Mamie's 2019 Madness (Page 4)
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Completed in January:
1. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, 2018 acquired audiobook, non-fiction/essays/feminism - Katie's Dirty Dozen
2. Nerve by Dick Francis, 2018 acquired mass market paperback, mystery - recommended by Julia and read for the Dick Francis GR
3. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher, 2009 acquired ebook, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 7)
4. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, 2018 acquired ebook, science fiction/alternate history (Lady Astronaut, book 1)
5. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 2009(?) acquired paperback, classic
6. Mouse House by Rumer Godden, 2018 hardback purchased for my great-niece, juvenile fiction
7. Fox 8 by George Saunders, library hardback, contemporary fiction/short story
8. The Mousewife by Rumer Godden, library hardback, juvenile fiction
9. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher, FLP audiobook, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 8)
10. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, 2008 acquired paperback, crime fiction/noir (The Continental Op, book 1)
11. White Night by Jim Butcher, 2019 acquired audiobook, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 9)
12. Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo, 2014 acquired paperback (Europa World Noir), crime fiction, translation
Completed in February:
13. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendahl, 2018 acquired hardback, classic/literary fiction, translation
14. Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount, library hardback, non-fiction/books about books
15. Small Favor by Jim Butcher, 2019 acquired audiobook, narrated by James Marsters, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 10)
16. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail, 2019 acquired ebook, fairy tale, Katie's Dirty Dozen
Katie’s Dirty Dozen - That’s right, folks, KAK’s reserved spot is back for a fifth year, let’s see what she hits me with this time.
1. What Girls Learn by Karin Cook
2. Partitions by Amit Majmudar
3. Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and It's Family by Jane Brox
4. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
5. Blood on the Forge by William Attaway - "A searing and brutal story of three brothers who travel from rural Kentucky to the steel mills of Pennsylvania in 1919, during the Great Migration."
7. The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur
8. Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan
1. The North Water by Ian McGuire - Mark and Judy loved this one, too. And also Richard, though a weentsy tidge less.
3. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
4. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan - Katie says for when I'm in the mood for something light and recommends the audio
7. Come Hell or Highball by Mala Chance - saw this first on Katie's thread and then Meg's enthusiasm sold it to me
8. The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif - Katie says,"...one of my very favorite books - easily in my top 10."
9. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
10. How to be Safe by Tom McAllister
11. Georgia: A Novel by Dawn Tripp
12. Sunburn by Laura Lippman
13. The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor - she mentioned on Karen's thread that this is one of her all time favorite books
14. West by Carys Davies
1. Everyday people by Stewart O'Nan (linked short stories)
2. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
4. The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
5. Personal History by Katherine Graham
6. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
7. Taft by Ann Patchett
8. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
9. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
10. The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett
11. Snow in August by Pete Hamill - Katie mentioned how much she loved this one over on the AAC thread after Mark had posted the list for next year
1. Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras
2. Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard
3. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez - seconded by Charlotte and Susan
7. Ruby by Cynthia Bond - seconded by Charlotte
9. Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
10. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye - Roberta also loved this, Katie says the audio is great, purchased 5/15/16
13. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat - she pointed out that this was only $1.99 on Kindle and that it was one of her very favorites, purchased 7/13/16
14. Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America by Diane Roberts
15. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
17. Black River by S. M. Hulse
AND, from 2015:
2. Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter (2.99 on Kindle), purchased on 2/23/15
5. Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker ($.99 on Kindle), purchased on 4/9/15 - second book in a series, first book Dreamland was recommended by Katie and purchased last year
8. Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn ($5.99 on Kindle), purchased on 8/28/15
10. If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins ($7.99 on Kindle), purchased on 10/26/15
The Chosen Ones - my 2019 list of book bullets:
1. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker - recommended by Susan
2. Well-Read Black Girl by Gloria Edim - recommended by Beth
3. The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes - recommended by Susan
4. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher - Heather
5. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai - Bonnie
6. Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison - Carrie
7. Snapshot by Gary Disher - series recommended by Richard
8. An Unwanted Guest by Shari La Pena - Susan again
9. In Her Blood by Annie Hauxwell - Charlotte by way of Susan who says, "The series that is not about nuns is by Annie Hauxwell and it's the "Catherine Berlin" series. Charlotte just finished "A Morbid Habit", which totally sounds like it should be nun-related, but it's not. The *first* one is In Her Blood."
10. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift - Beth
11. The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife - Susan. Again.
12. How to be Both by Ali Smith - Helen
13. The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter - Barbara. Charlotte also loved this one.
14. Murder on Millionaires Row by Erin Lindsay - Meg
15. A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw - Meg, who got hit by Deborah
16. Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich - Stasia
17 Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson - Faith
18. Fire in the Lake by Frances FitzGerald - Gail says, "Her book on Vietnam and the Vietnam War, Fire in the Lake, made a lasting impact on my political thinking."
19. Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce - Joe
20. Sum by David Eagleman - Joe again.
21. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan - Susan again.
My 2019 Data:
Print Books (Acquired before 2019) Read From My Stacks: 4/50
Books read: 16
Group/Shared Read: 2 (Nerve, The Scarlet Letter)
Books that are part of a series: 7
In Translation: 2
audio/print or ebook combo:
Borrowed: 3 (local public library), 1 (FLP)
Acquired in 2018 or earlier: 8
Acquired in 2019: 3
Purchased to gift: 1
New to me authors: 6
non-fiction/books about books: 1
literary fiction/contemporary fiction:
literary fiction/historical fiction:
crime fiction/mystery: 1
crime fiction/noir: 2
crime fiction/police procedural:
fairy tale/retelling: 1
urban fantasy: 4
sci fi: 1
juvenile fiction: 2
short stories: 1
LT Recommendations Read:
Katie's Dirty Dozen - 2
Julia - 1
Reading 50 Print Books From my Own Shelves (acquired before 2019):
Penguin Clothbound Classics:
Penguin Deluxe Classics (with deckled edge pages!!!):
1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Everyman's Library Editions:
4. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendahl
3. Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo
Virago Modern Classics:
Penguin Orange Collection (totally Charlotte's fault):
Pedestrian Books (or Everything Else):
2. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
Happy new thread, Mamie.
