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karenmarie, addictively turning pages, chapter 10

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75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Sep 14, 2:50pm Top

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

Being retired is the berries! It’s also the fox’s socks, 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, 25, 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 11-year old Inara Starbuck. We live in our own little corner of paradise on 8 acres in central North Carolina USA.

This photo was most likely taken at the family farm in Linn County Iowa. I’m guessing about 1895, since the handsome young man standing on the right is my mother’s maternal grandfather, born in 1875. The matriarch and patriarch in the middle are mostly likely his parents, born in 1857 and 1848 respectively, in Bohemia.

My goal is to read 105 books in 2018, 5 more than I read in 2017. I’ve read 61 so far. 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.

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.

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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
**abandoned after 40 pages Gumshoe on the Loose by Rob Leininger
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
62. Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz 7/15/18 7/29/18 ****1/2 391 pages hardcover
63. The Call by Yannick Murphy 8/1/18 8/9/18 *** 222 pages trade paperback
64. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 8/11/18 8/15/18 ****1/2 261 pages trade paperback
65. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton 8/17/18 8/18/18 **** 248 pages hardcover
66. O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton 8/18/18 8/19/18 **** 274 pages hardcover
67. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 6/23/18 to 8/20/18 318 pages hardcover - read on Kindle
**abandoned after 83 pages Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely
68. The Storied Life of A. J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin 8/20/18 8/22/18 *** trade paperback
69. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton 8/21/18 8/26/18 ***1/2 hardcover
70. The Bridge by Doug Marlette 8/26/18 8/31/18 *** trade paperback
71. Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French 9/1/18 9/6/18 **** 371 pages hardcover
72. The Long Fall by Walter Mosley 9/7/18 9/15/18 **1/2 339 pages trade paperback
73. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy 9/7/18 9/18/18 **** 333 pages hardcover
74. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith 9/18/18 9/23/18 **** 647 pages hardcover
**abandoned after 64 pages Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
75. Every Day by David Levithan 9/25/18 10/2/18 **** 324 pages trade paperback
76. The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain 10/2/18 10/2/18 ***1/2 199 pages trade paperback
77. Lisey's Story by Stephen King 10/3/18 10/12/18 ****1/2 509 pages hardcover
78. Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton 10/11/18 10/16/18 ***1/2 386 pages hardcover
**abandoned after 78 pages The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
79. The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel 10/18/18 10/19/18 **** trade paperback
80. November 22, 1963 by Adam Braver 10/19/18 10/21/18 ****1/2 206 pages trade paperback

Currently Reading:
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

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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

August - 51 (217 - 263 - Larry)
213. Circle City Books - The Call by Yannick Murphy
214. ER book - Day of the Dead by Nicci French
215. Bookmooch - My Happy Life by Lydia Millet
216. Quail Ridge Books - The Fact of A Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
217. The Collector's Encyclopedia of R.S. Prussia by Mary Frank Gaston
218. Collector's Encyclopedia of Nippon Porcelain, 3rd Series by Joan F. Van Patten
219. A Treasury of American Clocks by Brooks Palmer
220. Birds of North America: A Guide To Field Identification by Chandler S. Robbins
221. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E. B. Sledge
222. Prisoner's Base by Rex Stout
223. The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout
224. Three Witnesses by Rex Stout
225. Black Orchids by Rex Stout
226. Champagne for One by Rex Stout
227. Please Pass the Guilt by Rex Stout
228. Murder By the Book by Rex Stout
229. Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout
230. The Mother Hunt by Rex Stout
231. Death of a Doxy by Rex Stout
232. The League Of Frightened Men by Rex Stout
233. Some buried Caesar by Rex Stout
234. Before Midnight by Rex Stout
235. And Four To Go by Rex Stout
236. Trio for Blunt Instruments by Rex Stout
237. A Family Affair by Rex Stout
238. Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout
239. Three Men Out by Rex Stout
240. The Black Mountain by Rex Stout
241. Death of a Dude by Rex Stout
242. The Rubber Band by Rex Stout
243. Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout
244. Triple Zeck: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus by Rex Stout
245. The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout
246. The Father Hunt by Rex Stout
247. Gambit by Rex Stout
248. Easy Go by Michael Crichton
249. Binary by Michael Crichton
250. The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
251. Utopia by Lincoln Child
252. Death Of A Peer by Ngaio Marsh
253. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
254. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
255. Hooking Up by Tom Wolfe
256. Night at the Vulcan by Ngaio Marsh
257. Barrier Island by John D. MacDonald
258. Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
259. The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton
260. Artists In Crime by Ngaio Marsh
261. Murder, She Meowed: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown
262. 361 by Donald E. Westlake
263. Mr. Pottermack's Oversight by Austin Freeman

September - 114 (264 - 275 friend Karen)
264. The Rising Sign: Your Astrological Mask by Jeanne Avery
265. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
266. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
267. Freebird by Jonathan Raymond
268. Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe
269. Nothin' But Good Times Ahead by Molly Ivins
270. Psychic Children: Revealing the Intuitive Gifts and Hidden Abilities of Boys and Girls by Silvia Browne
271. The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King
272. In Search Of Our Mothers' Gardens - Womanist Prose by Alice Walker
273. Servants of the Map: Stories by Andrea barrett
274. It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
275. Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ & The Shocking Legacy of the Grail by Michael Baigent
276. LT ER - Day of the Dead by Nicci French
277. Amazon - Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
278. Amazon - My Happy Life by Lydia Millet
279. Friend Louise - South of Broad by Pat Conroy
280. Friend Louise -Camino Island by John Grisham
281. Friend Louise -The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
282. Amazon - Every Day by David Levithan
283. Friend Louise - Half Broken Things by Morag Joss
284. Amazon - The Long Fall by Walter Mosley
285. Amazon - Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
286. Friend Rhoda - Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson
287. FoL Volunteer book - Friday on My Mind by Nicci French
288. FoL Volunteer book - Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
289. FoL Volunteer book - Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
290. FoL Volunteer book - The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd
291. FoL Volunteer book - Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - audiobook
292. Friends of the Library Sale - The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch - audiobook
293. Friends of the Library Sale - Lincoln and Chief Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President’s War Powers by James F. Simon - audiobook
294. Friends of the Library Sale - Selections from Nicomachean Ethics and Politics by Aristotle
295. Friends of the Library Sale - Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
296. Friends of the Library Sale - Discourse on Method, Meditations on the First Philosophy, The Principles of Philosophy by Descartes
297. Friends of the Library Sale - Selections from Protagoras, Republic, Phaedrus, Gorgias by Plato
298. Friends of the Library Sale - Selections from Plato by Socrates
299. Friends of the Library Sale - Unbelievable by Katy Tur
300. Friends of the Library Sale - Ship of Theseus by V.M. Straka
301. Friends of the Library Sale - The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth
302. Friends of the Library Sale - Sea of Glory by Nathaniel Philbrick
303. Friends of the Library Sale - A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage by Mark Twain
304. Friends of the Library Sale - Force of Nature by Jane Harper
305. Friends of the Library Sale - Dinosaur in a Haystack by Stephen Jay Gould
306. Friends of the Library Sale - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
307. Friends of the Library Sale - King Arthur by Norma Lorre Goodrich
308. Friends of the Library Sale - Merlin by Norma Lorre Goodrich
309. Friends of the Library Sale - What Every American Should Know About American History by Christine Lunardini, Ph.D.
310. Friends of the Library Sale - Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
311. Friends of the Library Sale - A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths
312. Friends of the Library Sale - A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
313. Friends of the Library Sale - In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
314. Friends of the Library Sale - The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
315. Friends of the Library Sale - Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
316. Friends of the Library Sale - The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
317. Friends of the Library Sale - A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
318. Friends of the Library Sale - The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
319. Friends of the Library Sale - The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey
320. Friends of the Library Sale - To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey
321. Friends of the Library Sale - Exploring The Roots of Religion by Professor John R. Hale - audiobook
322. Friends of the Library Sale - Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Professor Allen C. Guelzo - audiobook
323. Friends of the Library Sale - No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life by Professor Robert C. Solomon
324. Friends of the Library Sale - The Foundations of Western Civilization by Professor Thomas F.X. Noble - audiobook
325. Friends of the Library Sale - Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition by Various Professors - audiobook
326. Friends of the Library Sale - Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance by Professor William Kloss - audiobook
327. Friends of the Library Sale - The History of the Supreme Court by Professor Peter Irons - audiobook
328. Friends of the Library Sale - Poetry for Cats by Henry Beard
329. Friends of the Library Sale - Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
330. Friends of the Library Sale - The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester
331. Friends of the Library Sale - Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
332. Friends of the Library Sale - A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
333. Friends of the Library Sale - Beastly Tales from Here and There by Vikram Seth
334. Friends of the Library Sale - The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett
335. Friends of the Library Sale - The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett
336. Friends of the Library Sale - Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett
337. Friends of the Library Sale - Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz
338. Friends of the Library Sale - The Founding Fathers by Encyclopedia Britannica
339. Friends of the Library Sale - Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
340. Friends of the Library Sale - Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts
341. Friends of the Library Sale - The Lost City of Oz by David Grann
342. Friends of the Library Sale - The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain
343. Friends of the Library Sale - After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
344. Friends of the Library Sale - Grasshopper by Barbara Vine
345. Friends of the Library Sale - FoL Volunteer Book - The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
346. Friends of the Library Sale - FoL Volunteer Book - Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
347. Friends of the Library Sale - One Dish Meals by Reader's Digest
348. Friends of the Library Sale - Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman
349. Friends of the Library Sale - The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter
350. Friends of the Library Sale - The Vanishing American by Zane Grey
351. Friends of the Library Sale - Arizona Ames by Zane Grey
352. Friends of the Library Sale - The Border Legion by Zane Grey
353. Friends of the Library Sale - Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved by Robin Wilson
354. Friends of the Library Sale - Jesus for the Non Religious by John Shelby Spong
355. Friends of the Library Sale - Angels of Destruction by Keith Donoghue
356. Friends of the Library Sale - The Cloud Sketcher by Richard Reyner
357. Friends of the Library Sale - The Haunted Mesa by Louis L'Amour
358. Friends of the Library Sale - The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
359. Friends of the Library Sale - The Museum Guard by Howard Normal
360. Friends of the Library Sale - The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
361. Friends of the Library Sale - Soil by Jamie Kornegay
362. Friends of the Library Sale - Tripmaster Monkey by Maxine Hong Kingston
363. Friends of the Library Sale - The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
364. Friends of the Library Sale - A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldbert
365. Friends of the Library Sale - Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
366. Friends of the Library Sale - The Green Knight by Iris Murdoch
367. Friends of the Library Sale - S. by John Updike
368. Friends of the Library Sale - Girls of Tender Age: A Memoir by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
369. Friends of the Library Sale - Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson
370. Friends of the Library Sale - Aftermath by Clara Kensie
371. Friends of the Library Sale - Roman Fever and Other Stories by Edith Wharton
372. Friends of the Library Sale - Angels of Destruction by Keith Donoghue
373. Friends of the Library Sale - Spadework by Timothy Findley
374. Friends of the Library Sale - Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey
375. LT ER book - Never Cry Halibut by Bjorn Dihle
376. LT ER book - One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Sam Keith
377. Amazon - Blackbeard's Sunken Prize: The 300-Year voyage of Queen Anne's Revenge by Mark U. Wilde-Ramsing & Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton


Edited: Oct 18, 3:43pm 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
34. The Bridge by Doug Marlette - read, liked, don't need to keep
35. Sentenced to Die - first 3 J.P. Beaumont mysteries by J.A. Jance - got 3 paperbacks as birthday present and will keep them instead
36. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley - abandoned
37. The Long Fall by Walter Mosley - finished it, but will not continue with the series
38. Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue - duplicate
39. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - finally realized I'd never read it
40. Prince of Dreams by Lisa Kleypas read, won't reread
41. Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander - started, abandoned
42. Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles - duplicate
43. Bushworld by Maureen Dowd - things are so much exponentially worse with drumpf that Bush is irrelevant
44. The Time in Between by Mary Duenas
45. The Siege by Stephen White
46. A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall - religious stuff
47. The Face Changers by Thomas Perry
48. The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell
49. Great Tales of Mystery & Suspense
50. The Excursion Train by Edward Marston
51. The Virgin in the Garden by A.S. Byatt
52. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
53. The Old Farmer's Almanac of 2000
54. A Christmas Treasury edited by Jack Newcombe
55. Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg
56. The World of Mr. Mulliner by P.G. Wodehouse
57. Irving Berlin by Mary Ellin Barrett
58. A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer - 58-68 will never read the unread ones, given to a good home!
59. Behold Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer
60. Death In The Stocks by Georgette Heyer
61. Duplicate Death by Georgette Heyer
62. Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer
63. Footsteps In The Dark by Georgette Heyer
64. No Wind Of Blame by Georgette Heyer
65. Penhallow by Georgette Heyer
66. The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer
67. They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer
68. Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer
69. the Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Edited: Oct 3, 8:37am Top

Statistics Through September 30

73 books read
9 books abandoned
20963 pages read
72 audiobook hours
Avg pages read per day, YTD = 77
Avg pages read per book, YTD = 287

Male 39%
Female 61%

Living 60%
Dead 40%

US Born 74%
Foreign Born 26%

Hardcover 51%
Trade Pback 34%
Mass Market 7%
Audiobook 5%
e-Book 3%

My Library 96%
Other 4%

Re-read 29%
Series 52%

Fiction 86%
NonFiction 14%

Author Birth Country
England 18%
Ireland 3%
Scotland 3%
South Africa 1%
Sweden 1%
US 74%

Original Decade Published
1810-1819 1%
1830-1839 1%
1920-1929 3%
1960-1969 1%
1970-1979 5%
1980-1989 14%
1990-1999 19%
2000-2009 11%
2010-2018 44%

Cartoons 3%
Fantasy 3%
Fiction 16%
Historical Fiction 4%
History 4%
Linguistics 1%
Literary Fiction 1%
Memoir 4%
Mystery 49%
Politics 1%
Romance 4%
Science Fiction 1%
Sociology 1%
Steampunk 1%
Thriller 3%
True Crime 1%

Edited: Sep 14, 2:52pm Top

Welcome to my new thread. I'll fill in the details later...

We're all safe and sound. We just lost power it's raining steadily, and the winds have picked up. We've got the generator going and are watching Criminal Minds.

Sep 14, 2:54pm Top

I'm in!

Edited: Sep 14, 2:58pm Top

Look, if I can do anything for you guys, all you have to do is ask. Stay safe!

BTW, the power went off in my place at 5:00am on the dot this morning, and my first though was that Florence had started a massive cascading power failure, like they had up north. Yikes! Came back on shortly after, but by that time I was wide awake.

Sep 14, 3:00pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen! I hope you get power back soon and that otherwise you make it through the weather OK.

Sep 14, 3:17pm Top

Happy New Thread, Karen! Glad you are safe & sound. Keep us updated, especially after Criminal Minds is over.

Sep 14, 3:20pm Top

Happy New Thread! Stay snug and cozy and safe! (I wanna generator system like you have!)

Sep 14, 3:51pm Top

Happy new thread and echoing what everyone is saying: good vibes for staying safe and weathering *the storm*!

Sep 14, 4:50pm Top

I have confidence in you and your family being able to, ah, weather this storm. Tomorrow I'll buy a book or two in your honor at the book sale.

