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Joanne (coppers) Tries Again in 2018 - Part 1

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Jan 1, 6:30pm Top

Skye enjoying the snow.

Hi All! I’m Joanne. I’m in my late 50s and live in Colorado (NJ transplant 30 years ago) with my husband, a golden retriever named Skye, and a grey and white cat named Boomer. I also have a son who is a LA teacher in northern Colorado. I left the work force last March when my telecom job moved to the east coast (Yay!, perfect timing, I was so ready!). I do some volunteer work - pet therapy with Skye at a local hospital, and with a group that provides therapeutic riding therapy for the disabled.

2018 will mark my 10th year on LT and my 9th year in this great group (holy smokes, where does the time go??). I don’t usually make it to 75 books but no one cares except me (2018 will be the year!). I read mostly literary fiction and mysteries with some non-fiction and memoirs thrown in for variety. Since I no longer have a commute, I don’t listen to audio books anymore, but I’m trying to figure out a solution to that.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

Edited: Jan 3, 12:37am Top

Memorable books of 2017:

1. Old Filth Trilogy (Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat and Last Friends by Jane Gardam
2. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
4. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
5. Commonwealth by Anne Patchett
6. Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
7. Sudden Sea by R. A. Scotti
8. The Blue Hour by Laura Pritchett
9. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
10.The Tsar of Love And Techno by Anthony Marra

Most disappointing:
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Most entertaining:
Michael Connelly’s Bosch series

Edited: Mar 30, 12:29am Top

2018 Reading List:

1. Cover Her Face by P.D. James OTS#1, 3.5 Stars
2. One Who Saw by A. M. Barrage OTS#2, 3.5 stars
3. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder OTS #3, 4.5 stars
4. Thornhill by Pam Smy 2 stars
5. Fools Crow by James Welch OTS #4, 4.25 stars
6. A Mind to Murder by P.D. James 3.5 stars

7. Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
8. Fox 8 by George Saunders 5 stars
9. The Poet by Michael Connelly 3.5 stars
10. American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee OTS #6, 5 stars
11. This is the Place: Women Writing About Home by Margot Kahn 4.25 stars
12. Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther OTS #7, 4 stars

March 2018
13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen OTS #8, 5 stars
14. The Long Arm of the Law by Martin Edwards 3 stars
15. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 4.5 stars OTS #9
16. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (reread) 4.5 stars OTS #10
17. The Country of Pointed Firs by Sarah Orene Jewett 4 stars OTS #11
18. Persuasion by Jane Austen 4.5 stars OTS #12
19. White Houses by Amy Bloom

Edited: Jan 12, 12:06am Top

Jan 1, 7:02pm Top

Happy New Year, Jo! And Happy First Thread of 2018!

Jan 1, 7:20pm Top

Happy 2018, Joanne!

Jan 1, 8:07pm Top

>5 Storeetllr: Mary’s first! Happy New Year of Reading!

>6 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Happy 2018 to you! I need to start starring some threads and hit the cafe.

Jan 1, 8:08pm Top

Welcome back! Happy new year!

Jan 1, 8:11pm Top

Hi Jim, Thanks and happy new year! It feels very official now that you’ve stopped by. :)

Jan 1, 8:16pm Top

Happy New Year Joanne! I will be retired in September of 2018. At first I thought my decision would be difficult, but increasingly as the university changes with more and more demands, my heart just isn't in it like before. I hope you are enjoying retirement. I have some time to think about how to spend the retirement days, but for now, it feels right.

I wish all good things for you and your family in 2018

Jan 1, 8:26pm Top

Happy new one, Joanne!

Jan 1, 10:12pm Top

>10 Whisper1: Happy new year, Linda! I predict you will LOVE retirement and wonder how you had time to work and get anything else done. It’s very liberating.

>11 katiekrug: Thanks Katie!

Jan 1, 10:20pm Top

^Happy Reading in 2018, Joanne. Looking forward to following your bookish adventures, once again. This will be our 10th year of being book buds. B.A.G.

Jan 2, 12:22am Top

May 2018 be filled with lots of excellent reads!

Jan 2, 12:51am Top

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.

Jan 2, 3:48am Top

Happy reading 2018, Joanne. Starred.

Jan 2, 4:17am Top

What a lovely picture of Sky at the top, made me smile :-)
Happy reading in 2018, Joanne!

Jan 2, 10:14am Top

Happy New Year! I wish you to read many good books in 2018.

Jan 2, 3:55pm Top

Happy New Year, Joanne. I look forward to following your reading again this year. Are you new to P.D. James, or is this a reread?

Jan 2, 4:12pm Top

Dropping a star, Joanne. That topper is so great!

Jan 2, 7:30pm Top

Happy New Year Joanne! Got you starred now. You read some great books this year. Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Every Man Dies Alone and Commonwealth and Sudden Sea are all so good. makes me think I should read 11/22/63 which has been sitting on my Kindle for quite awhile;-)

Jan 2, 9:43pm Top

>13 msf59: And here’s to another 10 years, Mark! :)

>14 thornton37814: And the same back to you, Lori!

>15 PaulCranswick: Oh, that’s great, Paul! A lovely sentiment.

>16 Ameise1: Happy Reading to you, too, Barbara!

>17 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita! There’s nothing like the joy of a dog in new snow.

>18 The_Hibernator: That’s adorable, Rachel! Cheers!

>19 BLBera: Happy New Year, Beth! I somehow missed reading James until last month when I read The Mistletoe Murder. I liked it so I figured it was time to start a new series. As if I didn’t have enough going... :)

>20 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie, and welcome!

>21 brenzi: Happy New Year, Bonnie! My tbr pile will be growing exponentially now that you’re back. 11/22/63 really stuck with me and I’m a sucker for a good time travel story!

Jan 3, 12:18pm Top

I love that picture of Skye — it almost makes me like snow. :-)

I am so happy to be following you again in 2018. You have introduced me to some great books and authors over the past few years. Of everyone in the 75ers, I think your reading tastes align most closely with mine.


Jan 3, 12:34pm Top

Here's a star. I'm looking forward to tracking reading with you in 2018. Hope it's a happy year for you.

Jan 3, 2:30pm Top

Happy New Year, Joanne! Good luck with your challenge this year. You're starting with P.D. James and that's a good sign.

Jan 3, 6:53pm Top

Happy New Year, Joanne. I may join you in reading P.D. James. Let me know when you’re ready for No. 6. The first few seemed slow to me but, as with many series, they are getting progressively better.

Jan 3, 7:20pm Top

The series gets better and better, Joanne. I was thinking I might like to read my way through them again.

Jan 4, 1:35am Top

>23 rosalita: Hi Julia, No worries, Skye likes snow enough for two. :) And now you’ve made me feel very special! And you have certainly added many books to my tbr pile and I’m sure it will continue into 2018 and beyond!

>24 RebaRelishesReading: Same here, Reba! I hope you’re off to a good start with your reading!

>25 mstrust: Happy New Year to you, too, Jennifer! New year, new series!

>26 Donna828: Happy New Year, Donna! I’d say the first 50 or so pages of Cover Her Face started to get a little draggy, but it’s moving right along now!

>27 BLBera: High praise to want to read through a long series again, Beth! I think I’m going to enjoy them all.

Jan 4, 6:32pm Top

Starred your thread!

Jan 4, 10:01pm Top

>29 fuzzi: Welcome fuzzi! Glad you’ve starred me!

Jan 4, 10:16pm Top

1. Cover Her Face by P.D. James

When a maid is found murdered in her locked bedroom at a manor house, family members are the most likely suspects. DCI Dalgliesh is brought in to interrogate, investigate, and ultimately solve the crime. This is the first book in the Adam Dalgliesh series and although I thought the introductions in the first 50 or so pages ran on way too long, the story picked up when Dalgliesh was finally introduced and it turned into a well written and intriguing mystery. I’m looking forward to the next one! 3.75 stars

Jan 4, 11:14pm Top

>31 Copperskye: I don't remember which ones of those I read and which I didn't, but that one sounds like one I'd enjoy, even if the introductions took too long.

Edited: Jan 5, 12:21am Top

Happy New Year, Joanne! You're starred. I hope you have a wonderful reading year!

LOVE that happy Skye up top!

Glad you loved the Old Filth trilogy - weren't those wonderful? Looking forward to seeing you this weekend. I'm thinking of trying the light rail.

Jan 5, 9:30pm Top

>32 thornton37814: She had me guessing pretty much to the end, Lori.

>33 AMQS: Happy New Year, Anne! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! I’m going back and forth on whether or not to do light rail.

Jan 7, 7:35am Top

>31 Copperskye: I like this series but haven't read that one.

Jan 7, 9:04pm Top

>35 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, I can’t compare it to the rest of the series, but it was good (for the most part).

