Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Reading Challenge
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Roberta's Colorful Reading Challenge
Howdy! Welcome to my Colorful reading challenge. I really loved the color theme last year so I brought it back with a few changes. This year I will have less planned reading but I want to continue to push myself with certain categories. My priorities will be books on my shelves (ROOT) and 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.
I'm Roberta from the suburbs of Houston Texas.
Enjoy the pink room, but this is no longer an official category.
Works in Translation
Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø translated by Neil Smith ROOT Paper book
The Musical Brain and other stories by César Aira translated by Chris Andrews ROOT Paper Book
The Body Where I was Born by Guadalupe Nettel translated by J.T. Lichetenstein ROOT Paper Book
Aesop's Fables by Aesop unknown translator, Audio Audible
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka translated by David Wylie Serial Reader
Frankenstein in Baghdad by H.P. Lovecraft ROOT Paper Book, also audio narrated by Edward Herrmann
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola Daily Lit translated by Robin Buss
My Bustle List of 11 books to read to understand #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement from last year
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin COMPLETED
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander July COMPLETED
The Color Purple by Alice Walker COMPLETED
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (shiny) COMPLETED
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (ROOT)
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith (ROOT)
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (library)
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward (library)
Native Son by Richard Nathaniel Wright (library)
Assata by Assata Shakur
Frankenstein Bicentenial Reading
Frankenstein 1818 Text by Mary Shelley
Victor LaValle's Destroyer #1 by Victor LaValle
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens ROOT Whispersync
English Language Authors
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber ROOT Kindle
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon Library Hoopla
Frankenstein 1818 Text by Mary Shelley Kindle
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Audible
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea Paper Book Audible
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn Serial Reader
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins Library Cloud Library/Paper Book
The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovich ROOT Whispersync
Murder on the Links by Agatha Christi Library Audio CDs
1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson ROOT Whisperysnc
2. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin Library Overdrive
3. Sex Criminals, Vol. 4: Fourgy by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky Libary Hoopla
4. The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber ROOT Kindle
5. Lazarus Vol. 5: Cull by Greg Rucka & Michael Lark Library Hoopla
6. Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø translated by Neil Smith ROOT Paper Book
7. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens ROOT Whispersync
8. The Musical Brain and other stories by César Aira translated by Chris Andrews ROOT Paper Book
9. Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon Library Hoopla
10. Frankenstein 1818 Text by Mary Shelley Kindle
11. Victor LaValle's Destroyer #1 by Victor LaValle Kindle
12. The Body Where I was Born by Guadalupe Nettel translated by J.T. Lichtenstein ROOT Paper Book
13. Aesop's Fables by Aesop unknown translator Audio Audible
14. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka translated by David Wylie Serial Reader
15. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Audible audiobook New
16. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft ROOT Paper Book also, audio narrated by Edward Herrmann
17. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi Library Paper Book
18. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola Daily Lit translated by Robin Buss
19. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche ROOT Audible Paper Book
20. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea Paper Book Audible
21. Oroonoko by Aphra Behn Serial Reader
22. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins Library Cloud Library/Paper Book
23. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovich ROOT Whispersync
24. Murder on the Links by Agatha Christi Library Audio CDs
This is my yearly homage to Judy (DeltaQueen50), little Miss Sureshot, who can shoot out those BB forwards, backwards and with a shot glass on standby!
1. Amadis of Gaul by Vasco de Lobeira BB from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
2. The Metamorphisis by Franz Kafka BB from The Body Where I Was Born by Guadalupe Nettel COMMPLETED via Serial Reader
3. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadavi BB from Kevin Hearne on his Instagram feed.
I can't decide which room I like best! All are beautiful. Looking forward to 2018.
Oh I love the green and blue rooms! So happy to see the colorful challenge back for another year.
>16 rabbitprincess: Thank you. I love the theme.
>17 MissWatson: The rooms are beautiful and very tidy. My books are usually toppling over in some fashion.
>18 VivienneR: I know! The blue room looks the most comfortable, but it would definitely need better lighting for the evening.
>19 christina_reads: They are amazing aren't they? I love the wallpaper in some of the rooms, but I don't think I would want to "live" with it everyday.
>20 LittleTaiko: They are a beautiful twist on the traditional aren't they. The blue room is my second favorite. My favorite is the first one >1 luvamystery65: I would add more pillows and switch the piano out for a wine bar.
>21 DeltaQueen50: Of course you will only receive top shelf Judy. You are a favored guest after all. I really enjoyed Candide when I read it many years ago. It's such a wild ride.
>22 Tafadhali: Thank you. I had fun choosing the pictures.
>23 majkia: I know! Judy hits with me so many BB, I give her a yearly homage on my page. ;-)
I love all the photos. I think I could live in that green room and be perfectly content.
Hi Roberta, just to let you know that my anti-virus is having conniptions about two of your pictures (black and white) and is refusing to connect to them!
Nice reading zone pics. I would have to say the blue room is my personal favourite. Happy reading for 2017. I wonder how many hits you are going to take from the local sharp shooter!
>25 virginiahomeschooler: I love that shade of green.
>26 Jackie_K: Thanks. I'll have to shop around for new rooms.
>27 Roro8: I love the couch in the blue room. It would need more lighting for nighttime if I was going to read. Judy is notorious with her book bullets.
>28 cmbohn: That is my favorite room too.
Your color theme was fun to follow this year and I'm sure it will be again. I could spend many happy hours reading (and napping) in some of those rooms!
Roberta, I love that you are continuing your colorful theme next year. And oof - all those rooms are lovely. I think my favorite might be the green room, but the opener is also stunning. I would lose the piano for additional seating, though.
On this day of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for many things, one of them being my
It's no mystery--you are wonderful! : )
>35 Berly: How nice! Hope you had a wonderful time and delicious turkey!
