Familyhistorian's Bookish Thread part 3
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My name is Meg and this is my fifth year as one of the 75ers. 2017 brought some changes for me as I retired from my day job at the end of September. Retirement should give me more time to explore my many interests, at least in theory. I am interested in history and genealogy and actively research, read and write about those areas. When I talk about active research, I mean the type that involves travel and I hope to do more of that this year.
The current topic on my blog is immigration something that my family has practiced a lot. I immigrated on a plane similar to this one:
The blog is at: A Genealogist's Path to History
Challenges I will do my best to partake of in 2018
January- Joan Didion - Where I was From - DONE
February- Colson Whitehead - The Underground Railroad - DONE
March- Tobias Wolff
April- Alice Walker
May- Peter Hamil
June - Walter Mosley
July- Amy Tan
August- Louis L'Amour
September- Pat Conroy
October- Stephen King
November- Narrative Nonfiction
December- F. Scott Fitzgerald
JANUARY - DEBUT NOVELS - Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters - DONE
FEBRUARY - THE 1970s - The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge - DONE
MARCH - CLASSIC THRILLERS -
APRIL - FOLKLORE, FABLES AND LEGENDS -
MAY - QUEENS OF CRIME -
JUNE - TRAVEL WRITING -
JULY - THE ANGRY YOUNG MEN -
AUGUST - BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION -
SEPTEMBER - HISTORICAL FICTION -
OCTOBER - COMEDIC NOVELS -
NOVEMBER - WORLD WAR ONE -
DECEMBER - BRITISH SERIES -
WILDCARD - THE ROMANTICS -
January: Nordic Mysteries - The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo - DONE Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson - DONE
February: Female Cop/Sleuth/Detective - Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb - DONE Books, Cooks, and Crooks by Lucy Arlington - DONE American Blonde by Jennifer Niven DONE
March: Global Mysteries - The Dry by Jane Harper - DONE
April: Classic and Golden Age Mysteries
May: Mysteries involving Transit
June: True Crime
July: Police Procedurals
August: Historical Mysteries
September: Noir and Hard-Boiled Mysteries
November: Cozy Mysteries
December: Futuristic/Fantastical Mysteries
2018 Nonfiction Challenge
January - Prize Winning Books - The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin - DONE
February -- Biographies - The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson - DONE
March – Far, Far Away: Traveling
April – History
May – Boundaries: Geography, Geopolitics and Maps
June – The Great Outdoors
July – The Arts
August – Short and Sweet: Essays and Other Longform Narratives
September – Gods, Demons, Spirits, and Supernatural Beliefs
October – First Person Singular
November – Politics, Economics & Business
December – 2018 In Review
Reading Through Time
January-March 2018 - 19th Century Europe (& rest of the world, excluding Northern America) - A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock - DONE
April-June 2018 - 19th Century Northern America (includes Civil War; excluding the Old West)
July-September 2018 - The Old West
October-December 2018 - 20th Century: Before WW1 (1900-1913)
January 2018: "Baby, It's Cold Out There!" - The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin - DONE
February 2018: "Going Hollywood" - American Blonde by Jennifer Niven - DONE
March 2018: "Something Sporty"
April 2018: "Clash of Cultures"
May 2018: "Southeast Asia"
June 2018: "Digging Up the Past"
July 2018: "Nautical"
August 2018: "Europe Between the Wars, 1918 - 1939"
October 2018: "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
November 2018: "She Blinded Me with Science"
I'm not going out of my way (much) to fill in the following non-LT challenges. Just interested to see what I can do.
2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge
1. A book made into a movie you've already seen
2. True crime - The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson
3. The next book in a series you started - A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths
4. A book involving a heist
5. Nordic noir - The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
6. A novel based on a real person
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
8. A book with a time of day in the title
9. A book about a villain or antihero
10. A book about death or grief
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
15. A book about feminism
16. A book about mental health
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
18. A book by two authors
19. A book about or involving a sport
20. A book by a local author -
21. A book with your favorite color in the title
22. A book with alliteration in the title
23. A book about time travel
24. A book with a weather element in the title - Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
25. A book set at sea
26. A book with an animal in the title
27. A book set on a different planet
28. A book with song lyrics in the title
29. A book about or set on Halloween
30. A book with characters who are twins
31. A book mentioned in another book
32. A book from a celebrity book club - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
33. A childhood classic you've never read
34. A book that's published in 2018
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
36. A book set in the decade you were born
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
38. A book with an ugly cover
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges (you can easily Google these)
Advanced Reading Challenge
1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
2. A cyberpunk book
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
4. A book tied to your ancestry - Ignored but Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants by Lucille Campey
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
6. An allegory
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
8. A microhistory
9. A book about a problem facing society today
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
2018 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge
1. A book published posthumously
2. A book of true crime - The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson
3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) -
4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
6. A book about nature
7. A western
8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
11. A children’s classic published before 1980
12. A celebrity memoir
13. An Oprah Book Club selection - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
14. A book of social science
15. A one-sitting book - The Middle Ground by Zoe Whittall
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
19. A book of genre fiction in translation - Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
20. A book with a cover you hate
21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
22. An essay anthology
23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)
Books read in 2018
The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger by Victoria Alexander
A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths
Where I Was From by Joan Didion
The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
Better Read Than Dead by Victoria Laurie
Night's Child by Maureen Jennings
The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock
A Very Fine Class of Immigrants: Prince Edward Island's Scottish Pioneers 1770-1850 by Lucille Campey
Siege by Roxanne Orgill
Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
Ignored but Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants by Lucille Campey
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson
The Sandman: The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
Books, Cooks, and Crooks by Lucy Arlington
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
American Blonde by Jennifer Niven
The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham
The Dry by Jane Harper
Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine
Hit by Bryce Carlson
The Middle Ground by Zoe Whittall
A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh
The British: A Genetic Journey by Alistair Moffat
Total books read 35
Female authors 23
Male authors 12
Books acquired in 2018
Santa Thing Books
The Stranger in My Genes by Bill Griffeth
The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney
The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
From the Little Free Library
Holy Terror in the Hebrides by Jeanne M. Dams
Mrs Fletcher by Tomm Perrotta (for book club)
Calamity in Kent by John Rowland
Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
The Passing of Mr Quinn by G. Roy McRae
Mesmerized by Candace Camp
The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack by Tom Gauld
History of the Mathesons With Genealogies of the Various Families
The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Vancouver Police vs. the Clark Park Gang by Aaron Chapman
Women Alone: Spinsters in England 1660-1850 by Bridget Hill
Braving the Elements: The Stormy History of American Weather by David Laskin
Shortchanged: Height Discrimination and Strategies for Social Change by Tanya S Osensky
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Happy new thread, Meg! May you also have all the time you want to do nothing!!
Happy new thread Meg!! Love the Halifax house -- did you live there?
Hi Meg and happy new thread. I'm curious about the Halifax house as well. As my Dad was in the Navy, I spent a few years living in Halifax during the 1950's. We lived in military housing practically right down on the waterfront, also practically just under the Angus MacDonald Bridge which they started building while we lived there. The picture of your Halifax house looks a lot like the one we lived in although ours was painted yellow.
>12 jessibud2: Hi Shelley, C&H are always fun and you're first.
Here's a place to curl up with a good book.
>17 DeltaQueen50: The house is on Prescott Street just off of Robie about a 7 minute drive from the Angus L MacDonald Bridge according to Google Maps, Judy. I do remember the drive being short. I worked in Dartmouth so was driven across it on a regular basis. The house was old enough to have an oil stove in the kitchen for cooking and one in the living room for heat.
Happy New Thread, Meg!
Your comments up top remind me - how are you liking retirement, now that you're a little further into it?
>18 Familyhistorian: - Aww, thanks, Meg. You know, on days when the news gets to be more overwhelming than usual, I always long for my own personal cave. This looks perfect! :-)
>21 jnwelch: Ha, Joe I am about as busy as you are in retirement but I envy you your boon companion especially on the travel buddy and motivational fronts, although I don't do too badly at self-motivation. Someone sent me an email about prioritization. Maybe I should take a closer look at it.
>22 jessibud2: Your welcome, Shelley. I thought it would be a good fit, with your own reading space away from the cares of the world but with a window to peak out of.
Happy new one, Meg! Love the C&H. Thanks so much for all your encouragement with my stepping.
Several genealogists are reading or have just read Nathan Dylan Goodwin's latest. They aren't very happy with some misinformation presented about copyright on FamilySearch nor are they happy with the main characters disparaging remarks to the LDS church who provides access to the records. It's being discussed on the Facebook thread of someone who is widely known in genealogy circles. I hope they write reviews here, at Goodreads, on their blogs, etc. so he sees how he's missing the mark with genealogists instead of just putting a rating in there.