Jan 8, 5:10pm Top

Joanne - If you liked the James, I think her books are pretty similar as far as structure goes. She takes a long time for the set up. That would be one complaint I have.

Jan 8, 9:26pm Top

>37 BLBera: I did like it, Beth, and I’m going to continue to the next one. The mystery was so good and if I know what to expect as far as her setup goes, I won’t be impatient!

Jan 11, 11:28pm Top

3. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder 4.5 stars

“In politics, being deceived is no excuse.” -Leszek Kolakowski

On Tyranny has been languishing on my kindle (where good books go to be forgotten) since last March, but copies of the physical book made the rounds at my house this Christmas, and so I finally picked it up.

Snyder, a history professor at Yale, uses examples from the 20th century to illustrate the mistakes made in facing the authoritarian regimes of the past (and present) and the steps we as citizens can take now so they are recognized, called out, and stopped.

Everybody should read and reread this eye-opening pocket-sized book.

Jan 12, 7:39am Top

>31 Copperskye: Glad you enjoyed Cover Her Face. I think I've read most everything that P.D. James wrote. An amazing writer and person.

Jan 12, 7:55am Top

>39 Copperskye: I've got that one on my Read Soon shelves, so hopefully I can get to it in the near future.

Jan 12, 8:52am Top

>39 Copperskye: Glad you found one you enjoy. I'm so burnt out on politics at the moment that I have no desire to read anything political. Even the Brunetti novel with all the government bureaucracy and corruption in Venice is almost too much for me at the moment.

Jan 12, 9:38am Top

Hi Joanne - I need to get on On Tyranny. I know Ellen recommended it last year.

Jan 12, 11:08am Top

>31 Copperskye: Hi, Joanne! I read this one last year or the year before, and I liked it. I think I've read one or two others from the Adam Dalgliesh series out of order (shh, don't tell) but I've been meaning to go back and read through in order. Perhaps once I've finished off one of my other ongoing series I'll add this one to the rotation. In the meantime I'll follow your reviews as you continue.

Jan 12, 12:58pm Top

I'm going right over to Amazon to get it.

Jan 12, 2:33pm Top

>39 Copperskye: "read and re-read" - you're right about that Joanne, I read it last year and have by now forgotten lots that I shouldn't. It's small, but with tons of actionable advice. Glad you enjoyed it.

Jan 12, 6:34pm Top

>39 Copperskye:. kindle (where good books go to be forgotten) . Ain’t it the truth Joanne

Jan 14, 12:39am Top

>40 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah, You’re way ahead of me then! I did pick up the second Adam Dalgliesh book from the library yesterday. Now I just need to have time to get to it.

>41 scaifea: It’s a quick read, Amber!

>42 thornton37814: Oh, I know, Lori! I think it’s important to stay engaged but it gets more and more difficult as the days roll on. On Tyranny is less politics and more social consciousness.

>43 BLBera: Hi Beth, It’s a good one!

>44 rosalita: “Out of order”! I’m shocked! 😀 I should remember and follow your comment about finishing series before starting new ones. Words to live by.

>45 RebaRelishesReading: Yay Reba!

>46 majleavy: Yes, and I love that it’s pocket-sized and easy to carry around!

>47 brenzi: I was looking at my books on the Kindle app on my iPad last week and was frankly surprised to see some of the books I now apparently own (or own the right to read). I really need to pay more attention...I’m very glad that I never pay full price for any of them but the $2-4 books do add up!


I’m really enjoying Fools Crow but it’s not a fast read and I still have a ways to go.

Jan 14, 11:21am Top

>45 RebaRelishesReading: >48 Copperskye: And it's here :) I'll read it soon.

Edited: Jan 17, 7:24pm Top

5. Fools Crow by James Welch

A coming of age story of a Blackfeet Indian and his band, living in Montana in the late 1800s. The details of their life, relationships, and culture is fascinating, albeit gritty, and, of course, ultimately sad as the pressures of encroaching soldiers and settlers continually threaten their way of life. 4.25 stars

Thanks Mark, for the rec!

Jan 17, 1:00pm Top

BB! I read Welch's The Indian Lawyer last year and liked it a lot.

Jan 17, 5:30pm Top

>52 mstrust: This was my first book by the author and I will definitely be reading more. I’ll keep The Indian Lawyer in mind! Thanks!

Jan 17, 7:31pm Top

Hi, Joanne. My daughter and I had lunch today and our Colorado trip, for early August was discussed. We are planning on spending most of the time in the FT. Collins area, with forays to Denver and to the Rocky Mountain National Forest. I sure hope the Meet Up can happen.

On Tyranny sounds really interesting and I am so glad you enjoyed Fools Crow. I will also be reading more of his work.

Jan 17, 8:55pm Top

Glad you enjoyed Fools Crow Joanne. It's one of my favorites.

Edited: Jan 17, 10:05pm Top

>51 Copperskye: We must have finished Fools Crow at just about the same time, Joanne. I must have liked it more than you as I rated it 4.3 Stars. Lol.

Jan 18, 6:27am Top

>48 Copperskye: I should remember and follow your comment about finishing series before starting new ones.

Well, I talk a good game, anyway! :-)

Jan 18, 8:14pm Top

>54 msf59: Hi Mark! I LOVE Ft Collins! Do you have relatives there? Great beer vibe with lots of good breweries, big and small (Odell’s, New Belgium, Equinox, et al), awesome little indie bookstore (Old Firehouse) and used bookstore (Bizarre Bizaar). Chris lives there, too, if you need some brewery recs. And Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park is gorgeous and you’ll be visiting at a great time of year. I hope we can get together! Sounds like you’ll be busy!

>55 BLBera: Have you read others by Welch, Beth?

>56 Donna828: Yes, but just a tad, Donna! :) Wasn’t it good?! I love discovering new to me authors and he is a find.

>57 rosalita: Well, hell, Julia, it sounds good anyway! :)

Jan 18, 11:31pm Top

Ohh! Enjoy A Mind to a Murder. Good fun!

Edited: Jan 21, 9:38pm Top

>61 Copperskye: I did, Deborah! Sounds like you’re a fan!

6. A Mind to Murder by P.D. James

Very similar in style to the preceding book - a murder, discussions among suspects as to what happened, interviews of suspects by the police, some investigating, and then the reveal of the murderer. A Mind to Murder takes place in a private psychiatric clinic, as opposed to a family home, and the suspects are the staff and patients rather than family members, but I couldn’t help but notice the similarities. And again, like with the preceding book, I got a little impatient with the first half but then really liked the second half and how she wrapped it all up. I also felt like I was getting to know Dalgliesh a little more which is good and liked that a character from the first book made a brief appearance.

I’ll take a break before the next one but plan on continuing!

Edited: Jan 22, 9:05pm Top

Currently reading:

American Wolf is fabulous and is turning into a real page-turner!

Jan 21, 10:41pm Top

Hi Joanne

It looks like you have b een reading some great books!

Jan 22, 5:48pm Top

Looks like I missed you making your thread! Got you starred now!

Jan 22, 8:50pm Top

Hi Linda, Always so good to see you and yes, I’m happy with my reading. I think you’d really like Fools Crow if you haven’t already read it.

Hi Chelle, Good to see you, I still haven’t visited or commented on some threads that I keep meaning to get to! Bad me!

Jan 23, 10:43pm Top

Hi Joanne - fellow Hamilton shut-out :( . Did you get a lot of snow? I was holding out hope for a snow day, but it was not meant to be...

Hope you're having a great week!

Jan 24, 2:07pm Top

Hi Joanne!! Here I am hunting threads again and I'm so thrilled to see so many friends still around. Looking like the reading hasn't slowed down at all. That is wonderful!

Jan 24, 4:53pm Top

You've got some good books bubbling on the fire, Joanne! I'm looking forward to reading what you thought about all of those. I've read a lot of Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer books, and in those there were references made to The Poet, which intrigued me. I think you were also the one who inspired me to finally tackle the enormous Harry Bosch list!

Edited: Jan 24, 6:32pm Top

"I have good news for those of you who will be going to, or thinking about attending, the American Library Association Mid-Winter conference in Denver, Colorado from February 10 - 12, 2018. Librarything is going to pay for passes to the Exhibit Hall. Once again, Tim Spaulding will be at the ProQuest booth on the Exhibit Hall floor, so if you sign up for the free passes, please take time to find him and say thanks. Here is the link for the passes.

