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Lori (thornton37814) Reads with Sherlock, Mr B, and Barney in 2018 - thread 6

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Nov 1, 6:00pm Top


Here are the boys on their recent trip to their Uncle Jim's in Mississippi. This is actually where they were born, although they were born in the big part of the shop on the other side of the door. Their mother was around some. I saw her a couple of times. This area, however, can keep them "inside" without danger of harm from other things since my sister-in-law won't allow them in the house. I take a cot so they can jump on it and get off the floor if they wish. I take their favorite scratching post and a few other toys. I'm not sure if I'm going to try this with a heater at Christmas or just spring for the hotel room. The hotel is not convenient though. Last year, it was warm enough they could have made it, but one never knows what Mississippi weather at Christmas will be like.

The next 24 posts will include my review of reading to this point. Message #26 is yours!

Edited: Nov 1, 6:04pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #1-10:

1. Where I Was From by Joan Didion - completed 1 Jan 2018
2. Pusserina the Wondercat by Kenneth B. Melvin; illustrated by Linda Albrecht - completed 1 Jan 2018
3. Raised Bed Gardening: How to Use Simple Raised Beds to Grow a Beautiful Vegetable Garden by Dane Alexander - completed 1 Jan 2018
4. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg - completed 2 Jan 2018
5. Strawberry Yellow by Naomi Hirahara - completed 4 Jan 2018
6. Funeral Music by Morag Joss - completed 5 Jan 2018
7. Booked for Trouble by Eva Gates - completed 7 Jan 2018
8. The Toad Who Loved Tea by Faiz Kermani - completed 8 Jan 2018
9. Buried in the Country by Carola Dunn - completed 8 Jan 2018
10. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith - completed 12 Jan 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:05pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #11-20:

11. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens - completed 13 Jan 2018
12. Friends in High Places by Donna Leon - completed 15 Jan 2018
13. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale - completed 15 Jan 2018
14. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - completed 17 Jan 2018
15. Mary and Her Little Lamb by Will Moses - completed 17 Jan 2018
16. My Teacher by James Ransome - completed 17 Jan 2018
17. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper; illustrated by George & Doris Hauman - completed 17 Jan 2018
18. My Baby Blue Jays by John Berendt - completed 17 Jan 2018
19. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro - completed 17 Jan 2018
20. The Balfour Declaration: Sixty-Seven Words, 100 Years of Conflict by Elliot Jager - completed 19 Jan 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:06pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #21-30:

21. The Litttle Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien - completed 20 Jan 2018
22. Laughter and Early Sorrow: and Other Stories by Brett Busang - completed 20 Jan 2018
23. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall - completed 21 Jan 2018
24. Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody - completed 25 Jan 2018
25. Hiding the Past by Nathan Dylan Goodwin - completted 27 Jan 2018
26. The Potter's Field by Andrea Camilleri - completed 29 Jan 2018
27. Life of Pi by Yann Martel - completed 1 Feb 2018
28. 'Over the Hills and Far Away': The Life of Beatrix Potter by Matthew Dennison - completed 1 Feb 2018
29. Planting Corn Belt Culture: The Impress of the Upland Southerner and Yankee in the Old Northwest by Richard Lyle Power - completed 1 Feb 2018
30. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters - completed 3 Feb 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:07pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #31-40:

31. Creole Holiday by Phyllis A. Whitney - completed 3 Feb 2018
32. Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver; illustrated by Tomie DePaolo - completed 4 Feb 2018
33. Three Little Kittens by Jerry Pinkney - completed 4 Feb 2018
34. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - completed 4 Feb 2018
35. Oh No, Gotta Go! by Susan Middleton Elya; illustrated by C. Brian Karas - completed 4 Feb 2018
36. The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray; illustrated by Mike Lowery - completed 4 Feb 2018
37. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett - completed 4 Feb 2018
38. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats - completed 4 Feb 2018
39. The Puppy Who Went to School by Gail Herman; illustrated by Betina Ogden - completed 4 Feb 2018
40. Rhymes Round the World by Kay Chorao - completed 4 Feb 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:08pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #41-50:

41. Keri Tarr, Cat Detective by Wendy Lement; illustrated by Jeffrey Scott Burrows - completed 4 Feb 2018
42. Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio - completed 6 Feb 2018
43. From Jerusalem to Timbuktu: A World Tour of the Spread of Christianity by Brian C. Stiller - completed 7 Feb 2018
44. Sugar and Iced by Jenn McKinlay - completed 10 Feb 2018
45. The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore - completed 11 Feb 2018
46. Folly by Stella Cameron - completed 12 Feb 2018
47. Better Off Read by Nora Page - completed 15 Feb 2018
48. The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor - completed 16 Feb 2018
49. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - completed 18 Feb 2018
50. A Necessary End by Peter Robinson - completed 19 Feb 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:09pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #51-60:

51. Old Bear and His Cub by Olivier Dunrea - completed 21 Feb 2018
52. Destination: Antarctica by Robert Swan - completed 21 Feb 2018
53. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - completed 21 Feb 2018
54. Ladybug Girl and Bingo by David Soman and Jacky Davis - completed 21 Feb 2018
55. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell; illustrated by David Catrow - completed 21 Feb 2018
56. A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard; illustrated by Alice Provensen and Martin Provensen - completed 21 Feb 2018
57. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola - completed 21 Feb 2018
58. Plenty of Love to Go Around by Emma Chichester Clark - completed 21 Feb 2018
59. Just One More by Jennifer Hansen Rolli - completed 21 Feb 2018
60. Taking Care of Mama by Mitra Modarressi - completed 21 Feb 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:09pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #61-70:

61. Good Morning, Digger by Anne Rockwell; illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg - completed 21 Feb 2018
62. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans - completed 21 Feb 2018
63. Luke Goes to Bat by Rachel Isadora - completed 21 Feb 2018
64. Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart - completed 22 Feb 2018
65. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin - completed 22 Feb 2018
66. Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith - completed 25 Feb 2018
67. In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany - completed 27 Feb 2018
68. Slight Mourning by Catherine Aird - completed 27 Feb 2018
69. Walking on Edge: A Pilgrimage to Santiago by Reino Gevers - completed 1 Mar 2018
70. Foreign Bodies edited by Martin Edwards - completed 1 Mar 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:10pm Top

Books Read thru August 1, #71-80:

71. Death by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge - completed 3 Mar 2018
72. Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey - completed 7 Mar 2018
73. The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves - completed 7 Mar 2018
74. Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon - completed 14 Mar 2018
75. The Birds of the Innocent Wood by Deirdre Madden - completed 15 Mar 2018
76. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley - completed 15 Mar 2018
77. Murder at an Irish Wedding by Carlene O'Connor - completed 18 Mar 2018
78. In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War by Tobias Wolff - completed 20 Mar 2018
79. The Mistletoe Murder: and Other Stories by P. D. James - completed 21 Mar 2018
80. The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White - completed 24 Mar 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:11pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #81-90:

81. Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough - completed 26 Mar 2018
82. Macbeth by Jo Nesbo - completed 27 Mar 2018
83. The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis; illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon - completed 28 Mar 2018
84. Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper - completed 28 Mar 2018
85. Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie - completed 31 Mar 2018
86. A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt - completed 31 Mar 2018
87. The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table by Rick Bragg - completed 31 Mar 2018
88. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney - completed 1 Apr 2018
89. Bats in the Belfry by E. C. R. Lorac - completed 1 Apr 2018
90. Ice Cream Kitty by Nerina DiBenedetto; illustrated by Martha Houghton - completed 2 Apr 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:13pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #101-110:

101. Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert - completed 12 Apr 2018
102. Timothy Turtle by Alice Vaught Davis; illustrated by Guy Brown Wiser - completed 12 Apr 2018
103. Timothy Turtle by Al Graham; illustrated by Tony Palazzo - completed 12 Apr 2018
104. Walking Out: Poems by Betty Adcock - completed 12 Apr 2018
105. Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang: The Magical Car by Ian Fleming - completed 12 Apr 2018
106. The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates - completed 14 Apr 2018
107. Society in Early North Carolina: A Documentary History by Alan D. Watson - completed 14 Apr 2018
108. The Hanging Valley by Peter Robinson - completed 19 Apr 2018
109. Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland edited by Ellen Datlow - completed 19 Apr 2018
110. The Sayers Swindle by Victoria Abbott - completed 21 Apr 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:13pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #111-120:

111. Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell - completed 24 Apr 2018
112. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace - completed 25 Apr 2018
113. Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson - completed 1 May 2018
114. The Final Solution by Michael Chabon - completed 6 May 2018
115. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell - completed 8 May 2018
116. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James - completed 8 May 2018
117. A Different Pond by Bao Phi ; illustrated by Thi Bui - completed 8 May 2018
118. Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly - completed 8 May 2018
119. The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams - completed 17 May 2018
120. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro - completed 18 May 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:13pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #121-130:

121. The Museum of Literary Souls by John Connolly - completed 19 May 2018
122. Every Seven Years by Denise Mina - completed 19 May 2018
123. How to Read Poetry Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster - completed 21 May 2018
124. Snow in August by Pete Hamill - completed 23 May 2018
125. Appalachian Ghosts by Nancy Roberts ; photographs by Bruce Roberts - completed 23 May 2018
126. The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo ; illustrated by Ruth Heller - completed 23 May 2018
127. Two Queens of Heaven: Aphrodite, Demeter by Doris Gates ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman - completed 23 May 2018
128. The Story of Georgia's Boundaries: A Meeting of History and Geography by William J. Morton - completed 23 May 2018
129. An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly - completed 26 May 2018
130. Dressed for Death by Donna Leon - completed 27 May 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:14pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #131-140:

131. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - completed 29 May 2018
132. Once in a Blue Moon Lodge by Lorna Landvik - completed 29 May 2018
133. Humming Words: A Collection of Poetry by Nancy Warwick - completed 29 May 2018
134. Murder on the Leviathan by Boris Akunin - completed 31 May 2018
135. Blood on the Tracks edited by Martin Edwards - completed 2 Jun 2018
136. Bad to the Bones by Rett MacPherson - completed 4 Jun 2018
137. The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley - completed 5 Jun 2018
138. Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin - completed 5 Jun 2018
139. Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com: How to Find Your Family History on the #1 Genealogy Website by Nancy Hendrickson - completed 6 Jun 2018
140. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann - completed 7 Jun 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:15pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #141-150:

141. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe - completed 16 Jun 2018
142. Station to Station: Searching for Stories on the Great Western Line by James Attlee - completed 18 Jun 2018
143. Probable Claws by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown - completed 21 Jun 2018
144. Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World's Best New Gardens by Christopher Woods - completed 22 Jun 2018
145. Nocturne by Deborah Crombie - completed 22 Jun 2018
146. The Curio Dealer's Wife by I. J. Parker - completed 22 Jun 2018
147. The King's Justice by E. M. Powell - completed 23 Jun 2018
148. Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor - completed 27 Jun 2018
149. Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville - completed 1 Jul 2018
150. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck - completed 2 Jul 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:16pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #151-160:

151. Life's Extras by Archibald Rutledge; sketches by B. Hay Gilbert - completed 3 Jul 2018
152. No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie - completed 4 Jul 2018
153. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - completed 5 Jul 2018
154. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis - completed 7 Jul 2018
155. Death and Judgment by Donna Leon - completed 10 Jul 2018
156. The South by Colm Toibin - completed 12 Jul 2018
157. I Will Find You by Daniela Sacerdoti - completed 13 Jul 2018
158. Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison - completed 14 Jul 2018
159. On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior - completed 15 Jul 2018
160. The Adoptee's Guide to DNA Testing: How to Use Genetic Genealogy to Discover Your Long-Lost Family by Tamar Weinberg - completed 17 Jul 2018

Edited: Nov 1, 6:20pm Top

Books Read thru November 1, #161-170:

161. Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer - completed 18 Jul 2018
162. Blue Water Hues by Vicki Delany - completed 19 Jul 2018
163. Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith - completed 23 Jul 2018
164. And Be a Villain by Rex Stout - completed 27 Jul 2018
165. A Faraway Island by Annika Thor - completed 28 Jul 2018
166. The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen
167. The Library Book (editor is not clearly stated but appears to be Rebecca Gray, author of the foreward)
168. How to Catch a Bear Who Loves to Read by Andrew Katz and Juliana Leveille-Trudel; illustrated by Joseph Sherman
169. A Boy and a House by Maja Kastelic
170. The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

Edited: Nov 1, 6:43pm Top

2018 Abandoned Reads to Date:

1. Hidden Pasts by Clio Gray - abandoned 28 Jan 2018
2. Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia by Jennifer McGaha - abandoned 12 Apr 2018
3. The Gathering by Anne Enright - abandoned 10 Jun 2018
4. The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun by Robert Kaplow - abandoned 13 July 2018
5. Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout - abandoned 6 Oct 2018

Nov 1, 6:51pm Top

Happy new thread for the new month!

Nov 1, 7:14pm Top

>26 quondame: Thanks! This is probably the one for the remainder of the year. I should report my first completion of November soon. I've got one more thing on the to-do list ahead of completing the read, but it should read fast--and I'm close to the end!

Nov 1, 7:16pm Top

>27 thornton37814: I saved a page to read this morning from yesterday's book, when it became clear I wasn't about to put it down to complete something more for October TIOLI.

Nov 1, 7:40pm Top

Happy new thread!

Nov 1, 7:42pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori!

We got Hildy one of the heated "cat" beds because she is cold all the time, and at least two of the cats have given it a try as well. It doesn't get too hot, but holds just above their body temperature, I believe. There might be one large enough to accommodate all three of your boys, if they'd be willing to use it.

Nov 1, 7:50pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori!

Congratulations, I saw you mentioned as one of the winners in the Halloween Haunt.

Nov 1, 9:43pm Top

>28 quondame: LOL - I've saved the last chapter a time or two so it would go in the next month's challenge.

>29 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>30 harrygbutler: I'll have to check into that. I'm definitely planning to take their cat beds because it would be warmer than the flooring in the shop and more comfy than the cot.

>31 FAMeulstee: Yes, I did win. I chose a t-shirt. I wanted one of the TinyCAT ones, but I'm long-waisted, and the length of those seemed too short.

Nov 1, 9:49pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori!

Nov 1, 9:56pm Top

>33 brodiew2: Thank you!

Nov 1, 10:03pm Top

226. The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere

Date Completed: 1 Nov 2018

Category: Yellowstone National Park

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge #8: Read a challenge that completes the phrase, "I am thankful for..."

Other Challenges: None

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Gabe works at Grandon Elementary School. Amy begins volunteering at Glory's Place, an after-school program for children. Many of the children are in foster homes or have single-parent households. Maddie, a girl with cerebral palsy in foster care, is in both the school and program. She plays matchmaker, not knowing Gabe and Amy used to be married. Will Gabe and Amy reconcile? Maddie would like nothing better! While the ending will come as no surprise, it will still bring tears of joy to the reader! VanLiere's Christian faith shines through this novel. I won this through a GoodReads Giveaway. While an honest review was encouraged, it was not required.