Here is a question from an ignorant Australian, I know you have turkey at thanksgiving... Do you have turkey at Christmas too?
We tend to have ham, sometimes turkey, and definitely some seafood (usually prawns supplied by my father-in-law) for Christmas dinner.
>37 Roro8: - Oh, holiday food.... one of my favorite topics for discussion! In our Canadian family, the meal would vary depending on location and attendees (more traditional ham if spending Christmas with my Ukrainian grandparents to anything goes if just immediate family - we have actually done Chinese takeaway one year). The one thing that has always remained true, though, is dessert. There are typically three desserts, two which have to be mincemeat pie and apple pie. Dad will accept a substitution of raisin pie for mincemeat, but his preference is mincemeat. When it is just my other half and friends, we typically do a lamb roast and dessert is usually a cheesecake (with mincemeat tarts to eat with coffee later). ;-)
>37 Roro8: My family has turkey at both Thanksgiving (which for us is in October, because we're in Canada) and Christmas. My parents and my aunt and uncle take turns hosting the holidays, so each household cooks only one turkey per year ;) This year, my parents hosted Thanksgiving, and my aunt and uncle will host Christmas. The main dessert is pie, of which we usually offer several kinds (apple, blueberry, cherry, lemon meringue, and pumpkin at Thanksgiving, or sometimes pecan if my cousin makes it). Our family has developed "pie strategies" to try to figure out which kind to eat first! (We are weird.)
Sorry for hijacking your thread Ro ;-)
>38 lkernagh:, it sounds pretty flexible for you. Fruitmince pies are very popular here too. We don't have them as my family isn't keen.
>39 rabbitprincess:, I was thinking it would be a bit much to cook 2 turkey dinners is such close succession. Your family have got it well and truly sorted. The last couple of years I have glazed a ham in the BBQ. Dessert, the best part, we always have sticky date pudding, pavlova and trifle. Yum!
I love all this Thanksgiving talk! Be back tomorrow to add to the discussion Ro!
>37 Roro8: So traditionally we eat Turkey at Thanksgiving here in the States and most eat turkey again at Christmas, but ham and prime rib roast are also traditional at Christmas. I'm Latina and grew up on the border of Mexico, so we traditionally eat Mexican foods at Christmas Eve and Christmas. Tamales are a must for us! I'm not a turkey person except for the occasional turkey sandwich so I prefer ham at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Love prime rib roast so we usually have that at Christmas but this year we skipped the turkey and had that with ham as well. I think some things vary region to region, but Turkey is a staple.
>38 lkernagh: I love that you vary your Christmas meal. My mom used to make a mean mincemeat pie. I just loved it! She gave the recipe to my cousin Joe and he has made it in the past, but only one other cousin likes it so we rarely eat that anymore.
>39 rabbitprincess: I pretty much love ALL the pies. ;-)
>40 Roro8: My favorite part of the ham is making soup afterwards with the ham bone and left over bits.
>40 Roro8: At Christmas in some years, we've had trifle. We also have plum pudding, which of course we douse in brandy and set on fire. None of us young'uns actually like the plum pudding (that's more my grandma and one or two of the grownups), but we're pretty sure that, by the time the young'uns become the old ones, we will still buy it just to set on fire ;)
Growing up we always had turkey at Thanksgiving and ham at Christmas; Tomm and I have Turkey for both these days, though, because we know we'll finish the leftovers, where we generally struggle with ham leftovers. You've got me so hungry for tamales now, though!
We always have turkey for Christmas, despite the fact I don;t like hot roast turkey. We have it mainly as I ADORE cold turkey sandwiches. We usually have a gammon just before Christmas as that gives us ham to go with the turkey to liven up the leftovers. Where there's just the two of us, we get a turkey breast joint, not an entire turkey. Otherwise we'd be eating it for months!
And for afters, it is a Christmas pudding. I have a recipe from the 30s and make a batch of puddings every 5 years or so. I *may* ignore the instructions to add orange juice and just add yet more booze. >:-) They mature nicely.
My husband loves prime rib roast so that is usually what we have for Christmas. OF course, we usually buy some tamales as well.
We have turkey at Thanksgiving and a standing rib roast at Christmas.
Growing up we always had ham for Christmas but if I'm hosting now I tend to mix it up and do anything except turkey or ham. Started adding tamales to the menu a couple of years ago which for me is the highlight. My mom always makes limpa bread as a nod to my dad's Scandinavian background.
My family does Christmas differently. It fits our living style which speaks a lot.
Around lunch I set out a spread of goodies. I have fun days before buying cheese and fancy crackers, making pickled vegetables and a chicken liver mousse (thanks, Julia). People eat what and when they like. We don't have guests so everyone just fends for themselves.
>49 mamzel: - That's what my family did growing up - not the same foods but a casual all-day buffet sort of thing. I am now at the mercy of my husband's family and the roast. I preferred the old way!
We always had ham at Christmas and often turkey too when I was growing up. However, we didn't always have the big Christmas meal on Christmas day. When my brothers had families of their own, my parents and I decided to make steak, baked potato, and salad on Christmas day unless the others were coming (in which case, we'd make a big meal with favorites of all my parents' grandkids). My brother's family has a tradition of "breakfast" for supper. A big country ham is usually the meat. We have been known to graze on cheese, summer sausage, and crackers for meals during the holidays too.
Happy New Year everyone! I finished my 2017 Challenge on 12/30 with The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, but I was able to squeeze in a small collection of short stories by Kafka and a GN volume in the Saga series. Whew!
Some of my standouts from 2017
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov I loved this so much, I bought a different translation and plan to reread it this year. If I have to pick just one, this would be it.
The Things We Don't Do by Andres Neuman
The Secret Place by Tana French French is a genius at group dynamics and portraying the unraveling of a group.
Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Changeling by Victor LaValle LaValle deserves a lot more attention that he currently gets.
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
The Trespasser by Tana French Again with the group dynamics
Elizabeth Gaskell I finally met Ms. Gaskell with North and South and I am making my way through her body of work in published order. Next up for me is Ruth which I wanted to read in November, but was unable to.
The Secret Place was so good! Looking forward to reading The Trespasser.
Nicely done, Roberta! I am thrilled that Ghachar, Ghochar made the list. Happy New Year to you, my friend!
>55 rabbitprincess: You are going to love The Trespasser.
>56 Crazymamie: That book was such a treat Mamie.
>57 ronincats: This is my 2018 thread Ro. I usually build my thread in October for the next year and start it mid December. This year I didn't finish my challenge until the 30th! I've been visiting here but not posting any reading yet. I'm not starting a thread in 75 or ROOT this year. Thank goodness the Horror! group moved over here as ScaredyKIT! I was all over the place and it wasn't working for me.
I'm currently doing Whispersync on Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson as I'll see him on the 15th. I started Nicholas Nickleby for the group read in the 75ers. I'll work my way through that as I can. Also, using Whispersync method for NN. I'm going to open my annotated Frankenstein when I get home and read a chapter or two.
Hope to get to Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo, The Musical Brain by Cesar Aira and The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber for my RL book club. Also, will find some time to read Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon.
There is year long group read of the Guido Brunetti series over in the 75 Group. They are set in Venice. I'll post the link when they start the thread. One every other month along with the Guido Guerrieri mysteries, also set in Italy, every other month.
>59 jnwelch: I envy myself Joe! I'm excited! Happy New Year to you too.
>60 lyzard: Thank you Liz! Thanks to your influence I had a lot Victorian literature that was on my faves lists last year.
>61 Roro8: I really enjoy it Ro. I mainly listen in the car, but also when I'm folding laundry. The rest of the time I read. It's fantastic because it tracks your place and you can just pick up where you left off. It's really ideal for me. I hope you like it.
>62 Berly: Howdy Kim! Happy New Year! I read the translation by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O' Conner. I found it very user friendly. The notes were great. I bought the copy you have which is the gorgeous Penguin Deluxe 50th anniversary edition translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. I'm going to read that one this year. We can try it together and if you still aren't getting into it, then I can send you a copy of the Burgin/Tiernan O' Conner translation.
I forgot to list my Guido book! Thanks for reminding me. I downloaded it from Hoopla, but I want to finish deGrasse Tyson and my RL book club book first.
Happy New Year, Ro! Here's to a great year of reading! Hope to see you around more. I miss my pal.
That purple room is glorious. Glorious I say!
So here you are, despite your attempts to fob me off with your 2017 thread I found you, nyah.
Whose translation are you reading of The Master and Margarita? Pevear and Volokhonsky get a lot of praise but aren't my favorites. I prefer Michael Karpelson's self-pubbed version available (last time I looked) at Lulu.
>64 msf59: Thanks Mark! Miss you too.
>65 lyzard: :-)
>66 LibraryCin: Howdy
>67 richardderus: The purple room is very elegant. I'll reserve it for you.
I read the translation by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O' Conner. I loved it. I have a copy of Pevear and Volokhonsky's translation to try next. I loved the Penguin Deluxe 50th anniversary edition cover. I'll give it a go and I've noted your recommendation for next year's reread. ;-)
>69 richardderus: xoxo
I finished my first book of 2018! It was a short one. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I've started my annotated Frankenstein. It's a reread for me, but I love it. I'll make my way slowly throughout the month. Also, dipping in and out of Nicholas Nickleby for the 75 group read. I'm going to start Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It's from the library and I think it will be a
Too many books, so little time.
I went to see The Shape of Water today. It was so gorgeous! I'm not a big going to the movies person, but some movies should be seen on the big screen.
Happy New Year, Ro. I hope you enjoy The Personal History of Rachel Dupree, but if I remember correctly, it's not too thick so if you don't like it - you won't have to suffer too long! So many great challenges are being offered this year, and you know me, I can't say no to a challenge, so I am going to be a very busy girl!
Congratulations on finishing your first book of 2018, Roberta! The annotated Frankenstein sounds interesting. What is the annotation like?
End of the year book meme
Describe yourself: Sister Outsider
Describe how you feel: Sudden Mischief
Describe where you currently live: The Small House at Allington
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Under the Volcano
Your favorite form of transportation: The Western Star
Your best friend is: Pippi Longstocking
You and your friends are: Bad Feminist
What’s the weather like: The Wailing Wind
You fear: The Things We Don't Do
What is the best advice you have to give: A Field Guide to Getting Lost
Thought for the day: I Dare
How you would like to die: Good Omens
Your soul’s present condition: The Fire Next Time
>76 luvamystery65: i>You fear: The Things We Don't Do
Sing it, Sister Woman. Sing it.
>78 katiekrug: >79 richardderus: Yes as I get older that is the greater fear. Thank y'all.
>80 thornton37814: I got a such a kick out of Pippi. I listened to Pippi in the car every time I would take my aunt somewhere, and we just laughed so much.
>81 lkernagh: Thanks Lori!
A little FYI on my meme answer to If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Under the Volcano. The book takes place in Cuernavaca Mexico which is beautiful, but it is also the name of a bar across the street from my favorite indie bookstore. I actually met Luke Daniels and Kevin Hearne there when they were last in town!
I've been thinking about my reading habits and how I can keep from completely dropping my personal reading when I start back to school. Last time I was in school, I didn't read at all! I did surf the internet a lot and watched some TV and movies on DVD. I decided to give Daily Lit a try again. Last time I got so impatient, I checked the book out of the library and read it. I'm thinking if I can read even 15 minutes a day via Daily Lit, it will give me the satisfaction of reading for pleasure. I also decided to try reading a short story in the morning. Last year I would dip in and out of short stories at night before bed, but night time is when I've scheduled many of my daily chores because I'm not a morning person at all. I'm hoping reading will get me up a little earlier. I'm thinking 20 to 30 minutes should do.
