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Paul C's 2018 Part 5

This is a continuation of the topic Paul C's 2018 Part 4.

This topic was continued by Paul C's 2018 Part 6.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1PaulCranswick
Mar 3, 9:44pm Top

Another of Hani's UK shots

2PaulCranswick
Edited: Mar 4, 12:40am Top

This month I am reading 100 Best-Loved Poems as selected by Philip Smith for Dover Thrift. This is a favourite of mine from that collection by Ben Jonson called:

To Celia

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.

I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honouring thee
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself, but thee.

3PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 1, 12:10am Top

Who Am I?



Fifty something (already my God). Several businesses and thousands of books. SWMBO and three "children". A coffee making maid and almost little sister and a bald driver who assists in smuggling books past a watchful madam.

4PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 1, 12:17am Top

Books Read in 2018

January

1. The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien (1960) 224 pp
2. The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (1996) 251 pp
3. Girl with Green Eyes by Edna O'Brien (1962) 256 pp
4. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (1996) 257 pp
5. Lupercal by Ted Hughes (1960) 63 pp
6. Girls in their Married Bliss by Edna O'Brien (1964) 199 pp
7. The Luck of Ginger Coffey by Brian Moore (1960)
8. Wild Tales by Graham Nash (2013) 345 pp
9. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016) 300 pp

February

10. The Map and the Clock edited by Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke (2016) 669 pp
11. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (2013) 448 pp
12. Felicia's Journey by William Trevor (1994) 213 pp
13. Elegies by Douglas Dunn (1985) 64 pp
14. The Judge and His Hangman by Friedrich Durrenmatt (1951) 124 pp

March

15. An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman (1962) 207 pp
16. The Road to Lichfield by Penelope Lively (1977) 216 pp
17. A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion (1977) 272 pp
18. 100 Best-Loved Poems edited by Philip Smith (1995) 93 pp
19. The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White (1936) 256 pp
20. Time Present and Time Past by Deirdre Madden (2013) 224 pp
21. Jamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov (1957) 96 pp
22. The Spartans by Paul Cartledge (2002) 254 pp

5PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 1, 12:21am Top



BRITISH AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2018

JANUARY - DEBUT NOVELS - https://www.librarything.com/topic/275745#6259410
FEBRUARY - THE 1970s - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6262597
MARCH - CLASSIC THRILLERS - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266669
APRIL - FOLKLORE, FABLES AND LEGENDS - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6264065
MAY - QUEENS OF CRIME - https://www.librarything.com/topic/275745#6260378
JUNE - TRAVEL WRITING - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266685
JULY - THE ANGRY YOUNG MEN - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266706
AUGUST - BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6265570
SEPTEMBER - HISTORICAL FICTION - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266539
OCTOBER - COMEDIC NOVELS - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266707
NOVEMBER - WORLD WAR ONE - https://www.librarything.com/topic/275745#6258461
DECEMBER - BRITISH SERIES - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276796#6268684

WILDCARD - THE ROMANTICS - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276796#6271176

The format of the British Author Challenge next year will be slightly different in that it will be based upon themes.
That said for guidance I will choose 10 books each month to help and guide that theme along but, as you know me, you can then read what you jolly well like anyway!

6PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 1, 12:23am Top



IRISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE 2018

Format

I will select five males and five females and there will be two special months.

January : EDNA O'BRIEN
February : WILLIAM TREVOR
March : DEIRDRE MADDEN
April : Samuel Beckett
May : IRISH CRIME WRITERS
June : ANNE ENRIGHT
July : COLM TOIBIN
August : MOLLY KEANE
September : RODDY DOYLE
October : POETS & PLAYWRIGHTS
November : EMMA DONOGHUE, JENNIFER JOHNSTON, MAGGIE O'FARRELL
December : JOHN BANVILLE, SEBASTIAN BARRY, COLUM MCCANN

7PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 1, 12:24am Top

American Author Challenge



American Author Challenge 2018

January - Joan Didion - A Book of Common Prayer COMPLETED
February - Colson Whitehead

8PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 1, 12:28am Top

ANZ Author Challenge



I will be doing Kerry's ANZAC Bingo Challenge 2x12

ANZAC Bingo 2x12
1: Read a book about conflict or war DONE THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH
2: Read a book with more than 500 pgs
3: Read an Aussie crime novel
4: Read a book using word play in the title
5: Read a book about exploration or a journey
6: Read a book longlisted for the IMPAC Award
7: Read a book that's part of a series
8: Read a memoir/biography (can be fiction)
9: Read a book written under a pen name
10: Read a book with a musical plot
11: Read a book with water featured in title/cover :
12: Read a book with an immigrant protagonist :

9PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 1, 12:29am Top

OTHER CHALLENGES

Guardian 1000 (998) Books - 332 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270237#6197972

1001 Books First Edition - 288 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/268508#6162704

Booker Prize Winners - 25 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/268508#6165614

Nobel Prize Winners Read - 63 out of 114 laureates read something. https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6207224

Pulitzer Prize Winners (6 main categories) - 23 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6207348

National Book Award Winners (Fiction) - 16 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6208562

Women's Prize Winners - 5 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6208568

Giller Prize Winners - 6 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6208574

Miles Franklin Winners - 5 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6208578

Walter Scott Prize Winners - 2 Read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209474

Baillie Gifford Winners - 3 Read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209503

James Tait Black Winners - 17 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209513

Whitbread/Costa Winners (4 categories) - 24 winners read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209540

Dublin International Literature Award - 7 winners read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209556

PEN Faulkner Award Winners - 3 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209725

National Book Critics Circle Awards - 6 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209733

10PaulCranswick
Mar 3, 9:46pm Top

MARCH READING PLAN

11PaulCranswick
Mar 3, 9:47pm Top

CURRENTLY READING

12PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 30, 11:29am Top

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BOOKS


Create Your Own Visited Countries Map


1. Ireland - Edna O'Brien
2. United Kingdom - John Lanchester
3. United States of America - J.D. Vance
4. Canada - Brian Moore
5. Ghana - Yaa Gyasi
6. Australia - Richard Flanagan
7. Switzerland - Friedrich Durrenmatt
8. Russia - Vasily Grossman
9. Kyrgyzstan - Chingiz Aitmatov

13PaulCranswick
Edited: Mar 17, 8:54pm Top

READING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018

READ 200 BOOKS (First time in twenty-five years) 21/200

COMPLETE:

BAC 3/12
AAC 1/12
IAC 3/12
ANZAC 1/12
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BOOKS 9/80
A POETRY COLLECTION EVERY FORTNIGHT 2/26
A LONG ANTHOLOGY EVERY MONTH 2/12
A BIOGRAPHY EVERY MONTH 1/12
ANOTHER NON-FICTION TOME EACH MONTH 2/12
AT LEAST ONE SERIES BOOK EACH MONTH 0/12
A CHUNKSTER A MONTH 1/12

14PaulCranswick
Mar 3, 9:50pm Top

NEXT ONE IS YOURS

15thornton37814
Mar 3, 9:51pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul! My boys say "hi."

16amanda4242
Mar 3, 9:51pm Top

Happy new thread!

17harrygbutler
Mar 3, 9:58pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul! Another fine photo in the topper.

18PaulCranswick
Mar 3, 10:40pm Top

>15 thornton37814: Thank you, Lori. A big Hi back to both of you.

>16 amanda4242: Thanks Amanda. xx

>17 harrygbutler: Cheers Harry. Hani is reliable with the photos for my toppers.

19avatiakh
Mar 3, 11:25pm Top

Hope you're finding some reading time this weekend.

20Berly
Mar 3, 11:29pm Top

Yay! A new thread. Another Hani topper. More Paul, more books. : )

21LovingLit
Mar 3, 11:32pm Top

Your lamentations about English cricket seem to have had no effect on the team last night, apparently we only needed a 6 from the last ball, but we dint get it!!!

22PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 12:26am Top

>19 avatiakh: Yes, I am not doing bad, Kerry. I have finished one book by Vasily Grossman and have Penelope Lively and Joan Didion almost finished.

>20 Berly: Thanks Kimmers. I shall try to be more myself on this thread. xx

>21 LovingLit: Yes, Megan, but it was quite a game wasn't it?

23humouress
Mar 4, 12:33am Top

Happy new thread Paul!

>1 PaulCranswick: Love the sunlight falling through the trees. Beautiful. (Are we sure Hani’s not been cheating and taking photos of classic paintings somewhere?) ;0)

24PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 12:42am Top

>23 humouress: Thanks Nina. I can assure you that Hani is not a fan of museums and dusty old paintings. She is happy out on the pathways and fields looking for the right light.

25mahsdad
Mar 4, 12:46am Top

Happy New Thread. Hope you had a great weekend

26humouress
Edited: Mar 4, 8:39am Top

>24 PaulCranswick: That’s a shame. Because otherwise she could start a gallery of her own. :0)

27Ameise1
Mar 4, 2:50am Top

Happy Sunday and happy new one, Paul.

28FAMeulstee
Mar 4, 4:39am Top

Happy new thread, Paul!
The topper is beautiful, the trees look almost like an oil painting. Only in the reflection in the water you can see it is a photo.

29figsfromthistle
Mar 4, 7:16am Top

Happy new thread. As always, very nice topper. What type of camera does Hani use?

30Carmenere
Mar 4, 7:33am Top

Lovely topper, Paul. It's as if I'm sitting beside the pond.
Happy 4th thread!!

31msf59
Mar 4, 7:42am Top

Happy New Thread, Paul. I LOVE the Hani topper! It looks like a painting. Hope you had a good weekend. Miss seeing you around.

32scaifea
Mar 4, 8:35am Top

Happy new thread, Paul!

33PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 9:32am Top

>25 mahsdad: Thanks Jeff. Tomorrow is Hani's birthday so we are waiting for midnight to surprise her with a cake.

>26 humouress: She is talking to someone in the UK, I understand, about her portfolio of pictures. Watch this space, Nina!

34PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 9:33am Top

>27 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara. xx

>28 FAMeulstee: She has got a very good eye for landscape photography IMO, Anita.

35PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 9:36am Top

>29 figsfromthistle: Thanks Anita. Believe it or not she takes all the photos with her iPhone!

>30 Carmenere: I am much slower than normal, Lynda, but this one is #5! I know the place that Hani took the picture and she has manage to capture its atmosphere excellently.

36PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 9:37am Top

>31 msf59: Don't worry buddy, I'll soon be back in the saddle.

>32 scaifea: Thanks Amber. xx

37humouress
Mar 4, 9:57am Top

>33 PaulCranswick: Extremely cool. I shall know someone famous. :0)

38EllaTim
Mar 4, 10:41am Top

Happy new thread Paul. And I'll add to the praise, wonderful picture by Hani.

39m.belljackson
Mar 4, 10:53am Top

>1 PaulCranswick:

This breathtaking photo would complement an illustrated Adam Bede.

40humouress
Mar 4, 11:37am Top

Happy Birthday Hani!

41jnwelch
Mar 4, 12:27pm Top

Happy New Thread, Paul, and Happy Birthday to Hani.

Very nice Ben Johnson poem up there.

I like Marianne's idea of using >1 PaulCranswick: to illustrate Adam Bede.

42PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 1:55pm Top

>37 humouress: Me too, Nina!

>38 EllaTim: Thank you Ella.

43PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 1:58pm Top

>39 m.belljackson: That is a great pick, Marianne.

>40 humouress: Thanks Nina. I went out with Kyran and bought her a cake that I know she likes. Right on midnight we surprised her with the cake.

>41 jnwelch: Cheers Buddy.

I have always had a soft spot for Ben Jonson since reading Volpone for my English Literature A Levels.

44laytonwoman3rd
Mar 4, 2:04pm Top

Happy Birthday, Hani!

45SandDune
Mar 4, 2:48pm Top

>2 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! I never realised that was Ben Jonson.

46evilmoose
Mar 4, 4:08pm Top

Happy new thread Paul, and happy reading *hugs*

47drneutron
Mar 4, 9:59pm Top

Happy new thread!

48bell7
Mar 4, 10:03pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul, and happy birthday to Hani!

49PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 11:22pm Top

>44 laytonwoman3rd: Thanks so much, Linda. I always tell her my LT friends' messages to her.

>45 SandDune: Much underrated Ben Jonson IMO, Rhian. I love Volpone and some of his poetry is extremely gifted and musical.

50PaulCranswick
Mar 4, 11:23pm Top

>46 evilmoose: Thank you Megan, so much appreciated and needed.

>47 drneutron: Cheers Jim. Want to keep up enough to be at your count-down this coming month.

>48 bell7: Thanks and Thanks Mary. I will get quickly around the threads shortly as I see a number of my pals have new threads and the very least I can do is go and present my salutations. xx

51Familyhistorian
Mar 5, 2:46am Top

Happy new thread, Paul. Great topper photo. I hope that the work stress is starting to ease up for you.

52BekkaJo
Mar 5, 3:32am Top

Just dropping in a wave, some hugs and new thread salute.

I'm another fan of Volpone. I saw it performed in Stratford when I was about 17 and loved it.

53ChelleBearss
Mar 5, 7:49am Top

Happy new thread, Paul! Hope Hani is having a great birthday!

54Caroline_McElwee
Mar 5, 7:50am Top

Birthday greetings to Hani.

55foggidawn
Mar 5, 9:04am Top

Happy new thread, Paul, and happy birthday to Hani!

56Crazymamie
Mar 5, 9:38am Top

Happy new thread, Paul, and a very Happy Birthday to Hani! Your topper is once again full of gorgeous - stunning photos she takes. Hoping you get your mojo back soon, in the meantime, I am sending you some of mine.

57harrygbutler
Mar 5, 9:41am Top

Hi, Paul! I like Jonson, though I was a bit disappointed with Bartholomew Fair when we saw a production of it several years ago. I'm gradually — very gradually! — making my way through a collection of his poems; I'm somewhere in the midst of Underwood at present.

Happy birthday to Hani!

58PaulCranswick
Mar 5, 10:36am Top

>51 Familyhistorian: Pretty tough start to the week, Meg, but it will surely get better as the week progresses.

>52 BekkaJo: Salutations much appreciated, Bekka.

I also saw Volpone in the 1980s in Leeds and thought it brilliant.

59PaulCranswick
Mar 5, 10:38am Top

>53 ChelleBearss: I was working late, Chelle, so my money took her Kyran and Belle to dinner. Oh well, later........

>54 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks Caroline - I will pass the greetings on.

60johnsimpson
Mar 5, 1:23pm Top

Happy new thread mate and a very happy birthday to Hani. Hope you all had a good weekend mate and on the sporting front it was mixed with Leeds losing again but England won the ODI game and Wakefield continued their winning start to this years Super League season. Have a good week mate and hope the stress levels are reducing and we send love and hugs to you all from the both of us.

61PaulCranswick
Mar 5, 5:48pm Top

>55 foggidawn: Thanks Foggy. Hani went to her favourite Chinese seafood restaurant locally and I salivated at home as I was too late to join.

>56 Crazymamie: Mojo donation much appreciated, Mamie. xx

62PaulCranswick
Mar 5, 5:52pm Top

>57 harrygbutler: I haven't seen or read Bartholomew Fair, Harry and I wonder whether it was the production or the play itself that fell flat.
His poems have a musicality to them that I always appreciate.

>60 johnsimpson: Thanks John. I have watched Wakefield's 4 from 4 start with pleased interest. I will always think of them as "Trinity" as "Wildcats" doesn't suite the City too well I would say!

63SuziQoregon
Mar 5, 6:04pm Top

Another gorgeous shot by Hani up top. She's got an eye for light.

Happy Birthday Hani!!

64BLBera
Mar 5, 6:24pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul. Another gorgeous photo!

65banjo123
Mar 5, 6:26pm Top

Happy new thread! Lovely picture.

66PaulCranswick
Mar 5, 6:41pm Top

>63 SuziQoregon: I have to say, Juli, that Hani and I have something of a tempestuous relationship but the roller-coaster ride is always fun. She is fierce as well as fiercely intelligent, talented, has a great sense of humour and understands me better than anyone else alive. She is a wonderful, if rather excitable mother and a great cook.

>64 BLBera: Thanks Beth. I will try to get to filling in the rest of the thread soon!

>65 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda. xx

67harrygbutler
Mar 5, 7:21pm Top

>62 PaulCranswick: A bit of both, I think, Paul. My favorite of those I've read was probably The Alchemist, but I've never seen it performed, and it has been many years since I read it. Some of his more satirical verse in particular I have found heavy going, but he is capable of great beauty and powerful emotion, as in his elegy on his son.

68PaulCranswick
Mar 5, 7:56pm Top

>67 harrygbutler: Indeed Harry, some of his stuff is less easy on the eye or tongue than his lyrical poetry. I liked The Alchemist too though it is an age since I read it and I haven't seen it performed either.

69humouress
Edited: Mar 6, 9:47pm Top

I heard Bob Geldof On BBC World Service yesterday talking about Yates Yeats and other poets. It was quite interesting (whatever you may think of Geldof); you might still be able to catch a repeat of the show.

70jolerie
Mar 6, 10:58am Top

Happy belated new thread greetings and birthday wishes to Hani as well!!

71ChelleBearss
Mar 6, 1:54pm Top

I am in love with the photos of your books on FB! How do you choose what to read next?

72mahsdad
Mar 6, 1:58pm Top

Me too. Impressive, I must say. And as I commented there.... Its not hording if its books! :)

73johnsimpson
Mar 6, 3:29pm Top

>62 PaulCranswick:, It will always be Wakefield Trinity as far as I am concerned mate, Chester seems to have got a good team spirit going and is keeping them grounded as it should be.

Just seen the photos of your books that Hani has posted on Facebook mate, can't wait to show Karen and then she will stop having a go at me for bringing books into the house although so far this year it is Karen that is bringing the books in although I will read most of them. I have to be truthful though, I did pick up four books this afternoon, two of them are Cricket books for my growing collection.

Hope your week is going well mate.

74karenmarie
Edited: Mar 6, 5:39pm Top

Hi Paul, and happy new thread and belated happy birthday to Hani!

75PaulCranswick
Mar 6, 5:57pm Top

>69 humouress: Yeats has to be in my top ten favourite poets, Nina. Meaningfully beautiful.

>70 jolerie: Thank you Valerie. Hani captured some of my TBR pile on FB this morning as I think that she is a little bit fed up of stepping around books everywhere in our apartment.

76PaulCranswick
Mar 6, 6:02pm Top

>71 ChelleBearss: Those piles Hani showed are a sample of my unread books, Chelle! The challenges help me to choose what comes next but there is also an element of whim and fancy. I know roughly where all my books are but sometimes when I go and look for a particular book I will turn up something else that will catch my eye and divert my reading attention.

>72 mahsdad: Hahaha Jeff. I am not sure that Hani quite agrees with you but since I am slowly working my way through the unread piles, I can defend myself somewhat from the charge. I mean, come on, I have read 15 of the 4000 plus unread books in the house this year!

77PaulCranswick
Mar 6, 6:04pm Top

>73 johnsimpson: Glad to be of service as a shield, John, bookwise at the very least!

Trinity for me too and it seems that they have listened as I noticed that the name has officially changed back. 4 from 4 so far and it would be great if we could win our third championship after almost 50 years of waiting.

>74 karenmarie: Thank you dear Karen.

78BekkaJo
Mar 7, 5:39am Top

I'm another one who marvelled at the book piles. There was a lot of jealousy in my marvelling though :)

79EllaTim
Mar 7, 6:03am Top

And now I want to see them too;-)
A quick look here on your thread Paul?

80PaulCranswick
Mar 7, 11:08am Top

>78 BekkaJo: Bekka, you do not of course have to dust around them!

