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Mamie's 2018 Madness (Page 17)

This is a continuation of the topic Mamie's 2018 Madness (Page 16).

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75 Books Challenge for 2018

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October is definitely a month for Mischief.

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Books Read in November:
109. Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (3.75 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, memoir/baseball/Brooklyn Dodgers - Katie's Dirty Dozen
110. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (3 stars), library hardback, GN/horror - recommended by Judy
111. Death Masks by Jim Butcher (4 stars), FLP audiobook, fantasy/urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 5)
112. Blue Nights by Joan Didion (4 stars), FLP audiobook, memoir/grief
113. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (reread), FLP ebook, juvenile fiction

Books Read in October:
92. Fight No More by Lydia Millet (4.5 stars), library hardback, linked short stories - recommended by Beth
93. Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser (3.5 stars), 2013 acquired ebook, crime fiction/police procedural (Inspector Van Veeteren, book 1)
94. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, YA/historical fiction (Gentleman's Guide, book 1) - recommended by Meg
95. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (3 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, mystery (Haven, the tv series is loosely based on this)
96. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, horror
97. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, ghost story
98. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (reread), 2011 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
99. Sunshine by Robin McKinley (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
100. Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (5 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, science fiction/AI (The Murderbot Diaries, book 4)
101. The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal (4 stars), read online, novelette/science fiction (Lady Astronaut, short story) - recommended by Heather and Roni
102. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, crime fiction/detective (Comoran Strike, book 4)
103. The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (4 stars), 2013 acquired ebook, crime fiction/legal thriller (Lincoln Lawyer, book 2; Harry Bosch, book 14)
104. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (reread - read the ebook earlier this year, and this time I listened to the audiobook), 2018 acquired audiobook, science fiction (Binti, book 1)
105. First Flight by Mary Robinette Kowal (4 stars), read online, novelette/science fiction/time travel
106. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (4 stars), GN/superheroes
107. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman (4.5 stars), library hardback, contemporary fiction - Katie's Dirty Dozen
108. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (4.25 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, science fiction

3Crazymamie
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I am planning on walking the cat again this year. That is, I am just going to go where my reading takes me. I am not committing to any challenges except for Katie’s PopReadHarderSugarEtc.Challenges 2018

Books Read in January:
1. Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally M. Walker (4 stars), library hardback, YA non-fiction/history - mentioned on Julia's thread last year in reference to the 100 year anniversary of the incident
2. March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (5 stars), library paperback, GN non-fiction/memoir/Civil Rights Movement
3. Artemis by Andy Weir (4 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, sci-fi
4. You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams by Alan Cumming, narrated by Alan Cumming (4.5 stars), 2018 purchased audiobook, non-fiction/vignettes with selfies
5. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billy Lourd (4 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook - recommended by Mark
6. The White Album by Joan Didion (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, non-fiction/essays
7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (3.8 stars), 2012 or earlier acquired paperback, gothic fiction/classic
8. Ties by Domenico Starnone (4 stars), library paperback, literary fiction/relationships - recommended by Lynda, translation
9. God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, fantasy - recommended by Roni and read for her GR of it
10. The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant (4.5 stars), library hardback, contemporary fiction/illegal immigration - recommended by Katie
11. Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson (3 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, crime fiction/police procedural (Dark Iceland series, book 2), translation

Books Read in February:
12. The Dying Detective by Leif GW Persson (4 stars), library hardback, crime fiction/police procedural (Johansson and Jarnebring series, book 8) - recommended by Charlotte, translation
13. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (4.5 stars), library hardback, non-fiction/grief
14. The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey, narrated by Finty Williams (5 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, dystopian/zombies - recommended by Mark
15. Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, urban fantasy (October Daye series, book seven)
16. March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (5 stars), library hardback, non-fiction/The Civil Rights Movement
17. A World Gone Mad: The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren 1939-45 by Astrid Lindgren (4.25 stars), 2016 acquired hardback, non-fiction/diary/WWII, translation
18. Greenglass House by Kate Milford (4 stars), library hardback, juvenile fiction/mystery - recommended by Amber
19. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft, narrated by Fiona Shaw with Jonathan Keeble (4 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, non-fiction/feminism
20. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, non-fiction/democracy - recommended by Joanne
21. The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, crime fiction/police procedural - recommended by Charlotte
22. My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (4.5 stars), library paperback, GN - recommended by Mark and Joe

Books Read in March:
23. Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming, narrated by Alan Cumming (4.5 stars) 2017 acquired audiobook. non-fiction/memoir/abuse - Katie's Dirty Dozen
24. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham (4.5 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, crime fiction/police procedural (Fiona Griffiths series, book 3)
25. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood by Mark Harris (4.5 stars), 2014 acquired paperback, non-ficiton/film history
26. Slow Horses by Mick Heron, narrated by Gerard Doyle (5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, crime fiction/espionage (Slough House, book 1) - recommended by Charlotte and Deborah
27. The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White (3.5 stars), 2016 acquired ebook, crime fiction/mystery - recommended by Heather
28. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, narrated by Louise Brealey (5 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, contemporary fiction/coming of age
29. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (4 stars), 2016 acquired ebook, sci-fi/space opera (Binti, book 1) - recommended by Joe
30. Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer (4 stars), 2017 acquired paperback, weird fiction (Southern Reach, book 3)
31. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams (4.5 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, juvenile fiction/classic (Anne of Green Gables, book 1)
32. MI5 and Me: A Coronet Among the Spooks by Charlotte Bingham (3 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, non-fiction/memoir - saw this mentioned on Charlotte's thread and loved the quotes she posted from it
33. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagleu (5 stars), paperback borrowed from Birdy, GN/non-fiction/history, translated - recommended by Charlotte
34. Octopussy and The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming, narrated by Tom Hiddleston (4 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, short stories/crime fiction/espionage (James Bond, book 14)
35. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming, narrated by David Tennant (3 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, juvenile fiction
36. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré (5 stars), 2013 acquired paperback (also listened to the 2017 acquired audiobook), crime fiction/espionage (George Smiley novels, book 5)
37. A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes, narrated by Samuel Jackson (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, crime fiction/noir (Harlem Cycle, book 1)
38. How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant (4 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, juvenile fiction (How to Train Your Dragon, book 4)
39. The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel by Kate Westbrook (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, crime fiction/espionage (The Moneypenny Diaries, book 1)

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Books Read in April:
40. Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (4 stars), 2018 acquired hardback, non-fiction/essays/feminism - recommended by Charlotte
41. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, narrated by Juliet Stevenson (5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, non-fiction/essays/feminism - recommended by Joe
42. The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin (5 stars), 2018 acquired paperback, contemporary fiction/utterly delightful
43. The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne, Illustrated by Veronica Fish (3.5 stars), paperback borrowed from Abby, GN/grief/fairy tale retelling
44. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths (4 stars), traveling paperback sent by Katie and going to Beth next, crime fiction/mystery (Ruth Galloway, book 10)
45. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translation, (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired paperback, contemporary fiction/horror
46. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas (3.5 stars), library paperback, crime fiction/police procedural (Chief Inspector Adamsberg, book 1)
47. Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes (4 stars), 2013 acquired ebook, espionage/WWII
48. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (3 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, humor - recommended by Lucy
49. The Chessmen by Peter May, narrated by Peter May (4 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, crime fiction/mystery (The Lewis Trilogy, book three)
50. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle (3 stars - reread), paperback borrowed from Birdy, YA science fiction/time travel (The Time Quintet, book 1)
51. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, science fiction/AI (The Murderbot Diaries, book 1)

Books Read in May:
52. Still Waters by Viveca Sten, translation (3.75 stars), 2018 acquired Kindle Book, crime fiction/police procedural (The Sandhamn series, book 1)
53. Closed Circles by Viveca Sten, translation (3.25 stars), ebook borrowed from the Kindle lending library, crime fiction/police procedural (The Sandhamn series, book 2)
54. Guiltless by Viveca Sten, translation (3.25 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, crime fiction/police procedural (The Sandhamn series, book 3)
55. The Quiet American by Graham Greene (4.5 stars), 2016 acquired paperback, literary fiction/espionage - recommended by Bill
56. Echo Park by Michael Connelly (4.5 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, crime fiction/police procedural (Harry Bosch series, book 12)
57. The Terror by Dan Simmons (5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, literary faction/horror - recommended by Susan
58. The Overlook by Michael Connelly (3.5 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, crime fiction/police procedural (Harry Bosch, book 13)
59. The Duke's Tattoo by Miranda Davis (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, romance (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, book 1) - recommended by Charlotte
60. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, narrated by Dan Stevens (4 stars - reread), 2018 acquired audiobook, mystery

Books Read in June:
61. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired hardback, crime fiction/mystery/time travel - recommended by Heather
62. The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s by Joseph Egan (3.75 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, non-fiction/Hollywood history
63. Tonight You’re Dead by Viveca Sten, translated (4 stars), borrowed from the Kindle Lending Library, crime fiction/police procedural, (Sandhamn Murders, book 4)
64. Scandal and the Duchess by Jennifer Ashley (reread), 2014 acquired ebook, historical romance (Mackenzies Series, book 6.5)
65. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley (reread), 2010 acquired ebook, historical romance (Mackenzies Series, book 1)
66. I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty, narrated by Gerard Doyle (4.25 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, crime fiction/police procedural (Sean Duffy, book 2)
67. Dead Lions by Mick Herron (3.6 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, crime fiction/espionage (Slough House, book 2) - recommended by Charlotte
68. The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired hardback, historical fiction - heard about this on Charlotte's thread (Guardian reviews) and purchased it and then reading Beth's recent review of it made me want to get to it NOW
69. In the Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrain McKinty, narrated by Gerard Doyle (4.5 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, crime fiction/police procedural (Sean Duffy, book 3)

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Books Read in July:
70. A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee, narrated by Simon Bubb (reread), 2016 acquired audiobook, crime fiction/police procedural (Sam Wyndham, book 1)
71. Matilda by Roald Dahl, narrated by Kate Winslet (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, children's literature/classic - Katie's Dirty Dozen
72. A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (4 stars), 2017 acquired hardback, crime fiction/police procedural (Sam Wyndham, book 2)
73. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (reread), illustrated hardback edition acquired in 2015, fantasy
74. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, non-fiction/disaster/Hurricane Grace
75. The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, non-fiction/literary history
76. The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (5 stars), 2018 acquired paperback, crime fiction/noir/private detective (Philip Marlowe, book 1)
77. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (4.25 stars), 2010 acquired paperback, crime fiction/noir

Books Read in August:
78. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, science fiction/AI (The Murderbot Diaries, book 2)
79. The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, crime fiction/espionage (Gabriel Allon, book 1) - recommended by Susan
80. Queenpin by Megan Abbott (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, crime fiction/noir - recommended by Roberta
81. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells (5 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, science fiction/AI (The Murderbot Diaries, book 3)
82. Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquirel (4 stars) library hardback, translation, historical fiction/culinary fiction/magical realism
83. Tin Man by Sarah Winman (5 stars), 2018 acquired hardback, contemporary fiction
84. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy (3.5 stars), library hardback, crime fiction/noir
85. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop (4.75 stars), acquired ebook, urban fantasy (The Others, book 3)

