With a cute little outside pocket, too. Perfect.

>84 ursula: I saw it and I had to have the bag. Total impulse buy and I have no regrets.

>85 jessibud2: I would love to see that documentary--and drag my kids to see it, too. I am not sure they have ever used a typewriter!

92Berly
Mar 22, 12:36am Top

>86 alcottacre: Joplin in November, huh? Hmmmmm. ; ) I would love to meet you in person!

>87 souloftherose: I am halfway through The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I love how the entire point of view has switched.

>88 lindapanzo: Lendable book bags. What a concept. You would think they would have that here. Maybe they do and I have just missed it; I will have to check next time I am physically there (as opposed to Kindle loans).

>89 ffortsa: LOL. Judy, you heard Beth (BLBera) and I talking about how we keep getting called each other's names didn't you? : P Glad you arrived home safe and sound. Say Hi to Jim for me!

>90 thornton37814: Hi Lori! : )

93PaulCranswick
Mar 22, 1:34am Top

>76 Berly: A good old baker's dozen of books Kimmers, well done!

94Ameise1
Mar 22, 1:41am Top

Happy Wednesday, Kim.

95Morphidae
Mar 22, 9:59am Top

(Last thread) I have very mild asthma myself. It's only triggered by environmental factors like fragrance and smoke. I can't imagine having asthma like yours and hope you are feeling a bit better now.

>1 Berly: Love the poem. I'm going to steal it and do... something with it.

>28 Berly: Thanks for posting the usernames along with the real names. I'm awful at putting the two together unless it's obvious like PaulCranswick. Heh. Although I do have Joe and Mark down. Initials help!

96Berly
Mar 22, 10:30am Top

>93 PaulCranswick: A baker's dozen is a good number I think! But I hope I can cut down a little bit on my purchases for the next quarter (notice I didn't set the impossible goal of "the rest of the year"), because I am out of shelf space. My upstairs TBR pile now has about 8 stacks of 10-15 books on the floor lining the wall of my bedroom under the windows...yikes!

>94 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! I am hoping to have time to make the LT rounds again today. I'll see you later on yours. ; )

>95 Morphidae: Morphy!!! How are you? Did you get my card? I hope so! Glad you like the poem. I thought it was a pretty good one, obviously. : )

I know exactly what you mean! I have such a hard time with certain LT people's user names and real names and keeping them straight. LOL

Loved seeing you here. Happy Wednesday with HUGE hugs!!

97Morphidae
Mar 22, 11:42am Top

>96 Berly: Yes! I got your card! It got buried in a bunch of medical paperwork somehow and I was going to get it sorted out today to thank the person who sent it to me. You beat me to the punch! Thank you so much!

98charl08
Mar 22, 2:29pm Top

Love the haul and the cute bag. I'm quite tempted by a new LT tote. My current book bag is rather tired...

99EBT1002
Mar 22, 6:09pm Top

I'm starting LaRose today.
We don't have to read in tandem, mind you, but I did think I should check in. :-)

100EBT1002
Mar 22, 6:11pm Top

And I found this book bag for Charlotte:

101EBT1002
Edited: Mar 22, 6:12pm Top

Although this might be better:

102SuziQoregon
Mar 22, 6:16pm Top

Yep - I have to go get that bag.

103karenmarie
Mar 22, 6:16pm Top

Hi Berly! Excellent haul, books and book bag! I hope you're doing well, asthma at bay, lots of energy.

104msf59
Mar 22, 7:05pm Top

>76 Berly: Great book haul, Kimmers. I see my favorite Murakami on there- Kafka. I still have not read A Wild Sheep Chase but I have it on shelf. I also just snagged a copy of Consider the Lobster. Maybe, we could do a mini-group read, of both of those. I am also curious about Babayaga. It did sound good but no LT buzz. You may have to change that.

105Berly
Mar 22, 8:04pm Top

>97 Morphidae: Glad you got the card. I just wanted to make sure you had it before you left that awful place. ; ) Congratulations again on the weight loss and I hope that being at home you can stay centered and moving forward with everything. Pulling for you!!! Hugs.

>98 charl08: A tired book bag!! Oh no! Check out Ellen's ideas....!

>99 EBT1002: My copy came in today, so I can go pick it up tomorrow. Probably will start this weekend. Gotta finish at least one book before I start another!!

