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karenmarie, addictively turning pages, chapter 4

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75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Feb 19, 5:20pm Top

Welcome to my fourth thread of 2018! This will be my 3rd year of retirement from the 8-5, 5 day-a-week world. I don’t miss work at all. I read, am a charter member of the Redbud and Beyond Book Club, now in its 21st year, am Treasurer for our local Friends of the Library (henceforth abbreviated FoL), and manage our home, finances and etc. as my husband heads off to work Monday – Friday. Being an introvert (you’d never guess it from these pages!) I need and cherish the alone time to recharge my batteries.

I have been married to Bill for almost 27 years and am mother to Jenna, now 24, living about 3 hours away and starting a 2-year business administration program at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. We have two kitties, 18-year old Kitty William and 10-year old Inara Starbuck. We live in our own little corner of paradise on 8 acres in central North Carolina USA.

The picture I’ve chosen for this thread is of my maternal grandfather Leonard with his parents, Edward and Anna. He looks to be about 3 years old, so circa 1910. I never knew these great-grandparents. They had a general store in a small town in Iowa.

My goal is to read 105 books in 2018, 5 more than I read in 2017. I missed my pages read goal of 34,000 pages by 525 pages, so will keep the same pages goal.

And, in honor of Sue Grafton, I am going to re-read all her Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series books this year. Alas, there will never be a Z. I’ve read the first 6 and am going to take a teensy break. I need to read Plainsong for March book club meeting.

A few quotes about libraries that mean a lot to me:
Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. Germaine Greer

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book. – When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. Jane Austen

I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows. Roger Zelazny
And finally, very few books are worth slogging through when the inspiration to read them has gone. I abandon books with glee.

My theme for 2018, addictively turning pages, comes from an image on Mark’s thread first thread of 2018. In this case, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Edited: Mar 5, 2:23pm Top

Books read

1. Every Dead Thing by John Connolly 12/27/17 1/6/18 *** 467 pages trade paperback
2. Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton 1/6/18 1/9/18 **** 283 pages hardcover
3. The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien 1/1/18 1/10/18 *** 1/2 175 pages trade paperback
4. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack by Tom Gauld 1/1/18 1/15/18 **** 160 pages hardcover
5. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff 1/6/18 1/17/18 *** 1/2 328 pages hardcover, Kindle
6. No Middle Name by Lee Child 1/17/18 1/19/18 **** 418 pages hardcover
**abandoned after 90 pages** Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi 1/9/18 326 pages trade paperback ER Book
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 12/3/17 1/22/18 **** audiobook, 19 hours
8. The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin 1/23/18 1/23/18 ****1/2 160 pages trade paperback
9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 1/20/18 1/26/18 **** 337 pages trade paperback
10. The Far Side Gallery 5 by Gary Larson 1/24/18 1/27/18 159 pages trade paperback 1995
11. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton 1/26/18 1/30/18 ***1/2 209 pages hardcover
12. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens 1/1/17 1/31/18 **** 780 pages plus 9 pages introduction
13. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley 2/1/18 2/5/18 ****1/2 367 pages trade paperback
**abandoned after 32 pages Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright 2/1/18 266 pages hardcover
14. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton 2/5/18 2/6/18 **** 186 pages hardcover
15. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton 2/7/18 2/8/18 **** 181 pages hardcover
16. D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton 2/8/18 2/9/18 **** 184 pages hardcover
17. E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton 2/9/18 2/10/18 ***1/2 180 pages hardcover
18. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton 2/10/18 2/13/18 ***1/2 182 pages hardcover
19. Dead Wake by Erik Larson 2/14/18 2/19/18 359 pages trade paperback
**abandoned after 56 pages Plainsong by Kent Haruf
20. Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb 2/19/18 2/22/18 **** 404 pages hardcover
21. The Power by Naomi Alderman 2/23/18 3/1/18 *** 382 pages hardcover
22. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton 3/2/18 3/4/18 ***1/2 227 pages hardcover

Currently Reading:
H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton 3/5/18 202 pages hardcover 1991
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson 2/25/18 396 pages trade paperback 2003
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1/22/18 audiobook 2007

Edited: Mar 6, 2:48pm Top

Books Added

January - 16

1. SomeGuyInVirginia - True Tales from the Annals of Crime and Rascality by St. Clair McKelway
2. Thrift Shop - Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
3. BookMooch - Guardian Angels & Spirit Guides by Brad Steiger
4. BookMooch - God's Fires by Patricia Anthony
5. Circle City Books - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman for Feb Book club
6. Circle City Books - Plainsong by Kent Haruf for March Book club
7. Amazon - Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
8. LT ER - The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin
9. BookMooch - The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black
10. Thrift Shop - The Princess Bride by William Goldman
11. Amazon - A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor e-book
12. Amazon - Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff e-book
13. B&N - Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
14. BookMooch - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
15. Amazon - Kindred by Octavia Butler e-book
16. Amazon - Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan e-book

February -
17. Jenn - Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
18. Scuppernong Books - A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
19. Amazon - The Power by Naomi Alderman
20. Amazon - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
21. dianekeenoy - My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd
22. Amazon - The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
23. Friend Sherry - Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines by Nick Nolte
23. Friend Sherry - The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch
24. BookMooch - Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
25. Amazon - The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
26. Amazon - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Edited: Mar 2, 7:02am Top


1. Every Dead Thing by John Connolly first of a series I will never continue
2. Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi
3. Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright - references to The Matrix and powdered sugar donut analogies left me cold
4. Plainsong by Kent Haruf didn't hold my interest
5. The Power by Naomi Alderman daughter expressed an interest and I have no desire to keep it on my shelves for some reason

Edited: Mar 1, 2:14pm Top

Statistics Through February 28

20 books read
3 books abandoned
5702 pages read
19 audiobook hours
Average pages read per day, YTD = 97
Average pages read per book, YTD = 285

Male 40%
Female 60%

Living 60%
Dead 40%

US Born 70%
Foreign Born 30%

Hardcover 55%
Trade Pback 35%
Mass Market 0%
Audiobook 5%
e-Book 5%

My Library 95%
Other 5%

Re-read 40%
Series 50%

Fiction 90%
NonFiction 10%

Author Birth Country
England 10%
Ireland 10%
Scotland 5%
Sweden 5%
US 70%

Original Year Published
1838 5%
1960 5%
1982 5%
1985 5%
1986 5%
1987 5%
1988 5%
1989 5%
1991 5%
1995 10%
2005 5%
2012 5%
2013 10%
2015 10%
2017 5%
2018 10%

Cartoons 10%
Fantasy 5%
Fiction 25%
History 5%
Mystery 50%
Politics 5%

Feb 15, 3:23pm Top

Next one's yours!

Edited: Feb 15, 3:27pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen! Another good family photo!

Feb 15, 3:30pm Top


Feb 15, 3:37pm Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 15, 3:49pm Top

Happy new one, Karen.

Feb 15, 4:06pm Top

>7 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! I must admit that I've been having fun with choosing family and friend photos.

>8 weird_O: Hi Bill!

>9 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!

>10 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie!

I love living in a rural, agricultural county. I was looking out the window about 20 minutes ago and saw cows in my pastures. I do not own cows. So I called neighbor Larry, no answer, his wife, no answer, then friend Louise to see who to call. After much discussion and her trying to remember the name of the man who owns the fields behind us (because it used to be the Clarks, but after old Mr. Clark died the son didn't want to farm so the family sold the pastures) she remembered that somebody Howard owns the fields and I could try one of the local realty companies because his daughter owns it. So I called over there and explained the situation to the office manager. She took my number, we had a laugh over what a strange call it was, and I haven't heard back. The cows have moved on, but don't know if they've been recaptured or just moved down the road.

Feb 15, 4:11pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen! Great photo in your topper

Feb 15, 4:15pm Top

Happy new thread! I love the photo of the great-greats. Can you imagine having to do your hair like that every day?

Feb 15, 4:22pm Top

Happy new thread Karen.

Love the picture of your great-grandparents. How serious they all look, even the little boy!

Feb 15, 4:30pm Top

Happy new thread Karen my dear, hope you are having a good week so far dear friend, sending love and hugs from both of us.

Feb 15, 4:31pm Top

Feb 15, 4:40pm Top

Feb 15, 4:46pm Top

Happy new one, Karen! Love the old photo in the topper.

>17 katiekrug: I really LOVE this - you made Birdy and I laugh out loud!

Feb 15, 4:56pm Top

I think Mamie means to refer to >16 richardderus:.

But Mamie, what *is* the answer to the first one?


Feb 15, 5:00pm Top

Happy New Thread, Karen. How is Plainsong coming? I was hoping for waves of warbling on that one. It is a Marky-Mark favorite.

Feb 15, 5:00pm Top

>19 katiekrug: Carp. Yep. And it varies from day to day. *blinks*

Feb 15, 5:01pm Top

Excellent answer! SO much better than "They are all angels and I love them all equally."

Feb 15, 5:03pm Top


Edited: Feb 15, 5:16pm Top

>12 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley.

>13 nittnut: I cannot imagine putting up my hair like that every day or dressing in a corset. Here’s another photo of her, undated – probably before 1907 when my grandfather was born. Notice how tiny her waist was, and again with the up-do.

>14 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella! People, at least people in my family, rarely smiled in the old photos. It was such a solemn and serious occasion, getting a studio portrait made.

>15 johnsimpson: Hi John! Nice week so far, even including the wandering cows! Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

>16 richardderus: RD, that is perfect.

>17 katiekrug: Oh yes, *snork!*

More cows. They are unhappy and bellowing a lot. Neighbor Larry got in touch with "Todd" who used to run cattle in the county, who said it was a guy named Joe who lived in Bear Creek..... no Joe last name withhelds in Bear Creek. Sigh.

Feb 15, 5:14pm Top

>18 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie. I laughed out loud too. RD came through again.

>19 katiekrug: I know how my mom and dad would have answered it. I only have one, so she’s my favorite.

>20 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I’m about 25% in and loving it. However, today’s been a Dead Wake reading day – nonfiction about the last crossing of the Lusitania.

>21 Crazymamie: *smile*

>22 katiekrug: Mamie is certainly honest.

>23 Crazymamie: You are admired and appreciated for your honesty. We won’t ask who it is today.

Feb 15, 5:41pm Top

I found the right person about the cows - our neighbor and friend Dwain. He called me as soon as I texted him about cows - knows who they belong to, has been fighting with him for years, gave me the county Animal Control officer who's been dealing with the issue. There's a red pickup on the fence line, repairing I would imagine. Dwain thinks it's the owner's son. He'll herd the cows back to his pastures, I'm sure.

Feb 15, 5:48pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen!

>16 richardderus: LOL!

>26 karenmarie: Good to read the cows are taken care of.

Feb 15, 6:27pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen.

Feb 15, 6:49pm Top

>24 karenmarie: - What you said about people not smiling for photos reminded me of something. Many years ago, I was travelling in the Maritimes with my then-boyfriend. We went to Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, to a sort of pioneer village. We decided to have our *portraits* made. We were given period clothing to put on (Velcro in the back so as to be easy to just step into), and the photos were the old glass plate method, and were sepia tinted. Quite lovely. We were told to sit and stand up straight and to NOT SMILE. As you said, it was a serious affair.

Feb 15, 9:21pm Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 15, 9:46pm Top

What sports team do you fetishise to avoid meaningful discussion with others.

Happy newest thread!

Feb 15, 10:07pm Top

>27 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita and thank you! I’m glad the cows are back on their land. And now I know who to call if they come down onto our property again.

>28 BLBera: Hi Beth! Thank you.

>29 jessibud2: Great story, Shelley.

>30 drneutron: Thank you, Jim! And thank you for administering the most talkative group on LT!

>31 Ireadthereforeiam: Thanks, Megan. Isn’t that a riot?

Are any of you familiar with the Netflix series Longmire? We are going nuts over it.

Feb 15, 10:56pm Top

Happy New Thread, Karen. I almost finished reading your old one this morning on my FIRE, so I'm really almost caught up.
Loved the Bill Honey story..... Love the toppers and the nihilism.
No smiles for old photos? I have 3 theories. They had to be still so long that a smile would have been too hard to maintain. A smile would have looked "foolish." Bad teeth. (I saw dreadful pictures on the Internet once of Victorian families with dead children. Apparently, they did this....... One child in a row would be very clear, and that was the dead one who didn't fidget during the picture-taking process. There was another where the prop was visible. Makes me think of Lincoln in the Bardo, in fact. But could this be true?) (Sorry)

Feb 16, 6:39am Top

Good morning, Karen! Have a fine Friday!

Feb 16, 6:55am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Hooray for Dead Wake. I loved that one too. Enjoy.

Feb 16, 7:24am Top

>32 karenmarie: I think Nate liked Longmire. I wasn't into it though.

Happy Friday!!

Feb 16, 7:52am Top

>33 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Thank you. I'm glad you like the photos. I'm having fun coming up with them. I like your theories about old photos, especially the bad teeth one - makes a lot of sense. I've seen some of those Victorian era dead people photos and they are mostly sad but also a bit creepy. I've seen several with the propping mechanisms.

>34 harrygbutler: Good morning Harry! Thank you. My Friday has a free lunch courtesy of the FoL President then a quick visit to Edward Jones to either convert or roll a CD. Pete's the former Treasurer so will help me make good decisions.

>35 msf59: 'Morning, Mark! Dead Wake is coming along. I did have the cows interruption yesterday, then we watched women's curling (they lost to Switzerland) then Longmire.

