Caramellunacy's TBR excavation resumes in 2018
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Following an end of year visit to Egypt and a rally in terms of last year's excavations, I have decided to keep the digsite goals limited this year, but to focus on curating the collection and dedication to dig fieldnotes (or in plain terms - goal low, actually de-accession those I won't re-read and try to review more).
Books Read in 2018
Titles listed in italics are loans (library books or books borrowed rather than TBR) and do not count towards the total. Numbered entries do count toward the challenge.
1. The Visitors - Sally Beauman
2. A Paris Year - Janice MacLeod
3. Deeply, Desperately - Heather Webber
4. Pride, Prejudice and Popcorn - Carrie Sessarego
5. Crocodile on the Sandbank (AUDIO) - Elizabeth Peters; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
6. In the Name of the Family - Sarah Dunant
7. Deadly Sins - Kylie Brant
8. Sharpe's Escape - Bernard Cornwell
9. Royal Player - Katie McCoy
10. Act Like It - Lucy Parker
11. The Secret Place - Tana French
12. The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
13. On Basilisk Station - David Weber
14. Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink - Stephanie Strohm
15. I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella
16. The Boy is Back - Meg Cabot
17. The Shakespeare Curse - J.L. Carrell
18. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake - Amy E. Reichert
19. The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani
20. Making Up - Lucy Parker
21. Sharpe's Gold - Bernard Cornwell
22. Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart - Sarah MacLean
23. A Match Made in High School - Kristin Walker
24. My Grape Escape - Laura Bradbury
25. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
26. Manga Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
27. Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins
28. The Unknown Woman - Laurie Paige
29. Under a War-Torn Sky - Laura Elliott
Alex, Approximately - Jenn Bennett
30. Slow Heat - Jill Shalvis
31. Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn
32. Mozart's Sister - Nancy Moser
Thanks all! I am looking forward to spending more time here on LT in all of your fine company (and trying to dodge book bullets as best I can). I am very excited to see what you're reading!
Great dig theme! Good luck with dodging book bullets and happy ROOTing in 2018!
Very much in keeping with the theme above (and in line with our recent trip to Egypt), I am currently in the middle of the following:
The Visitors- The novel begins with an elderly woman dodging questions from a young documentary presenter about her acquaintance with Howard Carter and his discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings - the story then moves back in time to the 1920s and Lucy Payne as an 11-year-old child sent to Egypt to recuperate from the typhoid outbreak that left her weak, foggy-headed and motherless. She soon makes friends with the forceful young Frances Winlock - daughter to the Metropolitan Museum's resident Egyptologist - and is brought into the elite circle including the Winlocks, Howard Carter and his patron Lord Carnarvon, and the (fictional) flighty flapper socialite Poppy d'Erlanger.
I am about two-thirds through and Lucy is heading back to the Winter Palace in Egypt - just in time for the fateful final winter season!
Crocodile on the Sandbank - the first in the Amelia Peabody mysteries. I have read this before, but never listened - I am very much enjoying the narrator. Our intrepid heroine is currently lying in wait for the skulking mummy apparition intent on dissuading their archaeological excavations. She may brandish her parasol at it...
>13 Caramellunacy: ok first BB of the year, added to my wishlist - thanks!
I managed my first de-accession this past weekend. Mr. Fox & I did a major cleaning/decluttering/unpacking from the holiday trip endeavour and I came across a duplicate - that I have ACTUALLY removed from the house and placed in a book recycling bin. Small victories...
Bit of a setback on the de-accessioning front as I succumbed to the lure of fresh books PLUS a trip to Shakespeare & Co. required a few.
Funny story in Shakespeare & Co., actually, a man was looking for a copy of Les Miserables, which I obligingly pointed him to as he was trying to climb all over me to look (do not work there...). And the following exchange occurred:
Huffy Man: But this is in English!
Store Clerk: Yes?
Huffy Man: I am in France. I want it in French!
Store Clerk: We don't have books in French. We're an English language bookstore...
Huffy Man: BUT I WANT IT IN FRENCH. WE ARE IN PARIS. I WANT TO TAKE A COPY HOME IN FRENCH. WHY DON'T YOU SELL FRENCH BOOKS.
Other Patron: This is Shakespeare & Co.? Possibly the most famous English language bookstore in France?
Store Clerk: You could go to any other bookstore here in Paris? There is one not far from here...
Huffy Man: MY PLANE IS IN TWO HOURS. I DO NOT HAVE TIME. I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT IN FRENCH!
I don't know why he thought they could magically produce a French copy for him...
>17 Caramellunacy: lol! what is that? a reverse of the usual demand by people with English as their first language! what a plonker though... :)
I visited Shakespeare & Co last August for the first time - love Paris ❤️
Wow, so I haven't been here in a while.
*dusts off some cobwebs*
I haven't been reading and even less writing the last little bit - a lot of stressiness with work being particularly brutal, family health issues and just y'know...adulting. Or trying to. BUT, I present to you some fieldnotes (though without verdict as of yet):
Artefact: Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm (Living History, Book 01)
Status: Sequel to be Read (if available); To Deaccession
Camden Harbor Living History Museum, Maine, Contemporary
1 History Nerd with a Solid Love of Fashion
1 Historical Re-Enactment Internship
1 Fashionist(o)? Best Friend with Excellent Sewing Skills
Welcome to Girls of Long Ago Camp!