Any other suggestions?
>84 richardderus: The TV watching was when I was in school previously. I rarely watch TV now. The occasional TV show from Netflix. Still worried I won't find time to read as much. Now I caregive my aunt. I didn't have that going on when I was in school before.
I always read for pleasure when I was in school; I needed the change of pace. If I were going to do it now, in the workaday context I'm imagining you're in, I'd keep it light in tone and relatively easy to read (no Ulysses). Maybe you don't need it that way, but I wouldn't want it to feel like a chore in your circumstances - it might make you inclined to stop?
Hi, Ro. Just checking in with my pal. I think allotting a certain amount of time each day for reading and sticking to it, is highly recommended. Who knows? You might find yourself getting up a bit earlier each day, to read a bit more. Good luck.
I agree with Joe - keep it light. And just gifting yourself 30 minutes in the morning may be enough to scratch the itch. The Daily Lit idea is a good one, too - if there is something you *want* to read on offer. "Shoulds" probably won't work in your situation....
Hi Ro, have you thought about listening to audio books when you are doing your chores? Over the last few years I've become quite hooked on audios, but I an't just sit and listen or I'd fall asleep, but housework or mindless chores work perfectly for me. Good luck with school.
>82 luvamystery65: Loved your story about your meme answer If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Under the Volcano.
I have to agree with Judy at >89 DeltaQueen50:, audiobooks can work where print just isn't feasible. I listen to books when doing laundry, vacuuming, cooking, cutting the grass, shovelling snow, etc. I know some people drive while listening, but I find that impossible.
>83 luvamystery65: I think your plan of a short story in the morning and a dose of Daily Lit every day is a good one. Though I have to admit that when I returned to University in my late 30s, I found it impossible to read for pleasure during the semester. I was a history major which is a very readings-heavy major. On the plus side, much of the assigned reading was deeply interesting to me and the kind of thing I would have picked up anyway, so I kind of had the best of both worlds.
>86 jnwelch: Definitely need to read and reread more fun things Joe.
>87 msf59: It's a bear for me to get up early Mark, but I'm determined to make it more of a habit. Not too early, just enough to sneak in a short story.
>88 katiekrug: Katie, this time around with Daily Lit, I'm viewing it as a small treat so I don't get frustrated. I'm thinking of it as my daily soap opera. Some of the older works that were originally written in serial form work well in this format I would think.
>89 DeltaQueen50: & >90 VivienneR: Judy & Vivienne, I listen to audiobooks a lot now. I wish I had done so when I was in school originally. I had lots of driving to do and that is my main time I listen to books. I've tried with chores but am not as successful. Folding laundry is about it so far, but I will give it another whirl. I hadn't thought about when I'm cooking.
>91 rosalita: You hit the nail on the head Julia! Nursing is also reading and project intensive, so I am worried about losing reading time. It has been my sanity lifeline these past few years.
Making an appointment with yourself for some non school related reading is simply self preservation.
I subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary's "word of the day" email, and today's word of the day is ro: a verb, now rare, meaning "to rest oneself" or "to be at peace". Thought of you immediately! :) I hope you'll be able to grab some restful and peaceful moments for yourself while you're in school. Good luck!
>95 SuziQoregon: This is a great idea. Thank you. I've been exploring using a bullet journal since last July. I'm still trying to find my groove with it, but I think I'll start incorporating this idea for February.
>96 rabbitprincess: I love this! I posted this on my FB just to remind me.
>97 jnwelch: I'm working on it Joe.
>98 mysterymax: Lets!
I was able to see the fabulous Neil deGrasse Tyson on Monday night. He is so brilliant and hilarious! I read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry earlier in the month. They are bringing back Cosmos so that was exciting news.
Still making my way through my reread of Frankenstein and Nicholas Nickleby. I'm mostly listening to NN. I am trying to do it more at home, but I haven't found my groove yet. Reading a short story collection by Cesar Aira The Musical Brain and other stories. Loving the one short story a day thing in the morning. I haven't been completely faithful to this habit, but it's a work in progress and I'm not going to give it up trying.
Loving the Daily Lit subscription so thanks to KAK and Judy for reminding about it. I've got Therese Raquin by Emile Zola going and it's like my little daily telenovela. Bonus points for 1001 Books! Ha!
Will get started on Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon this weekend. Reminder that there is year long group read of the Guido Brunetti series over in the 75 Group. A book in the series every other month. They are set in Venice. http://www.librarything.com/topic/280103
Thinking I should add Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to the TBR list. Will have to let my other half know that Cosmos is being brought back.
Adding my yay for bringing back Cosmos. Good to know we're fellow yay-sayers. (Bad pun).
I liked deGrasse Tyson's last Cosmos a lot, and I'm looking forward to the new one.
Hi Ro! I can't believe I'm just now finding your thread for 2018. Well, I'm here now and my star is firmly ensconced at the top.
I am enjoying our group read of N2. Even though I stayed up way too late last night talking with Kim and her husband (I'm in Portland and staying with them which has been a blast), I still had to read a couple chapters before turning out the light.
I didn't join in the group read of Frankenstein but I may read that one again sometime this year. I thought it was brilliant.
I think you'll enjoy the Donna Leon series. I may join you when the group gets to the place I am in the series.
Finally, I think of you every time P and I tune into an episode of "Longmire" on Netflix. It has taken me a while to adjust to the characters, none of whom are as I had created them in my imagination (especially Bear, who is supposed to be waaaay larger than Lou Diamond Phillips!) but it has been a fun series to get absorbed into.
