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Caramellunacy's TBR excavation resumes in 2018

2018 ROOT (READ OUR OWN TOMES)

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1Caramellunacy
Edited: Jan 2, 9:15am Top

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).

Excavation!



Spoils Heap!
Artefacts Deaccessioned:

2Caramellunacy
Edited: Aug 14, 7:17am Top

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.

January
1. The Visitors - Sally Beauman
2. A Paris Year - Janice MacLeod
3. Deeply, Desperately - Heather Webber
4. Pride, Prejudice and Popcorn - Carrie Sessarego

February
5. Crocodile on the Sandbank (AUDIO) - Elizabeth Peters; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

March
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

April
10. Act Like It - Lucy Parker
11. The Secret Place - Tana French
12. The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
13. On Basilisk Station - David Weber

May
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

June
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

July
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

August
31. Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn
32. Mozart's Sister - Nancy Moser

3tess_schoolmarm
Jan 2, 10:18am Top

Good luck with your 2018 rooting!

4detailmuse
Jan 2, 12:13pm Top

ooh I will be following your "de-accessions" (and everything else!)

5connie53
Jan 2, 1:57pm Top

Welcome back, CL! Happy ROOTing.

6rabbitprincess
Jan 2, 6:58pm Top

Welcome back and have a great reading year! I love your fieldnotes.

7floremolla
Jan 2, 7:23pm Top

Hi, have a great year of ROOTing in all its incarnations!

8Caramellunacy
Jan 3, 5:51am Top

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!

9cyderry
Jan 3, 9:54am Top

glad you're back!

10FAMeulstee
Jan 3, 10:14am Top

Happy reading in 2018!

11MissWatson
Jan 4, 10:26am Top

Oh, how lovely to see the excavations ongoing! Happy digging!

12Familyhistorian
Jan 4, 3:31pm Top

Great dig theme! Good luck with dodging book bullets and happy ROOTing in 2018!

13Caramellunacy
Edited: Jan 5, 12:08pm Top

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:

Paper:
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!

Audio:
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...

15floremolla
Jan 5, 12:07pm Top

>13 Caramellunacy: ok first BB of the year, added to my wishlist - thanks!

16Caramellunacy
Jan 10, 11:08am Top

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...

17Caramellunacy
Edited: Jan 18, 11:10am Top

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...

18floremolla
Edited: Jan 18, 10:27am Top

>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 ❤️

19detailmuse
Jan 18, 10:56am Top

>17 Caramellunacy: "fresh books" - yum!
That exchange is hilarious.

20connie53
Jan 18, 12:54pm Top

>17 Caramellunacy: LOL, love that conversation.

21Jackie_K
Jan 18, 1:40pm Top

>17 Caramellunacy: That is bonkers! It reminds me of a great series of books, which starts with Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and continues with More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops. That conversation would fit right in!

22rabbitprincess
Jan 18, 6:43pm Top

23madhatter22
Feb 3, 2:27pm Top

>17 Caramellunacy: Oh your plane is in two hours? Well then of course we have a French copy for you.
Psh. People.

>21 Jackie_K: I've spent a lot of years working in bookstores and found those books funny and accurate. :)

24Caramellunacy
Edited: Jun 7, 9:50am Top

Wow, so I haven't been here in a while.
*dusts off some cobwebs*
*straightens glasses*
*waves*

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)

Trove: Paperback

Status: Sequel to be Read (if available); To Deaccession



Fieldnotes:
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!

Dress Code
Beautiful Period Gowns
No Make-up, other than Ashes/Soot and Beet Juice
Overly Large Polo Shirt & Short-Enough-to-be-Hidden Khaki Shorts

Roommates
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

Potential Suitors
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

25Lisa805
May 8, 1:44pm Top

>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.

26Caramellunacy
May 8, 2:21pm Top

>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!

27Jackie_K
May 8, 2:41pm Top

>26 Caramellunacy: I'd like to get to the Amelia Peabody series at some point. I'm not a big fiction or mystery reader, but both your review and robertgreaves reviews from last year have made me want to give them a try when I need a bit of slightly silly escapism.

28MissWatson
May 9, 5:06am Top

Oooh, field notes! Great!

29floremolla
May 9, 6:28pm Top

I like your field notes - but watch out for that adulting, once you start, it's difficult to shake off.

30Caramellunacy
Edited: Jun 20, 8:27am Top

Artefact: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Trove: Paperback

Status: To Deaccession



Fieldnotes:
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
Many Footnotes

31Caramellunacy
May 12, 7:22am Top

>27 Jackie_K: I do hope you enjoy it if you get around to it

>28 MissWatson: Glad to hear from you, too :)

>29 floremolla: Adulting is definitely a tricky one. So much paperwork and simultaneously expensive, irritating and "necessary" things...

32Lisa805
May 13, 3:23pm Top

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.

33LadyoftheLodge
May 18, 3:00pm Top

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.

34Caramellunacy
Jun 7, 1:43pm Top

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.

35MissWatson
Jun 8, 5:54am Top

Welcome back!

36Jackie_K
Jun 8, 6:18am Top

>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!

37Caramellunacy
Jun 8, 9:04am Top

>35 MissWatson: Thanks :)
>36 Jackie_K: I am hoping to find the time (around various errands) to pull an initial post together and will definitely keep you in mind!

38Caramellunacy
Edited: Jun 20, 8:27am Top

Artefact: Making Up by Lucy Parker (London Celebrities, Book 03)

Trove: E-book

Status: Added to Collection



Fieldnotes:
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
1 Showmance

39Caramellunacy
Jun 20, 8:41am Top

Artefact: Sharpe's Gold by Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe, Book 09)

Trove: Paperback

Status: Collection



Fieldnotes:
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)

Grave-robbing
1 Remarkably Rich Manure Pit

1 Clever Ruse
Transferred Loyalties
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

40MissWatson
Jun 21, 3:56am Top

>39 Caramellunacy: Summed up like this, it brings me back very good memories!

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