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karenmarie, addictively turning pages, chapter 8, my lucky number!

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75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Jun 14, 6:00am Top

Welcome to my eighth thread of 2018. Thank you to all my visitors!

Being retired is the cat’s pajamas, the bee’s knees, the eel’s hips, the monkey’s eyebrows, the sardine’s whiskers, the gnat’s whistle. I do not miss working at all.

I read, am a charter member of the Redbud and Beyond Book Club, now in its 21st year, am Treasurer for our local Friends of the Library (henceforth abbreviated FoL), and manage our home, finances and etc. as my husband heads off to work Monday – Friday. Being an introvert (you’d never guess it from these pages!) I need and cherish the alone time to recharge my batteries.

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

This is a photo of my father’s mother’s father’s mother (I like the pattern) - Great-Great-Grandmother Nancy Burns Patrick, born October 1, 1833 in Orleans County, NY, died May 8, 1885 in Nemaha County, NE. I’ve been to her gravestone in a small cemetery surrounded on 3 sides by cornfields.

My goal is to read 105 books in 2018, 5 more than I read in 2017. I will definitely be more than halfway through by the end of June. I missed my pages read goal of 34,000 pages by 525 pages, so will keep the same pages goal. I don’t think I’m going to make it, and next year will not have a pages read goal, I think.

And, in honor of Sue Grafton, I am going to re-read all her Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series books this year. Alas, there will never be a Z. I’ve read A-M so far and am planning on maybe reading N is for Noose before I leave for Montana on June 23rd.

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

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

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

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

Edited: Jul 28, 4:32pm Top


1. Every Dead Thing by John Connolly 12/27/17 1/6/18 *** 467 pages trade paperback
2. Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton 1/6/18 1/9/18 **** 283 pages hardcover
3. The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien 1/1/18 1/10/18 *** 1/2 175 pages trade paperback
4. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack by Tom Gauld 1/1/18 1/15/18 **** 160 pages hardcover
5. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff 1/6/18 1/17/18 *** 1/2 328 pages hardcover, Kindle
6. No Middle Name by Lee Child 1/17/18 1/19/18 **** 418 pages hardcover
**abandoned after 90 pages** Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi 1/9/18 326 pages trade paperback ER Book
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 12/3/17 1/22/18 **** audiobook, 19 hours
8. The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin 1/23/18 1/23/18 ****1/2 160 pages trade paperback
9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 1/20/18 1/26/18 **** 337 pages trade paperback
10. The Far Side Gallery 5 by Gary Larson 1/24/18 1/27/18 159 pages trade paperback 1995
11. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton 1/26/18 1/30/18 ***1/2 209 pages hardcover
12. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens 1/1/17 1/31/18 **** 780 pages plus 9 pages introduction
13. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley 2/1/18 2/5/18 ****1/2 367 pages trade paperback
**abandoned after 32 pages Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright 2/1/18 266 pages hardcover
14. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton 2/5/18 2/6/18 **** 186 pages hardcover
15. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton 2/7/18 2/8/18 **** 181 pages hardcover
16. D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton 2/8/18 2/9/18 **** 184 pages hardcover
17. E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton 2/9/18 2/10/18 ***1/2 180 pages hardcover
18. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton 2/10/18 2/13/18 ***1/2 182 pages hardcover
19. Dead Wake by Erik Larson 2/14/18 2/19/18 *** 359 pages trade paperback
**abandoned after 56 pages Plainsong by Kent Haruf
20. Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb 2/19/18 2/22/18 **** 404 pages hardcover
21. The Power by Naomi Alderman 2/23/18 3/1/18 *** 382 pages hardcover
22. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton 3/2/18 3/4/18 ***1/2 227 pages hardcover
23. H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton 3/5/18 3/8/18 **** 202 pages hardcover
24. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker 3/10/18 3/12/18 *** 153 pages hardcover
25. God Save the Child by Robert B. Parker 3/12/18 3/14/18 **** 145 pages hardcover
26. Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker 3/14/18 3/18/18 **** 157 pages hardcover
27. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson 2/25/18 3/20/18 ****1/2 396 pages trade paperback
28. I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton 3/14/18 3/22/18 **** 224 pages hardcover
29. God's Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher 3/22/18 3/26/18 ****1/2 228 pages trade paperback
30. J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton 3/26/18 3/31/18 *** 254 pages hardcover
31. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 1/22/18 4/2/18 **** audiobook
32. The Shining Girls by Lauren Buekes 4/1/18 4/5/18 **1/2 368 pages hardcover
33. Promised Land by Robert B. Parker 4/5/18 4/6/18 ***1/2 218 pages mass market paperback
**abandoned after 132 pages The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
34. Euphoria by Lily King 4/6/18 4/10/18 ****1/2 257 pages trade paperback
35. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella 4/10/18 4/12/18 **** 433 pages trade paperback
36. Blue Monday by Nicci French 4/13/18 4/18/18 **** 322 pages trade paperback
37. The Last of the Bighams by J.A. Zeigler 4/18/18 4/21/18 *** 230 pages trade paperback
38. Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson 4/20/18 4/23/18 277 pages trade paperback
39. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley 04/23/18 04/29/18 *** 318 pages hardcover
40. A Perfect Match - Jill McGown 4/29/18 4/30/18 **1/2 186 pages mass market paperback
41. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 4/3/18 5/3/18 **** 13.5 hours audiobook
42. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews 5/2/18 5/4/18 **1/2 trade paperback
43. The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore 5/5/18 5/11/18 ***1/2 307 pages hardcover
44. Longbourn by Jo Baker 5/11/18 5/18/18 **** 332 pages trade paperback
45. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson 5/20/18 5/25/18 **** 354 pages trade paperback
46. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton 5/26/18 5/28/18 ***1/2 238 pages hardcover
47. The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie, edited by Mathew Pritchard 5/28/18 5/29/18 ***1/2 376 pages hardcover
48. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie 5/29/18 5/31/18 ***1/2 232 pages hardcover
**abandoned after 60 pages Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
**abandoned after 25 pages Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
49. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton 5/31/18 6/2/18 ***1/2 225 pages hardcover
50. Until Proven Guilty by J.A. Vance 6/2/18 6/3/18 **** 310 pages mass market paperback
51. Injustice for All by J.A. Vance 6/3/18 6/6/18 **** 342 pages mass market paperback
52. Trial by Fury by J.A. Jance 6/6/18 6/7/18 **** 322 pages mass market paperback
53. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton 6/7/18 6/10/18 **** 244 pages hardcover
54. Montana by Gwen Florio 6/10/18 6/11/18 **** 256 pages hardcover 2013
55. The Story of Human Language by John McWhorter 5/4/18 6/13/18 ****1/2 audiobook 18.25 hours
56. Calypso by David Sedaris 6/12/18 6/13/18 **** 259 pages hardcover
57. End of Watch by Stephen King 6/13/18 6/18/18 ***1/2 431 pages hardcover
58. The Quiet Child by John Burley 6/20/18 6/23/18 **** 288 pages trade paperback
59. Death Without Company by Craig Johnson 06/24/18 07/05/18 ***1/2 271 pages trade paperback
60. Dakota by Gwen Florio 07/14/18 7/17/18 ***1/2 264 pages trade paperback
61. Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer 7/18/18 7/23/18 ****1/2 309 pages trade paperback

Currently Reading:
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz 7/15/18 390 pages hardcover
Red: A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey 6/28/18 218 pages hardcover
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 5/5/18 464 pages hardcover, Kindle

Edited: Jul 23, 9:49pm Top


January - 16

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

February - 9

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

March - 10

26. Amazon - The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
27. Amazon - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
28. Amazon - Enter Spenser by Robert B. Parker
29. Thrift Shop - I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
30. Amazon - God's Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher
31. Circle City Books - Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
32. Circle City Books - Promised Land by Robert B. Parker
33. Amazon - On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder - ebook
34. Amazon - The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman - ebook
35 Amazon - True Fiction by Lee Goldberg - ebook

April - 69

36. ER - Gumshoe on the Loose by Rob Leininger
37. The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker by Mankoff, Robert
38. 20,000 years of world painting by Jaffé, Hans Ludwig C.
39. Legends: The Century's Most Unforgettable Faces by Jordan, Killian
40. Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Its Treasures by Edwards, Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen
41. An Acceptable Time by L'Engle, Madeleine
42. Blanche on the Lam by Neely, Barbara
43. Enjoying Purple Martins More: A Special Publication from Bird Watcher's Digest by Wolinski, Richard A.
44. A Cure for Dreams by Gibbons, Kaye
45. Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Quindlen, Anna
46. The Best of Will Rogers by Sterling, Bryan
47. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by Sedaris, David
48. Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Carwardine, Richard
49. Theodore Rex by Morris, Edmund
50. The Hush by Hart, John
51. A Very Private Enterprise by Ironside, Elizabeth
52. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Winchester, Simon
53. The History of Ancient Egypt by The Great Courses
54. The Story of Human Language by Professor John McWhorter
55. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel by Prose, Francine
56. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Vowell, Sarah
57. What Happened by Clinton, Hillary Rodham
58. The Black Death by Ziegler, Philip
59. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Noah, Trevor
60. Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln by Prokopowicz, Gerald J.
61. Sunday Silence by French, Nicci
62. Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer: A Novel by Stace, Wesley
63. The Ladies' Man by Lipman, Elinor
64. Jane Austen's Novels: The Art of Clarity by Gard, Roger
65. Recipes & Remedies From The People's Pharmacy by Joe & Terry Graedon
66. Into the Wild by Krakauer, Jon
67. Mrs. Bridge by Connell, Evan S.
68. National Geographic Complete Birds of the World by Geographic, National
69. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm by Keene, Carolyn
70. The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Keene, Carolyn
71. The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Keene, Carolyn
72. The Secret at Shadow Ranch by Keene, Carolyn
73. The Whispering Statue by Keene, Carolyn
74. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall by Keene, Carolyn
75. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk by Keene,Carolyn
76. The Clue in the Old Album by Keene, Carolyn
77. The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Keene, Carolyn
78. The North Carolina Birding Trail: Piedmont Trail Guide by North Carolina Birding Trail
79. Damascus Gate by Stone, Robert
80. Gump & Co. by Groom, Winston
81. The Astronomer: A Novel of Suspense by Goldstone, Lawrence
82. The Last Enemy by Brophy, Grace
83. The Truth According to Us by Barrows, Annie
84. Language & Thought by Chomsky, Noam
85. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Spitz, Bob
86. The Malcontenta by Maitland, Barry
87. Necessary as Blood by Crombie, Deborah
88. Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses by Lodge, David
89. The Accomplice by Ironside, Elizabeth
90. The Sheltering Sky by Bowles, Paul
91. The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Angier, Natalie
92. Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Didion, Joan
93. The Underpainter by Urquhart, Jane
94. The Cold Dish by Johnson, Craig
95. Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Van Lente, Fred
96. Shrimp: a Savor the South® cookbook by Pierce, Jay
97. Early Man and the Ocean: A Search for the Beginnings of Navigation and Seaborne Civilizations by Heyerdahl, Thor
98. King Solomon's Mines, She and Allan Quatermain by Haggard, Henry Rider
99. This Is NPR: The First Forty Years by Roberts, Cokie
100. Tartuffe by Moliere, Jean Baptiste Poquelin de
101. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Kinsella, Sophie
102. Iced by Siler, Jenny
103. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Ellis, Joseph J.
104. For the Time Being by Dillard, Annie

May - 5

105. Mom's house - The Mike Roy Cook Book by Mike Roy
106. Friend Tamsie - The Whip by Karen Kondazian
107. Friend Louise - Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
108. Friend Louise - Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
109. Amazon - The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

June - 9

110. Friend Jan - Until Proven Guilty by J.A. Jance
111. Friend Jan - Injustice for All by J.A. Jance
112. Friend Jan - Trial by Fury by J.A. Jance
113. QuailRidge Books - Calypso by David Sedaris
114. Amazon - Montana by Gwen Florio
115. Amazon - Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French
116. ? - Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottaline
117. Amazon - Healthy Aging by Andrew Weil, M.D.
118. ? - The Quiet Child by John Burley

July - 92 (119 - 211 - Montana trip summer 2018)
119. Visual Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs by Dixon, Dougal
120. Battlefields & Blessings by Cook, Jane Hampton
121. The Indian Mutiny by Spilsbury, Julian
122. The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Sharlet, Jeff
123. Reincarnation: the Missing Link in Christianity by Prophet, Elizabeth Clare
124. The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Ackerman, Diane
125. Three Continents by Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer
126. The Vine of Desire by Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
127. A Story Like the Wind by Van der Post, Laurens
128. O'Hara's Choice by Uris, Leon
129. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Wiesenthal, Simon
130. The Secret Life of Bees by Kidd, Sue Monk
131. Saving Fish from Drowning by Tan, Amy
132. Over Sea, Under Stone by Cooper, Susan
133. Animal Portraits by Rouse, Andy
134. The Rape of the Great Plains: Northwest America, Cattle and Coal by Toole, K. Ross
135. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach
136. Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls by Lee, Lela
137. That Old Ace in the Hole by Proulx, Annie
138. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America by Hedges, Chris
139. Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years by Delany, Sarah
140. Stones into Schools by Mortenson, Greg
141. The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook by Steel, Flora Annie
142. The Valley of Amazement by Tan, Amy
143. The Christ of the Indian Road by Jones, Eli Stanley
144. The West: An Illustrated History by Ward, Geoffrey C.
145. The Apocrypha of the Old Testament by
146. Compass American Guides: Montana by Tirrell, Norma
147. Close Range : Wyoming Stories by Proulx, Annie
148. The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount by Gorenberg, Gershom
149. Mrs. Caliban by Ingalls, Rachel
150. The Uncensored Truth Bible for New Beginnings by Wilhite, Jud
151. The Hundred Secret Senses by Tan, Amy
152. Eerdmans' Handbook to the Bible by Alexander, David
153. Between the Lines; A View Inside American Politics, People, and Culture by Alter, Jonathan
154. Concordance to the Holy Scriptures by Cruden, Alexander
155. The Christian Calendar by Cowie, Leonard W
156. Less by Greer, Andrew Sean
157. Red: A History of the Redhead by Harvey, Jacky Colliss
158. Betrayal of Trust by Jance, J. A
159. Failure to Appear by Jance, J. A
160. Judgment Call by Jance, J. A
161. Cold Betrayal by Jance, J. A.
162. Deadly Stakes by Jance, J. A.
163. Cruel Intent by Jance, J. A.
164. Left for Dead by Jance, J. A.
165. Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham by Lovell, Mary S.
166. The God Dog Connection by Healy, Marti
167. The Whole Truth and Nothing But by Hopper,Heda
168. In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story by McCullough, David
169. Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by Pollack, William
170. No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Chödrön, Pema
171. Bloody Crimes by Swanson, James L.
172. Charlatan by Brock, Pope
173. Face Time by Wilde, Patrick de
174. The Island of the Colorblind by Sacks, Oliver
175. The Bartender's Tale by Doig, Ivan
176. Magic or Madness by Larbalestier, Justine
177. War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality by Chopra, Deepak
178. Yellowstone: A Journey Through America's Wild Heart by Quammen, David
179. A Dangerous Man:: A Novel of William Wild Bill Longley by Johnstone, William W.
180. Taking the Fifth by Jance, J. A
181. Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin by Jr., Cornelius Plantinga
182. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Gould, Stephen Jay
183. Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Gordon, Lyndall
184. Letters from Yellowstone by Smith, Diane
185. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Levitin, Daniel J.
186. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Weiner, Tim
187. Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth by Alexander, Lloyd
188. The Farfarers: Before the Norse by Mowat, Farley
189. Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks by Eilperin, Juliet
190. The Catsitters by Wolcott, James
191. Making Haste from Babylon by Bunker, Nick
192. Sarah's Key by Rosnay, Tatiana de
193. Silver on the Tree by Cooper, Susan
194. Many Lives, Many Masters by Weiss, Brian L.
195. Magic Lessons by Larbalestier, Justine
196. Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Myss, Caroline
197. Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin by Gould, Stephen Jay
198. Outlaws and Lawmen of the West Vol 1 by Macpherson, M. A.
199. Thunderstruck by Larson, Erik
200. The Times We Had : Life with William Randolph Hearst by Davies, Marion
201. The Surgeon by Gerritsen, Tess
202. Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush by Dean, John W.
203. Secret Smile by French, Nicci
204. The Story of Jack Ballister's Fortunes by Pyle, Howard
205. Bucking the Sun by Doig, Ivan
206. The Power Is Within You by Hay, Louise
207. A Distant Mirror by Tuchman, Barbara W.
208. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Milford, Nancy
209. Same Kind of Different As Me by Hall, Ron
210. Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas by Mayer, Jane
211. Dakota by Florio, Gwen
212. Amazon - Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

Edited: Jul 28, 11:05am Top


1. Every Dead Thing by John Connolly first of a series I will never continue
2. Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi
3. Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright - references to The Matrix and powdered sugar donut analogies left me cold
4. Plainsong by Kent Haruf didn't hold my interest
5. The Power by Naomi Alderman daughter expressed an interest and I have no desire to keep it on my shelves for some reason
6. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes 2.5 stars, not a keeper
7. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella good but not worth using the shelf space to keep
8. Audubon Bird Guide - Eastern Land Birds 1946, outdated
9. The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene - duplicate, poorer quality
10. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene - duplicate, poorer quality
11. The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene - duplicate
12. The Secret at Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene - duplicate, poorer quality
13. The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart - duplicate
14. Waiting by Ha Jin - 2.5 stars, time to go
15. The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera - time to go
16. Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken
17. A Perfect Match - A Mystery by Jill McGown
18. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
19. The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore good book, don't need to keep
20. Night and Day by Ann Stuart
21. Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement blech
22. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - gift to friend Karen
23. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - gift to friend Karen
24. Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
25. The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
26. The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
27. The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
28. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
29. The 26 Letters by Oscar Ogg (such a lovely name!)
30. Sentenced to Die by J.A. Jance - duplicate of first 3 J.P. Beaumont books - didn't know I had it
31. A Voyage Long and Strange - large print edition, replaced with one from MT trip
32. The Unquiet by John Connolly - don't like the Charlie Parker series
33. Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van Lente - started, don't like

Edited: Jul 3, 8:01pm Top

Statistics Through June 30

58 books read
6 books abandoned
15909 pages read
72 audiobook hours
Avg pages read per day, YTD = 88
Avg pages read per book, YTD = 274

Male 40%
Female 60%

Living 55%
Dead 41%

US Born 67%
Foreign Born 28%

Hardcover 52%
Trade Pback 31%
Mass Market 9%
Audiobook 7%
e-Book 2%

My Library 97%
Other 3%

Re-read 29%
Series 53%

Fiction 87%
NonFiction 14%

Author Birth Country
England 17%
Ireland 3%
Scotland 3%
South Africa 2%
Sweden 2%
US 72%

Original Decade Published
1830-1839 2%
1920-1929 3%
1960-1969 2%
1970-1979 7%
1980-1989 17%
1990-1999 19%
2000-2009 9%
2010-2018 41%

Cartoons 3%
Fantasy 3%
Fiction 14%
Historical Fiction 5%
History 5%
Linguistics 2%
Memoir 3%
Mystery 50%
Politics 2%
Romance 3%
Science Fiction 2%
Steampunk 2%
Thriller 3%
True Crime 2%

Edited: Jun 8, 3:25pm Top

Welcome, one and all!