>79 EllaTim: I will put up a few of the photos in question when I have five minutes to spare, Ella. xx

81PaulCranswick
Mar 7, 6:42pm Top



82jolerie
Mar 7, 7:01pm Top

If you didn't tell me I'd think you were posting pictures of a bookstore! ;) Hani must really love you..hehe

83PaulCranswick
Mar 7, 7:16pm Top

>82 jolerie: I think she does too, Valerie, but heaven knows why!

84thornton37814
Mar 7, 9:57pm Top

>82 jolerie: Lovely book porn photo!

85amanda4242
Mar 7, 10:03pm Top

>81 PaulCranswick: Isn't that how a home is supposed to look?

86FAMeulstee
Mar 8, 4:01am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: You clearly need more shelves ;-)

87msf59
Mar 8, 6:30am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: I saw Hani's comments on FB, about living with a "horder". I did get a kick out of it.

Hi, Paul. I hope your work week is going fine, my friend and that your trying to make a dent in those stacks.

88Caroline_McElwee
Edited: Mar 8, 6:43am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: I understand your pain pleasure Paul.

89ChelleBearss
Mar 8, 7:19am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: If you and Hani ever go on extended vacation you could rent out your apartment to book lovers! I could happily spend and extended amount of time surrounded by that many books!

90drneutron
Mar 8, 9:38am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: Have you considered a second career as a bookshop owner? 😀

91EllaTim
Mar 8, 10:18am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: That's a lot of books Paul! I agree with Anita, you need more shelves. But that second picture, can you still find your books in there? Do you have a system?

92Crazymamie
Mar 8, 10:25am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: Thanks for sharing the photos, Paul! Hoping your Friday is full of fabulous, and that your Thursday has been sweet.

93PaulCranswick
Mar 8, 1:13pm Top

>84 thornton37814: Book Porn without any shades of grey!

>85 amanda4242: I certainly think so, Amanda. xx

94PaulCranswick
Mar 8, 1:17pm Top

>86 FAMeulstee: I actually have plenty of shelves, Anita, for a reasonable amount of books. I am not sure that my total of books - especially unread is quite reasonable. I have presently 4,025 books unread in the house.

>87 msf59: Work is challenging, Mark, but then again I am usually up for a challenge. Reducing my TBR list is going to take some effort.

Over 200 books a year for 20 years to clear the stack - and not adding any books in that time. Mmmm that is likely!!

95PaulCranswick
Mar 8, 1:21pm Top

>88 Caroline_McElwee: "What to read next" is a problem that I face every day!

>89 ChelleBearss: That might add an entirely new dimension to the idea of Book Porn - Chelle!

96PaulCranswick
Mar 8, 1:23pm Top

>90 drneutron: Yes, Jim. I would love to do that. Did talk to Suz if we ever had enough money to give it all up and run a Bookshop in Fowey in Cornwall.

>91 EllaTim: Yes I can find my books, Ella. I have a location identifier on my spreadsheet.

>92 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie. I am looking forward to the weekend.

97FAMeulstee
Mar 8, 1:48pm Top

>94 PaulCranswick: Our maximum of books in the house must have been around 5,000 in early 1997. All neatly stacked on the shelves and the luxury of two large rooms as libray rooms.
Both number of books and number of bookcases have dropped since then.

98DeltaQueen50
Mar 8, 3:05pm Top

Just drifting by to say hello, Paul. I love that topper picture, Hanni has an excellent eye! Of course the pictures posted in >81 PaulCranswick: are a thing of beauty as well! ;)

99PaulCranswick
Mar 8, 7:33pm Top

>97 FAMeulstee: Anita, I have shelf space for around 3,000 books without too much problem. Trouble being of course I have a lot more than 3,000 books!

>98 DeltaQueen50: Thanks Judy. Is there such a thing as shambolic beauty?!

100BekkaJo
Mar 9, 5:22am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: I got drool on your thread....

Happy Friday hugs.

101karenmarie
Mar 9, 8:15am Top

Good day to you, Paul!

>81 PaulCranswick: Pictures of books always make me feel good. *smile*

>94 PaulCranswick: You’ve got me seriously beat with books unread Paul, but even my 1,815 are daunting. In fact, your 4,025 unread books are 88% of my entire catalog.

>96 PaulCranswick: Ah. Location identifier. I have a location tag here on LT for each book. I don’t know how I’d do without it.

Let’s see… you’re 13 hours ahead of me, Friday work day done, the weekend to look forward to. I hope it is a good one!

102harrygbutler
Mar 9, 9:01am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: Hi, Paul! Our piles of books aren't quite so photogenic, but they did long ago outstrip the holding capacity of our shelves. I have identified a spot where I can likely put in a few more, but it won't really be enough to contain all the books we have, let alone the additional books constantly arriving. :-)

Enjoy your weekend!

103Donna828
Mar 9, 10:41am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: Love the book pictures, Paul. You have inspired me to do a book inventory. I think it would be comforting to know how many unread books are waiting on the shelves...or piles.

104Donna828
Mar 9, 12:26pm Top

>I did it! My numbers are more manageable than yours, Paul. No surprise there. In my personal library, I have 1,091 books. I have read 551 of them at least once. I didn’t include approximately 150 reference books which include cookbooks, gardening and bird manuals, art, and duplicate bridge study guides, along with dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. I also did not include any children’s books of which I have many. What a good use of almost two hour’s of time and lots of probing amongst dusty shelves and several piles. I should have done my spring cleaning at the same time...

105SuziQoregon
Mar 9, 1:46pm Top

Photos of piles of books make me happy.

106witchyrichy
Mar 9, 7:44pm Top

I concur on the photos of the books. I try to keep mine shelved as I am lucky to have a library. But they seem to spill over into other rooms and floors and counters, don't they?

I'm late on wishing you a happy new thread but am promising to be a better LT poster this year. Mostly keeping up with my own thread and trying to write reviews for all the books I read this year.

Have a great weekend!

107vancouverdeb
Mar 9, 8:09pm Top

I very much enjoyed the pictures of your books, Paul! What a wonderful library! I confess I likely only have ?? 200 books hanging around my place - it's hard to estimate. Maybe more. But I manage to take up floor space and cover tables etc with my books. I don't have anything like a spread sheet. I just have a mental map :-)

108PaulCranswick
Mar 9, 8:20pm Top

>100 BekkaJo: Ah that made me guffaw, Bekka. xx

>101 karenmarie: Unless I speed up considerably, Karen, I have 40 years reading already in the bag and that would make me 91 before I get my TBR done!

109PaulCranswick
Mar 9, 8:22pm Top

>102 harrygbutler: What a like minded lot we are, Harry. Our problems are pretty much identical!

>103 Donna828: In absolute truth that also explains some of the chaos in my own stacks as I as doing the same, Donna. This stems from Yasmyne's generous habit previously of donating my books to the school and giving away the wrong piles!

110PaulCranswick
Mar 9, 8:24pm Top

>104 Donna828: 540 unread is still something considerable to go at, Donna. xx

>105 SuziQoregon: Me too, Juli!

111PaulCranswick
Mar 9, 8:26pm Top

>106 witchyrichy: Lovely to see you, Karen. I am also about to try and do a bit better across the threads myself as I have fallen away somewhat this year. From a record breaking 10,000 posts last year to the safe comfort of 7th place in the thread posting league this year so far.

>107 vancouverdeb: If I tried a mental map nowadays Deb, with everything else going on in my life, I would probably have some form of seizure!

112EllaTim
Mar 9, 9:28pm Top

>96 PaulCranswick: A spreadsheet And a location identifier! You are very organised! And with that number of books too.

I have far less books, haven't counted them but I'm certain. I had two move twice in three months a couple of years ago, as my apartment was being totally renovated. The movers complained about the number of books! And after all this moving I can't find my books anymore.

113ChelleBearss
Mar 9, 10:19pm Top

>108 PaulCranswick: I’m not sure any of us actually have any intention of ever finishing that TBR pile. I know mine keeps growing. Not at the same pace as yours, of course, but at a still decent rate.

114Familyhistorian
Mar 9, 10:32pm Top

I can relate to the running out of bookshelves problem, Paul, but I don't have as many books as you. At least you don't have the problem of library books that keep you away from your own books.

115PaulCranswick
Mar 10, 7:08am Top

>112 EllaTim: I find that it does help keep me from buying duplicates of books, Ella.
When moving I will supervise the boxing of the books myself!

>113 ChelleBearss: You are right of course, Chelle, but the scale of it is becoming insurmountable.

>114 Familyhistorian: No, I don't Meg, but surprisingly maybe I greatly miss having a library to visit!

116BBGirl55
Mar 10, 8:10am Top

Hope you have a wondeful weekend!

117EllaTim
Mar 10, 8:15am Top

>115 PaulCranswick: No library? Sorry Paul, I'm a bit dimwitted today, insomnia, but in what city are you living, and how come you don't have access to a library?

118m.belljackson
Mar 10, 4:47pm Top

>111 PaulCranswick:

The Irish Read is also missing your comments.

119Familyhistorian
Mar 10, 5:01pm Top

>115 PaulCranswick: Libraries are wonderful to visit, Paul. I have about four different city libraries within easy reach. Of course my favourite library is the 6 floor Vancouver Public Library.

120PaulCranswick
Mar 10, 7:06pm Top

>116 BBGirl55: Thanks Bryony. xx

>117 EllaTim: I live in Kuala Lumpur, Ella. There is a national library of course but it's lending section is frankly pathetic. My personal library beats it hands down.

121PaulCranswick
Mar 10, 7:08pm Top

>118 m.belljackson: I will try to get around threads and update today, Marianne.

I am up to date on my Irish Author Challenge having read Edna O'Brien and William Trevor and I am now part way through a book by Diedre Madden.

>119 Familyhistorian: Lovely Meg. Book envy definitely. xx

122thornton37814
Mar 11, 3:25pm Top

>121 PaulCranswick: I have the Madden book. I'll probably try to read it tonight/tomorrow as I want to return it to the Irish lit professor from whom I borrowed it. I didn't read as much as I hoped last week so I never got around to it. The one I have is The Birds of the Innocent Wood. It's only 147 pages, so it should be a quick read.

