Familyhistorian's 2019 Reading Adventure part 2
This is a continuation of the topic Familyhistorian's 2019 Reading Adventure part 1.
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I've posted this here to remind me of how much I love travelling because I find planning hard and that is what I should be doing now (well, yesterday really.)
My name is Meg and this is my sixth year as one of the 75ers. At the end of last year I became overwhelmed with finishing off my challenge books and library holds. Somehow the joy of read lost some of its sparkle and the books on my shelves kept growing. That wasn't working so this year I am signing up for less of the challenges and have set myself a personal challenge of reading more from my own shelves. I also couldn't keep up with all the threads I had starred last year so I have to be smarter about LT time as I want to keep up with the threads I follow as well as find more time for my writing, genealogy and other adventures.
My next series of posts will be about the places people lived in the past, specifically the dwellings, if they had any. Check out the weekly posts at: A Genealogist's Path to History
Reading Through Time
January-March 2019 - 20th Century: World War I (1914-1918)
April-June 2019 - 20th Century: Between Wars (1919-1938)
July-September 2019 - 20th Century: WW2 (1939-1945)
October-December 2019 - Modern History (1946-present day)
January: "I Will Survive" - Krakatoa by Simon Winchester - DONE
February: "Be My Valentine"
April: "The Wonderful Emptiness" - The Great Central Plains of America
June: "Cryptography & Code Breaking"
August: "Philosophy and Religion"
September: “Women Pioneers”
2019 Nonfiction Challenge
January: Prizewinning books, and runners up. - The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray - DONE
February: Science and Technology: Innovations and Innovators.
March: True Crime, Misdemeanors and Justice, Past and Present Day
April: Comfort Reads
May: History. In this case, my cutoff date is 1950.
June: The Pictures Have It!
July: Biography & First Person Yarns
August: Raw Materials: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
September: Books by Journalists
October: Other Worlds: From Spiritual to Fantastical
November: Creators and Creativity
December: I’ve Always Been Curious About…
Books read in 2019
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
All True Not a Lie In It by Alix Hawley
A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Murier
Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie
Ravished by Amanda Quick
Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae
The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray
Murder on Millionaires Row by Erin Lindsay
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw
The furniture is all moved around and this thread is open for business.
>13 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie. It was hot and I was a happy traveler.
>14 jnwelch: Hi Joe, A Killer in King's Cove is a great start to the Lane Winslow mystery series. King's Cove is a small place with about 20 people, kind of reminiscent of St Mary Mead population-wise but set in BC in more rugged country.
Somehow I missed your comments on Plaid and Plagiarism on the last thread. You liked it better than I did. With the low rating on the second one, I'm not inclined to pick it up. I'll be watching to see if you read the second one. If you like it, I might give it a try.
>19 thornton37814: I bought the second one so I should get to it at some point, Lori. It will probably take a while, though, because there are many, many books to get to before that one. I really need to get back to reading my own tomes and moving them along but the library holds are getting in the way. *sigh*
Happy new thread Meg. Wow, you are off to an amazing reading start for 2019! I know what you mean about the over committing and the pressure from the library and from the home shelves. There are just so many temptations.
Happy New thread, Meg. I agree, the costs with Canada Post are so high, that it is not frequent that one thinks to mail a book . One might as well send money in an envelope to the person that you might otherwise mail the book. It is often less expensive that way. Glad you are continuing to enjoy Once Upon a River. It is quite unique so far.
>21 figsfromthistle: Thanks Anita!
>22 richardderus: Thanks, I think, Richard.
>23 mdoris: Hi Mary, 2019 has started out quickly for me and is still going fast as I have to read through 5 library holds fast and have 2 more waiting at the library. Reading the threads doesn't help, either.
>24 EBT1002: Thanks, Ellen!
>25 vancouverdeb: It has been quite sometime since I have mailed any packages, Deborah. It used to be a cheap way of shipping things but, no more. It costs as much or more than the book that you are sending so is usually best just to order something online to be shipped to their address - great if you spend enough for free shipping, not great for getting rid of books or being kind to the environment. I am almost at the end of Part One in Once Upon a River, more characters have been introduced and I am wondering what will come next.
wow! You are a much faster reader than I am. I'm at about 100 pages with Once Upon a River. It strikes me as the sort of book that one reads for the power of story telling. It's an interesting read, but quite filled with detail and many characters. As for shipping books, I so agree. I do occasionally send a book to my sister or mom via amazon ca . I have prime so sometime they call me and ask for particular book.
>27 vancouverdeb: I started Once Upon a River a week ago, so not that fast. I have a few other books going at the same time, quite a few as some are sitting there neglected due to the 5 library holds. Currently, I am basically reading 5 books in rotation, 4 library holds and Krakatoa. What usually happens is that I end up finishing a few books in quick succession.
Happy new thread, Meg. You are zipping along!
Yes, and Canada Post just raised the rates yet again. So we are now paying more for even less. And public transit here in Toronto is about to follow suit. Sheesh
Happy new thread, Meg! I love your photos, and your January reading looks to be going really well.
>29 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, all I have on the plan so far is a few days in Dublin before the cruise that I am on which will take in Belfast, Inverness, Edinburgh, Southampton, Guernsey and points in between. I have to figure out what I will be doing after the cruise as well as what excursions to take during. I find the planning difficult as I have so many places I want to see but have to pare it down to something realistic.
>30 jessibud2: Did they raise Canada Post rates again, Shelley? I was suspicious of continuous hikes once they brought in those permanent stamps. Everything is on the increase as per usual. I opened my Terasen (natural gas) bill and it seems to have doubled. No doubt the explosion and subsequent restricted supply had something to do with that.