>27 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie, C&H is good at hitting the mark. Keep up the stepping! LOL
Happy New Thread, Meg. Love the Halifax house topper! Hope your week is off to a good start. We are getting a bit of a warm up for the next couple of days. Yah!
Hi Meg and Happy New Thread!
I love the image of the plane similar to that on which you immigrated. I'm curious to hear more....
>11 Familyhistorian: So true! P has designated June 1 as her retirement date. Despite a bit of anxiety on my part (just finances), I'm excited to have her at home full time. I still have 5-10 years to work.
The Olympics are eating up my reading time. Heh.
>28 thornton37814: I am surprised that Nathan Dylan Goodwin was dissing the LDS Church in his latest book, Lori. His bio says that he is a genealogist so those kind of remarks are surprising but I haven't read the book so I don't know what was said.
>30 msf59: We saw sun for the first of the week which was nice and it was also a holiday so people were out and appreciating it. Tonight we have snow which was an unwelcome surprise and, typically, the prediction is that the accumulation will be between 0 to 15 cm. They never know for sure.
>31 EBT1002: Hi Ellen, well if you are curious to know more click on the link to my blog, then you will get the story. My direct family's immigration is the post before the latest one.
June 1st isn't very far away. But P is probably ready from what you have said and then she will be able to use the new cooking facilities on a regular basis.
If you want more reading time during the Olympics you could spend less time getting in your steps - just saying.
>33 Familyhistorian: We just got a skiff of snow in the past hour or so. Woke up to see it. Apparently it is supposed to melt around noon or so, so should not be a problem for me tomorrow. I hope that you are as fortunate. Happy New thread - I was certain I'd visited you this thread, but I guess not. I love the house that you have for your topper. Was that your family home in the 1980's? My family ( along with my grandparents) lived in the cutest two story gabled home when I was very young , in Winnipeg. Since arriving in Richmond in the early 1960's, my family lived the usual Richmond bungalow, or two story. Nothing exciting architecturally at all. When I was 16, we moved to a house that my dad had contractor friend build. My mom and sister still live there. Again, a pretty plain split level - 3 levels - with 5 bedrooms for the rather large 5 child family that my parents had. First time I had my own bedroom! :-)
Happy new thread, Meg, and belated 10th Thingaversary congratulations.
You came to LT just before I did, my 10th will be next month.
Happy new thread, Meg, and, I presume, Happy Belated Birthday AND Happy Belated Thingaversary!!
>32 Familyhistorian: Someone commented he registered for a booth at Rootstech, so they are planning to approach him there.
Hi Meg, happy new thread my dear and a belated happy Tenth Thingaversary dear friend. Karen has gone back to work although she did shorter hours and says thank you for asking about her and we both send love and hugs.
>35 vancouverdeb: Our snow started last night around 8:00 and started accumulating then. When I looked out last night our parking lot and my car were coated in white but most of it went by about noon today except for the areas in the shade. I am at a lower elevation. I hear there was a lot more on Westwood Plateau so I would imagine it is still hanging around up there.
That house was a co-op house that I shared with my boyfriend who became my husband. We actually held the reception there as well as cooked all the food (in the oil stove). I have lived in a lot of different houses over the years but don't have photos of very many of them but I did have one of the Halifax house. None of our houses were architecturally outstanding either, Deborah, but they were home while we lived in them.
>36 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita and happy 10th Thingaversary to you in advance in case I forget next month.
>38 ronincats: Hi Roni, thanks for the happy wishes and you presume right!
>39 thornton37814: That should be interesting, Lori. Are you going to RootsTech?
>40 johnsimpson: Hi John, thank you and it is good to hear that Karen is getting better. I hope you are doing good as well.
>34 Familyhistorian: "If you want more reading time during the Olympics you could spend less time getting in your steps - just saying."
Haha! Well, I've run two days in a row so Thursday will be an off day. We'll see how many steps I get in running from meeting to meeting and then from the light rail to the pre-Hamilton restaurant. *grins*
*heads off to check out the blog*
We were very lucky here in South Delta and didn't get any snow. I wouldn't really mind some snow since we don't have to shovel or even go anywhere if we don't want to, but my mind has moved on to Spring and that is what I want to see - more evidence of Spring!
>47 EBT1002: I was just on your thread, Ellen. Have fun at Hamilton. (note to self - get in extra steps on Thursday while Ellen is busy.)
>48 DeltaQueen50: What, no snow? We have plenty of signs of spring here, Judy. Once the snow melted today they were visible again. Apparently we are supposed to get more snow on Sunday.
19. The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge
The Bottle Factory Outing was a selection for this month's BAC. I had heard good things about it – probably on LT. Initially the book was disappointing. It moved slowly as it set up the characters and places but then came the outing. That was when the action got into high gear. The last farcical part of the novel was a real page turner.
It reminded me so much of a play, with the rich character details and mad cap actions that I checked to see if it was ever performed. According to Google, there was an attempt to film the story with Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French as the leads but it never came to fruition. Too bad.
>45 Familyhistorian: No. I prefer other conferences to RootsTech. I'll be attending NGS Family History Conference (where I'm presenting twice). I'll also be attending GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) for the July session. I'm taking forensic genealogy there.
Hi Meg and belated happy new thread.
Also, happy 10th Thingaversary a tad late. Isn't LT da bomb?
10th Thingaversary? Hoorah! Congratulations, Meg. It gets better every year, don't you think?
I hope you're treating yourself to a book or two in celebration.
>54 thornton37814: I wasn't sure that RootsTech would be your thing, Lori. The other conferences sound interesting. I have never attended a conference in the US. Maybe I should check them out and see if they have sessions I would be interested in.
>55 karenmarie: Hi Karen and thanks. I was at a low point in my life when I joined LT but then only used it for cataloging my books. It wasn't until years later that I found the social media side and it has changed my reading a lot, in a good way.
>56 jnwelch: Thanks Joe. LT does keep getting better. I am working on getting my 11 books, so yes, there will be books in celebration.
After a morning of mindfulness practice I am about to take a trek to the downtown library to pick up my holds before they expire. That's the thing about requesting so many holds, you never know when they are going to show up or if anyone is going to put a hold on the books you already have. I might have to go back soon it I can't renew two of the books that I already have out.
>57 Familyhistorian: NGS usually has a couple of tracks that are more methodology-case study driven which can be widely applied. I think they have some Canadian topics this year since it is in Michigan. Carrie and I will both be attending GRIP this year so if you decide to try an institute--and that's the one and the week you select, you would get to meet both of us.
>61 thornton37814: It looks like you have to register for both NGS and GRIP pretty soon after they open it up, Lori. It sounds interesting and I will look into them for the future. I am still not used to being able to travel when I want and it is taking me a while to figure out what I want to do this year.
GRIP just opened Wednesday--and courses are available. For NGS, you may need to stay in a non-conference hotel, but there are several nearby. Registration doesn't close until a couple of weeks before the conference. I can understand wanting time to evaluate everything though.
Poor show from me Meg, several days in and here I am only now wishing you a Happy New Thread my dear.
I am hoping that the new lunar year will bring me more rest time.
>63 thornton37814: I have a feeling that by the time that I evaluate the spaces will be gone, Lori. I really haven't put much time into thinking what I will do this year. I seem to have used that up at the end of last year. I will try to spend some time on planning this weekend once I get the latest blog post out.
>64 PaulCranswick: It is the day, Paul. Well at least it still is here. Gong hei fat choy as we say in Vancouver or xin nian kuae li as my son told me they say near Shanghai. I hope you get more rest time and I hope that the new year brings me more focus.
>65 Familyhistorian: NGS conference doesn't have a set number of spaces. Anyone who registers may attend. They do allow you to mark sessions you plan to attend, but it's for space-planning purposes rather than holding you to attend a certain session at a certain time. The institutes do have fixed numbers of seats per class. It's dictated by room size for the most part although some is based on preference of instructors regarding class size. Still most permit at least 24-25 seats in a class. The main institutes are IGHR (Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research) which is now held in Georgia, GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) which offers three sessions--two in Pittsburgh and one in New York, and SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy) which is held in Salt Lake City, of course. It's always in winter. GRIP sometimes move the alternate location around. I know it was in Michigan a couple of years.
We have sun today, Meg! It is chilly out, but it is sunny! By the way, I think the house on the top of your thread is very cute. Happy Thingaversary!
Happy 10th Thingaversary, Meg. I know I am a bit late to the party but this is celebration time. I will hit my tenth, in June. I can't believe it has been a decade. WOW!
Hope you had a good week and a better weekend ahead.
>67 thornton37814: Ah, I was wondering how it worked, Lori. It is difficult to know the basics of how things are set up when you are in another country and not familiar with the system. Thanks so much for the information. Now I will have better information on which to base my plans.