Jun 8, 3:58pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen! Thanks for sharing another bit of family history!

Jun 8, 4:39pm Top

Happy new thread

Jun 8, 4:40pm Top

Happy new thread Karen my dear, hope you have had a really good week dear friend. Sending love and hugs from both of us.

Jun 8, 5:48pm Top

>7 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry. You're welcome about G-G-Grandmother Patrick. I've been looking through boxes of photos.....

>8 figsfromthistle: Hi figsfromthistle! Thanks for stopping by.

>9 johnsimpson: Hi John! I've had a good week, thank you. Sending love and hugs back to you and Karen.

Jun 8, 6:01pm Top

Spiffy, Karen. Love what you've done with the place. :-)

Jun 8, 6:25pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jun 8, 7:00pm Top

>11 weird_O: Why, thank you very much, Bill!

>12 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.

Jun 8, 7:40pm Top

I'm in!

Jun 8, 8:14pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen

Jun 8, 9:17pm Top

Happy new thread! I love the photo of your great-great-grandmother. Photos of generations that long ago would be such a treasure!!

Jun 8, 10:12pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen.

I am struggling a bit to keep up at the moment but I am glad that I had the time at least to drop by and wish you a splendid weekend.

Jun 8, 11:03pm Top

>14 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yay Larry!

>15 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. BTW, I'm really hooked on the eagle cam and the osprey cam.

>16 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba! Thank you. I'm fortunate. I've also got a couple of daguerrotypes, have a guess but not a confirmation of who they are.

>17 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul. Thank you. I would love to have a splendid weekend - so far nothing special is planned except for some weeding and hammock time!

Jun 8, 11:21pm Top

Happy New Thread, Karen! That is one strong woman above! I expect that she had to be.
I have one last thing to say about our Patrick who died, and I thought I'd put it here where it would be appreciated. Patrick was a life-long Tar Heel. After the memorial service yesterday and the greeting of the family, Patrick's 40-some contemporaries, who had come here for the service, said their last good-by. They stood on the front steps of the church and sang "Hark the Sound," a wee bit ragged from simultaneous tears and broad grins. They finished with his signature move, the Patrick Pait Point, which involves something rather uncomplimentary about Dook. I can't think of a better send-off.

Jun 9, 5:43am Top

Happy new thread, Karen!
Love the picture of your g-g-grandmother, and the thought she was born almost two centuries ago! Life has changed so much in that time...

Edited: Jun 9, 7:23am Top

>19 LizzieD: Hi Peggy!

The Patricks had moved to Nebraska by the 1870 census. I think living in the SE wilds of what had become a state only 3 years previously made you strong. As always with my genealogical researches, I wish I had met her or wish I could travel back in time and spend some time with her.

Lovely send off for Patrick. Any chance to be uncomplimentary about Dook good.

>20 FAMeulstee: Thank you Anita. It is rather amazing, isn't it? I have another Nancy, Nancy Piatt Sargent, also a G-G-Grandmother (father's father's mother's mother). I have a photo of her too, somewhere.

Edited to add: I love my kitties but do not love it when Inara brings something live in and then lets it go. I came downstairs this morning to find her sniffing around the base of the stove in her "I know it's here somewhere" pose. She's gone back several times.

As soon as I saw what she was doing, I immediately went to put my shoes on. I do not want anything skittering over my bare feet.

Jun 9, 7:41am Top

Morning, Karen! Happy new thread. Hoping that your weekend is full of fabulous and that Inara finds her mysterious guest and escorts it back outside.

Jun 9, 8:08am Top

Good morning, Karen! We've been pretty fortunate in not getting mice, and since our cats are indoor-only, we don't have to worry about them bringing things home. A mouse did get in a year or two ago, and I was alerted by the cats. I was able to capture it when it ran into a container with no easy escape and turn it loose outside, but the silly thing tried to run right back in, and I had to shoo it out a second time.

Enjoy your Saturday!

Edited: Jun 9, 8:48am Top

>21 karenmarie: Have I already mentioned this? Sometimes Parker will stand at the base of a wall in the apartment and intensely stare at the top where it joins the ceiling. He'll do this for several minutes. Right, like in every 'based on true events' horror movie ever made.

But that's not the weird part. The weird part is that I'll yell at him, "Stop that! You're just trying to freak me out!"

So, here's to hoping Inara is just messing with you.

Jun 9, 8:51am Top

>22 Crazymamie: Mamie! Nice to see you. I'll have to go visit on your thread, haven't 'seen' you for a while. Thank you re the thread. No fabulous planned, but we'll go to lunch, run errands, and then Bill will most likely do some mowing and I'll probably do a bit of weeding.

>23 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! It's the dratted cat door, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Critters come with the territory. Glad you got your visitor out safe and sound - we try to do that if possible. (except for spiders, which I kill without compunction)

>24 SomeGuyInVirginia: Parker is seeing and hearing things you don't, for sure, Larry. You talk to Da Floof the same way I talk to my kitties.

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Jun 9, 9:20pm Top

Da Floof! I'm going home tomorrow. Dad's last eye surgery seems to have been successful and, I hope, the doc will release him to my brother's care on Monday. I'll be back on the weekend to take over.

I had cataract surgery on Thursday. It's been a miracle and I can't wait to go see a 3D movie now that those glasses will work for me. Post surgery I don't need a corrective lens in my left eye, and the last time I could read a clock without contacts or glasses I was 11. Huzzah!

I bought Calypso, too! Have you read it? It's still in a stack back at home, I haven't even catalogued it on LT. Oh oh oh! Have you read The Woman in the Window? It's a lot of fun. I'm on this 'nothing but bestsellers' mock.

Jun 10, 7:39am Top

'Morning, Larry! Congrats on your dad's last eye surgery and your own Cataract Surgery! I'm really happy for you - I had CS 3 1/2 years ago and it was wonderful. So exciting that you don't even need a corrective lens in your left eye.

I have not read Calypso yet. At this point I anticipate reading it after I come back from my CA-MT trip and prior to the August 21 event at QuailRidge Books with David Sedaris, for which I have a seat. I just cataloged mine the other day. Best sellers for you? A big change from your usual noir stuff.

Jun 10, 9:32am Top

53. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
6/7/18 to 6/10/18

From Amazon:

Brace yourself for an "Electrifying and thoroughly satisfying" read (Publishers Weekly) from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton

"M" is for money. Lots of it. "M" is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California construction, one of the few still in family hands.

"M" is for the Malek family: four sons now nearing middle age who stand to inherit a fortune--four men with very different outlooks, temperaments, and needs, linked only by blood and money. Eighteen years ago, one of them--angry, troubled, and in trouble--went missing.

"M" is for Millhone, hired to trace that missing black sheep brother.

"M" is for memories, none of them happy. The bitter memories of an embattled family. This prodigal son will find no welcome at his family's table. "M" is for malice.

And in brutal consequence, "M" is for murder, the all-too-common outcome of familial hatreds.

"M" is for malice . . . and malice kills.

Why I wanted to re-read it: Next up in my year-long re-read of The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton.

One of the best in the series so far, this one led me on the wild goose chase Grafton cooked up for her readers. There are red herrings galore and a surprising yet highly satisfactory end.

Guy Malek left eighteen years earlier and hadn’t been heard from again. Bader Malek, the father, had written a new will leaving Guy out. When he died, only the old will could be found, which included Guy and gave each son a hefty five million dollars. This caused some ill will, as you can imagine.

Kinsey finds Guy easily, in a nearby town. Guy comes home and things don’t go well.

Kinsey feels an instant rapport with Guy and although she can’t envision them as a couple, sees annual trips to Disneyland and a sweet friendship. This is in contrast with her relationship with Robert Dietz, who rumbles back into her life for a bit on his way north to see his two sons. Kinsey’s hot button is being abandoned, which Dietz does each time he rolls into her life. He’s never dishonest with her, but her needs complicate what to him is a simple occasional fling with someone he really likes.

Grafton likes to philosophize and preach. M is for Malice is no different, although it’s mostly philosophizing here. I loved the following:
Every investigation has a nature of its own, but there are certain shared characteristics, namely the painstaking accumulation of information and the patience required. Here’s what you hope for: a chance remark from a former neighbor on a skip-trace, a penciled notation on the corner of a document, an ex-spouse with a grudge, the number on an account, an item overlooked at the scene of a crime. Here’s what you expect: the dead ends, bureaucratic bullheadedness, the cul-de-sacs, trails that go nowhere or simply fade into thin air, denials, prevarications, the blank-eyed stares from all the hostile witnesses. Here’s what you know: that you’ve done it before and you have the toughness and determination to pull it off again. Here’s what you want: justice. Here’s what you’ll settle for: something equivalent, the quid pro quo.
Kinsey’s own bullheadedness pays off in the end, with help from Dietz.

Jun 10, 6:44pm Top

>18 karenmarie: - I know, those 2 cams are my addictive pleasure! :-) You're welcome.

>24 SomeGuyInVirginia: - My 2 cats do that, thankfully, not often. Mostly when we are in bed and I am reading and suddenly, they both look up. Not a good sign....

Jun 10, 9:29pm Top

Happy Sunday, Karen. Happy New Thread. We got back late this afternoon. I tried reading some, since I failed to read anything print-wise, over the weekend and now I am visiting a few threads before turning in.

Edited: Jun 11, 8:34am Top

Hi Mark! Glad you made it back safe and sound.

I'm off to a FoL board meeting and some errands in about 45 minutes. I'm sipping on my first cup of coffee and will probably finish Montana by Gwen Florio today.

Jun 11, 8:18am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope you enjoy your Monday.

Edited: Jun 11, 3:59pm Top

Hi Harry! Whew. I've been busy - FoL meeting, errands, then changing airplane ticket arrangements because the hearing for SoCal on June 22, 2018 is not a default judgment hearing any more. The mortuary finally hired a lawyer and it's turned things back to a regular hearing at which my sister and I are not required.

So my clever stand-by to CA, booked ticket to Bozeman, and stand-by back to Raleigh went down the toilet. I've cancelled the confirmed ticket and may or may not get my money back (just spent an hour submitting a claim to the carrier for my cancellation insurance with only a hope and a prayer of them giving me my $200 back) and booking a confirmed round-trip ticket to Bozeman from Raleigh June 23-July 13. I'll save about $600 for the 3-nights/3 days in CA plus about $150 or so for the not-needed stand-by flights from Bozeman to Raleigh, which just about pays for the round trip tickets. Flying is not cheap anymore, or I don't seem able to tap into discount fares easily.

I'm done with junk for the day, have written a brief review of Montana by Gwen Florio, which I loved, and will now find something else to read. Touchstones don't seem to be working.

We're getting thunder rumbles - looks like some storms coming our way. We had a nasty one in the middle of the night last night too. Ah, it's the season.

Jun 11, 3:56pm Top

54. Montana by Gwen Florio
6/10/18 to 6/11/18

From Amazon:

Foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is livid. She's been downsized from her Kabul posting. Her editor reassigns her to a stateside suburban beat formerly the province of interns. When she arrives in Montana for some R&R at a friend's cabin, her friend is nowhere in sight.

Anger turns to terror when Lola discovers her friend shot dead. She can't get out of Montana fast enough, until she finds that she can't get out at all. She's held as a potential witness, thwarting her plan to return on her own to Afghanistan to write the stories she's sure will persuade her editors to change their minds.

Her best hope lies in solving the case herself. But the surefooted journalist who deftly negotiated Afghanistan's deadly terrain finds herself frighteningly off-balance in this forgotten corner of her own country, plagued by tensions between the locals and citizens of the nearby Blackfeet Nation.

Lola's lone-wolf style doesn't work in a place where the harsh landscape and extreme isolation compel people to rely upon each other in ways she finds unsettling. In her awkward attempts at connection, by turns touching and humorous, Lola forms a reluctant alliance with a local reporter, succumbs to the romantic attentions of a wealthy rancher, and fences warily with the state's first Indian candidate for governor, the subject of her friend's final stories.

Initially pretending interest to glean information, Lola comes to truly care about the people she meets in Montana, only to miss the warning signals that her own life is in danger.

Even as she unravels her friend's terrible fate, Lola Wicks joins many Americans in learning the hard lessons of a fraught economy - that circumstances change in a flash, that formerly overlooked places and people can hold deep value, and that in the end human bonds matter so much more than fleeting career success.

Why I wanted to read it: Recommended by streamsong.

A very-well done first in a mystery series. Lola is touchy yet caring, smart and oblivious, persevering and brave. The story was fast paced and pulled me right in. There's not much else I can say that isn't spoilers except that Lola learns how endearing dogs and horses are. I admit that I had a tear in my eye at the end.

Jun 11, 3:59pm Top

Hi Karen my dear, I hope you get some money back for your air ticket my dear and you are right in the fact that air tickets don't seem to be a cheap as they used to be.

I have been busy in the garden and hope I haven't done too much so that I can finish off tomorrow. Hope the rest of your day goes well dear friend.

Sending love and hugs from both of us.

Jun 11, 5:13pm Top

Good on you for getting flights reduced from three to two. Hope the money works free from those blasted capitalists and is returned to you. Have a good time in Montana.

My wife and I are flying to Ireland, but our son is handling ALL the arrangements. A van comes to our house, transports us to son's house, where he and his wife and daughters join us, and the van takes us to Newark. When we return, the van will meet us and drive us home. I'm liking this way of travelling already.

Jun 12, 6:11am Top

>36 johnsimpson: Hi John! If I get the money back great, if not, I refuse to worry about it any more. I hope today's good for you with no aches and pains from yesterday's gardening. Sending love and hugs back to you both!

>37 weird_O: Hi Bill! Thanks. I'm amazed at how tight-fisted they are. I'm getting more and more excited about visiting my friend Karen and having one for sure and possibly 2 meet ups with streamsong.

You have a wonderful son to handle all the arrangements. All you have to do is pack and unpack. I'm happy for you and your wife.

Not insomnia, but here I am up before my Bill, even, just starting my first cup of coffee.

Jun 12, 6:51am Top

Hi Karen, something nice to look forward to, visits with a friend, meet ups!

>35 karenmarie: Good review!

I've been to the allotment for a couple of days, no LT access there, lots to do, because of back trouble earlier. Now a day in town, finally getting around to saying happy new thread to you!

Jun 12, 6:58am Top

Hi Ella!

I love it when I'm posting on someone's thread when they're posting on mine!

Thank you re my review of Montana. I think if I had the second book I'd immediately start it. I've picked up 2 books and put them down - Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. I might keep the second one downstairs and read it in the Sunroom - it's a huge book and when I tried it upstairs last night I was uncomfortable trying to hold it. Here in the Sunroom I've got my desk and good chair and a good reading lamp. I have picked up N is for Noose, too, but really want something different so will probably put IT down, too, for a while.

Jun 12, 6:58am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Tuesday. This is my long work week, so I am ticking off one day at a time. Anything exciting at the feeders?

Jun 12, 7:02am Top

Hi Mark, and thank you. I hope your long work week goes well - lots of fun birds to watch, books to listen to, and decent weather.

Mostly the usual suspects, although I did see a male Indigo Bunting yesterday and a male Ruby Throat Hummingbird made an appearance. A couple of days ago we saw a Red-Bellied Woodpecker on the suet feeder.

I think I will take my binoculars to Montana.

Jun 12, 7:45am Top

Good morning, Karen! We've put a hummingbird feeder out, but I haven't caught a glimpse of one yet this year, though Erika may have seen one visiting.

Jun 12, 7:51am Top

Hi Harry! I hope you see a hummingbird soon - I always find their visits exciting.

I just spent 10 minutes putting out one feeder in the front, refilling 3 sunflower feeders, one wild bird seed feeder, and the suet feeder and putting them back outside. I've got a female and a male Cardinal both around the feeders I can see from the Sunroom window.

Edited: Jun 12, 8:45am Top

>44 karenmarie: Every year, I hang a hummingbird feeder and special feeder for the Orioles. This year they surprised me, they came early on ( May 15th!). Flew right to my kitchen window to greet me :)

Jun 12, 9:14am Top

Hi Anita! Yay for the hummingbirds. We apparently get Orchard Orioles here according to my friend and neighbor Louise. She says she's heard them this year but hasn't seen any so far.

One of my favorite things to do while the weather's mild enough to do so is to sit in the hammock on the front porch. I've got a sunflower seed feeder, a wild bird seed feeder, and two hummingbird feeders within view. I love reading my book and hearing a hummingbird arrive. I look over the tops of my glasses and watch.

Jun 12, 8:08pm Top

Hi Karen,
The scene you describe in >46 karenmarie:, sitting on the front porch, sounds idyllic! I love having some open-ended reading sessions that involve looking over the book at whatever view is there :)

Jun 12, 8:55pm Top

I highly concur on hammock reading, it's awesome. Dad has a screened-in balcony and I'll read our there all day and night. Come to think of it, I just love reading outside.

Did you get the new Stephen King?

Jun 13, 7:10am Top

Good morning, Karen! I spotted a wren at one of our suet feeders yesterday, but I wasn't able to determine which kind. Enjoy your Wednesday.

Jun 13, 8:08am Top

>47 LovingLit: Hi Megan! It is idyllic, isn't it?

>48 SomeGuyInVirginia: Screened balconies are great, too - a lot of older beach houses have screened porches so you can get fresh air, hear the surf, and read without being dive bombed by bugs.

I have not gotten the new Stephen King yet. I still haven't read End of Watch and Sleeping Beauties, both staring reproachfully at me from tagged shelf S21.

>49 harrygbutler: 'Morningl Harry! Yay for the wren. Right now nobody's on any of my front porch feeders or even in the crepe myrtle. Ah well, that will change soon, I'm sure.

