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Mdoris (Mary) reads in 2017 #2

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75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1mdoris
Edited: Apr 27, 6:38pm Top

Welcome!
This is a quote from Margaret Atwood I saw on Book Riot this morning.

2mdoris
Apr 27, 6:37pm Top

Common seagulls coming to feed on the scrapings of the path getting prepared for summer swimming. Hopeful us.
Can you spot the 2 seagulls.? They oftern swallow a starfish whole, which is a spectacle, kind of an awful spectacle (especially if you are a starfish) and I won't take a picture of that!

3mdoris
Edited: Apr 27, 6:43pm Top

Presently reading a few wonderful books but one that needs immediate sharing is by the brilliant, clever and funny Roz Chast Theories of Everything



I have it from the library but might have to purchase this one.

4vancouverdeb
Edited: Apr 28, 12:11am Top

Happy New Thread, Mary! Wonderful picture! I see seagulls all the time - but ugh- I've never seen one swallow a starfish whole! Yesterday while out on my walk with the dog, we saw a Trumpeter Swan eating moss and all sort of gucky stuff from a log that he was sitting on.

5lit_chick
Apr 27, 8:16pm Top

Happy NT, Mary! Just marking my spot ...

6scaifea
Apr 28, 6:45am Top

Happy new thread, Mary!

7msf59
Apr 28, 7:00am Top

Happy Friday, Mary! Happy New Thread! Like the Atwood quote.

8FAMeulstee
Apr 28, 3:53pm Top

Happy new thread, Mary!
We have many seagulls here, when a group of cormorants is diving for fish in the lake, the seagulls go after them to steal fish.

9mdoris
Edited: Apr 28, 5:12pm Top

Hello to my visitors and well wishers: Deborah, Nancy, Amber, Mark and Anita.
It is a gorgeous coastal day here today.
No time for reading as I should be out sweeping and cleaning windows BUT........ I'm going to anyway! Just started The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen and I can see it will be good. Have you read the Pulitzer prize winner, The Sympathizer?
I think the reading will go well with the oatmeal/coconut cookies that just came out of the oven, don't you?

10mdoris
Apr 28, 5:54pm Top

>8 FAMeulstee: Anita, I have seen the eagles do that with the otters (stealing fish) and any other creature that they can bully!

11mdoris
Edited: Apr 28, 6:11pm Top

I tried to copy in a Roz Chast cartoon from Theories of Everything but it didn't work, the print is just too small but oh boy does she "get" families perfectly. She's great!

12vancouverdeb
Apr 28, 7:32pm Top

Look delicious, Mary! I'll have a cookie!

13lit_chick
Edited: Apr 29, 12:10pm Top

Yum, I'll have one too! And a nice hot cup of tea, please.

14drneutron
Apr 28, 9:35pm Top

Happy new thread!

15alcottacre
Apr 28, 9:37pm Top

Checking in on the new thread, Mary!

16PaulCranswick
Apr 29, 3:56am Top

Wishing you a very happy new thread, Mary.

17Ireadthereforeiam
Apr 29, 4:18am Top

Love the cookies! Our oven is broken and I haven't done baking for ages. I guess we should remedy that.
Happy new thread, and I hope you enjoyed your biscuits!

18ctpress
Apr 29, 1:45pm Top

Happy new thread, Mary. I could use one of them cookies :) would go nice with my Assam tea.

19mdoris
Edited: Apr 29, 4:41pm Top

Oh I guess I should have you all over for tea and cookies more often! My most recent tea that I love is "market spice". i have carrot/coconut loaves in the oven so come on over! I bought a 10lbs. bag of carrots, what was I thinking?

I am reading about Bees by Candace Savage who is written lots of books and won some Canadian prizes for them. I read her Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape and it was good!



Thanks for the visits and good wishes Jim, Stasia, Paul, Megan and Carsten. The kettle's on!

20mdoris
Edited: Apr 29, 4:39pm Top

Bees Nature's Little Wonders by Candace Savage.



