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karenmarie's 2017 reading and occasional other nonsense - part 9

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1karenmarie
Sep 19, 2017, 9:53am Top

Welcome to my ninth thread of 2017. Thanks to all who visit!

October First will be my Tenth Thingaversary!

I joined LT after reading about it on author Joe Hill’s website, anxious to find a good place to catalog my books. I came over, saw how things were organized, and immediately joined with a lifetime membership.

I never dreamed that I’d make so many friends, participate in so many conversations, and get SO MANY book bullets! My reading has expanded thanks to the 75 Book Challenge. I have also, in that time, doubled the number of books on my shelves, from about 2200 to about 4400. I’ve got the bug bad, I’m afraid. *smile*

My goal is to read a minimum of 100 books this year. I’m only at 68 and it’s going to take a big push to get there by the end of the year. I’m up for the challenge, though!







I am reading the Literary Study Bible for the entire year, and am tracking the number of pages read. I'll update it at the end of every month. I'm almost to the New Testament. A testament to my stubbornness, getting this far (Sept. 19, 2017)




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The Treasurer’s job is going well, and my husband and I have accomplished the financial things that will help us out in the next several years. Daughter is living about 3 hours away, working 6 days a week and saving money when she can. She’s once again making go-back-to-school noises, this time for a certificate program in business. She is also now making I-hate-this-job noises, which should facilitate doing something about school. *smile*

My mother, me on the left, my sister Laura on the right. October of last year.



My take on the Pearl Rule:

Karen's Rule "If for any reason you don't want to continue reading a book, put it down. You may keep it, get rid of it, re-start it, never finish it, finish it from where you left off, but put it down." A different way of saying it is that I abandon books with glee if they're not working for me.

Apologies to SuziQoregon (Juli) - I have appropriated your 2016 subject line because I like it so much!

2karenmarie
Edited: Oct 12, 2017, 4:44pm Top

Books read in 2017

01. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling 1/1/17 1/3/17 **** 318 pages hardcover
02. The Stolen Bride by Jo Beverley 1/3/17 1/3/17 ** 269 pages trade paperback
03. The Patriotic Murders by Agatha Christie 1/8/17 1/9/17 *** 211 pages hardcover
04. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie 1/10/17 1/11/17 ***1/2 184 pages hardcover
05. The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories by Agatha Christie 1/13/17 1/14/17 ***1/2 185 pages hardcover
06. American Tabloid by James Ellroy 1/4/16 1/19/17 **** 592 pages trade paperback
07. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham 1/23/17 1/26/17 **** 378 pages Kindle
08. Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell 1/27/17 1/27/17 ***1/2 144 pages trade paperback
09. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham 1/28/17 1/29/17 **** 398 pages Kindle
10. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie 1/29/17 1/30/2017 ***1/2 201 pages hardcover
11. One Good Turn by Carla Kelly 1/31/17 1/31/17 **** 215 pages mass market paperback
12. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 2/4/17 2/5/17 ***1/2 140 pages hardcover
13. The Dutiful Daughter by Vanessa Gray 2/1/17 2/5/17 ** 216 pages mass market paperback
14. Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate 2/6/17 2/7/17 *** 250 pages trade paperback
15. The Crossing by Michael Connelly 2/8/17 2/10/17 ***1/2 388 pages hardcover
16. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly 2/10/17 2/12/17 **** 400 pages hardcover
17. My Dark Places by James Ellroy 2/13/17 2/16/17 **** 427 pages trade paperback
18. Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham 2/17/17 2/19/17 **** 344 pages trade paperback
19. This Thing of Darkness by Harry Bingham 2/21/17 2/24/17 **** Kindle 562 pages trade paperback
20. Bleak House by Charles Dickens 2/1/17 2/27/17 Kindle 830 pages hardcover
21. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 2/20/17 3/1/17 ***** 343 pages hardcover
** The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton abandoned after 122 pages read
22. Warleggan by Winston Graham 2/27/17 3/9/17 **** 471 pages trade paperback
23. The Black Moon by Winston Graham 3/10/17 3/13/17 ****546 pages trade paperback
24. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie 3/14/17 3/18/17 **1/2 214 pages hardcover
25. The Four Swans by Winston Graham 3/19/17 581 pages trade paperback 1976
26. Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear 3/28/17 3/29/17 ****1/2 221 pages
hardcover
27. His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis 3/1/17 to 4/3/17 **** audiobook, 14.75 hours unabridged
28. The Angry Tide by Winston Graham 3/30/17 4/9/17 **** 612 pages trade paperback
29. The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike 4/13/17 4/13/17 12 pages hardcover
30. Amok by Stefan Zweig 4/14/17 to 4/14/17 ***1/2 121 pages hardcover
31. The Stranger from the Sea by Winston Graham 4/9/17 4/17/17 ***1/2 499 pages trade paperback
32. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama 4/3/17 4/19/17 ****1/2 audiobook, 7.5 hours abridged
33. The Big Year by Mark Obmascik 248 pages, 253 pages trade paperback 4/18/17 4/21/17 **** 250 pages trade paperback
34. The Miller's Dance by Winston Graham 4/22/17 4/26/17 **** 485 pages trade paperback
35. The Dead House by Harry Bingham 5/1/17 5/4/17 **** 500 pages trade paperback
36. Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews 5/6/17 5/8/17 *** 402 pages trade paperback
37. The Twisted Sword by Winston Graham 5/9/17 5/12/17 **** 645 pages trade paperback
38. Bella Poldark by Winston Graham 5/12/17 5/17/17 ***1/2 704 pages trade paperback read as e-book on Kindle
39. Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella 5/17/18 5/22/17 ****1/2 272 pages trade paperback read as e-book on Kindle
40. The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah 5/23/17 5/25/17 *** 384 pages hardcover
41. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston 5/25/17 5/28/17 *** 336 pages hardover
42. Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews 5/28/17 6/1/17 *** 582 page mass market paperback
43. Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris 6/1/17 6/6/17 *** 305 pages hardcover
44. A Cup of Light by Nicole Mones 6/10/17 6/12/17 **** 292 pages trade paperback
45. Festive in Death by J.D. Robb 6/12/17 6/16/17 ***1/2 389 pages hardcover
46. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 4/20/17 -5/8/17 and 6/10/17 - 6/22/17 **** audiobook 8.3 hours unabridged
47. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari 3/16/17 6/29/17 ****1/2 416 pages hardcover
48. Home by Harlan Coben 6/29/17 7/1/17 **** 442 pages mass market paperback
49. The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham 7/1/17 7/4/17 **** 454 pages trade paperback
50. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 7/4/17 7/6/17 ***1/2 252 pages hardcover
51. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 7/7/17 7/9/17 **** 538 pages mass market paperback
52. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling 6/23/17 7/14/17 **** audiobook 8.3 hours unabridged
53. An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist by Nick Middleton 7/14/17 7/16/17 **** 240 pages hardcover
54. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood 7/14/17 7/16/17 ***1/2 175 pages trade paperback
55. The Stranger by Harlan Coben 07/16/17 7/17/17 **** 449 pages mass market paperback
56. The Blackhouse by Peter May 7/18/17 7/22/17 ****1/2 479 pages trade paperback
57. The Lewis Man by Peter May 7/22/17 7/25/17 ****1/2 418 pages trade paperback
58. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah 7/24/17 7/27/17 **** 8.75 hours audiobook
59. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon 7/30/17 8/3/17 ** 152 pages trade paperback
60. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves 8/3/17 8/8/17 *** 376 pages trade paperback
61. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 7/14/17 8/11/17 **** audiobook
62. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 7/30/17 8/12/17 467 pages trade paperback
63. A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope 8/12/17 8/14/17 *** 1/2 288 pages Kindle
64. The Late Show by Michael Connelly 8/14/17 8/17/17 **** 448 pages hardcover
65. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty 8/17/17 ****1/2 388 pages trade paperback
66. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 8/23/17 8/30/17 by Ransom Riggs **1/2 352 pages trade paperback
67. The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham 8/30/17 9/2/17 **** 261 pages trade paperback
68. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 9/2/17 to 9/9/17 **** 458 pages hardcover
69. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 9/10/17 9/19/17 ***** 462 pages hardcover
70. Glass Houses by Louise Penny 9/19/17 9/23/17 ** 1/2 391 pages hardcover
71. Jack with a Twist by Brenda Janowitz 9/24/17 9/25/17 373 pages trade paperback
72. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling 8/11/17 9/29/17 **** audiobook
73. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson 9/26/17 9/30/17 208 pages hardcover
74. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout 9/18/17 10/7/17 **** 270 pages trade paperback
75. 1066 and all That by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman 10/11/17 10/11/17 **** 115 pages hardcover
76. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner 10/7/17 10/12/17 ***1/2 404 pages hardcover

Reading:
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt 11/15/16 318 pages hardcover 2012
The Literary Study Bible by Leland Ryken and Philip Graham Ryken 1/1/17 1879 pages hardcover plus 18 pages Preface, Introduction, and Features 2007
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible by James S. Bell Jr. and Stan Campbell 7/23/17 334 pages including Introduction

3karenmarie
Edited: Oct 15, 2017, 10:07am Top

Adds in 2017

January - 18
1. Amazon Gift Card American Blood by James Ellroy suggested by Ameise1
2. Amazon Gift Card The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy suggested by Ameise1
3. Amazon The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood - suggested by SGiV
4. Bookmooch hide and seek by Ian Rankin
5. Friend Louise Killer View by Ridley Pearson
6. Friend Nancy I Am Radar by Reif Larsen
7. Amazon Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
8. Amazon The Assault by Harry Mulisch suggested by Paul C. and Anita
9. Bookmooch A Knife to Remember by Jill Churchill
10. Bookmooch Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost
11. Amazon Quiet by Susan Cain
12. Bookmooch Creation by Gore Vidal
13. Amazon The Three-Body Problem
14. Mom Holy Bible
15. Mom Bottom Line's Secret Food Cures
16. Mom Bottom Line's Best-Ever Kitchen Secrets
17. Mom Bottom Line's Best-Ever Home Secrets
18. Mom Hummingbirds by Esther Qusada Tyrrell and Robert A. Tyrrell

February - 42
19. Amazon Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate recommended by jillmwo Jill
20. Thrift Shop Idiot's Guide to Conversational Sign Language
21. Thrift Shop I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert
22. Thrift Shop Night Film by Marisha Pessl
23. Thrift Shop The United States of Europe by T.R. Reid
24. Thrift Shop Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
25. Thrift Shop Closed Casket by Agatha Christie
26. Thrift Shop Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
27. Thrift Shop Simply Tai Chi by Graham Bryant and Lorraine James
28. Thrift Shop Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky
29. Thrift Shop Apes, Angels, and Victorians by William Levine
30. Thrift Shop My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
31. Thrift Shop Four in Hand by Stephanie Laurens
32. Amazon The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
33. Circle City Books My Dark Places by James Ellroy
34. Amazon Racing the Devil by Charles Todd
35. Friend Karen The Trouble with Islam Today by Irshad Manji
36. Friend Karen Goddesses: An illustrated journey into the myths, symbols, and rituals of the goddess by Manuela Dunn Mascetti
37. Friend Karen The Eagle and The Rose by Rosemary Altea
38. Friend Karen Last Call by Daniel Okrent
39. Friend Karen Wildflowers in Color: Eastern Edition by Walter
40. Friend Karen Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
41. Friend Karen The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
42. Friend Karen Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West
43. Friend Karen Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
44. Friend Karen Jerusalem, Jerusalem by James Carroll
45. Friend Karen Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig
46. Friend Karen The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser
47. Friend Karen Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
48. Friend Karen Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss
49. Uncle Oren - New Testament
50. Thrift Shop - The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
51. Kindle - The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
52. Kindle - This Thing of Darkness by Harry Bingham
53. Kindle - The Dead House by Harry Bingham
54. Amazon - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
55. Amazon - Warleggan by Winston Graham
56. Amazon - The Black Moon by Winston Graham
57. Amazon - The Four Swans by Winston Graham
58. Amazon - The Oxford Companion to the Bible
59. Costco - The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
60. Amazon - The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton

March - 7
61. Bookmooch - The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
62. Amazon - A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
63. Costco - Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
64. Amazon - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
65. Amazon - The Angry Tide by Winston Graham
66. Amazon - The Stranger from the Sea by Winston Graham
67. Amazon - The Miller's Dance by Winston Graham

April - 64
68. Friends of the Library free for donating time - Dead Man's Time by Peter James
69. Friends of the Library free for donating time - The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
70. Friends of the Library free for donating time - Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre
71. Amazon - A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Markup
72. Thrift Shop – You Suck by Christopher Moore
73. Thrift Shop – Mansfield Park Revisited by Joan Aiken
74. Thrift Shop – Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
75. Stasia - The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
76. Amazon – The Miller’s Dance
77. Amazon – The Stranger from the Sea
78. Amazon – The Angry Tide
79. - 123. Friends of the Library Book Sale: 45 books
The 26 Letters by Oscar Ogg
Astray by Emma Donoghue
Enemy Women by Penelope Jiles
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
A Judgment in Stone by Ruth Rendell
Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood
Not Dead Enough by Peter James
Dead Like You by Peter James
Not Dead Yet by Peter James
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
Death's End by Cixin Liu
The Book of Abraham by Marek Halter
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Mass Market Paperback - O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King
Audiobook - Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The Covenant by James Michener
Alaska by James Michener
Caribbean by James Michener
Chesapeake by James Michener
Return to Paradise by ... you guessed it..... James Michener
The Man of Property by John Galsworthy, slipcased
Amok by Stefan Zweig
The Life and Campaigns of Napoleon by M.A. Arnault and C.L.F. Panckoucke - 1852
Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot - 1935 - first US edition with tattered dust jacket
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
Mission to Malaspiga by Evelyn Anthony
The Poellenberg Inheritance by Evelyn Anthony
van Loon's Lives by Hendrik Willem van Loon
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me by Ruth Rendell
The Incongruous Spy by John le Carré - two novels, Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality
The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike with Drawings by Edward Gorey
The Poems of James Russell Lowell
The Library Paradox by Catherine Shaw
The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido
The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Pötzsch
The Missing File by D.A. Mishani
New Orleans Noir edited by Julie Smith
The Kookaburra Gambit by Claire McNab
Wartime Writings 1939-1944 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman
Copper River by Willliam Kent Krueger
The Ogden Nash Pocket Book by Ogden Nash with Introduction by Louis Untermeyer
124. Cordelia by Winston Graham
125. Amazon – Peterson Guide to Eastern Birds by Roger Tory Peterson
126. Amazon – Bella Poldark by Winston Graham
127. Amazon – The Twisted Sword by Winston Graham
128. Amazon – The Loving Cup by Winston Graham
129. Bookmooch - Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith
130. Friend Louise - The Appeal by John Grisham
131. Costco - White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Story of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

May - 6
132. Sanford PTO - Blood's a Rover by James Ellroy
133. Bookmooch - The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
134. Amazon - The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah - Kindle
135. CVS - Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews
136. Amazon Kindle - The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
137. Amazon Kindle - Bella Poldark by Winston Graham

June - 15
138. Diamond Bar FOL Bookstore - Midnight Crossing by Charlaine Harris
139. Diamond Bar FOL Bookstore - A Study in Scarlet/The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
140. Bookmooch - A Cup of Light by Nicole Mones
141. Amazon Kindle - The Man Who Could be King by John Ripin Miller
142. Amazon Kindle - This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
143. Amazon - spill simmer falter wither by Sara Baume
144. Amazon - The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham
145. LT ER book - An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist by Nick Middleton
146. Walgreens - Home by Harlan Coben
147. Thrift Shop - Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
148. Amazon - Making the Mummies Dance by Thomas Hoving
149. Amazon - Lincoln in the Bardo audiobook
150. Amazon - Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
151. Mom's House - Franklin School Yearbook 1949
152. Mom's House - Franklin School Yearbook 1950

July - 23
153. Friend Karen - The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible by Bell and Campbell
154. Friend Karen - Beowulf Translated - Bilingual Edition by Seamus Heaney
155. Friend Karen - Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard
156. Friend Karen - The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner
157. D&K Library - Faith and Works by Helen Zagat
158. D&K Library - You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children by Dr. Seuss
159. D&K Library - Ships by Enzo Angelucci
160. Thrift Shop - Julie & Julia by Julie Powell trade paperback to replace ratty mass market
161. Thrift Shop - Close by Martina Cole
162. Thrift Shop - Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence
163. Amazon - Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
164. McIntyre's - The Stranger by Harlen Coban
165. Amazon - Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
166. Louise - The Racketeer by John Grisholm
167. Amazon - Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
168. Amazon - Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
169. Thrift Shop - The Demon in the House by Angela Thirkell
170. Thrift Shop - The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
171. Thrift Shop - Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb
172. Thrift Shop - A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
173. Thrift Shop - Run by Ann Patchett
174. Amazon - Extraordinary People by Peter May
175. Bookmooch - Good Will Hunting: A Screenplay by Ben Affleck

August - 20
176. Amazon - MASH A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker
177. Thrift Shop - Captain Wentworth's Persuasion by Regina Jeffers
178. Bookmooch - The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
179. Bookmooch - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
180. Amazon - Kindle - A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope
181. Amazon - Kindle - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
182. Costco - The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
183. Costo - The Late Show by Michael Connelly
184. Thrift Shop - Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
185. Thrift Shop - Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
186. Thrift Shop - Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
187. Thrift Shop - The Ravenous Must by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
188. Thrift Shop - A Year with G.K. Chesteron edited by Kevin Belmonte
189. Thrift Shop - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
190. Barnes & Noble - Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
191. Amazon - The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham
192. Colepark Thrift Shop - Night of the Avenging Blowfish by John Welter
193. Amazon - The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
194. Barnes & Noble - Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
195. Barnes & Noble - Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

September - 17
196. Bookmooch - Old Filth by Jane Gardam
197. Amazon - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
198. Chapel Hill Friends of the Library Book Sale - Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
199. Chapel Hill Friends of the Library Book Sale - The Trespasser by Tana French
200. Chapel Hill Friends of the Library Book Sale - Truly Mady Guilty by Liane Moriarty
201. Amazon - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
202. The Book of Love and Hate by Lauren Sanders
203. Amazon - Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
204. Thrift Shop - Moo by Jane Smiley
205. Thrift Shop - Number 11 by Jonathan Coe
206. Thrift Shop - Jack with a Twist by Brenda Janowitz
207. Thrift Shop - November 22, 1963 by Adam Braver
208. Amazon - Glass Houses by Louise Penny
209. Amazon - Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
210. Thrift Shop - The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
211. Thrift Shop - The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
212. Thrift shop - Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

October - 50
213. Bookmooch - Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
214. Amazon - The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
215. streamsong - The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
216. FotL Book Sale - 1066 and All That by W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman
217. FotL Book Sale - A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
218. FotL Book Sale - America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, and David Javerbaum
219. FotL Book Sale - Aristophanes: The Frogs and the Birds by Aristophanes
220. FotL Book Sale - Aristotle and an Aardvark go to Washington by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
221. FotL Book Sale - Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich
222. FotL Book Sale - Burning by Diane Johnson
223. FotL Book Sale - Canadian History for Dummies by Will Ferguson
224. FotL Book Sale - Complete Birds of North America by Jonathan Alderfer
225. FotL Book Sale - Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside
226. FotL Book Sale - Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein
227. FotL Book Sale - Double Negative by David Carkeet
228. FotL Book Sale - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
229. FotL Book Sale - George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
230. FotL Book Sale - Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stwart
231. FotL Book Sale - In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
232. FotL Book Sale - Islam For Dummies by Malcolm Clark
233. FotL Book Sale - J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski
234. FotL Book Sale - Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood by Mary Strong
235. FotL Book Sale - Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman
236. FotL Book Sale - My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber
237. FotL Book Sale - On the Road by Jack Kerouac
238. FotL Book Sale - Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
239. FotL Book Sale - Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple
240. FotL Book Sale - The African Queen by C.S. forester
241. FotL Book Sale - The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
242. FotL Book Sale - The Bird Feeder Book: Attracting, Identifying, Understanding Feeder Birds by Donald and Lillian Stokes
243. FotL Book Sale - The Birdwatcher by William Shaw
244. FotL Book Sale - The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White
245. FotL Book Sale - The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine
246. FotL Book Sale - The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton
247. FotL Book Sale - The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
248. FotL Book Sale - The Fireside Watergate by Nicholas Von Hoffman
249. FotL Book Sale - The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
250. FotL Book Sale - The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel
251. FotL Book Sale - The Minotaur by Barbara Vine
252. FotL Book Sale - The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
253. FotL Book Sale - The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
254. FotL Book Sale - The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi by Jacqueline Park
255. FotL Book Sale - The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
256. FotL Book Sale - The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
257. FotL Book Sale - The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
258. FotL Book Sale - The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
259. FotL Book Sale - This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
260. FotL Book Sale - Three by Finney by Jack Finney
261. FotL Book Sale - Two Lives by Vikram Seth
262. FotL Book Sale - We Hold These Truths by David S. Mitchell

