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Berly's Bookin' It! #12

This is a continuation of the topic Berly's Bookin' It! #11.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1Berly
Edited: Nov 1, 8:24pm Top



Oh! About me? I am a mom of 3, married to a great guy (he introduced me to LT) and besides books, I love TKD, working in glass, and chocolate. I have had an eclectic "career" in nerve regeneration research, advertising, the NBA, and editing. Now I work with my husband cleaning industrial processed water and stormwater, getting it up to EPA standards. I do the marketing and the financial stuff.

There are more books coming in than going out and I am making but a small dent in the TBR piles; I haven't given up hope yet though! I can't because books are everywhere. Some are under the window in my bedroom, some are stacked by my night table, in the study, downstairs in the bookcases, and then there is the Kindle....I know you all understand. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. ; )

2Berly
Edited: Nov 4, 11:50pm Top



Reading Now
In Pieces (A) by Sally Field
Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey (K) by Rachel Simon
The Double (164 pages) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Mars Room (338 pages) by Rachel Kushner with Ellen

Soon and/or I need for Color and Alphabet challenges
The Buried Giant by Ishiguro, RL Bookclub #1
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, because!
Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon (also published as Death of Faith) -- Two Guido's Thread on LT
Start without Me by Joshua Max Feldman, ARC

Purple -- Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
Metallic -- Consider the Fork (282 pages) by Bee Wilson
W -- Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
X -- Death of a Red Heroine by Xiaolong Qiu, Sue Grafton

ON HOLD until I heal my Plantar Fasciitis -- Walk to Run One Mile (A) by Aaptiv, narrated by Jaime McFaden ( This is me trying to get back in shape--it's actually awesome! One segment a day for like three weeks. And then I hurt my heel....)

3Berly
Edited: Nov 4, 5:03pm Top






Read in November
95. Seventh Grave and No Body (333 pages) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.0

Read in October / 2,909 pages / 27,843 total read
94. The Queen: Aretha Franklin (A) (3 hr 48 min) by Mikal Gilmore 3.0
93. The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir (337 pages) (K) by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich 4.5
⭐️. A Monster Calls (225 pages) by Patrick Ness 5.0
91. Vox (336 pages) by Christina Dalcher 4.0
90. Enrique's Journey (299 pages) for RL Bookclub #2 3.75
89. Lullaby (A) (37 min) short story by Jonathan Maberry 3.0
88. Sixth Grave on the Edge (336 pages) (A) by Darynda Jones 3.75
87. Sing, Unburied, Sing (291 pages) by Jesmyn Ward for RL Bookclub #1 3.0
86. The Fireman (768 pages) (K) by Joe Hill 3.5
85. Daughters of the Lake (317 pages) (K) by Wendy Webb 3.75

⭐️ Favorite(s) of the month
Masterpiece 5.0
Stunning 4.5
Excellent 4.0
Very Good 3.5
Good 3.0
Average 2.5
Eh 2.0
Don't Bother 1.5
Bad 1.0
Anathema 0.5

A=Audio
L=Library
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
K=Kindle
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

4Berly
Edited: Nov 4, 5:01pm Top

Read in September / 3,223 pages / 24,934 total read
84. The Coming Storm (A) (2.5 hours) by Michael Lewis 4.0
83. The Rule of One (270 pages) (K) by Ashley and Leslie Saunders 4.0
82. The Lords of Discipline (103 of 578 pages) (K) by Pat Conroy, DNF
81. The Fate of the Tearling (496 pages) (K) by Erika Johansen 4.0
80. The Invasion of the Tearling (544 page) (K) by Erika Johansen 4.0
⭐️. Queen of the Tearling (434 pages) by Erika Johansen 4.5
⭐️. Fifth Grave Past the Light (A) (L) (352 pages) by Darynda Jones 4.25
77. Burning Girl (247 pages) by Claire Messud INDIEspensable #68 3.5
76. Speak: The Graphic Novel (384 pages) (GN) by Laurie Halse Anderson 4.0
75. Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir (256 pages) (A) by Adam Cayton-Holland 3.5
74. Acqua Alta (387 pages) by Donna Leon 3.75

Read in August / 4,246 pages / 21,711 total read
73. A Criminal Defense (347 pages) (K) by William L. Meyers Jr 3.5
72. The Woman Who Died A Lot: A Thursday Next Novel (385 pages) (K) by Jasper Fforde 3.75
71. Archangel (200??) (A) by William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith 2.0
70. The Brand New Catastrophe (260 pages) (A) by Mike Scalise 3.5
69. The Good Samaritan (K) (390 pages) by John Marrs 3.0
68. Magical Thinking (268 pages) by Augusten Burroughs 4.0
67. The Masked City (Invisible Library Series #2) (K) (381 pages) by Genevieve Cogman 3.75
66. Death and Judgement (320 pages) (Commissario Guido Brunetti Series) (K) by Donna Leon 3.5
65. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (368 pages) by Darynda Jones 4.25
64. The Soul of an Octopus (254 pages) by Sy Montgomery 4.0
63. Third Grave Dead Ahead (368 pages) (A) by Darynda Jones, Narrated by Lorelei King 4.25
⭐️62. We Were Eight Years in Power (367 pages) Ta-Nehisi Coates 4.25
⭐️61. The Second Grave on the Left (336 pages) (A) by Darynda Jones, Narrated by Lorelei King 4.5

