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ChelleBearss reads into 2019 (February)

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75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1ChelleBearss
Edited: Yesterday, 9:07am Top



Welcome to my February thread!
My goals for this month are to stay healthy and keep up on my challenges.
💖
Starting 2019 I am setting a few goals for myself and hoping to keep them going through the whole year, and not just January!
I had great fun in 2018 with the Pop Sugar Challenge and will be doing that again this year!
As well I would like to try and up my audiobook game and am setting a goal of two audiobooks per month.

Happy 2019 and hope you all have a wonderful reading year!
xo
Chelle

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For those that don't know me I am Chelle from Ontario, Canada. Late 30's, wife, mother of two and a police dispatcher. Hubby is an officer and between our two shift work schedules we share in all duties of house and children. I read at work when it is slow and after our daughters are in bed or relaxing.
My reading ebbs and flows pretty badly at times. Some years I have read as low as 36 books and in 2018 I hit 140. We shall see what 2019 brings!


Print 📗:


Currently doing a reread of all the Harry Potter books on Audio
Audio 🎧:


Finished

February
22) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
23) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by JK Rowling
🎧24) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
🎧25) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
🎧26) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
27) Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
🎧28) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
29) The Overnight Kidnapper by Andrea Camilleri

January
1) Blackout by Connie Willis
2) Mango and Bambang by Polly Faber
3) The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
4) A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
5) I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
🎧6) The Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
7) All Clear by Connie Willis
8) Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1 by Dav Pilkey
9) Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea by Nancy Atherton
10) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
11) Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton
12) Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey
🎧13) Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
14) The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
15) The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
16) Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkeu
17) The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
🎧18) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
19) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
🎧20) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
21) A Conspiracy of Kingsb y Megan Whalen Turner

2ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 1, 9:38am Top

ROOT
I'm trying something new this year and I've joined the ROOT group.
I am going to attempt to reduce my unread books by almost half (not including audio or ebooks) and my goal is 30. (I think there are about 75 up there). I won't do anything silly like pretend I can make myself stop buying (as if) but to count towards this I had to own the book prior to December 2018.




Here is the link to my ROOT thread
1) The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (owned since 2018)
2) A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley (owned since 2011)
3) I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley (owned since 2011)
4) Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea by Nancy Atherton (owned since 2016)
5) The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (owned since May 2018)
6) The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (owned since May 2018)
7) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (owned since April 2018)

These are my TBR shelves


3ChelleBearss
Edited: Yesterday, 9:16am Top

2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge


01 - A book becoming a movie in 2019
02 - A book that makes you nostalgic - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
03 - A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
04 - A book you think should be turned into a movie
05 - A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
06 - A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
07 - A reread of a favorite book - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
08 - A book about a hobby - The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
09 - A book you meant to read in 2018 - The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

10 - A book with "pop", "sugar" or "challenge" in the title
11 - A book with an item of clothing or acceessory on the cover
12 - a book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore
13 - A book published posthumously
14 - a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
15 - A retelling of a classic
16 - A book with a question in the title
17 - A book set on a college or university campus
18 - a book about someone with a super power
19 - a book told from multiple POVs - Blackout by Connie Willis
20 - a book set in space
21 - a book by two female authors
22 - A book with a title that contains "salty", "sweet", "bitter" or "spicy"
23 - A book set in Scandinavia
24 - a book that takes place in a single day
25 - a debut novel - The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
26 - a book that's published in 2019 - The Overnight Kidnapper by Andrea Camilleri
27 - a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature - The Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
28 - a book recommended by a celebrity you admire
29 - a book with "love" in the title
30 - a book featuring an amateur detective - A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
31 - A book about a family - I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
32 - A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America
33 - A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
34 - a book that includes a wedding - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
35 - A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
36 - A ghost story
37 - a book with a two-word title- All Clear by Connie Willis
38 - A novel based on a true story
39 - A book revolving around a puzzle or game
40 - Your favourite prompt from a past Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

Advanced:
41 - A "cli fi" book
42 - A "choose-your-own-adventure" book - Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton
43 - An "own voices" book
44 - Read a book during the season it is set in
45 - A LitRPG book
46 - A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
47 & 48 - Two books that share the same title
49 - A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
50 - A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

Completed in February
1) 07 - A reread of a favorite book- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
2) 26 - a book that's published in 2019 - The Overnight Kidnapper by Andrea Camilleri

Ideas, suggestions, thoughts on how to finish challenge:
1 - A book becoming a movie in 2019
❊Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
❊The Beast is an Animal by Petronella VanArsdale
❊The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
❊Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
❊Where’d you go Bernadette by

03 - A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
❊ A Newfoundlander in Canada by Alan Doyle