Books Completed in September:
86. Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker (4 stars), 2017 acquired paperback, crime fiction/police procedural (Bruno Corrourrèges, book 9)
87. Soulless by Gail Carriger (reread), 2013 acquired ebook, steampunk (Parasol Protectorate, book 1)
88. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Chris Riddle (5 stars), library hardback, juvenile fiction/fractured fairytale - recommended by Amber and Birdy
89. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, mystery/autism/child narrator
90. Borkmann's Point by Håkan Nesser (3.5 stars), paperback acquired before 2012, crime fiction/police procedural (Inspector Van Veeteren, book 2)
91. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, play

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Katie’s Dirty Dozen - That’s right, folks, KAK’s reserved spot is back for a fourth year, let’s see what she hits me with this time

1. The North Water by Ian McGuire - Mark and Judy loved this one, too. And also Richard, though a weentsy tidge less.
2. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - go with the audio
3. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
4. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan - Katie says for when I'm in the mood for something light and recommends the audio
5. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman - Katie mentioned on Joanne's thread that she loved this one COMPLETED 10/29/18 4.5 stars
6. Matilda by Roald Dahl - the audio narrated by Kate Winslet COMPLETED 4.5 stars
7. Come Hell or Highball by Mala Chance - saw this first on Katie's thread and then Meg's enthusiasm sold it to me
8. The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif - Katie says,"...one of my very favorite books - easily in my top 10."
9. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
10. How to be Safe by Tom McAllister
11. Georgia: A Novel by Dawn Tripp
12. Sunburn by Laura Lippman
13. The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor - she mentioned on Karen's thread that this is one of her all time favorite books

From 2017:
1. Everyday people by Stewart O'Nan (linked short stories)
2. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
3. Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (memoir) COMPLETED 11/1/18
4. The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
5. Personal History by Katherine Graham
6. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
7. Taft by Ann Patchett
8. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
9. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
10. The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett
11. Snow in August by Pete Hamill - Katie mentioned how much she loved this one over on the AAC thread after Mark had posted the list for next year

From 2016:
1. Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras
2. Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard
3. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez - seconded by Charlotte and Susan
4. In the Walled City by Stewart O'Nan COMPLETED 8/12/16 3.8 stars
5. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy - she recommended the audio, and don't speed it up
6. Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo COMPLETED 7/21/16 5 stars
7. Ruby by Cynthia Bond - seconded by Charlotte
8. Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming - she recommends the audio read by Cummings himself COMPLETED 3/01/18 4.5 stars
9. Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
10. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye - Roberta also loved this, Katie says the audio is great, purchased 5/15/16
11. The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant COMPLETED 1/2018 4.5 stars
12. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi COMPLETED 10/2/16 5 stars
13. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat - she pointed out that this was only $1.99 on Kindle and that it was one of her very favorites, purchased 7/13/16
14. Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America by Diane Roberts
15. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
16. Nutshell by Ian McEwan COMPLETED 1/2017 5 stars
17. Black River by S. M. Hulse

AND, from 2015:
1. The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey ($1.99 on Kindle), purchase on 2/18/15 COMPLETED 8/19/16 5 stars
2. Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter (2.99 on Kindle), purchased on 2/23/15
3. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly ($3.79 on Kindle), purchased on 3/31/15 COMPLETED 11/7/15 4.2 stars
4. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler ($12.77 trade paperback), purchased on 4/1/15, COMPLETED read for Mark's AAC in January 2016, 4.25 stars
5. Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker ($.99 on Kindle), purchased on 4/9/15 - second book in a series, first book Dreamland was recommended by Katie and purchased last year
6. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing - used an Audible credit COMPLETED 6/16/15 4.9 stars
7. Academy Street by Mary Costello ($9.99 on Kindle), purchased on 6/12/15 COMPLETED 7/2/16 5 stars
8. Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn ($5.99 on Kindle), purchased on 8/28/15
9. Sweetland by Michael Crummey ($.99 on Kindle), purchased 9/5/15 COMPLETED 11/19/15 4.5 stars
10. If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins ($7.99 on Kindle), purchased on 10/26/15

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Susan’s Summer Shivers - Susan’s suggestions for some cold reading during the hot summer, which lasts about 9 months in Georgia

1. The Terror by Dan Simmons LOVED this!
2. The Abominable by Dan Simmons
3. The Disappeared by C J Box "...there is an atmosphere of absolutely freezing throughout the book." (#18 in the series, so please don't mention that I'm thinking of reading this out of order)



Heather suggested Cold Earth by Sarah Moss - she says, "...it's about a group of archaeologists in Greenland who get cut off after reports of a virus spreading back home and then one of the team starts having strange nightmares."

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Every year, LT is an embarrassment of riches for me. I like to keep track of who recommends what and any other pertinent info that lands a book on The List.

1. Curse of the Narrows by Laura m. MacDonald - about the Halifax explosion of 1917. Recommended by Bonnie, Meg, and Susan
2. Greenglass House by Kate Milford - recommended by Amber (she gave it an A!) COMPLETED 4 stars
3. In America: Travels With John Steinbeck by Geert Mak - recommended by Anita
4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton - recommended by Barbara
5. Darktown by Thomas Mullen - Jim, and he says the second book Lightning Men is just as good
6. The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, audio narrated by Michael Sheen - recommended by Traci
7. Number 17 by Jefferson Farjeon - Harry recommended this series on his thread
8. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney - recommended by Lisa (jonesli)
9. Slow Horses by Mick Herron - recommended by Deborah and Charlotte COMPLETED 5 stars
10. The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt - recommended by Carrie
11. Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley - recommended by Caro
12. For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio by W.H. Auden - recommended by Christina
13. Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain by Charlotte Higgins - recommended by Beth
14. The Good People by Hannah Kent - recommended by Bonnie
15. Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton - recommended by Shannon
16. How to Build an Android The True Story of Philip K Dick's Robotic Resurrection by David F. Dufty - recommended by Victoria
17. The Confession by Jo Spain - recommended by Susan (Irish noir, she says!!)
18. Four-Day Planet by H. Beam Piper - recommended by Richard
19. Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire - recommended by Jim (GN)
20. Hedy's Folly by Richard Rhodes - Jim again (the doctor is IN)
21. The Wandering Falcon by Pakistani author Jamil Ahmad - recommended by Judy - interlinked short stories
22. Exposure by Helen Dunmore - recommended by Anne
23. Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say - recommended by Richard
24. Dead Wake by Erik Larson - recommended by Karen
25. The Passage by Justin Cronin - recommended by Lori (ikernagh)
26. Drawing From Memory by Allen Say - recommended by Richard
27. A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington - recommended by Beth
28. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson - recommended by Mark
29. The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson - recommended by Susan, it's Southern Gothic
30. Autonomous by Annalee Newitz - recommended by pammab
31. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu - recommended by Charlotte (GN) COMPLETED 5 stars
32. Women and Power by Mary Beard - recommended by Charlotte COMPLETED 4 stars
33. Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn - recommended by Mark and Jim
34. Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky by Patrick Hamilton - recommended by Susan
35. 1939: The Making of Six Great Films from Hollywood's Greatest Year by Charles F. Adams - recommended by LittleTaiko
36. MI5 and Me: A Coronet Among the Spooks by Charlotte Bingham - saw this mentioned on Charlotte's thread, and I loved the quotes she posted from it COMPLETED
37. Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend - recommended by Chelle
38. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor - recommended by Megan (evilmoose)
39. The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood - recommended by Vivienne (VivienneR)
40. Conclave by Robert Harris - recommended by Vivienne (VivienneR)
41 The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn - recommended by Meg, she says it's a prequel to The Bridgertons series! *happy dance*
42. The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell - recommended by Shannon (sturlington) - zombies!
43. Lonely Hearts by John Harvey - series recommended by Charlotte (she reviewed book 12 on her thread)
44. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend - recommended by Anne
45. Time After Time by Jack Finney - recommended by Richard (time travel)
46. Time on My Hands by Peter Delacourt - Richard again (time travel)
47. The Grass Dancer by Susan Power - recommended by Charlotte
48. The Dry by Jane Harper - recommended by Charlotte
49. The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover - saw this mentioned on Charlotte's thread - "April, 1947. In a run-down farmhouse on a remote Scottish island, George Orwell begins his last and greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four" COMPLETED
50. Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig - recommended by Deborah and Charlotte
51. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee - recommended by Meg COMPLETED
52. Road to the Isles: Travellers in the Hebrides 1770-1914 by Derek Cooper - Meg again!
53. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome - recommended by Lucy, and Reba also loved it COMPLETED
54. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong - recommended by Chelle
55. The lost by Claire McGowan - recommended by Charlotte for those who like Ruth Galloway
56. Astrid Lindgren: The Woman Behind Pippi Longstocking by Jens Andersen - saw this on Charlotte's thread in the Guardian reviews
57. Euphoria by Lily King - recommended by Karen
58. Happiness by Aminatta Forna - recommended by Beth
59. Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia by Diana Preston - recommended by Susan
60. Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes - recommended by Paul
61. The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indriðason - recommended by Chelle
62. Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng - recommended by Heather
63. E. B. White on Dogs by E. B. White - recommended by Lucy
64. Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer - recommended by Joe and Richard
65. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turon - recommended by Heather COMPLETED
66. Almost No Memory by Lydia Davis - recommended by Lucy
67. Wish I Was Here by Jackie Kay - recommended by Helen
68. Fight No More by Lydia Millet - recommended by Beth - linked short stories COMPLETED
69. The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason - recommended by Amber
70. Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson - recommended by Mark
71. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan - because Jim said so
72. Good and Mad: How Women's Anger Is Reshaping America by Rebecca Traister - recommended by Julia

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My 2018 Data:

Books read: 113
Group Read: 1
Formatted Challenge: 2
PopSugar Challenge: 41

Books that are part of a series: 56
In Translation: 14
Rereads: 9
GNs: 7

Format:
hardback: 21
paperback: 17
ebook: 44
audio: 29
audio/print or ebook combo: 2

Borrowed: 19 (local public library), 3 (FLP), 2 (Birdy's library), 1 (Abby's library), 1 (traveling LT book), 2 (Kindle Lending Library), 1 (read online at Tor.com)
Archive (Purchased in 2012 or earlier): 5
Purchased in 2013: 4
Purchased in 2014: 2
Purchased in 2015: 2
Purchased in 2016: 6
Purchased in 2017: 23
Purchased in 2018: 42

Authors:
Living: 90
Dead: 23

Male: 53
Female: 60

American: 54
Australian: 1
Canadian: 3
English: 27
French: 2
Icelandic: 1
Iraqi: 1
Irish: 5
Italian: 1
Mexican: 1
Scottish: 7
Swedish: 8
Welsh: 2

New to me authors: 51

fiction: 88
non-fiction: 21

Genres/category:
non-fiction/memoir: 10
non-fiction/essays: 4
non-fiction/film history: 1
non-fiction/history: 5
non-fiction/politics: 1
classic: 2
literary fiction/contemporary fiction: 8
literary fiction/espionage 1
literary fiction/historical fiction: 4
crime fiction/espionage: 7
crime fiction/mystery: 7
crime fiction/noir: 5
crime fiction/police procedural: 17
romance: 3
weird fiction: 1
dystopian: 1
fantasy: 3
urban fantasy: 5
sci fi: 11
steampunk: 1
ghost story: 1
juvenile fiction: 8
play: 1
short stories: 1
YA: 3