>36 ChelleBearss: HI Chelle! One of my dear friends is from Montana and the mindset and open spaces are similar. I like the mysteries, and Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica got our attention in the opening credits. Starbuck, her character in BG, is Inara's middle name.

Feb 16, 10:18am Top

Happy New Thread, Karen.

I do hope that your great-grandparents were serious looking characters out of sobriety not gum disease. xx

Feb 16, 10:45am Top

>32 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I loved the Longmire series, especially the first few seasons. The last two or three weren't as good but I still watched it all the way to the end. Have you read the books the series is based on, by Craig Johnson? I like the books better than the series.

Feb 16, 11:25am Top

I love the photos of your ancestors. I found a photo of my great-grandfather and his sons my first day on Ancestry!! I had photos of my grandparents but none further back than that so I was very excited.

Feb 16, 4:12pm Top

We loved the Longmire series, Karen. I'm glad you're enjoying it as much as we did. The TV series is true to the characters, IMO, but doesn't follow the books. So if you haven't read them, the books are awfully good, and different.

Feb 16, 5:30pm Top

Hi Karen! I'll join the Longmire tv series chorus of praise. I love it. Still near the beginning of season 5, but Longmire is a series that deserves to be savored.

Edited: Feb 16, 10:09pm Top

We like the Longmire TV show too. We haven't started the newest Netflix season yet.

Haha! Cows on the loose.

How is Dead Wake coming along?

Feb 17, 8:56am Top

>38 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul and thank you.

I am not sure I have any pictures of them as they aged. I’ll have to ask my aunt and uncle.

>39 rosalita: Hi Julia! I have not read the series. I see that there are 13 books. I’ll put the first one on my wish list and go from there. So far we love the TV series.

>40 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks Reba! That is so exciting. I remember those kind of Ancestry Wow moments. We used to have an Ancestry membership but got busy with other things and let it lapse in 2000. We’re not willing to spend the money on it right now, but our Library has a small genealogy section with a subscription to Ancestry that I could go to. It’s been 18 years, so I figure they’ve got some new sources I might tap into. I got stuck on my father’s side with my great-grandfather. Through his wife’s mother, though, I’ve traced back to a French Huguenot ancestor, Rene Piatt, who emigrated to the colonies before 1678 when he married Elizabeth Sheffield in New Jersey. I’m tenth generation American, which I’m rather proud of.

>41 jnwelch: Hi Joe! We sure seem to like the same series, don’t we? Now I’m really anxious to get the first book, The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery.

>42 brodiew2: Hi Brodie and welcome to my thread! I’m glad to get all this Longmire love. Each episode so far has been wonderful. The only one that I had a hard time with was one that had a barn fire. They got very graphic on that one, with the human and equine corpses, and the horse that didn’t die outright….. whew. We had horses for a while out here, and although they are not my cup of tea like they are my husband and daughter’s, I couldn’t hardly watching any of the horse scenes.

>43 nittnut: Hi Jenn! We just started season 2 of Longmire. Cows on the loose are sort of funny except that they can cause real damage to fences and pastures. I haven’t gone down there to look, but they weren't there long enough and there weren't enough cows to cause any major damage. Our fences need some work anyway, just have to figure out when we can get neighbor Larry in and how to pay him. We’re figuring out our retirement budget after refinancing the house, paying off the equity line, and etc. We need to tighten things up. Sigh.

I’m on page 120 of 359 and it’s fascinating. I love this type of book. Separate threads come together eventually – Captain Turner, the U-20 submarine, room 40, Woodrow Wilson, , transfer of passengers from another liner, people ignoring warnings about German submarine activity, people deciding at the last minute to either book passage or not use their already booked tickets.

Yesterday was about 80F, today will be about 48F with rain. Lazy today, with errands and the Olympics, and tomorrow is Playmakers with Louise. The play is The Christians which frankly makes me a bit nervous. We buy season tickets, so this is 4 of 6. Here’s the blurb: Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront, but one day he preaches a sermon that may just turn his congregation of thousands back into a congregation of one. In this probing new play, Lucas Hnath invites us to explore how our own uncertainty can help us live compassionately among those who don’t share our beliefs. Featuring a live choir at every performance, The Christians is an intimate look at the moments that define who we are and what we believe. Just reading the blurb is making me more anxious. We'll go and probably love it...

Feb 17, 10:29am Top

Enjoy your lazy day today! That's what my day is going to be like as well, minus the errands :)

Feb 17, 10:55am Top

Hi Chelle! Lazy is good.

Drat. More cows. Called the number Dwain gave me, voice mail full. Called the county directly, and they don't have animal control personnel on over the weekend. I'll call back Monday.

Feb 17, 11:06am Top


Feb 17, 11:40am Top

>44 karenmarie: I waited for a sale and a period where I could spend some worthwhile time with Ancestry before I joined. I had a lot of information from family records and previous research by a cousin on my mother's side and am back seven generations (to 1719) and so far have only found one person born outside the U.S. Fifth generation back on my father's side there is a man who came to the U.S. from England but he's the only one born outside the U.S. I have found so far (except my husband and son lol)

Feb 17, 1:17pm Top

>47 richardderus: *smooch* back, RD!

>48 RebaRelishesReading: Good idea - I might break down sometime and use some of my stash cash to start up Ancestry again, although it's hardly justifiable when I can use the library's, 8 miles away. Congrats on getting back 7 generations. It's all fascinating, and I'm beginning to get interested again. In my family we've got my French Huguenot (fled to Holland before coming to the colonies), a GG-grandfather whose parents are from Yorkshire but he was born here in the Vermont in 1821. My mother's side are all newcomers - came to the US in the 1850s and 1860s, Bohemians who all settled in Iowa. I'm half Czech American on my mother's side.

Feb 17, 7:55pm Top

Hoping your Saturday was a good one, Karen. We love the Longmire series. The books are even better, IMO. I have not read all of them yet - I'm ready for book nine.

Feb 17, 8:34pm Top

I'm in! Love the old photos.

Feb 17, 9:52pm Top

>50 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie! We had a good day - errands, reading, Curling, Longmire. I've got the first book on my wish list.

>51 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Thanks.

Feb 17, 11:22pm Top

Hi Karen. I'm also a fan of the "Longmire" series even though it departs in some notable details from the mystery series.

Feb 18, 12:50am Top

Happy new thread, Karen. Sorry to hear about the cow troubles.

Feb 18, 7:50am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I am going to participate in the Bird Count today and tomorrow, so birds and books for me! Yah!

I also highly recommend reading the Longmire books too and they are just different enough from the TV show, so they should not feel repetitive.

Enjoy your day.

Feb 18, 8:37am Top

>53 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! After each episode we look at each other and say something "Oh my" or "Wow".

>54 rretzler: Thank you Robin. None today so far, although it's early.

>55 msf59: 'Morning, Mark! Good for you. Books and birds are hard to beat.

I've got the first book, The Cold Dish on my wish list.

Feb 18, 8:58pm Top

Sunday *smooch*

Feb 18, 9:56pm Top

Sunday *smooch* back. RD - have you watched Longmire? There are enough sexy men in that series to please you AND me both.

Feb 18, 10:03pm Top

>58 karenmarie: :D

Enjoy what is left of your Sunday, Karen.

Feb 19, 2:46am Top

Happy new thread, Karen. Have you really been retired for three years already? That is a great family photo. I was told, or maybe I read it somewhere, that the reason they didn't smile is because they had to hold the pose so long because of the photographic process.

Feb 19, 3:42am Top

>59 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! Thanks. I had a very nice Sunday evening. We watched the US men lose to Norway in curling, then watched Longmire.

>60 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg and thank you. I'm just starting my third year of retirement. I don't know how long they had to hold the pose when that particular photo was taken, but it can't have been long with a child that didn't end up blurry.

Insomnia. Sigh. Coffee. *smile*

Feb 19, 5:51am Top

Good morning, Karen! We got snow Saturday evening, but a warm day yesterday got rid of much of it. Time to replenish the bird feeders.

I hope you have a great Monday despite the insomnia.

Feb 19, 5:57am Top

Thanks, Harry! Tomorrow is Bill's 62nd birthday, so I must wrap his present today and go out to get him a card and perhaps some candy. I don't know whether he wants me to make him a birthday meal or go out. I'll ask him tonight. At a bare minimum I'll make him a cheesecake for his 'birthday cake'.

Today will be some FoL check-writing and financial planning time. I'm also gearing up to trying to clean out some of my old clothes - things I won't wear ever again that can go to the Thrift Shop.

It's raining and is expected to rain most of the morning. We're going to have unseasonable high temps starting tomorrow - in the mid-70s, ugh - which is depressing.

Right now, third cup of coffee and back to reading.

Feb 19, 7:26am Top

Morning, Karen. Still working on my first cup of coffee, as I visit a few threads. I have a dentist appointment and then food shopping this A.M. but I plan on sneaking in a bird stroll. I plan on participating in the Count one more day.

Good luck getting Bill's goodies in order.

Feb 19, 8:17am Top

Hi Mark, and thank you. I hope your dentist's appointment is uneventful and the rest of your day good.

I think I'm going to go back to bed for a bit and see if I can sleep. Ugh. Sometimes insomnia is worse than others.

Feb 19, 9:02am Top

Happy Day After Yesterday, Karen.

There was a mention in Sports Illustrated of a non-addictive, natural sleep aid some NBA players are using, called SOM. You drink it a half hour before bed. Because they travel so much, their sleep can get screwed up.https://smile.amazon.com/Som-Sleep-Melatonin-Magnesium-L-Theanine/dp/B074PD5SBV/ref=sr_ph_1_s_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1519048883&sr=sr-1&keywords=som%2Bsleep&th=1

Hope you get some sleep now, and that your day is a good one.

Feb 19, 11:25am Top

Good morning, Karen!

Since 'Longmire' is still on topic, I cam back and watched S5 episodes 2 and 3. Wow. That third episode is really good. I did not see that coming. no spoilers. :-P

Feb 19, 12:14pm Top

Big waves from Davos.

Feb 19, 3:17pm Top

>66 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Thank you - I'll check it out.

>67 brodiew2: Hi Brodie! We're zooming through it - Bill even sacrificed the Carolina-Louisville game Saturday night (after checking several times to see that Carolina was up). We've mostly given up on the Olympics, frankly.

>68 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Big waves back - I do hope you're having a wonderful and restful time.

I slept 'til about 10:10 or so - Jenna called. Under normal circumstances calling then wouldn't have woken me up. I've been sort of groggy ever since, although I've done a load of laundry, cleaned up the kitchen, gone to the store for Bill's birthday cards and some M&Ms for tomorrow. I still need to wrap his present. But I'm very close to finishing Dead Wake so will do that first. :)

Feb 19, 4:23pm Top

Hi Horrible...happy barfday to Bill Honey...Longmire is a good series, though I wasn't as thrilled by the books as I might have been. *smooch*

Feb 19, 5:09pm Top

Happy birthday to Bill! Mine is later this week. Go Pisces!

Feb 19, 5:14pm Top

>70 richardderus: Hiya, RD! I'll give him your barfday wishes. *smooch*

>71 Berly: Hi Kim! I'll pass on your birthday wishes. Happy early birthday. Bill's Pisces, I'm Cancer - two water signs. I'm not sure exactly what that means, although we'll be celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary in April.

Edited: Feb 19, 9:49pm Top

19. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
2/14/18 to 2/19/18

From Amazon:

DEAD WAKE: THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA is the story of a horrific event that ended the lives of over 1,000 people. The sinking also played a key role in changing America's view toward Germany, and helped change America's "neutral" position in World War I. It was two years after this sinking that the United States declared war on Germany. Recall that at this time America was not yet in the war against Germany; America was neutral. Over in England, Churchill hoped this would change: "For our part, we want the traffic--the more the better; and if some of it gets into trouble, better still." Britain had hopes that somehow, the U.S would "feel moved to join the Allies, and in so doing tip the balance irrevocably in their favor." The Lusitania was a gigantic ship. To give you an idea of the size of the ship, there were 192 furnaces on board powering the gigantic turbines. Just to keep the ship running, there were a hundred stokers working each shift, shoveling a thousand tons of coal a day. At the helm of the ship was the experienced Captain Turner. The author notes that the captain was "the most seasoned captain at Canard Lines--the Commodore of the line. He had confronted all manner of shipboard crises, including mechanical mishaps, fires, cracked furnaces, open sea rescues, and extreme weather of all kinds. He was said to be fearless."

Why I wanted to read it: Jenn mentioned it. I have it on my shelves, was looking for a nonfiction read, and Bob’s your uncle.

Ironic bit: Captain Turner testifies at a hearing on behalf of American victims of the Titanic sinking the day before the RMS Lusitania leaves port. Later, after the sinking, the British Admiralty immediately attempts to blame Captain Turner in order to prevent the decision making and information that the Admiralty had before and after the torpedoing from getting out. Fortunately, in both cases mentioned, Turner is vindicated by blaming Germany and the U-20 Submarine and its captain, Kptlt. Walther Schwieger.

This is a beautifully written book that kept my interest throughout. It gives us the history of the RMS Lusitania itself, the German submarine program, Woodrow Wilson and the death of his first wife and subsequent courtship of and marriage to Edith Bolling Galt during this critical period, the World War, the U-20 submarine that sank the RMS Lusitania, secret intelligence agencies in England that following movements of the U-20, and stories of some of the passengers and crew members. We learn of the mishaps, poorly written communications, and even deliberate efforts to put the RMS Lusitania out there as a sitting duck, hoping Germany would torpedo her, thus bringing America into the war. Winston Churchill is not shown in a particularly good light in this book.