>68 vancouverdeb: I saw sun here for a while as well, but also snow on the ground, Deb. The weather warnings were so dire on the news last night that I didn't go to a meeting in Surrey this morning. Looking at the snowfall, I could have done but I was tired when I looked out this morning after my alarm. I stayed up late getting the latest blog post finished.
Thanks for the thingaversary wishes. Strangely enough, I haven't yet bought the 11 books to celebrate. I have 6 which is very strange for me. Does this mean that the days of buying stacks of books each month are over?
>69 msf59: From the sounds of things a lot of us are hitting the 10th anniversary this year, Mark. I think LT had a push on for new members in 2008. I think you have been in the thick of things since you started while I only cottoned on the the social media side of LT about 5 years ago. My first foray was in the mighty 75ers threads although some of them were so fast that I was scared off for a time.
Happy long weekend to you.
Hi Meg, hope you are having a good start to the weekend my dear and congrats on your 10th Thingaversary. I remember my first foray with the 75ers as Paul Cranswick invited me to join and previously I had only hit 50 books in a year three times in 17 years but since have hit it every year with some to add.
Karen is back to full health now and back to her normal hours and we had a nice day out on Thursday in Hebden Bridge. Enjoy the rest of your weekend dear friend and send love and hugs from both of us.
>71 Familyhistorian: Personally I've never worried about buying books for my thinganniversary . Generally I purchase enough books each year that I can't justify purchasing books for my thinganniversary. So, I would worry about it. I was in a bit of reading slump in Nov - Dec and in order to restart my reading I made more than enough purchases. My thinganniversary the is in the summer, and I'm not to sure how long I've been here. Over 5 years I know, because I have my five year " badge" . An aquintance of mine mentioned library thing to me , and so I started out in what where then Canadian Reading challenges , reading from all of the provinces and territories, but within the year I found the 75's, which I think is the best place going in on LT.
I'm sure your wish to purchase books will come back. Give it time. :-) We have sun, after a morning of rain.
>74 vancouverdeb: Your profile page will tell you when you joined LibraryThing. In your case it is August 9, 2010.
>73 johnsimpson: I never counted how many books I read in a year before joining the 75ers, John. Being the statistician that you are, of course you kept track. I picked the 75ers because I thought that was a nice low number to hit so I should be able to do it without difficulty. 2014 was the first full year that I kept track and I read 115 so I guess I chose right.
It's good to hear that Karen is better and you are back to your fun outings.
>74 vancouverdeb: I am actually pleased at how few books I have acquired this month, Deb, and hope I can keep up the low numbers. I just don't have the shelf space for more books. I am being more mindful of what I buy for the Thingaversary books which is why I don't have the full 11 yet.
We had some sun but when I went to go for a walk there was a downpour which turned into sunshine and then cloudy. For a while I was walking in sunshine and rain at the same time.
>75 thornton37814: So from what Lori says, this will be your 8th year on LT in August, Deb.
20. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
In A Trick of the Light, Chief Inspector Gamache and his people are investigating a murder in the art world. Things in that world are beautiful on the surface but behind the scenes are the back stabbing, raging egos and fragile personalities. In an interesting parallel, as the story unfolds, we see that all is not well behind the scenes in Three Pines or even in Gamache's investigation team. The past is catching up to not just the murderer but everyone else as well.
21. Ignored but Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants by Lucille Campey
I have quite a few of Lucille Campey's books scattered through my collection as she writes about the Scots and, in this case, the English who immigrated to Canada. As my family include Scots and the English who immigrated to Canada it is a good fit. The book is well researched with lots of ships information in the appendices. This book is an interesting look at the history of Canada as well as a good resource for family historians.
Hi Meg and happy Monday to you!
>76 Familyhistorian: I didn't keep track of what I read or how many before I joined LT either. How I wish I had! I'm still amazed that it never occurred to me, ever.
>80 karenmarie: I don't keep good track of things as a rule, I think it was a reaction to how much my dad kept lists and tracked everything. I am surprised you didn't keep track of your reading, Karen. You could have made a spreadsheet. LOL
I took this shot from my bedroom window. If you look closely, you can see a heron as well as two ducks in the stream. And, yes, that is snow and it is cold out there. Where did spring go?
>83 Familyhistorian: - Spring came here to Toronto, Meg. Our rain is said to begin this afternoon and not stop till Thursday. The good news is that it will probably wash away all the remaining snow (which is filthy and looks awful). The bad news is that it may cause flooding. And my luck, as of Friday, my garage door won't close, only half way. I called the company but they haven't called me back and today being Family Day, I will have to wait till tomorrow at the earliest. Tomorrow we are going to go all the way up to 15C!!
>85 jessibud2: Sounds like you will be the hot spot of Canada, Shelley. I hope you get your garage door fixed. Our spring is still here it is under a blanket of snow, well depending where you are because I saw patches of grass in some places. What is really weird to me is that as soon as the snow melts there is fresh green grass. I remember that our grass used to be brown when the snow melted when I was back east.
I foolishly made an appointment for my car for its bi-annual check up tomorrow. We don't have a garage or anything and with our fluctuating temperatures even when it is fairly cold there is often a layer of ice under the snow which is hard to get off especially on the roof. The worst part is the wipers. My parking spot is in the shade all the time. I cleaned off the car pretty well but of course the wipers were still iced onto the windshield. The grocery store has a sunny parking lot so I parked there, went to the bookstore for a while and then bought groceries. Now I have working windshield wipers. I just hope I won't have to do anything major to get it to the appointment tomorrow.
>86 Familyhistorian: - Meg, I wish I could find a photo I took years ago in my school parking lot. All the cars were parked but we put our windshield wipers up so the lot looked like it was inhabited by aliens! Actually, a lot of people do that here, all winter, to prevent just that from happening. Try it! Just lift the wipers and leave them up overnight, or if you are parking somewhere for long periods of time. Looks funny but it works.
edited to correct my sloppy typos
>72 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg. I was a bit slower to the challenge groups when I came aboard, just feeling my way around. I know I joined the 50 Challenge first- late '08 or '09, but found it to be snooze and all the "hip" folks were rockin' it on the 75, so I had to jump into the mix. The rest is history. However we found our way over here, this is HOME!
>87 jessibud2: I have seen that windshield wiper trick, Shelley, but I have never tried it.
>88 msf59: How did you figure out that the 75s were where it was happening, Mark? Did someone invite you over? I just went with the number of books I figured I could easily read in a year and 75 seemed like a good number. You are right, it does feel like home.
>88 msf59: Wow, we're "hip". Awesome! That's a first in this geek's life. 😀
One of the issues I had with the 50 Books group is that when I joined there were a heckuva lot of old threads, mostly dormant, and it was pretty daunting to go through them all given there's no "Mark All As Read" function for threads. The appeal of a group that restarts every year is pretty high for me - makes one free to dip in and out as life happens, makes it easier to join in for mew folks, etc. Plus, yeah, the people are great!
I started in the 50 Books group, too. As Jim and Mark said, nothing much happening there. So I started to think about joining the 100 book group. Somehow Mark and I had connected, and he convinced me to join the 75er group - he said it doesn't matter how many books you read, that's the group you want to be in. He was right!
Then after a couple of years he convinced me to start my own thread. I was reluctant, but as usual, he was right.
Remind me to buy him a beer some time.
Hi, Meg. I second the trick of lifting the windshield wipers--used to do it all the time when I lived in MN. Hope they come out soon to fix the garage and that your car passes its check-up. Sounds like you are warming up, whilst we awoke to unexpected snow!
>91 drneutron: I didn't know the 50 books group didn't start up every year, Jim. I thought it was like this group. That is probably what makes this group so dynamic. Once the new year and new threads start going there are new plans and people to follow and we can't shut up! LOL The 75ers are a great group of people and I would love to be able to follow every thread but there aren't enough hours in the day.
>92 jnwelch: It sounds like the 50 Books group was like a gateway for you as well as Mark and Jim. Looks like I picked the right group from the beginning. I started a thread as soon as I joined because I wanted to get in on the fun but I started slowly too, only following a few threads at first. There were some scary fast threads for a beginning so I steered away from those which I regret now because I wasn't following you or Mark the year that I visited Chicago. It would have been nice to meet up with you guys.
Hmm, buy Mark a beer? Do you think he would like that?
>93 Berly: I didn't lift the windshield wipers. I am leery of doing that as my vehicle was once vandalized by someone yanking on the wipers while it was parked in front of my house. Don't want to tempt them by making the wipers even easier to yank. I put cardboard on the windshield instead which took care of the wiper problem. I think you got me confused with Shelley, Kim. She is the one with the garage that needs to be fixed and the warming weather. We are still in the deep freeze. Brr.