Nov 1, 10:38pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori. Always happy to see pictures of the boys! And you have been a reading machine!!

Nov 1, 11:26pm Top

Happy new thread!

Nov 2, 12:10am Top

Lori--Happy new thread and congrats on finishing the Halloween Hunt! Do we get to see a picture of you in the T-shirt?

Nov 2, 7:46am Top

Happy New Thread, Lori.

Nice digs for the visiting boys. We're trying to find big, family places that take dogs for an eastern TN visit next year; our kids want to bring theirs. It ain't easy.

Nov 2, 8:39am Top

Found and starred!

Nov 2, 8:41am Top

>36 ronincats: Thanks! The boys are special. I exceeded my own expectations for the year so my new goal is to reach 250 by year's end.

>37 figsfromthistle: Thanks!

>38 Berly: It depends. I'll try to have one taken.

>39 jnwelch: With hotels, LaQuinta is usually the best option. I'm sure it is more difficult in the cabin rental market though. There's a really nice boarding facility for dogs between Jefferson City and Morristown (technically in Jefferson City because they incorporated everything along the highway) called All Dogs which has very nice runs and stuff for dogs. My friend always leaves her dog there when she can't take her dog along.

Nov 2, 8:42am Top

>40 fuzzi: Thanks! Just winding up the new year with this thread! At least I suspect it will be the final one.

Nov 4, 12:08pm Top

227. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Date Completed: 3 Nov 2018

Category: Cornwall

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 14: read a book which starts with the same letter as your first name or LT handle

Other Challenges: American Author Challenge - Narrative Nonfiction

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Author Douglas Preston joined a group of scientists on an expedition to excavate T-1, one of the possible locations of the Lost City of the Monkey God, in Honduras. They used lidar to help locate prospective sites and then determined which of the most likely sites to excavate. While "T-2" was a larger site, T-1's location was important to the person organizing the expedition and became the focus. Their work was criticized by some in the archaeological community. Many members, including Preston and National Geographic photographer Dave Yoder, contracted a tropical parasitic disease. There are three main focuses to the book--the expedition itself, the reaction of the archaeological community to the expedition, and the discovery and treatment of leishmaniasis which affected many on the expedition. Several members of the team, including Preston and Yoder, returned to the site later to further excavate it and to try to come up with ways to safeguard the antiquities which were at risk. The book opened by scaring the wits out of readers in much the same manner they were scared by their guide as they prepared for their first trip to Honduras with tales of the deadly fer de lance snake. I debated abandoning the book then and there because I am so phobic about snakes, but once you got past the initial scare, the actual encounters themselves were not nearly as frightening to the listener. I do, however, now know I have no desire to visit Honduras because I don't want to encounter that snake nor do I wish to be exposed to the tropical disease. Readers are made aware the disease is now in Texas and Oklahoma, proceeding along a northeasterly route being carried by a species of rats and the sand flea. By the end of the 21st century, the disease is expected to be a problem for all the United States and parts of Canada, due to global warming. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Bill Mumy.

Nov 5, 7:39am Top

228. The Latecomers by Helen Klein Ross

Date Completed: 4 Nov 2018

Category: Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 14: read a book which starts with the same letter as your first name or LT handle

Other Challenges: AlphaKIT - H

Rating: 2.5 stars

Review: Bridey and Thom leave Ireland for America, planning to wed once they arrive. Thom dies aboard ship, and Bridey arrives in America pregnant. She considers returning to her family in Ireland, but remains. A young woman who helps Bridey helps her place the child with a Catholic charity and provides Bridey with a job. When the woman's own child dies in birth, she adopts from the charity with Bridey still working for the family. The bond between Bridey and Vincent is strong. Bridey returns to Ireland when the family's patriarch dies. The story follows several more generations in a somewhat chaotic matter. The flow between the older generation and the newer ones does not work well for the reader. Genetic genealogists will love the epilogue. The author provides historical notes and a good bibliography, features unusual for a novel. I really enjoyed Bridey and Thom's story, the story of Bridey's first days in America, and giving up the child for adoption. I even enjoyed some of Bridey's story after that point. Unfortunately, the more the story began to focus on the Hollingworth family, the less interested I became in the story being read. The character development that took place in the early generations did not extend to the later ones. Those generations felt rushed. What started as a good read became just a mediocre one for me. I received an electronic copy from the publishers through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.

Edited: Nov 5, 10:09am Top

229. Silent Night by Lara Hawthorne

Date Completed: 5 Nov 2018

Category: San Diego

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 15: Read a book which doesn't just contain text (state the non-text element)

Other Challenges: AlphaKIT - H

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: I loved the illustrations in this picture book illustrated the beloved Christmas carol. While Mary and Joseph look more African than Jewish, the illustrations are charming, reflecting the peace of Christmas. I would eventually like to purchase my own copy, but for now I'll keep this one until it expires so I may enjoy it for this Christmas season. This was a "read now" title at NetGalley. I downloaded it with the expectation of writing an honest review. I would eventually like to purchase my own copy, but for now I'll keep this one until it expires so I may enjoy it for this Christmas season.

