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scaifea's thread #25

This is a continuation of the topic scaifea's thread #24.

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1scaifea
Edited: Dec 23, 2017, 5:20pm Top

Hi, everyone! Welcome to Thread XXV!

Art inspired in one way or another by some of my current reads:

Andersonville:



Postcards from No Man's Land:



Brontomek!:



Witches Abroad:



Three Junes:



War and Peace:



A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings:



Ribsy:



Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:



From the Introductions Thread:
I'm Amber, a one-time Classics professor turned stay-at-home parent/lady of leisure. I spend my time sewing, knitting, baking, volunteering at my son's school library and with the PTO, and, of course, reading.

My reading life is happily governed by lists, which means that I read a healthy variety of things across various genres.

I'm 42 going on 12 and live in Wisconsin with my husband, Tomm; our 9-year-old son, Charlie; and our two dogs, Tuppence the Border Collie and Mario the Golden Retriever.

2scaifea
Edited: Dec 18, 2017, 4:53pm Top

The five-ish or so books I have going and the On Deck books nearly all come from the following categories and lists:

1. A book from the 100 Banned Books book (at least currently. As soon as I finish this list, I'll replace it with another, and oh, I've got tons of lists).

2. A children's book, for Charlie's library. I'm trying to collect books from various award lists, and I like reading them before reading them to Charlie or deciding to add them to Charlie's shelves. For this category, I’m currently working through three lists:
a. 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Die
b. The Newbery Honor books
c. Cooperative Children's Book Center list

3. A book from the Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List, in chronological order.

4. A book for the Presidential Challenge. Books for this category are read in chronological (presidentially) order.

5. A list I'm working through together with my best friend, Rob: The Hugo/Nebula/WFA/Bram Stoker (and other) lists (combined, in chronological order)

6. For this category, I cycle through 7 different stacks:
a. Agatha Christie's bibliography (in chronological order)
b. Stephen Fry's bibliography (in chronological order)
c. John Boyne bibliography (in chronological order, sort of)
d. Neil Gaiman's bibliography (in some order other than chronological (don't
ask)).
e. Christopher Moore's bibliography (in chronological order)
f. The NEH Timeless Classics list
g. The National Book Award list (in alpha order by title)
h. The Pulitzer list (in alpha order by author)

7. An unread book from my shelves.

8. A book from my Read Soon! shelves.

9. A book on Buddhism or from the Dalai Lama's bibliography.

10. Book-a-year challenge: Three years ago, along with a few others in this group (*cough* Paul *cough*), I made a year-by-year list to see how far I could go back with consecutive reads. I've since been trying to fill in the gap years.

11. A book from the couple of series that I'm reading together with my mom.

12. A full-on re-read through Shakespeare's stuff.

13. A read-aloud-to-Charlie-at-bedtime book (or two).

14. An audio book, which I listen to as I knit/sew/otherwise craft/drive.

15. A Discworld book (so many of these are coming up soon on various lists, so I'm just diving into it)

16. This slot is reserved for books that just grab me and shout that they need to be read Right Now.

And on top of these, there will be a multitude of picture books and easy readers, which Charlie and I read together. I've decided again this year also to list our re-reads, but I'll just list them each day and not number them.

3scaifea
Edited: Jan 1, 3:40pm Top



What I'm reading now:
-Andersonville (Banned Books)
-Postcards from No Man's Land (1001 Children's Books)
-The Year of the Quiet Sun (Campbell Award)
-Witches Abroad (Discworld read)
-Lincoln in the Bardo (audiobook)
-War and Peace (because Charlie wants me to)
-Ribsy (Charlie's bed-time book)
-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (and another Charlie bed-time read)
-Greenglass House (holiday read)

Books On Deck:

-The Gods of Pegana (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy)
-The Worst President: The Story of James Buchanan (Presidential Challenge)
-Revenge (Fry bibliography)
-House of Leaves (unread book from my shelves)
-The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (from my Read Soon shelves)
-Essential Teachings (Buddhist readings)
-Crime and Punishment (Books by Year, 1866)
-Unraveled (series that my mom wants me to read so we can chat about it)
-The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare re-read)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (VERY slowly (read: I haven't touched them in months)):
-Asinaria by Plautus (reading in Latin)
-Iliad by Homer (reading in Greek)
-Latin Literature by Gian Biagio Conte
-The Cambridge History of Classical Literature Volume 1 Part 1

4scaifea
Edited: Jan 1, 3:41pm Top

Books Read

JANUARY
1. James and the Giant Peach (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
2. The Inverted World (BFSA) - 9/10 = A
3. The Cat Who Went to Heaven (Charlie's book club book) - 9/10 = A-
4. Don Quixote (from my unread shelves) 0 8/10 = B+
5. The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (from my classics shelves) - 8/10 = B+
6. Prairie Tale (from my Read Soon shelves) - 7/10 = C+
7. A Bear Called Paddington (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
8. The Dolphin Crossing (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
9. The Year of the Book (a book I picked off the shelves while volunteering at Charlie's school library) - 9/10 = A-

FEBRUARY
10. The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Newbery Medal) - 10/10 = A+
11. Anna & Elsa: All Hail the Queen (Charlie book) - 8/10 = B
12. The Popularity Papers (#3) (Frequently Challenged Children's Books) = 8/10 = B+
13. The Hollow Hills (Mythopoeic) - 8/10 = B+
14. The Odyssey (audiobook in the car) - 10/10 = A+
15. Herobrine Scared Stiff (Charlie's read-aloud) - 7/10 = C-
16. Drama (Frequently Challenged Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
17. Where the Lilies Bloom (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
18. More About Paddington (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
19. When the Sea Turned to Silver (Westview library book) - 9/10 = A
20. Ghosts (Westview library book) - 8/10 = B+
21. The Inquisitor's Tale (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
22. Wolf Hollow (Newbery Honor Book) - 10/10 = A+
23. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie's book club read) - 10/10 = A+
24. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy Books/audiobook) - 9/10 = A

MARCH
25. Ollie's Odyssey (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A
26. Gandhi, Fighter without a Sword (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
27. Sing Down the Moon (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
28. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
29. Esio Trot (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = A-
30. The Perilous Gard (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
31. Paddington Helps Out (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
32. The Colour of Magic (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
33. The Stolen Child (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 8/10 = B+
34. Leviathan (Locus YA) - 8/10 = B-
35. Herobrine Saves Christmas (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud book) - 7/10 = C
36. Vaino, a Boy of New Finland (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
37. Floating Island (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
38. The Nargun and the Stars (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
39. Dog Man Unleashed (Charlie read-aloud) - 8/10 = B+