I love the exasperation on Hermione's face in >6 Crazymamie:
Happy new thread, Mamie. I love all of the book collections -- do you really have them all?
>17 Helenliz: Thanks, Helen! Me, too - I love Hermione!
>18 susanj67: Thank you, Susan! You are on a roll - keep up the good work!
>19 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! I really do have books from all of those collections. The only collection I own in its entirety is the Penguin Orange with those whimsical covers:
>21 scaifea: Hello, Amber, and thank you! Those covers are very fun, and they look stunning all standing together proudly on the mantle in the living room.
Hi Mamie, I'm getting here early so I have a good place near the front to keep track of all the action! I have serious book envy when I see pictures of all your collections!
>23 katiekrug: I am liking it, and I think I know where it is going. I am about 60% of the way through, I think. Where are you, and how is it holding up for a second read? It's kind of dreamy and disorienting in places.
I'm a little less than halfway through. It's okay - I am enjoying it - but not as much as I remember upon first reading it. "Dreamy and disorienting" is a good way to describe it.
>24 DeltaQueen50: Hello, Judy! So happy you got here early!! I am honored. I love all of those collections - they bring me great joy.
Happy new thread, Mamie! I love the little fellow announcing your February reads!
>29 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda! The mouse!! I fell in love with him when I found him - so glad you also find him charming.
>28 Crazymamie: - Yeah, I mean, I'm glad I don't hate it, but I am slightly bored by it...
Happy new thread Mamie!
(I confess that I didn't even stop at thread no. 3, I'm so fora behind.)
Morning, Mamie! Happy New Thread! I am having a good time with The Calculating Stars. Good company on the route.
I couldn't help thinking of this poem this morning when I awoke to see the blanket of fog outside my window. It's lovely and ethereal, and it always feels like magic to me.
I have errands to run today, and I am getting my hair trimmed. Country Captain for dinner.
On the reading front, I am really needing to write up some mini-reviews on my completed reads. I have quite a few books on the go currently - a bit crazy even for me, but I had several digital holds come in at the same time. Here's what I'm working on:
Those first two are audios, so yes, I am both listening to and reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which just came out yesterday. *happy dance*
Happy new thread! Packing for Mars and Eucalyptus look like great reads.
>41 Crazymamie: That's one of only two or three poems I think of regularly but when I lived in the Bay Area (San Francisco Bay) I often thought of it as the afternoon fog would creep over the top of the mountains, pull back, try again, etc. I love that fog and the poem matched it so well. Magic indeed :)
Happy newish thread, Mamie. I love the covers! And I'm glad I am one of your "chosen ones." :)
>42 richardderus: I am done erranding, and they went ver smoothly, so thanks for those good wishes, BigDaddy!
I am loving Packing for Mars so far - very interesting and the humor is excellent.
>43 katiekrug: Hello, Katie! Country Captain is this:
Very delicious, and I love that it all cooks in one pan. Here is the recipe, if you are interested: Southern Cast Iron Country Captain
I cannot add one more book to the line-up. I need to finish something up before adding anything else. At least that's what I am telling myself. I hope I listen to me. *Grin*
>44 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!
>45 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita! I am hoping to finish up Eucalyptus today. And Packing for Mars is great so far.
>46 RebaRelishesReading: Hello, Reba! Thanks for sharing - I love how you expressed that. That poem is one of my favorites.
>47 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! Glad you love the covers. Good work on becoming a "chosen one" so quickly!
>48 Crazymamie: Oh good, the whammy worked, so I'll just take that Country Captain over here into the corner and
...best not to describe that osmotic process...
DO NOT TELL ROB that I left you the banana foster bread or he will cry and Bambi-eyes me.
Happy New Thread! Belated Birthday wishes for Abby. Her artwork on your previous thread was simply lovely.
>48 Crazymamie: A friend of mine called it Captain Chicken... I can no longer think of it any other way.
>52 SuziQoregon: Thank you, Juli! I will pass along your happy wishing and the kind words.
>53 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Captain Chicken made me laugh - we might have to start calling it that.
>54 Berly: You should dig it up, Kim - it's very good and very fun so far.
I just knew you would love How to be a Woman - wasn't her narration fabulous? And hooray for Nerve - it was my first Dick Francis, and I was happy to be able to share it.
The recipe is delicious, and so easy - I love meals that cook in one pan like that. Sending you a germsbegone whammy.
Sweet Thursday! My Wednesday was full of happiness, thanks!
>50 richardderus: OMG, that looks sinful!
Morning, Mamie! Sweet Thursday. I am enjoying the day off but the rain will probably keep me indoors, which isn't a bad thing, right?
Going to 80F today. *sigh* What happened to Winter? The good news is that I have finally gotten rid of my headache. No big plans for today except for laundry, as I got a bunch of the weekly stuff done yesterday. Tonight's dinner is Steak Diane, mashed potatoes and gravy, and roasted carrots with dill.
On the reading front, yesterday I listened to several chapters of Small Favor while getting my steps in. I also read a bit from Eucalyptus, but I didn't get it finished as I had hoped. We ended up watching Casino Royale, which is a spoof of the bond films made in 1967. It was fun to see so many big names, but it is a total bust other than a few funny moments. Not recommended. The soundtrack is a hoot, so there is that.
King Leopold's Ghost is on sale today on Kindle for $2.99. It is an excellent read. I gave ti the full five stars when I read it a few years ago.
The Amazon blurb:
"In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million—all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated. "
>61 Crazymamie: Good morning, Mamie!
Casino Royale really is a mess of a movie, though as you say it does have its amusing moments. I always enjoy George Raft's cameo at the casino, for example. I've probably seen it three or four times; though I know I will be disappointed, I can't help being drawn back to it.
"Seven James Bonds at Casino Royale. They came to save the world and win the gal at Casino Royale. Six of them went to a heavenly spot; the seventh one is going to a place where it's terribly hot."
>63 harrygbutler: Morning, Harry!
Perfect description - "a mess of a movie". And it is WAY too long. I also like that cameo. And David Niven is always charming.
I'm so glad to hear that your headache is gone. It's supposed to get to 79F here today after getting to 80F yesterday. I mean, c'mon! It's down vest weather and I'm feeling deprived.