Read in July / 4,904 pages / 17,665 total read
60. Loving Frank (L) (K) (402 pages) by Nancy Horan-- RL Bookgroup (Frank Lloyd Wright) 3.5
59. Forever is the Worst Long Time (K) (read 100) by Camille Pagan DNF
⭐️58. First Grave on the Right (315 pages) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.5
57. The Invisible Library (K) (L) (351 pages) by Genevieve Cogman 3.5
56. The Snow Child (386 pages) by Eowyn Lvey 3.5
55. "D" is for Deadbeat (320 page) (A) by Sue Grafton 3.75
54. The Singularity Trap (release data 10/18, pages 350??)(A) by Dennis E. Taylor of Bobiverse Fame! 4.25
⭐️53. Beartown (432 pages) by Fredrick Backman 4.5
⭐️52. The Eye of Zoltar (405 pages) by Jasper Fforde 4.5
51. The Front by Patricia Cornwell (304 pages) 3.5
50. The Song of the Quarkbeast (290 pages) by Jasper Fforde 3.75
49. Howl's Moving Castle (438 pages) by Diana Wynne Jones 3.75
48. A Secret History of Witches (515 pages) by Louisa Morgan 3.75
47. The Last Dragonslayer (296 pages) by Jasper Fforde 4.0

5Berly
Edited: Nov 1, 8:36pm Top

Read in June / 1034 pages / 12,761 total read
46. Search Inside Yourself (268 pages) by Chade-Meng Tan 3.0
⭐️45. A Gentleman in Moscow (462 pages) by Amor Towles 4.0
44. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane (304 pages) (A) by Gucci Mane 3.5

Read in May / 2,171 pages / 11,727 Total Read
43. Ten Women (50 pages) by Marcello Serrano DNF 2.5
42. Hello Universe (313 Pages) by Erin Estrada Kelly
⭐️41. The One and Only Ivan (307 pages) by Katherine Applegate 4.5
40. The Light of the Fireflies (329 pages) by Paul Pen
39. Dressed for Death (287 page) (K)(L) by Donna Leon 3.0
38. The Gray House (K) (110/728 pages) by Mariam Petrosyan -- DNF
37. No Time Like the Past (332 pages) (A) by Jodi Taylor 3.75
36. Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir (235 pages) (K) by Cinelle Barnes 3.0
35. The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind (208 pages) by Barbara K. Lipska 4.0

Read in April / 2,320 Pages / 9,554 Total Read
34. Norse Mythology (299 pages) by Neil Gaiman 3.0
33. Start Without Me (278 pages) by Joshua Max Feldman
⭐️32. The Hounds of Spring (160 pages) by Lucy Andrews Cummin 4.5
⭐️31. How to Get Run Over by a Truck (294 pages) (A) by Katie C.McKenna 4.5
30. I Feel Bad About My Neck (137 pages) by Nora Ephron 3.5
29. Neighborly: A novel (313 pages) (K) by Ellie Monago 3.5
28. The Ladies Room (220 pages) (A) by Carolyn Brown 4.0
27. The Jekyll Revelation (493 pages) (K) by Robert Masello 3.5
26. ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (126 pages) by Tomás Rivera

6Berly
Edited: Nov 1, 8:37pm Top

Read in March / 2,156 Pages / 7,234 Total Read
25. C is for Corpse (K) (320 pages) by Sue Grafton 3.5
24. Digging in: A Novel (241 pages) (K) by Loretta Nyhan 4.0
23. Alias Grace (468 pages) by Margaret Atwood 3.5
22. A Time of Love and Tartan (K) (247 pages) by Alexander McCall Smith 4.0
⭐️21. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (320 pages) (A) by Roxane Gay 5.0
20. Death in a Strange Country (272 pages) by Donna Leon (K) (2 Guidos) 4.0
19. The Last Black Unicorn (288 pages) (A) by Tiffany Haddish 4.0

Read in February / 2,928 Pages Read
18. The Slow Regard of Silent Things (176 pages) by Patrick Rothfuss 4.0
17. Killman Creek (348 pages) by Rachel Caine 4.25
16. Salvage the Bones (271 pages) by Jasmyn Ward 3.75
15. Raisin in the Sun (151 pages) by Lorraine Hansberry 4.0
14. Princess Diarist (A) (272 pages) by Carrie Fisher 2.5
13. B is for Burglar (K)(320 pages) by Sue Grafton 3.5
12. A is for Alibi (K)(224 pages) by Sue Grafton 3.5
⭐️11. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (A) (400 pages) by Phil Knight 4.5
10. Parable of the Talents (422 pages) by Octavia Butler 3.5
⭐️9. The Dead House (500 pages) by Harry Bingham 4.5
8. The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes--And Why (266 pages) by Amanda Ripley 4.0

Read in January / 2,150 Pages Read
7. Black Swan Green (OTS) (294) by David Mitchell, ColourCAT Challenge 4.0
⭐️6. Parable of the Sower (345) by Octavia Butler 4.0
5. Vittorio, The Vampire (OTS) (288 pages) by Anne Rice 2.5
4. The Power (387 pages) by Naomi Alderman 3.75
3. God Stalk (271 pages) (K) by P.C. Hodgell, GR led by Roni 3.75
2. Talking As Fast As I Can (OTS) (209 pages) by Lauren Graham 3.0
1. Death at La Fenice (356 pages) (K) by Donna Leon, Two Guidos GR 3.75

⭐️ Favorites

7Berly
Edited: Nov 1, 8:38pm Top

Longer Plans for Reading


RL Book Club #1
February - Evicted by Matthew Desmond
April - The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck - DNF
June - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles ✅
August - Loving Frank by Nancy Horan ✅
October - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward ✅
December - Choose books!!

