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fuzzi's Reading Register - 2018 "I'm Not Going Nowhere" Edition

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1fuzzi
Edited: Apr 14, 8:13pm Top

I'm planning to strive for the 75 and 100 books read challenges again this year:




75 Book Challenge thread:
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279504#6300692)

100 Book Challenge thread:
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/282509#6329814)

I intend to continue reading my old/unread tomes (ROOTs), and then set them free, as I did in 2017. This year I met my challenge of 100, and then some, so I'm going to repeat the 100 book challenge in 2018.




My ROOT Progress
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279510)
And here's a ticker for culled rehomed books, read or unread...because finding a good home for a book is important!




Books Culled Rehomed
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279529)
Here's my favorite thread on LT: https://www.librarything.com/topic/177029

All my reviews can be accessed here: http://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=fuzzi

Coming soon, my garden and butterfly threads for 2018:

fuzzi's Puttering Around the Demesne in 2018!
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/286609) ~ added February 10, 2018

Butterflies I have photographed can be seen here:
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/289321#)
And I want to read through my Bible again in 2018:



Jump to February's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300730

Jump to March's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300731

Jump to April's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300733

Jump to May's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300734

Jump to June's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300736

Jump to July's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300738

Jump to August's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300741

Jump to September's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300743

Jump to October's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300746

Jump to November's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300750

Jump to December's Reads:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300752

And away we GO!!

2fuzzi
Edited: Feb 27, 8:17am Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/277799)
January challenges are the letters V and M (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

Mistress Masham's Repose by TH White - (ROOT) - Did not read


Racing Manhattan by Terence Blacker (an Early Reviewer selection) - Read and reviewed


Circus by Alistair MacLean - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Chanur's Venture by CJ Cherryh (reread) - Read and reviewed


Penguin the Magpie: by Cameron Bloom - Read and reviewed

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

January's book is The Island Stallion Races - Did not read

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
January is "Debut Novels" - Did not participate
*2018 Category Reading Challenge - MysteryCAT*
January is "Nordic Mysteries"
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/277832#)

The Dog Who Bit a Policeman - Stuart Kaminsky - (ROOT) - Did not read

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Possible reads for January:
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens - Did not read
(Group Read thread here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279365)

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279075#)
January is "Prize Winning Books 2007-2017" - Did not participate

*RandomCat Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/277768)
January is "Ack! I've been hit!"
(Read a book bullet, recommendation, etc)

The Big Sky by AB Guthrie (recommended by streamsong) - (ROOT) - Did not read


Penguin the Magpie: by Cameron Bloom - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/278506)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 2

Circus by Alistair MacLean


A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/277893)
January is "There's Always Tomorrow"
(Read a book you meant to read in 2017...)

Mistress Masham's Repose by TH White - (ROOT) - Misplaced book, did not read!

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Pride of Chanur (reread)
2. Chanur's Venture (reread)
3. The Kif Strike Back (reread)
4. Chanur's Homecoming (reread)
5. Genesis (Bible)
6. Circus - (ROOT)
7. Tilly and Tank - (ER)
8. Penguin the Magpie:
9. Racing Manhattan - (ER)
10. A Civil Contract - (ROOT)
Books culled rehomed this month:
1: Racing Manhattan
Male authors read this month: 5 to date
Female authors read this month: 5 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 1
Books read and reviewed: 10
ROOTs completed to date: 2 in January 2018

3fuzzi
Edited: Sep 17, 8:38pm Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300730)
February challenge are the letters P and J (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper - Read and reviewed


Pirate King by Laurie R. King - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The I Hate To Cook Book by Peg Bracken - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Why I Believe the King James Bible is the Word of God by Peter S Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Petra by Marianna Coppo- (ER) - Read and reviewed


Corrie ten Boom's Prison Letters by Corrie ten Boom - Read and reviewed

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

February's book is The Black Stallion's Courage - Read and reviewed

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
February is "The 1970s"

The Golden Gate by Alistair MacLean (1976) - (ROOT) - Moved to March

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Did not read
*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/283605#)
February is "Female Cop/Sleuth/Detective"

Pirate King by Laurie R. King - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/285717#)
February is "Biographies"

My Father, My Son by John Pekkanen and Elmo Zumwalt - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/283187)
February is "Read a book about an unusual or different type of celebration"

#21 Exodus (King James Bible-the story of how they danced naked around the golden calf) - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/286035)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 7

My Father, My Son by John Pekkanen and Elmo Zumwalt


Why I Believe the King James Bible is the Word of God by Peter S Ruckman


The I Hate To Cook Book by Peg Bracken


To Be a Logger by Lois Lenski


Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace


Pirate King by Laurie R. King


The Mansions of the Gods by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/283197#)
February is "Urban Fantasy"
(did not participate)

*Books That Did Not Fit Any Challenge*

Gypsy and Nimblefoot by Sharon Wagner - Read and reviewed


Laura's Luck by Marilyn Sachs - Read and reviewed


The Mansions of the Gods by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed
Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Little Engine That Could
2. Gypsy From Nowhere
3. The I Hate To Cook Book - (ROOT)
4. Why I Believe the King James Bible is the Word of God - (ROOT)
5. My Father, My Son - (ROOT)
6. To Be a Logger - (ROOT)
7. Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown - (ROOT)
8. Petra - (ER)
9. Corrie ten Boom's Prison Letters
10. The Black Stallion's Courage
11. Exodus (2nd book of the Bible)
12. Pirate King - (ROOT)
13. Gypsy and Nimblefoot
14. The Mansions of the Gods - (ROOT)
15. Laura's Luck
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. To Be a Logger
2. Petra
3. The Little Engine That Could
Male authors read this month: 6 to date
Female authors read this month: 9 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 3 in February, 4 in 2018
Books read and reviewed: 15
ROOTs completed to date: 7 in February, total of 9 in 2018

4fuzzi
Edited: Apr 3, 9:56am Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/286804)
March challenges are the letters F and I (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

They Looked for a City by Lydia Buksbazen - (ROOT) - Did not read


Menace From Earth by Robert Heinlein - (ROOT) - Did not finish


The Black Stallion Mystery by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed


Betsy In Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

March's book is The Black Stallion Mystery - Read and reviewed

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266669)
March is "Classic British Thrillers"

The Golden Gate by Alistair MacLean - (ROOT) - Did not read

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823http://pics.cdn.librarything.com/picsizes/a2/df/a2dfc7ee89db797592b65385177434f414f4141.jpg
Possible reads for March:

Robinson Crusoe - Did not read

*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/286810)
March is "Global Mysteries: Read a mystery set in any country outside your homeland"

O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King (Israel) - Read and reviewed


The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King (England, Wales) - Read and reviewed


A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King (England) - Read and reviewed


The Dog Who Bit a Policeman (USSR/Russia) - Stuart Kaminsky - (ROOT) - Did not read

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/287608)
March is "Travel"

Covered Wagon Women, Volume 2: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails by Kenneth L. Holmes - (ROOT) - Did not read, moved to April

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/287028#)
March is "Ripped From the Headlines"

They Looked for a City by Lydia Buksbazen (escaping war-torn countries) - (ROOT) - Did not read

