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Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #17

This is a continuation of the topic Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #16 .

This topic was continued by Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #18 .

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Sep 13, 2017, 1:45am Top

I hope the dawn brings new hope.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the fires, earthquake and hurricanes.

Edited: Oct 2, 2017, 12:18pm Top

Reading Now
The Sky Below: A True Story (K) by Scott Flory
Behind Her Eyes (A) by Sarah Pinborough
Commonwealth (322 pages) by Ann Patchett, October RL Bookgroup
The Best of McSweeney (625 pages) edited by Dave Eggers, Oct Obama read
The Sixth Extinction (276 pages) by Elizabeth Kolbert, Obama Read

Blue Mind (280 pages) by Wallace Nichols
The Master and Margarita (396 pages) by Michail Bulgakov -- paused
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
The Doll's House by Camilla Gudova
I Am No One (LTER) by Patrick Flannery
Start Without Me (LTER) by Joshua Max Feldman - Nov
The Windup Bird Chronicles by Murakami - Nov

Read in October
78. The Grip of It (276 pages) by Jac Jemc

Read in September / 2,854 pages / 23,718 YTD
77. The Western Star (304 pages) by Craig Johnson 3.75 Thanks Ro!!
76. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (80 pages) (L) (K) by Barbara Parks 3.5
75. The Girl with all the Gifts (403 pages) by M.R. Carey 4.5
74. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (A) (224 pages) by Neil deGrasse Tyson 3.5
73. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (163 pages) (K) by E. L. Konigsburg 4.0
72. Minority Report (304 pages) Short Story Collection by Philip K Dick 4.5
71. This Thing of Darkness (509 pages) (K) by Harry Bingham 4.5
70. The Grand Sophy (371 pages) (K) by Georgette Heyer 4.0
69. Radium Girls (496 pages) (K) by Katie Moore 4.0

Read in August / 1,860 pages / 20,864 YTD
68. In the Time of Butterflies (337 pages) by Julia Alvarez, RL Bookclub 3.5
67. For We Are Many (320 pages) (A) by Dennis Taylor 4.0
66. This One Summer (L)(GN) (320 pages) by Mark Tamaki 3.0
65. Silent Child (416 pages) (K) by Sarah A. Denzil 3.5
64. Kafka on the Shore (467 pages) by Murakami 5.0

Read in July / 3,010 pages / 19,004 YTD
63. Uprooted (464 pages) by Naomi Novik 4.5
62. Ecotopia (181 pages) by Ernest Callenbach 3.5
61. The Leavers (K) by Lisa Ko, RL Bookclub July read, pearl-ruled at 151 pages
60. The Underground Railroad (306 pages) by Colson Whitehead 3.5
59. Bad Feminist (318 pages) by Roxanne Gay (Thank you, Twin!) 4.0
58. The First Word (330 pages) (K) by Isley Robson 3.75
57. News of the World (224 pages) by Paulette Jiles 3.75
56. Stillhouse Lake (K) (300 pages) by Rachel Caine 4.0
55. Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle (400 pages) (K)( BAC) Georgette Heyer 3.0
54. The Lost City of the Monkey God (336 pages) (K) by Douglas Preston 3.75

Rating System
You probably won't see many below three because I am less afraid to use the Pearl rule now, but "Anathema" tickled me. So many books, so little time!

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

OTS=Off the shelf
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

Edited: Sep 13, 2017, 1:49am Top

Read in June / 2,297pages / 15,994 YTD
53. The Ice Twins (K) (320 pages) by SK Tremayne 4.0
52. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (320 pages) A Meg Lanslow Mystery by Donna Andrews 3.5
51. The Wailing Wind (304 pages) by Tony Hillerman 4.0
50. The Almost Sisters (339 pages) (LTER) by Joshilyn Jackson 5.0
49. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (504 pages) by Harry Bingham 4.0
48. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Story: The Red Headed League (A) by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Simon Vance 3.5
47. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Story: A Scandal in Bohemia (A) by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Simon Vance 3.0
46. The Dream Lover (400 pages) (K) by Elizabeth Berg (June RL Bookclub #1) 3.0

Read in May / 2,125 pages / 13,497 YTD
45. Dreams from My Father (480 pages) (A) by Barack Obama 3.5
44. As Time Goes By (335 pages) by Mary Higgins Clark 3.75
43. Borne (336 pages) (IR) by Jeff Vandermeer 3.75
42. A Wild Sheep Chase (353 pages) by Murakami 4.0
41. Hillbilly Elegy (272 pages) by JD Vance, May RL Bookclub 3.5
40. Ordinary Light (349 pages) by Tracy K. Smith 3.5

Read in April / 2,346 pages / 11,372 YTD
39. Love Story, with Murders (K) (400 pages) by Harry Bingham 3.5
38. Harry Potter (309 pages) re-read and April Obama Read 5.0
37. The Captain and the Enemy (A) (192 pages) by Graham Greene, Narrate by Kenneth Branagh
36. Nutshell (208 pages) (L) by Ian McEwan 4.0
35. Being Mortal (OTS) (263 pages) by Atul Gawade -- RL Bookclub 4.0
34. LaRose (384 pages) by Louise Erdrich 4.0
33. We Are Legion (A) (382 pages) by Dennis E. Taylor, Narrated by Ray Porter 4.0
32. milk and honey (208 pages) by rupi kaur 4.0

Read in March / 3,448 pages / 9,026 YTD
31. We Are Called To Rise (305 pages) by Laura McBride 4.0
30. Self-Reliance (117 pages) by Ralph Waldo Emerson, March Obama Read 4.0
29. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (456 pages) by Anne Brontë 3.0
28. The Obsession (480pages) by Nora Roberts 3.5
27. The Sign of Four (92 pages) (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Read by Stephen Fry 3.0
26. Dr. Mütter's Marvels (304 pages) by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 4.5
25. Insidious (447 pages) by Catherine Coulter 3.5
24. Hunting Badger (324 pages) (K) A Leaphorn Mystery by Tony Hillerman 3.5
23. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (84 pages) (IR) by George Saunders 4.0
22. The Madwoman Upstairs (341 pages) by Catherine Lowell 3.75
21. The Globe: The Science of Discworld II (345 pages) by Terry Pratchett, for Paul's BAC 3.0
20. A Study in Scarlett (124 pages) (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, collection read by Stephen Fry 3.0
19. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (304 pages) (A) by Trevor Noah 5.0
18. The Night Beat (K) (30 pages?) Short story by Harry Bingham 3.75

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

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

Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 1:21pm Top

Welcome to the President Obama Challenge!!

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

October--Additional Authors and Philosophers
1. Langston Hughes
2. Richard Wright
3. Mark Twain
4. Malcolm X
5. Philip Roth
6. Saul Bellow
7. Junot Díaz
8. Dave Eggers
9. Zadie Smith
10. Barbara Kingsolver
11. St. Augustine
12. Friedrich Nietzsche
13. Jean-Paul Sartre
14. Thomas Jefferson
15. Ralph Waldo Emerson
16. Abraham Lincoln
17. Paul Tillich
18. E.L. Doctorow

And anytime, any month
By President Obama
1. Dreams from My Father
3. The Audacity of Hope
3. Of Thee I Sing a truly beautiful children's book

By Michelle Obama
1. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
2. Michelle Obama: In Her Own Words
3. We Rise: Speeches by Inspirational Black Women by Michelle Obama, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Rosa Parks
4. Michelle Obama: Speeches on Life, Love, and American Values by Michelle Obama, Stacie Vander Pol (Editor)
5. Michelle Obama: Our First Lady

And here are some other links:



(Coinciding with Mark's Poetry Month)

Completed This Year
February -- Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo ✔ ✔
March -- Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson ✔ ✔
April -- Harry Potter And the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling ✔ ✔
May -- Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama ✔ ✔
June -- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead ✔ ✔
July -- The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert -- reading
August -- Being Mortal Dr. Atul Gawande ✔ ✔
September -- Where the Wild Things Are and Junie B. Jones ✔ ✔
October -- The Best of McSweeneys edited by Dave Eggers -- reading

What are you going to read? Click on the link and tell everyone!!


Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 1:27pm Top

Plans for Reading

The President Obama Reading Challenge
February - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo ✔ ✔
March - Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson ✔ ✔
April - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling ✔ ✔
May- Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama ✔ ✔
June -- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead ✔ ✔
July - The Sixth Extinction -- reading
August - Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande ✔ ✔
September - Where the Wild Things Are and Junie B. Jones ✔ ✔
October - The Best of McSweeney edited by Dave Eggers
November -
December -

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

And RL Book Club #2
January - snowed out : (
February - Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel ✔ ✔
March - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (read last year) ✔ ✔
April - Born A Crime by Trevor Noah ✔ ✔
May- Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance ✔ ✔
June - Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg ✔ ✔
July - The Leavers by Lisa Ko ✔ ✔
August - off
September - off
October -
November -

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

January AAC - Kindred by Octavia Butler ✔ ✔
February BAC - The Globe: Discworld II by Terry Pratchett ✔ ✔
April - Poetry Month - milk and honey by rupi kaur ✔ ✔
April - Paul's CAC - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood ✔ ✔
June BAC - Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle (K) by Georgette Heyer ✔ ✔
October - AAC Commonwealth (OS) Ann Pratchett
November - AAC Russell Banks and BAC Poet Laureates
December - AAC Ernest Hemingway or BAC Neil Gaiman

luvamystery65/Roberta's Tony Hillerman and ???

January - The First Eagle
March - Hunting Badger ✔ ✔
May - The Wailing Wind ✔ ✔
July - The Sinister Pig
September - Skeleton Man
November - The Shape Shifter


August - Kafka on the Shore by Murakami ✔ ✔
October - Lincoln in the Bardo
October - The Doll's House by Camilla Gudova
October - The Grip of It by Jac Jemc
November - The Windup Bird Chronicles by Murakami
November - Start Without Me (LTER) by Joshua Max Feldman

Edited: Sep 13, 2017, 1:51am Top

These are series I still want to follow. This list will evolve over time...in no particular order.