04 - A book you think should be turned into a movie
❊

06 - A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
❊

10 - A book with "pop", "sugar" or "challenge" in the title
❊

11 - A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
❊

12 - a book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore
❊ Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
❊ Circe by Madeline Miller

13 - A book published posthumously
❊The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
❊ Maurice by EM Forster
❊ I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

14 - a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
❊

15 - A retelling of a classic
❊ Spinning Silver

16 - A book with a question in the title
❊

17 - A book set on a college or university campus
❊

18 - a book about someone with a super power
❊

20 - a book set in space
❊

21 - a book by two female authors
❊

22 - A book with a title that contains "salty", "sweet", "bitter" or "spicy"
❊

23 - A book set in Scandinavia
❊

24 - a book that takes place in a single day
❊

28 - a book recommended by a celebrity you admire
❊

29 - a book with "love" in the title
❊

32 - A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America
❊

33 - A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
❊

35 - A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
❊

36 - A ghost story
❊
❊

38 - A novel based on a true story
❊

39 - A book revolving around a puzzle or game
❊

40 - Your favorite prompt from a past Popsugar Reading Challenge
❊

41 - A "cli fi" book
❊ Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson

43 - An "own voices" book
❊

44 - Read a book during the season it is set in
❊

45 - A LitRPG book
❊

46 - A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
❊

47 & 48 - Two books that share the same title
❊
❊

49 - A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
❊

50 - A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent
❊

4ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 1, 9:40am Top

My other threads are sad and lonely. I'd like to try and add a few books to each this year, perhaps these ones that I've listed below:

Women's Prize for Fiction
🔵2018 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
🔵2009 Home by Marilynne Robinson

1001 books list
🔵American Pyscho by Brett Easton Ellis
🔵The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Booker Prize
🔵2017 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
🔵1992 The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

5ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 16, 5:09pm Top

Books Purchased in 2019
Mine

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged by Veronica Peerless
All Clear by Connie Willis
Speaking from among the Bones by Alan Bradley
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

Kids
Mango & Bambang: Tapir All at Sea by Polly Faber
Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers: Color Edition
Fancy Nancy Valentine
There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson
I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey
Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson
The Dot by Peter H Reynolds
Hugs by Robert Munsch
Little Penguin and the Lollipop by Tadgh Bentley
Go Go Gorillas: A Romping Bedtime Tale by Patrick Wensink
Pinkalicious Phonics Box Set (My First I Can Read) by Victoria Kann

6karenmarie
Feb 1, 10:16am Top

Happy new thread, Chelle!

Outlander and Harry Potter! Two of my favorite series. We just finished watching the latest Outlander, season 4. Now for the long wait again.

7katiekrug
Feb 1, 11:16am Top

Happy new thread, Chelle! Glad to hear y'all are (getting) better.

8figsfromthistle
Feb 1, 11:19am Top

Happy new thread!

9Crazymamie
Feb 1, 11:29am Top

Happy new one, Chelle! I love the toppers!! And hooray for feeling better and for Ellie not catching the bug.

10jnwelch
Feb 1, 11:45am Top

Happy New Thread, Chelle!

Cute photos up top. That's great news that the bug missed Ellie and you're feeling better.

11RebaRelishesReading
Feb 1, 12:06pm Top

Happy new thread! I love Chloe's drawing and the photos.

12FAMeulstee
Feb 1, 5:59pm Top

Happy new thread, Chelle!
Lovely pictures of your daughters at the top. Stay warm and bug free.

13BLBera
Feb 1, 8:02pm Top

Happy new thread, Chelle. Your little ones are dolls!

14ronincats
Feb 1, 11:31pm Top

Happy New Thread, Chelle. Hope that A Conspiracy of Kings lived up to your expectations.

15Berly
Feb 1, 11:37pm Top

Oh my gosh--cutest topers ever!! And you are very organzied with your reading. I am hoping to get books off my shelves, too. But I am 0/7 in January. Too many group reads I want to do!

Happy new thread!

16scaifea
Feb 2, 9:51am Top

Happy new thread, Chelle! LOVE those photos up top - your girls are so adorable!

17ChelleBearss
Feb 2, 11:12am Top

Thanks everyone! Happy weekend!
Hope everyone is having a nice and warm day!
Temps have improved here and it's sunny and only -5c today! I'm at work again and not being overworked :)

>6 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I have the season finale to finish and then I'll be sad waiting for the next! I may try and see if Nate will watch them with me and start over

>7 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! I slept almost 9 hours last night and feel human again! I intend to do the same tonight after a hot bath with some wine as the kids are sleeping over at their grandparents tonight!

>8 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita!

>9 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! Ellie loves watching me stock the pantry through the little cat door lol

18ChelleBearss
Feb 2, 11:14am Top

>10 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! It's still making it's rounds through Chloe's class as her best friend was home sick with it Friday. I'm hoping to not see it at our house again!!