LT Recommendations Read:
Amber: 2
Beth: 2
Bill: 1
Birdy: 2
Charlotte: 10
Deborah: 1
Heather: 3
Katie: 6
Lucy: 1
Lynda: 1
Mark: 3
Meg: 1
Joanne: 2
Joe: 3
Judy: 1
Roberta: 1
Roni: 3
Susan: 2

10Crazymamie
Edited: Nov 13, 2018, 2:15pm Top



2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
2. True crime
3. The next book in a series you started The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
4. A book involving a heist Greenglass House by Kate Milford
5. Nordic noir Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson
6. A novel based on a real person The Terror by Dan Simmons
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you - The Chessmen by Peter May
8. A book with a time of day in the title - Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
9. A book about a villain or antihero - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
10. A book about death or grief - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist Tin Man by Sarah Winman
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
15. A book about feminism A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
16. A book about mental health The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah WInman
18. A book by two authors
19. A book about or involving a sport - Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
20. A book by a local author - March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
21. A book with your favorite color in the title All Systems Red by Martha Wells
22. A book with alliteration in the title - The Dying Detective by Leif GW Persson
23. A book about time travel - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
24. A book with a weather element in the title
25. A book set at sea - The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
26. A book with an animal in the title The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant
27. A book set on a different planet Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
28. A book with song lyrics in the title The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
29. A book about or set on Halloween Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling - counting this as it has a chapter titled Halloween, and it is a turning point in the book
30. A book with characters who are twins God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell
31. A book mentioned in another book Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes (mentioned in A World Gone Mad)
32. A book from a celebrity book club
33. A childhood classic you've never read Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
34. A book that's published in 2018 MI5 and Me: A Coronet Among the Spooks by Charlotte Bingham
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner Artemis by Andy Weir
36. A book set in the decade you were born - The White Album by Joan Didion
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
38. A book with an ugly cover The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges (you can easily Google these): A Book From A Nonhuman Perspective (2017 Challenge) Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
2. A cyberpunk book
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
4. A book tied to your ancestry
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
6. An allegory Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
8. A microhistory - Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally M. Walker
9. A book about a problem facing society today On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Slow Horses by Mick Herron (Charlotte)

This should do it - next one's yours!

11jessibud2
Oct 21, 2018, 12:25pm Top

Happy new one, Mamie!! :-)

12Crazymamie
Oct 21, 2018, 12:26pm Top

>10 Crazymamie: Shelley, you are first! And thank you!

13figsfromthistle
Oct 21, 2018, 12:29pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

14Crazymamie
Oct 21, 2018, 12:30pm Top

>13 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita!

15katiekrug
Oct 21, 2018, 12:36pm Top

HNO, Mamie :)

16Helenliz
Oct 21, 2018, 12:57pm Top

Howdy, wishin' you a happy new thread, Mamie.

17Crazymamie
Oct 21, 2018, 1:44pm Top

>15 katiekrug: TY, Katie!

>16 Helenliz: Howdy, Helen! And thank you!

18thornton37814
Oct 21, 2018, 2:06pm Top

Happy new thread!

19Crazymamie
Oct 21, 2018, 3:05pm Top

Thanks, Lori!

20charl08
Oct 21, 2018, 3:16pm Top

Happy new one Mamie. I'll put my thinking cap on re some cold books.

21Crazymamie
Oct 21, 2018, 3:30pm Top

>20 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! I need to type out the list of the books in the photo Susan took at her library because I have read some of them - any cold book recs would be most welcome, so I am hoping you can think of some.

22RebaRelishesReading
Oct 21, 2018, 3:40pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

23Crazymamie
Oct 21, 2018, 4:19pm Top

24FAMeulstee
Oct 21, 2018, 5:15pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!
Great picture of Mischief at the top!

25karenmarie
Oct 21, 2018, 5:34pm Top

Hi Mamie and happy new thread. Pictures of kitties always make me smile.

26Crazymamie
Oct 21, 2018, 5:39pm Top

>24 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! Glad you like the Mischief photo.

>25 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! Me, too!

27Familyhistorian
Oct 21, 2018, 6:36pm Top

Happy new thread and congrats on reading 100, Mamie.

28jessibud2
Oct 21, 2018, 6:57pm Top

Oh my. That kitty pic wasn't there when I posted earlier. Such a beauty!

29msf59
Oct 21, 2018, 7:29pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mamie! Love the Mischief topper! I hope you had a great day at the Pecan Paradiso.

30Crazymamie
Oct 21, 2018, 9:51pm Top

>27 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg!

>28 jessibud2: No, it wasn't, Shelley. I had trouble posting it at first, so I went with a different image. Mischief is a very sweet and very funny cat - she comes when called and loves to play fetch. And Bella, our toy poodle, has begun sitting in the lowest tier of the cat tree. So strange, and yet also completely delightful.

>29 msf59: Thanks, Mark! Glad you love the topper. Very good day here - we got to have the windows and the French doors open, which was awesomesauce. Sorry about your Bears - I thought they had it, and I really wanted the win for them.

31ronincats
Oct 21, 2018, 11:49pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mamie. That is a great shot of Mischief--one of Abby's?

32quondame
Oct 22, 2018, 1:23am Top

Happy new thread! It's a good thing their's plenty of thread space for all!

33Crazymamie
Oct 22, 2018, 7:42am Top

>31 ronincats: Thanks, Roni! Yep - Abby took that photo. I agree that it is a great shot.

>32 quondame: Thank you, Susan! Haha - the magic of virtual space.

34msf59
Oct 22, 2018, 8:03am Top

Morning, Mamie! I was bummed about the Bears loss too. They could have won that game, (the theme for the season). It is a team that just hasn't really come together. It has been frustrating.

I am enjoying the day off. Love being off on Mondays!

35Crazymamie
Oct 22, 2018, 8:12am Top

Morning, Mark! Completely agree with your comments.

Hooray for a day off - especially on this unnameable day. Good thinking!

36harrygbutler
Oct 22, 2018, 8:39am Top

Good morning and happy new thread, Mamie! Excellent photo of Mischief up top.

37Crazymamie
Oct 22, 2018, 8:41am Top

Good morning, Harry! Thank you - glad you like the photo.

38karenmarie
Oct 22, 2018, 8:49am Top

Hi Mamie!

Happy day after Sunday.

39Crazymamie
Oct 22, 2018, 8:58am Top

Hello, Karen! You made me laugh - Happy Day after Sunday to you!

40katiekrug
Oct 22, 2018, 9:16am Top

41Crazymamie
Oct 22, 2018, 9:36am Top

>40 katiekrug: Okay. I LOVE that, Katie!!

42Carmenere
Oct 22, 2018, 10:26am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

43Crazymamie
Oct 22, 2018, 10:30am Top

Thank you, Lynda!

44weird_O
Oct 22, 2018, 11:20am Top

Just lookin' in. What's goin' on?

45Crazymamie
Oct 22, 2018, 11:41am Top

>44 weird_O: Too funny, Bill - you always find the greatest images. Not much going on today - we are enjoying a bit of cooler weather. Only going to 74F today, and we are supposed to see some temps in the 60s by Thursday, which would be fabulous. I am so ready to be able to wear jeans and long sleeves.

46Helenliz
Oct 22, 2018, 11:49am Top

>45 Crazymamie: swop you? We're struggling to get into the teens this week (mid 50sF). I think it's cold but I refuse (on point of principle) to put the heating on yet. I'm wearing a t shirt, rugby shirt and a woolly jumper and that's indoors. 2 pairs of socks under my sheepskin slippers, you get the idea. I have an oil filled radiator in my study, but since we got the electricity monitor I can see how much power that takes to warm up, so I'm not using that. >:-o Lots of cups of hot tea is my solution.
Having said that, it's been a beautifully clear day all day, so at least the solar panels have been busy.

47Crazymamie
Oct 22, 2018, 12:03pm Top

>46 Helenliz: I would totally swop you, Helen. Your weather would be my idea of perfect weather for right now. Maybe you should turn on that heat - you're going to end up spending the money you save on heating on getting that laundry done. *grin* Maybe perhaps you could just turn the calendar page?

It's gorgeous here, too, and I can hear the sounds of machinery in the pecan grove, so I think they are finally going to start cleaning things up.

48BLBera
Oct 22, 2018, 2:59pm Top

Happy newish thread, Mamie. I miss the photo of the young'uns.

49brodiew2
Oct 22, 2018, 3:00pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

I'm sorry I was absent during the hurricane discussion. I'm glad you guys are ok. The pictures in the last thread are striking. I'm glad the damage was not extensive. I'm happy to hear the Pecan tree survived.

50Crazymamie
Oct 22, 2018, 3:41pm Top

>48 BLBera: Thanks, Beth - the young'uns are still hanging out at the top of the previous thread, so you can visit them any time.

>49 brodiew2: Thanks, Brodie! We came through the hurricane in good shape. We actually have five pecan trees, and they all survived the storm, which feels like a blessing.

51jessibud2
Oct 22, 2018, 8:33pm Top

>40 katiekrug: - ROFLMAO!!!

52Familyhistorian
Oct 23, 2018, 1:52am Top

Happy Tuesday, Mamie! Much better than yesterday I am sure except that it is yesterday where I am right now. Us all being at different times can be confusing. My son is in Vietnam for a business trip - now that is a really confusing time change!

53Alireza.Asheri
Edited: Oct 23, 2018, 3:54am Top

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54LovingLit
Oct 23, 2018, 5:16am Top

>44 weird_O: love it! So weird ;)

Can't believe toupee been dealing wiht hurricanes, and all this while I was doing the RL stuff! Glad all is well.

55Crazymamie
Oct 23, 2018, 7:13am Top

>51 jessibud2: I concur, Shelley.

>52 Familyhistorian: Happy Tuesday to you, Meg! Hopefully you have made the transition from yesterday to today. Time changes are indeed confusing things to deal with - I have enough trouble with Daylight Savings Time.

>54 LovingLit: Life is crazy like that, Megan. We are expecting rain on Thursday, and I am slightly nervous about the temporary roof repairs holding up while we await our turn with insurance.

56rosalita
Oct 23, 2018, 7:26am Top

Good morning, Mamie! I was listening to NPR's Morning Edition as I was getting ready for work and they had this piece about the damage Hurricane Michael did to Georgia's pecan groves. The story was based in Pretoria — I don't know if that's anywhere near you? Anyway, here's the link: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/10/23/659674743/another-storm-victim-pecan-groves-in-southwest-georgia

57Crazymamie
Oct 23, 2018, 7:47am Top

>56 rosalita: Julia, thanks so much for that link. That is very close to us - the next county over. We live in Lee County, but the coffee shop where Abby works is just ten minutes from here, and it is on the Lee County/Doughtery County line. Pretoria is in Doughtery County - it is an unincoporated community, and Albany is the seat of that county.

58rosalita
Oct 23, 2018, 9:15am Top

>57 Crazymamie: Wow, that is close by. I've heard of Albany, Georgia, at least. :-)

59Crazymamie
Oct 23, 2018, 9:52am Top

>58 rosalita: Yep. Albany is where we are at - we have a Leesburg address, but that is pretty much a technicality. We do everything in Albany.

60karenmarie
Oct 23, 2018, 10:07am Top

'Morning, Mamie!

I'm glad to hear that they're starting to clean the pecan grove up.

61Crazymamie
Oct 23, 2018, 10:09am Top

Morning, Karen! It was music to my ears because now that everything has turned brown, it is very depressing to see so much of it dead.

62jnwelch
Oct 23, 2018, 11:45am Top

>40 katiekrug: Ha! Love that one from Katie.