>31 BLBera: Hi Beth, the photo in #9 is a yarn bombing which was done by PoCo Heritage Trees who put up the current natural history exhibit in the museum I volunteer in, PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives. This is a photo of the tree that was build in the museum as part of the display.
>32 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks Reba!
>33 msf59: Do you recognize where that photo was taken, Mark? It was in Springfield, Illinois.
>34 susanj67: Hi Susan, my January reads got off to a good start but then the library holds came in! Five at once and another two waiting to be picked up. We have unlimited holds which can be dangerous.
Yep, as of a few weeks ago, postage rates went up. As surely as the sun rises and sets each day, Canada Post rates will increase, if not yearly, then almost yearly.
>37 jessibud2: Hmm, I must have missed that piece of news or maybe I heard it and it didn't sound like anything that was abnormal.
15. Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
On one hand it seems strange that Barracoon, which is based on the 1927 interview of Cudjo Lewis, the last survivor of the last slave ship to the US, took so long to be published. But maybe that is all to the good as such an account would have been a hard sell back in those days. I well remember a newspaper article I came across from around that time period which was about how the amount of lynchings were down from previous years. Most lynchings were of black men according to the article. Attitudes were a bit different then.
The book was short and the account of Cudjo's life was so interesting. What struck me most was the attitude of African Americans to the Africans. It was a lot different than the homogeneous mass of blacks brought to mind when slaves and slavery are referred to in works like These Truths. The Africans seem to have been treated as the lowest of the low by all facets of society which didn't turn out well for Cudjo's children.
>39 Familyhistorian: We must have been reading that one at the same time! I finished Saturday night.
>40 thornton37814: Close to the same time, Lori. I finished on Friday, I think. It was sitting there waiting for me to make up a post about it for a few days anyway. It was interesting, such a sad life he had.
>41 Familyhistorian: I was reading it on Friday, so I guess it counts.
>46 johnsimpson: Hi John and thank you. Hope you and Karen have a pleasant week.
16. Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze
This was a self-help book sending up the self-help industry with its focus on the self. Brinkmann urges the reader to “Stand Fast” and resist the call for constant progress and he posits a seven step process for doing so, much like a self-help book would do. As he says “Step Six seeks to break your dependence on this kind of literature of the self, which reinforces the idea that life is something it is possible to control – if only you know and develop yourself.”
Interestingly, Step Six is titled “Read a novel – not a self-help book or biography”. His further explanation for this chapter is:
Biographies always top the bestseller lists, but often they just celebrate the
trivial lives of celebrities and reinforce the idea that life is something we
control. Self-help books do the same. Ultimately, they leave you despondent
at your failure to realise their myriad promises of happiness, wealth and
health. Novels, on the other hand, enable you to understand human life as
complex and unmanageable. Read at least one a month.
It was a thought provoking look at our current drive to progress when standing fast might be a better way to be. His thoughts on current work Performance and Development reviews echoed mine when I had to do these annual reviews during my last years at work and had to make up something to develop when really I was looking forward to not having to do the work let alone doing it better.
So glad you read Barracoon. You're right about his children. It is tragic that none of them survived him.
Happy new thread, Meg! Good luck with the travel planning so you can eventually enjoy the travel! What you have planned so far sounds exciting!
>52 BLBera: It was interesting, Beth. I especially liked that he recommended reading novels. I think I read at least one a month. lol
>53 tymfos: Hi Terri, good to see you here. The travel plans are coming along slowly but I booked a flight to Dublin yesterday so feel chuffed! I hope that your school work isn't too arduous this semester.
I'm crawling around the threads to say I'm not dead but woefully unread, both books and threads. Happy polar vortex.
>56 richardderus: Ha Richard, no polar vortex over here. Signs of spring are evident.
17. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum
I have an outsider's view of the US which, from my perspective, often seems to have issues of business interests versus the common people. This was really evident from the middle of the 19th century when it came to the food supply and it got worse as time went on. Business interests were fixated on making money while people who ate food that was increasingly adulterated had their lives shortened, sadly often immediately. There was no refrigeration, who knew that it was deadly to add formaldehyde to milk to prolong its life?
The Poison Squad focused on one man, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, the head of the Chemistry Department of the US Department of Agriculture. Dr. Wiley fought long and hard to protect consumers, at times battling his superiors in government who often sided with big business. The doctor was wily, he welcomed the help of crusading women.
The book was an eye opening account of just what used to be in the food supply, the deaths that occurred and the callousness of big business. It made me think twice about what I eat and I bought unbleached flour after reading it.
18. Things I Don't Want to Know: A Living Autobiography by Deborah Levy
Deborah Levy has written what she calls a “living autobiography” because her life is a work in progress. This story is of a portion of her life. It covers her unconventional up bringing in South Africa, where her family didn't fit in well within the time of apartheid. They left after her father was released from prison and moved to England. Here Levy was both an aspiring writer and an outsider because she was from away.
This was a very personal story told in both a linear way and through Levy's impressions of what she went through. It was a straight forward narrative as well as chock full of dreamy symbolism.
So 11 days in I have completed 4 out of 5 library books with holds on them. A good thing too as there are now 3 more holds waiting for me as well as one in transit. *sigh* At least one of the books that is ready is a GN and the one in transit is The Man in the Wooden Hat, I might be able to join the group read for the third in that trilogy if the stars align.
