Paul C Back to Basics in 2019 Part 3
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I am reading Petersburg this month by Andrei Bely for my 120 years of books challenge and my Around the World in 80 Books Challenge (Russia). I have a colleague working with me in Malaysia who is from St. Petersburg and I am enjoying this novel so far.
The novel is set around the 1905 Russian Revolution
I am Paul Cranswick, sometime group statistician, Malaysian correspondent - construction project manager and avid book accumulator.
Father of three - Yasmyne, Kyran and Belle - the first two already studying in university in the UK and hopeful of a return to the UK in the none too distant future.
Had a tough few years and this affected badly my reading last year which was the first that I have failed to reach 100 books. This year - hope springs eternal so let's see.
1. Findings by Kathleen Jamie BIAC
2. Black Robe by Brian Moore
3. Love on the Dole by Walter Greenwood
4. Football in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
5. The Rider by Tim Krabbe
6. Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
7. My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
8. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
RITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019
January 2019 - The Natural World https://www.librarything.com/topic/296824#6632759
February 2019 - Pat Barker and Peter F. Hamilton
March 2019 - The Murderous Scots https://www.librarything.com/topic/296824#6637458
April 2019 - Rosamond Lehmann and John Boyne
May 2019 - The Edwardians https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6656870
June 2019 - Nicola Barker and Wilkie Collins
July 2019 - YA Fantasy Series https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6660927
August 2019 - Anita Brookner and Jim Crace
September 2019 - Biography and Memoir https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6674204
October 2019 - Rose Tremain and Louis de Bernieres
November 2019 -The Jewish Contribution https://www.librarything.com/topic/301575#6688724
December 2019 - Zadie Smith and Michael Morpurgo
WILDCARD - Back to the Beginning - LIVELY and ISHIGURO
Here is a link to the thread:
CHALLENGE - A BOOK A YEAR SINCE 1900
120 books in this challenge so I am going to have to do much better than last year!
To date : 8/20
1933 - Love on the Dole
1947 - Exercises in Style
1972 - My Name is Asher Lev
1978 - The Rider
1985 - Black Robe
1995 - Football in Sun and Shadow
2005 - Findings
2018 - The Silence of the Girls
Your praise of The Silence of Girls on the last thread caused a definite BB for me. Never heard of it but it's going on the WL
>11 mahsdad: All is good Jeff, other than Hani has some health concerns at the moment. She went for a check-up last week and will have another one on Friday. Depending upon the check-up either she'll come straight home or I'll go back to the UK for a few days to be with her. We do have our own little place rented there now in Sheffield anyway.
>12 figsfromthistle: Thank you Anita. xx
>13 mahsdad: Deservedly so buddy too. I am not often so hyperbolic about new novels but this one really hit my sweetspot.
Hello, Paul! Happy new thread to you. I had a hard time reading in 2018. 2019 is not starting auspiciously for quantity, though I have started with some terrific books. Happy reading to you also, Paul.
>16 ronincats: Thank you dear Roni. I am almost back up to speed at the moment. I hope to be soon myself and whizzing across the threads again. STATS are also pretty imminent.
>17 AMQS: Well Anne 2018 was my annus horribilis in reading terms being the first time as an adult I failed to read 100 books in a year.
I aim to make up for it in 2019 but so far the aim and the realisation are still not quite in sync!
Very rare for me to find a place in the very early stages of one of your thread, Paul, so settling in and wishing you a Happy New Thread and a wonderful week. I am happily ensconced in a winter wonderland that my fellow residents do not find amusing, but I find falling snow, coupled with soft classical tunes, a lovely book and a glass of red wine very relaxing. ;-)
I'm happy to be here even once, Paul. Hope you fill this thread with lots of good reading and conversation! I'd love to make it back.
>14 PaulCranswick: Sorry to hear about Hani, my best to her. Hope it turns out well. On the brightside, that's very cool that you found a place in Sheffield.
Evening Paul, just popping out of my cave, rarely found your thread just in its early stages ..... not too cold in UK I hope
Checking in on the new thread, Paul. You will have to let me know how Petersburg is. It sounds like one I would enjoy.
Some additions today.
I wanted to read more YA classics, especially as I wanted to read something for Linda's AAC and to help both with my 120 years of books challenge (1900-2019) and my Around the World in 80 Books challenges.
34. The House of Arden by E. Nesbit (1908) 242 pp
35. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (1950) 160 pp
36. The Whispering Mountain by Joan Aiken (1968) 368 pp
37. A Thief in the Village by James Berry (1987) 150 pp (Jamaica)
38. A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley (1939) 392 pp
39. No Turning Back by Beverley Naidoo (1995) 187 pp (South Africa)
40. The Kingdom by the Sea by Robert Westall (1990) 235 pp
41. The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond (1957) 191 pp (India)
42. Eight Cousins by Louis May Alcott (1875) 299 pp
>33 alcottacre: So far so good, Stasia, although the writing style is a little bit unusual.