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(url)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 4

The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 7


Betsy Was a Junior by Maud Hart Lovelace


Betsy In Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace


Betsy and Joe by Maud Hart Lovelace

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/286916#)
March is "Off World"

Menace From Earth by Robert Heinlein - (ROOT) - Did not finish

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952
2. Gypsy and the Moonstone Stallion
3. The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 7 - (ROOT)
4. Counting With Barefoot Critters - (ER)
5. The Beekeeper's Apprentice
6. A Monstrous Regiment of Women
7. The Black Stallion Mystery
8. O Jerusalem
9. Heaven to Betsy
10. Betsy In Spite of Herself - (ROOT)
11. Betsy Was a Junior - (ROOT)
12. Betsy and Joe - (ROOT)
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. On the Road With Charles Kuralt
2. Corrie ten Boom's Prison Letters
3. The River by Gary Paulsen
4. Twisted True Tales From Science: Explosive Experiments by Stephanie Bearce
5. Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
6. The Family Book of Best Loved Short Stories
7. She Who Laughs, Lasts by Ann Spangler
8. Father's Road by Ji-yun Jang
9. Counting With Barefoot Critters (going to granddaughter)
10. The Midnight Colt (duplicate copy)
Male authors read this month: 3 to date
Female authors read this month: 9 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 10
Books read and reviewed: 12
ROOTs completed to date: 4 in March 2018, 21 total

Other reads:

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 by Charles M. Schulz - Read and reviewed


Gypsy and the Moonstone Stallion by Sharon Wagner - Read and reviewed


Counting With Barefoot Critters by Teagan White (Early Review book) - Read and reviewed

5fuzzi
Edited: Jul 29, 12:11pm Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/288451#)
April challenges are the letters Y and U (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

Black Wings: The Unbeatable Crow by Joseph Wharton Lippincott - (ROOT)


Under the Sweetwater Rim by Louis L'Amour (reread) - Read and reviewed


The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin - (ROOT)


Touring Iran A Photographic Journey by Yassavoli


Sergeant York by John Perry - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

April's book is The Horse-Tamer - Read and reviewed

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
April is "Folklore, Legends, and Fables"

Peter Pan by JM Barrie - (ROOT)

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Possible reads for April:

Peter Pan by JM Barrie - (ROOT)

*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
(url)
April is "Classic and Golden Age Mysteries"
TBD

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/289367)
April is "History (Before 1945)"

My Life as an Indian by J. W. Schultz - (ROOT)


Covered Wagon Women, Volume 2 by Kenneth L. Holmes - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Sergeant York by John Perry - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Greenville: Images of America by Roger Kammerer - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*RandomCat Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/288499)
April is "April Loves Books!"

Betsy's Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace (author born in April) - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/289527#)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 4

Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace - Read and reviewed


Sergeant York by John Perry - Read and reviewed


Covered Wagon Women, Volume 2 by Kenneth L. Holmes - Read and reviewed


Greenville: Images of America by Roger Kammerer - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/288452#)
April is "Time Travel"

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. Betsy and the Great World - (ROOT)
2. The Horse-Tamer (reread)
3. Betsy's Wedding
4. Sergeant York - (ROOT)
5. Ruth (Bible)
6. Covered Wagon Women
7. The Valentine Box
8. The Trees Kneel at Christmas
9. Greenville: Images of America - (ROOT)
10. Teen-Age Dog Stories
11. Kazan: the Wolf Dog (reread)
12. Under the Sweetwater Rim (reread)
Books culled rehomed this month:
1: Sergeant York - (ROOT)
2. Covered Wagon Women - (ROOT)
3. Teen-Age Dog Stories
Male authors read this month: 7 to date
Female authors read this month: 6 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 3
Books read and reviewed: 12
ROOTs completed to date: 4 in April 2018

Currently reading

Survivors: Extraordinary Tales from the Wild and Beyond by David Long - Currently reading

Library reads, not added to any challenges:

The Valentine Box by Maud Hart Lovelace - Read and reviewed


The Trees Kneel at Christmas by Maud Hart Lovelace - Read and reviewed

Other reads without a challenge:

Teen-Age Dog Stories edited by David Thomas - Read and reviewed


Kazan: the Wolf Dog by James Oliver Curwood - Read and reviewed

6fuzzi
Edited: Jul 29, 12:12pm Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/290085)
May challenges are the letters Q and K (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

The Dog Who Bit a Policeman - Stuart Kaminsky - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn - Did not read

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

May's book is The Black Stallion and Flame - Read and reviewed

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
May is "Queens of Crime"

Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer - (ROOT) - Did not read


St. Peter's Fair by Ellis Peters - Read and reviewed

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Possible reads for May:

Peter Pan by JM Barrie - (ROOT) - Did not read

*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/290086#)
May is "Transit" - Did not participate
*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/290789)
May is "Maps, Geography, and Geopolitics"

John Muir's Wild America by Tom Melham - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Touring Iran A Photographic Journey by Yassavoli - Did not read

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/290124#)
May is "Spring is All Around: Read a book with a flower in the title or on the cover"

The Year of the Unicorn by Andre Norton - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Anne's Colors by Kelly Hill - (Early Reviewer) - Read and reviewed


Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/290790)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 4

Projects for the Birder's Garden: Over 100 Easy Things That You can Make to Turn Your Yard and Garden into a Bird-Friendly Haven by Fern Marshall Bradley


The Year of the Unicorn by Andre Norton


The Dog Who Bit a Policeman - Stuart Kaminsky


John Muir's Wild America by Tom Melham

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/290084)
May is "Rise Up!"

Lord of Thunder by Andre Norton - Read and reviewed

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. Lord of Thunder
2. Projects For the Birder's Garden - (ROOT)
3. Christmas Horse (reread)
4. The Dog Who Bit a Policeman - (ROOT)
5. The Year of the Unicorn - (ROOT)
6. Anne's Colors
7. Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley
8. John Muir's Wild America - (ROOT)
9. Wolf in the Snow
10. St. Peter's Fair
11. The Black Stallion and Flame
Books culled rehomed this month:
1: John Muir's Wild America - (ROOT)
2. Anne's Colors
3. Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley
4. Christmas Horse (duplicate copy)
Male authors read this month: 6 to date
Female authors read this month: 5 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 4
Books read and reviewed: 11
ROOTs completed to date: 4 in May 2018

Currently reading

Survivors: Extraordinary Tales from the Wild and Beyond by David Long - Currently reading

Also read, no challenge to assign it to:

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

7fuzzi
Edited: Jul 29, 11:23am Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/291318#)
June challenges are the letters G and R (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)
"G"

Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King - Read and reviewed


The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin- (ROOT) - Did not read (misplaced the book!)