>11 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! Chloe has learned to spell our names and writes them constantly on her pictures :)

>12 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! It's warmer now, thankfully, and I hope to see signs of spring anytime soon lol

>13 BLBera: Thanks, Beth, although you misspelled dolls. It's actually spelled m-o-n-s-t-e-r-s :)

19ChelleBearss
Feb 2, 11:22am Top

>14 ronincats: Thanks, Roni, I really enjoyed it. I have the next book to start sometime soon. I took a break when I got sick and am reading comfort reads :)

>15 Berly: Hi Kim! I always feel so bad for the books that sit on my shelves without ever being read so I am hoping to get a chunk off of the sad shelf this year. Either read or ditch!

>16 scaifea: Thanks, Amber! Ellie is in the cute learning to talk stage and repeating words all day long. She loves her nose and tells me about 50 times a day that it's a nose :)

20ChelleBearss
Feb 2, 11:31am Top


22) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
75 Books Challenge
Pop Sugar Challenge:07 - A reread of a favorite book

This was the third time that I've read this one and it still holds up as great as the first read. I love Jamie and Claire and can't wait to read the next instalment sometime later this year (hopefully!)
I haven't yet decided if I will stop here or keep reading my way through the series.

21BLBera
Feb 2, 11:45am Top

>18 ChelleBearss: Hah - I'm sure you are wrong about that, Chelle. :)

22ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 2, 8:18pm Top


23) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by JK Rowling

This was the screenplay and while it was enjoyable to read it does not compare to the movie or the actually HP books.

23johnsimpson
Feb 2, 4:25pm Top

Happy new thread Chelle my dear and great thread topper photos, sending love and hugs.

24vancouverdeb
Feb 2, 7:25pm Top

Happy New Thread, Chelle ! Great pictures and wonderful printing and pictures from Chloe. I'm nearly finished Once Upon a River and really enjoying it. I think you would too.

25vancouverdeb
Feb 2, 7:28pm Top

>4 ChelleBearss: I can really recommend Home Fire. I read it when it was on the Booker list and I really loved it. I think you would enjoy it too! Have you really not purchased any books so far this year , or are you keeping it under wraps? :-) Like I try to do! LOL!

26Cait86
Feb 3, 10:33am Top

>25 vancouverdeb: I agree with Deb -- Home Fire is spectacular!

27Carmenere
Feb 3, 10:48am Top

Hey Chelle! Happy new thread, Happy February! Adorable toppers!

28msf59
Feb 3, 12:04pm Top

Happy Sunday, Chelle. Happy New Thread! Love that topper! What darlings! Are you working today too?

29benitastrnad
Feb 3, 4:04pm Top

I noticed on your last thread that you mentioned that you are having problems with pictures inside your thread. At our LibraryThing meetup in Seattle with Tim and Loranne this was a big topic and LT users were clearly frustrated with it. Tim said that they were unaware of the problems and how important it was to users to put pictures into thread posts.

He told us that there are several causes of the problem. One is hot linking. This is when users go out and find an image and then post it directly into their thread. That means to to see the picture you are really seeing it on a different site. Many sites don’t care but increasingly sites do care and are regularly running programs that cut those links. That means that pcitures disappear.

The other is that increasingly companies are getting cranky about copyright violations. They are also running programs to cut links.

Also, there has been a recent change to https instead of http. This also has to do with security (copyright & privacy) issues. All of this means that it is becoming more complex to post pictures. However, Tim said that they will move this problem up in the queue and have the LT programmers work on it. In the meantime, when you are having problems go to the Bur Reports thread and report it. Or you can e-mail Loranne directly at Loranne@librathing.com

It is her job to provided technical support to us users so don’t be afraid to contact her.

30vancouverdeb
Feb 3, 8:25pm Top

Chelle, apparently Home Fire, is a re- telling of Sophocles's Antigone ( not that I know anything about Antigone) but by reading it you will cover #12 in your Pop Sugar Challenge, plus a Women's Prize book. A two in one deal.

31alcottacre
Feb 3, 8:33pm Top

>20 ChelleBearss: I have lost track of how many times I have read Outlander. I simply love that series. I think Jamie is to die for. . .

Happy new thread, Chelle!

32lkernagh
Feb 4, 1:02pm Top

Happy new thread Chelle!

33richardderus
Feb 4, 3:39pm Top

>20 ChelleBearss: I suspect you'll be launched into Dragonfly in Amber before long. It's too easy to slide down the ladder once on it.

34ChelleBearss
Feb 4, 8:55pm Top

>23 johnsimpson: Thanks, John!