# / Series / Author / Next Book / Progress
1 Chief Inspector Gamache / Penny, Louise / The Cruellest Month (#3) / 14% (2 of 14)
2 Dublin Murder Squad / French, Tana / The Likeness (#2) / 17% (1 of 6)
3 Constance Kopp / Stewart, Amy / Lady Cop Makes Trouble (#2) / 33% (1 of 3)
4 Cormoran Strike / Galbraith, Robert / Lethal White (#4) / 75% (3 of 4)
5 Alex Cross / Patterson et al / Along Came a Spider (#1) / 7% (2 of 27)
6 Alpha and Omega / Briggs, Patricia /Alpha and Omega (#0) / 38% (3 of 8))
7 Walt Longmire Mysteries / Johnson, Craig / Divorce Horse (#7.5) / 42% (8 of 19)
8 Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire / Duncan, Rod / The Custodian of Marvels (#3) / 67% (2 of 3)
9 Morgue Drawer / Profijt, Jutta / Morgue Drawer: Clink or Cooler? (#5) /80% (4 of 5)
10 Mercy Thompson/ Briggs, Patricia Shif/ting Shadows (#8.5) 83%/ (10 of 12)
11 Meg Langslow / Andrews, Donna/ We'll Always Have Parrots (#5) / 27% (6 of 22)
12 Spenser / Parker, Robert B / Promised Land (#4) / 13% (6 of 46)
13 Maggie Hope / MacNeal, Susan Elia/ Princess Elizabeth's Spy (#2) / 14% (1 of 7)
14 Fiona Griffiths / Bingham, Harry/ This Thing of Darkness (#4) / 50% (3 of 6)
15 Leaphorn & Chee / Hillerman, Tony/ Listening Woman (#3) / 29% (6 of 21)

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

Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 4:57pm Top

New Books in 2017
✔ ✔ = read

GN=Graphic Novel
IR=INDIEspensable Readers
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

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

10. Wait for Signs (A) by Craig Johnson (Free--Audible)
11. The Night Bird (K) by Brian Freeman (Free--Kindle First Pre-Release)
12. Night of Fire by Colin Thubron, INDIEspensible Reader #63 ✔ ✔
13. Moonglow (IR) by Michael Chabon
14. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (from MichiganTrumpet) ✔ ✔
15: History of Wolves by Emily Fredlund, INDIEspensable Reader #64
16: Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith ✔ ✔
17. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
18. Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Christen O'Keefe Aptowicz ✔ ✔
19. Talking to the Dead (K) by Harry Bingham ✔ ✔
20. Love Story, With Murders (K) by Harry Bingham ✔ ✔
21. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (K) by Harry Bingham ✔ ✔
22. This Thing of Darkness (K) by Harry Bingham ✔ ✔
23. The Dead House (K) by Harry Bingham
24. The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (K) by Douglas Preston ✔ ✔
25. Sherlock Holmes Collection (A) read by Stephen Fry (have read book 1, 2 ✔ ✔)
26. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders, INDIEspensable Reader #65 ✔ ✔
27. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Powell's INDIEspensable Reader #65
28. A Criminal Defense by William L Meyers, Jr (Free-K) no touchstone
29. 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die (A)
30. The Ice Twins: A Novel (K) by S. K. Tremayne ✔ ✔
31. Insidious by Catherine Coulter ✔ ✔
31. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
32. The Obsession BY Nora Roberts ✔ ✔
33. We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride ✔ ✔
34. Good poems selected by Garrison Keillor
33. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay Thank you BLBera!! ✔ ✔
35. Milk and Honey poetry by rupi kaur ✔ ✔
36. The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (I am on a Brontë tear this year!)
37. Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
38. Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir Aczel
39. Seamus Heaney collected works 1966-1987 (April--Mark's Poetry Month)
40. Kafka on the Shore by Murakami ✔ ✔
41. A Wild Sheep Chase by Murakami ✔ ✔
42. Babayaga by Toby Barlow
43. Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (Tournament of Books)
44. Pond by Clare-Louise Bennett
45. All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks
46. The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky
47. For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2 (A) by Dennis E. Taylor ✔ ✔
48. The Almost Sisters: A Novel (LT ER) by Joshilyn Jackson ✔ ✔
49. Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë ✔ ✔
50. The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) by Elly Griffiths
51. A Small Revolution (K) by Jimin Han (Free Kindle First)
52. News of the World (K) by Paulette Jiles (Ellen's Fault) ✔ ✔
53. Hillbillly Elegy by JD Vance ✔ ✔
54. The First Word by Isley Robson (Kindle First Reader-Free) ✔ ✔
55. As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark
56. The Grip of It by Jac Jemc, Powell's INDIEspensable Reader #66
57. Borne by Jeff Vandermeer, Powell's INDIEspensable Reader #66 ✔ ✔
58. Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker
59. The Sound of Gravel, by a Portland author Ruth Wariner
60. Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle (K) by Georgette Heyer ✔ ✔
61. The Deepest Grave (K) Fiona Griffiths #6 by Harry Bingham
62. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (June Free Kindle Read) ✔ ✔
63. The Leavers by Lisa Ko ✔ ✔
64. The Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Grudoba, Powell's INDIEspensable #67
65. Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash, Powell's INDIEspensable #67
66. The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed by astronaut Scoot Parazynski (Amazon Kindle Free July Pick)
67. The Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil ✔ ✔
68. The Burning Girl by Claire Messed, Powell's INDIESpensable Reader #68
69. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (A) by Neil deGrasse Tyson ✔ ✔
70. Radium Girls (K) by Katie Moore ✔ ✔
71. Hunger: A Memoir (A) by Roxanne Gray
72. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey ✔ ✔
73. The Western Star by Craig Johnson ✔ ✔
74. The Brand New Catastrophe by Mike Scales
75. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
75. Private by Maxine Paetro, James Patterson
76. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Powell's INDIESpensable Reader #69
77. The Fire This Time Anthology edited by Jesmyn Ward, Powell's INDIESpensable Reader #69
78. Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley

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Favorites from this year:
Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami 5.0
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson 5.0
Uprooted by Naomi Novik 4.5
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (A) by Trevor Noah 5.0
Dr. Mütter's Marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 4.5
We Are Legion (A) by Dennis E. Taylor, Narrated by Ray Porter 4.5
Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott by Joyce Wallace Scott 5.0
The Vegetarian by Han Kang 4.5
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 4.5

Favorites from last year:

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

Sep 13, 2017, 1:55am Top

Sep 13, 2017, 1:55am Top

Love the topper, Kim. Happy new thread.

Sep 13, 2017, 2:05am Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

>9 Berly: Yeah; don't try that again.

Edited: Sep 13, 2017, 2:11am Top

>10 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! As my first visitor, here is your gift!! Don't spend it all in one place.

Sep 13, 2017, 2:12am Top

>11 humouress: Nina--I solemnly swear to never try that again! It was awful. ; )

Sep 13, 2017, 6:25am Top

Happy new thread, Kim. Such a calm and peaceful topper. May Mother Nature take heed...

Sep 13, 2017, 6:42am Top

Good morning and happy new thread, Kim! I too am hoping for peace on so many different levels but most specifically natural disasters have certainly out stayed their welcome, well, actually never were welcome but they do happen just don't have to be so nasty and ill timed.

Sep 13, 2017, 6:57am Top

Happy new Thread, Kimmers! LOVE that topper! I also loved The Grand Sophy. My first Heyer.

>12 Berly: LIKE!!

Sep 13, 2017, 8:27am Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

That's a beaut up top.

Fires, earthquakes and hurricanes. Are we in the end times? I join you in sending out those healing vibes and positive energy.

Sep 13, 2017, 8:44am Top

Happy new one, Twin. Love the topper.
>9 Berly: Yes!

And look at you - at 70. Sophy is great, isn't she?

Sep 13, 2017, 9:08am Top

>1 Berly: Beautiful opening shot!

Sep 13, 2017, 2:39pm Top

>12 Berly: Ooh, thanks Kim. Not all in one place - it's good in more than one bookstore then?

Sep 13, 2017, 4:22pm Top

Happy new thread Kim my dear, what a really lovely thread topper. I have struggled to keep up with all the threads since we got back from our little trip dear friend. We have been in some lovely book shops whilst in Wales and I would really need some decent spare cash to live down there with all that as a temptation.

Sep 13, 2017, 5:33pm Top

>14 jessibud2: I hope she's listening!!

>15 Carmenere: Timing is everything with Mother Nature. Later or Never would be good!

>16 msf59: I haven't read Heyer in years and The Grand Sophy was so much fun!

>17 jnwelch: End times are okay if they are the end of the right thing! Racism, sexism, poverty...!

Sep 13, 2017, 5:38pm Top

>18 BLBera: Hi Twin! I have given in to my book addiction. With glee!! Sophy was great. I should have as much gumption as she does. I think I will be reading another Heyer in the near future. It was so much fun. Any other recommendations?

>19 ChelleBearss: Glad you like the scenery! We could use a little more of that calmness.

>20 Familyhistorian: Oh yes! It is good in ANY bookstore. ; )

>21 johnsimpson: Glad you had fun on your trip. I noticed you acquired not only books but a new pen!! It would indeed be hard to live near all that temptation--you have to learn restraint!!

Sep 13, 2017, 5:40pm Top

>23 Berly:, I will be good until Christmas, Promise. I need to get back below one Million pages to read so that is a good incentive for me dear friend.

Sep 13, 2017, 8:10pm Top

I love Frederica.

Sep 13, 2017, 8:32pm Top

Happy new thread, Kimmers!