RL Book Club #2
January - The Power by Naomi Alderman ✅
February - Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood ✅
March - Alias Grace continued ✅
April - I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron ✅
May - The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin ✅
October - Enrique's Journey
November -



The Guidos Murder Mystery Thread
January - Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon ✅
March - Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon ✅
May - Dressed for Death by Donna Leon (originally published as Anonymous Venetian in 1994) ✅
July - Death and Judgement by Donna Leon (originally published A Venetian Reckoning in 1995) ✅
September - Acqua Alta by Donna Leon (also published as Death in High Water) ✅
November - Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon (also published as Death of Faith)

8Berly
Edited: Nov 1, 9:15pm Top

I am hoping these challenges will help me choose books I already own.



ColorCAT Challenge
Black - Black Swan Green by David Mitchell ✅
Brown - Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry ✅
Green - Neighborly: A Novel by Ellie Monago ✅
Yellow - I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron ✅
Blue - Bear Town by Fredrick Backman ✅
Purple - Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
Pink - A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton ✅
Grey - Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs ✅
Metallic - Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson reading
Orange - The Burning Girl Claire Messud ✅
Red - The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen ✅
White - Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan ✅

And for color backup, Travic McGee by John D. MacDonald (thanks Joe!)



AlphaCAT Challenge
A - Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs ✅
B - The Burning Girl by Claire Messud ✅
C - A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ✅
D - Digging in: A Novel by Loretta Nyhan ✅
E - The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen ✅
F - Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman ✅
G - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles ✅
H - The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin ✅
I - Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham ✅
J - Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward ✅
K - Killman Creek (348 pages) by Rachel Caine ✅
L - A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith ✅
M - Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman ✅
N - Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight ✅
O - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate ✅
P - Princess Diarist by Carrie Fischer ✅
Q - The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde ✅
R - Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry ✅
S - The Good Samaritan by John Marrs ✅
T - We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates ✅
U - Hello Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly ✅
V - Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice (love a double V!) ✅
W - Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
X
Y - Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Megn Tan ✅
Z - The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde ✅

9Berly
Edited: Nov 4, 4:18pm Top



Last year I read 47 out of the 85 new books I acquired. This year I am trying to read more off my shelves, but I also can't resist new books! We'll see how I do!!

✅ 42/84 read so far....

New Books in 2018
Princess Diarist (A) by Carrie Fisher
Not Perfect (K) by Elizabeth LaBan - Free Amazon First*
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
6) Go, Went, Gone by Jeremy Erpenbeck (Beth's Fault!!)
The Soul of the Octopus by Sy Montgomery
8) Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Alias Grace (K) by Margaret Atwood
Killman Creek (K) by Rachel Caine, (Stillhouse Lake Series #2)
Neighborly (K) by Elllie Monago - Free Amazon First*
The Last Black Unicorn (A) by Tiffany Hadish - Free Amazon First*
...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
17) Poldark by Winston Grahman
The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello
A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McMall Smith
Bear Town by Frederick Backman
21) The Empath's Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, MD
22) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
23) Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
24) Your Duck is My Duck by Deborah Eisenber, LT INDIEspensable Reader #72
25) Census by Jesse Ball, LT INDIEspensable Reader #72
26) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
27) The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
✅) No Time Like the Past #5 (A) by Jodi Taylor
The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimon
31) The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska
Forever is the Worst Long Time: A Novel by Camille Pagán
34) The House by the River by Lena Manta
35) Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders, Book 1 by Viveca Sten
36) The Great Passage by Shion Miura *
37) The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak *
38) Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel by Ayse Kulin *
39) The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan *
The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen *
Ten Women by Marcela Serrano *
42) Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World by Christina Rickardsson, Tara F. Chace - Free Amazon First*
43) Conversations on Writing by Ursula K. Le Guin, LT INDIEspensable Reader #73
44) The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner, LT INDIEspensable Reader #73
45) The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, LT INDIEspensable Reader #73
46) There There by Tommy Orange, LT INDIEspensable Reader #74
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Hello, Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (of Thursday Next fame, #1 in series)
50. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
53. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde (Dragonslayer #3)
56. The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Another series Twin talked me into!!)
The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (Dragonslayer #2)
Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones *
Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones *
Vox by Christin Dalcher
63. The Weatherman by Steve Thayer (from Dad, set in Mpls) *
64. Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima, LT INDIEspensable Reader #75
65. The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg, LT INDIEspensable Reader #75
66. Emma (A) by Jane Austen *
67. Pretend We Live Here by Genevieve Hudson
The Coming Storm (A) by Michael Lewis *
69. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
The Rule of One by Laura and Ashley Saunders *
71. Mudbound by Hilary Jordan
72. Ice Bound by Dr. Jerri Nielsen
73. Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Enrique's Journey by
Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones *
Seventh Grave and no Body by Darynda Jones *
77. These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
78. She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore, LT INDIEspensable Reader #76
79. The Silk Road by Kathryn Davis, LT INDIEspensable Reader #76
80. In Pieces by Sally Fields ( I forget who recommended this recently)
81. Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets *
82. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter *
83. Noir: A Novel by Christopher Moore
84. Sleep Better by Aaptiv ( for that annoying insomnia -- no touchstone) *