Warm weather means the flora will get confused just in time for a freeze, but the bug fauna may be tempted out and then killed by a freeze. At least there's that.
>57 BLBera:, >60 msf59: I expected people to enjoy that wickedly scrummy idea. It's just banana bread batter poured over modified pineapple upside-down stuff. A tablespoon of rum, 1/4C butter, 1C brown sugar, 2 bananas. Banana bread batter (or a box of spice cake mix plus mashed bananas if you're lazy). Heat and time.
Thursday and 80° = boo. Weekend and 40° plus rain = pretty much boo as well. What unpleasant weather it's been! *smooch*
>65 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! I completely agree with you about the weather. Crossing my fingers about the bug fauna because that would be awesome.
>66 richardderus: Well, it looks absolutely delicious, Richard. I might have to try that.
Boo to both of us having weather we don't want. I would take the 40F and rain for the weekend, as I plan on staying in and being completely lazy. Plus the rain would help knock down the smoke from the constant burning of debris that they do in these parts. Ugh. Craig, Abby, and Birdy are headed down to Universal, so the house will be full of quiet.
House-to-herself (well, mostly) weekend!! Crank up the AC, turn on the mood music, and make like the Library of Alexandria just landed next door.
Precisely. And it's a three day weekend because they are leaving tonight!
>41 Crazymamie: That is quite a collection of "currently reading" you have there. I hope you love Old Filth. I read Last Friends, the third in the trilogy, last week. I think the three will work best if read somewhat more close together than I did.
>62 Crazymamie: I need to see if I'm too late for that one.
>59 Crazymamie: A double post!! LOL Should I go back and change it up a bit? Okay, I did. : )
Glad your headache is gone.
Woot to the headache being gone! Mine, too, for now, but the temps have dropped from the 60s yesterday to a high of 25 today, so I wouldn't be shocked if it doesn't come back. We'll see.
I recently saved a recipe for Country Captain and plan on making it for the first time soon! It looks SO GOOD.
>62 Crazymamie: Missed that one, which is a pity as it has been in the BlackHole forever.
Happy Friday, Mamie!
>70 richardderus: Well, Friday was delightful. Now onto Saturday - overcast and cooler temps, so I am liking it. And I finished two books yesterday, so go me!
>71 EBT1002: I know, Ellen - it's an odd mix, even for me, but I have to work in the digital library loans because there are others in line, so I can't renew them.
I'll keep in mind that the books should be read somewhat close to each other - I only have the first one, but I am loving it.
I hope you were in time to snag that Daily Deal.
>72 Berly: Too funny! You crack me up, Kim. The headache is back - a drop in temps and very windy are to blame. But it's not as bad as the previous one, so I'll take it and be thankful.
Morning, Mamie! Happy Saturday. Yep, King Leopold's Ghost was an awesome read. Thanks for sharing the alert.
>73 scaifea: Well, mine is back now, Amber. I'm hoping you managed to avoid it.
We love that recipe that I have for Country Captain - it's in the regular rotation now because everyone here adores it. And it's really good left over, not that we get very much left over - I like that it feeds all seven of us (Daniel's girlfriend eats here often). I don't have to double the recipe, just throw in a few extra thighs or drumsticks. Be sure to report back on your recipe when you try it.
>74 alcottacre: Total bummer, Stasia. It's really well written.
Happy Saturday to you!
>76 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy Saturday! You are welcome - I love sharing good news.
Hi Mamie. It's COLD at 13° windchill. I decided that, since I ain't goin' outside, I'd try this:
I bought a bunch of mixes at 99¢ each on sale for days like today...and a lifesaver they are. Applesauce + cake mix = not too awful a coffee cake. Icing instead of frosting...pineapple juice + powdered sugar with some pureed pineapple in it. Came out fine! The YGC ate half the cake, I had a wodge, he took the rest with him, and I spent no time to speak of making it happen.
Workarounds save the day.
>79 richardderus: OH! Yum! I love apple sauce in cakes. I love pineapple, so your icing sounds delish. How exactly does one make a cake in a crockpot?
13F is very cold - better hunker down with the comfy stuff and make like a bug in a rug. *smooch and a Bear Hug*
Heat up the crock...about 30min on high with a slightly moist towel full of rice in it...take out the towel and then dump the mix in a pan, put it in the hot crock. (I use a 10qt crockpot.) Smaller crockpots I just spray the crock and pour the mix in, set it on high and cover the crock with a towel. It takes longer, but the site the photo came from tells you what to do. I used one egg not three to get the dense texture I like in coffee cakes.
Duly hunkered. Caffeinated. Sugared. Booked up!
So I have been horrible with the mini-reviews. Here's what I finished up last month:
10. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, 2008 acquired paperback, crime fiction/noir (The Continental Op, book 1)
Hammett wrote two novels and a bunch of short stories featuring The Continental Op - a private detective working for an agency. Hammett once worked for the famed Pinkerton Detective Agency, so it's not surprising he created a similar character. This books is very fun, and I loved how twisty it got. Basically the detective's client gets murdered, and the client's father then hires the detective to clean up the town, which is run by a bunch of thugs. Then the father changes his mind and tries to fire the detective, but the detective has already accepted the job, so he cannot be gotten rid of that easily. Let the body count begin! I was surprised to learn that so many movies (Yojimbo (1961), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), Miller’s Crossing (1990), and Last Man Standing (1996))are based on this book, although Hammett was never credited on screen.
11. White Night by Jim Butcher (narrated by James Marsters), 2019 acquired audiobook, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 9)
The ninth book in the Dresden Files series, which I am loving. Because each book builds on the previous one, I won't go into the plot to avoid spoilers. What I can say is that I feel like these books have picked up a rhythm, and the ongoing character development and world building are both excellent.
12. Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo, 2014 acquired paperback (Europa World Noir), crime fiction/noir, translation
I loved this one. It's the first in the Marseilles Trilogy. It's steeped in a sense of place - the main character is a cop who has seen too much and knows that justice cannot be had through the official channels. When two of his childhood friends are murdered, he sets out to determine who did it and why. It's a tangled and very seedy web. This is noir at its best - dark and full of atmosphere, and yet there are also beautiful descriptions of the town and of the food. Think Inspector Montalbano or Bruno, Chief of Police meets The Big Sleep. Definitely recommended.