123banjo123
Mar 11, 9:17pm Top

Hi Paul! Love the book piles. I got Molly Fox's Birthday out of the library, but am not sure I will finish it, as the beginning didn't really grab me.

124foggidawn
Edited: Mar 11, 9:21pm Top

>120 PaulCranswick: There’s an international library conference happening in Malaysia this year — unfortunately, I don’t think I can talk my library into footing the bill for me to attend!

125PaulCranswick
Mar 11, 9:37pm Top

>122 thornton37814: Lori, I am reading Time Present and Time Past and would recommend it.

126EllaTim
Mar 11, 9:37pm Top

>120 PaulCranswick: That's too bad Paul. Now what's a library for if not to lend?

Amsterdam has built a really nice new public library, unfortunately they seem to think that books are a thing of the past, so they have lots of computers and less books:-(

127PaulCranswick
Mar 11, 9:39pm Top

>123 banjo123: Rhonda, her books are not easy to find over here, but I am really enjoying the one I am reading.

>124 foggidawn: Well I think we could help with accommodation, Foggy! A bit funny them having a library conference here given the seeming disdain they have for libraries! To be fair, the national library is impressive and has a good collection of local texts of value but its lending section is minute.

128PaulCranswick
Mar 11, 9:40pm Top

>126 EllaTim: Exactly Ella! I feel the same way about technology - cannot beat the good old fashioned paperback.

129thornton37814
Mar 11, 10:10pm Top

>125 PaulCranswick: Madden's books are difficult to come by here in the U.S. Between Knox County library (which owned one) and our Irish lit professor, I had a choice of 4 books. A few additional ones were available from Book Depository, but I thought I'd try what was available. Our Irish lit professor actually wrote an early biography/sketch of her for an encyclopedia/dictionary and made a copy of his entry available to me. He had not kept up with her later works though.

130AMQS
Mar 11, 10:22pm Top

Hi Paul! I hope you have a wonderful week. Are you still planning to move to UK? A family at my school is moving to Malaysia - in two weeks! I will miss them.

131banjo123
Mar 11, 11:07pm Top

>127 PaulCranswick: Well, good for our library in Portland, then! I think they had a couple of her books. I will give the book a little bit more of a chance.

132m.belljackson
Mar 12, 4:24pm Top

>125 PaulCranswick:

Abe.com had several Deirdre Madden books.
From their short reviews, I chose Time Present and Time Past and second your recommendation.

Plot, characters, dialogue, mood...so much more welcome than the tedious Country Girls or chilling Wyndham child.

Not looking for Pollyanna from Ireland, but wanted finely executed slightly lighter fare before facing Beckett.

133humouress
Mar 12, 4:37pm Top

>120 PaulCranswick: I confess that the Singapore libraries are probably better than the KL library, but their shelving system irks me too much for me to have the patience to wander around and look for books. I’d probably save a heap of money if I could manage it, though.

134PaulCranswick
Mar 12, 5:35pm Top

>129 thornton37814: Interesting Lori; so it wasn't just me who found tracking down her books a bit of a challenge. Caroline recommended her for the challenge and I am glad she did.

>130 AMQS: Hani is more likely to move there first over me. The medium term plan is still in that direction but to get Belle settled as Kyran and Yasmyne will both be there and unlikely to want to return.

135thornton37814
Mar 12, 5:37pm Top

>134 PaulCranswick: Paul, what makes it difficult to find her books in the U.S. is her lack of a U.S. publisher.

136PaulCranswick
Mar 12, 5:39pm Top

>131 banjo123: I found mine in the Big Bad Wolf sale as I have not come across any of her books in the stores here.

>132 m.belljackson: Well, Marianne, I do think it will be lighter fayre than Beckett!

>133 humouress: Me too Nina. I have had to reduce my book spending alarmingly (certainly for the book stores) over the last couple of years but I still spend probably $4,000 a year on books.

137PaulCranswick
Mar 13, 9:22pm Top

If I do eventually leave Malaysia what will I most remember and miss about the place?

The people for sure - three races pretty much living in harmony (although less so in the last years).
The wonderful development - its malls and offices and infrastructure.
Friends and family- home to my three delightful kids and of course to Hani.
And certainly the food!

This is local breakfast - roti canai - originating from Southern India and taken, for me at least with a chicken curry sauce (most prefer a dhall type sauce). Hearty, if not especially healthy, start to any day.

138humouress
Mar 14, 4:37am Top

>137 PaulCranswick: Ooh, that roti looks light and feathery.

139PaulCranswick
Mar 14, 6:44am Top

>138 humouress: Difficult to beat a good roti canai, Nina.

140sirfurboy
Mar 14, 11:00am Top

>8 PaulCranswick: New Zealand appears to have been over-eating, as it has put on a bit of weight. It has also drifted a fair bit west in that graphic.

Still, it was nice of them to plant the country with blue and red grass to show the flag like that. :)

141jolerie
Mar 14, 12:12pm Top

Yum! That looks absolutely delish! I've had roti canai here a few times but I'm sure it pales in comparison to the fare that you get to indulge in locally. :D

142SuziQoregon
Mar 14, 1:36pm Top

Hi Paul - just stopping by to catch up with your goings on. Sounds like way too busy.

143PaulCranswick
Mar 14, 5:16pm Top

>140 sirfurboy: A little bit of artistic licence, I think, Sir F!

144PaulCranswick
Mar 14, 5:19pm Top

>141 jolerie: For me Valerie, it is best when fluffy and not oily. I have it for breakfast once a week because it is not exactly part of a calorie controlled diet but - boy - is it comfort food.

>142 SuziQoregon: I am far too busy at the moment, Juli, and it is stressing me a little in truth.

145BekkaJo
Mar 15, 5:26am Top

Sorry the stress is ongoing - keep hoping it'll let up for you. Many relaxation/good book/quiet moment vibes.

146PaulCranswick
Mar 15, 10:46am Top

>145 BekkaJo: Thanks Bekka. Life is quite tough at present but challenges are meant to be overcome aren't they?

147richardderus
Mar 15, 8:39pm Top

Roti canai shipment to Long Island, my good man. Chop chop!

148humouress
Mar 16, 12:04am Top

>147 richardderus: When we lived in your part of the world, there was a Malaysian restaurant that did a pretty decent roti canai. It was 18 years ago, somewhere in Manhattan, could have been a (short) chain.

149ronincats
Mar 16, 12:07am Top

((((((Paul)))))))

150Berly
Mar 16, 1:11am Top

Love your picture of the TBR wall. Lifts my spirits. : )

I hope you overcome your obstacles sooner than later. Hugs.

151kac522
Edited: Mar 16, 1:21am Top

>135 thornton37814: Hmm.... my paperback copy of Molly Fox's birthday is published by Picador USA, NY.

152PaulCranswick
Mar 16, 1:48am Top

>147 richardderus: Will do dear fellow, but I would advise that those little blighters don't travel too well!

>148 humouress: Roti canai in Long Island? The mind boggles!

See online that "Ting" and "Matsulin" both seem to have roti canai on their menus.

https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=roti+canai&find_loc=Long+Island%2C+NY

153PaulCranswick
Mar 16, 1:51am Top

>149 ronincats: Thanks Roni. Those hugs are more than a little welcome and necessary just at the moment. I don't want to go into details but my life is in a little bit of disarray at the moment - some of it events; some of it self-inflicted. I hope things pick up.

>150 Berly: It lifted mine too, Kimmers. Lifted them more that it originated from a post by Hani on facebook.

>151 kac522: To be honest she is an author I had not heard of before she was recommended to me by Caroline. I enjoyed her book immensely and will certainly go and get some more.

154humouress
Mar 16, 2:32am Top

>148 humouress: I think it was Rain on the Upper West Side, but looking at their current menu (I can do that from halfway around the world!) they seem to be leaning towards Thai at the moment.

>153 PaulCranswick: Hani has discovered your TBR pile? I suppose it couldn’t be hidden, really. Wishing you a trouble free weekend Paul.

155PaulCranswick
Mar 16, 5:49am Top

>154 humouress: Yes, the TBR stack is a little difficult to hide nowadays

156ChelleBearss
Mar 16, 7:18am Top

Morning, Paul! Sorry to see life is in a disarray right now. Hope things improve for you quickly!

157karenmarie
Mar 16, 9:12am Top

Hi Paul!

Hugs to you from central NC USA. I'm sorry things are in disarray again for you.

I just found a supposedly authentic recipe for Roti canai, and all I can say is that it sounds absolutely wonderful.

158richardderus
Mar 16, 9:23am Top

>152 PaulCranswick: So tempting...so tempting.

Better-days *whammy*

159SuziQoregon
Mar 16, 12:40pm Top

Hope the disarray starts settling soon.

160FAMeulstee
Mar 16, 6:27pm Top

Wishing I had a magic wand to make life all good again for you, Paul...

161PaulCranswick
Mar 16, 8:51pm Top

>156 ChelleBearss: Thank you, dear Chelle.

>157 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. Comfort food would certainly help but it would do little for my burgeoning waistline!

162PaulCranswick
Mar 16, 8:53pm Top

>158 richardderus: Better days whammy plugged in and hopefully set to go, dear fellow.

>159 SuziQoregon: Thanks Juli. We are often the architects of our own misfortune but I hope that the crooked building isn't yet completed and I can demolish the dodgy bits and plaster over the cracks.

>160 FAMeulstee: That would be nice, Anita.

163charl08
Mar 17, 5:41am Top

Hope that things improve Paul, I don't know how you keep all those balls in the air. On a nicer note love the beautiful topper photo and the photos of stacks of books.

I'm nowhere near that level, but do have a bit of a stash going in my room that desperately needs shelving and sorting.

164Berly
Mar 17, 6:03am Top

>162 PaulCranswick: Here to help!! : )

165SandDune
Mar 17, 6:04am Top

Hugs from the U.k as well Paul. Hope thing pick up soon.

166Caroline_McElwee
Mar 17, 7:02am Top

Adding to the hugs Paul. Glad you liked the Madden. Not sure whether I will squeeze one in this month, and the only one I have to hand easily is one I've read.