Coffee, Calypso by David Sedaris, no errands today. My kind of retirement.

Jun 13, 9:33am Top

Morning, Karen. How is the Sedaris collection? I have heard good things. I have read very little of him.

I hope you bring the binocs to Montana. I am now taking mine with me, wherever I go. Just sayin'...

Edited: Jun 13, 1:00pm Top

Hi Mark! Calypso is wonderful - I was laughing out loud last night and I've written down a couple of page references to put stuff in a review. Sedaris always delivers and these middle-age musings are great. I'm a bit over halfway done.

I have already made the decision to bring the binocs to MT - I think I'll put them in my checked bag in their protective case, though, since I'll be carrying my laptop, Jenna's 35-mm digital camera, books, wallet, and etc. on board.

Jun 13, 2:20pm Top

55. The Story of Human Language by John McWhorter
5/4/18 to 6/13/18

From The Teaching Company Website:

• How did different languages come to be?
• Why isn't there just a single language?
• How does a language change, and when it does, is that change indicative of decay or growth?
• How does a language become extinct?

Dr. John McWhorter, one of America's leading linguists and a frequent commentator on network television and National Public Radio, addresses these and other questions as he takes you on an in-depth, 36-lecture tour of the development of human language, showing how a single tongue spoken 150,000 years ago has evolved into the estimated 6,000 languages used around the world today.

An accomplished scholar, Professor McWhorter is also a skilled popularizer, whose book The Power of Babel was called "startling, provocative, and remarkably entertaining," by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The London Times called him "a born teacher." And Steven Pinker, best known as the author of The Language Instinct, offered this praise for the book: "McWhorter's arguments are sharply reasoned, refreshingly honest, and thoroughly original."

Why I wanted to listen to it: I listened to this years ago, bought it at the Friends of the Library sale in April, and decided it was time to listen again.

This is a linguistics feast, a smorgasbord of word origins, languages of the world, arguments for and against specific linguistics theories, and how languages are structured and grow and change over time.

He talks about original languages, the interaction of cultures and how that affects languages, pidgin and creoles, and most important of all, the dynamic nature of languages and how quickly they evolve.

This is not dry academic lecture, either. McWhorter makes it personal with anecdotes and his attempts at accents, tones, and clicks. There’s never a dull moment as he includes some of the 6000 languages currently spoken in the world and reminds us over and over again that English is not the end-all-be-all. He also discusses sign language and so we learn that there are many more than ‘just’ ASL.

He realizes one of his own arguments by emphasizing the dynamic and informal nature of languages and that although there are rules that a native speaker will pick up by the nature of learning it very early, none of these rules are really important in the overriding quest for understanding and communication. He peppers his speech with “So”s and “and”s and run on sentences and I was totally captivated.

Outstanding, intellectually satisfying, fun.

Edited: Jun 14, 7:07am Top

56. Calypso by David Sedaris

From Amazon:

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.

Why I wanted to read it: I needed something funny yet not comics, light yet serious.

Oh my goodness. It's an unwritten rule to name a beach house with a whimsical or pun name, and the Sea Section is absolutely perfect. I snorted and laughed and almost spewed coffee all over the book and room reading this book. Here are a few random bits I was particularly entranced with, either for humor or wisdom:
It’s not that our father waited till this late in the game to win our hearts. It’s that he’s succeeding.

"But he didn’t used to be this nice and agreeable,” I complained to Hugh.

“Well, he is now," he said. “Why can’t you let people change?”

This is akin to another of his often asked questions: “Why do you choose to remember the negative rather than the positive?”

“I don’t,” I insist, thinking, I will never forget your giving me such a hard time over this.

Increasingly, at Southern airports, instead of a “good-bye” or “thank-you,” cashiers are apt to say, “Have a blessed day.” This can make you feel like you’ve been sprayed against your will with God cologne. “Get it off me!” I always want to scream, “Quick, before I start wearing ties with short-sleeved shirts.”

Third reason in the story A Number of Reasons I’ve Been Depressed Lately:

I donate a thousand dollars to the Hillary for President campaign and within what seems like minutes I get an e-mail from them saying, in effect, “That’s great, but can we have more?” Her organization is by no means unique in this regard. Everyone I donate to acts the same way, and I wind up unsubscribing from their emails and resenting them.
I could pretty much quote the whole book. One of my favorite stories is about a fox he names Carol. Another wonderful story is about a six-day stomach virus on a book-signing tour and TMI about his symptoms.

Throughout the entire book are bits about his sister Tiffany, who committed suicide, his mother, who died of cancer, and his 91-, then 92-, then 93-, then 94-year old father who is failing right before his and his 4 living siblings eyes. There are spirits, the game of Sorry!, and whimsical and meditative musings on his 61 years on this earth.

He manages to mix the grotesque and practical with the magical and wonderful. It is really amazing how he does this within a single story.

He shares some very unflattering things about himself but it’s done in the spirit of knowing that we all have good sides and bad sides and hoping that we care about him regardless. I certainly do care about him and will be excited to see him read from this book in August at one of our local independent bookstores, QuailRidge Books in Raleigh, his home town.

Jun 13, 6:08pm Top

Ah, Sedaris. I read a book by him for the first time, earlier this year (Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim). Came by a copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day, but, you know, I don't know how.

For now I am wallowing in photo books about Picasso, war, and Ireland, with an Agatha Christie (Crooked House) drifting in that stew. I'm working on a little report on Defoe's plague book.

Jun 13, 9:05pm Top

Hi Bill!

I have books that mysteriously show up in my house, too. Just appreciate that they want to live there with you and then read 'em.

Your wallowing sounds interesting, and I'll look forward to your review on Defoe's plague book.

Jun 14, 3:28am Top

Happy new thread in a happy new life situation. So you are three years ahead of me, having the birthday in the same month.

Jun 14, 6:03am Top

Thank you, Paul. Happy birthday month to you. I'll be in Montana on my birthday (the 26th), and daughter Jenna is coming home tomorrow for Father's Day and early birthday celebration.

Jun 14, 7:02am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Great review of Calypso. I will track that one down on audio. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Another beautiful day here. 80 and sunny. I will take it.

Jun 14, 7:13am Top

'Morning, Mark! Thank you - I hope you can track it down. Sedaris is the narrator, and since I first literally heard of him on NPR reading his Santaland Diaries, I've become a fan of him on audio as well as print books.

Jun 14, 10:24am Top

Oh yeah, I always seem to wind up reading his books and eventually listening to them on audiobook. I've got my copy and will tackle it this weekend in Williamsburg.

Jun 14, 12:04pm Top

Have fun reading and visiting, Larry. *skritches for Parker D*

Jun 14, 5:15pm Top

Catching up after a few days with no WiFi. It sounds like a good thing you don't have to go to CA and that it will be a financial win too even if you don't get the refund (although I hope you do). Enjoy Bozeman!

Jun 14, 9:46pm Top

Hi Reba! Yes, I'm happy to not be going to CA. My sister will be able to visit within a year or so, probably.

I'm looking forward to visiting my friend in Montana and having a meet up with streamsong.

In the meantime, I'm reading End of Watch, the third in the Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King. It's very good and creepy.

Jun 15, 7:05am Top

Morning, Karen. Glad you are getting to End of Watch. I liked it too but it was my least favorite of the trilogy. I think the supernatural thing, kind of overshadowed it. IMHO. You might feel differently.

Jun 15, 8:50am Top

'Morning, Mark! I finally decided it was time. Also, ChelleBearss said that his new one, The Outsider has trilogy spoilers.

Jun 15, 5:09pm Top

Hi Karen. Stopping by to get caught up and really enjoying your Sue Grafton reading.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend.

Jun 16, 7:15am Top

Hi Lori!

How lovely to see you here. I've found your 2018 Category thread and will visit later on. Thanks re the Sue Grafton - I'm really enjoying them. N is for Noose is next, but right now I'm reading the third in the Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King. The problem is that I can't read it at night - it's creeping me out too much!

Jenna came home for Father's Day yesterday. She and I spent hours looking at pictures, we had Beau Monde Chicken for dinner, and watched some Death in Paradise.

Right now the house is quiet. Both she and Bill are sleeping. I'm going to drink coffee and read for a bit before they get up and the day gets busy.

Edited: Jun 16, 9:29pm Top

What's Beau Monde Chicken? It sounds delish.

Consider Parker D skritched! He loves it here, in part because of the screened-in balcony. Man, the weather has been lovely. Last night I stayed outside until early in the morning reading, and it was pleasantly cool.

Have you read The Woman in the Window? You might like it. It's not the next Gone Girl, like the jacket says, but it is an effective mind movie. Apparently every new thriller is the next Gone Girl now. I finished Under the Harrow last night; it was good but it's very much a woman's book.

I have a follow up for the cataract surgery next Friday here in Williamsburg, so I'll miss the Leesburg lie-berry sale, one of the last big sales in the area. First time in many years. I'm sorry not to go because of the thrill, but I always bought too many damn books.

Jun 16, 3:01pm Top

Hi, Karen! I hope your weekend has been going well.

Jun 16, 6:53pm Top

Happy newish thread, Karen. I am way behind in the threads again so just caught up with you reading The Man in the Brown Suit. It really does go together well with the tour book and really had me thinking about aspects of Christie's life appearing in her books.

Jun 16, 6:57pm Top

I've been by several times, Karen, but it doesn't look like I've spoken up. Glad you don't need to come to California after all and can concentrate on your trip to Montana.

Jun 17, 7:00am Top

>69 SomeGuyInVirginia: Beau Monde Chicken is a baked chicken recipe using a seasoning called Beau Monde. It’s a really easy and tasty recipe. I got it from my Aunt Joyce 30 or more years ago. I don’t know where she got it. Here’s the definition of beau monde seasoning from Wikipedia:
Beau Monde seasoning is a seasoning mixture. Basic versions are composed of salt, onion powder and celery powder. Some versions include additional ingredients such as garlic, clove, bay leaf, nutmeg, allspice, mace and others. The company Spice Islands manufactures a version of the seasoning and owns the trademark to the name.

Beau Monde Chicken

2 T Spice Island Beau Monde seasoning
1 t dried herb - thyme (I use basil)
2 T butter or olive oil
2 carrots, sliced
2 leeks sliced, or 1 onion sliced
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
½ cup dry white wine or chicken broth or chicken stock
1 package chicken parts, or 2 or 3 split breasts and 4 thighs

Preheat oven to 375F. Wipe pieces dry. Cut chicken breasts into two pieces each, using kitchen shears. Place chicken in large flat casserole dish, skin side up. Brush with melted butter or olive oil. Sprinkle with one Tablespoon Beau Monde seasoning and the thyme or basil. Roast for 1 hour uncovered. Add vegetables and wine. Sprinkle with 1 T Beau Monde seasoning. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Continue baking covered for 30-45 minutes more or until vegetables are tender.
I’m glad you’re having a good time visiting. Yay for Parker and you enjoying balcony time.

I have not read The Woman in the Window, and I’ve just added it to my wish list. Sorry you’re missing the lie-berry sale, but eyes are definitely more important. Good luck with the follow up on the cataract surgery. How many of your books (the ones in your apartment, not you’re your entire collection) are on Mount TBR?

>70 harrygbutler: I know you’re been traveling again, thanks for stopping by. I think I’ll try to find parallels between Christie’s life and details in her novels from now on.

>72 ronincats: I definitely don’t have plans to visit SoCal again any time soon. Now that the case is not a default judgment, I would imagine the lawyer will just carry on. I leave for MT a week from yesterday.

Kitty William is sitting on my book. It’s early, Bill and Jenna are still asleep and it’s time to drink coffee visit a few threads, and wrest my book away from KW and read.

Jun 17, 7:39am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. We are in the midst of another heat wave, so I am glad I have the next 2 days off. The only problem is, it might be to hot for a bird stroll. Boo!

Enjoy your day!

Jun 17, 9:12am Top

Big waves and happy Sunday, Karen.

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>74 msf59: Hi Mark, thank you! It's hot out here, too. We're indoors watching FIFA World Cup and episodes of Death in Paradise. Jenna's staying through tomorrow sometime so there's no rush for her to pack up and leave today.

I'm not getting any reading done but having a good day regardless.

>75 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Thank you. We're watching Switzerland trying to beat Brasil. They're done 1-0 at the half.

Jun 17, 3:11pm Top

Sounds like you're having a fun day. We always enjoy Death in Paradise but it hasn't been on our local channels for quite a while now.

Jun 17, 4:06pm Top

>76 karenmarie: 1:1 in the end 😍

Jun 17, 7:21pm Top

And a good game it was!

Jun 17, 9:27pm Top

>76 karenmarie: We've watched several seasons of Death in Paradise, but I don't think we've seen the most recent. We've liked it, although many of the mysteries aren't that great.

Jun 17, 10:14pm Top

I'm back! Did you miss me?

Do take the binoculars to Montana! Do! So nice you don't have to go to CA after all.

World Cup Soccer is in the background at our house. I am ignoring the fact that I have to get up and go to work in the am, and so happy to be home and sleeping in my own bed, beautiful week at the beach notwithstanding.

Jun 17, 10:48pm Top

I'm just whizzing through to wish you a good week! Sounds like a lovely Sunday.

Jun 18, 7:17am Top

Morning, Karen. It might hit a 100 here today, but I may still squeeze in a bird stroll. I will have to leave EARLY, though. I am getting that itch.

Jun 18, 9:08am Top

Just checking in, Karen. I'm in the same area as Mark - too hot! It's supposed to be in the 70s tomorrow.

Jun 18, 10:22am Top

>73 karenmarie: I don't usually keep a TBR, but put together one last night. I'll see if it helps. Last year when I was trying to make my numbers, I marked a bunch of books as Currently Reading. The only stipulation was that they had to be less than 170 pages long. Something else I'm trying is reading several books at once. I did that in March and read 15 books, which is a really high number for me. I average about 5 or so.

I may have seen a bald eagle this weekend. I know there are a few around where Dad lives. What I saw was a large bird of prey, and the feathers stood out distinctly at the end of its wing span. A crow was bombing it and giving it hell. There are wild turkeys there, too, and man they are noisy birds. One will jabber until 9pm or so.

Jun 18, 1:59pm Top

>77 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba! We did have a fun day. We’re done with Death in Paradise, at least for what’s on Netflix.

>78 Ameise1: Yes! We were happy for the tie.

>79 drneutron: Hi Jim! It was. We also loved watching Mexico beat Germany. We love watching World Cup, both men and women. Jenna and I watched Sweden/Korea this morning, too.

>81 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Yes I missed you. I’ll have to go over to your thread for the beach trip report. I’ve been offline quite a bit since Friday when Jenna came. She just left to drive back to Wilmington.

I am planning on taking the binoculars, and although a default judgment would have been nice, it’s nice to not have to deal with CA right now.

If Bill was home today the TV would be on, but with Jenna gone and Bill at work, the TV’s off, regardless of how many good WC matches there might be.

>82 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Thanks. We had a great time.

>83 msf59: Hi Mark! Yeesh, 100F. It’s 95F here right now and I’m glad to be in the AC. I hope your bird stroll, if you took one, was fun and full of great sightings.

>84 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Hot, hot, hot. I’m glad to hear you should get respite tomorrow. Not us – tomorrow is supposed to be 99F. They’re saying it’s 100F in Raleigh right now.

>85 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! I’ve gone through phases of reading short books. Books is books.  I’m officially reading 2 books right now, but realistically I’m reading none, having finished End of Watch this morning. I am not going to start a new audiobook before I go to MT, either.

How exciting to see a bald eagle flying. I’ve never seen a wild turkey, you’re lucky there, too.

Jun 18, 3:08pm Top

57. End of Watch by Stephen King
6/13/18 to 6/18/18

From Amazon:

The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney—the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

Why I wanted to read it: chellebearss just finished The Outsider, King’s newest. In talking about it, she says that there are spoilers to the Bill Hodges Trilogy, so I thought I should finish up the trilogy before even thinking about The Outsider.

Bill Hodges is so likeable, so what a good cop should be. He cares about his partner Holly and about his old partner Pete. He is obsessed with his old nemesis Brady Hartsfield, but stopped visiting him in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic when Holly asked him to. Bill knows that Brady’s “in there”, but he never imagines Brady’s final plan to wreak havoc on the people he thinks put him where he is, and his intention to kill thousands.

Typical King in a good way. The writing drew me in immediately. Characters are vivid and as the horror slowly unfolds, there is nothing that makes it NOT seem believable.

My biggest criticism is that we’re moving along nicely, events unfolding, things being revealed, when we suddenly make an irritating detour back to details about some events that we don’t need. We’ve gotten the gist of it already. However, there’s the insecurity of possibly missing something new, so I read through it, somewhat impatiently, and realizing that at least for me, it didn’t add anything necessary to the story.

A second criticism is about all the coincidences that abound. Brady Hartsfield is one unlucky evil criminal – people he attempts to kill don’t die but he doesn’t make sure, a damsel in distress is rescued by a knight in shining armor, and an amok piece of equipment does serious damage to a human body.

Other than that, dread, fear, horror, and an inevitable confrontation make this a good read that I couldn’t put down. Of course this is in the daytime – I couldn’t read it at night, when the fear and knowledge of evil are heightened.

Jun 18, 8:57pm Top

>86 karenmarie: >85 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'm in a short-book reading module right now. To help me with that, Son the Elder and his family gave me a couple for Father's Day. Grant by Ron Chernow (a mere 999.99 pages...okay, I'm exaggerating a little—by 40 pages) and Personal Memoirs by U.S. Grant (a lightweight at 782 pages including the Appendix but not the Endnotes). There was some quip about the two books "being shorter than Shelby Foote1". As luck has it, I have and have read Grant's Memoirs. So Jeremy can have it back and read it himself.

I do have longer books that I do want to read, so the short-book phase will pass.

1Shelby Foote produced a three-volume history of the Civil War that threatened the 3,000 page barrier. I got said books for Christmas from the same crew and read all three in a month.

Jun 19, 7:25am Top

Good morning, Karen. Ready for your trip?

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>88 weird_O: Hi Bill! Those short books will definitely help get to the 75 book goal our group subscribes to..... You might even want to throw in a big'un, too, 1500 pages or more. *smile* Books for Father's Day sound like a good present.

>89 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Mentally, yes. Things to make sure get done before I leave no, and packing - haven't started. I think I'll make my list of things to take today - yes, I make a list. I'll pack on Friday. Or, rather, I'll let my daughter pack for me since she'll be home and she is a much better packer than I am. We'll throw in the toiletries and pack my computer and the backpack I take on airplanes on Saturday morning. My flight leaves at 1:36 p.m.