"R"

Captain Kidd's Cat by Robert Lawson - Read and reviewed


Double Star by Robert Heinlein - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


My Recipes Are For The Birds by Irene Cosgrove - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Wild America: The Record of a 30,000 Mile Journey Around the Continent by a Distinguished Naturalist and His British Colleague by Roger Tory Peterson - (ROOT) - Did not read

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

June's book is The Black Stallion Challenged - Did not read

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266685)
June is "Travel"
No books read

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Shared read with foggidawn:

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain - (ROOT) - Did not finish

*2018 Category Reading Challenges*
1. Group Read for June - Ursula K. LeGuin
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/291332#)

The Left Hand of Darkness - (ROOT) - Did not read

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/291985)
June is "The Great Outdoors"

Wild America: The Record of a 30,000 Mile Journey Around the Continent by a Distinguished Naturalist and His British Colleague by Roger Tory Peterson - (ROOT) - Did not read

*RandomCat Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/291360#)
June is "Unusual Narrators"

The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn - Did not read


Captain Kidd's Cat by Robert Lawson - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/292080#)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 7

Double Star by Robert Heinlein


Hill's End by Ivan Southall


My Recipes Are For The Birds by Irene Cosgrove


The Will To Win: The True Story of Tommy Smith and Jay Trump by Jane McIlvaine


The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (DNF)


*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/291304)
June is "Series"

Merchanter's Luck by CJ Cherryh - The Company Wars series (reread)

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. Double Star - (ROOT)
2. Captain Kidd's Cat
3. Merchanter's Luck
4. Hill's End - (ROOT)
5. My Recipes Are For The Birds - (ROOT)
6. The Will To Win: - (ROOT)
7. If a Horse Had Words - (ER)
8. Island of the Mad
9. The Lonely Sea
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. Double Star - (ROOT)
2. Captain Kidd's Cat
3. If a Horse Had Words
4. The Innocents Abroad - (ROOT)
5. Davita's Harp - (ROOT)
6. The New Testament in Four Versions: King James, Revised Standard, Phillips Modern English & New English Bible - (ROOT)
Male authors read this month: 4 to date
Female authors read this month: 5 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 3
Books read and reviewed: 9
ROOTs completed to date: 7 in June 2018 (four read, three removed unread)

Also read:

If a Horse Had Words by Kelly Cooper & Lucy Eldridge

8fuzzi
Edited: Aug 1, 2:11pm Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/292448)
July challenges are the letters S and A (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)
"S"

The Black Stallion's Ghost by Walter Farley - Read and reviewed


Mollie: The Journal of Mollie Dorsey Sanford - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The Fox at Drummers' Darkness by Joyce Stranger - (ROOT) - Did not read

"A"

The Golden Gate by Alistair MacLean - (ROOT) - Did not read


Floodgate by Alistair MacLean - (ROOT) - Did not read


The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren - Read and reviewed

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

July's book is The Black Stallion's Ghost - Read and reviewed

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
None read in July
*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
None read in July
*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
None read in July
*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/285717#)
None read in July
*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/292489)
July is "Getting to Know You"

The Two Mrs. Abbotts by DE Stevenson - (ROOT) - Did not read

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(url)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 3

Rebel With a Cause by Franklin Graham


Emily Climbs by LM Montgomery


Mollie: The Journal of Mollie Dorsey Sanford

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
None read in July

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? - (ER)
2. Children of Noisy Village
3. Rebel With a Cause - (ROOT)
4. Emily Climbs - (ROOT)
5. The Black Stallion's Ghost
6. Mollie: The Journal of Mollie Dorsey Sanford - (ROOT)
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? - (ER)
2. Rebel With a Cause - (ROOT)
3. Beowulf
4. Baree, Son of Kazan (duplicate copy)
Male authors read this month: 3 to date
Female authors read this month: 3 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 5
Books read and reviewed: 6
ROOTs completed to date: 3 in July 2018

Read, not applied to any challenge:



9fuzzi
Edited: Sep 1, 6:04am Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/293612#)
August challenges are the letters O and D (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - Read and reviewed (doing this as a group read, see here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/294487#)


Back to God's Country by James Oliver Curwood - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


The Simplicity of Salvation by Peter S. Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

August's book is The Black Stallion and the Girl - Read and reviewed

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
August is "British SciFi"

Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Reads for August:

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - Read and reviewed (doing this as a group read, see here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/294487#)

*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/293613)
August is "Historical Mysteries"

The Moor by Laurie R. King - Read and reviewed

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/294389)
August is "Short and Sweet"

Knockout Game a Lie?: Awww, Hell No! by Colin Flaherty - Read and reviewed


The Simplicity of Salvation by Peter S. Ruckman - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/293618#)
August is "Go To The Mountains"

To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L'Amour - Read and reviewed

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/294485#6551963)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 11

Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White


Back to God's Country by James Oliver Curwood


Emily's Quest by LM Montgomery


The Simplicity of Salvation by Peter S. Ruckman

ROOTed Unread:
Horses and Mules in the Civil War: A Complete History by Gene Armistead (could not finish)
The Conquering Family by Thomas Costain (discovered it was an abridged version)
The World of Roger Tory Peterson by John C Devlin (could not finish)
Jersey Joe Walcott: A Boxing Biography
The Gulag Archipelago One
The Gulag Archipelago Two
The Gulag Archipelago Three
*Sackett Series Shared Read Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/294945#6553974)

August's book is Sackett's Land by Louis L'Amour - Read and reviewed

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/294521)
August is "Makes You Laugh"

Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. Knockout Game a Lie?: Awww, Hell No! by Colin Flaherty
2. Hosea (King James Bible)
3. Joel (King James Bible)
4. Robinson Crusoe
5. The Moor (reread)
6. Sackett's Land (reread)
7. Mistress Masham's Repose - (ROOT)
8. The Black Stallion and the Girl
9. Back to God's Country - (ROOT)
10. Kings I (King James Bible)
11. Kings II (King James Bible)
12. Too Much! Not Enough! by Gina Perry
13. To the Far Blue Mountains
14 1 Chronicles (King James Bible)
15. Emily's Quest - (ROOT)
16. The Simplicity of Salvation - (ROOT)
17. 2 Chronicles (King James Bible)
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. Horses and Mules in the Civil War: A Complete History by Gene Armistead - (ROOT)
2. A Soldier's Sketchbook by John Wilson
3. Unleashed by Amanda Jones
4. The Black Stallion's Ghost by Walter Farley
5. The Conquering Family by Thomas Costain - (ROOT)
6. The World of Roger Tory Peterson by John C Devlin - (ROOT)
7. Robinson Crusoe
8. Jersey Joe Walcott: A Boxing Biography - (ROOT)
9. The Gulag Archipelago One - (ROOT)
10. The Gulag Archipelago Two - (ROOT)
11. The Gulag Archipelago Three - (ROOT)
12. Too Much! Not Enough! by Gina Perry
Male authors read this month: 14 to date
Female authors read this month: 3 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 12
Books read and reviewed: 17
ROOTs completed to date: 11 in August 2018

Read but not added to any challenge:


Too Much! Not Enough! by Gina Perry

10fuzzi
Edited: Sep 17, 8:51pm Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/295089#)
September challenges are the letters B and E (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)

The Black Stallion Legend by Walter Farley - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed


Peter Pan by JM Barrie - (ROOT)


Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer - (ROOT)


The Patchwork Cat by Nicola Bayley - Read and reviewed

*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

September's book is The Black Stallion Legend - (ROOT) - Read and reviewed

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
September is "Historical Fiction"

Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman - (ROOT)

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Possible reads for September:

Peter Pan by JM Barrie - (ROOT)

*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/295451#)
September is "Noir and Hardboiled"

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/285717#)
September is "Gods, Demons, Spirits, and Supernatural Beliefs"

After Its Kind by Byron Nelson - (ROOT)


Genesis in Space and Time by Francis Schaeffer - (ROOT)

*RandomCat Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/295030#)
September is "Happy Birthday!"

Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer - (ROOT) (born August 16th)

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(url)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: 8

The Black Stallion Legend by Walter Farley

*Sackett Series Shared Read Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/294945#6553974)

September's book is To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L'Amour - Read and reviewed (in August)

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/295031#)
September is "Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales"

Books read and reviewed this month:
1. Ezra (King James Bible)
2. Nehemiah (King James Bible)
3. Esther Esther (King James Bible)
4. Bilbo's Last Song
5. The Patchwork Cat (reread)
6. Hot-air Henry
7. The Black Stallion Legend - (ROOT)
8. Locked Rooms
9. Job (King James Bible) 13th book in the Bible read so far this year
Books culled rehomed this month:
1. The Scarlet Pimpernel - (ROOT)
2. Silas Marner - (ROOT)
3. To Kill a Mockingbird - (ROOT)
4. Hans Brinker - (ROOT)
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - (ROOT)
6. The Grandfathers
7. Emily Climbs
8. Emily's Quest
9 Sunshine and Dust (unread, musty) - (ROOT)
10. Dust on the Sea (unread, musty) - (ROOT)
11. The Moor (duplicate copy)
12. War Horse
13. The Black Stallion Legend - (ROOT)


Male authors read this month: 6 to date
Female authors read this month: 3 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 13
Books read and reviewed: 9
ROOTs completed to date: 8 in September 2018

Other books

Hot-air Henry by Mary Calhoun - Read and reviewed

11fuzzi
Edited: Feb 25, 4:32pm Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(url)
October challenges are the letters N and L (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)
*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

October's book is

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
October is "tba"

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Possible reads for October:

*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
(url)
October is ""

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/285717#)
October is ""

*RandomCat Challenge*
(url)
October is "topic"

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(url)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: ?

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(url)
October is "topic"

Books read and reviewed this month:
1.
Books culled rehomed this month:
1:
Male authors read this month: 0 to date
Female authors read this month: 0 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 0
Books read and reviewed: 0
ROOTs completed to date: 0 in October 2018

12fuzzi
Edited: Feb 25, 4:33pm Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
November challenges are the letters T and H (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)
*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

November's book is

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
November is "tba"

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Possible reads for November:

*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
(url)
November is ""

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/285717#)
November is ""

*RandomCat Challenge*
(url)
November is "topic"

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(url)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: ?

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(url)
November is "topic"

Books read and reviewed this month:
1.
Books culled rehomed this month:
1:
Male authors read this month: 0 to date
Female authors read this month: 0 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 0
Books read and reviewed: 0
ROOTs completed to date: 0 in November 2018

13fuzzi
Edited: Feb 25, 4:35pm Top


From A Merry-Mouse Book of Months by Priscilla Hillman

*75 Book Challenge* and
*100 Books in 2018 Challenge*
See combined ticker above for progress!
*AlphaCATKIT Challenge* (unofficial)
(url)
December challenges are the letters C and W (yearlong challenge letters are X and Z)
*The Black Stallion Series Relaxed Shared Read Part 2*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#)

December's book is

*British Author Challenge*
(http://www.librarything.com/topic/279755#6305856)
December is "tba"

*Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/279823)
Possible reads for December:

*2018 Category Reading Challenge*
MysteryCAT
(url)
December is ""

*Nonfiction Reading Challenge*
(https://www.librarything.com/topic/285717#)
December is ""

*RandomCat Challenge*
(url)
December is "topic"

*ROOT aka Read Our Own Tomes*
(url)
See ticker above for progress
ROOT Total This Month: ?

*UN-official SFF-KIT*
(url)
December is "topic"

Books read and reviewed this month:
1.
Books culled rehomed this month:
1:
Male authors read this month: 0 to date
Female authors read this month: 0 to date
Cumulative Stats
Books culled rehomed from my library: 0
Books read and reviewed: 0
ROOTs completed to date: 0 in December 2018

14MrsLee
Dec 29, 2017, 8:56pm Top

Yay! You decided to stay with us!

15catzteach
Dec 29, 2017, 9:24pm Top

I’m impressed you’ve already started the new thread! I’ve starred it. :)

16fuzzi
Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 12:18am Top

>14 MrsLee: yep, hence the title of the thread...

...glad to be here for my...6th year?

>15 catzteach: thank you!

17pgmcc
Dec 30, 2017, 2:43am Top

>1 fuzzi: Glad to see you are staying in the pub and that you are taking a humane approach to your old books.

Good luck with your challenges.

18SylviaC
Jan 1, 12:22pm Top

Nice to see you staying here! As always, I'm impressed with your organizational skills.

19Peace2
Jan 1, 12:41pm Top

Wishing you a happy new year from behind the curtains.

20majkia
Jan 1, 1:19pm Top

Happy New Year, fuzzi. Wishing you great reading for the year.

21fuzzi
Edited: Jan 1, 1:43pm Top

>17 pgmcc: >18 SylviaC: >20 majkia: thank you, all, glad to be back!

>19 Peace2:

22Peace2
Jan 1, 3:19pm Top

LOL - you've made me smile!

23fuzzi
Jan 1, 9:00pm Top

>22 Peace2: :D Good!

24fuzzi
Jan 1, 9:23pm Top



Ruthie is reading an ER book, Counting on Snow...

25MrsLee
Jan 1, 10:33pm Top

So sweet!

26fuzzi
Jan 1, 10:36pm Top

>25 MrsLee: Agreed! I love how she's not just holding the book, but seems to be concentrating on it.

27catzteach
Jan 1, 11:01pm Top

>24 fuzzi: aw! A picture to cherish!

28SylviaC
Jan 2, 9:25am Top

>24 fuzzi: I hope Ruthie had a wonderful Christmas!

29Sakerfalcon
Jan 3, 9:37am Top

Happy New Year! You have clearly set Ruthie on the right path for life, introducing her to books right from the start!

30fuzzi
Jan 3, 12:44pm Top

>29 Sakerfalcon: thank you! My daughter's aunts, cousins, friends, and even her ol' Mom have been inundating Ruthie with books since before she was born! Some of the titles I have sent are Sheep in a Jeep, The Reason For a Flower, Chicken Soup With Rice, and Millions of Cats. I'm still looking for a decent copy of The Story About Ping, but there's time.

31fuzzi
Jan 4, 10:40am Top


Tirzah in snow; we got about 6", which in our area essentially shuts down businesses and schools for a day or so.

32Jim53
Jan 4, 11:26am Top

As always, I'm impressed by your detailed planning. Hope it's a great year.

33fuzzi
Jan 4, 6:24pm Top

>32 Jim53: thanks. I'm not good with advanced math, but I can organize pretty well.