>100 EBT1002: Love it.

>101 EBT1002: And this one. Although I like the word "mischief" on it so that may be the winner. ; )

106Berly
Edited: Mar 22, 11:52pm Top

>102 SuziQoregon: Which one?!?!

>103 karenmarie: Thank you, thank you. I try hard. ; ) I am winning the asthma war, slowly cutting down on meds. I have two days left on antibiotics and I am crossing my fingers. I see a pulmonologist tomorrow.

>104 msf59: I would love to do a mini read with you! Ellen wants in on the Sheep, but I am foot loose and fancy free on on the Lobster. I am probably not going to start either one until April.
Did you see all the poetry I have for April? : )

Ellen??? ^^ Timing?

107msf59
Mar 22, 8:16pm Top

Was the poetry question for me? If it was, I am very impressed, plus I can always use recommendations. I think I would also be up for the Murakami.

108ffortsa
Mar 22, 10:00pm Top

>92 Berly: Yikes. I think I was trying to talk to Beth, as she had the next longest trip home, but obviously, it's in the wrong place. Or without a number reference. Or i just was too tired to know where I was typing.

Recovering from this trip is taking a long time. Next time I visit Portland, I'll have to take Jim along to run interference with Bonnie and Richard, otherwise I'll be up round the clock.

109Berly
Mar 22, 11:51pm Top

>107 msf59: Yeah...my poetry comment kinda got out of order. ; )

Awesome--group reads!!

>108 ffortsa: LOL. Your cousin was so cute, but definitely high energy!!! Relax. Pull up a chair. Open a book...

110vancouverdeb
Edited: Mar 23, 1:27am Top

Fabulous meet - up pictures, Kim! What a lot of fun Hmm- my library sells book bags for $3.00 - thick woven fabric with a graphic that says " I eat books". But I think I prefer the penguin graphic. They are quite accommodating at my library - if I forget my library bag, they will dig up an old plastic bag.

111Ireadthereforeiam
Mar 23, 3:43am Top

>27 Berly: >28 Berly:
Woah! What a meet up! :)
I always feel so happy seeing the groupings, and the faces and the smiles. So many book lovers, in a book shop- what's not to like? Nice job LTers.

>76 Berly: niiiiiice :) Love that bag. Will you literally use it for books? How many books do you need to take out wiht you when you go anyway? ;) I usually always need to take at least one.

112Crazymamie
Mar 23, 5:32am Top

Love the new tote, Kim, and that is a fabulous haul!

>100 EBT1002:, >101 EBT1002: Nice! I have this one:

113scaifea
Mar 23, 6:47am Top

Oh, all the glorious tote bags!! I need one of each, please.

114drneutron
Mar 23, 9:53am Top

Bags. We have many. mrsdrneutron is addicted to them. :)

115karenmarie
Mar 23, 10:06am Top

Our Friends of the Library Sale is in 2 weeks and even though I have many canvas bags here at the house, it thrills me to get a two-bags-reinforced brown paper grocery store bag when I go. And when the first one fills up, they give me another, and then another.....

>106 Berly: I'm glad you're coming along, Berly, cutting down on the meds and etc.!

My sister isn't doing as well - she has costochondritis, which is inflammation of the chest wall. They think it was brought on with all the coughing and wheezing she was doing with the most recent asthma attack even though she has been on lots of meds and a nebulizer. She was supposed to go to a pulmonologist but they haven't made an appointment for her yet because it's Kaiser, notoriously slow for scheduling specialist appointments.

116mstrust
Mar 23, 11:24am Top

Great to see your meet-up pics! It looks like you all had a really fun time. And I too envy your new bag in >76 Berly:. It's fantastic.

117Berly
Mar 24, 11:59am Top

>110 vancouverdeb: Oh, I like the "I Eat Books" one, too! That's funny. Whatever bag we choose, as long as the books stay dry, right? ; )

>111 Ireadthereforeiam: I am sure I will use my typewriter bag for lots of things, and, yes, I have already used it for books! I always have to have a book with me. That's usually my Kindle in my purse, because it is nice and thin. And then there's the audio for whenever I am in the car. Then there's the one at home on the night table. So, usually three going at once. : )

>112 Crazymamie: Love it! Well, I love the Penguin whenever it shows up. And that's a nice roomy one...

