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Ronincats targets Books off my own Shelves for 2017: Sector Six

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Jul 19, 2017, 4:55pm Top

The first picture is Miles; my, how he is growing! The second is his cousin from the litter in the front yard, about a month younger in my estimation. Provisionally named Mark, although as yet gender has not been determined.

I’m Roni in San Diego and I’ve been a member of the 75 book challenge group since 2008. I have a husband, 4 cats, 1 dog, a garden, many books, and am retired. I spend my time reading, gardening, crocheting, and making pottery and wire jewelry. Last year I did miserably on my reading goals, not meeting a single one. This year I want to focus on reading books already on my shelves. My main focus in reading is in speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) but I also try to read at least a dozen nonfiction books per year and am keeping up, more or less, with 4 mystery series. Welcome to my thread. If you are a speculative fiction reader, comment on my thread and I’ll come visit you. I follow those members with similar tastes or that I forged friendships with back in the days when this group was smaller--there is no way I can keep up with everyone, although I would love to be able to.

Edited: Jul 19, 2017, 4:55pm Top

Goals for 2017:

I will continue my goals to read 150 books and 50,000 pages, as I have met that goal 6 out of 9 years, but amount is really not a focus.

Previous goals have included limiting the number of books acquired to fewer than the previous year and to de-acquisition as many books as acquired. This year I will set a goal of limiting acquired books to 85 and to send at least 50 books on their way out of my house.

I have done very poorly on my goal of reading unread books already on my shelves, but I really want to highlight that this year, and so I’m setting an all-time high goal of 50 books. I did read 40 such books in 2013, but only 41 in the last three years combined.

Edited: Sep 26, 2017, 8:00pm Top

Books read in 2017:

DNF Daughter of Gods and Shadows by Jayde Brooks (135 pp.) (2015)
1. The Kindred of Darkness by Barbara Hambly (248 pp.)(2016)
2. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by J. R. Rowling (42 pp.) (pre-2011)
3. The Story of Charlotte's Web by Michael Sims (305 pp.) (2015)
4. Starship's Mage by Glynn Stewart (299 pp.) (2016)
5. The Heart of What was Lost by Tad Williams (222 pp.) (2017)
6. I Shot the Buddha by Colin Cotterill (342 pp.) (library)
7. Linesman by S. K. Dunstall (372 pp.) (2016)
8. The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (361 pp.) (library)
9. Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger (260 pp.) (pre-2011)
10. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire (192 pp.)
11. The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (94 pp.) (2016)
12. Dawn by Octavia Butler (256 pp.) (pre-2011)
13. Spoiled Harvest by Leah Cutter (222 pp.) (2016)
14. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (352 pp.) (reread)
15. Where Shadows Dance by C. S. Harris (342 pp.) (library)
16. Where Maidens Mourn by C. S. Harris (341 pp.)
17. Evicted by Matthew Desmond (420 pp.)
18. The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud (445 pp.)

19. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (298 pp.)
20. Deeds of Honor by Elizabeth Moon (152 pp.)
21. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (265 pp.)
22. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt (360 pp.)
23. Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina (90 pp.)
24. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (447 pp.)
25. Why Kings Confess by C. S. Harris (340 pp.)
26. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (388 pp.)
27. What Darkness Brings by C. S. Harris (353 pp.)
28. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (106 pp.)
29. Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (431 pp.)
30. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (243 pp.)
31. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (312 pp.)
32. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (467 pp.)
33. Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (436 pp.)

34. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (333 pp.)
35. Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (87 pp.)
36. Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire (368 pp.)
37. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (514 pp.)
38. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (478 pp.)
39. Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer (249 pp.)
40. Heartstone by Elle Katharine White (337 pp.)
41. The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (479 pp.)
42. Borderline by Mishell Baker (392 pp.)
43. Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Edward Rice (619 pp.)
44. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (160 pp.)
45. Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire (338 pp.)

46. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (94 pp.)
47. The Book That Changed America by Randall Fuller (294 pp.)
48. Crown of Renewal by Elizabeth Moon (503 pp.)
49. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (340 pp.)
50. Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis (347 pp.)
DNF Everfair by Nisi Shawl (168 pp.)
51. Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan (333 pp.)
52. Crochet with Wire by Nancie Wiseman (88 pp.)

53. Beauty by Robin McKinley (264 pp.)
54. Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley (306 pp.)
55. The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (352 pp.)
56. All Seated on the Ground by Connie Willis (128 pp.)
57. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (244 pp.)
58. Frogkisser! by Garth Nix (372 pp.)
59. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (400 pp.)
60. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brown (466 pp.)
61. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (352 pp.)
62. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (219 pp.)
63. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (362 pp.)
64. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (410 pp.)
65. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (341 pp.)
66. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (352 pp.)
67. Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker (408 pp.)
68. The Burning Page by Genevive Cogman (356 pp.)
69. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (349 pp.)
70. We Are Legion by Dennis Taylor (283 pp.)

71. John Adams by David McCullough (656 pp.)
72. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (271 pp.)
DNF The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (199 pp.)
73. Who Buries the Dead by C. S. Harris (338 pp.)
74. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (411 pp.)
75. A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde (357 pp.)
76. For We are Many by Dennis Taylor (321 pp.)
77. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett (450 pp.)
78. Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman (416 pp.)
79. Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey (296 pp.)
80. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (144 pp.)

81. Merrill's Marauders by Gavin Mortimer (230 pp.)
82. When Falcons Fall by C. S. Harris (355 pp.)
83. New Lands by Geoff Rodkey (325 pp.)
84. Blue Sea Burning by Geoff Rodkey (374 pp.)
85. Leviathan Wakes by James Corey (572 pp.)
86. Arabella of Mars by David Levine (350 pp.)
87. Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon (433 pp.)
88. The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (410 pp.)
89. Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman (329 pp.)
90. Dancing at the Edge of the World by Ursula Le Guin (302 pp.)
91. The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman (334 pp.)
92. The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn (373 pp.)

93. Where the Dead Lie by C. S. Harris (338 pp.)
94. The Gates of Tagmeth by P. C. Hodgell (377 pp.)
95. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (342 pp.)
96. Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman (378 pp.)
97. Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (113 pp.)
98. Inferior by Angela Saini (200 pp.)
99. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (390 pp.)
100. Kingfisher by Patricia McKillip (346 pp.)
101. Winterling by Sarah Prineas (248 pp.)
102. Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman (345 pp.)
103. Avians by Timothy Gwyn (426 pp.)
104. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (189 pp.)
105. The Unquiet Bones by Mel Starr (248 pp.)

106. The Warded Man by Peter Brett (453 pp.)
107. The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire (368 pp.)
108. Thraxas and the Warrior Monks by Martin Scott (256 pp.)
109. Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis (317 pp.)
110. The Jesuit and the Skull by Amir Aczel (289 pp.)
111. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (375 pp.)

Edited: Sep 26, 2017, 8:24pm Top

Books acquired in 2017:

1. The Heart of What was Lost by Tad Williams (Kindle)
2. Evicted by Matthew Desmond

3. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
4. Zeroes by Chuck Wendig
5. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire (Kindle)
6. Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman (Kindle)

7. The Unwinding by George Packer (Kindle)
8. Rough Crossings by Simon Schwama (Kindle)
9. The Inkblots by Damion Searles
10. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (Kindle)
11. Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina (Amazon)
12. Merrill's Marauders by Gavin Mortimer (Amazon)

13. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett (ER)

14. Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Kindle)
15. Magic For Nothing by Seanan McGuire (Amazon)

16. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (PBS)
17. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt (PBS)
18. In Other Lands by Sarah Brennan (ER)
19. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (MG)

20. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (MG)
21. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab (MG)

22. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor (PBS)
23. Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan (Amazon)
24. The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Amazon)
25. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (Kindle)
26. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (MG)
27. Inferior by Angela Saini (ER)
28. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (MG)
29. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (MG)

30. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (PBS)
31. All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen (PBS)

32. A Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly (PBS)
33. The Clean Eating Slow Cooker by Linda Larsen (BargainBooks)

34. The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (Amazon)
35. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (Amazon)
36. Darwin's Ghosts (Amazon)
37. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury (Amazon)
38. The Essex Serpent by Saran Perry (from Jenn (nittnutt))
39. The Shape of Ancient Thought by Thoma McEvilley (Amazon)
40. An Oath of Dogs by Wendy Wagner (MG)
41. The Star-touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (MG)
42. The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn (MG)

43. Death's End by Cixin Liu (Amazon)
44. Due Diligence by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Amazon)
45 Words Are my Matter by Ursula Le Guin (Amazon)
46. The Glasswrights Series by Mindy Klasky (Amazon)
47 The Great Alta Saga by Jane Yolen (Amazon)

48. The Gates of Tagmeth by P. C. Hodgell (377 pp.)
49. Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (113 pp.)
50. The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire (368 pp.)
51. The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone (576 pp.)
52. An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon (349 pp.)
53. In Calabria by Peter Beagle (176 pp.)
54. Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia McKillip (290 pp.)
55. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (387 pp.)
56. Cinderella Necromancer by Faith Boughan (322 pp.)
57. All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Smith (367 pp.)

Edited: Sep 11, 2017, 2:15pm Top

British Author Challenge
February - Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters
June - Georgette Heyer:
October - Jo Walton: Necessity
December - Neil Gaiman: Odd and the Frost Giants

SFFCAT Challenge
January: "Read an SFF you meant to read in 2016, but never started/completed" - Starship's Mage by Glynn Stewart

February: "Space Travel!" - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

March: "Religious Themed SciFi/Fantasy" - Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak) by Ken Scholes, The Gospel of the Knife by Will Shetterly

April: "Dystopian/Apocalyptic theme" - On Such a Full Sea

May: "Alien contact" - The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, All Seated on the Ground by Connie Willis

June: "Series Month" - City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

July: "Award Winners/Nominees" - Leviathan Wakes by James Corey, The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

August: "Humorous sci fi/fantasy" -

September: "Steampunk" - The Affinity Bridge by George Mann

October: "Near Future SciFi" -

November: "Historical SFF" -

December: "Magic Systems" -

Nonfiction Challenge

January: Prizewinners - Evicted by Desmond Morris

February: Voyages of Exploration - Wanderings by Chaim Potok

March: Heroes and Villains - Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Edward Rice

April: Hobbies, Pastimes and Passions - Crochet with Wire

May: History - John Adams by David McCullough

June: The Natural World

July: Creators and Creativity - Dancing At the Edge of the World by Ursula Le Guin

August: I’ve Always Been Curious About…. - Inferior by Angela Saini

September: Gods, Demons and Spirits -

October: The World We Live In: Current Affairs

November: Science and Technology

December: Out of Your Comfort Zone

Obama Reading List Challenge http://www.librarything.com/topic/247375

February--Non-Fiction Titles: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
March--All-time Favorites: The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
April--Excellent Novels and Poetry Collections: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
May--Books About Other Presidents: John Adams by David McCullough
June--Summer Reads 2016
July--Summer Reads 2015
August--Independent Bookstore Purchases
September--Childhood Classics
October--Additional Authors and Philosophers
November--Informative Reads
December--Books for Daughters

Edited: Jul 19, 2017, 5:10pm Top

Final message from last thread:

Book #88 The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (410 pp.)

I bought this last fall (so yes, it is another BOMB) after very much enjoying the first book. This one was not quite as amazing in the way it wove the different threads together, but while very much a middle book in the series, it was a good read that advanced the story.

Dr. Who fans should check out this offer at Humble Bundle.


Edited: Jul 19, 2017, 5:23pm Top

So, yesterday we had some time to kill while Molly (dog) was getting a haircut in the Valley and I was able to talk my husband into heading up onto Clairemont Mesa to Mysterious Galaxy, my favorite bookstore. This is not as difficult as it might be, the hub being a nonreader of books (newspapers and magazines, yes), because his absolutely favorite chicken shack is just around the corner. So he went and ate chicken at Chicken Charley's and I got a nice long browse around MG. Did I buy anything? Do you have to ask?
The Star-touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi--I could have waited for this at the library, but I do like to support indie bookstores and new authors.
Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine--just finished reading and enjoying a library copy. Saw it was out in mass market paperback and bought a copy for my niece's birthday. I see the sequel is out in hardback; it will have to wait for the library version.
An Oath of Dogs by Wendy Wagner--an interesting sounding science fiction mystery.
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn--time travel and Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of her death? Had to get it.

Then on the way home we stopped by the library where I returned three books and picked up:

The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman--sequel to Silver on the Road
Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman--first in an urban fantasy series by the same author
Where the Dead Lie by C. S. Harris--last of the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries out. Now I will have to wait a year.

Edited: Jul 19, 2017, 5:11pm Top

Are you ready for visitors, Roni? Mark and Miles are handsome fellows, indeed! And looking so much more grown up already.

