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Katie’s In For Another Year of Reading. And Snarking. And Shenanigans. Part 15

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1katiekrug
Nov 7, 11:44am Top


"November Alley" by Leonid Afremov
______________________________________

Hi All! I’m Katie and I’ve been with the 75ers since 2011. I live just outside New York City with my husband, The Wayne, and our cat, Leonard. In addition to reading, I enjoy eating my way through New York, drinking my way through the wine store, and attending bookish events, plays, the opera, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I also enjoy traveling (which I mostly do for work, on someone else’s dime), bad jokes, shenanigans, and the occasional indulgence in snark. I do not enjoy the misuse of apostrophe’s (ha!), the current President, or stressing about reading. As far as that last goes, I enjoy literary fiction, genre fiction (mysteries and romances primarily but some speculative stuff as well), classics, and not-dry (moist?) nonfiction.

My favorite reads of 2017 in no particular order:
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Everyday People by Stewart O’Nan
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (re-read)
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (re-read)
Song Yet Sung by James McBride
Taft by Ann Patchett
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan (re-read)

Honorable Mention:
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

2katiekrug
Edited: Today, 1:36pm Top

CURRENTLY READING

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2018 BOOKS COMPLETED

89. Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb (3.5 stars)
88. Evicted by Matthew Desmond (4 stars)
87. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri (3.5 stars)
86. Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets (audio) (3 stars)
85. Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb (4 stars)
84. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka (audio) (4 stars)
83. Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon (4.5 stars)
82. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (4 stars)
81. Sunburn by Laura Lippman (4 stars)
80. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (audio) (2.5 stars)
79. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4 stars)
78. All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins (audio) (4 stars)
77. Georgia by Dawn Tripp (4.5 stars)
76. Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie (3 stars)

75. How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister (5 stars)
74. Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall (audio) (2.5 stars)
73. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (4 stars)
72. The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes by Tess Uriza Holthe (4 stars)
71. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (audio) (4 stars)
70. The Charm School by Susan Wiggs (3 stars)
69. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (3 stars)
68. Jumping the Queue by Mary Wesley (4.5 stars)
67. Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben (3 stars)
66. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (audio) (3.5 stars)
65. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (4.5 stars)
64. I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn (audio) (4 stars)
63. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (4.5 stars)
62. Pax by Sara Pennypacker (audio) (4 stars)
61. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (audio) (3 stars)

3katiekrug
Edited: Nov 7, 11:45am Top

2018 BOOKS COMPLETED

60. Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis (4 stars)
59. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (3.75 stars)
58. Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons (audio) (4 stars)
57. Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor (audio) (4 stars)
56. Snap by Belinda Bauer (4.5 stars)
55. Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy (audio) (3 stars)
54. From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan (4 stars)
53. Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams (2.5 stars)
52. A Pemberley Medley by Abigail Reynolds (3.5 stars)
51. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (4 stars)
50. Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza (3.5 stars)
49. Matilda by Roald Dahl (audio) (4.5 stars)
48. A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders (3.5 stars)
47. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (audio) (3.5 stars)
46. A Kid for Two Farthings by Wolf Mankowitz (3.5 stars)

45. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (3 stars)
44. Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman (4.5 stars)
43. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (audio) (3.5 stars)
42. Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance (3.5 stars)
41. The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks (audio) (3 stars)
40. Destiny's Surrender by Beverly Jenkins (audio) (2.5 stars)
39. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (4 stars)
38. Fiesta San Antonio by Janet Dailey (2.5 stars)
37. Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly (audio) (3.5 stars)
36. Midsummer Delights by Eloise James (3.5 stars)
35. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (3 stars)
34. How to Twist a Dragon's Tale by Cressida Cowell (audio) (3.5 stars)
33. The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (audio) (3 stars)
32. In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie (4 stars)
31. Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue (audio) (3 stars)

4katiekrug
Edited: Nov 14, 9:01am Top

2018 BOOKS COMPLETED

30. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (4.5 stars)
29. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley (audio) (4 stars)
28. London Calling by Clare Lydon (3 stars)
27. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (audio) (4 stars)
26. The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin (3.5 stars)
25. The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock (4 stars)
24. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein (audio) (2.5 stars)
23. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie (3.5 stars)
22. Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch (3 stars)
21. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace (3.5 stars)
20. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (audio) (4 stars)
19. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat (5 stars)
18. Pistols for Two by Georgette Heyer (3 stars)
17. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths (3.5 stars)
16. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie (audio) (4 stars)

15. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (5 stars)
14. Big Guns by Steve Israel (3 stars)
13. Red Lightning by Laura Pritchett (3 stars)
12. The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley (3 stars)
11. The Power by Naomi Alderman (4 stars)
10. True Grit by Charles Portis (4.5 stars)
9. One Fine Day by Cindy Kirk (2.5 stars)
8. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (audio) (4 stars)
7. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (4.5 stars)
6. Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (4 stars)
5. How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (audio) (4 stars)
4. Running Back by Allison Parr (3 stars)
3. The North Water by Ian McGuire (4.5 stars)
2. He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum (4 stars)
1. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (4 stars)