There are many anecdotes of life aboard the RMS Lusitania from diaries and letters and anecdotes provided by survivors. There are descriptions of artifacts and the failure of nearly all lifeboats – because the RMS Lusitania immediately listed 15 degrees to starboard and towards the bow (front of the liner) and all mechanical and electrical functions almost immediately ceased, she could not be brought to a stop so that the lifeboats could be safely launched. Some of the ones launched tipped, spilling people into the 55F degree ocean, at least one other fell on top of another one that had launched just previously. In many cases it could not be determined how victims actually died. Many were never found.

I was particularly fascinated by how quickly she went down. All it took was one torpedo, 350 pounds of TNT, 20’ long, 20” in diameter. Even the captain of the U-20 submarine was surprised that she sank so quickly.

Most of the book is the lead up to the torpedoing. Descriptions of the aftermath are abbreviated although the fates of people mentioned are explained where known.

Feb 19, 6:18pm Top

>73 karenmarie: Excellent review, Karen! I read this last year and really enjoyed it. Scott Brick narrated the audio and is so darn brilliant. The lifeboat launching debacle stuck out for me as well. As did the tragedy of people not knowing to put on their life-vests.

Larsen also did a great job showing the German U-boat perspective and the thought process that led to the torpedoing.

Feb 19, 6:58pm Top

>73 karenmarie: - Great review, Karen. This is on my list to read. I love Larson as an author. I have read almost all of his books so far. Brodie mentions in >74 brodiew2: that the audio version is well done so I may seek that one via the library.

I am on something of a purging/decluttering binge lately and have filled 2 bags just today with books to take to the used bookstore for trade. She doesn't pay cash, only credit but I don't have to explain to anyone here that credit in a bookstore is still good value for the likes of us, right? I simply don't have enough years left to read all the books in my house (never mind the ones I keep bringing home from the library and elsewhere). I am hoping to cull more, keeping only those I still do want to read.

Edited: Feb 20, 8:09am Top

>74 brodiew2: Thanks, Brodie! The life vests were a travesty, too, with so many people putting them on wrong and ending upside down drowned. I agree about the U-boat perspective. Another thing that struck me about the German program was how boat captains were rewarded based on tonnage torpedoed or otherwise sunk. The RMS Lusitania accounted for 16% of Kptlt. Walther Schwieger's reported tonnage that led him to get the Blue Max award.

>75 jessibud2: Glad you liked it, Jessie! The whole book was chock full of facts and stories and opinions that made sense to me.

I really should start culling more of my books. You're doing great, with 2 bags just today! Credit at a book store is like gold.

If I read 100 books a year for the next 18 years, I'd get through my TBR. Of course I only read about 40% of books already on my shelves each year, so we're really talking about more than twice that. Double sigh.

Feb 19, 10:05pm Top

>73 karenmarie: Great review! You read it really quickly. :)

Feb 19, 11:11pm Top

Just speaking ---- Hi, Karen.
I'm still reading and enjoying Devil in the White City, liking it, and looking forward to both Dead Wake and Isaac's Storm at some point in my reading life.
You're a champ to read 40% of your holdings. I struggle to maintain 30-33%.

Feb 20, 6:51am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope you have a terrific Tuesday.

Feb 20, 7:28am Top

>78 LizzieD: - Don't forget Larson's Thunderstruck. It was also excellent. The only book of his I have not read (aside from Dead Wake), was In the Garden of Beasts and to be honest, I don't know that I will. The subject of that one is one I find off-putting but I won't rule it out at some point.

Feb 20, 7:34am Top

>73 karenmarie: Good review of Dead Wake. If you post it, I will Thumb it. I have enjoyed all of his books, but In the Garden of Beasts is probably the weakest but not bad either.

Morning, Karen. Lots and lots of rain here, but at least most of our snow is gone. Enjoying a final day off.

Edited: Feb 20, 10:29am Top

>77 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Thank you. I had planned on alternating it with Plainsong, but once I got going on it, it seemed much more interesting. Last night I decided to (temporarily?) abandon Plainsong. but I think it was a mistake to read A Thousand Acres and then Plainsong, which I feel is the same type of book and pales in comparison. I've started Eve Dallas #40, Obsession in Death. Not quite time for another Kinsey; I’m not feeling drawn to G is for Gumshoe yet.

>78 LizzieD: ‘Morning, Peggy! I just pulled Devil in the White City off shelf L78 in the Library, ready to go. I really like the idea of keeping both a fiction and nonfiction going.

I’m in the ROOTs group, and my 105 total book goal means 42 ROOTs. I think I was a bit too ROOT-y when I started to define what counts towards a ROOT this year (must be 6 months on my shelves instead of anything on my shelves before the beginning of this year) and am going to go back and revisit that on my ROOTs thread.

>79 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! Today is Bill’s birthday so I hope I can provide a bit of terrific for a man who thinks 62 is old. I’m going to wrap his present, sign one card from me and one from Kitty William and Inara Starbuck. It has kitties in flying saucers with death rays coming out of their eyes and when you open it up it says “Another birthday is here. Resistance is futile.” He’s going to love it.

>80 jessibud2: ‘Morning Shelley! I am thrilled to find such a great nonfiction writer with such a variety of books.

>81 msf59: Thank you Mark, and good morning to you. We’ve got fog, which is kinda pretty as the trees are ghostly shapes. Enjoy your final day off.

Review posted.

Several sips into my first cup of coffee, going to visit a few threads then read some. I’m still trying to wake up. No insomnia, thank goodness.

Feb 20, 8:30am Top

Happy Birthday to Bill!
Glad you liked Dead Wake. I'm thinking of reading it for one of my challenges this year!

Feb 20, 8:52am Top

Thanks, Chelle! I'll have a nice list of birthday greetings from LT friends when he gets home this afternoon.

As far as Dead Wake goes - do it!

Feb 20, 9:07am Top

>82 karenmarie: Ah, yes, I had forgotten. I hope Bill has a good birthday! The card sounds excellent.

Feb 20, 9:10am Top

Thanks, Harry!

We always have 2 cards - always a serious one, and a funny one, either from me or depending on what I find, one from the cats.

Feb 20, 9:11am Top

I really enjoyed Dead Wake, too. The others of his that I've read are Isaac's Storm (excellent) and In the Garden of Beasts (meh). I think this will be the year to finally get around to The Devil in the White City....

Feb 20, 9:17am Top

Hi Katie!

Dead Wake seems to be a hit amongst LTers. I'm going to start The Devil in the White City today, I think. I go through phases with WWII, am not in one now, so won't go out of my way for In the Garden of Beasts.

Feb 20, 9:27am Top

>88 karenmarie: - As I mentioned in >80 jessibud2:, Thunderstruck was also really good, in my opinion. I learned so much in that one and he is such a great storyteller! I really love how he tells 2 parallel stories that, finally intersect near the end. Makes for very exciting reading

Feb 20, 9:35am Top

Hi Shelley! You just inspired me to go check BookMooch to see if there were any other Larson books. There wasn't a copy of Thunderstruck but there was a copy of Isaac's Storm, in "like new" condition, which I just mooched. I'll be keeping my eye out for all of his books that I don't own.

Feb 20, 9:36am Top

>89 jessibud2: - I've got that one on my shelf to read, too. So many books.... :-P

Feb 20, 9:40am Top

>90 karenmarie:, >91 katiekrug: - I think Isaac's Storm, Thunderstruck and Devil in the White City (which was the first Larson I ever read) are my favourites. My friend has Dead Wake so I will borrow it from her one of these days.

Feb 20, 9:41am Top

Except that it would immediately turn into an obligation and 'homework', I'd suggest a Larson challenge.....

Feb 20, 9:58am Top

No more challenges!


There's always the Nonfiction Challenge anyway...

Feb 20, 10:18am Top

Yup. No more challenges. *smile*

Feb 20, 10:20am Top

Morning, Karen! A very Happy Birthday to Bill Honey. I added my thumb to your review of Dead Wake, and I'm adding it to The List. I have enjoyed everything I have read by Larson so far - In the Garden of Beasts, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm.

I love the description of the birthday card from the kitties - too funny!

Feb 20, 10:31am Top

Hi Mamie! Thanks for the thumb!

I can hardly wait to give Bill his cards and present.

Feb 20, 10:31am Top

Hi Mamie! Thanks for the thumb! If you've already read and enjoyed Larson already, Dead Wake is a guaranteed winner for you.

I can hardly wait to give Bill his cards and present.

Edited: Feb 24, 12:08pm Top

Hi Karen!

Great review of the Erik Larson. The only book of his that I've read is Devil in the White City. I'll keep my eyes peeled for more.

I haven't officially signed up for the ROOTS challenge this year. As soon as I catch up :) I will add my ticker. My goal will be 50 ROOTS, but I'd like to read 10 ROOTS per month. whoopsie! I mean 10 by the end of this month!

This time of the year is the easiest for me for reading ROOTS since I call anything acquired before January 1st a ROOT. That means I get to call recent purchases and Christmas presents ROOTS. I figure it evens out after June when all of my ROOTs have been TBR for more than six months.

Feb 20, 11:49am Top

Happy Birthday to Bill. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Edited: Feb 20, 11:58am Top

>99 streamsong: Hi Janet! Thank you. ROOTs is a good way to be mindful. Ten ROOTs per month is more than mindful, it's laserlike. Good for you.I agree and am going to go back and change BACK to my original ROOTs methodology.


I've been busy - wrapped Bill's birthday present (3 shirts from LLBean), signed one card and had the kitties sign the other one (really! honestly! Well..... okay not.) and provided him with his favorite candy. He is getting home a bit early today, so I'm glad it's all ready.

We have a thing - phrases on card envelopes that must be guessed. HD is Human Daddy - easy peasy. The kitties are not sophisticated. TBHOTOOTBST is To Bill Honey On The Occasion Of The Big Sixty Two. They must not be TOO easy.....

Feb 20, 12:37pm Top

Sounds like Bill is going to have a lovely birthday! Happy wishes from me too.

I really enjoyed (should try to think of a better word) The Devil in the White City when I read it. Sounds like I should get back to Larson. Good review.

Feb 20, 12:51pm Top

I too go through phases with WWII as well. But it is a subject I have high interest in. I just completed the audio Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. Very good.

Feb 20, 3:54pm Top

LL Bean makes the best stuff, I love that shop. Three shirts is a nice haul! I used to address cards to my parents as 'Male/Female carbon-based parental unit'. In retrospect it might have seemed a tad cold.

I read Devil in the White City and liked it, but haven't read Dead Wake and don't have a copy. I think it goes on Kindle sale periodically and I'll keep an eye out for it.

Feb 20, 4:30pm Top

If I were Bill, I'd be thrilled that my birthday message said HOTOOT (as in Hot Toot) no matter what it meant! Happy Birthday to your boy! 62 is just getting to the point of real enjoyment!
Funny. I hadn't thought past reading the Larsons on my shelf or my Kindle. PBS and AMP have remedied that - or will remedy it shortly if we have a decent mail person on the day that the books show up.
I'm primed for *Garden*. You may or may not remember that this year's project is reading a bio of Goebbels. Right now it's not going at all since I am busy with the fae in a village just north of Chicago. Off to read!

Feb 20, 6:20pm Top

Hello smoochling. Thumbed your review.

I hate the world. Mean, small-souled idiots run it.

Feb 20, 10:26pm Top

>102 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! He loved the shirts, cards, and M&Ms. I’m pumped about Larson and thanks re my review.

>103 brodiew2: I have never read anything about Bonhoeffer. Looks like I should do a bit of research, even if not a full book’s worth, Brodie.

>104 SomeGuyInVirginia: Oh they do, for sure, Larry. I’m wearing my Wicked Good Moccasins right now. Bill got rid of 4 shirts for the 3 new ones, so he’s on the upside of culling. *smile*

Lots of Larson love. You’ll like Dead Wake.

>105 LizzieD: He was totally clueless, Peggy, so I had to spoon-feed it to him. We had a good laugh over it and he absolutely loved the card from Inara and KW.

Once I find an author I like I try to find more books by them – usually thrift store. The April FoL book sale might provide some, too.

Enjoy your reading!

>106 richardderus: Thank you, darling RD!

Mostly it’s mean, small-souled idiots. There are a few angels in disguise…..

Feb 21, 7:08am Top

Morning, Karen. I was busy replying to all of my great pals over on my thread, it sucked up all my time. Have a good Wednesday.

I Thumbed your review, BTW.

Feb 21, 7:38am Top

'Morning Mark, and thank you! I know how that goes (the time-sucking aspects of keeping up with threads). I really need to work on FoL today, so will only spend 45 minutes or so on LT, read for a bit, then dig in to write checks, prepare a deposit, and start some financial planning.

And thanks re my review.

Feb 21, 8:32am Top

Good morning, Karen! Glad Bill had a good birthday!

It's very springlike here today, so the cats will be enjoying open windows once the fog lifts a bit more.

Feb 21, 8:53am Top

Hi Harry! It's spring-like here, too. It will be in the mid-70s the rest of the week. I have seen blooming redbuds, some forsythia even, although not mine. I'm hearing peeper and other spring-like sounds.

Feb 21, 11:27am Top

Good morning, Karen!

>107 karenmarie: His story of courage and conviction on the face of National Socialism is to be lauded, but his story is also fascinating from German's eye view of the rise of the Nazis. Also, it is a fascinating look at how the Nazis corrupted the evangelical church in Germany. Bonhoeffer was instrumental in the ensuing battle over the church and Nazi growing actions toward Jews.