APRIL
40. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
41. Moccasin Trail (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
42. The Paul Street Boys (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C+
43. The Peppermint Pig (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
44. Mr. Pants: Camping Catastrophe! (Charlie's read-aloud book) - 10/10 = A+
45. Paddington Abroad (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
46. Dark Star of Itza (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
47. Dragonsong (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
48. All Alone (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
49. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Charlie's book club read) - 9/10 = A
50. The Light Fantastic (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
51. Wildwood Dancing (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 9/10 = A
52. Creepers (Bram Stoker Award/Audiobook) - 7/10 = C
53. Henry Huggins (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
54. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (started as a 1001 Children's Books read (one of the novels) and spiraled from there) - 10/10 = A+
55. The Neverending Story (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
56. Ship Breaker (audiobook, Locus YA Award) - 8/10 = B+
57. Meggy MacIntoch (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
58. Equal Rites (Discworld) - 8/10 = B+

MAY
59. Shadrach (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
60. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers (Charlie's school library book) - 9/10 = A
61. The Freedom Maze (audiobook, Andre Norton Award) - 8/10 = B+
62. Homecoming (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
63. Old Path White Clouds (Buddhist reading list) - 8/10 = B+
64. Poems That Make Grown Women Cry (Goodreads Giveaway) - 9/10 = A
65. The Young Visiters (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
66. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (audiobook/Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
67. Paddington at Large (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A
68. Mort (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
69. Hrolf Kraki's Saga (BFS Award) - 9/10 = A-
70. The Body in the Library (audiobook/Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
71. Minecraft Construction Handbook (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud, 95 pages) - 8/10 = B
72. Garram the Hunter (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
73. The Island on Bird Street (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
74. The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Charlie's book club read) - 8/10= B
75. A Lear of the Steppes (Books by Year, 1870) - 7/10 = C
76. Henry and Beezus (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
77. Banner in the Sky (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
78. Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids (because I wanted to) - 8/10 = B-
79. Emil and the Detectives (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
80. Norse Mythology (audiobook, Gaiman bibliography) - 10/10 = A
81. Five Little Pigs (audiobook, Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
82. The Thief (series re-read to get ready for the new entry) - 10/10 = A+
83. Ida B (Charlie's book club) - 8/10 = B+

JUNE
84. Towards Zero (audiobook, Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
85. Sparkling Cyanide (audiobook, Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
86. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C-
87. The Secret River (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
88. Cinder (audiobook, Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book from Overdrive) - 9/10 = A
89. Malevil (Campbell Award) - 9/10 = A
90. Vassa in the Night (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: close your eyes and pick a book off the library shelves) - 10/10 = A+
91. Lumberjanes #1 (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a graphic novel) - 9/10 = A-
92. Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
93. The Full Cupboard of Life (series my mom wants me to read) - 8/10 = B+
94. 4.50 from Paddington (audiobook/Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
95. Henry and Ribsy (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
96. The Queen of Attolia (series re-read) - 10/10 = A+
97. Orbitsville (BSFA) - 8/10 = B
98. The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
99. The Great Wheel (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
100. Fortunately, the Milk (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
101. Pocket Full of Rye (Christie bibliography, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
102. Murder in Mesopotamia (Christie bibliography, 264 pages) - 8/10 = B+
103. Rescuing the Spectacled Bear (Fry bibliography, 191 pages) - 8/10 = B+
104. Ready Player One (read soon shelf, 372 pages) - 10/10 = A+
105. Book, Line and Sinker (series I'm reading with my mom, 274 pages) - 9/10 = A-
106. Skein of the Crime (series I'm reading with my mom, 290 pages) - 9/10 = A-
107. Arabic Poems (read soon shelf, 279 pages) - 8/10 = B+
108. Confessions of a Pagan Nun (read soon shelf, 188 pages) - 9/10 = A

JULY
109. Postern of Fate (Christie bibliography/audiobook) - 8/10 = B
110. The Clocks (Christie bibliography/audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
111. Sci-Fi Junior High (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B
112. The Raven Boys (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: Read something recommended by a librarian) - 10/10 = A
113. The Road from Home (Newbery Honor Book/Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book from the teen shelves) - 8/10 = B
114. Zootopia Comics Collection (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B
115. Murder on the Orient Express (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book before you see the movie) - 10/10 = A
116. Tobacco Road (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book with a terrible cover) - 6/10 = D
117. Tom Paine, Freedom's Apostle (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
118. The Midnight Folk (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
119. The Fairy Circus (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
120. Henry and the Paper Route (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
121. A Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Re-read) - 9/10 = A
122. Abel's Island (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
123. The Minpins (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
124. A Midsummer Tempest (Mythopoeic) - 7/10 = C
125. The Upstairs Room (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
126. Sourcery (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
127. The Great Gilly Hopkins (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A-
128. The Family Under the Bridge (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
129. The Last of the Mohicans (audiobook, NEH) - 7/10 = C-
130. The Ruby in the Smoke (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B

AUGUST
131. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Charlie's Book Club) - 9/10 = A
132. The Family from One End Street (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
133. Chúcaro (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
134. The Martian Chronicles (audiobook/NEH) - 9/10 = A
135. Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
136. Boy of the South Seas (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
137. Sugaring Time (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A-
138. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (Campbell) - 8/10 = B+
139. The Wyrd Sisters (Discworld) - 9/10 = A-
140. The Devil's Arithmetic (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
141. One-Eyed Cat (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
142. The Gammage Cup (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
143. The Poet's Dog (public library book) - 8/10 = B+
144. Shabanu (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
145. Circus Shoes (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
146. Looking for Alibrandi (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C+
147. Wonder (Charlie's bed-time read) - 9/10 = A

SEPTEMBER
148. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (WFA) - 8/10 = B+
149. The Dream Thieves (series read) - 9/10 = A
150. The Enormous Crocodile (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
151. Out of the Flame (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
152. A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author (Charlie's read-aloud bedtime book) - 8/10 = B+
153. The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane (Newbery Honor Book) - 6/10 = D
154. The Count of Monte Cristo (audiobook, NEH) - 10/10 = A+
155. Pagan's Crusade (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
156. Pyramids (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B-
157. A Raisin in the Sun (NEH) - 8/10 = B+
158. The King of Attolia (series re-read) - 10/10 = A+
159. The Old Man and the Sea (NEH) - 8/10 = B+
160. Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud book) - 9/10 = A-
161. Foxtrot: Assembled with Care (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
162. Among the Hidden (Charlie's Book Club read) - 8/10 = B
163. The Ship That Flew (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A-
164. Henry and the Clubhouse (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
165. Hiroshima (audiobook, NEH) - 8/10 = B+
166. Tomorrow, When the War Began (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-

