Alphaorder (Nancy) jumps into the deep end
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I have been a LT member since March of 2007, but recorded my reading in Club Read group. This year I am joining a number of my friends in the 75 Challenge. The last few years, I have been averaging 60-70 books a year, but hope to stretch that to 75. If not, oh well!
I've had a love of books since I was very young. My mom was a librarian. I was a bookseller/marketing director for an independent bookshop in the midwest from 1989-2009. I now do marketing for a nature center, which I also love. (Learning to bird is cutting into my reading time.)
Twenty years ago, literary fiction was my main focus. I am finding I am reading more nonfiction the last few years.
I met my husband in the bookshop, although we grew up less than a mile from each other about two hours away! Although the bricks and mortar portion of the company closed, there is an online division that remains. He still works there. We have a lovely 16-year-old daughter. I can't believe that she will be going away to college in just a few short years.
Anyone is welcome to join in my thread. As a bookseller, I was much more open to talking about books on the floor than writing a written review. Therefore, don't expect a lot of reviews - mostly a record of my reading. BTW - I have paper records from the '90s.
Most of my comments are made on my friends' threads, especially that of the fellow birder, beer- and booklover Mark (msf59).
1. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk - Novel
2. A Glorious Freedom
3. The Female Persuasion - Novel
4. A House Among the Trees - Novel
5. Tales of Two Americas
6. The Immortalists - Novel
7. It's Even Worse Than You Think - Nonfiction, audio
8. An American Marriage - Novel
9. Heart Berries - Memoir
10. I Am, I Am, I Am - Memoir
11. CALM not BUSY - Nonfiction
12. Fair Shot - Nonfiction, audio
13. Hotel Silence - Novel
14. No Time To Spare - Essays, Audio
15. Lake Michigan - poetry
16. The Common Good - Nonfiction, audio
17. Every Note Played - Novel
18. By the Book - Novel
19. All He Ever Wanted - Novel
20. Look Alive Out There - Essays, Audio
21. Trick - Novel
22. Wade in the Water - Poetry
23. Norwegian by Night - Novel
24. Natural Causes - Nonfiction, Audio
25. A Higher Loyalty - Memoir, Audio
26. Less - Novel
27. My Ex-Life - Novel
28. Tin Man - Novel
29. Destiny Thief - Essays, Audio
30. Our Towns - nonficton, audio
31. Good Riddance - Novel
32. Late in the Day- Poetry
33. Trajectory - Stories
34. Bullets into Bells
35. Reporter: A Memoir - Nonfiction, Audio
36. Bad Blood - Nonfiction
37. Squeezed - Nonfiction, Audio
38. Exit West - Novel
39. Lost Chapters - Nonfiction, Audio
40. If You See Me, Don't Say Hi - Stories
41. It's Hard to be Hip over Thirty - Poetry
42. The Art of the Wasted Day - Nonfiction, Audio
43. The Shakespeare Requirement - Novel
44. Invisible Gifts - Poetry
45. The Death of Truth - Nonfiction, Audio
46. Brother - Novel
47. French Exit - Novel
48. The World as It Is - Nonfiction, Audio
49. A Carnival of Losses - Essays
50. What the Eyes Don't See - Nonfiction, Audio
51. Call Them By Their True Names- Essays, Audio
52. American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time - Poetry
53. Winners Take All - Nonfiction, Audio
54. How to Retire with Enough Money- Nonfiction
55. Heartland - Memoir, Audio
56. Men Explain Things to Me - Nonfiction, Audio
58. Straight Man - Novel, Audio
>1 alphaorder: - Hi Nancy. This is the first year I have reached 75 books, a first for me. And I also keep written records of book titles and authors, going back to 1992. I wish I had started doing that years before but the older I get and the more memory cells diminish, the more grateful I am to have those little books as a reference when I talk about books and can't recall a title or author!