Happy new thread Paul!
I'm sorry to hear about Hani's health concerns and hope that things turn out well. Yay to hear that she brightened up at the possibility of a visit.
And that's way cool about having a place rented in Sheffield.
Ahh, Saint Petersburg - the scene of many novels by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I really want to go there, but my normal travel-partner have been, so I might go there alone one day and try to find some literary hotspots.
Yes, Pippi is great and would be a nice fun read. My favourite Lindgren is The Brothers Lionheart.
Checking in, just to assure you I am alive.
>34 PaulCranswick: I'm filling my YA/kids gaps too. There are loads that have surprised me by being brilliant. And of course some which haven't - or don't really stand up these days (Dr Doolittle I'm thinking about you here!).
Happy new thread, Paul. It is almost like old times trying to keep up with you!
>30 PaulCranswick: I am not finding the snow restful at all. We don't do snow here and I am getting tired of unburying my car and shoveling. I wouldn't mind it so much if we actually had snow removal in the complex of our parking lot! Sorry, not sure where that rant came from.
Still haven't bought all my thingaversary books and the date was a few days ago. The urge to buy books has abated, somewhat. i think it has something to do with the stacks that keep growing. Maybe that will happen to you too, Paul. (Who am I kidding. As if!)
I hope Hani feels better soon.
Happy new thread, Paul--these Cranswickian parts are buzzing! Hope Hani feels better and is enjoying Sheffield. Is she near the city center?
>31 PaulCranswick: Oooops sorry thought You were in UK .... see how out of touch I have got myself !!!! ....
Heya Paul, hope all with Hani turns out well - though of course a visit sounds lovely. And I'm with Meg on the snow - there's been enough that I just keep having to shovel; but the main problem has been the days and days of -25°C or -30°C ot colder. All of this "frostbite within minutes" nonsense, and now my van won't start, and my pantry is bare.
>51 FAMeulstee: Yes Anita. We want to have a small place to start back there hassle free. Sheffield is close enough to my mum but not close enough that SWMBO will become the daily help and babysitter that seems my sister's intention.
>52 swynn: Thanks Steve. Trying to keep her positive. Since she is busy buying small things for the house it should be good.
>62 PaulCranswick: Is this the right time to tell you that around this time last year we had a snow depth (collective, not in one snowfall, obv.) of 165 cm?
Hi Paul! Hope you are having a good...what time is it there? Frankly, I'm generally confused about where in the world you are at any given time, anyway. Lol. So...uh.....hope you're having a good day?
>34 PaulCranswick: Nice mini-haul! I get lost so easily these days, but found your new home.
>65 richardderus: I am just as disorientated as you are RD. I am hoping for a splendid LT filled weekend.
Spare a thought or two for SWMBO who will have a further check-up tomorrow on some health issues.
Hi Paul - just waiting to hear that all has turned out well on Friday.
For my 75th Birthday yesterday, my daughter had collected -
from The Dollar Tree,
St. Vincent de Paul,
Half-price Books and other book store front sales,
library book sales,
her own collection,
the back rooms of library sales (the $1.00 a bag, 1 to 4 PM, ones) =
>67 PaulCranswick: Good health *whammy*s for the Good Lady of the House Cranswick!
I missed the Hani health bulletin. I hope that she's improving every day. Take care fo both of you.
>69 m.belljackson: LOVE IT! I turn 75 in October. Maybe I can start hinting!
Hi Paul! Happy new thread; love seeing you around here again and all the books and challenges bursting out everywhere. Sending best wishes to Hani.
Wishing you and Hani the best with regards to the health issues. Pass on my best to Hani. My Valentine gave me some yummy artisanal caramels, and a chocolate heart. It's a small chocolatier a couple of miles away from us that we discovered over Christmas. Dave is finally going back to work tomorrow - his first day back to work after his fractures back in mid December. I'm going to miss him, as is our dog. Poppy the dog dotes on Dave.
>78 PaulCranswick: Hani had the follow up check yesterday. It would appear that she has some fibroid issues but the treatment she has received to date looks to have at least improved the situation. She was quite chipper yesterday after the hospital visit which was pleasing to hear from such a remove. She has 3 days more medication before it is determined whether she will need a minor procedure.
All the best to Dave on his return to work - I am sure that he will feel ten feet tall getting back into the thick of things. I'm sure that you (and Poppy) got used to his company throughout the day but it augurs very nicely for the golden years that that would be so. xx
I was given handkerchiefs for Valentine's Day which I am not sure is the most romantic present possible but I guess Belle's budget is somewhat limited.