Morning, Meg! I read Deborah Levy last year, and I really liked her writing. The one I read was Things I Don't Want to Know: A Response to George Orwell's 1946 essay "Why I Write", and it was very good.
Hoping Thursday is kind to you.
>64 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie, I saw Deborah Levy at the Vancouver Writers Fest last year. She sounded like she had a very interesting background and talked about the living autobiography which stuck in my mind. It was good.
My Thursday should be good with a trip to the library included. I hope the rest of the week goes well for you.
>65 richardderus: I'm not sure about his work being eroded, Richard. Much of it wasn't too definite in the first place. The law Wiley championed was passed in 1906 but a further, stronger law superseded it.
Yes, interesting times - but the trick is to make a life around and through those times.
19. A Dedicated Man by Peter Robinson
I am slowly working my way through the Chief Inspector Banks series. A Dedicated Man was the second book in the series.
A transplanted Londoner, Banks was getting used to the way investigations were done in Yorkshire, a place where people are more likely to know who you are and perhaps remember who you were and what you did. The past of some of the story's characters was the key to the murder that Banks et al were trying to solve but peoples' memories were hazy and it took a while for everything to become clear.
The Levy memoir sounds really good, Meg. Onto the WL it goes. I was pretty happy with my library books but then just picked up two reserves today, so that didn't last long. And I know some of my reserves will be published soon, so I guess my Feb. reading is getting set.
>70 BLBera: It is a different kind of memoir, Beth. I know what you mean about the library reserves. I am on my way to the library in a few minutes to pick up three more reserves. Sometimes it doesn't seem to end. But I guess we do it to ourselves.
20. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
Winchester's books are thoroughly researched and a treat to read but they take time. The latest of his books that I read was Krakatoa. I had a vague recollection of hearing the name before but I didn't know the story. Now I do.
The book started out with the background of the area around Krakatoa, which included the areas of Java and Sumatra. For a long time before the explosion of Krakatoa the area was under Dutch colonial control, from the account, it didn't sound like a benign control, but life went on. Rumblings were heard from Krakatoa but they were taken in stride. The volcano became more active in May of 1883 but still it was liveable. Then in August of 1883 things became more threatening until, on August 27, Krakatoa blasted itself into oblivion affecting the ocean so that coastal towns were hit with walls of water. 36,000 lives were lost.
This was a very thorough and well explained account of the lead up to the explosion, the event itself and the aftermath, which had far reaching effects. Winchester is at his best when he is explaining geological phenomena and plate tectonics. Fascinating stuff.
>72 Familyhistorian: How I enjoyed that book when I read it! I watched the documentary he narrated based on it some time later, and was reinforced in my love for the book. Some of the visuals were...well...wanting. Turns out I'm a far better wetware CGI artist than that show's budget could afford.
Belated happy new thread, Meg.
I enjoyed both Stand firm and the Inspector Banks books.
>72 Familyhistorian: Ooh, I remember reading that book a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it as well. I like your description of Winchester's works as "thoroughly researched and a treat to read but they take time."
Meg do you know about The Novel Cure? It is a very interesting reference book that suggests novels to match with a particular challenge that a person might have. There is a newly published version for kids which is interesting too and so I gave it to my daughter as a gift as she was working as a librarian in a school. So it really is going with the same suggestion that Stand Firm is making.
Just fyi, for those who do audiobooks: Winchester is a wonderful narrator of his own books. Not all authors are, but he most certainly is! I highly recommend his books on audio!. I have listened to several so far.
>69 Familyhistorian: I've enjoyed the Inspector Banks series. I'm slowly making progress in them.
Hi, Meg. Catching a couple more BBs over here. Both The Poison Squad and Krakatoa sound really good. You know I love my NF, especially on audio.
>48 Familyhistorian: I love that quote about self-help books vs novels. It sometimes surprises people to know that, as a psychologist, I'm quite skeptical of most self-help books. I think most of them do not much more than make money for their authors. There are a small handful of exceptions (imho). Novels, on the other hand, are numerous and priceless in their (potential) impact.
>80 richardderus: Thanks for that, Richard. I watched part one and see what you mean about the graphics, good thing that they were not a major part of the story.
>81 bell7: Both of the books that I read were more about geology, Mary. What did you think of the books that he wrote about the OED?
>82 jessibud2: I don't do audio books but today I watched a TED talk by Winchester and saw a video about Krakatoa that he narrated. He has the voice for narration, that's for sure.
>83 thornton37814: How far along are you in the Inspector Banks series, Lori. You must be ahead of me as I just finished book 2.
>84 msf59: I read lots of nonfiction, Mark, and there is a lot of good reads out there lately. I just cracked a couple of my own books in the last day or so and funnily enough, they are both nonfiction.
>85 EBT1002: I think you are right there, Ellen. Self-help books usually want you to change your life and use some new way of looking at things, or different system of doing things. Novels, on the other hand, pull you into someone else's circumstances and get you to experience them and find out more about life and how you might react to circumstances.
>62 Familyhistorian: I’ve just started the thread for Last Friends. Positive thoughts for stars aligning.
Group Read: Last Friends by Jane Gardam
>72 Familyhistorian: I love Simon Winchester’s books. I think this was the first one I read, which, of course had me looking for more. Good review. I’ve read four of his books and have four more on the shelves just waiting.
>89 Familyhistorian: Ah, well, looks like a bit of time on YouTube is indicated… Thanks for the heads up. Hmm. Looks like I could spend all day watching Mr. Winchester. *smile*
>85 EBT1002: and >92 Familyhistorian: Thought provoking.