Jul 19, 2017, 5:25pm Top

Hi, Julia! All ready now except for updating my tickers. Have a cool refreshing beverage--it's hot out there!!

Edited: Jul 19, 2017, 5:48pm Top

Happy new thread, Roni, Miles & Mark look adorable :-)
We had a hot day today, so refreshing beverages were needed, tomorrows forecast gives lower temperatures.

Edited: Jul 19, 2017, 7:20pm Top

I made a mistake and the book I am reading is Borderline by Mishell Baker. That is the first title in the Arcadia Project series. Fortunately, when I was at the library getting the books I picked up both of them and didn't realize that the first in the series was Borderline not Physical Pains. I started on Borderline last night and so far so good. I will see as I get into the story. I just seem to be having a hard time settling on something I want to read. If this series doesn't pique my fancy I will just go get an Elizabeth Bear novel. They seem to take me out of the doldrums.

Jul 19, 2017, 8:50pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 19, 2017, 8:53pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 19, 2017, 9:53pm Top

Happy new thread, Roni. Sorry to hear it's hot but at least it's probably not as humid as here!

Jul 19, 2017, 11:04pm Top

Miles (Vorkosigan?) and Mark are so handsome and a great way to start a new thread. Summer has found its way to Missouri…finally. I'm sure you remember how humid it can get here in the midwest. I just want to fast forward to the middle of September. I'll try to keep up with you, Roni. I'm not spending much time on LT these days. Are you still playing bridge? I just finished The Bridge Ladies, not as fluffy as it sounds.

Jul 19, 2017, 11:34pm Top

Hi Roni and happy new thread. I have Arabella of Mars as a planned read for the September SFFFCat Challenge as the theme is "Steampunk". Sounds like a book that I am going to enjoy!

Jul 19, 2017, 11:55pm Top

>10 FAMeulstee: You can see I brought plenty of beverages for everyone, Anita. ;-)
>11 benitastrnad: I liked Borderline, thought it brought some uniqueness to the genre (urban fantasy) that dissipated in the second book.
>12 foggidawn:, >13 drneutron: Thank you and welcome, Misti and Jim.
>14 RebaRelishesReading: About 87 but the humidity was higher than usual for us--monsoon season.
>15 Donna828: Hi, Donna. Of course they are Vorkosigan namesakes. I'm only playing bridge on the computer these days, I'm afraid.
>16 DeltaQueen50: Delighted to hear it, Judy!

I'm trying to decide what to read next as I head off to the bedroom. Decisions, decisions...

Jul 20, 2017, 2:37am Top

Happy new thread, Roni. I love the topper.
From your previous thread: yep, school is over and vacation has started. :-)

Jul 20, 2017, 7:02am Top

Happy new thread, Roni!

Jul 20, 2017, 7:03am Top

Happy new thread.

Jul 20, 2017, 11:55am Top

Happy New Thread, Roni!

Miles and Mark look great. Vorkosigans?

I'm just starting Leviathan Wakes, and so far I'm enjoying it.

The third one in that N.K. Jemison series, The Stone Sky, comes out in August. Publishers Weekly gave it a red star rave review. I've got to read the second one soon!

Jul 20, 2017, 2:13pm Top

>1 ronincats:, >15 Donna828: Miles and Mark! I only realised they were namesakes after reading Donna's message - love it! Happy new thread! From a quick catch-up on your last thread you hit me with a book bullet for Arabella of Mars.

Jul 20, 2017, 3:01pm Top

Happy new thread, Roni. Love the kitties.

Jul 21, 2017, 10:41am Top

Miles and Mark are perfect choices! I almost commented on your previous thread, but I resisted :-)

Jul 21, 2017, 7:17pm Top

Hmmm, my internet service must be screwed up or something because I'm not seeing the toppers. :( May be the heat we're having here. I'll have to check back when it cools down a bit.

Hope you're enjoying whichever book you decided on the other evening.

Jul 21, 2017, 7:31pm Top

Happy new one, Roni! Those boys up top are so handsome - thanks for sharing.

Jul 22, 2017, 3:45am Top

>1 ronincats: So handsome! I really like that colour on animals; for years - decades, even - I wanted a Weimaraner, but sadly I seem t be allergic to short-haired dogs.

Happy new thread, Roni!

Jul 22, 2017, 10:25am Top

Happy new thread! Love the kitty pictures! I love their colouring, so cute!

Jul 22, 2017, 1:35pm Top

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Jul 22, 2017, 5:22pm Top

>25 Storeetllr: There is trouble with LT pictures, book covers don't load either see
Bug Collectors: Cover Images not showing

Jul 23, 2017, 1:17am Top

happy new thread, Roni.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, too.

Jul 23, 2017, 1:28am Top

Looks like your reading challenges are shaping up OK this year!? The planning side of things is looking great anyway :)

Happy new thread.

Jul 23, 2017, 2:05am Top

Hi Roni! Congrats on the new thread. Love your kitties up top. Did you like the Jane Austen Project?

Jul 23, 2017, 1:16pm Top

Good morning, everyone! Wasn't around yesterday because I had a bit of a headache all day and took it easy, reading this book.

Book #89 Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman (329 pp.)

This is by the same author who wrote Silver on the Road, which I read and really liked in the last thread, set in a frontier great plains at the turn of the 1800s in an alternate history. Very original, with lots of distinctive voice. Before she started this series, she had written several others, two of which are contemporary urban fantasy. This is the first book of her second series. It says something that her twenty-something often horny protagonist did NOT irritate me (and no sex in the book, despite her urges! How often do we see that?) and that I was very much pulled into this story of how a few of the Talented see a need for forensic Magic to solve crimes and pull together a team of twenty-somethings not only to train, but as a team to invent the tools needed. But their first case, ruled a suicide by police, results in a killer targeting THEM. I liked this, liked the writing, liked the characters and the hectic life of New York City. So, definitely above average urban fantasy, with a brain behind it.

Obviously the headache wasn't a pounder, just one of those lurking behind the eyes irritations, but it affected my energy level and I did very little all day other than play with cats and mindless computer games.

>18 Ameise1: Barbara, I'm so glad it is your time to relax; you definitely need it.
>19 scaifea:, 21 Definitely Vorkosigans, Joe. Good to know that Jemisin's third book is also getting excellent reviews.
>22 souloftherose: Heather, you will not regret it. So much fun. Hope the author can keep it up in the sequel.
>23 BLBera: Hi, Beth. Aren't they adorable?
>24 archerygirl: Hi, Katherine. Indeed!
>25 Storeetllr: Hope the pictures are showing up now, Mary.
>26 Crazymamie: Hugs, Mamie, for the loss of your fur babies. Youngun's are always good therapy.
>27 humouress: Nina, my first five cats in my own household were all that lovely gray that is Russian Blue color (purely by chance, and not all at the same time), but we've gotten away from it in recent years. Good to have some of it back.
>28 ChelleBearss: Hi, Chelle. I'm loving your pictures of the new baby, Elisa, too.
>30 FAMeulstee: Hi, Anita.
>31 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. Wishing you a profitable work week, since your weekend is pretty much over.
>32 LovingLit: This is the first year I've attempted to track challenges at the top of my threads, Megan--not sure how much the organization is helping me though!
>33 Berly: Hey, Kimmers! Haven't read The Jane Austen Project yet, although it may be my next one even though I should read one of my BOMBs instead. But none of them are calling to me like this one is...

Jul 23, 2017, 2:23pm Top

I hope you feel much better today, Roni.

Edited: Jul 23, 2017, 4:20pm Top

>35 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, I am. I think that the fan my husband likes to sleep under (and the nights have been warm) messes with my sinuses.

Book #90 Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places by Ursula Le Guin (302 pp.)

I have been greatly enjoying reading this book as my bathtub book for the first 2/3 of July. Long on my shelves, I pulled it out in response to the July Nonfiction Challenge: Creators and Creativity. And it fit the billing perfectly. This is a collection of Le Guin's talks, essays and reviews from 1976 to 1988. I only have half a dozen tags sticking out of the pages, but I could have had 4 times that number. The leisurely pace of reading an article a day left space for taking the time to let the ideas emerge and submerge themselves in my consciousness as she talks about writing, women and women's experience of writing and how it may differ from men's, and some perfectly lovely travelogue diary excerpts where one wants to roll oneself in the luxuriousness of the written language. She is sharp, acerbic, wise, deep, tolerant, critical, and creative. I immediately went to Amazon to buy her latest nonfiction collection, Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer’s Week, skipping over the two collections in between (for the time being, at least) as I want to see what she is thinking about NOW after reading her thoughts of 30 years ago.

Jul 23, 2017, 5:21pm Top

Always interesting to visit your thread. The Jane Austen Project sounds like fun.

Jul 24, 2017, 9:01am Top

>34 ronincats: You got me with Hard Magic! It sounds right up my alley.

Jul 24, 2017, 11:39am Top

I went to a different book discussion group yesterday (different from my usual group) because the book they were discussing was Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. It was a fun discussion. One of the things the group said was they were astonished at how well the book wore considering it was published in 1968. Somebody else talked about how the later books in the Dragonriders of Pern series developed the science more and more. So the question then became is this series fantasy or SciFi?

The other question that came up in the group was the role of mythology in the culture. One of the people in the group teaches 8th grade language arts. She said that mythology is not part of the curriculum, so she tries to throw it in when she can, but she thinks that school kids of today are ignorant of myths. One of the other members is a retired university professor and she stated that she thought that learning about myths is central to our culture and one of the foundation pieces of knowing about that culture. She was simply appalled that mythology - of all kinds - is not in the curriculum in the public schools.

Jul 24, 2017, 12:02pm Top

Howdy Ro! Sorry about your headache. It's hard to enjoy reading when we have those.

Jul 24, 2017, 4:35pm Top

>39 benitastrnad: I think I'd agree with that appall-ment (*smile*) quite a bit!

Jul 24, 2017, 8:00pm Top

Glad the headache didn't totally prevent some reading.

The kittens are so adorable!!!

Jul 25, 2017, 5:36pm Top

The toppers are showing up! Yay! Sweet kitties are always a welcome sight.

Glad you enjoyed Hard Magic too. The next three in the series are similarly good. (Yes, I have read all four and now have to wait for the next. Boo hiss. Though I have started The Cold Eye and am enjoying it a lot, though so far not as much as Silver on the Road.)

>39 benitastrnad: Interesting discussion! I really loved that book. Now am going to have to have a reread.

Jul 26, 2017, 12:27pm Top

I finished reading Borderline by Mishell Baker. This is the first book in the Arcadia Project series. The author was featured on a TOR blog post about women SciFi/Fantasy authors who have been published and whose work is worthy of turning into a television or movie series. I had never heard of the author and the premise was intriguing, so I read the book.

I found this title to be great fun. I confess that at first I thought it was going to be more of a pity party than it turned out to be. Millie, the heroine, is determined to get her life back together and make it outside of an institution, but she has great big hurdles to overcome. These include her mental state as well as her physical handicaps. She makes major mistakes and has to learn to not take things at face value, but to look deeper. This is true for her personal life as well as her new professional life as an agent for the Arcadia Project.

There is plenty of action in this novel and sometimes it reads like it is a movie or TV script, but it is an inventive entry into the urban fantasy genre. It is great fun, and shows the potential for growth in the character that will make me read more about her.

I most certainly will read the next entries in this series. And I think we will be seeing this series on TV, in some format, soon.

Jul 26, 2017, 12:44pm Top

Grey tuxedo kitties! How gorgeous they are! Miles has the same name as my brother's cat, but his looks remind me of the late Tigger, my intrepid, ferocious feline. The remaining crew send purrs to your coterie.

I'm rather disappointed that The Furthest Station didn't come out for audio, as I'd grown addicted to the narrator of the "Rivers of London" series -- he does Peter Grant's "voice" so perfectly. Now I'll have to pay $5 for the Kindle version *grumble grumble grumble* Oh well, perhaps Aaronovitch will speed up and write the next one, and stop bloviating about how his books "should" be read, as he did when a blogger voiced concerns (which I shared) about some casual sexist stuff and some info-dumping in book #2. He went on her blog and "man-splained" everything to her, and has since taken to doing this all over the place... A great example of separating the author from his work!

Jul 27, 2017, 1:37am Top

Happy new thread Roni!

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Belated happy birthday to your husband & happy aniversary, Roni!

Jul 27, 2017, 3:28pm Top

Belated happy anniversary wishes to you and your hubby, Roni, and belated happy birthday wishes to him! Hope your celebrations were fabulous!