4karenmarie
Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 5:15pm Top

Culls for 2017

1. The Stolen Bride by Jo Beverley Drivel
2. Defining the Wind by Scott Huler I will never read this book
3. Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard started, abandoned
4. Touch by Elmore Leonard bookmooched but won't ever read
5. Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener duplicate
6. Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener triplicate
7. The United States of Europe by T.R. Reid duplicate
8. The Dutiful Daughter by Vanessa Gray too stupid to keep
9. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly duplicate
10. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster duplicate
11. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith duplicate
12. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith triplicate
13. A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey duplicate
14. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie duplicate
15. Angels Flight by Michael Connelly duplicate
16. Anna's Book by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara vine duplicate with Asta's Book
17. Balthazar (Alexandria Quartet) by Lawrence Durrell duplicate
18. Black Orchids by Rex Stout duplicate
19. Clea (Alexandria Quartet) by Lawrence Durrell duplicate
20. Justine (Alexandria Quartet) by Lawrence Durrell duplicate
21. Mountolive (Alexandria Quartet) by Lawrence Durrell duplicate
22. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly duplicate
23. Dinner at Antoine's by Frances Parkinson Keyes duplicate
24. Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell duplicate
25. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift duplicate
26. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift triplicate
27. Cat People by Bill Hayward duplicate (I bought one copy, a friend gave me a second, so I'm keeping the second out of sentimentality)
28. The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton abandoned after 122 pages
29. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler meh didn't want to read
30. The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer got a new trade paperback
31. David Coperfield by Charles Dickens, duplicate
32. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, duplicate
33. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, duplicate
34. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand translation by Brian Hooker duplicate
35. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer duplicate
36. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene duplicate
37. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
38. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
39. Miracle in the Hills by Maqry T. Martin Sloop duplicate
40. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad duplicate
41. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
42. Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith duplicate
43. Roots by Alex Haley duplicate
44. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence duplicate
45. Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling duplicate
46. The Road by Cormac McCarthy duplicate
47. In Search of J.D. Salinger by Ian Hamilton duplicate (kept SGiV's copy)
48. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey triplicate
49. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey triplicate
50. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey triplicate
51. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey triplicate
52. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey duplicate
53. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey duplicate
54. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey duplicate
55. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey duplicate
56. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder duplicate in Thornton Wilder Trio
57. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll triplicate
58. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen duplicate
59. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain duplicate
3-20-17
60. Casual Day Has Gone Too Far by Scott Adams duplicate, given to daughter
61. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers duplicate
62. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers triplicate
63. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers triplicate
64. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers duplicate
65. Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate don't want to keep
66. The Mayor of Castorbridge by Thomas Hardy duplicate
67. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain don't want to keep
68. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy triplicate
69. Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman duplicate
70. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs duplicate
71. The toplofty Lord Thorpe by Kasey Michaels 2.5 stars taking up shelf space
72. The Beleaguered Lord Bourne by Kasey Michaels 2.5 stars taking up shelf space
73. The Ruthless Lord Rule by Kasey Michaels 2.5 stars taking up shelf space
74. The Enterprising Lord Edward by Kasey Michaels 2.5 stars taking up shelf space
3-22-17
75. Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda duplicate
76. Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind by Donald Johanson duplicate
77. the lives and times of archy and mehitabel by don marquis duplicate
78. Lord Peter by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
79. QB VII by Leon Uris duplicate
80. Seabiscuit by Laura Hilldebrand duplicate
81. No Second Chance by Harlan Coben duplicate
82. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff duplicate
83. the Floatplane Notebooks by Clyde Edgerton duplicate
84. Shining Through by Susan Isaacs duplicate
85. Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford duplicate
86. The Woods by Harlan Coben duplicate
87. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles duplicate
88. The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout duplicate
89. The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout triplicate
90. Tutankhamun:The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving duplicate
3/23/17
91. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy duplicate
92. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy duplicate
93. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy duplicate
94. Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown Jr. duplicate
95. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner duplicate, contained within anthology
96. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame duplicate
97. Royal Escape by Georgette Heyer duplicate
98. Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch duplicate
99. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather duplicate contained within anthology
100. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith duplicate
3/25/17
101. The Sherlock Holmes Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle duplicate
102. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
103. Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
104. Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
105. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
106. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
107. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
108. The Balloon Man by Charlotte Armstrong duplicate, contained within anthology
109. The Witch's House by Charlotte Armstrong duplicate, contained within anthology
110. The Gift Shop by Charlotte Armstrong duplicate, contained within anthology
111. The Turret Room by Charlotte Armstrong duplicate, contained within anthology
112. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins duplicate
3/26/17
113. Austenland by Hale, Shannon 2.5 stars
114. The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Brown, Nancy Marie 2.5 stars
115. Einstein's Dreams by Lightman, Alan 2.5 stars
116. The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Slater, Maya 2.5 stars
117. The Great Influenza (The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History) by Barry, John M. 2.5 stars
118. 'Tis by McCourt, Frank 2.5 stars
119. Fire and Ice by Stuart, Anne 2 stars
120. Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe by Rosen, William 2.5 stars
121. Fangs But No Fangs (The Young Brothers, Book 2) by Love, Kathy 2.5 stars
122. Fangs for the Memories (The Young Brothers, Book 1) by Love, Kathy 2.5 stars
123. I Only Have Fangs for You (The Young Brothers, Book 3) by Love, Kathy 2.5 stars
124. The Giver by Lowry, Lois 2.5 stars
125. The Member of the Wedding by McCullers, Carson 2 stars
3/28/17
126. The Assault by Harry Mulisch started it, didn't like it
4/1/17
127. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante started it, didn't like it
4/12/17
128. Astray by Emma Donoghue duplicate
129. van Loon's Lives by Henrik Willem van Loon duplicate
130. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy duplicate
131. Sandy Koufax - Strikeout King by Arnold Hano - will never read
132. Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard J. Carwardine started listening and didn't like the reader's voice and didn't like the tenor of the book
133. The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman - dated, boring
134. Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews - bought in CA, not worth paying to ship home to NC
135. A Study in Scarlet/The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
136. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee audiobook, duplicate, 2nd one purchased better quality
137. The Judas Pair by Jonathan Gash
138. The Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
139. spill simmer falter wither by Sara Baume abandoned yeesh. depressing. And dogs.
140. Julie & Julia by Julie Powell mass market paperback replaced with trade paperback
141. The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner
142. Run by Ann Patchett
143. The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
144. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon blech
145. Ghost Stories from the American Southwest by Richard and Judy Dockrey Young - I took it off the shelf to scan the cover, looked through it, and realized I'd never, ever read it
146. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
147. More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
148. Further Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
149. Significant Others by Armistead Maupin
150. Sure of You by Armistead Maupin
151. Babycakes by Armistead Maupin
152. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
153. The Book of Love and Hate by Lauren Sanders - ER book, blech
154. Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. will never finish
155. Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson will never finish
156. The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman will never read. started audiobook and hated it.
157. Jack with a Twist by Brenda Janowitz - cute little book but I'm going to start culling cute little books to make room for non-cute-little books
158. A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd - duplicate
159. One Man's Bible - by Gao Xingjian - duplicate
160. 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
161. carrie by Stephen King
162. Christine by Stephen King
163. Cold Fire by Dean Koontz
164. Cujo by Stephen King
165. dolores claiborne by Stephen King
166. Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz
167. False Memory by Dean Koontz
168. Firestarter by Stephen King
169. IT by Stephen King
170. Lightning by Dean Koontz
171. Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
172. One door Away from Heaven by Dean Koontz
173. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
174. Seize the Night by Dean Koontz
175. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
176. The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz
177. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
178. The House of Thunder by Dean Koontz
179. The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
180. The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
181. What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz
182. Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz
183. Pay Dirt by Rita Mae Brown
184. Murder at Monticello by Rita Mae Brown

5karenmarie
Edited: Oct 2, 2017, 2:14pm Top

Year-to-Date Statistics through September 30

73 books read.
26591 pages read.
1,468 pages of The Literary Study Bible, 193 pages of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible.
80.35 audiobook hours.

Author
Male 62%
Female 38%

Living 74%
Dead 26%

US Born 40%
Foreign Born 60%

Medium
Hardcover 32%
Trade Pback 36%
Mass Market 8%
Audiobook 10%
e-Book 15%

Source
My Library 95%
Other 5%

Misc
ARC/ER 0%
Re-read 7%
Series 55%

Fiction 86%
NonFiction 14%

Author Birth Country
Australia 4%
Austria 1%
Canada 1%
England 47%
Israel 1%
Japan 1%
Scotland 3%
South Africa 1%
US 40%

Original Year Published
1852 1%
1922 1%
1939 3%
1940 3%
1950 1%
1952 1%
1953 1%
1961 1%
1965 1%
1973 1%
1976 1%
1977 1%
1980 1%
1981 1%
1982 3%
1987 1%
1989 1%
1990 3%
1995 3%
1997 3%
1998 3%
1999 3%
2000 1%
2001 1%
2002 3%
2004 3%
2005 4%
2006 3%
2008 1%
2009 1%
2011 3%
2012 4%
2013 1%
2014 4%
2015 10%
2016 8%
2017 11%


Genre
Anthropology 1%
Biography 1%
Fantasy 10%
Fiction 12%
Geography 1%
Historical Fiction 14%
Literary Fiction 3%
Memoir 7%
Mystery 40%
Nature 1%
Romance 8%
Science 1%

6karenmarie
Edited: Sep 19, 2017, 10:00am Top

A BOOK A YEAR FOR THE FIRST 64 YEARS OF MY LIFE, inspired by Paul Cranswick's list of books for his first 50 years.

The biggest takeaway I get from this list is the number of outstanding books I still need to read - most of the years have outstanding books that I haven't read yet.

2016's A Gentleman in Moscow is still in process, but I know it will be my fav of the year. I've only got 60 pages to go.

1953 Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
1954 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1955 The Day Lincoln was Shot by Jim Bishop
1956 The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
1957 Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
1958 Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
1959 Hawaii by James Michener
1960 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1961 Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
1962 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
1963 Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters, and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger
1964 Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
1965 The Source by James Michener
1966 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
1967 Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen
1968 The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda
1969 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
1970 QBVII by Leon Uris
1971 The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
1972 The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
1973 W.C. Fields by Himself: His Intended Autobiography with Commentary by Ronald J. Fields
1974 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
1975 Crazy Salad by Nora Ephron
1976 Roots by Alex Haley
1977 In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
1978 Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving
1979 Sophie's Choice by William Styron
1980 A Delicate Arrangement : The Strange Case of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace by Arnold C.
Brackman
1981 Lucy: the Beginnings of Humankind by Donald C. Johansen
1982 Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
1983 The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
1984 Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
1985 Lennon by Ray Coleman
1986 The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
1987 And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the Aids Epidemic by Randy Shilts
1988 Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson
1989 It's Always Something by Gilda Radner
1990 In Pursuit of the Green Lion by Judith Merkle Riley
1991 Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
1992 The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
1993 The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
1994 Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
1995 Longitude by Dava Sobel
1996 Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
1997 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
1998 The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
1999 Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
2000 Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
2001 Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
2002 Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murukami
2003 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
2004 11,000 Years by Peni R. Griffin
2005 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2006 The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2007 The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
2008 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
2009 Under the Dome by Stephen King
2010 Room by Emma Donoghue
2011 11/22/63 by Stephen King
2012 The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
2013 Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
2014 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2015 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
2016 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
2017 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

7karenmarie
Sep 19, 2017, 9:54am Top

Open for business! Welcome.

8weird_O
Sep 19, 2017, 9:58am Top

Whoopie!

9jessibud2
Sep 19, 2017, 9:59am Top

Happy new thread, Karen! Lovely picture, above, really!

10karenmarie
Edited: Sep 19, 2017, 5:26pm Top

>8 weird_O: Indeed. Hi Bill!

>9 jessibud2: Thank you Shelley.

11katiekrug
Sep 19, 2017, 10:13am Top

Happy new one, Karen!

12PaulCranswick
Sep 19, 2017, 10:16am Top

Happy new thread, Karen.

207 additions this year is impressive!

13nittnut
Sep 19, 2017, 10:25am Top

Happy new thread! Lovely photo of you with your sister and your mother. :)

14ffortsa
Sep 19, 2017, 10:27am Top

I've read 21 of the 64 books on your one-per-year list, so maybe I've just gained an extra leg on my long tbr list. Then again, the brochure for the Brooklyn Book Festival sank extended that list already past the farthest I could see. Sigh.

Catching up on your prior thread, I realize I left the discussion on monuments rather precipitously. Sorry, so sorry, but we were traveling a bit, and these threads have become another shelf in my library all by themselves. Sheesh. I really need to figure out a way to keep up.

Anyway, happy new thread.

15ChelleBearss
Sep 19, 2017, 11:31am Top

Happy new thread!

16harrygbutler
Sep 19, 2017, 11:48am Top

Happy new thread, Karen!

17SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 19, 2017, 11:57am Top

I'm in!

18RebaRelishesReading
Sep 19, 2017, 12:02pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen. I love you list of books acquired -- may have to consider doing that next year.

19karenmarie
Sep 19, 2017, 12:50pm Top

I will respond to the lovely messages above later today. I'm off to visit neighbor Louise and help her with her computer.

But I must note that I just finished A Gentleman in Moscow, with tears in my eyes, a shocked "Oh, my!" and tingles all over. A stunning achievement.

I will write a review soon.

20johnsimpson
Sep 19, 2017, 4:03pm Top

Happy new thread Karen my dear and thank you for your lovely comments both on your threads and on mine. It is so nice to have so many lovely friends on here and I am so glad I found LT and that Paul Cranswick found me and introduced me to this fabulous group. Sending love and hugs dear friend.

21FAMeulstee
Sep 19, 2017, 4:29pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen!
Still working on the basics of my list, 743 of 1042 done ;-)

22karenmarie
Sep 19, 2017, 6:15pm Top

>11 katiekrug: Thank you, Katie!

>12 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. 207 additions, with one more book sale and Christmas to acquire books. It’s all good.

>13 nittnut: Hi Jenn, thank you. I’m so glad to have it. Sometimes you’re in a stressful situation and blink, the time’s gone by, and you don’t have a photo when you wish you had made the effort. Thank goodness that we made the effort that day.

>14 ffortsa: Twenty one is not bad, Judy, not bad at all. I love lists of books so I can be on the lookout for new ones. Maybe people can get a book or two off this list!

You brought up the pertinent fact that many of the monuments were erected during the Jim Crow era for unscrupulous and manipulative purposes. That was a huge contribution and I thank you for it.

And thank you re my new thread, too.

>15 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! I saw your list and am impressed.

>16 harrygbutler: Hi Harry and thank you.

>17 SomeGuyInVirginia: Gotta have SGiV here! Excellent.

>18 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! I found it to be a lot of fun.

>20 johnsimpson: Hi John! You’re a dear and I’m so sorry things are stressful at the Simpsons. Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

>21 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! Fun, isn’t it?

23karenmarie
Edited: Sep 19, 2017, 6:22pm Top

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
9/10/17 to 9/19/17





The description from Amazon:

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.


I don't know anybody here on LT who is more stingy with 5 star ratings than me, yet here I am, giving my second book of 2017 5 stars.

I surprised myself because I thought after about 20 or so pages that 4.5 stars was a definite possibility. About 100 pages from the end I started considering 5 stars and that's where I've ended up.

If anything, the description from Amazon underestimates, under-describes, and undervalues the beauty and erudition of this book.

There are quotable sentiments on almost every page. People come to life in an environment where simple things rule the day. The depth of emotion of each dialog caused me to have to control myself and slow down, to savor the words, savor the scenes, savor the emotions. You can’t rush through this book. Well, you can, and you will still love it, but you will miss a lot. Guaranteed.

I probably spent 2 or 3 hours simply looking things up – people, events, the Metropol itself, the Kremlin, recipes, clocks, and a dozen other things that because they interested the Count interested me.

He reinvents himself with the harsh sentence of house arrest, determined to not give in to despair, laziness, or to show by even one expression that this is not how Count Rostov expects to live his life.

Explaining any of the plot gives most of it away, so I’ll refrain. Suffice to say that I would love to meet the Count at any time in his life. I’d be impressed and seduced by his presence, wit, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and grace.

24jessibud2
Edited: Sep 19, 2017, 8:35pm Top

>23 karenmarie: - I am happy to report that I still have 4 discs ahead of me. I also have 3 weeks before it has to go back to the library and while I doubt it would take that long, I may savour it and stretch it out a bit... :-)

Now, you have to get to Rules of Civility. Just as a heads-up, if you are prone to petty annoyances as I can be, the book version does not use quotation marks. I have discovered that this makes me crazy. The narrator of the audiobook, on the other hand, is excellent. As good in her role, as the narrator of Gentleman was in his.

25msf59
Edited: Sep 19, 2017, 7:17pm Top

Happy New Thread, Karen. Love the photo with you, your Mom and your sister.

Great review of A Gentleman in Moscow. Big Thumb! It deserves every one of those stars. I plan on reading Rules of Civility in October, if you want to join me. Just sayin'...

26weird_O
Sep 19, 2017, 7:40pm Top

I looked again at your life-book list. Counted 20 that I've read and a bunch more that are sooo familiar that I almost think I've read them. So 20, that's like 30%, right?

I admire your courage in listing all your acquisitions. I dare not do that.

I must try Rules of Civility. A friend I shop with at library sales bought it for my wife; "I know she'll like it." The friend was right; Judi blew through it in three days. I'm sensing the love y'all have for it, so I will give it a read.

27ChelleBearss
Sep 19, 2017, 8:34pm Top

Great review! This sounds like one to add to my wish list!

28Berly
Edited: Sep 19, 2017, 8:57pm Top

Happy latest stylin' thread!!

29SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 19, 2017, 8:57pm Top

>23 karenmarie: And rarely has a review been so powerful that it compelled me to buy the book. I got the audio version, seemed to be smooth a honey.

30drneutron
Sep 19, 2017, 9:00pm Top

Happy new thread!

31karenmarie
Sep 19, 2017, 10:54pm Top

>24 jessibud2: Yay Shelley! Yay AGiM. I have Rules of Civility on my shelves. I think I want to wait a bit before reading it. Not terribly long, just enough to crave something else by Amor Towles.

I started Olive Kitteridge yesterday and Glass Houses today. I think those two will keep me happily occupied for the next several days.

>25 msf59: Thanks, Mark! Since October is just around the corner….. the timing may be right!

>26 weird_O: Good-o, Bill! If you’ve read 20 of those on my list, then we have very similar tastes, I think. There are many of my authors that I didn’t include simply because I didn’t want to choose a mystery as a book-of-the-year, like Lee Child, Susan Hill, and others. And I didn’t include a single romance….. so my list is not truly representative of my reading. In about 10 books or so I’ll have read 1000 since recording them in 2008 here on LT, and at that time I’ll publish some form of that list, either consolidated by author or individual books (gads). All in a spreadsheet, all ready to be sliced and diced various ways.

If Mark makes Rules of Civility a group read in October (hint, hint, Mark!) then perhaps we could work on it together!

>27 ChelleBearss: Thanks Chelle. It’s rich and fun and inspiring.

>28 Berly: Hi Berly! Thank you, my dear!

>29 SomeGuyInVirginia: Wow! Thank you, Larry. That makes me feel good.

>30 drneutron: Thanks, Doc! Chugging away, aren’t I? As always, your dedication to this group is much appreciated.

32majleavy
Sep 19, 2017, 11:26pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen.

Interesting 64-year list. I think The Name of the Rose is my favorite among those you list.

33msf59
Sep 20, 2017, 6:42am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday! Do I see a mini-Group Read of Rules of Civility in our future? Grins mischievously...

34karenmarie
Sep 20, 2017, 7:40am Top

>32 majleavy: Hi Michael! I don't think I can pick a favorite, especially in that two books I've read this year are 5-star. Each book represents something in my life I love or was influenced by. The Name of the Rose is certainly a wonderful book.

>33 msf59: Hi Mark! Thank you. Yes you do. Yes, I think you should create a group read thread. B.A.G.

Today is training the President of the Friends of the Library on how to use the Square reader for our initial foray into accepting credit cards at our next Book Sale, which is October 5,6,7.

Perfect time for me to buy my Thingaversary finds - 10 for 10 years plus one to grow on.

35SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 20, 2017, 9:42am Top

If Rules of Civility is the October group read, I'm in. I put it in my TBR list when I skimmed the first page and the narrator says something like 'It seemed the country cooked up the depression to get back at New York.' That's a great line!

The Fairfax county library systems uses Square, I know because I've paid overdue fees using it. Seems like a pretty good one, but I wonder how much the library actually gets?

36katiekrug
Sep 20, 2017, 10:25am Top

I could probably be persuaded to read Rules of Civility next month, too.... :)

37RebaRelishesReading
Sep 20, 2017, 10:29am Top

>23 karenmarie: Very nice review of A Gentleman in Moscow. I recently listened to the audio of it and enjoyed it very much. I read Rule of Civility a couple of years ago and wasn't too impressed with it, though, I'm afraid.

38jessibud2
Sep 20, 2017, 11:31am Top

>35 SomeGuyInVirginia: - Having just finished read Rules of Civility and warbling about it endlessly, I can promise you that there are many more quotes equally as delightful and thought-provoking! :-)

39karenmarie
Sep 20, 2017, 1:18pm Top

>35 SomeGuyInVirginia: Great, Larry! We just have to persuade Mark to create the group thread.....

We pay a 2.75% processing fee for each transaction, which we think is a good deal. Square has fabulous reporting, hardware, and support. We are anticipating increased sales based on anecdotal info from a sister Friends group.

>36 katiekrug: Yay, Katie!

>37 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba!

>38 jessibud2: Hi Shelley!

40weird_O
Sep 20, 2017, 1:23pm Top

I noticed that Mark is coming around on that group read thingie. I would join. Yes, I would.

41PaulCranswick
Sep 20, 2017, 4:02pm Top

From your previous thread, Karen and your "Lifetime list".

We coincided a few reads including Room and Prince of Tides, the latter of which I really enjoyed.

42EllaTim
Sep 20, 2017, 7:06pm Top

Congratulations on your five star read!