>8 SomeGuyInVirginia: We've had that happen, and I hate it.

Sep 14, 4:54pm Top

Comforting to hear your updates, Karen. My friends in Wilmington are sheltering in place and both are fine so far.

Sep 14, 5:55pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen!

Sep 14, 6:31pm Top

Are you hunkering down for the storm? Criminal Minds sounds as scary as the forecast weather event!! I hope it passes you by.

Sep 14, 7:22pm Top

Happy new thread!

Sep 14, 8:37pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen. Thinking of you as I watched the news coverage of Florence. They are on to the storm in the Philippines now. Bad weather all over!

Sep 14, 11:06pm Top

Happy new thread! Keep us posted on the storm!

Sep 15, 4:39am Top

Happy new thread, Karen.
Thinking of you and yours, it looks like it is a nasty one :-(

Sep 15, 9:18am Top

Hi Larry, Harry, Mark, Janet, Shelley,Bill, Roni, Brodie, Megan, Anita, Meg, Jim, and Anita!

Thank you re my thread.

Yesterday got interesting. We lost power , put the generator on, got power back, turned the generator off (a huge mistake in hindsight), lost power, couldn’t start the generator, got power back ‘til 5 a.m., then have lost it again. 4500 customers out of 32000 in our county are without power. So here we are, operating on UPS backup for DSL/Internet. Bill’s got a call into the folks who fixed our generator 5 years ago.

I’ve made coffee the old fashioned way – boiled water on our gas stove, poured it through the grounds. I’m halfway through my first mug and have the second one in a thermos.

It rained all night but not much wind, thank goodness. We’re all safe and sound. Thank you all re our situation.

Sep 15, 10:19am Top

Thanks for the update, Karen. Glad you guys are okay, despite the inconveniences. Hopefully the worst of it has passed.

Sep 15, 3:54pm Top

Thank you for reporting in. I'm glad you are safe and sound and I hope the generator gets fixed soon. I imagine that you have a well, so without electricity you are also out of water. :(

Not to mention dark. Candles, flashlights and lanterns only go so far with me, especially for reading.

Sending good electricity vibes your way!

Sep 16, 8:14am Top

Checking in, still no power?

Edited: Sep 16, 8:52am Top

>22 msf59: Hi Mark! We're actually getting as much rain as yesterday. This storm is parked in South Carolina, but if you look at the rain bands, most of it's in NC. The upper arrow is where we are, and the lower arrow is Wilmington. Jenna's home, but we're a tad worried about her apartment - nothing we can do about it but still.

>23 streamsong: Hi Janet! Your vibes worked. The power's back on - it came back on mid-afternoon yesterday. We know what the problem with the generator is - a cell in the battery froze up or something like that, so we can jump-start the generator with our tractor battery if necessary. We'll get a new battery after we're through this storm.

Yes, without power we have no water, and of course it is dark - our house is also rather dark as it's just behind one stand of trees. Usually this is something we prefer, but not when the power's out. We have oil lamps, flashlights, and candles and we have UPS systems for both computers. As long as our cell phones are charged we also have the flashlights on them too.

>24 SomeGuyInVirginia: Power's back, Larry. If we need the generator we have it. We're all getting a bit of cabin fever - we could go out, probably, although our county's been under a flash flood warning because of two rivers that run through it - not near us though. Our creek has not come out of its banks because its source is north of us and there hasn't been as much rain north of us and what we've had has been slow and steady. I am not sure the rain gauge is accurate, but if anything it's under reporting and so far we've gotten about 6 inches since Friday.

We're all safe and sound. I'm excited about the Panthers-Falcons game at 1 p.m. EST. Bill doesn't know it yet, but I made some Chex Mix the other day and will bring it out for the game.

Sep 16, 8:56am Top

Just a note to say that I tried Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress and abandoned it. I just finished the first in his Leonid McGill series, The long Fall, didn't particularly like it, and will not continue reading anything by him.

I'm trying to find the right book to read - nothing's working right now, but perhaps that's because of Hurricane-now-Tropical-Depression Florence. It's very stressful.

Sep 16, 9:03am Top

Happy new thread, Karen!

Hope you've seen the last of that storm! If you want to get something to prepare for future storm coffee needs I just bought this for Nathen. We used one when we were on our trip to Alberta and he loved it! It's a stovetop coffee maker and you can buy it in 3 cups (it's for espresso so a 3 cup'er really is one normal cup) and larger.

Sep 16, 9:14am Top

>26 karenmarie: Hi Chelle, and thanks! I wish it was the last of the storm, but it's still slowly churning across South Carolina but most of the rain's in North Carolina. That's a good idea, Chelle! Thanks.

We heard a huge crack last night but it was dark and we couldn't see what came down or where. We just knew that it wasn't on the house. It turns out that a large branch from our gorgeous huge oak in pasture A broke off last night. Thank goodness it's not anywhere near the house, but we do love that tree and it's sad.

Sep 16, 9:42am Top

Huh, I wonder if it was the weight of the rain that made it crack? I hate to see old trees come down. They cut down so many of the beautiful old trees around the east end of the Capitol when I lived on the Hill to make room for the underground tourist entrance. God that was sad, they were really something. They waited until they put up the construction screen to do it, probably because they knew people would freak out.

Is your oak still pretty?

Sep 16, 9:43am Top

PS, yea power!

Sep 16, 10:37am Top

>29 SomeGuyInVirginia: and >30 SomeGuyInVirginia: That was my assumption Larry - water-logged branches and leaves. It's probably not going to be very pretty - here's a before and after - the 'before' is from 2016 when 3 ironwoods fell during Matthew. Believe it or not, the ironwoods righted themselves when the foliage and top branches were cut and are fine.

Yup. Power's good.

Sep 16, 4:57pm Top

Happy new thread Karen my dear. I hope you all safe my dear and that Jenna is ok, haven't really seen much news over the last week but picked up today that the storm was in your neck of the woods. Sending love and hugs from both of us my dear and I will check in tomorrow.

Sep 16, 6:26pm Top

Darn, that's too bad about your oak tree, Karen. We have too many mature trees around our house. One fell in the yard last year but hit the neighbor's house instead of ours. Ouch! It must be some sort of payback, though, because a few years ago the neighbor's tree on the other side of us landed on our roof. Our houses are not that close together. It's just that these trees are 70 -100 feet tall and have a long reach. It hurts my heart whenever one of them topples over…not to mention the pocketbook.

Sep 16, 7:28pm Top

Hi Karen. Thanks for the update. I'm glad you're all doing well, with the exception of the oak.

The map is helpful, so thanks. It's hard to tell from the national news what is going on, but am I right in thinking that Wilmington is being hit pretty hard? And they say that the flooding potential will continue on into the week ....

I'm reading Overstory on the rec of several of the LT'ers here. It sounds like both you and Donna would enjoy it.

Sep 16, 7:43pm Top

Glad to see you are doing alright Karen. I googled hurricane Florence and didn't like the images I saw, lots of flooding. It's good you are so well prepared!

Sep 16, 8:27pm Top

Oh! So sad about your oak tree. I'm glad you are doing well in spite of loss of power. We are getting the big rain now. It is raining hard, some of the nearby neighborhoods have lost power, maybe we will, or maybe we won't. School tomorrow is delayed 2 hours. Of course, work is not delayed. *shrug* Fingers crossed for Jenna's apartment.

>26 karenmarie: My recent experience with Mr. Mosely was not great either. I read The Long Fall, and it was just OK. The other one... thinking... Fortunate Son? (Yes, thank you touchstones) was horrible. HORRIBLE.

Sep 17, 6:39am Top

Morning, Karen. I hope things have settled down for you there. Sorry, to hear about the oak. Bummer! And sorry to hear that Mosley didn't work out for you. Hey, it happens, right?

Sep 17, 8:32am Top

Yeesh, that's a big difference but in a couple of years I bet it looks a lot better.

I'm home today after two nights of not sleeping. My plan is to stay doped to the gills until I sleep or pass out. Either. Freaking insomnia.

Sep 17, 8:36am Top

>32 johnsimpson: Hi John, and thank you. We’re safe and sound, and have power. The creek’s out of its banks but I can’t take a picture yet – Jenna’s sleeping and the front door is right by the bedroom. I’ll wait a while. Sending love and hugs to you both!

>33 Donna828: Hi Donna. Tit for tat with your neighbor, right. Our trees are tall, too, and we have some closer to the house, very mature oaks, that so far are fine. We live on a slope so the water drains down to the creek. Our neighbor Dwain has already offered to come cut the branch into firewood and take it away, gratis. No pocketbook on this one.

>34 streamsong: Wilmington is still not even accessible by any road at all. And, here’s what the NC DOT has on its website:

There will definitely be more flooding during the week. We still have no idea when Jenna can get back into Wilmington.

The Overstory sounds fascinating, and I’ve added it to my wish list! Thanks.

>35 EllaTim: We’re alright, Ella, but there were tornados reported in the town Bill works in – Durham – so he’s not going to work today. Totally understandable!

>36 nittnut: Hi Jenn. Hope you guys are alright up there. Looks like we all might be getting a break from more rain – you, me, and Peggy. I’m going to cancel a meeting at the Library – I was going to train a volunteer on how to use Square at 11 a.m. but just don’t see the need to get out in this. I’m not near any rivers, but she would have to cross the Haw River near an area they said was flooding last night.

Okay. No more Mr. Mosely for sure. Easy Rawlins, Leonid McGill, and standalone all abandoned, just okay, or horrible. I really wanted to like Devil in a Blue Dress, the first Easy Rawlins, because it takes place in Los Angeles, my home town. I love reading books set there.

>37 msf59: Hi Mark. Things have settled down weather-wise for the moment. Bird feeders are out, although in different places than normal.

So far we’ve gotten over 10.5” of rain since Friday.

Sep 17, 8:57am Top

Good morning, Karen! Too bad about the oak, but I'm glad all is OK otherwise.

Edited: Sep 17, 9:02am Top

Hi Harry! We've done pretty well so far, even with generator scares and the oak.

Here's a pic of the flooded creek. Notice the foliage from the downed oak tree branch.

Sep 17, 10:41am Top

Glad you're O.K., Karen, and Jenn & Co. too!
Sorry about your tree. Glad for your house.
Mama's backdoor neighbor had a big oak on his house with a limb taking out the fence that divides the 2 properties. There was a crew from Colorado working to remove it in the rain yesterday afternoon. Heroes!

Sep 17, 12:40pm Top

I'm glad to see you online, Peggy!

It turns out that it's the whole, gorgeous oak that's down - we couldn't see clearly in the rain yesterday and were seeing a smaller tree behind it that we thought was part of it still standing. Sad, but that's the way it goes.

Thank goodness the limb didn't hurt your mama's house or her neighbor's house. Thank goodness for the out of state crews - utility, tree removal, rescue, etc.

Sep 17, 1:17pm Top

Good to hear that you are safe and doing well. In my next life, I will make sure I buy a house on a hill.

Still sounds scary, though

Sep 18, 1:36am Top

Glad to hear that you and yours are safe. I am sorry the whole oak tree is gone. Glad you are above the water and that you have power. Hang in there! Hugs.

Sep 18, 1:52am Top

Glad to hear, that you and yours are safe. Thinking of you and sending lots of positive vibes. Fingers crossed that the weather will be better soon.

Sep 18, 7:36am Top

Oh boo that the tree is gone. Hooray that it didn't fall on a house.

Edited: Sep 18, 9:03am Top

>44 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! Things for Bill and me are back to normal. I need to power wash the porch and deck prior to power washing and putting the furniture back up and put up the oil lamps. We still have no idea when Jenna can get back to Wilmington.

>45 Berly: Thanks Berly. Today it's blue skies and humidity. Maybe clouding up later today for a thunderstorm.

>46 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara. We're back to normal late-summer weather nasty humidity.

>47 nittnut: I know, Jenn. It was Bill's favorite tree on our property. Mine's either the Chinese Elm or the Crape Myrtle that I'm looking at right now through the Sunroom window, although I do love our oaks.

I've got a Square training session for two folks today at 10 a.m. and another for one person at 2 p.m.

We had a thunderstorm yesterday afternoon. Imagine my surprise to turn around and see this through the Sunroom door:

Sep 18, 9:12am Top

>48 karenmarie: - Wow, that's cool!

Sep 18, 3:28pm Top

>49 jessibud2: I thought so, Shelley. Turned around, there it was, scrambled for my cell phone and was able to capture it.

Sep 18, 3:34pm Top

73. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
9/7/18 to 9/18/18

From Amazon:

Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.

Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroy’s portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and to the deepest chambers of the human soul. His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South. He has for years kept notebooks in which he records words and expressions, over time creating a vast reservoir of playful turns of phrase, dazzling flashes of description, and snippets of delightful sound, all just for his love of language. But for Conroy reading is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes: sharing the pleasures of the local library’s vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades-long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent in Paris, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences. His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty. Anyone who not only enjoys the pleasures of reading but also believes in the power of books to shape a life will find here the greatest defense of that credo.

Why I wanted to read it: American Authors Challenge, a book I already had on my shelves waiting for me to pay attention to it.

The description has not been updated since Pat Conroy’s death in March of 2016.

What a paean to reading, books, and authors. Pat Conroy was being groomed to be a Marine like his father when his mother’s passion for books and reading overtook him and made him want to become an author.

This book is part autobiography, part memoir, part catalog of his extensive library, and part explanation for the influences on his writing. It is a wonderful book with frequent lapses into the “storytelling” that his critics have ‘accused’ him of.

At the risk of having missed one or two, I counted references to 118 different authors and 95 different works (poems, plays, novels, essays). His reading was eclectic and deep. He also re-read books, something I frequently do, although I can’t imagine reading War and Peace three times.

Here are some quotes that will give you a flavor of the book:
I’ve never been a great admirer of the pun so I didn’t quite catch my mother’s drift because there lives a strange literalist inside me who swats away at puns as though routing a swarm of flies. p 9

I trust the great novelists to teach me how to live how to feel, how to live and hate. I trust them to show me the dangers I will encounter on the road as I stagger on my own troubled passage through a complicated life of books that try to teach me how to die. p 11

Great books invited argument and disagreement but ignorance didn’t even earn a place at the table when ideas were the subject of dispute. p 53

I don’t think I’ll ever get over his death (Gene Norris, teacher and friend) and I don’t see much reason to try. p 69

France is the only country in the world where friendliness is one of the seven deadly sins. p 208

… obsessed with the sharp beauty and all the prickly, mettlesome dilemmas of the Old South. p 210

Now, when I pick up a book, the prayer that rises out of me is that it changes me utterly and that I am not the man who first selected that book from a well-stocked shelf. Here’s what I love: when a great writer turns me into a Jew from Chicago, a lesbian out of south Carolina, or a black woman moving into a subway entrance in Harlem. Turn me into something else, writers of the world. Make me Muslim, heretic, hermaphrodite. Put me into a crusader’s armor, a cardinal’s vestments. Let me feel the pgymy’s heartbeat, the queen’s breast, the torturer’s pleasure, the Nile’s taste, or the nomad’s thirst. Tell me everything I must know. Hold nothing back. p 243

…as lonely as an earthworm… p 253

And having decided against the other 8 quotes in the interest of not losing your interest, here’s the last one:

Even today, I hunt for the fabulous books that will change me utterly. p 310
A wonderful book, occasionally self-congratulatory, but forgivable because of his joy with the written word and its authors.