Feb 21, 11:40am Top

Hi Karen, I hope you had a fabulous day, yesterday. the present looks so delightful.

Feb 21, 12:14pm Top

>112 brodiew2: Hi Brodie! Added to my wish list. Thanks for the info.

>113 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! We had a good day. We watched curling, both women (who lost) and men (who won). Then we watched more Longmire. Whew. What a series.

I just spent 1 3/4 hours on FoL deposit prep and check writing. Yay. Done.

I need to go to the post office to mail a Bookmooch book and check the FoL PO box. Perhaps as a reward I'll stop at the thrift shop and see if they have any exciting books.....

Feb 22, 7:03am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Making the best of it here. The adjuster comes out this A.M. I hope Sue does a good job pleading our case. Fingers crossed.

Enjoy your day!

Feb 22, 8:56am Top

Hi Mark! I'll keep my fingers crossed too. Go Sue!

Woke up late, just had my first sip of coffee.

Feb 22, 9:19am Top

Good morning, Karen! A light rain seems to be keeping the birds away from the feeders at the moment, but it looks like it's about time to refill the suet feeder that is seeing use (the other one has pretty much been ignored).

Feb 22, 9:22am Top

Hi Harry and thanks.

We're overcast but not raining. It's 66F, going to a high of 79F. Noooooo....... too warm for this time of year.

I think a squirrel has finally found the 3-tube feeder I have out where the hummingbird feeder will go in a month or so. I saw a squirrel scampering across the grass on this side of the house yesterday - something I've never seen before that I can remembers. Sigh. Oh well it was fun while it lasted.

Feb 22, 11:06am Top

For some reason I'm having problems posting to other threads. Anybody else?

Feb 22, 11:10am Top

Morning, Karen! I hear your weather woes - we are in the 80s this week, and I am so not loving it.

>119 karenmarie: Yep - the posting is VERY slow. Taking forever to show up.

Feb 22, 11:19am Top

Hello Karen! I hope all is well.

Where are you in the Longmire series? Do you have any episodes that have stuck out so far? I'm 3 episodes into S5

Feb 22, 11:28am Top

LT has been very buggy for me this morning.

Feb 22, 11:33am Top

It's going well, thanks for asking, Brodie. I just finally put away the last of the Christmas decorations - they were on the bed in the guest bedroom and are now in the attic space behind the closet. Yay for one good thing done today!

We just finished S3 episode 4, In the Pines. We probably won't be watching tonight because I'm going to an event at the Library tonight and will be (wo)manning the Friends Membership table along with our President Pete. I sure wish he'd get a smart phone - started using Square for processing credit card payments last fall and you have to have a smart phone and I have to have you set up as a valid user. Right now I'm the only one authorized to make transactions since I took everybody else back off after the book sale. It's my security nerd side showing.

It's hard to say if any have stuck out so far because after each one Bill and I look at each other and say Wow. This show is consistently well written and well acted.

Edited: Feb 22, 11:43am Top

>123 karenmarie: 'This show is consistently well written and well acted.'

No arguing that. Such a fine series.

Have fun at the library tonight!

Edited: Feb 22, 12:45pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Karen. I hope all is well at your part of the world.

Feb 22, 1:15pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Karen. Yes, posting was screwy for me, too. It wouldn't post, then when I tried again it wouldn't because it was a duplicate post! After trying various things, and I revised the original post, and that worked.

We finished the Philip K. Dick "Electric Dreams" series (based on ten of his short stories) and liked that. Then we tried "Black Mirror", and I'm not sure we'll stick with it. We'll probably give it one more go.

Midsomer Murders continues to be a nice escape with Barnaby and friends. We're in the 8th season now.

Feb 22, 2:48pm Top

>124 brodiew2: Thanks, Brodie!

>125 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara. Yes, things are going pretty well, when all's said and done. *smile*

>126 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. Same thing occurred for me. It took forever to post to johnsimpson's thread!

You've still go a long way to go with Barnaby & Co.

Looks like Electric Dreams is Prime so we can watch that.

Feb 22, 3:47pm Top

Hi Karen, I am finally getting around the threads my dear. Thank you for the kind messages you have posted, I am a lot better and it would seem that it wasn't full blown Flu thankfully although I did feel really awful, sadly it would seem I have passed on a cold to Karen or that is what she is saying ha ha. So Karen now has a cold and has taken herself up to bed but her toothache is easing and the drugs are doing their stuff.

I hope you are both well my dear and that Bill had a good birthday my dear. I saw that you were looking for the first two Cormoran Strike adaptations as we are about to see the third book adapted, I know that the first two have been released on DVD if that is any help to you. I will only say how good it is on here so as not to spoil anything and we have read two lovely long pieces about the third one and the two main actors so it is set up nicely for us on Sunday.

Sending love and hugs to both of you dear friend.

Feb 22, 4:17pm Top

Hi there, I am about to go get coffee to see if I can speed up my writing efforts (which today consists of 82 words per *hour*!). I hope it works! Also, if you see me here, tell me to go away and get writing ;)

Feb 22, 4:46pm Top

20. Obsession in Death by J.D Robb
2/19/18 to 2/22/18

From Amazon:
Lieutenant Eve Dallas walks the thin line between love and hate in the 40th In Death thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb…

Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She—and her husband Roarke—are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation.

But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her—again and again…

With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate—and dangerous—psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall…

Why I wanted to read it: I haven’t read an Eve Dallas in a while and needed a little break from Kinsey Millhone.

Eve’s horrific and dysfunctional childhood has left her without feminine wiles or social skills. There are always a few random peeks into this aspect of Eve. Here’s one from when she’s discussing the case with Dr. Charlotte Mira, the police psychologist.
Mira nodded as she walked over—cherry-red heels today with a winter-white suit and a triple chain of tiny red stones.

How did anyone think in the morning about matching a necklace with their shoes? How did anyone have a necklace that matched their shoes? Did they buy the shoes first or the necklace, or was it just random?

She could ask, Eve considered, but the answer would probably baffle her as much as the question.
This endears Eve to me.

Very well done, not a lot of preachiness, not a lot of awe over how lucky she is to have Roarke. Not enough Summerset, not enough Mavis, but lots of Galahad and Mira and of course, the always-to-die-for Roarke. It’s solid and very much a procedural.

Feb 22, 5:21pm Top

Hello, Karen. I wont' do this again, but I wanted to share the last few of my favorite read aloud picture books. I forgot a couple before.

My Truck Is Stuck by Daniel Kirk
No Dinner! by Jessica Souhami
Gator Gumbo by Candace Fleming
Rolie Polie Olie by William Joyce
My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown
Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell

A couple are for little kids, but rest worked through 5 or 6 or higher given that they loved them.

Edited: Feb 22, 5:49pm Top

>130 karenmarie: You remind me of reading a Dallas this year too. I don't when I read one last time.

Feb 22, 7:12pm Top

HI Karen! Hope you had a good day!
>119 karenmarie: LT was wonky for me this morning too. I got frustrated and gave up

Feb 22, 8:33pm Top

>123 karenmarie: I've never even heard of In the Pines. I'm so behind on my TV

Feb 22, 9:08pm Top

I cannot believe how far behind I am! It's only been a couple of days, honest!! Happy New Thread, Karen. Looks like the birthday went well and you've been keeping busy.

Feb 22, 10:03pm Top

>131 brodiew2: Hi Brodie! Not one of these titles is familiar – my daughter’s 25 now and I don’t know if I missed them when she was little or if they were published more recently than that.

>132 Ameise1: I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Eve Dallas, Barbara, but the last two (#39 and #40) have gotten me back in touch with why I like the series.

>133 ChelleBearss: HI Chelle! I tried off and on all morning, alternating it with reading, and it finally started working right again, thank goodness!

>134 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! Sorry – that’s an episode of Longmire. I guess I should italicize episodes and bold series. You may be behind but you’re not crazy – no series called ITP as best I can figure, but there are quite a few series episodes with that title, not just the one in Longmire.

>135 ronincats: I’ve been terribly remiss at visiting threads recently, Roni, so know the feeling. Thanks, yes, and oh yes! Tonight was a 2 hour musical performance that I attended in order to have a Friends of the Library membership table. Blech, but we got 9 new memberships so it was worth it. What I should have done was go out into the library to read after the program started then come back in a few minutes before it ended. 2 hours of reading missed!

Feb 22, 10:35pm Top

>101 karenmarie: I love "TBHOTOOTBST"

And I have given up on the notion of "keeping up" in 2018. Somehow it just seems more daunting so I visit when I can, try to keep up with the sense of community without pressuring myself to keep up with the posts, per se.

I hope you enjoy the Walt Longmire series when you get to it, Karen. I think it reads well.

Feb 22, 10:41pm Top

>137 EBT1002: Me too, with a sigh.
But, Hi Karen. Hope your day went well.

Feb 23, 3:28am Top

>136 karenmarie: >135 ronincats: Maybe you remember next time, Karen, to use the performance time for reading :-)
Somehow the threads keep running fast this year, in other years it slowed down more after January.

Feb 23, 3:56am Top

Happy Friday, Karen.

Feb 23, 6:42am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. The service guys will come and pick up these fans today, so I can have my P & Q back, despite the disarray. The carpet guy is coming this afternoon too, to give an estimate. I would sure like to wrap this up and put it behind us.

Enjoy your day.

Feb 23, 7:21am Top

Good morning, Karen! Pity about the show, but as Anita said, maybe you can arrange it better next time and get some reading in.

Edited: Feb 23, 8:37am Top

>122 katiekrug: Hi Katie! I see I missed replying to your message yesterday. It all seems to have been fixed, fortunately.

>137 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! He had such a blank look on his face. He got the “To Bill Honey”, but I did have to prompt him through the rest, all in good fun. Keeping up with threads comes and goes.

I’m speaking for me only, but I think I’m more talkative because I’m more nervous about what’s going on here in the good old US of A and hanging out here is a comfort. Mark made a comment on Feb 16th that rings true: It sure is nice to have LT and the 75. It is like group therapy for book-lovers. Re the first Longmire book, I’m trying really hard to not just buy the books that I want RIGHT NOW, but that one is calling me.

>138 LizzieD: Hey Peggy! Me three, as we used to say as kids. Yesterday ended up being both productive and fun. Some days one can’t ask for more.

>139 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita. I had my book with me, but of course even if I hadn’t there were books there…. Running fast is right. I have added a couple of new friends this year here on LT, and one, in our ROOTs group, bowed out because she said that the political talk (never on her thread, but quite a bit on others), got her upset and because of her patriotism and loyalty to America she had to find another group that didn’t talk about politics. Sigh.

>140 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Happy Friday to you. I hope that you’re out skiing and enjoying Davos – I’ll check your thread in a bit.

>1421 ‘Morning, Mark! I hope the story of Mark and Sue and the Insurance Adjusters ends well.

>142 harrygbutler: Oh yes, Harry. Next time I’ll be my normal introverted and non-singer-songwriter-appreciative self. (There are a few, from the '60s and '70s that are favorites but mostly I just don't want to spend the time. Baroque and classical music are my favs, along with many rock and roll bands from the '60s and '70s.) There’s another event Saturday that I may go to and may execute the new plan.

However, the Men’s Curling Final will be rebroadcast at 4 p.m., and because Bill will want to watch it and we don’t want to get up at 3 a.m. to watch it live, so will probably pass, even with the opportunity for new memberships.

Today I have nothing at all scheduled. I may finish up a deposit for FoL and take it to the bank. Knowing me I will, because a couple of the checks are from the beginning of the month. People get antsy about their checks being deposited.

Feb 23, 8:45am Top

Go Eve! Nice review of Secrets in Death. Not enough Summerset, not enough Mavis. Yeah, the same would be true in the newest, Dark in Death. (Another solid entry). I get a kick out of both those characters, too.

It reminds me of the Spenser series - my wife would always ask me, "How much is Hawk in it?" If the answer was the rare "He's not", or "not much", she'd take a pass.

Feb 23, 8:48am Top

Hi Joe!

Thank you.

I've never read the Enter Spenser series although I've seen books by Robert B. Parker everywhere forever. Do I need another series now? No. Will I try to find the first one? Yes. Sigh.

Edited: Feb 23, 8:55am Top

>145 karenmarie: Ha! We really enjoyed the Spenser series, Karen. He was an English prof, so it's got some snap to it, IMO. He passed away a few years ago. The Godwulf Manuscript is the first one. I actually was given one much further up in the series (and still one of my favorites), Looking for Rachel Wallace) as my first. I liked it so much I went back to the beginning.

I'm one of those who, when I find a new series that I like, with a lot of the books already written, I'm a very happy guy. That happened to me with the Eve Dallas series, and Jack Reacher, among others. So much fun.

P.S. Roberta used to call me "The Series Pusher". You can see why.

Feb 23, 9:00am Top

Happy belated birthday to Bill Karen!

I picked up the first of the J.D. Robb series from you Karen, and now here is Joe promoting more series. We should call them M.B.B's ;-)

Edited: Feb 23, 9:16am Top

>146 jnwelch: Okay, you successfully pushed and I can see why the moniker. *smile* Now I need the first Longmire and the first Spenser.

Reacher, Dallas, Millhone, Poirot, Miss Marple, Lord Peter, all favorite series. I'm sure I've forgotten a few that I also love, but I'm only on my second cup of coffee.

>147 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella! Good idea, MBBs. I hope you like the first Eve Dallas. If you do, there are 47 of them, plus novellas and short stories.