>81 richardderus: Thanks so much for that, Richard!
I have coffee, and I am about to make this:
>84 richardderus: Yes, indeed. My first book by him, but it was very well done.
I treated myself to a hazelnut latte (which I adore but whuch has faaaaar tooo many calories for regular cosumption) AND a ricecrispie/mars bar fridge cake. Which was lush and means that I can't possible manage anything else, thankyou.
Hope the weekend is treating every one well >:-)
>86 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Thank you - I also want to read the rest of the series. I know our library has this:
It has all of the stories in it, but it is HUGE. I had trouble reading it before, but now that I have my Book Seat, I will be able to manage it. *grin*
I am also full from lunch - it was delicious. Daniel and Rae joined me, which was fun. I love me a breakfast sandwich. Your Mexican also sounds good - I need to have some of that soonish. I'm thinking I will add it into this week's menu.
Hoping your weekend is also full of wonder!
>87 Helenliz: Yum, Helen! I usually just get a plain latte, as they make it with too much syrup, but I also adore hazelnut anything. Your fridge cake sounds good - I have not had anything like that before. It sounds like you chose wisely - lovely and decadent, so maybe next time for the breakfast sandwich.
We are greatly enjoying our quiet and lazy weekend. Craig, Abby and Birdy are off at Universal enjoying the Harry Potter stuff, which is amazing and so full of fabulous:
Someday I want to get to Universal and HP World!! Looks so fun. : ) Hope the headache is waning.
Had to sign in and out of LT a couple of times to see the covers as I was catching up with your thread, Mamie. I really wish that could be fixed. Enjoy your quiet weekend!
Your breakfast sandwich from yesterday has me drooling... And debating whether it's worth getting dressed to go get one. I don't have the makings of one here, and there are so many bagel shops around anyway...
Yesterday, we tried a new diner (I love diners) and I had a cup of matzo ball soup and a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich and it was most YUM.
Hope you have a good Sunday!
>89 Berly: Kim, we all went at the beginning of December - it was our Christmas gift to the kids, and it was really fun. They have done such a great job of creating the Harry Potter world - all the attention to detail is full of fabulous. The passes are good for 18 months or something like that, so Abby wanted to go back in February as part of her birthday. She texted that she got chosen for the wand show, which she was really excited about. She took her camera and sketch book, as she mainly wanted to go back to sketch things - Birdy and Craig were going to ride the rides while she sketched.
Thanks for those good wishes - it's better today.
>90 Familyhistorian: Yep, it's really annoying, Meg. The weekend has been lovely so far. I have even managed some "attention to details" cleaning in between bouts of reading and watching crime shows with Rae.
>91 alcottacre: You are welcome, Stasia! Hoping you enjoy it when you get to it. Hoping your Sunday is full of fabulous!
>92 katiekrug: The sandwich was SO good - just what I wanted. I love stuff like that on the weekends.
I also love diners! Your lunch sounds delightful - comfort food. We often make bacon, cheese, and tomato quesadillas to go with soup - I adore that grilled cheese/soup combo.
>93 brenzi: Bonnie, I think you will love it - her narration is perfect and will have you laughing out loud. Total Chaos was really good, and those Europa World Noir books are excellent editions - love holding those in my hands. The perfect size, and the paper is good quality. The older I get, the more I appreciate such things.
Harry Potter world looks amazing! There is a Universal Studios in Los Angeles. I may have to make a trip now that I'm reading the HP books.
>98 RebaRelishesReading: I was just over at your place, Reba! You should definitely go - it is so fun just to see Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade brought to life. We ate at The Three Broomsticks, and The Leaky Cauldron, enjoyed butterbeer - you can get it hot (only in the restaurants), cold or frozen. Too sweet for my palate, but Birdy adores it. And it was fabulous to see everyone decked out in their house colors. We went in December so we could see it all done up for Christmas, which was very cool.
>99 Crazymamie: It sounds really fun. Don't know how I'll convince Hubby to go...but maybe one or both of the "big" grandkids will be up for it (they've both been right after it opened).
Catching up on more mini-reviews, here is what I have read so far this month:
13. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendahl, 2018 acquired hardback (Everyman's Library edition), classic/literary fiction, translation
This was written in 1839. I started it last year on Kindle, but Craig got me the lovely Everyman's Library edition for Christmas, so I finished it in hardback. I wanted to read it because it is mentioned in The English Patient, a book which I loved. This one surprised me with the humor throughout, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the political machinations. It is long, and so it becomes a bit of a slog in the middle, which is why I do not recommend reading it straight through - dipping in and out of it is better, I think. What ruined it for me was the ending. The author took so much time and care throughout the book to provide the smallest detail, and then, for some strange reason decided he needed to wrap it up quickly. I felt like I got reader's whiplash. And seriously, I REALLY hated the ending.
14. Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount, library hardback, non-fiction/books about books
This is completely and utterly delightful. And it's gorgeous. It would be worth owning just for the beautiful images contained within, but there is also the trivia about famous bookstores, about books, about authors...Thoughtfully organized and presented on quality paper that makes it a work of art. I especially loved the sections dedicated to different cooking books by type, which added tremendously to me library WL. Highly recommended, and it would make a great gift.
15. Small Favor by Jim Butcher, 2019 acquired audiobook, narrated by James Marsters, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 10)
What can I say? Book ten is another fun ride, and I love the storyline developments!
16. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail, 2019 acquired ebook, fairy tale, Katie's Dirty Dozen
“Some people, some nations, are permanently in shade. Some people cast a shadow. Lengths of elongated darkness precede them, even in church or when the sun is in, as they say, mopped up by the dirty cloth of the could. A puddle of dark forms around their feet. It's very pine like. The pine and darkness are one. Eucalypts are unusual in this respect: set pendulously their leaves allow see-through foliage which in turn produces a frail patterned sort of shade, if at all. Clarity, lack of darkness-these might be called 'eucalyptus qualities'.”
This one was a mixed bag for me. I thought the beginning was very promising. The writing is ethereal and, at times, disorienting. The characters are all flat, and I think that is intentional on the author's part - the trees have more character development than...well, than the characters. I love fairy tales, and I think this could have been a perfect one, but the author gets lost along the way, and the reader gets left to ponder whether they will ever make it out of this forrest of eucalypts. I kept waiting for the characters to rise up and surprise me, but they did not. The ending is what saves it - I liked the ending even though I had visualized it a bit differently.