Jul 28, 2017, 5:16am Top

Oh I missed saying happy anniversary...so um...happy anniversary :)

Jul 28, 2017, 3:31pm Top

Miles and Maybe-Mark are adorable!! I LOVE tuxedo cats of all colors. Abby is a black tuxie; her shirtfront is nearly perfectly triangular.

And happy belated anniversary wishes.

Jul 29, 2017, 4:08pm Top

Book #91 The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman (334 pp.)

This is the second book of the series started with Silver on the Road, which I read in the last thread. Set in an early 1800s alternative history in the Great Plains of North America, it is creative in its conceptualization of magic and how it interacts with what we know of the area in that time. This continues the story of Isobel learning about the Territory and her own powers and responsibilities, as well as how it is threatened by outside forces. Still quite enjoyable, and I will wait impatiently for the next book.

Jul 29, 2017, 4:31pm Top

So, I've been ignoring my own thread all week, although I've been visiting other threads sporadically. Tuesday we took Molly for a walk and then went on various errands that kept us out for 5 hours and 3.5 miles. Tired when we got home! Wednesday, as I remarked on Mary's thread (storeetler) when I wished her happy birthday, was my husband's birthday and our anniversary. We went out mid-day for brunch and I bought THREE purses at DSW (I feel like Hani!), although none were over $35 (One started out pretty high but was 70% off), then we went to Island Prime for dinner to celebrate further. I had the Filet Trio, which was delicious. Thursday was around home--I got lots done, including laundry and exercise and feeding the plants and lots of other stuff I can't recall now. And yesterday I cleaned the kitchen, put all the laundry away, watered out back, played with Miles, and finished the book above.

>37 avatiakh: Kerry, I'm reading the Austen Project book for my bathtub book--it's one I have to read a chapter and then put down for awhile, but it's coming along. I haven't made up my mind about it yet.
>38 archerygirl: Enjoy, Katherine!
>39 benitastrnad: Benita, in light of later developments, I think the books would have to be regarded as science fiction. And I grew up reading mythology along with fairy and folk tales--I think I read Bulfinch's Mythology around 5th or 6th grade.
>40 luvamystery65: Fortunately my headaches don't seem to linger over a day, Ro, and often I can shake them in only 5-6 hours.
>41 TadAD: Hi, Tad.
>42 sibyx: Aren't they just, Lucy? Miles is getting so big.
>43 Storeetllr: As you see, I finished The Cold Eye last night, Mary, and enjoyed it. I think the first book was so amazing just because of the way it set up the world-building. And I will continue with her other series.
>44 benitastrnad: I really loved Borderline, Benita, but I felt the sequel did not continue the things that made the first stand out and read more like all the rest of the urban fantasies out there. Let me know what you think.
>45 Chatterbox: Sending a shout-out to Tigger's spirit, such a generous one! I hope Cassie is responding to her new diet. Yes, it's interesting bringing up the ferals. Hoping to stop the cycle. Sorry to hear that about Aaronovitch. Another author of favorites, Steven Brust, is also reputed to be somewhat of an asshole in person. And they both have that snarky tone I love in their books...
>46 Kassilem: Thanks, Melissa.
>47 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita.
>48 Storeetllr: And Mary. >49 sirfurboy: and Stephen. You can see that we did have a good day above.
>50 EBT1002: Tuxedo cats are indeed cool, Ellen. And thank you for the good wishes.

So, all caught up for the moment!

Jul 30, 2017, 4:55am Top

Happy Sunday, Roni. I hope it's a good one.

Jul 31, 2017, 5:58pm Top

Hi Roni, I am taking advantage of a quiet afternoon in the office to visit some threads. Happy new thread! What lovely pictures of Miles and "Mark".

Headaches are no fun. ;-( Hope it was short-lived. Joining everyone else in posting happy anniversary wishes.

Edited: Aug 1, 2017, 12:51am Top

>53 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. It was a very relaxing one.
>54 lkernagh: Hi, Lori! Good to see you here, and thanks.

Book #92 The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn 373 pp.)

This is the only book acquired this month that I completed within the month (although I did get 3 BOMBs off my shelves). Two researchers from the future are sent back in time to befriend Jane Austen and try to copy her letters and get a copy of the completed The Watsons. I actually think the author did a pretty good job with this intriguing concept, although I was put off at the first when they showed up at an inn near their entry drop and tried to hire rooms with not so much as a bandbox, and were surprised to be rejected. I read this slowly--there are lots of sections and chapters so it was easy to do and I couldn't rush through it. I was fascinated by it, though.

Aug 1, 2017, 12:54am Top

July Statistics

Books read: 12
Pages read:4387
Average pages per day: 145
Average pages per book: 399

New reads: 12
Rereads: 0
Library books: 7
Books off the shelf: 3
New purchases read: 2

science fiction 4
fantasy 3
children's 2
nonfiction 2
fiction 0
romance 0
mystery 1

Author gender: 7 female, 5 male

Country of origin: USA 100%

Books acquired: 11

Kindle: 7
Dead tree: 4 from Mysterious Galaxy
3 nonfiction, 4 fantasy, 4 science fiction

Books out the door: 1 to PaperBackSwap

Aug 1, 2017, 4:25pm Top

>36 ronincats: You've reminded me that I have been meaning to read more of Le Guin's essays - I thoroughly enjoyed The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction last year so I have added Dancing at the Edge of the World to my thingaversary list. Belated happy anniversary to you and your husband too.

Aug 1, 2017, 4:34pm Top

Also just seen that Bujold has just announced another Penric novella, Penric's Fox, set after Penric and the Shaman.

Aug 1, 2017, 5:12pm Top

Aug 1, 2017, 11:40pm Top

>55 ronincats: I really want to get The Jane Austen Project! And your review just reinforced my inclination. : )

Aug 2, 2017, 1:42am Top

I picked up The Jane Austen Project from the library today.

Aug 2, 2017, 5:53pm Top

>57 souloftherose:, >58 souloftherose: I bought her latest nonfiction, Heather, but hadn't started it yet. Yes, I saw that a new Penric is coming out!
>59 Storeetllr: Definitely yay!
>60 Berly:, >61 avatiakh: I hope you both enjoy it. While it didn't knock my socks off, I definitely enjoyed it.

Book #93 Where the Dead Lie by C. S. Harris (338 pp.)

I must sadly report that I am now up to date with reading this 12th and most recent in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series set in Regency England. This most recent has the most gruesome and numerous murders of the series so far (I hope this is not an arithmetic progression) but the personal touches got me through those parts of the story. The tension between Devlin and Jarvis continues to escalate and there are some dramatic changes in Devlin's personal circle. As usual, the mystery is riveting and the milieu quite developed. Sad that I have to wait until next year for the next book to come out--and there will be a next book as there are several threads left dangling.

Aug 2, 2017, 6:28pm Top

Hi Roni, I've fallen behind with everyone again, we are spending a fair amount of time away from home which also means away from the computer these days. This is in part because of selling the house, but also because of my husband's recent retirement. We now have time to go out and do things together so we are making up for lost time. You have tweaked my interest with The Jane Austen Project and the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries of which I have the first one on my Kindle. I've been putting off starting a new series, but what the heck, I guess it's a case of the more the merrier!

Aug 2, 2017, 11:01pm Top

Glad you enjoyed the latest St. Cyr. It sounds good. I've put a request for it in at the library, but, if it doesn't come up by the time I'm done with my current crop of books, I may have to get the audio version from Audible.

Aug 3, 2017, 12:13am Top

Belated Happy Anniversary Roni, and happy birthday to your husband. Yay for another Bujold, and I'm curious about that take on Jane Austen.

Aug 3, 2017, 10:18am Top

>55 ronincats: I bought The Jane Austen Project earlier this summer, Roni. Glad it is worthwhile.

>62 ronincats: You remind me that I have quite a few Harris books to read. I've only read the first two.

Aug 3, 2017, 10:52pm Top

just delurking to say "hi" -- hope your summer is going well

Aug 4, 2017, 6:03pm Top

>62 ronincats: I must start that series at some stage.

Have a wonderful weekend, dear Roni.

Aug 5, 2017, 4:18am Top

Happy weekend, Roni.

Aug 6, 2017, 1:18am Top

Hi Roni! Beautiful, beautiful kitties up top :)\\

Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Aug 6, 2017, 1:50pm Top

Roni, I'm kind of intrigued with the idea of a fantasy series set in the wild west. I may take a look at Silver on the Road to see if it's something I would like. You got me out of my comfort zone with The Vorkosigan Saga, which reminds me that I must take another road trip so I can spend some time with Miles et al. I hope your week end is going well.

Aug 7, 2017, 8:20pm Top

Howdy Ro!

Aug 9, 2017, 10:33pm Top

Hello! Been out but popping in to say hello. Sounds like you're keeping well occupied with garden, books, and kitties. Very handsome they are. In September, I'll be traveling with friends and we'll finally be able to listen to the end of the first Rivers of London audiobook. I got dropped off in the midst of the climactic finale on an earlier road trip in May. Been left hanging all summer.

Aug 9, 2017, 10:55pm Top

>73 justchris: That's awful!!! I bet September can't come soon enough. LOL

Hi Roni!!

Edited: Aug 11, 2017, 7:33pm Top

I've been suffering writer's block on my own thread for the last week and a half, although I've been around the group with occasional comments on the threads of others. It's not for lack of material--I've finished 5 books, Miles has had an outpatient procedure and moved into the house, I've been to the pottery, and I've visitors to acknowledge. But the inertia has ruled, perhaps in part because there is a lot! However, the Hugos have broken through. Thanks to the time difference, the awards have been announced for the 2017 Hugo Awards over in Helsinki.

Best Novel

The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)
Death’s End by Cixin Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)

I read four of the nominees (totally coincidentally the four by women), and while I thought Too Like the Lightning the most ambitious, the Jemisin book (second in a trilogy) was quite good as well, so I'm not sad it won.

Best Novella

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)
This Census-Taker by China Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)

Not a length I normally read, I did read both the McGuire and the Bujold.

Best Novelette

“The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)

Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex by Stix Hiscock (self-published)
“The Art of Space Travel” by Nina Allan (Tor.com, July 2016)
“The Jewel and Her Lapidary” by Fran Wilde (Tor.com Publishing, May 2016)
“Touring with the Alien” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)
“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)

Even less a length I read, I did read the Wilde story and found it very bleak.

Best Related Work

Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016 by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)
Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)
The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)
“The Women of Harry Potter” posts by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com)

I did not realize when I purchased Words are My Matter after loving Le Guin's Dancing at the Edge of the World so much that it was up for the Hugo in this category. I will have to get on with it now!


Best Series

The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)
The Expanse by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
The October Daye Books by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)
The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)

Four of my favorite series here, and two more very popular ones, but the winner is our beloved Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books. Hurrah!

And although they didn't give Ada Palmer a Hugo for her book, she did win this:

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)

Sarah Gailey (2nd year of eligibility)
J. Mulrooney (1st year of eligibility)
Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)
Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)
Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)

For all the results, look here: http://www.tor.com/2017/08/11/2017-hugo-award-winners/

Aug 11, 2017, 8:01pm Top

Hello Dear Roni

How I wish Will was not allergic to cats. Your images entice me to obtain a cat or two.

I hope your summer has been good, and that it is not too hot where you are in California. Wev'e had a very interesting summer of weather. There is a lot of rain, almost everyday rain. The poor plants on the deck are waterlogged. I have to get Will to help me tip the pots sideways to allow all the water to escape.

Congratulations on reading so many good books thus far this year. I'm reading at a slower pace, but naturally still collecting at a rapid action of walking down the book sale isles and letting my hands just simply put a book or two or 20 into my bag.

Aug 11, 2017, 9:55pm Top

>75 ronincats: Nice! My comments:

Novel: Obelisk Gate is a worthy winner, and amazing that it's second in a trilogy! I also enjoyed All the Birds in the Sky, tho I recall you weren't enchanted with it.

Novella: I enjoyed Black Tom and Penric more than Every Heart a Doorway.

Series: WOOT!

Aug 11, 2017, 10:00pm Top

Welcome back to your own thread, Roni! I have experienced similar periods of inertia.

Aug 11, 2017, 10:48pm Top

>63 DeltaQueen50: Judy, I think you'd really enjoy the St. Cyr mysteries.
>64 Storeetllr: It was good, Mary. I hope you can find it.
>65 humouress: Thank you, Nina.
>66 BLBera: Hope my reviews stimulate you to move ahead on both books, Beth.
>67 RebaRelishesReading: Very well, Reba, if not nearly as active as yours!
>68 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. Hugs!
>69 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara. Hope you had a good week.
>70 AMQS: Hi, Anne. Weekend time again, and hoping you get a good break from being back at work.
>71 Donna828: Donna, there are several fantasies set in the old west, although I think this is one of the better ones. Pat Wrede wrote the Frontier Magic trilogy. M. K. Hobson has 4 books so far in the Veneficas Americana series. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear is very good and a singleton. Beth Cato has set two books, her Blood of Earth series, in and around historic San Francisco. And finally, Mercedes Lackey sets The Fire Rose in historic California.
>72 luvamystery65: Hi, Ro!
>73 justchris: Hi, Chris! Hope you have a great time traveling, but you surely have some good listening material there.
>74 Berly: Hi, Kim!