I enjoyed my first Guido--hope you do, too. I think I am going to have to buy the next one; it's not in my library system. : (
>105 EBT1002: I'm glad you found me Ellen! I'm a bit jealous that you are hanging out with Kim. ;-) I LOVE Frankenstein. It gets better with each reading.
>106 Berly: I hope to get to Guido soon. I was going to start it this weekend, but Blood on Snow was calling my name and it is hitting all the marks with me for a comfort read. You know I love my murder books. Can you get it ILL?
>106 Berly: I finally started Guido and it's early in, but I'm loving the whole vibe of the book.
1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson ROOT Whisperysnc Able to see NdT in person and he was a blast!
2. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin Library Overdrive I love Rubin, but she's not for everyone.
3. Sex Criminals, Vol. 4: Fourgy by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky Libary Hoopla Not sure where they are going with this series, but I'll stick to it for now.
4. The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber ROOT Kindle This was a tough one.
5. Lazarus Vol. 5: Cull by Greg Rucka & Michael Lark Library Hoopla Loving this series
6. Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø translated by Neil Smith ROOT Paper Book
7. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens ROOT Whispersync This was a more fun Dickens than I'm used to. John Browdie was my favorite.
8. The Musical Brain and other stories by César Aira translated by Chris Andrews ROOT Paper Book Aira is a rambler, but if you hang on the stories pay off.
February Plans and Possibilities
Don Quixote Group thread is here http://www.librarything.com/topic/285767#6362624
Therese Raquin I'm reading this via Daily Lit so it will take me through April I believe.
Frankenstein 1818 by Mary Shelley finishing up my reread of this novel, using the 1818 text put out by Penguin. Put my annotated copy aside and will get back to it and post when I'm done with that version as well.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected stories by Joy Williams
I'm culling my categories so you will see less of them in the next thread, whenever that may be. I'll keep the photos up on this one though. They are gorgeous rooms.
>110 luvamystery65:, I had to check if my favourite got culled. It's still there, phew ;-)
>111 rabbitprincess: It wasn't too shabby
>112 EBT1002: Howdy Ellen
>113 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy
>114 Roro8: It was so close! I really didn't need the blue as a category, but I decided to use it as a place to list my big reads and use the green to keep lists I'm tracking. So whew! We can relax on that beautiful blue couch and have some tea.
You had a good January for reading, Roberta! What made you decide to get rid of some of your color categories?
Stopping by to say hey, Roberta. I hope all is going well. Your weather in the 60s is a big improvement over ours.
Hi Julia! I love my colors but my categories have been driving me a bit batty. If I read a female, Spanish speaking author that is writing about women's rights do I put her in Pink for Women, Orange for in translation or Black for social justice. I just wanted to simplify so I went down to 4 categories Red for GN, Orange for works in translation, Yellow for non-fiction and Purple for English language authors. I kept Blue and Green to keep a rainbow theme and will house my "big reads" in blue and just use the green category to hold any lists I need for reminders.
How are you doing Julia? It's been way too cold in these parts for me this year.
>117 jnwelch: Ha ha Joe! I'm just complaining to Julia that this winter has been way too cold for me. Of course I love the 60s but it's the 20s and 30s we've had, I can do without. I shouldn't complain as you have had it worse.
>118 luvamystery65: Ah, that makes sense — hard to deal with those overlapping categories! It sounds like your plan going forward is a good one!
We have had some extreme cold here, Roberta, and even though we are supposed to be used to it I can't say I care for double-digit below-zero weather. What's even worse than the cold, Roberta, is that it's snowing today. A lot. As if Mondays weren't bad enough ... grump, grump.
You put in in the category that needs it most!
Over-thinking it? Over-complicating it? Inventing impossible challenges for yourself? I love it! :D
>110 luvamystery65: Glad you kept my favourites! Although I loved the gray room, the red and orange rooms are my favourites. I trimmed my categories too, for much the same reason.
>120 rosalita: >121 lyzard: Normally, I love the challenge. It was really fun last year deciding where I would place my books, but this year I am not in the best place and I have way too much on my plate. I think simplifying is the only way to go.
>122 VivienneR: It's fun to see what everyone's favorite room is.
>123 luvamystery65: Simplifying is absolutely the way to go. It's not like you are now forever barred from making insanely complicated challenges in the future once you don't have so much on your plate. And if you need help doing that, Liz is your girl. :-)
Howdy, Ro! Good on you for simplifying - you have PLENTY going on and don't need your books to cause stress :)
Excellent bunch of books you read in January!
Simplifying and making it work for you is smart.
>118 luvamystery65: Sort of chuckling at your description of your categories making you crazy.
I had not developed as complicated a category challenge as you but I have still decided to adjust my 2018 reading. I am bailing on the AlphaKIT monthly challenge. I'm keeping my ColorCAT, RandomCAT, and BingoDOG challenges for now, along with my personal African American Autobiography challenge. Of course, then I'm signing up for the PopSugar/ReadHarder challenge. My theory is that challenges that extend over the year might stress me out less than monthly challenges.
I hope you're doing well and have a great weekend coming up!
Hello! Just stopping by to say hi and see how your reading is going. Saw your Daily Lit note - I'm using Serial Reader in the same way so that I make sure to read at least a little bit every day.
Howdy everyone that has visited!
>126 lyzard: Always meant for good! >127 rosalita: LOL
>128 mathgirl40: I think you would really like the Lazarus series.
>129 ronincats: Howdy Ro!
>130 katiekrug: Thank you Katie. Of course add my recent fall to my dramas! I was born falling. Nothing harmed permanently, except my pride.
>131 SuziQoregon: I really enjoyed my January reading. I'm liking my February reading, but I seem to be "in the middle of everything."
>132 EBT1002: I think the AlphaKIT, ColorCAT and RandomCAT allow for great flexibility. Already thinking of next year and may bring back all my colors but the categories will be the book cover. How easy is that!