OCTOBER
167. A Conspiracy of Kings (series read) - 10/10 = A+
168. Heart's Delight (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
169. Jane's Island (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
170. Belling the Tiger (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
171. Guards! Guards! (Discworld read) - 8/10 = B
172. Thick as Thieves (Queen's Thief series read) - 10/10 = A+
173. Rowan of Rin (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
174. The Truce of the Wolf (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
175. A to Z Mysteries: The Bald Bandit (Charlie's read aloud) - 8/10 = B
176. No Talking (Charlie's book club) - 8/10 = B
177. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (series read) - 9/10 = A
178. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (audiobook/NEH) - 9/10 = A-
179. The Loner (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
180. Switchers (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
181. Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud) - 10/10 = A+
182. The Raven King (series read) - 10/10 = A+
183. The Animal Family (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
184. The Moves Make the Man (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
185. The Virginian (audiobook/NEH) - 9/10 = A-
186. The Infamous Ratsos (CCBC) - 8/10 = B+
187. The Forever War (Hugo, Nebula & Locus SF awards) - 8/10 = B+

NOVEMBER
188. The Westing Game (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
189. The Moorchild (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
190. The Jungle (audiobook, NEH list) - 8/10 = B+
191. The Cherry Orchard (audiobook, NEH list) - 6/10 = D
192. Five on a Treasure Island (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C+
193. Eric (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B-
194. Ramona and Her Father (Charlie's book club read) - 8/10 = B+
195. Children of the Soil (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
196. The Noonday Friends (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
197. The Age of Innocence (NEH/audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
198. To The Lighthouse (NEH/audiobook) - 8/10 = B
199. Swords of Steel (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
200. Man Plus (Nebula) - 8/10 = B+
201. Moving Pictures (Discworld) - 8/10 = B
202. Born a Crime (audiobook) - 9/10 = A
203. The Best Man (audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
204. River Boy (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
205. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
206. A Midnight Clear (holiday read) - 7/10 = C-

DECEMBER
207. A Christmas Memory (holiday read) - 10/10 = A+
208. The Magic Finger (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
209. The King's Fifth (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
210. Native Son (NEH, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
211. All's Faire in Middle School (Joe recommended) - 9/10 = A
212. Lord of Misrule (NBA, audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
213. The Girl of Knossos (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
214. Redeployment (NBA, audiobook) - 9/10 = A-
215. Thursday's Child (1001 Children's Book) - 8/10 = B-
216. Reaper Man (Discworld) - 8/10 = B+
217. The Round House (NBA, audioook) - 8/10 = B+
218. A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings (holiday read) - 9/10 = A
219. Brontomek! (BSFA) - 9/10 = A
220. Three Junes (NBA, audiobook) - 9/10 = A

5scaifea
Edited: Dec 18, 2017, 4:55pm Top

The Charlie, Mario & Tuppence Toppers:



6scaifea
Edited: Dec 18, 2017, 4:58pm Top

The Bonus Question:
Charlie's holiday music program is this evening, so in honor of that: did you have holiday school programs as a kid, and if so, do you have a favorite memory of one?

For me, my favorite memories of those programs was that my mom, an amazing seamstress, always made my dresses, and they were FABulous. I'd get oooohs and aaaahs when I walked into the room, and that was pretty fun.

7FAMeulstee
Dec 18, 2017, 5:07pm Top

Happy new thread, Amber!
Not sure about the bonus question, you mean school activities related to holidays?

8rosalita
Dec 18, 2017, 5:08pm Top

Look at that handsome young man in his holiday finery! And of course, two very fine doggos in their everyday finery. :-)

I think we had holiday programs when we lived in New York (so up to 3rd grade), but I don't remember any after we moved to Illinois. It's funny that I remember rehearsing/practicing during Music class with Mr. McKey but not the actual performances. Not sure if that's traumatic blackouts at work due to my stage fright or what. :-)

9scaifea
Dec 18, 2017, 5:34pm Top

>7 FAMeulstee: Anita: Yep! Here (or at least at my school growing up and now at Charlie's) the music teacher organizes a singing concert for each grade. At Charlie's school, the grades alternate, with 1st and 3rd grade having spring music concerts and 2nd and 4th having 'holiday' concerts in December. Charlie is a third grader, but because he's part of the 3rd/4th multi-age classroom, his class is joining the 4th graders for a holiday program this year.

>8 rosalita: Julia: Thanks! Yeah, he's pretty handsome, isn't he? I may be partial, though... And of course The Gals always look fabulous, no?
You know, I don't remember the actual concerts, either, just my dresses and people loving them. I do remember rehearsing during music class, though, but I can't remember my music teacher's name (I did love him dearly, though).

10FAMeulstee
Dec 18, 2017, 6:15pm Top

>9 scaifea: Those I remember were with Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) on 5 december, involving gifts. A week or two before we all got the name of a classmate, for whom we bought the gift.

11scaifea
Dec 18, 2017, 6:20pm Top

>10 FAMeulstee: Anita: Oh, neat! We used to do Secret Santa gift exchanges, too, but Charlie's school doesn't.

12jnwelch
Edited: Dec 18, 2017, 6:28pm Top

Happy New Thread, Amber!

I love those descriptions of your book categories.

I thought Round House was really good. I hope it works well for you.

P.S. I've never read Christopher Moore (even though I thought I had), so I may try his new one, Noir.

13BLBera
Dec 18, 2017, 6:41pm Top

How grown up Charlie looks! Happy new thread, Amber, and happy holidays.

14scaifea
Dec 18, 2017, 7:04pm Top

>12 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! I've just started Round House so I don't really have an opinion yet, but I can say that I'm excited to give it a go. And I hope you love Moore - I don't think his humor is likely for everyone, but I sure love it.

>13 BLBera: Beth: We measured him today and he's a whopping 4'9". Only 8 inches shorter than me at this point. Yoicks.

15PaulCranswick
Dec 18, 2017, 7:36pm Top

Happy new one, Amber.

We didn't really have a school holiday programme but at Christmas us intrepid boys would be out with the mistletoe trying manfully to persuade any girl within reach to get into the holiday spirit!

16BLBera
Dec 18, 2017, 7:57pm Top

>14 scaifea: Well, you'll have someone to reach the high shelves for you soon.

17foggidawn
Dec 18, 2017, 8:50pm Top

Happy new thread! I can’t think of any special school holiday programs, but I do recall being a star (literally) in a church pageant.

18drneutron
Dec 18, 2017, 8:51pm Top

Happy new thread!

19scaifea
Dec 18, 2017, 9:56pm Top

>15 PaulCranswick: Hi, Paul! And were you successful with the mistletoe...?