>76 Whisper1: Dear Linda, I think of you often although I am a lousy correspondent. I'm sorry you can't have cats in your life, but you do have Lilly, right? And Will, of course, along with all your little neighbors. We've had some hot muggy days, but not too many and it is August, after all, but no rain here.
>77 Storeetllr: I've heard good things about Black Tom, love Penric of course, but have to admire McGuire's creativity. Definitely think The Obelisk Gate and Too Like the Lightning were a level above All the Birds in the Sky and A Closed and Common Orbit in complexity and quality. And definitely WOOT!
>78 foggidawn: Thanks, Misty. I'm going to try to keep up once I catch up.

So, last Sunday night was Miles' first night in the house by necessity, as we had to prevent him from drinking or eating after 9 p.m. because he had a date with the vet the next morning. He came home Monday afternoon none the worse for wear and has been alternating chasing through the house with Sybil and finding corners for naps ever since. Mom was ready to let him go, as she was very pregnant and actually had her new litter yesterday in the hot water heater shed against the house. At least two kittens, quite large and fat--she has had a good diet throughout her pregnancy! And he, once he learned the house and how to find us, has settled in, only crying in the early morning the first night out in the house. He does like to start attacking toes and playing around 6 in the morning, though. He's a sweetie and totally socialized. Surprisingly he's not tried to get outside at all. Here he is:

The two kittens out front now come onto the porch to eat. I think the one colored like Miles is female as she is built much smaller and more delicately-boned than her sibling. The mom and the sibling are black and white tuxedo cats. Here the kittens are:

Aug 11, 2017, 10:48pm Top

Hooray for Miles into the house!!!! Those are 2 lovely kitties. They look a little like my sweet Tully boy!
I've been too tired to do any visiting this month so far, but I'm happy to see you anniversaried, booked, and kittied. *Jane A. Project* was a direct BB. I'll look forward to it.

Aug 11, 2017, 10:51pm Top

So, yesterday was regularly scheduled pottery day, after two weeks closure during the owner's vacation. I went in last Saturday and did some glazing so I'd have some stuff ready to bring home.

The jar and two small bowls in front are what came home. I glazed 4 more pieces and waited on two large bowls as some of the glazes I want to use were low. And I threw three plant pots. Next week I should have a large bowl with four smaller bowls to glaze as a putative salad set.

Oooh, the News Hour is featuring Grace Linn on children's books! I love her books. I'll be back.

Aug 11, 2017, 10:58pm Top

>80 LizzieD: Hi, Peggy! Hugs back at you! Maybe it's the summer doldrums. I know in your case, as I've passed through, it's in large part that I am unfamiliar with the books you've been reading, although that's no excuse for not dropping off a hug.

Aug 11, 2017, 11:37pm Top

So, last week I finished the last St. Cyr mystery on Tuesday and found myself at loose ends for a book to read. Tried a couple on my tbr shelf and stalled out quickly. Then Thursday morning found a notice from Amazon in my email that Pat Hodgell had published the next book in the Kencyrath series. well, duh, Tor and B&N and Mysterious Galaxy none of them had The Gates of Tagmeth listed as coming out August 2! So I immediately put it on my Kindle and spent the rest of Thursday reading it.

Book #94 The Gates of Tagmeth by P. C. Hodgell (377 pp.)

This is the 8th book in the Chronicles of the Kencyrath, which started with one of my favorite books, God Stalk, some 20 years ago. Hodgell is not a fast writer and the series is not anywhere near resolution yet, but I really enjoy the journey. Jame meets some new challenges, meets up with some allies from previous books as well as enemies, and at the end there is actually a major development!!

I can't wait for the next one.

Book #95 The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (342 pp.)

This is a tale echoing multiple mythic storylines, from Psyche and Cupid to Persephone and Hades with a lush Indian atmosphere. There is rich descriptive language and creative, detailed world-building. Character development may have suffered as a result, but this is a lovely mythic tale.

Book #96 Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman (378 pp.)

This is book two of Gilman's Paranormal Investigators urban fantasy series and continues the story of the first group of private investigators looking into crimes involving the Talent. Still interesting and fun.

Book #97 Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (113 pp.)

So, THIS Tuesday, Bujold's new novella, the fifth in the Penric series but the third chronologically, emerged with little fanfare, but since I subscribe to the listserv I got an early heads up on this one and had it bought on my Kindle and read the same day. Penric is pulled into another murder investigation, but this one has a missing demon after its host is killed, making figuring out what is going on even more urgent. Another quality story from Lois (and congrats on winning that Hugo Award today for Best Series!).

Book #98 Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong--and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini (200 pp.)

This is my book for the August Nonfiction Challenge as well as being an Early Reviewers book for me. I was curious about this as I had not read in this area more recently than Carol Tavris' classic The Mismeasure of Woman in 1993. It is even more topical in the wake of the Google engineer's comments on women in tech last week, which exemplifies the issues still faced using outdated assumptions and science. This was interesting and well-researched, clearly stated and organized and very important.

Aug 14, 2017, 12:05am Top

>91 Hope your tooth is better, Paul!
>92 Some of the reviews call it SF horror, Steve, and I do NOT do horror at all. I'll look forward to your opinion of it.
>93 Welcome home, Barbara. I've sure enjoyed all your wonderful pictures.
>94 I want to do that chronological reread of the Penric novellas too, Heather!
>95 Mary, Jame is stalking gods in this book--it isn't like The Celery Stalks at Midnight (which was great fun too).
>96 Hi, Anne. Have a good week at school. Are both the daughters gone? Is that an adjustment?

Edited: Aug 15, 2017, 1:24am Top

Your kitties look cute, Roni, but this was something of a non sequitur : ...attacking toes and playing around 6 in the morning, though. He's a sweetie and totally socialized... ;0)

ETA : I wouldn't want to be woken early in the morning with an attack on my toes.

>81 ronincats: I like the classic look on this batch.

Hurray for the Vorkosigan Hugo - the only of the works on the entire list that I've read, so I'm happy.

I vaguely remember something about a Kencyrath group read - have I missed it already?

>76 Whisper1: ...simply put a book or two or 20 into my bag.
Oh Linda, Linda *shakes head sadly*. Not that I would ever do anything like that ... ;0)

>95 What a strange imagination you have, Mary. :0)

Aug 15, 2017, 12:04pm Top

Lots of books to put on the WL after my long absence! You are such a help (or, hmm, ????) in that way, certainly I've found many wonderful new (to me) authors through you. I have the first Hodgell on my tbr shelf. Glad to know there are seven more!

Aug 15, 2017, 1:32pm Top

>98 Oh, good point. We did talk about a Kencyrath group read, but the calendar was really busy back then. Sounds like a number of people have the book on their tbr shelves (Hi, Lucy! >99)--maybe we could schedule a read of the first book this fall?

Book #100 Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip (346 pp.)

I had this home from the library once before but simply didn't have time to get to it before time ran out. And I love McKillip's writing, so this seemed an appropriate book for #100. With Arthurian undertones, set in an alternate modern world (with cars and cell phones but also with knights and goddesses and magic), the book is twisty and atmospheric, things the author is well-known for. Definitely enjoyable, for fantasy lovers everywhere!

Book #101 Winterling by Sarah Prineas (248 pp.)

This author wrote a children's series I loved (The Magic Thief) because of its originality and quirkiness. This book was also well-written and I would have loved it as an 11-year-old, but it is pretty traditional in its story of a girl entering fairyland and defeating evil. Recommended for those of all ages who love fairytales, but otherwise leave it to the kids.

Aug 15, 2017, 11:09pm Top

Glad to see all your reading, Roni, and to look at Miles being a domestic house cat!
Many thanks for your comments on the Hugo list (I don't know how I missed it earlier). I have to remember those nominees that I haven't read - I keep looking at and rejecting 9fox. We'll see!

Aug 16, 2017, 11:50am Top

>100 I read Winterling a few years ago, but I find that it wasn't at all memorable.

Edited: Aug 16, 2017, 6:32pm Top

I am on vacation in Kansas and right now am in a Panera Bread in Manhattan. I brought books with me, and I have finished two very good fantasy books. Promise of Fire y Amanda Bouchet was a new series for me and I have to say I enjoyed it. I also listened to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard on the way out and this is definitely a better than average YA dystopian novel. I brought the rest of the series with me and I am sure I will get the entire thing listened to before I am back in Alabama. I am enjoying extended reading time and so far not doing much else.

Aug 17, 2017, 5:58am Top

>103 I must be tired. I wondered, for a few seconds, why you would be inside bread. And for a few seconds before that, I had misread it and thought you were on some kind of horse called a Panera breed. Don't ask me...

Aug 17, 2017, 9:28am Top

>75 ronincats: Thanks for sharing the Hugo results. Can't say that I am surprised that Bujold won the series category. Those books have had a couple decades to accumulate fans.

I am feeling really dated. Having looked through the list, the only authors I have read are Bujold, Gaiman (but not this item), LeGuin (but none of her essays), and Novik (only Uprooted, which I love). I have heard of many of the others by following the buzz here and elsewhere about their books, including this year's nominees.

>98 I'm in for a Kencyrath group read! I was just thinking of re-reading God Stalk.

>83 ronincats: And thanks for the reminder to go pick up The Gates of Tagmeth. Will do that in the next couple of days...

Aug 18, 2017, 12:27am Top

>101 Hi, Peggy! I haven't gotten to Ninefox Gambit yet either.
>102 Then we are in accord!
>103 I haven't read either of those, Benita. Preparing to head for Kansas in a week myself.
>104 ;-D
>105 I've been making more of an effort the last two years to try to read the Nebula and Hugo nominees for the current year, as I was finding myself unfamiliar with many of them too. Not 100% but much better.

Okay, how do September or October look for a Kencyrath group read? Let me point out to those unfamiliar with the series that it is perfectly possible to read the first book and stop there--we all had to do that for a long time!

Edited: Aug 18, 2017, 12:28pm Top

Book #102 Tricks of the Trade by Laura Ann Gilman (345 pp.)

Book 3 of 4 of the Paranormal Scene Investigators book, this continues the development of Bonnie and her cohort as Talent investigators. Continues good if light contemporary urban fantasy, but unfortunately the library doesn't have the fourth book.

I went to the pottery studio today but haven't taken a photo of the pieces I brought home today. I'll get it posted tomorrow, along with the cover above, when I'm not on the Surface.

Edited: Aug 18, 2017, 8:30pm Top

I brought home these four small pieces yesterday. I had waited to glaze some larger bowls because the glazes I wanted to use were low and I was waiting for them to be replenished. I trimmed and glazed yesterday but didn't throw anything because I'm going to be gone for a couple of weeks and didn't want to risk them drying out before being trimmed.

A bit of drama yesterday. I had set up a nesting box on the deck for Miles' mother, which of course she didn't use, but yesterday when I went out to feed them, she was in the box with one kitten with a dark gray back, like Miles. Now, I knew she had more than one kitten and at least one had an all-white back, but they were definitely not in the shed where they had been and I couldn't find any trace of kittens in the yard. Worrited me all yesterday and last night. So, when i went out to feed the cats this morning, when Misty got out of the box to eat, guess what was IN the box?

Aug 18, 2017, 8:05pm Top

OMG!! What a find! Too cute. Glad they are all safe and sound.

Aug 18, 2017, 10:00pm Top

Your kitty collection is multiplying :)

Happy weekend. Love the pottery photos.

Aug 19, 2017, 12:16pm Top

>108 Lovely pottery, but the kittens are more attractive, Roni!
They seem very young, how old do you think they are?

Aug 19, 2017, 1:02pm Top

>109 Me too, Kim. I have NO idea where she had the other two on Thursday!
>110 Unfortunately, Jenn. That makes 9 ferals and Cole outside, 4 cats and a small dog inside. This litter should tame up enough to take to the Feral Cat Society to get neutered, hopefully with mom.
>111 They are 10 days old today, Anita, and their eyes are opening right on schedule. I haven't handled them yet (don't want to spook mom into moving them somewhere less accessible) so haven't sexed them.

Aug 19, 2017, 7:25pm Top

>39 benitastrnad:

When my 4th graders started the annual Mythology Book Reports (presented in a variety of wild and wondrous ways)
based on individual book choices, a request came to the principal and to me from a parent requesting that her child
be excluded. She stated that Mythology contradicted their religious teachings.