Beautiful Period Gowns
No Make-up, other than Ashes/Soot and Beet Juice
Overly Large Polo Shirt & Short-Enough-to-be-Hidden Khaki Shorts
1 Gratingly Superior Historical Interpretation Intern determined to impose her Worldview on everything from Proper Bedtime to Leisure Attire
1 Pleasant Librarian and Research Intern
1 Documentary Filmmaker very fond of Lighthouses, Kayaking and Radishes
1 Very Handsome Squaddie - Often Shirtless and Tan and Muscly from working on the museum's schooners
1 SciFi Geek Journalist - Fascinated with Sci Fi / Geek Culture and Eager to write Serious Journalism about the local ghost story legend
Bickering and Forced Proximity
1 Very Awkward Boat Ride
1 Excellent Non-Sea Shanty
Altogether Too Much Vomit
>13 Caramellunacy: Just checking in here and reading your updates. :-) I have always wondered about Crocodile on the Sandbank even though I don't read many mystery novels. Based on your comments, it sounds as though the audio version is the way to go.
>25 Lisa805: I really enjoy the Amelia Peabody series - the mystery is often largely incidental to more of a comedy of manners / light romance / mildly Indiana Jones story. Amelia likes to act quite stiff upper lip, but she is not above prodding people with her parasol and has a not-so-secret romantic heart.
I definitely enjoyed the audio as well!
I like your field notes - but watch out for that adulting, once you start, it's difficult to shake off.
Artefact: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Status: To Deaccession
London, Present Day (pub: 2012)
1 Handsome (But Perhaps a Tiny Bit Self-Absorbed) Fiance
1 Handsome (But Perhaps a Tiny Bit Oblivious to Social Graces) Inbox-Sharer
1 Meet Cute: "Singing Telegram" Incident Set to Beyoncé's Single Ladies (w/Dance)
1 Lost Family Heirloom Engagement Ring
1 Snatched Phone
1 Phone Inexplicably Found in the Trash
1 Visibly Reluctant Soon-to-Be Family-in-Law
1 Oddly Hostile Harried Wedding Planner (Friend of the Family Variety)
1 Scrabble Game (Somewhat Cheating Variety)
1 Very Fake Injury
2 Very Odd Messages
1 Shared Inbox
Several Far Too Curt Emails (Oblivious Variety)
Several Overly Accomodating Emails (Overcompensating Variety)
Too Many Cringeworthy "Helpful" Emails
Best of luck with the Adulting. I hope things become easier on you soon (work/family). I think all adults should have a Act Childish holiday, preferably on a monthly basis.
I love the Amelia Peabody mysteries! I started reading them years ago, and have kept up with new ones. I also bought a second hand copy of Amelia Peabody's Egypt as a reference.
Greetings from the digsite - I hope to have more field notes for you soon!
We are just back from an epic trip to Tanzania and (briefly) Kenya - which was absolutely wonderful, but not great for lounging about reading as there was always much to do. I took a fair amount of notes in my travel notebook for possible photobook/travel blogging and may share a link if that gets off the ground.
>34 Caramellunacy: That's a great excuse! I for one love reading travel writing, so if you do go for it do share the link here, I for one would read it!
Artefact: Making Up by Lucy Parker (London Celebrities, Book 03)
Status: Added to Collection
London's West End, Contemporary (pub.2018)
1 Cirque du Soleil-style West End Musical Extravaganza
1 Pink-Haired Aerialist recovering from
1 (ex) Emotionally Abusive Relationship
1 Very Sudden Promotion
1 Big Bearded Make-up Artist recovering from Terrible Publicity
1 High Stakes Special Effects Make-up Competition
1 Pygmy Hedgehog
1 Utterly Obnoxious and Ungrateful Younger Sister
1 Undeserved Internship
1 Handsome Aerialist with Angel Wings
1 Reality Show Filming
Artefact: Sharpe's Gold by Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe, Book 09)
Almeida, August 1810
Captain Richard Sharpe
1 Thwarted Provost
Several Not-Quite-Wild Chickens
Vague Orders from Wellington
1 Cache of Gold
Guarded by Sharpe’s Romantic Rival and Usurper
1 Fervent (Both Religious and Loyalty to the Spanish) Exploring Officer
1 Guerilla Leader in charge of the money
1 Sadistic Guerillero with Odd Prayerful Killing Quirks set to marry
1 Fearsome Fighting Daughter of the Guerilla Leader (Teresa)
1 Remarkably Rich Manure Pit
1 Clever Ruse
1 Unfortunate Midshipman (and Sandwich)
1 Misplaced Ladder
1 Hopelessly Mismatched Duel
Many Dangerous Wounds
1 Cathedral / Munitions Cache
1 Massive Explosion
1 Incredibly Fortuitously Placed Bread Oven
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