Did Not Finish

1. The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper (clunky writing)
2. My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris (too gimmicky)
3. Two Across by Jeff Bartsch (not in the mood for over-the-top quirky; might try again sometime)
4. A Separation by Katie Kitamora (book club pick; did not hold my interest)
5. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (book club pick didn't finish in time; might try to read again another time)
6. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux (just terrible)
7. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (trite and cliched)
8. Sonora by Hannah Lillith Assadi (pretentious and over-written)

5katiekrug
Edited: Nov 7, 11:46am Top

My ratings (based on how the book landed on me, not necessarily on literary merit or anything more worthy than personal opinion):

5 stars - O.M.G.
4 stars - Bravo!
3 stars - Comme ci comme ça
2 stars - Not for me
1 stars - A big ol’ NOPE!

2018 “Plans”

I will be participating in, but likely not completing, several challenges – the American Author Challenge, the Nonfiction Reading Challenge, and various fun ones over in the Category Challenge group. I also plan to continue participating in the Take It or Leave It challenges but only to the extent of checking to see if a completed book fits into one of the challenges that month. Also also, I will follow along with a few non-LT reading challenges such as Book Riot’s Read Harder and the Pop Sugar challenges.

My other “plan” is to try to ensure that the books I read come from a variety of sources – my shelves, my Kindle, my Overdrive wish lists, and my library wish list. We’ll see how that goes, but with over 3000 books in my home/on my Kindle, I need to stop getting so easily distracted!

6katiekrug
Edited: Nov 7, 11:47am Top

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge

7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift

x 1. A book made into a movie you've already seen - True Grit by Charles Portis
x 2. True crime - Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor
x 3. The next book in a series you started - The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
x 4. A book involving a heist - The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
x 5. Nordic noir - He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
x 6. A novel based on a real person - Georgia by Dawn Tripp
x 8. A book with a time of day in the title - The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes by Tess Uriza Holthe
x 9. A book about a villain or antihero - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
x 10. A book about death or grief - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
x 11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb
x 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - London Calling by Clare Lydon
x 13. A book that is also a stage play or musical - A Kid for Two Farthings by Wolf Mankowitz
x 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
x 15. A book about feminism - How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
x 16. A book about mental health - Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue
x 18. A book by two authors - Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
x 19. A book about or involving a sport - Running Back by Allison Parr
x 20. A book by a local author - Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
x 21. A book with your favorite color in the title - Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie
x 22. A book with alliteration in the title - The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
x 23. A book about time travel - Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
x 24. A book with a weather element in the title - Red Lightning by Laura Pritchett
x 25. A book set at sea - The Charm School by Susan Wiggs
x 26. A book with an animal in the title - The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
x 27. A book set on a different planet - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
x 28. A book with song lyrics in the title - Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
x 29. A book about or set on Halloween - Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
x 30. A book with characters who are twins - A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
x 31. A book mentioned in another book - Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
x 32. A book from a celebrity book club - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
x 33. A childhood classic you've never read - Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
x 34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley
x 35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
x 36. A book set in the decade you were born - Fiesta San Antonio by Janet Dailey
x 37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
x 38. A book with an ugly cover - Jumping the Queue by Mary Wesley
x 39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
x 40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges - Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (2017 - Book about a refugee or immigrant)

Advanced Reading Challenge
x 1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
x 2. A cyberpunk book - The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock
x 3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place - Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben
x 4. A book tied to your ancestry - From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
x 5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title - Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein
x 6. An allegory - Lord of the Flies by William Golding
x 7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch
x 8. A microhistory - The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
x 9. A book about a problem facing society today - Big Guns by Steve Israel
x 10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

2018 BingoDOG Challenge
COMPLETED!

x 1. Title contains a person’s rank, real or fictional - The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
x 2. Story involves travel - The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
x 3. A long-time TBR/TBR the longest - Jumping the Queue by Mary Wesley (2004)
x 4. Poetry or plays - Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson
x 5. New-to-you author - Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch
x 6. Autobiography/memoir - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
x 7. Book with a beautiful cover (in your opinion) - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
x 8. Book that fits at least 2 KIT’s/CAT’s - A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
x 9. Related to the Pacific Ocean - I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
x 10. Title contains something you would see in the sky - Red Lightning by Laura Pritchett
x 11. Book bought in 2017 that hasn’t been read yet - Fiesta San Antonio by Janet Dailey
x 12. Number in the title - Pistols for Two by Georgette Heyer
x 13. Book that is humorous - How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
x 14. Book on the 1001 list - Lord of the Flies by William Golding
x 15. LGBT central character - London Calling by Clare Lydon
x 16. Book set during a holiday - Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
x 17. Fat book - 500 plus pages - Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
x 18. X somewhere in the title - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
x 19. Money in the title - any form of currency, type of payment, etc... - A Kid for Two Farthings by Wolf Mankowitz
x 20. Book published in 2018 - The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley
x 21. Relative name in the title (aunt, niece, etc...) - Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
x 22. Originally in a different language - He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
x 23. Published more than 100 years ago - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
x 24. Title contains name of a famous person, real or fictional - Georgia by Dawn Tripp
x 25. Read a CAT (middle square) - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (ColorCAT - January - Black)

7katiekrug
Edited: Nov 7, 11:48am Top



Welcome!