Feb 23, 10:19am Top

>143 karenmarie: >139 FAMeulstee: Yes, I saw that in the ROOTs group, Karen. I went through all the threads to find where the "political talk" was. I could not find anything really political. There were a few reviews on books with more or less political topics, that gave some discussion. If that hurts, it is unavoidable. I should catch up with the ROOTs group, lately I have only posted my reviews of ROOTs read and have not read any other threads...

Feb 23, 10:53am Top

>149 FAMeulstee: I think the political talk was there, in peoples' own threads or responses to what people had written on their own threads. There was nothing on her threads attacking her beliefs or even saying that drumpf is a dangerous, immoral, unethical waste of space leading a party of ... well. I'm sorry she fled ROOTs but I'm not going to stifle my opinions except on a person's thread where their beliefs are contrary to mine, out of respect for being 'in their house', so to speak.

There were a few reviews on books with more or less political topics, that gave some discussion. If that hurts, it is unavoidable. I agree. But not on her threads and not attacking her personally. And that did not happen.

Feb 23, 11:02am Top

Good morning, Karen!

>144 jnwelch: >145 karenmarie: When one utters the word Spenser, here I appear! :-) I am a long time fan of the Spenser series and would highly recommend you partake. I also greatly enjoyed the tv series Spenser: For Hire which came out of the series. I'm with Joe in encouraging you to start at the beginning.

Feb 23, 11:03am Top

>150 karenmarie: Indeed, there was nothing on her thread or anything at all aimed at her.
I'm not going to stifle my opinions Neither am I, I am glad we have our hangout here in this group :-)

Feb 23, 11:15am Top

>151 brodiew2: Hi Brodie! Good to know. I have come to need to read a series in order, even Jack Reacher books that jump all around, because it tells me how the author wants me to understand what s/he is presenting.

>152 FAMeulstee: Yes. I love this hangout. Best on LT! There are quite a few people, it turns out, who have threads in both groups, but I only follow a person one place.

Feb 23, 11:29am Top

Karen--I am here. In your one place. Following along. : ) Glad the birthday was a success!

Feb 23, 11:36am Top

Hi Kim! Good to see you. I hope you're fully (or at least mostly) recovered from the anchovy debacle.

Feb 23, 12:22pm Top

Thanks so much, Karen. We had a fabulous last day.

Feb 23, 5:31pm Top

Isn't it funny how patriotism means not talking about politics?

Hi Horrible, happy that Bill Honey's birthday was a hit.

Feb 24, 9:07am Top

>156 Ameise1: I'm so glad to hear that, Barbara! You deserved some good times.

>157 richardderus: If you don't hear what you want to, apparently. Or perhaps it's just that you like the person less for what they believe. It works both ways, I suppose, although I'd never abandon an LT friend because of opposing political views. Wouldn't abandon my sister either, although I've happily abandoned my BiL. *smile* I'm feeling a tad mean this morning towards him and his family.

Today is Birthday Part II. I'll make a chicken dish that has breasts and thighs (boneless but with skin on) and some chicken livers, onions or leeks depending on my mood, potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms. It's one of his favorites. Homemade cheesecake for dessert.

And do you know how hard it is to NOT hear news? We're going to watch the Us Men's Curling Final today and we don't want to know the results beforehand. I forget who they play but I don't dare try to look it up in case I accidentally see results. No NPR either, and I'm going to get out of LT now in case I do my normal thing and go to a thread where somebody's either woo hoo-ing or boo hoo-ing.

Feb 24, 9:37am Top

Your cooking sounds delicious. Happy Saturday, Karen.

Feb 24, 10:52am Top

Hope you managed to watch curling without finding out the result! I find that Facebook is a particularly bad place to go when you are avoiding news like that! I have one friend from work who always spoils the end of big TV shows. When This is Us was going to have a big one air after the super bowl she had friends posting just to her to be respectful and not write anything because they have taped it for after work. It's sad when people have to ask someone to be respectful. I would have thought in the days of PVR that people would use common sense.
Anyway, happy Saturday and enjoy your curling and cheesecake!

Feb 24, 11:17am Top

I am hopelessly behind on posting so just going to say hello and Happy Saturday! We are into curling right now and have managed to avoid any word about winners or losers. I'll check back later when we both know.

I hope all is well with you!

Feb 24, 11:45am Top

I hope it's not too late to say that I agree with Joe and Brodie — Robert B. Parker's Spenser series is well worth your time.

Feb 24, 12:33pm Top

>99 streamsong: >101 karenmarie: Whoops! I meant to say I'd like to get 10 ROOTS done by the end of February, not ten per month. It's not looking really good for February, although it may be possible if I pop a quick cozy or two in there.

I wouldn't cut people out for their political beliefs, but I do stop following people on Facebook sometimes for the **way** they talk about their beliefs.

Feb 24, 7:27pm Top

Hello, Karen! You missed me up there, too when you missed Katie, but I am trying not to cry about it.

Oh, Spenser.....YOWZA!

Feb 24, 10:38pm Top

Hope you enjoyed the curling match!

Edited: Feb 25, 1:16am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen. I've read only a few Spenser's but I liked them.

Edited: Feb 25, 7:59am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I was planning on going down to the lakefront this A.M. for a little birding but it is very gusty, so I have to decide.

Enjoy your day.

Feb 25, 8:09am Top

>159 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. We started our errands so late that we decided to have the chicken and vegetables tonight but I did make the cheesecake and we each had a piece about 8:30 p.m.

>160 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! We were successful. Bill wanted to watch speed skating first thing, so went to that channel, and even though it still said speed skating on the guide description, it was the men’s Gold medal game in curling. We caught it at the second end, so watched it until the glorious end. US men beat the Swedish men, 10-5. John Shuster’s 5-stone end was brilliant. He was absolutely ‘on’ and the whole thing was a joy to watch. Without mentioning it to each other during the game, we each assumed that they were showing it early because the US men won. We were right! We watched the women in the evening through the 8th end with the Swedish women ahead, and it didn’t even look like the same Korean team – I think the nerves finally got to them and the weight of expectations.

I so rarely go to Facebook anymore that I didn’t even think of that.

>161 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! Excellent game for the US men, wasn’t it? Hopelessly behind sounds about right for me, too. I’m doing pretty well, all things considered. I did twist my right hip yesterday when I was putting one of the bird feeders back up, but it’s much better this morning. I’m going to a deep tissue massage therapy session tomorrow so will have Sherry work on it. It’s my fault – I was standing on a rather unstable little table – and when it shift and I shifted with it I zigged when I should have zagged. I didn’t fall off, and nothing permanent, but I will start using the nice stable metal stepping stool now instead.

>162 rosalita: H Julia! Not too late at all, it just makes me want to get the The Godwulf Manuscript even more.

>163 streamsong: Hi Janet! You know, it didn’t even phase me about 10 per month up there, but correction noted!

And re Facebook again, I am keeping my account only because it’s occasionally useful to get in touch with a cousin or two. I don’t look at links posted and get tired of the church food recipes people post (church food: Anything made with Campbell’s cream of anything, any packaged sauce or dressing, or Cool Whip.)

It turns out that I don’t particularly care about the lives of the people I went to high school with 47 years ago. Most of them are conservative Rs anyway, which I am SO not, and my posting-maniac cousins I see occasionally enough to not care about what they post. I’m friends with a few people here on LT, but usually stay caught up with them here on LT.

>120 Crazymamie: and >164 Crazymamie: Mamie, I am so sorry. No excuses, but the difficulties with posting got my mind out of whack. And yay Spenser.

>165 ronincats: We did, Roni! It was fantastic.

>166 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Thank you. And another voice to my quick acquisition of the first Spenser, The Godwulf Manuscript.

>167 msf59: ‘Morning Mark! Decisions, decisions, right?

Today will be mostly laziness. Our Home Owners Association meets today at 2 p.m. Bill won’t go, but I will.

Feb 25, 9:09am Top

Morning, Karen! Happy Sunday! I have a love/hate relationship with Spenser - I love to hate him. I am addicted to reading the books and then ranting about them - it's a sickness. Heh.

Feb 25, 9:23am Top

Now I'm really intrigued.

I automatically have 4 tabs that I open when opening my browser: duckduckgo, LT, Amazon, and BookMooch. Sigh. So it was soooo easy to click on the Amazon tab and find Enter Spenser and order it. At $12.64, it's only $3.22/book.

No self control.

Feb 25, 9:32am Top

>168 karenmarie: Glad to see you had a good afternoon of curling!

I understand the dislike of Facebook. I usually check it in the morning over my coffee and then regret looking when I see all the negative things people post. Nate deleted his account years ago and stays off all social media. I like seeing photos of our families and friend as we are spread out all over Canada.

Feb 25, 9:56am Top

Oh yes, the curling and cheesecake and Longmire were fun. Running errands was, too.

Good for Nate, although I couldn't stay off all social media. Of course, LT is my only real social media outlet, and y'all are superb.

I am part of a small-and-shrinking immediate and one generation-removed family. I stay in touch with my Aunt via phone calls every 2-3 weeks and my Uncle via e-mail. My first cousins have always basically ignored any overtures I made, so I stopped making them. I do the Christmas card exchange with two of my Mom/Aunt/Uncle's cousins. My husband's family is even tinier although we're close with Aunt Ann and one of her sons/wife/children. One of his only two first cousins died unexpectedly late last year and the other one rebuffed his overtures because Bill's DAD and he had problems. His second cousins who live in the western part of NC are welcoming and nice, but we only see them every year or so. I could follow them closely on Facebook, but they are mega-posters and it gets exhausting after a while since I'm mostly a lurker and liker on Facebook. I've never posted ANYTHING.

Feb 25, 10:56am Top

I'm with you on Facebook, I don't even have an account.

A very dreary, rainy day. Perfect for reading and watching trashy movies.

Feb 25, 11:39am Top

Hi Larry!

I think we're supposed to get rain this afternoon. Reading and trashy movies sounds good, although in our case it will probably be Longmire after I get back from the HOA meeting.

In the meantime, relaxing, NOT watching Face the Nation in order to preserve my mental health, reading The Power. I may not be as thrilled as other folks, but it is a good read and I'm persevering.

I've also started The Devil in the White City.

Feb 25, 8:04pm Top

>172 karenmarie: I'm big on posting photos of the girls. I know there are good reasons to keep kid's photos off social media but I like to share with my Gramma in New Brunswick, my BIL in Alberta, two cousins (that we are semi close to) are in British Columbia and a hand full of friends all over Canada from our military days. As well as family near by that we don't see often enough but that have requested to see pics of the girls as they age.
I have all my privacy settings at the max so I hope that's enough. I don't get in political debates online or share mass posts about my beliefs, just photos mostly.
LT is my only real social interaction other than photos and I love it here!

Feb 25, 8:16pm Top


I know it's irrelevant to you, but Sue Grafton's first ten Kinsey books are $2.99 each today.

Feb 25, 9:51pm Top

>175 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! My niece and her wife post photos and videos of their son on Facebook all the time. They're smart cookies and wouldn't do anything to jeopardize Oliver, same as you wouldn't jeopardize your girls.

>176 richardderus: *smooch* back, darling Richard. I've got them all in hardcover, but I encourage anybody who hasn't read one to at least try A is for Alibi. If you don't like it, no harm, no foul.

Feb 26, 5:35am Top

Wishing you a good start into the new week, Karen.

Feb 26, 7:03am Top

Morning, Karen. I hope you had a fine Sunday. We are enjoying some mild and rain-free weather for the next couple of days. Yah!

Feb 26, 7:05am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope you have a pleasant Monday. After a fairly rainy weekend, it should begin drying out here.

Feb 26, 9:17am Top

>178 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara!

>179 msf59: ‘Morning Mark! I’m glad you’re getting some decent weather, even if it is only for a few days.

>180 harrygbutler: I think the rain is coming here, Harry – it’s been damp and drizzly since yesterday afternoon and supposed to rain off and on today. Yesterday’s high of 70-something will dip to 60F today.

Feb 26, 12:17pm Top

Hello, Karen! It's wet here, too, but our temps are warmer than yours. Darn it.

Feb 26, 2:55pm Top

I thought it was going to be 80 here. But nnoooooo.

Feb 26, 5:45pm Top

>182 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie! Steady drizzle, 48F. Brrr. I put the Sunroom's propane heater on.

>183 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Looks like it didn't get much above 52F or so, right?

Feb 27, 7:07am Top

Morning, Karen. 60 today! 60 today! You may just catch me skipping along the route...you never know.

Boo to your damp chilly weather. Hope it moves on.

Edited: Feb 28, 8:26am Top

'Morning to you too Larry MARK!! Yay for 60F and skipping. I hope you have a great day. It's 36F here, getting to about the same as you - 61F. But the clouds are gone and the skies are a beautiful Carolina blue.

I had to get up to the alarm this morning.... grumble..... my cleaning ladies will be here in about 10 minutes.

Feb 27, 1:11pm Top

Blue skies! Yay! Here too.


Feb 27, 1:14pm Top

Good morning, Karen!

Feb 27, 4:24pm Top

Hi Karen it sounds a bit chilly with you but it is warmer than us at the moment. It is currently -3c here and we have finally got the snow we were forecast although at the moment it only amounts to an inch. The severe cold and snow are set for the remainder of the week with daytime temps of -2c but when you add the wind chill it will feel like -10c.

Hope you are having a good week so far my dear and I send love and hugs from both of us.

Feb 27, 4:55pm Top

>187 richardderus: Hi RD! Blue skies, spring-like weather. *smooch*

>188 brodiew2: Hi Brodie!