I will be happy to share the positive energy bestowed in >1 Berly: above. xx

Sep 13, 2017, 9:56pm Top

Howdy Kim! My thoughts are with you on the wildfires. There is a lot of asthma here due to mold and mildew from the flooding.

Sep 13, 2017, 9:56pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim! Your topper reminds me of what it is like to walk just at sunset where I usually walk my dog. Oh I am lucky!

Sep 13, 2017, 10:04pm Top

Happy new thread!

Sep 14, 2017, 5:15am Top

>2 Berly: your books are adding up! Won't be long now til you hit 75!!!! (I am a lot longer behind...)
>9 Berly: ha! True that!

Sep 14, 2017, 6:17am Top

Interesting that Of Mice and Men is on your September list, as I just added that to my TBR too.

Sep 14, 2017, 8:19am Top

Happy new one, Kim! The Obama September list is full of fabulous - I love all of those.

Sep 14, 2017, 6:58pm Top

Lovely new thread and I can't believe it's number 17 for the year! You're on fire in 2017. Oh, maybe I should not use that metaphor. I do appreciate your honoring all those impacted by hurricanes, fires, and floods. It has been a tough month.

>9 Berly: I love that. May borrow it.

Edited: Sep 14, 2017, 11:03pm Top

>24 johnsimpson: John--I am keeping my eye on you, good sir!! ; )

>25 BLBera: Twin--OH! I remember Frederica! It's been so many years, I think a re-read might be in order. Thanks for the reminder.

>26 PaulCranswick: Paul--We cannot send enough good energy to all these poor people. Thanks!

>27 luvamystery65: Ro--Yeah, I have been having a little bit of trouble with all the smoke, but mostly a stuffy nose. I started a new asthma med and it has been working wonders!! My whole life I have been unable to tolerate inhaled steroids and have been using my "emergency" inhaler on a daily basis. Just found an inhaled steroid that seems to be working! Had the best breathing test I have had in years and years. Yay! Now if I can just get rid of this Vocal Cord Disorder...I no longer have an intimidating TKD yell. LOL

I hope all is well for. : )

Can't wait for the Craig Johnson book--you are so sweet to get that signed for me!!! Thank you!!

Sep 14, 2017, 11:12pm Top

>28 vancouverdeb: Deb--If you have anything like that beautiful scenery near you, you are indeed very lucky!! Enjoy.

>29 drneutron: Jim--Thanks for stopping by!

>30 LovingLit: Hi Megan--Are you done with all your interviewing yet? Time to start writing?

>31 sirfurboy: Sir F--I haven't read Of Mice And Men since high school. Another great book to re-read. You'll have to let me know when you get to it.

>32 Crazymamie: Crazy--September is a good Obama read month. Are you up for one of them? : ) I love the picture you posted of your Dad on your thread. What a wonderful relationship you had with him.

>33 EBT1002: Ellen--I can't believe the number of threads I have this year either! People are so nice here--it is always a happy place to be. Feel free to borrow >9 Berly: anytime. Glad P is doing so well on her recovery. And just thing--tomorrow is FRIDAY!!! ; )

Sep 14, 2017, 11:19pm Top

I had a wee bit of a reaction yesterday and took a Benadryl and it totally wiped me out. I basically slept ALL day today. And I mean ALL. I think I was awake 5 hours total. I spent that reading my next Harry Bingham: This Thing of Darkness, the latest Fiona Griffiths murder mystery. I do love her quirky character and relentless search for the truth! This one involves two seemingly disparate deaths, which are, of course tied together once Fiona figures it out. An accidental death and a suicide, both of which are actually murders. And for anyone invested in climbing, this is your cup of tea! I'll say no more.

Sep 15, 2017, 8:28am Top

Hi Berly!

I'm sorry to hear about your Vocal Cord Disorder - I had a paralyzed vocal cord in Sept - Nov of 2014 and it scared the crap out of me. My GP was not diagnosing my problem, and I had to request that he give me a referral to an ENT, who diagnosed it, treated it, and told me that fortunately it was temporary. But that was only after I went back for a follow-up. He hadn't been 100% confident at my first visit that it would recover. Fortunately I was so wiped out that I didn't have energy to worry about permanent or temporary. I hope you're getting good treatment.

And sorry that yesterday was a Benadryl Wipeout Day. At least you got to read! The Fiona Griffiths series is absolutely wonderful.

I hope today's a better day for you! Happy Friday.

Sep 15, 2017, 8:43am Top

>36 Berly: Glad to see you enjoyed the Bingham book. I did love that series!
Hope you are feeling better today!

Sep 15, 2017, 12:24pm Top

>34 Berly: Kim I was happy to get the book for you. I was going to mail it yesterday on the way to my aunt's doctor appointment but doc switched it to Monday, so I'll ship it to you then. I'll post some pics on the Longmire thread.

Sep 15, 2017, 1:44pm Top

>37 karenmarie: Better today. Just tired. Hmmmm...what can I do that doesn't require a lot of energy? Oh, I know!! Read!! That's the plan for today. With maybe a little dishes and laundry thrown in just so the place doesn't totally fall apart around me. Soooo glad it is Friday!

>38 ChelleBearss: On the upswing. Now I just have to recover in time to host the entire Varsity Soccer team for dinner on Sunday night!! Yikes!

>39 luvamystery65: Awesome!! I will pop over to see the pictures. Loved the one on FB with you and Craig standing together. Is he a good speaker?

Edited: Sep 15, 2017, 2:05pm Top

I never did post about my first Literary Arts meeting....The committee I am serving on is tasked with growing the Archive Project, which are all of the past speakers LA has sponsored over the past 30 years. This first meeting was spent listening to two members of the Oregon Public Broadcast (OPB) explain just what goes into editing one of our speakers down to the roughly 55 minutes needed for radio air time. Fascinating! Next meeting we will be brainstorming both potential future material (trying to grow outside of just our presentations) and work on sponsorship ideas.

The podcasts are free and currently available through LA, OPB and iTunes! The current rebroadcast is Salmon Rushdie from October 8th, 2013. Rushdie shares humorous stories and deeper insights into his life and career after the publication of The Satanic Verses.

The second part was spent brainstorming speakers for the Portland Arts & Lecture series. We had several categories: Cornerstone (big name that most people know and really want to see); Book Club (popular, out in paperback); Manly (something to appeal to our male readers -- most of our season tickets are purchased by women and we don't want to lose the guys!) and Influential (something new and/or thought-provoking to expose our readers to). We are just one of four boards suggesting names and we came up with quite a few!! It will be interesting to see what the final list is, because, of course, fees and scheduling can get in the way. ; )

Thanks everyone for your ideas!

Sep 15, 2017, 3:29pm Top

>41 Berly: Sounds fascinating Kim. Please keep us updated with your work for the group. Were there any front runners from the group discussion (or is it top secret at this stage?)

Happy New thread too!

Sep 15, 2017, 4:17pm Top

>34 Berly:, You and Karen, lol.

Sep 15, 2017, 5:38pm Top

>41 Berly: what an exciting group to be part of. Good for you, Kim!

Edited: Sep 15, 2017, 6:17pm Top

>42 charl08: Honestly there were about 20-30 names suggested and I am sure they will cross-reference with the other boards to see if there are some standouts and beyond that I don't know if it will be all hush hush. I am meeting with the Director of Development and Marketing (who heads my committee) next week to talk about the fundraiser in October, so I'll see if it's been narrowed down and if I can leak any news tidbits here.

>43 johnsimpson:

>44 lauralkeet: It was a very fun meeting! I sat next to a co-owner of a downtown bookstore. She is aptly named Kim and I intend to become very good friends with her. LOL.

Sep 15, 2017, 11:00pm Top

>34 Berly: That is super cool!

Have a wonderful weekend, Kimmers. xx

Sep 15, 2017, 11:08pm Top

Thanks, Paul. Same to you!!

Sep 15, 2017, 11:14pm Top

>41 Berly: You are obviously on the cool team now.

Vocal cord disorder?! That would seriously interfere with yelling at kids, hub, etc. Hope all is better soon.

Happy Friday. Take it easy and feel better.

Sep 16, 2017, 12:22am Top

This Thing of Darkness Harry Bingham 4.5

Done! Yup. Read it straight through. What can I say? I love Fiona! Repeating from >36 Berly:. Her grit, her analytical mind, her quirky character and relentless search for the truth! This one involves two seemingly disparate deaths, which are, of course tied together once Fiona figures it out. An accidental death and a suicide, both of which are actually murders. And for anyone invested in climbing, this is your cup of tea! I'll say no more; just read it.

Sep 16, 2017, 12:33am Top

Happy new thread, Kim! Sorry to hear about the vocal cord disorder.

Edited: Sep 16, 2017, 12:58am Top

>50 ronincats: Thanks Roni!! It is not debilitating, but it sure is annoying.

>37 karenmarie: Not nearly as bad as Karen's story though. I got distracted and didn't express my horror and amazement at your story of complete VCD--that must have been awful!! So glad it wasn't permanent.

Sep 16, 2017, 9:33am Top

Hi Berly!

I'm glad your VCD is only annoying not debilitating. One funny aside and I promise I'm done - I wasn't able to use Bluetooth to call people in my car because the voice recognition software couldn't understand what I was saying, all cracky and sounding like a teenage boy going through adolescence.

>47 Berly: I like that graphic!

Sep 16, 2017, 12:10pm Top

I am a bit late to the party, anyway: Happy new thread, Kim!

Sep 16, 2017, 1:13pm Top

>34 Berly:. Nice!

I love that Fiona Griffiths series. Thing of Darkness may be my favorite so far.

Sep 16, 2017, 5:22pm Top

>52 karenmarie: I have that cracky teenage boy sound!! LOL. So far, so good with the blue tooth though.

The graphic is a freeze frame I took, because it actually goes from one end to the other and "loads" and then it flashes and starts all over, but I found that too distracting.

