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Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #18

This is a continuation of the topic Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #17 .

This topic was continued by Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #19 .

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Oct 23, 2017, 5:24pm Top

I love Halloween!! So expect some themed reads this month.

So far, my spooky reads have included:

Behind Her Eyes (A) by Sarah Pinborough 4.5
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (160 pages) by Shirley Jackson 4.5
The Girl with all the Gifts (403 pages) by M.R. Carey 4.5--loved it!!
The Grip of It (276 pages) by Jac Jemc 3.0
McSweeney's Issue 35 Short Stories (Oct Obama Read) 4.0 so far...
--Phantoms, (20 pages) by Steven Millhauser
--The Ceiling (12 pages) by Kevin Brockmeier
--The Bees (19 pages) by Dan Choan
The Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Gudova 2.0

And coming up:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Edited: Oct 23, 2017, 12:08pm Top

Reading Now
The Late Show (K) by Michael Connelly
Uncommon Type (416 pages) (A) by Tom Hanks
The Sky Below: A True Story (K) by Scott Flory
The Best of McSweeney (625 pages) edited by Dave Eggers, Oct Obama read
The Sixth Extinction (276 pages) by Elizabeth Kolbert, Other Obama Read

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Start Without Me (LTER) by Joshua Max Feldman - Nov
The Windup Bird Chronicles by Murakami - Nov
Blue Mind (280 pages) by Wallace Nichols -- paused
The Master and Margarita (396 pages) by Michail Bulgakov -- paused

Read in October
84. The Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Grudova
83. Behind Her Eyes (A) by Sarah Pinborough 4.5
82. The Mistress by Danielle Steel 2.5
81. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (162 pages) by Shirley Jackson 4.5
80. Commonwealth (322 pages) by Ann Patchett, October RL Bookgroup 3.0
79. I Am No One (341 pages) (LTER) by Patrick Flannery 2.5
78. The Grip of It (276 pages) by Jac Jemc 3.0

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

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

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

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

Edited: Oct 2, 2017, 8:59pm Top

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited: Oct 2, 2017, 9:01pm Top

Welcome to the President Obama Challenge!!

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

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

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

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

And here are some other links:



(Coinciding with Mark's Poetry Month)

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

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


Edited: Oct 30, 2017, 1:06pm Top

Plans for Reading

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

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

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

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

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

luvamystery65/Roberta's Tony Hillerman and ???

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


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

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

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

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

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

Edited: Oct 22, 2017, 4:13am Top

New Books in 2017
✔ ✔ = read

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

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

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

Edited: Oct 3, 2017, 10:23am Top

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

Favorites from last year:

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

Oct 2, 2017, 8:58pm Top

Happy new thread! BOO! I am first!

Oct 2, 2017, 9:08pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

Oct 2, 2017, 9:13pm Top

Happy new thread dear Kimmers.

Edited: Oct 2, 2017, 9:36pm Top

Hi Shelley, Roni and Paul!

You guys are fast!! I didn't even have the welcome mat out yet!! : ) Do you like it? It's new this year.

Shelley, since you are first, you get these cool Halloween mugs.

Edited: Oct 2, 2017, 9:24pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kimmers! A fine day to start a new one, eh?

Oct 2, 2017, 9:26pm Top

>12 Berly: Fifty Shades of Brains. Now that's funny!!

Oct 2, 2017, 9:37pm Top

Happy new thread!

Edited: Oct 2, 2017, 11:43pm Top

79. I Am No One by Patrick Flannery

Jeremy O'Keefe is a professor, recently returned to NY after teaching abroad at Oxford for over a decade. Shortly after his arrival, he begins to feel like he is being followed and mysterious packages start to arrive. Is he crazy or is he being followed?

It turns out, Jeremy is under heavy surveillance. The "why" of it doesn't even enter until 2/3 of the way through the book. Still it makes one wonder just how much of our "private" information is up for public viewing, or at least viewing by the powers that be. A valid question, but one that I didn't really want to explore via this book: it took way too long to meander there and it didn't help that I never liked the main character. I actually have rarely seen a book with such a wide spread of ratings, but for me, it was not a favorite.

Oct 2, 2017, 11:25pm Top

>15 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!!

Oct 2, 2017, 11:47pm Top

>1 Berly: Excellent topper for your October thread, my friend! Boo to you, too!

I'm glad I skimmed along up there as I am reminded that we are doing another Murakami read in November. Wind-up Bird Chronicle, oh boy.

So, do you totally decorate your house and plant scary things near the front door to terrify youngsters in search of candy?

I will admit that I LOVE candy corn. I know it has absolutely no redeeming value as food and practically no redeeming value as candy but I love it nevertheless. I tend to have a bag of it going at my desk this time of year and if I succumb to bringing a bag home I will fall into the terrible trap of munching on it while I read.

It's that or Cheetos, which I have been craving lately. So, orange junk food. It's a theme.


Oct 3, 2017, 12:07am Top

Hi Kim! I noticed up there that you have The Master & Margarita paused. It is in the running for one of my best this year. I'm curious as to why you paused it? You have a different translation than I do so that is why I'm asking. I am so close to ordering your translation to read next year. Enquiring minds need to know! Sorry no touchstone. Phone typing.

Howdy and happy new thread. Looking forward to our November Murakami!

Oct 3, 2017, 6:57am Top

Happy new thread, Kim! and Boo to you, too!
I also rec'd I Am No One as an ER. Is it worth moving up on my TBR?

Oct 3, 2017, 8:09am Top

Happy new thread, Kim.
I skip Halloween, so no BOO from me ;-)

Oct 3, 2017, 10:03am Top

>18 EBT1002: Yes, lots of decorations around the house, but no, nothing by the door to scare young trick or treaters. I am nice.

I am totally laughing at your love of orange food! Candy corn and Cheetos, huh? You are right -- you could not choose two more artificial foods. LOL. I like both of them in moderation.

>19 luvamystery65: I don't know exactly why I paused on The Master & Margarita, except that I know it is usually a hit and I wasn't loving it, but I wanted to. Maybe I wasn't in the right place. Maybe it was too because I had just finished a Murakami and it was suffering by comparison? IDK. I am hoping to get back to it again. I am glad to hear you liked it so much--that's encouraging!

>20 Carmenere: Like I said, it I Am No One has received a very wide range of ratings, so some people really enjoy it. I didn't. If it is an ER for you, you should definitely give it a go and write a review so you can get more books! And maybe it is brilliant and I am not. LOL : )

>21 FAMeulstee: Boo-hoo! ; )

Oct 3, 2017, 10:22am Top

Thanks for taking the time to write down the books from the Weird_O Life ListTM that you've read/liked. That is so much better than saying, effectively, "Well, out of the 75 books you cited, I've read 8." Yeah, but which ones. Now we all know.

Thanks again, Kim.

By the way, I see you've spruced up the place. Nice.

Edited: Oct 3, 2017, 4:39pm Top

>22 Berly: LOL. Notice I didn't log ALL the decades. You would have a very long thread if everyone listed all their shared books!! But now you know. And I am glad you trademarked your list. Very important. : )

I am glad you like the decor. I still have to get more stuff from the attic and put it out. My middle daughter is the biggest Halloween fan, so we are pulling another box out this afternoon.

This is a fall painting I did a couple of years ago (at one of those group bar things--so much fun!) and in front of it the ghost/graveyard candelabra (hence the little metal bars holding up the bats). I kinda like the pairing.

>31 Edited to fix the typo Bill found and pointed out. No antics here!! LOL

Oct 3, 2017, 10:42am Top

Loving the Halloween theme here :)

Oct 3, 2017, 10:44am Top

Thanks! Me. too.

Oct 3, 2017, 11:22am Top

>16 Berly: I did not like this one either. I am surprised I didn't DNF it.

Happy Tuesday, Kimmers.

Oct 3, 2017, 11:45am Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

It's spooky around here, isn't it. Love it.

My Halloween read is going to be Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories.

Oct 3, 2017, 12:53pm Top

Hi Berly and happy new thread!

Oct 3, 2017, 2:06pm Top

Drive by wave and happy new thread Kim! I don't think I have any spooky reads planned for October but I hope you enjoy The Girl with all the Gifts!

Oct 3, 2017, 2:30pm Top

>24 Berly: Wow! Your house has an antic? I don't think my wife would go for that. We're old now, and trying to keep things calm. Occasionally, the grands come for an afternoon, and that's enough antic for us.