Sep 18, 4:05pm Top

>48 karenmarie: a rainbow- in your very own yard! Cool.

Sep 18, 11:00pm Top

Hi Megan! Yes indeed.

I'm excited - my copy of the 4th book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) arrived today.

Guess what I'm going to start reading tonight? *smile*

Sep 19, 6:14am Top

>53 karenmarie: Have fun reading Karen!

I just started the first Cormoran Strike, and I'm loving it (yes I'm a bit behind)

Sep 19, 7:47am Top

Thanks, Ella! I read the prologue last night. It immediately pulled me right back in.

Sep 19, 8:02am Top

>48 karenmarie: Neat photo.

Too bad about the oak. Any chance you can make use of the wood from the tree, assuming that most of it was healthy?

Sep 19, 8:40am Top

'Morning, Harry! Thanks re the photo.

We don't have a wood burning stove any more, and neither one of us does any kind of wood working. Our friend and neighbor Dwain wants it - he and a friend will start cutting it and moving it next week when things a tad drier. We're just grateful that someone wants the wood. Knowing Dwain, he'll clean it up nicely when finished.

Edited: Sep 19, 10:42am Top

What a perfect rainbow, Karen. Right place, right time, for eyes that appreciate it. Hope it foretells of better days ahead.

Sorry about that oak. We have at least a half-dozen oaks, all but one planted by us, and they are favorites. I'd hate to lose any of them.

>51 karenmarie: I can't figure my reaction to My Reading Life. On the whole, it didn't really stir me. But I'm flummoxed by that. There were anecdotes and set pieces and observations that made me chuckle, but in total, the bits didn't win me over. His second chapter, gushing over Gone with the Wind, set off silent alarms, for example. I can't bring myself to enthuse about a peon to a reprehensible aristocratic social order; as I view it, anyway, fair or unfair

Also too, I wanted to edit his copy, correcting poor word choices, tightening sentences.

Sep 19, 3:44pm Top

Good to see you survived the storm, Karen. Too bad about the oak but good that the wood will be used. Lucky that the tree was far from the house. Here lots of places are built close to trees - well it is a rain forest. Sometimes the come down in storms and there have been people killed while still in bed. I keep a wary eye on the trees behind me in bad weather.

Sep 19, 4:12pm Top

Hi Karen, enjoy Lethal White my dear, I will get to the third book next month probably. I have seen a lot of comment about LW on twitter from those who have picked up a copy and from J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, lol.

Sending love and hugs.

Sep 19, 10:21pm Top

>58 weird_O: Hi Bill! We apparently lost another oak on the other side of the creek. Sigh. Jenna went out today exploring and she saw it down.

I ended up liking My Reading Life a lot, but even Conroy himself admits that his style is over the top and credits/blames the influence of Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward, Angel etc. What won me over was his fanatic desires to be well-read and to be a writer. I appreciate your conflict over the book. I cherry picked the parts I liked, respect Conroy for his rigorous intellectual curiosity and obsession with being a writer.

Some of his word choices could be considered awkward, just like his hero Wolfe, who he loved warts and all. But tightening sentences would be anathema to him, and his verbal diarrhea is just who he was.

>59 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! We did fine. At the most we we've been inconvenienced. We still don't know the status of Jenna's apartment, but there's nothing we can do to change anything and will just have to cope with the fallout when we can get back into Wilmington.

There was a woman and her 8-month old child killed in this storm - the emergency responders came when there was a report of a tree fallen on a house but they couldn't save them. I think the total of people who have died from Florence is at 37. I'd keep my eye on the trees, too.

>60 johnsimpson: Thanks, John. You're coming along with the Strike series. Sending love and hugs back to you and Karen.

Sep 19, 10:31pm Top

Hi, Karen. Great review of The Reading Life. I love those quotes. I also like Bill's observations. It has been awhile since I read it, so I can't remember the flaws, only the joyful moments.

Love the rainbow up there too.

Sep 20, 8:07am Top

Hi Mark! Thanks. Bill's remarks got me to thinking about the flaws, too.

Sep 20, 9:17am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope your Thursday is going well!

Sep 20, 10:43am Top

Thanks, Harry, so far so good. Daughter and I just finished watching Happy Gilmore. We wanted to laugh.

I've got 3 training sessions today for volunteers using the Square payment processing system, an oil change for the car, and then home.

Sep 20, 12:29pm Top

I've been quite worried about you and the others who live in the path of Florence, especially since I hear the floods are not over yet. Do you know if our other LT friends are ok?

Sep 20, 9:35pm Top

Hi Judy!

nittnut, Jenn, got lots of rain, but was fine last time I checked her thread.

lizzied, Peggy, lost power for 4 or 5 days and is in a town that has serious flooding although she's not in the part of town that floods.

fuzzi apparently weathered it well, too, according to her thread.

The rivers are still rising, at least in my county (Chatham), and our NOAA radio goes off several times a day with flash flood warnings. Nothing near us, though, and I haven't seen any flooded roads and I've been out every day this week. Our daughter's apartment building in Wilmington has been inspected and is being tested for moisture levels, whatever that means. She has a ground floor apartment and we have no idea if she's flooded out yet or not. Bottom line is even if she could get into Wilmington, which is doubtful, her apartment complex is not letting people back in (wise move) and school's still cancelled indefinitely.

When I did a site search of 'North Carolina' it said there are 726 members - and I'm sorry I don't know more of them.

Sep 21, 10:56am Top

Glad you're safe from the worst of the flooding! Too bad about your daughter's apartment.

Sep 21, 3:25pm Top

>48 karenmarie: How beatiful, Karen!
Glad to hear you are all safe, sorry Jenna can't get back to school yet.

Sep 21, 3:43pm Top

>48 karenmarie: Wow! Amazing! Did you find the pot of gold? Looks like it was right by the door!

>51 karenmarie: I liked that one too. I am not enjoying my choice of his fiction so much. But I persevere.

We are out of flood warning area, etc. but we get continual reminders to not travel to any of the affected areas. I heard this morning that 421 into Wilmington has washed out somewhere. That's not so good.

Sep 21, 4:29pm Top

Karen, I have never seen a rainbow up that close. That is really remarkable.

Sep 21, 6:12pm Top

>68 The_Hibernator: Thanks Rachel. We're hoping it's not flooded out. Keep your fingers crossed for her.

>69 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita.

>70 nittnut: I wish, Jenn! Just think of how many books I could get at our book sale next week! I'm not sure I'm interested in reading any more of his fiction, but the nonfiction was very satisfying. Good for you for persevering.

>71 SomeGuyInVirginia: Isn't it totally cool, Larry? Here's another shot of it. It's not quite as vivid, but it's a rainbow in MY yard.

Sep 21, 9:53pm Top

Hi Karen--Love the rainbow shots! So pretty. And I really need to get my hands on the new Cormoran Strike...

Sep 21, 11:31pm Top

>48 karenmarie: >70 nittnut: >72 karenmarie: I'm wondering at your taking pictures of that rainbow instead of getting your shovel and starting to dig. I've never seen one so low except maybe in the water from a garden hose.
I do so envy you that Cormoran Strike!

Sep 22, 2:01am Top

>53 karenmarie: Already number four? I still have to read the third one.
>72 karenmarie: Beautiful rainbow!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Karen.

Sep 22, 2:50am Top

>53 karenmarie: there's a 4th book already!!? I hope you enjoy it. What a treat.

Edited: Sep 22, 8:36am Top

>73 Berly: Thanks, Kim. Lethal White is a chunkster at 647 pages in hardcover. I'm moving right along at page 368.

>74 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. Thank goodness for my cell phone/camera. I was amazed at its being right there. I'd love to have a pot of gold for sure. I rarely pre-order books from Amazon anymore, but couldn't resist.

>75 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, and thank you. I hope you can get to #3 soon.

>76 LovingLit: There is, Megan. I'm really enjoying it.

Today is errands and a bit more power washing. I did half the front porch yesterday and Jenna and I got the bird feeders back to their normal spots. Now I can see them from the Sunroom again. Tomorrow I'll spend 3 hours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. helping make sure fiction and mystery are in their correct places for the book sale. Unfortunately the Panthers/Bengals game starts at 1 p.m. and I'll miss it.

Jenna found out yesterday that classes will resume at CFCC on October 1. Still don't know about her apartment.

Sep 22, 3:06pm Top

>48 karenmarie: Beautiful rainbow shots!

have fun with your power washing!

Sep 22, 9:32pm Top

Hi Chelle! Thanks.

Well, I got lazy and didn't power wash. I read instead. *smile*

Sep 23, 12:57am Top

>79 karenmarie: Good move!! I went to the movies instead of doing laundry. Also a good choice. LOL We saw "A Simple Favor"--really good.

Sep 23, 6:02am Top

Late to the party but catching up. Love the rainbow photos, especially the one from the sun room.

Sep 23, 8:30am Top

>80 Berly: Thanks, Kim. Ditto for the movie instead of laundry. I'm woefully ignorant of current movies. Had to look up A Simple Favor but it sounds good.

>81 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba. Thanks re the rainbow photos.

I just finished Lethal White and it was a humdinger. I'll write a review later - time to make breakfast.

Edited: Sep 23, 10:00am Top

74. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
9/18/18 to 9/23/18

From Amazon:

Lethal White is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series from the international bestselling author Robert Galbraith.

“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.

The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

Why I wanted to read it: I love the Strike/Ellacott series and opened it the day it came in the mail.

The things I particularly liked about it: Robin’s relationship with Matthew, Strike’s opinion on commitment, marriage, and children, and how one tiny event – a distressed young man who bursts into Strike’s office – triggers an epic book with multiple mysteries, multiple subplots, and dozens of well-drawn characters.

Mr. Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling, writes like nobody’s business. She can go from describing the tiniest of clues to making sweeping and accurate observations about the 2012 Olympics held in London. No detail is too unimportant to mention, no red herring too obvious to not throw in. She’s also merciless in her dissection of relationships and how people can hurt each other intentionally and unintentionally.

In other words, I found it to be a wonderful read. It’s intelligent, challenging if you want it to be, pure pleasure if you want the mystery solved for you. At one point Strike uses an old Ellery Queen challenge – he tells Robin that he knows the solution based on all the things they know. I didn’t take up the challenge, but when it’s explicated, it’s totally obvious. Until then, the devil is in the details and at 647 pages hardcover there are a lot of details.

Both Robin’s and Strike’s lives get their fair share of the story. I won’t say a single thing about how the book ends – heck, for those of you who haven’t read book three yet I won’t say a single thing about how THAT book ends either.

This is a wonderful series. Why 4 stars and not more? It's Excellent by my rating system. Not Stunning at 4.5 stars, not Masterpiece at 5 stars, but a good, solid 4 stars Excellent. Perhaps Excellent Plus.

Sep 23, 11:28am Top

I'm holding your commentary on Lethal White until I'm ready. The mailman brought the book Friday, but my wife has first dibs. I'm reading The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien, a book I bought in Ireland. Then, I think, a Roddy Doyle. (Yah, another Irishman.)

Sep 23, 11:48am Top

Hi Bill!

There are no spoilers in my review, I hope - but I also skip reviews on books I want to read.

Yay for reading the Irish.

Sep 23, 4:28pm Top

Hi Karen, stopping by to get caught up. Love the rainbow pictures and glad to see that you were able to ride through the storm(s). Sad to see the damage to the oak tree.

Sep 23, 5:00pm Top

>83 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I like your review. You finished the book pretty fast:-)

Sep 23, 9:03pm Top

Hm. 647 pages for a mystery. At that rate, 'Galbraith' had better deliver a weighty story.

Sep 23, 10:39pm Top

>83 karenmarie: So glad to hear you liked the fourth in the Cormoran Strike series. I really need to get a copy...!

Sep 24, 6:59am Top

Morning, Karen. Good review of Lethal White. I have been cutting way back on series fiction, but I really like this one. I like them on audio, so I will probably go that route.

I hope you had a nice weekend.

Sep 24, 8:10am Top

>86 lkernagh: Hi Lori! Nice to see you! Thanks re the rainbow pictures. Our friend Dwain came over Saturday with friend Steve to start cutting up the oak, but the pasture is still too wet. We hope it will be dry enough by next Saturday.

>87 EllaTim: Thanks Ella. Some books just grab me and I spend hours and hours at a time reading.

>88 ffortsa: Hi Judy! I haven’t looked it up to see how many pages per book, but her Harry Potter series did the same – each book got bigger. Fans usually don’t mind.

>89 Berly: Go for it Kim! I found it to be a very satisfying read.

>90 msf59: Good morning Mark, and thank you! I’ve read all 4 in the series and listened to the first two. I’m on the lookout for the 3rd audiobook at the Book Sale, but it’s hit or miss with what’s donated. We’ll see. We had a good weekend, when all's said and done.

Back to the Library this morning to continue sorting fiction/mysteries with Rhoda. Today I’ll remember to take ibuprophen first since I’ll be moving boxes around again.

Sep 24, 8:15am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope you had a pleasant weekend. Thanks for sharing the photos of your rainbow.

Does your sale break down other fiction by genre, too, or just mystery? And do you do a separate "vintage books" section, with a mixture, or do the older books go with the category to which they belong? A separate section is definitely a trend around here, and I think overall it has been a positive development (except when the sales think that mere age warrants a higher price, no matter condition or quality of book). I know that in the case of at least one big nearby book sale, adding that section has meant that books they were discarding up front now show up on the sale tables and I have a crack at them, and I regularly find books to buy.

Sep 24, 4:12pm Top

>77 karenmarie: Call me crazy, but it seems counter-intuitive to resume classes if people can't get into their apartments?

Edited: Sep 25, 8:19am Top

>92 harrygbutler: 'Morning, Harry! I had a pleasant weekend and you're welcome.

We break fiction as follows:

mystery/thriller/suspense, hard cover separately from paperback
all other fiction, hardcover separately from paperback
Older fiction (it's imprecise but generally 20 years) is in a separate section called Classics and Oldies.
Poetry and plays, all years
Science fiction/fantasy, all years
Childrens' books, all years
Art books, all years
Humor, all years

>93 nittnut: Hi Jenn! I40 is apparently now open, as of last night's news. People were getting into Wilmington, but they were having to go north and then pick up 17 (?) south. But now I guess it's the I40 straight shot.

Jenna's going to call the apartment complex today.

Sep 25, 4:05pm Top

>94 karenmarie: I hope Jenna gets good news about her appartment.

Sep 26, 8:46am Top

Thanks, Anita. She didn't call yesterday, but we had a good talk about it and she will call this morning. I probably won't be able to go back to Wilmington with her because of my obligations for the book sale.

Sep 26, 9:45am Top

Happy Wednesday, Karen.

Edited: Sep 26, 12:12pm Top

I saw on the news that the roads to Wilmington are open now. Good luck to Jenna - fingers crossed about her apartment. I can understand why she might want to put off calling if she's worried about its fate.

I went to the opening night of our library's book sale last night. I was really surprised that they had only a few paperbacks in their fiction section. They must be saving them for their ongoing FOL bookcase of sale books.

Sep 26, 10:30am Top

Hi, Karen. I loved the 4th Cormoran and Robin book, too. So great to spend time with those two.

Sep 26, 9:57pm Top

>97 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, and thank you. I got my nails done (critical pre-sale activity!), Jenna and I had lunch out, and we ran a couple of errands.