>53 FAMeulstee: Never too late!! Thank you and welcome once again.

>54 jnwelch: I know! Isn't Roberta nice? : )

I am actually very bummed that I finished, because...well...it's over!! That was book number 4 and there are only two more to go at present and I am trying to pace myself.

The smoke is bad again today. : ( The good news? It is supposed to rain tomorrow and part of next week!!! I hope it puts out some fires.

Sep 16, 2017, 5:58pm Top

Hi KIm! Sorry about the vocal cords. I suspect that the smoke is aggravating. I am finding the smoke bothers me even when it isn't as obviously bad.

Also thanks for posting the link to the Rushdie speech.
I saw that one and loved it.

Sep 16, 2017, 7:57pm Top

>56 banjo123: We are right back in the Unhealthy Zone today. Ugh!! I can't go outside.

I did not get to see Rushdie in person, so I was really happy to have the chance to hear the lecture!

Sep 17, 2017, 10:23am Top

Wow, gorgeous topper. Happy Sunday, Kim.

Sep 17, 2017, 10:35am Top

I'm doing a rain dance for you. It's dry here as well. So, I hope you get rain and then send it our way.

Sep 17, 2017, 12:37pm Top

>59 BLBera: Happy Sunday, Barbara!! Hope you are continuing to feel much better. : )

>60 Berly: Thank you for that rain dance! We are supposed to get rain on and off starting today, so good job! I'll try to send some your way.

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I have found a book I want to get my hands on...The Girl with all the Gifts. It is supposed to be a fantastic zombie book, perfect for October!! I am headed to Costco to get food for the Varsity Soccer Team -- they are invading my home for dinner later tonight. ; )

Currently enjoying Phillip Dick's Minority Report -- what an imagination he has!!

Sep 17, 2017, 1:10pm Top

Happy new thread Kim!

>61 Berly: I read The Girl with all the Gifts a couple of years ago and enjoyed it - loved Melanie, the main character. Hope you enjoy it too!

Glad you're enjoying Minority Report - the only Philip K. Dick I've read was The Man in the High Castle and it was a bit too weird for me. But I'd like to try more.

Sep 17, 2017, 1:16pm Top

Hi there! Oh good...I am glad you liked The Girl with all the Gifts -- I am pretty excited to find a copy. The Phillip K. Dick I am reading is a series of short stories. They are wildly inventive and I am enjoying them a lot. I can easily see how producers would be able to take a story and turn it into a full-length movie: they are rich with ideas. I haven't read The Man in the High Castle yet, so no comments here.

Happy Sunday!

Sep 17, 2017, 2:02pm Top

I have and need to read the first Harry Bingham novel. I say that every time someone writes about one in the series.

Sep 17, 2017, 5:38pm Top

Ellen--You HAVE to read Fiona!! Like right now!! : )

Sep 17, 2017, 5:44pm Top

So the feast for the Varsity Soccer team tonight includes: BBQ chicken; baked asparagus; red potatoes; corn with butter, cilantro and mint; baked beans and rolls. Also cookies and ice cream. Chaos starts at 6pm!!! Wish me luck. : )

Sep 17, 2017, 6:47pm Top

Love the Fiona Griffiths. I think you are further on in the series than I am. We have rain up here to your north. Good luck with feeding the hordes, hope you are feeling better soon.

Sep 17, 2017, 8:19pm Top

>66 Berly: That sounds like a fabulous spread, Kim! It's a good thing I live so far away or you'd have to cope with me showing up on your doorstep at 7:59! :-)

Sep 17, 2017, 8:21pm Top

Hooray for The Girl with all the Gifts! You are in for such a treat.

Happy Sunday, Kimmers. I hope you had a nice weekend. The soccer game feast sounds fantastic! YUM!

Sep 17, 2017, 9:39pm Top

>61 Berly: Girl With All the Gifts is excellent. I think you'll love it. I keep meaning to pick up the sequel, The Boy on the Bridge but it doesn't feel urgent - the first did the job, if you know what I mean.

Sep 18, 2017, 4:08am Top

>35 Berly: Are you done with all your interviewing yet? Time to start writing?
Well, since you asked :)
I have 5 interviews left to do. But it has been 9 days since I did my last interview. That same day (as my last interview) I met with the CEO of my province's Rugby League organisation so that she could assist me with accessing the database for the phone numbers of people who have left the sport in the last wee while (this is the last part of the dataset- ex-players). Anyway, she forwarded my needs to an underling, who hasn't actioned it. So I have been left wanting!
Today I had an interview scheduled that I sourced, and that got cancelled due to her child being ill. So. Humph. Still seeking interviewees.

Sep 18, 2017, 8:26am Top

How did the soccer team invasion go? Sounds like a great menu!

Sep 18, 2017, 8:57am Top

Hi Berly! I hope you're getting the desperately-needed rain.

Fantastic menu - was there any left?

>64 EBT1002: Another vote for reading Talking to the Dead!

Sep 18, 2017, 1:54pm Top

>67 Familyhistorian: I just finished book #4 of Fiona. Where are you in the series? We finally got some rain!!! Should get some more on and off for the next couple of days. I have never been so happy to have rain. I hope it is enough to put out the fires.

>68 rosalita: The boys enjoyed the feast very much. We made more than enough so there are still leftovers. Dinner tonight at say 6:30? : )

>69 msf59: I read the first three chapters of The Girl with all the Gifts on this free download and now I have to wait for the actual book. Argh! Ordered it on Amazon and it should arrive tomorrow.

The feast was good! : )

Sep 18, 2017, 2:04pm Top

>70 majleavy: Another vote for The Girl with!! I don't know. Maybe you should try the second? Is it a sequel or a stand alone? Sometimes, if a book is that good I don't want to mess it up by reading another, but then, do I really want to miss out?

>71 LovingLit: Dang that underling!! How many ex-players do you have to interview? Good to know this is the last step of the interview process, right? Small comfort there?

>72 ChelleBearss: The invasion went well. We had over 20 kids plus immediate family, so it was a full house. Ping pong in the garage was a big hit.

>73 karenmarie: Got the rain!!! The air smells so much better. : )

There are enough leftover that dinner is all set for tonight. I had to make a second batch of the corn last night and there is some of that left. They ate all the dinner rolls, but I still have lots of chicken and potatoes and a little asparagus. Yay!

>64 EBT1002: See, Ellen?!

Sep 18, 2017, 2:20pm Top

Hi Kim, now that it's been hot in the Midwest for a few days, I figure that it's much cooler in the Pacific Northwest. Yesterday was one of the most humid days of the year.

I've got a few HS meets to go to this week. My niece has had a bad cold...well enough (mostly) to go to school and to swim (she can't swim if she doesn't go to school) but not feeling well enough to swim well. Hopefully, she'll get past this soon.

Glad to hear the soccer team dinner went well. I think my sister is trying her hand at a team pasta dinner later in the season. Those girls can eat unlimited amounts of pasta, mac and cheese, garlic bread, and chocolate milk. One mom who has a HS boy swimmer and a HS girl swimmer said that the girls can eat at least as much as the boys, if not more.

Sep 18, 2017, 3:02pm Top

Hi Kim, that sounded like a heck of a feast for the Varsity soccer team my dear, hope you had a great weekend dear friend and send love and hugs to you all. I am back and doing the rounds and fighting fit and will explain more on my thread soon.

Sep 18, 2017, 3:41pm Top

That kind of dinner makes me want to take up football. Leftovers also sound lovely. Hope The Girl turns up soon...

Sep 18, 2017, 9:41pm Top

Love that amazing picture that introduces your 17th Thread. Woo Hoo! You are so right…this is a fun place. I just wish I could keep up with everyone better. I'm glad you found an asthma medicine that works for you, Kim. I hope all the smoke clears up soon. I know how much I like to be outside this time of year and would hate to have that shortened. It will be cold here before long, although I still bundle up and go for long walks unless there is ice on the ground.

That sounded like a fantastic dinner for a hungry soccer team. You are amazing!

Sep 19, 2017, 11:52am Top

Very good that you found something that works for your asthma. Breathing is kinda important.

and my cousin did tell me the rains came. Hope they helped.

Sep 19, 2017, 3:10pm Top

>76 lindapanzo: My parents were quite happy to have a little heat. They have said that it was an unusually cold summer where they are in the midwest. in Portland, we have finally had some rain, the air smells good and we our temps are in the 60s--it feels like fall!!

Sorry your niece is under the weather. Nothing like swimming when you can't breath right on dry land. : (. I totally miss the ability to eat whatever I want in copious quantities!! When I played water polo in college (on the men's team!) I used to go back for thirds all the time.

>77 johnsimpson: Weekend was good and the week is off to a good start. Last night was back-to-school night and we met Jack's teachers. It seems like a very good bunch this year so fingers crossed he will have a great senior year!

What does fighting fit mean??? Hmmm....I will have to check on your thread. ; )

Sep 19, 2017, 3:14pm Top

>78 charl08: It was a good dinner! And I don't even have to wait for the boys to make it again. ; ) Didn't have it for leftovers last night -- saved it for tonight.

The Girl with all the Gifts is supposed to turn up today. Which would be great, because I just finished my Philip K Dick Minority Report last night! Very good BTW--more on that later.

Sep 19, 2017, 10:24pm Top

Something else should also turn up in the mail tomorrow Kim!

Sep 20, 2017, 3:09am Top

Great football feast! And the boys cooked, too? Perfect (I hope).

Sep 20, 2017, 8:10am Top

Just a quick hello, Berly. Glad to hear that Portland got rain and the temps are 'fall-like'.

Sep 20, 2017, 12:57pm Top

Glad to hear you finally got some rain. I have enjoyed the cool summer.

Sep 20, 2017, 1:03pm Top

Rain is usually good. Especially when it comes in moderation. How it is sufficient and satisfactory, Kim.