My family did our Christmas book exchange (part 2) today. Here is what was given/received:
>9 ffortsa: Great to see you (again), too! Thanks for welcoming me to the group.
>7 alphaorder: Very nice!! Love the idea of a Christmas book exchange, and um...part 2? There was a part 1?
Oh! I want that Inkblots one! And I love The Odyssey. What a lovely selection of books that both parts make together - thanks for showing me part one.
>14 Crazymamie: Inkblots was for my dad, who is a psychologist. Odyssey was from my dad to my brother.
>15 msf59: I gave my mom Devotions. And Wintering was a gift from my mom to Alina.
Books that were added to my library via the exchange:
Misfortune of Marion Palm
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
What Unites Us
I will definitely be borrowing from my sister The Driftless Reader and Grandma Gatewood's Walk.
Mark - we only went to Madison for the day. Had a long lunch with my cousins and went chocolate and cheese shopping!
>17 drneutron:. I agree! Can you tell I come from a family of readers?
Well, it looks like I won't get another book in this year, so I finished at 62. If you are interested, you can see the full list here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/246076
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk takes place on New Year's Eve, so I think it is a perfect book to read today and start off 2018!
I really enjoyed Lillian Boxfish. She is a memorable character. Good choice. Rooney is a local author too. I like her book reviews, in the Chicago Tribune.
Nothing wrong with 62!!
>19 msf59: Ah, I didn't remember that you read Lillian. Now that you mention it, maybe I added it to my wishlist because of you!
Happy New Year, Mark. Here is to a great 2018! I hope we get together for some birding, beers, and book talk in the coming year.
>21 msf59: I want to come down to Morton's too!
DId you notice, thanks to you, I have almost met my total posts on my 2017 thread and it isn't even 2018 yet?
Wow -- at the family book exchange! We actually exchanged lots of books overall. This, however, was the "cat-themed" year for me so I ended up with fewer books than others. However, I won't be missing out too much because I have plenty of books in my stash and in library collections, both print and electronic!
Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.
Lovely that you will be in the group this year, Nancy.
I will be a regular here I reckon.
>28 LauraBrook:. Great to see you, Laura! Thanks for stopping by. We need to catch up! Happy New Year to you too!
Welcome and Happy New Year, Nancy. I love the look of your family book exchange.
It's nice to have you join us as an official 75er, Nancy! You've got some good reading ahead of you by the looks of those piles.
I'm glad you've joined the 75ers. I look forward to checking in here over the course of the year.
Hope you have not got tired of your thread already, Nancy!
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday. xx
Morning, Paul! Thanks for keeping my thread going. I will stop back later today and do some posting.
In case you missed it, The Millions has posted one of my favorite lists of the year: Most Anticipated: The Great 2018 Book Preview. Here is the link: https://themillions.com/2018/01/most-anticipated-the-great-2018-book-preview.html
2 books down for 2018. I absolutely loved Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. Somehow, even though it is early in the year, I think it will be a best of contender. I also read A Glorious Freedom, which seemed appropriate for this time in my life. Great stories of women reinventing themselves later in life.
Started Meg Wolitzer's forthcoming The Female Persuasion yesterday. I am halfway through and thoroughly enjoying it. I'll be hosting her in April at the nature center in conjunction with my former bookselling colleague, who now owns Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee.
Speaking of the nature center, I started a new daily ritual after Thanksgiving. Each workday, before heading into the building, I hike down to the Lake Michigan shoreline and take a picture - try to get the same view every day. Below is the shot from day 22; tomorrow will be day 29. It has been fascinating to see the changing shoreline with the crazy weather we have been having. Our director of conservation is particularly excited about my project as it is a record we can look at in the future.
If you want to follow the shoreline project, i am posting every day on instagram:
Dropping by to star your thread and admire your Lake Michigan posts! What a wonderful idea!