Still on Lord of the flies, in your last thread. Yes, I can see what you mean. I didn't like the book because I felt it was so depressing. But of course as a sociologist you see those kind of things happening, they are real. So, I see what you mean, is what I am trying to say:)

43vancouverdeb
Sep 21, 2017, 1:55am Top

Happy New Thread! I've been looking at your list of books read in each year that you've been alive , as well as Anita's list. At first I thought it would be impossible for me to create such a list, but I started looking and I think it is doable. From what few years I've checked, it's more like which book do you choose? But it will take me some time. I'm a low tech girl like Shelley and I'll end up doing via google and writing things down! :)

44karenmarie
Sep 21, 2017, 7:42am Top

>40 weird_O: Hi Bill! This could be a very nice read. C’mon Mark!

>41 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! I’ve read 6 books on your list – in addition to those two I’ve read Sea of Poppies, The Shipping News, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and The Poisonwood Bible.

>42 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella! In other words, liking the subject of a book isn’t always the main criterion for rating the book. I totally agree with you. Words like powerful, devastating, accurate, lyrical, incisive can often sway a rating. I went back to my spreadsheet and started highlighting books that I considered ‘depressing’ thinking that there might be a couple to prove my point, but I had 6 of them. Still wonderful books, worthy of being on my list, but not easy reads.

>43 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah! Thank you. I did lots of “Ixquicking” – I don’t use Google except for Translate – and the only difference I see between us is that instead of writing things down I immediately put them into a spreadsheet and then manipulated the spreadsheet. Have fun!

I’m very unhappy with Glass Houses with Louise Penny right now. I’ve noticed a progressive deterioration of the quality of writing in her books. I have thought that I won’t read any more, but I persevere. Sigh.

Most of my unhappiness centers around her irritating, increasingly frequent, and failed use of sentence fragments to create drama. Some of them work, like this one from page 2.
It was probably blank, Gamache thought. Or a shopping list. Almost certainly a prop. A wisp of smoke. A shard of mirror.
Some of them don’t, as this one from page 4.
Though Judge Corriveau couldn’t really say what it was, she did know the Chief Superintendent of the Surete should not look like that. While sitting in the witness box. At a murder trial.

I’m up to page 69. So far the book feels clumsy and jerky.

45msf59
Sep 21, 2017, 8:14am Top

>36 katiekrug: "I could probably be persuaded to read Rules of Civility next month, too.... "

>40 weird_O: "I noticed that Mark is coming around on that group read thingie. I would join. Yes, I would."

Ooh, the pressure is mounting. Will he? Won't he? Why the hell not?

46msf59
Sep 21, 2017, 8:16am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. I have the day off but since it will be a steamy 93, (this is September, right?) I think I will remain in the Marky-Mark Man-Cave encircled by books. Smiles...

47karenmarie
Sep 21, 2017, 8:38am Top

>45 msf59: C'mon Mark! Make it so!

>46 msf59: Yikes. 93F and steamy. A very good excuse to stay in the MMMC with books. Have fun!

48nittnut
Sep 21, 2017, 1:16pm Top

Hi Karen. It's pretty warm here today, but not terrible. I can't complain too much about 80's, although the humidity is up again. It's cooler than this time last year.
I've read 15 from your list. :)

49SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 21, 2017, 1:22pm Top

The weather has been great here the past few weeks. Warm, but not hot, and the humidity hasn't been a thing. It's only been in the 60s most night, though.

I'm beginning to see the allure of an all electronic lie-berry. If I hadn't lost so much money buying songs on iTunes and then not being able to access them any more, I'd go digital without a backward glance.

50karenmarie
Sep 21, 2017, 2:35pm Top

>48 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Yes, the mugs are out. I decided to clean and vacuum out the inside of my car, leaving the exterior for another day. I definitely felt the heat and humidity. I came in and rewarded myself with lunch and reading.

I think that I count the books I've read on any list..... 15 is good.

>49 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hey Larry! To not be humid near the Nation's Blah is pretty amazing, I think. Enjoy it!

I absolutely could NOT convert to an all-electronic lie-berry. It would hurt my heart. I love looking at my books.

iTunes, eh? I still have a $25 gift card. Every time I've tried to use it there are problems, so I've given up. In fact, it's missing now but will probably show up in a year or two again when I look through the right stack.

When you decide to go digital can I have your books? *smile*

I'm having a lot of fun writing down things that bother me in Glass Houses, ammunition for my review.

51johnsimpson
Sep 21, 2017, 3:57pm Top

It is wet and cool here but has to pick up tomorrow with a high of 64f, not bad for September here.

52weird_O
Edited: Sep 21, 2017, 4:25pm Top

I going to put up another decade of my list, Karen. Today. I am having fun. Discovery: "Oh, I remember reading that! Hmm, I didn't realize it was published then. I wonder what happened to my copy." And I see a lot of books I want to read, I really do, but when? When? I can get that looking at your list and a Paul's short little list. (He's just a kid.)

Group read comin' up, I hear. Sounds like warbling...

53klobrien2
Edited: Sep 21, 2017, 7:17pm Top

>23 karenmarie: Wonderful review, Karen! I'm in the middle of Gentleman in Moscow and loving every word. I had gotten the ebook from my library and ran out of time (lots of people waiting for this one!) so I bought my own copy! It's a book that I would definitely read again, so didn't begrudge the cost.

Karen O.

p.s. a group read of Rules of Civility: A Novel? Hmm, I think I would like to participate!

54Familyhistorian
Sep 21, 2017, 11:26pm Top

I finally got caught up with your last thread just to discover that you started a new one *sigh*. I can't keep up. Happy new thread. I am impressed by the life years lists you all are working on. I spent so many years reading questionable material that I wouldn't be able to do a list lik that.

55msf59
Sep 22, 2017, 6:56am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Low 90s today. Really? First day of fall? Sighs...

56harrygbutler
Sep 22, 2017, 7:46am Top

Hi, Karen! Happy Friday! It has been busy here, but I think that I'll get a bit more time for reading and LT in the coming days.

57karenmarie
Sep 22, 2017, 9:59am Top

>51 johnsimpson: Hi John! I’d like to have that weather for sure although I think today will be less humid than yesterday. We have beautiful blue skies with a few wispy white clouds rolling by.

>52 weird_O: So glad you’re having fun with it, Bill! I did the same thing, remembering books I’d read. And I did see many that I want/need to read.

Paul is just a kid at 50, isn’t he? When I was 50 I was busy with a 10-year old daughter, working full time, busy with a 47-year old husband (tee hee), and heavily involved in PTA. Now I'm 64, retired, daughter on her own, no PTA. Husband is now 61 and I’m just busy with Friends of the Library instead.

Group read definitely coming up!

>53 klobrien2: Thank you, Karen! It’s good to hear that you love it too. I think it’s a worthy addition to any library.

Mark – another RoC group read candidate!

>54 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! I know, I know – threads keep growing, and it is hard to keep up sometimes. I think you might be surprised at books you’ve read that are ‘worthy’ of being on the list. It’s when the book was published, after all, not when you read it.

>55 msf59: Hi Mark! Thank you. Yay Fall! Low 90s isn’t fair.

>56 harrygbutler: Hello Harry! Thank you. I hope things settle down quickly for you – reading and LT are indispensable.

Today I will be running a few errands – our bank and the Friends of the Library bank to make deposits.
And, for the first time in my life, I’m getting a facial. A spur-of-the-moment decision, should be relaxing and appearance improving.

58SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 22, 2017, 11:45am Top

Group read! Huzzah!

59SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 22, 2017, 2:48pm Top

I had lunch with Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress! I thought it was going to be dull but she's a lot of fun. I was...THIS CLOSE! to telling her about my home lie-berry on LibraryThing and you guys but I chickened out.

I told wait staff that I had food allergies and would only be having beer. But no.

60karenmarie
Sep 22, 2017, 3:19pm Top

Hi Larry!

Yay group read. Pay Attention, Mark!!

I've been pretty successful at group reads this year, so love the idea of Rules Civility.

>59 SomeGuyInVirginia: However did you manage to have lunch with Carla Hayden? How exciting! I would never think a librarian dull.....

You should have told her about LT and us. Me, especially since I'm so extra special..... *smile*

What did you have? What was the event, if it's not top secret?

61m.belljackson
Sep 22, 2017, 4:15pm Top

>54 Familyhistorian:

Now that sounds like a Fun List we could all contribute to: Years of Questionable Reading!

62johnsimpson
Sep 22, 2017, 4:39pm Top

>57 karenmarie:, Today it began with the sun shining and beautiful blue skies but chilly, it warmed up somewhat by mid morning and into the early afternoon before the rain arrived mid afternoon and since then it has been miserable. Tomorrow is supposed to be lovely but I will wait and see if it matches the prediction. Hope you have had a good day my dear and enjoy your facial dear friend.

63karenmarie
Sep 22, 2017, 5:26pm Top

>61 m.belljackson: Fun indeed, Marianne. I need to think about that one.

>62 johnsimpson: Hi John! The facial was quite wonderful, but perhaps not quite worth $102 (including tip). However, it was 'fun money' and all our bills will still get paid. I hope you and Karen are doing well - sending love, healing thoughts for Karen, and hugs to both of you!

64SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 22, 2017, 7:51pm Top

You know, I've never thought it was silly to spend money on pampering yourself at a spa. I've never been to one but I've appreciated some of the amenities at hotels and stuff. Good for you.

No big deal. I was invited to the lunch as the guest of a techie. I've never met a dull librarian and didn't think she'd be dull, but I was afraid everyone would be kind of staid. Not so. She was charming.

65Berly
Sep 22, 2017, 11:55pm Top

Karen--How did I get so far behind on your thread?! Oh yeah. Real Life got in the way. LOL Glad to be caught up here again. Wishing you a happy weekend!

66Ameise1
Sep 23, 2017, 8:35am Top

Congrats on your shiny new thread, Karen. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

67weird_O
Sep 23, 2017, 12:13pm Top

You are so active, Karen. Good. I'm bein' a slug.

68m.belljackson
Sep 23, 2017, 1:26pm Top

>63 karenmarie:
>54 Familyhistorian:

Okay, here's a contender - that book ("dial spelled backward" is the quote that won't quit)
that Helen Gurley Brown wrote.

69karenmarie
Sep 23, 2017, 4:17pm Top

>64 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry. I did feel pampered, so from that perspective it was totally worth it. I’ve compared their gel fill price to where I have been going, and it’s only $10 more. So I’m going to call on Monday to set up an appointment.
For $25: Little storefront in a strip mall next to a Walmart, loud, chemical smelly, shunted from one person to another sometimes, no appointments so you’re at the mercy of their schedule and how busy they are, rushed.

For $35: Beautiful old house beautifully restored as a business, calm music, no chemical smells, an hour of one person’s dedicated time.

I think it’s a no brainer.
I’m glad you had such a good time with not staid people.

>65 Berly: Well, Berly, it’s easy to do! I do it all the time. What I really need to do is post, even if it’s only to say hi, to let people know I’ve been a-visiting. It’s been a good weekend so far…

>66 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! Same to you.

>67 weird_O: Now Bill, I do have my slug moments. We’ll not go into detail about jammie days and frittering away time on YouTube and match 3 games on the computer and my cell phone….. *smile*

>68 m.belljackson: Hi Marianne! I must admit that I did some questionable reading of Cosmo, but never any books by HGB.

One of my most questionable reads, one that I absolutely hated and ranted about at length at book club, was Twelve by Twelve by William Powers. Sanctimonious, self-righteous, irresponsible twaddle.

Speaking of which, I just finished Glass Houses by Louise Penny. Not so bad as all that, and while I didn’t come to love it, I came to appreciate bits of it. Review to follow.

70karenmarie
Edited: Jun 12, 8:30am Top

Warning! If you loved Glass Houses, you will NOT like my review.

Glass Houses by Louise Penny
9/19/17 to 9/23/17





The description from Amazon:

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.

From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.

In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.


This book made me crazy.

When I read on Amazon that 84% of ratings were 5 stars and another 10% were 4 stars, I was flabbergasted. I was also stunned that the average rating here on LT is 4.47 stars. Huh. My paltry 2 ½ stars, Average in my rating system, are in a very serious minority.

At first I was going to write that I finally give up on Louise Penny and whoever wants my 11 of 13 books by her was welcome, but by the end there was enough powerful writing to keep me in thrall for the next installment. Darn it. I’ll probably read the first 300 pages pissed off like I did with this one and then grudgingly admit that it has some redeeming features.

My first complaint is that the book flits in a frenzy among storylines and timelines like a book junkie flits in a frenzy among the genres in a bookstore with a $1000 gift certificate and a 10 minute limit to choose wisely and spend it all. Back and forth in time we go, with apparently unrelated events and storylines only coalescing, for me, perhaps after those first 300 pissed-off pages I mentioned above. I found it difficult to follow.

My second complaint is one I’ve had over her recent books and that is that the writing is just plain terrible in parts.
1. She is trying to be profound but is merely preachy. Example: The actual act of terror created horror, pain, sorrow, rage, revenge. But the terror itself came from wondering what was going to happen next.

To watch, to wait, to wonder. To anticipate. To imagine. And always the worst.

Terrorists fed off threats more than actual acts. Their weapon of choice was fear. Sometimes they were lone wolves, sometimes organized cells. Sometimes the terror came from governments.

And the Conscience was no different. It joined forces with the person’s own imagination, and together they brewed dread. And if they were every successful, they took it one notch up, to terror.


2. I have a theory that she is getting paid by the punctuation mark. Once again there are so many sentence fragments that it makes me wonder where her editor was. Examples: Though Judge Corriveau couldn’t really say what it was, she did know the Chief Superintendent of the Surete should not look like that. While sitting in the witness box. At a murder trial.

The cobrador had found him. And followed him. Hounding him. To his death.

There, on the very edge of the photograph. At the far reaches of her peripheral vision. Just entering her orbit. Stood a cobrador.


**shudder*

3. I think she’s trying too hard. The writing strikes me as overwrought. There were many examples of odd and painful word choices, odd and painful visuals that didn’t work for me. Here’s just one: In his other hand, Olivier lifted the bread knife, its teeth askew.


The plot was rather thin. Gamache’s steadfast adherence to the law and respect for the law are thrown away in this one. The ends justify the means, wrapped up in Gandhi. And can we really believe that the drug cartels were truly broken and Canada and the US safe forever? Perhaps those cartels, but the others mentioned stepped in, I assume, pretty quickly.

There are several mentions of reincarnation and previous lives. All well and good, but does she have to negate her own argument of different relationships in different lifetimes by stating that Gamache and Reine-Marie had only ever been husband and wife?

And so forth.

The book seems to have turned a corner about 90 or so pages before the end with crisp clear writing, detailed scenarios that built the tension, and action and emotions that elicited genuine interest from me. I do care for Gamache, Reine-Marie, Jean-Guy, Annie, Clara, Myrna, Ruth and Rosa, Gabri and Olivier, Isabelle Lacoste. I was worried for them all.

I just found it sad that three fourths of the book was jerky, chaotic, and under-edited, and only the last fourth written as I like to think of Louise Penny’s writing.

I understand that her husband died and that she used writing to help her with her grief. But it would have been a kindness for her editors to have helped her write a better book than this one.

71msf59
Sep 23, 2017, 6:42pm Top

Happy Saturday. Karen. Finally home from the HEAT! Getting ready to head out for dinner with family and yes, beer will be involved.

Sorry, Glass Houses was a disappointment. Most LTers seemed to have really liked it. Bummer!

72PaulCranswick
Sep 23, 2017, 9:38pm Top

>70 karenmarie: I started the first Gamache book a couple of years ago and it didn't grab me. I will go back for a second bite but I am not surprised that occasionally the series will flunk!

Have a lovely weekend.

73LizzieD
Sep 23, 2017, 10:41pm Top

I'm so behind, but I agree with every word you write about Louise Penny, whom I never loved for the reasons you cite, and Amor Towles, whom I adore from *Gentleman*. I'm chuffed that you are another convert! I could certainly join a GR of Rules of Civility, assuming that my mom continues to improve as she has for the past day or so.
Happy Weekend!

74karenmarie
Sep 23, 2017, 10:59pm Top

>71 msf59: Hi Mark! I'm glad you survived such a brutally hot day. The rewards of family and beer and not to be underestimated. Cheers!

I know I'm definitely in the minority on Glass Houses. I didn't mention it above, but I seriously considered giving it two stars. The last fourth of the book brought it back up another .5 stars.

>72 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! I'd have to go back and review them, but I liked the Gamache series for quite a while. I actively disliked the monastery one, and the last several have seriously given me heartburn. I don't know how she will redeem the series, but I'm willing to give her another chance. I want the Louise Penny of the first several books back!

Weekend so far is good. Husband's beloved UNC Tarheels lost to the Duke Blue Devils in gridiron football. Their red-shirted freshman quarterback threw an interception that put Duke back in the lead with 4:04 on the clock, then panicked and got bad coaching and so they lost. I don't particularly care about college ball, but I really want my Panthers to win tomorrow.

We just finished two episodes of Midsomer Murders and I'm going to take Oliver Kitteridge upstairs with me. I liked the first story and am enthralled with the second, but if it's not right for late night, I have a chick lit book I can start, Jack with a Twist. *smile*

>73 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Great minds, eh?

I do hope your mom keeps improving. I'm not an organized-religion person, but you're both in my thoughts and prayers.

We seem to be getting quite a group interested in RoC. Way cool!

75vancouverdeb
Sep 24, 2017, 5:01am Top

Great review of Glass Houses. I confess I read a two or three of Louise Penny's books, but they were just not for me. Adam Gamache ( if I have spelled his name correctly, was just too " full of himself." The villagers were just too eccentric. I'm not really sure why I did not care for the series. The sentence fragments would really drive me crazy too.

76karenmarie
Sep 24, 2017, 7:39am Top

>75 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah! Thank you. Just for the sake of correctness, it's Armand Gamache. The books keep getting more and more self-congratulatory, for sure.

It ultimately boils down to subjectivity. I can't stand the Inspector Salvo Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri, as an example. I also tried the Commissario Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon, had bought a bunch of them at the Friends of the Library Book sale one year, couldn't even finish the first one and gave them all away.

77msf59
Sep 24, 2017, 7:41am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday! I plan to stay indoors today with my books and my Cubs.

Hooray for Olive! I hope you are loving it!

78karenmarie
Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 7:58am Top

>77 msf59: HI Mark! Thank you. Good idea - books and fav sports team indoors on nasty non-seasonal days.

I'm in the second story of Olive Kitteridge although I didn't read any of it yesterday to finish Glass Houses. I'm going to devote time to it today for sure.

The Carolina Panthers are playing at 1 p.m. today, so husband and I will watch that.

I was just getting ready to post on your thread when I saw that you had posted on mine! Here I come a'visitin'.

79ChelleBearss
Sep 24, 2017, 8:19am Top

Morning Karen!

>69 karenmarie: Sounds like you found a great new place for your nails! I'm with you on preferring a nice older house to a mall shop!

Sorry to see Glass Houses frustrated you so much. I agree that she tends to write in sentence fragments when she is trying to build suspense, but that doesn't bother me so I just enjoy the story. Hope the next one is better for you

80karenmarie
Sep 24, 2017, 9:26am Top

>79 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! I'm excited about calling them. I just checked, and they're closed on Mondays so will have to be patient until Tuesday.

When I read something like The cobrador had found him. And followed him. Hounding him. To his death., the rhythm is completely broken up for me and I almost literally grit my teeth in frustration. My English teachers, every single one of them from K - 16, are either writhing in anguish or turning in their graves.

81FAMeulstee
Sep 25, 2017, 6:36am Top

>70 karenmarie: Good review, Karen, I can understand your frustration. I have liked the Louise Penny books I have read. Maybe the translator did a good job, or I care less about language in mysteries as long as the story keeps my interest. But then the publisher only published Dutch translations of book 1, 2, 8 and 9 :'(

82msf59
Sep 25, 2017, 6:54am Top

Morning, Karen. 2 more hot days and then we finally cool off. I think our average temp for this time of year is 71. I will gladly take that.

Hope your Monday goes smoothly.

83karenmarie
Sep 25, 2017, 7:51am Top

>81 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita. That's a thought - perhaps translators clean up her act. *smile* I'm sorry that there are only some translations. Most of the books have good mysteries.

>82 msf59: Hi Mark! It will get to about 85F here today with some humidity. It's definitely warmer than usual. Thank you!

84karenmarie
Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 10:10am Top

Major excitement!

I just saw my first Gray Catbird. I didn't know what I was looking at, but noticed the black cap, black on wings and tail and the rufous spot under the tail. I called Louise, described the bird, and she said it was probably a Catbird. Here's the confirming picture from the Cornell All About Birds website:



Just in the last few days the leaves have been thinning out on the Crepe Myrtle outside of the Sunroom, which is where I sit quite a bit of the day, and that's where I noticed the movement and was able to watch him/her for perhaps 15 seconds or so.

----------------------------
I just read something in The Literary Study Bible that I liked. "Literature portrays the universal through the particular."

Not a new sentiment, not anything I didn't know, but succinct and perfect.

85rosalita
Sep 25, 2017, 10:27am Top

Hi, Karen! I just realized that even though I came over and looked at your Heyer ratings list, I never left a comment — silly me! What I would have said on your last thread if I hadn't got distracted was that we don't seem to agree on many of the individual books, do we? And yet we both enjoy Heyer generally. That's what makes reading so much fun — different people get different things from the same books. :-)

86harrygbutler
Sep 25, 2017, 11:36am Top

>84 karenmarie: Hooray for the catbird! Catbirds are among my favorites, as they are so friendly.

I hope you're having a great Monday, Karen!

87SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 1:29pm Top

You're in the catbird seat!

88weird_O
Sep 25, 2017, 1:47pm Top

I took extra time and looked more closely at your lists of acquisitions and discards in 2017. Holy Moley! You are way ahead of me, especially with the discards. I thought I was launching out of control this month, but now I feel better. At the beginning of September, I hit the local Goodwill for 17 books. Mid-month, a bi-monthly library sale yielded another 27. Then a visit to my birthtown library revealed a $5-a-bag sale was in progress and for a sawbuck I got 21 more! That's, like, 65 books in one month.

And in the same month I've read four (4). Could this be why I'm falling behind? Asking for a friend.

89karenmarie
Sep 25, 2017, 3:20pm Top

>85 rosalita: Hi Julia! We do seem to disagree on individual books, but our love of Heyer shines through. I still remember reading Faro’s Daughter, my first Heyer. I was the poster child for introversion then, and my parents forced me to go to a pool party for one of Mom’s social clubs. Quelle horreur! I took Faro's Daughter and hid in the corner reading as much as I could.

>86 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Their markings are striking and he/she was obliging enough to show me the rufous plumage.

Today is being excessively lazy – reading, talking for over an hour and a half with daughter, sending out a training e-mail to our Square Squad cashiers for the Book Sale Oct 5-7. I was going to power wash the back porch and deck, or at least start, but decided not to. *smile*

>87 SomeGuyInVirginia: I am, Larry, and I'm very pleased with my Catbird Seat. Comfortable chair, good reading lamp, computer, printer, oversize monitor, cat, windows to look outside, and my own outside including bird feeders. What more could I ask for?



>88 weird_O: Hi Bill. This has been a good year for discards, yes. I had a small epiphany and several decisions got made:

1. Most books from now on that I rate 2.5 or below will get discarded and deleted from my catalog. This excepts ER books needed to keep the ER gods happy and books that are part of a series I’m not willing to abandon yet – see my review of Glass Houses as an example.
2. Duplicates/triplicates were reviewed and discarded as appropriate.
3. All books rated 2.5 or lower already on my shelves got discarded excepting for the same rules as above.
4. Various and sundry books that I don’t think I’ll ever read or need to keep for sentimental reasons got and will continue to get discarded.

65 books in a month would probably be unsustainable over the course of a year, but especially during Lie-Berry Sales the books are just there for the taking. Ours is Oct. 5-7 and I always scarf up quite a few.

How many have you acquired this year? I’ve been diligent in adding all my books EXCEPT Kindle books that I haven’t yet read. I should really go back and get them into the catalog. There are probably 159 on my Kindle, 18 of which are cataloged on LT. Sigh.

Let’s see. 65 – 4. This may be a contributing factor as to why you're falling behind. Too much time spent not reading is another one..... *smile*

Tell your friend to go to this link to feel good about owning (or being owned by) books: For the Love of Books

90johnsimpson
Sep 25, 2017, 4:08pm Top

Hi Karen, it sounds like you have had a good weekend my dear and I hope you have a good week ahead. I have managed to get some decent reading in over the weekend in between making sure Karen was ok.

I have added a lot more books this month than I have read but then again that happens most months, ha ha. I am going to try and be good for the rest of the year to get my pages to read back below the million pages but I think it will be into 2018 before that happens.

Sending love and hugs and Karen says hello and thanks you for the lovely messages dear friend.

91karenmarie
Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 5:07pm Top

Hi John and thank you!

I don't know how many pages I have unread on my shelves. Hmmm... perhaps an export to Excel to see how many books I need to find page number counts for and then see if it's worth the effort. I admire your record keeping!

Sending more love and hugs to you and Karen. A special hello to Karen and she's been in my thoughts a lot ever since these problems started. I'm so glad that the surgery is finally over and she can begin feeling better!

92msf59
Sep 25, 2017, 6:39pm Top

>84 karenmarie: Congrats on the Gray Catbird, Karen. Nice looking birds. I have seen quite a few by now. Actually I just saw one on my route, a few days ago but it took me awhile to figure it out, due to the lighting. Black cap is a sure sign.

93FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 26, 2017, 5:35am Top

>89 karenmarie: That is a nice place behind your desk, Karen :-)

I have nearly similair rules for culling my library, except that it is 3.5 stars and below that must go. And books that have won major awards are allowed to stay. So far this year there came 26 books in and 50 books went out.

94harrygbutler
Sep 26, 2017, 6:20am Top

Good morning, Karen!

>89 karenmarie: >93 FAMeulstee: My decisions on getting rid of books are far less systematic at this point: if I didn't like the book, there's a good chance it will go, but I don't regularly cull.

95msf59
Sep 26, 2017, 7:03am Top

Morning, Karen! Last of the HOT days! Hooray! Enjoy your day.

96karenmarie
Sep 26, 2017, 7:50am Top

>92 msf59: Good morning, Mark! They are nice looking and I was rather proud to see him/her yesterday. The picture of my Catbird seat does not show the binoculars kept to the right of my laptop, always available when I see interesting activity or a new bird.

>93 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita. Thank you. When I first retired I sat in the living room curled up on the couch a lot just because I could with no TV blaring. Now I sit in here mostly because it’s better for my back.

Wow. “Allow to stay” is a good phrase. I have 340 3.5 star books on my shelves – I will look through them but a quick scan makes me think I’ll be keeping most of them. Still, perhaps even 10% of the romances might go to new, good homes. That would get my culls closer to my adds for the year.

>94 harrygbutler: Good morning to you, Harry! I only started systematically culling this year after having spent most of last year inventorying my books to keep/get my location tags accurate. I still have 51 books tagged ‘misshelved’, but that’s only 1%.

>95 msf59: Hi Mark! I'm glad you can look forward to cooler weather after today.

I have a funny story. Daughter and I were talking yesterday about WWII documentaries – she spent some headachy-time-on-the-couch watching them on Nextflix Saturday and Sunday – and then I mentioned the really good book/movie QB VII by Leon Uris. She diligently wrote down the title/author and said she might look for an inexpensive edition somewhere. She called back about 30 minutes later with the exciting news that when I let her go through the books-for-cull on the little yellow table she added it to the bag (from April’s visit, I think) she grabbed the hardcover duplicate I had culled and that we had both forgotten about.

Today are Square training for our 'Square Squad' cashiers for next week's FOL book sale and the arrival of husband's birthday present. His birthday is in February and once we got some financial matters resolved, and he found the exact TV and waited for a good price, we ordered it two weeks ago. Now that the second, undamaged one got sent to the third party delivery/setup company, it is supposed to arrive today between 3 and 6 p.m. here at the house. I received a detailed e-mail this morning (husband wrote it last night). Here are some of the instructions, bless his heart. He knows that I am not a TV/receiver/satellite techie:
If you have to get a pic other than the 'turn on' display that will be there, then after HDMI is hooked up, turn on the Onkyo Receiver, it will take about 20 seconds to fully boot up, you will hear a 'click' when it is ready.

Ask the guys who delivered it to turn the TV on if not already and select input HDMI-2. If they are gone there may be a simple 'input' button on the LG's remote... you can hopefully select HDMI-2 with that.

On the Onkyo remote on the very top row, hit the Remote Code button that is labeled RCV. This tells the remote to operate the Onkyo receiver.

Now hit the CBL/SAT button (2nd row, 2nd from left). This selects the Satellite input. If the Satellite receiver is on (green led light lit on the front of the sat receiver), then hopefully you have a picture. If there is no green light on the Sat receiver use the Sat remote to turn it on.

97m.belljackson
Sep 26, 2017, 1:25pm Top

>96 karenmarie:

Longing again for those Good Old Retail Days when you could buy a TV,
ask somebody strong to carry it home,
plug it in,

and...turn the Off/On knob to ON!

and it went ON!

98msf59
Sep 27, 2017, 6:59am Top

Morning, Karen! 74 today! Yah! I may be spotted skipping out on the route. I hope no one reports me.

99harrygbutler
Sep 27, 2017, 7:01am Top

Good morning, Karen! How did the training and the TV installation go?

Plenty of birds around, but nothing particularly unusual at the moment.

100rosalita
Sep 27, 2017, 7:27am Top

>96 karenmarie: I consider myself to be pretty tech-savvy (though more with computers than TVs, I guess) and your husband's instructions made me dizzy! I'm sure you fared better than that, though.

101karenmarie
Edited: Sep 27, 2017, 8:15am Top

>97 m.belljackson: Oh yes, Marianne. As recently as when I moved to NC 26 years ago I had an old Sears portable color TV. At that time husband had a 35" whatever, which was pretty much state of the art.

Our downstairs TV setup totally intimidates me. On the rare occasions I want to watch something downstairs, say tennis, I push buttons until I get what I need. Husband usually comments on what I've done.

>98 msf59: Mum's the word, Mark! Your secret's safe with me. *smile* Enjoy the cooler temps.

>99 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! We about killed ourselves getting the old one down on Monday night. Husband realized he wouldn't get to watch TV yesterday morning, but he watched the news on his cell phone.

It went fine. Three guys were here all of 30 minutes, and that included having them take the old one upstairs to the media room. I sent several pictures to husband, two of the TV and one of the box which he wanted left.

I didn't do any of his instructions - I was too intimidated - and the delivery guys only confirmed that it wasn't damaged and when plugged in turned on.

He was concerned that there wasn't a set up menu, but when he got home he switched inputs to HDMI2 (?) and everything was fine. He was shocked at how fabulous the picture was straight out of the box and said this was the worst it would ever look and it looked damned fine to me.

Then he had fun learning the menus and the most exciting thing was when he learned that he could go into "mouse" mode, which allowed him to move a pointer around the screen as we move a mouse on our computers. We watched 2 episodes of Midsomer Murders and the quality of the picture was stunning. This is before switching to the 4K HDMI cable. He's very happy. That makes me happy.

The training went okay, but most of these folks are old-fart seniors with old iPhones who didn't know how to do anything on them. I'm not an iPhone person (I use a Droid Maxx 2) so couldn't really help. And then a couple of the people had tablets of one sort of another. The biggest issue was that one woman had set up Square for herself a long time ago to run a yard sale (!) and when we test charged $1, it went to her own account. I know more now about how to train these folks and Thursday should go somewhat better, I think.

Bird-wise it's mostly the usual suspects here too.

>>100 rosalita: As I wrote above, I didn't do anything, really. I did turn the receiver on just in case it somehow magically started talking to the TV but no dice, so waited 'til husband came home. *smile*

Today is an at home day. I have to do some Friends of the Library check writing, decompressing, and general house stuff. Reading of course. I don't think it will be a hammock day as it's supposed to get to 90F.

I just had my first sip of coffee and, as always, it's sublime.

102ChelleBearss
Sep 27, 2017, 8:06am Top

The new TVs can be rather annoying with the amount of options they have! It too me a long time to be able to remember the different buttons to press to get what I want. I think I have it all figured out now though

103karenmarie
Sep 27, 2017, 8:16am Top

Hi Chelle!

Even the small set up I have in my Retreat - TV, receiver, blu-ray player - sometimes winds me up, especially if I haven't used it for a while.

104ChelleBearss
Sep 27, 2017, 8:25am Top

>103 karenmarie: When Nathen moved out of his parents house he had to leave them instructions for the DVD player just like your hubby left for you. After all these years they still have the instructions!

105karenmarie
Sep 27, 2017, 8:36am Top

>104 ChelleBearss: Ha. That makes me smile. I also have written instructions on how to operate the generator when utility power goes off that included photos of the breaker box and what things to flip when. *smile*

106SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 27, 2017, 9:58am Top

One of these days I'm going to buy a tee-bee, I really would like to watch movies at home. We got an 80" model installed in our conference room, and the other day I went in there to try and see if I could stream The Walking Dead on it. All I managed to do was get CNN, and then I couldn't turn it off. I think one of the night cleaning people turned it off.

107karenmarie
Sep 27, 2017, 10:07am Top

>106 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Tech Larry! I can just see you, startled at CNN and then exiting stage left when you coudn't turn it off.

You could break down and get a tee-bee. You won't become a TV slave or zombie, right? You will still read books, acknowledge and play with Parker, go to work, visit your Dad? TV won't become your heroin? *smile*

I must admit that I like having the option to watch a movie or sporting event or series. And now that I'm retired I don't get as upset when the TV is on all evening and all weekend and I have to hear it when I'd rather have silence. I have glorious, consistent silence during the weekdays.

There is so much streaming video now, either free (Amazon Prime) or Netflix (daughter bought Netflix and is sharing with us!). On Nextflix we are watching Midsomer Murders and were (finally) able to watch The Blacklist, among other things.

108karenmarie
Sep 27, 2017, 10:16am Top

In the excitement of the New TV last night, I didn't open the box from Amazon.

I'd forgotten that I pre-ordered Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King, and here it is! In my catalog and here's the description on Amazon:

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.


I want to start it today. Perhaps after reading the prophet Zephaniah for my Bible-as-Literature year long read and a chapter of Olive Kittridge. Maybe a bit of laundry started too so I won't feel so guilty.

109ChelleBearss
Sep 27, 2017, 12:13pm Top

Mine arrived today! It's HUGE!! I'm not sure when I'll get to it but I love King so hopefully soon

110karenmarie
Sep 27, 2017, 12:40pm Top

It is huge. 700 pages of reading goodness. Strange. Amazon (or more likely Scribner, the publisher) lists it as 720 pages, but the physical book is 700 pages with an Author's Note on pages 701-702.

I just did some book inventory work on location tags S01-S04. Found one on S03 that my catalog showed on S22, found several that got assigned the wrong media - HC for PB, PB for HC, and one PB that was coded E-book.

I think this is when they added media and willy-nilly assigned things. This will be the first time I go back through and fix it for every book, probably by the end of the year.

111m.belljackson
Sep 27, 2017, 1:41pm Top

>108 karenmarie:

Sleeping Beauties sounds similar to what happened the night of September 26th in Midwich, Wiltshire.

112FAMeulstee
Sep 27, 2017, 3:08pm Top

>107 karenmarie: I have glorious, consistent silence during the weekdays
And that is so good, Karen :-)

I have silince every morning and sometimes a bit of the afternoon, as my husband needs way more sleep than I do. When he works (two nights a week) he leaves at 21.15, comes back in the morning and sleeps until I wake him at 14.30. At those times I read the bulk of my readings.

113ronincats
Sep 27, 2017, 5:07pm Top

>89 karenmarie: I've acquired 57 books this year, Karen, read 27 of them, and only sent 26 out the door so far. I have a separate collection on LT for deaccessioned books, which takes care of the nasty ER reviews problem and also keeps me from rebuying books I've already had and ditched. Also a collection for Read but Unowned, mostly for library books. So My Library should only be books I actually have on my shelves at any given moment. Should.

If it's not something I am going to enjoy rereading or an ongoing series that I like, I am getting rid of most of my recent acquisitions after I read them. I am much more attached to my paperbacks from the 60s and 70s and 80s that would be hard to replace or to find in the library at this point.

Oh, and I don't count Kindle books as acquisitions unless I paid something for them. Although I do add them to My Library if I read them.

114msf59
Sep 28, 2017, 6:59am Top

"I'd forgotten that I pre-ordered Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King, and here it is!" Congrats!

^I am attending an author event tomorrow night, with both of these guys. It will be great to finally see and hear The Master in person. I will get my copy then.

Morning, Karen! Sweet Thursday! Last work day of the week for me. Yah!

115karenmarie
Edited: Sep 28, 2017, 7:29am Top

>111 m.belljackson: Hi Marianne! Midwich Cuckoos sounds intriguing. I was going to buy it, assuming that Amazon would have it for $01 plus $3.99 shipping, but it seems more collectible than that and I’ll have to hope to find it at a thrift shop somewhere or perhaps even at the FotL book sale next week.

>112 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Yay for you. You’re such an amazing fast reader that I can hardly imagine how many books you’d read in a year if you didn’t just cram most of it into two days a week!

On top of financial straits when husband was out of work July 2016 – January 2017, he was Always Home. And the TV was Always On in the living room. And I’m a serious introvert. Every day was exhausting, simply because husband is an extrovert and drained all my energy every day. Not intentionally, not consciously.



>113 ronincats: That’s a wonderful stat, Roni, 27 out of 57.

I don’t get books from the Library and haven’t done so for more than 35 years. The last time I consistently used a library was when I lived in Connecticut from 1976-1980. I’ve been in book acquisition mode ever since, with a serious case of BAD (book acquisition disorder) starting when I joined LT. *smile*

You’re like me in that your Library only has books you have on your shelves – except that I have the ER books that I’ve ditched tagged as such. ERR, ER book, ER books not owned. ERR is a location tag (meaningless here since they’re not in the house but in the location tag format of 3 characters to be consistent). This set of tags applies to 9 of the 26 ER books I’ve received. I’ve kept the other 17. It is irritating to have to keep them in my catalog, but I didn’t think about a separate account for them and now it’s way too late.

I’m getting more diligent about not keeping recent acquisitions, but not consistently. I’ve already decided to get rid of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry after I finish it even though it’s a brand new, shiny copy. I love lots of my old paperbacks, too. Here’s one of my most cherished. I bought it in 1979 and got Rita Mae Brown to sign it in 2009.



Good way to keep track of Kindle books. I’ll try to be more diligent in doing that too.

>114 msf59: Good morning, Mark! I remember your saying that you would get to go to the author event, now that you mention it. In fact, I think I pre-ordered it after reading your message! You’ll have to report back.

I’m glad it’s ‘Friday’ for you! You’ve got cooler weather now, too, right?

Today I have to train 2 of the last 3 people to use Square readers for our upcoming Book Sale. One them, Sue, is a member of the Board and the Membership chairman and she and I will go to lunch afterwards. Then tonight is the Presidents Film Series at the Library, the last of 6, and I’ll set up the Friends of the Library membership table. It’s a win-win for me – potentially getting new members and having a table in front of me to rest my arms on and not having to sit next to people (see above, introvert).

116harrygbutler
Sep 28, 2017, 7:49am Top

Good morning, Karen!

I go through cycles of using the library. I'm doing so fairly steadily at present, chiefly to get books from academic publishers that likely have little rereadability for me and often quite high costs. I'll pay quite a bit for a book, but only if I expect to get use out of it; collections of scholarly essays on a topic of mild interest don't fall into that category. I've made some attempts to get out-of-print popular fiction via library channels as well, when the books are difficult to find even online, but have quite limited success on that score. That simply reinforces my desire to hold onto any books I do buy unless I'm absolutely certain I'll not wish to reread them in the future.

117karenmarie
Sep 28, 2017, 8:01am Top

Hi Harry!

We just cross posted.

I should use our library since it's free, I'm a member, and I'm Treasurer of the Friends of the Library, but I'm not pursuing any scholarly endeavors. I definitely am not getting rid of old fiction just to get rid of it - only duplicates at this time and daughter gets first dibs on them. She'll have to deal with all of my books eventually, but for now she's liking the idea of creating her own library.

I remember the days where an entire semester's worth of books for college cost less than $100 - and getting close to $100 was a serious budget strain!

My downstairs tbr shelves are filling up again. I think I need to put not-frequently-needed reference and ntbr (not to be read) books in the Parlour. I will need to get daughter out here to help me, because she's young and strong and can go up and down ladders easily. 'Reference' and 'ntbr' and even some 'read' in the Parlour, more room on my tbr shelves downstairs. A huge project, I'm afraid. I need to entice daughter to come out here again, soon.

118m.belljackson
Sep 28, 2017, 9:40am Top

>115 karenmarie:

Karen - abe.com has copies, some Very Good, in the $4.02 range for The Midwich Cuckoos.

It does sound like a strange old fun one and likely Paul will have some comments.

119streamsong
Sep 28, 2017, 1:03pm Top

Hi Karen:

I'm curious as to why you don't check out library books. My mom was a grade school librarian, and after she retired, she said she just didn't want to handle books that had been handled by so many other (possibly unclean) hands. And so she gave up on library books, although she did use the giveaway/trade shelves in her retirement community.

I use the library a lot as I am trying to cut down the size of my own library. I purchased 21 books at the FOL sale on Tuesday so I'm now up to 56 books acquired this year and 503 in my physicalTBR collection. I've never kept track of pages, but if I estimate 300 pages per book, that would be 150,000 pages which is daunting, but no where near a million that >90 johnsimpson: confessed to!

I know I need to purge more; there are books that I know I'll probably never read in the piles.

But for now, I'm off to the Montana Book Festival and I know I'll acquire a few more! I'm planning on buying two for sure; we'll see how many others follow me home.

Why oh why is there so much pleasure in acquiring interesting books?

120ronincats
Sep 28, 2017, 7:54pm Top

I think it helps that I live in a large city with a huge library that almost always has the books I hear about here and which usually buys the ones I suggest. Ever since the system-wide catalog went online, I've been an avid user. The first thing I do when I get a book bullet here is go check if it is in the catalog online. And now I can even keep a wishlist on my account for books I want to get to later (because I already have 6 books checked out and 4 more on hold which means they are on their way (or not--the highly touted A Gentleman in Moscow has me #217 in line for 71 copies)). And it has certainly helped me cut back on book purchases, which is good because I have NO shelf space. At all. 40 of my 114 books read this year have come from the library. 2779 books in my library. I have 111 of those tagged Kindle, so the rest must be physical. I'm thinking about doing a separate collection for ebooks, but haven't done anything about it yet.

121harrygbutler
Sep 29, 2017, 6:14am Top

>117 karenmarie: Hi, Karen!

I almost certainly wouldn't use libraries so much were it not for my more academic reading; the relentless focus on the new means that they generally have little to offer someone who prefers older works.

