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Berly's Books Chapter Seven

This is a continuation of the topic Berly's Books Chapter Six.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1Berly
Jun 28, 10:23pm Top



For those of you who don't know me, I am a mom of 3, married to a great guy (he introduced me to LT) and besides books, I love TKD, working in glass, and chocolate. I have had an eclectic "career" in nerve regeneration research, advertising, the NBA, and editing. Now I work with my husband cleaning industrial processed water and stormwater, getting it up to EPA standards. I do the marketing and the financial stuff.

There are more books coming in than going out and I am making but a small dent in the TBR piles; I haven't given up hope yet though! I can't because books are everywhere. Some are under the window in my bedroom, some are stacked by my night table, in the study, downstairs in the bookcases, and then there is the Kindle....I know you all understand. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. ; )

2Berly
Edited: Aug 8, 12:00am Top



Reading Now
The Immortalists (350 pages) by Chloe Benjamin,RL Bookclub #1
Finding Dorothy (352 pages) by Elizabeth Letts, RL Bookclub #2
If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name (281 pages) by Heather Lende
Matchmaking for Beginners (K) by Maddie Dawson
Treasure Island (A) by Louis Stevenson

And Maybe...
December--Pachinko (Twin and Ellen and Morphy will already have read)
Three-Body Problem (K) (401pages) by Cixin Liu
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje with Mark
Lost Children Archive (400 pages) by Valeria Luiselli
Dementia Reimagined (310 pages) by Tia Powell, MD
The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey with Brynn
The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary DeMocker
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra with Morphy
The Mars Room with Twin
A Visit From the Goon Squad (340 pages) by Jennifer Egan

3Berly
Edited: Aug 8, 12:01am Top






Read in August / ??? pages / Total Read
54. Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain (K) (275 pages) by Sarah Vallance

Read in July / ??? pages / Total Read
53. Roses of May (A) by Dot Hutchison 3.75
⭐️ Where the Crawdads Sing (370 pages) 5.0
51. A Killer in King's Cove (410 pages) by Iona Whishaw 4.0
⭐️ These Truths by Jilll Lepore, Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages) FINISHED!! 4.5
49. Big Sky (Jackson Brodie Book 5) (401 pages) (K) by Kate Atkinson 4.0
48. The Dispatcher (128 pages) by John Scalzi 4.0

Read in June / 2,190 pages / Total Read 16,232
47. Divide Me By Zero (352 pages) by Lara Vapnyar
⭐️ Circe (400 pages) (A) by Madeline Miller 4.5
45. Less (272 pages) by Andrew Sean Greer, RL Bookclub DNF
44. Inheriting Edith (320 pages) by Zoe Fishman 3.0
43. Magpie Murders (494 pages) by Anthony Horowitz 4.5
42. In the Midst of Winter (352 pages) Isabel Allende 3.0

Read in May / 2,621 pages / Total Read 14,042
41. E is for Evidence (208 pages) by Sue Grafton
40. Half-Moon Investigations (290 pages) by Eoin Colfer 3.75
⭐️ A Spark of Light (366 pages) by Jodi Picoult 4.25
38. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (K) (304 pages) by Kathleen Rooney 4.0
37. Fluke (321 pages) by Christopher Moore 3.75
36. The Library Book (326 pages) by Susan Orlean -- RL #1 bookclub April 4.0
⭐️ Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave (400 pages?) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.5
34. Everything I Never Told You (306 pages) by Celeste Ng RL Bookclub 4.0
33. A Mind of Her Own (A) (100 pages?? not in print) by Paula McLain 3.5

Read in April / 1,433 pages / Total Read 11,421
C) These Truths Part 3 (109 pages)
32. The Orphan Daughter (A) by Cari Noga DNF (read 150)
31. Irma Voth (215 pages) by Miriam Toews with Twin
30. The Chemist (A) (528 pages) by Stephanie Meyer 3.0
29. The Great Believers (K) (431 pages) by Rebecca Makkai -- RL #2 bookclub April 3.75

⭐️ Favorite(s) of the month
Masterpiece 5.0
Stunning 4.5
Excellent 4.0
Very Good 3.5
Good 3.0
Average 2.5
Eh 2.0
Don't Bother 1.5
Bad 1.0
Anathema 0.5

A=Audio
L=Library
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
K=Kindle
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer



Books Freed = 115



Catalogued 34/50 shelves

4Berly
Edited: Jun 28, 10:49pm Top

Read in March / 3,763 pages / Total Read 9,988 pages
C) These Truths Part 3 (308-517, only read 100 pages)
28. I'm Fine and Neither Are You (266 pages) by Camille Pagan 3.5
27. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (306 pages) by Darynda Jones 3.75
26. Her Royal Spyness (348 pages) (K) by Rhys Bowen 3.5
25. The Twin (343 pages) by Gerbrand Bakker 3.0
24. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (321 pages) (A)(Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones 4.0
23. The Sympathizer (Pearl Ruled at 50 pages) by Viet Thanh Nguyen
⭐️ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (337 pages) by Gail Honeyman 4.5
21. Fatal Remedies (272 pages) (A) by Donna Leon 3.0
20. Stitches: A Memoir (333 pages) by David Small 4.0
19. Freedom Road (377 pages) (K) by William Lashner 3.0