34catzteach
Jan 4, 7:13pm Top

>31 fuzzi: Tirzah looks like he's (she?) is enjoying the snow!

35fuzzi
Jan 4, 7:25pm Top

>34 catzteach: she is! She's always loved the snow (we don't get much) and today was no different. She's got hip dysplasia, but it hardly showed as she snuffled in the drifts.

36fuzzi
Jan 4, 7:26pm Top

37fuzzi
Jan 7, 2:02pm Top

I'm "not going nowhere" in reading books, either.

What a time to hit a slump...nothing I've picked up has appealed to me.

38MrsLee
Jan 7, 5:13pm Top

>37 fuzzi: Don't worry. This happens. Be patient, deal with what you have to and follow your whimsy. Reading desire will come back.

39fuzzi
Jan 9, 12:24pm Top

>38 MrsLee: thank you. I've gone with an old favorite reread, and have almost finished book #2 for January.

40majkia
Jan 10, 9:33am Top

re-reads are always good for those slumps, or at least favorite authors.

42pgmcc
Jan 23, 11:40am Top

>40 majkia: You have helped me. I have been in a slump all month and have not been able to get into a book. Now you have me thinking of rereading a book from a favourite author. That could do the trick of getting me back in the reading saddle. Thank you!

Hi, fuzzi. I hope you are well.

43fuzzi
Jan 23, 7:31pm Top

>42 pgmcc: I am, thank you! I reread four CJ Cherryh favorites, and am now almost finished with my first new read of the year, Circus. Hang in there.

44clamairy
Jan 24, 12:01pm Top

>24 fuzzi: What a lovely photo. Not just because she's reading, but because you caught the perfect profile at just the right angle to highlight that wonderful cheek! :o)

Happy reading for 2018!

45fuzzi
Jan 24, 12:24pm Top

>44 clamairy: thank you! Her mommy, my daughter, actually was the one who took the photo since we were not able to join them over the holidays.

I love the picture, too.

46fuzzi
Feb 1, 12:57pm Top

Yes, I'm still here...life's been very busy. I've been on a cleaning/organizing binge every weekend, and I've had to do 33% water changes in my ten gallon aquarium every night. It isn't an onerous chore, and only takes between 15 and 30 minutes, but still it does eat into my reading time.

I've got my tax preparation coming up, too, but hope to update this thread and make it more complete in the next week or so...

47fuzzi
Feb 25, 4:51pm Top

February has been a fruitful month for reading, though I'm stuck on my latest, a ROOT and Mystery challenge book and the only one in a series I've not yet read, so three reasons to keep plugging. I'm kind of surprised as I've loved (to one degree or another) all the Russell/Holmes mysteries by Laurie R. King, but for some reason Pirate King is not grabbing me like most of the others did.

Mid-month we did a weekend trip to Charlotte where our son attended a movie convention and the dh and I did some of the sights. It was rainy and chilly, but not too bad. I did check out the used book section of a Habitat for Humanity, but found little that interested me. I think I brought home three books, including Strawberry Girl which I've been meaning to read.

cassiebash got me hooked on a series of books about a young girl and a horse which are very, very suitable for adult readers. The first is Gypsy from Nowhere, and you can read my review on my 75 book challenge thread, here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279504#6389370

Now I guess I should get back to my current read, and GET IT DONE. Ha.

48MrsLee
Feb 27, 9:10am Top

>47 fuzzi: Are you familiar with Gilbert & Sullivan? Or their works? I found the Pirate King to be very like them. A spoofy fun tome, rather than oh so serious.

49fuzzi
Feb 27, 9:11am Top

Not a book item, but an item of interest for those who like words and unusual pronunciations:

http://www.wral.com/nc-pronunciation-guide/10331495/

We're planning a day trip to Mebane in March, didn't know it was pronounced "MEB un". :)

I've lived in both NC and SC, which both have a town called "Beaufort".

In SC they pronounce it "BYOU fert", but in NC they pronounce it closer to the original French, "Boe furt".

50fuzzi
Edited: Feb 27, 9:15am Top

>48 MrsLee: cross-post!

Yes, I love G&S, and The Pirates of Penzance. However, it has taken me until about halfway through to really "get into" the book.

I took my children to local college productions of G&S, including Pinafore, Pirates, and The Mikado. Lovely stuff, can't get the music and lyrics out of my head, but I don't mind!

51hfglen
Feb 27, 9:26am Top

>49 fuzzi: The Brits are past masters at that. Who else would pronounce "Alnwick" as "Annick", or the home of their national motor museum, spelt Beaulieu, as "Bewly"?

52Jim53
Feb 27, 9:29am Top

"And it is, it is, a glorious thing, to read The Pirate King..."

(sorry, couldn't resist)

53fuzzi
Feb 27, 10:14am Top

>51 hfglen: haha! Or "featheringstone" is "fanshaw", "St. John" is "sin-jin".

There are some places in New England that are not pronounced as spelled, such as "Greenwich", pronounced "Gren-itch", "Norwich" is "Norch", and "Glouster" pronounced "Gluster". :D

>52 Jim53: I loved Kevin Kline in that role, great to watch (especially during the "With Cat-like Tread" number, you can tell he's been a dancer).

Oh, dear, I had to look it up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdJg6Duzzf4

54fuzzi
Edited: Mar 3, 10:17am Top

I'm SO excited!

I have been seeing Bluebirds visiting the feeders this week, but until today my camera and my reflexes were too slow...

...and then, this morning...



"Bluebird, bluebird, through my window..."

My mother used to sing that song, from her childhood. I know she would have loved to have seen this fellow!

FYI: I did not make any corrections to the color, those hues are REAL!

55MrsLee
Mar 3, 10:44am Top

>54 fuzzi: Beautiful! Congratulations!

56catzteach
Mar 3, 12:50pm Top

Wow! What a great shot! Does his presence mean spring is soon to be here?

57suitable1
Mar 3, 1:00pm Top

>54 fuzzi:

Feeder is kinda empty.

58pgmcc
Edited: Mar 3, 1:48pm Top

>54 fuzzi: Fantastic picture. Lovely bird.

59fuzzi
Edited: Mar 3, 2:35pm Top

>56 catzteach: I think it means he's scouting for a likely nesting location. And that does mean Spring is almost here.

>57 suitable1: yep, the Starlings have been at it, but there's still a few peanut butter balls available at the bottom.

>58 pgmcc: thank you. I think they are very pretty.

60hfglen
Mar 3, 2:42pm Top

>54 fuzzi: Very pretty, and the coloration isn't as strident as some of the local models.

61Sakerfalcon
Mar 5, 11:10am Top

>54 fuzzi: How beautiful! I've never seen a bluebird that close.

62fuzzi
Mar 5, 12:52pm Top

>61 Sakerfalcon: neither have I!

It's digital photography and a zoom lens that made that image possible.

63Darth-Heather
Mar 5, 1:06pm Top

Do you feed mealworms to attract bluebirds? I hear that works. They don't come to the seeds I use.

64fuzzi
Mar 5, 8:37pm Top

I have tried using mealworms to attract Bluebirds before, but never had any visit the feeder. I have had greater success with using peanut butter suet blocks, which attracts warblers as well as Bluebirds.