I need to do some reshuffling of books myself. I'm tentatively planning to add some wall-mounted shelves in our back room this fall, and if I do, I'll have to clear the two rather flimsy bookcases there, which will provide an opportunity to shift things about.

Enjoy the day!

122karenmarie
Sep 29, 2017, 9:13am Top

>118 m.belljackson: Hi Marianne! I’ve used AbeBooks before but I never realized you could get free shipping. I just found a copy in “As New” condition and got it for $4.02 with free shipping. Thank you! I’ll have to start using AbeBooks more frequently if there aren’t good choices on Prime. Or perhaps even first…..

>119 streamsong: Hi Janet. Why I don't use the library.
  1. I am fickle and want instant gratification.
  2. I like to see them, touch them, hold them, and know that they are there if I want to read them. We sacrificed a bedroom for a Library when we built this house, with two walls of floor-to-ceiling shelves, and I like to keep them filled. We added shelves in the Sunroom, and Parlour. “If you build it, they will come.” Books, that is.
  3. Our local library is small, and physical books are, with the exception of classics and bestsellers, not always found. The closest large library is 45 minutes away and I’d have to pay for an out-of-county library card. Mitigating factor: I’ve just started looking at the e-book resources at our library and will get a little tutorial on how to use them from the Reference Librarian when I go over there next time. There might be an opportunity there for some of the more questionable book club books. There are six of twelve that I would probably have liked to get as an e-book, realized I didn’t like it, return it, and save the money.

150,000 pages is daunting. I downloaded my catalog, found my ‘tbr’, and used the Pages column to find out the number of pages I have to be read. I’ve put in 250 pages for books with 0. 635,000 pages for me. John’s still the ‘winner’, although I’d be interested in how many unread pages paulcranswick has. Paul?

I hope you find lots of books and get up to 160K unread pages!!!

Why oh why is there so much pleasure in acquiring interesting books? See #2 above.

>Hi Roni! Large city with huge library might change my approach, always excepting #2 above. I use tags to identify where a book is physically, and my Kindle Books have “Kindle” instead of a physical location, so they’re easy to identify. I should probably change to “e-book” because I’ve gotten a couple from Verso, although they're on my Kindle. You can also identify e-books by Media type, too.

>121 harrygbutler: Perfectly understandable, Harry. That’s actually one of the reasons I don’t use libraries so much – I don’t always want current books.

New shelves! Reshuffling! Fun stuff.

I plan on having a fun day. Play around here for a while, read more OT in the year-long Bible-as-Literature project, read a bit of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, then process memberships for Friends of the Library (hereafter to be referred to FoL). I’ll probably go to the bank for FoL because I have 37 checks to deposit and can also get the status of our cash order for next week’s book sale. I might, just might, stop off at the thrift shop to see if there are any good books….. *smile*

123SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 29, 2017, 11:21am Top

I've found that rural lie-berries in Virginia can be very spotty. Some are huge and well stocked, and others are almost afterthoughts.

124m.belljackson
Sep 29, 2017, 11:24am Top

>122 karenmarie:

It's weird that there's still a contrast between Abe and Amazon since I read that Amazon now owns Abe.
(What ever happened to Sherman Anti-trust?!)

Tech question: having long ago recognized that the LT instructions for getting a photo sent to a Thread from my computer
are beyond my skills, I'm wondering why it is so easy to send a photo on other sites...?

Example > A group of Aetna Insurance senior subscribers were invited to join their new site with Q&A and Conversations.
Some of the Conversations (rewarded by Amazon certificates!) required a photo contribution.

Most of us demurred, but were encouraged to try the new system =
Click UPLOAD which then goes to
the subscriber's stored photos.
Click on photo and it appears on their site.

(No idea how they can access our photos so quickly, but likely insurance companies know more secrets
about us than we know about ourselves.)

125msf59
Sep 29, 2017, 3:04pm Top



^Palm Warbler

Happy Friday, Karen. I saw several palm warblers, along with a few other different types of warblers this morning. A good bird day.

Trying to bookhorn in some reading, before my evening festivities.

Hope your day is going well.

126SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 29, 2017, 9:53pm Top

I swung by the grocery store after work and parked in front of this kind of stunted parking lot tree, maybe 12 feet high. When I came back 15 minutes later it was CRAMMED with birds and they were tweeting like mad. Really loud. I couldn't see what kind they were, even though they were only a few feet away, but I'm guessing sparrows? I was kind of amazed they were making such a racket in such a tiny tree. Do they just congregate there and then go somewhere else, like bar hopping?

I've got a bug. I'm going to prop up a bunch of pillows and listen to an audiobook.

127Berly
Sep 29, 2017, 11:09pm Top

>69 karenmarie: "What I really need to do is post, even if it’s only to say hi, to let people know I’ve been a-visiting."

Here I am !! Congrats on the new Sleeping Beauties. I love King and this one sounds great. : )

128karenmarie
Edited: Sep 30, 2017, 3:01pm Top

>123 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Our library is not unreasonable for a town of 2000. It was built in 2009, replacing one built in the 1970s. I spent 15 minutes with the reference librarian yesterday and think I can figure out e-books now. I might be able to save money on books I think I won’t like but usually buy for book club.

>124 m.belljackson: I didn’t know that Amazon owns Abe, perhaps that’s why the free shipping.

I don’t send photos to any other website, so find LT’s a tad cumbersome but don’t have anything else to compare it to.

The Aetna site probably defaults to your default pictures folder. I bet it might be a tad difficult to upload a photo embedded in a folder in your documents or videos folders.

>125 msf59: Ooh, Mark, pretty birdy! Your busy day is filled with all good things – birds, books, author event. And what an author event! The Maestro himself.

>126 SomeGuyInVirginia: We’ll turn you into a birder yet, Larry! Here’s a website to look for them: All About Birds

I hope you’re feeling better this morning. Bugs are bad.

>127 Berly: Hi Berly! Nice to see you here. I’m going to finish up Astrophysics for People in a Hurry this morning (keep fingers crossed) and probably start Sleeping Beauties.

This afternoon I’m going to go to the spa where I got my facial and have them remove my gel nails and replace them with SNS.

129karenmarie
Sep 30, 2017, 9:19am Top

This coming Sunday starts the new Playmakers Repertory Season at the Paul Green Theater in Chapel Hill, NC.

It looks like an exciting season. Here are some details:

October - The Cake
BY BEKAH BRUNSTETTER
DIRECTED BY JEFFREY MEANZA

With cake so good you could take a nap in it, a surprise lesbian wedding, and a reality show announcer whose narrative style can get a little too personal, this sweet comedy just might make you laugh until you cry. Frosting will fly as Della tries to figure out how her faith and her love for family can co-exist.

November - Sense and Sensibility

BY KATE HAMILL based on the novel by Jane Austen
DIRECTED BY TAIBI MAGAR
A GOSSIP-DRIVEN COMEDY OF REASON AND ROMANCE

Playwright Kate Hamill gives us a fresh, comic take on Jane Austen’s beloved novel. This eminently theatrical adaptation follows two radically different sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—in the wake of their father’s death, as they face wave after wave of dance partners and dinner parties amid an English society mad for gossip.

December - Dot
BY COLMAN DOMINGO
A DIZZY, DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY REUNION TO REMEMBER

This holiday season, the Shealys dare you not to laugh as they reconnect around their aging mother in the heart of a West Philly neighborhood, where they find that losing your memory and losing your mind are two completely different things.

February - The Christians
BY LUCAS HNATH
DIRECTED BY PRESTON LANE
A BIG-LITTLE PLAY ABOUT FAITH IN AMERICA

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront, but his new ideas about the nature of salvation may just turn his congregation of thousands back into a congregation of one. In this probing new play, Lucas Hnath invites us to explore how our own uncertainty can help us live compassionately among those who don’t share our beliefs.

March - Molière’s Tartuffe
ADAPTED BY DAVID BALL
DIRECTED BY SAHEEM ALI
A COMEDY OF RELIGIOUS PROPORTIONS

The man of the house has lost his mind. He has been blinded by the counterfeit zeal of a penniless scoundrel who fully intends to make off with his wife, his livelihood, and probably the kitchen sink. This modern interpretation of Molière’s most popular play is as intense and incisive as the day it was written, and just as entertaining. Theatre’s most devout conman returns to PlayMakers after 25 years.

April - Leaving Eden
BY MIKE WILEY
MUSIC & LYRICS BY LAURELYN DOSSETT
DIRECTED BY VIVIENNE BENESCH
A NORTH CAROLINA FABLE FOR TODAY

Acclaimed playwright Mike Wiley returns to PlayMakers with singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett to explore, through words and music, the cyclical nature of human behavior. A story of racial tension, immigration, and economic crisis in a small North Carolina town—this unearthing of yesterday yields a hopeful hymn for our future.

130weird_O
Edited: Sep 30, 2017, 11:17am Top

All the talk about shelving and unshelving books, libraries, techie dreams. Yowza!

I visited my birthtown library on Thursday and actually borrowed three books. For my wife. Louise Penny. For myself I bought a bagful of used books for $5. Fourteen books. In lieu of shelving—no unoccupied shelves in the house—I am reduced to stacking them on the floor of my hermitty hole. Hoarder. But a proud hoarder.

Around here, you have to have a library card to get a library card. Since the school district in which I live doesn't have a public library, I have to pay to get a card in most neighboring districts. The small library in the town of my birth (about 40 miles from where I live) only requires you to be a resident of Pennsylvania to get a card. So that and nostalgia. We lived two blocks from the library (and the librarian was our next door neighbor); I could walk there by myself and sign out books.

I also have a card at the Kutztown University library. It's a state college. The problem with these libraries is that they want the books back. What!?? You want it back?

Oh, the horror.

131SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 30, 2017, 2:54pm Top

>126 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha! We'll see. I spotted a heron in a creek outside of Sperryville at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains a while ago. I was really surprised because I wouldn't have thought they'd take to such cold water coming down off the mountain. I see them here fairly regularly.

How did you get involved in bird watching? You've got a good place to do it where you live!

132karenmarie
Sep 30, 2017, 3:18pm Top

>130 weird_O: Hey Bill!

It’s all fun stuff. Of course it’s only fun because I have shelf space. Thank God our daughter lives on her own and I could take over her rec room. I’ve got an additional 60 linear feet for books and some shelves are stacked two- and three-deep up there. My unread books are single stacked in the library and the sunroom. Except that my sunroom is beginning to get backed up again with unread books that are now getting double stacked.
My plan to put reference and “not to be read” books in the Parlour might start as early as mid-October after the FotL Book Sale next week. That way I can move more books from the library to the parlour and more unread books from the sunroom. What!?! Sometimes I scare even myself.

Yes, Libraries want books back. Sad, isn’t it? I never get them back in time and then owe them money. Sigh. They even want e-books back.

>131 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yay heron. Of course, there are six different herons on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website....

I have to admit that my husband got me interested in bird watching although I’ve taken it to the next level in the last year or so. I didn’t care in California when I lived there and didn’t care in Connecticut when I lived there. But husband has always had bird feeders up and over the years I’ve become more and more interested in what’s been using them. And hummingbird feeders were a natural when we built this house 19 years ago – I don’t remember having them at our other house.

Also, my neighbor Louise has sparked my interest. And yes, a very good place to see birds. If I actually went outside and down to the creek or sat in the pastures, I’d see many more. Louise has some Rosy Grosbeaks visiting but they haven’t come over here – they seem to like flat feeders or trays, and I have perch feeders set up.

Today, for example, there’s a new bird on the sunflower feeder on the front porch. Black and white wings, white breast with black vertical streaks. I could swear I saw a pink or purple tinge to crown and throat, but the angle was wrong and the feeder in the shade. Louise can’t recognize it from my description, and I can’t find it on the website. I’ll have to look through one of my books and hope it pops out at me.

Husband has friend Dwain over to ooh and aah over the TV. Dwain’s been waiting for my husband to get the new TV so he can immediately go out and buy a bigger one – that’s just how Dwain operates – but he won’t be able to get a bigger 4K OLED without chunking out significant money, and he won’t do that so husband will probably retain 4K OLED bragging rights for a while. I’d say it was amusing, except that I do it with my books, which makes BOTH of us prideful.

I just finished Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Review possibly to follow.

133FAMeulstee
Oct 1, 2017, 3:34am Top

Happy 10th Thingaversary, Karen!

134msf59
Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 7:41am Top



-Swamp Sparrow, (saw several of these cute guys yesterday)

Happy Sunday, Karen. Happy Thingaversary! The big 10, eh? Congrats.

135johnsimpson
Oct 1, 2017, 7:59am Top

Happy Tenth Thingaversary Karen my dear, congratulations and hope you are having a great weekend dear friend.

136karenmarie
Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 8:54am Top

>133 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! I just got onto LT and noticed my badge – I’m so happy to be here with all you dear people. I Love LT and will briefly, again (‘cuz I’ve done it on my threads and elsewhere) share How I Found LT:
As a member of Book of the Month Club I was bad at returning the card to tell them to NOT send their featured book. One day Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill showed up. Sigh. I read the book, loved it, and went to Joe Hill’s website, where he had a link to LibraryThing. I joined with a lifetime membership that very day. My primary goal was to catalog my books, but of course it’s so much more!

>134 msf59: Good morning, Mark! Sweet. Thanks re Sunday and especially my 10th Thingaversary. I’m rather proud of having been here 10 years now. I absolutely can’t imagine my life without it and all of you guys.

>135 johnsimpson: Hi John! Thank you. I am having a great weekend so far. Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

I will be rewarding myself with books during the FotL Book Sale October 5-7. I'll also get to pick out a free book tomorrow when I go help set up fiction and mysteries, and possibly Wednesday night when I help set out Children's books. Plus book sale staff members get 2 free books during the course of the sale. I'm getting excited.

Today is going to be very busy with the first play of the Playmakers Repertory Company of Chapel Hill with friend Louise, The Cake see message 129 above. We have lunch before, so we’re gone from about 11 until about 5:30. I’ll have 45 minutes to get caught up with husband, then head out to book club to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow, which I’m really looking forward to. Our hostess, Jacque, is preparing Latvian Pork Stew, mentioned several times in the book. I even found Amor Towles’ recipe for it on the internet and will be interested to see if that’s the one she uses. Not usually a fresh pork eater, but I'm sure it will be delicious.

137EllaTim
Oct 1, 2017, 9:02am Top

>136 karenmarie: Congratulations on your tenth Thingaversary. A very respectable time to be here!

And a happy busy Sunday, the program sounds good.

138PaulCranswick
Oct 1, 2017, 9:13am Top

Glad to see that your weekend is going so swimmingly, Karen. xx

139karenmarie
Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 9:33am Top

Thank you, Ella! I joined LT two years and a month after it went live - it was a perfect time for me.

I've gotten the tickets out for The Cake and need to transfer ID, credit cards, and cash to my ratty non-leather crossbody clutch. I need to buy a new crossbody clutch, and am considering a splurge on this RFID one from Levenger:



And I just pulled Rules of Civility off my shelves in anticipation of Mark starting a group read thread. Hint hint, Marky-Mark!

140jessibud2
Oct 1, 2017, 9:41am Top

Happy thingaversary, Karen. I don't really know how that works but congrats, anyhow! Enjoy the theatre!

141karenmarie
Oct 1, 2017, 10:00am Top

Hi Shelley!

You can earn Helper Badges - visible on your Profile page if you scroll down and look on the right. There are 5- and 10-year Thingaversary badges for being on LT that long and various other badges. In 2020 there will be those lucky folks who earn 15-year Thingaversary badges for joining LT in 2005, when it started. I have earned a Helper badge for uploading custom covers, as an example. People earn badges for participating in the SantaThing events, reporting bugs that get fixed, and etc.

You joined LT on March 31, 2013, visible on your Profile page, so you will receive your 5-year Thingaversary badge next March.

142jessibud2
Edited: Oct 1, 2017, 10:16am Top

>141 karenmarie: - Wow, who knew, lol! I *officially* joined in 2013 but only really began to participate in 2015, I think. Thanks for that explanation!

143SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 1, 2017, 1:35pm Top

Happy LT anniversary, Karen! You're a dear friend, and you're interesting, and I am genuinely happy to have you in my life.

144Berly
Oct 1, 2017, 2:04pm Top

145ronincats
Oct 1, 2017, 2:06pm Top

Happy tenth Thingaversary, Karen! You joined LT exactly 23 days before I did!

146ChelleBearss
Oct 1, 2017, 3:24pm Top

Happy 10 years!!


147karenmarie
Oct 1, 2017, 5:17pm Top

>142 jessibud2: You're welcome Shelley.

>143 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thank you, Larry! Ditto, ditto, and ditto.

>144 Berly: Thank you, Berly!

>145 ronincats: Cool, Roni! Happy early 10th Thingaversary.

>146 ChelleBearss: Thank you Chelle!

The Cake was belly laughs and poignant. Definitely worth the price of admission; well done with an extremely clever set and only four characters who all grew up a bit by the end.

I'll be leaving in an hour for book club to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow.

148karenmarie
Edited: Oct 13, 2017, 6:24pm Top

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
9/26/17 to 9/30/17





The description from Amazon:

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.


The first paragraph terrified me. I thought, “If the rest of the book is like this, I’m sunk.” Fortunately there are enough chapters that I could wrap my mind around to make reading this book a pleasure. The ego took a bit of a beating every once in a while, but all in all I’m better off for having read it. I appreciated Tyson’s occasional sly jokes and his comparing things that did not seem comparable.

Here is a bit of the book that I just read and said “Huh?”
p. 23: During the quark-lepton era the universe was dense enough for the average separation between unattached quarks to rival the separation between attached quarks. Under those conditions, allegiance between adjacent quarks could not be unambiguously established, and they moved freely among themselves, in spite of being collectively bound to one another.
Here’s a bit of the book that made more sense, probably because it’s related to history and logical cause and effect:
pp 96-97: The gravitational waves of the first detection were generated by a collision of black holes in a galaxy 1.3 billion light-years away, and at a time when Earth was teeming with simple, single-celled organisms. While the ripple moved through space in all directions, Earth would, after another 800 million years, evolve complex life, including flowers and dinosaurs and flying creatures, as well as a branch of vertebrates called mammals. Among the mammals, a sub-branch would evolve frontal lobes and complex thought to accompany them. We call those primates. A single branch of these primates would develop a genetic mutation that allowed speech, and that branch - Homo sapiens - would invent agriculture and civilization and philosophy and art and science. All in the last ten thousand years. Ultimately, one of its twentieth-century scientists would invent relativity out of his head, and predict the existence of gravitational waves. A century later, technology capable of seeing these waves would finally catch up with the prediction, just days before that gravity wave, which had been traveling for 1.3 billion years, washed over Earth and was detected.
Finally, I appreciated his discussion of the cosmic perspective: ”The cosmic perspective flows from fundamental knowledge. But it’s more than about what you know. It’s also about having the wisdom and insight to apply that knowledge to assessing our place in the universe." He then enumerates its attributes and finishes with ”The cosmic perspective not only embraces our genetic kinship with all life on Earth but also values our chemical kinship with any yet-to-be discovered life in the universe, as well as our atomic kinship with the universe itself.”

Powerful stuff.

149rosalita
Oct 1, 2017, 8:02pm Top

>136 karenmarie: Happy Thingaversary, Karen! I just love your LT "origin story". I'm a big fan of Joe Hill and it tickles me that it was he who led you to us.

>148 karenmarie: I'm afraid my brain has passed the "sell by" date for taking in such complicated scientific stuff, but I remain fascinated by the concepts even if incapable of really understanding them. I've decided to just chalk it all up to "magic" and just enjoy the fruits of so many smart people's labor. :-)

150jessibud2
Oct 1, 2017, 8:46pm Top

>148 karenmarie: - Well, I'll consider that you've read it for me. I think, like Julia, I will just believe what he says and be grateful that someone understands that stuff, even though it's not me... :-)

151jnwelch
Oct 1, 2017, 9:06pm Top

Hi, Karen.

I’m glad you took on Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, and found things to like about it. I’m a deGrasse Tyson fan, and love all the cosmic stuff (especially, these days, the dark matter and dark energy no one can figure out). But I know it’s not for everybody.

Sounds like I enjoyed Glass Houses more than you did. I know going in that every plot is going to be preposterous. But I love Three Pines and Armand and Rene and all the other characters.

152Berly
Oct 1, 2017, 9:19pm Top

>148 karenmarie: Glad you enjoyed it!! That troublesome paragraph about the quarks...just think of it as a big crowd of people milling about, but within the group are couples (who have stronger attractions to each other) only you can't tell who is with who because they are all moving about in close quarters. LOL

I thoroughly enjoyed Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. : )

153karenmarie
Oct 1, 2017, 9:45pm Top

>149 rosalita: Thank you, Julia, twice. I’m a mostly fan of Joe Hill – I didn’t particularly like Twentieth Century Ghosts because I’m not fond of short stories as a rule. Horns and Fireman were definitely worth the read.
LOL “sell by” date for such complicated scientific stuff.

>150 jessibud2: You’re welcome, Shelley – I’m glad to have taken one for the team. *smile*

>151 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I’m a serious Book Abandoner, and didn’t abandon this one. I envisioned it as a binary system – each chapter being a 0 or a 1 – either understandable or out of my league. It worked for me for some reason. I did like the concept of dark matter being Einstein’s lambda – his biggest mistake becoming reality and his newest biggest mistake denying lambda. Delicious.

Tonight on the way home from book club Diane said how much she loved Glass Houses and I sort of mumbled that I liked the story but was getting tired of the deterioration of LP’s writing. I was in the back seat, so this didn’t gain much traction….. I love Armand and Jean-Guy and Clara and Ruth and Rosa. Other characters are good too, but those are my favorites. I would so love to have seen the exhibit of Clara’s paintings from this book.