167EllaTim
Mar 17, 8:42am Top

Wishing you a happy weekend Paul!

168jessibud2
Mar 17, 9:17am Top

Here's hoping that corner you need to turn, is within viewing (and reaching) distance!

A little enforced R&R ought to be in order, too, my friend!

169cameling
Mar 17, 10:08am Top

Oh yum ... roti canai ... that's the hubster's favorite breakfast. He would be quite happy eating roti canai or roti banana every morning if I didn't insist on a variety whenever we're in Sg.

170Ameise1
Mar 17, 10:54am Top

I am sorry to hear that everything is not going according to plan. I hope there will be light at the end of the tunnel soon. Happy weekend xx

171PaulCranswick
Mar 17, 12:54pm Top

>163 charl08: I often tell my staff the story of the juggler who can successfully keep four balls in the air at the same time but when he tries five sees all of them on the floor. I am similarly overstretched at the minute desperately trying to keep those balls in the air and hoping no-one will add another one!

>164 Berly: Polyfilla! Just what is required, Kimmers. xx

172PaulCranswick
Mar 17, 12:56pm Top

>165 SandDune: Thank you Rhian. I am missing the old country at the moment.

>166 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks Caroline. I do hope to track down a few more Madden books in the near future.

173PaulCranswick
Mar 17, 12:59pm Top

>167 EllaTim: Thanks Ella. I have started an assignment assisting Samsung C&T on a construction project they are doing in the centre of KL. It is a 57 storey office tower with a 7 storey convention centre at a cost of some $220 million. An old friend of mine is the project engineering manager for the Koreans and he sought me out to help unravel some of their contractual difficulties. First impressions indicate it will be interesting.

>168 jessibud2: I am looking forward to a complete rest tomorrow, Shelley. xx

174PaulCranswick
Mar 17, 1:01pm Top

>169 cameling: I figured that the hubster would have the good sense to enjoy roti canai. It is particularly good in Singapore as I recall.

>170 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara. The light is there somewhere for me to aim towards.

175jnwelch
Edited: Mar 17, 1:09pm Top



Four seems like plenty, Paul. Hope it starts getting easier for you soon, mate.

176SirThomas
Mar 17, 2:49pm Top

Hugs around the world.
Sending you hugs from Germany.
I hope things are getting better soon.

177EllaTim
Mar 17, 6:12pm Top

>173 PaulCranswick: I think I understand with juggling all these balls Paul!

178PaulCranswick
Mar 17, 8:29pm Top

>175 jnwelch: A guy with four balls should thank his lucky stars, Jim.

>176 SirThomas: Thank you Thomas - I am looking to keep turning things around.

>177 EllaTim: Life is always hectic, Ella, but there is always a danger of trying to do too much.

179PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 12, 10:58pm Top

I did manage a little bit of book purchasing therapy yesterday.

45. Jamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov (1957) 96 pages.

Why? Around the world in 80 books as Kyrgyzstan writers are thin on the ground in translation. Louis Aragon rated this the most beautiful love story in the world. Read it in the car driving between meetings yesterday and liked it but less than Louis did.

46. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger (1959) 330 ages

Why? I have wanted to read this for a while.

47. Fever by Deon Meyer (2016) 532 pages

Why? Because it is Deon Meyer. Stand-alone novel which has been compared to The Road

180richardderus
Mar 17, 8:50pm Top

I confess to thinking Louis Aragon was either on the sauce or gettin' some from Aitmatov...most beautiful love story *ever*?! Hmph.

181jnwelch
Mar 17, 8:53pm Top

>178 PaulCranswick: Ha! BTW, you've known me long enough - feel free to call me Joe.

182PaulCranswick
Mar 17, 8:56pm Top

>180 richardderus: It could have been both RD!

>181 jnwelch: Haha - balls up instead of balls down, Joe.

183PaulCranswick
Mar 18, 12:05am Top

If I go back to January 1st and then add the books I have purchased or have been gifted since that time my TBR mountain looks like this:

Total Books : 4,052

Read in 2018 : 21

Revised TBR Books : 4,031

Total Pages : 1,425,536

Pages Read in 2018 : 4,978 (finished books only counted)

Revised Pages to Read : 1,420,558

Pleanty of reading to do!

184humouress
Edited: Mar 18, 1:41am Top



You’ll get by with a little help from your friends.

>183 PaulCranswick: Luck to you :0)

185Familyhistorian
Mar 18, 1:42am Top

I hope your juggling is going well, Paul, and you find the light at the end of the tunnel.

186PaulCranswick
Mar 18, 5:51am Top

>184 humouress: Nine, Nina! If I can manage that then I am home and dry!

>185 Familyhistorian: A good quiet day sorting out my books into a bit more what Hani would call tidiness.

187msf59
Mar 18, 8:37am Top

Hi, Paul. Just checking in with my mate. Hope all is well in your world. Miss seeing you around.

188PaulCranswick
Mar 18, 9:56am Top

>187 msf59: I'll be back to my old self soon, Mark, I reckon.

189karenmarie
Mar 18, 12:06pm Top

Hi Paul! Hang in there, my friend, and *hugs* from central NC USA.

A good quiet day sorting out my books into a bit more what Hani would call tidiness. Ah, book therapy! Good for you.

190streamsong
Mar 18, 1:02pm Top

Living here in the wilds of Montana, I have never had the privilege of eating roti canai. The recipes look pretty straight forward. I wonder how hard it is to make.

Yup, definitely sounds like you need a nice quiet day with some bibliotherapy.

Wishing you lots of peace.

191drneutron
Edited: Mar 18, 3:47pm Top

Jim, Joe, whatever... Apparently we're interchangeable! :)

192LovingLit
Mar 18, 4:48pm Top

>96 PaulCranswick: I have a location identifier on my spreadsheet.
That is so super organised! I guess you need to be with those piles!!!

General hellos from me! I am having a slow start- I woke to a pile of dishes, and did not feel like rushing through them to get out of the house at the same time the kids do for school. So here I am still in my pjs at 947am! I enjoyed a leisurely poached eggs meal though, so it was all worth it :)
Have a great day.

193evilmoose
Mar 18, 6:52pm Top

Swinging by to offer more hugs, and to steal a few bites of that roti. It looks delicious!

194PaulCranswick
Mar 18, 8:18pm Top

>189 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, book therapy usually works!

>190 streamsong: Well Janet, it sure looks easy when the stall holders do it over here.

This YouTube video will give you some idea, I think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdUcdI0bW4Q

195PaulCranswick
Mar 18, 8:20pm Top

>191 drneutron: Hahaha Jim; your respective ladies may or may not agree with that!

>192 LovingLit: I would be entirely lost without the recourse of being able to check my spreadsheet from time to time, Megan.
I bought a new toaster on Saturday so I have been putting it through its paces these last couple of days.

>193 evilmoose: Thanks Megan. I reckon that I'll have roti canai later in the week. xx

196benitastrnad
Mar 18, 10:28pm Top

I am back from my spring trek to Kansas. My mother fell and broke her wrist just before I got home. They were unable to put a cast on it due to the swelling, so I took her on a road trip. We drove over to the very eastern tip of Nebraska to Indian Cave State Park which is located right on the banks of the wide Missouri. The river has changed course in the last hundred years, so now it runs right under the bluffs where the cave and the petroglyphs are located, but it has been a protected area since the 1960's so that is a good thing. We then drove on up to Nebraska City, Nebraska to Arbor Lodge. This is the home of the family that created International Arbor Day. There is a big tree seedling farm there. It is open all year long - on weekends from November to April. It is the last part of that sentence that I didn't read. But the drive was beautiful. The weather was wonderful, and we spent a night away from home and all the other worries and cares. The day after we got back home, Mom got her wrist set and a cast put on. Now she has four to six weeks of healing, and I am back in Alabama and tomorrow I go back to work.

I had some great reading. I finished a good mystery and have almost finished another (one by Donna Leon and one by Michael Dibdin) and two of the National Geographic Directions series - Mays of Ventadorn about 12th century French troubadours who wrote in Occitan, and Los Angeles: People, Places, and the Castle on the Hill about the capital of the film industry in the U. S. All of the books were good and well worth the time it took to read them. On the way back to Kansas I listened to two recorded books, and on the way back to Alabama from Kansas I listed to another and am about half done with a second. It was a very productive week of reading and listening.

197PaulCranswick
Mar 18, 10:41pm Top

>196 benitastrnad: What a great reaction to the breaking of bones, Benita.

Can't set it yet?

Go on a road trip!

I am glad you were able to spend such good time together. xx

Your reading is zipping along too, my word.

198humouress
Edited: Mar 19, 1:40pm Top

>96 PaulCranswick: >192 LovingLit: That makes me think that you press a button on your computer which sets off a flashing light on the spine of the relevant book.

199Crazymamie
Mar 19, 12:30pm Top

Stopping in to catch up with you, Paul. Hoping that this week is kind to you and that things settle down for you.

200jolerie
Mar 19, 1:20pm Top

Sorry to hear that RL is giving you grief, Paul. I hope it slows down and calms down for you soon. In the meantime, buy more books, read more books, and any thing else that will bring a smile to your face and a bounce to your steps. HUGS. :)

201PaulCranswick
Mar 19, 9:27pm Top

>198 humouress: Now there's an idea!

>199 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie, dear. Some light at the end of a very long tunnel.

>200 jolerie: Thank you, Valerie. My friends here on LT do keep me going to be honest.

202The_Hibernator
Mar 20, 7:11am Top

Hi Paul! Hope all is going well!

203Deern
Mar 20, 9:42am Top

Catching up! Sending fresh {{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}} and positive energies to help with all he juggling!

204PaulCranswick
Mar 20, 8:20pm Top

>202 The_Hibernator: Thanks Rachel. I have a smile on my face at least when I am in the group.

>203 Deern: Hugs always most welcome, Nathalie. I am still busy juggling so the energy keeps arriving from somewhere.