Bluebirds don't eat seeds, they like insects, but they'll eat suet if they're hungry enough.

65Jim53
Mar 6, 8:27am Top

We put up a bluebird house in the woods behind our house in NC. I think it was occupied two of the eleven years that we lived there. They seem to be very picky about moving in. It was great fun while they were there, though.

66MrsLee
Mar 6, 9:54am Top

*whispers* Bluebirds destroyed a nuthatch family in my birdhouse. I can never look at them with simple pleasure again.

67pgmcc
Mar 6, 10:32am Top

>66 MrsLee: Pretty little demons?

68fuzzi
Mar 6, 11:58am Top

>67 pgmcc: survival of the fittest. :(

The nuthatches can use a house with a smaller opening:

http://www.amishgourds.com/store/page/443222

Nuthatches can handle 1" diameter openings, but Bluebirds need 1 1/2".

69fuzzi
Edited: Apr 3, 10:38am Top

70MrsLee
Apr 4, 9:00am Top

All in all, that looks like a very satisfying first quarter of reading!

71fuzzi
Apr 4, 11:26am Top

>70 MrsLee: thanks!

72fuzzi
Edited: Apr 30, 10:30am Top

It's April 30th, and I've not read much in the last few days...weather has been too nice for yard work and gardening, and by evening I'm too tired to even consider picking up a book.

Once the hot weather hits, I'll get up to speed...

73MrsLee
Apr 30, 10:37am Top

>72 fuzzi: How's your pond? I was happy to see that the lotus I planted from seeds last year wintered over. They are putting up their green leaves. Hoping to get a flower this year, but maybe they are still too young. I also put in some wild yellow iris and sedge, but they are in a bit of shock right now and don't look very lovely. My sister-in-law says she has some white and pink mallow for me. I have no idea what that is, but I'm excited for it! :)

74fuzzi
Apr 30, 10:03pm Top

>73 MrsLee: pond is mentioned and pictured in my latest update, here:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/286609#6463619

My lilies are making nice medium-sized leaves (they each got repotted including two fertilizer spikes each container), and I have some water hyacinth added, but would like something that will grow in the water, like a foil of some sort.

I've looked online, but the cost of shipping plants is exorbitant, and I've not yet been able to find anything sold locally, grr. I have a couple iris that are doing fairly well, but the Siberian iris bulbs I bought and planted last year never sprouted, so I'm not going back to Lowe's again...they were old stock I imagine.

75fuzzi
Apr 30, 10:10pm Top

Nope, didn't get #13 read in April, but actually I'm not doing badly at all. I did some mental math, and realized I'm averaging just over 12 books a month. I've done better, but I've also done a LOT worse.

76MrsLee
May 1, 9:10am Top

>74 fuzzi: Lovely!

77fuzzi
May 20, 7:29pm Top

While in Charlotte, NC this weekend, we stopped by Julia's Coffee & Books, and I found a few tomes to bring home:

Cloak of Darkness by Helen MacInnes
Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry
The Black Stallion's Ghost by Walter Farley
Steele of the Royal Mounted by James Oliver Curwood
The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen (ack, a duplicate, oh well...)

The Black Stallion book was one I was planning to read later this year, and it was a first printing from 1969, illustrated by Angie Draper, so for 75 cents, why not?

Steele of the Royal Mounted was a nice find, as it's in very good condition for a book published over 100 years ago, 1911. The binding is tight, there's only minimal bumping and fraying of the cover, and while the pages are tanned, they are not brittle, nor is there any musty smell. I'm looking forward to reading it, too, as I've enjoyed some of the author's other works.

78harrygbutler
Edited: May 21, 10:29am Top

>77 fuzzi: Those are some good finds. I didn't love the Curwood novel when I read it a couple years ago, but my copy was a reprint that was riddled with typographical errors, which made it hard to get through and likely adversely affected my attitude toward the book. I hope it will work better for you.

79Darth-Heather
May 21, 10:34am Top

>77 fuzzi: good finds! Cloak of Darkness is a good one.

80fuzzi
Jun 2, 8:28am Top

We're getting a new mattress/bed this week, and I'm using the need to move furniture as an opportunity to declutter my bedroom...and REORGANIZE my books, which were only partially sorted in the bookcases above and beside my current bed.

The books might stay in their cozy boxes for a few days or weeks, but it's coming! And I'm psyched.

81reconditereader
Jun 2, 1:49pm Top

That's exciting!

82pgmcc
Jun 2, 2:03pm Top

>80 fuzzi: "REORGANIZE" is a good word. It shows a degree of caring and compassion.

:-)

I hope the new bed proves comfortable.

83fuzzi
Edited: Jun 2, 6:25pm Top

Whew. Got rid of several pieces of furniture, a lot of clothes, and found three books I'd been missing!

>82 pgmcc: reorganize means just that: put in some sort of order. I might rehome a few...

84pgmcc
Jun 2, 6:47pm Top

>83 fuzzi: You are nothing but kindness personified in regards to your books. An example to all book owners.

85fuzzi
Jun 3, 5:24pm Top

>84 pgmcc: it was you who brought to my attention the inhumane manner of culling rehoming books. I've tried to be more considerate since. :)

86MrsLee
Jun 6, 9:04am Top

>80 fuzzi: Just so the books don't attack you in the middle of the night again! Well, I think they missed the first time they tried, but still. I am remembering correctly that it was you who had a shelf of books above their bed fall down? My books call out to me from the shelves to read them, but so far, noneonly one has jumped out at me, and it was possessed.

87pgmcc
Jun 6, 9:12am Top

>86 MrsLee: The book was probably possessed with fear that you planned to CULL it.

:-)

88fuzzi
Jun 6, 6:47pm Top

>86 MrsLee: I recall someone here on LT had a shelf of LARGE books over their bed, and it fell down, but that wasn't me.

We've had a bed with a bookshelf headboard for a number of years, but never had one come down upon my resting noggin.

>87 pgmcc: you said a BAD word!!!! I'm telling!!!!

89pgmcc
Jun 7, 5:18am Top

>88 fuzzi: I used it for shock effect. It obviously worked. I can sense the books quaking in their shelves.

90MrsLee
Jun 9, 10:30am Top

>88 fuzzi: Ah, well I'm glad it wasn't you. Although, I don't think whoever it was was actually in bed when it came down.

>87 pgmcc: No, it had a haunted past, and doesn't rest easy, but now that I've read all about it, things seem to be quieter.

91pgmcc
Jun 9, 10:53am Top

>90 MrsLee: Polterbooks are real!

92fuzzi
Jun 9, 5:29pm Top

Now we done it: we got a new mattress set today, and rehomed our bookcase headboard. Now what do I do with the books?

93fuzzi
Jun 14, 9:43pm Top

Grandbaby visit: 20 days and counting...

94fuzzi
Jun 14, 10:10pm Top

Well, okay, I AM going somewhere, but I plan to return!

In three weeks my dh and I will be heading for Chicago to visit our grandbaby, but also to check out parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and eastern Ohio before returning home through WV.