>152 Berly: Me, too. Enjoyed it, that is. I was actually going to cull the book when there were several 0 chapters in a row, but have decided that I am fond enough of it to keep it around. I didn’t mention in the review that I loved the physical size and feel of it. It’s very small and cute. Good visual about couples.

Book club was a good discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow although one of the women who has been in Russia thought it rather inauthentic. I said it probably was, but that I chose to suspend disbelief. She did say she loved the book, though, as did everybody else who read it. For some reason the other Karen hadn’t read it – she retired in January but is very flakey and she reads even less of the books than I do. I at least start them, dislike them, and THEN stop reading them – she just doesn’t get them finished in time for the meeting.

Tomorrow is getting ready for the book sale that starts Thursday – making sure fiction is in fiction and mysteries are in mysteries and never the twain shall meet. I get a book for my volunteer time tomorrow. Yay.

155msf59
Oct 3, 2017, 6:43am Top

Morning, Karen. Glad the book club went well. The Count would make for a good discussion.

Another book sale? Enjoy!

156karenmarie
Oct 3, 2017, 8:41am Top

Good morning, Mark!

The Book Sale is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I'll be a customer for the first two hours, then Treasurer for the next 23.

Fiction offerings seemed low this time, but everything else seems crammed to the gills.

157weird_O
Oct 3, 2017, 10:34am Top

I'd love to hit your library sale, Karen. But my wife won't give me the car keys. Sorry.

>154 karenmarie: Oh you statisticians.

>6 karenmarie: I'm going to strip down your life list to just the books I too have read. Yes. I. Am.

158Berly
Oct 3, 2017, 10:52am Top

Happy Tuesday! (Nobody pays attention to this poor day.)

159weird_O
Oct 3, 2017, 10:54am Top

21 of 64. Not quite a third.

1953 Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger ✓
1954 Lord of the Flies by William Golding ✓
1955 The Day Lincoln was Shot by Jim Bishop ✓
1959 Hawaii by James Michener ✓
1960 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ✓
1961 Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger ✓
1962 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey ✓
1963 Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters, and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger ✓
1969 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ✓
1972 The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty ✓
1974 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara ✓
1978 Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving ✓
1979 Sophie's Choice by William Styron ✓
1988 Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson ✓
1993 The Shipping News by Annie Proulx ✓
1995 Longitude by Dava Sobel ✓
1997 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling ✓
2000 Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis ✓
2002 Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murukami ✓
2007 The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon ✓
2011 11/22/63 by Stephen King ✓

160souloftherose
Oct 3, 2017, 2:02pm Top

>23 karenmarie: You're not the first person I've seen singing the praises of A Gentleman in Moscow recently, Karen. I would reserve it from the library but I already have Towles' first book, Rules of Civility on order for the group read later this month so I will just look forward to A Gentleman in Moscow after that :-)

>70 karenmarie: I'm a way behind in the Penny series but I think some of your criticisms are present in the earlier books too (although not to such a great extent). So far it hasn't affected my enjoyment of the books too much but it has been a while since I've felt like picking up the next one in the series.

And belated happy tenth thingaversary!

161karenmarie
Oct 3, 2017, 3:49pm Top

>157 weird_O: It’s too bad, Bill, because we have a really good one. We don’t let anybody pick over it first and we get great donations, mainly from a wealthy little retirement community nearby. I saw some of the books as I was helping in fiction and mystery yesterday, and there were a few that caught my eye. I’m going to go over to classics first, though, because that’s where the dealers DON’T go because they can’t use their handheld scanners.

>158 Berly: Thank you, Berly! I thought it was Wednesday for a confusing hour or so first thing, giving Tuesday even more disrespect.

>159 weird_O: Not bad, not bad. But there are 65 books on that list – I counted A Gentleman in Moscow for 2017 even though the year’s not over. *smile*

>160 souloftherose: Hi Heather! I’ve wanted to read it for almost a year, ever since we added it to our book club list for October. I waited until September to read it so I could talk intelligently about it at the meeting. It was so hard to wait because I, too, seen lots of praise here on LT for it. I’m hoping that Mark creates the group read thread for Rules of Civility soon. (hint, hint, Marky-Mark!)

I don’t think I’ve ripped into Penny as much as this time. I do admit that every time I open a new book of hers now I am almost looking for Her Sentence. Fragments that Make. Me Crazy. I wonder if I’ll buy the next one? Maybe if I find it at a thrift shop or book sale for a couple of bucks, but I think I’m done with buying new, even at Amazon good prices.

Thank you re my 10th Thingaversary. I’m still stunned at how wonderful LT is.

162johnsimpson
Oct 3, 2017, 3:58pm Top

Hi Karen, hope you have a really good book sale my dear, I am hoping to be really good this month. Although I picked up four Yorkshire Cricket yearbooks this morning they do not count to my TBR pile or my pages to be read figure as they are just part of my Cricket book collection.

Hope you are having a good day dear friend and send love and hugs.

163SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 4, 2017, 9:20am Top

I want a swag report!

164karenmarie
Oct 4, 2017, 10:57am Top

>162 johnsimpson: Hi John! I read about your potential score on your thread - One Pound Fifty each instead of the normal 5-10 pounds..... Yay. I'm hoping to score a few good books, for sure. *smile* Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

>163 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yes, sir! I hope to have some good swag to report.

Well today's been interesting. I requested a deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure from the mortgage company on Mom's house in August, hadn't heard from them, called a week ago, they said it hadn't been transferred to the right department and I would hear from the agent it was assigned to "soon", and since I hadn't heard from her, called this morning. Apparently they had an inspection to confirm that the house was empty and the inspector reported that it wasn't based on meter readings and a car in the driveway. I've been paying the utilities on purpose because nobody told me to shut them off, and a nice neighbor has been parking his Volvo in the driveway to keep the house from looking abandoned.

Sigh. So I shut off the utilities this morning and will call my sister to get the phone number of the neighbor who is parking his car there. Fortunately I found some rent money in an envelope in a box, from one of mom's free-loaders (oops, boarders), so looks like the final bills can get paid without further cash infusions from husband and me.

165msf59
Oct 4, 2017, 11:00am Top

Morning, Karen. You must not have looked at my thread close enough, earlier. The Rules Group Read is up. Stop by and visit.

Light rain falling at the moment. We NEED it.

166weird_O
Edited: Oct 4, 2017, 2:47pm Top

>161 karenmarie: Yeah. I saw how you slipped that one in here. But 2017 isn't over yet, so making the claim is premature.

Book pickers: I saw a herd of them at the first several sales I went to at Bethlehem. They'd fill a box and stash it with the cashiers, then head back to the shelves with an empty one. Buying three or four boxes full. I believe the library had sidelined them from the first hour. I haven't seen them at the last several sales I've been to. Maybe I'm not paying attention.

>164 karenmarie: Reading of your adventures travails in disposing of your late mother's house makes me glad I don't have to deal with that. But my children will. It'll require a fleet of dumpsters to empty my precious holdings from the house.

167FAMeulstee
Oct 4, 2017, 5:30pm Top

>164 karenmarie: I hope this means your responsebility for the house is going to end soon, Karen.
I am not sure if I understand right: shut off utilities, like water and electricity?

168karenmarie
Edited: Oct 5, 2017, 4:41am Top

>165 msf59: Missed it, Mark, sorry. I've posted over there - I'm in.

One of the women at the bank said today that we need the rain and I said we can have rain after the book sale. She could order it for Sunday. She smiled.

>166 weird_O: I have a total of 7 books that are rated 5 stars, out of over 4,400. I guess I'm pessimistic that I'll have another 5-star read this year published in 2017. But you're right, you never know. If so, I'll have to choose between them and eat crow if Lincoln in the Bardo doesn't 'win'.

Our sale allows anybody with money to buy our books. That includes dealers, because the goal of the sale is to make money to provide things for the library. The Friends doesn't care who buys them, as long as they get bought. As an individual book buyer it irritates me at how arrogant they can be and pushy they are, wielding big plastic tubs through the aisles, but they buy hundreds of dollars worth of books for their used book stores, and even LTers love used book stores, so I've learned to let it go. One of the big draws of our sale is that the books are not picked over by private member sales before the sale starts, so we do get a lot of dealers.

My goal is to eventually pare things down enough so that daughter is only overwhelmed and not gobsmacked.

>167 FAMeulstee: Yes, Anita, the responsibility will end very soon. You're right about utilities - water, gas, electricity, and trash/recycle pickup.

I went over to the Library to give the cash needed for the cashboxes to one of the members of the Book Sale/Sort team, so now it's his responsibility. I trained the last Square user, helped set up childrens' books and for my efforts got a free book - oops! It turns out that I already had a copy of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry on my shelves from my in-laws. Sigh. I'll take it back tomorrow and put it back on the sale shelf.

169msf59
Oct 5, 2017, 6:38am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. More rain forecasted, here and there for the next couple of days. It would be nice if we could just get a downpour and get a real good soaking.

Sorry, you couldn't finish Truth & Beauty. I am really enjoying it.

170m.belljackson
Oct 5, 2017, 3:11pm Top

>169 msf59:

Madison got lucky 2 nights ago with the barely 20% rain prediction filling the coffers -
more - in the 90% range! - is predicted for Friday and Saturday so you should get yours too.

171SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 5, 2017, 4:22pm Top

I've spoken with used book store store owners who have horror stories about other, always larger, dealers. It's a dog-eat-dog world, I guess. One family who travels nationally will sit their daughters on the tables they haven't gotten to yet, and the girls will spread their skirts out wide to cover as many books as possible. If anybody complains or tries to shift their skirts, they'll scream that they they're being assaulted. The fix for that is to just get someone monitoring the sale and tell them that the tables can't take that weight and they're liable if the child should fall and he hurt. Child-free books presto!

For me, I take quiet satisfaction in how really miserable the dealers always seem when they're scanning books, compared to the readers. Simple joys.

172Familyhistorian
Oct 5, 2017, 5:37pm Top

Best of luck with the book sale, Karen. I hope you end up with some good books that aren't on your shelves.

173LovingLit
Oct 6, 2017, 4:44am Top

I can't believe you joined LT so soon after its inception! How cool it that, to be one of the early uptakers!!
Good luck reaching your 100 for this year, I will be lucky to get to 50 at my current rate.

174karenmarie
Oct 6, 2017, 6:47am Top

>169 msf59: Hi Mark! I hope you got some good rain yesterday.

>170 m.belljackson: Rain for you, too, Marianne! I don’t want rain until Sunday, and it’s looking like I might get my wish. It’ so much easier to manage a book sale without rain.

>171 SomeGuyInVirginia: We haven’t had any tricks played by dealers like that – it wouldn’t be tolerated, for sure. Our dealers did their usual – large tubs blocking the aisles (but not bad enough to claim fire hazard, darn it), pull books out-scan-toss back-incorrectly, throw books into tubs. *shudder*

We generated $13,233 yesterday. And that includes $7020 in credit card sales and the $193 fees for processing those credit card charges. It is amazing, considering that even expensive books that we could have gotten more for were only $3 for hardcover and $2 for trade paperback. We also apparently had 650 blu-ray DVDs. I personally got 2 signed first editions (Two Lives by Vikram Seth and Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart). Normally we would have charged $5 or $7 each, but this is our 20th anniversary of book sales so there was no special pricing.

The dealers mostly looked stressed, but a couple of the old-timer dealers actually talked about books and were very pleasant.

>172 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! I’ll post my swag on Sunday, when I have a chance to breathe!

>173 LovingLit: Hi Megan! Thank Book-of-the-Month Club for sending me a book I didn’t want by an author I didn’t know, who happened to be an LT member and posted the link on his website! Serendipity.

It will be a stretch to get to 100, but I’m actually on target. I need to read some light-weight and/or not-chunkster books. I’ll get two more automatically at the end of the year when I finish the Literary Study Bible and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible, so only have 25 to go!

The joy of the 75 Book Challenge group is that we don’t care how many books we read by the end of the year. It’s the journey and the friends, eh?

175m.belljackson
Oct 6, 2017, 10:23am Top

>174 karenmarie:

Hope YOUR rain has held off (unless it can fall just on the incoming Dealers!) -
just wanted the best to end Wisconsin and Illinois near droughts.

176richardderus
Oct 6, 2017, 4:08pm Top

>1 karenmarie: Hiya Horrible. I came back late. *smooch*

177ronincats
Oct 6, 2017, 4:22pm Top

Wow, great numbers on the book sale, Karen. Looking forward to seeing your swag.

And looking who's lolloping around the threads!

178richardderus
Oct 6, 2017, 4:26pm Top

>177 ronincats: "lolloping" LOL

179johnsimpson
Oct 6, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Hi Karen, looks like the book sale is doing well my dear and I dare say you have a good book haul to divulge to us all. Hope the rest of the sale goes as well.

I am like you my dear in that I don't think I will reach 100 books for the year but I will try and get as close as I can. I am 10 books read behind you but about 500 pages read in front of you so our figures for the year may be close. Sending love and hugs dear friend.

180karenmarie
Edited: Oct 6, 2017, 10:23pm Top

>175 m.belljackson: It did hold off, Marianne, which was good for the sale. Maybe a few showers tomorrow and Sunday. I’m glad you’ve gotten some rain.

>176 richardderus: No. Wait. RD? Our darling Richard? I’m SOOOO glad you’re here! Smooches back to you from your own dear Horrible! Oh My. Be still my heart.

>177 ronincats: Thanks, Roni! I’ll probably post books tomorrow or Sunday – I did get a few more today at half price day. Tomorrow is $5/bag day. We’ll see if any leap out at me since I can cram perhaps 20 or so into a bag…..

Ain’t it grand? RD himself.

>178 richardderus: *big smile*

>179 johnsimpson: Hi John! It is. I’m not even exhausted tonight, just tired. Tomorrow will be a bit of craziness and the final tallies will take a bit of time. Then I’ll need to report book sale expenses to get net numbers for Monday’s monthly board meeting. A Treasurer’s work is never done.

Reading’s the goal, not the numbers, right? Sending love and hugs to you and Karen!

So today’s sales were about $3800. Less than last year, but respectable. It will take a lot of $5 bags to get another thousand, but we’ll see.

And, of course a book showed up from Amazon – The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. A surfeit of books.

Off to read a bit, sleep, then get ready for the last day.

181LizzieD
Oct 6, 2017, 11:19pm Top

I can't say that I'm caught up, Karen, but I've tried!
Your FoL booksale sounds as wonderful as ever. I wish I could get up there..... Enjoy bagging your haul!

182msf59
Oct 7, 2017, 6:40am Top

Morning, Karen! Happy Saturday. Hope you enjoyed the book sale adventure. Any goodies? Dumb question, right?

With rain being in the area the last 3 days, I would be surprised if we had an inch. Sighs...

183richardderus
Oct 7, 2017, 11:50am Top

>180 karenmarie: FoL sales figures don't sound too awful to me. I'm glad you're getting people's precious spondulix at all, given the uncertainty of the times.

I was always a John Wyndham boy. The Midwich Cuckoos has such a great storyline! Two movies, two radio dramas, still in print despite being published in 1957...I mean, there were mammoths roaming the earth in 1957!...them's legs.

184SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 7, 2017, 12:13pm Top

Good God almighty! Richard?! It's good to see you up and around boy!

185m.belljackson
Oct 7, 2017, 12:49pm Top

>180 karenmarie:
>183 richardderus:

My copy of The Midwich Cuckoos arrived from Abe three days ago - love the cover!

186karenmarie
Oct 7, 2017, 4:42pm Top

>181 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! It was a great sale. We grossed $18,515.57. I don’t know offhand how many expenses there were (I'll have to look them up and add the credit card processing fees), but we had some additional donation income, book seller income, and then expenses to offset. Not the best sale, but a very good sale.

>182 msf59: Hi Mark! Lots of goodies, see next message! I loved it as always, worked hard, and my feet hurt. Sorry you haven’t gotten enough rain. We just had a little shower – not much and AFTER the book sale ended, thank goodness. My husband got the front mowed before it rained, so he’s happy too.

>183 richardderus: Hey RD! You’re right about the times being uncertain. New word, spondulix. Thank you.

Wyndham is on my radar, now.

The last book, the best book for serendipity, found today, after having filled my bag of books, when it was sitting in the counting area waiting for me to pay for it, was, you’ll never believe it, a 1951 book club hardcover with perfect dust jacket copy of … wait for it… The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham!!

My cup runneth over.

>184 SomeGuyInVirginia: It is! Happy Days here in my world.

>185 m.belljackson: Hi Marianne! If your cover’s like my cover, then joy indeed.

187karenmarie
Edited: Oct 7, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Okay, boys and girls, the Haul. Total $70. Yes. Seventy Dollars.

Thursday:
Hardcovers $3 each
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton – Heritage Press
The Birds & The Frogs by Aristophanes – Heritage Press
The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White
George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
1066 and All That by W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart – signed copy
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien
Two Lives by Vikram Seth – signed first edition (volunteer book)

Trade Paperbacks $2 each
Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside
The African Queen by C.S. Forester
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
J. D. Salinger by Kenneth Slawenski
On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Friday:
Hardcovers $1.50 each
National Geographic Complete Birds of North America edited by Jonathan Alderfer (volunteer book)
The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

Trade Paperbacks $1.00 each
The Bird Feeder Book by Donald and Lillian Stokes
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
Islam for Dummies by Malcolm Clark

Saturday: $5/bag and I managed to cram all ‘Saturday’ books into one bag.
Hardcovers
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi by Jacqueline Park
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
The Minotaur by Barbara Vine
Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman
Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
The Fireside Watergate by Nicholas von Hoffman and Garry Trudeau
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (volunteer book)
America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, and David Javerbaum

Trade Paperbacks
Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
Burning by Diane Johnson
3 by Finney by Jack Finney
We Hold These Truths by David S. Mitchell
The Birdwatcher by William Shaw
Double Negative by David Carkeet
The Chimney Sweep’s Boy by Barbara Vine
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber
Canadian History for Dummies by Will Ferguson

Books for daughter included in the $70.
The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
From Personal Ads to Cloning Labs by Sidney Harris
Evil Penguins: When Cute Penguins Go Bad by Elia Anie
A Southern Belle Primer by Maryln Schwartz
The British Museum Book of Cats by Juliet Clutton-Brock
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens edited by Peter Haining
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Hedgehogs Today by Dennis Kelsey-Wood
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry by S. Brent Morris, Ph.D., 33 Degree
Behind the Sealed Door: the Discovery of the Tomb and Treasures of Tutankhamun by Irene and Laurence Swinburne

188johnsimpson
Oct 7, 2017, 4:53pm Top

>187 karenmarie:, Hi Karen, that's a mighty fine book haul my dear. Eighteen and a half thousand dollars sounds like a good figure to me as I can't remember what you took last year and it must be quite a number of books that were sold. Hope you are having a really good weekend dear friend and send love and hugs.

189richardderus
Oct 7, 2017, 5:03pm Top

>184 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! I decided to drop in for Old Home Week. *sigh* I was thinking it'd be more like Fleet Week....

>185 m.belljackson: How wonderful! I really enjoyed The Midwich Cuckoos, so I hope you will as well.

>186 karenmarie: THAT is some kinda hint the multiverse is a-droppin' on your doorstep. I sure hope that, after this buildup, you don't hate the books.

>187 karenmarie: WOWEE TOLEDO!! so jealous

190karenmarie
Oct 7, 2017, 5:03pm Top

Hi John!

I was on the board but wasn't the Treasurer last year so don't remember. We seem to always take in between $18K and $20K, so the Sort Team was happy.

I'm pleased with my haul. Of course, all I need to do now is to add the books to my catalog..... I may wait 'til next week when I can do a bit of juggling to get some reference books in the Parlour, out of the Library. Then these can go in the Library. A very nice problem to have. *smile*

191johnsimpson
Oct 7, 2017, 5:06pm Top

>190 karenmarie:, A very nice problem to have my dear.

192richardderus
Oct 7, 2017, 5:07pm Top

193ChelleBearss
Oct 7, 2017, 7:08pm Top

Wow, that's quite the book haul! :)

194LovingLit
Oct 7, 2017, 7:57pm Top

>186 karenmarie: Day of the Triffids huh? Want a find.
The holiday house our friends were at when we were at my dads recently, had a whole lotta books, one section of which were old sci fi ones. I knew I was hanging with the right people when he took a picture of that section of the bookcase, just because it interested him :)

195jessibud2
Oct 7, 2017, 8:13pm Top

Quite a haul!! Now, you will have to hibernate to find time to get to them all.... (says I, who also has a house full of more than I probably have years left to read...)

:-)

196msf59
Oct 7, 2017, 9:42pm Top

>187 karenmarie: Wowza, Karen. That is a helluva book haul. Congrats. Glad to see some bird books in the mix too.

197karenmarie
Edited: Oct 7, 2017, 10:42pm Top

>189 richardderus: A major hint, Richard, indeed. I do hope I like them although you know me – I won’t pull my punches when I review them.

We seem to have posted at the same time, RD, so missed your post when I answered John.

>191 johnsimpson: Yup. I love problems like this, John. Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

>192 richardderus: Thank’ee kindly, sir.

>193 ChelleBearss: Yes it was, Chelle. Of course it’s three days’ worth, and I usually don’t buy books on the Friday, but still, a book orgy.

>194 LovingLit: Hi Megan! Strange, eh? It was hiding in plain sight but bobody bought it Thursday, nobody bought it Friday, and nobody bought it the first 4 hours of the sale on Saturday. A cosmic sign indeed.