Hi Mamie, stopping by to get caught up and to wish you a wonderful week ahead.
>79 richardderus: and >81 richardderus: - YUM! Too bad I don't have a crock pot and my oven is currently on the fritz, otherwise I would be baking right now.
So happy to see your mini review for Total Chaos! The other two books in the trilogy are just as good, IMO. Love the gritty noir atmosphere. As for the Murray Bail book, I had a print copy on my TBR shelves for years and finally moved it on to a new home unread (via a Little Free Library). Looks like I don't need to kick myself for not having found the time to read it first.
Morning, Mamie, wishing you a happy M'day. It's beautiful here today and I'm full of enthusiasm for the first day of the week. As I walked to spin, it was frosty and dark, but by the time I walked home, the sun was up, such that we have a baby blue sky with frost on the ground. I love days like this.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
>103 lkernagh: Hello, Lori! Thanks for those good wishes and for stopping in to catch up with me.
I am thrilled to hear that the other two books in the trilogy are just as good - I have already pulled the second one from the bookcase. After I posted my thoughts on Total Chaos, I went to the book page and read through some of the book reviews just to see what others thought, and I loved your review. I gave it my thumb. I was tickled that we both thought of Montalbano with the food details.
I think Eucalyptus gets bogged down in the middle, which makes the book drag. And I didn't really like any of the characters, which is not necessary for a good read, but it does help. You definitely don't need to kick yourself.
>104 Helenliz: Morning, Helen. It's lovely that someone is full of enthusiasm for the start of the week - I will be enthusiastic about Friday. *grin* Me, too, with days like that - I love crisp weather.
Hoping your week is also full of wonder!
'Morning, Mamie! I hope your day goes well, regardless of what day of the week it is. *smile*
It's overcast and drizzling here. Fortunately I don't have any errands to run so can just stay in the house in my jammies and read and putter around and do a bit of housecleaning.
>102 Crazymamie: #13 SO AGREE about that stopping place, I mean ending, in The Charterhouse of Parma! I was furious. It felt to me like Stendhal just got tired of the whole exercise, scribbled a few last thoughts, and sent the book off to be typeset. Fin, as the old movie end titles said. *grrr*
#16 Eucalyptus removed from Wishlist. No thonks. Got to be top of the game or Uncle Daddy here sez nuh uh.
>103 lkernagh: Hi Lori!
*smooch* for my favorite Baja Tuesday hater.
Well, everyone is home again, and a good time was had by all. The sad news is that this morning poor Birdy is sick. The good news is that they brought a box of Voodoo doughnuts back with them - hello, maple bacon goodness.
On the reading front, I started Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and it is excellent so far. I'm about 100 pages in (it's over 600 pages), and I am loving the writing which is smart and funny and irreverent and brazen:
"Like, I like. Dislike, I love. Disgust, I can feel. Loathing, I can grab in the palm of my hand and squeeze. And hatred, I can live in hatred for days. But the smug smile of indifference on someone's face makes me want to hack it off."
On female circumcision:
"Here is my belief. The first man was jealous of the first woman. Her lightning was too powerful, her screams and moans loud enough to wake up the dead. That man could never accept that the gods would gift the weaker woman with such riches, so before every girl becomes a woman, man sets up to steal it, cut it away, and throw it in the bush. But the gods put it there, hid it deep so that no man would have business going to find it. Man will pay for this."
>106 katiekrug: Morning, Katie! Are you feeling any better?
>107 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! Thank you.
Overcast and drizzling here, too. We will be twins today - your plans are exactly the same as mine. *smile*
>108 richardderus: YES! That is exactly it, Richard. It did feel as if he just got tired of it all and couldn't be bothered to carry on. I felt cheated, and I was angry on behalf of the characters who totally got shortchanged. Why write this beautiful, fully articulated saga filled with humor and heartbreak if you are just going to bail on it at the end?
"Got to be top of the game or Uncle Daddy here sez nuh uh" I hear you - I usually just set aside something that is not working for me, but I did want to see how it ended. I noticed in the reviews that people seem to either love it or hate it, which I totally get.
>110 Crazymamie: - Feeling a bit better and am left with just a cough for the most part.
Those quotes from the new Marlon James are powerful.
>111 katiekrug: Glad you are feeling better, and I'm hoping the cough skedaddles very soon.
The book is really intriguing so far - bawdy but also thoughtful. The writing is superb.
Woo, it's good to hear you and RD re Charterhouse of Parma. I had the same reaction way back when, but didn't know anyone who'd read it. Have you read The Red and the Black? I haven't. But I remember it was a favorite of Al Gore's.
I can't wait to get to the new Marlon James! Intriguing quotes. I have it, but need to finish two in front of it.
>133 Morning, Joe! I had been wondering why you seemed less than enthusiastic about The Charterhouse of Parma, but when I got to the ending I completely understood. Such a waste. I have not read anything else by him, but I would be willing to give him another go.
The new Marlon James needs your full attention at the beginning, but it is SO good. I am excited you will be reading it soon.
Greetings, Mamie! I just brought Bibliophile home from the library! Beautiful book! I hope to wiggle it into my February TBR's.
Morning, Harry! No Stendahl for you? I am guessing your life will not be incomplete because of it.
'Morning, Mamie! Happy Tuesday to you.
From all the joy here for Stendhal (not), I think I'll pass. I don't have anything on my shelves to feel guilty about either. *smile*
>109 Crazymamie: Thanks for the nudge, Mamie. I've requested it at the library (it's still on order though, and I am #4 for just one copy of the book - wth?!?).
Your bacon sandwich comes with smellovision here (I've just made one myself!) I've never read anything by Stendhal. I'll just throw that name onto another wishlist pile!
>119 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! Happy Tuesday! Just the ending sucked - the rest of the novel was very good. But yeah, no need to cry about your lack of Stendahl.
>120 charl08: You are most welcome, Charlotte! Bummer about the wait for it, though.
Hooray for the bacon sandwich! I would like to read another by Stendahl to see if he does a better job with the ending.