The principal first asked me just not to do the unit.
When I refused, we three compromised by allowing the student to go to the library for free reading.

I sure hope this is not the reason for the decline.

Aug 19, 2017, 10:55pm Top

Lovely kitties, Roni! You are one of the good people!
>113 That's sad, Benita. I have to say that our students don't know much of anything across the board when they arrive in high school - or when they graduate. And yet, we must keep up the good fight.

Aug 20, 2017, 8:22pm Top

I didn't get a BB for Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong on your thread, Roni, because you already got me on the non-fiction thread. >108 Love the kitty photo, those paws are so tiny.

Aug 21, 2017, 6:48am Top

>100 m.belljackson: I too enjoyed The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas, but even in that series I felt the story telling was not wholly original (although some aspects were), so not surprised about your feeling about Winterling. My guess is kids will love it though, as they will not have read widely enough to see the tale as unoriginal.

Kingfisher looks interesting. I will check that one out some more.

Edited: Aug 21, 2017, 7:26am Top

Hi Roni! New visitor, couldn't resist the plaintive cry on thornton37814's thread: Nobody is dropping into my thread to see my new kitty pictures, Lori. I am distraught! Can I count on you? ;-)

I'm glad I came to visit - kitties, Georgette Heyer, lovely pottery. What more could anybody ask for? Plus, lots of good books. Your kitties are gorgeous. I really miss having kittens around - we've got a 10 year old calico and an 18-year old gray mackerel tabby. No kittens for a while, though.

You got me with The Jane Austen Project, and I've added it to my wishlist.

Aug 21, 2017, 12:14pm Top

>113 Humphh! Mythology is the basis for their religious teachings. Where do they think all those lovely Christmas stories came from?
>114 Fairy tales and mythology, Peggy, that's what I lived on as a kid. Now, they don't. Even the readers.
>115 Tiny paws but very fat babies, Meg.
>116 It wasn't that the story itself was so original, although it had some elements, but I loved the way she used different media to tell the story--that was what was so well done imho. And McKillip is always worthwhile.
>117 Welcome, Karen, and thank you. We haven't had kittens for quite a while either. Zoe is 15 and the boys are 9. When Sybil wandered into our lives last August she was already 5 months old. We've seen Miles since he was mobile and mom moved him into our yard from the neighbor's--probably 6 weeks. And these ones from the get-go, although we are definitely going to have to try and find them homes.

We are heading back to Kansas later this week to visit family and attend my 50th high school reunion on Labor Day Weekend. Our reunion dinner is actually taking place in the Eisenhower Library. And it's also Chisolm Trail Days, the 150th anniversary of the first run of the Chisolm Trail from Texas to Abilene and the railroads, so there are lots of activities there. There will be a parade with longhorn cattle and everything. http://newsok.com/article/5560635

The cat sitter is coming by tonight to be filled in on her additional duties, which will include keeping an eye on the kittens on the deck and putting food out there. I hate to miss their growth during those 2.5 weeks, but that's the way it goes. And I'll also be missing San Diego's first Book Festival in forever. Here's the line-up: http://sdfestivalofbooks.com/participants.html

Still lots to be done to be ready for the road trip. Yes, we are driving so we can take Molly with us. I have to round up all my electronics AND their related chargers as well as pack clothes and books (well, mostly the Kindle but I am taking a bunch of books to my sister for her to read) and puzzle books and crochet projects. Today is sweeping through the house and planning food usage over the next three days and rounding up electronics and a final laundry so I can pack pajamas and underwear. Tomorrow is heading out to stock up on kitty litter and cat food and the like.

I'll be finishing one library book today so will return the four of them tomorrow and pick one up--it won't be due until after we get back. Oh, my library, after years of a stingy one-time renewal policy and then a couple of year ago increasing it to two, just announced we could renew books up to five times!!

Edited: Aug 21, 2017, 5:20pm Top

Book #103 Avians by Timothy Gwyn (2601 KB)

This Kindle book was received through the Early Reviewer program. It is a YA science fiction story set on a planet only partially inhabitable by humans, on the slopes of tall mountains. The colony is maintained by shipments from large ships that transverse the planet visiting all of the settlements, dropping supplies and having local products flown up to them on low-tech gliders. And it is the story of these gliders that we follow at one small settlement. The world-building is fantastic. The writing is serviceable and does not get in the way of the story, and the characterization is actually quite good. I'd recommend this author to your attention.

ETA This is published by Five Rivers Publishing, a Canadian company that produces ebooks and prints books on demand. I have to say that the editing on this book was superb--I didn't notice ANY errors and that is unusual. Also, two excellent reviews on the book page by reading_fox and thedenathome.

Aug 21, 2017, 3:20pm Top

>118 Woo woo!

Aug 21, 2017, 5:27pm Top

>120 Hi, Nina! Not sure which part of that message you are woo-wooing, but it's all good!

Book #104 Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (189 pp.)

This is the prequel to Every Heart a Doorway and I knew that I would not enjoy it going in, as this series (Wayward Children) is very dark fantasy. But since I love McGuire's writing, I am following her there for these novellas. This is the back story of Jack and Jill, whom we met in the first book, and how they got the way they were. Very atmospheric and yet very matter of fact despite some horrific events.

Aug 21, 2017, 11:14pm Top

Hi Roni, just catching up here and it appears you are a very busy cat mom these days! Those kittens are adorable.

Aug 22, 2017, 3:23am Top

>106 ronincats: Do you know, if you buy a supporting membership to the Worldcon (about $50, usually), you
a) get to vote on the Hugos (and nominate for them, too)
b) (usually) get a packet containing a majority of the nominated stuff as ebooks?

Usually, in that it's happened the last...4-5 years, at least, but it's always at the discretion of the publisher and/or author exactly what gets in. It's the only way I have a chance of reading the short stuff, or seeing enough of an editor's work to have an opinion (aside from a very few). I find it very useful.

Edited: Aug 23, 2017, 3:59pm Top

It was a great time to be in Kansas. The excitement over the eclipse was astounding. The little town of Concordia, Kansas had a 2 mile long traffic jam at 7:00 am on August 23. The town is on one of the major north/south highways and has three stop lights. Nobody synched the lights so traffic backed up so bad that they had to get the Sheriff's office to direct traffic.

My hometown was close to Beatrice, Nebraska and they had a huge eclipse crowd there. It was at Homestead Monument. There were 14,000 people who camped there over the weekend and 40,000 there the day of the eclipse. Bill Nye the Science Guy was the guest of honor and he was great on TV. I really want to read his book on the war on science.

I read in the Salina paper about the Chisolm Trail celebrations. They are also going to have like celebrations in Ellsworth, Kansas to commemorate the anniversary. You will have a good time there.

Aug 23, 2017, 9:56pm Top

>102 Familyhistorian: They are, Judy. Enjoy your time on the Island.
>103 sirfurboy: Isn't WorldCon in California next year, Jenn? Maybe I'll make it a bucket list item!
>104 karenmarie: We'll be there on Saturday, Benita. I was ragging my sister this weekend--her husband's aunt has a farm just across the Nebraska border and I wanted to know why she wasn't holding an eclipse party! Of course, both of them had to work.

So it's amazing how much there is to do to arrange to be gone from home for 16 days! Emptying the refrigerator (and trying to use up the food that is there), arranging feeding stations for the outdoor cats and cluing in the pet sitter who comes by, packing not only clothing but the dog's supplies, electronics and especially all the chargers--for the Surface, the phone, the Kindle, the FitBit, the iPon--have I left anything out? I did choose the dead tree books to take with me along with the Kindle, and they are:
The Unquiet Bones
Maisie Dobbs
The Warded Man

We are off first thing in the morning, three days on the road.

Aug 23, 2017, 10:37pm Top

Being gone for 16 days boggles my tiny mind! I guess that being gone for two in these times would boggle it. Have a wonderful, safe trip! It's good to know that you have your packing priorities straight.
Thanks for the tip on the T. Gwyn although I'm not likely to pick up a YA on purpose. I'll just note that reading-fox is a one-time acquaintance here. I'm not surprised that her review was excellent.
We had about 97% eclipse here, and my mother and I were excited and traded the glasses back and forth between us. Even the DH (who was entranced when we saw totality in the 70s) relaxed and viewed with a pinhole projector.
Again, safe travels! Have fun!

Aug 23, 2017, 11:10pm Top

Have a wonderful trip, Roni.

Aug 24, 2017, 7:26pm Top

>108 ronincats: Sorry I've been away from LT most of the week. Those kittens are adorable! School started back up, and I've just had too many irons in the fire elsewhere to keep up here.

Aug 24, 2017, 10:50pm Top

Safe travels, Roni.

I have a picture of ceramic earrings of mine that I will get around to posting. I thought it might be interesting for you as it marries two of your favourite hobbies, and might make a sideline for your market tables.

Aug 24, 2017, 10:50pm Top

Well, here we are in Holbrook AZ and in for the evening, 580 miles under our belt. Unlike Reba, we went east on I-8 through Yuma, AZ, and on to Gila Bend before cutting up to I-10, jogging around Phoenix on 101, up I-17 to Flagstaff, and then on I-40. We'll stay on 40 all the way to Tucumcari tomorrow, and then head up through Texas and the Oklahoma panhandle to stop for the night.

Miles is lonely tonight, I know. He is accustomed to bringing his toy into me during the day and evening when I'm sitting at my computer and meowing imperiously to inform me I should play with him. He hissed at the petsitter and ran away--I hope he makes up to her because she'd be glad to play with him. At least he has Sybil.

Hi, Peggy and Meg, and thank you for the good wishes.
Knew you'd love the kittens, Lori. They are little pudding bags at the moment but they'll be mobile when we return.

Aug 24, 2017, 11:02pm Top

You are seeing some great scenery and will be seeing more along your trip. I like the jaunt across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. If you have time drive over to Kapulin Mountain just inside the New Mexico border from Oklahoma. It is an active volcano.

Aug 25, 2017, 5:06am Top

>121 Although your review does not really sell it, with "I knew that I would not enjoy it going in," I added Every Heart a Doorway to my TBR, and if that is as good as the claims, then will probably add Down Among the Sticks and Bones too. The write up on these does sound fascinating.

Aug 25, 2017, 10:35am Top

>131 We've been making the trip for the last 38 years, so it's pretty familiar, but we've never been to Kapulin Mountain, Benita.
>132 Stephen, it's just that I don't do horror or really dark at all well. Give me a happy ending or at least a hopeful pause every time. :-)

And we are off for another day of driving.

Aug 25, 2017, 10:35am Top

I hope Miles makes up to his sitter too but I'm sure he'll still be thrilled when you get home again. Hope you have a safe, pleasant trip.

Aug 25, 2017, 10:37am Top

>134 And with no road stoppage between here and Albuquerque, hopefully. Keep your fingers crossed.

Aug 25, 2017, 10:44am Top

No kidding!! I will keep them (notionally) crossed :)

Aug 25, 2017, 5:56pm Top

Hi Roni. I am slowly making my way through threads.

>62 ronincats: - Like you, I hate it when I am all caught up with a good series and have to wait for the author to publish another installment. I really, really need to get back to reading Harris' St. Cyr series.

>79 ronincats: - Sounds like Miles is settling in nicely. What a sweetie!

>108 ronincats: - I love the blue colour of the mug! And glad to see that the new kitties are both okay.

Safe travels, Roni!

Aug 25, 2017, 10:03pm Top

Liberal Kansas tonight, all was smooth sailing!

Aug 26, 2017, 9:49am Top

Kitties! Can't wait to see photos when you get back. Nothing more fun than a litter of kittens!

I'm a blue person but my favorite in your latest batch of pottery is the brown vase with the bit of blue ring. I love your helper in the pic.

I can't imagine organizing for 16 days away. Have fun, be safe

Aug 26, 2017, 10:24pm Top

>139 Thanks, Janet.

We arrived safely mid-afternoon. I finished the second piece of two crochet projects on the road, a poncho and a circle top, and just have to put the pieces together and fringe them to finish. Mom was glad to see us and my sister and her husband were over for supper. We are tired tonight but I might get a little reading in.

Aug 26, 2017, 10:56pm Top

Glad that you're there safe and sound, Roni! Happy, happy visit to you!
(My friend liz1564 enjoyed *Every Heart* a lot, so I've listed it and will likely get to it someday.)

Aug 27, 2017, 10:24am Top

Glad you made it without incident and hope you have a great family visit.

Aug 28, 2017, 1:20am Top

>140 You crochet while on the road? Gosh, you are multitalented.

Aug 28, 2017, 10:10am Top

Happy travels! Hope they are going smoothly

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Thanks, Peggy and Reba. We had a lovely time with all the family here at Mom's yesterday.
Nina, I am unable to read on the road, but have found that I can crochet easily while riding, so that's a way to be productive.
Hi, Chelle. We've arrived and will not be traveling again for a week and a half.