Oct 3, 2017, 3:13pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim, and belated congrats on reading 75! Those were handy instructions for finding out ER stats on your last thread. I will have to check them out when I am not on my phone.

Oct 3, 2017, 3:37pm Top

Hi Kim, Happy new thread my dear.

Oct 3, 2017, 4:44pm Top

>27 msf59: The only reason I finished I Am No One was because it was an ER and I don't want a blemish only record. I have to admit I kept reading a page and then skipping 20 or so, read a page, skip, repeat. I just wanted to find out what was going on, but didn't want to suffer through it. Interesting concept; boring execution.

>28 jnwelch: Oh the Legend of Sleepy Hollow collection is an awesome idea! Have fun with that.

>29 karenmarie: Thanks! And I am sure I will be seeing you around. After the book sale. ; )

>30 souloftherose: Waving back!! I already read The Girl With All the Gifts--It was awesome! One of my favorite this year.

Oct 3, 2017, 4:48pm Top

>31 weird_O: Okay, okay. So there's a typo. LOL. Fixed. Who knows, maybe there are antics going on in the attic!!

>32 Familyhistorian: Hi! Welcome and thanks on the 75. It feels really good to already be there--no last minute pressure during the holidays, yay! Hope the instructions for the ER reads help. It's kinda fun to look at.

>33 johnsimpson: Thanks! Hugs to you and Karen. Hope she is continuing to feel better.

Happy Tuesday everyone! (Tuesday never gets any hoopla.)

Oct 3, 2017, 9:28pm Top

>34 Berly:
>28 jnwelch:

We always watch THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW with (just blanked his name - the tall dark handsome guy who was so wonderfully cynical in Jurassic Park!)
just before Halloween. Ah yes, Jeff Goldblum!

Oct 3, 2017, 11:46pm Top

>36 m.belljackson: That sounds like an excellent tradition!! I don't have a favorite Halloween movie, except for The Great Pumpkin with Charlie Brown and the Peanuts. LOL

Oct 4, 2017, 8:56am Top

Happy new thread, Kim! I LOVE your topper - very cool. For Halloween, we like to watch Arsenic and Old Lace, which is a lot of fun.

Oct 4, 2017, 10:59am Top

>22 Berly: >20 Carmenere: "And maybe it is brilliant and I am not. LOL : )" Snork! I think our taste for books is rather similar, Beth, but I'll give I Am No One a shot just to see what all this surveillance thing is about.

I didn't notice your topper till today. Very cool!

Oct 4, 2017, 9:01pm Top

Hey! A scary new thread. I like Halloween, but I don't like the scary stories.

Edited: Oct 6, 2017, 10:22am Top

>38 Crazymamie: Hiya Crazy!! I love when you get over here. : ) Even when you bring Arsenic, lol. I haven't seen that one--I'll have to look it up! Thanks.

>39 Carmenere: Glad you like the topper! And remember...I'll be watching you!!

>40 BLBera: Okay. You and I will just share candy, not scary stories.

I am so glad it is Friday! Phew. I am deep in the middle of Behind Her Eyes, which is your basic story about a love triangle, except that it is not. There is something very sinister going on. I know there are no ghosts or goblins, but it is still very creepy and very October appropriate. The audio is awesome; I love the switching viewpoints and I can't wait to get in the car and sort though this thing!

Oct 6, 2017, 12:37pm Top

Wishing you a lovely weekend Kim. I'll be one of those avoiding the scary stories this time of year, not much of a tolerance for things that go bump in the night...

Edited: Oct 6, 2017, 2:52pm Top

>40 BLBera:
>41 Berly:
>42 charl08:

Here's a game for those who want to play, but not be scared -

From a recent BAS BLEU catalogue =

Bring Your Own Book Game $14.99

"...each person brings a book - any book - and gathers round the play area.

One person (the Picker) chooses a card and reads the prompt
("Something Arnold Schwarzenegger might say," "Strange first words for a child,"
"A sentence that's funnier when you replace one word with pants")

and everyone has 60 seconds to find a line in their book to satisfy the prompt.

Picker chooses a favorite and winner claims the card.

((Coming up with new prompts could increase the novelty.))

Oct 6, 2017, 8:39pm Top

>16 Berly: oooh, tempting to click and read the spoiler! But I ain't gonna! I also may never read the book, but hey, there's always a chance, right?

Oct 6, 2017, 8:40pm Top

>43 m.belljackson: that sounds fun!!

Oct 6, 2017, 8:47pm Top

Happy Friday, Kimmers. I hope you have a book-filled weekend ahead of you.

Oct 6, 2017, 10:51pm Top

Have a great weekend, Kim!

Oct 7, 2017, 5:15pm Top

>37 Berly: That's my favorite Halloween movie, too!!!!

Oct 7, 2017, 6:05pm Top

Hi Berly!

Book sale's over. I have sore feet, a sense of accomplishment, some more Treasurer work to do, and 57 books, 45 for me and 12 for daughter, purchased over 3 days. I know it's temporary, but I'm booked out!

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Oct 7, 2017, 11:54pm Top

>42 charl08: I promise not to make my thread too scary. : )

>43 m.belljackson: Great idea!! I put that one on my WL at Amazon. If I order it with something else, so it is included in the shipping, I can get it for $6.99.

>44 LovingLit: Maybe, someday, so don't ruin it!! LOL

>46 msf59: Happy weekend, Mark! May books be in your lap and a beer in your hand. : )

>47 Familyhistorian: Thanks, you too!!

>48 EBT1002: Sadly, I think I missed it on TV. Luckily I have it on DVD!!

>49 karenmarie: Whew! Glad you survived the book sale. Not to mention you scored some books! 45! I will have to check out your thread to see which ones they are.

Edited: Oct 8, 2017, 9:41am Top

Happy Sunday, Kim! I had to snicker at >41 Berly: "Glad you like the topper! And remember...I'll be watching you!!" I guess you might have learned some techniques from I Am No One.

Oct 8, 2017, 4:27pm Top

Hi Kim, hope you are having a good weekend my dear and send love and hugs dear friend.

Oct 8, 2017, 6:01pm Top

Wishing you a lovely Sunday, Kimmers!

Oct 8, 2017, 6:21pm Top

I don't own the DVD of The Great Pumpkin but I do own the DVD of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. ;-)

Oct 8, 2017, 7:49pm Top

Happy Sunday, Kimmers! Lots of birds and books today, along with a couple of beers. Just my cuppa...

Hope you had a nice one with the family.

Oct 8, 2017, 10:24pm Top

I didn't like the guy in I Am No One either. But the killer for me was the snooty tone of the whole enterprise. Worked my nerve.

Edited: Oct 9, 2017, 1:23am Top

>51 Carmenere: LOL. I'll never reveal my secrets!! ; )

>52 johnsimpson: It was a mellow, recuperative weekend, John. Much needed. I finished Commonwealth and I will have comments on it after my Tuesday RL bookclub get-together.

>53 PaulCranswick: Same to you, Paul! I hear you are batching it. Not too many pizzas now, okay?

>54 EBT1002: The Grinch! Ha! I have that on video, which I can no longer play. Might have to upgrade that one. : )

>55 msf59: The Three Bs!! Nicely done. I hope you have a great week ahead. Mine is pretty jam-packed. Bookclub Tuesday, Soccer game on Wednesday, Thursday is Literary Arts with George Saunders!! and Saturday is a play at Artis Rep Theatre. Sounds like fun to me!!

>56 richardderus: Ricardo!! You are HERE! I am very glad you found me and I am so happy to see you out and about LT again. I hope it lasts.

I totally agree. The tone of I Am No One did nothing for me, but at least my nerves didn't fray. I hope you have recovered by now. ; ) Smooches.

Oct 9, 2017, 2:22am Top

Just started Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle...!

Oct 9, 2017, 9:10am Top

Jackson is almost the only "horror" writer whose work I love. Enjoy!

Oct 9, 2017, 9:39am Top

>58 Berly: Enjoy!! I loved that one

Oct 9, 2017, 11:01am Top

>58 Berly: Yes! Excellent book, Merricat! I mean, Kimmers, Kimmers of course...heh...

Oct 9, 2017, 11:58am Top

Oh, Shirley Jackson was quite the writer. I reread We Have Always Lived in the Castle in the last year or two.

It's raining today. Remnants of Nate. Suits me fine.

Oct 9, 2017, 4:17pm Top

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Oct 9, 2017, 4:29pm Top

>59 sibyx: >60 ChelleBearss: >61 richardderus: >62 weird_O:

Hi Guys! Well, you all seem pretty happy about Shirley Jackson and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which makes ME happy!