8weird_O
Edited: Nov 7, 11:47am Top

Well hi, Katie. >3 katiekrug: >4 katiekrug: >5 katiekrug: >6 katiekrug: >7 katiekrug: Ooo! Work in progress. May I watch you work? I watch quietly.

9figsfromthistle
Nov 7, 11:47am Top

Happy new thread :)

10katiekrug
Nov 7, 11:49am Top

Hi Bill and Anita!

You guys are fast :)

11charl08
Nov 7, 11:57am Top

>7 katiekrug: Love this quote.

Happy new one.

12katiekrug
Nov 7, 12:04pm Top

Thanks, Charlotte.

13katiekrug
Nov 7, 12:07pm Top



Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

This wasn't really bad, just yawn-inducing. It tells the story of a woman lost in the Colorado wilderness and the efforts made to find out what happened to her. Chapters alternate narration between Amy Rae (lost) and Prue (looking) - each carries some mental and emotional baggage and as the ordeal drags on, more is revealed. I'm not sure if this was supposed to be suspenseful or what - I didn't find it to be. And I find Amy Rae's and Prue's backstories kind of boring. The narration on the audio is pretty good, and I guess I cared enough to keep listening to find out the resolution, but it's not a book that will stick with me in any way.

3 stars

14katiekrug
Nov 7, 12:11pm Top

My next audio will be Londoners by Craig Taylor - I also have it in print (thanks to Susan. Hi Susan!) so will alternate formats.

15RebaRelishesReading
Nov 7, 12:12pm Top

Well, Happy new one Katie!

16katiekrug
Nov 7, 12:16pm Top

Thank you, Reba!

17susanj67
Edited: Nov 7, 12:29pm Top

>14 katiekrug: Hi Katie!

Happy new thread! Is it just me, or is that "Breaking Wild" title a tiny bit unclear and, um, open to being misread as something else?

Oh dear, I have lowered the tone on your brand new thread.

:-)

18katiekrug
Nov 7, 12:30pm Top

Snork! It should have been titled "(Not) Breaking Boring"....

19Crazymamie
Nov 7, 12:41pm Top

Happy new one, Katie! You and Susan have me laughing already - I sense good things from this thread.

20Berly
Nov 7, 12:52pm Top

Happy new one! Too bad about the book, but I know your thread won't be boring!

21katiekrug
Nov 7, 12:59pm Top

>19 Crazymamie: - A thread is only as good as its visitors... :)

>20 Berly: - I'll try to keep it entertaining, Kim!

22katiekrug
Nov 7, 1:01pm Top

I'm going to yoga tonight. I haven't been since early September - yikes! A combination of work, travel, illness, and sheer laziness has kept me away, but I think I'm ready to return. I'm simultaneously looking forward to it and completely dreading it...

23BLBera
Nov 7, 2:49pm Top

Happy new one, Katie.
>7 katiekrug: Love it.

24katiekrug
Nov 7, 3:31pm Top

Thanks, Beth.

25jnwelch
Nov 7, 5:52pm Top

Happy New Thread, Katie. Lovely topper.

Pretty good political news yesterday, although the Senate races were disappointing. I'm longing forward to the Congressional investigations into Russia and Trump re-openng.

26jessibud2
Nov 7, 5:57pm Top

Happy new thread ,Katie. I love your topper. I have loved Afremov's work since discovering it several years ago.

27katiekrug
Nov 7, 6:40pm Top

>25 jnwelch: - Thanks, Joe.

I was reasonably pleased by yesterday's results. There will always be a few disappointments, of course. I am staying out of the conversation on your thread because I am getting to the point where I find people who admit the President is offensive but still support him anyway to be worse than the people who don't find him offensive to begin with :-P

>26 jessibud2: - Hi Shelley. I wasn't familiar with AFremov before stumbling across this image. It's basically what my neighborhood looks like right now, especially after yesterday's rain brought down a ton more leaves :)

28drneutron
Nov 7, 6:46pm Top

Happy new thread!

29msf59
Nov 7, 6:56pm Top

Happy New Thread, Katie! Love the "November Alley" topper. I hope you are loving Evicted. Fingers crossed.

30FAMeulstee
Nov 7, 7:33pm Top

Happy new thread, Katie!

>7 katiekrug: That quote is very true, I wasn't able to read for years and still am overly happy I regained reading! :-D

31katiekrug
Nov 8, 8:28am Top

>28 drneutron: - Thanks, Jim!

>29 msf59: - Evicted is very good, Mark!

>30 FAMeulstee: - Anita, I'm happy for you that you were able to get back to it :)

32katiekrug
Nov 8, 8:31am Top

I survived yoga and was glad I went. I had forgotten just how good I feel afterwards...

Lots of work to get done today for my actual job, and I need to sneak in a little straightening up before the cleaning lady comes. I should finish When Katie Met Cassidy tonight and then I'll probably start my book for book club.