Free exhibit hall passes, yes, we were able to get them from ProQuest again this year:
complimentary Exhibit Hall Only registration badge:
https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=335&oi=f7TMsNUASN3HoIiGjo9vog%3D%3D&company_code=V132 ProQuest Exhibitor VIP Code: V132

I hope that those of you who live within driving distance of the Denver Convention Center will attend. This is a great chance to get free ARC (Advance Reader's Copy) of books that will be published in the next three to four months. It is also a way to get nice books very cheaply, as not all of the books on the Exhibit floor are free. You can use the visit to talk with publishers about what is coming out, and there are always authors in the booths of the various publishers to sign copies of the books.

If any of you are interested in a meet-up let me know. I was thinking that we could meet for supper on Saturday, February 10, 2018 someplace close to the Convention Center. If there is interest in gathering to talk about books I will set up a separate thread for the group where we can post about our plans and I can give you tips about how to find things on the exhibit floor and, of course, start finding a place to meet."

^This is from Benita. She posted this on my thread. This is an excellent event, Joanne and it is free. I have attended a couple of these in Chicago. If you can make it, DO IT!

Edited: Jan 24, 6:33pm Top

Glad you are enjoying American Wolf. I will try to find this on audio.

Jan 25, 12:02am Top

>66 AMQS: Hi Anne, I’m sure our odds of getting tix through the nightly lottery will be good...lol! Oh well! We got about 5” of snow. Most of the season, so far! Hope your week is going well.

>67 jolerie: Valerie! So nice to see you! Do you have a thread? I need to look.

>68 rosalita: Hi Julia, I was all set to read the next Bosch and somehow I got sidetracked into reading The Poet Probably because it was mentioned so much in the last Bosch I read. And because I read that one, I know who the killer is but that won’t bother me. So far, it takes place in Denver, so that’s kind of fun.

>69 msf59: Oh, gee, thanks for passing that along, Mark! It sounds like it would be fun! I don’t have a business reason to go -is that Ok?

>70 msf59: It’s so good, Mark! You’ll love it.

Jan 26, 4:02pm Top

>69 msf59: I don't have a business either and am not quite sure how to fill out the badge info, which REQUIRES one. (I had considered putting "LT Reader" and using Library Thing as my "business," but wasn't sure if that would be okay.) If I can figure out how to get the free pass, I'm going to start making plans to drive up to Denver (I almost said "L.A." - haha) for the day.

Hi, Jo! Glad you're enjoying (for the most part) the Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. They are definitely long and a bit drawn out - I consider them "literary" mysteries as opposed to, say, "hard-boiled," but I read the entire series starting back in the 80s.

As soon as I hop off LT, I'm going to borrow a Kindle copy of On Tyranny from the library. When I borrow (as opposed to buy) eBooks, I end up reading them because otherwise I know they will go poof.

Jan 26, 4:07pm Top

>71 Copperskye: and >72 Storeetllr: - I know that for conferences my company runs, you can just put in a period in a field, or say retired, or something like that.

Jan 26, 4:43pm Top

>73 katiekrug: Oh! Thanks, Katie!

Jan 26, 7:39pm Top

>72 Storeetllr: OH, YAY, MARY!!!!!! You’re more than welcome to stop off here and leave your car if you want to shorten your drive a bit. We can take the light rail into Denver. I’ll pm you! We’ll figure out that badge.

>73 katiekrug: Thanks Katie!

Jan 26, 7:45pm Top

Happy Friday, Joanne. If you have any other questions about ALA, just ask Benita directly. She is very helpful and a bit of a pro on this stuff.

We will not have ALA, but we will have August. B.A.G.

Feb 1, 3:58pm Top

Hey, Jo - I just registered for next week's ALA conference! Hope to see you in Denver on Saturday!

Feb 6, 9:33pm Top

>76 msf59: That's right, Mark! Looking forward to it!

>77 Storeetllr: YAY!!

Edited: Feb 8, 9:20pm Top

7. Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

A painfully scary read - and almost unnecessary if you happened to catch all the highlights (lowlights?) - on MSNBC. If I ever read the name “Jarvanka” again - the combo of Jared and Ivanka - if you didn’t catch on - it will be too soon. Also, the dashes - way too many dashes. Still, a pretty good read and an interesting refresher. It’s difficult to remember everything that has gone on in the past year. Seriously, what a circus. 3.5 stars.

Feb 8, 8:26pm Top

>79 Copperskye: Ugh, I've got the audiobook on my device but have been putting it off because I have had enough of the Resident and his thuggish ways. But I may listen to a bit of it at least before it goes back to the library.

Feb 8, 8:28pm Top

>79 Copperskye: Not sure, I could stomach Fire and Furyand I have it saved on audio. Daily news is depressing enough.

Were you out of town? I did contact Mary and she is up for a Meet up. Yah!

Feb 8, 8:41pm Top

>62 Copperskye: American Wolf looks like a good book. A very dear friend loves wolves. I think I will get this for her for her birthday.

Feb 8, 9:10pm Top

>80 Storeetllr: I actually liked Katy Tur’s Unbelievable a lot more.

>81 msf59: It wasn’t easy, frankly. Nah, I’m here! Yay for Mary, - she’ll be here for ALA this weekend, too! When you’re here in August, we could easily do the LoDo Tattered Cover and then walk over to the Wynkoop (Denver’s first brew pub). Or vice-versa. :)

>82 Whisper1: Absolutely, Linda! The author is mostly following one Yellowstone wolf and her pack but talks a lot about the whole wolf recovery effort in Yellowstone. I’m only about halfway through but it’s very good.

Feb 8, 9:14pm Top

>83 Copperskye: Sounds like a perfect plan, Joanne. I have to contact Anne too.

Feb 9, 1:15pm Top

Good news, Joanne. Kris just registered for ALA and will meet up with us there on Saturday!

Edited: Feb 9, 1:29pm Top

Oh that’s great! I had messaged her about it but hadn’t heard back. I mentioned it to Anne as well but I don’t know if she’s going or not. (At least you’re still talking to me!) :) Lol!

Feb 9, 2:30pm Top


Feb 9, 4:40pm Top

>79 Copperskye: I've seen mixed reviews on that one.

Feb 10, 12:16am Top

Hi Rachel! I definitely had mixed feelings about it!

Feb 10, 9:40am Top

>79 Copperskye: I think I will pass on that one, Joanne - I get enough of him on the news. Good for you, taking it on.

Hooray for meet ups. We'll see pictures, right?

Feb 11, 9:24pm Top

ALA! Hope you had an amazing weekend there, Joanne!

Feb 12, 12:50pm Top

>90 BLBera: Good idea, Beth! Mary has a photo...I’ll steal it and post it here.

>91 AMQS: We missed you, Anne! Quite a snowy Saturday, for a change. I’m not used to this cold, damp weather.

Edited: Feb 12, 1:02pm Top

A meet-up at the Tattered Cover in LoDo after a day at the ALA Midwinter Conference. What a fun time!

I stole Mary’s photo (thanks Mary!):

L-R: Me, Benita (benitastrnad), Mary (Storeetllr), Kirsta (sorry, I didn't get your LT name), and Tim (timspalding)

Feb 12, 1:30pm Top

>93 Copperskye: Wonderful, Joanne! I hope to join you all some day. Tim made it! Very cool.

What books did you find?

Feb 12, 6:46pm Top

>95 Copperskye: Hi Joe, I hope you can get out here sometime! ALA was great - I know you’ve been to at least one, so you know what it’s like. I was surprised at the amount of books available and didn’t realize so many authors would be there.

I gathered up as many books as I could carry. And also some Image Comics for my son. Thank goodness Mary had her car parked right next door to the convention center and I didn’t have to take them home with me on the train! Here’s a baker’s dozen of the ones I’m most looking forward to:

Thanks Tim and LT! How have I missed this all my life??? :)

Feb 12, 6:53pm Top

Hooray for a Meetup, attending ALA for the first time and a sweet book haul! Yah!

Love the photo! The only thing missing is ME!! Our time is coming. I'll be watching for your thoughts on these books.

Feb 12, 6:56pm Top

Wow, what a haul Joanne. Jealousy inducing that's for sure. :D

Feb 12, 6:57pm Top

Great haul, Joanne! And what a wonderful meet up , with Tim himself!

Feb 12, 7:24pm Top

Yay! Looks wonderful, and what a haul!

Feb 13, 12:01am Top

>96 msf59: It was a lot of fun, Mark. Would have been even more fun if you were there, too! I was tempted to go back on Sunday afternoon but decided that enough was enough. Hope I don’t run out of books anytime soon. :)

>97 jolerie: Hi Valerie, I’m having fun checking them all out!

>98 vancouverdeb: Hi Deb, It was great to meet Tim, too!

>99 AMQS: I’ve got plenty of new books to keep me busy!

Edited: Feb 14, 9:29pm Top

8. Fox 8 by George Saunders

If you’re a fan of George Saunders’ short stories, I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s a sweet, poignant fable of little Fox 8. It’s offered as a kindle single at $.99 - spend a buck and a few minutes of your time. You can’t go wrong. 5 stars

And that cover - I love it!