>78 Familyhistorian: This one was my start into this series and I liked it very much. Now, I start from the beginning. The first three are on my shelf.
Happy Tuesday and big waves from Davos.
>98 Familyhistorian: I'm sure it's better to start a series from the beginning but often I stumble over a book I like and it's number xyz before I find my way to the beginning of it.
So far we have a splendid time at Davos.
It's fun to read all the comments about 50 vs 75 vs 100. My first group venture was the Category Challenge. I think I started following it as 9-9-9 and joined in when it was 1010. I still belong to that group. The next year I was going to join the 100 group, knowing I could do 100 books in a year, but someone told me I didn't want to join that one but the 75 group. They were right. Until then I just assumed all the groups were equally talkative. They aren't. This one overwhelms at times. I'm behind on many threads at the moment, but I hope to catch up tomorrow. I'll be home because of the dental procedure done today. I won't be able to eat most "real food" until Friday although I have some Panera Autumn Squash soup on hand for the next couple of days to take care of "real food." Plenty of yogurt, pudding, flan, and jello on hand which I'll probably eat more often than my normal meal routine. I can return to regular eating on Friday.
I am also enjoying the How I Came to be a 75er stories. I completely lucked out because I joined in September of 2011, just after my Dad had died, and as I was perusing the threads I came across Lucy's (sibyx). Anyway, I marked her library as an interesting one, and she sent me the loveliest PM. We started a conversation and she told me that the 75ers were where it was at. She helped me set up my first thread in January of 2012 and was my very first visitor.
You are doing some fine stepping, my friend! I am getting a workout just trying to catch you. Thanks for that, by the way.
Hi Meg, I too, am enjoying hearing everyone's story as to how they got to be 75ers. I joined in 2008 and didn't get involved in the threads for a few months, then, knowing me, I probably lurked for awhile. I eventually joined in discussions on a few threads, but the first actual group that I joined was the Category Challenge, I think in 2009. I then joined the 75ers in 2010 or 2011 and kept threads in both groups but after a couple of years I found it so difficult to keep up. I shrank back into the Category Challenge and now just come here to visit with everyone.
According to my home page, I joined LT (and the 75ers) at the end of March of 2013 at the encouragement of SqueakyChu (Madeline). I knew her from Bookcrossing. A lot of bookcrossers had made the jump to FB and I never wanted to go there. At the very beginning, I found LT very difficult to navigate and understand as I am not intuitive when it comes to anything techie, and it is a very different format and setup than Bookcrossing. But Madeline was incredibly patient and never more so than when I was emailing her daily, with question after question about how to do just about everything. I think I did give up for a bit, after joining and only really set up my own thread and began to participate actively a couple of years ago, maybe 2 or 3. But this 75ers group was the only group I ever really joined actively. I was initially worried because I didn't think I could actually read 75 books in a year but was reassured that that didn't matter. So yay for that and last year, I actually surpassed that number for the first time!
I had known and been online friends with Madeline for over 10 years but only last summer, met her for the first time when she, her husband and friend came up to Toronto to visit. It was such a great visit - more like a reunion than a first-time meeting - and we arranged 2 meetups: one for LTers and one for bookcrossers!
>99 Ameise1: I often start series in the middle, Barbara. I pick up the book because of the cover or the description and then I find it is number 5 or something in a series.
I hope your fun vacation continues.
>100 thornton37814: I didn't have anyone to advise me on which group to join when I started getting into the social side. I didn't look very far, I am not very thorough when looking into those kinds of things (unless it is genealogy). I picked the 75 group and the ROOTs group and still stick with those ones. The 75s I put up a thread as soon as I joined and followed a few threads like yours and Carrie's. I didn't want to follow too many and not be able to keep up. Now have so many of them starred that I can never catch up but it is fun trying.
That sounds like a large dental procedure if you can't eat solid food for a few days. At least you will have time off to spend time on LT and catch up with some reading, Lori.
>101 Crazymamie: How wonderful that you had Lucy as a mentor, Mamie. Good thing she steered you in the right direction. I just jumped in with both feet and winged it. My first post was on April 15, 2013 and it took me a while to find out how to post covers and photos and do other stuff but it was fun learning.
According to my weekly stats email, you were ahead of me in the stepping so I think you are more that catching me.
>102 DeltaQueen50: I can tell that the Category Challenge is your first love, Judy. You put so much thought into setting up your thread. I haven't looked into the other groups much and have two threads, one on the 75s and one in the ROOTs group. I have trouble keeping up with them both but there is a lot less posting in the ROOTs group. I spend more time on the 75s. I am glad that you had your threads with the 75ers when you did so I got to follow you and eventually meet up.
Finally got round to dropping in a star - I am actually that useless.
Love the 75-origin stories (I came via Green Dragon group). Only other group I'm really active on is the 1,001ers :)
>103 jessibud2: You joined the 75ers the month before I did, Shelley. It was hard to figure my way around the threads when I first started out but I had been on LT since 2008 so I knew how to do some things on the website. I was in a college program part time then and as much school stuff is online I had to get comfortable with techie stuff, so that helped. How great that you had someone to help you through getting used to LT.
>108 BekkaJo: Welcome, Bekka. Those are two groups that I haven't explored before. Do the 1001 have to read a specific list of 1001 books? The 75 origin stories are interesting. Some people seem like they are so comfortable with LT that they don't seem like they were ever beginners in the group but I think at one point there were fewer threads and you could actually follow everybody and still keep up with RL.
>110 Familyhistorian: I can't believe I've been on LT since 2009! I was much less active on it at the beginning.
1,001 is based on the Boxall collection of 1,001 books you must read before you die - but it's been updated a couple of times so now I work off the 1,307 before you die (ish - I can't remember the exact number!). Gotta love a good list.
>95 Familyhistorian: Hmm, buy Mark a beer? Do you think he would like that? LOL! Worth trying, don't you think?
All the 75er origin stories are great. I joined for the first time in 2014, but I can't for the life of me remember how or why. I've been on LT since June 2006, but only started entering books regularly in 2011, and had a big attack of entering all my back-catalogue in September 2013.
I joined in September 2007 and upgraded to a lifetime membership within a month or so. However, I used LT only to catalogue my books for years. My first and only real foray into the threads was not until 2013 when I decided to put up a 75 book club thread. I have had a 75 book thread every year since.
>111 BekkaJo: I was less active in the beginning as well, Bekka. It kind of sneaks up on you when you start to explore and then you can't help but look at the threads almost every day. Of course, you have to put in your two cents worth.
So not actually 1001 books, more like 1307 books. That sounds like a scarily large list and I bet that I have read very few of them.
>113 evilmoose: That sounds similar to my own experience, Megan. I joined to catalogue my books as well. I started entering them as soon as possible so I could keep track of them before I moved. I am not sure how I became aware of the threads but it took me a long time and the 75 group was the first one that I checked out. Did you check out any other groups?
>114 Oberon: I put up my first 75 thread in 2013 too, Erik. Hmm, I wonder if LT did something to promote the groups in that year. I know they sometimes put out info about groups and the memberships increase as LTers check them out. LT is a good way to catalogue your books if you have so many they need to be catalogued so you can keep track - and I do have that many books.
I'm loving the 75-ers origin stories. I don't recall how I found the group but I did so pretty early after joining LT in 2011. I was active in the TIOLI challenges first and probably "met" someone through that who was active in the 75ers group. I also know that 75 would have seemed like a long shot for me at the time; now I feel pretty determined to make it to that, and beyond, each year.
And totally love the group, the people, the impact it has had on my reading, in both quantity and
>83 Familyhistorian: Cool shot. It was 25F when I left Seattle this morning and P just texted me a little while ago that it's snowing. It's "chilly" here in the desert (it was in the low 60s this afternoon) but I'll take it!
Meg, we've got serious snow!!! Argh! I've meant to get out and find some thermal underwear to wear under my pants, but have not gotten to it.
>118 Familyhistorian: I've been trying to remember - I think I may have been poking about, and looked at all the groups and decided the 75ers seemed most promising due to activity levels. I didn't join any others at any rate.
I joined in 2007, Meg, to catalog my books, which I had long wanted to do. I'd even bought some software at some point, but it was so laborious. Being able to enter the ISBN or title and having every thing else added automatically sounded absolutely WONDERFUL--I bought a life membership immediately. I didn't find the groups until the next June. I would have joined a 100 Book Challenge group, as I'd already read 84 books at that point (I'd broken my wrist in early April and had surgery on it that kept me off work for three weeks--lots of reading time), but they didn't have one that year so I joined the 75ers by default. It was much smaller then, and Stasia kept track of everyone, so I soon was totally sucked into the social network here.