205FAMeulstee
Mar 21, 4:57am Top

Sending the spare engergy I have, Paul, looks like you are stil in need.
All I have to do today is voting for local elections, and work a bit in the garden.

206vancouverdeb
Mar 21, 5:24am Top

Take care, Paul and I hope that soon real life gets easier.

207PaulCranswick
Mar 21, 5:31am Top

>205 FAMeulstee: I have a very good Dutch friend, Anita, who works on a dredging vessel and consequently does "6 weeks on and 6 weeks off". I always enjoy talking politics with him as he gets enormously animated although I don't entirely share his views on the ills of immigration. Europe needs strong and principled leadership these days and the absence of this across the continent is a very sad thing for the future prospects of all Europeans.

Enjoy voting!

>206 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deb. It gets a little better every time I am in the group. xx

208FAMeulstee
Mar 21, 5:56am Top

>207 PaulCranswick: I don't think immigration should be seen as problem, Paul, I think we should provide shelter to those who need shelter.
I have always had a problem with the concept of borders, and that it is unfair your chances in life are determined by the place you were born. This is not a popular point of view these days...

209johnsimpson
Mar 21, 6:22am Top

Hi Paul, sorry to see that you are going through a rough time mate, hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel and all the stress will be worthwhile.

With all the snow around here that we have had I can't believe that the Cricket season is only a few weeks away, looking forward to the Yorkshire boys hitting the ground running hopefully. We are all fine and apart from losing Leo but getting slowly used to not having my furry buddy on my lap.

We both send love and hugs to you and the family mate and look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future. Always nice to see your posts and were it not for you I would not have found this great group. Chin up, chest out, your from Yorkshire, lol.

210SuziQoregon
Mar 21, 12:54pm Top

Good to see you managed a bit of book buying therapy amidst all the juggling that's going on around here.

211Berly
Mar 21, 3:20pm Top

P--Just attempting to keep up around here. Hope today is a great day. Hugs.

212weird_O
Mar 21, 4:06pm Top

Hi, Paul. I still remember you and yours. I seem to be nonsocial this go-round. Wonderful topper.

213PaulCranswick
Mar 21, 8:11pm Top

>208 FAMeulstee: No I pretty much agree with you, Anita. The influence of nationalism has generally been pernicious.

>209 johnsimpson: Thanks for that lovely post, John. This group is great at forging friendships isn't it? I was saddened to see the passing of Leo on FB. Best wishes to you and Karen and the family and i hope to see you soon.
Cricket season will be interesting and I hope we do a bit better this year.

214PaulCranswick
Mar 21, 8:12pm Top

>210 SuziQoregon: Thanks Juli. Every little bit helps.

>211 Berly: Not too difficult to keep up with me these days, Kimmers! xx

>212 weird_O: You and me both, Bill. I hope to get back to more approaching my normal self soon dear fellow.

215Berly
Mar 21, 8:33pm Top

>214 PaulCranswick: Well, except that I had a little ER visit....

I hope you get your joy and posting mojo back soon. : )

216benitastrnad
Mar 21, 10:41pm Top

#208
I agree with you. Fate, or whatever we choose to call it isn’t kind to many, and we need to shelter those who need it. That said, it would benefit all of us if we would work a little harder to improve living conditions all around the globe. That step to help is often not taken and those in developing countries are blamed instead of helped.

217FAMeulstee
Mar 22, 3:25am Top

>216 benitastrnad: Indeed, if living conditions were more equal around the globe, there would be no need to cross the Mediterranean Sea, where so many have drowned in the last years. But somehow most people don't want to share, and prefere to blame those who are not so lucky. Not only blaming developing countries, but also the poor and struggling people in their own countries.

218BekkaJo
Mar 22, 3:51am Top

Just dropping in some love for the pile. Not that you would run out of it on here :)

219PaulCranswick
Mar 22, 5:45am Top

>218 BekkaJo: Oh but every little bit counts, Bekka!

220tapestry100
Mar 22, 9:06am Top

Dropping by to say hi! I'm woefully behind on threads and am trying to catch up slowly but surely. I hope you've been doing well!

221richardderus
Mar 22, 1:27pm Top

Lights ending tunnels that aren't trains *whammy*

222figsfromthistle
Mar 22, 3:10pm Top

Just dropping by to say hello and that hopefully, things start to look up for you soon :)

223PaulCranswick
Mar 22, 10:16pm Top

>220 tapestry100: Lovely to see you, David. I am floundering a little across the threads as storm clouds gather over a couple of my projects. Personal life again taking a buffeting as Hani is heading off for another stint in the UK with our daughter and looking into possible work and home leads.

>221 richardderus: The train in the tunnel whammy would be WHAMmy in fact and would certainly flatten some of my immediate concerns!

>222 figsfromthistle: Thanks Anita. I am always so touched and grateful to have my pals drop by and wish me well. xx

224amanda4242
Mar 22, 10:30pm Top

Sorry to hear life is getting you down. {{{hugs}}}

225PaulCranswick
Mar 23, 2:12am Top

>224 amanda4242: Well, Amanda, it should be looking up really because it is my wedding anniversary today!

Hani is however flying to the UK presently after a near disaster at the airport. She called me in a panic and floods of tears that she had been refused exit because of unpaid taxes. Now a desperate country squeezes its people and Hani is and always has been a housewife. They had assessed without any reference to anybody that she owed around RM3,000 in back taxes - around $750. No reason or notice given. I was forced to scramble and pay the amount online to allow her to travel (her bags were already checked through). What a palaver!

226ataurrahman
Mar 23, 2:21am Top

hello friends,..plzzz recommend me book names on the topic of reduplication in languages...plzzzz

227Deern
Mar 23, 3:07am Top

>225 PaulCranswick: Err... I despite the events on the airport I'm wishing you and Hani a Happy Anniversary! One to remember certainly. :/
Italians don't refuse exit (as far as I know) but in work life I'm getting used to receiving reminders for fees/ taxes from public institutions, that were never originally invoiced. Usually small amount that then get paid because investigating them would cost more. $750 however is a noticeable amount.

At least the weekend is coming. Sending good wishes for those projects and a positive breakthrough!

228BekkaJo
Mar 23, 4:36am Top

>225 PaulCranswick: What the??? Grrr. Poor Hani seems to have the worst travelling luck.

Happy Anniversary to you both.

229ChelleBearss
Mar 23, 8:59am Top

>225 PaulCranswick: Oh No! Poor Hani. Hope she didn't have any issues with missed flights due to that nastiness!

Happy Anniversary!

230karenmarie
Mar 23, 9:06am Top

Hi Paul, and happy anniversary.

Poor Hani! I'm glad you were able to cover the suspect-tax bill. Bags already checked, shame on them.

I hope you have a restful and reading-filled weekend.

More hugs and positive energy to you, too.

231Caroline_McElwee
Edited: Mar 23, 9:53am Top

>225 PaulCranswick: how stressful for both Hani and you. It sounds like getting that relocation back to the UK would be a good move this year Paul.

Shame you aren't together on your anniversary though.

232jnwelch
Mar 23, 1:11pm Top

Poor Hani and poor you, Paul. How infuriating to have that happen at the airport.

233Familyhistorian
Mar 23, 3:34pm Top

Happy anniversary to you and Hani, Paul. I hope the rest of her trip goes more smoothly!

234amanda4242
Mar 23, 5:00pm Top

>225 PaulCranswick: Ack! What a terrible way to start a trip!

Happy anniversary!

235PaulCranswick
Mar 23, 9:38pm Top

>226 ataurrahman: I am a little lost there as I am not really sure what is meant by "reduplication in languages"?

>227 Deern: Poor lady was in a state of absolute devastation when she called me from the airport. It is lucky that i was able to get on line and settle it for her. She has safely made it to the UK but had a mix up with the lady who was supposed to meet her at Manchester and also with her credit cards. She is safely ensconced in the little house near Bradford that she will be staying in for a while.

The Government here has no money as the Kleptocracy has been in full swing for the last 15 years and has left the people poorer and facing a huge future burden to its succeeding generations. Sad, that in a country so lucky in terms of his natural resources, the squandering of riches is impoverishing a people. Every new day here seems to bring a new tax or a new charge - it is pathetic.

236PaulCranswick
Mar 23, 9:41pm Top

>228 BekkaJo: Thanks Bekka. It is one of the stranger anniversaries we have celebrated "together".

>229 ChelleBearss: She made the flight breathless but relieved Chelle and had no problems the rest of the way to Manchester. Once there her misadventures continued as she was expecting a friend to meet her and she didn't turn up.

237PaulCranswick
Mar 23, 9:45pm Top

>230 karenmarie: Thanks as always Karen. I am extremely tired at the moment and couldn't sleep a wink because of waiting for Hani to arrive in the UK and make sure she had no issues for immigration and cars etc. Good job I stayed awake (until 4.45 am) as she did - also as always - need my help.

>231 Caroline_McElwee: I think you are spot-on Caroline. We have had words between us to same effect. I hope that we are closer to this every day although I fear we could have a situation whereby Hani spends more time in England over the next three years whilst I get things sorted here.

238PaulCranswick
Mar 23, 9:48pm Top

>232 jnwelch: The absence of any notice whatsoever rankles greatly, Joe. As a director of two companies she does receive a stipend every month which is taxed at source and deducted/paid to the revenue. How on earth they calculated the sum I have no idea and they don't appear to substantiate. Unfortunately the law here is "pay-first-then-argue".

>233 Familyhistorian: Thank you Meg. See above. Didn't go exactly according to her plans!

>234 amanda4242: Thanks Amanda. I had tried unsuccessfully to have her stay here a bit longer first but I didn't dare remind her of the fact via telephone / whatsApp yesterday.

239Berly
Mar 24, 12:26am Top

Happy Anniversary!! That's too bad what happened at the airport. Grrrrr. Wishing you (and Hani) a great weekend.

240humouress
Mar 24, 11:28am Top

Happy anniversary Paul!

What happened at the airport is just ... words fail me. I hope you can get it sorted out.

241humouress
Edited: Mar 24, 2:12pm Top

And



58! Are you kiddin’ me?