>93 karenmarie: I am not sure that I will be able to catch up with the group on Last Friends, Karen as the second book has just shown up in my library holds and it will take me a while to make a trek there as I just went yesterday.
Did you read Winchester's A Crack in the Edge of the World, Karen? All the info about the faults up and down the west coast of America were interesting and scary, given where I live. The YouTube of Krakatoa was good but I only had time to watch the first part.
>94 thornton37814: I thought you would be far ahead of me, Lori. I'll have to see when I can squeeze in book three.
>88 Familyhistorian: I really enjoyed both, as I've always been a fan of words, linguistics, and dictionaries - in fact, it was probably those books that inspired me to start collecting dictionaries and books about them...
>97 FAMeulstee: It must be hard to have to rely on what some publisher decides to have translated when you are following a series, Anita.
I liked Stand Firm because it made me feel I was not alone in being uneasy about continual progress. Not all change is better but not everyone seems to realize that.
>99 Familyhistorian: Isn't it wonderful when a really good writer takes on a subject that really interests you. I can see why those Winchester books would appeal to you, Mary. I am a bit of a word fancier myself and should probably check them out.
Yesterday evening I went snowshoeing with some friends that I know from where I used to work. It was fun this year but not quite as good as last year because there was a lot less snow and the trees were actually dripping on us in places. It was also foggy which made driving up the mountain a bit of a bear. Barry, our driver was going slow and one of the drivers behind us got impatient and passed, then he slowed down because of the fog. We had to laugh but it was nice for someone else to be the leader for a change. We didn't get to play in the snow as much as last year because there was less of it but chocolate fondue at the mid point was still good, though.
>95 Familyhistorian: I listened to A Crack at the Edge of the World, narrated by Winchester. I’ve read Krakatoa, Pacific, and The Professor and the Madman. I misspoke when I said that Krakatoa was first, it actually was The Professor and the Madman. I’ve still got Atlantic, The Men Who United the States, The Man Who Loved China, and The Alice Behind Wonderland in tbr status.
>101 Familyhistorian: Scary re the fog. Wonderful re the chocolate fondue.
You are really racing through the books, Meg! Great going. Sorry to read about the fog and the less than lovely conditions for snow shoeing. But the chocolate fondue sounds lovely.
>102 karenmarie: Oh your post reminded me that The Alice Behind Wonderland was my first Winchester. I didn't remember that slim volume which definitely didn't have the same page count as the rest of his books.
Well, the fog wasn't as scary for me as I was in the back seat and, happily we were at the end of a long line of vehicles when we went back down the mountain. Chocolate fondue is delish!
>103 vancouverdeb: Well, the snowshoeing was still good, Deborah, it just would have been better if there was more snow. That is funny for me to say, that is the only time I wished for snow. But it sounds like we might actually get some snow down at this level this coming week.
>106 mdoris: There is snow here too, the kind of snow that settles on stuff but not on the road - which is the best kind.
I picked up a few new books in January. These are the titles:
The House on Tradd Steet by Karen White
Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Becoming Belle by Nuala O'Connor
Death in a Darkening Mist by Iona Whishaw
Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae
Book Love by Debbie Tung
The Snooty Bookshop by Tom Gauld
Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal
The Law Enforcement Handbook by Desmond Rowland and James Bailey
The Crime Writer's Guide to Police Practice and Procedure by Michael O'Byrne
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid
21. A Midsummer Night's Scream by Jill Churchill
A Midsummer Night's Scream was the fifteenth book in the Jane Jeffry mysteries but I haven't read all of the books in the series up to this point. I have read whichever books I found available in my Little Free Library.
The stories always centre around some new-to-Jane enterprise. This time it was amateur theatre. The reader was given a behind the scenes look as Jane and her police detective beau, Mel, tried to get to solve the murder of one of the actors. It was a light, fast read.
>109 Familyhistorian: I read quite a few of those pre-LT. I'm pretty sure that is one of the ones I read.
>60 Familyhistorian: Adding that one to the BlackHole. I read Blum's The Poisoner's Handbook several years ago and enjoyed it.
>69 Familyhistorian: I started that series several years ago and need to return to it. My local library does not have the whole series though, so that presents some problems.
>72 Familyhistorian: I get to dodge that BB since I have already read it.
>108 Familyhistorian: Nice haul!
>108 Familyhistorian: The Snooty Bookshop! I am very jealous, it's the only Gauld neither Long Island county library system has in its collection. I might have to turn loose of $$ for this one.
A generally enviable haul, Meg. I was re-reading and re-experiencing how much I loved The African Queen, and its stars, and its astounding ability to convince my air-conditioned Texan body that I was in fact in World War I Equatorial Africa sweating and, well, The Making of The African Queen by Katharine Hepburn finally inspired me to write a review of it.
>110 thornton37814: They are very much light cozies I find, Lori, nice for a break every once in a while.
>111 alcottacre: I really enjoyed The Poisoners Handbook so when I saw that Blum had written The Poison Squad I had to read it. I wasn't disappointed.
I hope that my library has all the Peter Robinson's Banks series because there are a lot of them. I will see as I progress. Where did you get to in the series, Stasia?
>112 ronincats: It's easy to get behind on LT these days especially when you are busy doing other things, Roni.
>113 richardderus: I was a bit more restrained than usual on the monthly book haul. I hope that the amounts get smaller as the months go by but it doesn't look like February will have that many fewer because of my Thingaversary which calls for 12 books. I would like to get down to single digits but sometimes it is hard.
I can see why your libraries wouldn't stock The Snotty Bookshop, Richard. The book is bound so that you can detach the postcards so it probably wouldn't stay intact very long.