I did get down to bed early, around 8:30, and read the following book before going to sleep.

Book 105 The Unquiet Bones by Mel Starr (248 pp.)

This book was recommended by LTers some years ago and I put it on my paperbackswap.com wish list and received it a year or two ago. It's a historical mystery set around 1365 featuring Hugh de Singleton, surgeon, and I found it quite entertaining. Thanks to whoever recommended it.

Aug 28, 2017, 11:48am Top

Hello Ronincats! I hope all is well with you.

>90 benitastrnad: I've seen this one reviewed a few times and your review cements my desire to stay away from it.

>119 sirfurboy: Now, this looks interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

Aug 29, 2017, 2:23am Top

Glad you arrived safe and sound. Have a great time with your family!! And keep us posted. ;0

Aug 29, 2017, 9:34am Top

>106 ronincats: September or October would work for me for God Stalk.

>108 ronincats: The blues and bluey-green colours are lovely.

And kittens!

>121 RebaRelishesReading: I really liked Every Heart a Doorway so am looking forward to Down Among the Sticks and Bones although anticipating some darkness. I haven't bought a copy yet as I'm hoping the price may drop....

Glad you arrived safely Roni.

Aug 29, 2017, 8:34pm Top

Enjoy your Kansas time, Roni. I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having here in SW Missouri.

That is excellent news about The Vorkosigan Saga winning the first Hugo Award for Best Series. I do love my time with it and hope to make a road trip soon so I can listen to the next installment.

Aug 30, 2017, 5:43am Top

Oh Kansas? I only recently found out that The Wizard of Oz was written as a populist satire or allegory. Suddenly the yellow brick road (the gold standard), the silver slippers, the wizard who is a fraud in the emerald city, and all the characters took on a whole new meaning for me.

Aug 30, 2017, 1:07pm Top

Hi Roni,

I'm just dropping by to say hello. I haven't really been participating in LibraryThing for the longest time (years!) because real life got in the way and then, well, habit.

I just stopped into see how folks were doing.


Aug 31, 2017, 9:09am Top

It is wonderful that the Vorkosigan won first best series!!!

Safe travels. After what ended up being about six weeks of on and off travel, I am SO GLAD to be home!

Aug 31, 2017, 5:28pm Top

Longing for a long road trip , , ,

Sep 1, 2017, 11:04pm Top

Hi, visitors! We had our first day of reunion activities today and it was really fun to see everyone. I've not been getting a lot of reading done but am about halfway through Maisie Dobbs. My August summary and September plans will have to wait until we get back home next weekend. Tomorrow is another day of mixed Chisholm Trail Days and high school reunion activities--parade at 10 to see them drive the longhorns from the fairgrounds to Old Abilene Town!!

Sep 1, 2017, 11:21pm Top

Hi Roni, here I am back from my family visit to Vancouver Island while you are doing the same in Kansas. Sounds like you have a lot going on and I sure hope you are enjoying your visit. I have a busy reading month planned but I think one of my highlights is going to be reading Arabella of Mars and I am looking forward to that. Have a great time on your trip!

Sep 2, 2017, 8:01am Top

I hadn't heard of Chisholm Trail Days. That sounds fun. Maybe a stop on the way home from Chautauqua some year...

Sep 2, 2017, 2:12pm Top

Two thumbs up for Maisie Dobbs!

Lucky you. Vancouver Island is one of my favorite places!

Sep 3, 2017, 9:50am Top

Did not even get the tablet turned on yesterday! Great day, more on it at some later time. Off to coffee and rolls with the class, then lunch with cousins. Finished Maisie Dobbs yesterday in the little bit of down time I had.

Sep 3, 2017, 10:02am Top

Sounds like you're having a great trip. Hooray!!

Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 3:06pm Top

I finished Maisie Dobbs this weekend as well. This was for my real-life book discussion group. I liked the book but didn't love it. However, since the book is actually an omnibus copy with the first two books in the series, I am going to finish reading both books.

Sep 6, 2017, 12:39am Top

Hi Roni, looks like your trip is going well.

I've been thinking of posting a picture of my earrings for you and finally got around to uploading it:

Made 'em myself and all. (Of course not.)

Since two of your favourite hobbies are pottery and making earrings, why not combine them?

Sep 6, 2017, 7:18pm Top

I'll be online and connected this weekend when we get home. First day of travel back today and we are in Liberal again.

Sep 6, 2017, 10:31pm Top

Wow.... My mom and dad spent several months in Liberal (the first place on the list NOT to take a wife) when he was in flight training in '44.
Safe travels! AND I expect that your copy of An Unkindness of Ghosts will be waiting for you when you get home. Mine came yesterday, but I haven't had a chance at it yet.

Sep 7, 2017, 11:16am Top

Sounds like you had a great time on your trip and connecting with family. What class were you having coffee and rolls with in #158?

Sep 7, 2017, 12:16pm Top

Hi Ro! Glad to see you are enjoying your trip.

Sep 7, 2017, 9:58pm Top

Tonight we are in Gallup, New Mexico. 533 miles today, after the short day yesterday. Tomorrow it will take 673 miles to make it home--we may come over the mountains into San Diego on Saturday morning if we are tired at that point.

>161 Beautiful, Nina! Looks like porcelain.
>163 Hopefully it will be in the mail when we pick it up Saturday, Peggy!
>164 That would be the class of '67, Meg, at the last of the reunion activities.

Everyone else, I'll catch up with you once I am home. XOX

Sep 7, 2017, 10:26pm Top

>166 Ah, that kind of reunion. You probably told us about that but I forgot. I was thinking family reunion. Class of '67 - you beat me by two years. Hmm that means my 50th anniversary is coming up.

Sep 8, 2017, 4:35pm Top

Hope the rest of your drive home went well!

Sep 9, 2017, 10:40am Top

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig!

Sep 9, 2017, 11:28am Top

Nice to see you safely home, Roni, dear.

Have a lovely weekend. xx

Sep 9, 2017, 11:49am Top

Welcome home, Roni!

Sep 9, 2017, 1:59pm Top

It must feel so good to be home at last. How are the kitties?

Sep 9, 2017, 3:15pm Top

Hi Roni, I hope you are safely home now and in the midst of unpacking and catching up with the kitties. We finally are getting rain here which I hope will help to put out all the fires the west has been experiencing.

Sep 9, 2017, 5:08pm Top

Welcome home, Roni!

Sep 9, 2017, 6:13pm Top

Hooray for homecoming!

Sep 9, 2017, 10:26pm Top

Oh my, I haven't even started catching up! Thank you, everyone who kept my thread warm. I do really appreciate it. I am just SO far behind here. I've been reading a few threads, mostly those with the fewest messages, but doing very little commenting.

Today has been spent unpacking, doing laundry, playing with kittens, pulling up dried out garden plants, watching the short women's final in the US Open--Sloan deserved the win and she was charming at it!--and putting away all the produce and groceries the husband insisted on bringing home along with the mail.

Peggy, An Unkindness of Ghosts was indeed waiting for me, but the new Max Gladstone book in the Craft sequence and the new Toby Daye by Seanan McGuire downloaded to my Kindle on Tuesday, which I didn't realize until I ran across the orders while going through my email today. So it may be a while.

Mitzi moved the kittens from my nice nesting box on the deck; we found them around the side of the house next to the timbers waiting to be used for planting boxes in the back yard on bare dirt. I moved them back to the nesting box (and gave them a good flea combing) but she moved them back, so I guess that showed me. They are quite mobile. Here's a shot of two of them--the third is less comfy with me and moved out of the picture. I'll try to get better shots tomorrow. And Miles has hardly let me alone since we arrived--he really missed me! I'll get a photo of him as well as he has grown a lot too.

Another day of settling in, hopefully, and then a thorough house cleaning is called for, after being shut up for so long.

Sep 9, 2017, 10:44pm Top

I moved them back to the nesting box (and gave them a good flea combing) but she moved them back, so I guess that showed me.

Sometimes help just isn't appreciated.

Sep 10, 2017, 2:34am Top

Oh wow, the kittens are so cute. Have you seen that film Despicable Me? the little girl in that yells out when she sees a soft toy unicorn It's so fluffy I think I'm going to die!. It is so funny, and I could say the same about this kittens.

Sep 10, 2017, 8:01am Top

Hi Roni and welcome back.

>176 I watched the Women's Final and agree with you that Sloan deserved the win. I didn't watch any of the post-match hoopla so don't know if there was any element of injury with Madison's thigh/hip, but regardless, Sloan played brilliantly.

Cute kittens. I'm resisting another kitten/cat - I have 18-year old Kitty William and 10-year old Inara Starbuck and think I'm in attrition mode. My husband and daughter don't believe me. After seeing that pic of Mitzi's kittens, I don't think I believe me either!

Sep 10, 2017, 8:49am Top

>176 Glad you're back with Miles safely and the kittens are all well. I have the new Gladstone book on my kindle too but seem to be in a bit of a reading slump and haven't started it yet...

Sep 10, 2017, 9:00am Top

Oh those kittens are so cute! Are they going to live with you permanently?

Sep 10, 2017, 10:40am Top

Adorable kittens. Love the blue eyes.

Edited: Sep 10, 2017, 11:50am Top

Hi, Lori, Megan, Karen, Heather, Chelle and Beth! Good morning to you, and here are the kitten pictures this morning. All kittens have blue eyes until about 4-5 weeks of age, when they change to their permanent color.

This little fellow is the boldest and most interested. Love his lop-sided markings.

These two are a little more timid--a boy and a girl, and I think the one on the left is the girl. (NO memory!)

But they definitely make a snuggly lapful.

Sep 10, 2017, 4:42pm Top

>176 How how sweet that Miles follows you around, Roni, he is clearly very attached to you.

>183 The kittens all look adorable to me!

Sep 10, 2017, 7:20pm Top

Welcome back, Roni! Wow, the blue eyes on those kittens.

Edited: Sep 10, 2017, 8:13pm Top

>183 Oh, baby!!

Sep 11, 2017, 11:01am Top

Why a bunch of cutie pies!! Welcome back home. Glad the reunion was so much fun.

Sep 11, 2017, 11:57am Top

>184 All the cats are staying close to us, Anita!
>185 Baby eyes! Thanks, Steve.
>186 Exactly, Nina.
>187 Thank you, Kim. Here's a photo of all of us, classmates, on the steps of the Eisenhower Library, which is where we had our dinner. I'm second row center.

Edited: Sep 11, 2017, 1:32pm Top

And reading. I finished two books yesterday, and I never officially reported Maisie.

Book #106 Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (320 pp.)

I liked this book but wasn't blown away by it. A mystery of sorts with frequent flashbacks to earlier events in Maisie's life, it was interesting but the flow of the story was uneven for me as a result.

Book #107 The Warded Man by Peter Brett (453 pp.)

This is the first book of a fairly well-reviewed epic fantasy series. It is interesting, the world-building is certainly original, but this entire book is the back story of what would appear to be the major protagonists of the rest of the series and as such, moved too slowly for me. I don't think I will continue this series.

Book #108 The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire (368 pp.)

Book #11 of the October Daye series, this is the annual publication, much anticipated and well-enjoyed. Those who criticized Toby in the last book for becoming too much of a Mary Sue will be glad to see her vulnerabilities in this one. Lots of filling in with characters from earlier books, which is nice. Bonus novella from the viewpoint of April from A Local Habitation--VERY nice.

Sep 11, 2017, 12:29pm Top

>189 I felt the same way about Maisie Dobbs -- a pleasant enough read, but it didn't compel me to continue with the series.

Sep 11, 2017, 1:59pm Top

Hi, foggi.

Can't resist the kittens. Here's another picture when I went out to say hi to them.

And not to leave Miles out. Even though he's only half the size of the adult cats, he looks so grown up.

Sep 11, 2017, 2:14pm Top

Hi Roni - Glad the reunion was a success. The kittens are just adorable.

Sep 11, 2017, 2:57pm Top

Ditto for me on the Maisie Dobbs. My real life book group just had it as the September selection.

Edited: Sep 12, 2017, 10:24pm Top

And finally, my August summary:

Books read: 13
Pages read: 3940
Average pages per day: 127
Average pages per book: 303

New reads: 13
Rereads: 0
Library books: 5
Books off the shelf: 3
New acquisitions read: 5 (4 Kindle, 1 tpb, 2 ER, 3 purchased new)

science fiction 2
fantasy 7
children's 1
nonfiction 1
fiction 0
romance 0
mystery 2

Author gender: 10 female, 3 male

Country of origin: USA 11, England 1, Canada 1
Books acquired: 2, both fantasy, both Kindle, both read

Books out the door: 0

Plans for September:

I've already read three. The trip home yielded 3 BOTS that I took with me, 1 for August and 2 more for Sept, so that is good.