And Zimbabwe have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1983 (I tend to root for underdogs so I’m sad for them).

242figsfromthistle
Mar 24, 5:42pm Top

>226 ataurrahman: If you just need an introduction to reduplication you may want to check out Sharon Inkelas: Reduplication: Doubling in Morphology. Or Berhard Hurch: Studies on Redupliation

243vancouverdeb
Mar 24, 7:12pm Top

A lovely tribute to you Paul, from Hani, on facebook , regarding your anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Paul and Hani!

244roundballnz
Mar 24, 7:17pm Top

Belated Anniversary best wishes ...... I see you are juggling those balls young man

245bell7
Mar 24, 7:31pm Top

Sorry Hani had so much trouble at the airport and hope the rest of the trip is much calmer for both of you! Happy weekend, Paul.

246PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 8:03pm Top

>239 Berly: Thanks Kimmers! The Malaysia tax department is desperate for money to be honest as the politicians have simply salted too much of it away over the years. Hani nearly fell through the cracks of that the other day.

>240 humouress: I managed to sort it out Nina but it was RM3,200 I ought really not have had to spend.

247thornton37814
Mar 24, 8:08pm Top

Paul, I hope you get your mojo back soon. I hate to see you struggling so much. Sorry for the difficulties Hani had leaving and hope the rest of her trip improves.

248PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 8:12pm Top

>241 humouress: Isn't that embarrassing, Nina? 33 came from one of the lower order barsmen and we were actually 29 for 9 and staring our lowest ever total in the face. I feel a little sorry for the players as they have been put through purgatory scheduling wise - there need not have been such a gap between the Ashes series and NZ. That said though the team is spineless and Root, for all he is our best batsman, has no leadership qualities to speak of that I can see.
I would bring in a captain in Sam Northeast and ditch some of the non-performers this summer. Moeen Ali has been woeful as has much of the batting.
My team for the first test in the summer:
Hameed, Bell-Drummond, Root, Northeast, Clarke, Bairstow, Stokes, Plunkett, Roland-Jones, Leach, Anderson

>242 figsfromthistle: Thanks for that Anita. I will stick to my TBR pile!

249PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 8:16pm Top

>239 Berly: Thanks Kimmers! The Malaysia tax department is desperate for money to be honest as the politicians have simply salted too much of it away over the years. Hani nearly fell through the cracks of that the other day.

>240 humouress: I managed to sort it our Nina but it was RM3,200 I ought really not have had to spend.

250PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 8:25pm Top

The threads have gone mad this morning. Posts typed out not appearing. Posts posted after earlier posts appearing earlier than those posts. Bizarre and weird. Now having to retype my last two posts which seem to have disappeared.

Anybody else having trouble this morning?

251PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 8:27pm Top

>243 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deb. In our own ways Hani and I are trying to get back to our simple life of cuddles, conversation and comradeship but our path in doing so is a winding one.

>244 roundballnz: Why bails, I wonder, Alex? I hope that rain doesn't prevent the Black Caps from a deserved win.

Great to see you back posting, mate.

252PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 8:29pm Top

>245 bell7: I certainly hope so too, Mary. xx

>246 PaulCranswick: Thanks Lori. I am just so tired most of the time - too tired even for much reading. I want a day of complete rest - so let's see what gives.

253banjo123
Mar 24, 8:31pm Top

Happy belated anniversary and joining in the wishes for your increased mojo!

254PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 8:46pm Top

>253 banjo123: Thanks Rhonda. xx

255roundballnz
Mar 24, 10:35pm Top

>251 PaulCranswick: >248 PaulCranswick: Though to be fair some of those balls were virtually unplayable, brilliant bowling, with swing but not too much ..... meantime ENG bowlers seem to be spending more time trying to get the ball changed than actually bowling ( though lets not mention AUS team & bowling ?? or shd we )

Agree with you on Root, not really a leader, can't imagine why they made him captain

256PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 11:51pm Top

>255 roundballnz: I think with Root there seemed to be a groundswell as soon as everyone realised what a great batsman he was, that he would automatically be a great captain. I like Northeast as a captain and also Eoin Morgan. Let Root do what he does best. England need variety in their attack and must realise that Ali is simply not good enough a spin bowler to merit inclusion as such. One day team certainly but not in the real McCoy. Jack Leach is our best spinner by a country mile.

The Aussies got caught red-handed and it is something that everyone has known for a long time. Must say though that it wouldn't have affected the result against us......men against boys.

257PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 12, 10:59pm Top

A little bit of cheap book therapy yesterday with four books for $5 total.

48. Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (2009) 329 pp
Why? Mark and his American Author Challenge

49. Dancing With Demons by Peter Tremayne (2007) 370 pp
Why? Lucy got me thinking about this series again. Couldn't resist at the price and I now have book #1 & book #18 in the series!

50. Kristofferson : The Wild American by Stepen Miller (2008) 246 pp
Why? Really like a couple of his early albums and he always strikes as quite the rowdy

51. The Sugar Mother by Elizabeth Jolley (1988) 210 pp
Why? Another option for the ANZAC challenge

258roundballnz
Mar 25, 3:47am Top

>256 PaulCranswick:
Yes Root is better left as a Batsman & senior player, let him do what he does best,

as for the Aussies yes we all know they have been upto *** ahem tricks*** for years never been so sloppy toGet caught .... it was so blatant & hanging out the youngster to dry very uncool - will be interesting to see what happens, Aussies have had a "holier-than-though" attitude to anyone else ( i.e. throw the book at them) ... now the shoe is on the other foot ?? - realistically there shd be some significant playing bans as a minimum.

259PaulCranswick
Mar 25, 4:11am Top

>258 roundballnz: In a way it would be a shame if Smith gets banned because he is such a great batsman. Probably has to happen though.

My top FIVE to play in tests:

Pujara, Warner, Williamson, Kohli, Smith - would never get them all out.

260LovingLit
Edited: Mar 25, 4:21am Top

I now have book #1 & book #18 in the series!
Looks like you have some more book buying to do, Mr! (don't tell Hani I told you to do that though....)

Eta: also, not mentioning the dreadful Aussie cricket behaviour- and in "the gentleman's" game too!! That, as they say, is not cricket

261roundballnz
Mar 25, 4:50am Top

>260 LovingLit: M Did you just call Australian cricketers gentlemen ????? I am very confused by that thought .....

>259 PaulCranswick: Williamson is not as consistent as he used to be - not sure Captaincy is good for him either

Some are calling for the Whole leadership team to be banned, they were all in on the planning ( this was not an on pitch move) reason being, If Smith goes, replacement captain would have been involved as well ....

262avatiakh
Mar 25, 5:11am Top

Hope you got your day off in the end Paul. Like you I've taken a break from reading this month, quite refreshing change.

Did you note the passing of Philip Kerr?

263ChelleBearss
Mar 25, 7:47am Top

Hope you've been having a great weekend despite Hani being away!

264karenmarie
Mar 25, 10:32am Top

Hi Paul!

>257 PaulCranswick: and I now have book #1 & book #18 in the series! Ha. I do things like that all the time. Several years ago I decided to only read series in order, so it makes it a challenge finding all the books in the middle.

I hope you’re hanging in there. How long is Hani going to be gone on this trip? If you mentioned it, I missed it.

265laytonwoman3rd
Mar 25, 12:50pm Top

Sorry about the recent stresses and difficulties, Paul. The Universe has a lot of nerve.

266Berly
Mar 25, 12:56pm Top

See, at least you have book #1 in the series. I tend to read #7 or #15 without knowing at first that it is a series, but by then it is too late and I have the book in hand and I just have to read it and well, you know. : )

267PaulCranswick
Mar 25, 8:55pm Top

>260 LovingLit: I hope that I can find them all in the sales though, Megan!

I think that the myth of cricket being a "gentleman's game" has been nailed by Clarke and Warner and Bancroft. Deservedly got thumped by South Africa. NZ on the other hand are moving serenely towards victory in Auckland. As is his wont lately, Root, gets 50 and is immediately out and that leaves the rest to try and see out what will be a long, long final day.

>261 roundballnz: It is a shambles and tarnishes the reputation of someone I thought would go down as one of the greatest ever.

Williamson is averaging 51.12 in tests which remains mightily impressive given that conditions in NZ are not the most batsman friendly in world cricket. Presently if I had to rely on him or Root, Joe would be carrying the drinks.

268PaulCranswick
Mar 25, 9:11pm Top

>262 avatiakh: Kerry, my break from reading is unintentional! I have loads - and I mean loads of books on the go but I am not getting them finished.

Sad to see the news about Philip Kerr - I hadn't known about it until your post. No more Bernie Gunthers is another little piece of further joy denied us all.

>263 ChelleBearss: Yesterday was quite restful, Chelle. Kyran took me grocery shopping and thoroughly enjoyed the experience not having someone tell him that the food he likes isn't too good for him!

Was a little upset though as Hani called me at 5.00 am UK time quite hysterical and convinced that the house she is staying in is haunted. She described a huge hairy being with horns that was growling at her. If she wasn't a tee-totaler I would have been convinced that she had been on the sauce. I stayed on the phone with her for about an hour until it got fully light in the UK and she felt safe to go downstairs. I hope it was just a case of over tiredness.

269PaulCranswick
Mar 25, 9:16pm Top

>264 karenmarie: It will not surprise you in the least, Karen, to realise that I also only read series in order - usually publication order - which can be challenging for some Scandi series where the translations didn't follow suit and for things like Cornwell's Sharpe series which I read in chronological order rather than publication order.

Hani will be back in Malaysia on 1 June! There is a possibility that I will join her there before then of course.

>265 laytonwoman3rd: It has indeed, Linda.

Still it does also provide all of us with LT and the 75ers in particular and without which I would be really down in the dumps.

>266 Berly: I was recently asked about the Sister Fidelia series and could only say that I have the first book but that it still remains unread. Another book in the series may prompt me to read it finally.