Feb 13, 8:26am Top

>93 Copperskye: Awesome! Yay for another LT meet-up!

Feb 13, 11:53am Top

Hooray for the meet-up! That's a great photo!

Feb 13, 12:17pm Top

Great photo! Great haul! Looks like a great time, too.

Feb 13, 2:01pm Top

>95 Copperskye: Isn't ALA great? "How have I missed this all my life?" Ha! Exactly.

Nice haul! I've been seeing The Driest Season talked about all over the place as a good 'un.

Feb 14, 1:35am Top

>95 Copperskye: Great haul! I think I would find it all hard to resist Just One More book...

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>102 ChelleBearss: It was a lot of fun, Chelle!

>103 mstrust: Hi Jennifer, I’m always happy when someone (generally not me) remembers to take a photo!

>104 RebaRelishesReading: I’m so glad the snow didn’t keep us from getting together. Books and good company - always fun!

>105 jnwelch: I have, too, Joe. I was also happy to get a signed copy of Paula McLain’s latest. I loved both The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun.

>106 charl08: Yes, That was a problem, Char, until I couldn’t carry anymore (there are a couple more stacks that I didn’t photograph). :)

Happy Valentine’s Day, all!

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9. The Poet by Michael Connelly

Because I read The Narrows, I knew who “The Poet” was so the ending here was no big reveal. But I was interested in the case, so thought I’d give it a try anyway. I liked the Denver setting (the main character is a reporter at the dearly departed Rocky Mountain News), and most of the Denver characterizations rang true. The author, thankfully, didn’t put “the” in front of highway names but he did refer to “the Rocky Mountain National Park”. That would never happen. We also don’t have any housing projects, or “the projects” in town. Little things like that tend to bug me. But it was a great page-turner, maybe a little bloated, and my first non-Bosch book by Connelly. 3.5 stars.

I’m still reading American Wolf. I love it but I don’t think I’m going to like the outcome.

Feb 17, 9:32am Top

Great meet up photo, Joanne. Thanks for posting. Great photo of your books, too! I could read all the titles. A new Lydia Millet? Off to check on that one.

The Saunders story sounds great.

Feb 17, 11:49am Top

Good morning, Beth! The Lydia Millet is short stories. I’m looking forward to it! Fox 8 is a quick, wonderful tale!

Feb 17, 6:16pm Top

>108 Copperskye: Hah! When I read The Poet (also not my favorite Connelly), I was still living in SoCal, so I did not pick up on the "the" issue or the fact there aren't any projects in Denver. Things like that tend to bother me too when I'm aware of them. Living and working in SoCal as I was when reading the Bosch series, I can attest that his descriptions of L.A. and environs are totally accurate.

Feb 17, 11:49pm Top

Hi Mary! That’s good to know, thanks! I don’t know Southern California at all so it all rings true. :) out of curiosity, I’ve googled things he talks about in the books, such as the funicular in Angels Flight. I need to get back to Harry.

Hope you’re having a good weekend and are all recovered from last weekend!

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10.American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee

This is, in part, the story of the controversy surrounding the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone and the continuing issue of whether or not the wolves who roam outside the park boundaries can be hunted. That can seem a little dry, but really, it’s fascinating. The whole of the book is interspersed with the story of the individuals in the Park who have, in some cases, devoted their lives to watching the wolves and learning their behaviors. But the true heart of the book is the story of the Lamar Pack and their Alpha female, 0-Six (named for the year she was born). It’s a riveting story that had me in tears. Highly recommended and will probably be my favorite non-fiction book this year. 5 stars

Photo - Doug McLaughlin -Wolf 755 with 06

Feb 18, 7:39am Top

Happy Sunday!
Love your last two books! I've read all of Connelly's and love them all and the wolf book sounds interesting!

Feb 18, 11:06am Top

>112 Copperskye: One of my favorite childhood memories is the time or two when my Dad took us downtown to ride Angel's Flight. It was such a special outing. Angel's Flight was taken away to storage for many years while redevelopment in that neighborhood was happening but last time I was in L.A. it was back (although in a different place). I didn't have time to ride it but did get to see it run for a bit. Made me smile :)

Feb 18, 11:08am Top

Great comments on American Wolf, Joanne. Onto my list it goes.

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>113 Copperskye: Reminds me of the Sarah Hall novel set in northern England, which imagines the reintroduction of wolves.

Feb 18, 2:46pm Top

Hi Joanne! >113 Copperskye: American Wolf looks terrific - if I can handle it!

Feb 18, 3:15pm Top

>113 Copperskye: Hooray for American Wolf! I really want to read this one.

Hey, where is your bird count? I thought you would share it over here. You sure have inspired me. Stop by my thread, I posted my morning count, along with an amazing discovery.

Feb 18, 6:38pm Top

Oh! American Wolf looks so good! It's going on my TBR list pronto. Do you think it would make a good audio listen, or should I get the Kindle version?

Yes, I'm more or less recovered from last week's trek. Resting up for my next trip north - maybe for Donna's next visit, or else in August for the Mark and Sue meetup.

I love Angel's Flight! I used to ride it to get to and from work when I lived & worked downtown. I could see it from my living room window, and, like Reba said, it always made me smile. If you ever get to L.A., that is one of the things you must make time for. At bottom, it's right across the street from Grand Central Market, which is another must-see, and at the top you are right at the Water Court aka California Plaza, which is a lovely place to have lunch or coffee. (Yes, I do miss Los Angeles.)

Feb 18, 9:47pm Top

Glad to see you slowly getting into the groove again posting wise, Joanne.

Enjoy what is left of your Sunday.

Feb 19, 4:15pm Top

>114 ChelleBearss: You're way ahead of me on the Connelly books, Chelle. Lots to look forward to!

>115 RebaRelishesReading: I love that memory, Reba. I’m so glad the city returned it to service, it sounds like it would have been a real shame not to.

>116 BLBera: It’s a good one, Beth!

>117 charl08: I’ll have to look that book up, Char. I’m thinking England would have eradicated wolves many years before the US did, but I don’t really know. Another thing to google...

>118 AMQS: It’s worth the sadness, Anne. I can’t imagine how difficult the loss of individual wolves is for the wolf watchers who spend so much time getting to know them in the park.

>119 msf59: You’ll like American Wolf, Mark, it’s right up your alley. I only posted my bird count on your thread. I submitted one more for my Sunday morning walk but then was out all day yesterday so didn’t even count from my own feeder. It’s fun to do the counting - I think it helps me to be more aware of my surroundings. I’m going to hop over to your thread..

>120 Storeetllr: Glad you’ve recovered! We were up in Ft Collins yesterday and I gave Chris the comics and GNs (along with an Image Comics tote) I picked up at ALA. He was shocked that I didn’t go back on Sunday for more freebies. I said I was just too tired and had too many books! Lol. Not sure how American Wolf would be on audio. I liked to refer to the maps and the genealogy chart so reading worked better for me. I’m not very experienced with audio, in all honesty... No, no, I can’t tell at all that you miss California! You’ll be the first one I’ll ask for recs from if and when I get out that way again!

>121 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, lovely to see you! I’m a reluctant chatter but love visitors which isn’t always a good mix here. I’m also a pretty slow reader... I’ve got a lot to work on! :) Have a great week!!

Feb 19, 9:28pm Top

Hi Joanne. American Wolf sounds too compelling for me to miss.

Feb 20, 10:51am Top

>123 brenzi: Hi Bonnie! I think you’d like it!

Current books:

Feb 20, 5:20pm Top

Wow a 5 star read! Those are always enticing. :)

Feb 21, 7:11pm Top

What a great meetup! So glad Mary could make this one. Free books, anyone? I would have loved to have been there!

>113 Copperskye: You got me with your comments on American Wolf, Joanne. It reminded me of how much I enjoyed reading A Wolf Called Romeo when I read it two years ago. It was the true story about befriending a wolf in Alaska.

Feb 22, 12:35am Top

Hi Joanne and a very belated happy new year! I can't believe I haven't visited your thread yet. Ah well, I am here now. I love the photo of Skye enjoying the snow. And I think I would love American Wolf but I'm worried it would upset me. P and I were just talking the other day about my super strong empathy for animals and how hard it makes it for me to see some films.

I'm glad you had a great time at ALA!

Feb 23, 9:42pm Top

>125 jolerie: Hi Valerie! Yes, always nice to have a great book hit you at just the right time!

>126 Donna828: We had a fun time, Donna, and missed you. Kris was there earlier in the day, too, but had other plans so missed the TC get-together. The free books were very hard to resist! I think I may have A Wolf Called Romeo hiding on my Kindle. Thanks for the reminder.