33MickyFine
Edited: Nov 8, 3:21pm Top

>32 katiekrug: I'm glad your return to yoga went so well. I went to a more intense class at my fitness studio last night (they do 5 cardio spurts rather than the usual 2 and the whole class strives for a higher heart rate over all) and I wanted to die afterwards. Jealous you're feeling good. I'm hobbling a bit today. :P

Also, happy new thread!

34katiekrug
Nov 8, 4:06pm Top

>33 MickyFine: - Hi Micky! Oh, I am definitely feeling the yoga today! Will you go back to the more intense class? I just keep going to my basics class because it's still a good workout for me and I have trouble with a few of the poses (especially ones involving a lot of balance). I'm probably supposed to have "graduated" to a more advanced class, but whatevs! I love the instructor and the Wednesday evening timing works well for me.

35katiekrug
Nov 8, 4:13pm Top



When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

This was a cute if not very profound lesbian romance, exploring how two very different people can find each other and make a relationship work. I appreciated the honesty in it which spoke to the universality of relationship challenges no matter one's orientation. Probably not recommended for anyone who clutches their pearls and prays to Jesus at the sight (or even thought) of same sex couples.

3.5 stars

36MickyFine
Nov 8, 5:13pm Top

>34 katiekrug: This was my second time doing the intense class and the first time wasn't as painful as this one. But I haven't been going to class as frequently the last couple weeks so I think that was a factor. I might go back eventually but for now I'll stick with the other class options they offer.

>35 katiekrug: Cover design on that one is great.

37nittnut
Nov 8, 7:25pm Top

Happy new thread!

38richardderus
Nov 8, 8:40pm Top

Hey there your Kickassness. Nothing much to report, I finished rereading Call Me by Your Name after the YGC and I watched the movie again. He read the book for the first time. We agree: Pretty, but tiresome. To both.

39katiekrug
Nov 9, 9:03am Top

>36 MickyFine: - It's good to have options :)

I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't "get" the cover until I was about halfway through the book!

>37 nittnut: - Thanks, Jenn!

>38 richardderus: - Hi there, Richard! Good to "see" you about. So I guess I can safely skip both the film and the book :)

40mahsdad
Nov 9, 2:07pm Top

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

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

41katiekrug
Nov 9, 2:37pm Top

Hijack away, Jeff!

42vivians
Nov 9, 7:14pm Top

Hi Katie - your old boss was our keynote speaker and was incredibly personable, self-deprecating, funny and passionate. He chose not to criticize the current occupant in any way, but was very clear that his views about immigration, NATO, North Korea, the position of the US as a global leader, and the dignity of the presidency itself all diverge dramatically from that person's. I wish he would have addressed two other issues: guns and his support of Kavanaugh, but he did say a lot of very admirable things.

43Familyhistorian
Nov 9, 7:19pm Top

Happy newish thread, Katie. Love that topper and your positive trending mid term results.

44katiekrug
Nov 10, 8:50am Top

>42 vivians: - Hi Vivian - I'm glad he was worth hearing at least. Did you get to see any of Austin or at least have any good meals?

>43 Familyhistorian: - Hi Meg! The midterms were mostly good news. Most people understood the Senate was going to flip, but the gains in the House are good, and at state levels - where future leaders are born - the Dems made a lot of good progress. There were also a lot of good propositions passed in various states that give me hope. I'm not a Democrat (yet) - but I voted for all Dems because until the Republican Party begins to put their country over their President, there is no way I can support them. It's disgraceful how Congressional leaders have ceded so much power to what is supposed to be a co-equal branch of government. And thus ends my rant for the day :)

45katiekrug
Edited: Nov 10, 9:41am Top

Coldest day of the fall so far - just 43F for a high. I LOVE it. I wouldn't mind just staying home and cocooning after we run some errands. Netflix appears to have released another season of The Great British Baking Show so I might indulge in a binge...

46katiekrug
Nov 10, 8:58am Top

And for your daily dose of cuteness, here is my nephew Charlie. As a Giants fan, he will learn the pain of disappointment and frustration early.

Charlie lives in Virginia with The Wayne's sister and her husband - we'll spoil see him at Christmas.

47BLBera
Nov 10, 10:51am Top

>46 katiekrug: Spoil away, Katie. He is a cutie. Have a great weekend. Binge away. I'm grading. :(

48ChelleBearss
Nov 11, 8:57am Top

>46 katiekrug: What a cutie!
Happy weekend :)

49RebaRelishesReading
Nov 11, 11:23am Top

Adorable photo of Charlie!!

50charl08
Edited: Nov 11, 11:32am Top

Aw! Lovely picture Katie.

51laytonwoman3rd
Nov 11, 2:29pm Top

>46 katiekrug: OMG, he's so cute. But he already looks a little resigned to life's disappointments.

52katiekrug
Nov 11, 2:43pm Top

I'm glad you appreciate his cuteness, Beth, Chelle, Reba and Charlotte :)

Linda - anyone, no matter the age, wearing a Giants cap looks like that. Heh.

53karenmarie
Nov 11, 5:34pm Top

Hi Katie!

He's 'dorable, for sure.

54msf59
Nov 11, 6:22pm Top

Happy Sunday, Katie! Charlie is adorable!!