Good morning, Mamie!

Happy kind of new thread. Great photo of Mischief.

I really enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, one of your fairly recent reads. I originally thought that book is one that could never be adapted for stage or screen - so much happens inside his head - but I was wrong. If you ever get a chance to see the stage adaptation, it's very clever and moving.

63Crazymamie
Oct 23, 2018, 11:52am Top

>62 jnwelch: Me, too, Joe!

Morning! Thank you. Several people mentioned that stage adaptation on my previous thread, and I am still shocked that it could be made into a play - amazing. If I get the chance to see it, I definitely will.

64The_Hibernator
Oct 23, 2018, 2:27pm Top

Morning Mamie! I hadn't heard of that stage adaptation. I should go if I get the chance.

65drneutron
Oct 23, 2018, 9:02pm Top

Happy new thread!

66Crazymamie
Oct 24, 2018, 7:09am Top

>64 The_Hibernator: Hey there, Rachel! Be sure to report back if you do.

>65 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

67susanj67
Oct 24, 2018, 10:59am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! I will have another cold book to recommend shortly :-)

68ChelleBearss
Oct 24, 2018, 11:02am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! Hope things are lovely in your world

69Crazymamie
Oct 24, 2018, 1:23pm Top

>67 susanj67: Thank you, Susan! And that is excellent news.

>68 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! It's gorgeous here today, if a little on the warm side for me - going to 76F today. *sigh*

70Berly
Oct 25, 2018, 1:33am Top

Happy (almost) new thread, Crazy! Have you started Lethal White yet? I am stalling until November and then I can't wait. Glad your pecan trees survived the storm unscathed. Phew. Enjoy the rest of the week. : )

71Crazymamie
Oct 25, 2018, 10:20am Top

>70 Berly: Yes, I have, Kim - I am hoping to finish it up today. It's really good!

I was also happy that our pecan trees made it through, but oh, so sad about the grove - that is the view that we bought this property for because it spoke to me.

72katiekrug
Oct 25, 2018, 10:24am Top

Mamie, I thought of you yesterday. My current read, Sunburn, referenced several old noir movies, and the plot of the novel itself is in a similar vein (I think) to books/movies like that. Definitely up your alley.

Hope you have a great Thursday!

73Crazymamie
Oct 25, 2018, 10:33am Top

>72 katiekrug: Katie, I just picked that one up at the library yesterday based on your comments on your thread, so I am thrilled by that. And tickled that you thought of me! I'll add it to your Dirty Dozen right now and start it as soon as I finish something else up. Thanks so much!

Hoping your Thursday is full of fabulous!

74Crazymamie
Oct 25, 2018, 10:49am Top



Did you guys see last night's Hunter's Moon? It was full of gorgeous. Breath taking.

SO we have finally made it to the top of the insurance list - they are sending someone out tomorrow morning to take a look, and our roofing guys are going to meet them here to help iron out the details and then give us a quote for a new roof. Although I dread all the nail banging that is to come (and will probably give the cats heart palpitations), I am very relieved that we will be getting started on repairs.

On the reading front, as I mentioned to Kim, I am hoping to finish up Lethal White today - it's excellent, and I will be sad to reach the end of another adventure with Cormoran and Robin. I am also reading The Brass Verdict, which is the second Mickey Haller book and the 14th book to feature Harry Bosch (I have BIG love for Harry). I am also working on When God Was a Rabbit, which was recommended by Katie, and I am loving it so far - I read Tin Man earlier this year by the same author, and it was full of fabulous. Next up on audio for me is Binti: Home, narrated by Robin Miles - I plan to start as soon as I finish up Lethal White.

75drneutron
Oct 25, 2018, 11:10am Top

Yup, saw it - and this morning driving to work as it was about to set. Gorgeous!

76Crazymamie
Oct 25, 2018, 11:13am Top

>75 drneutron: Indeed, Jim. We watched it rising, and it was so beautiful - a perfect October moon.

77brodiew2
Edited: Oct 25, 2018, 5:35pm Top

Hi Mamie! I hope all is well with you.

>72 katiekrug: >73 Crazymamie: Sunburn looks interesting. I will be seeking it out myself. Off to my library site to place a hold!

78jnwelch
Oct 25, 2018, 4:51pm Top

Hi, Mamie.

I loved Lethal White. Maybe the best yet, for me, and that's saying a lot for a solid series. J.K. Rowling said in an interview that she plans to write many more in the series.

79msf59
Oct 25, 2018, 5:04pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Mamie. Shucks, I missed the Hunter's Moon, due to morning cloudiness. Bummer. I am so glad to hear you are enjoying When God Was a Rabbit. That one is one my radar. I have Lethal White saved on audio. Not sure when I will bookhorn it in.

80Crazymamie
Oct 25, 2018, 5:53pm Top

>78 jnwelch: Hello, Joe! I just have a few more chapters to go - I really don't want it to be over. And I am thrilled to hear that there will be many more to come.

>79 msf59: Sweet Thursday, Mark! Shame about missing the Hunter's moon. Be sure to also add Tin Man to your list - you will like that one, too. It's beautifully done. You are in for a treat when you get to Lethal White on audio - I am listening to it and following along with a print copy to check on some of the little things like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

81weird_O
Oct 25, 2018, 7:58pm Top

Hey, Mamie.

82Familyhistorian
Oct 26, 2018, 12:39am Top

>55 Crazymamie: I'm with you on the difficulty of Day Light Savings time, Mamie. I had a discussion about when it changes with a cashier the other day. We were all confused as it used to happen before Halloween. We are all out of sync now that it is after.

>74 Crazymamie: Good to hear that you liked Tin Man. It is on my radar after seeing Winman at the Vancouver Writers Festival. She read from Tin Man.

83Crazymamie
Oct 26, 2018, 8:18am Top

>81 weird_O: Hello, Bill.

>82 Familyhistorian: It's one of those things that I have an AHA moment with every year - for about five minutes there is perfect clarity, and it makes complete sense, and then, just as suddenly as it appeared, it is gone, and I am left pondering it again. I wish they would just do away with it, as I find it most annoying.

Tin Man is truly a gorgeous little novel - I think it will end up being my favorite read of the year unless something really surprises me in the next few months.

84Crazymamie
Oct 26, 2018, 9:09am Top



So the insurance guy did a drive-by and then called Craig at the office to say that it was too dangerous to be on the roof today. Duh - it's pouring. I'm not sure why he couldn't have come to the door to tell me that since I was up and waiting for him. Now he is scheduled for Monday morning, and you know how I feel about those - let's just say he better at least knock on the door this time.

On the bright side, Abby made cherry almond scones last night, so here I sit with a full cup of coffee and a lovely scone. And Miss Birdy for company. Tonight's dinner will be baked potato bar

85karenmarie
Edited: Oct 26, 2018, 9:48am Top

Hi Mamie and happy Friday to you!

Harry Bosch is one of my favorites, too, and I love the Mickey Halley series standalone and with Harry. We're actually watching the 4th season of Bosch on Amazon prime now, and they're doing Angels Flight, sort of, being as how they've really mixed up the time lines. It's very good though, in case you haven't watched any of it. Titus Welliver is a perfect Harry. Husband Bill is fascinated with Angels Flight, the real funicular in LA. He'd never heard of them before.

Sorry about the insurance guy calling Craig and not doing you the courtesy of knocking on the door. I hope Monday is not rainy and you can get this thing started.

Yum to cherry almond scones and coffee. And Miss Birdy for company.

*whimper* AND a baked potato bar?

86msf59
Oct 26, 2018, 10:49am Top

Morning, Mamie! I recently listened to and loved Tin Man, that is why I want to read more of her work.

Hooray for the scones and the baked potato bar!

87susanj67
Oct 26, 2018, 10:55am Top

Mamie, it was pouring here this morning too. I got wet walking from the bus stop to the office, but at least my face didn't run, so that was something. Coffee and scones (and Birdy) sound delightful. I am drinking hot water, which one of my work pals insists isn't an actual beverage. My view is that anything listed on the coffee machine is an actual beverage. However, I don't have to worry today because she is in Washington and can't see me.

88RebaRelishesReading
Oct 26, 2018, 7:46pm Top

>84 Crazymamie: A rainy day with a scone, warm beverage of choice and good company. Sounds like a winner to me!!

89Helenliz
Oct 29, 2018, 3:56am Top

Morning Mamie, just dropping by to let you know that here we've started everyone's favourite day of the week with a proper frost. Clear blue skies and a white sparkley edge to everything.

90ronincats
Oct 30, 2018, 3:28pm Top

Hope you are having a great day, and that the roof business is coming along. I like to picture you sipping your coffee from a warm red mug...

91LovingLit
Oct 30, 2018, 11:23pm Top

>84 Crazymamie: I hope insurance gets sorted out soon! Would you believe that a lot of people here have still not have insurance issues resolved form the 2011 earthquake??? It's a travesty, really. Fingers crossed for a quick pay out and/or fixit job!

92Crazymamie
Edited: Nov 1, 2018, 3:26pm Top



So Mr. Insurance Man came back on that unnameable day, and the weather was gorgeous, but he still didn't get on the roof, which cracked me up. He needs to just admit he is afraid to get on the roof already - I don't want to get up there, either, but I have no problems admitting it. Anyway, I bet his job is not easy right now with so many roofs damaged and his not wanting to get up on them at all. He did complete the paperwork and provide us with a check, which we will have to send off to the mortgage company to get co-signed. We are still waiting on the roof repair guys to come give us a quote...

Nothing much to report this week except that I have completed a few more books - October was a very good reading month for me, so that is happy making. Here's what I completed:

Books Read in October:
92. Fight No More by Lydia Millet (4.5 stars), library hardback, linked short stories - recommended by Beth
93. Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser (3.5 stars), 2013 acquired ebook, crime fiction/police procedural (Inspector Van Veeteren, book 1)
94. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, YA/historical fiction (Gentleman's Guide, book 1) - recommended by Meg
95. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (3 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, mystery (Haven, the tv series is loosely based on this)
96. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, horror
97. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (4 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, ghost story
98. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (reread), 2011 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
99. Sunshine by Robin McKinley (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
100. Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (5 stars), 2018 acquired ebook, science fiction/AI (The Murderbot Diaries, book 4)
101. The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal (4 stars), read online, novelette/science fiction (Lady Astronaut, short story) - recommended by Heather and Roni
102. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (4.5 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, crime fiction/detective (Comoran Strike, book 4)
103. The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (4 stars), 2013 acquired ebook, crime fiction/legal thriller (Lincoln Lawyer, book 2; Harry Bosch, book 14)
104. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (reread - read the ebook earlier this year, and this time I listened to the audiobook), 2018 acquired audiobook, science fiction (Binti, book 1)
105. First Flight by Mary Robinette Kowal (4 stars), read online, novelette/science fiction/time travel
106. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (4 stars), GN/superheroes
107. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman (4.5 stars), library hardback, contemporary fiction - Katie's Dirty Dozen
108. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (4.25 stars), 2018 acquired audiobook, science fiction

93BLBera
Nov 1, 2018, 10:13am Top

Wow, you did do a lot of reading in October. Hooray for Fight No More! I also recently read When God Was a Rabbit and loved it. More Winman will be in my future reading.

94Crazymamie
Nov 1, 2018, 10:42am Top

>85 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! We are almost to Friday again.