118Berly
Mar 24, 12:04pm Top

>113 scaifea: One of each, LOL. Here, have this one, too.

119Berly
Mar 24, 12:07pm Top

>114 drneutron: There are worse addictions. Deal with it. ; )

>115 karenmarie: Show some restraint woman! Well, just a little. LOL. I am sorry your sister is not doing well. Sending what little mojo I can spare.

>116 mstrust: Hi there! It was so much fun and I am glad you liked all the pictures. I am planning on using my new book bag to take a bunch of books and trade them in for credit at Powell's sometime soon. My piles are falling over!

120Berly
Mar 24, 12:12pm Top

So, I finally saw the pulmonologist yesterday and it's official. I have pneumonia. Which explains why I have felt like crap. >: (

The Doc was confident that I am on the right antibiotic to treat it though, and said my lungs sound pretty good. So everyone cross your fingers for me that this round works and I can get OVER this!! I am, of course, really bummed because my next TKD belt test is in two weeks and I think I have about a 2% chance of being able to do it. I haven't been in weeks. Sigh.

I plan on doing nothing this weekend. No apartment moving. Nothing! But read books. : )

121lunacat
Mar 24, 12:58pm Top

Quite right for doing nothing!!! Sit down, sleep and read. I remember having pneumonia and it is so exhausting. Completely understandable that you're struggling so much.

Fingers crossed tightly that this antibiotic works and you have a long enough treatment plan to kick those bugs thoroughly. Rest, recuperate, read and drink lots of fluids.

122lauralkeet
Mar 24, 1:34pm Top

Pneumonia! Oh, my. You're darn right you're doing nothing this weekend, missy. Get lots of rest! Read lots of books!

123rosalita
Mar 24, 1:55pm Top

Hang in there, Kim! A weekend of doing nothing sounds like just what the doctor should have ordered, along with the antibiotic. Get better quickly, please!

124Carmenere
Mar 24, 2:15pm Top

Yay, for a weekend of nothing! That's the best medicine of all, no side effects to nothing! The zippered bag is awesome as is your book hall. I finished Wide Sargasso Sea last week and read Sweet Lamb last year. I'll be waiting for your thoughts on those.

125scaifea
Mar 24, 2:35pm Top

Oh no, pneumonia! I'm sorry, Kim. I hope the door doesn't hit it's behind on the way out!

>118 Berly: Oh, YES, I need that one, too! A certain 1st-grade teacher at Charlie's school has asked me for 4 years straight now to come in a read to her class as part of her month-long Seuss celebration. That is always one of the books I read, and I always read that page twice. I read it through once, then pause and say, "Okay, that was so good - and so important - that I'm gonna read it again. Ready?" And then, well, read it again. I like giving myself goosebumps that way...

126charl08
Mar 24, 2:48pm Top

Oh, how did I miss all the bags? I want them all!

Kim I'm really sorry to hear about the pneumonia. Hope the drugs get to work quickly.

127jnwelch
Mar 24, 2:49pm Top

Pneumonia! Holy cow!

No wonder you've been feeling crappy, Kim. I'm glad it's now diagnosed, you're on the right antibiotic, and you can rest to help you get better. Reading sounds like the perfect diversion. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

128Morphidae
Mar 24, 4:52pm Top

Gotta love walking pneumonia! Hope you kick it's nasty butt to the curb soon!

129jessibud2
Mar 24, 5:06pm Top

>118 Berly: - Oh, I love this one too!

130jessibud2
Mar 24, 5:11pm Top

Oh dear. I am so sorry about your pneumonia. My mum has it too and is actually in the hospital right now. Of course, there are a bunch of other things going on with her too and she looks like a pin-cushion as they try to find out what, exactly. She is 83 and this is, I think, the first time in her life she has been so sick. I just got home last night from Montreal, after being there a week. I will probably go back next week. The coughing alone can sap all your energy. Good that you are staying home for the weekend. Enough of being sick! Gentle {{hugs}}

131karenmarie
Mar 24, 5:19pm Top

My goodness, pneumonia. At least you've been taking the right antibiotic. I hope you follow through on the Doing Nothing and Reading.