S--See? Not too scary here. ; )

Chelle--So far, so good. It's a quickie; shouldn't take too long.

Richard--a visit two days in a row!! Whoohoo!

Bill--Rain is good.

Oct 9, 2017, 4:29pm Top

And the question(s) of the day (courtesy of my Dad):

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do 'practice'?


Edited: Oct 10, 2017, 2:22pm Top

>65 Berly: - Is your dad Steven Wright? lol! He used to ask stuff like that!

Oct 10, 2017, 10:54am Top

>66 jessibud2: LOL. Not Steven Wright. He does make me laugh though. Have a good one!

Oct 10, 2017, 1:06pm Top

>58 Berly: Oh, I loved that one!!!

>65 Berly: My favorite is the one about Noah and the mosquitoes. It's a totally valid question.

Oct 10, 2017, 2:44pm Top

Another fan of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Happy Tuesday, Kim!

Oct 10, 2017, 7:34pm Top

>65 Berly: Love them, Twinnie. I've never read We Have Always Lived in the Castle; I'll watch for your comments.

Edited: Oct 11, 2017, 2:57pm Top

Oct 11, 2017, 2:58pm Top

>71 EBT1002: - Bwahahaha!

Oct 11, 2017, 3:56pm Top

>71 EBT1002: Whoa! I'm diving in!

Oct 12, 2017, 12:05am Top

>68 EBT1002: : )

>69 Crazymamie: I am enjoying We Have Always Lived in the Castle, although I have to say I thought everyone was a lot younger than they are. Happy Wednesday!

>70 BLBera: Glad you enjoyed the little humor there.

>71 EBT1002: Yum! Happiness! I love it. Thanks for sharing. : )

>72 jessibud2: Be nice now! Leave some for others...like me!

>73 jnwelch: It does look like a pool full!

Oct 12, 2017, 12:07am Top

I have been a little MIA. Not feeling well. Tuesday. On the mend today. Halfway through The Castle. It's an odd little book and I want to know what really happened...turning pages fast.

Oct 12, 2017, 12:21am Top

>65 Berly: Your Dad is right, Kimmers, Noah should have done us all a favour.

Oct 12, 2017, 2:52am Top

>71 EBT1002: um, huh? *whispers* what are those?

Oct 12, 2017, 4:27am Top

>75 Berly: So what happened?! Hope you're feeling better.

Oct 12, 2017, 9:34am Top

>76 PaulCranswick: Seriously.

>77 LovingLit: Otherwise known as Candy Corn, the most artificial candy ever! And Ellen's favorite. LOL

>78 charl08: Vertigo. Ugh. I am mostly better again, but I missed my RL book group. Sadness. And we were discussing Commonwealth. I was looking forward to their thoughts because I did not enjoy it as much as most people seem to have. Luckily, I am feeling well enough to attend tonight's lecture by George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo!! And I have new and improved seats this year. : )

Oct 12, 2017, 10:14am Top

Hi Berly!

Sorry to hear that you were not feeling well, glad to hear you're better.

Re >65 Berly: and >68 EBT1002: I am reminded of a ditty by Ogden Nash: "God in his wisdom created the fly and then forgot to tell us why." I love Ogden Nash: Here's a link to some of his funnies: Ogden Nash

>79 Berly: I am envious of your getting to attend a lecture by George Saunders! I'll be interested in hearing about it.

Oct 12, 2017, 11:04am Top

Hope you are feeling much better today, Kimmers. We need you ship-shape for the Saunders event tonight. Wow! What a treat that is going to be.

Oct 12, 2017, 11:41am Top

I hope you're feeling better, Twin. Lucky you, to see Saunders. Enjoy.

I'll be happy to discuss Commonwealth with you - I did love it. I think Ellen maybe also was not thrilled with it...

Oct 12, 2017, 12:29pm Top

Ogden Nash: "God in his wisdom created the fly and then forgot to tell us why." Oh, I hadn't heard that one. Great!

Edited: Oct 12, 2017, 5:48pm Top

>79 Berly:

The first chapter of Commonwealth was great - I read through it again to be sure nothing got missed.

Fix in the hospital was not expected and still sad.

A few more chapters in and it's hard to figure why all the kids are mostly so mean to each other -
not fun to read though the Gun and Gin chapter was compelling - glad the other shoe didn't drop.

Hope it gets back to intriguing...

Oct 12, 2017, 8:27pm Top

>83 jnwelch: Ogden Nash!

"Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for."

Oct 13, 2017, 5:58am Top

>79 Berly: OK, so not candy baby teeth then. :)
Which would be ew.

Oct 13, 2017, 6:12am Top

>86 LovingLit: What was it Nash said (and I am not checking for a verbatim quote)

Candy is dandy
but liquor is quicker!

Oct 13, 2017, 9:12am Top

Hi Berly!

>71 EBT1002: I was deliberately ignoring the Candy Corn, just as I did at the grocery store 2 days ago. I love it. I like eating the white part first, then the orange, then the yellow..... the Indian corn, with brown instead of yellow just isn't the same.

I hope the George Saunders lecture was Fabulous.

Oct 13, 2017, 5:55pm Top

Kim, hope you are feeling better! Wendy and I really liked the George Saunders lecture... what a character!

Oct 14, 2017, 11:43am Top

Oh, sorry you were indisposed again. Did you get to the George Saunders lecture?

Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 11:45am Top

Oh, sorry you were indisposed again. Did you get to the George Saunders lecture?

It seems I'm sorry twice. My computer, or the web, or LT behaving oddly.

Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 3:44pm Top

>87 PaulCranswick: I always thought that was Dorothy Parker, but I see, Paul, that you are correct. Google is my friend. :-)

Oct 14, 2017, 1:41pm Top

We have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson 4.5

A perfect book for October and Halloween, although you could read it any time. ; )

Set in the 1960's, three people live away from the village in their isolated home of affluence. But it isn't a happy home. Merricat, her sister Constance, and her Uncle Julian are the survivors of arsenic poisoning. No one has been convicted of the crime that wiped out the rest of the family and left Uncle Julian wheelchair bound.

This book is short, but explores so many themes: Female Power, Isolation, Family and Gender, Guilt and Punishment, Truth (unreliable narrators abound), and Patriarchy. It is a perfect example of how a home becomes a haunted house of legend. Highly recommended!!

I am very excited to discuss this one more at my RL bookclub meeting next week...

Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 1:51pm Top

>80 karenmarie: Thanks for the link to Ogden Nash. The following is my current favorite because it links closely to one of my current reads, The Sixth Extinction, which although not Halloweenish, is still very scary.

"Caution To Everybody"
Consider the auk
Becoming extinct because he forgot to fly, and could only walk
Consider man, who may well become extinct
Because he forgot to walk and learned to fly before he thinked

>81 msf59: Feeling much better today. The vertigo seems to have been a quickie this time. Phew. Loved George Saunders!! I will write a separate blurb on that later...

Oct 14, 2017, 1:55pm Top

>82 BLBera: I will PM my number to you so we can have a discussion about Commonwealth. : )

>83 jnwelch: I hadn't heard that one before either and I really enjoyed the link to his other words of funny wisdom.

>84 m.belljackson: And did you like Commonwealth as it progressed? Or not? ; )

>85 PaulCranswick: Ah! Now my life has purpose. Thanks Paul and Ogden. LOL

Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 2:24pm Top

>86 LovingLit: Ewwww!!! LOL. You know I am never going to be able to forget that image now. : P

>87 PaulCranswick: Ha! Speaking of liquor. I always buy wine at this time of year that have ghoulish names. Last year's favorites include Vampire, Rook, Evil, and Poizin. This year I have purchased, but not yet tasted, 7 Moons and Boneshaker. Last night I was thrilled to discover that Boneshaker has a glow-in-the-dark label!! LOL

Oct 14, 2017, 2:08pm Top

>84 m.belljackson:

A little over halfway through Commonwealth and feeling that something got left out
with Franny, Leon Posen, and the mansion - how could she not have said ANYTHING
about her new servant role when they were in bed each night? and why did she continue to accept it?

It seems out of character even for someone professing such low ambition or goals for her life.

Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 2:32pm Top

>88 karenmarie: I like Candy Corn, too, although I don't share your restraint. I eat them by the handful!!