>16 BLBera: Beth: Oh, I like the way you think!

>17 foggidawn: foggi: A star! Adorable!!

>18 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

20scaifea
Dec 18, 2017, 9:57pm Top

Charlie did a great job at the program and had a good time. And here he is, modelling his new suit, complete with jacket:

21richardderus
Dec 19, 2017, 3:45am Top

Happy New Thread!

Charlie looks great in his suit.

BQ: We did. I don't.

22scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 6:20am Top

>21 richardderus: Thanks, Richard!

23scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 6:21am Top

On today's agenda:
Another all-day-in-the-sewing-room day; I still have Tomm's nieces to sew for, and I'm not even certain what I'm making for them yet...

On the reading front:
I started listening to The Round House and I finished Thursday's Child (more on that one later).

24scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 6:22am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-The Twelve Days of Christmas (I love this *gorgeous* edition)
And bits of:
-Ribsy
-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

25msf59
Dec 19, 2017, 6:37am Top

Morning, Amber! Happy New Thread!

>20 scaifea: Go Charlie! He is definitely stylin'...

26scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 7:53am Top

>25 msf59: Morning, Mark! Thanks!

Charlie is one stylin' dude, for sure. *grins*

27katiekrug
Dec 19, 2017, 8:11am Top

Morning, Amber!

I remember one holiday concert in elementary school that was more like a piano recital. I believe my song was 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' which I carefully picked out on the piano with just my right hand because I wasn't a very advanced student :-) In high school, we had a "Candlelight Service" in the chapel every year the last night before leaving for Christmas vacation, but it was mostly non-religious. I read 'The Little Match Girl' my senior year. And then in college (I went to a Catholic college - long story) they had a beautiful service of lessons and carols and much pageantry, because Catholics do pageantry really well...

28scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 8:34am Top

>27 katiekrug: Katie: The Little Match Girl, eh? I don't think I could get through that without sobbing...

29Carmenere
Dec 19, 2017, 8:38am Top

Happy Tuesday and happy new thread, Amber

>6 scaifea: Actually, I do have a holiday program story. Way back when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, I was cast to play the part of the angel announcing the birth of Jesus. My dad (a machinist by trade) was very proud of me and my first big role so by going into work a little earlier and using scrap metal the factory was throwing away he made a very long gold trumpet for me to use when I declared my important message. xoxo

30Berly
Dec 19, 2017, 8:40am Top

>5 scaifea: >20 scaifea: Charlie is looking GOOD! Happy new one. : )

31scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 8:50am Top

>29 Carmenere: Hi, Lynda! What a great story about your dad making the trumpet! So cool!! Do you still have it?

>30 Berly: Thanks, Kim!

32Carmenere
Dec 19, 2017, 8:53am Top

33rosalita
Edited: Dec 19, 2017, 11:19am Top

>29 Carmenere: That's a lovely story, Lynda. What a great dad thing to do.

34scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 9:32am Top

>32 Carmenere: Lynda: Aw, shucks. Still, what a lovely memory!

>33 rosalita: Julia: Agreed!

35scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 9:34am Top

215. Thursday's Child by Sonya Hartnett (1001 Children's Books, 261 pages) - 8/10 = B-
This one follows the story of a young girl and her family in Australia during the Depression, living in a rough shack and barely getting by. The writing is good, but there issues for me with the plot: one of her brothers lives almost exclusively in the system of tunnels that he digs (starting when is only something like 5 years old) under their house and spreading for what seems like must be miles. I can't quite put my finger on what didn't work for me; the story seems a little directionless and I just couldn't quite be okay with that tunneling brother or his part in the story. However, the suspense of the thing kept me reading despite my quibbles.

36jnwelch
Dec 19, 2017, 12:50pm Top

>20 scaifea: Omigosh, Charlie's becoming the best-dressed guy I know. You should be proud, Amber - of the clothes and the model!

Happy Tuesday, my friend.

37scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 12:55pm Top

>36 jnwelch: Aw, thanks, Joe! He looks good in a suit, doesn't he?

38scaifea
Dec 19, 2017, 2:39pm Top

Okay, I need help: I thought that I had left a tab open in my browser with a link to a list of various 2017 Best Children's Books lists, but I've accidentally lost it. I'm 72% confident that I clicked on the link in someone's thread here... I'm also possibly losing my mind and am making the entire thing up. Help?

39MickyFine
Dec 19, 2017, 2:39pm Top

Charlie looks very dapper!

I have two holiday concert/program memories. One was getting to be one of the Cratchit children in the musical we did for the holidays that year. We had to sing a song and do some strange circle dance. I must have been 10 or so with that one. And then there was the year I had the chicken pox and missed the Christmas concert and was super bummed about it because we were doing Handel's Messiah that year (I grew up listening to that one a lot as my Dad would play it often and was of the strong opinion it wasn't just for Christmas).

40johnsimpson
Dec 19, 2017, 4:05pm Top

Happy new thread Amber my dear and a great photo of Charlie in his new threads, very dapper.

42richardderus
Dec 19, 2017, 4:17pm Top

What browser do you use? Control-H usually gives you a history of the tabs you've opened in non-Mac environments.

43scaifea
Edited: Dec 19, 2017, 4:41pm Top

>39 MickyFine: Micky: Aw, I'm sorry you missed out on the Handel thing, but how cool that you got to be a Cratchit?!

>40 johnsimpson: Thanks, John!

>41 nittnut: >42 richardderus: Thanks, Jenn & Richard, but it was a false alarm - turns out the list of lists was in an email from Book Riot and is *still* in my inbox. Yoicks, what a cotton-headed ninnymuggins.

ETA: It speaks volumes about my modus operandi that I've spent most of the afternoon full-on upset about losing a link to a list of book lists, only to discover that it's right there in plain sight and not lost at all. *opens nutshell and crawls back in*

44richardderus
Dec 19, 2017, 4:48pm Top

There there, Ninnymuggins dear, we all have brain outgassings on occasion. And that Control-H trick is a great one to have on hand!

45nittnut
Dec 19, 2017, 5:07pm Top

Phew! Crisis averted.

46Familyhistorian
Dec 19, 2017, 9:56pm Top

You finished the jacket and my does he look fine! You are Super Sewer, Amber!

Re the bonus question: I don't remember any concerts when I was in school. We did the secret Santa thing. I do remember my son's first concert, all those grade one's up there singing and looking so cute. This was many years ago. They sold tickets towards prizes at the concert. I won the Gingerbread House and I was standing there with it when someone asked me who had won the main prize, the Gameboy. (I told you it was a few years ago.) I said I didn't know who won but the name hadn't been called yet. Then called it and it was my name again! I can remember going to pick up my son in the classroom where the kids were stashed during the concert. I waved the Game Boy at him and his face just lit up!