Sep 20, 2017, 7:56pm Top

Stopping by to say hi, Kim. Our weather is also more fall like . We still are having some sunshiny days, but fall is upon us.

Sep 21, 2017, 1:35pm Top

>79 Donna828: Glad you liked my topper!! We have had some serious rain and it has really helped to clear the air. The big fire near us is down to about 50% containment. We still have a major highway closed from this fire--they are taking down charred trees that may fall on the road and clearing debris. Of course, now the rain has washed down more debris...

Supposed to clear up and be back to 80 degrees next week for a little late summer. Yay!

Sep 21, 2017, 1:37pm Top

>80 ffortsa: Breathing is highly recommended!! LOL. The new meds have helped a lot, but I haven't tested my lung capacity out in actual exercise lately. Haven't done TKD in about 3 weeks. RL has gotten in the way, but hoping to get back to it next week.

Sep 21, 2017, 1:40pm Top

>83 luvamystery65: I will be checking my mail today!!! {Rubs hands together in excitement!}

>84 humouress: The boys did not cooking, but helped set up. So, it was all good in my book!

>85 karenmarie: Hi back!! : )

>86 BLBera: The rain is most welcome, from a personal standpoint, but also for our business!! We had a sweltering summer. Glad you enjoyed your cooler temps, but not here! I will try to make next summer behave when you visit.

Sep 21, 2017, 1:41pm Top

>87 weird_O:. Just about the perfect amount of rain! A little flash flooding, but not too bad.

>88 vancouverdeb:. I am ready for fall. : ) Still going to hit 80 next week and the leaves have only just begun to change.

Sep 21, 2017, 1:42pm Top

I am loving The Girl with all the Gifts! I am thinking it will be the perfect October read for anyone interested... more when I finish the book.

Happy Thursday!

Sep 21, 2017, 1:48pm Top

Hooray for rain!! My parents report that things are much better. They live just at the mouth of the Columbia. I hope your week is going well. :)

Sep 21, 2017, 4:44pm Top

It's supposed to hit 90 here tomorrow! Yuk!

>93 Berly: I'll watch for your comments.

Sep 21, 2017, 5:08pm Top

Hi Kim, hope all is well with you my dear, Karen had her gallbladder op this morning and it has gone well although she is sore and tender bless her. I am getting around the threads now so I won't be a stranger, sending love and hugs dear friend.

Sep 23, 2017, 1:49am Top

>94 nittnut: Hi Jenn--Glad things are looking up for your parents as well. Very good week, but soooo busy! Thee weekend is packed, too. But with mostly fun things. Tomorrow night we are seeing a play, An Octaroon. Taking my daughter and her boyfriend and our son and his girlfriend. Should be fun.

>95 BLBera: Hi Twin! Sorry about the heat. Stay cool.

>96 johnsimpson: Thanks for the update, John. Glad to hear that Karen is doing so well and that you can be around here a little more now. : )

Sep 23, 2017, 1:56am Top

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. 3.5

I listened to this rather than read it, and I think I would have enjoyed the latter better. There was just too much I wanted to hear again and I couldn't concentrate well enough in traffic. But it was still very fun and interesting. A look at how we have discovered space; named elements and planets; the composition of life; the expansion of the universe; what elements are most common; the upper limit of the speed of light...so many fun facts and explanations. Recommended.

Sep 23, 2017, 2:01am Top

Just started From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Crazy, Katie and my Twin talked my into this one. : )

Sep 23, 2017, 7:21am Top

>99 Berly: Oh, YES! I predict that it will immediately go on the For Scout shelf when you're finished...

Sep 23, 2017, 8:29am Top

Happy weekend, Kim.

Sep 23, 2017, 9:02am Top

>100 scaifea: Yes, it did. :)

Hey Twin, we are confusing people. Maybe next year we should share a thread.

The Tyson sounds good. I'll put it on my list.

I hope you get all the rain you need. Have a restful weekend.

Sep 23, 2017, 10:29am Top

>100 scaifea: Good idea!! I'll send it to Beth when I am finished, and she can put it on the Scout shelf. : )

>101 Ameise1: Happy weekend, Barbara!

>102 BLBera: Oh, you already have it on Scout's shelf. Well then, I'll keep it for future grandkids. Give me a couple years though--I am not ready yet!! LOL

We got the rain and it is OVER! Nothing on the forecast for the next 10 days. We could still use a little more, but it was a start.

Hope your temps don't get too warm. Have a great weekend!!

Sep 23, 2017, 11:11am Top

>102 BLBera: A shared thread, oh no, then we would be truly mixed up!

Its definitely fall up here - 9C in the morning but the day usually warms up to something more liveable. I am looking forward to the days when I don't have to go out in those 9 degree mornings when I don't want to. Have a great weekend, Kim. The outing to the play sounds like fun.

Sep 23, 2017, 11:28am Top

>104 Familyhistorian: - Meg, don't complain! It's 28C here right now (11 a.m.) and going up to 31C today. Not my favourite weather at all! I can't wait for real autumn!!

Sep 23, 2017, 11:59am Top

Hi Kim. We're doing pretty well here. No fires thankfully, no great winds and rains. Blessed we are, and we know it. Read on, read on.

Edited: Sep 23, 2017, 1:22pm Top

Roberta It came! It came!! Thank you so much for The Western Star, signed by the one and only Craig Johnson. I have to finish one book and then it's next! Gotta find out what's up with Sherif Longmire dontcha know. : ) Hope you have a great weekend.

Sep 23, 2017, 1:48pm Top

Hi Kim! It does sound like a fun weekend. And glad you are liking the girl with all the gifts; I thought it was really good, and I loved the ending.

Sep 23, 2017, 3:36pm Top

>107 Berly: Woohoo! or Boy howdy! as Walt would say.

I'm finishing up The Changeling by Victor LaValle and then I'll join you to finish The Western Star.

Sep 23, 2017, 10:47pm Top

Wishing dear Kimmers all of the very best this weekend. xx

Sep 24, 2017, 2:36am Top

Ooh a signed book! Sounds good Kim. Hope the rain helped with the fire aftermath, and that you get lots more. We've been awash here. I've sat in the office feeling like I could grow fungi in my shoes.

A shared thread would be fun, I think.

Sep 24, 2017, 9:21am Top

*SNORK!* So sorry for my confusion. Too many B's for early morning...

Sep 24, 2017, 9:32am Top

Hi Berly! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

It's too hot down here in central NC too, going to get to 86F/30C today. Humidity is high, too. It's supposed to be chili weather to go with football, but husband says it's too hot to eat chili even though we're in the air conditioning.

>98 Berly: I just pulled it off my shelves. Science, here I come.

Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 3:29pm Top

Happy Sunday, Kimmers! Hope you are enjoying the weekend and getting some reading in. Our heat wave continues, so I am cuddling up with the books today, in the comfort of my MMMC, (Marky-Mark Man-Cave).

Really enjoying Home Fire.

Sep 24, 2017, 10:13am Top

>112 scaifea: We enjoy it, Amber.

Sep 24, 2017, 10:13am Top

Oh, hi Twin. :)

Sep 24, 2017, 1:38pm Top

Hi, Kim. Western Star is up next for me after I finish the new Lisbeth Salander.

Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 2:45pm Top

>104 Familyhistorian: Meg, "no" to the shared thread? Too confusing? LOL I agree.

Beth? Kim? Berly? BLBera? Keth? Bim? What a mess!! LOL

Just so we are clear....This is Berly's thread as in Kim(Berly). : )

Hope your mornings warm up a bit. We are supposed to be in the 80s again next week. I thought this was Fall? The play was really good...more on that later...

Sep 24, 2017, 2:51pm Top

>105 jessibud2: Shelley--Still hot up by you, too? Yeesh! Our leaves are barely turning color yet. When is Fall going to come? Or are we going to bypass it and just jump into winter?

>106 weird_O: Bill--Weird weather aside, I am blessed and I know it!! : ) Best advice ever: "Read on, read on..." Happy weekend.

>108 banjo123: Rhonda--The Girl with all the Gifts even has a good ending? Yay! I am about halfway. I got distracted by The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a library book so I HAD to read it right away, but now I am back with The Girl.

In fact, I think I have three books paused, because I keep getting distracted!! LOL

Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 3:12pm Top

>109 luvamystery65: Roberta--Boy Howdy! is right! I should be starting The Western Star Monday or Tuesday. : )

BTW--I just cancelled my hold at the library and I had only moved from #35 to #32 on 3 books. Bless you!

>110 PaulCranswick: Paul--Thank you for the weekend wishes. Right back at you sir! I have been enjoying all the many and varied lists on your thread.

>111 charl08: Charlotte--We really should just share our weather, then you could have less rain and we could have some! Maybe we should talk to the Rain Goddess?

Sep 24, 2017, 3:02pm Top

>112 scaifea: Amber--Sorry, it is too early for proper brain function and too late to change our LT user names. Maybe you need this....

To help with this...

Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 3:14pm Top

>113 karenmarie: Hi Karen--Hope you enjoy a little astrophysics!! And that you get some cooler weather to go with that chili. In fact, that sounds so good...now I want some!

>114 msf59: Mark--Are you in your MMMM or your MMMC?! LOL Hope you are staying cool and enjoying Home Fire. I just placed a hold on it at the library.

>115 BLBera: Hi Twin!

>117 jnwelch: Joe--So your leg is already in the stirrup. Awesome!

Hope I didn't miss anyone. Let me know if I did!!

Sep 24, 2017, 3:16pm Top

Just finished From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. As I was reading it, I remembered bits and pieces and realized that I had read this book as a kid. Liked it then and like it now!!

Sep 24, 2017, 3:31pm Top

>122 Berly: LOL. And I was completely sober too.

All is hunky-dory in the MMMC.