I am reading the book in the order that Connelly wrote them, so I am getting the standalones from his other series, too, and I agree they are all great. Rae and I love that Amazon Prime series Bosch - really well done, and even though I like the time sequencing in the books better, I get why they decided to make it more recent for the screen version. I adore Titus Welliver as Harry - it took a few episodes for him to win me over because I had been picturing the character so differently in my head, but now I am totally on board.

Thanks for those good wishes regarding our insurance - the first step is done now. We need to get the roof repaired and then the contractor can turn in receipts for additional sums. So weird how insurance works - you get the money for the depreciated value of what you lost up front with a check, but then you have to turn in receipts to prove that the repair happened for the remaining funds that you are due. I can understand this with something like furniture, which you may or may not choose to replace, but a roof?

And the food last Friday was full of yum. And you can't beat Miss Birdy for company. Tonight we are having chicken and noodles and mashed potatoes - Abby's favorite.

>86 msf59: Morning, Mark! My bad for not remembering you had already read and liked Tin Man. I have finished When God Was a Rabbit, and I loved that one, too. Her writing speaks to me.

The scones were fabulous. Hoping to make more of them very soon.

>87 susanj67: We are expecting more rain today and tomorrow, and I am hoping for a drop in temperatures tomorrow, too - we have climbed back up into the 80s again. *sigh* I am happy that your face didn't run - nicely done.

The coffee, scones and Birdy were indeed all delightful. And I hate to break this to you, but hot water is not actually a beverage, although I see your point about it being listed on the coffee machine. However, to me, that makes it an option, not a beverage - it's an ingredient and you are supposed to combine it with something else to make it an actual beverage. Because hot water.

95Crazymamie
Nov 1, 2018, 12:12pm Top

>88 RebaRelishesReading: It was, Reba!

>89 Helenliz: Proper frost! I am so jealous, Helen. It still feels like summer here.

>90 ronincats: Thank you, Roni. We are making slow forward progress on the roof, which is to be expected with so much damage in this area. Local contractors are just swamped. Today we are expecting storms with high winds and possible tornadoes, so I am slightly nervous about our roof in its current state. And all that debris piled high on both sides of the road could make a huge mess if we get that kind of wind strength.

Abby and I use our matching red mugs all the time, and we always think of you when we do. They are SO beautiful.

96Crazymamie
Nov 1, 2018, 12:23pm Top

>91 LovingLit: YIKES, Megan, that is truly horrible. We have the insurance end of things pretty much taken care of, so now we wait for the contractor to get to us. Thanks for crossing your fingers for us!

>93 BLBera: I did, Beth, and I am very pleased about it. I really loved Fight No More - have you read anything else by her? I really loved When God Was a Rabbit. If you have not yet read Tin Man, I just cannot recommend it highly enough.

97jnwelch
Nov 1, 2018, 12:49pm Top

What a great reading month you had, Mamie. Isn't The Canterville Ghost fun? And Go Binti!

98Crazymamie
Nov 1, 2018, 1:29pm Top

>97 jnwelch: Hello, Joe! I did have a great month - hoping November can be a repeat. And yes, The Canterville Ghost was very fun. I am not happy that the second Binti ended on a cliffhanger - now I have to get to the third one right away.

99DeltaQueen50
Nov 1, 2018, 1:40pm Top

Congrats on your great reading month, Mamie. The Yellow Wallpaper was a 5 star read for me as well, wasn't it just so deliciously creepy! She sure packed a lot of story into a few pages.

100quondame
Nov 1, 2018, 2:02pm Top

>92 Crazymamie: The touchstone you have for First Flight points to a Green Lantern story.

>94 Crazymamie: I hope the roof goes up before you have dire need of it! Best luck.

101jnwelch
Nov 1, 2018, 2:29pm Top

>98 Crazymamie: The third Binti is as good as the first two. It won't be a hardship. :-)

102Crazymamie
Nov 1, 2018, 3:22pm Top

>99 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy! And YES - I really loved it on audio, and I was amazed how much he author achieved in so few pages.

>100 quondame: Oops, I'll fix that. Thanks for letting me know, Susan. I read it for free on the TOR website.

It is pouring here now, so I need everyone to cross their fingers for us - if we get the predicted high winds, things could get dicey.

>101 jnwelch: I figured, Joe, but still I prefer when each installment can stand on its own.

103BLBera
Nov 1, 2018, 3:35pm Top

I've read a couple by Millet, Mamie. She is an original thinker. My favorite is Mermaids in Paradise.

104Crazymamie
Nov 1, 2018, 3:36pm Top

>103 BLBera: Thanks for that, Beth - I actually just got that one out of the library! It was the only other one they had by her on the shelf.

105karenmarie
Nov 1, 2018, 3:49pm Top

Hi Mamie!

Congrats on a wonderful reading month. I hope you finish the rest of the year as successfully.

You mentioned (somewhere, I forget) that RB Digital sucks and you wish that your library had OverDrive. I asked our Librarian about who could join the library to take advantage of OverDrive. Unfortunately, you'd have to be in our county or one of 4 contiguous counties, BUT, you might want to see if any adjacent county libraries to you have OverDrive and would let you join. There might be a non-resident fee, but it might be worth it. Just a thought.

106Crazymamie
Nov 1, 2018, 4:30pm Top

>105 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Thank you.

Good memory - I mentioned that over on Katie's thread. That is an excellent thought, but I am doubting that is available to me because Georgia has a linked library system - Atlanta is separate, but pretty much the rest of Georgia belongs to the PINES system. It's really cool because I can borrow from anywhere in the PINES system with my card and return what I borrowed to any PINES system. I can also borrow from all over the state and have it delivered to my library of choice. So, I am guessing that the entire PINES system switched to rb Digital - most unfortunate because Overdrive was great. I will ask around though to see if what you mention is a possibility for me.

107rosalita
Nov 1, 2018, 4:39pm Top

>106 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie. I'm glad your roof situation is progressing, even if it's slowly, and I hope those high winds stay far away from you. I've been following the conversation about Overdrive, and thought I would chime in to say that you can get an out-of-town membership for the Free Library of Philadelphia. It's $50/year (when I first got one in the infancy of ebooks it was only $25 but it's still a bargain to me), and you can apply online. It might be worth checking out (ha! see what I did there?)

108BLBera
Nov 1, 2018, 5:10pm Top

I have had trouble finding books by Millet in the library. I have a couple on my shelf. When I get to them, I'll pass them your way.

109msf59
Nov 1, 2018, 5:15pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Mamie. Glad to see you check in. I hope you guys had a nice Halloween. It looks like you had a good reading month in October. I did too! Yah!!

110Crazymamie
Nov 2, 2018, 9:29am Top

>107 rosalita: Hello, Julia! So far so good with the high winds. It's still pouring here, but it is just coming straight down right now - completely behaving itself.

I just checked out that link, and I am so excited! Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention - I am definitely going to do that. And they have Hoopla, which our system does not have, so that is added awesomeness. I think it is well worth $50 for the year. *happy dance*

>108 BLBera: Beth, thanks for that! Most exciting and also very generous.



>109 msf59: Happy Friday, Mark! We had a very low key Halloween - we watched the first few episodes of the new Sabrina, the Teenage Witch on Netflix. Very fun, and we loved the darker storyline.

111susanj67
Nov 2, 2018, 9:36am Top

Happy Friday, Mamie! I've seen mentions of Sabrina, but was undecided about whether to try it. (Last night I wrote a list of all the stuff I intend to watch on Netflix. It is two A5 notebook pages long). I've watched Riverdale, so I'll give it a try over the weekend. After this week's episode of Dynasty, obvs.

112katiekrug
Nov 2, 2018, 9:39am Top

I'm glad the weather is (mostly) cooperating, Mamie! Hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead.

113Crazymamie
Nov 2, 2018, 10:25am Top

>111 susanj67: Happy Friday to you, Susan! Okay, I LOVE that you made a list of all the shows you want to watch! Give Sabrina a try - Abby and I both thought it was very fun, plus it's in the same town as Riverdale, so I can see crossover episodes happening.

>112 katiekrug: The major damage to our roof is right over Abby's room and Birdy's room, so I am really hoping the temporary repair holds. We had slight water damage to both of their ceilings during the hurricane, so I would love to not get any more. Here's hoping that your weekend is full of fabulous, Katie!

114karenmarie
Nov 2, 2018, 10:27am Top

Hi Mamie! Happy Friday and best wishes for a good (dry) weekend.

115Crazymamie
Nov 2, 2018, 2:01pm Top

>114 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Thank you for those good wishes - hoping your weekend is full of wonder!

116rosalita
Nov 2, 2018, 3:15pm Top

>110 Crazymamie: Hooray, Mamie — I'm glad the FLP subscription looks like it will work for you. When I divide the annual fee by how many books I check out from them, it's a total bargain. And their selection is pretty broad, and they will buy bo9oks you recommend if enough other people also recommend it. Besides Hoopla, also check out Kanopy, which has tons of movies, especially (it seemed to me) lots of older titles and foreign and indie films. Could be right up your alley!

117Crazymamie
Nov 2, 2018, 3:35pm Top

Oh, thanks for that, Julia - I will check out Kanopy. I already have my library card and have checked out two audiobooks. Birdy is in heaven perusing Hoopla's GN offerings. I am over the moon - you totally made my day!!

118rosalita
Nov 2, 2018, 4:06pm Top

I'm so glad! I'm sure you will love it as much as I do.

119quondame
Edited: Nov 2, 2018, 4:11pm Top

>107 rosalita: >117 Crazymamie: For a couple of years (before the canceled it) I paid the $25 non-resident fee at Santa Monica Library, but with both LA City and LA County libraries available, the temptation to join FLP is resistible.

120Crazymamie
Nov 2, 2018, 4:16pm Top

>118 rosalita: Me, too, Julia!

>119 quondame: Sounds like you are already all set, Susan. For me, it's an incredible deal.

121quondame
Nov 2, 2018, 4:24pm Top

>120 Crazymamie: It is a very good deal. I don't know what I would do with out the great libraries around me - I know I'd have much less money and no room to move between books anywhere I could stack them. Not reading is not an option.

122rosalita
Nov 2, 2018, 4:38pm Top

The small town I live in here in Iowa (pop. 2,100) is part of a statewide consortium for Overdrive. There’s no way rural Iowa libraries would be able to afford to offer ebooks otherwise. And they do an OK job for what they have to work with, but their collection is much smaller than FLP and leans toward mass-appeal and kids’ books. I still start my Overdrive search there, but usually it’s FLP that has what I want, and I’m grateful they found a way to make their service available to out-of-town folks.

123Berly
Nov 2, 2018, 10:56pm Top

>110 Crazymamie: I binge watched this new, darker Sabrina series and am excited that there should be a second season. Yay!

So glad your rook man finally came and left you a check, even if he never did climb up. Silly man.

Nice job on the October reads ( I see you re-read Darynda Jones-- I am currently on #7). I am hoping to get to Lethal White soon--glad you liked it so much!

Happy weekend!

124Crazymamie
Edited: Nov 3, 2018, 10:02am Top

>121 quondame: Agreed - not reading is not an option. I love the digital stuff because more and more that is how I do my reading. I read A LOT in the middle of the night because I often suffer from insomnia, and I can read on my Kindle without having to get up and without disturbing Craig. Also, with my carpal tunnel, the big books are so much easier for me on my Kindle. And I listen to audiobooks when I walk. Our library system does not have a lot (of what I want to read) just sitting on the shelves, so I have to request loads of the books that I want to read and then wait for them to come in. The digital stuff is so handy because I don't even have to leave home and it doesn't have disturbing stains and bits of stuff stuck in the pages. Heh.