* = Free

10Berly
Edited: Nov 1, 8:46pm Top



Favorites from this year:
We Were Eight Years in Power
First Grave on the Right by Darynda jones
Beartown by Fredrick Backman
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 4.5
Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrew Cummins
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Favorites from 2017:
Fiction
Kafka on the Shore by Murakami
The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey
This Thing of Darkness by Harry Bingham
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse#1) by Dennis E. Taylor
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Non-Fiction
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Radium Girls by Katie Moore
Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott Joyce Wallace Scott
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
Dr. Mütter's Marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

11Berly
Edited: Nov 1, 8:49pm Top



Series I want to continue...

#6 The Deepest Grave Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
#4 Lethal White Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith
#1 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
#4 E...by Sue Grafton
#6 Jodi Taylor
#4 The Chronicles of Kazam by Jasper Fforde, 2019??
#7 Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones
#2 THe Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
#8 Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde
#2 The Rule of Many by Leslie and Ashley Saunders

12Berly
Nov 1, 8:24pm Top



Come on in!!

13jessibud2
Nov 1, 8:32pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim! Gorgeous fall colours. MY season! :-)

14quondame
Nov 1, 8:36pm Top

Happy new thread! What a lovely door you have!

15Berly
Nov 1, 8:54pm Top

>12 Berly: Thanks for the warm welcome! I do love the colors of fall--enjoy YOUR season!

>13 jessibud2: I wish that was really my door! I love all the foliage around it, too. : )

How about a drink you two? By the fireplace....

16msf59
Edited: Nov 1, 8:59pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kimmers! I hope you had a great Halloween. What did you think of The Fact of a Body? I thought that was a fantastic book. And what are your initial thoughts on The Mars Room?

17Berly
Nov 1, 9:29pm Top

>16 msf59: Hi, Mark!! You just reminded me that I never wrote a review for The Fact of a Body! Oops. here ya go!

Murder, rape and incest are never easy subjects, but Marzano-Lesnevich did a fantastic job. I kept forgetting that the events were based on real life, which was a good thing for me, otherwise it might have been too much. I flew through the book like it was fiction, and then reality hit home hard as I read to the end. She did such an amazing job of drawing me in and flitting back and forth between her present and the criminal's past. Great job on research and excellent narrative. Highly recommended.

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich 4.5

18Berly
Nov 1, 9:32pm Top

>16 msf59: I have to get back to The Mars Room...I kinda lost track of it in the mayhem of Halloween reads....

19figsfromthistle
Nov 1, 11:30pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

20Berly
Nov 1, 11:47pm Top

>19 figsfromthistle: Thanks!!! I am happy to have another new start. ; )

21Berly
Nov 2, 2:20am Top

Does anybody have a good suggestions for a book with an "X" either in the title or the author name? HELP!

22quondame
Nov 2, 2:31am Top

>21 Berly: I searched ' X Marks' and Xavier with some results.

23charl08
Nov 2, 2:40am Top

Chinese crime fiction? Xiaolong, Qiu's books include A Loyal Character Dancer.

24jnwelch
Nov 2, 7:39am Top

Oh, if that fits, I like Qiu Xialong's Inspector Chen mysteries a lot. I think Death of a Red Heroine is the first one.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a new book that's on my WL. It's gotten a lot of positive buzz.

And Happy New Thread, Kim!

25katiekrug
Nov 2, 7:42am Top

The recent release, Vox, is supposed to be very good...

26karenmarie
Edited: Nov 2, 8:17am Top

Hi Kim! Happy new thread.

From your previous thread: Ahhhhh!! I responded to you all and then Poof! it disappeared. Grrrr. I blame it on the ghosts. Sigh. My solution when I have several posts to respond to is to have Word open in a minimized window at the bottom of the monitor and write to it, saving it periodically as a file named x. I can scroll down through messages and go back to Word for each new message without fearing the dread thread loss. Then cut and paste and I'm done. The only problem is if someone posts while I am in the middle of the exercise and I don't notice after I've posted - new posts don't show up unless I remember to refresh my thread and I can then pick up new messages before finally posting. It's really not as cumbersome as it sounds - you can keep a thread open with full screen (which I always do anyway) at the top of your monitor and respond easily in Word or whatever document editor you use.



>17 Berly: I bought that book in August. I'm glad to know you liked it.

27BLBera
Nov 2, 9:51am Top

Hey Twin - Happy new thread.

The Fact of a Body goes on the WL. You've been doing pretty well reading your new books this year.

How's the foot?

28figsfromthistle
Nov 2, 10:20am Top

>21 Berly:

I am China: Xiaolu Guo Don't quite know if it's a good suggestion, as I've had it on my shelf for a while but have not read it yet.

29drneutron
Nov 2, 11:38am Top

Happy new thread!

30Berly
Edited: Nov 2, 5:08pm Top

>22 quondame: Good thinking! I will have to take a look.

>23 charl08: >24 jnwelch: Chinese crime fiction--awesome! And two recommendations...this might be just the ticket. : )

And I will look at the Poet X, because who can resist looking at a book recommendation?

>25 katiekrug: I am trying to find a book where one of the words or names starts with an "X". But you are right, Vox by Christina Dalcher is really good!! Women are only allowed 100 words a day. A scary story of just how fleeting our rights can be -- vote on Tuesday everyone!