>189 johnsimpson: Hi John! -3C = 26.6F, so yes, you're much cooler than our 59F = 15C.

My forsythia as of yesterday.

Feb 27, 6:31pm Top

Did we talk about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Karen? We're loving the series. I think it's Amazon Prime. Very funny, with a great cast.

Feb 27, 10:25pm Top

Hi Joe.

I've seen some comments on various threads, but haven't checked it out yet. We're just starting season 5 of Longmire. Heavy and heady stuff....

Feb 27, 10:35pm Top

Longmire is so good.

Feb 27, 11:24pm Top

>190 karenmarie: GLORIOUS!!
Count me as another Spenser fan, Karen, although he did lose some of his appeal when he got into the series. (I swore that if Susan, whom you haven't met yet, spent 15 minutes chewing a tiny nibble of something one more time that I'd never read another. She did, and I haven't, but I understand that later books have returned to some of the early goodness.)

Feb 28, 3:05am Top

Happy Wednesday, Karen. We still are freezing and there is no blooming yet here.

Feb 28, 6:47am Top

>190 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen! Quite the display. I like forsythia, but we don't have a particularly good place for it in our yard.

Edited: Feb 28, 12:37pm Top

Hi Karen

I love your forsythia in >190 karenmarie:!! There is a bush about that size behind the house next door to me and it used to blossom just like that. My first sign of spring! But it hasn't blossomed now in years and I fear it's dead. Thankfully, though, the condo corp (we are a townhouse condo corp) has not removed it so the birds still congregate in the branches daily and although there is no colour on the bush itself, it is often filled with song and loud chatter. As if there was a convention of birds going on in there all the time! :-)

Feb 28, 7:57am Top

>186 karenmarie: Larry? LOL.

Morning, Karen. No skipping yesterday but there was some smiling. I am enjoying the day off. Mid-week break. I am running out to visit an ailing Aunt, about 75 miles from here. She is in her early 90s and things aren't looking good. She has always been one of my favorite people in the world. A sweet soul.

Enjoy your day.

Feb 28, 9:06am Top

>186 karenmarie: again. Yikes. Sorry Mark. I corrected it above. Believe me, I was truly envisioning you skipping about as you delivered the mail to the fortunate customers on your route.

>193 jnwelch: Hi Joe! It occasionally veers off into something we can’t quite figure out how it can recover from, but it just keeps getting better and better.

>194 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy! Our land is old pastures, which were faithfully fertilized with chicken poop for decades before we bought. Makes for good soil. ‘Course you have to dig into the red clay, but once something gets established it’s good to go.

Enter Spenser is due to arrive March 2-9. I’m really looking forward to it. “Whom you haven’t met yet” are lovely words. I must meet you first, though.

>195 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! Spring will come, but stay warm and safe in the meantime. It’s been too warm here, actually, and I anticipate more cold weather. Depending on when it comes, the blooms on the forsythia will get frostbitten or have converted to leaves which might be a bit heartier. Can’t control it, can’t worry about it.

>196 harrygbutler: Hi Harry and thank you. Our gardening efforts are sporadic and we aren’t good at maintenance, so things just tend to do what they want to do. Like I said above, the soil is good, so almost everything grows spectacularly.

>197 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! Thanks. A Southern Senior I met when I first moved here called it the old fashioned “Yellow Bells”. I’m still charmed with that. I like the idea of your bird convention. Right now my Crepe Myrtle is bare, and I can see the birds as they jockey for position, flirt, bash seeds against the branches, and preen. I’m always sorry when it fills in, although it’s quite wonderful then, too, in a different way. (This is Kitty standing on my laptop keyboard:


He is very demanding this morning. Now he’s lifting cables and sniffing at them or trying to play with them. Sigh. He’s like a child needing attention. ... later - he's finally given up pestering me and is resting on the printer)

Here’s the Crepe Myrtle, picture just taken. There’s a male Cardinal in the tree and a female cardinal on the feeder:

>198 msf59: Okay, Okay! I fixed it and am sorry. No excuses. *smile*

Oooh, nice, a day off. I’m glad you’ll be able to visit your Aunt. I’m sure it will be good for both of you.

Today I am getting a haircut. I will also probably spend some time working on the FoL finances. And read. The Power is coming along, about 2/3 done. Still just barely into The Devil in the White City.

Feb 28, 9:10am Top

Morning, Karen! I've been lurking the past few days, so just thought I'd say hello :)

Feb 28, 9:20am Top

Hello back, Katie!

Feb 28, 10:12am Top

Hooray for the cardinals. I have been hearing the males singing and the females cheeping. You got some good books going. Enjoy!

Feb 28, 10:25am Top

The Olympics are over so I can return to reading and posting more frequently. When I was in Tempe last week I met a woman who used to curl and she gave a few of us a rundown of the rules and some of the most basic strategy. I wish I had talked with her before this year's Olympics because even that level of understanding of the sport/game made for more pleasurable viewing.

The forsythia is lovely in bloom. Spring is knocking at the door... we have crocus blooming and the daffodils are in bud. And the chickadee is singing his late winter/early spring song. Yay!

Feb 28, 10:25am Top

Oh yeah, I meant to comment above ~~ Mark's reference to LT as "group therapy for book lovers." Amen to that!

Feb 28, 10:53am Top

HI, Karen! Sounds like you have two great books on the go! I've heard great things about The Power and I'm currently loving Devil in the White City!

Feb 28, 11:59am Top

>190 karenmarie: Wow, forsythia in bloom!! It must be spring...but we're finally having something that resembles winter and I hope it holds on for a while. Hope you're enjoying your spring though.

Feb 28, 1:23pm Top

Love the fabulous fantastic flowering forsythia foto! Woot for spring! Need to get me one of them. I had a small one that one of the nurseries presented to moms on Mother's Day, but I believe something ate it. Deer? mouse? squirrel? horse?

It looks like we have a whole ten days upcoming where the highs will be above freezing. The snow has collapsed into an inch or two of ice. The evening light is an hour and a half longer.

But today I am still using my sled instead of my cart to haul hay and I am contemplating short(!) full moon snowshoe treks in the next few evenings.

Feb 28, 3:53pm Top

>202 msf59: Yay for the cardinals for sure! There’s a special one at the bottom of this message.

>203 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! How lovely to hear about curling from a woman who actually used to curl. Bill and I keep learning more and more about the rules and strategies, but will probably forget it all by the time the next Olympics rolls around. Perhaps we can watch some of the larger tournaments between now and then – just gotta find them!

Spring has been knocking here, but this week retreated a bit again. It’s only 54F now and I’ve put the heater on in the Sunroom. When the tip of my nose gets cold, I know it’s too cold in the house.

>204 EBT1002: *smile*

>205 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! I do, and will be getting back to them in a few.

>206 RebaRelishesReading: It’s spring-like, but as frequently happens we’ll be tempted with spring then get some freezes that take things out. I personally don’t mind winter, don’t get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and perk right along. Once spring kicks in I get depressed, because that means that NC summer is coming.

>207 streamsong: Thanks, Janet. I kept badgering Bill ‘til he got me 3 one-gallon plants, and the rest is history. I’m very happy to look up the drive and see them. Yay for above-freezing temps in Montana. Sled, aye, and the idea of a full moon snowshoe trek sounds wonderful. Not that I could necessarily do it – bad feet – but the idea is wonderful.

So I want to see a yellow cardinal. There’s one in Alabama. I wish he’d come up here. If he mated, would the fledglings be orange? (I know, I know....)

Feb 28, 4:03pm Top

I just found a link to an interview with the guy who took this photograph.

That yellow cardinal

Feb 28, 5:07pm Top

Nice, Shelley! Thank you. His enthusiasm and awe are great.

And, I just saw my first Cedar Waxwings! Louise called and said "Come out with your binoculars, they're in the trees between our properties." I put my shoes on, grabbed the binocs, and raced outside. I was able to watch them for about 5 minutes - I saw 25. Louise said there was another smaller flock in the sweet gum tree but I don't know which tree she was talking about so missed them, but.... SCORE. My first Cedar Waxwings.

Feb 28, 5:37pm Top

>210 karenmarie: How nice that Louise called you, Karen, so you could see your first Cedar Waxwings. Yay!

Feb 28, 7:52pm Top

>210 karenmarie: I had to look them up, but such beautiful birds!

Feb 28, 10:24pm Top

>211 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! It was the second time we tried for the Waxwings and were successful this time. She's a dear friend. We waved at each other across the fields.

>212 EllaTim: Aren't they, Ella? So stern looking and colorful.

Feb 28, 11:55pm Top

I LOVE cedar waxwings! I saw a bunch of them in a tree several years ago, when I was in upstate New York, visiting friends. I've never seen any here. They are so elegant-looking, aren't they?


Mar 1, 3:39am Top

Sweet Thursday, Karen. Big waves from snowy Zürich.

Mar 1, 8:15am Top

Good morning, Karen! Hurrah for the cedar waxwings! Enjoy your Thursday.

Mar 1, 8:17am Top

>214 jessibud2: Congrats, Shelley. They tend to flock, which makes seeing them all the more dramatic.

>215 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! Big waves back. We're rainy and 50F right now.

Mar 1, 9:16am Top

Goodness, cedar waxwings! How very...um...wonderful?

What's a cedar waxwing? How's it fly if its wings are wax? Shouldn't they eschew the South if their wings are so malleable?


Mar 1, 9:25am Top

You are a riot, RD! They are wonderful because they have such beautiful markings. You asked for it (from Wikipedia):

The cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) is a member of the family Bombycillidae or waxwing family of passerine birds. It is a medium-sized, mostly brown, gray, and yellow bird named for its wax-like wing tips. It is a native of North and Central America, breeding in open wooded areas in southern Canada and wintering in the southern half of the United States, Central America, and the far northwest of South America. Its diet includes cedar cones, fruit, and insects. The cedar waxwing is not endangered.

The genus name Bombycilla comes from the Ancient Greek bombux, "silk" and the Modern Latin cilla, "tail"; this is a direct translation of the German Seidenschwanz, "silk-tail", and refers to the silky-soft plumage of these birds. The specific cedrorum is Latin for "of the cedars".

Mar 1, 9:54am Top

...but that's a pear tree...those're not partridges...

Mar 1, 10:05am Top

But they're purty little suckers, ain't they?

Mar 1, 12:19pm Top

>208 karenmarie: I hear you!! I don't do hot, especially humid hot, weather well at all!!

Mar 1, 1:46pm Top

>219 karenmarie: They are beautiful, Karen.

I have seen once his European familymember, the Bohemian waxwing. It was in my front garden, the second winter we lived here (10 years ago). In Dutch it is called "pestvogel", that would translate as "plague bird". It only appears in some winters, and in the Middle Ages it was thought they came with the plague.

copyright: Tomas Čekanavičius

Mar 1, 1:50pm Top

>222 RebaRelishesReading: The humidity is what does me in, Reba, for sure. SoCal dry summer heat is enervating but not debilitating.

>223 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I have heard of Bohemian Waxwings, thank you for sharing! I've never heard of them heralding the plague in the Middle Ages.

I saw a female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker on my suet feeder a while ago. Not a lifer sighting, but satisfying as I now recognize them easily.

Mar 1, 1:52pm Top

21. The Power by Naomi Alderman
2/23/18 to 3/1/18

From Amazon:

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

Why I wanted to read it: Lots of buzz on LT.

I did not like this book, particularly. I did not feel empowered by it, justified or sanctified by it. I mostly felt depressed by it, truth to tell.

I did, however, like the conceit of a book written by a man to suggest a time before female domination. It is “Not quite history, not quite a novel.” There are drawings of archaeological objects that support the premise of the power and also of a time before female domination. “The Power” by Neil Adam Armon is bookended by letters back and forth between “Neil” and “Naomi”, clearly taking place when women are the dominant sex.

There are powerful statements about God as both female and male, and I believe that is true. But then women feel their power and the pendulum swings. Most of what happens after that is a mirror image of male dominance and control; I see everything done with the Power in this book as the human urge to ‘win’ at the expense of someone – anyone, everyone - weaker.

There are statements about and rules established against men that clearly have existed or exist now against women; they look shocking when applied to the male sex in our male-dominated world. There is mention male genital mutilation, male rape, killing men just because they are men, killing boys just because they are male children. It is the flip-side statement of the reality of the world we live in.

Women are no better than men when given the chance to dominate, control, and use. The theory that women would bring balance and justice to the world is negated in this book; according to this book there would never be equality because the sex with the power would not let that happen.

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton

Doesn’t make a difference if you’re a man or a woman. It’s Power that drives you, not your innate nature as determined by your sexual definition.

Heady stuff. Depressing stuff. I’m going to give this book to my daughter – for some reason I never added it to my catalog and won’t do so now. She expressed interest, so it’s hers.

Mar 1, 2:37pm Top

>225 karenmarie: - Nice review, Karen. I liked it more than you but not because I found it empowering or anything. I just thought she did such an excellent job at exactly what you said - turning the world on its head to show us that the issue itself is power and dominance, not men per se. Not sure I'm expressing it well, but I do think anyone who feels it's some kind of feminist masterpiece is not reading it closely at all. I know Alderman was mentored by Margaret Atwood and comparisons have been drawn between The Power and The Handmaid's Tale but I don't see it at all. I liked both very much but for very different reasons.

Mar 1, 3:01pm Top

Thanks, Katie! I appreciate your comments.