>122 rosalita: Julia, I was amazed at what FLP had on offer - so much more than our system had even when we had Overdrive. To say I am completely thrilled is such an understatement. And now I have checked out Kanopy, and that is also very cool. The first thing I am going to watch is California Typewriter, narrated by Tom Hanks - I remember Shelley (I think) mentioning it over on Kim's thread, and saying how good it was, but none of our streaming services offered it. Now I can finally see it.

>123 Berly: Morning, Kim! You already watched the entire season?! I have to wait for Abby because we are watching it together. *sob* Hooray for a second season.

We are still waiting to hear from our mortgage company if we need to send the check off to be endorsed of if they have a local bank that can do it for them, so the wheels of progress turn very slowly but at least they are turning. The insurance man who wouldn't get on the roof cracked me up - and he was young!

I love that Charley Davidson series - I think I read the first two or three books before when I first found it, but then got distracted by other stuff. Your recent reading of them reminded me how fun they were and that I needed to get back to them. You are really storming through them - I think #13 just came out. Lethal White is just as good as the previous entries in the series - I was sad to reach the end of that one.

Here's hoping your weekend is full of fabulous, my friend!

*edited to fix the name of the documentary

125jessibud2
Edited: Nov 3, 2018, 10:06am Top

>124 Crazymamie: - Oh, I am so happy that you will be able to watch *California Typewriter*, Mamie! I really loved it and if it comes back to my local doc cinema, I'd see it again. It's fast moving but really fun! You will definitely laugh out loud, often, and will be smiling when it's over!

And the *art* guy is astounding!! Just saying. (can't think of his name at the moment but I know I have mentioned it before, somewhere)

126Crazymamie
Nov 3, 2018, 10:53am Top

>125 jessibud2: Oh, good, Shelley - it was you who mentioned it. I can't wait to see it. I will be sure to report back.

127jnwelch
Nov 3, 2018, 12:24pm Top

Happy Weekend, Mamie!

I didn't know about "Sabrina". Sounds like one we should check out. We're enjoying the BBC's Case Histories right now.

128Crazymamie
Nov 3, 2018, 12:39pm Top

>127 jnwelch: Hello, Joe! Happy weekend! Yes, do check out Sabrina - it's fun, and I love how they made it darker than the original. Case Histories is a favorite here - we bought them on DVD after borrowing them from the library. I love Jason Isaacs as Jackson Brodie!

129Crazymamie
Edited: Nov 4, 2018, 9:35am Top



Okay, so I watched California Typewriter, and it was every bit as fabulous as Shelley claimed. Interesting and completely charming documentary about people's love for those old typewriters that used to be standard equipment for every home but have since been replaced by computers. California Typewriter is the name of a business featured in the documentary that repairs and refurbishes those old models. The documentary also tells the story of artist Jeremy Mayer who uses parts from old typewriters (and nothing else) to create some truly unbelievable art. Just those two stories that intersect would be enough - completely fascinating and compelling, but there is also the story of a man who is a collector and tells us how the typewriter came to be invented. Then there are the clips from Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough and Sam Shepard talking about what typewriters mean to them. Add to that a great music soundtrack, and you have a magic moment. Highly recommended if you can find this.

130Crazymamie
Edited: Nov 3, 2018, 7:38pm Top

The last time I was at Publix grocery, Birdy and I saw that they had a Fiery Cranberry rotisserie chicken that looked delicious. After trying it, I was thinking that it would make an awesome chicken salad, and I could add in some of the Publix Cranberry Orange Relish that they sell at this time of year to kick it up a notch, so here is my recipe, which I made tonight - it turned out fabulous if I do say so myself. And I do.

Mamie's Kickin' Chicken Salad

INGREDIENTS
1 rotisserie chicken, deboned and diced (I used the Publix fiery cranberry chicken)
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp coarse ground mustard (I used Grey Poupon Harvest)
1 small spoon dill relish
1 T cranberry orange relish (I used the Publix brand from their deli)
2 1/2 tsp adobo sauce (from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)

3 boiled eggs, diced

1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp onion powder

DIRECTIONS:
Sauté onion and celery with the spices for just a minute or two, add in the garlic at the end, then set aside.

Whisk together the mayo, sour cream (I use light versions of both of these), dill relish, mustard, cranberry orange relish, and adobo sauce. Stir in chicken and the onion and celery mixture. Fold in the diced boiled eggs.

Season with additional black pepper and salt as desired. You can really kick up the heat by adding more adobo sauce and even chopping up one of the chipotle peppers from the sauce and adding that in.

We served this on toasted onion bagels with butter lettuce.

*Back to add that this serves 6-8

131jessibud2
Nov 3, 2018, 8:46pm Top

>129 Crazymamie: - 2 thumbs up!! :-)

132Crazymamie
Nov 3, 2018, 9:07pm Top

*grin* I am SO happy that you mentioned it over on Kim’s thread quite awhile back, Shelley. Not sure it would have caught my attention otherwise, and it is a gem.

133quondame
Nov 4, 2018, 1:44am Top

>130 Crazymamie: This reminded me of the one reason I like turkey - I can put cranberry chutney on it! Sage crouton stuffing and cranberry chutney and gravy, and oh some real mashed potatoes and my homemade pumpkin pie, I like, but I've never been a turkey fan. The chutney is dead easy to make but stinks up the house something awful as the ginger and garlic cook in the reducing vinegar......

134Crazymamie
Nov 4, 2018, 8:37am Top

Susan, your post made me laugh! That is pretty much how I feel about turkey. I love all the Thanksgiving type foods, and part of the wonder is that we only pull out some of this stuff (see what I did there?!) once a year. Would you share the chutney recipe? If not, that's fine, no pressure.

135susanj67
Nov 4, 2018, 8:41am Top

>130 Crazymamie: Mamie, the chicken salad sounds excellent. I have added an extra day to Georgia as part of my retirement LT world tour. I hope that's OK.

I've been investigating my elibrary in the hope that it might have acquired films, but sadly not. Lots and lots of audiobooks, though. If only I liked them...

136Crazymamie
Edited: Nov 4, 2018, 8:49am Top

>135 susanj67: It was very good, Susan. Even Rae loved it, and she is not usually a fan of chicken salad. An extra day to Georgia! We are most honored. But remember that it's very hot.

I am thrilled with the film selection that Kanopy has, and will be taking advantage of it. In California Typewriter, the artist guy mentioned an old silent film that he has watched over and over again and that has inspired his art - Metropolis. I had not heard of it before, but Kanopy has it, so I will be watching that one next - most exciting!

137msf59
Nov 4, 2018, 9:32am Top

Morning, Mamie! Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It looks like I should track down California Typewriter. I love a good doc.

138Crazymamie
Nov 4, 2018, 9:34am Top

Morning, Mark! Happy Sunday! So far, so good with the weekending. Birdy is making pumpkin pecan pancakes as I type to go with the sausage links I cooked, so the house smells SO good.

And yes, do track down California Typewriter - it is delightful.

139msf59
Nov 4, 2018, 3:13pm Top

I WANT pumpkin, pecan pancakes! Wah!!

140Crazymamie
Nov 4, 2018, 3:16pm Top

Yeah, they were awesome, Mark.

141charl08
Nov 4, 2018, 5:31pm Top

>136 Crazymamie: Hope ypu emjoy Metropolis, Mamie. I saw it at a revival showing a few years ago in an arthouse cinema. Amazing effects despite being without computers.

142Berly
Nov 4, 2018, 5:40pm Top

>129 Crazymamie: I saw this piece and about the same time I was reading Tom Hanks new book, Uncommon Type, which I thoroughly enjoyed. (Thank you Shelley!) He's coming to Portland as part of our Literary Arts Book Festival this coming Saturday, but I can't go because I am going to attempt (recent health issues causing trouble) to pass another TKD test. Wish me luck because if I don't pass and I missed Hanks I am going to be so mad!!!

143jessibud2
Nov 4, 2018, 6:02pm Top

>142 Berly: - I wish I could go see him speak in your place, Kim....;-)

I recently heard that Hanks is making a new film, based on the life of Mr. Rogers. He is playing Rogers. I bet he will be terrific. (another recent documentary on the life of Mr. Rogers was truly wonderful).

144Crazymamie
Nov 5, 2018, 8:20am Top

>141 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte - I am really looking forward to it, and I think Birdy is going to join me.

>142 Berly: I knew the conversation about it started on your thread, Kim. I loved how Hanks talked about his typewriter love in the documentary, so I will probably track down Uncommon Type - did you listen to it? Total bummer that you have to miss him when he comes to the Literary Arts Festival, but I am sending you loads of dojo mojo for your TKD test. You can do it, Kim!!!

>143 jessibud2: I had not heard that yet, Shelley - I agree he would be terrific as Rogers.

145jessibud2
Edited: Nov 5, 2018, 8:46am Top

>144 Crazymamie: - Here is a link to the documentary I saw earlier this summer, Mamie. If ever there was a time for a film like this, for the message it (he) embodies, it is now:

Won't You Be My Neighbour

If you can find this doc on your new streaming service, go for it. PSA: make sure you have tissues close by. ;-)

Under the picture, there are 3 dots, to scroll to the right. The third frame will give you a clip to watch. I just know Tom Hanks can do him justice. The man has such incredible dramatic range. Here is what I found when I looked for a link to Hanks and the film:

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/tom-hanks-mr-rogers-you-are-my-friend-tristar-1202676746/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/see-tom-hanks-as-mister-rogers-in-you-are-my-friend/

146Crazymamie
Nov 5, 2018, 9:07am Top

>145 jessibud2: Thanks for those links, Shelley! I will be sure to check them out.

147karenmarie
Nov 5, 2018, 10:19am Top

'Morning, Mamie!

148Crazymamie
Nov 5, 2018, 10:23am Top

Morning, Karen!

149quondame
Nov 5, 2018, 10:51pm Top

>134 Crazymamie: I still have my 20+ yr old clipping from the newspaper, but it's online now: Cranberry Chutney

150ronincats
Nov 5, 2018, 10:59pm Top

Oh, Metropolis is definitely a classic!!

151Berly
Edited: Nov 6, 2018, 3:06am Top

>144 Crazymamie: I would love to see a movie about Mr Rogers and Hanks would totally do it justice. In fact, I just saw an ad that used one of Mr Rogers songs as the background...wish I could remember what it was...

Google Pixel 3 ad!!

https://9to5google.com/2018/10/24/google-pixel-3-ad-mister-rogers-video/

And thanks for the vote of confidence on my TKD. I am feeling better after I saw the schedule today....very little calisthenics, so I may do all right. : )

152Crazymamie
Nov 6, 2018, 7:43am Top

>149 quondame: Thanks for that, Susan! I love that you still have the clipping from the newspaper from over twenty years ago.

>150 ronincats: I can't wait to watch it, Roni - maybe later today. And they also have a remastered version: "Giorgio Moroder's special 1984 reconstruction of METROPOLIS, with color tinting, fewer inter-titles, and newly restored footage. A pioneer in the field of digital music, Moroder backed this special edition with a throbbing new score, punctuated with pop songs from some of the biggest stars of the early MTV era: Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Adam Ant, Bonnie Tyler, Loverboy, and others." I'm thinking it would be fun to watch the remastered one after viewing the original.