A book about somewhere hot would probably be good right around now.
>118 thornton37814: Quite appropriate, Lori. It looks like a fun one.
I am a little bit of a sloth these days, Meg and apologise for my lack of speed in making it over to your latest thread.
>108 Familyhistorian: 14 books is not a bad return so far! Especially as you've read 21.
>101 Familyhistorian: Too bad you didn't enjoy your snowshoeing trip as much as you have in the past. I love snowshoeing - but we don't have very much snow right now.
>122 PaulCranswick: Unfortunately a lot of those books read were library books, Paul. So it is not that good, really.
>123 The_Hibernator: I've only snowshoed twice and both times at night in a group with a guide. Not sure if it is a real taste but I do enjoy it. We went to the mountains for snow and the next day it snowed down here.
22. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
The story of Once Upon a River was set in a time when people were more credulous. Those who frequented a tavern close to where the Thames began had a tradition of storytelling and wove the river, that giver and taker of life which was a great part of their lives, into their stories. So they had plenty to tell when a half drowned stranger showed up with a young girl who appeared to have died but then revived. It was a happening beyond their ken and they had to figure out how the river had given back its dead to know how to tell the story.
Thus began the tale that pit three sets of people against each other in their claim for the child. All of these people had complicated reasons of their own to want the girl which were learned as the tale was told. What a wondrous tale.
23. The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson
Jonasson started his new mystery series with The Darkness. As in his previous series, his protagonist was a police officer, but this time it was a woman detective at the end of career, Hulda Hermannsdottir. She had just started to think about retirement when her boss forced it upon her allowing her only two weeks until she had to leave. Her current investigations reassigned, her boss said she could work on a cold case. She delved into a closed case of a suicide and found an sloppy investigation and a probable murder. Not a team player, she decided to look into things on her own. Probably not a good idea in this case which kept getting more complex the deeper she looked. I will be interested to see how this series is continued.
>126 Familyhistorian: I just finished this one! Not sure how to write my own summary, but I liked it a lot. : ) Speaking of snowshoeing, we are in for some snow this weekend. Hope it doesn't shut down the city....
>128 Berly: I actually liked Once Upon a River more than The Thirteenth Tale. I found it more outward looking than inward, if that makes any sense. We already have snow which came last Sunday and is still on the ground. I'm hoping we don't have much more but I think we are supposed to have some this weekend as well. Maybe yours will just be a light dusting, Kim.
>129 BLBera: I'm reading a lot of library books lately, those last two were very popular with lots of holds and, of course, they showed up with a bunch of other holds. Hope they get to you soon, Beth.
24. Anne of Green Gables: a graphic novel by Mariah Marsden
I never read Anne of Green Gables and, from my understanding, there was a series of books about Anne Shirley. I think most of the hightlights of those books were covered in the GN. It was quick moving and gave a general sense of the story, maybe enough that it would wet the appetite for a more in depth read of the original books. Anne's eyes were a bit odd but the art work was good overall.
25. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
Miss Julia's was an old fashioned marriage where the woman stays home and tends the home fires and the man looks after business and household finances. The couple were also pillars of the church community, how could they not be when the church was next door?
When her husband died, Miss Julia was free except that everyone wanted to take care of her, or rather get control of the fortune that came to her while doling out an allowance to keep her in the state to which she was accustomed. The pastor, in particular, had plans for that money. To further complicate things it seemed that Miss Julia was the only one who had been faithful to her marriage vows when he husband's son was dropped off on her doorstep by the other woman.
This was a surprisingly action packed story in which Miss Julia found out what she really wanted and who was on her side.
Happy Saturday, Meg. Hope you are having a fine weekend. Good review of Once Upon a River. I want to read that one.
>135 Familyhistorian: Years ago we were traveling in the south and I picked up the first Miss Julia and was charmed. I read many of them before losing track of the series then I came across one last year and enjoyed it too. Great characters and fun stories.
>136 richardderus: I found the main character in the new series much more interesting. Jonasson is unusual in the way that he uses time in his series. The next book is supposed to be set earlier in Hulda Hermannsdottir's career.
The Miss Julia book was one of those that I couldn't put down. Try and get to it sooner rather than later, Richard.
>138 RebaRelishesReading: I had never heard of the Miss Julia series but saw a review on someone's thread. LT has brought lots of books to my attention particularly ones by US authors. Nice to have a travel story to go along with the series, Reba.
I have been out of the loop for a few days and LT has gotten away from me again. It was a busy time with heritage meetings on Thursday due to a bit of a crisis and a trek to the library to take care of my reserves on Friday. Wednesday was better as I met up with a bunch of ex-coworkers for our annual Chinese New Year lunch. Most of us are retirees and got to visit for longer after the people who are still working left. That evening I met with my women's group as well. Through all this time I have been working on booking my upcoming trip. That means I have been neglecting LT as well as my NIGS course and the two Future Learn courses that started this week. I think I have over booked myself!
>139 Familyhistorian: I wonder if that unusual-time thing is the source of my unfond response to Ari Thor. I shall note the upward push for Ann B. Rule.
>142 Familyhistorian: My head is whirling! I'd say "overbooked" is always a personal metric, but for me that schedule would leave me prostrate for a month.
>139 Familyhistorian: I'm not sure if it is the time thing or the character of Ari Thor - his character is more based on the angst of callow youth, Hulda has much more interesting baggage.