I've always felt empowered, comfortable being female, strong yet feminine. I've succeeded in my chosen career, and even if I never made as much as some of the men made (and I did, for a while, go crazy with thinking about pay inequality), I have still been successful in most of the ways it matters to me as an individual and as a contributing member of society so far in my life. I'm 64, but plan on being around for quite a while, and hope to continually improve and be a good person.

I've walked away from the male jerks in my life, walked away from the female jerks in my life. Toxic is toxic regardless of gender. I'm very aware of the people who are nourishing to me and who are not nourishing to me. I also try to be a nourishing friend, wife, mother, sibling, and relative.

I think some of what was depressing about the book is that it reflects on the very limited scope of revolution to make permanent change that benefits everybody, not just the revolutionaries themselves. It all gets back to small steps, the idea of not striving for perfection because that prevents incremental improvement, and not needing total chaos and destruction to forge something better.

Mar 1, 3:44pm Top

>222 RebaRelishesReading: Good review of The Power. I am hoping to get to it this month (I'm waiting on a hold)

Mar 1, 3:47pm Top

Interesting discussion here. I've been hesitating about reading The Power. Based on your review here Karen, I'd let it be, I think.

Mar 1, 3:49pm Top

>228 karenmarie: - I understand what you mean, especially your last paragraph.

It was definitely a lot more nuanced than I think some people (myself included) expected.

Mar 1, 3:58pm Top

>229 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!

>230 EllaTim: I did give it 3 stars, but from the hype and my own expectations I was expecting something perhaps different, perhaps more profound. I suspect I'll be thinking about it for a while, though, and wish I'd made notes about where religion and the source of The Power were mentioned. There were quite a few mentions of religious aspects throughout the book, but there was only one place, I think, where a theory of why women developed the skein/power got mentioned.

>231 katiekrug: I agree - nuanced.

Mar 1, 3:59pm Top

>225 karenmarie: Hi, Karen. Good review of The Power. I liked it better than you, but I appreciate your reaction. What Katie said in >227 katiekrug: works for me. I liked the reversal, I found it intriguing that the same kind of power issues arose regardless of gender, and the pages flew.

Mar 1, 9:42pm Top

Hi Karen! RL is way too busy. I need to sort that out immediately...

I've been out working in the yard. I've trimmed lots of ornamental grasses, raked the rest of the leaves and pulled out some dead plants. I'm a little achy and tired, but very satisfied. :)

Off to read a bit and go to bed.

Mar 2, 1:35am Top

Hi, Karen--Loving all the birds here. So...spring! I am ready for that. : )

I liked The Power a lot. Is it wonderfully written? No. Good enough. But it has stuck with me and made me think a lot about how society is organized, what it is based on. What power does to people. Interesting.

Wishing you happy Friday!

Mar 2, 5:26am Top

>233 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Thank you. The reversal was interesting, granted. However, I found myself irritated the same way I got irritated starting when I was about 16 with militant feminism.

>234 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Those kind of busy-outdoors days can be so satisfying, can't they? You deserve your book and bed. I hope you wake up refreshed.

The wind woke me and because I was in the middle of a strange dream that I cannot remember, it startled me enough to REALLY wake me. Here I am, downstairs with Kitty William and going to get some freshly brewed coffee.

>235 Berly: 'Morning, Kim! I know lots of people are ready for spring, but I don't get Seasonal Affective Disorder and am just as happy with winter. Here in central NC spring will tantalize us and come and go until about the end of April when the danger of frost is past.

Of course I must admit that I would be more inclined to mind winter if I was in the Northeast for the next several days with the nor'easter coming at me today.

I suspect that The Power won't stick with me, but we'll see.

I just had my first sip of coffee. Off to visit some threads. I really need to straighten up the Parlour this morning in anticipation of Jenna helping me with books next week when she's home for part of spring break. I also need to do the financial planning for Friends.

Mar 2, 6:40am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Yah, for the yellow cardinal. I just posted a pic too. What a treat. And hooray for cedar-waxwings. I love these birds. I remember the first time I spotted one and knew it was special and did some research and finally figured out what it was. I have seen quite a few now.

Good review of The Power. I liked the book much more than you, but you make very valid points. At least you gave it a shot.

Mar 2, 6:48am Top

Hi Mark! I think I would have been shocked seeing Cedar Waxwings without already knowing what they are since they are so distinctive and colorful. And that yellow cardinal..... just wow.

Thank you re my review. I did give it a shot. I only started getting irritated about 2/3 of the way through. *smile*

Edited: Mar 2, 6:59am Top

Yes, it sure helped that the cedar waxwings have such distinct features. I remember zeroing in in the black mask, the greenish color and it's upright carriage. Now, they are unmistakable, when spotted. I usually see them along rivers or creeks.

Mar 2, 8:38am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope the winds don't prove too disruptive. I don't know whether we'll get the winds, but we certainly have a good deal of rain in store for the weekend.

Mar 2, 8:48am Top

I've been down with food poisoning. Note to self, 'If it tastes funny spit it out'. I feel well now and will even get out in an hour or two.

Since I've been in bed for three days I was able to read Help for the Haunted. I think you might like it, Karen. The writing is Stephen King smooth and the story is interesting. It reminds me of Gillian Flynn's work, but I think she is the more evocative writer.

Mar 2, 10:05am Top

>239 msf59: According to the Cornell Ornithology Lab website, they are non-breeding down here, year around in your neck of the woods, and breeding in Canada. Looks like they’ll be heading north soon from here.

>240 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Stay dry and safe.

>241 SomeGuyInVirginia: Larry, I’m sorry. Three days of food poisoning. Glad you’re on the mend and will be able to get out today.

Sounds good, Larry, and I’ve added Help for the Haunted to my wish list.

Mar 2, 3:43pm Top

>225 karenmarie: Oh good, now I know that what I thought was going to be the case is the case. *scratches The Power off the TBR*


Mar 2, 4:05pm Top

Hi Karen, your Forsythia looks lovely my dear. Our temperatures have increased in the daytime again and we had plus 1 or 2c today but by about 3.30pm they had started to drop and it is below freezing again.

Mar 2, 4:52pm Top

>243 richardderus: Hallo darling Richard! I think I understand what you've taken from my interpretation of The Power. There are so many books, so little time, that you can do without this one. 3 stars, a smidge above average, but not earth shattering to me, and I suspect it would probably just irritate you.

>244 johnsimpson: Thank you, John! I love looking at it this time of year. Brrrr. Looks like our temps will drop to about 31F = -0.5C tonight too, below freezing. Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

Mar 2, 4:58pm Top

>245 karenmarie: There are so many books, so little time, that you can do without this one. Perzackly.

I am too old and too well-read to need slightly-above-average clutter. *smooch* for understanding so well.

Mar 3, 9:29am Top

Good morning, Karen! The rain seems to have moved out, but there's a definite chill. Yesterday the winds were fierce, and the house sparrows trying to visit the feeders were really having to struggle to move against it.

Have a good Saturday!

Mar 3, 10:04am Top

>246 richardderus: Of course I understand! Choose wisely, but if it doesn't work out I'm the original Abandon It Girl. If a book doesn't grab me within a reasonable time, it's dumped. I've abandoned three this year so far:

Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi abandoned after 90 pages
Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright abandoned after 32 pages
Plainsong by Kent Haruf abandoned after 52 pages

*smooch* from Horrible

>247 harrygbutler: 'Morning, Harry! Glad the rain's gone. We had strong winds yesterday and even some still this morning, and the birds are compensating as well as they can. One of my birdfeeders has been turning in the wind and it's fun to watch the birds hunker down on the tray and ride the turns out. It almost makes me dizzy just watching them.

I'm back to Kinsey Millhone, having started G is for Gumshoe yesterday. It's a quick read, I'm back in the groove, and have read 141 of 227 pages.

Jenna is coming home this afternoon for spring break. Yay. Through Wednesday for sure, don't know how much longer after that.

Mar 3, 10:10am Top

>246 richardderus: I'm a big fan of Pearl Rule as well. There are too many books and too little time!

Mar 3, 11:00am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. Looks like another beauty here. Hope to see more bird activity.

I am trying to do better at DNFing but I still seldom do it. I have really no regrets...

Mar 3, 11:24am Top

Hey Horrible, happy Saturday. Not like it matters that much to *us* but it does to everyone we care for, so....

>249 ChelleBearss: You're also in peak mothering years, Chelle, and the limited eyeblinks spent reading need to *count* when the time available is so limited.

Edited: Mar 3, 2:07pm Top

>249 ChelleBearss: I don't even like following the Pearl Rule, Chelle - that still requires that I read 35 pages of a book before abandoning. My personal rule, therefore is:
"If for any reason you don't want to continue reading a book, put it down. You may keep it, get rid of it, re-start it, never finish it, finish it from where you left off, but put it down." A different way of saying it is that I abandon books with glee if they're not working for me.
>250 msf59: Hi Mark! Thank you, happy Saturday to you too! It's beautiful out here, if bit chilly and windy. Good luck on the birding.

DNF - see above. *smile*

>251 richardderus: Hey RD! Happy Saturday to you too, Mr. NOT M-F 8-5er! I still wake up pretty much every day grateful that I do not go to work, do not have to get up to an alarm, do not have to be productive for anybody but me, Bill, and Jenna. It's staggering.

Mar 3, 7:07pm Top

>248 karenmarie: I'm glad we are not the only university with a ridiculously early spring break!

Mar 3, 8:09pm Top

Finally getting around to catching up, Karen!

>131 brodiew2: Brodie, we loved My Truck is Stuck! It definitely went into the keeper pile when we culled our picture books. I think Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk did another one about a train, but we didn't like it nearly as much!

>228 karenmarie: Well said, Karen.

Although intellectually I get the whole abandoning books if I don't like them, I have a lot of trouble actually doing it in practice. Maybe I'm optimistically hoping that the book will get better if I just stick with it. There are a couple of books that are now my favorites that if I would have abandoned, I would never have known just what I missed, but that means that I have endured some horrible books as well. Oh, well.

Mar 3, 8:40pm Top

>253 thornton37814: Hi Lori! I guess I never thought about its being early. I went to a college that was on a trimester system, so no spring breaks. Jenna had to be reminded of spring break. We're glad to have her home. We've chatted, Inara Starbuck sat on her lap for an hour, we've watched two Longmire episodes, and now Bill and Jenna are watching the Duke-Carolina game. It's all good.

>254 rretzler: Hi Robin! There's a woman in my book club who never abandons books. I personally don't get it, but each her own.

The last time I tried to finish books I started was with a resolution for 2008, but I was going crazy by March and afraid to pick up anything because I knew if I didn't like it I was committed to reading it. I finally abandoned the resolution and have happily abandoned books ever since.

Mar 3, 8:58pm Top

>255 karenmarie: I'll be on pins and needles for the game. My boyfriend is an alum of Duke so I guess you know who I want to win!

Mar 4, 1:45am Top

Great review of The Power and it confirms it is not my cuppa. For some reason, speculative fiction, fantasy, dystopian fiction, and Sci -Fi are so not for me. I'm not sure why. Just not my thing I guess. So, though I loved Plainsong, I totally understand. I admit to sticking with books that I am not crazy about if I think I* should* read it. But some genres I just don't even pick up.

Mar 4, 3:05am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen.

Mar 4, 8:05am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I am planning on going down to the Chicago lakefront, this A.M. and try to drum up some birds. I hope to hook up with a more seasoned "birder" to help me out with the waterfowl, which I still have a lot to learn about.

Mar 4, 10:56am Top

>256 thornton37814: Alas, Duke won. So - good for you, bad for us. And I absolutely despise Grayson Allen even though he's stopped tripping people deliberately on the court.

>257 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah! Thank you. I like speculative, fantasy, dystopian, and science fiction but am very picky. Well, heck, I'm very pick about everything. That's why I abandon books, I guess. Every genre I've read has an author who has put up a high bar for other works in the genre for me.

I'm trying to remove most of the "should"s in my life. They need to be converted to "want"s or eliminated.

>258 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! Homemade buttermilk waffles with butter and real maple syrup and spicy sausage for breakfast. We'll have a late lunch at our favorite Asian fusion restaurant, then 'wing it' for dinner. Jenna and Bill are in the living room discussing whatever's on the Sunday morning shows. I'll go back in a while to referee.*smile*

>259 msf59: Hi Mark! I wish you well on your bird walk.

The cardinals and sparrows are going nuts on the feeders. The blue jays were aggressive a few minutes ago, but have gone away although I can still hear them. Tomorrow I need to get more seed - 40 lbs of wild bird seed and 50 lbs of black oil sunflower seeds. Jenna can help me get 'em into the garage and the metal trash cans.

Mar 4, 1:01pm Top

Happy Sunday, Horrible! *smooch*

Mar 4, 1:41pm Top

Stephen King is coming out with another solo book shortly, I think it's called The Outsider. And Pet Semetary is being released as an audiobook in a few days! Yay!

Back to work tomorrow. Even though I was sick, it was nice to have time off.

Mar 4, 4:04pm Top

>254 rretzler: your last paragraph is me exactly

Mar 5, 6:58am Top

Good morning, Karen! I don't abandon many books, though I have no qualms about doing so. When I do, I try to make sure to remember the author so I can other books by the same person in the future.

Mar 5, 7:09am Top

>252 karenmarie: I don't force myself to stick to the 35 pages but I find I do usually try to give a book a fair shot before I abandon it and often I am near or past that mark. I won't force myself and if it sucks from the first page I have no issues with going onto something else. Or if I am just not feeling it for that particular book I'll put it down and try again another time. I tried getting into One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest but the stream of consciousness writing wasn't working for me that day. I'll try again later.