>127 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! Good to see you! I hear you about the empathy thing. Some parts were very difficult to read. Wild Horse Country was published around the same time as American Wolf, and as much as I’m interested in the plight of the mustangs, I just can’t do it. It’s too sad.

Feb 23, 9:51pm Top

Happy Friday, Joanne. I remember loving the film version of Mrs Miniver, but I had completely forgot that it was based on a book. A good read?

How is Bad Stories? Not familiar with that one.

Feb 24, 11:40am Top

Well, Mark's one up on me — I had no idea "Mrs. Miniver" was based on a book! I liked the movie, too, when I saw it many years ago.

Feb 24, 5:17pm Top

>129 msf59: And a happy Saturday to you, Mark! I also loved the movie and picked up a copy of the book several years ago. Good, but different! Bad Stories is an arc with a tentative pub. date of 4/1/18. It’s good so far!

>130 rosalita: Hi Julia! More that the movie is based on the idea of the book, I’d say, or maybe the continuing story.

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11. This is the Place: Women Writing About Home by Margot Kahn

I really liked this collection of essays about each writer’s idea of home. I came upon it because I discovered that Terry Tempest Williams (home thought of as the wild areas in Utah needing protection) and Pam Houston (home as the isolation of her Colorado ranch in winter) were included and I loved most everything else I read in it. So much so that when I had to return it to the library, I went ahead and bought a copy for myself. 4.25 stars

Feb 25, 10:23am Top

>132 Copperskye: This definitely goes on the WL, Joanne. I am a huge Williams fan as well, and it sounds like a great collection. Thanks.

Happy Sunday. Is spring here yet?

Feb 25, 1:01pm Top

HI! I just realized I haven't said hello in 2018. Looks like you've already got some interesting books under your belt.

Happy reading!

Feb 25, 4:16pm Top

>113 Copperskye: Book Bullet...

Short video about how the wolves changed Yellowstone park:


Feb 25, 5:28pm Top

>132 Copperskye: Ooh, this one looks terrific, Joanne. Thanks for the recommendation. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Feb 26, 3:52am Top

I fianally cought up here. You did some great reading, Joanne. Hooray for the meet-up. Sounds like you had a fab time. Wishing you a good start into the new week.

Feb 26, 8:02pm Top

>133 BLBera: It’s a good one, Beth. I was surprised by how much I liked it. After a really warm and dry winter, spring will be welcome here. March is our snowiest month and I have my fingers crossed that we get a lot of moisture!

>134 PaperbackPirate: Hi Pirate! Thanks for stopping by!

>135 fuzzi: Thank you for sharing the video of the unintended benefits, fuzzi. It’s a wonderful book.

>136 AMQS: Hi Anne, It’s a good collection of essays, Anne. And hope your Monday was a good one, too.

>137 Ameise1: hi Barbara! It was a great meet-up! Hope your week is an uneventful one!

Feb 26, 8:10pm Top

Hi, Joanne! Have you read Willy Vlautin? I just started his latest and it grabbed me right away. I think he is a good fit for both of us. We both love good modern west tales. Just sayin'...

Feb 26, 8:23pm Top

Hi Mark, Not only have I not read him, I’ve never heard of him! Well, at least not until you mentioned him on your thread. Sounds interesting though!

Feb 26, 8:48pm Top

12. Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther

Episodic stories which I believe were first published in a newspaper, and they read that way. They are well written bits about the life of an upper class family in London just before the start of WWII. The war is mentioned only in passing - picking out gas masks and discussions about sheltering children in the countryside. The optimistic tone is similar to that in the movie, only the movie is more of a sequel as it takes place during the war. A nice light and humorous diversion. 4 stars

Feb 27, 8:35am Top

Joanne - You are reading a lot of great books. Mrs. Miniver also goes on the list. It sounds fun.

Feb 27, 11:49am Top

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>141 Copperskye: I've seen the movie and now you've made me want to read the book. Maybe I'll see if it's on Audible. "A nice light and humorous diversion" sounds like a perfect book to take on my walks with me.

Went to Audible to see ... they have Mrs. everybody-else but no Mrs. Miniver :(

Feb 28, 1:31pm Top

>132 Copperskye: Oh, you totally got me with that one. I loved Terry Tempest Williams' The Hour of Land and I can imagine that her evocation of the wild areas in Utah, her home, would be delightful. The piece by Houston sounds wonderful, as well. Onto the wish list it goes.

Feb 28, 1:37pm Top

>135 fuzzi: Oh my, I just sat here weeping as I watched that video. It's beautiful!! and it absolutely breaks my heart the damage we humans are wreaking.....

Feb 28, 3:49pm Top

>146 EBT1002: I love the wolves howling, too, beautiful.

I also love how everything repairs itself if we just stop trying to "fix" it.

Mar 1, 10:13am Top

>142 BLBera: I think you’d enjoy it, Beth!

>143 AMQS: Ditto, Anne :)

>144 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba, I think it would be great on audio, if you can find it.

>145 EBT1002: Hi Ellen, There are others in there that are as good! I’ve discovered some interesting new authors!

>146 EBT1002: >147 fuzzi: But ultimately, so hopeful!

Mar 1, 12:18pm Top

>148 Copperskye: I'll put it on the list and see if I can find it in audio or maybe just break down and buy a real copy.

Mar 4, 1:58am Top

>149 RebaRelishesReading: Sounds good, Reba!

13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Delightful. Absolutely delightful.

I have no idea why it took me so long to finally read this.

Mar 4, 10:54am Top

>150 Copperskye: Oooh, your first-ever read of Pride and Prejudice? How fun, and so glad you loved it. You've reminded me, though, that I have yet to read Persuasion and I really must do that soon!

And thanks for the Mrs. Miniver review as well. I'll have to try to find that one. AND the movie, which I saw many years ago.

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>150 Copperskye: SO glad you finally read Pride and Prejudice!

A couple years ago I made an effort to read other works by Jane Austen, and I think I got to them all.

>151 rosalita: while Pride and Prejudice remains my favorite Austen, I think Persuasion was one I really liked as well.

Mar 4, 3:57pm Top

I love Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are my favorites, with Emma a close second. But I love all five of them.

Mar 5, 6:25pm Top

Joanne - It's great you finally got to Pride and Prejudice - and what's not to love, right?

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>154 BLBera: **Darcy** **Colin Firth**



Mar 6, 3:33am Top

Gorgeous P&P cover. And Mr D of course.
Had a look for Mrs Miniver but no sign in the library - will have to have a look out for a kindle copy as it sounds like a good match for the pop sugar challenge category (if I don't get to Hidden Figures) reading a book of a film you've already seen...

Mar 6, 1:14pm Top

>155 fuzzi: He was a perfect Darcy

Hi Joanne - have you watched the BBC version with Firth?

Mar 6, 6:47pm Top

>151 rosalita: Yes, first ever, Julia! I think I may have read Persuasion in high school but I’m not sure. I have lots of good reading to get to! It’s been years since I’ve watched the movie, Mrs Miniver. I need to keep an eye on AMC and TCM.

>152 fuzzi: Hi fuzzi, I’ve only read Lady Susan and maybe Persuasion. I have both Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility on the shelf so no excuse not to get to them!

>153 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba, I hope to be able to put an Austen favorites list together, too, as soon as I read more! :)

>154 BLBera: And I’m so happy I loved it, Beth. I was so surprised by the humor. Mr Bennet had all the good lines.

>156 charl08: Hi Charlotte! It is one of the 4 drop caps editions I own (A, B, C, and S) and was very comfortable for reading as well as having a pretty cover. I think the Kindle edition of Mrs Miniver is only a few dollars...in the US at least.

>155 fuzzi:, >157 BLBera: I haven’t seen Colin Firth as Darcy yet, but I can now! (Not that I haven’t heard some rave reviews.) We’re in the middle of catching up on many seasons of Homeland but P&P will be next! :)

Mar 6, 9:50pm Top

Hi, Joanne. I wanted to let you know, I have American Wolf lined up, as my next audio. Looking forward to it. I also added Celine to the rotation. This is Heller's latest. It seems like it has taken me forever to get to it, despite loving his last 2 books. I have seen very little LT activity on that one. I hope to change that.

Watching any good shows? I have completely stalled out, after catching up with the nominated films. We love Mrs. Maisel but NEED to get back to it. We also started Electric Dreams and liked that too.

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>159 msf59: You have two western themed books on the horizon! I hope American Wolf works well on audio. It’s such a memorable book - enjoy! I’ll be very interested in your thoughts on Celine. I read it just about a year ago and you’re right, there hasn’t been much talk about it.