>142 Familyhistorian: Ha, that is why people say they are so busy in retirement that they don't know how they used to fit in a full time job. When I worked full time I went to school part time for 6 years, volunteered and was a member of a women's group, the same one that meets regularly. I thought I would have much more time once the job was done but I seem to use up a lot of the extra hours reading - not a bad thing, when all is said and done.
>115 Familyhistorian: It has been several years now, Meg, and I honestly cannot remember. It was not very far though since I ran into the roadblock of my library not having all the books and I hate missing some of them.
>126 Familyhistorian: That one is already in the BlackHole as I really enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale.
>135 Familyhistorian: Another series that I started but need to get back to. I need to be triplets!
>135 Familyhistorian: - LOL! I just clicked on the author's name because I thought that was the name of the actress from the Brady Bunch, who played the housekeeper (turns out, THAT was Ann B. Davis). Well, turns out, that THIS author has written a TON of Miss Julia books. I mean, a lot! Did you know that?
When is your trip again, Meg?
>145 alcottacre: That's too bad, Stasia. I hope I don't run into the problem of the library not having the books as I follow along with the Inspector Banks series. I should be able to source them, I think. Since I can use 4 library systems. I was pleasantly surprised by the Miss Julia book and plan to continue with that series.
>146 jessibud2: I just saw a review of the first Miss Julia book which caught my interest, Shelley. That many books in the series are there? Oh well, the first book was fun but perhaps the charm will wear thin the further the series continues.
My trip is in May, at this point it looks like it will be all of May but I am still working out the details.
Meg, it's much too cold and snow has finally caught us! Yuck and I think it is here to stay for a week or so? I agree with you that The Darkness is much better than his previous series. I don't have to drive in this snow, but I do worry about my older son having to drive out to Cloverdale on the highways to work. I do hope they get the highways cleared.
>148 Familyhistorian: For me, the charm of the Miss Julia books departed after a few; however, one of the other librarians loved them all and snapped them up as soon as they came out!
>149 vancouverdeb: I am not liking this cold weather, Deborah. It has already been here for a week because the last snow we had was Sunday, February 3rd. The snow was still hanging around in some spots here when it snowed again this Sunday. They are calling for more snow tonight. I hope it isn't as bad as it was last night, it is bad for driving but also for transit. I saw on the news that the Skytrains all had to have human drivers so the back up for transit users was unbelievable. I hope that your son finds well cleared highways and streets when he goes to work.
>150 thornton37814: I found the first Miss Julia very charming, Lori, but I could see how that might wear out after a while. Maybe if I spread them out it might work. Have you ever been tempted to pick one up after a long pause from the series?
Hi, Meg. I hope you are surviving that freaky snowstorm. Staying inside with the books, is not a bad alternative.
I can’t believe I haven’t been here since the 3rd.
>108 Familyhistorian: What an interesting variety. I’m envious of the Tom Gauld. He’s fantastic.
>135 Familyhistorian: I’m glad you liked Miss Julia. You’re right – surprisingly action packed. I hadn’t thought of it that way.
(>141 Familyhistorian: I think it was my thread. I read it earlier this year.)
>148 Familyhistorian: I haven’t been driven to find the second book in the series, although if it pops up in a Friends sale or at a thrift store I’ll buy it.
>152 Familyhistorian: Not really. It's more one of those . . . this other book is calling me more!
>153 msf59: Hi Mark, Sunday's snow was still around yesterday. Today it is snowing again. Glad I don't have to go anywhere in it.
>154 karenmarie: I am discovering lots of threads I haven't been to since the end of January, Karen, so don't feel bad. Sometimes they just get away from you.
I think you are right about the Miss Julia book. I remember reading about it on your thread. The interesting mix in January's acquisitions was down to sales, I think. The 3 classics were on offer at 3 for $10 as I remember and, as I have never read any of them I just had to pick them up. I have a few Tom Gauld's on the shelf. I really should go through one of them soon.
>155 thornton37814: Ah, one of those "so many books, so little time" things, Lori?
Well, I'm hanging around waiting to see if my insurance adjuster will show up to have a look at my place. I doubt it because it is snowing again and there is a lot down out there. They even closed the schools in our district today.
Photo taken from my bedroom window at the start of Sunday's snow. There are ducks in the water.
Photo taken today looking out my front upstairs window. Lots more snow.
Looks like the insurance adjuster is a no show and no response to the email I sent her last night so I am not sure what is going on but anyway, back to my regular day.
Those are some serious accumulations, Meg. Hope the regular day goes well.
Wow! Snow! I love snow. I got so excited at two or three flakes the other day and couldn't concentrate at work.
Oh and hiya :)
Meg, we got hit with piles of the white stuff too. We're still shoveling out!
>161 richardderus: It is our regular precipitation a few degrees cooler than normal. Something in the range of 20 centimeters over a few days, Richard. That's about 8 inches of winter wonderland. Regular day is going well. Hope yours is too.
>162 BekkaJo: Hi Bekka, I would gladly send it all to you. We don't do snow well. We hardly ever get any and it makes it hard to get around.
>163 mdoris: You too, Mary? I thought so. I just wish it would stop. Looks like it will be a bit warmer tomorrow, at least that's what it said the last time I looked. I am hoping for a fast melt.
I finally got around to reading Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd after disliking the previous chimney-sweeper one. Liked it a lot better but...well...the series shows signs of sag.
>167 richardderus: I am reading the Flavia de Luce series very slowly and haven't got that far, Richard. My next one is the one where she goes to Canada. Just checked and it is the chimney sweeper one so I'll make sure that my expectations aren't too high when I get to it.