Our planned route will take us from Chicago through Minnesota (to see the lovely lakes) to St. Cloud (I have family there), over to Marquette, through Sault St. Marie (to see the lovely locks), down to eastern Ohio, passing by Pittsburgh and then WV, VA, etc. Neither of us has been to either Michigan or Wisconsin, and have only seen a little of Minnesota.

I'm searching for used book stores on the way through Local, but if anyone is interested in meeting for a cup of coffee, let me know.

95Jim53
Jun 14, 10:42pm Top

>94 fuzzi: wow, that's an ambitious trip. I hope all goes well.

96pgmcc
Jun 15, 3:43am Top

>94 fuzzi: Safe trip and have a great time.

97Kristelh
Jul 26, 7:44am Top

When you are in ST. Cloud you will be about 45 minutes from me. Have a safe and fun trip.

98Darth-Heather
Jul 26, 8:51am Top

>94 fuzzi: wow, that is an ambitious trip! I traveled around Minnesota last year - we visited my dad in Minneapolis, then drove up the shore of Lake Superior and camped around the upper part of the state. It's beautiful there, and the people are really nice. We ate a lot of walleye, and watched people fishing for them in many many lakes. Duluth is interesting - there is an aquarium and a maritime museum.

99fuzzi
Edited: Jul 27, 7:06am Top

Thank you all for your kind words.

We had a wonderful time, I think this was the best vacation we have taken. I drove about 3400 miles, and we stayed an extra day for a total of 10 nights and 11 days away from home. We visited with family in Chicago, went to the Shedd Aquarium, then drove to St. Cloud where my sister now lives. She took us to Munsinger Gardens, which were gorgeous.

We did not stop in Duluth except for lunch at Culver's (love love love), but maybe another time we can check out the local museums. The drive through Wisconsin was nice, and we even bought some locally-made cheese which was delicious.

The UP (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan was lovely, and if it weren't for my sinus' aversion to cold damp weather, I'd consider relocating there when we retire. I added several butterflies to my life list, as well as a Franklin's ground squirrel, and a bird I'll probably never see again: the Sandhill Crane. I wish I'd been able to get a photo of the ones I saw feeding by the side of the highway.

>98 Darth-Heather: I took my shoes and socks off and stuck my feet in Lake Superior...cold!

The Soo Locks were really fun to watch in action.

I didn't read at all during the trip (too tired at night) and only managed to buy one book (!!!!) but it was a great trip anyway.

100pgmcc
Jul 27, 8:30am Top

>99 fuzzi: I am delighted you had an enjoyable trip. It is always exciting when you can add another butterfly to your life list.

Welcome home!

101hfglen
Jul 27, 8:49am Top

>99 fuzzi: I'm impressed that someone has a lifer list for butterflies!

102Darth-Heather
Jul 27, 9:17am Top

>99 fuzzi: wow, you must be exhausted now - that sounds like a busy trip! mmmmm cheese.... I had fried cheese curds for the first time at the Minnesota State Fair.

brrr! Lake Superior is always cold, but clean. I'm used to much smaller lakes that are always full of plants and weedy stuff.

103MrsLee
Jul 28, 9:41am Top

>99 fuzzi: Sounds like a lovely time!

104fuzzi
Edited: Jul 28, 1:59pm Top

>100 pgmcc: or a bird, like the Sandhill cranes!

>101 hfglen: I'm working on a life list for butterflies, have only been keeping track for about five years.

>102 Darth-Heather: Culver's cheese "curds" put mozzarella sticks to shame.

>103 MrsLee: it was, thanks!

Addendum: here are the butterflies I saw for the first-time, all photos from Michigan's UP


7/11/18 - Wood nymph


7/12/18 - Great Spangled Fritillary


7/12/18 - White Admiral

105fuzzi
Jul 28, 1:38pm Top

Sad news: when we came home from our vacation my older cat, Java, was not doing well. Diagnosis was renal failure, and I made the decision to not have him suffer anymore.

I enjoyed my sixteen plus years with Java, and I miss him:


Java's on the left, Moonpie (now 16) is on the right

106hfglen
Jul 28, 2:20pm Top

Those are very beautiful butterflies, and handsome cats! I'm owned by a rather similar black cat, so I can only offer heartfelt sympathy on Java.

107fuzzi
Jul 28, 2:30pm Top

>106 hfglen: thank you. Moonpie has become more affectionate since Java left, and while they never were friends, no more than residents in the same house, I think he misses him.

108Peace2
Jul 28, 5:28pm Top

Beautiful butterflies. So sorry to hear about Java.

109Kristelh
Jul 28, 5:39pm Top

Sorry about Java. Do you do moths too, or only butterflies?

110pgmcc
Jul 28, 6:17pm Top

Sorry to hear about Java.

111fuzzi
Jul 28, 6:51pm Top

>108 Peace2: >109 Kristelh: >110 pgmcc: thank you.

>109 Kristelh: I do photograph moths, but don't have a decent guide for identification.

112Narilka
Jul 28, 7:43pm Top

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's hard to let our fur-kids go.

113harrygbutler
Jul 29, 3:17am Top

Sorry to hear about Java. My sympathies!

>104 fuzzi: Great photos as usual. And congrats on the sandhill crane (and other wildlife) sightings.

114Kristelh
Jul 29, 7:58am Top

>111 fuzzi: and probably hard to photograph because many are out at night.

115MrsLee
Jul 29, 10:01am Top

May your memories of Java bring you comfort. *hug*

116fuzzi
Jul 29, 11:09am Top

>112 Narilka: >113 harrygbutler: >115 MrsLee: thank you.

>114 Kristelh: true. I photograph mainly those that find their way inside, or the ones that do fly during the day.

harrygbutler I don't always get a decent shot, so it's rewarding when camera and subject meet "just right".

117fuzzi
Edited: Jul 29, 11:49am Top

The "problem" with vacations is that they can distract us...since returning home I have found two books that I neglected to count, and realized I did not do my second quarter best and worst...so here it is:

Second Quarter Best Reads (and Worst)

As last quarter, I had a bunch of new reads this quarter that were 4 star:

The Lonely Sea by Alistair MacLean


FOUR more books by Maud Hart Lovelace:
Betsy and the Great World

Betsy's Wedding

The Valentine Box

The Trees Kneel at Christmas


Another by an author that hasn't failed me yet:
Hill's End by Ivan Southall


Book Bullet:
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell


Anne's Colors by Kelly Hill (an Early Reviewer book!)


The Will to Win: the True Story of Tommy Smith and Jay Trump by Jane McIlvaine McClary


And rereads that I loved (why I *do* reread!):

Christmas Horse by Glenn Balch


Kazan by James Oliver Curwood


One book of the Bible:
Ruth


But the BEST new read was

John Muir's Wild America by Tom Melham

118clamairy
Jul 30, 2:41pm Top

Condolences on the loss of your fur-baby. :o(

I am glad you had such a good trip. The pics of the butterflies are wonderful.

119fuzzi
Jul 30, 8:22pm Top

>118 clamairy: thank you. :)

120catzteach
Jul 30, 10:32pm Top

So sorry about Java!

The butterfly pics are beautiful!