Nov 5, 10:18am Top

230. Native Americans State by State by Rick Sapp

Date Completed: 5 Nov 2018

Category: Amish Country

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 15: Read a book which doesn't just contain text (state the non-text element)

Other Challenges: None

Rating: 4 stars

Review: This handy reference volume works well as a supplement to units on Native Americans for upper elementary and middle school social studies students. It is full of photographs, maps, and other illustrations to enhance understanding. For each state, Canadian province, and even the District of Columbia and some of the Caribbean territories of the United States, information regarding the native peoples to that area is supplied. Typical entries include meaning of the state's name, a brief description of the area's geography, a brief glimpse at the culture and lifestyle, Native languages spoken, housing types, contemporary peoples native to the area, a list of recognized tribes present in the area, a map showing where native populations reside, a timeline, a narrative, and some photographs depicting the people and their culture. Since most regions only receive four to six pages, with an occasional entry slightly longer, the author cannot include everything. However, it is a good introduction. The book would have been enhanced by including brief bibliographies for each region so students or teachers wishing to explore more could easily locate resources that work for the age group. This book should be in upper elementary and middle school libraries and in many public libraries. This was a "read now" title at NetGalley. I downloaded it with the expectation that I would write an honest review. The advance review copy was entitled North American Indian Tribes State-by-State, but it was published under the title Native Americans State by State. The cover does mention it "includes Canadian First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.

Nov 5, 4:45pm Top

Happy new thread Lori my dear, I hope you had a good weekend and send love and hugs to you from both of us dear friend.

Nov 5, 7:03pm Top

>47 johnsimpson: Thanks so much, John! I'll try to catch up on threads later this evening or tomorrow.

Edited: Nov 5, 8:09pm Top

231. Barking with the Big Dogs: On Writing and Reading Books for Children by Natalie Babbitt

Date Completed: 5 Nov 2018

Category: Bahamas

TIOLI Challenge: None

Other Challenges: None

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: This interesting collection of essays written by author Natalie Babbitt, best known for Tuck Everlasting, reflects her views on books, literature, and writing. One gains insight into the author and her work by understanding what her likes and dislikes are. She always writes for a fifth grader, yet her books are enjoyed by younger and older children as well as adults. She really doesn't enjoy classic literature that much, but she's married to a husband who does. She wasn't that great of a student, yet her books are read by schoolchildren all over. Readers will appreciate these essays. I received an electronic galley from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Nov 7, 2:11pm Top

Happy new thread

Nov 7, 9:26pm Top

Nov 7, 9:50pm Top

Happy New Thread, Lori. Sorry, for the delay getting over here. Good review of Monkey God. That were some terrifying things in that book and I loved it. Ideal NNF.

Nov 7, 11:57pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori. 225 books??!!! Wow, you have read up a storm this year.

Nov 8, 8:20am Top

>52 msf59: No problem, Mark. It was a good fit for the category!

>53 tymfos: Yes. I think I'll make it to 250 for the year easily. I have several children's books from NetGalley that I'll be adding a little at a time as I read them. I'm making myself finish my current print book before I move on. I may finish it during lunch today. I will likely finish an audiobook tomorrow although I suppose there's a chance I could finish it today. I have several other books to read.

Nov 8, 1:53pm Top

232. No Graves as Yet by Anne Perry

Date Completed: 8 Nov 2018

Category: Cork, Ireland

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge #3: Read a book with a World War 1 connection

Other Challenges: British Author Challenge - World War I

Rating: 2.5 stars

Review: The Reavley siblings--Joseph, Matthew, and Judith--are devastated by the death of their parents in an automobile accident. When the scene is examined, it appears their demise may have been aided by parties unknown to them. Mr. Reavley planned to share a document of world significance with his son Matthew who works in intelligence. Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination occurs early in the story. Soon another friend is killed. Joseph, a Cambridge professor and clergyman, takes a lead role investigating. With a mixture of cozy and espionage genres, this novel just doesn't achieve success in either genre. It's too political for lovers of cozies and too quaint for readers of espionage. Perry's Inspector Monk series is for more enjoyable.

Nov 8, 7:43pm Top

233. The Lily Pond by Annika Thor

Date Completed: 8 Nov 2018

Category: Charleston

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 14: read a book which starts with the same letter as your first name or LT handle

Other Challenges: AlphaKIT - T

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Stephanie goes to the mainland to attend grammar school. Her younger sister Nellie remains on the island. Stephanie lives with the doctor's family who visited on the island, but she's not really treated as a family member, taking her meals in the kitchen. She's glad the other two girls from the island are in the other class. Stephanie has a crush on Sven, the son in the family with whom she resides. She befriends a girl from a poor family. Sven takes Stephanie on a tour around town, showing her a lily pond which is in front of wealthy families' homes when she arrives. She knows it is a place she'll visit often. It was the perfect title for this book since she visits there regularly to reflect and ponder. Her parents are still in Vienna, hoping to secure passage to America. I don't want to give too much away. It's a great installment in the series. I'm glad someone decided to make these available in English. I listened to the audiobook.