>168 BLBera: Oh Beth, I was ready for spring before all the snow nonsense started. We have more snow on the ground again today - so about 25 cm since Sunday (about 10 inches). I just hope the bulbs that are coming out of the ground take it well although the mini daffodils that have been out for about a month looked very battered when I passed them the other day.
>169 Familyhistorian: It may not be anyone's favorite in the series, but even when I read it, I realized it was a necessary installment in the series development.
>171 thornton37814: Well, I was wondering what could happen after the plot development in As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Lori. Sometimes there are lower points in the overall story arc in a series. Personally I think I will be quite chuffed that it is set in Canada so that might make up for something.
>172 The_Hibernator: I have heard about the snow in places east of here, Rachel, but the thing with this much snow here is that there hasn't been this much snow since sometime in the '90s, so really not something we are well set up for. It makes it a bit more challenging. The fact that most of us don't bother with snow tires also probably doesn't help.
So it turns out our complex does have snow removal, sort of. I went out to take the snow off my car as per usual late this morning and was digging out around my car and there was another guy shoveling in my part of the complex parking lot. He commented on the huge shovel that I have (not my idea, legacy of my brain damaged ex who stole it from somewhere no doubt leaving our regular shovel somewhere behind. Not sure why he did that, not like he ever shoveled snow himself. But I digress.)
So our snow removal turned out to be one guy with a snowplow shaped shovel that was smaller than mine. He said all the heavy equipment was busy elsewhere. Any way I dug out my car enough to actually take it out today. It sat in a sunny parking lot and isn't so snowbound now and when I got back to the complex my parking spot was totally shoveled out so the snow removal guy must have cleared the remainder for me as I couldn't really clear that well with my car sitting in it.
>48 Familyhistorian: Meg, I loved that quote about reading at least one novel a month. Most of us on LT read more than one making us even more understanding about the complexities of life. I probably won't read the book, but I'm glad you shared that nugget of wisdom with us.
Your snow is pretty…but you can keep it! Haha.
We are lucky that our townhouse complex does have snow removal. The strata board ( which my husband is on ) makes the choices, and of course, we pay with our monthly strata fee. But they only come in when there is ??? 5 cm of snow or some such thing. But it really does help. It's just a contract with a landscaping company. They put a plow on of their trucks and come through the complex with that. I think we've had them twice in the past few days. They even come out at 11 pm - 12 am - I guess whenever they have time. People in our complex seem to be very good about doing shoveling. I sure don't envy your snow removal guy! I hope he was young and fit and has a good back . I'll bet about half or more of the people in our 34 unit townhouse complex are over 60 years of age, so that makes it a little more difficult in terms of people getting out to shovel . Certainly not everyone of 'certain age" cannot shovel' - but people have osteoporosis ( like me ) , heart conditions etc. Dave , my husband is usually a keen shoveler , but as he is still recovering from his fractures, he has been much more cautious. He will be back to work on Friday, with light duties. I'll miss having him after 2 months off work due to his fractures.
As for The Cut Out Girl that I bravely ordered from Blackwell's in the UK, I had checked our library for the book back on Feb 1 -2 and no sign of purchase, or in cataloguing. But when I checked a day or so ago, they magically had one copy in large print. That was very quick of the library. It is out on a hold. It's not available on amazon ca until ??? April or so in hardcover, and when I checked at Chapter's online, it was not there either in very early Feb. Now that I checked again, it is there only in hardcover. Perhaps when the book won the Costa award, finally the library and Chapter's decided to get it in stock?
Anyway, I might put a hold on the large print copy at my library, knowing the vagaries of the mail from the UK to Canada . Hope spring eternal. :-)
>176 Donna828: I loved that quote about reading a book a month too, Donna. I wonder if it makes readers more understanding of what it is to be human? Actually we don't want the snow either and are wondering what it is still doing here.
>177 vancouverdeb: The snow removal guy wasn't a young guy, Deborah and he didn't get much done but I appreciate that my parking space is clear. It is the roadway to the street through the complex that isn't. It can be tricky getting out of here.
It's funny about The Cut Out Girl. The Vancouver Library has 4 regular print copies and there are 33 holds now. I think I got in early because of Charlotte posting the Guardian Reviews. I hope that you get your book shipment from the UK in a timely manner.
26. Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson
I was expecting something a little more frothy when I picked up Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars. The basic quest was for a missing theatre actress. Her dresser was troubled by the disappearance and sets off to find the actress. There were unintended consequences.
On the surface this sounded like a normal search but the book delved deeply into the characters; what they presented to the world and what was hidden below the surface. Constructs of race and ethnicity figured deeply in the narrative of this story which was set, for the most part, in 1960's London. After reading this I was struck by what a complex network of personas we all present to the world particularly when we feel we have something to hide.
Interesting comments about snow removal. In our complex we are fortunate to have diligent out salting and shoveling to make sure no on slips and falls - on the walkways anyways. The parking lot, well, that is a left to its own devices. At work i was stunned that it took two days before the sidewalk in front of the building was shoveled... one of those situations where so much has been contracted out, but no one knew if snow removal was part of the contracted work. Apparently it is, but a request has to be called in. Lesson learned from this week of snow.
>180 Familyhistorian: That sounds interesting, though I suspect I'd take years to get around to reading it. Stories about chasing disappeared people do that on my TBR. It's almost like they're hiding from me.
It looks like there are 20 of those Miss Julia books and the library has 19 of them. I've put the first on my For Later shelf, as I am snowed in figuratively at the moment with library books.