>24 vancouverdeb: >25 vancouverdeb: Thanks, Deb. I will see if I can snag a copy of those two since you enjoyed them both!
I have a rather large list of books purchased to add at some point. Eeek. I just placed a scholastic book order for the girls too!

>26 Cait86: Thanks, Cait! I need to put a hold on it at my library. I imagine that it has a wait list
(eta I was wrong and it's available!)

>27 Carmenere: Happy February, Lynda!

>28 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I worked Friday through Sunday but am now on my first of four days off. Back in to work this Friday for another fun weekend lol

>29 benitastrnad: Thanks, Benita. When I post a book that I've finished I usually copy the imagine link from the book page. These seem to not always work and sometimes work one day but then are gone the next day. The case of the vanishing pictures!

>30 vancouverdeb: Gotta love a two for one deal, Deb! :)

>31 alcottacre: I agree, Stasia! And the fella that plays him on the tv show is just YUM!

>32 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori!

>33 richardderus: How right you were! 200 pages in already! I started it at work on Sunday :)

35ChelleBearss
Feb 4, 8:58pm Top


24) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

My records show that this is only the second time that I have finished this one, but I feel like that must be wrong. Either way, it was just as great on audio as in print or movie. I will be continuing on my HP audio run and jumping right into the next one while cleaning tomorrow :)

36jessibud2
Feb 4, 9:47pm Top

Hi Chelle. I think I read the first 4 books in the Outlander series without coming up for air! Then I took a break and even though I own all the rest, I have not yet gotten back to them. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I never got into the series on tv - I had a hard time with that Scottish accent. If there had been subtitles, I might have stuck it out!

Diana Gabaldon came to Toronto to speak and sign books several years ago and I went to see her. She is very funny! I think I put some of the photos of that event on my LT gallery

37BBGirl55
Feb 5, 6:35am Top

I love a good re read of the Harry Potters. Prisoner of Azkaban is still my favourite.

Swing by my thread there is a vote going on till tomorrow!

38msf59
Feb 5, 7:03am Top

Morning, Chelle. I hope you are enjoying your few days off and squeezing in some reading. Does Chloe just go to school for half-days?

39PaulCranswick
Feb 5, 8:15pm Top

Lovely thread topper, Chelle.

Happy new thread, dear lady.

40ChelleBearss
Feb 6, 8:09am Top

Happy Wednesday, folks! It's an icy day here today and the school have closed. Chloe is home from school today and happy to be doing some crafts and Valentine's Day gifts. We may try and head to the city this afternoon for my Dad's birthday party. Hopefully by 2pm the roads will have been sanded and hopefully the freezing rain will have stopped.
Here is Clo last night working hard on her Valentine's cards for school. I may buy some lollipops to tape to them too.
Here hand writing of her name has come along very well this year!


>36 jessibud2: HI Shelley! You should go back to them soon as the new books is said to be coming out later this year. I am halfway through Dragonfly in Amber but I got really tired yesterday and didn't even up my book at all and chose instead to listen to my audio and play games on my phone.

>37 BBGirl55: Oh dear, I may have missed your vote. I'll try and pop over for a visit

>38 msf59: Morning, Mark. We do all day JK and SK here, although our current government has made mention of that possibly changing and going back to half days. I am not in favour of that and hope they reconsider!

>39 PaulCranswick: Morning, Paul! Thanks for visiting!

41karenmarie
Feb 6, 9:45am Top

Hi Chelle!

Sweet picture of Chloe making Valentines and her hand writing of her name is good. I particularly like her larger C.

Have you read the entire Outlander series? You mentioned that you've read the first several times.

>38 msf59: I have dredged from my memory the fact that in Kindergarten we went to school for half days, then 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. grades 1-12.

42RebaRelishesReading
Feb 6, 11:26am Top

>40 ChelleBearss: I assume the close-up is her writing? If so, she certainly does a great job with her name. I had also smiled when I saw her in your topper because I was remembering "just day before yesterday" when you were worried she wasn't learning her ABC's :)

43richardderus
Feb 6, 12:52pm Top

>40 ChelleBearss: Wow! Chloe's aces at this writing shtik. Something I can no longer do, darn it.

Happy humpday, stay warm and safe.

44Berly
Feb 7, 3:33pm Top

>40 ChelleBearss: So cute! And very nice signature from Chloe. : )

45Crazymamie
Feb 8, 10:36am Top

Morning, Chelle! Happy Friday! I love that photo of Chloe addressing her valentines. And her writing is great.