>98 streamsong: Hi Janet. Jenna put on her big-girl pants about 5 p.m. today and called her apartment complex. They confirmed that her apartment was not damaged and she can come back any time. We're hoping no damage at all....

One of our errands was to the library today and I took her into the Book Sale Room - approx. 17000 books (the rest were set up tonight - around 18000-20000 total including childrens, SF, and AV). She got a glazed look in her eyes. She might come tomorrow. I hope so.

Hmm. Wonder what's up with your library's book sale to have so few fiction paperbacks. We have stopped keeping the small mass market paperbacks and offer them to the local used book store guy and he gives us $.25/each (what he doesn't take we take to the thrift shops) - we only keep trade paperbacks and the tall narrow paperbacks that are now selling for $10-$13. We sell 'em for $2, like other trade paperbacks.

>99 jnwelch: Hi Joe! 647 wonderful pages. I'm already anxious for the next installment - probably 2020. Sigh. My only new J.K. fix will be the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald in November.

Well, the book sale starts tomorrow. Up at the crack o' dawn, home about 7:30 p.m. Busy, busy, busy.

Sep 26, 11:44pm Top

Enjoy the day tomorrow! Hope you find lots and lots to please you.
What a relief that Jenna's apt. is mostly O.K. - in fact, I hope it's perfect.

Sep 26, 11:49pm Top

Good luck at the book sale!!! Just got my hands on Cormoran! (I wish...did I just type that?! LOL)

Sep 26, 11:55pm Top

Hope you have a good book sale, Karen.

Sep 27, 3:32am Top

It looks like you had a fab day and there is coming an even better, too. Enjoy the book sale.

Sep 27, 4:02am Top

>100 karenmarie: 20000 books, what does that even look like? Hope you have a good time at the sale!

Sep 27, 6:31am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. I had a nice day off yesterday, which included a good bird walk at the Arboretum. It was a bit chilly at first, but a productive day for seeing our feathered friends.

Good luck at the book sale!

Sep 27, 9:02am Top

Hi, Karen! Good luck with the book sale today!

Sep 27, 9:06am Top

Happy Book Sale! Wish I could come, but we are off to Wilmington this weekend, so I have to be responsible and do my weekend work first. It's good to hear that Jenna's apartment is probably OK. I hope they are all able to get back into the semester right away.

Sep 27, 9:56am Top

Yay, that Jenna's apartment made it through the storm.

Happy booksaling! That sounds like an absolutely massive job!

Our library is quite small and old - one of the original Carnegie libraries. The booksale is held in a small (the only) conference room, which holds maybe 30-40 chairs tops. So space is quite limited, and I suppose they have to pick and choose what they offer. I still acquired some wonderful stuff, all at $1 per inch with the books, audiobooks and DVD's stacked and lying on their sides.

Sep 27, 10:20am Top

>83 karenmarie: I won't read your review as I have that one in my bag to start later today :)

Sep 28, 7:13am Top

Aack! Insomnia struck at 4 a.m. and I'm going to seriously regret getting up. I tried going back to sleep, but it didn't work. I came here, and wow! So many lovely comments.

>101 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy! I had a wonderful time and found great stuff – see below. Jenna’s going home today. I hope to see her before I head out at about 8:30 a.m. I’m sure she’ll let me know apartment status and will let you know.

>102 Berly: Hi Kim and thanks. Get Cormoran ASAP. It’s a delicious read.

>103 ronincats: Thanks, Roni.

>104 Ameise1: I had a wonderful Wednesday with Jenna, Barbara, and so far so good on the sale – I enjoyed Thursday.

>105 EllaTim: I didn’t take pictures yesterday, Ella, but will try to this morning. It will look a bit depleted but still be impressive.

>106 msf59: Hi Mark! I’m glad you had a good day off – and I can’t imagine you having a day off without a good bird walk! Thanks re the sale.

>107 harrygbutler: Hi Harry, and thanks.

>108 nittnut: Thanks, Jenn. Sorry you won’t be at the sale this time, but the spring sale is only 6 months away! *smile* CFCC starts classes again on Monday, so with Jenna going home today she’ll have a chance to settle back in before they start.

>109 streamsong: Yay indeed, Janet. The book sale is a huge undertaking – the book sort team sorts donations every single Tuesday of the year (except for holidays), and often on Thursday or Friday if there are too many on Tuesday. They also go to pick up large donations year round, too. Then there’s sorting, storing, setting up, tearing down, advertising/publicity/banners and signs, volunteer coordination, Square training (my area), financials (a wonderful man named Dav and I manage the money), and even more etc.

I’ve never heard of $1/per inch for selling books, a very interesting concept.

>110 ChelleBearss: I don’t reviews if I absolutely know I’m going to read a book either, Chelle.

So yesterday was busy, crazy, wonderful. I got to the Library at 6:50 a.m., had breakfast at a great local restaurant, got line tickets for Louise, Jenna, and myself, worked from 8 -9 a.m., then was a customer until about 10:30 or so, then worked until 7:30. Louise and Jenna both came, so I stood in line with them for about 10 minutes 'til the doors opened. Jenna was extremely proud of the 13 books she bought with her own money, and I found some good’uns, too! Here’s my Thursday’s haul:

Present from friend Rhoda:
Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson

Volunteer books (from last Sunday through yesterday):
Friday on My Mind by Nicci French, trade paperback
Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles, hardcover
Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier, trade paperback
The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd, trade paperback, uncorrected proof
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - audiobook - score - I've now gotten first 3 as audiobooks at Friends sales

Thursday, all 33 items for $84:

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – audiobook
The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries – DVDs - Ian Carmichael, not as good as Edward Petherbridge's Wimsey, but I couldn't resist
Lincoln and Chief Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President’s War Powers by James F. Simon - audiobook


Beautiful little hardcovers, excellent condition with dust jackets, Barnes & Noble Collector's Library series:
Aristotle: Selections from Nicomachean Ethics and Politics
Thomas Paine: Rights of Man
Descartes: Discourse on Method, Meditations on the First Philosophy, The Principles of Philosophy
Plato: Selections from Protagoras, Republic, Phaedrus, Gorgias
Socrates: Selections from Plato: Charmides, Lysis, Laches, WSymposium, Apologty, Crito, Phaedo with Aristophanes: The Clouds & Xenophon: Symposium

Unbelievable by Katy Tur
Ship of Theseus by V.M. Straka - major score, immaculate condition, original softcover slipcase and appears to have all inserts
The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth
Sea of Glory by Nathaniel Philbrick
A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage by Mark Twain
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Dinosaur in a Haystack by Stephen Jay Gould
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders - already have a copy but bought this one just because it was there
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – for Jenna
Sand and Foam by Kahlil Gibran – for Jenna
Nymphs of the Valley by Kahlil Gibran – for Jenna

Trade Paperback:
King Arthur by Norma Lorre Goodrich
Merlin by Norma Lorre Goodrich
What Every American Should Know About Women’s History: 200 Events That Shapes Our Destiny by Christine Lunardini, Ph.D.
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman - Jenna and I just watched The Duchess, so very timely
A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths
A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey - all the Teys are perfect condition Scribner trade paperbacks
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey
To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey

Sep 28, 11:08am Top

>111 karenmarie: Quite a varied haul, Karen, with some good finds among them, particularly the whole Alan Grant series and the B&N books.

Sep 28, 10:57pm Top

>111 karenmarie: Nice haul!

Sep 28, 11:11pm Top

WOW!!! That's a great haul!
I'm pleased that you got another Frieda Klein, and I envy you the nice Teys. Mine are various mass pbs in various conditions.
Today's Kindle Deals were a few of the Elly Griffiths, and I was able to resist. Now you make me question my abstinence.
My guess is that this is only the beginning. I envy you. There. I said it.

Edited: Sep 29, 7:52am Top

>112 harrygbutler: ‘Morning, Harry! ‘Varied’ works – I would say the majority of our books come from two upscale retired-professional-rich communities – Governor’s Club and Fearrington. Lots and lots to choose from – there is even a small room (10’ x 15’) filled entirely with music, art, architecture, museums, sheet music, etc. and a hallway with AV – CDs, record albums, DVDs, and audiobooks.

>113 thornton37814: Hi Lori! Thanks.

>114 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. I snagged it as soon as I saw it, and because I spent 7 hours helping sort fiction/mystery on Sunday/Monday think it was the only one. The Teys I already own are two three-novel volumes (A Shilling for Candles/Daughter of Time/The Singing Sands and Miss Pym Disposes/The Franchise Affair/Brat Farrar), and two trade paperbacks (To Love and Be Wise and The Man in the Queue). Abstinence in regards to books is sometimes a good thing, but not if there’s a smidgen of a chance for regret.

I would envy me the book sale too – I honestly can’t believe I’ve lucked into such a wonderful one right in my own town. And to be able to ‘work it’ is a privilege, frankly. As I get to know the Book Sort Team members, I’m impressed with their tireless efforts every week of the year and twice a year at the sales.

So yesterday was Half Price Day. Here’s the haul. 27 items for $43.50. Of that, by the end of the day, Ruth, who manages the AV, gave me 7 Great Courses for $20 – she wanted them gone, nobody would buy them on Saturday because they aren’t part of $5/bag day, and she knew I’d love them and listen to them. All of them are in excellent condition and have the accompanying course guidebooks.

The Great Courses by The Teaching Company
Exploring the Roots of Religion – 3 parts, 6 CDs total
Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln – 1 part, 2 CDs total
No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life – 2 parts, 4 CDs total
The Foundations of Western Civilization – 4 parts, 24 CDs total
Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd edition – 7 parts, 42 CDs total
Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance – 3 parts, 6 CDs total
The History of the Supreme Court – 6 CDs total

Other AV:
The Concert in Central Park by Simon and Garfunkel – CD
Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits – CD

Poetry for Cats by Henry Beard
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters by Julian Barnes
Beastly Tales from Here and There by Vikram Seth

Trade Paperback:
The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett
The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett
Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett – duplicate but I think this copy is in better condition
Midnight Rising: John Brown and The Raid That sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz
The Founding Fathers by Encyclopedia Britannica
Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts
The Lost City of Oz by David Grann
The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain
After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
Grasshopper by Barbara Vine

Volunteer books: The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter and Justice Hall by Laurie R. King

Today is $5/bag day except for AV, which will be $1/item. The sale is 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. so I hope to get home by 3. Bill asked if I could take a lunch break but I don’t feel comfortable doing that, so I floated the idea of dinner.

It was very quiet last night without Jenna. I think the kitties miss her – they’re acting discombobulated. We certainly miss her but are glad she’s safe and sound back in Wilmington with a fully intact apartment and classes restarting on Monday.

Sep 29, 7:46am Top

Here are some photos from yesterday. I just noticed that most of the boxes are liquor boxes. *smile*

From top to bottom, Kitchen (large print, foreign language, educational materials), Storage room (art, architecture, music, museums, photography, etc.). The rest are of the main room.

Sep 29, 7:50am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. Love all the bookish delights. Awesome book haul. You always manage to find some real gems. Good for you.

Sep 29, 8:55am Top

Wish I could visit your book sale, but it's probably a good thing I can't. I don't need any more books at the moment.

Sep 29, 9:16am Top

Awesome book haul!! I will definitely look forward to spring. :)

Sep 29, 10:25am Top

>116 karenmarie: looks like an awesome book sale!!

Sep 29, 10:36am Top

Wow, what an amazingly book haul. It will keep you through the winter ;-).
Have a wonderful weekend, Karen.

Sep 29, 11:09am Top

I'm so glad I'm not in the neighborhood of that book sale! My apartment is already sinking, and even if I read a book off the shelves, I find it hard to give away. I'm doomed.

Sep 29, 12:34pm Top

Another awesome book haul, Karen! Your sale looks wonderful! I hope your library made tons of money.

Today is the last day of our library sale. I may go back, but still haven't found shelf space for the ones I bought Tuesday night. :) They do have a small room of more rare books that are sold with a silent auction, so I'd like to see how they are doing.

Sep 29, 1:29pm Top

>116 karenmarie: Wha Hooe! Excellent. Great setup ya'll have. You tricked me with the first two photos; I kinda groaned at the boxes arrayed on folding banquet tables. Then the third set me straight. I think I saw some books of interest/familiarity. Excellent.

Coincidentally, I spent an hour filling a bag (the largest tote L. L. Bean sells) at what I think is the closest community library. First time I went to a bag sale there, you'd "buy" a paper grocery bag for a fiver. I'd end up with a couple of torn bags. So last time around, I took along my own tote, and at the checkout, I offered to transfer books to "their" bags to determine what I owed. "Oh, that's fine, what you have," the lady said. "Five dollars is fine." Yoiks!

So I did the same today, got the same response. Haven't cataloged the books yet.

Sep 29, 4:12pm Top

>117 msf59: ‘Afternoon, Mark! Thanks. “Bookish delights” is right.

>118 thornton37814: Hi Lori! You’d love it for sure. I don’t need any more books either, but that doesn’t stop me. What I really need to do is seriously cull this year. Sigh.

>119 nittnut: Thanks, Jenn. I will, too. I hope your weekend is going well in Wilmington.

>120 figsfromthistle: Hi Anita! It’s pretty amazing, and we always get lots of compliments on it. I can’t claim any responsibility, though – they’ve been having these awesome sales for 20 years, 2 times a year.

>121 Ameise1: Hey Barbara. After I get all these books added to my catalog and can determine how many ‘tbr’ books I’ll be able to tell you precisely how many winters worth of books I have to read. Years worth, too.

>122 ffortsa: Hi Judy. Books are always tempting. I’m getting better at giving away books I don’t want to permanently keep, but I’m doomed, too. I may have to resort to double stacking again.

>123 streamsong: Yup, Janet, I’ve found some great books. Our gross sales are just at $17K with less than $1K expenses.
The room of rare books sounds wonderful – I love the idea of a silent auction.

>124 weird_O: Thanks, Bill, re the set up. The small specialty sections are on tables in boxes, but the “History, Biography, Nonfiction” and Fiction/Mystery sections are huge and on the rolling carts.

Good for you re your $5 bag. We don’t sell the bags - people just grab doubled-paper-grocery bags and start shopping, so if they use their own bags we just let ‘em pay $5 regardless of size. I didn’t see anything overly huge today. Lots of people come out with a partial bag, and sometimes we tell them they just need to pay $2 or $3, depending on how full the bag is.

I’ll be interested in seeing your haul.

Home, tired, happy, done ‘til Monday when I’ll create deposit slips and take cash/checks to the bank and start preparing the Book Sale report – sales and expenses. We’ll have a follow up meeting on October 9th.

So here’s my haul for today - $10 for two bags, 29 books total.


One Dish Meals by Reader’s Digest
Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter
The Vanishing American by Zane Grey (excellent condition, published in 1925, no dust jacket)
Arizona Ames by Zane Grey (excellent condition, published in 1932, no dust jacket)
The Border Legion by Zane Grey (excellent condition, published in 1916, no dust jacket)
Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved by Robin Wilson
Jesus for the Non Religious by John Shelby Spong
Angels of Destruction by Keith Donoghue
The Cloud Sketcher by Richard Reyner
The Haunted Mesa by Louis L’Amour
The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
The Museum Guard by Howard Norman
The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
Soil by Jamie Kornegay – signed copy
The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran – for Jenna

Trade Paperback:
Tripmaster Monkey by Maxine Hong Kingston
The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
The Green Knight by Iris Murdoch
S. by John Updike
Girls of Tender Age: A Memoir by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
Miss Treadway and The Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson
Aftermath by Clara Kensie
Roman Fever and Other Stories by Edith Wharton
Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue
Spadework by Timothy Findley
Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey

Sep 29, 5:48pm Top

>111 karenmarie: What a great book haul! Night train to Lisbon sprang out to me, I just saw it in our library at the allotment, and was planning to read it.