Nov 8, 10:01pm Top

234. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapeña

Date Completed: 8 Nov 2018

Category: Quebec City

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 18: read a book with a body part in the author's name

Other Challenges: None

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Mitchell's Inn is a family-owned guest house in New York's Catskills. Although half the scheduled guests cancel their weekend plans due to the snowstorm, several others brave the weather for the weekend retreat promising no wifi. Most staff cannot get to the inn either, leaving the owner/chef and his son to serve the guests. An intended bride is found dead at the bottom of the stairs. Most assume she fell, but David, an attorney, recognizes foul play when he sees it and knows she was murdered. Suspicion focuses on the groom-to-be, especially since they were heard arguing. Soon another corpse is found. Guests are frightened, knowing a killer is in their midst. With power outages and no way to reach law enforcement, residents are on their own until help can be called. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Mousetrap, it's an enjoyable read. Some of the action seems a bit contrived, but it did not mar my enjoyment of it.

Nov 9, 7:22am Top

>56 thornton37814: I have A Faraway Island on my TBR shelves. I think I might just get it read this year!

Nov 9, 11:51am Top

>58 fuzzi: I really enjoyed it when I listened to it. The 3rd in series was available to "suggest" on Overdrive for one of my libraries--the one that accepts suggestions. Since they have the first two, I'm hoping they'll add this one. The 4th in the series was only $2.99 at Amazon, so I went on and purchased it. Hopefully I'll read both next year.

Nov 9, 1:20pm Top

235. Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque; illustrated by Chiara Civati

Date Completed: 9 Nov 2018

Category: Boston

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 15: Read a book which doesn't just contain text

Other Challenges: None

Rating: 2.5 stars

Review: Alycat's class will visit a doctor's office. A new student arrives. When Alycat's friend offers to let the new student sit with her on the bus, Alycat feels left out until she comes up with a way to include all three of them. Illustrations and text are mediocre. The book does provide instructions for making the friendship bracelets Alycat designed. I received an electronic copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.

Nov 9, 1:29pm Top

236. Little White Fish and the Beautiful Sea by Guido Van Genechten

Date Completed: 9 Nov 2018

Category: Yellowstone National Park

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 15: Read a book which doesn't just contain text

Other Challenges: None

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Octopus asks Little White Fish what is the most beautiful thing in the sea. Before Little White Fish answers, the other marine animals answer. Little White Fish's answer, of course, steals the show! The illustrations are beautifully drawn. It's certain to please young readers. I received an electronic copy through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.

Nov 9, 2:03pm Top

Happy newish thread, Lori. Looks like you will make 250 by the end of the year with no problem.

Nov 9, 4:06pm Top

>62 Familyhistorian: I don't think it will be too difficult to hit the 250 mark!

Nov 9, 8:47pm Top

I was about to give up on my Irish author challenge audiobook. I decided to read reviews of it before abandoning it, and I fear I may miss something that ends up being enjoyable even though the book is HORRIBLE at this point. I'm almost done with the 4th of 14 sections. I think I may switch to e-book. That way I can speed-read through parts that are dragging. There is no way I can stand much more in audio. I guess I can try alternating between the two, but I doubt I'll continue with the audio at all.

Nov 10, 7:54am Top

When I heard about the fire destroying Paradise, California, I knew one of Mom's first cousins lived there. I was not sure if he'd died in the last couple of years or not. I found a cousin who said he died in July. She was glad her great uncle Jimmy had not lived to see the fire.

Nov 10, 2:06pm Top

>65 thornton37814: I saw videos on the web about Paradise, what a terrible loss.

Nov 10, 5:07pm Top

>66 fuzzi: It really was terrible.

Nov 10, 9:03pm Top

Lori, You read so very many books thus far this year! Congratulations.

Nov 10, 9:20pm Top

>68 Whisper1: Yes. I've read a lot!