46ChelleBearss
Feb 10, 9:28am Top

Hi Folks,

We've had a bit of a rough weekend here and I'm looking forward to Monday! I had to leave work early yesterday when Nate called to tell me that Ellie had a very high fever and had a bit of a febrile seizure or something similar. We took her to the city children's hospital where we spent five hours waiting in triage and were not seen by the time we gave up and went home. The hospital brought down here fever in triage with tylenol and we dosed her again before bed.
I'm at work today and Nate is taking her to our small town hospital this morning and hoping that they will be seen in less than five hours! I think she may have a bladder infection or something causing the fever and hoping it's something minor that antibiotics can fix.

I'm still reading the Outlander series (on book #2) and Harry Potter audio books (book #6). My reading has slowed a bit this month as I've been very tired. I've actually been listening to the audiobooks while playing games on my phone when I've been too tired to read. I think my thyroid is low again and will be making a doctor appointment soon now that my doc is back from her maternity leave.

>41 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Yes, I've read the series through once. I reread the first books when the last book came out.
Full day kindergarten only became a thing here about 5 years ago. I am hoping they keep it as it really seems like a great thing for Chloe. She loves school and has learned so much since starting

>42 RebaRelishesReading: HI Reba! Yes, that was her writing her name. She was writing it very huge and I asked her to focus on writing it small enough to fit the Valentine's cards and that was what she ended up with. She still does her e's backwards sometimes but she is doing pretty great with her writing overall.
I was very worried when she refused to learn her alphabet. Her teachers seem to make everything fun though and she is picking up so much this year. They are already doing math!

>43 richardderus: Thanks, RD! I type so much now that when I sit down to hand write a letter my hand will cramp!

>44 Berly: Thanks, Kim!

> 45 Thanks, Mamie! We are going to work on sticking a lollipop to each one sometime this week!


25) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

47msf59
Feb 10, 9:58am Top

Morning, Chelle. Good luck at work. Keep us posted on little Ellie. Poor thing.

48scaifea
Feb 11, 6:19am Top

Oh, poor Ellie! I hope they get seen right away today and she starts feeling better right away.

49drneutron
Feb 11, 9:44am Top

Yikes! I hope Ellie gets well soon and the hospital visit is better this time!

50richardderus
Feb 11, 10:19am Top

That's a miserable result, five hours and some Tylenol...I hope Ellie's problem doesn't recur.

51jessibud2
Feb 11, 11:00am Top

{{Chelle}}. I hope things have calmed and are getting back to normal. How scary

52karenmarie
Feb 11, 11:21am Top

Chelle, I'm so sorry about Ellie's fever and the futile hospital visit. I hope yesterday's visit to the local hospital went quicker and came back with good news of 'just' a bladder infection or something similar. The word 'seizure' is so scary.

53lkernagh
Feb 11, 12:51pm Top

Joining the others with hopes that Ellie gets seen right away and she is on the mend.

54ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 12, 8:29am Top

Thanks everyone! We ended up spending a large portion of Sunday and Monday in hospital but we are all home now. Ellie does have a severe UTI with two different strains of bacteria. They will do some outpatient tests over the next little while to see if they can find out why that happened. For now she is fully medicated and seems to be feeling better. She is still asleep though but I checked on her and she is fever free.

I ended up taking a couple days off to be home with her so I'm now off until next Monday. Hopefully I can get caught up with everyone this week! 💚

55karenmarie
Feb 12, 8:45am Top

I'm so glad she was properly diagnosed, Chelle, I bet you are all whupped.

Nice to get the recovery time, too.

56Crazymamie
Feb 12, 9:00am Top

Oh, Chelle, how scary and exhausting. So glad she is doing better and that they figured it out. Keeping all of you in my thoughts.

57katiekrug
Feb 12, 9:12am Top

Poor little Ellie (and Chelle and Nate)! I'm glad you have a diagnosis, at least. Hang in there!

58ChelleBearss
Feb 13, 8:08am Top

>55 karenmarie: Yes, Karen, I'm pretty wiped out. We didn't eat or drink much while at the hospital with her and our bodies have since told us that we were bad kids! I felt terrible yesterday but better today after a good sleep. :)

>56 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! She has rebounded well and seems happier today. Still whiney and wants to be held all the time, but overall a lot better!

>57 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! Glad we figured it out but hoping this was a one time thing and not something that she is going to be prone to. It's hard when babies can't tell us that things feel wrong.

59ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 13, 7:50pm Top


🎧26) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
I am still loving this series on audio as much as in print. It's been a while since I read this one so I caught lots of little things that I didn't remember. 🥰❤️


27) Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

I think this is probably my least favourite book of the series. I loved the beginning half but then found my attention wavering as I got through the political and war portions.

60richardderus
Feb 13, 10:40am Top

>59 ChelleBearss: #27 might wanna take a peek at the cover illo...think you got confused, my dear! I got a chuckle out of it so thanks for that.

61jnwelch
Feb 13, 10:52am Top

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was my least favorite of the series, although it still was pretty darn good.