It is fun to read all stories that led to the 75 group :-)
I joined LT in March 2008, when I just had found I could read again after many years of barely reading at all. I catalogued all my books here in a few days, as I already had them in a database on my computer. Then I explored the Dutch parts of talk. Halfway 2008 (July 1st) I stumbled upon the 75 Books Challenge, and created my first thread.
>121 EBT1002: Ha, you set yourself an LT challenge from the beginning, Ellen, even if it was only the number of books rather than the content of said books.
Yeah, we have snow. It wasn't that bad here but the forecast is for worse snow on Friday. Not sure of the timing on that.
>122 vancouverdeb: You have snow, Deb? I thought Richmond would get a lot less than us. At least it is sunny now and some of it is starting to melt except for on my car which is in the shady part of the parking lot. I have to go out and take care of that in a while but it almost seems futile as there is more and worse snow predicted for Friday.
>123 evilmoose: At least you checked some out. I don't know that I checked other groups out that much. I just went with the number 75 and figured that was about my level of reading so I should fit.
>124 ronincats: I didn't know they had cataloging software, Roni, but that makes sense. I hadn't thought about cataloging my books before I found LT and by then it seemed imperative that I do so as my library kept growing for some reason. It took you less time to find the groups than it did me. It would have been nice to have started with the 75ers when it was smaller, it was probably easier to keep up with everyone.
>125 FAMeulstee: You joined LT the month after I did, Anita. You got into the social part of LT a lot sooner though. I didn't know they had Dutch parts of talk but then I didn't explore anything beyond a few English sites. I am so glad that I did because the 75ers are a great bunch.
>127 Familyhistorian: - Hi Meg. We reached +15C yesterday though it has rained most of the week. Most snow is gone. Our morning radio guy this morning said our weather is decidedly *Vancouverish*...;-)
It is chillier today, hovering near 0
Hi Meg, I am finally getting around the threads after my recent spell of illness, I hope this post finds you well my dear and it seems as though you are having quite a bit of snow. Our weather has been up and down with a few cold and wet days then it warms up a little and is dry and now the temperatures are dropping as we are getting the "Beast from the East", really cold weather from Siberia that is affecting Western Europe and we may get some snow. I say "may" as they have kept saying this all through the last three months and if I added it up in total we have barely had an inch.
I thought I had finally succumbed to the Flu bug on Sunday and felt really awful on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but feel pretty good today, touch wood so it seems as though I have got off mildly. The downside is I seem to have given Karen a cold, she is blaming me and she has taken herself to bed but the toothache she started with on Sunday is easing now that the drugs have kicked in.
Sending love and hugs from both of us dear friend.
>128 Familyhistorian: I checked out a few groups, but this is the one that I settled on finally. Every once in a while I try the Category challenge or the Club Read, but the people here are just my type. :)
>131 jessibud2: Ha, that must be where our weather disappeared to. Our weather is decidedly *Torontoish*, there is snow on the ground and more forecast for tomorrow. We had warmer weather in January. Of course, it was raining then. Our high around this time of year is usually 9C but we are hovering around 0 - 2 C this week.
>132 johnsimpson: Hi John, the crocuses were starting to bloom and the leaves were budding on the trees and then it started to snow. It sometimes does that around this time of year but it doesn't usually last for weeks. We are forecast for lots more snow tomorrow. You are lucky to only have a dusting, I hope it stays that way.
Karen is having a really rough time of it this season. I hope she gets better soon. It is no wonder with all the sickness in your house that you came down with something. Good to hear that it wasn't too bad and you are on the mend. I hope you are both feeling better very soon.
>133 The_Hibernator: I have head that the people at Club Read talk mainly about books. I am not sure how the category group works so can't comment on them. The ROOTs group shares reading and their views on stuff but not nearly as much as we do on the 75s. We are definitely a chatty bunch but mostly it is in good fun.
I became aware of LT in the summer of 2010 through a newspaper article. After signing up, for more than a year, I began to catalog only a portion of my read books and those I read. In autumn of 2011, I rummaged a bit more on LT and found the 50's group. In the first year, I only wrote down my read books from 2011. It was not until 2012 that I also wrote down my thoughts on each book. In 2013, I rummaged in the group of 75 without being active. Only since 2014 I am a member of this group. I still have a thread in the 50's group every year, so I have all the books and thoughts at a glance during a year.
>81 Familyhistorian: I can understand reacting to something done by a parent by going in the opposite direction, for sure. I certainly could have made a spreadsheet. Dare I say that I have a spreadsheet of all my reads since 2008, the first full year after I joined LT? I had tried putting my books into a spreadsheet but that was an abysmal failure. I heard about LT on Joe Hill's thread, came over, and bought a lifetime membership that very day.
I remember a time when I was living in Connecticut where I went through every book about the Elizabethans and that period of time in English history. Other time period binges, too, all sort of lost. Ah well. I’m on the ball now!
>100 thornton37814: I was an abysmal failure at the 2008 8 books in 8 categories, tried 9 in 2009, then gave up completely. Having to read books is not always, but frequently, the kiss of death for me.
I joined the 75ers in 2008, 3 months after I joined LT. I don't know how I glommed onto this glorious group but am so glad I did. In 2008 I had one thread, a total of 123 messages for the whole year, almost all of them mine!
I joined LT in 2007 and don't remember how I heard about it. I had been wanting to catalog our books for a long time and that was the sole reason for joining. I stumbled onto the 75'ers a couple of years later, in 2010 or 2011. I had never kept track of how many books I read per year and thought that might be interesting to know. I did 86 that year but, more importantly, discovered the wonderful group of people here and it's now an important part of my life -- both my (almost) daily visits but also the totally enjoyable meet-ups I've been privileged to attend.
I joined LT in 2010. I actually have The Wayne to thank - he had promised to build me a database for my books and kept not doing it while I kept adding fun things I wanted it to do. Finally, he did some research, emailed me the link to LT and said, "I think this is what you want." I signed right up, poked around for a couple of months and joined a few groups at the start of 2011, including the 75ers :)
>137 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, LT must have been getting their name out there in 2010 if they were in a newspaper article. It sounds like you got into the social side of LT gradually and I know that your thread on the 75s became an extremely busy one almost right away. Now I know that you had practice in the 50s group. LT is great for keeping track of your reading.
>138 karenmarie: I do the time binges thing sometimes too, Karen. The only one I can really remember though was the one about WW2 when I was still in elementary school. After that, things are a bit of a blur. Sounds like you found the 75ers almost right away but started out slow. That sure changed, especially since your retirement.
>139 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba, you are so lucky to have met so many LTers. I suppose all of your travelling helps with that. I think the cataloguing brings in the book addicts - who else would need to catalogue their books? (pause to look up cataloguing in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary because cataloging just looks wrong - aha they leave out the "u" in the US.)
Once we find out we can chat with other book addicts on their social media links LT becomes an important and fun part of our lives.
>140 katiekrug: So you have The Wayne's procrastination and his search for a way to redeem himself to thank for getting you on to LT, Katie. That man is a gem even when he is looking for a way out of the dog house, he comes up roses. (Sorry I think the expression is actually "comes up trumps" but I just couldn't.)
22. Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
I read Mrs. Fletcher for book club but I don't think I will be able to get there because of the snow.
Mrs. Fletcher is about a divorcée with one child, a son about to head off to his freshman year in university. It will be a new start for them both. A working mom, Eve finds herself at loose ends in her off hours. An unexpected text calling her an MILF, has her looking up the term on GOOGLE which somehow has her falling down the rabbit hole of adult internet porn. This colours her relationships with her coworkers and people she meets. Things reach a crisis after she has a chance to live her fantasies and her son's school year falls apart.
The story was interesting but I am not sure what message the author was trying to convey. It almost seems as though he is saying not to stray too far from your place in the world because it is dangerous out there. The characters grew but seemed to not venture too far from their own known world.
My back deck with palms covered in snow. The tall one usually stands up straight. I didn't even notice that I was taking them through the screen because my eyes adjusted for it. LOL.
Since I wasn't going any where it seemed like a good idea to make soup. Nothing like homemade soup and I made one that I haven't made in a while. It has bacon and potatoes in it. What's not to like??
>90 Familyhistorian: "How did you figure out that the 75s were where it was happening, Mark?" I started in the 50 Challenge and was all ready friendly with a lot of folks and it seemed like the "cool kids" were in the 75, so I switched over, even if I wasn't sure if I could read that many books. Glad that changed. LOL.
Happy Saturday, Meg. I was disappointed in Mrs. Fletcher. I like Perrotta but this felt incomplete.
>146 Familyhistorian: Nice photo! That is a lot of snow for you. It won't last, right?
>148 Ameise1: It was really good, Barbara, and will be even better today.