Nov 10, 9:29pm Top

237. The Significance of Singleness: A Theological Vision for the Future of the Church by Christina S. Hitchcock

Date Completed: 10 Nov 2018

Category: Cornwall

TIOLI Challenge: None

Other Challenges: AlphaKIT - T & H

Rating: 2.5 stars

Review: Christina Hitchcock, who is no longer single herself, attempts to provide a theology for singleness for 21st century Evangelicals. While she is correct that 20th and 21st century Evangelical leaders encourage marriage, she may be drawing conclusions in their attitudes toward singles with which the leaders themselves would challenge. Certainly many singles are lonely and friendless in churches. They can't be friends with married members of the opposite sex without being accused of trying to come between the person and spouse. They can't be friends with members of their own sex in the 21st century without people wondering if they are homosexual. People automatically assume a relationship if befriending a single member of the opposite sex. It's a lose-lose-lose situation all around. Hitchcock upholds three historic women as "role models"--Macrina, Perpetua, and Lottie Moon. Hitchcock's entire theology seems to be based on her idea that single people are called to serve God in a more profound way. Everyone is called to serve God--not just single people. Not all single people are called to be missionaries. Her use of the ancient saints fails to add anything to her argument as most Evangelical readers lack familiarity with the figures--and even her efforts to introduce them do not particularly make the readers want to be like them. It's unfortunate the book was written for an academic audience. The laity of the church needs to be reminded single people are human. Churches quit trying to minister to singles. Many of them simply encourage them to go into classes composed primarily of married persons. The lonely single remains lonely because the couples gravitate toward each other, failing to include the single. Secondly, the author fails to acknowledge the range of singles. Some have never been married--and that number is on the rise. Some are divorced. Among the divorced, some have children and some do not. Some are widowed. Ministering to single people is difficult because of the variety of ages and causes for the singleness. Her singleness theology is only geared toward the "single, never married" crowd. I was hopeful this book might contain something that will help the church minister to the needs of a diverse group of singles. Instead, I suspect we'll continue to see the church missing on opportunities to minister to this group and to see the number of single persons in churches dwindle in spite of a growing demographic. I received an electronic copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.

Nov 10, 9:46pm Top

238. Jingle Bells by James Pierpont; illustrated by Jade Goegebuer

Date Completed: 10 Nov 2018

Category: Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 15: Read a book which doesn't just contain text

Other Challenges: None

Rating: 1 star

Review: I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, but unfortunately the formatting was so terrible the book was unreadable. You could only make out parts of a few words. Illustrations seen were mediocre. (This review pertains to the edition published by Xist and illustrated by Jade Goegebuer. I noticed someone has combined editions of this work to include multiple illustrators.)

Nov 10, 10:02pm Top

239. A Day in the Life of a Raindrop by Stephen D. Dunn; illustrated by Dejah Moore

Date Completed: 10 Nov 2018

Category: San Diego

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 15: Read a book which doesn't just contain text

Other Challenges: None

Rating: 3 stars

Review: A cute book rhyming book showing a raindrop's contemplation as it goes through the day. Unfortunately some of the rhymes took incorrect forms of words in an attempt to make the rhyme fit. Illustrations were okay but not spectacular. I received an electronic copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Nov 10, 10:41pm Top

240. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Date Completed: 10 Nov 2018

Category: Amish Country

TIOLI Challenge: None

Other Challenges: Irish Author Challenge

Rating: 2 stars

Review: A nurse and a nun are called to watch over an Irish girl who has not eaten in four months. The girl, when questioned, says she lives on manna from heaven. It is their job to determine if she has a food source. Lib, the nurse who trained under Florence Nightingale, is certain the girl does because of indications she has; however, they go for days without finding it. Soon the girl's vitals begin declining, and Lib is certain death is imminent. Will anyone, including the young girl, listen to her? I began listening to this book in audio format, but it was too long and drawn out and going no place--very little action and far too much repetition of the same plot. I paused to read reviews and decided to continue but to switch to print. The book is far more tolerable in print than in audio. It's still not a very interesting book overall. Donoghue is capable of better writing than this book which falls flat. The storyline is a stretch, and the ending makes the reader scratch his head.

Nov 11, 5:29pm Top

Hi Lori!

>43 thornton37814: Excellent review. I read this book last May. You liked it just a bit more than I did with your 3.5 to my 3.

Nov 11, 8:19pm Top

>74 karenmarie: It had been on my TBR list for awhile. When I was seeking an audiobook, it was available, so I gave it a whirl.

Nov 13, 8:28am Top

I do that with books too, with them languishing for a while, then me deciding to give 'em a whirl. I don't remember if I've asked you this question before - do you abandon books or finish them if you start them?

Nov 13, 12:05pm Top

>76 karenmarie: I've abandoned 5 this year, I think. I usually finish them, but sometimes I just can't handle one any longer. One of my recent reads would have been abandoned if I'd continued it in audio format, but I switched to e-book and managed to get through it. I still didn't enjoy it that much, but I can say I finished it. Most books I abandon are due to too much profanity or too explicit sexuality-related matter.

Nov 13, 3:31pm Top

>70 thornton37814: Too bad that book didn't have a more encompassing view of singles, Lori. We seem to be lumped together but really achieve the single state from different angles and at different ages.

Nov 13, 3:47pm Top

>78 Familyhistorian: Yes. I was pretty disappointed in it.

Nov 14, 9:30am Top

I'm working on a reclassification project at work. Today an early work by James Patterson crossed my desk. It was co-authored with Peter May and entitled The Day America Told the Truth. It's a book on public opinion. The blurb tells us "James Patterson is the chairman of J. Walter Thompson and one of the most highly respected writers in advertising. He is also the author of six novels, including an Edgar Award winner, The Thomas Berryman Number. I had no idea he got his start in advertising. It's kind of fun to find this one from "before he was famous."

Nov 15, 7:52am Top

>80 thornton37814: I like finding stuff like that.

Nov 15, 8:05am Top


I love your reviews. You really are a good writer! It is sad that you've gone through so many clunkers. I hope that soon a good book will come your way.