SFFCAT Steampunk: plan to read The Affinity Bridge by George Mann, may get to Dreadnaught by Cherie Priest, both in my TBR pile.

Nonfiction challenge--Gods, Demons and Spirits: While I have a two-volume set by N. T. Wright on Paul, I think I'll get back to Karen Armstrong's The Case for God, which I set down some time ago about a third of the way through.

September series and sequels: I can hardly avoid these, so don't know that I'll plan it. I finished the 11th book in the October Daye series yesterday for my first of the month. I won't count The Warded Man as it is the first of the series and I don't plan to continue. I will be reading the 6th book of the Craft Sequence, The Ruin of Angels, this month as well. Also have a three book series coming from the library, see below. And I'll be reading Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis, the sequel to Congress of Secrets, for my bookclub.

Library books:
I have Cloudbound by Fran Wilde, the sequel to Updraft, here at home, and I have 5 books on hold in transit to my library branch. Three of them are The Colours of Madeleine fantasy trilogy recommended by mabith and foggidawn, as well as Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay recommended by Lucy (sibyx) and The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard De Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man recommended by mabith.

I'm also itching for a re-read--I've had none for the past two months, but I have no idea what will catch my eye.

Sep 11, 2017, 7:40pm Top

Glad you're home and that you had a good trip. I love the kitty photos. Are you going to keep the little ones?

Edited: Sep 11, 2017, 10:48pm Top

Oh my, I have missed so much over here on your thread, Roni! Wonderful pottery. I think the bowls in >81 ronincats: are among my favorites that you have posted. I really love that gray, especially on the front right. And KITTENS!!! I can't believe I took a hiatus from your thread when you have been having kittens!!! Well, I mean, you haven't been having kittens, but....

They are all adorable. Miles is a lucky young man and I'm glad he is in the house now. What are your plans for the tiny ones? Will you look for homes for them?

Maisie Dobbs worked for me as a light read and I will continue with the series as I have been told that it gets better as it goes. It's not great literature and not really very suspenseful but I enjoyed the presentation of the period.

I hope you are well and that life is treating you with respect!

Sep 12, 2017, 2:34am Top

>191 Awwww!

Sep 12, 2017, 12:15pm Top

>191 Gorgeous kitties, Roni! They look so cute and cuddly! I bet they are a handful though.

>189 >190 >196 Over time, Maisie Dobbs has become a series for which I look forward to getting the next book. However, I recall that when I read the first book, I was very underwhelmed. I recall that there was a hint of perhaps the supernatural about it, and I wasn't really sold on the series. However, I did like the historical aspect and had heard some good things, so I kept reading. It grew on me as I read. I feel like Jacqueline Winspear has grown as an author, just as Maisie has grown as a person in the books. No, it's not great literature (for that matter, I can think of very few mysteries, sci-fi or fantasy that would actually qualify as great literature) and some are less suspenseful than others. I like several things about them -for the most part, after the first and maybe the second book, the writing drew me in - there are books I read where I know I am reading a book, and there are books that draw me in to the story, and I think Winspear has a style that draws me in. Second, I like the development of Maisie as a person and also the development of some of the other characters around her. She is very conscious of self, and there is always some moral dilemma that she must work through that typically has some bearing on the mystery. I don't think these books are meant to be solely about the mystery involved. They may be set in the Golden Age, but they are so much more layered than Christie, Sayers, Marsh, etc. Third, I think Winspear has a great job of writing with historical accuracy and capturing the times - and I'm a big fan of the 20's, 30's and 40's. Honestly, the first book is NOT representative of the series - the sixth and seventh are probably the best in the series, but once you get to the third book, they have definitely stabilized. So, if you're game, you may want to start in the middle and give them another chance! or not😜!

Sep 12, 2017, 3:29pm Top

>191 They are growing. That one that is out the most looks mischievous!

Sep 12, 2017, 3:40pm Top

>198 That's good to know. I'll keep it in mind, in case I am in the mood for that sort of story.

Sep 12, 2017, 11:35pm Top

>198, >200 I agree with foggi, Robin, that is good information.

>199 He is definitely the most adventurous, Lori.

My husband turned on the window air conditioner in the front bedroom last evening after one too many warm humid nights. Unfortunately, that window is right over where Mitzi had the kittens, so when I came out back this morning, she had moved them. Fortunately, they were easy to spot in the back yard by the fence, and now I can sit on the deck and watch them play. I can't corner them anymore for forced flea-combings, though, so I shall have to spend LOTS of time getting them used to my presence. Can I handle the hardship?

Sep 13, 2017, 1:57am Top

>201 Oh you poor thing ;0)

Sep 13, 2017, 3:01am Top

>201 Oh, wow. Tough job - I can imagine that must be really hard for you.

Sep 13, 2017, 9:02am Top

Hi Roni!

>189 humouress: I agree about your assessment of Maisie Dobbs, too. Okay, but not special. My problem is that I have two series that are of the same era, the Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers and the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd that are SO good that anything else comes up rather short.

I'm toying with the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Underwood, having read the first one after watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. The book grew on me as I read it and I'm casually looking for more in the series (thrift stores, book sales).

Kittens. I Must Resist.

I'm sorry that you have to play with them and watch them gambol. "Poorest little", as my husband would say in his North Carolinian accent. *smile*

Sep 13, 2017, 9:10am Top

>204 I'm in the middle of the Wimsey series, too, and loving it. Wasn't familiar with the Ian Rutledge series and the local libraries don't seem to have any books written by Charles Todd.
I've been wanting to read the Miss Fisher novels for a while (I've watched the TV series twice and absolutely love it), but none of my local libraries as it. I think I'll see if I can get a friend of mine in the nearest larger town to borrow them for me.

Sep 13, 2017, 7:21pm Top

Glad to see you are home and settling in Roni. Miles is growing up to be a very handsome fellow, and those kittens are adorable. I must be extra tasty as fleas love me and I react strongly to their bites which is the reason I had to give up owning cats, but I do miss having one to snuggle on my lap.

Sep 13, 2017, 7:43pm Top

I love Wimsey and have for years - so I've just gotten the first Ian Rutledge as an ebook from my library. We'll see if it works for me.

Sep 14, 2017, 9:16pm Top

Thank you for the sympathy, Nina, Paws, and Karen. It's a tough job but someone has to do it. It did get a little tougher yesterday, as we noticed little Motley (the one with the half black, half white face like a jester's motley) was having white liquid diarrhea and went through the trauma of taking him to the vet. Sweetest little think but didn't understand what was going on at all and cried...and cried. But after all that, when I wouldn't have blamed him for avoiding us, he came running right up to us this morning. And this despite the fact that his medicine evidently tastes terrible! And I did get drops for the eye infection of the other two kittens while I was at it.

Judy, our cats in the house don't have fleas, but these ferals, being outside, do. I flea comb the kittens when I handle them.

>205, >207 I've read some of the Wimsey books and need to get back to them, and I especially want to read the ones with Harriett in them.

Today I was finally back at the pottery studio for the first time in a month, and this is what was ready for me. I spent my time today glazing a 5 bowl set and 3 plant pots.

Sep 14, 2017, 9:52pm Top

Oh! That green is wonderful!

Hi, sorry I've been MIA and completely missed being able to wish you a great trip. Glad to see your trip was great anyway. :)

After reading a Incryptid story by Seanan McGuire in a collection of short stories last week, I'm back wanting to try Discount Armageddon again.

Sep 15, 2017, 6:23am Top

Yes, that dark green glaze is absolutely gorgeous.

Sep 15, 2017, 9:23am Top

Your outside kitties are just adorable and I want to cuddle them! I miss having a kitten

Sep 15, 2017, 9:43am Top

Hi Roni!

Cats don't exactly give unconditional love, but I'm glad to hear that Motley came running up to you even though he suffered the indignity and fear of a Visit to the Vet.

>205 Glad you're liking Wimsey - I've read and re-read all of them over the years except for Five Red Herrings, which I actively dislike. Yay for Ian Rutledge and Phryne Fisher.

>206 Hi Judy! My sister was the one in our family who was extra tasty. She went to bed covered in calamine lotion many a night. We didn't give up the kitties, though. We did flea combing, flea baths, flea bombs, and etc.

Very nice bowls. I, too, especially like the green glaze.

Sep 15, 2017, 9:57am Top

Yes, the green one is beautiful. What a color!

The kittens are so dear!

Glad you are home safe and sound from your trip.

Sep 15, 2017, 11:46pm Top

Hi Roni, that deep green bowl is gorgeous!

>212 I always say that someday I would like to try having a cat again, but this time it would be a strictly inside cat. It's funny how the fleas seem to favor some people over others. My husband and elder daughter never got a bite but my younger daughter and I were covered. We tried everything that was available at the time, but once we were infested it took an exterminator to get rid of them.

Sep 17, 2017, 1:00pm Top

>183 EBT1002:, >191 karenmarie: Lovely pictures of the kittens and Miles looks very regal.

>208 Love the dark green glaze and the blue mixed with the brown. Also glad you were able to take Motley to the vet - hope he gets better soon.

Sep 17, 2017, 1:12pm Top

Good luck combating the fleas! Glad you are having so much fun with the kittens and that you found time to get back to your pottery. I like the one on the left with the multi colors.

Sep 17, 2017, 2:26pm Top

We had an anxious day on Friday--the other little male disappeared, and it wasn't until Saturday afternoon that we realized he had just moved down the fence line to grandma's litter, a couple of weeks younger than him. He seems to be splitting his time between the two now--I guess he didn't like me giving him his eye medicine. Motley is still the only one who comes running out to us when we go out back, but I was able to medicate his sister both times yesterday--she has the diarrhea now too in addition to the eye crud. I am recharging the batteries for one camera as I am having difficulty downloading photos from the other.

Book #109 Thraxas and the Warrior Monks by Martin Scott (256 pp.)

This is comic fantasy noir, and it's okay and mildly amusing in its skewering of fantasy tropes, but doesn't quite hit my funnybone. Others have liked the Thraxas books (this is the second in the series) more than I, so don't let it put you off. Much British humorous fantasy doesn't quite do it for me, with the marked exception of Terry Pratchett.

Mary, Julia, Chelle, Karen, Lucy, Judy, Heather, and Kim, thank you for the kind words about the pottery and for enjoying the kittens with me. They are 5 weeks old today.

Sep 18, 2017, 10:48pm Top

Well, I had ordered a new Kindle Fire notebook that was supposed to be delivered today. At 7 this evening I checked and it said it had been delivered at 6:30. No package is there. We have a tall wrought iron fence and the post office generally drops packages over the fence onto the sidewalk. Never ever had a package thus delivered that wasn't there waiting for us. And my husband was on the porch or in his room with a window out front all evening. Sheesh!!

Sep 19, 2017, 12:21pm Top

A couple of times I've had things delivered to the wrong address -- think that could have happened here? One time it was so far lost they just sent me another one but other times it's been at the neighbor's house or somewhere else and found its way to us. I hope they wouldn't drop a Kindle Fire "over the fence" though -- seems like it might not survive that.

Sep 20, 2017, 4:50pm Top

>219 Well, despite my computer telling me definitively that the package HAD been delivered, and the PO's computer telling them the next morning that it had been delivered to an address 5 blocks away, it actually turned up with my regular postman the next day. Double sheesh!

Sep 20, 2017, 5:52pm Top

>220 Indeed!!

Sep 20, 2017, 6:06pm Top

>220 Huh? Well, I'm glad it arrived safely in the end. And didn't have to be tossed over the fence, I assume?

Sep 20, 2017, 11:21pm Top

>220 Well, all's well that ends well, but in the meantime it must have been maddening!

Sep 21, 2017, 8:22am Top

What a bizarre delivery story! I'm glad it's actually in your hands.

We're waiting for husband's new TV to be delivered from Amazon. There's a third party involved who will bring it out to the house and set it up. The first one was scheduled to be delivered Monday the 25th but was damaged, so Amazon ordered us a new one and strangely enough the second one is scheduled to be delivered Saturday - 2 days earlier than the first one! We're just hoping that it won't arrive damaged too. Husband says larger flat screens should not ever be laid down flat, so perhaps that's what happened.

Sep 21, 2017, 6:17pm Top

>221, >222, >223 >224 Indeed, all's well that ends well, but it was definitely maddening and they owe me a good night's sleep! Hope the TV makes it safely this time, Karen.

So, today is pottery day and I picked up all the stuff I glazed last week and then threw a whole slew of stuff! Here's my bowl set, but the color won't come true on that surface.

So I moved them to a white background and voila!

And also three planters--these are unglazed on the inside and have drainage holes.