The Female Persuasion sounds good- I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
Happy reading from the other side of the lake :-)
Hi, Nancy! Some great updates over here. Hooray for Lillian Boxfish, (I really liked this one too), the new Wolitzer, (I loved The Interestings) and congrats on posting a lovely shoreline photo. I hope they continue.
Let me know when the Wolitzer event is happening. There might be a possibility, I could make it up there for that.
Had a great visit with Joe yesterday.
I Go Down to the Shore
I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.
Thank you so much for this Mark! It is a really special post - that you found a poem by one of my favorite poet's to honor my daily ritual. Thank you.
Will post today's picture later. I am sure it is very different down there today with the snow. Off to work! Enjoy your massage, lunch, and books!
I can't wait for the new Wolitzer. She is one of my favorites. Lucky you to get an advance copy.
More books to read!
What a difference a weekend of snow and cold makes! The ice shelf extends the lakeshore.
>45 alphaorder: Wow! That is quite a difference, Nancy. Does someone clear the trails, before you walk on them? Or do they just give you a shovel?
>46 thornton37814: Thanks for stopping by, Lori.
>47 msf59:. They do plow the main trail down to the lake, but it depends if I get there before facilities crew gets to it.
Zoe added some great photos of the still-forming ice canos to the Center's FB page. https://www.facebook.com/SchlitzAudubonNatureCenter/
They were so dramatic today that I got a local news crew out to cover it. Haven't seen what they aired yet, but it should be pretty cool.
I started the latest Julia Glass novel A House Among the Trees, and can already tell it is going to be my type of book. In nonfiction/audio, I am going to start David Cay Johnston's It's Even Worse Than You Think, which I am sure will infuriate me, but I respect Johnston's work and believe I need to read it.
I loved A house Among the Trees, Nancy. I didn't hear much about it, but it was one of my favorites from last year.
How was the Wolitizer?
Hooray for ice canoes! Very cool. not sure, I have heard of them before.
Morning, Nancy. Hope you have a nice lakeshore walk today. How often do you see any birds, or are you always looking down?
>52 msf59: I hear birds more than see them. I suspect that will change during migration.
Your daily photographs are a great project, and quite beautiful. I added my hearts to two or three of them over on Instagram.
Is that beach glass in one of the other pictures? We used to see a lot on Fire Island, but lately plastic must have taken over because there's none coming up on the tide.
>54 ffortsa: Hi Judy! Thanks for stopping by and for following the lake progress on Instagram.
My daughter and I collected to the beach glass included in the two photos I posted. It is from the lake shore on a beach a few miles from the nature center. We had such a great time doing to together, but the weather turned cold before we could do it again. My goal is to collect a mason jar full before she heads off to college in 2020.
Happy reading to you two, too!
>56 msf59: Oh, I hope you get to see some owls! I will check your thread tonight to find out.
>55 alphaorder: Sounds like a lovely way to spend time at the shoreline. I much prefer finding beach glass to finding plastic!
Been a while since I posted an update.
Loved the Julia Glass: A House Among the Trees. Tonight I finished the eye-opening collection Tales of Two Americas. I think I will start Ali Smith's Winter tomorrow.
Speaking of winter, it has been here in Wisconsin. I have maintained my routine of heading down to the Lake Michigan shoreline daily. Here is today's photo, 39th work day in a row.
>59 alphaorder: Wow, I feel cold just looking at your photos, Nancy.
Hope you have a lovely weekend (and a warm enough one). xx
Thanks for visiting, Paul! I am warm enough in my house, although the snow and cold are around outside. Spending the weekend with The Immortalists. Will catch up with you by spending time on your thread tomorrow.
Happy Sunday, Nancy. I plan on relaxing with the books today. We may watch the first half of the game somewhere but I would also be fine, hanging here.
Thanks for the Instagram link. You get much snow? We got an inch or so.
Morning, Nancy. Happy Saturday. I am working but at least it is a bit easier moving around and it is currently not snowing.