62RebaRelishesReading
Feb 13, 1:14pm Top

Glad to hear Ellie is better. Hope she continues to "perfectly fine" very quickly. Also hope you all get back to normal quite quickly. That must have been a scary time.

63ChelleBearss
Feb 13, 7:52pm Top

>60 richardderus: Whoops! Thanks, RD :)

>61 jnwelch: Do you think that was because that was the first very dark book? After The Goblet of Fire things got pretty dark and dangerous. I think my favourite is still the first book but I do enjoy the last three as he is older and really coming into himself and his task.

>62 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! She seems much better today and seems to have her appetite back finally! :)

64Berly
Feb 13, 7:58pm Top

Oh Chelle--no fun at all! How could they take that long at the hospital when there was seizure involved? Yikes. Glad you have it figured out and she is on the mend. Phew. Like you said, I hope this is a one and done. Take care of yourself.

Just seeing you post images of the HP series brings back fond memories and makes me happy. : )

65msf59
Feb 13, 9:59pm Top

Thanks for the update, on Ellie. I hope she is doing much better and I am glad you are able to stay home and tend to her.

I finished Red Clocks. It was okay, but I was hoping for a lot more.

66vancouverdeb
Feb 13, 10:04pm Top

So sorry for all of your anxiety and wasted time at the first hospital, Chelle. So anxiety inducing. I hope it will be a one and done. My mom told me that I had a seizure back when I was 18 months old or so. I don't remember it , of course, but apparently my mom was shopping for clothes and found me having a seizure underneath a rack of clothes. In those old days, a police car was called ( did they have ambulances? ) and my mom and I were zipped off to the hospital. In those good old days, I was kept for a couple of nights for observation and my mom says they did a spinal tap. But they found no cause and decided it was due to it being a hot summer day. It was a one and done. I'll hope the same for Chloe.

67ChelleBearss
Feb 14, 9:47am Top

Happy Valentine's Day!


Hope everyone has a wonderful day! Everyone was very tired here today and we all slept in! Nate and I had to wake the girls at 815 and we barely got Chloe to school on time! Ellie is very whiney and cuddly this morning so I won't be able to get caught up on threads until her nap. Hopefully I can visit everyone during my afternoon coffee!

>64 Berly: We were not happy at the wait either but we did understand that they were overwhelmed with patients that night. There were a ton of ambulances come in with broken bones and kids with visible open wounds. One kid had huge slashes on the back of his head that looked like he got mauled by a lion! I would have liked to know what caused those! Thankfully the next two visits were in within 10 mins and 30 mins! When we talked to the nurses about the night before they had apologized and said that it was just an insane night.

>65 msf59: Ellie seems tired today but overall a lot better. I think it's going to be a cuddle and bubble guppy kind of day!
Sorry to see you weren't in love with Red Clocks. Hope your next read is a 5 star!

>66 vancouverdeb: I am hoping it's a one and done as well Deb. They think it was a febrile seizure and that it shouldn't happen again unless she ends up with a high fever again one day (her fever was 102.5 at the time). She only had the one and once we got the fever down she was a lot more alert. We will just be careful to keep a thermometer and tylenol in her diaper bag and be sure to avoid letting her fever get high.

68karenmarie
Feb 14, 10:14am Top

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too, Chelle!

Your girls are absolutely darling. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

69RebaRelishesReading
Feb 14, 11:16am Top

Those photos are adorable!!

70ChelleBearss
Feb 14, 8:10pm Top

>68 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! Everyone here had a good Vday and now I'm going to go read and snack on the chocolates that Nate gave me :)

>69 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! Chloe was pretty cute in her vday outfit and her teacher sent home a video of her and her friends dancing at the dance and it was pretty adorable.

71ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 15, 4:51pm Top


🎧28) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (5🌟)

I think this is my second favourite of the series. I love the first book so much because that's when the magic happens and it seems so innocent at first. This one was so well done and answers so many questions and reveals so much about my favourite characters that it's a very, very close second.

72Carmenere
Feb 14, 8:15pm Top

>67 ChelleBearss: Awe, what cute kiddos! Hope Ellie is feeling better and Chloe's dance was a lot of fun!

73Berly
Feb 14, 8:53pm Top

OK...and a nerdy science Valentine for your hubby...



: )

74vancouverdeb
Feb 15, 3:15am Top

Happy Valentines, Chelle! I snacked on a few goodies that my husband gave me, but he kindly hid the rest away from me and will dole them out :-)

75richardderus
Feb 15, 8:37am Top

>67 ChelleBearss: *baaaaaaaawwwwwwww* My papaw meter just blew from the adorableness!

76karenmarie
Feb 15, 9:05am Top

'Morning, Chelle!