My friend Jan's husband John died suddenly last Tuesday. He was 68 and although things weren't looking good for him to survive into 2019 he was home alone, which is very sad. Jan and their daughter who lives at home both at work and the day seemed like it would be a normal one. The funeral is this morning, and I'll be going.

Jun 19, 9:29am Top

I'm sorry Karen, that's terrible. I hope Jan and her daughter don't blame themselves for his being alone? They had to work and they didn't know.

Jun 19, 2:57pm Top

>90 karenmarie: Sorry to read about the sudden death of the husband of your friend, Karen. My condolences.

Jun 19, 2:59pm Top

>90 karenmarie: My condolences to you and so sorry for your friend and her daughter.

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>91 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks, Larry. Fortunately they don't, are just sad that he died alone.

>92 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita. Thank you.

>93 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba.

The funeral was nice. It's the only Catholic funeral I've ever been to so from that point was interesting. Lots of up and down and up and down. Needless to say, I didn't take communion. :)

It is so damned hot here, 97F, and humid. I didn't follow the cortege to the cemetery for the internment, but stayed at the church and then went to the reception. Jan's daughter's ex-mother-in-law was there, and we sat in her air-conditioned car because she didn't want to go to the internment either. We had a lovely chat.

Another high school friend of ours drove up from Georgia, and we had a lovely chat at the reception. I hadn't seen Teresa since 1971. Jan's doing okay, is exhausted, of course. She has to go to work tomorrow for Payroll - she's the accountant.

Jun 20, 6:57am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday, despite the yucky heat & humidity. Ours has moved on. Thank God.

Good review of End of Watch. My least favorite of the trilogy but a decent wrap-up. I could have used less of the supernatural angle.

Jun 20, 7:09am Top

Good morning, Karen. Sorry to hear about your friend's loss.

>90 karenmarie: I'm not one for making a list myself, though I'd consider it for materials I needed to bring along on a business trip. These days I don't worry too much about whether I'm forgetting anything in particular, as I don't travel anywhere where I can't go to a store and supply something accidentally left behind (except perhaps my books, and those I do spend a bit of time thinking about :-) ).

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>95 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I read the first two several years ago (June 2014 and June 2015 respectively). I gave the first one 4 stars and the last two 3.5 stars each. I didn't mind what you call the supernatural because I think that it's plausible to have drugs, subliminal messages, and mind-altering computer games. It was on the far end of what might be possible, so I guess I'd call it speculative fiction rather than the supernatural, which I think of as ghosties or beasties or aliens.

>96 harrygbutler: Hi Harry. Thank you.

You're right - pretty much anything except electronics can be replaced easily with a bit of money. For this trip I only plan on taking the books for the plane trip to MT because Karen has more books than I do, although I don't know exactly how many. She has mentioned the 40 boxes in storage, and I know she's got books in the finished basement and everywhere on the main floor. I'm going to try to get her to join LT and help her catalog her books. I'm also going to take my Kindle. I might end up borrowing a book or two for the trip back home but she's already mentioned that she has books for me. I anticipate sending home a box media mail. *happy dance*

Louise and I are going to lunch today. Things on my list include FoL Treasurer duties and making sure there's nothing in our personal papers that needs to be dealt with before I return. I will write checks for and mail 2 graduation cards for two little cousins.

I'm in a reading trough - tried 4 different books since finishing End of Watch and nothing's sticking. I'm going to allow myself a bit of time today to find the right book.

Jun 21, 12:06pm Top

>97 karenmarie: Hi, Karen!

It's nice to have to ship a box of books home. I've also been known to buy a suitcase to accommodate books I've purchased.

I can sympathize with your reading slump. I was there last month, and although things have picked up this month, it has mostly been on the magazine reading side, it seems. Right now, though, I'm having a grand time reading The Gods of Mars and wishing I didn't have to set it aside for things like sleep. :-)

Jun 21, 1:43pm Top

>87 karenmarie: Of course this is in the daytime – I couldn’t read it at night, when the fear and knowledge of evil are heightened.

At the funeral, did the family sit behind a screen? That's one thing I really love about Southern funerals, the entire family sits behind a veil.

I love horror, but it does give me the whim-whams. I tried reading something scary on my Kindle with all the lights out. Parker jumped on the bed and I thought I was going to die.

Me and Da Floof! are going to Williamsburg tonight. I'm leaving early, in part because I was stuck in an epic traffic jam last night and in other part because I really, really need some down time. I didn't get home until 8:00pm, almost two hours later than usual. I was wound up tighter than a goddamn drum by the time I tossed the keys on the side table.

I'm interested in what you have to say about The Outsider. Right now I'm into a few books, including The Wife Between Us (oh dear god will something please happen) and The Chalk Man (nicely told version of a story I've read a dozen times before).

Much lurb.

Jun 22, 7:33am Top

>98 harrygbutler: Hi Harry. A suitcase, now that's doing it in style.

I think my slump is pre-travel jitters. I have started a mystery, The Quiet Child and it's good, but errands and Jenna home are making it difficult to focus and have the time. Not worried about it, just miss it a bit. Nice to hear you've got a good'un going.

>99 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! The family did not sit behind a screen - they came in after we'd all sat down and sat in the first two rows on the left. I haven't been to too many funerals here in the south (9 in addition to this one, 8 Protestant and one Catholic), but none with family behind a screen.

Have a safe trip and good, relaxing time in Williamsburg. Sorry there's so much pressure at work.

I'll have to get The Outsider first, and right now it's of interest but not on my radar.

Do you usually keep more than one book going? I did so quite a bit of last year, what with reading the Bible all year and all, but usually have one fiction and one nonfiction. I haven't touched the nonfiction, Homo Deus, in about a month now, but it's on my Kindle and the Kindle goes with me on my trip.

Today will be busy - Jenna and I are going to bake my birthday cake (birthday next week), hang out, start packing, then eventually meet Bill in town for supper at S&T's Soda Shoppe. Their Bowl of Cheese, aka Lasagna, is calling out to me.

Off to read, cup of coffee at hand, until Jenna gets up!

Jun 22, 7:45am Top

>97 karenmarie: Sounds like a really nice and bookish visit. Do you have similar reading tastes?

Jun 22, 8:22am Top

>101 EllaTim: Hi Ella! It will be bookish and catch-up-ish (we haven't seen each other since 1987) for sure. Since both of us are senior overweight women, there will be short walks, half-a-day kayaking, a trip to the Grizzly and Wolf Sanctuary in West Yellowstone MT, and visiting with streamsong in Missoula for lunch and book stores on the 25th. Other physical activities as they appeal, Yellowstone for sure, and possibly a visit to a town somewhere between streamsong and us another day. It's such a nice long visit that we won't have to cram things in, although Karen told me to tell Bill that I'd be back in the fall.

We have similar reading tastes re mysteries for sure. She's a voracious reader, too, of pretty much anything that comes to hand.

Jun 22, 8:46am Top

Trying to catch up here. I didn't catch when you are leaving but it sounds like a lovely trip planned. Have a great time and happy birthday (in advance)!

Jun 22, 10:56am Top

Happy Friday, Karen. Still raining here but trying to stay positive...

Your Montana trip sounds wonderful. You should have read American Wolf, before you went. I also hope you find the right book soon.

Jun 22, 11:05am Top

Hey Karen! Looking forward to meeting you and your friend!

Jun 22, 6:01pm Top

>100 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! I usually only travel by air with one checked bag and my carry-on, so when the airline allowance is two checked bags, it's easy to decide to bring the books back that way. The reductions in baggage allowance will likely push me to shipping the books in a box again in the future.

I hope you have (had) an enjoyable dinner with the family. Have a good trip!

Jun 22, 11:37pm Top

>102 karenmarie: That sounds WONDERFUL! and plenty strenuous (from one overweight older woman to another). How wonderful that your friend will have books for you!!!!!!
I'm sorry about the death of your friend's husband. Your comment reminds me of a thing my daddy used to say regularly: "I prefer weddings to funerals. You're spared the long hot drive to the cemetery."

Jun 23, 7:35am Top

>103 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! Thank you on both counts.

>104 msf59: Thanks Mark. Sorry you’re getting so much rain. I am reading a pretty good book- The Quiet Child by John Burley. A bit over halfway through.

I know, but perhaps I can read it before I go to the Wolf Sanctuary. Karen might even have it.

>105 streamsong: Hi Janet! I know, I’m really looking forward to Monday. I’ll be in touch tomorrow for sure.

>106 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! I have a backpack and my computer that I carry on the plane and one checked bag. If I have more to bring back, I mail it. I think $25/bag is absolutely ridiculous when airfares are generally quite high.

Dinner with Jenna and Bill was fun, thank you. I had Bowl of Cheese, aka Lasagna again.

>107 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. I’m really beginning to get excited – so far it’s been prep and Jenna home and early birthday celebrations. We made German chocolate cake yesterday. This is a previous year’s effort, but yesterday’s looks identical, 2/3 coconut-pecan frosting and 1/3 chocolate frosting ‘cuz Bill doesn’t like coconut.

Jenna also gave me my birthday presents – things I had on a list, but still, she was very generous: a Queen Platinum Hits 3-CD set and a 5-perfume Penhaligon’s sampler (thank you, Larry, for turning me on to their wonderful perfumes.)

I’m really excited to look at Karen’s books – we’ve never gotten round to it in the times I’ve visited. Plus books to come home, too, of course!

Your Daddy was a wise man. Summer funerals are always the worst, but Jan didn’t mind my not going to the cemetery at all. She was just so appreciative that two of her particular friends – Teresa from Atlanta and I – made the effort to come. She wrote: I’ll always be grateful you attended John’s funeral service. It may seem like a little thing but it helped me immensely to see the faces of those most important to me.

Most of the packing’s done. We’ll leave about 10:30 for my 1:30 flight.

Jun 23, 5:47pm Top

Have a wonderful time in Montana. I hope you see lots of wolves and other wildlife. Perusing your friend’s library sounds like another type of adventure. And lunch with Janet in Missoula. Fabulous! Have fun, Karen. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Jun 23, 6:18pm Top

Karen, did you realize that the osprey cam is in Missoula?! If you look at the sidebar twitter feed) and scroll down, someone posted that she was visiting her kids in the area and she took a photo of the cam from the ground! 2 chicks are doing well (the third didn't survive the first few days) but the other 2 seem to be thriving. Will you be around that area at all?

Jun 24, 7:57am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. Happy travels! Keep us updated on your trip. Love reports on the great outdoors.

Jun 24, 7:21pm Top

>109 Donna828: Thanks, Donna! I arrived safe and sound. We talked 'til midnight MT time, which was 2 a.m. NC time. And we haven't stopped talking all day so far!!

>110 jessibud2: I did, actually, and I will be in Missoula tomorrow. I'll have to check to see if we'll be in that area of Missoula. We're meeting Janet between 11:30 and noon at The Mustard Seed for lunch, then will book store it.

>111 msf59: Hi Mark! I'm so excited! We were going to just check out a pond nearby for ducks, but ended up driving around for 3 hours. I saw, today only:

Black-Billed Magpies
Red-Winged Blackbirds
2 male and 1 female Yellow-Headed Blackbirds
Female Ring-Necked Pheasants
Male Western Kingbird


believe it or not,

Bald Eagle flying

Golden Eagle sitting on a telephone pole. Viewed with binoculars for about 30 seconds, then we watched it soar over some fields for about 3 minutes. My first day in Montana!

I am in hog heaven. Karen says she'll put out some deer corn and we should see some Eurasian Collared Dove and some partridges. We'll do that in a couple of days. Plus lots of other birds. We're also on the lookout for wild turkeys and various hawks.

Jun 25, 5:25am Top

>112 karenmarie: Sounds great. Have lots of fun, Karen!

Jun 26, 9:55am Top

Happy personal new year, Horrible dear!

Jun 26, 10:03am Top

Happy birthday, Karen!

Edited: Jun 26, 10:56am Top

Happy Birthday, Karen!

Jun 26, 12:10pm Top

Happy Birthday, Karen!!

Jun 26, 1:04pm Top

Happy birthday, Karen!

It was really fun meeting you and your friend, Karen yesterday. Have a great day, today - hope you find more wonderful books and have an all over very special day!

Jun 26, 1:05pm Top

Today and not yesterday? O.K. Happy Birthday again, Karen! Put together a whole long time of happy!

Jun 26, 1:07pm Top

Happy birthday! Sounds like you're having a great trip.

Jun 26, 2:19pm Top

Happy birthday!

Jun 26, 3:24pm Top

Happy Birthday, Karen. Wishing you a fabulous day. May all your wishes come true.

Jun 26, 11:58pm Top

EllaTim, richardderus, Fameulstee, jnwelch, jessibud2, streamsong, LizzieD, RebaRelishesReading, drneutron, Ameise1 - Ella, RD, Anita, Joe, Shelley, Janet, Peggy, Reba, Jim, and Barbara!

Thank you all for my birthday wishes. I have had a lovely time today – breakfast out in Missoula, then a used book store in Alberton MT, then a Queen-filled and Patsy Cline-filled drive back to Bozeman. We had meatloaf sandwiches for dinner, watched The Librarians, and had birthday cheesecake.

You guys are the best.

>118 streamsong: Janet – lunch and book store hopping with you was very special. We’ll have to figure out another visit before I head back to NC!

Jun 27, 12:49am Top

Happy belated birthday, Karen. Have a great vacation!

Jun 27, 10:09am Top

Doh! Happy Birf-Dee!

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>112 karenmarie: OMG! I love the bird report. Aren't yellow-headed blackbirds gorgeous? I want to see a western kingbird and a golden eagle. Hopefully on my Colorado trip.

It sounds like you are having a lovely time, Karen. Glad you had a memorable Meet Up with Janet. Enjoy every moment, my friend.

Jun 27, 11:17am Top

Happy Birthday, Karen!

Jun 27, 3:37pm Top

Hi Karen my dear, glad you had a lovely birthday, I sent a birthday message via Facebook as I have had little time on here the last few days, something always seems to limit my time when I get on. I am hoping to get back to posting more in the next couple of days and hope that from July I will get back to more realistic posting figures.

Sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.

Jun 27, 5:40pm Top

A belated happy birthday, Karen! And congrats on the birds, and the eagles in particular!

Jun 27, 7:26pm Top

Wishing you a late Happy Birthday, Karen. Sounds like you had a great one!

Jun 27, 8:47pm Top

>124 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg! I’m having a great time and had a wonderful birthday.

>125 SomeGuyInVirginia: ‘Sanks, Larry!

>126 msf59: Hi Mark. Thanks. I’m thrilled. We spent more time looking for birds today – we saw

An immature Sandhill Crane
Red-Tailed Hawk
Western Bluebird
Two unidentified hawks sitting on telephone poles. We absolutely cannot figure out what they are. My cell phone is crapping out – I’m getting a replacement one via Fed Ex tomorrow – so perhaps can get some photos.

The yellow-headed blackbirds were gorgeous – 2 males and one female. I hope you can see wonderful birds on your Colorado trip, too.

We are going to go out early one morning soon and look for male ring-necked pheasants and turkeys. We think we saw a Western Tanager today, but not well enough to count him, drat.

>127 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie!

>128 johnsimpson: Hi John, I did, thank you. I did a generic thank-everybody thing on Facebook because I have hardly been online anywhere. I hope you can start posting more, too, although I think I’m going to be offline quite a bit until I get home – we’re having so much fun being out and about that I’m not spending hardly any time at all online.

>129 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! I’m thrilled with all the birds, but yes, the eagles especially.

Jun 27, 11:07pm Top

Karen, you can be online in NC. ABSOLUTELY, be out and about in MT while you can!!!!!

Jun 28, 1:00am Top

Sounds like you are having a great time, Karen. Enjoy, LT will be waiting for you when your vacation is over.

Jun 28, 6:59am Top

>131 karenmarie: Wow! Some great bird sightings. I hope to see a western bluebird too. Of course, we see their eastern counterpart here. I hope you see the western tanager. That one is also on my list.

Jun 28, 9:31am Top

'Morning, all! Friend Karen works two 4-hour shifts a week and she's just left for work, so I'm drinking coffee, checking in here, and going to sit on her front deck and drink coffee and read.

>132 LizzieD: Absolutely, but it's nice to check in with friends periodically.

>133 Familyhistorian: I am having a wonderful time, Meg. Thank you.

>134 msf59: Hi Mark! I know. I'm really lucky. Karen enjoys driving around looking for birds for me - she hurt her knee last week so I don't know how much walking we'll do, but birds is birds.

Jun 28, 9:25pm Top

Happy Belated Birthday, Karen! Your trip sounds great so far. All those birds! And a meet-up! By all means, break that new phone in by taking lots of pictures. 🦅

Jun 29, 9:23am Top

You've got me checking out the birds now, too! Wild turkeys are thick on the ground at Dad's, and I'm pretty sure I saw a bald headed eagle a few weeks ago. I'm still always jazzed about seeing a yellow finch, because they are so pretty. I was waiting at a light in town this morning and saw four sparrows hanging out on a traffic barricade a few feet away. I think they were a gang because one kept on flying toward my window and then veering off at the last minute, trying to intimidate me. I should have rolled my window down so Parker would have a new toy.

Jun 29, 10:34am Top

>136 Donna828: Hi Donna! Thank you. We've been having a wonderful time, for sure. Today's rainy, but we're going into town to let Verizon transfer all my stuff to the new phone.

>137 SomeGuyInVirginia: It's addictive, isn't it? Yesterday we saw a Robin and 2 Crows, in addition to the ever-present Magpies. Sounds like the sparrows might have had a nest nearby.

While on our road trip on the 25th to Missoula, we saw several osprey nests. Karen tells me that the perches are deliberately put up near power line poles to tempt the ospreys to not use the power poles. I took this picture. Big Sky Country!

Jul 1, 9:23pm Top

Hi Karen! Sorry I missed your birthday. Happy Birthday!! I've been under the weather since I got back from the beach. The viral thing turned into a sinus infection. I got meds and I'm perking up, but I still need lots of naps. I used to bounce back faster, so there's that aging thing coming in to play again. Poo.

It sounds like you're having a fabulous holiday. I am loving the western bird reports.

I'm messaging you and Peggy about a possible meetup. :)

Jul 2, 2:40am Top

Wish you a belated happy birthday.

Jul 2, 6:32am Top

Love the osprey nest!

Jul 2, 6:39am Top

>138 karenmarie: LOVE the osprey nest!