I am really enjoying The Power. This might be your cuppa too.
Will look out for An American Marriage, Nancy - the book leastways!
Have a great weekend.
Very funny, Paul! Nice to see you here - thanks for stopping by. I haven't been hanging out on threads lately, so I need to stop by yours to catch up!
Hope you are having a nice weekend too.
Thanks, Paul! As you heard from Mark, it is cold and dreary here and looks to be for some time. I am ready for spring!
I hope you are having a nice weekend.
I finished the first quarter at 19 books - a nice number for me! And one of my recent best also in terms of quality. A good mix of fiction and nonfiction
Lillian Boxfish still remains my favorite novel of the last three months, but I read many others I recommend, including Every Note Played, An American Marriage, The House Among the Trees, Immortalists and The Female Persuasion.
In recommended nonfiction: I listened to Robert Reich's The Common Good, appreciated Fair Shot and think the Tales of Two Americas should definitely be more widely read.
Morning, Nancy. Happy Sunday. This weather stinks, doesn't it? When is our turn?
Thanks, for the book update. Always nice to see these. I hope to get to The Female Persuasion. I haven't seen much LT activity on it yet, other than yours.
>74 msf59: It gets released this week, so I bet there will be a lot more activity.
Note: I think that The House Among Trees and The Female Persuasion could have used a bit more editing... Some of the same issues I had with Invisible Furies, but I still recommend.
Thank you for this link!
Above our kitchen door is a beautiful early sunrise - through the clouds, so everything on the Lake and shore are lightly bronzed -
photograph taken many years ago around 70th Street and South Shore in Chicago. My photographer friend and I lived in apartments adjoining the shore.
I walked my dogs there 2-3 times every day. They loved the crashing waves.
>77 m.belljackson: What a lovely story. The lake changes you.
Closing in on 90 days in a row. Nice to get some sun after all this snow and wind. The shoreline has changed in the past few weeks.
I had a meeting all morning Friday and almost forgot to head down. Thankfully, a co-worker brought up Lake Michigan. I would have been so disappointed if I missed a day just because I was too busy, not because of the weather.
Hope the weather is now more bearable, Nancy, although I would guess it will soon be too hot.
Thaks for stopping by, Paul! Yesterday was beautiful. Today is rainy and cool, so I am heading in to work. I am launching a new website - supposedly around June 1 - and I am behind. I look forward to working when no one is there to constantly interrupt me. Also means that I will head down to the lake for picture 100!
Hi, Nancy! Since we "met" on Mark's thread, I thought I'd come by your place and say hello. You are taking a photo a day of Lake Michigan? What a great project! I was born & raised in Chicago and loved the lake and the skyline from Lake Shore Drive. Where are you posting your pics?
Mary - I love Lake Michigan! I work at a nature center that is on the shores of the lake 15 minutes north of Downtown Milwaukee. I walk down the bluff every day and take a picture at the same spot. I have now done this 119 working days in a row. It is neat to see the changing shoreline.
You can see the images here: https://www.instagram.com/nancywquinn/
Thanks for asking! Hope to meet you in Colorado some day!
Morning, Nancy. With this perfect weather, those lakeshore strolls, should be ideal.
I am really enjoying the Lake Michigan collection. It packs quite a punch.
Did you see my text yesterday, about Kingbird Highway? I could never imagine myself this obsessive, but it is sure fun to read about.
>84 msf59: Yes! I thought I responded - sorry. Of course, Zoe has already read it. :)
I did figure out, what the duck was today. It was a female wood duck with her brood. Never, expected to see this, at work, especially in a funky stream.
>83 alphaorder: Wow, those were amazing pics! Were the ones from February showing ice on the lake shore? I remember going to the lake in Chicago one year and marveling at the big chunks of ice that covered it, at least near the shore.
Yes - we call them iceanos!
You may have also noticed a few pictures from Iceland in there... When I make my flip book or video, I will take those out. :)
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