Sep 24, 2017, 3:32pm Top

Hi there, Kim! *Hugs* Hope all is well!

120: Not gonna lie, thought that was a Spiderman with boobs for a second....

Sep 24, 2017, 3:39pm Top

>61 Berly: I liked Girl With All The Gifts when I read it a couple years ago. There's a new followup novel out that I want to check out.

Sep 24, 2017, 4:05pm Top

>124 msf59: Well then, Cheers!!

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>125 Ape: Stephano!! You're here! You're here!! That makes me so happy. : )

And I think you need to get your eyes checked. LOL Go ahead. Google "spider-man with boobs"! I can't even post some of those pictures here.

Sep 24, 2017, 4:21pm Top

>126 RBeffa: I have heard that the prequel, the Boy on the Bridge, is good, but not quite as good. I think I will be willing to get it and judge for myself. I am enjoying GwatG that much!

Sep 24, 2017, 4:27pm Top

>129 Berly: I think I liked the start of the novel - the first third or so the best. I did not know I was into a zombie novel at the start! This is not just a zombie novel tho. I do hope you enjoy it all!

Sep 24, 2017, 4:30pm Top

128: Haha, I'm just going to add "with boobs" to all my Google searches!

-A summary of Elizabethan England...with boobs.
-Where is the nearest bar...with boobs?
-How do I remove set-in stains...with boobs!?

Sep 24, 2017, 4:37pm Top

>130 RBeffa: I tried to talk my group book into reading it, but as soon as they heard Zombie, they all wimped out and I haven't read far enough to explain how it is more that just that (which is what I have heard). I loved that I had no idea what was going on initially and it is a far cry from the traditional guts and gore genre I have read so far. I really need to stop playing here on LT and go read it!!

>131 Ape: You make me laugh!

Sep 24, 2017, 6:31pm Top

Kim says I need to get my eyes checked. I guess I need to Google "Eye test...with boobs."

Sep 24, 2017, 6:55pm Top

Stopping by to say hi! I loved The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler back when I read it as kid. I'm glad that you picked it up now and gave it a read! Do enjoy Home Fire if you get a chance. I loved it!

Sep 24, 2017, 10:04pm Top

>133 Ape: : P

>134 vancouverdeb: Liked it twice now!! And I put my request in at the library. Both for audio and ebook: it's a race! We'll see which version shows up first.

Sep 26, 2017, 11:45am Top

71 posts behind. This has been a week. Classes start tomorrow. Noooooooooo!!!!!!!

Anyway, nothing of import to say but wanted to swing by to say hello.

I'm almost done reading History of Wolves. Not sure what is up next.

Sep 26, 2017, 4:06pm Top

I had to google The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as I had never heard of it. Apparently the book turns 50 this year and, back in July, the Metropolitan Museum was offering tours in its honour. Sounds intriguing. >131 Ape: "with boobs" brought up some images but no boobs. LOL

Sep 27, 2017, 12:20am Top

>136 EBT1002: Thinking of you!! Good luck with all the craziness of First Day. : )

>137 Familyhistorian: I think I read several of them as a youngster, but I see now that the series has progressed far enough that Junie B has GRADUATED!!! The first starts with her entering Kindergarten. I may have to read a few more. They take all of a half hour to read.

Sep 27, 2017, 12:22am Top

And on the soccer news front, tonight started the games that count for the Portland Interscholastic League Soccer. We have been off to a rough start, but tonight they won 5-1 and my Jack scored!! Yay! Happiness. Thursday we play the undefeated 1st place team. That will probably not be so pretty. But I am going to bask in the win tonight. : )

Sep 27, 2017, 7:49am Top

>139 Berly: Sounds like a good result (even I, in my limited knowledge of football, know this much). Good luck for Thursday.

Sep 27, 2017, 9:15am Top

Hi Berly!

Just a quick drive-by. Congrats on the soccer win and good luck for Thursday. You just never know.

I started Astrophysics for People in a Hurry yesterday and once I got past the first chapter that made me feel stupid, and I mean TOTALLY stupid, I really started enjoying it.

Sep 27, 2017, 4:07pm Top

Hi Kim, good news on the soccer front my dear and congrats to Jack on his goal. A really good win like that really gives confidence and I am sure they will do well on Thursday but it is always nice to bask in a win dear friend. Sending love and hugs to you all.

Sep 27, 2017, 5:23pm Top

>141 karenmarie: Ditto on Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Karen. The key is keeping your head up after reading that first chapter. If there was a quiz on it, I would've been sunk.

Sep 28, 2017, 4:43am Top

>75 Berly: How many ex-players do you have to interview? Good to know this is the last step of the interview process, right? Small comfort there
Turns out ex-players are tough to get, so my three will have to do. That aspect of the research was really for the provincial sporting body who wanted that included, it doesn't really affect my stuff.
Which means I have collected all my data now! 21 interviews done and dusted. Phew.
(I might need to do one or two more if my supervisors think, like I do, that one or two of my interviews are too short).

Still chuckling at the Spiderman with boobs comments :)

Sep 28, 2017, 6:39am Top

>98 Berly: Added this to my TBR :)

Sep 28, 2017, 10:16am Top

>140 charl08: Good result indeed!! Fingers crossed for tonight. : )

>141 karenmarie: Thanks for the soccer good wishes and I am very glad you made it through the first chapter!! Carry on.

>142 johnsimpson: I enjoyed my basking. We took a very fun picture of all the senior boys at the end of the game and we are busy plotting ways to make Senior Night fun. Schedule for after the last home game in October. Hugs to you and Karen.

>143 jnwelch: You are making me laugh. If there was a quiz after Chapter 1, you both would have studied and done just fine. LOL

>144 LovingLit: 21 Interviews done and dusted!! Whoohoo woman!! On to phase two...

>145 sirfurboy: Ha! I got YOU with a book bullet. My day is complete. ; )

Sep 28, 2017, 12:45pm Top

Oh how I loved The Mixed Up Files, back in the day!

Intrigued by the Tyson too -- it never hurts to hear/read all that stuff over and over again, hoping some information will stick!

Sep 28, 2017, 4:13pm Top

Hi Kim, hope the game goes well for Jack and his team mates my dear and I am all for making the Senior night fun dear friend, sending love and hugs to you all from both of us.

Sep 28, 2017, 7:59pm Top

I was over on Jeff's (Mahsdad) thread and he was talking about the ER program on LT and I figured out that my stats are: I have won 21/24 months that I requested a book. I owe two reviews right now. 'Course I have to read the books first. One is getting a tad old. Oops!! The other I just won last month. I try to read and review within three months of receiving since the whole point is to get the word out there.

Anyone else enjoying ER reads?

Sep 28, 2017, 8:45pm Top

According to LT, I have requested books from 109 offerings since January of 2008, and won 74 of them. Of course, there were a few (6) that I won that I never received, most notably Shattered by Kevin Hearne. And I owe 7 reviews, 3 of them for the last three months, including the September one I haven't received yet. So not bad, imho, and I've definitely benefitted.

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I just received an ER book that I won from the August batch but I can probably count on one hand the number I've won since joining LT. Seems relatively few (or relatively few that appeal to me) are ever available for Canada. There was a discussion about this on some other thread last year, I think, but nothing seems to have been resolved in that respect. I still get the monthly email with offerings but rarely request, and even more rarely win. Still, I am always thrilled when I do! And only once have I disliked the book after reading it...

>150 ronincats: - Is there a place where I can actually see what I've requested and what I've won? I did not know that!

Edited: Sep 28, 2017, 10:15pm Top

Hi Kim, I was at the HS swim meet. A never to be forgotten day for my niece but not in a good way. In the 200 IM, which she hasn't done in forever, she lost track of her strokes on the backstroke and, on the turn to breast, she smacked the wall. Not sure if it was her head or her shoulder but she was ok and still came in 2nd.

Then, on the anchor leg of 400 free relay, as she jumped into the water, she inadvertently knocked her goggles off, Half on, half off and couldn't see. While swimming, tried to put them on but couldn't so took them off at the turn and threw them on deck. My sister was worried about scratched eyes since she swam 75 yards with her contacts and no goggles but they were red and irritated but ok. Again, came in second.

Edited: Sep 29, 2017, 12:31am Top

>151 jessibud2: Here's how...

Hit the "More" tab on the top
Then the "Get Free Books" on the side
"Early Reviewers"
"Books Requested" or "Books Won"

>152 lindapanzo: Ouchie!

Sep 29, 2017, 12:31am Top

I am headed to bed and will catch up with responses tomorrow....

Soccer news--we tied the #1 team in the state!!! We'll take it. : )

Night ya'll.

Sep 29, 2017, 12:43am Top

>151 jessibud2: Yes, there is. Go to www.librarything.com/er/list

which will show you the current offerings. Up in the top left corner right under where it says "Early Reviewers" you will see two tabs in blue print:
Books you've won
Books you've requested

And just realized Kim also gave you an alternative route to the same place.

Sep 29, 2017, 3:17am Top

Happy Friday, Kim.

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>153 Berly:, >155 ronincats: - Thanks, you two!

Ok, so it seems I have requested 19 books and have won 7. There was one I had not reviewed (didn't realize that!) so I reviewed it immediately.

Sep 29, 2017, 8:03am Top

Your mention of ER books got me curious so I went to check and it turns out I had taken myself out of the ER program. I can't remember when I did that, possibly when we were moving provinces.
I have joined again but it doesn't look like there was anything promising in the Canada pile last month

Sep 29, 2017, 8:36am Top

I'm at 111 out of 130, with three currently needing review - though only one's been received yet.

Sep 29, 2017, 3:33pm Top

I requested a few and was successful with two but received nothing, all my requests are when they will ship to the UK. I let Tim know and haven't bothered since.

Sep 29, 2017, 4:34pm Top

I had never heard of The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler until this past summer when I read it based on some serious nudging from LT buddies. It was quite an enjoyable read!