Happy Monday, Karen. Are you still on your western adventures? If so, I am sure you are having a glorious time. Enjoy!

Jul 2, 11:56am Top

>139 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Thank you. I have had a wonderful birthday so far, and still have a nice dinner out planned at Ted's in Bozeman and then eventually the Angus Barn when I get back home.

I'm sorry you have a sinus infection - they're awful, for sure. Meds are necessary. I've replied to your message - I hope Peggy can meet up too!

>140 paulstalder: Thank you, Paul.

>141 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel! I love my cell phone camera.....

>42 karenmarie: 'Morning Mark! It is cool, isn't it? I'm still on my western adventures - will fly back to NC on the 13th so still have a week and a half. Karen hasn't gotten tired of me yet, either.

Today we're heading to the Grizzy and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Grizzly and Wolf Center after brekkie. It's about 80 miles away, so it will be a full day adventure. I'm taking the binoculars in case we see any new to me birds.

Jul 2, 10:12pm Top

On the way back from the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, we saw 4 male turkeys by the side of the road.

Jul 3, 3:09pm Top

Hi Karen my dear, just passing by as I am getting back into the flow of normal posting again. Sending love and hugs.

Jul 3, 7:54pm Top

Hi John! Thank you for stopping by. I will be in Montana through the 12th, flying back on the 13th.

Karen tells me that at 4,600 feet above sea level I should be feeling whupped every afternoon (I live at about 300 feet above sea level) and it's caught up with me in the last couple of days. We have lazed around today. I'm making a baked chicken recipe for dinner.

Tomorrow we're going to Ennis, a town about an hour or so away for their Fourth of July Parade, then we're going to Virginia City for a bit of touristy stuff.

I really like being where it's not hot and humid - the high here was 61F, no humidity. *smile*

Jul 3, 11:00pm Top

the high here was 61F, no humidity *SIGH*
Living here is like nothing so much as living here. Enjoy it while you have it!

Jul 4, 8:02am Top

Hi Peggy!

I am savoring every second. It's actually supposed to start warming getting to 75F today, but tomorrow it will be 87F, and on Friday 90F.

streamsong will be joining Karen and me in Virginia City - yay.

Jul 4, 10:02am Top

Happy 4th, Karen! Happy Wild West Adventure! Hooray for the turkeys! Can't wait to hear more about the Grizzly and Wolf Center. This is definitely on my bucket list.

Jul 4, 10:54am Top

May the 4th be with you!

Ugh, our neck of the woods is experiencing a soupy heat wave. Enjoy what sounds like fantastic weather!

Jul 5, 9:24am Top

Gah, I missed almost a whole thread! Hope you are doing well and staying cool!

Jul 5, 9:50am Top

>150 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I'm having a great time for sure.

The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center was fantastic. It is sad to see animals in captivity, but each one was a rescue animal that couldn't have survived on its own except for one bear that kept coming down into a town. I don't know why they didn't try to relocate it to the wilds of Yellowstone unless other bears would have killed it. We saw 3 wolves, 3 bears, and, bonus, the following birds. All of them had been injured and couldn't fly anymore. Golden Eagle, 3 Bald Eagles, a Peregrine Falcon, a Turkey Vulture, two Great Horned Owls. The Center has a lot of information about wolves and bears in general and their animals in particular.

The Bear environment is huge. Bonus there, too - we must have seen 20 or more ravens.

>151 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks, Larry! I've been hearing about the heat and nastiness. Uhg, indeed. It's supposed to get to 90F tomorrow, but it will be dry heat, fortunately.

>152 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! Yup, doing well, and staying cool. I'm going to read on the deck. It's 60F outside, perfect for coffee and a book while Karen's off working a half shift.

Yesterday we went to Ennis, but didn't get there in time for the parade unless we would have walked a mile or so to get to town - Karen's bad right knee and left heel precluded it although I'm not sure I would have made a mile either - so we went to Virginia City. Sadly, streamsong wasn't able to meet us, but we walked up and down most of main street. It's charming. We had a nice lunch outside - no bugs, no humidity, just Mama-Bear right temperature. Old buildings last forever, so we were able to look at the informative signs of unoccupied buildings and see an old blacksmith shop, an old mercantile building, etc. Just a bit off main street was the telephone office with an old switchboard. What really got our attention, though, was a bookcase with books in it, behind the wood fence. We wanted those books!

We went up to Boot Hill and through the Virginia City Cemetary, then had a nice drive to a very small town named Pony. The bar had a lot of interesting characters sitting outside, but since she doesn't drink, and I had already had one soda, we didn't stop. The drive home was uneventful except at the very end when I saw a male Ring-Neck Pheasant. I had seen a female on my first Sunday here, so now I have the pair. We were so pooped we didn't even stay awake long enough for fireworks. It stays light late up here and they started at 10 in town. We didn't even hear them at all.

Jul 5, 1:45pm Top

Hi, Karen.

Sounds like a wonderful trip. We appreciated the cooler weather in Portland, and I understand your liking the low 60s there. I love hearing about all the wildlife you're seeing. That's a beautiful part of the country. I've got a sister who lives with her hubby in a log cabin (a nicely fitted out one!) on Grizzly Gulch Road in Helena. A tetch different than Chicago. :-)

Jul 5, 3:01pm Top

>153 karenmarie: - Hi Karen. We have something like that here, a rescue/conservation centre that rehabilitates animals but those that can't be re-released are incorporated into their education programs. We used to take our students up there every year for a field trip. They have a wonderful education program. I truly believe that these types of programs are essential for young kids not only to become aware of the greater (natural) world, but to nurture compassion for it.

Jul 6, 4:51pm Top

>154 jnwelch: Hi Joe. It' a gorgeous part of the country and definitely different from central NC and Chicagoland. I lWike visiting here, but do miss my routine, husband, birds, and kitties. Daughter, too, when she visits. *smile*

>155 jessibud2: Hi Shelley. These kind of centers are so good for the animals and for making people aware.

We watched part of drumpf's speech in Great Falls because it was local news. *shudder*

Jul 6, 5:13pm Top

Well, Karen, it seems you are having a good time. Excellent!

We just back from a fortnight in Ireland with our son and his family. Not entirely sure we're glad to be back. We had a grand time, several days in Dublin and others in the Connemara region and in County Donegal. Trekked into Northern Ireland to visit the Giant's Causeway.

I bought two books by contemporary Irish writers in a bookstore in Cong, and read a couple of crime novels, mostly in the planes to and from.

Jul 6, 5:53pm Top

Hi, Karen! Sounds like you've been having a very good time on your vacation. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Jul 6, 10:49pm Top

I was not going to mention the drumpf's visit to Montana. Sorry you had to watch even part of it.
ENJOY the rest of your holiday!

Jul 7, 11:16am Top

Sounds like you are having a wonderful and relaxing time, Karen. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Jul 7, 3:17pm Top

>144 karenmarie: & >153 karenmarie: The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center souds good, Karen. A nice way to show people wild animals, without taking those animals away from the natural population.

Enjoy the remaining part of your vacation!

Jul 9, 10:39am Top

>157 weird_O: Hi Bill! I am having a good time relaxing and going various places with friend Karen.

I’m so glad you had a grand time and bought some books. I think today we’re going to go to a used book store in Bozeman after eating lunch out.

>158 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry. We have no major plans for the rest of my time, just hanging out, going through some boxes of books she has in her maintenance shed (40 boxes or so) to see if she has any duplicates for me.

>159 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! It was pretty disgusting, that rant of his. Karen and I noticed that there were some Catholic priests in the front row clapping away at his insulting and dangerous talk and a few days later one of the papers called them on it and said that their bishop was not happy.

>160 Familyhistorian: I am having a wonderful time, Meg. All of a sudden it’s down to 4 full days and a travel day on Friday.

161 Hi Anita! It was informative and exciting.

My sister’s MiL passed away on Saturday. She had lingered a long time and her passing is a relief to the family, frankly.

My friend Louise’s husband Harold died suddenly at the Memory Unit in a senior care facility yesterday. I feel bad that I’m not there for Louise, but she is being taken care of by her daughter and son. They will have a private family viewing and no memorial service. I hope to be of help to her after I return to NC. They had been married 64 years. The last 10 were sad because Harold developed dementia and the last year or so didn’t recognize her except rarely as someone he thought he remembered.

Jul 9, 10:47am Top

I'm sorry, that's tough. I hope I never get dementia, I really do.

Jul 9, 11:19am Top

Hi Karen - glad you're continuing to have a great time.

I'm so sorry about the deaths. Hugs and good thoughts sent your way.

I felt compelled to watch drump's entire speech. OMG, what a horror show.

And yet, MT FB friends are raving about how wonderful it was. I can't believe we live in the same universe.

Jul 9, 12:21pm Top

>164 streamsong: - Is the speech you are referring to the one where he compares himself to Elton John? My friend sent me a small clip (written, so I wouldn't have to hear that voice or see that face) of that part of it, and it left me speechless. I think he forgets that he is not a stand-up comedian because if he was, he be booed off the stage. He is just so inarticulate, almost incoherent. Even if he didn't just follow a MOST articulate president, he'd be looking like the dolt that he is. Horror show, indeed.

Edited: Jul 9, 12:22pm Top

>162 karenmarie: - Karen, condolences for the recent deaths in your circle of friends and family. Never easy, no matter the age or the circumstance.

Jul 9, 1:09pm Top

>165 jessibud2: Yup. That was the speech. He also had the crowd chanting 'Lock er up' about Hillary and bragged about his huge electoral college win. He said something to the effect that it was harder to win the electoral college than the popular vote because people vote 3 or 4 times in the popular vote.

He also bragged about the several veterans' bills he recently signed, not realizing that they were written by MT senator Jon Tester who is very senator that he is trying to defeat in Montana and the reason for his Montana visit.

Edited: Jul 11, 2:51pm Top

>163 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! I feel bad for Louise and I, too, hope that I never get dementia.

>164 streamsong: It’s been a lot of fun, Janet. We’ve boxed (gulp) four boxes of books. We’ll take two today and two tomorrow and send them media mail.

I just feel so helpless – I wouldn’t have been there for Shirley’s death and frankly wouldn’t have wanted to, but I know I could be of use to Louise a she goes through this. Ah well, I’ll be back late Friday afternoon and help as much as she wants starting Saturday.

I haven’t spoken with anybody who likes drumpf so haven’t felt like the universe is completely split in two anymore than I already did before his awful, divisive, puerile, and dangerous speech.

>165 jessibud2: Hi Shelley!

>166 jessibud2: Thank you. It is never easy, and it’s even harder not being home.

>167 streamsong: I can’t think of a single thing he said in that speech that wasn’t aimed at his base and therefore NOT a speech for all Americans, Janet. Sigh.

Well, not a death, but a woman in my book club has had a stroke and is still in the hospital. She had a stroke-like episode a couple of months ago, but this was a full-blown stroke. She’s not completely debilitated, but is confused and vague some of the time.

I need to get home simply to keep people alive and/or healthy. (sorta kidding, but not completely)

Jul 11, 6:21pm Top

>168 karenmarie: More disasters, or near-disasters, in my circle as well. I hope your book-club-mate recovers quickly.

Jul 11, 7:35pm Top

>168 karenmarie: I'm certain you will be a real support for your friend! Sorry to hear about the death of her husband, dementia seems awful for the person suffering it and their family.

Jul 11, 10:28pm Top

It sounds like your people need you, Karen. Don't worry about being there for your friend Louise right now. She will need a good friend who is in it for the long haul. Safe travels home. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. So sorry you had this flurry of bad news towards the end.

Edited: Jul 11, 11:02pm Top

Dear Karen, I know you're fretting about not being in place for Louise. I'm sorry, but you will be vastly important to her in the coming months...... In other words, Donna's (>171 Donna828:). Peace to your BIL.
Make the most of your last day, and safe travel to you! We'll be happy to see you back at home and here!

Edited: Jul 12, 11:37am Top

>169 ffortsa: Hi Judy. Thanks, re Kira. She seems to be holding her own, is in rehab for up to 6 weeks. I’m sorry to hear that there are disasters in your circle as well.

>170 EllaTim: Hi Ella. Thank you. I’ll be glad to be back to support her.

>171 Donna828: Hi Donna. I know my daughter does because when I’m away from home we don’t speak every day. My husband can’t wait ‘til tomorrow. You’re right about the long haul with Louise, which keeps me from panicking about not being there right now.

The bad news hasn’t ruined the trip or anything, just made me sad for people I know and love.

>172 LizzieD: I am fretting, Peggy. That’s exactly the right word.

Today is a bit of pre-packing, a bit of deciding which book to bring on the plane along with my Kindle – I think it will be Dakota, the second Lola Wicks mystery by Gwen Florio.

I took Karen to work – she works 2 half days a week. I have to seal the fourth and final box of books going home – we mailed two yesterday and will mail two today when I go to pick her up.

My flight leaves at 7:15 tomorrow morning, and I get into Raleigh at 3:12, with a 1 hour layover in Denver. Not horrible, not wonderful. I don't particularly like flying, but have books and can only hope people don't want to talk to me except the brief exchange with row mates.

Jul 12, 9:27pm Top

Have fun, recharge your batteries. I love to fly, and I'll gab the whole time if the other person wants to, but I think most people pick up on when someone doesn't want to talk. It's perfectly ok to politely tell the other person that you need to return to your book.

Hey! I'm at Dad's and saw two yellow finches flying together, a pair of beautiful grey doves, and at least one bat before it got dark. Right now I'm on the balcony and some damn bird with a raucus, juddering chirp-series is totally pissing me off. He's in a tree about 15 feet straight out from where I'm sitting. Bastard. You know, I just thought that it might be a tree frog.

Oh! Plus I saw a rabbit. Love them.

Have you read The Woman in the Window? Did I already ask? You may like it. I'm still pulling books and setting aside what I think you may like.

Be well my friend.

Jul 13, 4:28pm Top

Happy weekend, Karen. It looks like you had a good time.

Jul 13, 7:07pm Top

Happy Friday, Karen. I hope you had a safe flight back home. Your trip sounded wonderful and I am looking forward to hearing about the contents of those boxes of books.

Edited: Jul 13, 11:29pm Top

I'll be personally satisfied to know that you're home safely. Enjoy a good night's sleep in your very own bed - not to mention time with your very own husband!
Like Mark I can't wait to see what your boxes contain.

Jul 14, 8:23am Top

Hi Karen! Hope you are having a great time!

Jul 14, 11:42am Top

Have such a fun time Karen!

Jul 14, 12:55pm Top

I have missed so much! My own travel and work have seemed to take up all my time.

I saw the pics on streamsong's thread: glad you had a nice visit. Montana is one of our favorite spots and we're heading back as soon as we can.

Meanwhile, I spend lots of time sitting on the lovely deck my husband completed this summer. It under a tree beside the swimming pool. I read, watch the birds, and relax a bit, contemplating retirement even though I have a few years to go.

Jul 14, 9:13pm Top

>174 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! I had two good flights back – uneventful, fortunately - and I was so exhausted that I slept most of the time instead of reading anyway.

Yay for birds, bad for irritating birds. I like seeing bunnies, too.

I have not read The Woman in the Window. I will add it to my wish list. Thank you for thinking of me.

I’m doing well, thank you. Home again, happy to see husband, kitties, and sleep in my own bed. Trips are fun, home is where the heart lies.

>175 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! I had an excellent time. Today we watched Kerber beat Serena for the final at Wimbledon – Serena did not look good at all and Kerber took advantage and played brilliantly.

>176 msf59: Hi Mark! Everything went well, I landed about 3 p.m. and after a quick dinner out ‘cuz I was starting, we got home about 5:30. The kitties were glad to see me and have been hanging around all day today to make sure it’s real and I’m truly home.

>177 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy – safe and sound. The first two boxes are supposed to come on Tuesday, the second two on Wednesday. I’m looking forward to Christmas in July and will list ‘em all, promise.

>178 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! I had a wonderful time and am enjoying being home again.

>179 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel!

>180 witchyrichy: Hi Karen. Montana is amazing, for sure. It's beautiful and stark, unlike NC's lushness. Big sky country for sure, although my friend Karen says that Montanans don't say that - they use Treasure State.

Yay for a new deck, reading, birding, relaxing, and contemplating retirement.

Tomorrow is the Wimbledon Men's Championship Match with Anderson/Djokovic, and I’d really like to see Anderson win.

I'll be spending a bit of time tomorrow afternoon with Friends President Pete to get the checkbook back, go over what checks he wrote, and take back the PO box key, membership checks he hasn't deposited, and etc. The board meeting on Monday is to wrap up the year financially and vote on the 2018-2019 budget. I will probably vote no because I don't like how much money the Library is asking for even after we showed them that at their current rate of spending our reserves will be gone in 3.7 years (keeping $100K in reserve) and gone completely in seven years. I feel like they are disrespectful of our wanting them to cut back - even 5%! - and will probably not serve as Treasurer after this coming year. I'll probably just go back to volunteering at the sales and buying books. I've already mentioned it to Pete and will start bringing it up regularly in about 6 months so we can get someone new in place.

I spoke with Louise today. They neighbors have been wonderful to her. She sounds exhausted and I think she would actually like some time alone. Having said that, she really wants to see me and I'll stop by after my meeting with Pete.

Jul 14, 11:03pm Top

YAY! Karen's back! Sleep well!!! Meet well tomorrow, including Louise! The books are coming!!!!!

Jul 15, 4:03am Top

I haven't had much time to watch sport. No Wimbledon and only a few game of the soccer tournament. Enjoy the final.

Jul 15, 5:15am Top

>173 karenmarie: can only hope people don't want to talk to me
I can relate.
I watched a part of the doubles mens finals, mainly as it was on, and there was a New Zealander in it :)

Edited: Jul 15, 1:28pm Top

>182 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. I've slept well both nights. The books are coming, YAY! I'll meet with Pete in an hour and a half, then check in with Louise.

>183 Ameise1: Hi Barbara. I'm sorry Anderson lost, but he didn't play well until the third set, to no avail. I enjoyed watching France beat Croatia - no real dog in the race, just wanted France to win.

>184 LovingLit: I can imagine you do, Megan, with two little'uns still at home- I loved airplane time to read when Jenna was little.

I haven't watched any of anything except the Mens and Womens Singles, glad there's a New Zealander playing.

I'm reading Dakota, the second in the Lola Wicks series by Gwen Florio, and am not really impressed at page 145 of 264. I'll finish it, though, because it's just barely interesting enough to keep going.

Tomorrow I'll start visiting threads again, promise.