And the photos, real fun! I would have been happy to spend a couple of hours browsing there. It's just a bit too for. And now you mention it, Smirnoff, Jack Daniels,... sturdy boxes I suppose;-)

Sep 29, 9:54pm Top

29 books - makes me long for my old ways!

Have a lovely weekend, Karen.

Edited: Sep 30, 3:51am Top

Most excellent swag, Karen. You have a good eye for interesting books.

And I love the Great Courses series. I just bought The History of the Supreme Court. I can't wait to give a listen. Have you ever heard Robert Greenberg's lectures on music? They are BRILLIANT!

Edited: Sep 30, 9:56am Top

>127 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! The haul is definitely Cranswickian, even if I'm the "Cranswick" right now. Total haul is 89 books, 2 CDs. Of course I have no idea where they'll go yet. I still have the books from SomeGuyInVirginia to put up - they're cataloged but not shelved yet. More books from friend Karen in Montana, too. Joy, rapture!

September really got away from me, what with hurricanes and the Friends of the Library Book Sale and Jenna being here.

>128 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks, Larry! The sale allows me to find interesting books - broad in scope and a huge variety. We can listen to The History of the Supreme Court and compare notes! No, haven't heard lectures on music - I may regret not buying some of the music lectures they were selling at the book sale, but I got 7 Great Courses anyway and it will be a while 'til I get through those.

Today I'm going to a play, Sherwood, the first play of the 2018-2019 Playmakers Repertory Company season in Chapel Hill. Louise and I bought season tickets for the fourth year in a row. I'm looking forward to lunch out and the play, but will be happy about 5 p.m. today when I get home. This coming week I have nothing scheduled so far, which makes me happy.

Sep 30, 9:50am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I skipped an organized bird walk this A.M. but we have a function to go to later on and it would have involved too much rushing around. Now, I can squeeze a little more reading time in.

The Stephen King thread is up, for October. I know you are a fan.

Sep 30, 9:57am Top

Hi Mark! Happy Sunday to you, too. Too many things in a day is nerve-wracking to me too. Yay for more reading time.

Thanks re the Stephen King thread - I'll mosey on over right now.

Sep 30, 3:36pm Top

Wow, your hauls are amazing, Karen. After the Quake was the first Murakami I read, and it got me off and racing through everything of his I could get my hands on.

Sep 30, 5:38pm Top

All the way through your acquisitions, I was thinking "positively Cranswickian!", but I see you and Paul have already worked that out. ;-) These should hold you for a while.

Sep 30, 6:53pm Top

Glad to read Jenna's appartment wasn't damaged, did she return today?

Enjoyed the pictures of the booksale & your Cranswickian haul :-D

Edited: Sep 30, 9:46pm Top

>126 EllaTim: Ella – I see I unintentionally bypassed you earlier. I’m sorry. Night Train to Lisbon spoke to me – I saw it as I was setting up, then forgot about it, then saw it as I was shopping and decided I needed it.

Lots of people do spent hours, but I understand that you’re a tad bit too far away. And the boxes – sturdy is the word. What astounds me is that as boxes get emptied they break them down and SAVE THEM FOR THE NEXT SALE. The only ones we ‘lose’ are the ones that we give away at the very end of the sale filled with books – they are divided evenly by category among three thrift stores and one Habitat for Humanity store. Impressive, I’d say.

>132 jnwelch: Hi Joe. It’s almost overwhelming, but I’m seeing the benefit of shopping across all three days. I always find things I didn’t see the previous time(s), although I do admit that by $5/bag day there are some I wouldn’t have even paid $1.50 (hardcover) or $1 (trade paperback) for.

I’ve read three Murakami – 1Q84, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. Frankly, After the Quake is smallish and it’s been a while since I’ve read any by him, so it may be time. *smile*

>133 ronincats: Yes, Roni, I was thinking ‘positively Cranswickian’, too. I do take my inspiration from Paul. And these will be added to the 1800+ already on Mt. TBR. Sigh. “My name is Karen and I’m a bibliomaniac…..”

>134 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Amazingly, Jenna’s apartment is undamaged. She returned Friday and says there was the tiniest bit of moisture on the carpet at her front door, not even enough to have gotten mildewed. She did have to throw out all the food in the refrigerator and freezer, disinfect the refrigerator, and restock, but she did that yesterday. Unfortunately school has been put off another week, until October 8th. Depending on how things tomorrow and Tuesday, and IF Jenna wants it, I’ll drive out with her (Christmas) book cases.

Thanks re the photos and my Cranswickian haul. Tomorrow will be some Friends Treasurer stuff (cash and checks deposited, a few checks, starting on the sales/expenses report of the sale) and cataloging The Haul.


So far no other obligations for the week. That makes me feel good, since September was mostly a hurricane and a book sale. I am reading an intriguing book – Every Day by David Levithan. It’s got a fantastic premise -

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Edited: Sep 30, 9:48pm Top

Hi Karen! How was the play? Our trip to Wilmington (actually, Rocky Point) was fabulous. I posted a few photos over on my thread. We cut and hauled a lot of wood and brush today, got thoroughly filthy, and the kids were the best workers! I checked for ticks, showered, and I am super ready for sleep. There were a lot of people heading east to Wilmington when we were heading home this afternoon. I guess school is really back in session. *grin* Did Jenna report on conditions in Wilmington yet?

ETA: Cross posting - I see above about Jenna's apartment. It's good it wasn't wet, too bad school is put off another week.

Oct 1, 8:39am Top

Hi Jenn! Sherwood was a wonderful romp. I wish I could find a picture of the set - we always love the sets. Live music via mandolin and guitar with a 'narrator'/singer, fireman's pole for sliding down from the catwalk (branches of a tree in Sherwood Forest), water prop representing a stream and in another scene a moat surrounding a castle. We laughed out loud a lot, yet it had serious themes.

Oct 1, 9:43am Top

Happy Monday, Karen!

Oct 1, 5:50pm Top

Very impressive book haul, Karen!

Oct 1, 8:43pm Top

>138 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! Thanks.

>139 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori. I'm pleased with my haul and look forward to entering them into my catalog this week.

Oct 2, 6:53am Top

Morning, Karen. I hope your week is off to a good start. I am enjoying the seasonal temps. It makes things easy, for strolling about.

Glad you'll be joining us on a King AAC read.

Oct 2, 3:15pm Top

Yay on liking the play!

Oct 2, 4:12pm Top

Hi karen, just stopping by to say hello, I have been a very infrequent visitor this year but hope that is now going to change and I will be around the threads on a more regular basis. It looks like you had a good weekend my dear at the book sale and you have got a really good haul there.

We didn't do too bad while we were away and brought back 27 books and then I picked up two on the Monday after we had got back, I also picked up a nice pen while in Hay and got an old pen in an antique shop in Narberth, a small market town in West Wales.

It is that time of year again my dear where Karen is getting a list of who wants a Christmas cake making, she put a message out on Sunday morning and by evening she had orders for 14 cakes and then there are our two to add to this.

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

Oct 2, 6:15pm Top

Hi, Karen! Now that the book sale is over, will you sleep for a week? :-)

I hit one sale over the weekend, and though I had little success on the book front, I did get three dozen movies on DVD, including a fair number of French films from Criterion.

Oct 2, 7:05pm Top

>141 msf59: Hi Mark! Productive, if exhausting start. Hurricanes and book sales have caught up with me and I’m whupped. I’m glad you ‘ve got good weather. I’m looking forward to the King AAC read.

>142 SomeGuyInVirginia: It was so much fun, Larry! There were quite a few little kids there (why?), and I’m sure most of the humor went over their heads (gads, I hope it did – there was at least one mention of syphilis…), but there were sword fights and the hero got the girl and the bad guys were vanquished.

>143 johnsimpson: Hi John! I’m so glad you and Karen got a good haul on your holiday. And how many pens do you have? I don’t think I’ve ever asked that question before! Sixteen Christmas cakes. Whew. Having made them last year, I can appreciate the effort that goes into them.

Sending love and hugs to you and Karen!

>144 harrygbutler: Hi Harry. I’d like to sleep for a week… I must admit that I’ve gone to bed early a couple of nights and am on my way towards catching up.

Yay for the sale, even if most of the yield was DVDs.

I spent about 7 hours today preparing a deposit and taking it to the bank, calculating the net sales for the book sale, and preparing some items to enter onto the Income Statement and Balance Sheet.

Now it’s time to watch a bit of Criminal Minds with Bill then hit the sheets early again tonight.

Oct 3, 1:33am Top

Oct 3, 8:07am Top

Oct 3, 8:09am Top

Hi Roni!

You got that right! High 80s and more humidity. They're officially predicting 89F for today but won't be surprised if it gets to 90F. The only fall-like weather goodness is that it's 62F right now with no humidity.

Oct 3, 1:50pm Top

I've seen your posts on other threads about things still not being great in parts of North Carolina. I know our church had a disaster relief team come and go. Another is there now. I think another one will go after them. The first team was assigned to Kinston, I think. I'm not sure where the second team is. It may be a different location. I'm curious what the plan is for your daughter's school to meet the required weeks/days. I know you said on another thread she's still out but will be returning soon.

Oct 3, 3:04pm Top

I know that Carolinians are grateful for the church and other volunteer groups that have helped in the aftermath of Florence. We thought Matthew was bad, but Florence is exponentially worse.

I have no idea what CFCC (Cape Fear Community College) will do to meet the required school days. I heard something on NPR this morning about how counties will have different parameters depending on whether they're a declared disaster area or not. I do know that three of Jenna's professors are closing open assignments and telling the students not to worry about them, the fourth professor told them to keep on with the assignments - impossible until last Thursday because "Blackboard" wasn't up for students until then. It will all sort out starting next week.

Jenna's got a cold - I think it's the unhealthy air and environment because of debris, standing water, and although none in her apartment, mold and mildew. Fortunately she stocked up on food on Saturday and can hibernate while she recovers. She doesn't have to be anywhere until Monday.

Oct 3, 3:06pm Top

75. Every Day by David Levithan
9/25/18 to 10/2/18

From Amazon:

“A wise, wildly unique” (Entertainment Weekly) love story from the New York Times bestselling co-author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Will Grayson, Will Grayson about a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Why I wanted to read it: The premise intrigued me.

Levithan is deft at creating a character in one short chapter. He has to be, because each day A is in a different body and we learn about A’s perceptions through his reactions to the body he is in. Boys, girls, straight, gay. Rhiannon has a lot to cope with – one day the person she loves is a boy, the next a girl.

What’s actually more important to the story is that after inhabiting the body of Nathan, Nathan remembers enough to feel as though he’s been possessed. A is a child of the times and has an e-mail account, and he and Nathan communicate via e-mail.

A is wise beyond her/his years, adept at accessing the memories of the body he wakes up in. Not all are pleasant, not are safe.

A great what-if story.

Oct 3, 4:33pm Top

Congratulations on reaching 75, Karen!!

Oct 3, 4:51pm Top

Thank you, Anita!

Oct 3, 5:08pm Top

>145 karenmarie:, Hi Karen, I have around 75 fountain pens now and love them all but now I have found all these nice inks to go with them. I got my Monteverde pen sorted out when we called into Hay to look at books and a visit to Bartrums stationery shop, I had already picked up some Monteverde cartridges when we were in Lancaster. I love this American pen and have seen another nice one from them, the Grand Sequoia which is on my wishlist along with Noodlers and some of their inks.

Sending love and hugs to you and Bill and Jenna.

Oct 3, 6:49pm Top

Congratulations on reaching 75! And an interesting review to go with it.

Oct 3, 8:20pm Top

 Excellent times 75!

Also. Stats you posted are still great. I admire all the categories and classifications.

Oct 3, 9:42pm Top

Karen, we are almost reading twins. I'm going to look for a short book to read for my No. 75 so I can catch up to you quickly. I have Lab Girl to read (again) for my Book Group on Tuesday night, but I don't want to have a reread for my goal-achieving book. I know, I'm kind of strange about things like that.

Congratulations on Reading 75 books with another quarter of the year to go!

Oct 3, 10:10pm Top

>152 karenmarie: Congrats on reaching 75.

>151 karenmarie: A teacher in our choir went to Wilmington this weekend to help her son who had been a youth pastor there to move back to this area (Knoxville) to be a youth pastor at a church closer to home. She was just crying at all the devastation she had seen, but her son's house had none other than minor limbs and debris. She was really grateful for that.

Oct 3, 10:18pm Top

Congrats on 75, Karen!

Oct 3, 10:40pm Top

WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! That book sale gets better every year, doesn't it?
You got Dunnetts. Yay!!!
Our public schools won't open next week either. We're NC's biggest county, and they have to have air quality pass muster in every school before any school can open. Likewise, cafeterias have to be cleaned out and restocked. Likewise buses rerouted. Two schools were damaged beyond repair with Florence as opposed to one with Matthew. Poor, poor RobCo.

Oct 4, 7:29am Top

>146 ronincats: LIKE!

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Congrats on hitting #75! Yah! I also remember enjoying Every Day. I started The Fireman. Hill definitely has his Dad's storytelling skills. I am only concerned, that it is going to go on a bit to long.

Oct 4, 8:38am Top

>155 johnsimpson: Amazing John! 75 pens. You remind me of a man I worked with at the company I was with just before I retired – Terry – who used fountain pens too. He also collected watches. I’ve used a fountain pen over the years, with pleasure, but with none of the knowledge that you bring to them. I’ve got my husband’s great-aunt’s around here somewhere – probably in the dresser here in the sunroom. I’m remembering it in a box with some of her personal stationery.

>156 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella. Every Day took me about 20 pages to get hooked.

>157 weird_O: Why, thank you, kind sir! I’m glad you like my stats categories – I have a spreadsheet, of course, which makes it easy to summarize. Some people present monthly stats, but I like looking at my whole year at all times.

>158 Donna828: Hi Donna. I hope you find a good one. Frankly I wasn’t thinking of appropriateness when I picked #75, but I’m now glad it wasn’t a re-read. I’ll start being strange like you for my goals, too. *smile*

>159 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori. Jenna says that there’s debris everywhere and dumpsters everywhere. She’s lying low and trying to get over her cold.

>160 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! It snuck up on me and I didn’t actually realize I’d hit #75 until after I’d read it and was updating my stats.

>161 LizzieD: It really does keep getting better, Peggy. Of course now that I’m Treasurer and helping sort prior to the sale I’m seeing more than I saw in the 2 hours I used to spend. Now I spend about 7 or 8 hours sorting then am at the sale all 3 days. The Dunnetts were there, grouped together. I’m surprised that I duplicated one since I was using the LT mobile app to check, but oh well.

I didn’t realize that Robeson Co was NC’s biggest. I’m so sorry to hear about the two schools.

>162 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark! The Fireman is pretty long. I’ll be interested in your opinion.