Read in February / 3,570 pages / Total Read 6,225 pages
B) These Truths Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages)
18. I Will Never Leave You (K) (338 pages) by SM Thayer 2
⭐️ The Snakes (438 pages) by Sadie Jones 4.25
16. Noir: A Novel (A) by Christopher Moore (PR after 1 1/2 hrs or 100 pages)
⭐️ The Fire This Time (224 pages) by Jesmyn Ward with Twin 4.5
14. One Good Turn (541 pages) by Kate Atkinson, Jackson Brodie #2, 4.0
13. Preacher (436 pages) by Camilla Lackberg #2, 3.75
12. Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot (Pearl Ruled at 71 pages)
11. Start without Me (288 pages) by Joshua Max Feldman, LTER, 3.5
10. Nerve (313 pages) by Dick Francis (Thank you Mamie!) 3.5
9. Rock Needs River (K) (185 pages) by Vanessa McGrady 3.0
8. Once Upon A River (480 pages) by Diane Setterfield 3.75

Read in January / 2655 pages
A) These Truths (150 pages -- Section One) by Jill Lepore 4.25
7. A Ladder to the Sky (384 pages) by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 4.0
6. How To Be A Woman (320 pages) (A) by Caitlin Moran 4.0
⭐️ Sometimes I Lie (264 pages) (K) by Alice Feeney 4.25
4. Pavillion of Women (316 pages) (K) by Pearl S. Buck 3.75
3. Ice Princess (420 pages) (K) by Camilla Lackberg 3.5
2. Becoming (448 pages) by Michelle Obama 4.0
1. The Curse of Tenth Grave (353 pages) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.0

5Berly
Edited: Aug 8, 12:02am Top



RL Book Club #1
✅ February - Becoming by Michelle Obama
✅ April - The Library Book - Susan Orlean
✅ June - In the Midst of Winter - Isabel Allende
August - The Immortalist - Chloe Benjamin
October - There There - Tommy Orange
December - Choose books!!

RL Book Club #2
✅ January - Becoming by Michelle Obama
February - The Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama
✅ March - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
✅ April - The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
✅ May- Everything I Never Told Youby Celeste Ng
✅ June - Less by Andrew Sean Greer
August - Finding Dorothy
September -
October -
November -

Literary Arts 2019-2020
October 24, 2019 -- Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer
November 14, 2019 -- Rules of Civility and ✅ A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
January 15, 2020 -- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
February 20, 2020 -- ✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
May 7, 2020 -- The Nickel Boys and ✅ The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Four-month LT Group read
These Truths by Jill Lepore
✅ Jan Part 1 (1-150 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/301417
✅ Feb Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/303118
✅ March Part 3 (308-517, 209 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/304319
✅ April Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/305408#

6Berly
Edited: Jul 22, 2:58am Top



Powell's Indiespensable Readers Challenge

Hubby signed me up for this. Over the years I have received 80 installments, but I haven't read all the books yet. Not even close! In an effort to catch up -- I want to read 12 this year. The complete list (such as it is) can be found here:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/301060#

Maybes
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
October--There, There by Tommy Orange
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra with Morphy -- Month TBD
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Done
✅1. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
✅2. The Fire This Time in February
✅3. The Snakes by Sadie Jones
✅4. Stitches by David Small
✅5. The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
✅6. Irma Voth by Miriam Towes with Twin
✅7. Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar

8.
9.
10.
11.
12.

7Berly
Edited: Jul 21, 10:28pm Top



And another effort to read off my shelves...

a -- One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
b -- Pavillion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
c
d
e -- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
f -- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
g
h -- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
i
j -- The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
k -- A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw
l -- Less by Andrew Sean Greer
m -- How To Be a Woman Caitlin Moran (Crazy & Katie's Fault)
n
o -- Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
p
q
r
s -- Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
t
u
v
w -- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
x
y
z

8Berly
Edited: Jul 31, 9:46pm Top



I can't resist buying new books!!

I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies.

2017 47/85
2018 45/88

Let's see how I do this year!!