Mrs Maisel was so good! We’re actually watching Homeland now, on Showtime. We’re into the second season and there are seven, I think. Lots to go but it’s entertaining. Have you watched River, with Stellan Starsgard and Nicola Walker? So good! It’s on Netflix but sadly, only 6 episodes.

Mar 7, 1:20am Top

Stopping in to say hi and check out what you are reading. I read Pride and Prejudice back in my twenties, but while I very much enjoyed it, I can't remember much about the details. Glad you enjoyed.

Mar 8, 11:51am Top

>152 fuzzi: Oh, I like the sound of that, fuzzi. I will have to move Persuasion up on the reading schedule.

Mar 8, 3:18pm Top

>161 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah! Always good to see you. I know exactly how that goes - there are plenty of books that I read in my twenties that I know I loved but I can’t say too much about. One that comes to mind is Love in the Time of Cholera. I know I loved it but I couldn’t tell you a thing about it! Kinda’ sad now that I think about it.

>162 rosalita: Me too! :)

Mar 8, 3:25pm Top

14.The Long Arm of the Law by Martin Edwards

I generally love these classic mystery collections put together by Martin Edwards and published by Poisoned Pen Press. As always, some are better than others and I love the intros before each story that give a bit of history about the authors. This one, however, was just ok. 3 stars.

Mar 8, 5:59pm Top

>160 Copperskye: Homeland fell apart for me in the second season and just got stupid. I know it is a very popular show but I just couldn't take it anymore. I have not watched "River" and I like Starsgard too. I will have to add it to my Watchlist. I have also been hearing great things about Seven Seconds.

Sweet Thursday, Joanne. I am loving American Wolf and it is working very well on audio. Are there photos in the book? If so, I am going to request the print book, which I intended to do in the first place.

Mar 8, 8:11pm Top

>165 msf59: Yeah, we both commented several times last night about improbable/are you kidding me things happening in the Homeland episode we were watching. Still watching though....

There were no photos in American Wolf, only a map and a genealogy chart for 0-Six. Google her, though, and you’ll find plenty of info. Also on FB, check out Legend of Lamar Valley. They post current happenings of the wolves in Yellowstone. We’re heading up there in early September and I’m very excited about it. We were supposed to go this past Sept. but a snow storm got in the way. :(

Mar 8, 8:24pm Top

Hi Joanne, Hmmmm I’m still watching Homeland and have since the beginning. I love how they mirror world events. I did like River and Nicola Walker is one of my favorites. Have you ever seen Last Tango in Halifax? Also on Netflix. And I loved Mrs. Maisel. Not cola Walker has a short series coming on PBS later this spring.

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>167 brenzi: Hi Bonnie! Well, just because I roll my eyes a little doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to watching Homeland! :) My husband tells me I’m a little too critical of Carrie. But wasn’t River wonderful! I could watch that series again. And I love Last Tango in Halifax. I saw a promo for the new PBS series with Nicola Walker - looking forward to it! (Her character is my favorite in Halifax.)

Mar 9, 10:16am Top

So glad you got around to reading Pride and Prejudice, Joanne. I reread many of the Austen books ten years ago. They stand the test of time well. I am slightly tempted to read some of them again. Maybe next year?

I read where there is going to be an Amazon Book Store at Park Meadows Mall. I’ve never been to one. I might have to check it out sometime.

Mar 9, 10:57am Top

>164 Copperskye: Oh yea, a mention of our local Poisoned Pen Press! Sorry that wasn't your favorite though.

Mar 9, 2:18pm Top

>163 Copperskye: One of the reasons that I love having my books around me is that when I have one of those "I loved it but I don't know what it was about" moments, I pick up the book and read the jacket or a few pages and it all comes back to me.

Mar 9, 7:36pm Top

Well...I am just getting connected for the new year. My usually quiet winter got busy fast with a couple wonderful trips to visit family and friends in Pennsylvania then time getting caught up in February. I know, excuses, excuses, excuses. I hope you are well and it looks like you are reading good books.

I bought a lovely set of Austen and plan some long summer days rereading. Glad you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice.

I promise to not be too long in coming back.

Mar 10, 12:31pm Top

>169 Donna828: Hi Donna! I’m so glad I finally read P&P! I felt, somehow, less of a reader having only read Austen’s Lady Susan. I’ll definitely be reading more now.

I also read about the Amazon store going in at Park Meadows. I don’t think that’ll make me go to the mall anymore than I do now. Lol! People on our local FB groups were saying that’s the end of the TC and I call BS on that. There is that big Barnes and Noble store a few blocks away and I hope it isn’t negatively effected.

>170 mstrust: Hi Jennifer, I’ve seen some really positive reviews...maybe it was just me!

>171 RebaRelishesReading: Same here, Reba! In fact, I just picked up Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society off the shelf. I had read years ago and thought that I didn’t remember it very well. I glanced through it and now I’m reading it again. Unintended consequences...

>172 witchyrichy: Hi Karen, Winter seems to have flown by here - it was really the winter that wasn’t, so far anyway! Sounds like you have been pretty busy!

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Oh, I’m so happy you read Lady Susan, Joanne! P&P, too, but hardly anyone seems to read Lady S. Did you like it?

You’ve got lots of great reading ahead of you with the others. P & P remains my favorite book ever. So clever in so many ways, and wow, what intelligent writing.

Mar 10, 6:30pm Top

>174 jnwelch: I read Lady Susan, gave it 3 1/2 stars.

Mar 11, 11:47am Top

My sister used to binge watch P&P the day the kids went back to school. :) I have fond memories of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - The Chilbury Ladies' Choir reminded me of it in a way.

Mar 11, 8:49pm Top

Joanne...Collateral....Netflix...Nicola Walker is in it. I just started watching it ten minutes ago

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Oh, I'm so glad you loved Pride and Prejudice! I was in my 40s when I read Jane Austen for the first time (actually still in my 40s, but my point is that I did not read and swoon over them at 14 like many do). I've read and/or listened to them all multiple times since then:). Emma is definitely my favorite, followed by P&P and Persuasion.

Mar 12, 1:04am Top

>174 jnwelch: Hi Joe, P&P really did surprise me both with the humor and the sophistication of the plot. And yes, it was very clever! I can certainly see how it could be your favorite book. I did like Lady Susan. I listened to an audio version about 4 years ago and I’m pretty sure it was after Anne had recommended it. I’m guessing that with the right narrator, P&P would be a fun listen, too.

>175 fuzzi: I gave the audio 4. I forget who read it. It may have been an ensemble, now that I think of it.

>176 BLBera: Was that because she was happy they were going back to school or sad? Or just taking advantage of the free time? :) I’m just about done with my reread of Guernsey and it’s just as good this time around.

>177 brenzi: Oh, excellent, Bonnie! Thanks for the heads up on that!! I’ve added it to my watch list. We’ve got a few more seasons of Homeland yet to go.

>178 AMQS: You had recommended Lady Susan several years ago, Anne, and I thank you for that. Emma may be the next one I read, especially knowing it’s your favorite! Is Callia coming home for spring break? I hope you have the same week off!

Mar 12, 10:50am Top

I would also recommend seeing "Clueless" once you've read Emma.

Mar 12, 12:40pm Top

>180 RebaRelishesReading: I love Clueless, a fun watch! When I first saw it, I'd not read Emma.

Mar 12, 1:39pm Top

Whoa! How did I miss visiting your thread for so long? So much going on, and the P&P buzz is making me want to read another Austen. I beat Anne - I didn't read it until I was in my 50s - and still haven't read any other Austen. Must remedy that.

BTW, I can attest that the audio of Pride and Prejudice is wonderful!

I've got the BBC adaptation as well as the one with Kiera Knightly and watch the BBC version over and over - I can't imagine anyone as Mr. Darcy other than Colin Firth - but haven't watched the one with Knightly. One day, maybe.

Guernsey was wonderful too. I may have to reread it now. (I think I listened to it as an audiobook and may still have it on my "playlist.")

Wish I could join you guys when you travel to Yellowstone in Sept. It's a place I've long wanted to visit but haven't yet.

Mar 13, 10:10pm Top

>179 Copperskye: I think she was celebrating some alone time.

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>180 RebaRelishesReading: I’ve seen Clueless, although it’s been years. I don’t remember if I knew there was a connection to the book but I’ll be sure to watch it again after I read it!

>181 fuzzi: Me either!

>182 Storeetllr: Hi Stranger! :) I’m looking forward to finally seeing Colin Firth as Mr Darcy. I finished Guernsey and it was just as enjoyable the second time around. We’ve been to Yellowstone a couple of times but not in the last 20 years. It’s a special place!

>183 BLBera: Sounds like something I’d do!