>149 msf59: Ha, this is where the "cool kids" are for sure! Mrs. Fletcher was my first Perrota. Not my usual type of book but it was for book club which I didn't get to go to. The picture of the snow was only partway through. There is lots more now and more to come. Not sure what is happening but it look like we are getting winter now even though it was starting to look like spring a couple of weeks ago.
The present view from my back deck. Now I am off to unbury my car so that the snow doesn't freeze into a crust which is what it usually does here.
Loving your snow pictures, Meg. And the soup sounds delicious - soup is one of my favorite things.
>156 Crazymamie: We just finished soup for supper and it was even better today. Yum. I'm glad you like the snow pictures, Mamie. It is much nicer to look at than to shovel. It is heavy damp stuff and is starting to melt. Don't walk under any trees and watch the puddles when you cross the street.
>157 ronincats: It is starting to melt, Roni. I just hope it doesn't make too much of a mess.
Snow in late winter is dangerous because it is so wet. Happy Sunday, Meg. It's enormously cold here. 'Bise' that's a very chilly strong wind here is passing through Switzerland for the next couple of days.
>160 Ameise1: Our snow here is always wet, Barbara. It just depends on the temperature whether it falls as snow or rain. The snow is slippery and heavy, that's why there is a danger of it freezing and forming a crust on the car.
Nice photo of the snow. We have some new snow here as well. I am reading for spring.
Not sure about Mrs. Fletcher; I think I may pass on that one.
Nice snow photos, Meg.
I joined LT in June 2006, after reading about it in an article, probably in the NYT. I started participating in the What Are You Reading Now? group that year or the following one, and made friends with akeela and deebee1 in the latter half of 2007. They encouraged me to join 75 Books in 2008, and later that year I discovered and joined Club Read.
>162 msf59: The Leftovers looks interesting, Mark. It also seems like they made a TV show out of it. Is that right?
My backyard is only the size of a small deck but my view takes in land that is owned by the Department of Fisheries because there is a salmon bearing creek at the bottom of all those trees. Beyond the trees is a school yard and a path where people walk their dogs. I can see them, but they can't see me. Sometimes the view through the window is more mesmerizing than the TV screen, between kids, dogs, birds and bears, there is usually something going on back there.
>163 BLBera: Hi Beth, snow does look pretty if you don't have to deal with it! Two weeks ago, we were heading into spring. There were daffodils coming up and snowdrops and crocuses blooming. I wonder how they are doing under the snow? I don't blame you about Mrs. Fletcher. I wouldn't have picked it up if it weren't for bookclub.
>164 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl. The snow is slowly disappearing and I am happy about that!
I thought you must have been on LT for a long time with the LT friends that you visit, especially as some are no longer active on LT. You have been active in a lot of groups as well which also adds to the network, I am sure.
23. The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson
The last time I was in London, I picked up The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins. Because of my interest in London's East End, I had heard of the Krays and wanted to find out more about them and about the history of the East End.
The author, John Pearson, met the twins on more than one occasion. Unlike many criminals, they wanted a public image. Telling their story suited them down to the ground. What a story it was. They rose from relative obscurity to muscle their way into many parts of London's underworld. Their control reached in the West End as well as the East End and even into political circles. The story of their rise in the underworld, some of the bizarre events in which they were involved and their eventual fall was fascinating.
>169 Ameise1: Same to you, Barbara. Hope it is a good one, whether vacationing or working.
24. The Sandman: The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
The Doll's House is the second GN in the Sandman saga. Dream is still cleaning up his realm from the time that he was held prisoner and dreaming went astray. In this book, he is on the hunt for a dream vortex while the heroine of the story, Rose, is hunting for her younger brother who has been lost for a long time.
Good story, great art but I found the best part was the chapter in the middle which went off topic and featured a man who lived hundred of years, from the middle ages onward. He too, was tangled up with Dream. It was interesting to see the changes in costume as the man and Dream met every hundred years. What can I say, I'm a history buff.
25. Books, Cooks, and Crooks by Lucy Arlington
Books, Cooks and Crooks is the third book in the A Novel Idea Mystery series. This time Lila and the crew at the publishing company where she works are putting on a show which features cooks and their cook books. Who knew that celebrity chefs were as likey to use knives on each other as on the food they are preparing? It was another fun episode in the series, where the events in lives of the regular characters are as important as the murders that keep happening in their small town.
Hi Meg, have you recovered from all that snow! When it started coming down fast and furious on Friday, my husband was very gleeful over the fact that he doesn't have to shovel it anymore. It's pretty much all gone now and I sure hope that was the last of winter for us. The Profession of Violence looks really interesting and I am adding it to my list.
>173 DeltaQueen50: The book about the Krays was very good, Judy. I think that Pearson has a few versions of the book out. There is also a movie called Legion which is available for viewing on Amazon Prime. It looks good from the trailers.
According to the weather on the news, there is a possibility of snow on Thursday and Friday but not anything like last Friday. You are lucky not to have to shovel. My car is in an outdoor parking lot and I have to shovel around it and would have also had to do my walkway except that one of my neighbours had already done it.
>171 Familyhistorian: Hah, I totally noticed and appreciated the costume changes too :)
And nice review of the book on the Krays, I assume they must be who Monty Python based their "Piranha Brothers" on (I hope I'm not the only one who knows the reference).
>175 evilmoose: I don't know about the "Piranha Brothers" but it is quite likely it was the Krays if the characters were criminals. They liked publicity.
I was watching a TV show on the blacks in British history, last night. They were doing a bit on Bill Richmond, an early bare knuckles boxer. Of course, they were in a gym and as the camera scanned the room there was a poster about the Krays on the wall. They had been boxers in their younger days.
26. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
I have read a few books about slavery in the southern US. Most of them were good but The Underground Railroad ranks among the best of them. It doesn't shy away from the brutality of the times or of how slaves were in peril if they stayed where they were or ran. Every time there was an oasis of civilization that included blacks, both free and escaped slaves, the jealous whites brought them down. The scrappy heroine, Cora, learned to stop at nothing if she wanted to retain her freedom.
Happy Wednesday, Meg. I've read >177 Familyhistorian: last year. It is a very good book, indeed.
>179 EBT1002: It is a nice view back there, Ellen. It was one of the things that sold me on this townhouse.
27. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I am not a lover of vampire literature. In fact, as soon as I see there are vampires in a book I put it back down. In this case it was the title that fooled me. A Discovery of Witches sounded like it was about witches and I must have taken a quick glance at the back blurb but glossed over the presence of a vampire. I even gave up on reading the book about a quarter of the way through.
When I picked it up again, the story of Diana and Matthew, the witch and the vampire, and their forbidden love grew on me. I soon found out the rules of their world, their allies and enemies. In the end it was a good story. Unfortunately, it is only the first book in a trilogy. It was also very long. I am not sure about reading the next one but, then again, it does involve time travel. What to do?
>182 Familyhistorian: My library has got a copy of it but with close to 800 pages I thinkI pass on that one.
I love your opening image. Years ago, I discovered that my childhood house was for sale. Out of curiosity, I connected with the realtor and went for a tour. I remember thinking that I never thought it was that small. My two sisters and I shared a room, and a bed. There always was a lot of baking in the small kitchen, and the living room where I watched Ski King, Lassie, and the Laurence Welk show seemed so very small.
>183 Ameise1: It is a long one, Barbara, and only the first of three books.
>184 Whisper1: Thanks Linda. That is a wonderful story about seeing your childhood home. We lived in a few houses when I was a child and I haven't had the pleasure of being in them since. The house up above is one that I lived in during the '80s. It looks small on the outside but it was larger on the inside.
28. American Blonde by Jennifer Niven
I started another series in the middle. American Blonde follows Velva Jean as she becomes an actress, rechristened Kit Rogers. They change her looks and her hair colour to American Blonde. They also try to change her singing style and she almost lets them. She is helped in her transformation by her friend whose star name is Barbara Fanning.
Barbara ends up dead and Velva Jean comes up against the studio system as she tries to investigate the murder. The studio wants to sweep everything under the rug to keep their other stars safe. It is hard enough to solve a murder but when there is a whole system working against you that has police and press working for them it is next to impossible. Will Velva Jean find the answer?
That looks good, so I'll put it on the list.
>182 Familyhistorian: My sister loved that one, but I'd always assumed it was about witches too. You kinda expect it from the name.
>188 mstrust: American Blonde is somewhere in the middle of the series, Jennifer. You might want to search out the previous books in the series. She was a flyer in WWII and there is some mention of her being a spy and being sent to Ravensbrook. I would imagine that the other books have interesting action and history in them as well.
A Discovery of Witches has witches in it as well, also demons and vampires. I just thought the only supernatural beings were the witches given the title.