I’m going to continue cataloging my haul today. I cataloged 12 last night. Since I have a compulsion about having the exact right cover, I have to either find it with the “change cover” option or scan it in if mine’s not there or the quality isn’t there on a correct user-provided cover.

Oct 4, 10:22am Top

75 already! Good for you!

Oct 4, 10:33am Top

I gave up my compulsion for the exact right cover long ago. I'm just too lazy for such things. :) But I understand why you would want it!

Oct 4, 10:52am Top

Congrats on hitting the 75 book mark, Karen!

Oct 4, 11:12am Top

>146 ronincats: Bwahahahaha!

Ugh, it's going to take a long time to sort the damage out.

Oct 4, 1:16pm Top

>164 ffortsa: Thanks, Judy!

>165 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel. Once I figured out how to easily and quickly scan covers in, my perfectionism came to the fore. I have many covers that are still Amazon covers and many that are wrong because once-upon-a-time if you changed ISBN it automatically changed the cover, which, when I think about it, make me twitch. However, that’s a problem for another day.

>166 ronincats: Thanks, Roni!

>167 SomeGuyInVirginia: I heard on NPR this morning that there’s at least $40 million in damage at public schools in NC. Many of them have insurance through just one company, so that company’s swamped (so to speak), too. It’s very sad and demoralizing.

Oct 4, 1:37pm Top

I just finished cataloging my finds and getting all the audiobooks upstairs. Sadly two of the Great Courses books are missing CDs. I spent $18 to get one CD for a previous Great Courses purchase froma book sale, but am not going to do it again - this time it would cost me $120 or so. Fortunately I'm only out $11.

The rest are waiting for me to find a place for them on my shelves. But at least they're cataloged and with the right covers.

Oct 4, 3:14pm Top

Congrats on hitting the goal!

Oct 4, 5:31pm Top

Thanks, Jim! My personal goal is 105, so I've got a bit of wonderful work to do before the end of the year.

Oct 5, 9:21am Top

I great to have a job you love! I've fallen behind, lately, although I think I'm at 74 for the year so I'll make my goal of 75 even if the last book is a comic.

Parker sends his love.

Edited: Oct 5, 10:25am Top

You're right there with me, Larry! 74, 75, 76...

I plan on reading a few .... ah.... short and sweet books before year end to hit my goal. I also had a goal of 34,000 pages, but absolutely do not see that happening. I'd have to read 142 pages average per day to get there.

Love back to Parker D. He's an awesome-looking boy.

Yesterday Kitty William was on two books, Lisey's Story and my desk calendar.

Oct 5, 11:07pm Top

Kitty William is a talented cat.
Congratulations on your 75! Read, woman, read!

Oct 6, 12:06am Top

Yes! A paper calendar! I really love my 'to do' apps, but nothing beats paper for really working the day out.

Having said that, I'd be perfectly happy if 95% of my books were eBooks. I need the wall space.

Oct 6, 2:06am Top

Congrats on crossing the magical 75 line.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Karen.

Oct 6, 7:22am Top

>174 LizzieD: He sure is, Peggy. I wish we could post videos - yesterday morning he talked all the way to the kitchen to make sure I understood he wanted breakfast NOW, and I captured 21 seconds of us discussing it.

>175 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! I've been using paper desk calendars since 1985. Since 1994 I've been using Lett's of London. In fact, it's time to order 2019's.

I'm not quite to the point of wanting 95% of my books to be eBooks. I usually read 5-10% eBooks per year. Speaking of wall space, I think I'm going to have to double stack some books again. I'd completely gotten away from double stacking last year, but have acquired a fair few books this year. Sigh.

>176 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! This should be a mostly relaxing weekend - just a bit of budget prep for Monday's Friends of the Library Board Meeting, Panthers game on Sunday at 1 p.m. and book club Sunday evening.

Oct 6, 7:52am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. A very stormy start to my day here, but the rain is supposed to end and hopefully be clear for the rest of the day. Fingers crossed.

The Fireman has been okay. I can't believe I am barely halfway done...

Oct 6, 8:54am Top

Happy Saturday, Karen! Congrats on hitting 75!

Oct 6, 10:21am Top

>178 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks. It's overcast here with some rain probably heading our way. The Fireman was very, very long.

>179 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!

Oct 6, 11:08am Top

Good on you for passing 75.

I need to keep at the reading, but so far, October has been the pits. I've got four or five books started, looking for the one that'll grab me and haul me out of the Slough of Despond. So far not good.

Oct 6, 11:10am Top

Happy Saturday, Karen. I love the perfect spot Kitty William found for R & R. I'm sure he knew you'd appreciate it. :-)

Oct 6, 1:30pm Top

>181 weird_O: Thanks, Bill! I'm so sorry that you are in the Slough of Despond. I know the feeling although I've got a couple of books going right now that I really like:

Lisey's Story by Stephen King for the October AAC Challenge
Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey
Blackbeard's Sunken Prize by Mark Wilde-Ramsing and Linda Carnes-McNaughton - Linda McNaughton is the wife of one of the members of our FoL Book Sort Team. As soon as I knew that, I just had to get the book!

>182 jnwelch: Hi Joe, and thank you! KW loves the attention, and at 18, almost 19, is getting a tad needy. And Miss Inara Starbuck just sat down on my desk calendar. Drat.

Oct 6, 6:48pm Top

>183 karenmarie: I've got bookmarks in:

The Shining, Mr. King
Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
Looking for a Ship by John McPhee
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder

Holding off:

Black Betty by Walter Mosley
Endless Night by Agatha Christie

Yes, yes. I can do this.

Oct 6, 8:54pm Top

Pick something fun and easy to get your reading chops back.

The Agatha Christie might be a good choice..... it's relatively short and sweet.

Oct 6, 10:50pm Top

>184 weird_O: Hmm. I'm attracted to the John McPhee. I haven't quite been able to tackle his monster of US geology, but I do enjoy sea stories. I'll see how you like it.....
Meanwhile, I'm mostly reading my Sarah Vaughan bio today (Queen of Bebop), so all is well with me.
Hi, Karen!!!

Oct 7, 4:35am Top

I've read Lisey's Story seven years ago. This year I've read Mr Mercedes. I'm not so into Mr. Kings stories, but after a few years it's ok to read one.

Oct 7, 8:02am Top

Morning, Karen. Congrats on hitting #75! Yah! I am disappointed in The Fireman. I am into the final 3rd of the book. I think it would have worked better at half the length.

I am meeting Joe for lunch and brews today. Double yah!!

Oct 7, 10:25am Top

>186 LizzieD: John McPhee is marvelous. I've read, I'll bet, more than a dozen of his books. The geology books didn't attract me, though Control of Nature did. In Draft No. 4, his most recent book, he explains his painstaking approach to writing.

Oct 7, 10:49am Top

>186 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. It’s a black armband day, for sure. I could just weep.

I’ve never heard of John McPhee. I do like the delicious juxtaposition of the title Looking for a Ship and the fact that I’m reading Blackbeard’s Sunken Treasure, a ship that was ‘missing’ for almost 300 years before being ‘found’ in 1996.

>187 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! I liked Mr. Mercedes, the first of the Bill Hodges trilogy. In fact, I liked them all. I go through phases with King – sometimes reading multiple books a year, other times skipping years (like 2016 and 2017).

>188 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks. I wasn’t going to say anything about The Fireman until people had read it, here are my comments from July of 2016:

I finished The Fireman by Joe Hill about 20 minutes ago. I give it 3 1/2 stars, mostly because it was just too long at 747 pages plus Coda. It could have used more editing.

I have mixed feelings about it. It felt like there were 3 separate novels embedded in one – the Dragonscale plague and its world-wide implications, the playing out of relationships, emotions, and power in the face of the crisis in one small community, and the search for safe haven and succor for Harper Grayson and others afflicted with Dragonscale. Don’t expect a novel about The Fireman as much as one about Harper. She is strong and principled, and I liked her very much. The Dragonscale is an interesting variation on the theme of plagues. As I was reading it I thought about abandoning it, but Harper’s story kept me going. Absolutely make sure you read the Coda, which is embedded in the Credits. It’s good without the Coda, but much more satisfying with the Coda.

Yay for a meet up with Joe.

>189 weird_O: Hi Bill!

I just spent 2 hours writing FoL checks and preparing the budget/proposed changes for tomorrow’s meeting. Now all I have to do is print it out tomorrow morning!

Reading, Panthers, book club tonight for a book I abandoned – Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. I abandoned it because of its extremely irritating style. Huge third-person paragraphs, no clear delineation of characters, no dialog. To me it was just a mess.

Oct 7, 4:43pm Top

Nothing like last minute football stress - Carolina led all game, Giants went ahead 31-30 with 1:08 left, Panthers did not get within reasonable field goal range but Gano scored a 63-yard field goal with 6 seconds left on the clock. TV cut away, but there was one second left, so they apparently had to line up and kick off to the Giants. Fortunately the Giants did not return it for a touchdown. Whew. Stressful, wonderful.

Oct 7, 4:59pm Top

Ermagerd! I think you will LOVE John McPhee!

Oct 7, 9:49pm Top

Okay, Larry. Done and done. I was able to bookmooch Coming into the Country by John McPhee just now, as if I need any more books! But since it was moochable and I had points...

Oct 7, 10:42pm Top

I liked The Fireman a bit more than you did, but I have a grumble about the ending...

The book sale looks like it was a hit!! Congrats.

Oct 7, 10:59pm Top

I yielded and ordered the 2 McPhees that y'all mentioned. I think my DH might also like them, and that's my justification if I need one.
Thanks for the tips!

Oct 8, 4:20am Top

>194 Berly: Hi Kim! I liked it well enough, I just didn't love it.

Yes, the book sale was a hit. Thank you. At book club last night one of our members was very excited about her first-day purchases. She only usually comes at $5/bag day, and is still marveling over what she got.

>195 LizzieD: Congrats, Peggy! We'll have to see what this author's like!

Insomnia. Again. Oh well. Off to check a few threads then continue reading Lisey's Story for the AAC challenge.

Oct 8, 4:44am Top

Hi Karen! Insomnia again, huh? I'm having trouble with it lately as well. Trouble falling asleep, waking up frequently, or too early. Sometimes I pick up a book, that will get me sleeping again;-)

Oct 8, 4:49am Top

Hi Ella!

Sometimes I know why, other times, like now, I do not. Usually it's caffeine too late in the day, but not yesterday.

Oct 8, 7:34am Top

Morning, Karen. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on The Fireman. I should finish it up tomorrow. I like Harper's character too but I am looking forward to the coda.

I have the day off, but I wish it wasn't so damp out there. Sighs...

Oct 8, 12:21pm Top

Hi Mark! You're welcome.

I don't know which is worse, damp or hot and humid. And have I mentioned the mosquitoes? There's still significant standing water in the pastures and fields around us and we're getting bit if we venture out too long.

I'm proud of myself - I got in a mood and culled 13 books I knew I'd never read. So for the year I've acquired 377 (eep) and culled 55.

Oct 8, 1:09pm Top

Regarding John McPhee, we are seeing him at the NY Public Library discussion series in November. I've read several of his books, and have more on the shelf. He's a wonderful writer.

Oct 8, 6:43pm Top

>201 ffortsa: That's good to hear, Judy! I'm envious that you get to see him.

Well, now Hurricane Michael is coming to NC after crashing into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, up through George and SC first. So we're looking for some uncertain weather Thursday-Friday. Just what we need, more rain.

Oct 8, 6:44pm Top

>202 karenmarie: Rats. Just what you need. I hoe the storm is shredded before it gets to you.

Oct 8, 10:24pm Top

I hope so too, Judy, but at this point, still early in the process, it looks like it's going to hit the FL coast as a major hurricane (> 110 mph winds, possibly category 3). It appears to be fast-moving, though, unlike Florence, which had lots of time to dump major amounts of water.

Oct 8, 11:01pm Top

Michael - NOOOOooooooo................. I could just weep. In fact, I've been almost weeping so often this past month that I just as well go ahead and do it.
I don't know whether I'm admiring or aghast that you've culled 55 books. If you're proud, I will be too.

Oct 9, 7:40am Top

Hi Peggy! I know, I know... our poor state.

Be admiring about the books - ones that I've read and don't want to keep, duplicates, or like yesterday's cull things I know I'll never read.

Oct 9, 10:18am Top

Hi, Karen! Congrats on hitting 75, and good luck as you go for your personal goal.

I have to do some culling of books myself, but I'm reluctant to do too much on that score — save for books I've already read and know I won't revisit — because my reading of particular genres ebbs and flows, and I've too often had to repurchase previously culled books. We'll see how I do. :-)

Oct 9, 3:02pm Top

Cull those puppies! I've dumped a lot this year. It feels great, like getting a haircut in August.

Oct 9, 5:53pm Top

Congrats on reaching 75 books! A good one too

Edited: Oct 9, 9:33pm Top

>207 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! I'm reading a big'un - Lisey's Story by Stephen King for the October AAC, but I'm reading it quickly. Good luck with your culling! These are books I know I'll never read so I don't feel bad at all.

>208 SomeGuyInVirginia: Sounds like a cheer, Larry!

Cull those puppies!
Move those losers!
Buy some new ones,
Yay books yay!

>209 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita. I didn't deliberately plan on a good one for #75, but am glad it was worthy.

Tomorrow I guess I'll do a bit of hurricane prep - turn the porch furniture upside down again, bring in all the bird feeders and the hammock again, clear the drain in the driveway again, secure the hammock frame to the porch railings again, take down the porch swings again. Sigh. The cone of uncertainty/path will change as it gets closer, but now it looks like 6-10" of rain and winds in excess of 40 mph.

Oct 10, 1:12am Top

I am getting concerned, Karen. Culling books?! I mean...I mean...just chuckin' 'em in a carton and hauling them off the premises. Is that what you mean by that, uh, unpleasant word, culling. Do we need to arrange an intervention?

Myself, I have been restacking books in The Big Boys Reading Room and Hermitty Place. Just a part of rearranging my stereo, turntable, and speakers. Got music now. I bought a Benny Goodman recording of a Carnegie Hall concert earlier this year at a library sale, and I listened to three sides for the first time today. Vinyl. Hmmmm.

The restacking was to alphabetize the books. When first I stacked 'em, I sorted books by author last name: A-B-C in one stack, D-E-F in another, G-H-I, and so on. Now I've alphabetized the books in each stack. Woo-woo. Of course, a few books aren't yet in those stacks.

Oh boy. Stay safe and dry.

Oct 10, 6:24am Top

Morning, Karen. Good luck with the storm. Please keep us updated, my friend. 6-10 inches of rain, again? Just what you need, right?

Oct 10, 8:23am Top

>211 weird_O: Hi Bill. I don't think an intervention is necessary but thank you kindly - in an ideal world more bookshelves would solve the problem, but I'm not willing to spend money on shelving now and really do need to cull some books. I've already culled most duplicates and stinkers (2 stars or below), so now it's stuff I'll never read. C'est la vie. I went through a huge effort since retiring to get the books I've read and all audiobooks into my Retreat, formerly our daughter's play room (double- and triple-shelved) and the rest of my books (reference, do-not-read-for-whatever-reason, and to be read) in the library and sunroom AND single-shelved so I can see all titles on a shelf at once. I really don't want to go back to double-shelving unread books, but I've got 126 books on this dresser in the Sunroom; I think I've finally hit critical mass IF I want to still keep unread/reference/dnr books single-shelved.