>133 -Eva-: Ooh! Serial Reader is like Daily Lit but for the phone I see. Even better. I already see titles I want to read. Thanks Eva!
I'm reading Don Quixote. I finished the first part and paused to listen to Amadis of Gaul since it's mentioned so much in Don Quixote. I'll finish the first part and then get back to Don Quixote and finish Amadis.
I started listening to Americanah but put it aside for the chivalry dudes. I'm liking it though.
Wow, both Don Quixote and Amadis! They're both so huge. What do you make of them so far?
>136 ronincats: Thank you Ro
>137 MissWatson: I've gone mad for sure. I posted these rambling thoughts over on the group read page.
I finished the first part of Don Quixote. Before I begin the second part, I wanted to let the first sit with me. I also decided to listen to Amadis of Gaul for my road trip last week. I'm almost done with Book One and I will get back to DQ when I finish the next few chapters.
My thoughts so far. At first I thought this was a bit ridiculous and I cringed every time something awful happened to DQ, Sancho Panzas or anyone else as a result of their adventures, but I do believe that is the point Cervantes is trying to make. After reading most of the first book of Amadis of Gaul, I see how really unrealistic the books of chivalry must be. Amadis is full of so many adventures and he is constantly getting wounded and rebounds to go off another adventure as if nothing happened to him. I imagine they were very entertaining when they were popular. I find it entertaining, but very silly. Only a madman would believe it was real and want to emulate these books. In trying to be a knight errant, DQ is constantly causing harm to himself and those around him. I read a lot of Urban Fantasy. If one day I acted like those things really happened and went off imitating those books, it would be very similar to what DQ is doing.
Now that I read book one of Amadis I "get" Don Quixote better. I see what he is trying to revive. I still think he is as mad as a hatter but I do have a better understanding of him. I listened to copy of Amadis I obtained on Hoopla. I listened on my road trip and also, a bit in the car when I got back home. It's an awful recording. I do believe it is volunteer narrators. Some sound like hostages. No matter to me. It's a 1001 Book and listening to it was free and served my purposes. There are three more Books to the Amadis. I will get back to them, but I will finish Don Quixote first.
>138 luvamystery65: Thanks for your comments. I bought a print copy of Amadis in a fit of madness myself and haven't found the nerve yet to start. It sounds like it's not quite the ordeal I thought it would be.
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon Library Hoopla What a great first entry into a series. I especially enjoyed because it reminded me of my trip to Venice.
Frankenstein 1818 Text by Mary Shelley Kindle I LOVE this book. It's my third reading and my first reading of original text
Victor LaValle's Destroyer #1 by Victor LaValle Kindle A modern retelling of Frankenstein with a mother resurrecting her son killed by police.
The Body Where I was Born by Guadalupe Nettel translated by J.T. Lichtenstein ROOT Paper Book This book was absolutely wonderful.
Aesop's Fables by Aesop unknown translator Audio Audible Chalk another one off my 1001 Books list. I've heard many of these before. The audio was okay.
I didn't finish much in February, but I did make it a little more than halfway through Don Quixote, I listened to Book one of Amadis of Gaul and listened to half of Americanah. I'll continue with DQ and Americanah. I'll get back to Amadis later. Also, I should finish my Daily Lit book this month, Therese Raquin
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng for RL book club
Metamorphisis by Franz Kafka book bullet from The Body Where I was Born I'm using Serial Reader for this so thanks Eva!
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi book bullet from Kevin Hearne's Instagram
Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon if I don't read this in March I'll read in April
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville I'll start this later in the month, even if I push everything else aside
Poly reading rocks!
Hi Ro!! I am just about to crash open the second Donna Leon Guido. It's a library book and it has to go back soon. I stalled until it was March. Enjoy Don Quixote!!! And happy weekend.
Just dropping by to say hello. I see you trimmed your categories. I kind of dropped out of this group because the categories became too much for me. I'm also reading a lot fewer books. Coincidence?
You're welcome - it is a very good format, since you will feel that you can get a bit read every day even if you're really busy. Hope you enjoy!
145> You probably heard about the storm in Boston on the news and that's what made you think of me. I'm not near the coast, so flooding wasn't a problem for me, but it's still bad in some places and we're getting hit by another storm now. Was rain all day and turned to snow tonight. Not looking forward to shoveling out my car in the morning.
>149 -Eva-: I'm loving the Serial Reader format because it's perfect to grab a little bit of reading during a work break. At first, I was going to wake up early to read a bit, but I've started a meditation practice in the morning. It's so helpful. I love it. The reading Serial Reader or Daily Lit is perfect for a work break.
>150 BookLizard: I really was just thinking of you my friend. Glad you've popped back into LT, but not going to wait for you to post. Just going to PM you if I haven't touched base with you.
Happy Saturday, Ro. Finally checking in with my long-neglected pal. I see that books are being read and this makes me happy. Good luck with those March reads. I had mixed feelings with both, Everything I Never Told You and the Mieville. I hope you have better luck, my friend. Miss seeing you around.
Hi, Ro! I will look forward to hearing what you think of the Mieville. I've only read his The City & the City and it wasn't like anything I'd ever read before but I liked it.
Hi Ro, I just finished by weird fiction selection and so was thinking of you. I am still not a total convert to weird fiction, but the stories by Robert Aickman that I read were really very good. Hope all continues to go well for you.
I read mine in the morning - I've set it to arrive 10 minutes before I have to get up to go to work. That way, I can be awake, but still legitimately stay in bed a little longer (I'm not great in the mornings...).
I posted here last week and lost my post :(
>152 msf59: Mark! I also had meh feelings about Everything I Never Told You, but it is for Book Club. I've got Perdido Street Station ready to go, but I'm going to read The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea first. He's going to be here next week and I'm loving the blurbs about this book.