My SIL has a big orchard full of many old apple and pear trees recently inherited from an aunt (in our new community) so it is a new and BIG project for her and of course bees feature prominently to make it all work. I wanted to know more about them and this book did not disappoint. They are ingenious little creatures.

I think there has been talk recently on LT about her bird books!

21streamsong
Apr 29, 4:34pm Top

Hi Mary! Happy New Thread! I love the quote in your topper - and the flowers look so springy.

I love the blue flowers. I'll be interested to hear what you added to your garden!

My book club will be reading The Sympathizer later this month.

22vancouverdeb
Apr 30, 12:37am Top

I have The Sympathizer in a TBR pile, but other books are vying for my attention, Mary. 10 lbs of carrots! Mary, you might turn orange! Do you remember that when your kids were babies? I recall my eldest taking on an orangish hue , that my doctor told was due to his love of baby food carrots and orange squash.

Maybe you'll become a bee keeper? I have friend who moved to Saturna Island and took a bee keeping course. I'd be scared to death! She and her husband still keep a small condo here in Richmond as they have 3 children and six grandchildren in Richmond / Vancouver, but oh what a retirement they are living.

23mdoris
Edited: Apr 30, 3:37pm Top

Oh Deborah, you make me laugh! Orange me....maybe, I will have to pay close attention.

So at our place we have large shrub/trees of ceanothus (California lilac-gorgeous blue) and it blooms May/june and the bees go absolutely crazy (loud, loud buzzing- so many of them) but they are not honey bees. So really I must read more about bees as the book I read was really specific to honey bees and they amaze no end. I will not become a bee person, barely keeping my head above water here just feeding the hummingbirds. There are birds nesting all over the place and it's hard not to disturb the mommas.

I look forward to your review of The Sympathizer when you get to it!


Not my photo!

24mdoris
May 2, 12:56am Top

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

8 short stories of the immigrant experience beautifully told.

25mdoris
Edited: May 5, 12:29pm Top

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter


I have had more fun with doing some snooping and reading about Potter. First I read about her in the The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape (a wonderful book!!) and thought I really should go back and read her stories again. When we moved last June after being in the same spot for 36 years, I re-homed lots of books but I could not part with the kids books so realized that I had 11 of her 23 little kids editions so re-read those with great enthusiasm. After a library search I realized there were biographies about her life, her art and her gardening and philanthropy so realized I had to read those too. Today just finished a collection of her books that are presented sequentially, with the most stunning drawings and with information about each book published. This is such a lovely book that I have to have it and ordered it to be delivered soon. There is such magic in Potter's stories that I am half hoping that when it is delivered it will be by rabbits, mice, squirrels or hedgehogs! Potter sure puts in a solid argument of rural life vs. town life. Happy 150th birthday Beatrix!

26mdoris
Edited: May 5, 6:21pm Top

March book two


The format as a graphic novel is a perfect medium for telling this moving, intense and I must say very hard story.

27msf59
May 5, 10:23pm Top

Happy Friday, Mary. I loved The Sympathizer and I am looking forward to reading The Refugees. I just have to track down a copy.

Hooray for March: Book 2!

28ctpress
May 6, 2:32am Top

When it is delivered it will be by rabbits, mice, squirrels or hedgehogs!. Why not :) You can almost believe the magic when you watch her drawings. I have a small collection of her work and I love the paintings. Now I want to watch Miss Potter again.

29PaulCranswick
May 7, 2:47am Top

I am following in your footsteps Mary with the March books.

Have a great weekend.

30PaulCranswick
May 7, 2:51am Top

By the way I calculated that you had read 37 books so far this year, is that correct?

31lit_chick
May 7, 12:35pm Top

I love this, Mary! Who doesn't need some magic? There is such magic in Potter's stories that I am half hoping that when it is delivered it will be by rabbits, mice, squirrels or hedgehogs!