Mar 5, 7:20am Top

Good morning Karen!

>265 ChelleBearss: I will try some pages at least. when in doubt I find the reviews here on LT pretty useful.
I have noticed that trying to read on in a book I don't really like can make my reading drag, and it's a relief to abandon those.

Edited: Mar 5, 8:15am Top

>261 richardderus: Hiya RD! I had a very nice Sunday, thank you. *smooch* from Horrible

>262 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! I am sorry you were sick, glad you’re well enough to go back. I haven’t read any King for a while. I still have the third in the Bill Hodges trilogy, End of Watch to read, and the King/King Sleeping Beauties. I just haven’t been in the mood for either for some strange reason.

>263 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba!

>264 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! In the last two years I’ve kept track of the books I’ve abandoned. Sometimes I get rid of all the author’s books if I have any others, sometimes I try another.

>265 ChelleBearss: I’m glad that you don’t have a strict rule for abandoning a book, Chelle. Too many books, too little time.

>266 EllaTim: Hi Ella! I understand the feeling when reading something I don’t particularly want to read but haven’t yet reached the decision to abandon. It is a relief to finally abandon one.

Had a fun time with Bill and Jenna yesterday. We went out to dinner, watched Longmire and just had fun catching up. Bill’s off to work and Jenna’s still sleeping.

Mar 5, 8:21am Top

That sounds like a great family Sunday, Horrible, just what you needed. *smooch*

Mar 5, 8:33am Top

Thanks, RD! It was a very nice day.

Mar 5, 9:51am Top

Morning, Karen! Your Sunday sounds perfect - glad it was a good one.

Edited: Mar 5, 2:23pm Top

22. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
3/2/18 to 3/4/18

From Amazon:


When Irene Gersh asks PI Kinsey Millhone to locate her elderly mother Agnes, whom she hasn't heard from in six months, it's not exactly the kind of case Kinsey jumps for. But a girl's gotta pay her bills, and this should be easy money―or so she thinks. Kinsey finds Agnes in a hospital. Aside from her occasional memory lapses, the octogenarian seems fine. And frightened.


Kinsey doesn't know what to make of Agnes's vague fears and bizarre ramblings, but she's got her own worries. It seems Tyrone Patty, a criminal she helped put behind bars, is looking to make a hit. First, Kinsey's car is run off the road, and then days later, she's almost gunned down, setting in motion a harrowing cat and mouse game…


So Kinsey decides to hire a bodyguard. With PI Robert Dietz watching her 24/7, Kinsey is feeling on edge…especially with their growing sexual tension. Then, Agnes dies of an apparent homicide, Kinsey realizes the old lady wasn't so senile after all―and maybe she was trying to tell her something? Now Kinsey's determined to learn the truth…even if it kills her.

Why I wanted to read it: Next up in The Alphabet Series. I’m re-reading the series this year in honor of Sue Grafton.

I really like Kinsey's talk about her fears and phobias.
I was beginning to feel about the real world as I did about swimming in the ocean. Off the Santa Teresa coast, the waters of the Pacific are murky and cold, filled with USTs (unidentified scary things) that can hurt you real bad: organisms made of jelly and slime, crust-covered creatures with stingers and horny pincers that can rip your throat out. Mark Messinger was like that: vicious, implacable, dead at heart.
This one irritated me and pleased me at the same time. Kinsey hates the idea of doing anything anybody else tells her to do, so disobeys Dietz’s instructions/orders and runs into the hitman more times than desirable. I understand her independence and stubbornness, but her initial fear subsides when Dietz shows up and subsides again and she gets cocky and doesn’t pay attention. I really dislike it when my heroines/heroes do stupid stuff, so the constant refrain of Kinsey’s stupidity hovers over the book. But, she also is relentless in pursuing the Agnes Grey case. Her strength is her sheer bullheadedness so the mystery of Agnes Grey is well done.

Her love life takes an interesting turn, and Henry has outdone himself in providing her with excellent living space.

One of the best things about this series, to me, is that they start in 1982 and each book picks up after the end of the previous one, give or take a few months. So although this book was written in 1990, the events are in 1983 or so. Grafton works hard to keep to the technology and culture of the times.

Mar 5, 10:38am Top

Hi Mamie!

It was. Today should be fun. Jenna and I are going to Siler City, the big town, and run a few errands then eat lunch out. Back home we're going to watch a movie that she's never seen The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. By then Bill should be home, so left-over Tuna Noodle Casserole for dinner, then more Longmire. Fun, relaxing times.

Mar 5, 12:36pm Top

Oh, I did enjoy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel -- but with that cast how could it miss. Hope you have a really fun day.

Mar 5, 1:02pm Top

Hi, Karen.

Good for you for reading through the Sue Grafton series. I've never read it. I've got the first one, so I'll give that a go at some point.

We loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I hope Jenna enjoys it.

Mar 5, 2:36pm Top

Happy Monday Karen my dear, hope you enjoy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel we loved it and the sequel was good as well. I would recommend Finding Your Feet as a good movie, we saw it last week at Cineworld and it also has Celia Imrie in.

Sending love and hugs dear friend.

Mar 5, 5:05pm Top

I've been meaning to watch that movie for years, I've always loved Judi Dench. Maggie Smith, too. OK, I'm going to put it on my Amazon watch list so I don't forget.

Mar 5, 5:57pm Top

>273 RebaRelishesReading: We just finished watching and Jenna loved it! She recognized Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, and Penelope Wilton, who played Isobel Crawley in Downton Abbey. I'd forgotten how much I loved it.

>274 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Thanks re Grafton. I'll be interested in seeing if you like A is for Alibi.

>275 johnsimpson: Hi John! It was as good as I remembered, and Jenna kept looking over at me as she 'got' things. She's a smart cookie. I loved the sequel too - I think we have it around here somewhere but I don't remember offhand. Celia Imrie is wonderful, and I'll look forward to Finding Your Feet.

>276 SomeGuyInVirginia: Okay, Larry! Get it on Amazon watch list and watch it soon.

Mar 5, 7:43pm Top

>263 RebaRelishesReading: Oh, Reba, I'm glad there is someone else out there like me!

>255 karenmarie: >260 karenmarie: I'm very picky too and I know what I like, so I probably have a tendency to choose only the books I know I will like - thus there are in actuality very few books that I need to DNF. On the one hand, I enjoy most things I read, but on the other, I probably don't always challenge myself enough.

Mar 5, 10:38pm Top

Sounds like March break is going well, Karen. It is early for a break but when I was in community college (less than 3 years ago, believe it or not) the break was in February but they called it a reading break.

I had wondered what happened on the ROOTs group because I couldn't see anything to cause offense. After reading your thread I am still a bit puzzled but have a better understanding.

Mar 6, 1:33am Top

>254 rretzler: >263 RebaRelishesReading: Me too! I cannot abandoned books easily. I just feel like there must be something in it, somewhere. I have reached the end of many a book exasperated that there, in the end, wasn't.

Mar 6, 6:30am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope your Tuesday treats you well.

Mar 6, 6:37am Top

Morning, Karen. Hooray for the cardinals and sparrows going crazy. I may have to switch bird feed or I need to add more black sunflower seeds to it. They are not devouring it, as I expected. We have a more winter-like week here. I hope it warms up soon.

Mar 6, 8:35am Top

>278 rretzler: Yiya Robin! I always at least start my RL book club books and frequently abandon them. I end up finishing only about 60% in an average year.

>279 Familyhistorian: It is, Meg. We had a very nice day yesterday. Today she’s going to visit a friend who lives about an hour from here and will probably spend the night. When I was growing up I think they called the break the politically incorrect Easter Break.

Ah, well, yes, I was and am extremely critical of drumpf and have stooped to name calling on occasion. And, when someone indicates their feelings on their thread I will reinforce them if I feel the same way, and quite a few of my ROOTs friends were basically saying WTF is going on in the US? on their threads. This apparently bothered her so much that she abandoned the group. It came out of the blue and really shocked me. It’s sad that she didn’t even feel like staying in the group and just not visiting the threads she felt betrayed her patriotism and religious feelings.

>280 Ireadthereforeiam: Hi Megan! I remember reading Waiting by Ha Jin and telling my book club that the title was accurate – I kept waiting for it to get good. When that little switch flips inside my head and I think “I don’t like reading this book anymore”, I almost always abandon it.

>281 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Thank you. Like I said above, daughter will go visit a friend and stay overnight. I have a Book Sale Planning meeting at 10:30, then lunch with the group at their usual Tuesday book-sorting lunch hangout, then a short meeting with the President to discuss the financial changes I propose making at our next Board meeting that need to be approved by the board. It’s a matter of taking funds out of money market accounts that basically pay NOTHING in interest and moving them to a series of rotating 3-month CDs that will earn interest and aren’t needed in the extreme short term.

>282 msf59: Hi Mark! Oh yes, the birds are glomming onto the sunflower seed feeder even as I type this. They’re looking for the 3-tube feeder that is 2 tubes of wild bird seed and one tube of sunflower seeds, but that’s one that the squirrels can reach and denude, so we brought it in last night. The front door squeaks, so I can’t put it back out ‘til Jenna wakes up. There are probably a dozen or so birds in the crepe myrtle, mostly cardinals, some finches.

Mar 6, 9:03am Top

>283 karenmarie: I notice spring break (around here) is conviently falling on Easter week. Of course, A is agnostic and his kids are areligious so it doesn't really matter in my family. I wondered if the timing were puposeful, though it seems unlikeky.

Edited: Mar 6, 9:08am Top

Good point, Rachel - it is officially called spring break here in central NC, but in our county the kids get off on Good Friday and all the following week. In the county I worked in, the kids get off the week before Easter and Good Monday off. Either way, quite a few of the people here in Central NC are Very Religious, so it's clearly Easter Break regardless of what they call it. I am not Christian. I was raised by a father who dropped all pretense of being religious just before, during, or just after WWII and called himself agnostic thereafter, and a mother who was too timid to demand that she and us three kids go to church on Sundays.

Mar 6, 11:40am Top

Morning, Karen! Happy Tuesday!

Mar 6, 12:03pm Top

Ooohhh, one of the few movies I've actually bought is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Delightful.

Happy Tuesday readings. *smooch*

Mar 6, 2:47pm Top

>286 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie! Thanks. Just got home from a book sale planning meeting, lunch with the sort team, then a meeting with the President of the Friends about some financial planning we're doing to present to the board next Monday.

Jenna's off visiting a friend about an hour and a half from here, will spend the night. I'll see her tomorrow after I get back from the dentist.

In the meantime, reading, watching the birds hanging out in the crepe myrtle.

AND, I just started icing my right foot.

>287 richardderus: I just love that movie. So glad you do too, RD! Thank you. *smooch* back.

Mar 6, 3:54pm Top

Uh, why are you icing your right foot? It is not what I expected you to be icing after a trip to the dentist...

Mar 6, 5:19pm Top

>289 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Mamie and I have been having interesting discussions about pain on the tops of our feet and my possibly having what she has - an irritated tendon sheath. I should really go to the doctor. Sigh. So here I am icing it again.

Tomorrow's the dentist, but just for my every-6-months exam.

Mar 7, 7:57am Top

Good morning, Karen. I hope the dentist visit goes well.

Mar 7, 8:05am Top

Thanks, Harry! My dentist is two years older than me, so he's 66. My husband got introduced to a young dentist who will probably be taking over the practice. I dread meeting him because the type of 'bedside manner' that Bill loved doesn't appeal to me. I've been going to Steve for 27 years and Don't Like Change.

Mar 7, 2:11pm Top

I hear you, Karen. Last year both our doctor and our dentist retired. I found a new doctor I liked right away but we thought we would look for a dentist closer to home so left the practice of the retiring dentist. We didn't like the new dentist at all so, after two visits, we moved back to the young woman who took over the old practice and are now happily settled again and both doctors are in their 30's/40's so hopefully we'll have them for a LONG time (although the doctor just had her second baby so...).

Mar 7, 5:41pm Top

Hi Reba!

I'm glad things are resolved for you dentist- and doctor-wise again.

Whew! Got a clean bill of dental health AND didn't have to meet the new dentist. Instead of answering the phone "Doctor Randall's Office" they are now answering the phone "Doctor Randall and Doctor Stuyvesant's Office", yet no one mentioned the new dentist to me.

Mar 8, 10:00am Top

I heard someone say in the elevator, 'I'm like a cat, I don't like change!' hehe.

Mar 8, 11:03am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Hooray for active feeders. Cold here but sunny. That helps.

Mar 8, 11:18am Top

Morning, Karen! Thanks for breakfast - it was delicious!

Mar 8, 3:36pm Top

I *was* going to wait for the new thread before dropping in but it seems you're behindhand on setting it up.

*smooch* anyway, you lazy thing.

Mar 8, 4:04pm Top

>295 SomeGuyInVirginia: It's true, it's true!

>296 msf59: Hi Mark! They're hopping again - it's afternoon snack time. It's cold here with partial sun. It's about 45F out, I think. Jenna and I haven't been out today.

>297 Crazymamie: You're welcome, Mamie! My own homemade buttermilk waffles, real butter, real maple syrup, and lovely thick-cut bacon. You deserved a good breakfast.

>298 richardderus: Lazy for a reason, RD! Jenna and I haven't even gotten out of our jammies. We've done some rearranging in the living room, chatted, and watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She's now playing Okami on her PS4 and I'm here in the Sunroom hanging on LT and attempting to finish up H is for Homicide.

Next thread - your wish is my command!

Give me a few to get set up and then c'mon over for a visit!

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