I wish more of my friends were readers and that more of those readers bought and kept books instead of getting them from the library and borrowing them (but not from me anymore, thank goodness since I had a Bad Experience With a Book Club Reader destroying my copy of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell). I love looking at other peoples’ books too.

>195 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! I can’t wait until Monday afternoon. Tomorrow is morning food shopping and then Panthers and then Dallas football. Monday is the board meeting for the Friends and then going to the bank. Yay Monday afternoon!

>196 msf59: You did notice, eh, Mark? The best is the National Geographic Complete Birds of North America. It’s leather bound and in immaculate condition. The bird feeder book looks like a lot of good immediately helpful info. Surprisingly, The Birdwatcher is a murder mystery. The sergeant is a passionate birdwatcher, hence the title. I couldn’t resist.

My goal is to finish Olive Kitteridge tonight.

198msf59
Edited: Oct 8, 2017, 7:39am Top

Hooray for Olive! I hope you are loving it as much as I did.

Happy Sunday, Karen. Heading out on a birdwalk. I'll be back...

199FAMeulstee
Oct 8, 2017, 8:12am Top

>187 karenmarie: You got a lot of books, Karen, lucky you :-)
I am glad the book sale was a succes.

200RebaRelishesReading
Oct 8, 2017, 9:07am Top

Wow! That's a lot of books! Congratulations.

201SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 8, 2017, 12:24pm Top

Nice swag. I've been meaning to read 1066 and All That for about a year now! And how on earth did Day of the Triffids not get picked up sooner?

202johnsimpson
Oct 8, 2017, 4:25pm Top

Hi Karen, hope you are having a relaxing Sunday my dear after the book sale and all the hard work it entails, sending love and hugs.

203PaulCranswick
Oct 8, 2017, 6:04pm Top

>187 karenmarie: 57 books no?

I am pleased to see that book hauls are alive and well despite my own faltering efforts this year. Great haul, Karen. xx

Have a lovely Sunday.

204karenmarie
Oct 8, 2017, 6:33pm Top

>198 msf59: Hi Mark! I finished Olive Kitteridge last night and just wrote a review. I’ll post it after responding to threads. I hope your bird walk was fun and productive.

>199 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I did, and I do feel lucky. First for having enough spending cash to buy everything I wanted to, and second for finding so many good books to buy. And the sale WAS a success. All good stuff.

>200 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba. Sometimes I find more than others, and this time I did buy 12 for my daughter. But that still left 45 for me….. *smile*

>201 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks, Larry. I think 1066 wlll be a lot of fun. I’ve seen portions of it in articles and cracked up completely.

I have no idea why The Day of the Triffids was not gobbled up right away. I hadn’t seen it while helping set up the other day so wouldn’t have known, but it’s so nice to have it.

>202 johnsimpson: I’m having a relaxing day for sure, John. 2 hours on Treasurer stuff first thing, then grocery shopping, a bit of vacuuming and straightening, then the Carolina Panthers beat the Detroit Lions 27-24. Husband’s now watching Dallas – they’re ahead of Green Bay by 5 points. He’s happy. I'm going to go back in and watch more with him after I finish up here. Some day this week I'm going to get caught up on everybody's threads (and that will last about 1 minute!), but not today.

>203 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! Yup, 57 books. 12 for daughter, 45 for me. *smile*

I would probably have not shopped Friday had I not been working the sale, but I found some choice ones that day. So how many books have you acquired this year, Paul? I’ve acquired about 260 for me so far….. I won’t count daughter’s in my acquisitions total since as soon as she comes home for a bit she’ll take them home with her.

205karenmarie
Edited: Oct 8, 2017, 6:42pm Top

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
9/18/17 to 10/7/17





The description from Amazon:

In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.


I didn’t think of this as a book of related short stories. I thought of it as a novel told from a variety of viewpoints, but all ‘chapters’ with Olive Kitteridge as the glue that held it all together. In fact, I began to consider this a birding project – see where Olive comes into the story just as I look for birds in trees.

I found Olive phenomenally unlikable in the first story, then stunningly loving and caring in the second; so on and so on through each story, whether she was mentioned once in passing or the entire story was told about her directly. Like, dislike, agree with, disagree with, sympathize with; all aspects of her character were laid out for us.

Olive as wife, mother, teacher, friend, or acquaintance is always abrasive and challenging, rarely anything but brutally honest. In many cases the honesty jars the person she’s speaking with in a positive way, but her relationship with her son is fraught with tension, history, misunderstandings, and a clear lack of acceptance on both sides. She loves her son beyond anything, I think, yet cannot show that love in any way except dysfunctional ways.

I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to spend any time with Olive unless I was in dire need of emotional and/or spiritual help. She’d snort to hear that said, of course, not realizing that sometimes brutal honesty is the best way to help someone.

A wonderful book, nervous making and awe inspiring. It wasn’t an easy read, but it was a good read.

206richardderus
Oct 8, 2017, 10:06pm Top

>205 karenmarie: Ha! Can't hit me with friendly book-bullet fire. I read it already. Nyah!

And Olive made me wince in sheer uncomfortable familiarity, what with that abrasive honesty and all.

207karenmarie
Oct 8, 2017, 11:04pm Top

>206 richardderus: Well, Richard, I'll have to see what I can rustle up in the way of Book Bullets. Have you read Shoeless Joe? Magpie Murders? Lincoln in the Bardo? A Gentleman in Moscow? Those are my four best books of the year so far. If you have, then I guess I'm shooting with blanks.....

I actively disliked Louise Penny's newest, Glass Houses, in case you missed my review above in message #70.

208richardderus
Oct 8, 2017, 11:25pm Top

>207 karenmarie: Yes, meh. Yes, yum. Yes, YUCK. And on the list.

I'll go look at it. I think that every series has a natural off switch. Donna Andrews keeps churning out those bird-titled books and I got really worn out by them around book 13. For me, there was something about that music lesson entry that curdled over time. I liked it after my first reading, but it went sour sometime later. I really don't know why.

209PaulCranswick
Oct 8, 2017, 11:34pm Top

>204 karenmarie: You are beating me Karen, but my end of year sales may spike my acquisitions somewhat. xx

210weird_O
Oct 9, 2017, 12:19pm Top

Kudos on library work and book buying and feeding your daughter's reading habit. You are doing well.

I thought perhaps you could relate to this:

211karenmarie
Edited: Oct 9, 2017, 2:08pm Top

>208 richardderus: A good way of putting it, RD. “Every series has a natural off switch.” Too bad some authors don’t use it.

>209 PaulCranswick: This is only the second year I've tracked all acquisitions officially, Paul. 260 so far. It's scary. I acquired 257 last year and had acquired 138 books by August of 2015 before abandoning my acquisitions thread, for some reason.

>210 weird_O: Thank you x 4. And, you nailed it, Bill! I like that a lot.

212drneutron
Oct 9, 2017, 1:35pm Top

>210 weird_O: Hey, I resemble that remark!

213weird_O
Oct 9, 2017, 4:47pm Top

>212 drneutron: Yeah, me too. Though I go mostly for new-to-me books. New new books are too dear.

214msf59
Oct 10, 2017, 7:05am Top

>205 karenmarie: Hooray for Olive! Great review too!

Morning, Karen. After an adventurous couple of days off, I am back to the grind. Much cooler today too but I am leaving the shorts on.

215karenmarie
Oct 10, 2017, 7:12am Top

Hi Mark! Thank you re the review. I'm not quite sure it's Pulitzer Prize material, but a very good book nevertheless.

Sorry you're back to the grind. Cooler is good.

I seem to be fighting a cold - winning so far - but not feeling 100% I'm sure I caught it at the book sale. The only thing I have to do today is a bit of banking for the Friends, then R&R.

I may start adding books to my catalog from the book sale.

216SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 10, 2017, 5:00pm Top

Gah! Summer colds stink. At least it's summer here, it's humid and in the upper 80s. Very nasty weather, especially since this is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Halloween).

217karenmarie
Oct 10, 2017, 5:51pm Top

It is humid and nasty and summer-like here, too, Larry, but supposed to cool off Thursday, I think.

Halloween? Truly? It's the Hardest Time of the Year for me, avoiding the candy. *smile*

I did good this morning with preparing deposits and running errands, but this afternoon I'm feeling a bit puny again.

Blech.

218streamsong
Oct 10, 2017, 7:58pm Top

>210 weird_O: Love it, Bill!

Oh, I love adding books to my catalog! Add a book, go to the main page to check the cover, add tags and collections and a quick check to see how many of my LT friends have the book (fun feature!). After I'm all done, if I've added a significant number, I go check out my author and tag clouds. Can anyone say obsessed? Who needs to read em when I can check out my lovely little lists!

I bought Olive at our library sale, too. Eventually I'll read it. :) 504 in my TBR collection.

219weird_O
Edited: Oct 10, 2017, 8:22pm Top

>218 streamsong: I saw that cartoon, Janet, and experienced a wave of recognition and acceptance.

Your TBR collection IS pretty impressive. Regrettably, mine is bigger. I could cut it down some by transferring those titles I just know I'll never read. Won't toss 'em, of course, but...

220karenmarie
Oct 10, 2017, 9:29pm Top

>218 streamsong: Hi Janet! I love adding books, too! I set the tags, put in the ISBN number and search, add the book, then go back and check the cover. If there's a high-quality member-uploaded cover that exactly matches mine, I use it, otherwise I scan and upload my own. I don't use Collections at all, just tags. I rarely look at author and tag clouds. What I like looking at are the stats/memes - covers and series, and lots of other esoteric info about my books. I need to go back and get rid of the Amazon covers and either use member-uploaded or upload my own. That would be 1,843 books. Eventually.

I have had Olive Kitteridge on my shelves since 2010. For some reason it seemed like the right time to read it. You'll find that right time, too.

>219 weird_O: That cartoon struck a chord, Bill, for sure.

I've got you both beat - 1,787 books I've tagged 'tbr'. Plus I have only added 14 of the 45 books I bought. 30 of them are to be read, one of them is reference and therefore 'ntbr'. So 1,817 books tbr. I probably need to review my 'tbr' with a view towards culling books that shouldn't be in my library and changing books I know I'll never read to 'ntbr'.

I could spend hours every day playing with my catalog - tags, media, inventorying where they are, etc. Sigh.

221LizzieD
Oct 10, 2017, 11:09pm Top

Hi, Karen. So hot! So humid!!! Oh PLEASE let us have a little fall before winter hits, and Winter Is Coming.
As to tenses in English --- it sort of depends on who is classifying them. English grammar as a system was based on Latin round about the 17th century. If you asked me, I'd say there was present, simple past (aorist), perfect, future, past perfect, and future perfect. Some people classify aspects as separate tenses (I was talking as opposed to I did talk), but that doesn't sound right to me.
Maybe I should just say, "I don't know." Yep. That works.

222PaulCranswick
Oct 11, 2017, 12:04am Top

>211 karenmarie: I have been falling away these last few years such that the name Cranswickian is having less currency than before!

My book buying:

2012 898
2013 1168
2014 660
2015 575
2016 375
2017 117 (to date)

223harrygbutler
Oct 11, 2017, 6:56am Top

Hi, Karen! I'm glad to hear that the book sale went well, and congrats on the sizable haul.

Have you read The Day of the Triffids before? I quite liked it when I did. And 1066 and All That is great fun.

224karenmarie
Edited: Oct 11, 2017, 11:35am Top

>221 LizzieD: Absolutely nasty, Peggy, I agree. Ugh. It’s supposed to finally get less humid NEXT TUESDAY. Sheesh.

As Mark Twain said, “I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don’t know.”

>222 PaulCranswick: I knew that was the type of data you kept! Slacking off, dear friend. I hope that you can get up to a more respectable number by year end, although between financial and other issues, I’m amazed you’ve bought as many as you have and actually recorded them.

>223 harrygbutler: Thanks Harry and nice to see you here again. I have never read The Day of the Triffids but did see the 1962 film version – I don’t remember if I saw it in the theater with my parents (I would have been 9) or watched it on television some time after that. Definitely by the time I was 14, though, because that’s when we moved to Diamond Bar and it’s firmly entrenched in my mind as a “Hawthorne” memory.

I have never read 1066 and All That, but have a photocopy of what looks like a magazine page of “1620 and All That” about America, same concept.

Well, I spent an hour and 45 minutes cleaning up some financial reporting issues for Friends. Someone wanted a breakdown of the expenses for the book sale, which I had, just not all in the same place. We don’t have financial software, a situation I plan to remedy by year end. And thinking that if there was a state "Friends of the Libraries" organization they might have info about good software and therefore an additional half hour spent looking at the Friends of the North Carolina Public Libraries website. Then realizing that their annual meeting is about 45 minutes from my house on November 4th, guess what I'll be doing on the 4th.....

225karenmarie
Edited: Oct 11, 2017, 11:58am Top

Having decided to start 1066 and All That, I've been cracking up for the last hour or so.

pp. 62-63:
Pilgrims' Progress

It was at this time that some very pious Englishmen, known as the Early Fathers, who were being persecuted for not learning Avoirduroi, sailed away to America in a ship called the Mayfly; this is generally referred to as the Pilgrims' Progress and was one of the chief causes of America.


This book is a riot.

226SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 11, 2017, 2:39pm Top

I tell you, the Brits have a lock on dry humor. Cracks me up every time.

I'm doing the opposite of book buying, I'm filling up boxes with books to donate to Operation Paperback and, if they're hardcover, the lie-berry. I wonder if there's a filter I can use to see books added and books removed? Must be, lemme see...

227harrygbutler
Oct 11, 2017, 3:05pm Top

>224 karenmarie: I liked the movie version of The Day of the Triffids, though I daresay it isn't all that good. It's rather different from the book, as you might expect.

I'm glad you enjoyed 1066 and All That!

228richardderus
Oct 11, 2017, 5:43pm Top

>222 PaulCranswick: I am so bush league it hurts.

>223 harrygbutler: Have fun at the state association meeting! This is the best way to use uncommitted time, isn't it? Books! Care and conservation thereof.

Am abed with a gout exacerbation. Ow.

229karenmarie
Oct 11, 2017, 5:57pm Top

>226 SomeGuyInVirginia: I agree with you Larry. I don’t like being bashed over the head with something that’s supposed to be funny then get looked at if I don’t ‘get’ it. I much prefer sly humor.

Good for you! I joined Operation Paperback a zillion years ago but it just never clicked with me. Sigh.

>227 harrygbutler: At this point, Harry, I only remember one salient point about the movie, that they could be killed with salt water. I wonder if that’s in the book? Inquiring minds and all that – perhaps I’ll start it tomorrow and use it as a foil to the police procedural and Rules of Civility. It’s only 216 pages. I’ve read quite a few chunksters this year so my number’s down. My average read, for 68 books, is 362 pages. (7 audiobooks, don’t count the page equivalents.)

I laughed out loud quite a bit. I daresay I’d have laughed more had I known some of the less well-known things alluded to, but I think for an American that I got quite a bit of it.

>228 richardderus: I think we all are, RD. I’m up to 261 books so far this year, counting the blow out last week at the book sale. That’s chump change to Paul, I do believe.

I’m so sorry your gout’s acting up. Sending gentle hugs to you from your own dear Horrible.

230weird_O
Oct 11, 2017, 6:14pm Top

>220 karenmarie: You DO have me beat in the dubious realm of TBR. And you can have it.

As a corollary to my overwrought life list, I did a TBR list for every year of my life. It has 175 books on it. Geez. Better than two years of reading at my pace.

231karenmarie
Oct 11, 2017, 7:04pm Top

>230 weird_O: Sometimes it's exciting to contemplate, others overwhelming. At the rate I'm reading, it will take me 18 years to read what I have here, in the house, now. And that would include almost all of Chuckles. *gulp*

And, I just realized that I've read or listened to 75 books this year. It didn't click until I saw my own message above with 68 books read, 7 listened to.

232richardderus
Oct 11, 2017, 7:18pm Top

>231 karenmarie: why on EARTH would you read any of Chuckles' dreary, miserable, unpleasant, dank, corpsified prose? Sheer masochism. Save them for postmortem reading. At least then you can go and kick the old sod while he's down.

I listed my birthday book binge, ICMYI.

233karenmarie
Edited: Oct 11, 2017, 9:48pm Top

Well, RichardDear, with you having Abandoned Me, I succumbed to the Dickensians. I must admit that I read Great Expectations last year and Bleak House this year. I knew you'd find out eventually once you Reappeared Out of the Mists of Long Beach Barrier Island. You still love me, thought, right?

Ooh, birthday book binge. Cool. Happy Birthday. Early. Or on Time. Or Belated.

?

234nittnut
Oct 11, 2017, 10:58pm Top

>225 karenmarie: It is a crack up. :)
Love the list of books you acquired. :) Also the Mayor of Failure cartoon. LOL
Now I am going to find the mosquito buzzing around in here and go to bed.

235richardderus
Oct 11, 2017, 11:31pm Top

>233 karenmarie: *heavy, heavy sigh* Yes, of course I still love you. I am...disappointed...is all. I shall Recover.

*heavier, deeper sigh*

It was last month. I don't do celebrations, they're always disappointing, so I keep quiet until it's past.

236msf59
Oct 12, 2017, 6:55am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Hoping this rain has moved on. We did get a good soaking, which we needed.

And hooray for Bleak House! It might be my favorite.

237harrygbutler
Edited: Oct 12, 2017, 12:33pm Top

Good morning, Karen! Enjoy your Wednesday Thursday!

(Fixed the day! I guess I wasn't quite awake. :-) )

238karenmarie
Oct 12, 2017, 8:16am Top

>234 nittnut: I finished it yesterday and it was superb. I just might write a little review on it later on.

The drone mosquito. I hope you either (1) nailed him and disposed of his now-not-whining corpse or (2) gently escorted him outside if you believe in the complete sanctity of life.

We were watching Game of Thrones Season 6 last night and there was one fly in the house, totally involved in buzzing right in front of the TV. Husband will smash bugs against the walls, inconsistent about removing their remains (grumble), but never against the TV. We endured.

>235 richardderus: I can live with the disappointment as long as you still love me. *smooches* from your own Horrible

>236 msf59: Good morning, Mark! Yay for the rain, glad it’s gone.

It is a sweet Thursday – no commitments, no obligations, no errands. Perhaps a bit of Treasurer banking stuff but only if I want to. Books. House. Me. Quiet.

>237 harrygbutler: Good morning, Harry! The day looms ahead gloriously unplanned.

239karenmarie
Oct 12, 2017, 8:41am Top

While responding on the TPBM thread, I posted the following anti-war songs by Tom Lehrer:

We Will All Go Together When We Go

Who's Next?

So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III)

And then thought of this one, too:

Wernher von Braun

240karenmarie
Oct 12, 2017, 10:26am Top

Be still, my heart. No unread starred threads!!!! It won't last long. It took almost 2 hours. Off to read.

241Berly
Oct 12, 2017, 10:51am Top

And I'm sure you're behind again. LOL. Happy Thursday and congrats on a successful book sale!

242karenmarie
Oct 12, 2017, 12:05pm Top

Hi Berly!

I am. Eleven threads since I signed out at 10:26.

Thank you and thank you!

243jnwelch
Oct 12, 2017, 12:20pm Top

Hi, Karen!

Great Expectations and Bleak House are two of my favorite Dickens. Great picks. Poor Richard, his tolerance level must really be strained by now.

244richardderus
Oct 12, 2017, 2:42pm Top

*gaaak*

*urrrgh*

*flees miasma of Chuckles*

245karenmarie
Oct 12, 2017, 3:10pm Top

>243 jnwelch: Hallo Joe! The more I think of it, the less I liked Great Expectations except for Joe Gargery and Abel Magwitch. (sop to Richard) The more I think of it, the more I liked Bleak House. (sop to you).

The hole's getting deeper, eh?

>244 richardderus: Okay, RD! No more Chuckles the Dick for a while.

Fellow LTers..... let's not scare RD off permanently. He just came back to us. *smile*

246FAMeulstee
Oct 12, 2017, 3:42pm Top

>244 richardderus: Out of curiosity I read the same two Karen did, Richard, but at least I know now WHY I don't like Dickens ;-)

247richardderus
Oct 12, 2017, 4:05pm Top

>245 karenmarie:, >246 FAMeulstee: Just one clue: Characters yes, plots oh HELL no.

248karenmarie
Oct 12, 2017, 5:05pm Top

>246 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I made some noises after finishing Bleak House about another group read of Dickens' next year. We'll have to see how that pans out.

>247 richardderus: *smile*

249karenmarie
Oct 12, 2017, 5:06pm Top

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
10/7/17 to 10/12/17





The description from Amazon:

At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

Edith Hind—a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family—has been missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows that this case will be big—and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.

The investigation starts with Edith’s loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith’s family but for Manon herself.

Suspenseful and keenly observed, Missing, Presumed is a brilliantly twisting novel of how we seek connection, grant forgiveness, and reveal the truth about who we are.


It took a bit to get involved in this police procedural/novel. Each chapter is told from a particular person’s perspective. Personal details are mixed with professional details and the character studies are rounded and thoughtful. I feel like I would know these people immediately if I were in a room with them. The writing is powerful and spare yet somehow is very visual and vivid.

As Edith is not found alive and her body is not found, the suspense builds and there are hints of whodunit – but what “it” was done? I kept reading to find out, eventually needing to know Edith’s fate and how everything presented tied together.

There’s a second book out, Persons Unknown, and Steiner’s website says a third is being written. I’ll definitely continue with the series.

250PaulCranswick
Oct 12, 2017, 8:49pm Top

Karen, for heaven's sake why'd yer go and admit to reading Chuckles?!