>141 karenmarie: and >143 jnwelch: Those comments make me want to read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. But do I need to be really curious about astrophysics to enjoy this book?

Hi Kim! I took your advice and started reading Talking to the Dead this week. It's fun!

Sep 29, 2017, 4:53pm Top

>141 karenmarie:, >143 jnwelch: - A friend of mine in Massachusetts went to a lecture last night given by DeGrasse- Tyson. She had not yet read the book but went anyhow and she said he was fantastic. I have only ever seen him on 60 Minutes and found his enthusiasm delightful. Not sure if this is a book for me but I may give some other of his writings a try

Sep 29, 2017, 5:49pm Top

>161 EBT1002: Astrophysics is about how our universe works, so you may be more interested than you think, Ellen. I do think that, if you have no interest, this book wouldn't be for you.

>162 jessibud2: deGrasse Tyson did a TV series update of Carl Sagan's Cosmos a few years ago that I thought was really good (he was a protoge of Sagan when he was young). That enthusiasm and charm (and knowledge!) is on full display.

Sep 29, 2017, 6:34pm Top

Hi Berly!

For ER I've received 26 books out of 170 requested, but the two I got this summer are the first I've requested in years. Loved one, abandoned one. Didn't get one in September, but that's okay - I have way too many books to read anyway!

The astrophysics update - I've got about 50 pages to go. It's doable. I find that some chapters are understandable and some are What?!?!!! so figure there will be more that I can grok before the end.

>161 EBT1002: I think you need to at least be interested in science and space, Ellen.

Sep 29, 2017, 7:11pm Top

I definitely want to read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. I very much enjoyed Degrasse Tyson's TV series (on Fox, of all things) and find him engaging and enthusiastic. I enjoy him although I believe he grates on some people. I would be #182 on the library wait list (49 copies).

Sep 29, 2017, 9:37pm Top

>147 sibyx: The Mixed Up Files were really very good, then and now! Glad you enjoyed them, too. If you read on, you'll see that I am not the only one who liked Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry!

>148 johnsimpson: Well, John. They didn't lose! It was a tie. Not bad. Did I mention all the injuries we've had? Well, now the coach has a concussion -- yes, I said the COACH! And our star center just had surgery on his, wait for it...THUMB!! Which isn't used very much in soccer, unless you are the Keep, which he is not; but he can't play nonetheless. So a tie is a minor miracle. : )

Sep 29, 2017, 9:42pm Top

>150 ronincats: Wow! You've received a ton of books!! Almost a bookcase, I think. Congratulations. : )

>151 jessibud2: >157 jessibud2: Glad you figured out how to check for your ER wins. 7/19 ain't bad! And now that you completed the review you forgot about, I bet your odds go up even higher. ; )

>152 lindapanzo: I can't believe the swim meet calamities!! And yet, despite all that, your niece still came in second...that's amazing! Good on her.

>155 ronincats: There's always more than one way to get there! Thanks. : )

Sep 29, 2017, 9:48pm Top

>156 Ameise1: Barbara--Happy Friday indeed!! I have barely managed to keep up with my own thread this week. I hope to catch up with everyone this weekend. Hope you are continuing to feel better and I will take your visit here as a good sign.

>158 ChelleBearss: Don't give up and keep on checking!! It can't hurt, right? Are you getting much sleep these days? How old is Elissa now? I can't keep up! LOL

>159 drneutron: Wow! You must request a book every month! I am hit and miss. It depends on how big the pile by my nightstand is, whether I feel like I can take on an ER book and feel happy about it vs. overwhelmed and pressured. So glad when I participate and I win one thought!!

>160 johnsimpson: I didn't realize the offerings were so limited to the US. Maybe you should bug Tim again...

Sep 29, 2017, 10:10pm Top

>161 EBT1002: Ellen!! How was the first week of students/classes? I will have to check your thread out and get the scoop. Glad you enjoying Fiona--she is strange and wonderful. And, no, I don't think you have to love astrophysics to enjoy the book. A basic love of science will do.

>162 jessibud2: I have not idea what other books DeGrasse-Tyson has written, but as I do love me some science, I will have to keep an eye out for them!

>163 jnwelch: I didn't really enjoy DT when he took over as host for COSMOS, probably because I missed Sagan so much. But I enjoyed his narration of Astrophysics.

>164 karenmarie: Congrats on the recent ER wins!! And I know the feeling about having too many books to read...on the other hand, is that really possible? : ) Glad you are finding your way through the science and I am sure some of it will stick. Ha!

>165 ronincats: Well, it will arrive one of these days!! And I am sure you will enjoy it, since you already like him. : )

Sep 29, 2017, 10:10pm Top

Sep 29, 2017, 10:23pm Top

ER stats?? I've got 83 wins out of 93 batches, though I had to mark my July win as unreceived just now. Of those 83 books, only one never showed up.

I've got one book in hand that needs to be read/reviewed and another which I won earlier this week.

Most of my "wins" were sports, mysteries, or histories.

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>168 Berly: Morning! We were on a great run with sleep, Chloe was doing her normal 8pm-8am and Elissa was sleeping 10-12 hours .... but I knew it couldn't last! lol. Elissa and Chloe were both up multiple times last night. I'm not sure what the deal with Chloe is, she might be starting a bit of scared of the dark routine as she kept waking up and saying it was too dark in her room. I broke down at 6am and gave her a nightlight from Elissa's room but it was too bright and we didn't get back to sleep after that. Back to the drawing board for tonight.
Elissa is three months old now and Chloe is a three-nager :-)

Sep 30, 2017, 11:56am Top

Hey Kim/Beth - Great news on the soccer tie with the #1 team!

Regarding ER wins; I've gotten 43 out of 69 batches. Three or four never arrived. I owe some OLD reviews. I'm working on it... I'm current with all the books I've won this year.

Have a great weekend.

Sep 30, 2017, 11:59am Top

>171 lindapanzo: Another impressive haul, with a recent win, too. : ) Interesting that people are not receiving their wins. Not great numbers, but still. I have one I never received, too. Oh well.

>172 ChelleBearss: Oh no! I feel like I jinxed you by asking about the sleep! Only one of my kids had the fear of the dark thing; it lasted for a long time, but she did fine once we got a night light. She is also my one who loves scary movies now! Go figure.

"Three-nager" -- that's funny! And since I think the Terrible Two's has Changed to the Three's, it is very fitting.

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>173 BLBera: Hi Twin!! Happy Saturday.

43 free books is not bad! I have one "old" book I still haven't read. The reviews on it so far have been meh, which is not motivating me to get to it. I better suck it up though, because I don't want to miss out on the next one I request!!

The soccer boys were pretty happy. Since they had three games last week (one was a make-up for a cancellation during the fire smoke-out), they didn't have practice this morning and my son is happily sleeping in this morning. : )

Sep 30, 2017, 8:17pm Top

Whew! It's October tomorrow, so here is the President Obama reading list...

Choose an author...

October--Additional Authors and Philosophers
1. Langston Hughes
2. Richard Wright
3. Mark Twain
4. Malcolm X
5. Philip Roth
6. Saul Bellow
7. Junot Díaz
8. Dave Eggers
9. Zadie Smith
10. Barbara Kingsolver
11. St. Augustine
12. Friedrich Nietzsche
13. Jean-Paul Sartre
14. Thomas Jefferson
15. Ralph Waldo Emerson
16. Abraham Lincoln
17. Paul Tillich
18. E.L. Doctorow

And let us know on the thread!


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#75 The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey 4.5

A great read for October; I just couldn't wait!! Post-apacolyptic novel set in the US. So much more than the traditional scary book; it also explores what it means to be human and cross-species relationships. A real page-turner!! Highly recommended.

#76 Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus My October Obama Read by Barbara Parks 3.5

A classic childhood book for young readers. This was a trip down memory lane. Parks captures the first day of school jitters perfectly. Funny and Junie B is a rascal. I had no idea the series now has her graduating high school!

#77 The Western Star by Craig Johnson 3.75

Love that this one takes place on a train and is set at the start of Sheriff Longmire's career in law enforcement. Two timelines speed toward a cliffhanger ending and all the favorite characters are on board. If you like mysteries and westerns, this series is for you!

Sep 30, 2017, 8:48pm Top

On to scary book #2 for October: The Grip of It by Jac Jemc, a new release in August...

From the back jacket:

"...a stunning, smart genuinely creepy page-turner that I couldn't put down. It's got depth, thrills, twists, and great writing. One of the few haunted-house stories that sticks the landing." Jeff VanderMeer, author of The Southern Reach Trilogy and Borne (I have only read the latter and I loved it!)

Sep 30, 2017, 9:05pm Top

>169 Berly: I didn't much like DT's redo of Cosmos either. I thought it was all show and no challenge - not that I'm an astrophysicist or anything like that. It just felt skimmed.

On the ER side, I hang my head in shame. 16 out of 170, probably because I am less than prompt with my reviews. I sort of hoard the books, don't read them, and then forget I owe the comment. I will strive to catch up.

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>179 ffortsa: Ummmm. LOL. I am laughing at you, you hoarding, non-reader, non-reviewer you!!

Sep 30, 2017, 9:17pm Top

Another hoarder here wishing you a wonderful weekend, Kimmers!

Sep 30, 2017, 9:23pm Top

Hi Paul! I hope today is going better for you than yesterday. And, yes, you have one of the biggest unread piles I know of!! LOL

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>174 Berly: You are right! Chloe was an angel at age two and these last few months has been, well, a challenge. She is still a sweet little girl but she loves to test her limits right now!

Congrats on hitting 75 books already! Glad to see that you enjoyed The Girl with all the Gifts as I have that on my eReader ready to go.