>89 banjo123: I know! Wasn't Saunders great? I laughed a lot. He is so smart, funny and humble. SO glad I got the chance to attend this sold-out lecture. And I just finished up We Have Always Lived in the Castle so now I can start Lincoln in the Bardo.

I loved hearing Saunders explain the writing process for this book. The talk hasn't been edited yet for Literary Arts Archive Project, but here's a link to the recent OPB interview if anyone is interested. And, since it is historical fiction and everyone knows the outcome, you can listen to the talk before, during or after you read the book without any spoilers!


Oct 14, 2017, 2:23pm Top

>90 ffortsa: Yes!! And Saunders was awesome! ^^

>91 ffortsa: Thank you twice. But don't be sorry. ; )

>92 weird_O: Paul is your friend, I am your friend...

Oct 14, 2017, 2:25pm Top

>97 m.belljackson: Right?! Please don't say I hooked you into this one because I only gave it a 3. I don't understand what all the hype is about.

Oct 14, 2017, 3:46pm Top

Friends are good.

Oct 14, 2017, 3:55pm Top

Oct 14, 2017, 4:03pm Top

Hi Kim, I hope you are having a really good Saturday my dear. Over here it is unseasonably warm and today hit 72F and I cannot remember the last October day this warm.

Oct 14, 2017, 4:06pm Top

Hi John--That IS warm! We are sunny with a comfortable fall high of 58F. I am putting up the outdoor Halloween decorations today.

Oct 14, 2017, 4:11pm Top

>104 Berly:, it seems that the high temperature is due to two factors, we are getting warm air from North Africa and Spain and Hurricane Ophelia has strayed far to the East Atlantic and by the time it gets near to Ireland and the West Coast of the United Kingdom it will be down to a tropical storm but its winds are pulling warm air along. It would seem that whilst Ireland and the West Coast of Britain may get high winds and rain we could still be dry and have temps of 70F, it does seem weird as last weekend we had temps similar to you and to all intents and purposes it was Autumn with all the colours.

Today I could have got the deckchair out and done a spot of sunbathing.

Oct 14, 2017, 4:15pm Top

Why didn't you? ; ) I am hoping for a walk today. After helping daughter S with homework and catching up on laundry and LT. Although maybe not in that order.

Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 6:00pm Top

Here's a LT Halloween Horror Story -

from the Introduction to my 20 cent hardcover copy of an illustrated small Macmillan volume -
THE ANCIENT MARINER by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

"At six years of age I remember to have read Belisarius, Robinson Crusoe, and Philip Quarll;
and then I found the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, one tale of which...made so deep an impression
on me...that I was haunted by spectres whenever I was in the dark;

and I distinctly recollect the anxious and fearful eagerness with which I used to watch the window
where the book lay, and when the sun came upon it I would seize it, carry it by the wall, and bask,
and read.

My father found out the effect which these books had produced and burned them."

Oct 15, 2017, 9:43am Top

I hope you're feeling better.

And don't worry, BWAH HAH HAH - I have your number! I will save it forever.

Saunders sounds great; one of these days I'll get to Lincoln in the Bardo. We Have Always Lived in the Castle sounds good. I think there's a copy around here somewhere.

Have a great Sunday.

Oct 17, 2017, 12:04am Top

>107 m.belljackson: Cool passage. That's some heavy reading for a six-year-old! Love this part: "and I distinctly recollect the anxious and fearful eagerness with which I used to watch the window where the book lay, and when the sun came upon it I would seize it, carry it by the wall, and bask, and read."

>108 BLBera: Hi Twin! I definitely think you should read both of these. : ) And I am glad you will have my number forever. At least I think I am. The laugh was kinda scary...

Oct 17, 2017, 12:14am Top

I was feeling better until I wound up in the ER Saturday night with kidney stones. Let me just say that giving birth has nothing on the stones!! Sooooo painful. I am officially done getting new medical conditions! Just telling the universe.

Oct 17, 2017, 12:28am Top

Oooo. Sorry about those stones, Kim. Could you send them to your twin? No, I guess that would be mean.

Oct 17, 2017, 3:36am Top

>110 Berly: Hani had kidney stones a few years ago and would definitely agree with you that it beats childbirth for pain. Ge well soon dear lady.

Oct 17, 2017, 7:25am Top

Kim, I'm so sorry you've been suffering so much. And kidney stones -- well -- I've always heard they are very painful but your comparison to childbirth drives the point home in a way I'd never heard before. That is some serious pain, my friend. I hope you have turned a corner and are feeling better.

Oct 17, 2017, 7:47am Top

Kim! Oh my. Did you have surgery to remove them? What brings that on, anyhow? I do hope you are feeling better now. At least childbirth gives you something worthwhile after it passes. If you came home this time empty-handed, well, that's just gratuitous pain and should be banned altogether! So there!

Oct 17, 2017, 7:54am Top

Oh, no! I'm so sorry that you're having more health issues! And, kidney stones?! Yoicks.

Oct 17, 2017, 7:59am Top

I'm very sorry to hear about the kidney stones. I hope they can solve this problem soon. Love and hugs.

Oct 17, 2017, 10:35am Top

Oct 17, 2017, 1:43pm Top

>110 Berly: I've heard that kidney stones are worse than childbirth. I thought I had them once but, thankfully (at least according to the doctor), they were gallstones which are painful but not as much.

Oct 17, 2017, 2:20pm Top

So sorry to hear you've been in the ER. Hope it's been sorted out and that you are on your way to recovery.

Oct 17, 2017, 2:42pm Top

What Charlotte said, Kim. Ouch! I, too, have heard that kidney stones are really painful. Hope you're doing okay now.

Oct 17, 2017, 3:27pm Top

Ouch my dear, sorry to hear that you ended up in ER with Kidney Stones, hope it is being sorted and that you are recovering well dear friend, sending love and hugs.

Oct 17, 2017, 3:34pm Top

>110 Berly: Oh my, Kim, so sorry.
I'll tell the universe also on your behalf.

Oct 17, 2017, 5:39pm Top

Kidney stones? Not fair.

Edited: Oct 17, 2017, 7:14pm Top

>93 Berly: I read and enjoyed We have Always Lived in the Castle a couple of Octobers ago, (10/'14)

>98 Berly: So glad to hear the Saunders event went well. What a treat!

>110 Berly: Nooooooooo!! You need to catch a break, my friend. Gentle hugs, to Kimmers! Keep us updated.

Oct 17, 2017, 7:18pm Top

So sorry to hear that you've had kidney stones, Kim. One of my friends had kidney stones and instead of surgery, drank a bottle of olive oil for 2 days without eating anything solid because he was told it would help him pass them, but it didn't work. *shudder* He ended up having to go to the doctor and said the pain was something he wouldn't wish on his worst enemies.

I hope you're recovering from your ordeal .... rest up, dear one.

Oct 17, 2017, 7:49pm Top

>125 cameling: Wow, I haven't heard of that one before - sounds better to have the stones! Someone told Hani that drinking beer would help. I drank the beer and it helped me to sleep whilst she was contorted with a stone mere milimetres in diameter. When she had the laser treatment I was allowed into the theatre for the process to hold Hani's hand and her blood pressure spiked to over 200 before the medicine took effect.

She did confirm Kimmers' opinion that it is far more painful than child birth.

Oct 17, 2017, 11:24pm Top

So sorry to hear about the dratted kidney stones, Kim!

Oct 17, 2017, 11:25pm Top

Hey guys. Thank you soooooo much for all your kind words and thoughts! I think I am over the worst of it. I think. Made it to work for 3/4 of the day, but then I was just too pooped. Currently home in bed and binge watching Stranger Things Season One (very Halloweenish) with my daughter, alternating with a totally mindless book which shall remain nameless.

Individual responses later. : )

Oct 17, 2017, 11:39pm Top

Glad that you are over the worst!

Oct 18, 2017, 8:29am Top

Oh, my, Berly!

I can attest that kidney stone are worse than giving birth! I've had them twice and gone to the ER twice. And the little suckers do not have to be large to be horrific. Made me a fan of morphine the second time.

I hope you wake up feeling much, much better! I also hope that you're told what type of stones you had so that you can do whatever you can to avoid them in the future.

Oct 18, 2017, 9:41am Top

YIKES to the kidney stones, Kim! Hoping you are feeling much better each day. Sending you my love and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

And the glow in the dark wine label is too cool!

Oct 18, 2017, 12:33pm Top

>128 Berly:

Kidney stones were in the news for using Lasers to break them up and so minimize the pain - any chance they could help?

I cannot fathom any pain worse than childbirth except childbirth that lasted longer.