>119 Berly: Aw, c'mon, I don't want to show restraint - there are two book sales a year and I usually acquire 30-50 each sale. I used to take two precious vacation days a year for these sales; now being retired, of course, every day is a vacation day. And this year I'm volunteering all day Monday to help set up the mysteries and general fiction. There are two benefits to this - first, it helps Rhoda, my friend who is responsible for the mysteries section, and second, I get a preview of what's on the shelves and when I go in there first thing Thursday as a customer, I can find one or two special things I might have missed.

And thank you for sending some of your precious mojo to my sister. God knows she needs it. She seems to be doing a bit better, fortunately, and can NOT talk this weekend.

132johnsimpson
Mar 24, 5:28pm Top

Hi Kim, so sorry to hear you have pneumonia my dear but at least you are on the right antibiotic and so I hope you are doing nothing but reading and having a relaxing and stress less weekend dear friend. This calls for special relaxing love and hugs from both of us dear lady.

133drneutron
Mar 24, 11:12pm Top

Ick. Phooey to pneumonia! Hope you get better soon!

134arubabookwoman
Mar 24, 11:50pm Top

OOh--so sorry to hear that you have pneumonia! You were a trooper to hang on at the restaurant as long as you did. Be sure to rest and do nothing (except read) for as long as you can, and then some. I've heard from people who had pneumonia that a relapse is likely if you start to do too much too soon.

135FAMeulstee
Mar 25, 8:33am Top

>120 Berly: I am sorry you have pneumonia, Kim, please take care of yourself!

136Crazymamie
Mar 25, 9:08am Top

Ugh to the pneumonia, Kim. Total bummer. Hoping that your weekend is full of nothing. Feel better, my friend.

137BLBera
Mar 25, 9:41am Top

Kim - Take care and beat that pneumonia into submission. I hope this antibiotic does the trick.

138ffortsa
Mar 25, 3:59pm Top

You did pretty well for a gal with pneumonia, Kim. At least it's been diagnosed now and you know what you are up against. Rest, reading, maybe some tea from time to time? I also hope this antibiotic is the right match for the bad buggies (as my mother used to call them).

139kidzdoc
Mar 25, 6:05pm Top

I'm sorry to hear about your case of pneumonia, Kim. I was nearly admitted to hospital after a bout of asthma with walking pneumonia, and I remember how badly I felt when I returned to work after taking only one off from work.

Trivia for the day: "pneumonia" in Spanish is "neumonía".

140PaulCranswick
Mar 25, 6:06pm Top

>120 Berly: My poor old mother has had pneumonia on several occasions and her lungs are pretty shot to pieces, but she soldiers on. I mention that not to cheer you up (!) but to note that I know it is a tough one to get over so take your time and take good care of yourself. Taekwondo that bug right out of the way!

Bed rest and books. Better than a herbal remedy. xx

141vancouverdeb
Mar 25, 6:18pm Top

So sorry to hear that you have pneumonia. I know it can be difficult to discern when you have pneumonia. When my eldest was about 25 and living on his own, he called me and told he was not feeling well and wondered if he had pneumonia. He'd been too tired to get out of bed for three days and felt some difficulty breathing. Of course I rushed over there right away and tried to convince him to Emergency. He was not sure he wanted to go, so he called me later, and we went to the Emergency. And yes, he has pneumonia. Two chest x- rays later and several more checks at the family doctor and a couple of weeks and he was good to go. But he had a nebulizer and antibiotics.

So do take it easy and just do nothing. I hope you will soon be feeling better.

142Ireadthereforeiam
Mar 25, 7:29pm Top

>112 Crazymamie: *like*

>120 Berly: oh no! That is crap.
you. have. to. take. it. easy.
I know cos that is what they told my dad when he had it. You have the perfect reason to dial things down a bit for now, and you have plenty of books for something to do. Demand it of your family. (listen to me getting all bossy!!)

143banjo123
Mar 25, 7:47pm Top

I am so sorry about your pneumonia. I think you should get to lie in bed and read and have your kiddos bring you soup and gingerale.

144alcottacre
Mar 25, 7:56pm Top

Having had pneumonia myself, I know what a pain it can be. Take care of yourself, Kim!!

145Ameise1
Mar 26, 8:45am Top

I keep my fingers crossed that the antibiotics are doing their trick. Get well soon, Kim and happy Sunday.