Jul 15, 2:06pm Top

From what you've posted, Karen, I surmise you had at least as much fun in Montana as Judi and I had in Ireland. Vacations with good friends can't be beat.

Of course, I acquired only two books, not two or more BOXES of books. Guess I have to hit the library sale on Wednesday (and Saturday too).

Jul 16, 2:08am Top

No matter how much you have enjoyed your trip, it always feels good to be home. Welcome back, Karen. Wow to four boxes of books!

Jul 16, 7:03am Top

Morning, Karen. I hope you had a nice Sunday. You mention your cats missed you. How about those birds? Were they taken care of?

Jul 17, 12:35am Top

Welcome home! I hope you're getting yourself back in the groove. Are we still on for Thursday? If you have other things you need to do, it's absolutely fine. Lots of things happened in your corner while you were away.

Edited: Jul 17, 9:50am Top

>186 weird_O: Almost forgot you, there Bill! You must have had a fantastic time, then, because I certainly did. I hope the library sales on Wednesday and Saturday provide many great books.

>187 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! For some reason I'm having trouble with jet lag this time. It is great to be home, for sure. And, surprisingly, one of the boxes of books got here yesterday, is already unpacked, and cataloged. I'll list the books in a bit.

>188 msf59: Good morning, Mark! I did have a nice Sunday although Roger was not playing in the Wimbledon Men's Final and Djokovic beat Anderson. But France won in the World Cup. Bill and I watched it and it was thrilling. Bill took care of the birds for the most part although the feeders did need filling. Changed the hummingbird feeders, too, and have seen one or more males around several times a day. Not too many other birds, otherwise - Louise mentioned the same thing.

>189 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Yes, we're definitely on for Thursday, I'm looking forward to it. I'll PM you so we can coordinate.

I was so busy yesterday! Prep for the Friends of the Library board meeting, the meeting itself, then lunch with one of the board members. Then my box of books arrived and I indulged in cataloging them. Here's what was in box 1, all duplicates of books from Karen's shelves or books she was going to give to her sister and sister's daughter. She's chosen to give some of them to me instead - she and her sister haven't spoken since 2014.

Visual Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs by Dougal Dixon
Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from The Revolutionary War by Jane Hampton Cook
The Indian Mutiny by Julian Spilsbury
The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet
Reincarnation: the Missing Link in Christianity by Elizabeth Clare Prophet
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
Three Continents by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
The Vine of Desire by Chtra Banerjee Divakaruni
A Story Like the Wind by Laurens Van der Post
O'Hara's Choice by Leon Uris
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Animal Portraits by Andy Rouse
The Rape of the Great Plains: Northwest America, Cattle and Coal by K. Ross Toole
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls by Lela Lee
That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America by Chris Hedges
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years by The Delany Sisters
Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson
The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook by Flora Annie Steel
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
The Christ of the Indian Road by Eli Stanley Jones

Jul 17, 8:45am Top

Glad to see you are home and settling back into things! Hope the jet lag hasn't been too bad

Jul 17, 9:03am Top

Hi Chelle!

Actually, the jet lag has been noticeable and irritating, but this, too, shall pass. Today I have nothing scheduled, yay, and am visiting threads. I'm basically drawing a line in the sand after reading a day or two's worth of messages, otherwise I'd be spending days getting caught up.

Jul 17, 9:41am Top

>190 karenmarie: A nice and very diverse list! I'm seeing several Amy Tan's, but I'd like to be able to browse your books, like what about the Indian Housekeeper?

Have a nice relaxing day home, Karen!

Jul 17, 9:51am Top

Hi Ella! It is a diverse list, for sure. My friend Karen has a lot of interests. Her main ones are journalism, Montana, and religion, but she's all over the place, as you can see from those books. I read The Joy Luck Club when it came out but haven't read any others by Tan, so am looking forward to reading them.

Karen's sister was married to an Indian and they adopted a girl from India before divorcing. Hence books about India.

Today is reading, puttering around, and no plans to drive anywhere.

Jul 17, 11:13am Top

Good to see you are back home, Karen, sorry for the jet lag. What was the time difference?

>190 karenmarie: Nice haul! And a next box soon to come!

Jul 17, 11:52am Top

Hi Anita and thank you. Only two hours, but it was for three weeks.

I'm really looking forward to one or two boxes today.


Good deal on the Fiona Griffiths books today on Amazon - as per an email from author Harry Bingham.

Amazon's wise editorial team - well, OK, its team of illiterate robots - has chosen Fiona Griffiths #6, The Deepest Grave, to feature in its monster Amazon Prime day promotion. The book is today reduced from $4.99 to $1.99 and Amazon will do its robotic best to shift (I hope) huge numbers of the book.

To juice that celebration up a little, I've also cut the prices of everything else in the series from $4.99 to $1.99 . . . except Book #1 which remains a stupidly tempting $0.99. If you have a hole in your Fiona library, now's a great time to fill it. The links you need are:
•#1, Talking to the Dead, $0.99
•#2, Love Story, with Murders, $1.99
•#3, The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths, $1.99
•#4, This Thing of Darkness, $1.99
•#5, The Dead House, $1.99
•#6, The Deepest Grave, $1.99 **Amazon Prime promotion**

Jul 17, 12:18pm Top

>196 karenmarie: The one hour change in Spring and Autum makes me feel off for a few days, Karen, so I understand even relatively small time changes can have that effect.

Jul 17, 12:30pm Top

So you are back and busy. Excellent.

Curious, intriguing batch of books you. The Zookeeper's Wife is terrific. Did I ever tell you that my brother went to high school with Diane (Fink) Ackerman? He was very impressed with her intelligence and articulateness. They were on the student newspaper staff.

Only other book on the list I recognize is The Secret Life of Bees.

Jul 17, 2:27pm Top

>197 FAMeulstee: Oh yes, switching too and from Daylight Savings Time plays havoc with my system too.

>198 weird_O: I am back. I am .... not busy right now .... but I have done laundry today and finished Dakota by Gwen Florio.

I hadn't heard of most of the books either, but I am a total sucker for books, and with Karen recommending them, pretty much took everything she offered.

You did not ever mention your brother knowing Diane (Fink) Ackerman. That is way cool. I already had Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses on my shelves.

Jul 17, 2:54pm Top

>190 karenmarie: Nice book haul! I won't celebrate family falling out, but you definitely benefited! I have a few of these -

Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from The Revolutionary War - still unread
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story - half read and abandoned. Not sure why?
The Secret Life of Bees - loved this one
Saving Fish from Drowning - kind of different from her other novels IMO, but pretty good.
Over Sea, Under Stone - an old friend
Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan - good story

See you Thursday! I am looking forward to it. :)

Jul 17, 3:03pm Top

Hi Karen. Welcome home!

Nice haul! I love Diane Ackerman as an author and have read several of hers, though not the one you have. I also really loved The Secret Life of Bees - I listened to it on audio and the narrator was positively mesmerizing. Kidd is a good writer!

Jul 17, 4:26pm Top

What a great book haul. The local library sale is this weekend. I didn't go the last sale, but hope to attend this one.

I've been out of touch, and I haven't even read a book in a few weeks. I've learned that I need another surgery -- number nine. The thought of this next one is not something that I am going to rush into.

I imagine you are glad to be home from your journey. My question is where you are going to place all those lovely new acquisitions.

Jul 17, 6:38pm Top

>200 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Family falling out is not fun, and Karen has suffered from it for sure. I’m glad to have all these books – they are currently sitting on my desk – and I’ll have fun finding shelf space for them.

I’m looking forward to Thursday, too. The other two times we’ve spent together have been rushed. This can be a tad less frenzied. There’s a used book store and two thrift shops in Pittsboro proper, plus a great indie, McIntyre’s Books, up the road about 20 minutes or so. Yay! More books.

>201 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. I haven’t read any Ackerman before, so between this one and A Natural History of the Senses which was already on my shelves, I should be able to read her sometime this year. I recently listened to The Invention of Wings by Kidd and was blown away.

>202 Whisper1: Hi Linda! I hope you get some good books at the sale. Our next one is in September.

Oh no, another surgery. I’m sorry to hear it. I can understand, perhaps a little bit, about your not doing much reading recently.

I’m glad to be home. My own house, husband, kitties, coffee, bed, etc.

Getting everything squared away will be daunting, because I also have 84 books, mostly hardcover, from upstairs, that need to come downstairs into the Library or Sunroom as they are unread. I’ll need to move a few reference books upstairs to the Parlour and then get Jenna to put them up there for me, as she took the ones down earlier this summer. So. 84 plus ~100 from this trip (there were 25 in this box, 4 boxes total….). I may have to cull some books unread and read that don’t make sense to keep any more. Definitely a first world problem. A fun problem, too.

Jul 17, 6:56pm Top

Karen, A Natural History of the Senses was my first Ackerman. I also read and loved Cultivating Delight (about her garden plus a whole lot more) and One Hundred Names for Love, the last one being particularly exceptional and fascinating.

Jul 18, 7:39am Top

Good morning, Karen! About 100 books from a visit isn't a bad haul. :-)

Jul 18, 7:46am Top

>196 karenmarie: Love that email! Funny :) I am waiting for book 7 but I'm not sure if it's been written yet. Sad.

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>204 jessibud2: I'll keep an eye out for more by her, Shelley, thanks for the recommendations.

>205 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! I remember you saying that you buy or take extra suitcases along for book purchases, but media mail 1 cubic foot boxes worked fine. I didn't get the second box yesterday and am anticipating the last two boxes today - maybe all three will show up.

And I'm excited about my haul, for sure.

>206 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle. He's apparently written about 40,000 words of it - here's the entire e-mail. And I didn't read it all yesterday, or I would have noticed and said that this applies only to Amazon in the US - see his PS at the bottom.
Why I've been naughty (and why Jeff Bezos still loves me)


I've long had the best readers in the world, but this last year, I've neglected you all. I haven't written. I haven't called. I haven't even answered your lovely emails. I've been a Bad Author.

The reason is that, as well as writing, I also run this little outfit: Jericho Writers.

Jericho Writers is an online club for writers. It helps them with writing better, hooking up with literary agents, getting published & self-publishing. It's a very sweet little project . . . only it's turned into a not-so-little-after-all project and this last year, I've been spending way too much of my time on it.

To you, my readers, I can only say sorry. I never anticipated the workload would be as great as it has been. The book that was meant to be coming out right around now is only 40,000 words written. (It's a good book, too. The primary setting is a secure psychiatric hospital on the west coast of Wales, and the place is packed with former special forces types whose minds have been shredded by warfare. Our Fiona has a suspicion that one of those guys got out to commit a nasty assault in Cardiff City Centre . . . but how did he get out?And why the heck did he go back?)

So yes, scout's honour, Fiona Griffiths WILL ride again, but right now I can't give you a date. I hate that just about as much as you do.

That said, I do promise that as soon as JW is strong enough to leave, I'm planning to devote as much of my time to writing as I possibly can. I really enjoy my work with Jericho Writers, but I absolutely LOVE spending my time with Fiona Griffiths and I don't want to let Life Stuff interfere with Writing Stuff to this extent ever again.

That's the apology.

The "Jeff Bezos still loves me" part of this email is simply this:

Amazon's wise editorial team - well, OK, its team of illiterate robots - has chosen Fiona Griffiths #6, The Deepest Grave, to feature in its monster Amazon Prime day promotion. The book is today reduced from $4.99 to $1.99 and Amazon will do its robotic best to shift (I hope) huge numbers of the book.

To juice that celebration up a little, I've also cut the prices of everything else in the series from $4.99 to $1.99 . . . except Book #1 which remains a stupidly tempting $0.99. If you have a hole in your Fiona library, now's a great time to fill it. The links you need are:
•#1, Talking to the Dead, $0.99 - View now
•#2, Love Story, with Murders, $1.99 - View now
•#3, The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths, $1.99 - View now
•#4, This Thing of Darkness, $1.99 - View now
•#5, The Dead House, $1.99 - View now
•#6, The Deepest Grave, $1.99 - View now - **Amazon Prime promotion**

Do go fill those Fiona holes. Do free to pass this email on to whoever might like it. Right now, you can buy the whole damn series for $11, which sounds like one heck of a deal to me. The Deepest Grave / Prime Day offer lasts today only. I'll keep the other offers open a couple of days longer. But really the message is: go grab that deal now. It's not with us for long.

Apologies once again for being a Bad Author. There will never again be a break this long.

Thanks so much! And dymuniadau gorau!

Harry Bingham, author of the Fiona Griffiths crime series.

PS: Wot? Not American?
99% of those receiving this email are Americans or at any rate resident in the US, which is why I'm broadcasting news of this US-only promotion to this nearly-entirely-US list. I DO control the prices of my books in the US. I DON'T control the prices of my work outside the US. So if you live in some other fine country, then sorry! You can't get this offer and there's nothing I can do about it short of abducting & threatening a lot of international publishers.

Jul 19, 10:06am Top

Good morning, Karen! Our upcoming trip will be by car, so I can buy as many books as I can find. :-)

Jul 19, 3:16pm Top

Hi Harry!

Yay for a car trip and lots of space for books.

I'm still in the middle of cataloging the 3rd box.....

Today Jenn (nittnut) came over for a visit. We chatted for a while and then went into Pittsboro and had lunch at S&T Soda Shoppe and walked to Circle City Books. We had a blast discussing and buying books. Thanks for visiting, Jenn!

Jul 19, 3:47pm Top

Sounds like a very fun day, Karen.

Jul 20, 12:12am Top

*sigh* I'm delighted that you and Jenn had such a lovely day. Wish I could have been with you.
It's too late to say more. (The cat licking my leg turned out to be Sparks not Tully. Sparks is in the wrong part of the house, and I need to fix that pronto!)

Jul 20, 2:24am Top

Happy Friday, Karen. Nice book haul.

Jul 20, 6:54am Top

Good morning! I had a great time yesterday, and came home with lots of books. I will be back to see your other book-finding spots for sure! Pittsboro is a great town. Mr. E had a great day at the zoo and was full of information on reptiles. :) Thanks again for a fun day!

Jul 20, 8:05am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. I am enjoying a 3-day weekend and I plan to get some birding in, when I can. I have still not seen a male hummer yet, at my feeder and this is the start of my second year. I keep watching, though...

Jul 20, 9:42am Top

>210 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie! Lots of fun – Jenn and could talk about books and Life and Etc. forever.

>211 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Jenn and I have already discussed coming to your part of the world and kidnapping you for lunch sometime after her kids get settled back into school in August. We realize your time is not your own, but figure an hour or so might be doable…..

Ugh. I’ve always hated kitty licks, even though I love the kitties doing the licking. I had one cat, Imsai, who I could hold like a baby and she’d put her paws around my neck and lick me with that raspy tongue. I always fantasized about having 5 minutes where either she spoke human or I spoke cat so we could express our love and our complaints – my complaint, of course, would be about her licking me. I wonder what hers would have been?

>212 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Thanks. I’m getting ready to post the next two boxes. The fourth box hasn’t shown up yet.

>213 nittnut: ‘Morning, Jenn! Me, too, having a wonderful time yesterday. You won the book buying contest, but as you pointed out I had just gotten 3 boxes of books. I only bought the one at your suggestion, The Call by Jannick Murphy. Hmm. Touchstone is not working. Strange. Glad Mr. E. had such a great day. Are you reptiled out?

>214 msf59: Hi Mark, and thanks. Yay for a 3-day weekend. I hope your new camera is going birding with you. Sorry you aren’t seeing any male hummers – are the females showing up?

Edited: Jul 20, 9:55am Top

Here are boxes two and three:

Eerdmans' Handbook to the Bible by David Alexander
Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth by Lloyd Alexander
Between the Lines; A View Inside American Politics, People, and Culture by Jonathan Alter
Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock
No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chödrön
War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra
The Christian Calendar by Leonard W Cowie
Concordance to the Holy Scriptures by Alexander Cruden
The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon
The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount by Gershom Gorenberg
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Red: A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey
The God Dog Connection by Marti Healy
The Whole Truth and Nothing But by Heda Hopper
A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz
Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls
Betrayal of Trust by J.A. Jance
Failure to Appear by J.A. Jance
Judgment Call by J.A. Jance
Taking the Fifth by J.A. Jance
Cold Betrayal by J.A. Jance
Cruel Intent by J.A. Jance
Deadly Stakes by J.A. Jance
Left for Dead by J.A. Jance
A Dangerous A Novel of William Wild Bill Longley by William W Johnstone
Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin by Cornelius Plantinga Jr
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J Levitin
Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham by Mary S Lovell
In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story by David McCullough
Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William Pollack
Close Range : Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
Yellowstone: A Journey Through America's Wild Heart by David Quammen
The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks
Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith
Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse by James L Swanson
The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
Compass American Guides: Montana by Norma Tirrell
The West: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C Ward
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
Face Time by Patrick de Wilde
The Uncensored Truth Bible for New Beginnings by Jud Wilhite
The Apocrypha of the Old Testament

Jul 20, 10:56am Top

Hi Karen. From your list, above:

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J Levitin - Have it but haven't read it yet
Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham by Mary S Lovell - I enjoyed this one
The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks - Have it but not yet read
Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith - read it and found it interesting
Face Time by Patrick de Wilde - have it. Aren't those photos magnificent?

Nice haul!

Jul 20, 11:51am Top

Definitely a nice haul. I recognize Mrs. Caliban, currently on my shelves, and The Hundred Secret Senses, and there are quite a few that I would like to read. Right after I read all the ones I haven't read already on the shelves. Lucky you for having the room for more, more, more.

Jul 20, 1:50pm Top

>217 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! I haven't allowed myself to look at Face Time - I figure that will be an early morning coffee and quiet 'read'. Glad to hear the Markham and Letters books meet with your approval - I respect Karen's judgment but am glad to get LT confirmation.

>218 ffortsa: Hi Judy! I actually bought Mrs. Caliban at a book store in Bozeman simply because the description on the back cover intrigued me. I'd never heard of it before, although it was originally published in 1983.

I do have room for more, fortunately, although until I cull some very old yellowed, foxed, creased, and otherwise yucky old regency romances and other books I'll never read again and Jenna won't want, I'll be doubling and tripling up. I had gotten it down to single stacking everywhere except the Retreat (read books only, where it doesn't matter as much since I don't need to 'browse' for a book on those shelves). I've got a lot of exciting work ahead of me.

Box four arrived, damaged. Several of the books have creased pages and one dust jacket has several creases on it and was separated from the book.... sigh. Irritating but not the end of the world. I'll probably catalog them later today.