Morning, Mamie! Not much going on at my end. Hope you have a great Tuesday.
Morning, Katie! Nothing happening here, either.It's overcast and rainy out, and I am feeling distinctly unmotivated to do anything.
>121 Crazymamie: It's not a novel, and it's dated in many ways, but I'd encourage you to read Love by Stendhal. Short, sweet, to the point essays on the nature of Luuuv by a recently rejected young creative. It's actually kind of funny sometimes, and quite surprising at others for its relative modernity (for 1822).
Gollum and I say happy Tuesday.
Hope you have a great Tuesday!
I am also feeing unmotivated today. I was supposed to be having a big clean up day to get caught up but Chloe is home on a snow day and I doubt I'll get much finished today
>124 richardderus: Oh, thanks for that, Richard! Adding that to The List.
Happy Tuesday to you and Gollum - that's exactly how I feel about my morning coffee.
>125 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle! I say go with the lazy and indulge yourself - you've had a rough couple of days.
Catching up. That bagel sandwich in >83 Crazymamie: looks really tasty! I usually do that type of thing on a whole wheat English muffin, but it looks incredible in that photo with the bagel.
Morning, Mamie! Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a good week. Still FULL winter here...sighs.
>102 Crazymamie: I have never read The Charterhouse of Parma, but I think I will skip it. I hate when author's mess up the ending of the book!
You know Bibliophile has to go into the BlackHole!
Golly, how easy it is to fall behind. I loved all the intermittent fasting talk. I got into it after my mother discovered it. It did wonders for her. For me, it seemed more about letting my body know it didn't need to be clamouring for food all the time - as an endurance athlete, being able to burn fat is handy, and to have my body know that it can get out for a 2 hour bike ride without needing fuel is a very useful thing.
And a fair review of Eucalyptus - thinking back to my read of it, I think I enjoyed it mostly because I love the trees so much, and it eased some homesickness (or made it worse).
Hope you have a lovely Wednesday!
>129 thornton37814: Hello, Lori! Thanks for catching up with me. An English muffin would be a healthier choice, but I love me an everything bagel or an onion one. I try to reserve something so indulgent like that for the weekends, and it was SO good.
>130 msf59: Morning, Mark! Hopefully Wednesday will be better than Tuesday. Our weather has been so crazy here lately - sunny at the moment, but we are supposed to get more rain. Sorry about all your arctic - I'm glad we are not still living in Indiana this Winter, as I would be spending all my time worrying about the pipes freezing and the power going out. Sending you warm thoughts, my friend.
>131 alcottacre: Right, Stasia, you can skip it without feeling even a moment's hesitation. The ending really ruined it for me.
You will LOVE Bibliophile when you get to it!
>132 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! Did you get those high winds yesterday? SO crazy.
>133 evilmoose: It's so easy to fall behind here - I am always behind, I feel like. You are so right about the benefits of the intermittent fasting - it eliminates snacking. And it also makes you pay more attention to what you're eating - I choose more wisely knowing I have a smaller window in which to consume calories.
Eucalyptus does have some beautiful writing about trees- the descriptions of them were wonderful.
Hoping your Wednesday is also full of beauty!
Well, yesterday was weird. I got a killer headache in the late morning hours, and then in the afternoon we got crazy intense winds that seemed to come up out of nowhere. We lost part of our roof again. *sigh*
I spent the evening finding the hearts in the Valentine's Hunt and binge watching Derry Girls. I have no idea what's for dinner, but I think we should have something.
On the reading front, I am further in to Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and still really enjoying it. The narrative gets easier to follow once you get about 100 or so pages in, which is a lovely surprise.
Oh, no! re: roof. And headache :(
I need to finish Derry Girls. I re-watched the first 3 episodes with The Wayne, but he's not that into it, so I'll just finish it up by myself.
I hope today is better for you. Surely someone could pick up pizza or something for dinner?!?!
>136 Crazymamie: Oh dear! Roof-vanishing winds are Not On! We're having warm temps, wet sidewalks, and sunshine, without significant wind.
*smooch* for a headacheless Hump Day.
>137 katiekrug: It could have gone better, Katie. A less than stellar Tuesday, to be sure.
Derry Girls is a delight! I loved the last episode, but now I want more. Why isn't there more?!
Thank you. I am sure we will end up doing just that - I am not cooking, I do know that.
You should have words with your roof, it's not supposed to take off at the first sign of a breeze!
Hope the headache does one and leaves.
>138 richardderus: Slightly frustrating since we just lost parts of our roof in that Category II hurricane that came through here last year, and finally the entire roof replaced on New Year's Eve. I was kind of hoping it would last at least two full months.
Thanks for those good wishes! *smooch back*
Oh no, re the roof! Does the roofing company who replaced it have a warranty or guarantee of sorts? Seems like some went terribly wrong.
I find wind to be a strong trigger for headaches (migraines) for me. even if I am not outside, the head somehow knows. Weird. Ice pack, coca cola, dark room. Hope it passes quickly.
The intermittent fasting looks really interesting. I'll have to modify it a bit because I'm a type II diabetic and do pills taken with food on a strict-ish schedule. But losing weight would help the type II and I soooo need to do that.
Oh no about your roof! Do roofs have some sort of warranty?
Snowing here, no end in sight.
Oh man, sorry to hear about the roof. It doesn't seem unreasonable to hope for more than two months after the new one was installed. Sorry about the lousy headache, too. Sounds like maybe the barometric changes affected you, with that strong wind coming in?
It's encouraging to hear about your good experience with Black Leopard so far. It's coming up soon for me.
>140 Helenliz: Exactly, Helen, although I guess we did get winds were severe - it was so freakish. And thank you. The headache is much better than yesterday but still hanging on.
>142 jessibud2: The roofing company will repair it at no additional cost as we are still waiting on the flashings we lost in the hurricane to be replaced. This area just received so much damage that the roofing companies are really backed up and so had to prioritize repairs. And the storm was brief but very intense - it felt like another hurricane, to be honest. There was nothing and then there was stuff blowing against the house - I though it was hail at first, but it was debris. More trees were knocked down, but luckily, not on our property.
The headache is better today, Shelley, it just won't budge - I will try the coca cola.
>143 streamsong: Let me know if it works for you, Janet. The diabetes definitely makes it trickier to navigate -both of my parents had type II, so I totally get it.