55katiekrug
Nov 11, 6:29pm Top

Thanks, Karen and Mark!

56ronincats
Nov 11, 8:30pm Top

Happy New Thread, Katie. Cute nephew, but I can't support his attire as long as Eli is with the Giants, so sorry.

57katiekrug
Nov 11, 8:36pm Top

What's wrong with Eli? I don't love him - especially lately - but he seems like too much of a non-entity to engender such strong feelings!

58ronincats
Nov 11, 8:46pm Top

He dissed San Diego when he was drafted and we have never forgiven him.

59katiekrug
Nov 11, 9:06pm Top

Ah, that makes sense...

Then you must be really mad at the Chargers for moving up the road!

60ronincats
Edited: Nov 11, 9:27pm Top

No, they are as dead to me now. Like Dean Spanos*. (NO, I don't hold grudges, no, not me!) ;-)

*The owner of the Chargers who did pass away since they moved.

61EBT1002
Nov 11, 10:29pm Top

Oh, Evicted, that is a good one. I listened to it and the narration was excellent.

Charlie is adorable!

We're getting used to colder weather than western Oregon or Seattle provided. Last few days have been lows in the low 20s, highs around 40F. I just ordered a hearty fleece from LLBean.

Election day was better than it might have been, not as good as I hoped for.

62katiekrug
Nov 12, 7:37am Top

>60 ronincats: - *Note to self* Don't get on Roni's bad side!

>61 EBT1002: - We haven't gotten down into the 20s yet, but close. Sunny and bright this morning with a hard frost to scrape off the car...

The election was good! The country is too polarized for a "blue wave" but significant gains were made, and in a difficult electroral environment for Dems.

63Crazymamie
Edited: Nov 12, 8:27am Top

Charlie has cornered the market on cuteness, Katie! And this made me laugh: "anyone, no matter the age, wearing a Giants cap looks like that. Heh." Truth! Rae has that exact same expression.

64katiekrug
Nov 12, 8:52am Top

>63 Crazymamie: - I'm looking forward to the Battle of the Losers tonight, Mamie. Surely we can beat the 49ers... ?

I love that picture of Charlie. He's got the Krug eyes - dark and seemingly bottomless, revealing something of an old soul :)

65Crazymamie
Nov 12, 9:03am Top

Yes, I do think the Giants can win tonight. *crosses fingers and mutters under her breath*

Yep, that photo is a keeper - I can totally see the old soul in him - Birdy has one of those, too.

66Crazymamie
Edited: Nov 12, 9:47am Top

67katiekrug
Nov 12, 9:25am Top

68Crazymamie
Nov 12, 9:26am Top

I concur.

69katiekrug
Nov 12, 9:36am Top

Mamie, the link you provided doesn't work. I actually had to Google to find it - how dare you?!!?

Here is the link:
https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Reading-Challenge-2019-45450968

70Crazymamie
Nov 12, 9:45am Top

Oh, carp! Sorry - I didn't double check to make sure it worked.

71susanj67
Nov 12, 9:53am Top

>46 katiekrug: Charlie is a cutie, Katie! Is Louis still in guarding mode?

Thank you (and Mamie!) for the PopSugar challenge alert. I *can* use The Buccaneers, for the "book with a two-word title". Some of them are quite hard, though. I don't love the Advanced categories at all. Maybe I'll do the 40 categories and a separate challenge. More lists!

72katiekrug
Nov 12, 9:57am Top

>70 Crazymamie: - I forgive you ;-)

>71 susanj67: - I think I'm going to have to fudge on some of them, Susan. Maybe come up with something similar or related...

But others look quite fun!

73bell7
Nov 12, 10:06am Top

Love the photo of Charlie and glad to see he's on the right road to going for the right team and dealing with disappointment 😂

I'm probably not going to watch much of the game since I have a commitment this evening, but do you think they'll win? This might be a battle for next year's first draft pick...

74figsfromthistle
Nov 12, 10:44am Top

Thanks for the link. I think that I will participate in 2019. Looks like a lot of fun :)

75ffortsa
Nov 12, 1:59pm Top

Hi Katie! The Popsugar challenge looks provocative. Maybe I'll join in. I just came back from a weekend away during which most of what I did was read silly mystery stories. It would behoove me to improve my content!

76katiekrug
Nov 12, 2:47pm Top

>73 bell7: - I think they can win it, Mary, but who knows......

>74 figsfromthistle: - It is fun, Anita! I just posted a new thread for this year's challenge, but I expect there will be much chatter (realtively speaking) about the 2019 one. Check it out: http://www.librarything.com/topic/298650.

>75 ffortsa: - I don't know about any improvement, Judy (what's wrong with silly mysteries?!?!) but the challenge is fun to do... Come say hi on thread #2 of this year's challenge: http://www.librarything.com/topic/298650.

77katiekrug
Edited: Nov 13, 8:47am Top

I've decided to DNF Windfall, a YA novel about a trio of friends whose relationship changes when one wins the lottery. It wasn't terrible, just kind of boring and very trite. Life is too short!

78katiekrug
Nov 13, 8:48am Top

Oh, and I did finish Evicted last night - I'll try to write up some comments later. Definitely a worthwhile read.