Oddly, you have earned a major literary connection!

Michael Perry's just released MONTAIGNE IN BARN BOOTS
was written as the author was trying to recover from passing kidney stones.

His online search led him to Michel de Montaigne who had horrible bouts with the stones; hence, the book.

Let me know if you want the Uncorrected Proof I received.

Oct 18, 2017, 6:48pm Top

Oh no. Kidney stones are awful. Jim had a serious bout with them when he was much younger, before my time, and has said they were excruciatingly painful. (Of course, he couldn't compare them to childbirth.) I hope you are fully recovered from them now.

I recall my aunt suffered from them and once was treated with sound waves to break up the stones. She said it felt like being kicked by a horse, so pain either way.

And I agree, no more illnesses for you. You've had much more than your share.

Oct 18, 2017, 7:12pm Top

Drink plenty of water, Kimmers. Hani was told that that was the best way to stop or at least slow down a recurrence.

Oct 19, 2017, 1:56am Top

>111 weird_O: LOL! No, we can't wish these stones on anyone. They hurt!

>112 PaulCranswick: Sorry Hani has experienced this, too. Thanks for the good wishes.

>113 lauralkeet: Feeling better. Well, not in pain anymore. Some of the medication they gave me has the unpleasant side effect of dizziness. Not great after my vertigo episode last Wednesday (can you say rough week?), so I have discontinued it.

>114 jessibud2: I know, seriously! After pain like that there should be some sort of prize. Childbirth is much more rewarding. ; )

>115 scaifea: Yoicks indeed!! Followed by a few choicer words.

Oct 19, 2017, 2:01am Top

>116 Ameise1: Thanks for the love and hugs. Most appreciated.

>117 majleavy: Ouch. Ow. Damn!

>118 lindapanzo: Gallstones hurt, too, I've heard. I think, in general, that stones do not belong in the body. Just a guess.

>119 charl08: On Recovery Road. Phone follow-up on Friday with the doc, but so far so good. I am drinking tons of water and even added an app to my phone to remind me. Plan nanny. It's kinda fun!

>120 jnwelch: Doing better and better. Thanks!

Oct 19, 2017, 2:07am Top

>121 johnsimpson: Getting sorted out, best I can. Thanks.

>122 FAMeulstee: Thanks for chiming in so the universe hears me. : )

>123 banjo123: Totally unfair! I protest.

>124 msf59: So glad I got to see Saunders!! Especially since he won the Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo!!

Oct 19, 2017, 2:13am Top

>125 cameling: Thanks! I have been doing plenty of resting. And drinking, but not olive oil (ewwww!). Just water.

>126 PaulCranswick: I seem to have passed the largest stone on my own, before I got the morphine, or saw the doctor so I have no idea how big it was. The CT scan revealed several more but of a smaller size that won't need surgery or laser treatment. Phew!

>127 ronincats: Avoid first hand experience if at all possible!! Just saying.

>129 banjo123: Me too!!

>130 karenmarie: So sorry you have been there and done that, too. Twice! Yikes. One of my stones has been sent in for analysis to see what kind it is. I guess there are like three different kinds brought on by different issues/circumstances. We'll see...

Oct 19, 2017, 2:18am Top

>131 Crazymamie: Thank for the love and prayers. Much appreciated. : ) And glad you like my glowing wine label. Doesn't taste bad either!!

>132 m.belljackson: How can I pass on a literary connection? There has to be an upside to kidney stones and a free book sounds great. Thanks.

>133 ffortsa: Yup. I am good on the illness empathy/sympathy scale and do not feel the need to personally experience any more medical conditions.

>134 PaulCranswick: I think if I drink any more water, I will float away!!! LOL

Edited: Oct 19, 2017, 2:28am Top

Well, I finished my trashy easy-read romance, and it was a great disappointment. The Mistress by Danielle Steel. Repetitive. Didn't love the characters. Pass.

Sarah Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes, on the other hand, was a truly eerie book about a love triangle gone really wrong. Loved it!

Oct 19, 2017, 7:31am Top

Good morning, Berly! I hope that you're feeling better. I'm glad that the analysis will be done. I had to take mine to the doctor's office. The doctor at the hospital told me it was small, but my doctor told me it was pretty good-sized. Huh. I guess size counts. *smile*

Oct 19, 2017, 10:00am Top

Morning, Kim! Good to see you posting. Hoping you continue to feel better each day.

Oct 19, 2017, 10:19am Top

Hey Twin! I hope you're done with the stones. Do you need a special diet? Other than the special diet you already had?

Good timing with Saunders! You can say you knew him before he was a Booker star. Now, I have got to get to the book!

Regarding the scary laugh, I think it was my day to be bad twin.

Take it easy.

Oct 19, 2017, 11:07am Top

>141 karenmarie: Karen--"I guess size counts." LOL. The one I managed to capture is about the size of a smallish grain of rice. That one didn't hurt, so I imagine the killer one was much bigger. Dropping the sample off on Tuesday when I go in to see the doc.

>142 Crazymamie: Crazy--Thank you!

>143 BLBera: I won't know about changing my diet until they do the analysis so we'll see.

Yup. You better get the Saunders book! Tee Hee! (That is my good Twin laugh. Since you were the evil twin on the 15th and we alternate days, that makes you the bad twin again today on the 19th.) : )

Oct 19, 2017, 11:56am Top

>71 EBT1002: LOLOL Looks good to me

I'm so glad you liked We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I enjoyed that one.

Sorry to hear about your ER visit. Not fun.

Oct 19, 2017, 3:17pm Top

Hi Kim, glad to see you are recovering well my dear, I must say that the descriptions of the pain were making me wince. I told Karen about your kidney stones and she winced as well and said she had had enough pain for a while and hoped that was not going to follow.

Hope the analysis comes back ok dear friend and we both send love and hugs to you dear friend.

Oct 19, 2017, 3:33pm Top

>144 Berly: Ouch! Hope they manage to find something to help, Kim.

Oct 19, 2017, 5:33pm Top

Hey Kim! So sorry to read of your stone situation. That's got to be horrible. I hope all goes well. Hugs :0)

Oct 19, 2017, 5:48pm Top

BWAH HAH HAH - evil enough for you?

Oct 19, 2017, 9:51pm Top

When I lived on W 30th Street in Manhattan 30+ years ago, I was walking to work at 19th and 5th Ave when, like a thunderbolt, pain zapped me so hard I pitched onto my face in front of McDonald's, pissed myself, and passed a little stone. Side problem from having my sort of gout.

I've been drinking 96oz of water a day since.

Oct 19, 2017, 10:05pm Top

Soldier on, Kim. Says he who has never experienced kidney stones OR childbirth (though I held my wife's hand through three births. The births were hard, her afterglow was magnificent each time.)

Oct 20, 2017, 9:27am Top

Sorry to see that you haven't been well! Hope that you've passed them all now and get some more relaxing time!

Oct 20, 2017, 4:05pm Top

>145 SuziQoregon: ER visits are never fun, but the consequences would be a lot worse if they weren't possible!! So, I am thankful for the ER and just wish the underlying problem(s) would go away. : )

>146 johnsimpson: Karen, you and I (and a few others I can think of here on LT) should all qualify for the "No more pain" "Get out of jail FREE" card!!

>147 charl08: Totally not in pain anymore. Just hoping it doesn't happen again. And pissed that I missed my RL book group discussing We Have Always Lived in the Castle!

Oct 20, 2017, 4:10pm Top

>148 Carmenere: Hi there! Thanks for the good wishes and the hugs. : )

>149 BLBera: I am the evil one today, so right back atcha!!!


>150 richardderus: So you are a fish!! And see >146 johnsimpson:

Oct 20, 2017, 4:12pm Top

>151 weird_O: See, pain should have a nice reward at the end! Good job holding her hand each time. You get points. ; )

>152 ChelleBearss: Good thing it is Friday!!! LOL. Had a great night sleep last night, so things are looking up. Thanks.

Oct 21, 2017, 9:32am Top

>154 Berly: That was VERY scary. How to top it....

Oct 21, 2017, 9:34am Top

My turn today, and we all know there is nothing scarier than clowns.


Oct 21, 2017, 9:39am Top

*shiver* Clowns.

Happy Saturday to you, Berly!

Oct 21, 2017, 9:44am Top

>157 BLBera: YIKES!

Beth wins that round, Kim, because she is right that there is nothing scarier than clowns. Except for my MIL. Heh.