However, I've just had a brain storm - how many do-not-read books can I move to the Retreat to make room for tbr books? It's an endless and fun puzzle.

Yay for vinyl, organized books. I can't imagine alphabetizing books, though. I did that when I was living in CA and still only had about 3 bookshelves worth of books, but even then I got very frustrated if a book or author fit in the middle of a shelf and then EVERYTHING downstream (so to speak) had to get bumped to the next shelf and next shelf. I use location tags on my LT catalog and they work beautifully for me. A book goes where it fits.

Aye, aye to safe and dry.

>212 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks. As of the 8 a.m. National Hurricane Center updates, it's tracking farther north through NC, now almost over us again, but the rain amounts have been reduced to only 4-6", winds less than 40 mph. I'm just hoping we don't lose any more trees because of the still-saturated ground.

Last night I mentioned to Bill that perhaps, just perhaps he might consider getting a new generator battery in case we lose power and don't want to schlep the tractor over to the shed to jump start the generator battery in heavy rain. After a few choice words (mostly at himself for forgetting to do this after Florence) he's going to call me this morning and tell me where in town I can go to get one.

Oct 10, 10:24am Top

All caught up with you, Karen! I'll be thinking about you as we both wait out Hurricane Michael. It's already pretty windy here and raining.

Oct 10, 10:38am Top

Ah, #$#@! Looks like poor Wilmington will be hit again. Will Jenna be coming home?

Oct 10, 11:44am Top

>214 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie! Nice to see you, given that Michael's already affecting you. Stay safe, so glad to read on your thread that your family are all home safe and sound.

>215 streamsong: Wilmington less than central NC, apparently - Jenna will stay there. I've reminded her to make sure she has things to drink and eat that don't require electricity, so she'll do that today. Any change in the projected path may make it worse for her, but it will be nothing like Florence. I'm really more worried about us and trees coming down, frankly.

I've gotten the new generator battery (and learned all about core charge amps). I was going to go out and do the outside prep but it was raining when I peeked outdoors about 10 minutes ago. I'll wait a bit, then take care of things - should take no more than perhaps 20 minutes.

Oct 10, 1:41pm Top

Hi Karen!

I hope all goes well for you with the storm. Smart idea to get backup power (the new generator battery). Woo, you guys have had more than your share of tough weather this year. Sending positive thoughts for no trees coming down, and for your and your family's safety.

Oct 10, 1:46pm Top

Hi Joe!

Thanks. I've done half the outside prep, gone to the grocery store (forgot to get a few things when I was in town earlier), am now home and going to eat lunch.

We had a wicked cold winter, a wicked hot summer, one major hurricane, and now one fast-moving lesser hurricane. Hurricanes can always spawn tornadoes, though, so there's still potential nastiness brewing for central NC.

I'm zooming along nicely in Lisey's Story for the AAC challenge.

Oct 10, 3:56pm Top

Sorry to hear you might be getting even a little bit of another weather hit. Myself, I'm thinking of investing in land in Ohio - think that's inland enough?

Oct 10, 4:24pm Top

>125 karenmarie: book haul and a half, nice one!

>204 karenmarie: I hear it is a doozy, this next one. I hope you stay safe and warm and your community does too!!

Oct 10, 5:03pm Top

>219 ffortsa: Hi Judy. Thanks. Ohio would work. Interestingly, the geographic center of the contiguous United States located about 2.6 miles (4.2 km) northwest of the center of Lebanon, Kansas, approximately 12 miles (19 km) south of the Kansas–Nebraska border. We had a bit of rain today, but things should start to get 'interesting' early tomorrow morning. It will have severely weakened by then. I hope.

>220 LovingLit: Thanks, Megan! It's a very powerful storm now, having just come ashore in the Panhandle of Florida, and Mamie's probably getting pounded in Southern Georgia.

Oct 10, 6:19pm Top

Stay safe and dry, Karen!

Oct 10, 9:08pm Top

Thanks, Anita!

Oct 11, 7:33am Top

Another wish for safe and dry for you - and us too. I'm counting on this being a one day affair with minimal loss of power and water O.K.

Oct 11, 7:57am Top

Hi Peggy! Thank you. Yes, I want it to be a one-day affair, some rain, some wind. Dare I ask for no power loss?

Oct 11, 9:03am Top

I hope things are going well for you Karen. Good luck in the storm.

Oct 11, 9:21am Top

Thanks, Rachel! So far just a bit of wind and light, sporadic rain. But there's a big band of rain coming at us right now.

Oct 11, 3:31pm Top

Hey there. I hope you've still got power. We are flickering but OK. Friends to the south of us have lost power. It's raining so hard it looks like fog. Our pond has flooded the connector road in our neighborhood, which is not as big a deal as it sounds. The road is very low. I feel for the lower elevation homes right next to the pond where it's flooded. They might have water in their crawl spaces/basements. Tornado watch until 9 pm. Sigh. I feel that I can manage this, if it will just leave Lumberton be.

Oct 11, 5:21pm Top

Hi Jenn. Nope. Lost power at about 4:20. Got the generator going, Bill called in the outage. Then we heard a huge crack and there's a smallish tree down on the fence line near the creek. Sigh. Lots of wind and now the rain's started up again. We've gotten about 3" total so far today.

I hope that you haven't lost power in the meantime. How much rain have you gotten?

Oct 11, 11:08pm Top

Goodness! You and Jenn got it much worse than we did. In fact, I think we got away with one, and I'm very thankful. I'm sorry that you both got hammered. We got only 2½" in our gauge, and gusts no higher than 55 mph. I hope the same was true for the rest of the county. Our kids are still not back in school yet. If I were still teaching, I'd be getting hysterical.

Oct 12, 7:38am Top

Morning, Karen. How is everything going there? How did the night go? I hope the worst has passed.

On the book front, how is Lisey's Story coming? I remember really enjoying that one.

Oct 12, 8:22am Top

'Morning. Still no power, and no estimate when it will be restored. Thank goodness for our propane generator (with working battery) hooked up to a 400-gallon buried propane tank. No problems in the night, no more trees down that we can see. Amazingly, it's a nice crisp 53F, blue skies.

Lisey's Story is great. I'm 65 pages away from the end. Lisey has just taken Jim Dooley and Amanda to Boo'ya Moon.

Edited: Oct 12, 3:39pm Top

77. Lisey's Story by Stephen King
10/3/18 to 10/12/18

From Amazon:

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went -- a place that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King's most personal and powerful novel, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.

Why I wanted to read it: October 2018 American Author Challenge.

It took me about 200 pages to remember Lisey rhymes with CeeCee, but now, finally, I’ve got it down and think LeeCee automatically. It’s surprising how important that seemed as I was reading this book.

It’s hard to classify this novel, because it contains elements of psychological horror, romance, and the paranormal. Among other things, that is.

I thought the first person female voice totally authentic and take my hat off to Stephen King for achieving this. I kept forgetting as I was reading that a man wrote this book because Lisey is as female and feminine as the day is long. Perhaps, as acknowledged by Mr. King in the Author’s Statement it is his wife and her 5 sisters who formed the ‘sister thing’ in the book and the strong female voice.

Lisey doesn’t start strong, though. Two years after her husband’s death she’s numb and wooly. She hasn’t cleaned out anything of her husband’s. As memories resurface, as a crazy comes after her and she becomes a strong and decisive woman, she combines the impenetrable love of her marriage with the biological love for her sisters to take charge of her life.

King’s writing is sweet, vivid, scary. The book’s length and convoluted timeline, which go back and forth among Scott’s childhood, Lisey’s childhood, their marriage, and her widowhood can be criticized, but not by me. I found the book exactly right, compete but not sloppy, long but not fuzzy. King addresses this potential issue in the Author’s Statement:
Nan Graham edited this book. Quite often reviewers of novels – especially novels by people who usually sell great numbers of books – will say “So-and-so would have benefited from actual editing. To those tempted to say that about Lisey’s Story, I would be happy to submit sample pages from my first-draft manuscript, complete with nan’s notes. I had first-year French essays that came back cleaner. Nan did a wonderful job, and I thank her for sending me out in public with my shirt tucked in and my hair combed. As for the few cases in which the author overruled her… all I can say is, “reality is Ralph.”
And, as I have been doing recently, I’ve found a few quotes that I like:
When it was done and you went to sleep, I lay awake and listened to the clock on your nightstand and the wind outside and understood that I was really home, that in bed with you was home, and something that had been getting close in the dark was suddenly gone. It could not stay. It had been banished. It knew how to come back, I was sure of that, but it could not stay, and I could really go to sleep. My heart cracked with gratitude. I think it was the first gratitude I’ve ever really known. I lay there beside you and the tears rolled down the sides of my face and onto the pillow. I loved you then and I love you now and I have loved you every second in between. I don’t care if you understand me. Understanding is vastly overrated, but nobody ever gets enough safety. I’ve never forgotten how safe I felt with that thing out of the darkness. p. 20

… an instant of empathy that was gruesome in its strength and nearly unendurable in its human harmony. p. 450

Some things you never forgot. She had come to believe that the very things the practical world dismissed as ephemera – things like songs and moonlight and kisses – were sometimes the things that lasted the longest. They might be foolish, but they defied forgetting. And that was good. p. 461
Stephen King is a fine writer, and this book is a stunning execution of a complex and layered story.

Edited: Oct 12, 11:10pm Top

Well, you've done it again, Karen. I'm reading Mr. Mercedes because of you, and that should be enough. But NO. Now I have to get Lisey's Story. Thanks and a thumb.
I hope the linemen get to you tomorrow.
ETA: O.K. No thumb because you didn't put it on the book page. You should.

Oct 13, 7:56am Top

You're welcome and I've added it to the book page. For some reason I rarely add reviews to the book page.

I hope they do, too. There are still so many people without power in our county, much less the state.

Oct 13, 8:33am Top

Glad to see that you loved Lisey's Story. I'm always shocked when King pulls off a book like that and that's part of the reason I love his writing.

Hope you have weathered the storm ok!

Oct 13, 8:48am Top

Hi Chelle! Ha. I just posted on your thread and am glad to see you here.

We're still on generator, with no estimate as to when we'll have commercial power back. Bill just said that our local news channel reports that Duke Power still has 200,000 customers without power in NC - remember that customers are households/businesses. For each household there are usually 2 or more people....

We're definitely grateful that the weather is autumnal. It is 53F now, clear blue skies, no humidity. At least we don't have heat and humidity and no air conditioning! (Our generator is a 'most' house generator, so certain things don't work like A/C, kitchen overhead lights, electric wall oven, upstairs hall light, electric hot water heater that supplies kitchen and laundry, etc. It was a conscious choice when we got the generator in 2000.)

I've started Q is for Quarry, 17th in The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton.

Friend Louise told me something interesting the other day - Lisa Scottoline also has an alphabet series. Has anybody read any of them?

Rosato & DiNunzio Novels

Oct 13, 11:29am Top

Hi Karen - just checking in to see how you're doing following Hurricane Michael. Glad you have the generator to give you some power while the main power is out. And that it's not hot and humid at the moment.

Oct 13, 1:40pm Top

Hi Heather! We're fine - all our problems are first world for sure. I am extremely grateful for the mild weather and no humidity.

After Hurricane Fran in 1996 (it was in early September) the heat and humidity were dangerously high. No power for 5 days, no generator even for fans, cranky husband, small child..... This is a breeze compared with that.

Oct 14, 7:42am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. Great review of Lisey's Story. I loved that one as well.

I am heading out on another organized walk. These will be wrapping up soon, with the end of migration, so I am glad to be getting out. And then it will be books and football, the rest of the day.

Oct 14, 7:55am Top

Hi Mark! Thank you.

Enjoy your walk and I hope you see a lifer or two.

Just got up. I had to use some bottled water for my coffee - we keep the well pump circuit switched off except when the tank needs refilling, then turn off the refrigerator and freezer circuits for about 10 minutes while we get water then turn the well pump circuit off and refrigerator and freezer circuits back on when it's filled. Bill just got up and is refilling the water tank right now. All still first world problems. We're very lucky.

Oct 14, 11:07am Top

Congrats on reading 75 and beyond, Karen. I am way behind on threads and just got caught up with yours. That is quite a book haul from the Friends of the Library sale! Good to hear that you weathered another storm. I am guessing that it didn't hit Wilmington as badly this time?

Edited: Oct 15, 11:26am Top

Thanks, Meg!

You know, between the books from Montana, and the books from SGiV, and the more books from Karen, AND the book sale, I do not feel any need to buy books right now. Very strange for me, finally surfeit on books. We'll see how long it lasts.

The storm thankfully left Wilmington alone. Jenna's school closed on Thursday but was reopened the very next day. Just a teensy bit of rain, no wind to speak of. Here we had 3" of rain, lost another tree in the pasture, had one nasty hour of serious wind gusts (55-70 mph) Thursday night and lost power for 3 days, 2 hours, and 10 minutes. It just came on about 25 minutes ago. We let the generator run another 10 minutes to make sure there were not going to be power flickers and disappointment, but Bill just turned it off a few minutes ago.

I'm not even going to look at the kitchen - dishes in the sink, pans on the stove. We had power and running water, but only cold water from the electric hot water heater. It'll be nice and hot again tomorrow morning for dish washing.

Spoiled much?

Oct 15, 11:26am Top

From my 2017 challenge thread, Oct 21, 2017:
I finished my 1,000th read since keeping track here on LT in January of 2008. Some of these 1,000 were re-reads, but I'll celebrate twice, as recommended above. Now for 1,000 books read, sometime next year I hope, for 1,000 Unique books read.
For the last several days I've been re-doing my Books Read 2008 Forward spreadsheet. I realized that there were some errors and I finally finished cleaning it up.

So now I'm proud to report that from January 2008 - June 2018 I have read 1,000 unique books. The 1000th unique book was a special one - David Sedaris's newest book Calypso.

Oct 15, 3:16pm Top

Hi Karen, glad you have power back on my dear, hope there hasn't been too much damage from the Hurricane around you. It is a good job we didn't have a power cut as more Christmas cake baking was done yesterday, just five left to do now, we have done a good job since last weekend on that front.

Have a lovely week my dear and sending love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

Oct 15, 6:47pm Top

>244 karenmarie: 1,000 different books is an accomplishment, Karen, congratulations!
Glad you have your speadsheet back in order :-)

Oct 16, 7:08am Top

Morning, Karen. I hope the week is off to a good start. It has been chilly here and there was a freezing warning. Sighs...

I will be starting The Outsider very soon.

Oct 16, 8:04am Top

>245 johnsimpson: Hi John! Not too much damage around us, but there are still people in North Carolina without power. A power outage when Karen was baking Christmas cakes would have been a disaster, for sure. I seem to recall you had 11 or so to make this year, so good for you both! Sending love and hugs to you all.

>246 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! I feel very good about my spreadsheet now.

>247 msf59: Hi Mark! So far so good - I did a bit of outside work yesterday but it's overcast and we might have a few showers. I'm going to do a bit of Friends deposit prep and check writing, then I've got a massage appointment and a meeting with the Friends President.

Oct 16, 8:35am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope your week is going well so far. Autumnal weather has arrived here as well.

Oct 16, 8:40am Top

Hi Harry! So far so good. Autumn is my favorite season, hands down. I'm going to start doing a happy dance soon.

Oct 16, 8:42am Top

Here's an action shot from Saturday - Inara Starbuck and the Groundhog. She probably thought it was an overgrown mouse.

