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Paul C's 2018 Part 5

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

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Mar 3, 9:44pm Top

Another of Hani's UK shots

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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.

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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.

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Books Read in 2018


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


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


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

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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!

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

January : EDNA O'BRIEN
April : Samuel Beckett
September : RODDY DOYLE

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American Author Challenge

American Author Challenge 2018

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

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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 :

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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

Mar 3, 9:46pm Top


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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

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


BAC 3/12
AAC 1/12
IAC 3/12
ANZAC 1/12

Mar 3, 9:50pm Top


Mar 3, 9:51pm Top

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

Mar 3, 9:51pm Top

Happy new thread!

Mar 3, 9:58pm Top

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

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.

Mar 3, 11:25pm Top

Hope you're finding some reading time this weekend.

Mar 3, 11:29pm Top

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

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!!!

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 Ireadthereforeiam: Yes, Megan, but it was quite a game wasn't it?

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)

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.

Mar 4, 12:46am Top

Happy New Thread. Hope you had a great weekend

Edited: Mar 4, 8:39am Top

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

Mar 4, 2:50am Top

Happy Sunday and happy new one, Paul.

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.

Mar 4, 7:16am Top

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

Mar 4, 7:33am Top

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

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.

Mar 4, 8:35am Top

Happy new thread, Paul!

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!

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.

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.

Mar 4, 9:37am Top

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

>32 scaifea: Thanks Amber. xx

Mar 4, 9:57am Top

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

Mar 4, 10:41am Top

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

Mar 4, 10:53am Top

>1 PaulCranswick:

This breathtaking photo would complement an illustrated Adam Bede.

Mar 4, 11:37am Top

Happy Birthday Hani!

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.

Mar 4, 1:55pm Top

>37 humouress: Me too, Nina!

>38 EllaTim: Thank you Ella.

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.

Mar 4, 2:04pm Top

Happy Birthday, Hani!

Mar 4, 2:48pm Top

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

Mar 4, 4:08pm Top

Happy new thread Paul, and happy reading *hugs*

Mar 4, 9:59pm Top

Happy new thread!

Mar 4, 10:03pm Top

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Mar 5, 7:49am Top

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

Mar 5, 7:50am Top

Birthday greetings to Hani.

Mar 5, 9:04am Top

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

Mar 5, 6:04pm Top

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

Happy Birthday Hani!!

Mar 5, 6:24pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul. Another gorgeous photo!

Mar 5, 6:26pm Top

Happy new thread! Lovely picture.

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

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.

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.

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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.

Mar 6, 10:58am Top

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

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?

Mar 6, 1:58pm Top

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

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.

Edited: Mar 6, 5:39pm Top

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

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.

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!

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.

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 :)

Mar 7, 6:03am Top

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

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

Mar 7, 6:42pm Top

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

Mar 7, 7:16pm Top

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

Mar 7, 9:57pm Top

>82 jolerie: Lovely book porn photo!

Mar 7, 10:03pm Top

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

Mar 8, 4:01am Top

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

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.

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>81 PaulCranswick: I understand your pain pleasure Paul.

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!

Mar 8, 9:38am Top

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

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?

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.

Mar 8, 1:13pm Top

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

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

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!!

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!

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.

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.

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! ;)

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?!

Mar 9, 5:22am Top

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

Happy Friday hugs.

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!

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!

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.

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...

Mar 9, 1:46pm Top

Photos of piles of books make me happy.

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!

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 :-)

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!

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!

Mar 9, 8:24pm Top

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

>105 SuziQoregon: Me too, Juli!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Mar 10, 8:10am Top

Hope you have a wondeful weekend!

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?

Mar 10, 4:47pm Top

>111 PaulCranswick:

The Irish Read is also missing your comments.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

Mar 11, 9:37pm Top

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

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:-(

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.

Mar 11, 9:40pm Top

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mar 14, 4:37am Top

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

Mar 14, 6:44am Top

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

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. :)

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

Mar 14, 1:36pm Top

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

Mar 14, 5:16pm Top

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

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.

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.

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?

Mar 15, 8:39pm Top

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

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.

Mar 16, 12:07am Top


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.

Edited: Mar 16, 1:21am Top

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

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.


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.

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.

Mar 16, 5:49am Top

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

Mar 16, 7:18am Top

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

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.

Mar 16, 9:23am Top

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

Better-days *whammy*

Mar 16, 12:40pm Top

Hope the disarray starts settling soon.

Mar 16, 6:27pm Top

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

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!

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.

Yesterday, 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.

Yesterday, 6:03am Top

>162 PaulCranswick: Here to help!! : )

Yesterday, 6:04am Top

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

Yesterday, 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.

Yesterday, 8:42am Top

Wishing you a happy weekend Paul!

Yesterday, 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!

Yesterday, 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.

Yesterday, 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

Yesterday, 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

Yesterday, 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.

Yesterday, 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

Yesterday, 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.

Edited: Yesterday, 1:09pm Top

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

Yesterday, 2:49pm Top

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

Yesterday, 6:12pm Top

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

Yesterday, 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.

Yesterday, 8:38pm Top

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

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.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger (1959) 330 ages

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

Fever by Deon Meyer (2016) 532 pages

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

Yesterday, 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.

Yesterday, 8:53pm Top

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

Yesterday, 8:56pm Top

>180 richardderus: It could have been both RD!

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

Today, 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!

Edited: Today, 1:41am Top

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

>183 PaulCranswick: Luck to you :0)

Today, 1:42am Top

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

Today, 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.

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