31Berly
Edited: Nov 2, 5:02pm Top

>26 karenmarie: You're right. Usually I don't when I am only responding to one or two comments, but if there are a lot or if I have longer responses, I really should do something so I don't lose my response. I never lose stuff while I am writing it, just when I go to post. So my trick, which I will start doing EVERYTIME, is to just highlight the whole response and hit Command C (for copy) and then hit Save Message to post. That way, if it erases I can just Command V and repost it. No biggie. Now if I can just remember to do it....

>27 BLBera: Hi, Twin. I am not quite up to 50% reading my new books, which means I am losing the war and my TBR piles are ever growing. Oops. But what's a girl to do? I can't not buy books! : )

>28 figsfromthistle: And another suggestion! Thank you. Your are right though -- it might carry more weight if you had actually read it! LOL

>28 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Doc!

32ronincats
Nov 2, 5:22pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim! I just started a new one too.

33FAMeulstee
Nov 2, 6:17pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!
Sorry can't help you with the X, but you already got some suggestions.

>31 Berly: I always try to remember the ctrl C before posting, but most times I forget ;-)

34LovingLit
Nov 2, 6:33pm Top

I didn't know half that stuff about you in >1 Berly:! I feel better now that I do :)

35msf59
Edited: Nov 2, 7:50pm Top

Happy Friday, Kim. Good review of The Fact of a Body. Thumb. It is such a great read.

I am loving both Washington Black and I am Malala. Just sayin'...

36Berly
Nov 2, 10:37pm Top

>32 ronincats: Hi, Roni! Yay for new threads!!! I'll pop over and say Hi!

>33 FAMeulstee: Anita--I think I am good on the X factor, thanks. And I usually forget to Ctrl C, too. I am a slow learner. ; )

>34 LovingLit: Megan--I am so glad that you feel better after getting to know more about me! Imagine if it had made you feel worse! LOL

>35 msf59: Thanks, Mark. It was a very good book. And no fair trying to hit me with book bullets on my own thread, sir! I have already read Malala so now I just have to fend off Washington Black. Ha!

37vancouverdeb
Nov 2, 10:44pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim. As for X books, how about X by Sue Grafton. I've not read it, but I read some of her earlier alphabet series many years ago. They are easy to read mysteries. Washington Black was a great read, and a very engaging read too.

38Berly
Nov 2, 10:47pm Top

Dang it! You just had to follow up with more glows for Washington Black, didn't you? Sigh. I am hit.

I like Sue Grafton. I think I am on E or F, but I suppose I could jump to X. : ) Thanks.

39Carmenere
Nov 3, 8:18am Top

Happy new thread, Kim!
I read Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran Xinran a few years ago when I needed a X for a challenge. I think calm recommended it at the time. It was a wonderful read!
Have a cozy weekend!!

40calm
Nov 3, 9:33am Top

>39 Carmenere: yes I read Xinran's Sky Burial back in 2010! It was very good. I have also read her The Good Women of China : hidden voices twice.

41Carmenere
Nov 3, 10:28am Top

>40 calm: Yay! I'm glad my memory is still functional!

42Crazymamie
Nov 3, 11:11am Top

Happy new one, Kim! Your thread is reminding me that I have Death of a Red Heroine somewhere in the stacks.

Hoping your Saturday is full of happy!

43rosalita
Edited: Nov 4, 5:55pm Top

I guess it's still technically a new thread, right? So: Happy new thread, Kim! I don't think I knew (or I forgot, likely) that your husband introduced you to LT. Please thank him for us, because I can't imagine this place without you!

I may end up reading These Truths with you after all — I had to give back the library book before I finished and couldn't renew because it had so many holds. I put myself right back on the holds list, but who knows when I'll get it back. I probably should just buy it, but it's kind of spendy as a new book. Maybe a gift card will fall out of the sky and land on my head. :-)

44BLBera
Nov 3, 2:58pm Top

Of course one must buy books, especially if one lives in Portland, home to the Mother Ship, Powell's. :)

Have a great weekend.

45EBT1002
Nov 3, 11:34pm Top

>44 BLBera: Um, yes.

Hi Kim and Happy New Thread!! I will obtain my copy of These Truths in time for our extended read in the first part of the new year.

What, my whacking you on the head about Washington Black wasn't enough to hit you with a blue bullet? Hmm. Well, it's a good read however you get to it. I can't remember, have you read The Overstory yet?

xoxo

46Berly
Nov 4, 4:06pm Top

>39 Carmenere: >40 calm: More great X recommendations! Thanks you guys. I may read an easy murder mystery for this year, but now I am all set for next year, too!

>42 Crazymamie: People are so helpful here on LT. I have lots of "X"es to read now. : ) Saturday was great. I got all my Halloween decorations down and set out a few fallish Thanksgiving things. Then Hubby and I went to see First Man last night--what a great movie about Neil Armstrong and the race to be first on the moon! I remember watching the lunar landing as a very little kid and had no idea how rough it was to get there. Totally recommended!! Wishing you a great Sunday.

>43 rosalita: Wow! Someone actually read my topper info!! LOL. I told my hubby you said thank you and he was pretty happy and I am touched by your compliment. : ) Hoping a GC finds you soon (without hitting you on the head) and you can join us for These Truths in January.