32mdoris
May 7, 9:58pm Top

>31 lit_chick: Yes Nancy, for sure we all need some magic, some BIG magic! Thank you for your visit.

33mdoris
May 7, 10:05pm Top

>30 PaulCranswick:, Paul, the March books are for sure an eye opener, not that we don't know about the content and are greatly appalled by the history but the books bring things up close and personal. Such courage!

Not sure about the book count, not really keeping track as there are those in the group who amaze me no end and I am such a slow reader (a mere baby!!) and just plodding along but how I love books! Hope all's well with you and family. I know you have traveled lots and will make some BIG changes soon and am thinking of you with fingers greatly crossed!

34mdoris
Edited: May 8, 12:49am Top

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout



This is a collection of 9 short stories. They are not connected except loosely by some of the characters being related or being from the same community and most circle around providing more information about Lucy Barton to fill in a few more gaps about her (Strout's previous book). There is a tone of hardship (poverty), human disappointment in relationships (parents, siblings, children), struggles with sexual identity and misconduct, loneliness, but characters soldier on. The writing is amazing and you get hooked into the telling about these lives easily but they are portrayed as pretty unhappy, struggling ones.

35raidergirl3
May 8, 10:36am Top

I'm looking forward to Anything is Possible. I found Lucy Barton quite boring, but I loved Olive Kitteridge so I'm hoping this book will be the one about Lucy I really like.

I think you will love the finale of March: Book Three. I had them all out together from the library, and read them all together. I love how the Obama inaugaration frames the history part of the story. Such a powerful book!

36lit_chick
May 8, 10:49am Top

Great review of Anything is Possible, Mary. This is the second glowing review I've seen of this one, so I will follow up. I didn't really care for My Name is Lucy Barton, but this one does sound like my cuppa.

37vancouverdeb
May 8, 11:22pm Top

You've been doing some fabulous reading, Mary . A lovely review of Anything is Possible. I'm still on the fence about whether I will get a chance to read it this time round, as it is soon due at the library. Sometimes it takes me more than one try to catch onto a book.

38mdoris
May 9, 11:28am Top

>35 raidergirl3: Hi Elizabeth, thanks for the visit. Glad that you greatly appreciated the March books. I have the 3rd one waiting for me at the library. They tell such a story of courage.

39lkernagh
May 9, 11:09pm Top

Happy new thread Mary and oooooohhhh..... oatmeal coconut cookies!

40mdoris
Edited: May 10, 11:33pm Top

>39 lkernagh: Thanks for the visit Lori, help yourself to a cookie, I'll put on the kettle!

41mdoris
Edited: May 10, 11:59pm Top

Red Notice: a True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder.



This is a fascinating book about the accomplishiment of a small measure of justice for a murder of a lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky in Russia who was hired by Browder an American by birth but now a U.K citizen. Browder was a huge hedge fund coordinator in Russia who made great piles of money for his investors (and himself) but who got tangled in a web of theft (230 million) by the powers that be in Russia, that is Putin and his cronnies. This example of theft was one of many. It gives a window into the massive theft and corruption of the top poltical guns in Russia leaving the working poor citizens to be even poorer. There was graft, torture and murder done to carry this out. There is also a window into the deal making done in the U.S. to protect political powers, the in-fighting and the deal making that goes on. Lots of insight to be gained by reading this book! This book reads like a thriller but it's based on true events.

42lit_chick
May 11, 4:01pm Top

Wow! Sounds fascinating, to say the very least, Mary! Excellent review and synopsis.

43mdoris
Edited: May 11, 7:13pm Top

Thank you Nancy. Now I'm planning my next read. It might be Bird Brains by Candace Savage.

We are dog sitting the cutest little guy "Eddie" today while his folks are at a play. He is cuddled up right beside me and he is little furnace. They rescued him from Mexico many years a go and he has had a good life.

44msf59
May 11, 7:11pm Top

>34 mdoris: Hooray for Anything is Possible! I have heard nothing but love for this collection. AND, I have my library copy at hand.