The roofing company will repair it at no additional cost to us since we are still in the midst of them repairing the damage we incurred during Hurricane Michael. It's just such a pain that now we need them to come back and get up there again. Hopefully they can coordinate it with the replacing our flashings, which would be awesome.
Sorry about the snow. I miss it, to be honest, but I would not want to deal with the Winter so many of you are experiencing.
>144 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. It's weird how Albany, Georgia seems to be a magnet for severe storms - who would have guessed?! Yep - you are right about the headache. It does have to do with barometric pressure - it always happens with weather like that. The winds we got were actually from Winter Storm Maya, they said - the Atlanta airport had delays because of the high winds.
Black Leopard is not disappointing so far - I'm about 200 pages in now. Lots of violence and profanity (which I am fine with, but I know are triggers for some), but the plot is intriguing - I can't wait to see where he's going with it.
Trying to catch up here, Mamie. Bookmarked the Country Captain website for future reference. I read the first three Harry Dresden books long after they became popular, and before the series really gets going, according to most of you. I do need to try the later books. Glad the crew had a good time at Universal--I'd love to see the Harry Potter stuff! And so sorry to hear about the headaches and the roof (another headache!). (((Mamie)))
I did not realize you were reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf! Yah!! I got my copy yesterday. Joe is going to start it too. I will probably save it and kick off the month of March with it.
Morning, fellow barometric headache sufferer! Ooof, I'm right there with you this season with the head pains. I hope yours is better today. And I'm so sorry to hear about the roof! Again! Yoicks. I do hope you ordered in a delicious meal - it sounds like you deserved it!
Sorry to hear about the roof. I've just been reading about Derry/ Londonderry - I liked Derry girls a lot, hopefully they'll make a new series.
Never heard of Derry Girls. Is it a Netflix series, Mamie? I watch pretty much nothing these days, but I will stick it in my queue of things I am not watching if it is :)
>148 The_Hibernator: Thank you, Rachel.
>149 ronincats: Hello, Roni! I love their magazine, and we have made several of the recipes featured. Only one has disappointed.
The Harry Dresden series really picks up after the fifth book, which I know is a long haul, but it's worth it because it really takes off from there.
The Harry Potter stuff at Universal is full of fabulous - the attention to detail is just amazing.
Thank you for the thoughts and for the hug - always appreciated.
>150 msf59: I am, Mark, and it's very good so far. It'll be fun to compare thoughts with you and Joe.
>151 scaifea: Morning, Amber! The year is off to a flying start with the crazy barometric pressure changes, isn't it? My headache is better today, thanks - I still have one, but it is nothing compared to two days ago. The roof has already been repaired, believe it or not, and I hope it stays on this time.
We had Craig and Rae bring home pizza from our favorite joint, and it was most delicious.
So yesterday the roofers showed up and repaired the roof, which was a surprise. Especially since they didn't bother to let us know they were here - we just suddenly heard someone walking around up there and then lots of hammering. And the upstairs AC also got fixed - don't think I mentioned that it went out last week. We have two units - one for upstairs and one for the downstairs, so really just the kids bedrooms were effected. You wouldn't think one would need the AC in Winter, but this is Georgia, so of course one does. Anyway, it was a valve failure, and the unit is still under warranty, so we just had to pay the service call.
Craig and Rae brought us home dinner from our favorite pizza joint, and it was delicious, so another win. And today is off to a great start as Birdy has made us heart-shaped chocolate chip pancakes with chocolate hazelnut syrup. The pancakes were beautiful, and I almost hated to eat them because they were little works of art. Almost...
Hi Mamie! Happy Valetine’s Day. Heart shaped pancakes – what could be better? Good for Birdy.
Yikes. Killer headache and roof damage. I’m very sorry to hear about both, but glad the headache’s manageable and that the roof’s been repaired again.
I’ve been spending time with the hearts in the Valentine’s Hunt and have 15.
>158 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Happy Valentine's Day to you! The pancakes were most YUM.
Thank you for those kind words - I am very happy there will be no hammering overhead today.
The Valentine's Hunt was fun - there were quite a few that I had never heard of before, but I managed to get them all.
Hi Mamie! I hope you're feeling better today. The storm sounds alarming, but thank goodness for the quick repairs.
I hadn't heard of Derry Girls, but UK viewers will find it on the All4 hub, available on gadgets or the Fire TV stick :-) I'm going to try it this weekend. It seems that series 2 is not far off (in the UK, anyway) so fingers crossed for the rest of the world on Netflix. I started the El Chapo series last night, after his conviction in the last couple of days. It's by Netflix Mexico, but dubbed into English for the UK. I wonder if the US has the Spanish *and* the English versions available, though.
Good news about the roof getting repaired so quickly. One less headache to deal with :)
Glad to hear you are roofed again.
No Valentines pancakes here. I have just had a cupcake, though. I think I deserved it, I've just run management review.
>160 susanj67: Hello, Susan! I am feeling better today, thanks. The quick repairs were completely unexpected, and it is a relief to not have to worry about it.
I can't wait to hear what you think of Derry Girls. And now I have added El Chapo to the queue - I just say the English version, but I just took a very quick look.
>161 katiekrug: So true, Katie! I am very thankful.
>162 Helenliz: And I am grateful to be roofed again, Helen. Now I don't have to worry about damage to the interior of the house if it storms again. We have been very lucky so far with that. Just same minor damage to Abby's and Birdy's ceilings.
Cupcake! That counts! What kind of cupcake was it?
>163 Crazymamie: Mamie, I have found out that it is possible to change the language/subtitles on Netflix. Apparently where there is English dubbing available they have made that the default in English-speaking countries. However, the dubbing is usually awful, so you can go into the audio/subtitles menu and change the language to "Spanish" and have "English" for the subtitles. That way you get the original acting performances instead of someone sounding like they are reading the dialogue off a card. Yay! I am going to try it tonight. In last night's episode El Chapo met Pablo Escobar, and I think Netflix missed a trick by not getting the same actor who played Escobar in Narcos, but I realise that TV doesn't actually work like that :-)
Mamie me lurve, happy your roof news was good and hoping your surprise heart-pancakes are the tone for the whole day. *smooch*
Glad to hear about the roof Mamie. I was all set to tell you that I'd just seen a trailer for series two and... you and Susan are both waaaaay ahead of me. No change there then!