Oct 21, 2017, 1:40pm Top

>157 BLBera: Good one! Although I am not normally scared by clowns, except the one in American Horror Story / Freak Show. Shivers...

>158 karenmarie: Happy Saturday!!

>159 Crazymamie: LOL. Sorry your MIL is so scary. You can't just run away!!

Oct 21, 2017, 1:54pm Top

Your turn tomorrow.

Oct 21, 2017, 1:57pm Top

> ; )

Oct 22, 2017, 3:08am Top

Waving happily, and cowardy-custard style avoiding the scary links... :-)

Edited: Oct 22, 2017, 8:57am Top

Happy Sunday, Kimmers. My sister is visiting from Salem, starting tomorrow, so I am taking the week off. I like spending time with sis.

Hope you are feeling better and enjoying the weekend. In the meantime, why don't you...

Oct 22, 2017, 11:36am Top

>164 msf59: That is very scary.

Oct 22, 2017, 2:57pm Top

>163 charl08: >164 msf59: >165 BLBera: Mark! You are going to scare Charlotte away!! Look what Beth said. Bad boy.

Happy Sunday you three (and everyone else)!

Mark--Have fun with your sister, although I wish you were visiting her HERE! : )

Oct 22, 2017, 3:09pm Top

Fire alarm went off at 2am. And I don't mean one, I mean ALL of them throughout the house!! It was so loud!

Couldn't smell any smoke. Didn't find any smoke. They would not turn off by pressing the reset button. Tried to turn them off by shutting off the circuit breakers. That didn't work. Disconnected all the backup batteries. Blissful silence!!

But as soon as we turned on the power, they started howling again. Turns out, it was pouring last night and we had a small ceiling leak that was dripping onto one of the sensors and it short circuited the sensor loop.

So we had to climb into the attic for a look. Which entailed hauling out the big ladder and maneuvering it upstairs and into the bedroom. Then we had to find the drip and tape it up.

Finally went back to bed at 3:30.

Off to get a pedi with my girls. : )

Oct 22, 2017, 4:26pm Top

Hi Kim, I hope you are having a good weekend my dear despite the fire alarm waking you up at 2am and then having to spend 90 minutes to get it finally under control. Have a great pedi with the girls dear friend and enjoy the rest of the day. Hope you have a good week ahead my dear and we both send love and hugs to you all.

Oct 22, 2017, 8:26pm Top

Ouch - that sucks! At least you found the problem and it wasn’t a fire! 😀

Oct 22, 2017, 8:59pm Top

>168 johnsimpson: Thanks, John. Had a great time with my girls: my toes look pretty and we had Mexican food afterwards, yum! Then I came back and took a long nap--feeling much better! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Hugs to you and Karen.

>169 drneutron: Just posted on your thread. : )

Absolutely, positively glad it was not a fire! Sleep deprivation doesn't last too long.

Have fun with your reunion with Mrs Dr N.

Oct 22, 2017, 9:06pm Top

>167 Berly: Oh that sounds hellish. The whole attic thing would've done me in, I'm at least as scared of attics as I am of Pennywise.

Oct 22, 2017, 9:09pm Top

>171 richardderus: Luckily I was too short to actually climb up into the attic with the ladder we brought up. I could only take a quick peek. Hubby got the honor. ; )

Oct 22, 2017, 9:10pm Top

>172 Berly: See? SEE?! Just because I'm over 6ft I'd have to do the scary scutwork! Nixnyetnein!!

Oct 22, 2017, 9:21pm Top

Just started The Late Show by Michale Connelly on Kindle for when i am stuck waiting somewhere (like Dr Offices or waiting to pick up the kids) and The Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Grudova on paperback for at home, another dark collection of short stories for October read: "by turns childlike and naive, grotesque and very dark, the marriage of Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter (both of whom I love).

And then I am still reading The Sky Below: A True Story (K) by Scott Flory and The Best of McSweeney edited by Dave Eggers, for my Oct Obama read. LOVING the McSweeney!

I need to find a new audio for in the car.

Oct 22, 2017, 9:22pm Top

>173 richardderus: There are advantages and disadvantages to your lofty point of view!!! LOL

Oct 23, 2017, 12:21am Top

Kim, I'm sorry to hear about the kidney stones. YUCK.

I wish I could have come to PDX for Saunders' talk. But the January event will be good. I still haven't gotten a copy of Lincoln in the Bardo but I'll pick it up pretty soon.

Of course the pedi sounds like fun. :-)

Oct 23, 2017, 8:34am Top

>167 Berly: Omigosh. That sounds horrible, Kim. I would've been raging at the gods on that one. I'm impressed you figured it out and found the leak in the wee hours.

Oct 23, 2017, 8:39am Top

Hi Berly!

>167 Berly: Yikes with the fire alarms. I admire your persistence - husband and I would have probably said "it can wait until morning."

Pedicures are quite wonderful - I've decided this year that they are a Necessity and have started getting them regularly.

I read The Late Show and really liked it. 'Course, I pretty much like all of his books, with few exceptions.

Oct 23, 2017, 12:02pm Top

>176 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! We will have fun in January for sure. And we can get a pedi, too, if that floats your boat. ; ) Sorry you didn't take a VK this summer; I know you are a bit on the stressed/tired side with everything you have going on. Hope this week cooperates.

>177 jnwelch: Joe--I was raging at the sleep gods!! And the leak demons. Course with a leak, you never know if it is just going to go bonkers and we didn't want it to get any bigger or the ceiling might have gotten really damaged. So, yes, we soldiered on in the wee hours of the morning. Sigh.

>178 karenmarie: And Karen! See above for why we kept going...

Pedi's are not a necessity here, although I could be open to that if I had more time and money, LOL. But they are very fun to do with my girls and we probably go every 2 or 3 months. I have a bright pink right now, totally not my usual color!

I do like me someMichael Connelly!!

Oct 23, 2017, 12:05pm Top

I found my audio book! Used my monthly credit for Tom Hank's collection of short stories, narrated by the man himself! Uncommon Type

Oct 23, 2017, 1:47pm Top

>180 Berly: - Kim! I did not know about this book! I MUST find it. Will check the library for the audio version immediately. However, that said, did you know about this documentary? I will be seeing it next week!!


Oct 23, 2017, 4:54pm Top

>181 jessibud2: Yay! And what great timing...thanks for the link to that movie. I have to find a showing in my area. I love typewriters!!

Oct 23, 2017, 5:06pm Top

Okay, I read about 2/3 of the short stories in The Doll's Alphabet and they are just plain weird. They start off weird and they stay that way. Without explanation or depth. There are recurring themes: births gone wrong, sewing machines, empty shops, wax, sardines, and people who's body types are outside the norms -- very short, excessively fat, almost albino. Grudova is very good at painting pictures: I could see the people and the places. But I wanted to know the why of the situation and that never came.

There are two reviews currently on LT. One gave 1/2 stars and the other 5 stars. I'll give it 2.

Oct 23, 2017, 6:06pm Top

>180 Berly: Interested, in your thoughts, on this one. Can Hanks pull it off? Have not seen any reviews on it yet.

Edited: Oct 23, 2017, 6:25pm Top

>184 msf59: I'll let you know!!

Just found out the authors I will be escorting for theLiterary Arts Wordstock Bookfair:

Session--Sex, Lies, and Polar Bears: Relationships on the Edge
Nancy Pearl
Shanthi Sekaran
Peter Rock
Pauls Toutonghi
When--November 11 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Where--Brunish Theatre

First comes love—young love on the run, the girl next door, an unlikely husband—then comes the secrets. Two mothers—one a young, undocumented immigrant and the other a second-generation, comfortably middle-class wife desperate for a child—find their lives thrown together over the fate of Shanthi Sekaran’s Lucky Boy. A wife confronts her scandalous past and reckons with the truth of her marriage in Nancy Pearl’s George and Lizzie. Peter Rock’s dreamy, multimedia Spells: A Novel in Photographs moves between fantasy and reality as it reveals the characters’ sexual awakening, and resulting love triangle. With moderator Pauls Toutonghi (Dog Gone).

I know none of them!! LOL

Oct 23, 2017, 9:22pm Top

I've never heard of Pauls Toutonghi, but I know Steve Toutonghi and the last name is one I've never heard before I knew him. His novel Join is a really good read.

Oct 24, 2017, 1:03am Top

>140 Berly: Well, I finished my trashy easy-read romance, and it was a great disappointment. The Mistress by Danielle Steel. Repetitive. Didn't love the characters. Pass.
Lol, tell me, what were you expecting? ;) Were you in need of post-kidney-stone easy reads? Sorry to hear you've been under that kind of stress.