146EBT1002
Mar 26, 11:11am Top

Well, pneumonia makes total sense. I'm SO sorry! But the good news is that you know what to do now. Take those meds and REST. I had walking pneumonia a few years ago and they mandated that I stay home the rest of the week (I think I got diagnosed on a Tuesday). I had been doing much what you have been doing -- work, rest, work, rest, repeat. So, settle in with some books and take it easy, my friend!

I got sidetracked into A Gentleman in Moscow but started reading LaRose again last night after we got home from the airport. I will dig in some more today. I can tell I'm going to love it.

Shared read comments
Regarding timing of A Wild Sheep Chase and Consider the Lobster, I can be influenced. How about Sheep in early April and Lobster in early May? Is that soon enough for each of them?

147BLBera
Mar 26, 11:20am Top

>146 EBT1002: I'll be interested in your comments on LaRose.

Hi Kim.

148Crazymamie
Mar 27, 6:46am Top

Thinking of you, Kim, and wishing you well.

149lkernagh
Mar 27, 2:25pm Top

Hi Kim! Love the book-hugging pic up top. Some books really do give a nice warm hug, don't they? ;-)

Looks like you all had a wonderful meetup!

>76 Berly: - I love your new book bag and fantastic book haul! Zipper top to the bag is a very smart feature. I always try to have a plastic bag or two in my purse, just in case I need to carry books home in an open top bag in the rain. Have to keep the books dry!

>120 Berly: - Sorry to learn that you have pneumonia! Take care of yourself. Glad to see the weekend plans were for rest and nothing but rest.

150Familyhistorian
Mar 27, 11:31pm Top

Great meet-up photos, Kim. It shows how energizing meet-ups can be that you were able to meet everyone and enjoy yourself while you had walking pneumonia! Hope you feel better soon.

151Berly
Mar 27, 11:49pm Top

Just a quick update...

R&R did NOT happen this weekend! Spent Friday night in the ER, not because of me, but my son. He could not stop throwing up. Made it home at 7am. He has anti-nausea meds and is doing much better now. Apparently a particularly nasty virus going around. Then Saturday, my daughter's car broke down. Wouldn't go into reverse. Had to take it in and get a rental. Hoping to get that back soon. This week at work, we are interviewing candidates for an engineering position. 8 candidates, today through Wednesday. I am exhausted, but so far feeling like the illness is still at bay. Keeping fingers crossed. Going to bed now. : )

Thank you everyone for your kind words!! I'll respond individually later...

ZZZZZzzzzzz.......

152Ameise1
Mar 28, 12:49am Top

Thinking of you, Kim.

153souloftherose
Mar 28, 4:52am Top

>151 Berly: Oh Kim, pneumonia, your son being sick and a broken down car :-( And then interviews at work! Please try to take it easy as much as you can..... Thinking of you.

154karenmarie
Mar 28, 5:54am Top

You have way too much going on, Berly, but I'm glad your illness is "at bay" as you have so many other people relying on you.

Hang in there and I hope that by the time you read this you've gotten a good night's sleep.

155alcottacre
Mar 28, 6:29am Top

>151 Berly: I hope you are feeling better by now, Kim. Take care of yourself!

156lauralkeet
Mar 28, 7:40am Top

>151 Berly: Kim, I have to admit I was getting a little worried about you so thanks for checking in. But oh my, what a weekend you had! I hope your son continues to recover and that the car issues get resolved quickly and without too great expense. I sure hope you are able to rest up and keep the illness at bay, too. Take care!

157BLBera
Mar 28, 7:05pm Top

I hope all is now well in Kim household.

158karenmarie
Yesterday, 10:24am Top

Sending positive thoughts and energy, Berly!

159Berly
Yesterday, 2:10pm Top

Hi again. I am so far behind on my own thread.... but for all your support and words of encouragement, a very BIG

160Berly
Yesterday, 2:20pm Top

My son was nice enough to share his gastroenteritis with me. Grrr! I am getting lots of exercise running back and forth to the bathroom. I have lost 5 pounds in one day--not recommended!! I am just trying to keep hydrated, which is harder than it sounds. Zofran, an anti-nausea med, is my new best friend.

I made it through most of the interviews this week, but today I am missing out on two of the interviewees. If my coworkers think that they are stellar, I will have to phone interview them or schedule another visit later.

