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Tangledthread is back again for 2019

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1tangledthread
Jan 2, 12:54pm Top

Here we go again! Finished my first book of the year last night The Story of Arthur Truluv Review is on the book page. It was a heartwarming story to start the year with, if you have the patience for Geezer Lit.

Also currently reading The Sojourn which is also a short book, but very different from Truluv.

One of my goals for the new year is to pick more books off my TBR shelf, rather than running after so many shiny new titles.

2drneutron
Jan 2, 2:29pm Top

Welcome back!

3FAMeulstee
Jan 2, 4:50pm Top

Happy reading in 2019!

4tangledthread
Edited: Jan 30, 6:54pm Top

The January Booklist:
1. Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg, fiction, ebook
2. The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak, fiction
3. The Library Book by Susan Orlean, nonfiction, ebook
4. Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg, fiction, ebook
5. The Child Finder by Rene Denfield, fiction, ebook, audiobook
6. The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak, fiction
7. The Blood Harvest by S. J. Bolton, fiction, ebook
8. George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm by Miranda Carter, nonfiction, physical book and ebook*

5PaulCranswick
Jan 4, 8:21pm Top



Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you this year.

6tangledthread
Jan 5, 3:40pm Top

Hi Anita & Frank!! I think we exchanged messages over Go Went Gone last year!
Hope you have a great year of reading ahead!

oooh, I see you are in the 2019 Root group....perhaps that is one I should join with the goal of clearing off my TBR piles of books.

7tangledthread
Jan 5, 3:44pm Top

>3 FAMeulstee: FAMeulstee
Hi Anita...I think we exchanged messages last year about Go Went Gone. I tried to get my book group to read that, but several of the older women didn't know how to get copies. It's not in a lot of public libraries or local book stores here in Michigan.

Hope you have a good year of reading. I see you are in 2019 ROOT group....perhaps I should join that to get me moving on my goal of reading the books I own & haven't read yet.

8tangledthread
Jan 5, 3:46pm Top

>5 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. What a great wish for 2019. Perhaps I should try to keep my thread worth keeping up with....I can be rather lax, other than entering books as I read them.

Hope your year of reading is satisfying and fulfilling!

9alcottacre
Jan 5, 4:19pm Top

>4 tangledthread: Looks like your reading year is off to a good start!

10FAMeulstee
Jan 6, 8:17am Top

>7 tangledthread: Yes we did, I did read Go Went Gone a few months after you mentioned it.

I like the ROOTs group, it keeps me on track reading my own books. After reading I cull the ones I did not like much, to get space on the shelves for new acquisitions.

11tangledthread
Jan 10, 2:14pm Top

Finished reading The Sojourn a couple nights ago. It's a short book with really good writing which IMO is 4 stars. It took me longer to read than expected because I got a bit bogged down with gritty WWI content. It needed to be in the book and is well written, but sometimes avoidance takes over.

I plan to read the sequel The Signal Flame very soon. But for right now I'm taking a side trip through The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Yes, a library burns, but we know that there is still a LA Central Library, so perhaps not quite so heavy as The Sojourn.

12tangledthread
Jan 10, 2:18pm Top

Word of the day: Tsundoku

13tangledthread
Jan 21, 3:08pm Top

Finished and reviews Susan Orlean's The Library Book this afternoon. I gave it 4 stars and the following review:

I had never heard of the LA Central library fire in 1986, but given the fact that it occurred at the same time as the Chernobyl Nuclear accident, it's not hard to understand why. The premise of this book is built on the fact of that fire, but it is so much more. It is an ode to libraries, using the Los Angeles Central Library as the starting point for exploring:
The history of libraries and the profession of librarians.
The mechanics of libraries.
The importance of libraries in communities.
The future of libraries.
The architecture of the Los Angeles Central Library

And finally, the story of the library fire and the confusion surrounding the investigation of that fire. Including the entanglement of Harry Peak the suspected arsonist, but perhaps only a fabulist, who found himself at the center of the fire investigation.