Interesting - I've never thought about rating the HP books in order of most-least favorite. You've put the thought in my head, though - I don't know if I can resist. *smile*

I hope you have a wonderful day.

77The_Hibernator
Feb 15, 9:29am Top

I've never read Outlander. I tried when it first came out, but was not into romances at the time. I think I was still in high school and they were a little too low-brow for me. lol. I was a book snob in high school.

78jnwelch
Feb 15, 10:35am Top

Hi, Chelle.

Love the Chloe and Ellie photos! I'm glad Ellie is doing much better. What a scare she must have given you.

You're tempting me to re-read the HP Deathly Hallows books first. What an amazing finish she gave us.

79RebaRelishesReading
Feb 15, 10:41am Top

OK, #5 is next up for me. I'll start it as soon as I finish my current read.

80MickyFine
Feb 15, 12:03pm Top

>71 ChelleBearss: Wow, I'm impressed this is only your second time re-reading the last HP book. Mr. Fine has been listening to the audiobooks recently too and rediscovering all of the many details (and entire story lines) that don't make it to the movies.

81DeltaQueen50
Feb 15, 4:31pm Top

Hi Chelle, I sure hope your little one is feeling much better, what a scary time for you and your family. Your kids are adorable and growing up so quickly! I remember struggling through one of the Outlander novels, but I think it was the fourth one, Drums of Autumn. I've been listening to the series and I got sidetracked partway through Book number 5, The Fiery Cross. These books need such a huge time commitment which make reading or listening difficult.

82ChelleBearss
Feb 15, 4:52pm Top

>72 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda. Chloe had a great Vday brought home lots of cards and candy from her class

>73 Berly: Ha! Thanks, Kim

>74 vancouverdeb: Such willpower, Deb! I downed half a box last night :)

>75 richardderus: Aww thanks, RD. I do think they are adorable most days!

83ChelleBearss
Feb 15, 6:23pm Top

>76 karenmarie: Hiya, Karen! I don't think I could rate all of the 7, they kind of just get lumped as one book in my faves list in my mind, but the first one will always be special to me as the one that started it all.

>77 The_Hibernator: You know, I hate romance novels. I'm not a romantic at heart and I just don't get the appeal overall even though I buy them for my MIL often. When I picked up Outlander I understood it to be historical fiction ... not historical romance fiction lol. Even though I dislike romance I love the Outlander books. Don't let the romance tag turn you away :)

>78 jnwelch: Hiya, Joe! Yes, she really took us for quite a trip eh! What a mind she must have

84ChelleBearss
Feb 15, 6:27pm Top

>79 RebaRelishesReading: Enjoy Reba! Book five is the start of the darker turn in the HP world, but still very much enjoyable!

>80 MickyFine: You know, Micky, that didn't seem right to me when I wrote that so I ended up going back and checking the published date which was 2007 and I read it right when it was first published. The first tag I had for it was 2011 when I started tracking. So that must have been my third time reading it. I felt like I had read it many times, but I can't remember if I would have read the series again between 2007 and when I started tracking in 2011.

>81 DeltaQueen50: They truly are huge, Judy! I have a few books that I want to read soon so I will take an Outlander break before starting book 3. I would love to be able to finish the series again before the next book comes out but I'm not sure it will happen. We will have to see how the year goes!

85ChelleBearss
Feb 15, 6:30pm Top

Scholastic book order arrived today for the girls. I love how cheap these books are compared to the same books in store or online. My order came to $36 and I got two books for free.

There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson
I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey
Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson
The Dot by Peter H Reynolds
Hugs by Robert Munsch
Little Penguin and the Lollipop by Tadgh Bentley
Go Go Gorillas: A Romping Bedtime Tale by Patrick Wensink
Pinkalicious Phonics Box Set (My First I Can Read) by Victoria Kann

86jessibud2
Edited: Feb 15, 6:55pm Top

>85 ChelleBearss: - Oh, I love Karma Wilson's books! I used to use her Bear books in my class when I was still teaching. Her illustrations are gorgeous and the text, lyrical and kids love chiming in. Do you know about the Llama, Llama books (by Anna Dewdney)? Have I mentioned these before? I know I did, to someone here on LT. I bet your kids would love those, too.

87jayde1599
Feb 15, 6:58pm Top

We got There’s a Monster in Your Book in our last book order as well and my little one Loves it, especially the end. I like how interactive it is.

88aktakukac
Feb 15, 7:08pm Top

>85 ChelleBearss: I read I Need a Hug at work this week and really liked it. I hope you and your girls will, too :)

89alcottacre
Feb 15, 7:49pm Top

Glad to hear that Ellie is doing better. We went through febrile seizures with Catey, so I can sympathize.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, Chelle!