79charl08
Nov 13, 9:25am Top

I'm signing up for Popsugar again next year - looks like an interesting list.

80katiekrug
Nov 13, 10:04am Top

>79 charl08: - WOOT!

81katiekrug
Edited: Nov 15, 1:30pm Top



Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

"Whatever our way out of this mess, one thing is certain. This degree of inequality, this withdrawal of opportunity, this cold denial of basic needs, this endorsement of pointless suffering - by no American value is this situation justified. No moral code or ethical principle, no piece of scripture or holy teaching, can be summoned to defend what we have allowed our country to become."

So, yeah. That pretty much sums it up. The United States punishes poor people for being poor, trumpets the virtue of individual responsibility, asserts itself as a shining city upon the hill for all to emulate, and it's all bullshit. The structure of inequality in this country is so ingrained, so mired in history and prejudice and ignorance, that there seems to be no solution.

Desmond has written a readable and well-researched account of housing insecurity in Milwaukee, and it's infuriating and heart-breaking. The ramifications of such insecurity reach far beyond "just" homelessness - it leads to education short falls, unemployment, ill health, and so much more, all of which he touches on in this exhaustive account. He profiles black and white, single people and families, renters and landlords, and what he finds is a broken system where one mistake or bad choice can sentence people to a lifetime caught in the cycle of poverty and insecurity.

I appreciate his efforts to offer solutions but after reading the whole book, I just felt like nothing will ever change.

This work, along with $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America about food insecurity, should be - but never will be - required reading for all Americans, starting with our political leaders.

4 stars

(I docked it half a star because I had trouble keeping some of the people straight in my head and would have appreciated the occasional reminder or list at the front)

82richardderus
Nov 13, 1:45pm Top

>81 katiekrug: It's a terrible, terrible system. I am appalled by it. The book should indeed be required reading in business schools, if not high schools.

83jnwelch
Nov 13, 1:53pm Top

>81 katiekrug: Good review of Evicted, Katie. "{W}hat he finds is a broken system where one mistake or bad choice can sentence people to a lifetime caught in the cycle of poverty and insecurity." Yes.

I think it should be required reading for everyone, too. The first step to fixing anything is seeing the problem. Maybe it's so engrained we can't fix it, but at least we can see what we've allowed to happen, and take responsibility. Even baby steps to fix it would be better than what we have.

Now I've got to put $2.00 a Day on the reading list!

84katiekrug
Nov 13, 2:20pm Top

>82 richardderus: - Appalling for sure.

>83 jnwelch: - $2.00 a Day is very good and follows people in Chicago trying to live on public assistance and meet the requirements of it.

85laytonwoman3rd
Nov 13, 3:28pm Top

Taking a page out of Jeff's book, and visiting some of the busiest threads to say:

The first and nearly final cut has been made for the 2019 American Authors Challenge, so if you're interested, pop over to the discussion thread and help choose the last couple names for next year.

86katiekrug
Nov 13, 3:45pm Top

On my way!

*zooooom*

87RebaRelishesReading
Nov 13, 4:50pm Top

>81 katiekrug: Excellent review/comments, Katie!

88katiekrug
Nov 14, 8:54am Top

>87 RebaRelishesReading: - Thanks, Reba!

89katiekrug
Nov 14, 8:56am Top

Well, I got about 30 pages into Sonora for book club before deciding life was too short to read over-written, pretentious dreck. I will happily be returning that to the library this afternoon.

To get the bad taste out of my mouth, I decided to just read the next 'In Death' book because the series is reliable and entertaining, and there's nothing wrong with that :)

90richardderus
Nov 14, 10:20am Top

>89 katiekrug: "The girls flee their pasts for New York City, but as their emotional bond heightens, the intensity of their lives becomes unbearable. In search of love, ecstasy, oblivion, and belonging, Ahlam and Laura's drive to outrun the ghosts of home threatens to undo them altogether."

Ew. Pass me a moist towelette, please.

91katiekrug
Nov 14, 10:35am Top

>90 richardderus: - Yeah, when I read the description, I didn't have high hopes and even those I did have were unmet. So no. Just no.

92BLBera
Nov 14, 3:25pm Top

Katie: I also loved Evicted and actually brought it to my office, thinking I would perhaps use it in a class. I agree, it should be required reading.

93katiekrug
Nov 15, 9:04am Top

You have good taste, Beth :)

94vivians
Nov 15, 11:49am Top

Hope you're excited about the impending storm...our school district just dismissed early and there's lots of hype here. I'm hearing 3-6 inches for us. So much for my plan to go grocery shopping tonight to avoid the pre-holiday crowds.

95katiekrug
Nov 15, 12:13pm Top

No snow here yet, darn it! Supposedly by 2pm...

96richardderus
Nov 15, 12:18pm Top

It's nippy as all get-out today, isn't it! I was out to the library while it was a roasty-toasty 27° and, unlike every single person in this place, *reveling* in it. We won't get snow here by the beach, at least not the sticky kind, but the clouds and the wind are in full cry. *happy sigh*

97katiekrug
Nov 15, 12:42pm Top

I join you in the happy sigh, even though I have to work. And I have a cold.