Mar 14, 9:36pm Top

15. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Beautifully written first-person coming of age story of a young girl growing up in Nigeria. Her father is a wealthy man who is generous and giving to the Catholic community but abusive and regressive at home. When she and her brother visit a favorite aunt, they discover a home filled with love and laughter rather than fear and anger. The ending surprised me. Often a difficult read, but well worth it. 4.5 stars

Mar 14, 9:42pm Top

16. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

I first read this in 2008 and I’m glad I reread it now. Still as charming as the first time and I loved reading again about the history of the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands. Plus I’m a sucker for a good epistolary novel. 4.5 stars

Mar 14, 9:53pm Top

>175 fuzzi:, >179 Copperskye: Great to hear, fuzzi and Joanne. You can tell I feel Lady Susan is underknown and underread. I liked the recent Kate Beckinsale movie, too, misnamed Love and Friendship (a different, also fun Austen book, with it spelled Freindship - apparently she struggled some with i before e, which I love).

Isn't P & P clever, funny and sophisticated, Joanne? Those qualities in all her books (well, the young age ones aren't as sophisticated, of course - but so funny!) make her my favorite author.

The one of hers that surprised me the most was Northanger Abbey. I didn't expect it to be that funny! I picked it up having no idea so much of it was a spoof of Gothic novels.

Mar 14, 10:09pm Top

Hi, Joanne. I have both Purple Hibiscus & The Guernsey Literary on my TBR list and I think I have both on shelf. I may have the latter on audio too. So, what am I waiting for, right?

I talked to my cousin in Grand Junction last night. He is up for joining us in Ft. Collins. The Colorado trip is starting to take shape. Just sayin'...

Mar 15, 1:05pm Top

>184 Copperskye: not only Colin Firth, but the entire cast was superb. I have to give big "snaps" for the actor who played Mr. Collins, David Bamber. I love how he simpers so perfectly!

Mar 15, 1:10pm Top

This thread is reminding me that I haven't revisited Austen for a while. Need some re-reads and re-views before long.

Mar 15, 1:16pm Top

>185 Copperskye: I love that book. And that cover is gorgeous. (I really don't need another copy!)

Mar 17, 1:49am Top

>187 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Oh, I’d forgotten about the movie, Love and Friendship. It’s based on Lady Susan, isn’t it? I have to remember to look for it. And now you have me intrigued about Northanger Abby. A spoof of Gothic novels - I really had no idea. What a fascinating person Jane Austen must have been!

>188 msf59: Too many good books around, Mark! They’re both worth bumping up a bit, though, imo! Yay for a fun time to look forward to in Ft Collins! We were just up there today and stopped in at Odell Brewing. It was warm enough in the sun (but, oh, that wind!) to sit outside and there was a great local band playing - nice vibes all around! I think you’d like it there! :)

>189 fuzzi: Good to hear, fuzzi! I’m looking forward to it!

>190 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba, I’m happy to help with a little nudge!

>191 charl08: It was very good, Charlotte. I liked it as much as Half a Yellow Sun, which I loved. And the cover is lovely even though it doesn’t match the other two Adichie books I have. I’ll get over it!

I’m struggling to continue with my current book. I don’t usually get 60 or 70 pages in and quit, but Larry Watson’s As Good As Gone just doesn’t seem to be working for me. :( I’m reading two others, The Country of Pointed Firs and Bad Stories. I like them both and really should just finish them.

Mar 17, 8:27am Top

>192 Copperskye: I'm also struggling with the idea of abandoning a book that I'm halfway through. Blood Meridian is not working for me either and I may give up on it.

Mar 17, 11:01am Top

Hi Joanne - >185 Copperskye:, >186 Copperskye: I loved both those books. Purple Hibiscus was the first Adichie I read, so I have a soft spot for it, but Americanah is my favorite, I think.

I also loved The Country of Pointed Firs - yes ditch the Watson and read that. I wish Jewett had written more.

Edited: Mar 19, 4:58pm Top

>193 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle, For some reason, I’ve never read anything by Cormac McCarthy, although I do have a couple of his books on my shelves. Good luck with Blood Meridian!

>194 BLBera: Hi Beth, Half a Yellow Sun is my favorite, but Purple Hibiscus is a very close second. I put the Watson back on the shelf this morning. I feel bad because it’s an ER Book. I’ll try again, probably.

Mar 19, 8:52pm Top

You didn't read The Road, Jo? I listened to it back in '08 or '09 and was totally absorbed, though it was almost too depressing. So then I read No Country for Old Men, which I found even more depressing than The Road. That's about all I could take of McCarthy.

Edited: Mar 19, 9:08pm Top

Hi, Joanne. Sorry, you are having a tough time with As Good As Gone. It was not as good as his previous one, Let Him Go, but I remember liking it.

Before giving up on McCarthy, give All the Pretty Horses a chance and if that doesn't work...walk away.

Mar 19, 9:47pm Top

>196 Storeetllr: Hi Mary, Nope, never read either The Road or No Country for Old Men. I did see both movies, though, and that’s enough. No Country for Old Men was good, but violent. The Road was so bleak that I remember thinking that I’d never be able to spend days reading it. The two hours of the movie was quite enough. My mom loved The Border Trilogy, though, and I intend to read it sometime. I have All the Pretty Horses on the shelf.

>197 msf59: Hi Mark, I did like Let Him Go, and of course, Montana 1948. I’ve read one or two of his older books, too (Justice or White Crosses, I forget which). I’ll get back to it sometime. I thought the teenage girl character was interesting and kind of want to hear her story.

Mar 20, 7:25pm Top

Hi Joanne, I agree with Mark. As Good as Gone is not my favorite Watson book, but I still liked it. Maybe it’s a comedown for you after Pride and Prejudice and Purple Hibiscus? There is some beautiful descriptive writing in Country of Pointed Firs. You are reading (and rereading) some awesome books.

Mar 20, 10:26pm Top

Hi Donna! I think that may be part of the problem I had with As Good as Gone. Too many other really good books. So what do I do? I started Persuasion. My copy of The Country of Pointed Firs is so nice - a large paperback with illustrations by Douglas Alvord - and is adding to my enjoyment of it. It lends itself to being read slowly.

I have to report for jury duty tomorrow. :( The worst part is having to actually be somewhere at 7:45am. Even when I was working, I never got in before 8:30! Ugh! And it’s a least 30 minutes away, depending on traffic. Wish me luck...

Mar 21, 5:22am Top

Oh, jury duty, perhaps! I sympathize greatly with you having to report at 7:45 am. Best of luck . Are they just selecting the jury, or are you on the jury?

Mar 21, 12:47pm Top

Hi Joanne -- bummer about the early call for jury duty. Here's hoping traffic wasn't too bad. Is your system like ours, that you only have to go for one day unless you're picked for a jury? Hope so and hope you don't have to go tomorrow.

Mar 21, 1:43pm Top

I wouldn't mind being called for jury duty, except for the early start to the day. A 7:45 a.m. report time? Ugh.

Mar 21, 2:01pm Top

Good luck today!
I was called for jury duty nine times in fourteen years.

Mar 21, 4:46pm Top

I have always wanted to be called for jury duty and never have been! Although if it means being somewhere at 7:45 a.m., maybe I should rethink that wish ...

Mar 21, 6:49pm Top

I've been called for jury duty once, but was excused for medical reasons. My husband has been called twice and the second time was for a 6 month long case. The first he was excused time he was excused for medical reasons as he was scheduled for surgery and the second time he just called the sheriff and told them he did not want to do jury duty for 6 months ( a murder? a drug trial? ) and he was excused.

Mar 21, 8:00pm Top

>201 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah, Just selection, and I wasn’t selected! Yay!

>202 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba, Colorado has a one day/one trial system so I’m done. At least until next year.

>203 Storeetllr: Hi Mary, My thoughts exactly. I didn’t mind doing my civic duty but facing Arapahoe Road so early wasn’t fun!

>204 mstrust: Hi Jennifer, Nine times in fourteen years!? Wow, that’s a lot. It’s been at least 14 years since I’ve been called. It’s all random, but my husband and son both received notices (on the same day) in February and I got one a month later.

>205 rosalita: Hi Julia, Be careful what you wish for! But really, never? This was only the third time I’ve ever been summoned and the furthest I’ve gotten in the process (got assigned to a trial but ultimately one of about 30 excused. Chris has been called twice and he’s 24 and My husband’s been called three or four times. His juror number was excused the night before when he was called last month.

>206 vancouverdeb: I can’t imagine being called for a long case like that and give a lot of credit to the people who do serve that long. My husband was summoned in 2015 for the Aurora theater shooting trial. We were both kind of horrified that he might have to sit on that jury, not the least being the time involved (months). He was finally excused after a third interview with the attorneys. Thank god.

So yeah, I was home by lunch time today. My hubby and I went out for a late lunch/happy hour and then I came home and took a nap. Lol.