Oct 24, 2017, 1:43am Top

>186 richardderus: And how many people would have that name anyway?!

>187 LovingLit: Yes, I needed mindless, but The Mistress took it to a whole new (low) level. LOL

Oct 24, 2017, 2:12am Top

My brother posts yearly fun Halloween ideas at #hashandhack. Here are the drink recipes they came up with this year.


Oct 24, 2017, 11:23am Top

>180 Berly: We saw Tom Hanks on Sunday Morning on CBS two Sundays ago, talking about typewriters and his book. I saw the book at Costco and almost bought it, but October was a BAD month - book acquisition disorder- so thought 50 this month was enough.

Tom Hanks on Sunday Morning 10/15/17

Oct 24, 2017, 1:07pm Top

>93 Berly: Oh you make We Have Always Lived in the Castle sound really good. I have to confess I have never read any Shirley Jackson but have that and The Haunting of Hill House on the list.

>110 Berly: Oh no! I have heard kidney stones are very painful. Glad you are feeling better now.

>167 Berly: Your life is just too eventful at the moment! I think I should wish you a truly dull November to recover in.

Edited: Oct 24, 2017, 4:45pm Top

>190 karenmarie: - Karen, thanks for the heads up. I will head to Costco tomorrow to see if they have it here. Your link wouldn't work for me in Canada but I did a bit of googling and was able to find the CBS clip to watch. Now, more than ever, I can't wait to see the doc film (see my link in >181 jessibud2:)

Oct 24, 2017, 4:39pm Top

>190 karenmarie: Are you up to 50 this month!!!??? I knew you succumbed at your Library event, but LOL. Okay, save it for your November acquisitions, so you can keep the October numbers "low." : P

Thanks for the link to Hank's talk--I will be watching it soon!

>191 souloftherose: We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the strangest little book. I really enjoyed it and I am hoping to still talk about it with a few book friends at my next RL book group, having missed the October get-together.

And thanks, I AM up for a dull November!! With NO, NONE, ZERO doctor appointments. Right now I am sitting in the waiting room whilst Hubby has a visit. Last week I was in the ER. Son was in the ER. And then there were all the regular visits for dentist, acne doc, etc., this month. Done. Sheesh. ; )

>192 jessibud2: Hi Shelley!

Oct 24, 2017, 4:46pm Top

>193 Berly: - Hi Kim. :-)

Oct 25, 2017, 12:58am Top

Sorry to hear about the fire alarm - why does that always happen at night? Kidney stones are no fun. I had the treatment to pulverize my stones right after I gave birth and even passing the fragments was more painful than childbirth. It's good to hear that you are feeling better, Kim.

Oct 25, 2017, 1:41am Top

>194 jessibud2: ; )

>195 Familyhistorian: I know. It is inevitable that it would happen at night! Who needs sleep? Sorry you have been through the kidney stone nightmare as well. Feeling much better though!

So well in fact, that I am spending the day tomorrow helping to set up for Portland's Literary Art's Fundraiser, called Bookmark. And then in the evening I will be attending said event. Should be great fun. : )

Oct 25, 2017, 2:07pm Top

>196 Berly: Have fun at the literary art's fundraiser, Kim. Book people events always seem so enjoyable.

Oct 25, 2017, 2:12pm Top

I didn't know about Tom Hanks' book, either but will look for it on audio. :-)

I hope the fundraiser goes well!

Edited: Oct 27, 2017, 12:50am Top

>197 Familyhistorian: >198 EBT1002: Had a great time at Literary Arts Bookmark Fundraiser! Worked all day on setup. Was super psyched because they chose a game I had suggested for during the cocktail hour, to raise money and have a little fun.

Instead of a wine grab, we did a book pull. Pay $30 and get your choice of a book, some of which had special prizes inside them. I was up on the little stage reading the jacket backs and inside flaps if people were interested in the book. We couldn't let them hold the books in case they cheated and saw if there was a GC inside. LOL.

We sold out!! And I bought this book (before I helped out on stage) and got a special tasting and cocktail hour for 10 people worth $250!! That's a deal. : )

And here's the book...

They also followed my suggestions for the paddle raise and every one of the challenges was fully met! I don't know the final figures, but Literary Arts raised much more than their goal, so I am super stoked. I got to sit next to Phillip Margolin's daughter and SIL at dinner--super nice people. Margolin is on the same Board I am, but was leaving for India the next day and so didn't come.

Check out the books under the flower arrangement! (I helped with the table arrangements) Am I psychic or what?!

Edited: Oct 27, 2017, 12:50am Top

And they had a very cool arrangement at the front entrance...

the trunk and roots are all made out of book pages!! I can't get a close enough shot, but it was so cool!

Oct 26, 2017, 9:59pm Top

And they played Book Jeopardy! I would be awful at this....LOL.

Edited: Oct 26, 2017, 10:15pm Top

Everyone got a copy of Galaxies on the Ground, a 2016-2017 Student Anthology, completely written in the Portland Schools by students through the Writers in the School (WITS) Lit Arts program. One is a poem written by ALL 30 kids in one English class! : )

This is by a class from my son's high school.

The Students in room 134
Wilson HS
WITS Writer: Bettina De Leon Barrera

Water (A Collective Poem)

As the memories poured out into stories
The snowflakes create patterns like galaxies on the ground
Fir trees of green and white-capped waves
Moving along a blue water artery
Thing is a normal color
There are no bodies, just a sea of ever-editing souls
The side that hides from the sun

Oct 26, 2017, 10:40pm Top

I am glad the Literary Arts Fundraiser, was a hit, Kimmers. And hooray for the Book Pull, the DeLillo and the cocktail hour coupon. You go girl!

Oct 26, 2017, 10:49pm Top

Thanks, Mark! A looooong day, but worth it! It was so much fun.

I will have to come over and check up on your activities with your sister....!

Oct 27, 2017, 12:40am Top

Your fundraiser is absolutely amazing, and how marvelous that your own ideas were put into play and so successful, Kim! That has to be a real high!

Oct 27, 2017, 12:51am Top

>205 ronincats: It was a great event for a worthy cause!

Really though, I had a very minor role. I consulted with the chair twice pre-event and then volunteered day of. Big kudos go to the staff (and the other volunteers as well). You are right though, it was fun to see my ideas successfully in play! ; )

Oct 27, 2017, 6:58am Top

>201 Berly: - It all looks terrific but this would have definitely been my favourite event of the evening! What a fun night!

Oct 27, 2017, 9:51am Top

Wow, Kim! Way to go - that fundraiser looks like so much fun!

Edited: Oct 27, 2017, 10:42am Top

>207 jessibud2: I managed to come up with about 1/2 the answers but I was too slow!! The wine probably did not help. LOL

The categories were:

The Ya, Ya, Ya's
Noted Memoirs
Nom, Nom, Nom de Plume
Down the Hatch
Geek Love

>208 Crazymamie: Thanks! It was. In my next life I am going to be rich enough to start off the paddle raise. They had two at the $25,000 level. Wow! And thank you!

Oct 27, 2017, 10:54am Top

We sold out!! And I bought this book (before I helped out on stage) and got a special tasting and cocktail hour for 10 people worth $250!! That's a deal. : )

So when should I be there? My tux needs airing.

Edited: Oct 27, 2017, 11:29am Top

Before that clown thing goes completely away...

Oct 27, 2017, 12:10pm Top

Yay - glad the fundraiser went well.

Very cool on the tasting and cocktail hour!!

Oct 27, 2017, 3:42pm Top

I want to go to your fundraiser! How fun does that sound. Hope that you enjoy the tasting event too, sounds like a great prize.

Edited: Oct 27, 2017, 9:56pm Top

>210 richardderus: I'll be sure to let you know in ample time to air out the tux!

>211 weird_O: Now that is one scary clown!! Running away as fast as I can.

>212 SuziQoregon: Thanks. Most satisfying on all fronts. : )

>213 charl08: I'll let you know when next year's event is...!

Psyched about the prize. I am sure I will post more about it when it actually happens.

Oct 28, 2017, 8:26am Top

>211 weird_O: I LOVE this!

Happy Saturday, Kimmers! Any book time, scheduled for the weekend?