47scaifea
Dec 20, 2017, 6:14am Top

>46 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! And wow at the door prizes! What a neat early Christmas present for your son!

48scaifea
Edited: Dec 20, 2017, 6:24am Top

On the agenda today:
More sewing room time: I've got to figure out what to make for those nieces (I puttered around yesterday and didn't get much done). Then off to library volunteering, and then Charlie has ballet class this evening.

On the reading front:
I managed a bit of Reaper Man yesterday and also a bit of The Round House, but that's it.

49scaifea
Dec 20, 2017, 6:18am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Drummer Boy
-The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken (school library book, picture book) - 910 = A

Our Christmas movies last night: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Shaun the Sheep: We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas.

50msf59
Dec 20, 2017, 6:41am Top

Morning, Amber. I am starting A Christmas Memory today. My first time. Have you read it?

51scaifea
Dec 20, 2017, 7:57am Top

>50 msf59: Morning, Mark! Oh, YES! A Christmas Memory is so, so excellent. I hope you love it!

52jnwelch
Dec 20, 2017, 8:48am Top

Morning, Amber!

I'll have to chase down A Christmas Memory. Your enthusiasm is contagious.

53scaifea
Dec 20, 2017, 8:56am Top

>52 jnwelch: Linda (Laytonwoman3rd) and Laura (lycomayflower) introduced Charlie and me to it a couple of years ago and I'll never be able to thank them enough. It's wonderful and you'll adore it. It would make a fantastic read-aloud with MBH.

54The_Hibernator
Dec 20, 2017, 9:27am Top

Morning Amber!

55scaifea
Dec 20, 2017, 11:30am Top

56RebaRelishesReading
Dec 20, 2017, 12:26pm Top

I've been buried in travel/Christmas concert/Christmas cookies and just now trying to catch up on LT. Love, love, love Charlie's outfit!! To bad kids grow because that could be a holiday outfit for life otherwise.

57richardderus
Dec 20, 2017, 1:59pm Top

I'm sitting here waiting for my order of apple-pie flavored Oreos to arrive so I can binge myself into nausea and hyperglycemia.

I just thought you should know.

58scaifea
Dec 20, 2017, 2:33pm Top

>56 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: Welcome back! You *have* been busy! And thanks so much - I know Tomm thinks I'm crazy for putting so much time into something that Charlie will outgrow soon, but a boy needs a suit, I feel, and were I to buy him one of the same quality fabrics, it would have been upwards of $200. I very much did not have that much money in it and loved every second of making it.

>57 richardderus: Richard: Oooh, I've had those Oreos and love 'em. Enjoy, friend.

59scaifea
Dec 20, 2017, 4:11pm Top

Well, I went to school for my library volunteering and pretty much came straight back home with a fevery Charlie. Poor kiddo, he always seems to miss the last few days of school before Christmas break and so misses all the parties and such.

60MickyFine
Dec 20, 2017, 4:29pm Top

Sorry to hear Charlie is feeling less than top-notch. Hopefully the bug passes before Christmas.

61EBT1002
Dec 20, 2017, 4:52pm Top

Twenty-five threads. I don't know how you do it.

I commented on Charlie's handsome self on FB but I'll repeat myself here. It's not only a dapper outfit, he is a handsome kid. I'm sorry he's under the weather. I am home sick my own self and it's not fun to feel this way around the holidays. I hope he feels better quickly!

62scaifea
Dec 20, 2017, 6:25pm Top

>60 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky. I hope so, too. When he was in kindergarten, he was really, really sick for the whole week before Christmas and missed all the fun stuff at school. He went to bed on Christmas eve still with a high fever and not keeping anything down (that was the super-fun year that he projectile vomited into the heating vent), but he woke up on Christmas morning feeling better, the week-long fever having broken - finally! - in the night. He called it a Christmas Miracle. Ha!

>61 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen! I'm consistently surprised that you all are interested enough in my nattering to keep coming back for more threads!
And thanks! Of course I won't argue with your assessment of his handsomeness. That smile gets me every time.
I'm sorry that you're not feeling well, either! You're right that it's definitely not a fun time of the year for it. I hope you both feel better toot sweet!

63scaifea
Dec 21, 2017, 7:02am Top

I'm keeping Charlie home from school today - the fever seems to be down this morning, but just in case - so I'll be going back and forth from taking care of him and working in the sewing room.

On the reading front:
I spent my sewing time yesterday listening to The Round House and a read a few pages in Reaper Man, but not many before I conked out last night; I may be getting what Charlie has because I have a nasty sore throat. Woot.

65msf59
Dec 21, 2017, 7:04am Top

Morning, Amber. Sorry, to hear that Charlie is not feeling well. I am sure he will be very pampered adequately.

66scaifea
Dec 21, 2017, 7:21am Top

Morning, Mark! And thanks. Yep, he'll have a day of being cozy on the couch watching movies and drinking homemade Orange Julius drinks (my version of a cure-all).

67rosalita
Dec 21, 2017, 7:33am Top

Hang in there, Master Charles! A day off to make sure the germies have been vanquished is a good idea. Hope you're back on your feet soon.

68scaifea
Dec 21, 2017, 7:44am Top

>67 rosalita: Thanks for that, Julia - I'll pass the message along. Right now he's cuddled up under a blanket on the couch and watching If You Give a Mouse... episode on Amazon.

69scaifea
Dec 21, 2017, 8:34am Top

I saw that Megan has posted her five-star reads for the year over on her thread and I was inspired to do the same, so here are my 10/10 reads for 2017 (not including 10/10 re-reads):

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Wolf Hollow
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Norse Mythology
Vassa in the Night
Ready Player One
The Raven Boys
The Count of Monte Cristo
Thick as Thieves
The Raven King

Out of these, I'd say that The Count of Monte Cristo tops them all. So fabulous.

70jnwelch
Dec 21, 2017, 9:20am Top

Morning, Amber!

I'm with you on The Count of Monte Cristo. Love that book.

Good list!

71The_Hibernator
Dec 21, 2017, 9:58am Top

Hope Charlie feels better soon!

72scaifea
Dec 21, 2017, 10:35am Top

>70 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! I think it may be a long time before I find another book as good as that one. Amazing.

>71 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel!

73MickyFine
Dec 21, 2017, 11:14am Top

Hope Charlie continues to mend and that you keep your throat bug at bay!

74jnwelch
Dec 21, 2017, 11:26am Top

I keep nudging myself to find out more about Alexander Dumas. As far as I can tell, he was quite an interesting character in his own right.