Our place is very good about putting out salt and that sort of thing. It is interesting how each complex has their own policies in place as far as snow removal goes. I know here we are supposed to have the sidewalks cleared by 10 am each morning. Fortunately we just have one side of the complex that has sidewalk. Someone in the complex usually takes on the responsibility out of the blue. Not infrequently it's my husband, but not this year since his fall in Dec. He's back to work tomorrow.
>181 lkernagh: That's the same as our complex, Lori. We are good about clearing the sidewalks but the parking area fends for itself which is pretty silly because the sidewalks don't lead to the street, you have to cross the parking lot to do so whether by car or on foot.
>182 richardderus: So the books disappear as well as the people, Richard? That one had been on the shelf for a few years but the colours on the cover always reminded me that it was there.
>183 ronincats: I didn't realize there were so many Miss Julia books, Roni. I think you will enjoy the first one.
>184 vancouverdeb: Your complex sounds a lot more organized than ours, Deborah. We don't have any rules that I know of. We just sort of take it upon ourselves to shovel and one of the neighbours found a bag of salt somewhere. Right now it is raining so there is water in the ruts in the parking lot. I just hope all the snow washes away. Back to work already? That seemed to go quickly but probably not for you and your husband who were living it day to day. Will he be on light duties and reduced hours?
27. Evil Under the Sun adapted by Didier Quella-Guyot
This was a GN adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel. It was like reading an elongated precise of the plot with pictures. It looks like there are a whole series of these GNs. Interesting but no replacement for the original.
28. The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
This was the middle book of the Old Filth trilogy which gives the story of the three characters from the wife's point of view. It was interesting to see the differences and parallels between the two stories which had different points of view. The end was a bit jarring because we were back to Old Filth's point of view again which debunked some of Betty's hopeful deceptions.
I have the next book out from the library already and will wrap up this trilogy soon. Gardam really went to town with trio's didn't she: three books, three characters, three points of view.
>186 Familyhistorian: I think there's a Bookfairy somewhere in here that moves things around while I'm asleep.
>189 Familyhistorian: Oh nay nay nay!
>190 Familyhistorian: I liked that facet of the trilogy, that each book was a different person's take on the story. I don't remember finding the ending jarring for whatever reason.
>191 richardderus: I think the same bookfairy lives dwells somewhere in my fiction shelves. Maybe it was because I could understand the Betty character better and finding out how Old Filth saw through many of her deceptions let me down a bit because I liked her better than I liked him?
>192 Familyhistorian: Hm. That could, for someone who identified with Betty, be disconcerting. I didn't like Betty much so was unsurprised that he saw through her...I'm guessing, though, that to be evenhanded about it, Betty should've had the last word on Old Filth as well.
Hi Meg, I have my new computer up and running and now I have the serious job of catching up with LT to do! I have (or had) some mini daffodils in bloom on our front balcony but they have been buried in that dreadful white stuff! I don't know what the forecast is but the sky right now is looking like we could be getting another snowfall today. I am so over winter!
He'll be on light duties for the first two weeks and see how it goes. The doctor recommend reduced hours, but Dave just wanted to get back at full time. He just gave me a call from work and he sounds fine. We'll see how he is after 5 X 11 or 11.5 hours per day - I can never figure out exactly how many hours a day he works. He starts at 9:20 am, and gets home between 8:30 and 9 pm. It partly depends on how busy the day is at work. I do like our complex, and the fact that Dave is on the strata councils helps. We only have 34 units, which might help and many have lived here for a long time. A few people have been here since it was first built back in 1988. We've lived here since 2000.
>180 Familyhistorian: Adding that one to the BlackHole!
I have no snow. I want snow. Just not too much snow :)
>193 richardderus: I liked Betty a lot more than I did Old Filth, so I suppose we were coming at the stories from different angles, Richard. Unfortunately it was him who had the last word on all of them.
>194 DeltaQueen50: I hope that it keeps on being rain instead of snow, Judy. I am so over winter. They finally plowed a small part of the parking lot where I live. It has made getting around dicey and it looks like the garbage wasn't picked up this week because the large trucks wouldn't come in. Yay for the new computer. I hope you like it and it stays working well for a long time.
>195 vancouverdeb: Those are very long hours to start out with, Deborah. Does he work 4 on 4 off? We have a lot of turn over in our complex or used to until the developers starting sniffing around. Most here have young families because we are so close to schools so it probably has a different feel than yours. It is also bigger with 58 units.
>196 alcottacre: I would gladly send you some snow, Stasia. We have way more than we are set up for.
>190 Familyhistorian: I'm glad you're reading the series and will be able to start Last Friends soon.
I don't think I like Betty any more or less than Filth. I found the perceptions that she had of him and he had of her interesting and sad. There's a terrible amount of irony and bad timing in their marriage.
>202 richardderus: I'll try to hold off on reading the spoiler but not sure if I can wait that long.
It's a miserable day out there. Precipitation is on the cusp between snow/rain. Like a true West Coaster I took my umbrella when I went for a walk, wore gloves but still froze my hands. Most of Lafarge Lake was frozen and the ducks were standing around on the ice. No wonder I saw ducks in the stream behind my place this morning, the water there is still free flowing.
Sorry, about your nasty weather day, Meg. We have been getting plenty of those.
I am still buzzing a bit from my epic birding weekend. Everything worked out perfectly and 3 different owls in 2 days should be a landmark moment.
I also really enjoyed my Meet Up with Rachel & Erik in St. Paul.
>210 msf59: Sounds like you had a great get away, Mark, even if you had to go somewhere colder for it. Wonderful that you saw all those owls and had a meet up.
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