Hi, Meg! Finally catching up and delurking.
>182 Familyhistorian:, 189 I enjoyed the trilogy, but not enough to consider rereading. But, then, I like urban fantasy, including stories about witches, vamps, werewolves, demons and the like.
>142 Familyhistorian: I don't really remember how I found the 75ers but am so glad I did. Since retiring I can't imagine a day without checking in here on LT.
For some reason, though, everybody's still posting up a storm and I get behind, like I have here. You've had a good snow and shared some good pics and read some interesting books, too.
>190 Storeetllr: I can see why you wouldn't want to reread, Mary. That would be a lot of pages if the first one is anything to go by!
>191 karenmarie: I don't know where people find the time to keep posting up a storm, Karen. I keep getting behind. I think I could spend a whole week on LT, doing nothing else in a day, and I would still be behind.
My Thingaversary was last month and I bought the requisite 11 books to celebrate. The titles are:
The Makers of Scotland by Tim Clarkson
The Somme Legacy by M.J. Lee
Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale
A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson
Northmen: The Viking Saga AD 793-1241 by John Haywood
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
The Three Pleasures by Terry Watada
Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye
Remembrance by Meg Cabot
Very nice haul, Meg! Your review of A Discovery of Witches has me wanting to read it, but the length of the book is giving me pause.
>194 Familyhistorian: I get to do that at the end of this month. I may begin purchasing some next week--if I spot a few must haves while in Virginia and North Carolina.
>195 Crazymamie: And it's only the first book in a trilogy, Mamie. I am not sure if I will continue. It is not something to be undertaken lightly!
>194 Familyhistorian: It took me the whole month to come up with those ones, Lori. I wanted to make them quality books rather than ones I just picked up to fill in a number. Hmm, maybe I should practice that all the time and cut down on my book buying numbers. Good luck getting some good books for your Thingaversary.
I'm way behind too and need to get out with the dog, Meg, but thought I'd pop by and say hi! Nice haul for your thing-anniversary! I've been rather liberal in my purchasing this year, to get myself out my reading funk and one of the books I purchased was The Underground Railroad. I'll have to get to that sooner than later. Nice review! You'll have Mark over hear to ponder on American Blonde ;-)
>199 vancouverdeb: I hope you got out to enjoy the sunshine today, Deb. Unfortunately, I don't have the excuse of a book funk for my usual book purchases but February put the brakes on it somewhat as I wanted to the books to count more. American Blonde was a good one and the title might appeal to Mark, I think.
I saw real snow last night as I was up on Cypress Mountain snow shoeing for the first time. Not my idea, my friend told me I was going and I didn’t say no although I had my doubts. It was fun. We went on a tour on and off the snow shoeing trails. We all wore lights on our foreheads so we could see where we were going and look at the amazing scenery. All those huge trees were so weighed down by snow that the limbs were tucked in and pointing down. I didn’t take any photos, it was dark and snowing! The tour included a stop for chocolate fondu which gave us enough energy to continue. And yes, I would do it again.
>203 Familyhistorian: You're snow shoe track sounds gorgeous. I have friends they are doing such trails frequently. Ah, and a chocolate fondue. It's a bit too sweet for my taste but when it's cold then it's a good choice.
Happy Sunday, Meg.
Meg--Congrats on buying your Thingaversary haul! Love your snow photos and how fun to go snowshoeing for the first time. Chocolate fondu doesn't hurt. : ) Your review of Sandman sounds very intriguing....!
Happy Sunday, Meg. I am glad you enjoyed The Underground Railroad. I also think it is a fine book. And congrats on that book haul. I have not read any of them, so I will be watching for your thoughts.
>204 Ameise1: It was beautiful, Barbara, and not something I would normally do. Sometimes it is such fun to find things that you like but didn't expect to. Hope you have a great week.
>206 msf59: Underground Railroad was really good, Mark, although I had my doubts going in about the railroad being real in the book. That was why it took me a long time to start the book but the AAC gave me the nudge.
Thanks re the book haul. I had to go back and see what they were. Lol. I really should try to get to some of them soon.
29. The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham
The White Cottage Mystery featured Chief Inspector Challenor and his son Jerry in the role of the detectives. A particularly nasty man, Eric Crowther, was shot. This was back when middle class people had servants and didn't have to work hard so were often at home, so there were no end of suspects. Crowther was the type to weasel out secrets and hold them over his victims, so there were lots of motives too.
At first I had a hard time keeping all the characters straight. Once I got into it, it was an intriguing mystery that ranged beyond the titular cottage to Paris and the south of France.
>203 Familyhistorian: I have not been up to Cyprus for so long, Meg! How lovely! I recall going cross country skiing with P.E. back in my high school days. Dave and I skied Cyprus quite a bit in our 'dating days and early marriage, before our first was on the scene. Downhill skiing , though, not cross country. Don't laugh too had, but I recall riding up on the chair at Cyprus and deciding that yes, I would marry this handsome man of the slopes. LOL! But it is actually true. Dave had shown me a sketch what he thought was my idea of the perfect engagement ring, and since I was not quite ready to say " yes" - it's a big commitment, I told him it was not quite the ring I had in mind. So a couple of months later as we sat on the chair together, I decided, yes, for sure this is the guy. It makes me chuckle to think of it.
>213 vancouverdeb: I'm glad that brought back happy memories for you, Deb. I had never been to Cyprus before. I am not a skier and had never snow shoed before. It felt really strange to be going looking for snow as I usually try to avoid it at all costs. It was fun, much to my surprise.
30. The Dry by Jane Harper
I picked up The Dry because of some reviews on LT. It is the story of Aaron Falk, a federal agent who usually deals with numbers in his investigations. Falk goes back to attend the funeral of his small town friend, Luke, who was shot as was his whole family. The question was whether it was a murder suicide. Aaron used to live in the small town before he and his father left when a friend of Falk's died, and suspicion of complicity in the death fell on the Falks.
When Luke's parents ask Aaron to investigate their son's death, he reluctantly agrees. Will he be able to solve the case? Will the answer be one that Luke's parents and Aaron can live with and will Aaron survive the animosity his prescence has rewoken in the town's people?
>215 Familyhistorian: I have been curious about this one, along with her latest. Did you like it? Would I?
I hope you had a good Monday, Meg. Back to windy and cold here.
>216 msf59: it is really good, Mark. I think you would like it. Mondays are much better now that I am retired. LOL. It didn't rain today, except for a few drops so that was good as well as the fact that my steps took me to the local bookshop.
31. Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine
I had seen reviews on LT about Testosterone Rex which is why I picked it up from the library rather than reading Cordelia Fine's Delusions of Gender which is sitting on my shelves unread. In Testosterone Rex Fine unpacks the myth that testosterone causes males to do all those powerful, aggressive things we associate with being male. She looks at the science behind the myth and at the ways in which different cultures define maleness and femaleness and raise their children accordingly.
It was a fascinating book. I particularly identified with the section of the book when she wrote about the segregation of children's toys by colour with the pink section for girls and more masculine colours for boys, with dolls for girls and trucks and building toys for boys. The socialization of children starts early with the cues that girls do certain things and boys do others even if that is not their natural preference. I knew I was jealous of my brothers Meccanno set for some reason.
Hi Meg, hope you had a good weekend my dear and that you are having a good week so far. The snow has gone now around us and it has warmed up significantly and we are back to normal temperatures for this time of year.
Sending love and hugs dear friend.
>219 johnsimpson: That sounds like the weather here, John. Most of our snow is gone, just a patch here and there, and the crocuses and daffodils are blooming again. I just hope we can hold on to spring this time. I hope that you are all doing well.
Nice haul for your Thingaversary, Megan. You have been reading tons!
>168 Familyhistorian: The Profession of Violence does sound interesting. I'll have to look for that one.
>172 Familyhistorian: I have the first Arlington on my shelves. I'll have to pick it up soon. Too many series...
>182 Familyhistorian: I agree with you about vampires, and I don't care for zombies, either. I did read The Discovery of Witches, found it to be a page turner. So, I picked up the second one, which I was barely able to finish. I have no desire to finish the trilogy. I'll watch for your comments if you decide to pick it up.
An Allingham without Campion? Another one I'll have to look for.
I need to retire.
>221 BLBera: Thanks Beth. The Profession of Violence was really good. I saw The Krays: The Prison Years in the bookstore the other day and was tempted to pick it up but it was a hard cover, maybe when it is a paperback.
I am trying to decide whether to read the next book after The Discovery of Witches. It seems like a big committment.
The Allingham was recently republished so you should be able to find it. And yes, the reading tons probably goes along with retirement. Your turn will come.
>218 Familyhistorian: - Oh Meg, that book looks interesting. I love stuff like that!