Edited: Jul 20, 2:09pm Top

Karen, I just clicked on your link to Face Time. It goes to the right book (cover) but there are no reviews yet. However, if you scroll all the way down, under the *library description*, I was confused. What's written there has nothing whatsoever to do with this book. This is a book of photos and the only text within the whole book is a small description of each photo next to each one. Odd...

Jul 20, 4:26pm Top

You're right, Shelley, but I don't know what group to bring this problem up to.


Jul 20, 4:45pm Top

Thunderstruck is as excellent as most of Larson's other books. I loved it.
Sarah's Key is tragic and haunted my mind for ages

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush by John W Dean. I had to chuckle. Who will be the first to update this title and write a new book. Maybe something like *Worse Than Watergate and Both Bushes Combined: The Insanity of 45*…..

Stay tuned. It's probably already in the works but until there is some sort of *ending*, I guess it can't yet be published. Heaven help everyone.. ;-p

Jul 20, 4:46pm Top

I see you've acquired some children's fantasy in that great array. Time Cat is a fun middle-grade fantasy about (what else?) time travel with a cat. And you've got the first book and the last book of the five-book The Dark is Rising series, which is excellent although the first book (Over Sea, Under Stone) doesn't necessarily do it justice. I like it, just like I like lots of other English children's fantasy (Nesbitt, Jones), but the second book in the series, the eponymous The Dark is Rising, is a five star book for me and the last three are quite good as well. I recommend you have access to the middle three books before you start.

Jul 20, 4:53pm Top

Hi Karen, it is a while since I have been here my dear but I am starting to get back to some kind of normality with thread visiting. It sounds like you have had a good holiday my dear and I am gobsmacked with the amount of books, it is some haul my dear.

I had the last of my dental treatment today so fingers crossed that is it until my checkup in January.

Sending love and hugs to you and Bill dear friend from both of us.

Jul 20, 5:40pm Top

See, you do have Thunderstruck! You just didn't have it in the catalog yet. I am still thinking about my catalog. Thinking, mind you. Not actually doing anything. *grin*

Jul 21, 2:56am Top

I've read The Surgeon and I'm a huge fan of Nicci French but haven't read that one.

Haüppy weekend, Karen.

Jul 21, 7:58am Top

>223 jessibud2: I found the first edition hardcover of Thunderstruck in either Bozeman or Helena and was thrilled to get it. I, too love Larson.

Your excellent book title is, unfortunately, going to be right. It keeps getting crazier and more dangerous for the world every day. Now the idiot wants to invite Putin to Washington. There are two reasons that I can think of for his dangerous stupidity: He’s got dementia or he’s being controlled by Russia – either by drugs, hypnosis, or the pee tape. Heaven help everyone indeed.

>224 ronincats: Hi Roni! I’m looking forward to Time Cat and The Dark is Rising Sequence. I’ll acquire the others for sure before starting, thanks for the recommendation.

>225 johnsimpson: Hi John! I did have a great holiday and am thrilled with my book acquisitions. Karen is a voracious and wide-ranging reader, and the books I got from her are only her duplicates. Her library is amazing.

Sending love and hugs back to you and Karen.

>226 nittnut: To be honest, Jenn, I had almost completely forgotten what books I sent home. A few stood out in my mind – The Apocrypha and some of the religious books, but to have forgotten Thunderstruck is just plain ridiculous. Just think – if you get your catalog updated then you, too, can check first to see what books you already have before buying a duplicate. I could help if you want. Cue the cue cat!

>227 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Karen and I watched two episodes of Rizzoli & Isles while I was in Montana, and she hadn’t realized it was based on a book series. I liked the episodes we watched and was happy to find the first in the series. The Nicci French is a standalone. I need to read more of the Frieda Klein series since I won the last in the series, The Day of the Dead from ER. It hasn’t shown up yet.

Jul 21, 8:25am Top

Oh great. Have you read any of the Frieda Klein series? I would recommend to read them in order. I've seen the Rizzoli & Isles series too. Loved it.

Jul 21, 8:27am Top

Happy Saturday, Karen! WOW! That is a seriously nice and lofty book haul. Enjoy!

Yes, we are getting plenty of female hummers, just no males. It may be the same one or two. I never see more than one.

Jul 21, 8:52am Top

>229 Ameise1: I have read the first one - Blue Monday, and have Tuesday's Gone on my shelves. Once I got going on the first one, about page 50 or so, I really loved it. I took Tuesday to Montana, but instead finished The Quiet Child, the second Longmire, and am halfway through Sense and Sensibility on my Kindle AND loving Shine Shine Shine for the August book club discussion.

>230 msf59: Hi Mark and thank you. I bet the males are there, and that you just have a timing issue of not watching when they're sipping. I mostly see males, but just saw a female take a long drink.

Yes, I'm pleased with my haul. Here it is, just stacks and stacks. I need to get them placed on shelves, and since I use location tags, can't just cram them in anywhere. A nice problem to have, and I'm looking forward to working on it over the next several weeks.

Jul 21, 9:09am Top

Morning, Karen! That is a very happy looking haul - they probably can't wait to get settled in.

Jul 21, 10:37am Top

'Morning, Mamie!

I haven't heard any complaints about the move from MT to NC. *smile*

Jul 21, 12:14pm Top

Happy Saturday! Welcome back from what sounds like a great trip. And now all those books...I finally shelved my summer purchases but not in any order as an old friend contacted me yesterday about coming by today. She wouldn't care about piles of books but there was nowhere to sit in the library!

Jul 21, 2:07pm Top

>222 karenmarie: Great fourth box. the Tuchman, A Distant Mirror, is one of my favorite history books.

>228 karenmarie: You forgot MONEY. I think Drumpf is always seducible by a good deal.

Jul 21, 9:06pm Top

>231 karenmarie: Now that's a Cranswickian haul!

Jul 21, 9:06pm Top

>231 karenmarie: So that’s what Four Boxes Of Books looks like! Happy sorting. It sounds like a fun project that you can take your time with to make sure each book finds the perfect new home.

Karen, I’m glad you are home and settling in. The Jenn meetup sounds like fun. She is one of the few people I’ve met through LT...way back when she lived in CO.

Jul 21, 9:39pm Top

Great haul, Karen. Will you be reading all of them by the end of the year?

Jul 21, 11:16pm Top

>231 karenmarie: BEAUTIFUL!!!! Enjoy the playing with the new haul.
I could just cry that the publisher isn't yet fulfilling the Frieda Klein promise. I look in our box every day, and every day I look forward to tomorrow. *sgih*

Jul 22, 7:26am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. Love the book haul photo. Hanging more around the house today, doing chores and such, but I hope to get out for a bird stroll too. Enjoy your day.

Jul 22, 9:50am Top

>234 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! Thank you. Making a place to sit with a friend is a good idea. The books can get relocated later, right?

Montana friend Karen has books grouped by subject, although not in Dewey Decimal Order. She knows what group is where in the house. Of course there are many stacks in front of the bookcases, too.

I would go insane if I didn’t know exactly where a book was via location tags. That’s just me. I’ve got 51 misshelved books out of about 4700, 1% of my books. Part of my work this summer will be an inventory again, too. To me, fun stuff! Probably to most people a nightmare.

>235 ffortsa: Thanks, Judy. When making sure the right cover was assigned (and I ended up scanning in mine anyway) I had fun looking at some of the engravings, manuscripts, frescoes, etc.

I do agree that the idiot loves money and the conflicts of interest are an insult to the American People, but I think that his vision of himself as President now transcends money.

>236 thornton37814: Hi Lori! It is, isn’t it? *smiles happily* I love the breadth and scope of this haul, as I like having a wide variety of books on my shelves. After seeing Karen’s library, though, I realize my nonfiction holdings are puny.

>237 Donna828: Four cubic foot boxes, and thanks Donna.

Wow, that was Jenn pre-NZ. I am selfishly hoping they stay here in NC for a while so I can spend more time with her.

>238 weird_O: Of course (not), Bill. My goal is 105 this year, I’ve read 60, comfortably on the way to that goal. But there are several YA, which are always quick reads, and I might indulge in Time Cat or read The Dark is Rising Sequence since Roni recommends it too.

>239 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy. Books are so much fun to play with, can’t wait for this coming week. Last week was a lot of catchup on Friends of the Library stuff and spending time with Louise and Bill. I am grateful that I was missed. Kitties missed me too, and Inara is still sleeping with me almost every night.

I would have expected The Day of the Dead by now, since according to Amazon the publication date is July 24th. Sigh.

>240 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark, and thanks. I had fun arranging the stacks for the photo. Doing that also got them off a chair and the floor. I hope your chores and bird walk day are good.

Nothing planned for today, so reading and some book organizing, I think. Bill is in what he describes as Sports Hell, and is reduced to watching golf. I outright refuse to watch golf, having been a golf orphan as a child, so we'll probably go our separate ways most of the day until late afternoon.

Bill and I are watching Criminal Minds, starting at the beginning. There are 13 complete seasons of 20-25 episodes per season, and are really enjoying it. It’s very intense. The second episode we watched last night was about two people on death row and the team’s involvement in that.

Jul 22, 12:13pm Top

My brother refuses to watch that show, says it makes him feel like he had to wash his brain. I like it, though, especially the corporate jet part.

That's a sweet book haul. I've wanted to read A Distant Thunder for years!

Jul 22, 2:06pm Top

>241 karenmarie: " Books are so much fun to play with, can’t wait for this coming week."

Yes! Definite down side to acquiring fewer books!

I noticed above you said you weren't crazy about Gwen Florio's second book Dakota. Me either. :( In fact it took me several years to go on to the third in the series, where I was pleasantly surprised. I think in talking about the book, I said that number 3 was not a bad place to pick up the series as several years elapse between numbers 2 & 3. Florio also changed publishers between numbers 2 & 3 - so perhaps a different editor was also part of the change.

Jul 22, 3:44pm Top

Hi Karen my dear, what a great book haul from your holiday, I hope that whilst we away in Wales and with a visit to Hay-on-Wye on the cards I will come back with about 25 to 30 books although the way Karen is purchasing books this year it could easily double.

Hope you are having a really nice weekend and have a great week ahead. Sending love and hugs to you and Bill from both of us dear friend.

Edited: Jul 23, 8:50am Top

>242 SomeGuyInVirginia: Well, Larry, based on the gore-and-guts of the last episode we watched a few minutes ago, I can relate to your brother's comment. However, we’ll persevere. I do like it, and I also like the corporate jet part. Thanks re my haul.

>243 streamsong: I will make a plan this week, Janet, on how to work the 84 unread books stacked on the deck in the Parlour and the 93 books stacked in the Sunroom. I want to move reference type books up to the Parlour for daughter to stand on a ladder and put them away – or, better idea, some of the books I’ve read and don’t need any time soon can go in the Parlour and the reference books can be easily reachable in the Retreat. Decisions, decisions!

Okay – I’ll go for #3 in the Lola Wicks series, Disgraced. *smile*

>244 johnsimpson: Hi John. Oh yes, I’m very pleased with my haul. I hope you can get dozens and dozens of books on your holiday in Wales too.

Our weekend has been good so far. I’m roasting some potatoes to go with leftover turkey meatloaf, and they should be ready in about half an hour or so. We’ll continue with Criminal Minds then.

I was looking forward to a somewhat calm week, but the Friends President is trying to jump the gun and start a 30-day free trial of Wild Apricot Membership software. Having done this kind of thing for a living most of my adult life, I don't want to start before SOME prep work since I'll most likely be mapping and importing data and figuring out how to actualy use it, so have asked him to back off a bit. I really like Pete, but he's a bit chaotic and easily swayable by whoever speaks with him last - sounds a bit like 45, doesn't he?

Jul 23, 4:59am Top

Hi Karen, I liked the first seasons of Criminal Minds. Later on the episodes got so disturbing I stopped watching.
I hope your week stays calm, as now you were probably the last one to influence him into backing off.

Jul 23, 8:53am Top

Hi Anita!

I've been known to abandon TV series as easily as books, although Bill still reminds me of some of them.

I'm actually surprised that I haven't gotten an e-mail from Pete yet about my request to delay.

I'm on my first cup of coffee, trying to wake up.

Jul 23, 8:58am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope you had a good weekend. Enjoy your Monday!

Jul 23, 9:34am Top

>247 karenmarie: Waking up with you right now and considering a second cup of coffee after the usual four shot latter that started the day earlier. My to do list is not pressing enough to require immediate attention.

You are smart to do some prep work before just diving in. Are you using this for your Friends membership list? My org uses Wordpress to track members but need to do some serious database clean up. We meet this week to strategize and then start the work in August.

As for organizing books, I have them mostly in groups and can usually find what I need pretty quickly. My biggest problem is loaning them out and forgetting. But they have gotten to be a bit messy lately so some clean up is in order. A day playing with books is a good day.

Edited: Jul 23, 9:43am Top

>248 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! We had a good weekend. Today is going to be a bit of book planning (how to accommodate 93 new books and 84 books that need to come downstairs), reading, and etc.

Jul 23, 9:52am Top

>249 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! I'm just getting ready for cup #2 and some breakfast. Ditto on the to-do-list for me.

Yes, the Wild Apricot software will be for membership. Our Friends President and I had both heard of it. He's solicited opinions on FoL chatlists and we visited the Chapel Hill FoL President who showed us how they're using it and how much they like it. She and the chatlist folks seem to be pleased with it. It's not free, but we'll save mailing, printing, and postage costs for the newsletters/flyers at a minimum, and this will position us to have a new membership chair and let our current membership chair/volunteer coordinator just focus on volunteers for the book sales only.

Good luck with Wordpress and getting your DB cleaned up.

I don't trust my memory any more and have an "onloanto" tag and create name tags for books I loan out. When a book is returned, I get rid of both tags. It's worked so far. Of course, the key is putting the tags in immediately after loaning the book out.

Have fun cleaning your books up.

Jul 23, 11:15am Top

You are far ahead of me, Karen. I am soon heading to the cafe to make our second round of joe.

I've got the itch—a raging, persistent, red and weeping rash, more like—to get our books organized. It's never ending, isn't it. (In my case, it's a natural consequence of library sales. I hoisted 45 more books on the weekend. And I am going to read 'em all, but probably not this year.)

Jul 23, 12:20pm Top

'Morning, Bill!

Organize away, I know I get twitchy if I feel like my books aren't organized. And, more important, have fun!

My next full inventory will include setting the book covers to custom covers - either ones I can find or ones I have to scan. I didn't start making sure all my books had custom covers until several years ago.

Jul 23, 3:47pm Top

61. Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
7/18/18 to 7/23/18

From Amazon:

"Over the moon with a metaphysical spin. Heart-tugging…it is struggling to understand the physical realities of life and the nature of what makes us human….Nicely unpredictable…Extraordinary." ―Janet Maslin, The New York Times

When Maxon met Sunny, he was seven years, four months, and eighteen-days old. Or, he was 2693 rotations of the earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together.

Now, twenty years later, they are married, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be "normal." She's got the housewife thing down perfectly, but Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony. Once they were two outcasts who found unlikely love in each other: a wondrous, strange relationship formed from urgent desire for connection. But now they're parents to an autistic son. And Sunny is pregnant again. And her mother is dying in the hospital. Their marriage is on the brink of imploding, and they're at each other's throats with blame and fear.

What exactly has gone wrong?

Sunny wishes Maxon would turn the rocket around and come straight-the-hell home.

When an accident in space puts the mission in peril, everything Sunny and Maxon have built hangs in the balance. Dark secrets, long-forgotten murders, and a blond wig all come tumbling to the light. And nothing will ever be the same.…

A debut of singular power and intelligence, Shine Shine Shine is a unique love story, an adventure between worlds, and a stunning novel of love, death, and what it means to be human.

Why I wanted to read it: This is real life book club Teresa’s book choice for the August discussion.

How I adore Sunny and Maxon. They are unusual people trying to make their honest way in a world that puts them at outs with ‘normal’ people. Sunny’s observations are devastating and Maxon’s are robotic and mathematical. They harbor an unconditional love for each other that supercedes all lies, decisions, secrets, and events. I have no doubt that they will make it.

The backstory comes out gradually and not sporadically, with the deep and dark secrets only revealed grudgingly, almost glancingly. Telling it any other way would have given it more importance than it needed, the secrets would have overshadowed what Sunny and Maxon are making of their lives.

Here's an example of Netzer's powerful way with words:
How could Rache know anything, when Sunny had been lying to her from the start? But she put that thought in the box, and she closed the box. And the screaming, and the tearing at herself, and the crawling under her bed to wait for death, was packed into the box, and the box was shut, and taped shut, and she would not open the box, or think about the box. p. 187
Every page is lyrical, every page presents things in a new or additional light. Mistakes have been made, lives changed by dramatic decisions, but everything is going to be okay.

I found this book amazingly hopeful in a very crazy world.

Jul 23, 4:53pm Top

>231 karenmarie: You must feel like you are in heaven. What an incredible book haul!

Edited: Jul 23, 6:10pm Top

Hi, Karen. Glad you loved Shine Shine Shine. Thumb for the review. I remember enjoying that one as well, but it has been nearly six years. I hope you had a good Monday.

Jul 23, 9:21pm Top

>255 Whisper1: I do, Linda. I'm lucky beyond measure.

>256 msf59: Hi Mark! Thank you, kind sir. I had a very nice day, reading, reviewing, and enjoying a charm of hummingbirds. I had 3 or 4 males and 2 or 3 females putting on a show, sipping nectar, being territorial, zooming through the porch, grooming, and etc. It made me happy.

Jul 24, 2:25am Top

>190 karenmarie: My dad raved about this book from your latest haul : Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortensen. He bought a copy for all us kids, and his step-kids. And then he/we found out that the author was embroiled in a scandal re: the handling of the monies he collected for his school projects. It was a bit of a disappointment after the wonderful stories he told in the book. I am not sure of the outcome of the scandal, I must check.

>245 karenmarie: I lost my way with Criminal Minds, it got a tad sadistic there for a while.

Jul 24, 8:42am Top

Hi Megan! I had heard a bit about the scandal, too. However, I brought the book home just in case.

We're in season two, and so far so good. Of course there are 14 and I may opt out before then. Also, I'm getting a tad fed up with Mandy Patinkin's character. but a quick look on IMDB just now shows that he's only in 47 episodes, so he'll be gone early in season 3.

Jul 24, 9:25am Top

>206 ChelleBearss: Gah! So I guess 40 000 words means he's probably not even halfway finished. Drat!
I guess I'll be patient since I have no other choice :) There are a ton of my fave authors putting out books this fall so I won't be starved for something to read!