Mar 21, 8:47pm Top

Hi, Joanne. It looks like I will be leaning more in your direction with Celine. I wish it would stay focused on Wyoming/Yellowstone, since I much prefer that storyline, than the sleepy, back-stories. I do like his descriptions of nature and the west. I thought it was cool, that he mentioned a fictionalized version of O-Six, in the story. I should finish it up tomorrow.

Mar 22, 11:47am Top

I had a feeling you’d have the same reaction, Mark, but you don’t know until you try. I remember feeling frustrated every time the story switched from the current action to the past. I found Celine to be a very unbelievable and overblown character which was unfortunate since she was based on Heller’s own mother. I went to hear him speak sometime back when it was published and he mentioned perhaps another book with those characters. :(

Mar 22, 5:28pm Top

>207 Copperskye: Never! I was a journalist for nearly 20 years so I wouldn't have been picked even if I had been chosen, but ever since I left that field in 2002 I have been waiting and waiting for someone to pick me. I think the problem is that at the same time I also moved to a very rural county in Iowa, and I think there just aren't enough bad people here that need jury trials! So, that's good, I guess. :-)

Mar 23, 1:00am Top

>210 rosalita: Well, yes, that is good! You obviously need to move to a more crowded and crime ridden community, Julia. Problem solved! Actually, when the judge was thanking us for showing up, she mentioned working in a rural district where they sometimes didn’t have enough people to actually seat a jury. The court would send someone out to the grocery store to bring people back to swear in for trials. Maybe you should start shopping mid-morning? :)

Mar 25, 10:29am Top

Hi Joanne - Good luck not being chosen for a jury. I used to be called every two years. I've served on three juries. Now, because my son-in-law is a police officer, I know I'll never be chosen again. But I have done my duty. The most interesting one was a bar fight -- two women.

Mar 26, 12:30am Top

I'm glad that you did not have to serve on the jury and that your husband did not have to serve on the Aurora theater shooting trial. I know someone who was on the jury for some sort of murder trial and he suffered with PTSD after the six months or so of jury time was over. I think sometimes it can be very emotionally difficult.

Mar 26, 7:24pm Top

>212 BLBera: Hi Beth, Yes, your son-in-law’s job will probably get you excused. Two women in a bar fight...good times!

>213 vancouverdeb: You’re right, Deborah, the aftermath for the people on the jury was probably very painful. I can’t imagine. Just seeing the news reports was difficult.

Edited: Mar 26, 7:43pm Top

17.The Country of Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

Beautiful written story of a writer’s summer spent on a small island in Maine in the late 1800s. The inhabitants were a delight and I’m only sorry I didn’t read this while spending time myself on the Maine coast.

The copy I read, a large paperback, was illustrated with pencil sketches by Douglas Alvord which really added to my enjoyment.

Mar 26, 7:48pm Top

18.Persuasion by Jane Austen

Another wonderful romance. I didn’t like it quite as much as Pride and Prejudice, but still a lot of fun. Austen could certainly write characters you love to dislike and well as ones you can’t help rooting for.

Mar 26, 7:52pm Top

Currently reading:

Mar 26, 8:27pm Top

Persuasion is my favorite Austen Joanne although I still need to read Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. Austen has something for everyone I think.

Mar 26, 8:50pm Top

>215 Copperskye: BOOK BULLET!


>216 Copperskye: P&P is still my favorite of Austen's works, but I did like Persuasion, very much.

Mar 27, 12:05pm Top

>218 brenzi: Sense and Sensibility or Mansfield Park will be my next Austen, I think.

>219 fuzzi: Oh good, fuzzi! It’s a quiet book with a wonderful sense of place.

Mar 27, 12:24pm Top

I'm glad you liked Persuasion, Joanne. It's my favorite Austen, followed closely by P&P. I think there is something more raw and unpolished about it that appeals to me. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the film version with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds. It's lovely.

Mar 27, 1:15pm Top

Don't forget Emma, it's wonderful too! For me, it's right up there with P&P and S&S.

Mar 27, 1:23pm Top

>217 Copperskye: Have an ARC of the Amy Bloom, must get to that!

Mar 28, 3:08pm Top

>221 katiekrug: I will definitely do that, Katie. I’m halfway through Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. It’s a hoot! We’re totally sucked into Homeland so that’s pretty much all we’ve been watching on tv the last few weeks.

>222 RebaRelishesReading: No, I won’t forget Emma either, Reba. I have my eye on the Penguin Deluxe Edition. In fact I just looked at four or five different editions of it at the TC last week, trying to find the one with the best font size.

>223 charl08: It’s a quick read, Charlotte, even for me. I’m at the midpoint and don’t want to put it down.

Mar 28, 3:34pm Top

I think I agree with Katie and Persuasion is my favorite. I'm so glad you loved The Country of the Pointed Firs - I loved it and was sorry she didn't write more.

Mar 28, 3:53pm Top

Yay for Persuasion! It's my favorite, too, after P & P. I'm due for a re-read soon.

Because I was a lawyer in a former life, I get called for jury duty, but they never sit me on a jury. I get challenged every time. One side or the other doesn't want to risk it, I guess. Of course, it could be the topiary head gear I wear, all green and leafy.

Mar 28, 7:26pm Top

>226 jnwelch: hahaha!

That reminds me of the old joke:

"Mom, why do I have to wear bacon slices on top of my head?"

"Shut up, we're almost to the draft board..."

Mar 28, 7:55pm Top

>217 Copperskye: Enjoy the Connelly! I love his novels and I think I'm one behind in the series *must fix that!*

Mar 29, 12:43pm Top

>225 BLBera: It was very good, Beth! I’m glad I finally got to it. Makes me want to go to Maine, though.

>226 jnwelch: Keep wearing that bush on your head when you’re called, Joe. I have a friend who is a corporate attorney and she was seated for a bank fraud trial.

>227 fuzzi: Ha!

>228 ChelleBearss: I know exactly what I’m going to get when I start a Bosch book, Chelle. I’ve yet to be disappointed! White Houses caught my attention and it’s short so I’ll finish that up today and then get back into The Closers more or less, full-time.

Mar 29, 7:48pm Top

>229 Copperskye: Yes, she had a keen sense of place.

Mar 30, 7:46am Top


How are you liking the Amy Bloom? I have it on my stack. Currently reading The Burning Girl.

>185 Copperskye:. I found this book on a shelf at a cottage we were staying at for a long, cold, fall weekend a few years back. Read it in one sitting. It has certainly stuck with me.

Mar 30, 12:09pm Top

Happy Easter, Joanne!

Mar 30, 6:45pm Top

I really enjoyed The Closers, Jo! You're sure barreling along with the Bosch mysteries! So glad you're enjoying them!

Happy Easter to you and John! Doing anything special?

Mar 30, 7:25pm Top

>230 BLBera: I’ve never checked out if she’d written anything else. I should do that!

>231 alphaorder: Hi Nancy! I finished it yesterday. I think it’s well worth a read! I’ve liked everything I’ve read by Adichie. How come I only find thrillers or spy stories or romances in rentals? :)

>232 mstrust: Happy Easter to you too, Jennifer! Love those peanut butter eggs!

>233 Storeetllr: I’m trying to space them out so I don’t burn out on them! Generally when I finish one, though, I want to start the next one right away. Happy Easter to you, too! No, nothing special, Mary, you?

Mar 31, 11:25am Top

She mostly wrote short stories, Joanne. The Country of the Pointed Firs, which is more novella than novel is one of her longest works. I think she may have written one novel. I'll have to check.

Mar 31, 1:20pm Top

Nope. Quiet weekend for me. My sister invited me to Salida for dinner today, and my niece invited me to Leadville for Easter dinner tomorrow, but I just am not up to the 4-hour and/or 6-hour round trips, respectively. I know I could spend the night at my sister's and make the last hour's drive up to Leadville tomorrow, but then I'd have to either leave the birds overnight or bring them along, neither of those options happy ones for me. Anyway, I'm enjoying my pre-season gardening chores too much to take a break. I'll be able to put my babies (seedlings) out soon! Plus I'm going to spend some time this weekend learning a data bank system for Moms Demand Action, as I seem to have been volunteered to be the "Data Lead" for Pueblo. Not sure yet what that entails, exactly, but it sounds daunting. :)

Apr 1, 10:42am Top

Happy Easter!

Apr 1, 4:13pm Top

>235 BLBera: Well, she’s good in that form, Beth, so it makes sense. Each chapter of The Country of Pointed Firs was a wonderful vignette!

>236 Storeetllr: Either would be a long day trip. And good for you with your new job!

>237 witchyrichy: Happy Easter to you, too, Karen!

New quarter, new thread time. I need to get one started!

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