47Berly
Edited: Nov 4, 4:15pm Top

>44 BLBera: Before I do any more book buying at Powell's, I have a few to purge. But I did manage to be a bad girl on Audible today...

In Pieces by Sally Fields ( I forget who recommended this recently)
Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Noir: A Novel by Christopher Moore
Sleep Better by Aaptiv ( for that annoying insomnia -- no touchstone)

Oops!!

>45 EBT1002: You whacked me on the head so hard I forgot that you recommended Washington Black but then Deb reminded me, so you both get credit. Seriously! It says, "Ellen's fault" first on my WL!!

48msf59
Nov 4, 5:39pm Top

>47 Berly: "In Pieces by Sally Fields ( I forget who recommended this recently)"...Duh!! Me!!

Happy Sunday, Kimmers! Trying to read a little in between football games. Not easy, but it is still working.

49Berly
Nov 4, 5:41pm Top

>48 msf59: Thank you, Mark!! : ) Best of luck with your multi-tasking. It's going to get be difficult when one hand has the controller, another has the book...what are you going to do about the beer?

50EBT1002
Nov 4, 6:11pm Top

Hi Kim. Like Mark, I'm trying to read a bit, catch up on LT, and watch football. I also vacuumed and rode the stationary bike for a bit. Too windy to run outside. The Seahawks are playing badly so I'm glad I have other things to keep me distracted.

I'll be interested in what you decide on for the X. I'm determined to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X for that one.

You put out autumn decorations, I see. I saw that our local stores already have Christmas stuff starting to occupy the shelves. Sheesh.

51Berly
Nov 4, 6:35pm Top

Since this time of year always tends to get busy, I think I am going to go with some lighter fare for my "X": either Sue Grafton or Death of a Red Heroine by Xiaolong Qiu. I am going to save the other suggestions and start next year off with one of them and check off the darn "X" right away! LOL

Sorry about the Seahawks.

I hope the stores at least waited until AFTER Halloween. Christmas stuff on display before Thanksgiving is bad enough, but in October is a crime!!

I am trying to practice my TKD forms and nunchucks today. Next test is Saturday. I am praying I can make it through it because if I skip it or fail, I will fall behind a number of my friends and then we will be on different curriculum and i won't get paired with them as much in class. My thyroid levels are finally back in the normal range but they were off for months and months so I am still just wiped out. And I have brain fog. I am working on my peripheral vision so I can cue off the other testers if I forget my forms! ; )

Also I am skipping seeing Tom Hanks for this, so if I don't pass, I will be pissed! He is coming her for Literary Arts Book Festival.

52BLBera
Nov 4, 7:28pm Top

Your wish is my command - new thread is up.

Good luck with your TKD stuff.

53charl08
Nov 4, 9:27pm Top

Good luck with the TKD. Maybe Tom Hanks will have to reschedule...

54Berly
Nov 4, 9:33pm Top

>52 BLBera: Good girl!! : ) I already paid a visit. You have been doing some great reading!! Your thread is always dangerous for me. LOL

>53 charl08: Thanks and I like the way you think! : )

55Berly
Nov 4, 11:44pm Top

I just finished #7 in the Darynda Jones series with heroine Charlie Davidson. I am trying to limit myself to one of these a month to make them last a little longer. There are 13 so far...needless to say I love this series!



And I have just downloaded Sally Field's In Pieces. I love her as an actress and can't wait to hear her story in her own voice. I don't know much about her as a person, so this should be interesting. (Thank you, Mark!)



Both of these on audio.

56Familyhistorian
Nov 5, 12:20am Top

Happy new thread, Kim. Good review of The Fact of a Body that is on my shelves - but then really what isn't? *sigh*

57Berly
Nov 5, 12:24am Top

>56 Familyhistorian: You just made me laugh out loud! "...on my shelves - but then really what isn't? *sigh*"

Thanks for that. I love my friends on LT. : )

58Whisper1
Nov 5, 12:44am Top

The Fact of a Body is already on my tbr list. Now, after reading your wonderful review, I'll see if my library has a copy. All good wishes to you, and many thanks for all the visits to my thread.

59Berly
Nov 5, 12:49am Top

It is the RETIRED Linda!!! You made it; so happy for you. And me! I know we will get to see more of you around here again. It was a pleasure to keep your thread warm as you wrapped things up.

The Fact of a Body is very well done, but not an easy topic. I hope it is a good fit for you. : )

60karenmarie
Nov 5, 7:36am Top

'Morning, Kim!

Good luck prepping for your TKD test and getting your energy levels back up.

Lighter fare is good, and Sue Graftons are among the best for that. Have fun with X.

61johnsimpson
Nov 5, 4:42pm Top

Happy new thread Kim my dear, I have just checked your page count and you are 600 pages in front of me dear lady, well done. We have the tickets to see KISS and I will make sure I get the face paint out for this last gig and Karen is going to see them for the first time.

Hope you and the family had a great weekend and we send love and hugs from both if us dear friend.

62Berly
Nov 5, 9:22pm Top

>60 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. I am muddling along. My plan is to go to classes Monday and Tuesday, but definitely not Friday so I have at least a day of rest before the test. I am pretty much putting everything else on hold until this is over because I just don't have the energy for all of life right now. Picking and choosing.