>153 rosalita: The City & The City is on my wishlist to read Julia. He wrote it in tribute to his mom who was dying. She was a huge fan of police procedural novels.
>154 DeltaQueen50: I'm so glad you gave Weird Fiction a try Judy. A lot more folks participated in the challenge than I expected. It's nice to see y'all stepping out of your comfort zone. I'm glad we moved the Horror! Group over to CC and I love the ScaredyKIT topics this year.
>155 -Eva-: I am so not a morning person either Eva. The meditation has been great for me and I love having my bits of reading during the workday.
>156 Berly: Thanks Kim!
Losing posts is the worst! I usually lose posts when trying to type on my iPad :-/
The City & The City is on my TBR list as well, because of the forthcoming TV adaptation. I wonder how weird it will be on television.
>158 rabbitprincess: What network will The City & The City be on? I wonder if it will be available here.
>159 luvamystery65: BBC Two will initially air it. I'm not sure who will pick it up for North America.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka translated by David Wylie Serial Reader - I like strange but this was bizarre.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Audible audiobook New - RL book club It was okay.
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft ROOT Paper Book also, audio narrated by Edward Herrmann - So strange in a very good way. I will continue to explore Lovecraft and the Lovecraft universe.
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi Library Paper Book - This was excellent! Saadawi took the Frankenstein myth and applied it to the horror and chaos that was the second Iraqi invasion. There was terror during the old regime, and confusion and terror during the invasion that involved politics, power, religion, tribal factions. This novel explores it all.
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola Daily Lit translated by Robin Buss - There is not one likable character in this novel, but I just couldn't stop reading it. It was great in serial format. Just a touch daily and it left me wanting to find out what was going to happen.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche ROOT Audible Paper Book - This is my first novel by her. I really liked her writing style.
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea Paper Book Audible New - 5 stars from me! This is a beautiful story of a Mexican American family that lives on the border in San Diego. I laughed and cried so much. I'll be seeing the author this evening. It's definitely a four star book, but it got five stars from me because it touched me on such a personal level. I texted 3 cousins while I was reading it, sending them quotes. I called my Dad last night after reading it and I made chicken mole for dinner. LOL!
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn Serial Reader - I am almost done with this book. I'll be finished today. Yuck! I'm sure it was exciting to the intended audience but this story of a royal slave is so offensive. It's included in the 1001 Books. Really need to take some of these books off the list.
Will finish up Don Quixote
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins for RL book club
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon for Guido book thread.
Scourged by Kevin Hearne the last in the Iron Druid series - gonna see Kevin on April 5th
Hi, Ro! I just took a book bullet with the Urrea. I've read his Into the Beautiful North, which passes through San Diego, but this one is even more local.
That's a nice solid month of reading, Roberta! I will have to look for the Urrea book. I picked up his Devil's Highway at the Joplin Meet-up last December on the recommendation of Donna and I hope to get to it this year.
Oh House of Broken Angels sounds wonderful. I see the audio edition is getting good reviews. I might go that route.
If I remember right, you were the one who turned me on to the Iron Druid Chronicles. I just discovered the latest one, Scourged, just came out so I have it on hold.
>162 ronincats: >163 rosalita: >164 -Eva-: >165 SuziQoregon: I am so excited that you all have caught a book bullet with The House of Broken Angels. I've not read anything else by Urrea but now I must.
>166 mamzel: I am picking myself up off the floor laughing. Last night I went to see Kevin Hearne for the tour of Scourged. I got there early and I was beating my brain trying to remember who gave me that book bullet. I went back to look at my Iron Druid thread and guess who recommended it to me? http://www.librarything.com/topic/160701#4350140
I'm so tickled because I would totally do the same thing! Also, thanks for recommending American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It has also turned out to be a favorite and I've been fortunate enough to hear him speak twice.
>167 BookLizard: BL! Kevin Hearne is always so much fun. He's such a nice guy and so funny. I haven't read the book yet. I'm going to wait until I have a long weekend to read some of the short stories that take place right before the last book. I will definitely message you once I read it. I haven't read A Plague of Giants yet. One of my friends is a huge epic fantasy reader and she absolutely loved it. Have you red it yet?
>168 luvamystery65: Well, if it wasn't you...I wonder who it was. Glad you liked AG. Gaiman is a great speaker. I'm sure I would enjoy any books he narrated too.
>168 luvamystery65: and >171 mamzel:, sort of off-topic, sort of not, but in case you're interested, Gaiman's going to be appearing on Big Bang Theory on April 19th--I've enjoyed this season more than the last few seasons, but I'm excited to see this one--he is a great speaker, and it'll be fun just to see him on the show :)
>171 mamzel: mamzel, I finished Hounded a week before you, so you MUST have gotten the idea from me. j/k LOL ;) I looked and majkia recommended it to me in my 2013 Category Challenge thread. https://www.librarything.com/topic/145638#4124097
Reading some of that old thread was pretty funny. I was into "stalking" library e-readers at the time. Makes me wonder if there are still any worth stalking . . . hmmm.
I started A Plague of Giants but just couldn't get into it. I might try again if I hear enough other people enjoyed it. Part of the problem is I hate it when an author starts a new series before finishing the old one - I feel like, "why are you writing THIS when you could be writing the series I know I like??!!" Usually though, the original series is better for the time spent away from it. Does that make sense?
>171 mamzel: Was it a book at your school library?
>172 whitewavedarling: He announced on his twitter. I think it will be so fun to see him on the show. Lots of speculation on the plot. My favorite theory floating around on Twitter is that he will be stealth signing Sandman comics at the comic store and Sheldon will catch him. Too funny if it ends up being the plot. So far per Gaiman, he has never been caught stealth signing his books at airport bookstores.