Oct 1, 2017, 12:03am Top

>183 ChelleBearss: Chloe still looks like an angel though, and she wouldn't be any fun at all if she didn't test the limits.

Thanks for the congrats on hitting 75! I haven't done that this early since the first year I joined LT. Usually I am desperately trying to fit in reading in the midst of the holiday. LOL. Maybe I'll make 100 this year...!

I think you will enjoy The Girl with All The Gifts a lot.

Oct 1, 2017, 1:49am Top

I missed you made 75 Kim. Congrats! Hope the football (soccer) success continues.

Oct 1, 2017, 3:58am Top

>177 Berly: Congratulations on reaching 75, Kim!

Oct 1, 2017, 7:32am Top

>177 Berly: I warbled my butt off about The Girl with all the Gifts after I read it. Glad to hear you felt the same way and hooray for making it your #75 too!!

Happy Sunday, Kim. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Do you have a Patchett to read for October?

Oct 1, 2017, 7:40am Top

Hi Kim, a tie is a good result my dear against a top side and with all the injuries that makes it an even better result. What happened to the coach to give him a concussion and as fort he centre forward having surgery on his thumb and then not being able to play just beggars belief unless any strapping or protection to it could cause an injury to another player. I know they are getting more protective of players to make sure they are ok and don't injure anyone else and it is not professional sport where some players can play with protection on certain injuries. I can remember the great West Indian cricketer Malcolm Marshall playing against England at Headingley (Leeds) with a cast on his left wrist due to a broken thumb, he came out to bat one handed and then bowled the West Indies to victory taking 7for 59. He was a right hand Batsmen and bowled right handed.

There is a good selection of books available sometimes for countries outside North America and maybe I was unlucky but it did put me off, one of them was a well known author Sylvia Day and I was just disappointed that they marked the books as available but then didn't follow through and post the books. As it is I have enough books to be going on with a lots of sources to get books so I am never going to say I haven't a book to read lol.

Hope you are having a good weekend dear friend and send love and hugs from both of us.

Oct 1, 2017, 7:42am Top

What am I like, I forgot to wish you congratulations on reaching 75 books read for the year my dear, I think I am getting to that funny age ha ha. Onwards to 100 dear friend, love and hugs.

Oct 1, 2017, 9:20am Top

>185 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. I am happy to have met the 75 goal--the pressure is off! LOL

>186 FAMeulstee: Anita--I am a happy camper. I am not sure why reading has been easier this year, but yay!

>187 msf59: Mark--I really loved The Girl with All The Gifts. It is definitely one of my favorite reads this year, a perfect book to read for the momentous #75. ; )

As for Patchett, I am in!! In fact, I engineered my RL bookclub read in October to coincide with your AAC thread. We are reading Commonwealth, which I have had on my shelf for a few years. Previously, I have read Bel Canto, The Patron Saint of Liars, Truth and Beauty and they were all 3.5 or 4s so I am really looking forward to this one. I also have State of Wonder and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage waiting for me. : )

>188 johnsimpson: John--The coach got his concussion in practice with the boys--he took a ball to face and got a black eye and only figured out it was also a concussion a day or two later. Poor guy. As for the player who had surgery on his thumb--I am not sure why he is out because we have another player on the field with a broken wrist and he just has to wrap his cast in some bubble wrap so that the other players don't get hurt if there's contact. Who knows? But thanks for the good wishes. We hope the team has figured itself out and will continue to do well.

I am glad you have adequate book sources and wish you lots of reading time today. Happy Sunday!

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>176 Berly: For my October Obama Read I think I am going to cheat a little. I have a copy of The Best of McSweeney's, which is a collection edited by Dave Eggers and I have had it for years, so I think I am going to use that for this month's pick. I have previously read Egger's Zeitoun and The Wild Things, a screenplay of Where the Wild Things Are (my October Obama read), and I really liked both of them.

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Congrats at reaching the magic number, Kim! I am not so sure I will get there but even if not, I continue to inch my way forward.

I may sneak in Where the Wild Things Are, which will be easy enough and give the numbers a nudge. I also do have The Autobiography of Malcolm X but it's a biggie and I find myself in the middle of too many others at the moment so, with the desire to finish what I've started, I may not attempt that one just yet.

Enjoy your Sunday

Oct 1, 2017, 9:55am Top

>192 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. 75 feels good!! I don't always make it. ; )

And I hear you on the reading choices. I have way too much on my plate for October, so I am going to save any Malcom X stuff for later on. Too dense and long for me right now. I won't be able to give it the attention it deserves. I won't make it through McSweeney either, because it is over 600 pages, but as it is a collection, I hope to make a dent in it and I will read the forward by editor Dave Eggers! That counts, right?

Keep inching on!!

Oct 1, 2017, 10:07am Top

Happy Sunday, Berly, and congratulations on reaching 75!

Oct 1, 2017, 10:41am Top

>184 Berly: I'll cheer you on to get to 100!
I have 6 more to go to hit 75! I am shocked that I will hit my goal this year as I really thought I wouldn't get near it!

Oct 1, 2017, 1:18pm Top

>194 karenmarie: Thanks! BAG

>195 ChelleBearss: Frankly, I am very impressed that you are going to make it, too! Its tough o get reading time in with a new kid. Kudos!

Oct 1, 2017, 2:17pm Top

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc. 3.0

I couldn't write a better summary than review I found on LT by flagjohansenh so I am stealing it and reposting it here (with credit):

"This book is an interesting read, it came highly recommended. As a horror reader, I was very interested in the concept. I flew through about the first two hundred pages, it was interesting, engaging, creepy, and I was expecting a big ending. The book, to me at least, falters in the third act. The language becomes very purple as to make it nearly incomprehensible, and if that was the intended effect - the payoff wasn't worth it. I found myself flipping forward more and more to see if the book was going to descend into gibberish because it did feel like it was going that way.

The ending was a standard horror movie ending, the sort of fade to black nihilism that I've come to expect from a lot of horror books these days. It felt like a let down overall. There wasn't a punch, anything that really explained what had been going on. There were all sorts of reasons, all sorts of ideas, and maybe it's just the kind of person I am, but that's not the kind of ending to this book that I had wanted after all the build up.

If you like abstract novels, then this one is for you. For me though, it just didn't stick the landing.
1 vote | flagjohansenh | Sep 27, 2017 |"

The thumbs up is from me. : )

Oct 1, 2017, 2:59pm Top

Congrats on 75, Twinnie. I'll pass on the horror; I get scared.

Oct 1, 2017, 3:04pm Top

>198 BLBera: Mmmmm. You may not like a lot of my reads this month then. Just saying.

Here are the Halloween Themes!

Forbidden Knowledge: Banned, Challenged, and Censored Books

Forgotten Lore: Books which have been on your To Read list for over a year

Creatures Void of Form: Hauntings, Possessions, and Other Intangible Horrors
The Grip of It

Monster Mash: Vampires, Mummies, Werewolves, etc.

True Tales of Terror: Non-Fiction

Fun Size: Short Works

It's the End of the World as We Know It: Apocalypse/Post-apocalypse
The Girl With All The Gifts

Late Night Double Feature Picture Show: Made into a Movie or TV Series

I Believe the Children Are Our Future: Creepy Kids

Sometimes They Come Back...Again: Sequels and Series

Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 5:06pm Top

Congrats on getting to 75. That's 25 per quarter, with a quarter to go. Read those 25, and there you are. Good luck.

Want to weigh in on the ER performance. I'm perfect. Thank you, thank you. Zero for Zero.

Oct 1, 2017, 8:21pm Top

Well done on passing 75 in September, Kim! My reading has been awfully slow this year — I just finished my #56 when I normally read about triple that in a year. It's a good thing this group isn't cutthroat about people hitting the 75 mark, or I'd be out on my ear!

Oct 1, 2017, 8:59pm Top

>200 weird_O: Yup. That's how the math works. If I just don't get derailed (Which frequently happens with the holidays and end of the year at work) I should make 100!

Speaking of 100, your ER rate is 100%. ; )

>201 rosalita: Thanks. If this group was cutthroat I'd have been out years ago! I usually come close and sometimes make it and even made 100...once! But I love the company and the book suggestions, and so far, everyone has been very nice about my stats. I promise to be nice to you no matter what your yearly total is. : )

Oct 1, 2017, 11:26pm Top

Hi, Kim. Congrats, a little belatedly, on hitting 75 books!

Oct 2, 2017, 12:12am Top

>203 majleavy: Aw thanks, Michael!! Love it. : )

Oct 2, 2017, 1:28am Top

Happy October, Kim! And congrats to your son and his team.

Regarding the ERC's, it looks like I won books in 44 out of 46 batches, so that's pretty good. Some have been really good, and some not so much. I thank you for this, because I never bothered to request anything, until you told me to, at our first meet up.

Oct 2, 2017, 1:32am Top

>205 banjo123: Hi Rhonda! 44/46 is an awesome ratio. And look at you...I told you about ER books and now you've asked for and received more than I have! LOL. Free books are a good thing.

Oct 2, 2017, 1:36am Top

>206 Berly: Yes, Free is a very good price, and it's fun to read books before anyone else does.

Oct 2, 2017, 1:43am Top

Exactly. : )

Oct 2, 2017, 8:37am Top

Congratulations on making it to 75!

I am scared by scary books (and movies) generally!

Oct 2, 2017, 1:38pm Top

Berly - thanks for the Thread comment and better that you had read Oliver Twist than Nancy Pearled THE OLDE CURIOSITY SHOP!

On to Nicholas Nickleby...

Oct 2, 2017, 2:00pm Top

>209 sibyx: Thanks! So, are you saying I shouldn't hide behind the door, jump out and say "Boo!"? ; )

>210 m.belljackson: Nice to see you here. I hope you continue your trend of good books with Nickleby!!

Oct 2, 2017, 9:36pm Top

New thread is up!!

This topic was continued by Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #18 .

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