V jealous of the pancakes.
Crazy--Wow, sorry to hear about the roof but small miracles do happen--it's already fixed!! Yay!! Hope it stays that way and I hope your headache is a goner. Nice job on the pancakes, Birdy!!
Happy Friday - it's a good one here hope it treats you equally as well. >:-)
Happy Friday. >170 richardderus: What RD said.
Re the Valentine's Day Heart Hunt, it took my requesting a hint for #18 to get them all. I'm not proud. *grin*
Hi Mamie! Just popping to say I've watched the first two episodes of Derry Girls and it's hilarious :-) And the soundtrack is superb too. I fixed the language/subtitles on El Chapo last night, so definitely watch it in Spanish with English subtitles. You only have to make the change once (per programme, not per episode) and then it remembers.
Hi Mamie, I have been off-line with computer woes but now my new computer is up and running so I am doing the serious business of catching up on LT! I am adding The Derry Girls" to my lineup and will probably plan to watch it by myself as my husband prefers action programs, the more violent the better. He's totally into all the "Narco" shows. My Valentines Day was a good one, got flowers and a card from hubby and then he took me out for lunch.
>136 Crazymamie: Everyone seems to love Derry Girls. Mr SandDune and J have watched each episode about three times each! Apparently there’s going to be a new series in the UK next month.
>164 susanj67: Susan, I had no idea you could do that! I went in just now and made the change - thanks so much!
>165 richardderus: Thursday and Friday were both excellent, Richard, so your good wishes worked! Thank you, most generous one! *smooch back*
>166 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe! We are delighted to have the roof all in one piece again.
>167 ChelleBearss: That made me laugh! Thanks, Chelle! Hoping your Valentine's Day was full of fabulous!
>168 charl08: Charlotte, I was thrilled to see that there would be more of Derry Girls. Hooray! The pancakes were most YUM - sorry you missed them.
>169 Berly: So true, Kim! And we are very thankful for small miracles. The headache is better - we are back int he 70s again and supposed to stay there for the next several days, so hopefully my headache can take a break.
The pancakes were a lovely surprise.
>173 Helenliz: Thank you for those good wishes, Helen! Friday was full of delight!
Happy Saturday to you!
>174 karenmarie: Morning, Karen, even though it is the wrong morning - I am a day late. And thank you. I had to Goggle and use the help thread, but I did get them all - #8 took me the longus. (see what I did there?!)
>175 susanj67: SO glad you loved Derry Girls - I figured you would. I agree about the soundtrack.
I made the changes for El Chapo, and thanks so much for that info. I was wondering if you had to do it for each episode.
>176 DeltaQueen50: Judy! Hello, there - so great to see you! Sorry to hear about the computer woes, but glad you are back among us! I watched it by myself, too, but I think Birdy would LOVE it. Craig always watches very different shows than I do if he choses on his own.
Sounds like your Valentine's Day was full of fabulous! We never do much for it, but I made up cookie dough earlier in the day and then baked them off after dinner, so everyone could enjoy a warm cookie with ice cream for dessert.
>177 SandDune: It's so fun, isn't it, Rhian? I am going to get Birdy to rewatch the series with me, as I think she would love it. And I am very excited about a season two. *happy dance*
SO Thursday and Friday were full of fabulous! Abby made dinner on the 14th, I served chocolate chip and toffee cookies warm from the oven with ice cream for dessert, and we ended up watching the first episode of Gap Pine. A slow starter, but we will watch more to see where it goes. Last night, Craig and Rae brought home Mexican for dinner, and we binge watched The Umbrella Academy, which we all enjoyed. Rae said, "I have no idea what's going on, but I like it!" She is so funny - she doesn't get a lot of humor, especially if you have to read body language, but she keeps trying - she is worth more than all of us put together. We made it about half way through the series, which is incredible considering there were five of us watching. And the soundtrack is awesome.
I also recently watched season one of Marcella. Very good if you like noirish crime shows. I will definitely be watching season two.
>183 Crazymamie: One of my favorite actors, Tom Hopper, plays Luther in that series! I'm not sure I'll like it, necessarily, but I'm looking forward to sampling it.
>184 richardderus: I love him, too, Richard! You might like it - it moves at a fast pace and is full of humor. Starts out slowish, so give it more than just the first episode.
Good Saturday morning to you, Mamie! Sounds like your last couple of days were lovely. Your V-Day cookies sound delicious.
I hope today is another good one for you.
Morning, Katie! Thank you. The transition from football to no football is always a tough one for me, so it's been lovely to fill it with some very fun Netflix binging.
It sounds like you had a lovely week, Mamie. I'm happy to hear you have a roof over your head.
>188 BLBera: Thank you, Beth. I am also happy to have a roof over my head. And the week fished up better than I expected after that dramatic start, so that's a gift.
>183 Crazymamie: I saw that one come up on Netflix and did not know what to make of it on first glance. Sounds like I might feel much the same after watching it a bit! LOL. Worth a try if you guys like it. Happy weekend.
>183 Crazymamie: Oh, I think Nate and I are going to start watching that! I saw a preview and it looks interesting
Morning, Karen! Happy Sunday to you!
I like to watch tennis, especially Wimbledon, but nothing compares to football for me.
>195 richardderus: That is a gorgeous one, Richard! Here'e hoping your Sunday is full of fabulous!
>183 Crazymamie: This all sounds great. My better half says she wants to try Umbrella Academy, so we'll give it a go. Rae is wonderful - I miss her thread here.
Marcella, eh? I'm a noirish crime guy, and hadn't heard of that one. I'll check it out.
I'm liking Black Leopard, Red Wolf! It's a long one - I'm reading it on Kindle, and I've been reading and reading, and I'm at 12%. Ha! I see it's going to be a trilogy. This is exciting, coming from Marlon James.
Glad to hear good things about Umbrella Academy which I thought looked very appealing from the trailer. I'm midway through DC's Titans which I think I'm enjoying although I'm not always sure what's going on....
Morning, Mamie! Back to the grind today. Of course, I fell way behind on the threads, but I will slowly catch up. I hope you had a good weekend.
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