>173 BookLizard: Hearne said that he started A Plague of Giants years ago, but it was rejected. He wrote Hounded as a joke and to let off some steam. It was picked up and once he got to Hammered he realized he needed to plot the story out better for an ending. He says writing Iron Druid made him a better writer to be able to return to the Epic Fantasy he wanted to write all along. He says Epic Fantasy is his true passion, but he loves Urban Fantasy now that he is well into it.
>172 whitewavedarling: I will make a point of watching that one! They have had so many wonderful cameo appearances on that show including the late great Stephen Hawking!
>173 BookLizard: I do understand your complaint. Imagine if J.K. Rowling came out with another book before HPatDH. The hew and cry from kids everywhere!!!
>174 luvamystery65: No! A little too, too for a school library, if you know what I mean. We do have others of his. Among them is his recent Norse Mythology (interest has peaked with the Thor movies) and my favorite, The Graveyard Book. The opening of that book is in my top five openings of all times!
Hi Roberta! I am on the library hold list for Scourged but I think it will be a while before it comes to me. In the meantime I'll have to try to avoid any spoilers that pop up around LT and elsewhere.
Hi, Roberta. House of Broken Angels sounds great. Caro loved it, too. I've marked it for reading soonish.
A City and The City tv adaptation? I'm in! That's my favorite book of his. I hope you like Perdido Street Station. It was my first one of his, and I liked it a lot, but it's not everyone's cuppa.
>175 mamzel: One of the saddest things about this series ending for me was that my mom was unable to finish it. After Shattered I told her he was taking a time out to write the Star Wars book and A Plague of Giants. She knew she wouldn't be around to finish the series and she really wanted to read it all. :(
>176 mamzel: Ha ha! Yes I know exactly what you mean. I was talking about Iron Druid, but probably same thing applies.
>177 whitewavedarling: Should be fun.
>178 rosalita: Did you read Besieged by Kevin Hearne? It's short stories and he recommends to read before Scourged. I haven't read either of them yet, but if your library has it available, it might hold you over.
>179 jnwelch: I think you would love House of Broken Angels Joe. I still haven't started my Mieville yet, trying to finish Don Quixote first. I'm making progress!
>180 luvamystery65: Nope, my library doesn't have any of the short stories, so I've never read them except when they've been included at the end of a full-length novel. I know supplementing series with short stories is really popular right now, but I'm not a fan of making what happens in them central to enjoying/understanding the series. Perhaps I'm better off just stopping with the last book instead.
On the website, Unbound Worlds (a SF/F book site) they had a cage match featuring characters from books. You'll never guess who won - check it out here.
>181 rosalita: I don't think its essential to read the stories before the last book. I never bought a copy of the book because I hate the cover so much! Just checked and my library has a copy. Whew!
>184 luvamystery65: Probably beef jerky! (Or was that Chet's favorite treat from the Chet and Bernie series?)
I've been trying to figure out how to load pics in my junk drawer and get them over here. Think I've got it figured out. I used to use Photobucket but last time I went there it was advertisement hell.
Luis Alberto Urrea March 31st at Brazos Bookstore
Kevin Hearne April 5th at Murder by the Books
Howdy, Ro! Glad to see you check in and give us a fine book report. I love Urrea, so I can't wait to read The House of Broken Angels. I am waiting for the audiobook, because Urrea narrates and he does such a great job at it. I met Urrea at a Booktopia event. He is a really good guy and he actually lives close to me too, although I have not seen him locally.
I have Frankenstein in Baghdad in the wings. Glad you got to see Hearne once again. He is such a personable guy. I have A Plague of Giants and Besieged waiting on shelf.
>188 luvamystery65: You are the best at getting your photo taken with authors! You should frame them and do a wall of fame. Those are great.
>188 luvamystery65: Think I've got it figured out.
I would appreciate it if you could share your discovery.
>189 msf59: Mark I guess indirectly you are responsible for me reading and then seeing Urrea. How you say? On FB Urrea's feed showed up on mine as sponsored, saying that you and Kath (mckait) liked his page. Brazos Bookstore had been advertising his in store visit, so I looked at his FB page and read the synopsis of his latest book and that was it. I'm on the lookout for literature with the Mexican American and specifically, border life, experience. I got the book and the rest is history. What a story teller. I loved it. I have not read anything else by him, but I need to remedy that. So thank you my friend for indirectly leading me to this brilliant author. How blessed that you met him at a Booktopia event.
I really enjoyed Frankenstein in Baghdad. I look forward to your thoughts when you get to it.
>190 jnwelch: Thanks Joe. So fortunate that these two, small, independent bookstores are brilliant at bringing in authors and keeping it fan friendly for these events.
>191 mamzel: I'm still trying to tweak this mamzel. My junk drawer photos kept popping up blurry when I posted them on my thread. I had to down load the photos on my Member Gallery. I suppose I could delete them once I'm done, which was what I was planning to do with the junk drawer photos anyway. I'm still playing. Give me another week and then I'll reach out to you.
Meanwhile, if anyone can give us a better clue for downloading the photos, please speak up!
>192 ronincats: I'm glad you liked Plague of Giants Ro. My friend Bonnie loved it and she is my RL epic fantasy expert. Did you like the IDC short stories? I can't believe your library doesn't have Scourged on order yet!
>193 luvamystery65: I haven't had a problem uploading photos to my junk drawer. It's the only way I've ever posted pictures on LT. Remember that if you delete them from either the member gallery or junk drawer they will no longer be visible in threads.
ETA: I agree with >190 jnwelch: - you should create a wall of fame with all the great author photos you have!
>195 VivienneR: Thanks for that tip. I didn't realize they would be gone if you delete them. Duh! One of these days I will create that wall of fame.
>194 mathgirl40: You really do need to read Hounded if for nothing else it's hilarity. He wrote it to let off steam and laugh. He really didn't get serious about the series until the 3rd book.
>197 -Eva-: Thank you Eva. I'm enjoying following your reading on Litsy.
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