It is cold and overcast here with the air feeling like the promise of snow. I am so happy I retired. I have an acupressure session at 10:00. More than another thing, these sessions help the pain. I have to pay out of pocket now that I am on Medicare. My university health coverage was good, but in checking my records, I found that I spent almost $3,000 out of pocket before Medicare. That, plus $250 for insurance, leads me to believe that the acupressure session will be affordable. Lehigh's coverage was great, but costly both to me and to the university. I paid $250 and they paid $550 each month for the high end PPO Blue Cross plan.

Navigating through all these medicare and prescription plans, as well as supplemental coverage is such a difficult process. I really don't think it should be this hard.

I hope your day is a good one.

Nov 15, 9:10am Top

>81 fuzzi: It is kind of fun!

>82 Whisper1: I work hard editing myself. LOL As far as the headaches for Medicare and Medicare supplements, it's hard because the government is involved. ;-) At least that's what I've always been told!

Nov 15, 1:48pm Top

Lori, my job before I retired (that has a nice ring to it), was overseeing the student publications in the Department of Journalism. Increasingly I felt that social media is the bane of good writing. Students wrote emails to me without capitalizing. And, when I would critique a written paper, and it was returned, I found this "my bad" at the top of the paper.

Yikes, where in the world does this come from?

You are an excellent writer. I think you may have liked my job.

Nov 15, 5:53pm Top

Nov 15, 9:01pm Top

241. Murder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw

Date Completed: 15 Nov 2018

Category: Bahamas

TIOLI Challenge: None

Other Challenges: MysteryCAT - Cozy

Rating: 2 stars

Review: Iris, an artist, arrives to paint a portrait of Dom Weatherby, and finds him dead following a party on Christmas day. At first the local officers presume it to be suicide but when the toxicology report shows chloroform, she knows her hunch it was murder is correct. What follows is a rather convoluted plot. Although the book improves as it goes along, I failed to connect with the amateur sleuth and the official investigators seemed too far removed from the investigation. Another thread follows an older case which was determined to be suicide but provides motive for the current one. Iris also determines a wrong conclusion in that case, finding the guilty party. The similar circumstances make the plot too unrealistic. I received an advance electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Yesterday, 8:24pm Top

242. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham

Date Completed: 17 Nov 2018

Category: Cork, Ireland

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 14: read a book which starts with the same letter as your first name or LT handle

Other Challenges: AlphaKIT - T & H

Rating: 2 stars

Review: D. C. Fiona Griffiths is a junior member of the police but works to get herself assigned to a murder inquiry involving a prostitute and her daughter even while finishing up work on an embezzlement case. She doesn't follow orders very well and is a bit of a "loose cannon." Throughout the book, hints are made of a psychological issue from her teen years. After the case is wrapped up, far too long is spent revealing that psychological issue. I had a love/hate relationship with the protagonist, but decided it was mostly hate. The author spent far too much time on things other than the investigation itself. It sometimes made it difficult sorting the wheat from the chaff. This police detective acts as stupidly as many amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries. However, the feel of this novel was far from cozy. I wonder if future installments, after Griffiths works through her issues, might improve, but I'm not inclined to try them. I listened to the audio version read by Siriol Jenkins.

Yesterday, 10:41pm Top

243. The Taco Stand by Tim S. Vasquez; illustrated by Linda Kay Ost

Date Completed: 17 Nov 2018

Category: Charleston

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 16: Read a book where the number of words in the title matches the numbers 867-5309 in rolling order

Other Challenges: AlphaKIT - T

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Isabel enjoys preparing food for her family. She even makes extra tacos her children can sell to passers-by on the street. One day a man in a business suit visits the taco stand, making Isabel a business proposal. Will she take him up on the offer or choose to spend time with her family? I loved the message the book conveyed. Money cannot buy happiness. The illustrations were colorful, fitting the book. The book contains a glossary of Mexican food terms. I received an electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.

Yesterday, 10:53pm Top

244. Muddy: The Raccoon Who Stole Dishes by Griffin Ondaatje and Linda Wolfsgruber

Date Completed: 17 Nov 2018

Category: Quebec City

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge #11: Read a book where the title contains something illegal

Other Challenges: None

Rating: 3 stars

Review: While most of the raccoons learned it is best to leave the garbage on the other side of the river alone, Muddy braves it each night. The other raccoons fear it will get him into big trouble. One day he crosses the river, goes into the restaurant, steals a plate, and pushes it across the river, heaping the plate with others he's stolen. The other raccoons help him wash the dishes and return all the plates, clearing the restaurant in the process. This book, first published in Switzerland, offers nice illustrations, but the story may not resonate with some readers.I received an advance electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Yesterday, 10:59pm Top

245. Book Love by Debbie Tung

Date Completed: 17 Nov 2018

Category: Boston

TIOLI Challenge: Challenge 15: Read a book which doesn't just contain text

Other Challenges: AlphaKIT - T

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Cartoonist Debbie Tung's book will be adored by bibliophiles everywhere. It's not really a graphic novel. It's more of a collection of thoughts on books and reading with some of them serialized over several pages. It makes a perfect gift for the book lover. I received an electronic copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.

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