I also received a lovely surprise from Tennessee as I got delivered Jefferson Bass - Carved in Bone. I know who sent it winging my way and I thank her profusely.
I'm glad to hear Hani's chipper. Medication and the possibility of a minor surgical procedure are great news.
>82 karenmarie: It was good news, Karen.
Looking forward to a restful weekend and to finish a few books.
>82 karenmarie: ^^^What she said. Always a relief to know there's nothing to cause deep concern.
Glad to read the news was good from Hani. Hope your weekend is going well. I admire you taking on all the challenges - looks like that's going well. I'd never heard of Petersburg, look forward to your comments (the penguin classics cover means I'm already half sold).
>78 PaulCranswick: glad to hear that Hani is chipper after her hospital visit, and that treatment is straightforward Paul. Send her my best wishes.
>80 PaulCranswick: ha, seems things aren't so different nowadays, my dad received plenty of handkerchiefs and socks when I was a teenager too. Books as well.
>86 Caroline_McElwee: If she had bought me a book too it would have given me less to wipe my sweated brow for, Caroline!
At least she was thinking of me.
>78 PaulCranswick: That's good news about Hani's health, Paul. Are you still intending to go and visit her soon?
Happy to hear better news from Hani! Love to her!
Handkerchiefs from Belle - ♥
Headed back upstream to see what I missed about Petersburg!
Hope your weekend is going swimmingly with some good reading!
Happy new thread Paul! You sneaked one past me.
Good to know Hani's checkup had a decent outcome.
>69 m.belljackson: Happy birthday!
I like that idea. Hmm; I'll be hitting
>91 LizzieD: All is good-ish Peggy until the wind and rain intervened and blew off my in-laws roof. Certainly not insured so I am going to have to dig deep at a time when I thought I had a chance to get ahead. Oh well, I can't see them without a roof over their heads.
>92 BekkaJo: Thanks Bekka - very same to you!
>93 humouress: Buy a book for every year you've been born - great idea, I'm sure!
Nice to see you neighbour.
Glad to read Hani's checkup looks to be a treatable problem, Paul.
Sorry about your in-laws roof, can't imagine to live without a roof above my head.
>95 PaulCranswick: Oh rats! A new roof can't be cheap even in Malaysia. Sorry about the hit, Paul.
>95 PaulCranswick: Ouch. Why does it have to be three steps forward two steps back Paul? Good son-in-law though. I hope being in the business you'll at least get some decent discount.
Glad to hear that Hani got good medical news. Sorry that your Vday was miserable. :(
So much fun - and - books are each wrapped separately and tied with hand-decorated tags!
They may last for a year.
Hi Paul, sorry to read that Hani has been having some health problems mate, I hope that the fibroid issue is nothing major and that she is sorted out quickly. It seems such a length of time since we met up to chew that fat and put the world to rights mate.
I hope that you have had a good weekend mate and that your week ahead is a good one for you, sending love and hugs mate from both of us.
>101 m.belljackson: *swoons* (they'd last more than a year for me, I'm sure)
>95 PaulCranswick: Sorry to hear about the roof, Paul. Good thing you're in construction. My apologies - it may have been my fault. We haven't had rain for a while down here, and I was worrying about my plants, commenting several times that they needed a good soaking. Well, yesterday it bucketed down for hours - so they got their good soaking and more.
>97 FAMeulstee: The roof was a bit of a disaster to be honest and flooded the house. It is a kampung house and the roof is a little bit of a Heath-Robinson affair but nevertheless it was still something of a shock.
This is not the exact property but it is similar and in the same village on the Singapore border
>98 richardderus: I am not entirely sure, RD, on the cost as it is a type of construction - the old village houses - that I am entirely unfamiliar with. I sent them some dosh to be going on with and I hope that it is close to being enough.
>99 Caroline_McElwee: I know I do seem to be making a habit of going around in circles, Caroline. Being in the trade won't help me too much with this peculiar type of roof covering but I don't think it will be overly expensive. Malaysian's never insure their properties for such eventualities either which doesn't help.
>102 johnsimpson: She is in good form mate at the minute to be fair - or she was until her mother's roof flew away!
>103 humouress: It was one heck of a storm, Nina, for sure. Must have had some remnant of it at least in Singapore?
>104 Ameise1: Davos looks so enticing from your thread, Barbara. Enjoy the place for all of us.
Whisper has today listed several good ones she found at the Dollar Store - might work into a "50" budget!
Hi Paul! What a disaster for your in-laws! It is good you are able to help them. Sorry about Hani's health problem, hoping it will turn out ok soon.
Love your Petersburg topper picture! Not an easily available book here, I will wait for your review.
Please give our best to Hani, Paul. I’m glad to hear it’s fibroids; I know other possibilities can be scary.
Sorry to hear about your in-laws' roof, Paul. Hope they are able to get it fixed in a timely manner.
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