Jul 24, 3:03pm Top

>259 karenmarie: Patinkin walked out on the show quite suddenly, and I think his replacement is much better. But the plots do get more and more sadistic - I watch some reruns when I'm in need of TV therapy, but don't watch regularly anymore.

Edited: Jul 24, 4:03pm Top

>222 karenmarie: Quite the book haul, Karen. I am trying to curb my book buying tendencies because I may have to move, it depends on whether our not our townhouse complex decides to sell to developers. All up in the air at the moment but incentive to cull rather than accumulate (now if only my brain would get the message).

Thunderstruck is a good one. Captain Kendal was instrumental in the capture of Crippen in the book and in real life. I have just come across him again in my reading because he was the captain of the Empress of Ireland when it went down.

Jul 24, 9:38pm Top

>260 ChelleBearss: We must be patient, I'm afraid. Not my strength, for sure, but you're right - quite a few books to look forward to by other favorite authors.

>261 ffortsa: Hi Judy! Nice to hear about the replacement. Already I'm seeing some very sadistic perps and situations. We're still enjoying it a lot, though.

>262 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg. If we had to move I'd be able to cull quite a bit, I think. Fortunately, I don't have to, and unfortunately, you might have to. Sorry about the uncertainty.

I was pleased to acquire Thunderstruck, for sure.

Jul 24, 11:23pm Top

Hi, Karen! I have Thunderstruck, and I'm glad, but WHAT DID I DO WITH Isaac's Storm???????
I was picking it up every time I looked for something else and DID something with it.

Jul 25, 8:55am Top

Hi Peggy! If you can't find your copy soon, I will loan mine to you. It rarely happens with me because I've got location tags, but if a book isn't where it's supposed to be, then I go crazy looking for it.


I hate early morning appointments. By 'early' I now, in my retirement, mean 10 a.m. I feel rushed and will barely have time for breakfast. Grrrrr. Why did I let her set it at 10 instead of 11 or 12?

Jul 25, 9:13am Top

>265 karenmarie: Tell me about early appointments. I'm sitting at a car dealer whilst my pickup is resuscitated. Had to be here at 9 am so the truck can be fixed before noon so I can get my wife to her appointment at 1 pm. That's a proper time. I've always been a night guy.

Finished The Manchurian Candidate last night, then watched the opening scene and the finale from the original (1962) movie on YouTube. Not sure how it came about, but I had seen the finale before and only that. So learning how it came to that was the reason I read the book.

Jul 25, 9:17am Top

Nine's even worse than ten, Bill, and I feel for you.

I've never read the book - do you recommend it?

Jul 25, 10:18am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope you're having a good Wednesday. Today I have to put together a pile of books to hand off to my parents when I see them later this week; our tastes overlap enough that books regularly shuffle back and forth.

Jul 25, 2:44pm Top

Woo, Karen, nice review of Shine, Shine, Shine (touchstones goofy today). Thumb from me, too. It sure sounds like a good 'un. Adding it to the WL.

Edited: Jul 25, 3:31pm Top

>268 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! So far so good - went to my massage therapy appointment, had lunch, made the Costco list and have been reading. We're in a patch of thunderstorms right now.

I have to leave in about half an hour to go to Costco then meet a friend for dinner. I haven't seen her since the funeral of her husband and my Montana trip. It will be nice to get caught up and see how she's doing.

>269 jnwelch: Hi Joe, and thanks! I end up enjoying about 60% of book club books. I'm 5 for 9 of this book club year (Dec 2017 - Nov 2018).

In the meantime Kitty William sits on my book every time I set it down, so I have to be the bad guy and chase him off.

I'm reading Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. Good, depressing, interesting.

Jul 25, 4:33pm Top

Parker sits in the hallway and meows piteously every time I pick up a book, it's so sad it's all I can do sometimes to get up and close the door.

Jul 25, 8:15pm Top

>267 karenmarie: Yes, I'd recommend The Manchurian Candidate. Condon also wrote Prizzi's Honor.

Jul 25, 10:38pm Top

>265 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen, but I know it's here. That's the problem: I moved it from its tagged location and didn't retag. I am now paying the price.

Jul 26, 8:47am Top

>271 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Poor Parker, as I laughed out loud reading that.

>272 weird_O: Okay, Bill, I've added it to my Wishlist spreadsheet AND my wish list on BookMooch.

>273 LizzieD: I hope it shows up soon. Nothing worse than being in the mood for a particular book and not being able to find it. I've dropped the ball re-tagging sometimes, too. That's why my plan is to do a complete re-inventory this year, including getting a correct non-Amazon cover, which I didn't start doing until a couple of years ago.


Coffee, brekkie, then a 10 a.m. meeting with 2 Friends folks to discuss how to handle membership monies received at the Book Sale. It needs to be done differently, so a member of the book sale team, the membership chair, and I are going to hash it out. The big thing will be to get the membership chair to acquiesce and NOT require monies in the envelopes like we've done for 20 years. She doesn't like change very much.

Jul 26, 9:34am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Looks like we will enjoy another nice stretch of weather. Always makes life, just a bit easier.

Jul 26, 12:33pm Top

Hi Mark! Yay for you, I wish I could say the same for us - it's hot and muggy today after a lot of thunderstorms yesterday. 81F with a heat index of 95F. I love AC!

Edited: Jul 26, 6:52pm Top

Color me surprised. I'm reading Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz, and am in a chapter called The Ghost Marks of Shiloh and read the following:
Henry Stanley was but one among a cast of future celebrities at Shiloh. The Union generals included Grant (then still an up-and-comer shadowed by rumors of alcoholism) his deputy William Tecumseh Sherman (who had recently returned to the army after a nervous breakdown) and Lew Wallace, later to become author of Ben Hur. Also on hand were John Wesley Powell (who lost an arm here, but still navigated the Colorado River and Grand Canyon after the War), William Le Baron Jenney (a future Chicago architect and "father of the skyscraper"), and a young soldier named Ambrose Bierce, whose morbid short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" would become a staple of junior high reading lists.
One of those junior high lists was mine, although we watched the short subject by Robert Enrico which won Best Short Subject at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. I would have watched it sometime in the years 1965 - 1967 when I was in 7th or 8th grade. It made an impression on me, and I've wondered, off and on, for decades, what the name of that film was - never realizing it was a short story. And now I know. WOW! It's free streaming video on Amazon if you're a Prime member.

Jul 26, 9:34pm Top

>228 karenmarie: I won't be cataloging anything until after school starts, but I will definitely consult with you regarding how to organize what's there vs. what I actually have. *grin*

For what it's worth, I think the Mortenson book is worth the read on several levels. My take on the whole financial thing is that mistakes were made, hard to say how much was intentional and how much was inexperience, but the general idea of education in rural 3rd world countries is not a bad one to promote. There is some evidence of a personal feud between Krakauer and Mortenson as well. Ever since I read Under the Banner of Heaven, I've had to take Krakauer's work with a half cup of salt. He made some huge errors in that book and painted things with a pretty broad brush, which makes the "investigative" part of his journalism highly suspect. There is some question about the veracity of his Everest stories as well. Hard to say if you weren't there. *shrug*

>277 karenmarie: Thanks for the hint about An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. I'm adding it to my watch list. I need to get on with my Revolutionary War books so I can move on to the Civil War. :)

Jul 26, 9:45pm Top

Hi Jenn! I've given a bit of thought about what would make sense to help you re-catalog efficiently... it would be fun to 'consult' with you.

Okay on the Mortenson book, recognizing that there are flaws in administration but not in goals. I have only read Krakauer's Into Thin Air but have Under the Banner of Heaven and Into the Wild. Hmm. I'll have to research a bit more before committing to time reading any more of his books.

You're welcome re the Bierce story/movie short. *smile*

Jul 27, 9:09am Top

>277 karenmarie: Ha! That's great, I love a mystery solved.

Have you tried the Penhaligon perfumes yet? Any favorites? I really like Sartorial, Elixer and Lavandula. Endymion is OK, and No. 33 is too sporty for me.

Jul 27, 9:30am Top

Hi Larry!

A 53-year old mystery, I am seriously pumped up about FINALLY knowing.

I didn't take the Penhaligons with me to MT but since returning I have been enjoying Halfeti. It is positioned in the middle of the 5 sampler set, so I chose it first. Damned if it isn't the most expensive, along with Empressa. I just tried Iris Prima and have to give it a few minutes to work its chemical magic. First impression is that I don't like it as much as Halfeti, but as you know every perfume reacts differently with every person, so I'll wait and see how it does later this morning.

The 5 are:
Iris Prima

After looking up your perfumes on the Gents side, I see that several are offered in Gents and Ladies both - Halfeti and Vaara are the two I noticed without doing a full-blown analysis. *smile* They must be the same scent. Interesting.

Jul 27, 9:37am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. My feeders have really been hopping lately. They have been going through a suet block, every 2-3 days and not all woodpeckers either.

Jul 27, 9:44am Top

Hi Mark, and thank you. Who else has been eating off your suet feeders? I've had other birds eat off mine but can't recall offhand who.....

My feeders are very quiet, as are Louise's, except for the hummingbird feeders. I actually think I need to get rid of the rest of the sunflower and wild bird seed, wash the trash cans, and put in fresh.

Edited: Jul 27, 9:57am Top

Good morning, Karen!

I also need to think about adding location tags to my library, so I'll be interested to see what you and Jenn come up with.

While DS was here, he moved all of DD's treasures to a mini storage that she rented. Woot! I'll be able to get Mom's bedroom set out of storage and set up a guest room and (maybe) organize book shelves up there. First I need to paint and possibly replace the carpet.

I received my copy of Less: A Novel from the library and have just started reading it. It's tickling my funny bones and hard for me to put down. You bought a copy of that one at Fact and Fiction, right? I'll be interested to see what you think!

Jul 27, 11:58am Top

Happy Friday, Karen.

Jul 27, 2:05pm Top

Oh good, Janet. Can't wait to hear what you think of Less: A Novel. One of the top books of the year for me.

Jul 27, 3:18pm Top

Good morning! How nice that you've thought about my bookshelves. :)
I've read Into the Wild as well, which was kind of a crazy story. I suspect that Krakauer has been seduced by sensationalism to a certain extent. He writes a good story, but sometimes he loses the thread of what's real and what's speculation, IMO.

Jul 27, 6:55pm Top

>284 streamsong: Hi Janet! (see below for my idea for Jenn’s bookshelves). How exciting to get your Mom’s bedroom set out of storage and create a guest room. Good for DS.

Yes I bought Less at Fact and Fiction. I started it at Karen’s, but she had gotten the second Longmire from the library so I sorta felt obligated to read that. It was very good, no hardship there, but I’ll have to start Less over. I liked it, just had to switch priorities.

>285 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Happy … technically... Saturday to you.

>286 jnwelch: Hi Joe!

>287 nittnut: Hallo Jenn! Krakauer has now become problematical for me – not to worry, though, since there are so many good books out there!

I’ve actually done a bit of what-iffing about how to get your books back to the point where you can use the app to see if you own a book or not – a wonderful feature that I use all the time now.

I’m a systems person, after all, even if I’m retired.

So. All my thoughts revolve around tags, not Collections. I do not use Collections at all although I recognize that many people do and don't use or like tags. I, however, am Old School LT, having cataloged the bulk of my library prior to Collections and so figured out how to use tags in a way that works for me.

Since I don't group books by genre, author, Dewey Decimal designation, Library of Congress number, or etc., I use location tags (3 letters – Room, Column, Row – Room, Shelf, Row - however). Books go where they fit by size, mostly. All search features can show me where a book is, either by title, author, tag, or other field. Then I can see where that book or books are, and go to that I can find a specific title if I want.

As you told me last Thursday, you have many more books in your library than you currently own. My initial idea would be to inventory your books, by shelf, for each book, adding a generic tag to indicate inventoried where you live now (something like AAA or GNC or something else different than any other tag you’re currently using) and, optionally, a specific location tag (if you want to find a book by a location in LT). Then, after that's all done, books could be tag selected as NOT . The books selected are the books you do not currently own. Power Edit can then be activated on those books and a tag added to all of ‘em, something like dno (do not own) or whatever. So, you’d have each book tagged as either specifically inventoried or not currently owned. Then you could decide to keep the not owned ones tagged that way or export them to a spreadsheet, delete them, and then import them into another account if you still wanted to keep track of them separately. Looks like you have a lot of reviews, so that would be a consideration in deleting them. (new account, add book, cut and paste review to new account entry, THEN delete from nittnut acct...)

But to summarize, you have tag update each book owned (it would be helpful to have someone reading the titles to you so you could search them and update them to make it go more quickly) but mass-update all books not owned. Just an initial thought. Well, that was fun.

There must be a similar way to handle this through Collections, but like I said above, I don’t use Collections.

We had a fun event at the Library today – Snakes Alive! Real snakes, bearded dragons, and a turquoise iguana. Perhaps 125 or so children and various adults. Lecture, showing snakes, having adults holding the animals and letting children touch and/or hold as desired. Here's Pete, the Friends President, snake wrangling with children. The grand finale was Freda the 15-foot 150 pound Burmese Python, held and then held aloft by 10 adults.

Jul 27, 9:20pm Top

^ Well, you have been thinking. I think I might have understood half of what you said. I will now let it process. I am also re-thinking the wait until school starts part because the kids could Cat-scan the books for me...

We had Snakes Alive at the local library earlier this week. We didn't go because Eli had just done the Zoo one. I did see a very funny photo of a friend of mine helping to hold the Python, and not super thrilled about it. LOL
The kids and I just watched a show about pythons and other non-native species and the effect they are having on the Everglades, including the trappers (official and unofficial) who are trying to catch them. It was quite interesting.

Jul 27, 9:31pm Top

Oh my dear Lord why would someone over the age of 12 want a snake as a pet.

For perfume on sale, try FragranceNet.com and Notino.com. I've bought from both and have always been happy with the items. Some of the cologne I've bought from Amazon smelled old or off, but everything from those two sites has been fine. Get a trash email account and give that to them to get the coupon discount. And those sales never end, no matter what the description says.

Are you getting this rain?! We've been having flooding, and the news is saying we're going to get NINE MORE DAYS of it???!!!

Jul 28, 1:24am Top

>277 karenmarie: That's quite the list of future notables at the Battle of Shiloh, Karen. That's the first battle that my 3x great uncle fought in.

I don't think i could have been in the same room with that snake!

Jul 28, 4:18am Top

Great pics. Happy Saturday to you, too.

Edited: Jul 28, 8:23am Top

>289 nittnut: Ron seems to travel all over and has been doing it for decades, Jenn. I really liked seeing the children so excited and interested.

You only would need to scan in the books that aren't in your catalog - every book already in your catalog would either be inventoried or designated as not in your catalog via a tag (or, I suppose, a Collection).

>290 SomeGuyInVirginia: That's one way of looking at it, Larry - Ron, owner and presenter of the animals clearly loves them all - they're all named, and he talked about how old each was, and how he had trained them to be comfortable being held by lots of different people and trained them to not bite (I don't know how - he didn't mention training details.)

Perfume recommendations noted.

Not too much rain here, enough to make all the weeds happy (sigh) and keep Bill from mowing, but not flooding and etc. Take care of yourself!

>291 Familyhistorian: We went to Shiloh, Meg, in 2010, and I sure do wish I'd read the chapter on it before we went. That's neat to know about your 3x Great Uncle. So far I've only found one relative who was in the War - also a 3x great uncle, Christopher Columbus Patrick.

There was a "Snake Free Zone" in the back of the room, about 30 feet away from them. I would imagine that some of the Moms and even possibly some of the Dads were less than thrilled to be there, but mostly everybody was cool with being there.

>292 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara!

Today is errands. Bill may or may not be able to mow depending on how damp everything is although it's only supposed to get to 88F.

Jul 28, 8:28am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. Back to the convention dealers' room again today for me, and then some sightseeing or antiquing in the afternoon.

The snake event looks fun.

I really should consider adding location tags for my books. Some large categories are grouped pretty well, but the rest are rather jumbled.

Jul 28, 8:42am Top

'Morning, Harry! I hope you continue having fun at PulpFest. I hope you find Treasures this morning and that your afternoon is just as much fun.

Snakes Alive! is the best-attended children's event of the year. There was another show at 5 p.m., but I didn't go.

I'm a firm believer in location tags if you don't have a fool-proof method of keeping track of your books. I know a lot of people track them by genre and then alphabetically by author within genre, but I tried that in the '80s and would get seriously pissed off when I had to insert a book on an already-full shelf, causing a ripple effect across multiple shelves. Location tags, for me, mean that any book can go anywhere and I can still find it. Okay, I'll get off my soapbox again!

So far this morning I've fed the cat, made coffee, been here on LT, killed a hornet so it wouldn't sting Inara, and just now had my first sip of coffee. Bill commended me on my flying-insect killing technique. *smile*

Jul 28, 11:00am Top

^^Hooray for the python up there! That is quite a monster.

Morning, Karen. I get chickadees, house sparrows, starlings and robins at my suet feeder and I might be missing a couple. Of course, the squirrels still hang from there and try to nibble around the edges, but they can't knock it down anymore.

Jul 28, 2:31pm Top

Good afternoon Mark! Oh yes, Freda is huge. I didn't get to touch or hold her - there were too many parent volunteers and I was there as a member of Friends - but I did get to 'meet' her before the event for a minute.

Hmm. I'll have to start paying more attention to the suet feeder - I've noticed woodpeckers and an Indigo Bunting most recently.

Jul 28, 6:16pm Top

>288 karenmarie: Wow, that's quite the snake!!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Jul 29, 8:39am Top

Hi Chelle!

We're having a lazy, typical weekend. Nothing is scheduled for today and I've already read 40 pages of Confederates in the Attic.

I had an e-mail exchange yesterday with Montana friend Karen, which prompted me to search out some of the Confederate-related things I married into: a Great-Grandfather by marriage named Jefferson Davis Cranford, Robert E. Lee/Confederate Private bookends, and two photos mounted on wooden plaques:


I seem to remember some Confederate money in one of Bill's mother's scrap books, too. I'll have to ask him about it.

Jul 29, 8:44am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I LOVED Confederates in the Attic. He did such a great job with this one. I NEED to read more of him.

We are hosting a family party here this afternoon, but I plan on getting out for a walk before then.

Jul 29, 9:13am Top

'Morning, Mark! I'm loving CITA too. I'm about 2/3 of the way through. I have two other books by him: Blue Latitudes and A Voyage Long and Strange.

A Birthday Party for you, right? I hope you have a wonderful time. 59 for msf59.

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