75scaifea
Dec 21, 2017, 11:32am Top

>73 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky! I'm on my 4th cuppa tea - it helps to soothe the throat bit. Charlie's playing Minecraft and helped me make giant chocolate chip cookies this morning, so he's definitely on the mend.

>74 jnwelch: Joe: I wonder if there's a good biography out there...?

76EBT1002
Dec 21, 2017, 12:04pm Top

I'm glad you're keeping Charlie home today but sorry he still feels lousy. Me too. Charlie and me, we're in this together.

77RebaRelishesReading
Dec 21, 2017, 12:08pm Top

Sorry to hear Charlie isn't feeling well. Hope he's better really soon!

78scaifea
Dec 21, 2017, 12:35pm Top

>76 EBT1002: >77 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Ellen & Reba! He seems to be feeling better now; fingers crossed that he doesn't roll back downhill this evening (that seems to happen fairly often with this sort of thing).

79richardderus
Dec 21, 2017, 2:47pm Top



Happy Yule Book Flood!

80johnsimpson
Dec 21, 2017, 3:37pm Top

Hi Amber, sorry to read that Charlie is unwell, poor lad. Some rest, cuddled up in a blanket watching some movies and with mom's cure all drink will do the trick and get him well for the 25th. You are going to be busy my dear making sure Charlie is ok and doing some sewing, make sure you don't do too much dear friend, sending love and hugs from both of us.

81scaifea
Dec 21, 2017, 5:24pm Top

>79 richardderus: Richard: Ha! Good one!

>80 johnsimpson: Thanks, John! Charlie seems much better this afternoon, and if he stays that way, he'll get to go back to school tomorrow for the last day. I got quite a bit of sewing in today, too.

82scaifea
Dec 21, 2017, 5:32pm Top

I finished half of Tomm's nieces' presents today (still working on a couple of skirts for them):

This is Boris. He enjoys beekeeping and baking cookies:



This is Barnaby. He likes birdwatching and playing Bingo:

83scaifea
Dec 22, 2017, 6:16am Top

On the agenda today:
A quick run to the shops for a few odds and ends to get us through Christmas (we leave the day after for a week of traveling), and then more sewing room time to finish up the skirts for the nieces (and Charlie saw Boris and Barnaby and requested a stuffed animal, too, so I'll try to at least get started on that today). Then library volunteering this afternoon. Charlie's feeling better and so will be able to go to school today and maybe even to ballet class this evening.

On the reading front:
I didn't get any listening in yesterday, but I did manage a bit of Reaper Man.

84scaifea
Edited: Dec 22, 2017, 6:19am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Llama Llama Holiday Drama
-Santa's Surprise Book
-If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
-If You Give a Pig a Pancake

Last night's Christmas movie: The Muppet Christmas Carol - my favorite version, hands down.

85BekkaJo
Dec 22, 2017, 7:00am Top

Definitely the best version. Love it :)

86msf59
Edited: Dec 22, 2017, 7:17am Top

Morning, Amber! Happy Friday. Hope Charlie is feeling better.

87scaifea
Dec 22, 2017, 7:59am Top

>85 BekkaJo: Bekka: I know, right?! I end up weeping at the end every time. And when Kermit/Cratchit says, "Life is a series of meetings and partings"? I can't.

>86 msf59: Morning, Mark! Charlie is definitely feeling better. Thanks!

88jnwelch
Dec 22, 2017, 9:22am Top

Morning, Amber!

>82 scaifea: Love these!

Glad to hear that young Charlie is feeling improved.

89scaifea
Dec 22, 2017, 9:32am Top

>88 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Boris and Barnaby are cuties, no? I remember when I was little and hanging out in my mom's sewing room that she would talk to the dolls she made as she was making them. I find myself doing the same thing these days. So fun.
And yes, Charlie is well and at school enjoying the last day festivities - woot!

90Crazymamie
Dec 22, 2017, 10:23am Top

Morning, Amber! I am late to your newest thread, but not too late to say how very dapper Charlie is looking in his new duds. And I am very happy that he is feeling better today. Hooray for that.

91scaifea
Dec 22, 2017, 10:51am Top

>90 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie! Thanks! He's a handsome fella, no? And yes, I'm happy that he's better too - Hooray!

92MickyFine
Dec 22, 2017, 11:55am Top

Boris and Barnaby are adorable!

Muppet Christmas Carol is also my favourite version. I watched it with The Boyfriend this year who hadn't seen it since his teens and it was fun to see his reactions to it all. :)

Good luck with all the sewing!

93scaifea
Dec 22, 2017, 12:25pm Top

>92 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky! First skirt is finishing and I'm about halfway finished with the second one.

Muppet Christmas Carol is fabulous, isn't it? Just so well done.

94laytonwoman3rd
Dec 22, 2017, 12:54pm Top

Just catching up, here. EVERYBODY should go read A Christmas Memory! Including me. Haven't done it yet this year. For that matter, we haven't watched any Christmas movies either yet. Humbug.

BQ My memories of Christmas programs are all church-related, although I'm sure the orchestra and chorus must have done holiday programs in school. They don't stand out, though---I more clearly remember the performances we did for graduation and senior plays. We did a modified version of A Christmas Carol at church once that sticks in my memory. I was Mrs. Cratchit.

95scaifea
Dec 22, 2017, 12:56pm Top

>94 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: No Christmas movies yet?! Tick tock, lady. I think fondly of you and Laura every year now, when we watch A Child's Christmas in Wales, Emmett's Jug Band, and when I read A Christmas Memory. All amazing things that the two of you bring into our lives.

And yay for Mrs. Cratchit! Because I love the Muppet version so much, she will always be Miss Piggy in my mind...

96lycomayflower
Edited: Dec 22, 2017, 1:28pm Top

>95 scaifea:



Glad to hear Charlie is feeling better and able to enjoy school festivities today!

Those stuffed animals are excellent! I can see their personalities from all the way over here!

What a nice job you did on Charlie's suit! I'm getting kind of an HP marauders vibe off that picture. Dapper clothes plus the hair maybe?

97richardderus
Dec 22, 2017, 1:40pm Top

As always a whirlwind of activity...slowing down would probably prove fatal at this point...*smooch* in the direction of Amber's slipstream.

98scaifea
Dec 22, 2017, 2:28pm Top

>96 lycomayflower: Laura: Thanks for the Boris and Barnaby love! Charlie has requested a dog instead of a bear, and has already pre-named him Meatloaf. I'll likely sew him up tomorrow.
And thanks for the suit love, too! Funny you should say that about an HP vibe - he's going for Fred & George hair.