Hey, thanks for the beer chess idea, Mary. I think you have sparked new interest in playing that game. Grins...

45msf59
May 11, 7:12pm Top

And hooray for Bird Brains! Sounds like another birdy winner.

47Ireadthereforeiam
May 12, 5:29am Top

>41 mdoris: this cover reminds me of a Russian novel that I have somewhere to read. My dad gave it to me 6 moths ago, and i really need a gripping fiction novel at the moment. Too much theoretical academic stuff for me lately.

48mdoris
May 12, 11:10am Top

>47 Ireadthereforeiam:, I wonder if it is the one. It sure reads like fiction but it isn't!

49FAMeulstee
May 12, 1:34pm Top

>41 mdoris: Thanks, Mary, added to mount TBR. I saw the Dutch translation is available at the e-library.

>43 mdoris: Eddie is cute :-)

50PaulCranswick
Edited: May 13, 4:20am Top

>34 mdoris: I am not entirely convinced by Elizabeth Strout, Mary and I am certainly not ready for more meanderings about Mary Barton yet.

Have a great weekend.

51Donna828
May 13, 11:25am Top

>43 mdoris: Oh my, Eddie is adorable. Our dog is literally on his last legs. He hasn't been able to walk with us for the past week and he is not happy about it. He seems to be getting better but, at his age of approximately 14-rescue dog-, our long walks may be over.

I am on a longish waiting list for the Strout book. It sounds like the wait will have its rewards. I got The Sympathizer at last month's book sale. I think I'll put it on top of the TBR pile so I can read The Refugees. I know order doesn't matter but I still want to read my copy first.

52mdoris
May 13, 12:20pm Top

>50 PaulCranswick: Paul, there is lots being written about Strout , lots of interviews etc and she seems to be a "hot commodity" but I do know what you mean about not being entirely convinced. We could probably have a good conversation about that!

53mdoris
May 13, 12:24pm Top

>51 Donna828: Oh Donna, I am very sorry to hear about your wonderful dog who has given you 14 loving years no doubt in gratitude for your rescuing him He is a lucky boy! . Our Maggie is about to turn 12 which for a standard poodle is getting up there and she is sleeping her days away now but still enthused about her walks. She is our 4th standard and we have a dogs for over 31 years. Can't imagine life without one.

54mdoris
May 13, 12:26pm Top

>49 FAMeulstee: Thanks for the viist Anita. I bet you have a tall TBR!

55lit_chick
May 13, 12:49pm Top

How wonderful for Eddie to be rescued from Mexico! He is a doll, and your view is outstanding!

56mdoris
May 13, 12:55pm Top

>55 lit_chick:, Nancy, that is Eddie's view not mine!. He is such a tiny little guy but feisty. I think I have mentioned on a previous thread that Eddie is not a swimmer but one day came home soaking wet and his folks figured that he had been an attempted snatch by an eagle. We have many many eagles around. The bird life here is incredible.

57mdoris
Edited: May 13, 1:35pm Top

I am seeing lots of love for Murakami on the threads recently. Just saw this link of his books and they are on sale. Are there any recommendations of one I should start with? I have never read any of his books.
(So proud of myself, did a link to a website for the first time and I sure had to try it many times to get it right!)

here

58mdoris
Edited: May 13, 5:03pm Top

This is painted by my pal from uni days. Isn't it gorgeous!



Best Summer Drive

59weird_O
May 13, 5:34pm Top

I have two Strout books—Olive Kittridge and My Name Is Lucy Barton—and I guess I should shuffle them closer to the top of the TBR Tower. Even if Paul C. is withholding final judgment on Elizabeth Strout. Thanks for the link to the Atlantic piece.

60mdoris
Edited: May 13, 6:57pm Top

>59 weird_O: Hi Bill, great to see you visit. There is also an interesting article about ELiz. Strout in the May 1st NYer. She's on lots of people's radar right now!
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/01/elizabeth-strouts-long-homecoming

61weird_O
May 13, 7:38pm Top

>60 mdoris: Well, thanks again, Mary.