>223 jessibud2: It's really interesting, Shelley. I need to read her other book which is on my shelves. I enjoy stuff like that myself.
Computers, they are great when they work but when they don't, so annoying. I hate Windows 10, it works fine except that the downloads have brought two of my computers to a halt. My laptop is now in the shop. *sigh* It's a good thing I have two other working computers.
>182 Familyhistorian: The second book is the best one of the trilogy, Meg.
>226 ronincats: I had a feeling it might be, Roni, because there is time travel. It's still a big time commitment though. Hard to fit in with all the challenges I seem to have gotten myself into again.
32. Hit by Bryce Carlson
Hit is set in the '50s in LA. It is a story of crime and the LA Police Department. It follows the path of a couple of elite officers whose job it is to take permanent care of criminals who get away with their crimes. It is a story of cross and double cross, noir and violence. Can a graphic novel be too graphic?
33. The Middle Ground by Zoe Whittall
Missy Turner thought she had the perfect life living in a small town with her husband and son. Then she lost her job, went home early and everything she thought she knew about her life came unglued. Worse was yet to come.
The Middle Ground was a short, fast moving story which left this reader wondering if Missy was going to get back to herself or go off the rails for good.
Hi Meg, I hope you are enjoying the sunshine of the last couple of days. It looks like it's going to be a sunny weekend. My hubby is thinking of setting up a couple of the patio chairs so we can sit outside. I have A Discovery of Witches on my Kindle but when I started it a couple of years ago it didn't hold my interest. I will have to give it a second try sometime. I am very interested in reading The Dry and her new one as well as I have heard most people give it rave reviews.
>230 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy, yesterday it poured rain here but it was nice today and predicted to get even warmer - record breaking highs for a change! It sounds like a good time to break out the patio chairs. When I started A Discovery of Witches I stopped part way through. Thankfully it was not so far back that I had to go back to the beginning when I picked it up again and got the steam to make it through to the end. It gets more engrossing as you continue on. The Dry grabbed me from the start. It is really good. I haven't heard anything about her new one. Enjoy basking in the sun this weekend!
>225 Familyhistorian: Glad to hear that you have enough computers to work with. Happy weekend, Meg.
>228 Familyhistorian: I'm taking a BB for it because it's noir and that looks like Bette Davis on the cover. That's a good reason, right? ;-)
Hmmm...I have a copy of The Dry...maybe that's what I should read next. It came from another LT friend who recommended it. It's on a very big pile that I'd like to whittle down.
Love your snow pictures. We're getting hit repeatedly now that it's March and ought to be feeling more like spring.
>232 Ameise1: Ha, I learned the hard way that if you only had one computer it was sure to go down when you had an important paper or project due. I was a part time student until 2015. Now I have a blog that I post on every week so having a working computer is a priority for me. Have a great weekend, Barbara.
>233 mstrust: Any reason is a good reason, Jennifer. I often pick up books just because of the cover.
34. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh
One of my favourite writers of Regency romance is Mary Balogh. A Matter of Class is shorter than her usual books. It is an interesting story of two young neighbours whose families do not speak to each other because they are of different classes; one an old aristocratic family whose investments have not done well, the other a family of wealth but a more suspect pedigree. The daughter of the upper class family is facing ruin, will the son of the wealthy upstarts redeem her reputation? It was an interesting story where all is not as it seems.
^Happy Saturday, Meg. I visited my Mama Great Horned Owl today and my wife got to see her too. Spreading that raptor joy. I hope you are doing fine and enjoying the weekend.
>239 msf59: Sounds like you are a regular visitor to Mama Great Horned Owl, Mark. I wonder if she recognizes you? It must have been good weather there today.
I was wearing my winter jacket when I started on my afternoon walk today but as I got warmer from walking I took it off and it was warm enough to walk around in my shirt sleeves. Got to love it when the sun actually shines.
The Blood Doctor
Road to the Isles
The Strings of Murder
The British: A Genetic Journey
Ragtime in Simla
What We See When We Read
Bellevue Square - 2 week library loan
It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World Family Tree - library hold loan (3 weeks max)
I can see that two more holds are in transit to my library. I better getting reading!
Yes, it was a nice day today! I just wore a light weight flannel shirt( blue) over my long sleeved cotton shirt for the dog walk today. We saw a couple of Trumpeter Swans in the Fraser River, along the shores. Lots of reading going on! Enjoy!
>242 vancouverdeb: It was so warm today, Deb. I went out in a winter jacket but took it off because it was too hot. I was walking around in a short sleeve t-shirt and didn't feel cold at all. Maybe I should have worn sunscreen.
>241 Familyhistorian: All of them look interesting. I love it when LTers list all the books they're reading at once because it seems like a horse race and I wonder which book will come in first.
We were driving around a rural area yesterday and saw a big family of quail, a jackrabbit and a single ground squirrel.
>246 mstrust: It is kind of like a horse race but one has already won, Jennifer. Maybe I will just add another one to the mix.
Those are all different animals than we have here, we tend to see coyotes, raccoons, bears and tree squirrels, well at least in the city where I live.
I am behind in reviews and way behind in catching up on threads. After taking a genealogy course from the University of Strathclyde on FutureLearn I realized that I had to get my genealogy research in order. It is even worse than I thought. I keep my research in binders by families and hadn't kept up with the filing. I just stuffed new info in the front of the binder. I also filled at least three banker's boxes with stacks of family history research, all for different names.
That is not how a good genealogist keeps their info. I have cut myself some slack because I was still doing research and even going out of the country on research trips while working full time, volunteering and taking courses for a college diploma part time. Something had to give.
35. The British: A Genetic Journey by Alistair Moffat
I love reading about history both in fiction and nonfiction books. The nonfiction histories are kept as references for my writing but the books that are written now are also very readable, unlike a lot of dry history books that were written in the past.
The British: A Genetic Journey is very readable and also examines the history in combination with the latest discoveries. I really enjoy books about history like this one that bring in genetic evidence through stats from DNA studies. Now if only I had Y-DNA data on my own family so I could tie them more closely to the historical events that Moffat wrote about.
>249 Familyhistorian: That sounds interesting...although it would probably be way over my head. We had our DNA done by Ancestry a year or so ago and I learned that I'm 38% Scandinavia, 17% Ireland and 11% Great Britain so I suspect I have a good hunk of Vikings who migrated to the British Isles. Might be some interesting info in that book if I could understand it :)
H Meg, I am spending the day both catching up here on LT and in-between bouts on the computer, doing some housecleaning and laundry. I am enjoying having some time to myself as hubby has gone out to run errands. I am still getting used to having him home with me all the time, and sometimes I miss having time to myself.
>250 RebaRelishesReading: The book isn't heavy on the DNA, Reba. It is mostly about the history and there are short sections that mention the Y-DNA that backs up the history. If you like reading history it would be an interesting book to read. According to LivingDNA my ancestry is 89.1% Great Britain and Ireland and 10.8% Scandinavian. The Scottish is 19.3% from Northwest Scotland so when the Scandinavian is added in there major suspicions of Vikings in there. Maybe the same Vikings as yours?
>251 DeltaQueen50: I can remember talking to someone who said that she was going to retire before her husband so that she could get her routine down before he came along to mess things up. When you are used to being master of your own time it is hard to have someone there all the time. I envy couples who do things together but I do enjoy being single for the alone time. I hope you find some time for yourself this weekend, Judy.
Another catch up. Sigh.
>218 Familyhistorian: I added Testosterone Rex to my wish list last November. fameulstee got my attention with it. I still want it, and now more than ever.
>251 DeltaQueen50: and >253 Familyhistorian: I love my alone time and have been seriously tweeked the last two weeks - daughter was home for spring break and the visit was lovely but hardly any alone time and husband's been home sick more this week than at work. He has 3 years before he can retire, which is good in the short term, but I've already been trying to figure out how I'll cope once he's home all the time. Sad, but true. Good luck, Judy, settling in to the new routine with your husband.
>240 Familyhistorian: "Sounds like you are a regular visitor to Mama Great Horned Owl, Mark. I wonder if she recognizes you?" I have not seen her eyes open yet. LOL. I do keep my distance though. I saw her again on Thursday and she is sitting high up on her nest. I am sure the little ones have hatched.
Happy Saturday, Meg. How are those current reads treating you? You have a bunch going.
>254 karenmarie: Alone time is hard to find sometimes, isn't it, Karen. I don't have a problem with that anymore as my son who lives with me works so my time at home is mostly alone time which I need for myself and to do research, write, read and, hopefully, catch up on LT.
It took a long and difficult journey to get here so I appreciate it even more. I can remember thinking forward to my retirement when I was in my '50s and contemplating having to cope with my husband on a full time basis. That helped to push me towards getting a separation.
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