>151 Berly: You are welcome, Kim. And hooray for very little calisthenics. I am keeping you in my thoughts.

That ad is completely charming! Thanks so much for sharing the link - I had not seen it yet.

153Crazymamie
Nov 6, 2018, 8:41am Top



Book #109: Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (3.75 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, memoir/baseball/Brooklyn Dodgers - Katie's Dirty Dozen

This was a charming little time capsule of what life was like in Brooklyn in the 1950s. You don't have to love baseball or know a lot about it to appreciate the author's love for the sport. Slightly rough around the edges, I felt it could have used additional editing to make the transitions between narratives more seamless, but otherwise, it is lovely. Goodwin shares not just her obsession with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but also where her love of reading and history came from. Thanks, so much, Katie, for putting this one on my radar.

154jessibud2
Nov 6, 2018, 8:47am Top

>153 Crazymamie: - I read this one a few years ago. It was my introduction to this author and though I have not yet read more by her, I do want to. Her books tend to be tomes but very readable. I also recently heard a great interview with her on the radio.

155katiekrug
Nov 6, 2018, 8:49am Top

>153 Crazymamie: - I need to re-read it and see if I notice the roughness. I read it shortly after my mother passed away and it kind of hit me in the gut. I have a feeling it would land on me differently now...

Happy Tuesday, Mamie!

156Crazymamie
Nov 6, 2018, 8:59am Top

>154 jessibud2: I always like her in interviews, Shelley. She was on Morning Joe years ago and they were talking baseball, and her love for the sport was a tangible thing.

>155 katiekrug: I thought her transitions between talking about baseball and talking about her mom or about her home life were jarring. I can see why it would be a gut punch for you - it was so sad how her team finally won the World Series, and then everything is her personal life just started falling apart. And all of it out of her control. I was truly angry with the father for making her move from her childhood home where her mother was still present for her because it was too painful for him. He should have let her finish high school at least before moving, I thought.

Happy Tuesday to you, Katie! You will be happy to know that we all voted early except for Daniel, who wanted to be present in the moment, so he will vote today.

157weird_O
Nov 6, 2018, 10:27am Top

Hi Mamie. Nice day for an election, huh.

Did you read H. G. Wells's review of Metropolis from the NY Times? I wasn't sure you all were talking about the Fritz Lang flick, so I followed the link to the LT page on it. At the bottom is the review Wells wrote in 1927. Called the movie silly and boring.

158Crazymamie
Nov 6, 2018, 10:53am Top

>157 weird_O: Yes, and may the odds be ever in our favor, Bill.

Too funny about the Wells' review of Metropolis.

159Crazymamie
Nov 6, 2018, 11:12am Top



If, like me, you are already thinking about spiked holiday drinks, let me just say that this mixes perfectly with eggnog - most yum!

160katiekrug
Nov 6, 2018, 11:18am Top

>159 Crazymamie: - Yes, please!

But why are you already drinking egg nog?!?!

I just got back from voting. There were no stickers. I am angry.

161Crazymamie
Nov 6, 2018, 11:34am Top

Um...because Craig's birthday is December 5th, and he LOVES egg nog, and I was experimenting to find the right boozy combo as a surprise for him. I am just completely selfless that way.

No stickers!?! What?! This is not to be borne!

162RebaRelishesReading
Nov 6, 2018, 1:38pm Top

>145 jessibud2: I agree with recommendation to see Won't You Be My Neighbor. It's wonderful and such a great message, especially now.

163The_Hibernator
Nov 6, 2018, 3:14pm Top

Morning Mamie! No pre-birth eggnog for me, I'm afraid. Though I do have plans for New Year already. That baby better be out by then! lol

164Crazymamie
Nov 6, 2018, 4:41pm Top

>162 RebaRelishesReading: I was actually able to request it in DVD format from our library, so hooray for that since none of our streaming services have t for free yet. Thanks for the extra nudge, Reba!

>163 The_Hibernator: Hello there, Rachel. Right - no boozy eggnog for you until after the baby arrives. Crossing my fingers that baby vacates the premises by New Year - when are you due?

165The_Hibernator
Nov 7, 2018, 11:22am Top

I'm due 12/12, so they'll induce before New Year. But my understanding is that they induce after two weeks late, which would be on 26th. Not a very promising date. lol

166RebaRelishesReading
Nov 7, 2018, 11:23am Top

>165 The_Hibernator: good dates those though -- My b'day in 12/11 and Hubby's is 12/26 :)

167Crazymamie
Nov 7, 2018, 12:38pm Top

>165 The_Hibernator: Oof! Two of my sisters have December birthdays, so I wish you the best of luck with squeezing one more thing into the holiday season - however, the great thing is that by the time your due date rolls around, you will be SO ready to have that baby make an appearance that the date won't matter.

>166 RebaRelishesReading: Too funny, Reba!

168Helenliz
Nov 7, 2018, 1:41pm Top

>165 The_Hibernator: good luck. My dad's birthday was 23Dec. Mum's way of getting him to not work all day on his birthday was to say he had to put the Christmas tree up. That is still the date I put my tree up.

169brodiew2
Nov 7, 2018, 2:32pm Top

Hello Mamie! I hope all is well with you.

I'm warbling about Michael Harvey's Pulse: A Novel. I am blazing through it as I did with his last one, Brighton: A Novel. Both are crime novels, but 'Pulse' has an added element which is hard to describe. Supernatural is true, but not exact. Extra sensory is also true, but not all encompassing. It is so well written in a foreboding, slick, and dangerous way.

170Crazymamie
Nov 8, 2018, 7:51am Top

>168 Helenliz: That is a great story, Helen! Clever Mom! Do you leave it up longer then, or do take it down right after Christmas?

>169 brodiew2: Hello, Brodie. All is well here. I remember you talking up Brighton, and I have that one in the stacks, but I still haven't read it yet. I will make a note of your enthusiasm for Pulse. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

171Helenliz
Nov 8, 2018, 7:54am Top

>170 Crazymamie: I tend to take them down in early January, probably before I go back to work and always before 12th night.

I love Christmas, but I only like it actually AT Christmas.

172Crazymamie
Nov 8, 2018, 8:42am Top

>171 Helenliz: I am always fascinated by holiday traditions, so thanks for sharing, Helen. We don't have a specific date that we put up our tree, but sometime after Thanksgiving - Craig LOVES Christmas and likes to have the tree up by his birthday, which is December 5th. Then we leave it up through New Year's Day.

173karenmarie
Nov 8, 2018, 9:13am Top

Hi Mamie!

>153 Crazymamie: Even though they had moved to LA by then my mother was a dedicated and serious fan of the Dodgers as one could imagine. Any time a game was on the radio it was on - in the kitchen, on vacations, in the living room. I grew up with Vin Scully.

>161 Crazymamie: Such selflessness, Mamie, making sure the eggnog is properly ...ah... amended. I'm assuming several experiments were required.

>165 The_Hibernator:, >166 RebaRelishesReading: - My aunt's birthday is 12/26 and it's just a fact of life for her. *smile* I have a friend whose son's birthday is 12/26 also and as a child they always celebrated his half-birthday instead so that it wasn't buried in the Christmas hoopla.

>172 Crazymamie: We used to put up our tree the week after Thanksgiving, but with daughter living 3 hours from us and home for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, we now put it up Thanksgiving weekend so she can help decorate. We try to take it down on New Year's Day but have been known to slip a bit...

174Crazymamie
Nov 8, 2018, 9:36am Top

Morning, Karen!

I did not grow up with baseball at all, so I know nothing, but I loved reading about her love for the sport. Her father taught her how to keep score, and she did this for every game. She was heartbroken when the Dodgers left Brooklyn, and it sounds like the move was not handled well as far as letting that very loyal fan base say goodbye to a beloved team. She stopped following the team and only began to love baseball again when she had her own children. She chose as her new team the Boston Red Sox.

Right. I had to experiment until I achieved perfection, and then, of course, I had to verify my results. *blinks*

I love the half-birthday celebration - brilliant. My sisters always hated when someone combined birthday and Christmas presents or wrapped birthday gifts in Christmas paper.

We often put it up on Thanksgiving weekend, as everyone is around then, so it makes it easy - any day after that Thursday counts as after Thanksgiving, in my book. If Craig had his way, we would leave the tree up throughout January, but that is too much for me, so I start setting things in motion as soon as New Year's Day has passed.

175RebaRelishesReading
Nov 8, 2018, 10:35am Top

We usually put ours up Thanksgiving weekend and take it down on New Year's Day. I think that came from having everyone working and those were days we were off to do it. As a child we often put it up nearer my birthday (12/11) and took it down later. We have friends who insist it must be up until Epiphany but we were never that strict.

176Crazymamie
Nov 8, 2018, 10:41am Top

>175 RebaRelishesReading: Hello, Reba - thanks for sharing. When we lived in Indiana, we always hosted the big Thanksgiving feast, so we could not cheat and get a head start on Christmas, thank goodness. The weekend after, however was so convenient for exactly the reasons you mention - we were all available.

177Helenliz
Nov 8, 2018, 10:41am Top

I assume that those going up very early (by which I mean anything before ~ 20dec) are all fake trees? Pretty sure I'd not cope with all that needle drop with it up for a month (and more).

178Crazymamie
Nov 8, 2018, 11:16am Top



>177 Helenliz: We have a fake tree now - we switched to artificial trees the December that Craig had his hip replacement and have never gone back, but we used to always have a real tree before that. Back then we would put up the tree on December 5th (Craig's birthday) - the trick is to put a fresh cut on the tree before putting it up, then filling the stand with warm water. If you are careful to make sure the water stays fresh and always use warm water to keep the tree drinking, then needle loss is much less. We always used Frazier firs, which have great needle retention, and really there was very little needle mess until after Christmas Day.

179Berly
Nov 8, 2018, 11:29am Top

Our tree comes down before December 30th which is my daughter's birthday--trying to keep them separate celebrations and combining birthday and Christmas presents is not allowed!! : )

180Crazymamie
Nov 8, 2018, 11:55am Top

Good thinking there, Kim. My one sister’s birthday is December 21st, so the tree could not come down, but not allowing combined gifts would have been excellent. It happened to her a lot.

181thornton37814
Nov 8, 2018, 2:13pm Top

I love the Christmas tree so I usually try to keep it up until Epiphany. At Mom and Dad's, it always came down New Year's Day when me, my brothers, and their families were there to help. The cats destroyed my last tree by climbing it. An artificial tree is more practical for me since I usually travel and am gone part of the time.

182charl08
Nov 8, 2018, 2:17pm Top

Oh, I love a real tree. I might try to sneak one into the house this year. Our central heating usually does for it, but with that warm water trick, who knows what is possible?(!)

183Whisper1
Nov 8, 2018, 6:09pm Top

Hello. Finally, I am retired. One full week in thus far, and I can honestly say I am enjoying this time tremendously. One of the first things I did was to visit the local libraries. I took more books home than I can read within a three-week time period. But, how lovely it is to have a cup of tea and look at the books while trying to decide which one to read.

Regarding "real" trees, I am in favor of it! The day that Will went on a shopping trip to Sam's warehouse and bought a pencil thin artificial tree that he said was on sale...I swear the comments were enough to bruise him! We kept it up, but each and every time we walked past it, we sighed. Last year, our grand daughter and I went obtained a real, pine smelling, lovely space between the branches tree. This year will be the same. I don't mind cleaning up the pine needles through July. It simply isn't Christmas without a real tree.