>97 richardderus: Hi, Richard! Thanks for the smooch!

99scaifea
Dec 23, 2017, 9:49am Top

On today's agenda:
More of a long weekend agenda, really: Before we leave on Tuesday for Indiana and Parts East, I need to finish sewing Bella's skirt, make Charlie's stuffed animal, clean the house, wrap the last couple presents, laundry, and packing. Angling for the sewing and wrapping to get finished today.

On the reading front:
I made progress on The Round House and finished The Reaper Man (more on that in a minute).

101scaifea
Dec 23, 2017, 9:55am Top

216. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, 336 pages) - 8/10 = B+
This is my favorite of the Discworld books I've read so far, most likely because Death is my favorite of the characters and, as it says on the tin, this one focuses on him. I also enjoyed the Dead Rights movement and Windle Poons is a hoot.

102lycomayflower
Dec 23, 2017, 10:31am Top

>99 scaifea: Whew, that's a hefty to-do list for a holiday weekend. Hope it all goes smoothly and quickly so you can relax too! (I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who insists on cleaning the house before leaving on a trip!)

>98 scaifea: I definitely can see a Weasley twin look going on there!

103scaifea
Dec 23, 2017, 10:42am Top

>99 scaifea: Laura: I love visiting my family, but getting the house ready and packing up is so stressful. Gah. We have someone come to look after the dogs while we're gone (we don't love the idea of kennels) and I can't stand the thought of her thinking, "Doesn't this woman ever vacuum or dust this place?!"
And yeah, he's got the Fred & George I'm-probably-up-to-something grin down, too, no?

104Ameise1
Dec 23, 2017, 10:57am Top

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

105msf59
Dec 23, 2017, 11:07am Top

Morning, Amber. Happy Saturday. Not a bad winter day out here. The sunshine helps.

106richardderus
Dec 23, 2017, 11:56am Top

Hey there Amber! *smooch*

107cameling
Dec 23, 2017, 12:58pm Top



Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Amber.

108scaifea
Dec 23, 2017, 1:38pm Top

>104 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara!

>105 msf59: Hi, Mark! No sun here today, I'm afraid, and it's pretty chilly, too. If only we had some snow...

>106 richardderus: Hi, Richard!

>107 cameling: Thanks, Caro!

109scaifea
Dec 23, 2017, 1:57pm Top

Bears and skirts all finished:



110RebaRelishesReading
Dec 23, 2017, 2:03pm Top

How cute!!

111richardderus
Dec 23, 2017, 2:17pm Top

Hmmm love the bears and wonder...will Basil and Burt and Bella and Bitty be coming along?

112EBT1002
Dec 23, 2017, 4:22pm Top

I'm glad Charlie is feeling better ~~ and I wish I could say the same for myself! I'm hoping one. more. day. in. bed. will do it..... I'm starting to get stir crazy!

Meanwhile....



Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

113scaifea
Dec 23, 2017, 4:38pm Top

>110 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! Both the bears and the skirts were really fun to make.

>111 richardderus: Richard: Ha! Well, one of the nieces *is* a Bella...

>112 EBT1002: Thanks, Ellen - Charlie is all the way better; in the meantime, I've come down with a nasty cold. *sigh...cough*
I hope you're right that one more day will do it for you, too.

114scaifea
Dec 23, 2017, 5:19pm Top

217. The Round House by Louise Erdrich (NBA, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
Set on an Indian reservation in the '80s, this novel reminds me of Stephen King's The Body. It follows a 13-year-old boy, Joe, and his friends through what would have been a typical boyhood summer, but for his mother's attack and rape. Joe and his friends bike through the summer trying first to solve the mystery of who attacked his mother and then plotting revenge. This main plot is tempered with wonderful little asides about reservation life and family relationships that are dovetailed into the story beautifully. It's an excellent read, so well-written that it's easy to see why it won the National Book Award. My only small issue is that the ending seems too rough-edged and abrupt.

115lkernagh
Dec 23, 2017, 7:39pm Top

Hi Amber, stopping by to wish you and your loved ones peace, joy and happiness this holiday season and for 2018!

116ronincats
Dec 23, 2017, 11:37pm Top

It is that time of year again, between Solstice and Christmas, just after Hanukkah, when our thoughts turn to wishing each other well in whatever language or image is meaningful to the recipient. So, whether I wish you Happy Solstice or Merry Christmas, know that what I really wish you, and for you, is this:

117charl08
Dec 24, 2017, 6:53am Top

Love the bears Amber - and I would have loved a brightly coloured skirt like that as as kid.
Hope Santa brings all you asked for!

118msf59
Edited: Dec 25, 2017, 7:55am Top



Morning, Amber. Have a great holiday with the family. We are hosting our family gathering, later today but I should be able to bookhorn in some reading.
Fingers crossed.

119nittnut
Dec 24, 2017, 8:26am Top



Knowing you lights my world!
Merry Christmas! Peace and Joy!

120scaifea
Dec 24, 2017, 9:20am Top

Thanks for all the holiday wishes!

>117 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! My mom made me a similar skirt when I was little and I loved it, so I thought it would be a good gift - I'm glad you think so, too!

>118 msf59: Morning, Mark! Have fun with the family and fingers crossed that you get some reading time in, too. I'm hoping for some time in the rocking chair with a cuppa and a book today, too.

121johnsimpson
Dec 24, 2017, 9:26am Top

Hi Amber, wishing you, Tomm and Charlie a very Merry Christmas my dear and sending love and hugs to you dear friend from both of us.

122scaifea
Dec 24, 2017, 9:26am Top

On the agenda today:
I still need to do the laundry, bills and photos, bake Santa's cookies (gluten-free peanut butter is what he prefers here at Scaife Manor) and get both my and Charlie's ipads loaded up with audiobooks for the drive (Charlie picked out The Wonder Story: The Julian Chapter and three A to Z Mysteries: The Haunted Hotel, The Invisible Island and The Jaguar's Jewel. I'm loading up Three Junes, The World According to Garp, The Road and Lincoln in the Bardo. I won't get to all of those, but one needs to be prepared, of course). The rest of the day will be relaxing with a book, possibly with some family board games and video games sprinkled in there, too.

On the reading front:
I finished The Round House (see above), and read a nice chunk of A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings, and I plan on spending my reading time today with that one, too.

123scaifea
Dec 24, 2017, 9:27am Top

>121 johnsimpson: Thanks, John! Happy Christmas to you and Karen, too!