270humouress
Mar 25, 11:08pm Top

>268 PaulCranswick: described a huge hairy being with horns that was growling at her. She missed you? ;0)

(I'm sorry, I couldn't resist. That would describe my husband at times, too.)

271PaulCranswick
Mar 25, 11:37pm Top

>268 PaulCranswick: With some modifications perhaps, Nina.......more like a small horny being with hair!

(Sorry, I couldn't resist either)!

272PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 1, 1:07am Top

CURRENT READING.

Boy I am lost. lost. lost. lost.





Don't know how many of these twelve I will finish before the end of the month.

273Familyhistorian
Mar 26, 12:30am Top

I am another one that tends to pick up a book because it looks interesting and read it only to find out it is in the middle of a series. The question then is whether to just read from that book until the end or to go back to the beginning and start from there. Come to think of it, sometimes life feels like you have started in the middle of something but you only get the choice of muddling through to the end, usually.

274vancouverdeb
Edited: Mar 26, 1:16am Top

Oh my , Paul. Hani and the haunted house and the monster. I confess I'm not the bravest person as far as staying overnight myself. Well, if it helps, my paternal grandmother lived in a house with two of her brother's( and a sister ) after my grandfather's passing. One of the brother's passed away in his bedroom of a a brain tumour . After that, the rest of the family pronounced that room as haunted by the dead brother, Basil. The other brother tried moving into that bedroom, but swore he saw the ghost of Basil in the mirror. When my parents and I stayed there, my parents swore that they heard dead Basil walk into the room, but did not see him. As a 7 year old , I was not quite sure what to make of it all, but my grandma was a good Christian woman and pronounced it as nonsense. So when my family stayed there, me and my grandma would occupy the " haunted bedroom." I was a little scared, but oh yeah, I've got some experience with haunted houses! :-)

275PaulCranswick
Mar 26, 1:28am Top

>273 Familyhistorian: I am actually quite well organised when it comes to reading my series, Meg, but I couldn't resist buying that one out of sequence (not reading it) because it was only $1.

>274 vancouverdeb: Hani and Yasmyne are very receptive to that sort of thing, Deb. I daresay that the group could muster a convincing rivalry to HP Lovecraft! The story about Uncle Basil is a creepy one!

276BekkaJo
Mar 26, 3:48am Top

Poor Hani - and poor you! I'm guessing she's not used to being on her own in the house either? Hope she can settle (for both your sakes).

>272 PaulCranswick: And my that's a lot on the go. I'm obviously not one to talk, seeing as my list is probably similar size, but ooof! Hope you can finish a few off and find the right book for now.

277PaulCranswick
Mar 26, 4:40am Top

>276 BekkaJo: Yes, she is a scaredy-cat at the best of times!

The funny thing is that I am actually enjoying all the books I have on the go but I really must priorities them a little to improve my numbers!

278m.belljackson
Mar 26, 10:55am Top

>268 PaulCranswick:

Re: Hauntings =
maybe either a good Therapist OR Face Your Fears
OR simply wait until the two of you can move back to UK together
OR ???

These long distance challenges are really tough...

279kidzdoc
Mar 26, 11:59am Top

Whoa. Impressive list of current reads, Paul! I look forward to your thoughts about The Bone People and Homo Deus, which I own but haven't read yet.

280benitastrnad
Edited: Mar 26, 2:02pm Top

I was in need of "book therapy" over the weekend, and so while at the library started browsing shelves. I ran into some really interesting titles and authors. One of them has really intrigued me, and, while I didn't actually start reading it, I did place it on my bedside table. Cashelmara by Susan Howatch. All together I checked out 11 books. I don't know if I will actually read them, but the good thing is that they can be returned and won't be taking up space in my house.

I have Bone People and keep looking at it and thinking I should read that. But not right now. I am now reading book two in the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante. I like this book, but I do have to admit that the style is a bit different. Thank goodness this series is only four books. And then I do need to get back to the Poldark series.

281Oberon
Mar 26, 5:23pm Top

>272 PaulCranswick: I read Arabian Sands recently and enjoyed it a great deal. Hope you like the book (though with as many as you have active I would worry that it would get lost in the crowd).

282vancouverdeb
Mar 26, 5:41pm Top

Poor old Basil! My great uncle was not given to imaginings, nor is my mother. Neither was my dad, but he did have a cracking sense of humour, so you never know. He made a deal with a friend of his that if either of them died first , that guy should attempt to make contact from the " beyond" on the New Years Eve following his death. So when that friend passed away suddenly of a heart attack, I remember my dad laughingly lying on the bed on New Years Eve, waiting for contact from his friend, which never happened. To this day, I won't have mirror in the bedroom, in case I see someone looking out at me! :-)

283PaulCranswick
Mar 26, 6:50pm Top

>278 m.belljackson: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Never quite got that one to be honest, Marianne, but I do miss my wife.

>279 kidzdoc: My scatterbrain nature at the moment is exemplified by my reading, Darryl. I hope to get some of these books finished soon!

284PaulCranswick
Mar 26, 6:55pm Top

>280 benitastrnad: Poldark always makes me wistful for those long summer days by the sea - either in Cornwall itself or the Yorkshire coast.

I miss not being able to check out loads of books knowing full well I will not read even half of them.

>281 Oberon: No Erik, I am enjoying it too. Talk of "The Empty Quarter" has me in mind of Beau Geste or David Lean cinematography with O'Toole and Shariff atop their camels amidst the dunes.

>282 vancouverdeb: A spirit with a sense of humour - lovely thought that somehow, Deb!

I am not a fan of mirrors either but more out of the fact that I don't really like looking at myself too much.

285drneutron
Mar 26, 7:17pm Top

One of these days I need to understand cricket... 😀

286PaulCranswick
Mar 26, 7:28pm Top

>285 drneutron: Us Brits used to say the same thing about baseball, Jim. Both games seem to involve wearing pyjamas and throwing a hard ball at someone trying to slug it out of sight.

287drneutron
Mar 26, 7:59pm Top

Ah, that captures it perfectly! 😀

288benitastrnad
Mar 26, 10:08pm Top

That wearing pajamas may explain the extreme popularity of cricket in India.

289avatiakh
Mar 27, 1:19am Top

I saw this on twitter and thought it would give you a laugh -
When rearranging a section of the shop, the last step is to change the shelf labels. DON’T FORGET THIS STEP!

290humouress
Mar 27, 2:17am Top

>289 avatiakh: Looks right to me ;0)

291msf59
Mar 27, 7:01am Top

>289 avatiakh: LOL. This is perfect. Thanks for sharing, Kerry.

Howdy, Paul. How you doing with those current reads? Looks daunting.

292Carmenere
Mar 27, 7:05am Top

I 've just caught up on this thread and I'm completly exhausted! I can imagine what it's doing to you! I would think that having your loved ones hither dither and yon do not help matters.
Keep on keeping on, my friend! Hugs and xx

293karenmarie
Mar 27, 8:28am Top

Hi Paul!

Hauntings, twelve books on the go, and a house full of fun, not-necessarily-healthy-for-you foods. Your venture out with Kyran reminds me of when Jenna and Bill would go food shopping. Amazing things came home that wouldn't have otherwise.

I hope that the first 2/5 of your work week wasn't too stressful.

294LovingLit
Mar 27, 3:52pm Top

>272 PaulCranswick: Paul! You are either a machine, or delusional. That is a lot of reading. If I were you, I would start on the one you are closest to finishing, and knock 'em off one by one.
Good luck!

295richardderus
Mar 27, 5:57pm Top

>289 avatiakh: LOLOLOLOL

Not posting until the new thread starts.

296PaulCranswick
Mar 27, 6:29pm Top

>287 drneutron: Ready for bed, anyone for cricket?

>288 benitastrnad: The popularity of the game in India has to be seen to be believed, Benita. I struck up a conversation in Hyderabad a number of years ago with a waiter in a biriyani house and was amazed at the depth of knowledge.

297PaulCranswick
Mar 27, 6:31pm Top

>289 avatiakh: I don't see anything wrong. Beer is the perfect motivation for business!

>290 humouress: Ha! exactly, Nina!

298PaulCranswick
Mar 27, 6:34pm Top

>291 msf59: I reckon that I'll manage to finish a fair few of them before the month is out, Mark, but I really need to be more systematic.

>292 Carmenere: I just slept straight through for seven hours, Lynda, which is the perfect sign that I am exhausted!

299PaulCranswick
Mar 27, 6:37pm Top

>293 karenmarie: I always seem to get through the week somehow, Karen. Kyran's main comment on food shopping with me was how much faster it was than going with his mum!

>294 LovingLit: You are right of course, Megan. Good advice that ought to be followed, but then........

>295 richardderus: Cheers, RD. Thanks for not posting dear fellow.

300Familyhistorian
Mar 27, 7:57pm Top

I was looking for the new thread notice after Richard's post but looks like this one is going to continue. I don't see any posts about finished books yet, or are you saving that for your new thread?

301PaulCranswick
Mar 27, 8:29pm Top

>300 Familyhistorian: A new thread is imminent, Meg, and I will probably get round to it in 3 or 4 hours on my lunch break.

Posts about new books is difficult when you're not finishing them. I have a number of reviews to catch up on still, though.

302Familyhistorian
Mar 27, 11:59pm Top

>301 PaulCranswick: I will wait with anticipation, Paul. I know what you mean about reviews to catch up on, when you read a bunch of books at the same time there are usually a bunch of reviews to write all within a short time of each other.

303humouress
Edited: Mar 28, 12:20am Top

>299 PaulCranswick: Faster, more expensive and less nutritious?

I heard on BBC WS about the proposed law concerning ‘fake news’ to be pushed through before the elections. Human rights folks aren’t too happy about that one. Do you get to vote Paul?

304PaulCranswick
Mar 28, 1:31am Top

>302 Familyhistorian: Next thread (coming soon, I promise) I will catch up on stats and reviews, etc.

>303 humouress: Hahaha most probably, Nina!

Not at the moment, Nina. I would not be a supporter of the Malaysian government that is for sure, but from my perspective the opposition is better geared to making a success of running individual states than the country as a whole.

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