62charl08
May 15, 7:42am Top

Hi Mary - is it too late to wish happy new thread?

I love the Atwood topper. I would have that on my wall like a shot. I thought The Refugees was a great read, and I am hoping the new Elizabeth Strout comes to me quickly via the library (but not too quickly, because I have a lot of books out to read already!).

>58 mdoris: Your friend is very talented. Do you own any of her work?

63vancouverdeb
Edited: May 15, 9:40pm Top

I enjoyed the interview with Elizabeth Strout, thanks Mary! And yes, you are correct, I loved Kit's Law by Donna Morrisey and I'm planning to read more by her. I know The Fortunate Brother is her latest, but apparently though you can read it alone, it is the last in a trilogy that starts with Sylvanus Now and I am so " crazy' that I hope to read them in order. Eddie is just a darling!

64streamsong
May 17, 11:50am Top

I also enjoyed the interview with Elizabeth Strout. I haven't read any of her books, although I do have a copy of The Burgess Boys on Planet TBR.

65mdoris
Edited: May 17, 3:05pm Top

>62 charl08: Yes, Charlotte, I have 3 pieces of her work and I love them. She mostly does portraits and gorgeous flowers. She is an extremetly positive (intentional) person, works hard at it and so whatever she paints seems to greatly suggest joy. She has recently been painting cloud pictures. I will send you a link on your personal page for her website to have a peek .

66mdoris
Edited: May 17, 11:18pm Top

>63 vancouverdeb:, >64 streamsong: Deborah and Janet, glad you like the Strout links. She is an interesting author for me as I find her very compelling and insightful but a struggle for me too as her books go to the "dark side" quickly. But, I would read another of her books in a heart beat as soon as they were published! Funny how that works......

67mdoris
Edited: May 17, 11:17pm Top



Angel Catbird volume 1 by Margaret Atwood.
This is a graphic novel by Ms. Atwood, quite intriguing and with a punch of an environmental message as there are so many bird deaths caused by cats and so many cat deaths caused by their outdoor independence (mostly car accidents and predators). There are 2 more volumes in the making. This was an intriguing collaboration with artist Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonnvillain a comics colorist. There are some sketches included and also some information about the coloring process that I found interesting. It was imaginative!

68mdoris
Edited: May 18, 1:18am Top



March book 3 by John Lewis.
This is the third and final graphic novel in the John Lewis's telling of the horrendous story of the Civil Rights movement that took place in the 60's, a movement so powerful and included so many people willing to take great risks. There was such intimidation, death and violence involved to bring about "one man, one vote" for all.

69mdoris
Edited: May 19, 12:59am Top



I found this in my garden today and have no idea what it is and how it got there but I telling it to stick around, because I think it's gorgeous!

70mdoris
Edited: May 19, 1:04am Top

Read another Candace Savage book Bird Brains. It is a book about the crow family with stunning pictures and enlightening information (how clever they are) and great writing and research. She embarrases her family by mimicing crow/raven calls. She is my kind of girl!

71mdoris
May 19, 1:25am Top

Snow in Denver today where our 2 daughters live. YIKES!

72charl08
May 19, 1:51am Top

>65 mdoris: Thanks for sharing the link - I had a quick look and they look lovely.

>69 mdoris: Great accident. I have a few that have happened this way!

73msf59
May 19, 6:58am Top

Happy Friday, Mary! I am starting Anything Possible today. Yah!

Hooray for March, Angel Catbird & Bird Brains! Boo to snow in Colorado!

74lit_chick
May 19, 10:32am Top

>69 mdoris: Yes, so pretty, tell it to stick around for sure, Mary!

Planted some canna lily bulbs a couple weeks ago and have been waiting to see a sign of them. First one poked it's head out yesterday ... just by a little bit, just to have a look around. But I'm telling it there's nothing to fear, that Okanagan sunshine (if it ever arrives!) is beyond fabulous.