124scaifea
Dec 24, 2017, 9:28am Top

What We Read Yesterday:
-Merry Christmas, Mouse!
-Duck & Goose: It's Time for Christmas!
And bits of:
-Herobrine Saves Christmas
-Upside Down Magic
-Enormously Foxtrot
-Ribsy
-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

And our Christmas movie last night was National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

125jnwelch
Dec 24, 2017, 10:12am Top

Happy Christmas Eve, Amber!

The excitement is building!

126scaifea
Dec 24, 2017, 10:20am Top

>125 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe!

127RebaRelishesReading
Dec 24, 2017, 10:31am Top

Hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018, Amber.

128The_Hibernator
Dec 24, 2017, 10:58am Top



Happy holidays! I am thankful this holiday season for all the good friends I have made in this group. You are all so supportive. I don't know what I'd do without you!

129SandDune
Dec 24, 2017, 1:09pm Top



(Or in other words, Happy Christmas, to you and yours!)

130scaifea
Dec 24, 2017, 3:13pm Top

We're having a darned-nigh perfect Christmas Eve here at Scaife Manor; all our last-minute chores are done and we're just hanging out enjoying being together with no place to go until Tuesday, and it's been gently snowing all day long. I LOVE IT:

131rretzler
Dec 24, 2017, 8:21pm Top

132laytonwoman3rd
Edited: Dec 25, 2017, 9:32am Top

Merry Christmas to the Family Scaife!

133AMQS
Dec 25, 2017, 1:25am Top

Dear Amber, best wishes to you and yours at Christmas!

134PaulCranswick
Dec 25, 2017, 4:06am Top



Wishing you all good things this holiday season and beyond.

135kidzdoc
Dec 25, 2017, 5:12am Top



May you and your family have a very Merry (and cilantro free) Christmas, Amber!

136scaifea
Dec 25, 2017, 7:47am Top

Thanks for the Christmas wishes, everyone!!

Unwrapping is done here and now a day of relaxing (after I've finished packing), puttering with our presents and reading begins!

137banjo123
Dec 25, 2017, 3:32pm Top



wishing a holiday and new year of peace for you and yours!

138scaifea
Dec 26, 2017, 6:14am Top

>137 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda.

139scaifea
Dec 26, 2017, 6:17am Top

On today's agenda:
We're packing up the car this morning and headed out for a week to visit family; we'll be with my parents in Indiana through Thursday morning, then we'll drive to Tomm's brother's house in Cincinnati, then on to Columbus Friday and Saturday and then we'll drive home on Sunday. I'll try to check in occasionally, but won't be here much for the next week. Happy new year, everyone!

140msf59
Dec 26, 2017, 6:55am Top

Morning, Amber! Have a safe trip. Enjoy your time with the family.

141scaifea
Dec 26, 2017, 8:24am Top

Thanks, Mark! We're off in about 30 minutes.

142drneutron
Dec 26, 2017, 10:13am Top

Still a bit under construction, but here's the new group: https://www.librarything.com/groups/75booksin2018

Happy Boxing Day!

143Berly
Dec 26, 2017, 2:36pm Top

Happy Boxing Day!!

144RebaRelishesReading
Dec 26, 2017, 5:00pm Top

Have a great trip and a happy new year!

145MickyFine
Dec 27, 2017, 3:13pm Top

Have a fantastic trip, Amber!

146ChelleBearss
Dec 28, 2017, 5:30pm Top

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!

(PS the bears in skirts are adorable!)

147jnwelch
Dec 28, 2017, 5:32pm Top



Happy Holidays to you and Tomm and Charlie, Amber!

148mdoris
Dec 28, 2017, 6:35pm Top

Hi Amber,
Wishing you a wonderful 2018 and a year of fabulous reading!

149Carmenere
Dec 29, 2017, 8:18am Top

Happy belated Christmas greetings to you and yours and all the best in 2018!

150Familyhistorian
Dec 29, 2017, 4:32pm Top

Safe travels and Happy Holidays!

151johnsimpson
Dec 31, 2017, 11:06am Top

Hi Amber, just stopping by to wish you, Tomm and Charlie a Very Happy New Year my dear and hope that 2018 is a really good year. Sending love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

152rretzler
Dec 31, 2017, 8:06pm Top

Some time when you come to Columbus, we'll have to meet up! Hope you had a great trip.

153rretzler
Dec 31, 2017, 8:06pm Top

154scaifea
Jan 1, 9:42am Top

Hi, everyone! We arrived home last night, safe, sound, happy and exhausted. Thanks so much for all of the good wishes! We had a great trip. Today will be busy with loads and loads of laundry, taking down the Christmas decorations, menu-planning for this week and possibly a run to the grocery story (I'd love to get it done today and not have to do it tomorrow). So, I may not have time to get back here and wrap up my last 2017 thread (I have a couple more books to report) and then start my 2018 thread until tomorrow. In the meantime, Happy New Year, all!!

>152 rretzler: Robin: Definitely!! We were only in Columbus for two days this time, but we're generally there longer in the summer.

155msf59
Edited: Jan 1, 10:15am Top



^Hugs to all at the Scaife Manor! Glad you made it back home safely. Hope to see you over on the 2018 threads!

156scaifea
Jan 1, 10:37am Top

>155 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I'll get over there sooner or later - hopefully by this evening, but it may be tomorrow before I can manage it. I feel so behind things!!

157FAMeulstee
Jan 1, 12:49pm Top

Glad to see you are safely home, Amber.
Lots to do when you have been away, we return home on Wednesday.

Happy New Year!

158Berly
Jan 1, 1:48pm Top



Happy 2018!!

159jnwelch
Jan 1, 2:03pm Top

Happy 2018, Amber!

160scaifea
Edited: Jan 1, 2:54pm Top

>157 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! Safe travels for you, too!

>158 Berly: Thanks, Kim!

>159 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! Just trying to get organized with these last couple of 2017 reads so I can get them posted here and then start a 2018 thread!

161johnsimpson
Jan 1, 3:26pm Top

Hi Amber, glad you had a nice trip and a good time away and sending love and hugs and New Year best wishes dear friend.

162scaifea
Jan 1, 3:39pm Top

Thanks, John!!

163scaifea
Jan 1, 3:43pm Top

And here are my last three reads of 2017, bringing my total up to 220 for the year:

218. A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens (holiday read, 288 pages) - 9/10 = A
A lovely holiday read. A Christmas Carol is still my favorite, but the other stories were wonderful too.

219. Brontomek! by Michael Coney (BSFA, 254 pages) - 9/10 = A
Brave New World on a struggling colony planet, with a very likeable main character and some cool twists along the way. Definitely recommended.

220. Three Junes by Julia Glass (NBA, audiobook) - 9/10 = A
A beautiful book with wonderful characters, whose fascinating stories interweave in such a lovely way. Excellent writing and well worth its National Book Award.

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