Now I am going to visit some threads and say Hi!

161lunacat
Yesterday, 2:59pm Top

Argh, sorry to hear about the gastro. Exactly what you didn't need, illness and exercise while having pneumonia. Poor, poor you :(

162Berly
Yesterday, 3:18pm Top

>161 lunacat: Thank you! I will take all the sympathy I can get while I fend off these guys...

163Berly
Yesterday, 3:25pm Top

>146 EBT1002: Can we move Wild Sheep to the end of April? I have too many books lined up right now with group reads and RL bookclub.

164msf59
Edited: Yesterday, 5:06pm Top

Not feeling well? Awwwwww, Kimmers! Gentle hug to my pal, with healing vibes from the Midwest!

Please keep me posted on that hummingbird feeder and other bird sightings.

165banjo123
Yesterday, 5:17pm Top

Hope you are feeling better really soon, Kim! That sounds nasty, especially on top of pneumonia.

166jnwelch
Yesterday, 5:27pm Top

What Rhonda said, Kim. Woo, that's a tough combo. Joining Mark in sending healing vibes from the heartland.

167BLBera
Yesterday, 5:36pm Top

Kim! You can't catch a break. It is nice of your son to share, though. :)

168lit_chick
Yesterday, 6:31pm Top

Hi Kim, feel better! Those are some scary looking bugs you are working to fend off.

169Berly
Yesterday, 8:53pm Top

Ha! I thought, great, a day at home, I will catch up on LT...I think I made it to all of about 10 threads before I feel fast asleep! LOL

>164 msf59: I promise keep you up to date on any cool bird sightings. ; )

>165 banjo123: Rhonda--It is not a good combo, I'm telling you! At least I managed to keep down some Ritz crackers and Gatorade. A feast!

>166 jnwelch: Joe--Thank you so much. All healing vibes gratefully accepted. : )

>167 BLBera: Beth--He is a good kid and I taught him well, don't you think?

>168 lit_chick: LOL, Nancy. Colorful critters, too.

170ronincats
Yesterday, 9:04pm Top

Falling fast asleep is probably the best thing you could have done, Kim, all things considered. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

171EBT1002
Yesterday, 9:32pm Top

Okay, this is not fair. You need the bad health gremlins to leave you alone!!

We can read Wild Sheep any darn time you want. I am at your beck and call with that one. Late April. You say go and I will start reading. (yes, I have had a bourbon and ginger ale, but the sentiment is genuine.)

Sending you HUGE get well wishes all around!!!!!! xoxo

172Berly
Yesterday, 10:22pm Top

>170 ronincats: So right! I think I probably have another day or two of this before I come out the other side. But I feel better tonight than this morning, so progress!

>171 EBT1002: Thank you. I'll let the Gremlins know that you don't approve. ; )

I like your sentiment, with or without the bourbon and ginger ale!! LOL I loved the pictures of the plantations on your cruise, although it is a shame they just glossed over history and slavery. And I vote for the Rhine or some of your other choices for the next cruise!

173jessibud2
Yesterday, 10:51pm Top

Take good care, Kim and don't rush it. If you push yourself too hard, too fast, you will only end up prolonging the nasties....

{{hugs}} (but from a distance....)

174Oberon
Yesterday, 11:15pm Top

Sounds like your house is going to be marked as a plague house at this rate. Hope you are better soon.

175vancouverdeb
Today, 1:00am Top

Oh dear, Kim! What a lot of things to be fending with! I suppose with the pneumonia , your resistance to a stomach bug goes down. So sorry! Take it easy and please feel better soon.

176Familyhistorian
Today, 1:01am Top

Ohh, nastiness on top of illness. Are you trying to get through all this year's illnesses at once, Kim? I hope you get better soon and don't have any other ailments for at least a year!

177Ireadthereforeiam
Today, 4:12am Top

Oh dear! You have been having a time of it. Sheesh, what next? I'll tell ya what next, rest and recuperation.
Take care!!

178scaifea
Today, 6:43am Top

Oh, Kim, no! I hope you're all feeling better soon!

179alcottacre
Today, 7:00am Top

Maybe we need to hire a witch doctor or shaman for you, Kim? Sounds like they could not hurt at this point!

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