121fuzzi
Edited: Aug 11, 9:28pm Top

After discussing Louis L'Amour in the American Author Challenge thread, I decided to update my L'Amour shelf picture here on LT.

As of today:



(pay no attention to the few non-LL's that snuck in there)

EDIT: glad I decided to take the photo, because I noticed that I'd missed adding one book to my collections. All fixed!

122MrsLee
Aug 12, 9:58am Top

>121 fuzzi: You are well stacked! ;)

123pgmcc
Aug 12, 4:32pm Top

>122 MrsLee: That is a very personal comment to make.

124fuzzi
Aug 12, 6:48pm Top

>122 MrsLee: hahaha!

>123 pgmcc: it is, but MrsLee is a friend. ;)

That shelf was constructed by my father, using only a hand saw, a hammer, and nails. He used a kitchen chair for a workbench. I cherish my shelf because my Daddy made it especially for me, and my L'Amour collection.

125hfglen
Aug 13, 5:13am Top

>124 fuzzi: That is a very special shelf.

126Jim53
Aug 13, 10:02pm Top

>121 fuzzi: I'm quite impressed that in taking that photo, you noticed one book missing from your catalog!

127harrygbutler
Aug 14, 9:18am Top

>121 fuzzi: A shelf with meaning — I like that! And congrats on spotting a book to catalog.

128Darth-Heather
Aug 14, 11:28am Top

>121 fuzzi: wow! That's some collection! Are there still more that you are looking to collect, or is that every one of them?

129fuzzi
Aug 14, 6:08pm Top

>126 Jim53: I didn't actually realize one was missing until I compared my LT list of L'Amours to the L'Amour shelf, and discovered one on the Kilkenny books that I'd neglected to catalog. Horrors!

>127 harrygbutler: thanks. I guess I'm sentimental like that.

>128 Darth-Heather: I think I've got all the ones I plan to keep. I've recently rehomed most of my hardcover editions, replacing them with paperbacks which are easier to hold.

130catzteach
Aug 14, 9:01pm Top

>121 fuzzi: impressive collection!

131fuzzi
Aug 15, 9:40am Top

>129 fuzzi: thank you. In the past I have been frustrated by our public library's collections, so I started collecting all of L'Amour's books a couple decades ago, so I can read them when I want to.

132fuzzi
Edited: Sep 1, 6:29am Top

September is here...where does the time go?

This year I've been scrounging the thrift stores, looking for old WOOD bookshelves to help organize my tomes as I also declutter my home. Yesterday I found an older set that were just a little too big for my bedroom needs, but that I hated not bringing home...so I purchased it anyway.

And I found a place to put it!

After bringing the shelves inside, I kept looking at them sitting temporarily in the entryway to our home. Then it came to me: they would fit perfectly there, and could replace a slightly smaller bookcase that I use for odds and ends stored in plastic and fabric storage bins.

So now I have a "new" setup by the back door that holds all sorts of necessary stuff: my bird-feeding supplies, the tote I use to carry supplies outside to the feeders, plastic and cloth grocery bags, dh's caps, my scarves, and the recycling bins.

And the shelves that were in the entryway will be headed for my bedroom, after I empty and move my dresser. Once they are settled in under the window I can bring out some of my books that have been languishing in boxes since we got our new bed (see post 92), oh joy!

Busy three-day weekend starts...

133fuzzi
Sep 1, 6:32am Top

For those of you following my eclectic reading choices I thought I'd mention that I am trying to focus on my ROOTs, those books that have been unread on my shelves for more than a year. I had a goal of 100 ROOTs this year, either read or rehomed unread, and I'm only halfway there...gotta get'er done!

134MrsLee
Sep 1, 8:37am Top

Congrats on the new shelves! Always an exciting moment in a booklover's life. :)

135suitable1
Sep 1, 9:49am Top

Wait! There is a bookshelf by the backdoor that isn't holding books?

136fuzzi
Sep 1, 1:39pm Top

>134 MrsLee: yes! And since I had to reposition shelves that were mounted to the wall, I got to reorganize them as I put them back. Oh, and I took 8 books away, to put in my rehoming box!

>135 suitable1: IKR? Unfortunately I have non-books that need a shelf to call their own

137AHS-Wolfy
Sep 2, 5:06am Top

Maybe Sunday morning isn't quite the right time for a philosophical question but...

Can a bookshelf really be called a bookshelf if it isn't holding any books?

138fuzzi
Sep 2, 6:28am Top

>137 AHS-Wolfy: can a pickup truck be called a pickup truck if it's not used for its original function, to "pickup" and haul stuff? ;)

139fuzzi
Sep 13, 12:24pm Top

UPDATE ON HURRICANE FLORENCE:

I think we're about as prepared as possible. If you don't see me here for a few days, don't worry, we're expecting power outages that could last several days.

My dh's employer decided that he was essential medical personnel, and so he's at work, for a couple days. I am not amused.

We've had some wind here, on and off all morning, but the first outer rain bands just hit. As soon as there's a break in the rain, I'm going outside to take down the bird feeders. The birds have been very active this morning, "stocking up".

Laundry is done, dishes washed, bags of ice into chests, aquariums have had a last water change. Once the power goes off the perishables that I'll want to use in the next 24-36 hours will be moved into the coolers and a big piece of duct tape will be placed across the refrigerator door handle as a reminder to NOT open the doors!

Oh, and I brewed enough coffee for the next two days, and have stored it in a vacuum bottle to keep it somewhat warm...I like my coffee!

And I have a Sharon Kay Penman ready: Time and Chance. It's about 500 pages long, should help keep me occupied!

140suitable1
Sep 13, 12:45pm Top

>139 fuzzi:

Just as long as you have enough coffee.

141fuzzi
Sep 13, 1:18pm Top

>140 suitable1: and a book...

142pgmcc
Sep 13, 2:13pm Top

>139 fuzzi:
Take care of yourself. We’ll be thinking of you and wishing you well.

143Narilka
Sep 13, 8:31pm Top

Best of luck riding out the storm. Hurricanes are no joke.

144Jim53
Sep 13, 9:08pm Top

Hope it's not as bad as expected.

145Sakerfalcon
Sep 14, 7:40am Top

>139 fuzzi: Praying that you and your loved ones will stay safe.

146MrsLee
Sep 14, 8:54am Top

>139 fuzzi: May you weather the storm in peace and health.

147fuzzi
Edited: Sep 14, 9:46am Top

Quick check in, as we still have power!

First things first: I brewed some fresh coffee.

I took Tirzah outside and fed the feral cats, though only one was waiting on the steps: very wet and bedraggled.

Branches are down all over, the storm water ditch by the road is running strongly though not yet full. The rain is on and off, with downpours. We may get up to 20" of rain until the storm is gone.

It's supposed to continue to rain and blow all day today, and the weekend, so continue your prayers and well wishes, they are appreciated.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NC5cxNFSXiU

P.S. The frogs are singing...

148pgmcc
Sep 14, 11:12am Top

Glad to hear you are getting through. Continuing to keep you in my thoughts, along with all other people in the storm, and the emergency service people who are supporting others.

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