I know you are keeping this one quiet but I must congratulate you for passing 75! xx

251karenmarie
Oct 12, 2017, 11:19pm Top

I don't know, really - but it seemed like the proper thing to do. Silly me. Or perhaps I wanted to poke the tiger and watch RD emote?

Thank you. I feel that 100 is definitely doable, now. I was having my doubts.

252FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 13, 2017, 3:47am Top

>248 karenmarie: I will pass on a next read, Karen. I have tried now twice and think that is enough.
Congratulations on reaching 75!

253PaulCranswick
Oct 13, 2017, 4:54am Top

>252 FAMeulstee: Poking the tiger - hehehe. I am sure that he is the cuddly sugar coated corn flake type of wildcat!

254ChelleBearss
Oct 13, 2017, 7:12am Top

Morning, Karen! Congrats on hitting 75 already!

255karenmarie
Edited: Oct 13, 2017, 8:25am Top

>252 FAMeulstee: You're a heroine, Anita, for tackling a second one after disliking the first. Your duty to Chuckles is over.

My reasons for continuing on are a bit complicated - being the owner of the group read, of course, both times, made it a responsibility thing, but I also wanted to read Chuckles as an adult and see if my initial ... dislike is too strong a word, perhaps wariness is a better word... was justified. I definitely liked Bleak House better than Great Expectations and was charmed with Jarndyce & Jarndyce's plowing through the courts, making the lawyers wealthy and leaving the litigants without a cent. The jury is still out on whether I'll participate in a group read next year or not.

>253 PaulCranswick: Much better, Paul! Poking the cuddly sugar-coated corn flake wildcat.

>254 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle! Since my goal is 100 and I'll definitely have two more by year's end - literally year's end because they are both related to the Bible-as-Literature year-long group read. I've now got 78 guaranteed. I can manage 22 in 2 1/2 months, for sure.

Well, my Panthers lost last night and Luke Kuechly is in concussion protocol. A sad sports night.

On the bright side, I've already had several sips of my first cup of coffee this morning, and I'm having lunch with a book club friend, Tamsie, AngelBaby. A Gentleman in Moscow was her choice for book club's October meeting. We're meeting in a little restaurant next to a wonderful independent book store, McIntyre's. Frankly I can't imagine buying a single book; first because they're full price and second because I'm still stuffed, as it were, from the book sale. But I can certainly look. They also have quite a few tchotchkes. And then deep tissue massage. Happy camper on this Friday.

256jnwelch
Oct 13, 2017, 9:14am Top

You're going to have a lot of fun with A Gentleman in Moscow, Karen. I'm working on my better half to get her to read it.

257karenmarie
Edited: Oct 13, 2017, 11:24am Top

>256 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I already read AGiM - our book club meeting was on the first. I loved it, gave it 5 stars, enthused all over the place about it. Our discussion was even relatively intelligent, for a change. Sometimes people just say "I liked it" without discussing why. And we've got one senior member who usually says "Well, I read it a couple of years ago and think I remember liking it." Couldn't do that with AGiM, of course.

I'm about 25 pages into Rules of Civility for the group read.

Edited at 11:24 a.m. to add that I've got my book sale books all added to my catalog! Huzzah!

I still smell like Goo Gone.

258katiekrug
Oct 13, 2017, 1:33pm Top

Hi Karen! I was 100+ messages behind, so I just skimmed, but I did have fun perusing your haul from the library sale. Well done!!

259johnsimpson
Oct 13, 2017, 3:44pm Top

Hi Karen, congrats on reaching 75 books read my dear, I am ten behind you at the moment but definitely homing in on 75.

260jnwelch
Oct 13, 2017, 6:18pm Top

>257 karenmarie: Oh good, Karen. I love that you gave AGIM 5 stars. So good!

261karenmarie
Oct 13, 2017, 6:22pm Top

>258 katiekrug: Hi Katie! Welcome home. And thank you re my acquisitions.

>259 johnsimpson: Hi John and thank you. You'll get there for sure.

>260 jnwelch: *smile*

262luvamystery65
Oct 13, 2017, 7:51pm Top

Ha ha my post is timely Karen! I came over to see if you had mentioned any GR of CD for next year. You have been the most wonderful host and if you decide to continue next year, I will join you.

*runs* before RD breathes fire on me!

263karenmarie
Oct 13, 2017, 9:16pm Top

Thank you, Roberta, for your kind words.

I just turned to December 18th in my desk calendar, where I have penciled in a reminder about a Dickens group read of perhaps A Tale of Two Cities or Nicholas Nickleby for next year. I've got you, SomeGuyInVirginia, @harrybutler, streamsong, and possibly ffortsa. I guess we won't invite RD, eh?

Well see what happens as we get into next year.

Husband's still enthralled with Game of Thrones but I'm enduring. Sigh.

264msf59
Oct 14, 2017, 7:07am Top

Morning, Karen! Happy Saturday! Congrats on hitting 75! Looks like a wet stormy start to my work day. Sighs...

265karenmarie
Oct 14, 2017, 7:39am Top

Good morning, Mark, and happy Saturday to you! I'm sorry about the wet stormy start. I hope things calm down a bit.

On my first couple of sips of coffee. Fed the cat, kidnapped his tiny furry body so he wouldn't yowl in front of the bedroom door and wake up husband. A typical morning.

266richardderus
Oct 14, 2017, 9:27am Top

>262 luvamystery65:, >263 karenmarie: *staunch anti-Chuckles silence*

267karenmarie
Oct 14, 2017, 3:06pm Top

*tiptoes around Richard*

Well, I'm even more in love with Amor Towles than I was before. No spoiler here, but on page 68:
I picked up the book on top. None of the pages were dog-eared, so I started at the beginning.
"Yes, of course, if it's fine tomorrow," said Mrs. Ramsay. "But you'll have to be up with the lark," she added.

To her son these words conveyed an extraordinary joy, as if were settled, the expedition were bound to take place, and the wonder to which he had looked forward, for years and years it seemed, was, after a night's darkness and a day's sail.
--Oh stop, Eve said. It's dreadful. What is it.
--Virginia Woolf.
--Ugh.
My dislike of V. Woolf is no secret, although I haven't expressed it recently. This made me laugh out loud.

268weird_O
Oct 14, 2017, 3:38pm Top

If you read Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, as a group next year, I probably would join you. My wife got a splendid edition of the novel for Christmas a few years ago, and while she has read it, I have not. I'm not interested in rereading ToTC yet again.

I am liking Rules of Civility very much. Hope to finish it today. Yay.

Did I mention that I did compile a like of TBR Life List (undisclosed). Selecting TBR books from my collection for each year of my life (so far). One Hundred seventy-five books, despite having several years blank.

269Berly
Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 3:59pm Top

>263 karenmarie: I vote for Nicholas, since I have never read him before.

>266 richardderus: Oh, Hi!, Richard. : )

Edited to add:

270karenmarie
Oct 14, 2017, 4:50pm Top

Bill and Berly: >268 weird_O: and >269 Berly: I've added your names to December 18th in my desk calendar, with "NN" off to the side indicating your preference. *smile*

>268 weird_O: I'm really enjoying Rules of Civility, too, and appreciate the delicious irony of LibraryThing touchstoning GW's RoC first instead of Amor Towles' book.

Excellent prioritization project, Bill! The real question is, what % of new books do you read instead of your TBR stack? My record is abysmal, so I'm not throwing stones. So far this year I've only read 30 of 76 that I owned before 1/1/17.

>269 Berly: *eyes dart frantically around looking for RD*

Thank you re 75!

271richardderus
Oct 14, 2017, 5:10pm Top

*intensifies silence in response to Saint Virginia Disrespect*

272karenmarie
Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 5:22pm Top

>271 richardderus: I can't win, can I? Dissing the intensely boring and self-important VW and even considering reading another Chuckles the Dick novel next year. I might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb and reiterate my dislike of the Commissario Montalbano books by Andrea Camilleri. ATD, right? Right? Hello? Hello RD?

In the midst of all this energizing ... discussion... of VW and CD, I have culled 25 books from my shelves - old Stephen King horror stuff I'll never read AND all the non-Odd Thomas stuff that I misguidedly acquired by Dean Koontz.

Plus two of Rita Mae Brown's irritating Sneaky Pie murder mysteries.

I'm on a roll.

273richardderus
Oct 14, 2017, 5:25pm Top

Redemption at last...you're culling the stuff I culled some time back.

Although Montalbano...hm. Well, it's not for everyone, being quintessentially Italian and foodie and Italian-foodie oriented. Given your FCA nightmares, one can find some room in one's heart to overlook the, ahh, oddity of your dislikes. ::side-eye::

274karenmarie
Oct 14, 2017, 5:29pm Top

Whew! I'm relieved that I'm redeemed. Ah, ha! You remember the Italian Hell that was my job the last 11 or so years before I retired.

275jnwelch
Oct 14, 2017, 5:39pm Top

What?!? You don't like the Montalbano books? What happened in your youth, Karen, that you've ended up so misguided? Oh my. I can't write for tears, spilling on the keyboard like the lost pages of some wonderful Italian mystery . . .

276m.belljackson
Oct 14, 2017, 5:48pm Top

>270 karenmarie:

Please add me to the NN list - I've just started it on DailyLit.com and found that the usual round of tedious despicable
characters were more quickly dispensed with than in previous Oliver Twist and Bleak House.

Maybe "Epic slog" was invented to describe a lot of Dickens = The Olde Curiosity Shop was insufferable and got quickly torpedoed,
as I wish I'd done (apologies in advance to the many fans) with Bleak House.

I really liked TALE OF TWO CITIES and seasonally enjoy A CHRISTMAS CAROL, notably the ghosts.

277karenmarie
Oct 14, 2017, 6:31pm Top

>275 jnwelch: Well, Joe, the sad story is that I didn't particularly like the first book, quite possibly negatively influenced by my working for a bunch of Italian a**holes. I realize I should not stigmatize an entire culture/country, but I met so many a**holes that my hackles rise at even the idea of reading a book about Italians. My Brilliant Friend for book club didn't stand a chance in April, frankly. I read two pages and abandoned it with glee. I'm sure there are very many nice AND competent Italians. I can actually think of one or two genuinely nice ones I met, but even business incompetence was staggering. It may be because the company I worked for attracted incompetence like a magnet, don't know. The parent company pretty much left us alone from 1995-2004 as we were the cash cow, but once profits dropped because ... automotive.... they stuck their noses in our business and changed things, and it was awful.

I'm sorry for your tears. My eyes are welling up, too, in sympathy. I'd much rather have worked for competent nice Italians than incompetent a**hole Italians but alas! It Was Not To Be. Retiring when I did saved my sanity.

>276 m.belljackson: Okay, Marianne - added. I think that the NNs have it over the AToTCs. Everybody's opinion is always welcome, and ATD always applies - agree to disagree.

I like A Christmas Carol, too. I also like the George C. Scott version of the movie of it.

278PaulCranswick
Oct 14, 2017, 6:38pm Top

No comment on authors alive or dead.

Must comment though on Bill's TBR list for every year since he was born......at first glance 175 years make him seem pretty darned old!

279rosalita
Oct 14, 2017, 7:26pm Top

Hi, Karen! I'd be interested in joining your Dickens group read next year if the train isn't already full. I've read AToTC in high school but wouldn't mind tackling it again, and I've never read NN, so either would be fine with me.

280m.belljackson
Oct 14, 2017, 7:38pm Top

>277 karenmarie:

One of the weird things about Dickens is that even the un-liked books are memorable
and often for more than the indelible settings he created.

281LovingLit
Oct 14, 2017, 9:37pm Top

>205 karenmarie: I rather enjoyed Olive Kitteridge and still really really want to see Frances McDormand in the role.

Congrats on the 75!!!

And Shhh, don't mentions Chuckles the Dick ;)

282karenmarie
Oct 14, 2017, 10:24pm Top

>278 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! Yes, Bill's ambitious, and I'm impressed. I want to do it too, although I want just one book per year like I did my one book per year reads. I pulled original year published into one of my viewing styles. It's a a CK field, but it doesn't seem to be exportable or sortable. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or it's truly inaccessible. I have too many TBRs to try to find original published date by myself.

>279 rosalita: The train has an unlimited number of cars, Julia! Welcome aboard. I've added your name and we'll just have to figure out when next year makes sense. Earlier rather than later sure, but Jan, Feb, or Mar?

>280 m.belljackson: I've found that to be true with more than Dickens, Marianne - several books I despised still come to mind with more frequency than I'd like. Wasted brain cells!

>281 LovingLit: Hi Megan! I'd love to watch the miniseries.

Thank you re my reaching 75. My goal is 100, and I'm on target.

No indeed. Mum's the and nary a word.

283Ameise1
Oct 15, 2017, 3:54am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen.

284karenmarie
Oct 15, 2017, 6:55am Top

>283 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara!

There's just no need for me to be awake this early, and it's not exactly insomnia because it's a reasonable time to get up, but drat! I'd rather be sleeping. First cup of coffee in hand, first sip taken.

285msf59
Oct 15, 2017, 7:56am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I have food shopping to do, along with a couple of house chores, but I plan to spend a large chunk of the day with the books, until the Cubs game tonight, of course.

I am a 100 pages into Rules of Civility. A very good read but I am thinking my other NY novel, Manhattan Beach is even better.

286jessibud2
Oct 15, 2017, 8:02am Top

Hi Karen. A bit late but congrats on 75! I may actually get there, myself, for the first time!

287karenmarie
Edited: Oct 15, 2017, 8:17am Top

>285 msf59: Hi Mark! Yay books, and I hope your Cubs win tonight!

>286 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley. We'll all cheer you on in your quest.

I just spent the last half hour searching LT to see if there's any way to get the Common Knowledge field Original Publication Date into an Excel/TSV file. No such luck. I've opened a thread dormant since 2010 that asks the same question - probably a no go but still. It would help me in my quest for a list of one book per year of my life of my TBR pile, inspired by weird_o and PaulCranswick.

288harrygbutler
Oct 15, 2017, 9:40am Top

Hi, Karen! I hope you're having a good weekend.

>287 karenmarie: I may have missed it, but perhaps the Wikipedia Books by Year category would help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Books_by_year

289karenmarie
Oct 15, 2017, 10:09am Top

Book acquisition, 2017, net: 262 - 184 = 78. Doesn't look quite so bad when I take out culls.....

290streamsong
Oct 15, 2017, 10:39am Top

Hmmmm, I might also read NN next year, but pass on a ToTC which I have read.

Maybe Richard could be a co-leader of the read? :)

>287 karenmarie: Does it help that you can add the Original Publication Date CK to the Your Books list? Unfortunately you can't sort by that date, which is annoying.

I have my Your Books list set up with style D and include original publication date, original language and awards and honors on my page.

291richardderus
Oct 15, 2017, 12:12pm Top

>290 streamsong: ::death-ray eyes::

>287 karenmarie: I have an idea! Go back to your lists from when you had that Library of Alexandria card when you and Hypatia hung out there.

*skedaddles*

292jnwelch
Oct 15, 2017, 12:42pm Top

>277 karenmarie: Ah, too bad, Karen. I can see that doing it. Our experience in Italy (especially Rome and Florence) was that they were friendly and loved Americans.

My wife loved those Ferrante books. Two competent Italianos I can think of who won't be a**holes and are worth reading are Calvino and Primo Levi. I just picked up the Decameron (I think on Amber's recommendation), so we'll see on that one. I haven't been drawn to Umberto Eco's books, except The Name of the Rose, but that one was very good.

Sorry. I'm probably rubbing salt into your wound. I'll be quiet now.

293weird_O
Oct 15, 2017, 1:06pm Top

>278 PaulCranswick: Ha. Ha. Ha. Paul. Ya smartass.

294karenmarie
Oct 15, 2017, 1:48pm Top

>290 streamsong: Hi Janet! I’ve got you on my December 18th page – I think there are enough people who want to read Nicholas Nickelby that we’ll have to make that a reality.

Can’t sort Ck Original Publication date, can’t export it. Blech. As a retired programmer analyst, I’d like every field available in my catalog to be downloadable. In an ideal world, they’d allow us to export data in any of our styles – then we could set up a style with data we wanted exported. If the book ID was always an exported field, spreadsheets could be linked if necessary. I’ve got CK Original Publication Date in my Display Style A.

>290 streamsong: Well hello, Richard! Not Bette Davis Eyes?

Har de har har. LoA card indeed. You’d better skedaddle!!

>292 jnwelch: My experience was in business, and they were arrogant and superior acting and denigrated American culture/methods of doing business at every opportunity. The only time I went to Italy was on a business trip, and sure enough - the Airport’s Information Desk steered me to the wrong bus. I specifically said the town Magenta. She assured me of the bus number and damned if I didn't end up back in Milan and had to pay 50 Euro for a taxi.

Harrumph. I need to let go of the animus, but it’s not easy, even almost 2 years after retiring. BTW, I loved The Name of the Rose.

>293 weird_O: Hi Bill! He did call you old, didn’t he? Richard called ME old too. Those youngsters. Disrespectful of their elders.

Husband had a surprise for me this morning – he’d recorded Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when HBO had a free weekend. We saw it in the theater and of course saw more the second time, AND on our new TV.

295Donna828
Oct 15, 2017, 2:45pm Top

Karen, I loved your little story about how you discovered LT. Serendipity indeed! I read about it in The Wall Street Journal which was good enough for me. Welcome to the Tenners! Also, congrats on the 75 books read. Like you, my goal is 100. Unlike you, I may not reach it this year. It is looking doubtful as I will be in Colorado for the rest of the month started Wednesday. Not much reading gets done with a 3-year-old demanding attention while her family moves to a new house.

Your book sale was a great success. Yay for your contribution in volunteer hours and books purchased. Win-win!

296majleavy
Oct 15, 2017, 4:11pm Top

Hi Karen,
Don't think I congratulated you yet on 75. So: congratulations!

297karenmarie
Oct 15, 2017, 9:27pm Top

>295 Donna828: Hi Donna. As soon as I came to the website, I knew this would be the home for my books. Every story of finding LT is wonderful.

Thanks, re the Tenners. I'm proud of my shiny new badge.

Taking care of a 3-year old will take time away from your books, but many of us read childrens' books and they count. Perhaps not the twenty times a day you'll be reading them to your granddaughter, but still. Just a thought.

Our book sale was wonderful. The book sort team meets every week of the year to inspect, keep/reject, classify, and store books for each of 2 sales per year. It's absolutely amazing what they do. Plus .... books. I had two conditions to be treasurer. One of them was to be able to buy financial software for nonprofits, and the other was to be able to be a customer first thing on the first day of every sale like I have been for 15 years. I'm lucky.

Husband and I watched the last episode of Game of Thrones season 6 and the 3rd episode of season 3 of Outlander. That plus this morning's movie has me all TV'd out. I'll be going to read here in a few minutes.

298Oberon
Oct 16, 2017, 12:17pm Top

>297 karenmarie: Congrats on the 10 badge. I just got mine last month. Sadly, I don't really recall how I found LT. It was to catalog books which is all I did for several years but I am not sure how I first found it.

299laytonwoman3rd
Oct 16, 2017, 1:39pm Top

>6 karenmarie: I've read 26 of the books on your list, Karen, and sampled a couple others without finishing them. I also have a few more waiting for me to get to them. Why don't I read more than I do??

My daughter first told me about LT, as this "neat new site where you can catalog the books you own". My response initially was "why would I want to do that?". *your hysterical laughter here*

300weird_O
Oct 16, 2017, 2:22pm Top

My son urged me to look at GoodReads, so I did. Started cataloging and discovered that I couldn't display the proper cover of the edition I had. In reacting to that annoyance, I stumbled onto LT. I can't remember exactly how I found this place.

Well, wait a minute. Maybe Heritage Press got me here. I was struggling to reread an old mmp copy of Tom Jones, and I got a used copy locally that was a Heritage Press edition. Then I got an HP edition of Father and Sons. Then I looked for other HP editions on eBay, and I bought a throwing-in-the-towel package of HP books (about 130 books) from a seller in Oyster Bay, L. I. (yeah, where Katey Kontent partied with the richies). The seller had acquired them at an estate sale and getting them home, acknowledged to himself that trying to sell them one by one was a non-starter. "Here they are, great price, you come get 'em!" So I did.

Googling Heritage Press turned up posts by "George Macy devotees" here at LT. That was the first group I joined. Rummaging through other groups somehow got me here. I think it was the reasonableness of the challenge. To paraphrase Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), "100's too many, and 50's not enough."

301karenmarie
Edited: Oct 16, 2017, 2:53pm Top

>296 majleavy: Thank you, Michael! I’m on target for my goal of 100, so I’m happy.

>298 Oberon: Hi Erik! Thank you very much. Mine was such an unusual way of finding LT, I think, that it’s stuck with me. In the long run it doesn’t really matter because we’re all here and loving LT.

>299 laytonwoman3rd: Hi Linda! I knew we had a lot in common. And I’m glad you overcame your initial thought and have been here so very long – way before me for sure!

>300 weird_O: I bet most people can’t really remember how they found LT, or even the 75 Books challenge groups. Somehow I found this group in time to join for 2008, 2 months after I joined LT, but I don’t remember how. I flirted with the idea of joining the 100 group (gasp!) one year, but have never swerved. More than 75 or less, this is home for me.

I spent 2 hours going through all the accumulated mail and papers on my desk, making 3 neat piles: Mom’s, ours, Friends of the Library (agendas, notes, and etc. only there, no bills to be paid or anything like that!)

I’m on page 224 of 335 pages of Rules of Civility. Engrossing. Interesting.

Well, here we are, just over 300 messages.

My Tenth thread is open and ready for business.

302jessibud2
Oct 16, 2017, 3:29pm Top

>300 weird_O: - yeah, where Katey Kontent partied with the richies

Nice, Bill...;-)

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