90vancouverdeb
Edited: Feb 15, 8:21pm Top

I'll confess - I got into the caramels late last night. So yummy! Dave didn't do such a great job hiding them. Usually he really creative, but this time not so much. He put a package of the caramels into a mug and when I went to have cup of tea last night, well, there they were. I've not confessed to him so far. When he asks, I'll say I've no idea what happened, though it is rather obvious as just Dave and I and the dog live here. I can't pretend the kids got into them! ;-)

He hid the second package well, so I only got into one packet. It's all his fault. LOL.

91karenmarie
Feb 16, 7:47am Top

Good morning, Chelle!

I’m sure Chloe is thrilled with her cards and candy.

>83 ChelleBearss: After giving it some thought I've decided to not try to rate the HP books. I guess I'll just think of them as one huge book too.

>85 ChelleBearss: I have such happy memories of Scholastic Book Services – now apparently Scholastic Corporation. I still have 4 or 5 that I spent my allowance on when in elementary school.

>90 vancouverdeb: I hide food from Bill, Deborah. I’m much more creative than Dave. Bill never finds it, even if I hide it in the kitchen.

92richardderus
Feb 16, 10:29am Top

>85 ChelleBearss: The SBS order was always a thrill for me, as well, and that's a most respectable haul!

93ChelleBearss
Feb 16, 5:24pm Top

The reading side of my heart is happy today as Amazon just delivered the next Kelley Armstrong Watcher in the Woods and I just picked up the newest Montalbano at the library The Overnight Kidnapper. I am excited to read them next week as I go back to night shift at work and am hoping for a couple easy nights!

>86 jessibud2: We love Karma Wilson here and already own a few. Chloe has a couple Llama Llama books but didn't take to them as much as others.

>87 jayde1599: I think Elissa will like that one! I have a version of the Monster at the End of the Book from Sesame Street with Grover from when I was a small child

>88 aktakukac: Awesome, I hope they like it too! We read Hedgehugs and they loved it!

94ChelleBearss
Feb 16, 5:25pm Top

>89 alcottacre: Thanks,. Stasia. I am really hoping that she doesn't have any more as they are too scary for me! Thankfully Nate and his parents were with her when it happened.

>90 vancouverdeb: Ha! Dave needs to work on his hiding skills! I like my chocolate cold so I keep it in the fridge, but unfortunately that's easy access!

>91 karenmarie: She was thrilled, Karen! I have to monitor her snacking though as she gets so hyper!

>92 richardderus: Thanks, RD! I was pretty excited about the free books!

95charl08
Feb 17, 6:20am Top

>85 ChelleBearss: Great haul from scholastic!

I missed your whole new thread so far, and it sounds like you have had a really full-on week: hope that things are much more calm and relaxed for you and the family.

96ChelleBearss
Feb 17, 9:18am Top

Happy Sunday, folks! It's a long weekend here with Family Day tomorrow so Nate and the girls will be home but I have to work. Tomorrow starts my return to night shift (boo hiss!) and my shifts are Monday & Tuesday dayshift then switch to Wednesday and Thursday nightshift. Then I will be on straight nights for two weeks before switching back to dayshift. I'm not looking forward to it!

>95 charl08: Thanks, Char, and glad you found me again :)

97Crazymamie
Feb 17, 9:58am Top

Ugh to the nightshift, Chelle. I used to work nightshift full time, and it is a crazy ride, although the extra pay was nice. Hoping that the three weeks goes quickly and smoothly for you.

98ChelleBearss
Feb 18, 10:37am Top

>97 Crazymamie: Mine isn't too bad, Mamie, as I work 6pm to 3am. Sucks though that I will be getting up with the kids in the morning to get them to school and daycare before heading back home to bed.

99AMQS
Feb 18, 5:41pm Top

Oh Chelle, what a time you've had! So scary. Hopefully everyone is feeling like themselves again. Poor little one and poor you!

100ChelleBearss
Yesterday, 8:59am Top

>99 AMQS: Thanks, Anne! Ellie seems back to normal. Today is her last day of antibiotics and she seems fine. Chloe has had a high fever for a couple days but with no other symptoms. It comes down with meds and her friend at school has the same thing. Her mom took her to hospital and they sent her home and said it's just a virus that has to run it's course. Nate is going to keep an eye on her today and decide whether she needs a trip to the doctor.

101ChelleBearss
Yesterday, 9:22am Top


29) The Overnight Kidnapper by Andrea Camilleri
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Another great installment in the Montalbano series. They always seem so short to me but I love them anyway!

102jnwelch
Yesterday, 1:13pm Top

>101 ChelleBearss: Oh, I'm reading The Overnight Kidnapper right now, Chelle - and enjoying the heck out of it!

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