I downloaded Sue Grafton and Death of a Red Heroine by Xiaolong Qiu from the library. I'll read a couple of each and see which X grabs me. : )

>61 johnsimpson: So jealous you are going to see KISS! And, yes, I want to see you all dolled up in paint. LOL You guys will have a great time. : )

Have a great week. Hugs to you and Karen.

63Berly
Edited: Nov 5, 9:36pm Top



I just dropped off my ballot tonight. I know that everyone in my immediate family has voted. Fingers crossed for some change!!

: )

64msf59
Nov 5, 10:24pm Top

>63 Berly: Hooray! I will stop, at my polling place, after work tomorrow.

I am glad you have the Field memoir, ready to go. I do not think you will be disappointed.

65banjo123
Nov 5, 11:02pm Top

Good luck on the TKD test and hooray for vote by mail! My fingers are also crossed.

66ronincats
Nov 5, 11:05pm Top

Jill LaPore was interviewed on the PBS News Hour tonight! You can check it out on the website.

67Berly
Edited: Nov 6, 3:13am Top

>64 msf59: Good man!! I am about a half hour in to Sally Fields memoir In Pieces and enjoying it very much. Lots of stuff I didn't know about her family and I LOVE her narration. : )

>65 banjo123: I love vote-by-mail. It gives me lots of time to sit down and figure out how I want to vote and then there are usually not long lines to drop off the ballots (living here, you know you have to mail them in by a certain date, otherwise they have drop-off ballot boxes scattered about). It has also been a great way to discuss things with the kids as they take on voting for the first time. We read the explanation of each position/issue and then a few of the pro and con essays and then everyone inks in their choice privately.

>66 ronincats: Thanks! I will check it out tomorrow. You da best!

68souloftherose
Nov 6, 5:02am Top

Hi Kimmers - sending good wishes for the TKD test and especially election results.....

69karenmarie
Edited: Nov 6, 8:28am Top

Hi Kim!

NC is run by the Other Party, which is heavy into disenfranchising people. I can't imagine that they'd ever allow mail-in voting.

The Hunt for Blue November (courtesy of Shelley on the Alt Lit = ORANGE is the New Gasbag Hack! thread)

70The_Hibernator
Nov 6, 3:22pm Top

>63 Berly: Yay! I just voted this morning. It feels good to have the election "over with." I can't wait to see how it turns out.

71Berly
Nov 6, 9:43pm Top

>68 souloftherose: Thank you and thank you!! : )

>69 karenmarie: Off to check out the new thread!! LOL

>70 The_Hibernator: Yay for voting!! I am heading off to TKD class and then I will be checking on who is winning where....

72EBT1002
Nov 7, 1:23am Top

Hey Kim and Happy Wednesday (almost)!
I'll be interested in your take on the Sally Field memoir. I love her as an actress and I'm interested in the audiobook (yes, thank you, Mark) with her narrating it.

I have nothing interesting to report but wanted to say hi. :-)

73Berly
Nov 7, 5:37pm Top

>77 Hi Ellen! Happy Wednesday (really)!

I'll be sure to let you know what I think of the Sally Field memoir. Right now I am back in her grandmother's history, which is okay, but not grabbing me. I am sure I will enjoy it more as we reach her life story. I am only 25 min in...

I am glad you stopped by, even i you have nothing earth-shattering to report. : )

74jnwelch
Edited: Nov 10, 6:07pm Top

We ended up with a pretty Blue November, Kim. More in the Senate would've been nice, but there's lots of good news around the country. Thank goodness.

75BLBera
Nov 7, 7:52pm Top

Hi Twin! Just stopping by to make sure you are staying out of trouble...

76Berly
Nov 8, 1:55am Top

>74 jnwelch: I was pretty pleased with the voting here both in terms of candidates and the measures that were approved and denied. Not bad. I would have loved the Senate too. Concerned what's his name is going to try and stop the Mueller investigation before new people are sworn in in January....

>75 BLBera: Who me? In trouble? Not today. : ) Are you? : P

77Berly
Edited: Nov 8, 7:28pm Top

So, I have been on so many antibiotics this year, I was beginning to wonder if my stomach flora was all messed up. I started taking one of the pre and pro-biotics and I am slowly feeling a little better. Also added Acetyl L-Carnitine to the mix and that seems to be helping dissipate the brain fog. Moving in the right direction!!

Last TKD class tonight and then I plan on resting tomorrow. Test on Saturday...! My favorite parts are the nunchucks and the board breaking. My record so far is 8 stacked like this. In one blow. : )

78nittnut
Nov 8, 7:32pm Top

Poking my nose in for a quick hello. Fingers and toes crossed for a good result in TKD on Saturday!

79Berly
Nov 8, 8:34pm Top

>78 nittnut: All crossed digits gratefully accepted!! And noses for good measure. Thanks. : )

80richardderus
Nov 8, 8:36pm Top

*smooch* I see the shenanigans have progressed apace. Plantar fasciitis rots. You do not deserve this, so I am crafting a whammy to pass it on to 45.

81Berly
Edited: Nov 8, 8:54pm Top

>80 richardderus: Ricardo!! You are HERE! My day is made. Even with the dang PF. (Not sure I want to wish it on to anyone else, even him. But he would be top of the list if I did!)

82richardderus
Nov 8, 8:54pm Top

The Great Orange Gasbag.