Oct 16, 9:37am Top

She looks like she's about to pounce, lol.

Oct 16, 10:02am Top

Fortunately she didn't. *smile* The groundhog escaped to her/his den under the barn.

Oct 17, 1:45am Top

Great wildlife picture! Good to hear that Wilmington was relatively unscathed this time.

Oct 17, 3:51am Top

>233 karenmarie: I haven't heard of this King novel, but your review makes me want to go out and get it right now. (I must go and thumb it, I will if it is on the book page).

Oct 17, 8:03am Top

>254 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg. I forgot to credit my husband with this one.

The whole state is still reeling from the hurricanes. Some school districts have been closed upwards of a month, so administators, parents, and students are all stressed catching up and figuring out how to either get in enough days or get special waivers.

>255 LovingLit: Cool, Megan! I actually put the review on the book page, so thank you.

Oct 17, 11:05am Top

Morning, Karen. Love the kitty and groundhog showdown. Grins...

I switched to pepper suet. The squirrels would not leave the other one alone, constantly wrapped around it, nibbling away furiously.

Oct 17, 11:11am Top

Hi Mark. Thanks. Yay for pepper suet.

Oct 17, 1:22pm Top

Hi, Karen! I like groundhogs, but they aren't the greatest neighbors when you have a vegetable garden. Fortunately the last of the groundhogs that raided gardens on our block was captured and relocated a few years ago, so we don't have to be quite so careful about keeping the garden gate closed.

Oct 17, 5:21pm Top

Hi Harry! I like them too, when they aren't in my vegetable garden. Several years ago I had some gorgeous Kentucky Wonder pole beans and darned if there wasn't a groundhog hanging off the wire fencing chowing down. Dratted beast.

Our neighbor Larry will trap raccoons and relocate them, but I haven't asked where he relocates them to. Probably just down the road a few miles.....

Oct 17, 11:37pm Top

I don't think we have groundhogs here, Karen. I can just about see Inara Starbuck's bottom wiggling though.
Nor do I have anything to say except that I'm glad that you have power back and we have kids in school as of yesterday. Things progress!

Oct 18, 4:52am Top

Good wildlife there :)

Wish you a pleasant day

Oct 18, 9:51am Top

>261 LizzieD: You're lucky, Peggy. They are rather cute for oversized rodents, but they dig holes and eat anything except weeds (at least in my yard). I'm so glad your county's kids are back in school! Slow and steady wins the race.

>262 paulstalder: Thank you, Paul! Nice to see you here.

I must admit that I didn't sleep well and didn't get up until 8:30, took a shower, and had my first coffee about 9 a.m. Heaven.

I finished Q is for Quarry the other day, the 17th of 25 books in The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton.

I've started The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard. It's one of the books friend Louise gave to me. She gives me books she's done with and I can keep them or donate them as appropriate. What's a poor bibliomaniac to do with a title like that except open it and start reading? *smile*

Oct 18, 10:40am Top

Good morning, Karen! The first year we had a garden, all the beans kept getting munched on before they had a chance to grow. We put up fencing, and it largely prevented the problem, but a couple years ago a neighbor relocated the last of the groundhogs and we haven't really needed the fencing since.

No raccoons, but we used to get opossums. I haven't seen those around this year, either, but maybe they've just been better at staying out of sight.

Oct 18, 10:52am Top

Hi Harry!

I wish we could get rid of the groundhogs. I might ask neighbor Larry, he of raccoon-relocation fame, what to do about the groundhogs.

We get opossums, too - here's a pic from January of this year. I was feeding the birds, so imagine my surprise when Mr. Opossum decided to visit.

Oct 18, 12:35pm Top

Lots of possums and raccoons here. We used to see otters in the river, but it's been quite a few years.

Oct 18, 6:10pm Top

I've never seen an otter in the wild. I don't mind the possums, but the raccoons eat anything in sight and are very clever at getting into things they shouldn't. Hence metal trash cans for bird seed, covered, and kept in the garage because regardless of what we tried when keeping the trash cans on the back porch, the raccoons got into them.

The hummingbirds left last week, the feeders are down and washed, waiting for next spring.

Oct 18, 7:35pm Top

Groundhogs, possums and raccoons, they sound a lot better to my non-American ears than rats, voles and water voles (those are what we get), oh, and rabbits. I like rabbits:-)

Edited: Oct 18, 10:03pm Top

>267 karenmarie: It's always sad when the hummingbirds leave. Unfortunately, the hummingbirds in our area left at the end of September. I always know when they are about to leave because they hover near my picture window to say goodbye. At least the Robins are still here. When they leave, then the first snowfall is not far away.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Oct 18, 10:59pm Top

Our hummers left earlier this week; in fact, they were all gone last week but one little female.
To add to the wild list, we also have rabbits and deer and in the swamps, black bears. My DH also saw a wild cat once when he was still keeping bees. We don't have chipmunks but do have enough squirrels to make up for them.

Oct 19, 6:38am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Starting to wrap up my long work week and looking forward to having Monday off. I have seen an opossum crawl under our shed, which is near my feeders but have not seen one in awhile, Harmless critters.

Oct 19, 8:39am Top

>268 EllaTim: Hi Ella! We have rats, mice, voles and moles. I like bunnies. We used to have lots of wild bunnies but not so many now. I think that because the neighborhood is finally complete, with all lots having homes on them, the bunnies have retreated to other pastures and the woods.

>269 figsfromthistle: It is for me, too, Anita. I love their antics and love feeding them. None of mine deliberately say goodbye that I know of.

>270 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! We have lots of deer. The closest black bear reported was about 5 miles away, but of course they may have been closer in the woods. Ooh, a wild cat. Now THAT would be something to see. My bird feeding station and one of my bird feeders are branded “Squirrel Proof” and so far both have lived up to the claim. No chipmunks here either that I know of.

>271 msf59: Good morning, Mark! Thank you. Yay for Monday off. Opossums, although they can be a mess of hissing nastiness, rarely carry rabies. This was good to know when one of our cats got into a tussle with one under the back porch years ago. Raccoons, on the other hand…

Oct 19, 11:17am Top

Good morning, Karen!

I don't think we have any chipmunks in the neighborhood, either, nor rabbits; at present, just squirrels and at least one skunk (smelled but not seen). I'm sure there are assorted reptiles and amphibians, but I haven't seen any this year. Some years I've seen toads, and once we had a garter snake.

Oct 19, 12:03pm Top

We have lots of chipmunks here in NY. They're adorable but can be destruction, even though they're tiny. Something is eating the step to our front porch and I suspect the chipmunks.

Oct 19, 1:11pm Top

>273 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! We get the occasional skunk, then hear reports down the street of the skunk. I like it when we get the down-the-street reports. *smile*

We have black snakes, worm snakes, racers, and in the back fields, copperheads. We have peepers at the creek in the spring and the occasional tree frog - sometimes they get on our doors and I take pics of them:

>274 RebaRelishesReading: Step-eating chipmunks? Who'da thunk? They are adorable, but still. I've read that mothballs, unchewed sticks of gum, blood meal (whatever the heck that is) and pepper spray can discourage chipmunks. Apparently pepper spray is toxic to bees, so if I had a destructive chipmunk I'd make a paste of cayenne pepper and smear it on the step.

Oct 19, 4:14pm Top

79. The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
10/18/18 to 10/19/18

From Amazon:

Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents deal in stolen goods and his first career is a partnership venture with his cousin Aria selling forged passports and social security cards to illegal aliens. Anton longs for a less questionable way of living in the world and by his late twenties has reinvented himself as a successful middle manager. Then a routine security check suggests that things are not quite what they appear. And Aria begins blackmailing him to do one last job for her. But the seemingly simple job proves to have profound and unexpected repercussions.

Why I wanted to read it: I loved Station 11, saw this on my shelves, saw Emily St. John Mandel’s signature, and loved the heft of the book and the glossy trade paperback cover.

Bottom line is Anton’s desire to be away from crime, away from his parents, away from his cousin Aria. He’s essentially a weak person who, with different parents and away from his cousin Aria would be that oh-so-desirable successful middle manager. But he’s the kind of person whose parents tell him to go with the flow when Aria blackmails him. And so he does, at least for a while.

The writing is hypnotic. This is Anton’s story, but starts out with a federal agent working a case. The case floats in and out of the story. Various characters float in and out of the story. Various crimes float in and out of the story. There is an extremely engaging one-eyed cat. There is hope in the story.

I found it engaging and wanted to know how it would all turn out. I had vague premonitions of disaster but felt good at the end and happy with where Ms. Mandel took Anton. And, of course, Jim, the one-eyed cat.

Oct 20, 11:02am Top

Good review of The Singer's Gun. I like Mandel but had not heard of this one. Thanks, for putting it on my radar.

Happy Saturday, Karen. Enjoy your weekend.

Oct 20, 4:53pm Top

Thanks, Mark! I have one other of her books on my shelves as yet unread, The Lola Quartet. However, I've switched gears and am reading November 22, 1963 by Adam Braver.

Oct 20, 8:58pm Top

The Singer's Gun sounds good, Karen. I like the other one I read by her. The one with Montreal in the title.

Oct 20, 9:31pm Top

Hi Meg! Last Night in Montreal was her first, good to know that you liked it. This was her second, The Lola Quartet her third, and Station 11 her fourth.

Oct 20, 11:23pm Top

*Singer's Gun* wishlisted immediately. Thank you, Karen!

Yesterday, 3:44am Top

Have a nice Sunday, Karen!

>276 karenmarie: Interesting review. Isn't that a very human situation, wanting to do better?

Yesterday, 6:10am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen. I hope it's a relaxed one.

Edited: Yesterday, 5:31pm Top

>281 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Have you read any of her other books?

>282 EllaTim: Hi Ella, and thanks. Yes, wanting to do better drives Anton, but so does the desire to do something 'less questionable'. There are some amusing conversations in the book between Anton and his parents regarding respectability.

>283 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, thank you.

We have no plans today except to watch the Panthers play the Eagles at 1 p.m. Today will be truly seasonal - high of 58F. Blue skies and 43F right now, with a bit of a chilly breeze.

Edited to add: Well the Panthers made us nervous and unhappy for 3 quarters and were down by 17 points at the start of the 4th. However, they scored three touchdowns and prevented the Eagles from scoring at all in the fourth, winning 21-17. Absolutely crazy making.

Yesterday, 5:30pm Top

80. November 22, 1963 by Adam Braver
10/19/18 to 10/21/18

From Amazon:

November 22, 1963 chronicles the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination and explores the intersection of stories and memories and how they represent and mythologize that defining moment in history. Jackie's story is interwoven with the stories of real people intimately connected with that day: a man who shares cigarettes with Jackie outside the trauma room; a motorcycle policeman flanking the motorcade; Abe Zapruder, who caught the assassination on film; the White House servants waiting for Jackie to return; and the morticians overseeing President Kennedy’s autopsy.

Why I wanted to read it: It called out to me from my shelves. I wanted something short before starting a major listening/reading project for November’s book club discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo. Perhaps thinking of Lincoln made me think of JFK?

Short, yes. Not sweet, though. Beautiful and emotional writing, yes. Informative, yes. Poignant, sorrowful, eye-opening, oh my yes. This is what's commonly now referred to as a microhistory, mostly of just the one day November 22 1963.

If you were born before that date and are old enough to have the memory, the question always is Where were you when you heard?

For me the answer is fifth grade, Room 13, Peter F. Burnett Elementary School in Hawthorne, California, just having come in from recess. We had been monitored by another teacher while our teacher, Mrs. Greenblatt, was taking a break in the teacher’s lounge. We were in the classroom when she came in. She said “I have some terrible news.” For some strange reason I immediately knew that President Kennedy was dead, don’t ask me how I knew. And of course it was horribly true.

This book is a series of fictionalized scenes. Many of them can be traced directly to the historical record, some are imagined, all are points of view of directly involved with the White House or the assassination itself – a maid at the White House, an usher at the White House, Abe Zapruder, a morgue photographer, the Kennedy children nanny, the White House mechanic who cleaned the limousine after the assassination. Throughout all are the scenes with Jacqueline Kennedy, starting at the hotel that morning and going through her return with President Kennedy’s body to the White House early the morning of the 23rd. There are even a few (imagined?) conversations between Johnson and Mrs. Kennedy after he’s moved into the White House.

Anybody interested in the Kennedys and/or the assassination should read this book. It humanizes the tragedy of what happened regardless of your political position then or now. It us back to a simpler time when only one person had a home-movie camera shooting a film of the cavalcade and TV became the instrument, for the first time, that unified the country with immediate news and shared national grief.

Yesterday, 5:53pm Top

Panthers-Eagles. Made your day. Kinda spoiled mine.

Yesterday, 6:35pm Top

I thought you were the Iggles fan... I'm sorry your team lost but glad that mine won.

Yesterday, 6:56pm Top

>285 karenmarie: - BB for me here, Karen. I love this kind of thing.

Yesterday, 10:17pm Top

>287 karenmarie: Not a stellar year for my football teams: Eagles, Steelers, Nittany Lions.

But I'm readin' real good...for me. Finished #85 this morning: It Can't Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis' dystopian vision of the U.S. electing a populist and finding itself with a fascist dictator. The promise of $5,000 for every citizen is not kept, of course. Instead, the country gets a special army of Minute Men, called the MM, that operates a lot like the SS in Nazi Germany. Also concentration camps, labor camps, psychopathic and/or sociopathic justice system, spies and snitches. Pretty grim.

And...pivoting from that crummy vision to King's The Shining, another crummy vision, though of another sort. WHAT AM I THINKING?

Edited: Yesterday, 10:28pm Top

>288 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! Me, too. Glad it interests you. The Kennedys have always fascinated me.

>289 weird_O: I'm sorry about your teams, Bill. My only team is the Panthers, my only tennis player is Roger Federer, and I know how bad I feel when either one isn't doing well.

Number 85 is fantastic. Congrats. I read The Shining a while back and it scared me. I cannot read King at night. Nope. Not at all. I hope your next book is not another crummy vision. Pick something light and frivolous.

Yesterday, 11:16pm Top

Reading S.King used to make me feel dirty, but I guess I've gotten jaded. The Shining may be my all-time favorite.
Emily S.J. Mandel? I've read and loved Station 11 but that's all.
Where was I? I was a college sophomore in chorus, singing my heart out. We ended our class immediately and headed back for our dorms. My room looked out at an elementary school down the block, and I could see the flag flying. Not having it at half-mast bothered me so much that I called the school and gave the secretary there the news.
I want to read a Bobby Kennedy bio or two, so it will be a long time before I get to the Braver book. Thanks for the review though!

Yesterday, 11:27pm Top

Living where I do, I see otters fairly often. I suppose most often I see seals. I'm about 2 miles or less from the mouth of the Fraser River as it hits the Pacific Ocean. There is salmon fishing in on the river, as well as who knows what else . I'm not a big fish fan, but you head down to the docks in spring, summer and early autumn and purchase fish /crabs etc right off the fishing boats. Great area to walk with the dog. Lovely scenery, lots of people and dogs.

As for November 22, 1963 , I'm afraid I was born in 1961. I have a few memories of Martin Luther King being assassinated and more so the first moon landing.

Yesterday, 11:42pm Top

>285 karenmarie: 9th grade, girls' locker room after coming in from PE. Announcement over the PA system.

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