Oct 28, 2017, 9:06am Top

Hi Berly! Amazing fundraiser, really up town. Thanks for sharing.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Oct 28, 2017, 11:23am Top

The fundraiser looks like a lot of fun, Kim. It's obvious that you are a real asset to the board. Congrats on the successful planning. Happy Saturday.

Oct 28, 2017, 4:40pm Top

>215 msf59: Hiya Mark. Book time? Well, of course! I am trying to finish up a book or two because I feel like I have too many going at one. Right now, I am reading The Sky Below: A True Story of of Space, Summits and Speed by astronaut Scott Parazynski.

>216 karenmarie: Hey Karen--Thanks and happy weekend to you, too. : )

>217 BLBera: Hi Twin--It runs in the blood, ya know. ; ) Happy Saturday!

Oct 28, 2017, 5:02pm Top

State soccer playoffs tonight for my son's HS team and then a surprise 50th Bday/Halloween party at a friend's house. Have to go dig out a costume from the attic...

Oct 28, 2017, 7:31pm Top

Don't forget...Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Murakami in November!! Find your copy...

Oct 29, 2017, 1:39am Top

>219 Berly: They lost. 2-1. Bummer. : (

Oct 29, 2017, 6:26am Top

Hi Berly and happy (early) Sunday to you!

I'm in - I just ordered a copy of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. This will be book #54 for October, with 2 already ordered and due in November. Of course the book sale accounted for 45, but still. I need to find more books to cull.

Oct 29, 2017, 7:50am Top

Happy Sunday, Kim. The Sky Below sounds like my cuppa. I'll be watching for your thoughts.

I am not up for a reread of Wind-up Bird Chronicle quite yet, but I will visit the thread, on occasion. I am going to try and bookhorn his story collection, Men Without Women, into my busy reading schedule.

Oct 29, 2017, 8:58am Top

Morning, Kim! I just read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in June of this year, so I won't be reading with you, but I will follow the thread.

Oct 29, 2017, 10:47am Top

>220 Berly: Woo hoo! Just reserved my copy at the library.

Oct 29, 2017, 12:11pm Top

Oh, good reminder, Kim, on the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle for November! I'd forgotten.

>199 Berly: This sounds so good! What a great idea that Book Pull was. Congrats!

Zero K is a Delillo I've been thinking about reading, so I'll look for your thoughts on it.

Oct 29, 2017, 12:21pm Top

>214 Berly: You can ran all you want, Kim. But Trumpzo the Clown still lurks...

Oct 29, 2017, 2:54pm Top

>222 karenmarie: Happy actual Sunday, Karen! You are way ahead of me. Or I am way behind. LOL I haven't logged all my book purchases this year (oops!) and I haven't culled any. It is starting to make me feel guilty, so I think next year I am not going to keep track of my acquisitions. How is that for feeding the addiction? : )

>223 msf59: I am enjoying The Sky Below very much! I remember bits and pieces of what he is talking about being on the news and if you get the electronic version it has embedded pictures and videos which is kinda cool.

Let me know what you think of Muramaki's story collection and please do chime in on the thread!!

>224 Crazymamie: Hi Crazy. Happy Sunday! Another well read person...I hope you will contribute to the discussion of Wind-Up Bird Chronicles!

Oct 29, 2017, 3:02pm Top

>225 souloftherose: Yes!!! Glad to have you join in. : )

>226 jnwelch: I know. Time flies when you are having fun. Happy to be your reminder.

And I am glad you liked the Book Pull idea--it was lots of fun. And we made a couple grand. Some of the books were leftovers changing around the Lit Arts Office and some were donated from someone's personal library. There were a couple of very cool ones available! I will let you know what I think of the Delillo when I get there. : )

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Oct 29, 2017, 3:54pm Top

>220 Berly: I have been thinking about that for the past couple of days! Yay! You did the thread for Kafka on the Shore so perhaps it is my turn?

I will be taking it with me to NC for vacation and to visit my sister. :-)

Oct 29, 2017, 5:43pm Top

Just dropping by to say hello, and thank you for your kinds words on my thread. :) I hope your week is a happy one.

Oct 29, 2017, 7:43pm Top

<231 Great, tag you're it! : )

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Happy Sunday, my old, and a smooth week ahead. Shall we indulge in some pumpkin spice lattes, homemade of course!, before the arrival of *shudder* Monday?

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Oct 29, 2017, 11:58pm Top

Bummer on your son's soccer game.

I might join in on the Wind-Up thread, but my November book card is pretty full, so I am not sure.

Oct 30, 2017, 12:22am Top

>234 richardderus: Ah!! Just what I needed. Had the oldest and her boyfriend over tonight for dinner. Pork chops in red wine, brussel sprouts shredded and cooked over the stove with butter, lemon, garlic and mustard, and then cauliflower mash. First load of dishes done and I am having that latte!! Thanks. : )

>235 EBT1002: You rock!! Heading over to star the thread. Then I need to find my book...

>236 banjo123: I know, it was a bummer to lose. But they were second in state last year, so at least Jack had that experience. The keeper on the other team has played on the Timbers youth team for the past four years and just joined his HS team for his Senior year. We could only slide one by him, he was so good! Dang it.

I am hoping you can find room on your Dance/Book card for Wind-Up!!

Oct 30, 2017, 1:59pm Top

>237 Berly: I love that shredded sprouts preparation! Mustard and lemon and garlic and butter...tell me some savory thing that wouldn't be made better by including all those. Plus pork chops! Red wine! Oh the drooling, the drooling....

Oct 30, 2017, 2:47pm Top

Aww, sorry to hear your son's soccer team lost.

My niece has probably one meet left this season, sectionals, on Nov 11. With taper, you never know how they'll do but, at this point, one of her relays may have a chance at state. One or two of the other girls might have a good chance at going to state individually.

Oct 31, 2017, 5:13pm Top

>237 Berly: oh, do you have a short recipe for that brussels sprouts dish? I know you list the ingredients, but I'm a baby cook, so how much of each,how long, etc.?

Oct 31, 2017, 6:19pm Top

<238 Here you go...

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>239 lindapanzo: Oh good luck to the relay team!!!

>240 ffortsa: IDK. I wing it! I buy a bag of brussel sprouts, cut off the ends, put them through the shredder, then I put a couple slices of butter in the bottom of the pan until melted and add the brussel sprouts. As they cook down I add more butter as needed. Probably a half stick or so total. I also add about 2-3 tablespoons of minced garlic. The lemon juice, I liberally squeeze out back and forth over the whole mess. 2-3 TBL?? And same with the mustard; I use Honey Dijon. Pepper is maybe 1/2 tsp. I just use a grinder and give it a couple of turns.

It doesn't take very long to cook, maybe 7 min? You need to stir occasionally; you want them to brown up a little but not turn black. And you can go light on the flavors and add more at the end and just stir well.

That is probably not very helpful. I can try to measure next time I make it!! Sorry!

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>241 Berly: *wipes chin* Thanks, sweetiedarling.

>240 ffortsa: ...sounds like a recipe to me...

Oct 31, 2017, 6:45pm Top

I want this sign! In my neighbor's yard.

Oct 31, 2017, 7:11pm Top

>245 Berly: Me, too! Happy Halloween, Kim!

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Happy Halloween, Kimmers!

Nov 1, 2017, 12:31am Top

We seem to have come through Hallowe'en unscathed, on this side of the world. Next up is bonfire night!

Hi Kim! I haven't been by for a while; I've been on LT even less than usual. RL is keeping me busy but I do want to get back to LT. Reading seems to be on a hiatus too. Thanks for dropping by, even though I've been quiet.

Nov 1, 2017, 12:39am Top

>246 Crazymamie: : )

>247 msf59: Boo!!

>248 humouress: What is bonfire night? That sounds fun...

I know you have been MIA, but I miss you and just wanted you to know. Hope life calms down someday soon. Hang in there and try to fun have fun while you're away.

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Or, basically, an excuse for fireworks and a party :0)

Nov 1, 2017, 1:36am Top

Ah!! Well, any excuse for fireworks and a party. ; )

Nov 1, 2017, 8:41am Top

Good morning, Berly, and I hope your Halloween was either appropriately scary, appropriately candy-filled, or both!

Nov 1, 2017, 9:18am Top

>252 karenmarie: Candy-fillled, thank you very kindly. : ) Nothing too scary. My kids were all out and about, either at parties or handing out candy at other people's houses. Much as I love Halloween, we don't get much traffic here. My old house used to get over 100 visitors and I miss that. How was it at your house?

Nov 1, 2017, 10:18am Top

Join me on my November thread!!

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