83Berly
Edited: Nov 8, 8:56pm Top

I just figured out what you meant by the 45 and changed my message. I was thinking >45 EBT1002:, which is Ellen and that wouldn't be very nice. LOL

84richardderus
Nov 8, 9:02pm Top

Perish forbid! Ellen is a stalwart and upstanding soul, not in the least deserving of PF.

85BLBera
Nov 8, 9:05pm Top

>77 Berly: Remind me not to mess with you, Twin. I'm so glad you are feeling better.

86karenmarie
Nov 9, 8:42am Top

Hi Kim!

Good luck tomorrow at TKD.

>77 Berly: I'm impressed. Eight boards? Now, if those were vanilla sugar wafer boards, I could do it! And then eat them, of course. *smile*



87Berly
Nov 9, 10:05am Top

>86 karenmarie: Thanks! You might have something there. Maybe I have been doing it wrong all these years....Yum!

88Berly
Nov 9, 10:08am Top

>84 richardderus: Exactly!!

>85 BLBera: Twins always mess with each other. I might break your boards, but never you. : )

89mahsdad
Nov 9, 2:00pm Top

Hey Kim! its that time of year for me to hijack your thread to spread the word. Its time to join the Christmas Swap festivities. Come on over...

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

90Berly
Nov 9, 3:15pm Top

>89 mahsdad: You are more than welcome to hijack my thread for holiday hoopla!!! I am in!! Thanks for organizing us again.

91lauralkeet
Nov 10, 7:26am Top

Hey Kim, one of my RL book groups just decided to read These Truths and discuss it over the next couple of meetings. Our next get together is in mid-December but I won't be surprised if we end up deferring to January due to the holidays. Either way, now I am definitely in for your upcoming group read!

92ChelleBearss
Nov 11, 11:33am Top

>77 Berly: Hope your tummy is back in order. Mine has been off too and my BIL (aka Doctor C) put me on probiotics and glutamine to try and repair it. We are thinking it was stress induced so I'm trying to do things to reduce my stress levels in the mornings when getting the kids ready for daycare.

93ffortsa
Nov 12, 1:29pm Top

Hi Kim! Just dropping in to see how things are going.

94Whisper1
Nov 12, 4:00pm Top

Kim, drat that you are not feeling well.

95Familyhistorian
Yesterday, 1:56am Top

I hope your TKD test went well, Kim.

96Berly
Edited: Today, 12:13am Top

>91 lauralkeet: Yay!! Another enthusiast for These Truths! We will start in January. The first Section is called The Idea and spans 1492-1799 and it is 149 pages. Doable I think!!

>92 ChelleBearss: I am so sorry stress has gotten your tummy off track! All the antibiotics I have been on this year probably demolished all my good bacteria so I just started taking a combo prebiotic and probiotic--it seems to have helped a lot already (just one week). Yay! Hope your routine becomes easier and you feel less tired from balancing Mommy and work--it can be a lot.

97Berly
Yesterday, 10:50pm Top

>93 ffortsa: >94 Whisper1: >95 Familyhistorian: Feeling the love you guys! Thanks.

Today I actually feel like a human being again. The TKD pre-test was a beast: two and a half full hours with only two 5 min breaks to change into and out of sparring gear. I passed, but pretty much slept 13 hours straight afterwards starting at 6 that evening. I was so tired!

Then yesterday I went to the podiatrist to get a cortisone shot so I can get over this Plantar Fasciitis thing. I was pretty sore after the test on hardwood floors, even though I wore special TKD shoes with an insert. The Doc has no idea why I got PF because he said I am very flexible and my arches look fine. Hopefully I won't get it again and the shot gets me over the hump. Today it feels mildly bruised (which he said to expect), but better. I took it easy and only went for a walk.



Me and my TKD lady friends after board breaking.

98charl08
Yesterday, 10:57pm Top

Wahey! Congrats on passing the test (and renewed boos to the PF: hope the shot does the trick).

99figsfromthistle
Yesterday, 11:13pm Top

Congrats on passing your TKD pre-test! A grueling test ( mentally and physically) indeed! Way to Go !! :)

100Berly
Today, 2:26am Top

>98 charl08: Thank you!! And I hope so, too. Fingers crossed.

>99 figsfromthistle: It was, but I am super glad I did it. Six months 'till the next one...

101rosalita
Today, 6:42am Top

Congratulations on passing the TKD test, Kim! You are an inspiration for all of us. Well, for me, anyway!

102ffortsa
Today, 10:34am Top

Congratulations. You are definitely an inspiration to this person, who tends to start something and leave it unfinished. I admire determination.

My PF was no mystery, as I'm terribly tight pretty much everywhere, unlike you. Here's hoping the cortisone shot helps in a hurry.

103richardderus
Today, 10:39am Top

Brava! Excellently done. *smooch*

104SuziQoregon
Today, 3:24pm Top

Hey there Kim! Finally getting a chance to catch up with things around here . . .

Congrats on passing your test. Hope your foot is feeling better after the shot.

(board and roof tile breaking was my favorite part of my long ago TKD life)

105BLBera
Today, 3:31pm Top

Congrats on passing, Twin. (I knew you would) You are a super woman! I hope the foot is better soon.

106johnsimpson
Today, 3:44pm Top

Hi Kim my dear, congrats on passing the TKD test and hope your foot is getting better after the cortisone injection. You are one inspirational lady my dear and I am glad that we are friends, sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.

107katiekrug
Today, 4:44pm Top

Congrats, Kim!

And I think I will join the group read of These Truths...

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