75mdoris
May 19, 11:17am Top

>74 lit_chick:, Nancy, you made me feel better. You talk to your plants too! Yes we have to assure our plant friends that sunshine will happen, It will happen, don't you think? I am waiting patiently.........(or not).

76mdoris
May 19, 4:10pm Top

Come for tea!
Just out of the oven blueberry squares. Blueberries are a "superfood" , so they must be healthy....right?

77ctpress
May 19, 4:51pm Top

I'm coming - healthy blueberry cake and a cup of tea. I'm all in :)

78lkernagh
May 23, 5:36pm Top

>58 mdoris: - Oh, that is lovely!

>69 mdoris: - Very pretty flowers... and like you, I have no idea what kind of flowers they are.

>71 mdoris: - Wow. I remember snow being a common occurrence for the May long weekend when I lived in Alberta (and as a typical university student, camped in that white stuff, because, you know, it is what one does when a long weekend come along). Ironically enough, Alberta did not get snow this long weekend. Looks like Colorado got it instead.

79mdoris
Edited: May 24, 11:46am Top

>78 lkernagh: Nice to see you Lori. Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather. Did you get the wind last night? Thought it was going to blow me away! Surprisingly no power out though on our little island. Daughter #4 is going to be married in your wonderful city mid June so we are hoping for spectacular weather!

80mdoris
Edited: May 24, 12:06pm Top

This is a message for the "birdy" people who might drift by for a visit on this thread!
So we are on a small island off the coast of British Columbia. There was a new trail opened last weekend for residents and an Ornithologist visited to observe the bird life on the opening with a group of islanders and "do a count". Here is what followed! 43 species, 1 1/2 hr. walk, distance 1.5 miles. numbers seen following the name......

Canada Goose 10, Mallard 2, Turkey Vulture 7, Bald Eagle 4, Killdeer 1, Greater Yellowlegs 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove 1, Barred Owl 2, Rufous Hummingbird 5, Red-breasted Sapsucker 3, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Olive-sided Flycatcher 3 , Pacific-slope Flycatcher 5, Hutton's Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 3, Northwestern Crow 1, Common Raven 1, Tree Swallow 1,
Violetgreen Swallow 15,, Barn Swallow 12, Cliff Swallow 3, Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5, Red-breasted Nuthatch 5,
Brown Creeper 2, House Wren 2, Swainson's Thrush 2, American Robin 15, European Starling 1,
Orange-crowned Warbler 3, Common Yellowthroat 1, Yellow Warbler 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2,
Townsend's Warbler 2, Wilson's Warbler 2, Dark-eyed Junco 10, White-crowned Sparrow 5, Savannah Sparrow 1,
Song Sparrow 10, Spotted Towhee 10, Western Tanager 2, Red-winged Blackbird 8, Red Crossbill 8, Pine Siskin 2

81PaulCranswick
May 24, 7:18pm Top

>80 mdoris: I wouldn't truly consider myself a "birdie" person - certainly in the feathered sense anyhow, but I would certainly miss them were they not to be found in our skies and our trees and our hedgerows.

82lkernagh
May 26, 6:32pm Top

>79 mdoris: - Yup, we had the wind. Luckily, it didn't do much damage in our area but I am happy that the wind is now down to a gentle breeze.... just wondering if there will be enough wind on the water this weekend for the Swiftsure race.

I will keep my fingers crossed for lovely weather for your daughter's wedding!

I am not much of a bird watcher but I do love that hobbies like bird watching get people out enjoying the great outdoors.

83Donna828
Yesterday, 9:31pm Top

That is quite an impressive bird count, Mary. And your blueberry squares look delicious…and healthy! Our dog is feeling better and able to walk around the block without limping. If he keeps improving, we will gradually take him on longer walks. We're all quite happy with his progress.

84charl08
Today, 5:00am Top

Looks like nature is alive and well on the new trail. The only ones that look familiar are the goose and the swallows.

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