Snow makes everything better :)

98richardderus
Nov 15, 2:01pm Top

I love old Stepmother Nature. She saw this post and sent huge gusts of windborne snow to prove me wrong!

(That worked, didn't it.)

99katiekrug
Nov 15, 2:33pm Top

It's snowing here :)

100msf59
Nov 15, 2:47pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Katie! Good review of Evicted. I agree with you, wholeheartedly about it being required reading. I learned a lot from this book.

We had snow this morning, but most of it, has all ready melted. Damp and very chilly though. Sighs...

101japaul22
Nov 15, 3:06pm Top

We're in DC and my kids had a snow day today. In November! We got a couple inches of wet, slushy snow.

102katiekrug
Nov 15, 3:32pm Top

>100 msf59: - I learned a lot, too, Mark.

Sorry you are unhappy with the weather. I am in my element :)

>101 japaul22: - Hi Jen! Ah, snow in DC. When I lived there, they'd close it down at the first hint of a flake - doesn't sound much different now :)

Did you get a snow day, too?

103figsfromthistle
Nov 15, 4:15pm Top

We have a steady stream of snowfall here. Then again, I live in Canada so it's quite normal :)

104japaul22
Nov 15, 4:34pm Top

>102 katiekrug: yes, typical DC fashion. This actually ended up being legitimately messy because they didn't pretreat the roads at all and we actually got a couple of inches of snow. I had to go into work today and FFX county (where we live) delayed school. That's fine for me because the before school care we use opens on time even with a delay. So I dropped them off and at 8 am they changed to cancelling school. So we had to have someone pick them up from the school care. So annoying.

I bet school is at least delayed again tomorrow . . .

105katiekrug
Nov 15, 5:13pm Top

>103 figsfromthistle: - Snow is not abnormal here, but it's definitely earlier than usual!

>104 japaul22: - Yikes! That sounds like a pain...

106MickyFine
Nov 15, 5:39pm Top

*looks around in fascination* Our first snow was over 2 months ago (admittedly, it was early).

107lauralkeet
Nov 15, 7:09pm Top

So Katie, did The Wayne have trouble getting home tonight? I heard there were lots of transit delays. Thinking of you and hoping all is well.

108katiekrug
Nov 15, 7:21pm Top

>106 MickyFine: - But, Micky - you live in Northern Alberta!

>107 lauralkeet: - He's still in the city. I'm trying to convince him to get a hotel room. Very poor planning on his part and I Am Not Amused.

109vivians
Nov 15, 7:58pm Top

Wayne should stay in the city! It took me more than 2 hours to get home from work (normally a 25 minute drive).

110katiekrug
Nov 15, 8:17pm Top

He's getting the train... assuming it leaves. *heavy sigh* *eye roll*

111lauralkeet
Nov 15, 8:50pm Top

Oh jeez. Hang in there, Katie.

112katiekrug
Nov 15, 9:49pm Top

We are home, safe and sound :)

113richardderus
Nov 15, 10:33pm Top

Whew! Don't so much as *think* about letting The Wayne near a train tomorrow!

114susanj67
Nov 16, 4:47am Top

Snow! How exciting! It is apparently warmer than Madrid here in London. But next week it will be colder than Canada. The papers don't differentiate between different parts of Canada - "Canada" is shorthand for "a very cold place". If a flake falls on London, it too will grind to a halt :-)

I hope The Wayne can work from home today if it's still bad out there.

115katiekrug
Nov 16, 8:06am Top

>113 richardderus: - Too late! We toddled off to the train station as usual. And just as the rain turned back to a snow/sleet mix...

>114 susanj67: - He could work from home but decided not to. It should be clear by this afternoon, I think. I'm meeting him tonight in Newark to see Steve Martin and Martin Short's show...

116richardderus
Nov 16, 8:31am Top

>115 katiekrug: *dire beard-mutterings*

I hope you had time to get to the store for some food shopping before the next act of this tragic farce, or farcical tragedy, known as "arctic blast" rings in the next round.

117katiekrug
Nov 16, 8:33am Top

>116 richardderus: - It's going to be in the 40s by this afternoon and through the weekend, looks like... ?

118karenmarie
Nov 16, 8:48am Top

Hi Katie!

>62 katiekrug: I thought the election was good, too. There was no real hope for the US Senate, but flipping the House was totally excellent. I love how pissed off drumpf is.

>81 katiekrug: Your review reminds me of a book I read 14 years ago, Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. She made it personal by living the life of a minimum wage worker. It's sad that things haven't changed so very much.

>89 katiekrug: life was too short to read over-written, pretentious dreck A woman after my own heart. I abandon books with glee.

Looks like you are getting the frozen version of what we had down here in NC this week. We got about 5-6” of rain and our creek flooded. It’s back in its banks and we have blue skies today.

Stay safe!

119richardderus
Nov 16, 9:01am Top

>117 katiekrug: Don't let your guard down, is all I'm sayin'.

120katiekrug
Nov 16, 9:05am Top

Got it!

121BLBera
Nov 16, 12:05pm Top

Enjoy the snow. Happy Friday. We're expecting the dreaded "wintry mix" tonight.