I've not been finishing books, but have been receiving them!

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon--waiting for me when I got home last week, an Early Reviewer ARC
Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis--ordered online for book club next week
All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith--from PaperBackSwap. I do not know who recommended this but see that both Joe and Heather have it in their libraries.

And I cannot leave without showing you the kittens peeking out from under the deck. Today, they have mastered the deck and its bowls of cat food with aplomb.

Sep 21, 2017, 7:40pm Top

I love those blue bowls!!...and the kittens :)

Sep 22, 2017, 10:23am Top

Although I still love your pottery, I'm afraid the kittens win for me every time! Meow!

Sep 22, 2017, 12:36pm Top

>225 Big difference, Roni, the beautiful blue bowls look much nicer on the white background.
The kittens are still adorable :-)

Sep 22, 2017, 4:16pm Top

Wow! Yeah, that's a huge difference in color. Gorgeous! And very cute kittens, still.

Sep 22, 2017, 7:49pm Top

Blue bowls and blue kitten eyes!! Such a lovely thread

Sep 24, 2017, 1:02am Top

>225 Mmm those eyes are quite startling!

Have a wonderful weekend, Roni. xx

Sep 24, 2017, 3:53am Top

The kittens are beautiful but those blue dishes are wonderful. How do you find the time to read?

Sep 24, 2017, 5:00am Top

Nice bowls. Cute kittens.

Happy weekend!

Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 10:59pm Top

Reba, Lori, Anita, Jenn, Chelle, Charlotte and Nina, I see it is unanimous. Blue wins! Both eyes and bowls. Thank you for visiting.
Paul, despite not being a cat person, you responded only to the kittens. Hmmm. Hope you had a wonderful weekend yourself.

The kittens do cut into my time, but more computer time than reading time, Charlotte. And yesterday we drove up into the mountains for fresh bread from the renowned Dudley's bakery (https://dudleysbakery.com/) and Julian apple pies and cider, which took most of the day (60 miles up and then walking around the town of Julian). (https://www.julianpie.com/, http://www.visitjulian.com/)

A digression. I went out back with Molly to supervise--she still remembers the days when it was her job to chase any stray cats out of the back yard!--and Mama's kittens were out playing. Four of them, two tabby and white and two black and white, the first time I've seen them all, and then Mitzi's 3--quite a sight. I'll try to get some pictures later.

But I have finally finished two books, both the night table one last night and the bathtub nonfiction this morning.

Book #110 Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis (317 pp.)

Earlier this year, I read Congress of Secrets by this author, intrigued by the historical setting of the fantasy/adventure tale, and enjoyed it. This book was her first book set in Eastern Europe written by Burgis. The two books are connected only in general geography and temporal proximity and use of a troupe of actors/singers in the plot, but they have no characters in common. This books comes earlier in history, in the mid-1700s during the co-regency of Empress Anna and her son Joseph, rather than during the Congress of Vienna in 1814, but is just as fascinating in its historical detail. At the same time, the shifting points of view contribute to an effective sense of urgency throughout the book. And the characters are also fascinating. The fantasy element comes from the presence of dark alchemy in both books and the need to foil the plots involving them. I enjoyed this one even more than the earlier read.

Book #111 The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man by Amir D. Aczel (289 pp.)

I encountered this book on Mabith's thread and ordered it from the library. I had heard of Teilhard du Chardin and had always wanted to know more about him, and this book delivered. Also, my nonfiction reads have included a lot about evolution in the last year, and this book was a perfect mixture of the history of the evolutionary theory, the paleontological discoveries supporting it, a biography of Teilhard du Chardin's life, and an introduction to his writings as he strove to make clear his conclusions that evolution was essentially the Hand of God, rather than the static system supported by religious orthodoxy, and the implications of this for us. Now I feel like I may be ready to read some of his own writings. Thank you, mabith!

Sep 24, 2017, 5:06pm Top

Here you go.

That's Mama and her four kittens. The larger white kitten with the black spots to the right is Mitzi's kitten, who's been splitting his time between the two families. Motley and Dinah are up on the deck with Mitzi.

Sep 25, 2017, 8:46am Top

>235 Awwww! Aren't they so cute? They look like they are enjoying each other. I love the two playing in the ceramic pot. I also love the two sitting atop mama cat -- and the one walking to mama. In other words, I love them all. Can you tell I'm a crazy cat lady?!

Sep 25, 2017, 8:54am Top

Wonderful picture, Roni! You'd think they were posing. They are adorable.

Sep 25, 2017, 8:54am Top

What a yard full of adorableness you have!! I'm jealous of your trip to Julian too. I love that place in the fall and in the snow and (unfortunately) I'm up for Julian Pie Company pie any time :)

Sep 25, 2017, 8:56am Top

>235 Wonderful kitty photos! That would make me so happy to have a yard full of frolicking kitties!

Sep 25, 2017, 9:22am Top

All caught up here, Roni, and what fun I had doing it. Your thread is a feast for the eyes - beautiful pottery and adorable kittens. Sounds like life is keeping you busy but also highly entertained. Here's hoping your week is full of fabulous!

Edited: Oct 10, 2017, 5:59pm Top

Had quite a scare today. We were out front gardening when I heard a kitten in distress. I ran around back to find Motley tangled in the nylon cord netting hanging in the side garden, which I use to support my peas and green beans. He had managed to get several strands tightly wound around his neck. I quickly unwound it and got it off him and he just lay, panting, for about 15 minutes. I shudder to think what would have happened had we not been home. All the netting has been cut down and thrown into the trash and he is eating, drinking and playing, although at a somewhat slower level, so all seems to be well now. This fellow has used up two of his lives already!

Book #112 A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (375 pp.)

This is the first book of a fantasy trilogy recommended by mabith, aimed at the 10-15 year old range in my estimation. This book took a while for me to get into, with its two protagonists alternating chapters. One, Madeleine, lives in England in "The World" while Elliot lives in the Kingdom of Cello. Both are dealing with family issues and end up communicating by letter through a crack between the two worlds. But there is a twist at the end of the book that ups the level a notch and will keep me reading.

Thank you for letting me know you came by, Lori, Karen, Reba, Chelle and Mamie! We'll try to keep these kitten pictures coming and avoid any more high drama!

Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 11:06pm Top

Okay, several people have been posting lists of favorite book per year of every year of their life. Seemed like an impossible task for me, but then I realized it didn't mean BEST book, and further realized that I could morph the conditions somewhat. So what this list contains is favorite books as defined by books that I keep coming back to and rereading with enjoyment. Except for the last 5 years, this means I have reread the books listed at least three times, and often many times more. Also, I have tried not to use books in a series too many times. I mean, I could list ALL of the Bujold books, the Vlad Taltos Series, the Liaden books, the Attolia books, the Toby Daye series, and so on, as I often reread all the previous books every time a new one comes out. I have tagged books that are part of this type of series with an asterisk. Need I say I spent far too long on this?

1949 Needle by Hal Clement
1950 The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
1951 Between Planets by Robert Heinlein
1952 Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
1953 Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
1954 The Lord of the Rings: Books 1 & 2 by J. R. R. Tolkien
Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman
The Ark by Margot Benary-Isbert
1955 The Lord of the Rings: Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
1956 Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer
1957 Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
The Door into Summer by Robert Heinlein
1958 The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope
1959 The Beast Master by Andre Norton
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
1960 The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge
Storm Over Warlock by Andre Norton
1961 Catseye by Andre Norton
Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak
1962 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
1963 Way Station by Clifford Simak
1964 Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge
1965 Dune by Frank Herbert
1966 The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz
1967 Taran Wanderer* by Lloyd Alexander
Dragonflight/Dragonquest* by Anne McCaffrey
1968 A Wizard of Earthsea* by Ursula K. Le Guin
1969 The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff
Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman
The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs
1970 The Tombs of Atuan* by Ursula K. Le Guin
1971 A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle
1972 The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
1973 The Dark is Rising* by Susan Cooper
1974 The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
1975 Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
1976 Dragonsong* by Anne McCaffrey
1977 Charmed Life* by Diana Wynne Jones
1978 Beauty by Robin McKinley
1979 The Door into Fire* by Diane Duane
1980 Lord Valentine’s Castle* by Robert Silverberg
1981 The Pride of Chanur* by C. J. Cherryh
The Ring of Allaire* by Susan Dexter
The Demon Breed by James H. Schmitz
1982 The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
God Stalk* by P. C. Hodgell
1983 Jhereg* by Steven Brust
Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy
1984 Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
1985 Talking to Dragons* by Patricia C. Wrede
The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
1986 Shards of Honor* by Lois McMaster Bujold
1987 The Uplift War* by David Brin
1988 The Dragonbone Chair* by Tad Williams
Sheepfarmer’s Daughter* by Elizabeth Moon
Agent of Change* by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
1989 Guards! Guards!* by Terry Pratchett
1990 Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
1991 Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
1992 On Basilisk Station* by David Weber
1993 The Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
1994 Mirror Dance* by Lois McMaster Bujold
1995 Sabriel* by Garth Nix
1996 The Thief* by Megan Whalen Turner
1997 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone* by J. K. Rowling
1998 To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Dark Lord of Derkholm* by Diana Wynne Jones
Changer by Jane Lindskold
1999 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban* by J. K. Rowling
2000 The Curse of Chalion* by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Queen of Attolia* by Megan Whalen Turner
2001 Getting Things Done by David Allen
The Eyre Affair* by Jasper Fforde
2002 Lost in a Good Book* by Jasper Fforde
2003 The Wee Free Men* by Terry Pratchett
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
2004 Going Postal* by Terry Pratchett
2005 Anansi Boys by David Brin
Cast in Shadow* by Michelle Sagara
2006 The King of Attolia* by Megan Whalen Turner
2007 Wizards at War* by Diane Duane
2008 Nation by Terry Pratchett
2009 Rosemary and Rue* by Seanan McGuire
2010 I Shall Wear Midnight* by Terry Pratchett
2011 Rivers of London* by Ben Aaronovitch
2012 Three Parts Dead* by Max Gladstone
2013 A Natural History of Dragons* by Marie Brennan
2014 The Martian by Andy Weir
2015 The Astronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
2016 Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

Some of the touchstones are not to the correct books but it won't show me the options now--I'll try to correct them later.

Sep 25, 2017, 11:00pm Top

I do love all the kittens and that deep green bowl!
I'm not sure how you'll be able to let any of them go!
I've looked into *Unkindness* enough to know that I'll enjoy everything but her consistent use of "they" for "she." They explains it (but of course, she would say, "They explain") in a little prologue. Actually, now that I think of it, "they explains" could make clear that a writer is referring to only one person. Not happening!

Sep 25, 2017, 11:11pm Top

Hi, Peggy. I haven't looked at *Unkindness* yet--a whole bunch of library books came in when I got back from Kansas--so I didn't know about the grammatical idiosyncracy, but I'll get there.

Edited: Sep 26, 2017, 10:54am Top

> 242 I love your thought to make rereads the condition for making the list, Roni!
I have read 13 books on your list, all in the 20th century.
I might try someday to make separate lists for literature, childrens/YA, mysteries/police procedurals and fantasy.

Sep 26, 2017, 7:32am Top

>242 Good list, Roni. Good way to handle the choosing problem.

I have read the Tolkien books, several Pratchetts, the Harry Potter books, and Lois McMaster Bujold more than once, and the most rereads have been for Tolkien. You've made me want to read the rest of your list that I do not know.

Sep 26, 2017, 8:28am Top

Hi Roni!

I like your list too, and have read 16 of them. I like how people are creating a list that makes sense to them and is fun for them.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley was a fun little book. I haven't re-read it but remember it fondly.

Sep 26, 2017, 9:10am Top

Scary moment with the kitten and the netting! Glad you were home to rescue him.

I love your list! I've read at least 36 of those, and many others are intriguing.

Sep 26, 2017, 10:11am Top

I like your list, too, Roni. I was just wondering when the second book in Jim Butcher's Cinder Spires series is going to come out. (Quick check on Amazon): nope, no word, darn it.

Sep 26, 2017, 1:42pm Top

Wow! Glad you were home to hear Motley and rescue him. I'm impressed that you've done the book list. It's interesting but I can't find the courage.

Sep 27, 2017, 10:44am Top

>242 Hi Roni; I like your list. I'm nearly done with my own, and we share the LoTRs, Dandelion Wine, Canticle for Liebowitz, Sometihng Wicked, and Dune.

Sep 27, 2017, 12:06pm Top

>242 I think it would take me a great amount of time to come up with a list like that. I could certainly crib quite a few from your list and I could sort my LT library by date to aid in the process but it would be a slog. Maybe I could do a starter set and add to it over the months as I think on it. Seems like too much work! But the result should be satisfying on some level.

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