It is a nonfiction story, woven in a similar pattern to that of the author's previous book, The Orchid Thief. To anyone who loves books and libraries it provides a story which is engagin and interesting.

14tangledthread
Jan 27, 4:00pm Top

Finished The Blood Harvest by S. J. Bolton while taking a long weekend in northern Michigan this week. A good thriller for a bitterly cold, snowy weekend. Review is on the book page.

Am almost finished with Andrew Krivak's Signal Flame which I'm really enjoying. And have started in on George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm which is intriguing. For the past couple of years I have found myself engrossed by WWI history. In fact, I was daydreaming about being part of a WWI study group over the weekend.

15tangledthread
Jan 29, 10:56am Top

Finished reading Andrew Krivak's The Signal Flame last night after reading The Sojourn earlier this month. These are two very different books but they are connected by the life of Jozef Vinich, the main character in The Sojourn and the absent character in the second book which begins with his funeral.

The first book is about immigration, emigration, and WWI where Jozef and the man raised as his brother become snipers for the Austro Hungarian Army. The second book is a slow meditation on life after the losses of war (WWII & Viet Nam) in northeastern Pa. The writing in the second book reminds me very much of Kent Haruf.

I will do reviews of both books later (today maybe) on their book pages. But after these two books, I would read just about anything by Andrew Krivak.

16tangledthread
Jan 30, 7:17pm Top

Finished reading The Child Finder this afternoon.

Review:
Naomi is a young private investigator who exclusively searches for missing children. Set in the high wilderness of Oregon, the story opens with Naomi being hired by the parents of Madison, who disappeared 3 years earlier while they were out to cut a Christmas tree. The story winds around, slowly revealing Naomi's past and how she came to be in foster care with Mary Cottle and her foster brother, Jerome. She questions the motives and trustworthiness of everyone she encounters on her search for Madison. It took me awhile to understand that sections detailing Mr. B and the snow girl sequences were not Naomi's past, but Madison's experience.

The author deals gently and sensitively with the horrifying topic of abducted children who are held captive and abused, both from the perspective of the children and their parents. There are references to past cases she has worked on, including a subplot of the missing child of woman with mental health issues, which exposes the scope of this problem across racial and socioeconomic groups.

The writing is atmospheric with the back drop of the the snow, forest, and emerging spring in Oregon muffling some of the stark reality in the narrative. The author treats her characters with great compassion, yet holds the reader in tension as the story unfolds.

17tangledthread
Edited: Yesterday, 2:28pm Top

Hello February!

Currently reading The Enchanted: a novel by Rene Denfeld. And continuing to read George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm.

The January Booklist:
1. Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg, fiction, ebook
2. The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak, fiction
3. The Library Book by Susan Orlean, nonfiction, ebook
4. Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg, fiction, ebook
5. The Child Finder by Rene Denfield, fiction, ebook, audiobook
6. The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak, fiction
7. The Blood Harvest by S. J. Bolton, fiction, ebook
8. George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm by Miranda Carter, nonfiction, physical book and ebook*

February:
9. The Enchanted: a novel by Rene Denfeld, fiction, ebook
10. The Witch Elm by Tana French, audiobook*
11. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, nonfiction, ebook*
12. Everything Under by Daisy Johnson, fiction*
13. Becoming by Michelle Obama, memoir/nonfiction, ebook*

18tangledthread
Feb 8, 5:52pm Top

Finished reading The Enchanted today. It was interesting, and I came to appreciate it more after reading the author's bio and her notes to the reader. I'll have to think about this one a bit before reviewing it. IMO The Child Finder was a better book.

19fairywings
Feb 8, 5:59pm Top

The Child Finder sounds like a good read, added it to my wish list.

20amritarai
Feb 9, 3:54am Top

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21tangledthread
Feb 12, 10:07am Top

Reading, and very much enjoying, Daisy Johnson's Everything Under

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