I hope you are well Mamie. I hope to be more present on LT.

184nittnut
Nov 8, 2018, 7:23pm Top

Hi Mamie! Long time no visit. RL is kicking my butt. I hope you are creeping closer to a new roof.

We have a fake Christmas tree due to husband's allergies. I am in favor of a real tree if I could have one. I do enjoy decorating the outside trees though.

185karenmarie
Nov 9, 2018, 9:33am Top

Hi Mamie!

When I was about 10 or so my Mom had a hideous fake white Christmas Tree. She loved it. Sigh. Even when single and in apartments, I have always bought real trees.

Now we go to a little stand run by the farming family that grows them in the NC mountains. The trees are frequently as fresh as a week or so - any fresher and they drop sap on the floor (learned, tragically, one year, a long time ago). The McMahons time the cutting and delivery perfectly. They always cut off bottom branches and re-cut the bottom, critical as you wrote in >178 Crazymamie: above. Warm water, check. We always buy a wreath from them, too, handmade by Mrs. McMahon, which I then decorate with porcelain/velvet/satin/lace angels. Not the best pic, but from last year. Sometimes she adds some boxwood and/or holly.

186Whisper1
Nov 9, 2018, 9:41am Top

>185 karenmarie: Thank is a lovely wreath. You are quite creative. I admit that I have to see something in a magazine that looks nice and copy it. I am not creative at all.

187drneutron
Nov 9, 2018, 9:42am Top

Hey, if you haven't come across Washington Black yet, you should take a look. I think it would be right up your alley.

188RebaRelishesReading
Nov 9, 2018, 11:15am Top

>179 Berly: That would be lovely Kim except we have birthdays on 11(me), 18(son), 19(daughter), 21(granddaughter0, and 26(hubby) -- if we didn't have a tree up on somebody's birthday we wouldn't be able to have a tree at all lol

189jnwelch
Nov 9, 2018, 11:53am Top

Happy Weekend, Mamie.

We’re finally going to a smaller artificial Christmas tree this year, maybe three feet tall. The kids are all grown up and out of the house, and we don’t need a big one any more.

190mahsdad
Nov 9, 2018, 2:03pm Top

Hi Mamie, I'm hijacking the top threads around here to spread the word. Its time to join the Christmas Swap festivities. Come on over...

http://www.librarything.com/topic/298577

191SandDune
Nov 9, 2018, 5:33pm Top

We always have a real tree as well. We put it up quite late usually, maybe ten days to a week before Christmas and then leave it up until Twelth Night.

192figsfromthistle
Nov 9, 2018, 10:54pm Top

Just dropping by to wish you a wonderful weekend :)

193Berly
Nov 10, 2018, 3:12am Top

>188 RebaRelishesReading: Oh, that is out of control!! LOL. NOOOO way you can avoid the birthdays. Do you guys celebrate half birthdays? ; )

194Crazymamie
Nov 10, 2018, 9:29am Top

>181 thornton37814: That makes sense, Lori. Lat year we put our tree up and let it sit for a few days with no decorations just so the cats could get used to it, and we could teach them not to climb it. Mercy somehow always manages to get ensconced halfway up the tree without making any noise or shaking the tree. I have no idea how she does this, but our other two are amateurs, so they always get caught before they even have their back paws off the ground.

>182 charl08: Wishing you the best of luck, Charlotte, and hoping you do try it. The warm water trick makes a world of difference.

>183 Whisper1: Hello, Linda! How lovely to see you here. Congrats on your retirement! Sounds like you are making the most of it. I always take home more books than I can possibly read in the allotted amount of time - part of the fun, plus I never know what I will be in the mood to read.

I am also a huge fan of real trees - that lovely smell!! And their lack of perfection. But, Craig is a complete nutter, and when we have a real tree, it takes him DAYS to get the lights on there just how he wants them. And he insists on doing the lights himself, so there is no getting around it. We went with an artificial tree the year he had his hip replacement - he had the surgery in December, so we knew he would not be able to mess with getting a tree up and the lights placed, and the kids were just little. And we just kept using the artificial one after that because it was easier and required less maintenance. I could see us going back to a real tree somewhere down the road.

I am well, thank you, dear one. I hope you are fabulous, and I would love to see you around LT more.

195Crazymamie
Nov 10, 2018, 9:41am Top

>184 nittnut: Hello, Jenn. Sorry that real life is kicking your butt. We are still waiting for the contractor to come out and give us a quote, and I am trying to be patient, but I am not very good at it. Meanwhile, we have sent a copy of all the insurance claim papers and quotes off to the mortgage company along with the check from Insurance, so that they can endorse it and get it back to us to endorse, and then we can finally take that puppy to the bank. So weird how we have all this technology at our fingertips and yet we still have to hurry up and wait.

Totally get the allergy thing. I say whatever works for you - we do artificial just for sheer convenience.

>185 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Okay, don't hate me, but I love those hideous white Christmas trees. And also the silver ones. I actually have a tall skinny silver tree with blue lights that we put up in the dinning room every year right next to our buffet, and I adore it. No ornaments, just the lights. It feels vintage to me, and it is an homage to my favorite aunts who always had a similar one.

Sounds like you have the perfect set-up regarding your tree - we used to do something very similar when the kids were little. We went to the same little family owned tree stand each year to select our tree. They brought the trees down from Michigan, and they were the ones to tell us how to properly take care of it with the fresh cut and the warm water.

Your wreath is lovely! Thanks for sharing!

196Crazymamie
Nov 10, 2018, 9:48am Top

>186 Whisper1: I agree, Linda! And you are still more creative than I, who would always buy the wreath already decorated.

>187 drneutron: Jim, just because you said so, I will add it to The List. Thanks!

>188 RebaRelishesReading: Yep. Totally impossible for you, Reba!

>189 jnwelch: Happy Weekend, Joe! I love the big tree, but I could see Craig and I having a much smaller one when the kids are gone - for one thing, I would not want to decorate it all on my own, although I would be fine with a lit tree and no ornaments.

197Crazymamie
Nov 10, 2018, 9:51am Top

>190 mahsdad: You are most welcome to the hijacking of my thread, Jeff.

>191 SandDune: That sounds lovely, Rhian. I would not mind putting the tree up later, but Craig loves it up by his birthday on the 5th, so that's what we do. It makes him SO happy!

>192 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita. Hoping your weekend is full of fabulous!

>193 Berly: *waves at Kim*

198richardderus
Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 10:00am Top

Well, here I am, you just can't get rid of me no matter how hard you try.

Sorry, I only brought enough breakfast for myself. Maybe next time. *smooch*

199Crazymamie
Nov 10, 2018, 10:06am Top

Morning, BigDaddy! You just made my day!! And that you brought breakfast only for yourself made me laugh. Luckily for you, I will happily share my coffee. *smooch back*

PS I have missed you so.

200richardderus
Nov 10, 2018, 10:19am Top

baaaaaawwww You're so sweet to say suchlike.

201Crazymamie
Nov 10, 2018, 10:58am Top

>200 richardderus: Just speaking the truth.

202msf59
Nov 10, 2018, 11:04am Top

Morning, Mamie. Happy Saturday. I hope those current reads are treating you fine. I potentially have a pair of 5 star books going. I love it, when that happens.

203Crazymamie
Nov 10, 2018, 11:49am Top

>202 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy Saturday to you! My current reads are really fun - on Kindle I'm reading The Charterhouse of Parma, which is loaded with humor I wasn't expecting, in print I'm reading Double Indemnity, and on audio I'm listening to the sixth Harry Dresden book - Blood Rites.

What are your two potential 5 stars reads?

204weird_O
Nov 10, 2018, 12:46pm Top

We have a half-dozen cut-yer-own Christmas tree farms in the area, so we always have a freshly cut tree. All of the sellers are set up to drill a hole into the bottom of the trunk so it can be dropped onto a base with a spike in the center. The tree is standing upright so it can be aligned all nice and plumb and then the hole is drilling. We pick up a tree after Thanksgiving, set it up and enjoy having an evergreen in the living room before putting lights and decorations on it. Needle-drop pretty much dictates when it comes down.

Just talking about it here kinda gets the sap flowing.

205ChelleBearss
Nov 11, 2018, 8:22am Top

Happy Sunday, Mamie!
Glad that you are still loving the Robert Galbraith and Michael Connelly books! I read Lethal White last month and loved it and I just finished book #24 in the Harry Bosch series :)

206richardderus
Nov 11, 2018, 8:25am Top

Morning Mamie dearest.

I brought enough for us to split this time. *smooch*

207Familyhistorian
Nov 11, 2018, 3:18pm Top

>206 richardderus: That is quite a spread!

Hope you are having a fabulous day, Mamie. I have been busy trying to get in my daily words as well as my daily steps so keeping up with threads has kind of taken a back seat. Did you like The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue? I second Jim's endorsement of Washington Black, it's a good one.

208richardderus
Nov 12, 2018, 10:32am Top

*tiptoes quietly in*

*tiptoes quietly out*

209Crazymamie
Nov 12, 2018, 10:41am Top

>208 richardderus: And not a moment too soon, BigDaddy! Thank you so much. *smooch*

210Crazymamie
Nov 12, 2018, 10:50am Top

>204 weird_O: Thanks for sharing, Bill. I love that needle drop determines when the tree comes down. YOur final comments made me laugh!

>205 ChelleBearss: Hello, there, Chelle! We share a love of Harry Bosch and Comoran Strike - hooray for that! I look forward to having many more to read in the coming years.

>206 richardderus: Yes, please! Looks like you brought the perfect amount for two - so very thoughtful!

>207 Familyhistorian: It's most impressive, isn't it, Meg?!

Yesterday was indeed full of fabulous - it was Daniel's 24th birthday! There was much feasting and sharing of happy. And football, of course. I did like The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - very fun, that one. Thanks so much for recommending it. I am in the hold queue for Washington Black, so great to have you seconding Jim's rec.

211harrygbutler
Nov 12, 2018, 2:01pm Top

Hi, Mamie! Glad Daniel had a good birthday.

We sometimes have a live tree, sometimes an artificial tree. It depends in part on whether we are traveling for Christmas. I'm not as enthused about cutting my own tree if there isn't snow on the ground, and we're far enough south that snow is unlikely in early December. Once up, the tree stays up until Epiphany.

212rosalita
Nov 12, 2018, 2:35pm Top

Happy birthday, Daniel! Sounds like a good time was had by all.

213Crazymamie
Nov 12, 2018, 2:42pm Top

>211 harrygbutler: Hello, Harry! Daniel's birthday was fun and low key, which is exactly what he wanted.

Thanks for sharing your tree story. If we had to wait for snow, we would be in big trouble here. One of the things that was weird to get used to when we moved to the Deep South was how green it is outside in the winter.

214Crazymamie
Nov 12, 2018, 2:46pm Top

>212 rosalita: Thank you, Julia! It was a lot of fun.

215brodiew2
Nov 12, 2018, 3:52pm Top

Hello Mamie! I hope all is well with you. I'm finishing up the Charlie Chan novel I started late last month. I look forward to checkout a couple of the films, too.

216Crazymamie
Nov 12, 2018, 4:31pm Top

>215 brodiew2: Hello, Brodie! All is well. I really need to get to those Charlie Chan books - I have the complete set just sitting on my shelves, and they moved with us from Indiana. *gasp* I watched many of the films when I was growing up - they were frequently featured on the Sunday marathon of movies that my Dad and I watched together every week.

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