>188 I loved Nickel and Dime. In fact, it was the common book at our school and I got to meet Ehrenreich.

122MickyFine
Nov 16, 1:44pm Top

>108 katiekrug: Technically, central Alberta. :P I'm mostly fascinated by everything shutting down over a couple inches of snow.

123katiekrug
Yesterday, 9:46am Top

>121 BLBera: - Nickel and Dimed is on my list, Beth! Hope you survive the wintry mix...

>122 MickyFine: - Well, to be fair, Micky, it's not usually that bad, as we get snow pretty regularly. But the forecasts were off, the roads were not pre-treated, and the infrastructure around here is aging. Plus, there are a lot more people :)

124katiekrug
Yesterday, 9:49am Top

We saw Martin Short and Steve Martin's show last night at the NJ PErforming Arts Center. It was a mix of reminiscences, comedy bits, music, and just a lot of fun.

Today, we'll be Thanksgiving dinner shopping (we are on our own for the holiday and planning to cook the feast ourselves - GULP) and then doing a few chores around the house. We are supposed to have dinner with a former colleague of mine and her family, but it's a bit up in the air, so we'll see.

I'm still reading Imitation in Death and listening to Londoners. I might take a break from the latter, as it's long and I'm getting itchy, as I tend to do with audios over about 10 hours...

125karenmarie
Yesterday, 10:05am Top

Hi Katie!

We're doing our Thanksgiving shopping today, too. I've got a spreadsheet sorted by grocery store section so I won't miss anything. I know, totally OCD.....

Good for you and The Wayne for going to the effort to cook the feast yourselves. I love T-day. There will be 6 of this year, a smallish number in our normal scheme of things, but I'll just get a smaller turkey than usual.

126laytonwoman3rd
Yesterday, 10:17am Top

Cooking the turkey feast isn't all that hard...especially if you're not having a crowd. We'll be at home alone on Thursday, because our family gathering will be at my brother's on Saturday to accommodate some work schedules (a fireman and an on-call-for-emergencies fuel delivery man). I'll probably do the whole bird thing anyway, because we love the leftovers, and that crowd at the farm won't leave a scrap of anything to take home.

127katiekrug
Yesterday, 10:23am Top

>125 karenmarie: and >126 laytonwoman3rd: - Hi Karen and Linda! The Wayne is very excited about cooking dinner. I am.... less excited. But mostly because our kitchen is just so tiny. Still, I'm sure it will be fine. He's just doing a turkey breast, but we bought the biggest one we could find because leftovers.

I'm in charge of the stuffing. And buying a pie. :)

128lauralkeet
Yesterday, 6:00pm Top

>127 katiekrug: you've got this, Katie! You may have figured things out already, but just wanted to mention that Trader Joe's has a cornbread stuffing that TJs fans rave about. Kate brought some home for our Thanksgiving feast, and I found a recipe to tart it up a bit:
https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/bacon-stuffing-trader-joes-thanksgiving-recipe

What other sides are you having with the turkey breast?

129katiekrug
Yesterday, 6:34pm Top

Hi Laura! I might look into that TJ's stuffing as a Plan B "just in cases." I am trying to recreate my mother's sausage and herb stuffing and bought everything today, so we'll see how it goes...

We're also having mashed potatoes (a specialty of The Wayne) and carrots of some, plus the stuffing. He wanted to make a couple of other sides, but I talked him out of it :)

130EBT1002
Yesterday, 7:05pm Top

>128 lauralkeet: Bacon stuffing. Oh my.

Great review of Evicted, Katie. I listened to it a couple years ago and had similar reactions, especially that it should be required reading. I learned a lot from it.

I'm still reading Lincoln in the Bardo although today has been a wash because of the guy upstairs sanding our wood floors. I mean, he's not actually keeping me from reading but my routine feels all caddy-wompus. We fly to NC/TN on Monday. A day of travel -- you know that means getting some reading done!

131laytonwoman3rd
Yesterday, 8:11pm Top

>129 katiekrug: Our family's traditional stuffing features sausage too. It's my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner.

132lauralkeet
Yesterday, 9:02pm Top

All this stuffing talk is making me hungry!

133katiekrug
Today, 9:51am Top

>130 EBT1002: - I learned a lot from Evicted, too, Ellen.

I guess the inconvenience of the refinishing will be worth it in the end :) Safe travels tomorrow!

>131 laytonwoman3rd: - Linda, stuffing was always my favorite part, too, when my Mom made it. My aunt uses a similar recipe but it was never as good - very wet and mushy - blech! I am looking forward to trying my own hand at it. After stuffing, the mashed potatoes are my favorite :)

>132 lauralkeet: - ME TOO!!

134katiekrug
Today, 9:53am Top

I finished Imitation in Death which I'm not going to bother doing separate comments for because there isn't much to say. I enjoy the series despite the complete lack of literary merit.

Not sure what I'll start next, but maybe The Kiss Quotient because I have it out from the library and I'm still in the mood for something light...

135richardderus
Today, 9:54am Top

Stuffing...

136katiekrug
Today, 7:27pm Top

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