2019 22/57 Read

✅ Becoming by Michelle Obama, G*
✅ One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (Thank you, SS Paul!) G*
3. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (Thanks, SS Paul!) G*
✅ A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 *
5. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 *
✅ How To Be A Woman by Caitlan Moran* (Crazy & Katie's Fault) AC*
✅ Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption by Vanessa McGrady AP*
8. Smoke and Summons (Numina Book 1) by Charlie Holmberg AP*
✅ Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel Kathleen Rooney
✅ Nerve by Dick Francis (Thank you Mamie!) G*
11. Happiness by Aminatta Forna (Thank you Paul!) G*
12. Self-Care for the Self-Aware by Dave Markowitz
13. Empathipedia by Dave Markowitz
✅ Fluke by Christopher Moore
✅ Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (Reba got this one, too)
✅ A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
✅ Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
18. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
19. A Killer In King's Cove by Iona Whishaw (Thanks, Twin!)
20. Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier (And this one, too!)
21. Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama
✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
23. Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley, INDIEspensable #78 *
✅ The Snakes by Sadie Jones, INDIEspensable #78 *
25. The Bold World by Jodi Patterson, ARC *
26. Freedom Road by William Lashner *
27. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
28. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
✅ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
30. Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Wendy Vanderah AP*
31. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
32. Calypso by David Sedaris
✅. I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan AP*
34. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Lyiselli, INDIEspensable #79 *
✅ Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones AC*
✅ Trouble with the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones AP*
37. How Music Works by David Byrne
38. brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, INDIEspensable #35 missing book acquired
39. The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugani AP*
40. The Orphan Daughter by Cari Noga
✅ Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman
42. The Parent's Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary DeMocker
43. Dangerous Subjects by Kenneth R. Coleman
44. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib
45. Dementia Reimagined by Tia Powell, MD
✅ Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
47. Divergent by Veronica Roth AP*
✅ In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende
49. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett INDIEspensable #80 *
✅ Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar INDIEspensable #80 *
51. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
✅ Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain (275 pages) by Sarah Vallance, AP*
53. What You Did by Claire McGowan, AP*
54. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
55. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
56. Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart
57. Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

* = Free (which means I didn't buy it so I don't have to feel guilty!)
G=Gift
I=INDIESpensable (Gifts from my Hubby)
AC=Audible monthly credit
AP=Amazon Prime Kindle Read

9Berly
Edited: Jun 29, 12:31am Top



Favorites from 2018:
Fiction
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Queen of the Tearling (the whole series! -- done) by Erika Johansen
First Grave on the Right (the whole series!!) by Darynda jones
Beartown by Fredrick Backman
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrew Cummins

Non-Fiction
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

10Berly
Edited: Jun 28, 10:45pm Top



June was a rough one. I am ready to start July early!!! : )

11Berly
Edited: Jun 28, 10:56pm Top

Currently reading

12Berly
Edited: Jun 28, 11:05pm Top

13lkernagh
Jun 28, 11:15pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

14Berly
Jun 29, 12:29am Top

Thanks, Lori!! As my first responder, you get a gift card from....



Please come here and spend it in person.

15BLBera
Jun 29, 12:44am Top

Happy new one, Twin. Great topper -- you are definitely a limited edition. :)

BTW - did you read In the Midst of Winter twice in June? Just asking.

16Berly
Jun 29, 12:49am Top

>15 BLBera: Why thank you. It must run in the family. : )

Ha! Good catch. No, it just felt like it. Fixed.

17charl08
Jun 29, 2:14am Top

>14 Berly: I love the image on that gift card. Scarily accurate in terms of needing a trailer to move my books.

Happy new thread! May July be a good one.

18Caroline_McElwee
Jun 29, 5:04am Top

Love the topper Kim.

19RebaRelishesReading
Edited: Jun 29, 6:39am Top

Happy new thread, Kim! :)

P.S. Love your topper too!

20kidzdoc
Jun 29, 7:18am Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

21jessibud2
Jun 29, 7:25am Top

Happy new thread, Kim. I agree about June. Can't end soon enough

22Berly
Jun 29, 10:41am Top

>17 charl08: Hello there! Are you moving your books somewhere? And, yes, if I ever move, I will need a trailer. LOL

>18 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks! Glad you like the topper and glad you stopped by. Both.

>19 RebaRelishesReading: I am glad you came by to see it! : )

>20 kidzdoc: Hi, Doc! I am already way behind on your new thread...I'll get there soon!

>21 jessibud2: Exactly. In reality, only two more days left, but I am just going to pretend it's already July.

23Berly
Jun 29, 10:46am Top

Headed off to see my daughter play soccer this morning. Yes, still a soccer mom even though she is 26!! She is playing on a rec outdoor team and they made the playoffs which is being held in the professional stadium downtown. Should be fun.

Then I am going in to catch up on some stuff at work -- between all my health stuff and supervising the interns, I am so behind! I am actually looking forward to some peace and quiet to sort through emails and papers and then it won't be hanging over my head and I can actually enjoy the Fourth of July hoopla!!

Happy Saturday everyone!

24drneutron
Jun 29, 10:53am Top

Happy new thread!

25thornton37814
Jun 29, 10:59am Top

Happy new thread!

26BLBera
Jun 29, 11:35am Top

Have a great weekend, Twinnie. Enjoy the soccer and don't work too hard.

27jnwelch
Jun 29, 2:19pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

Seeing Powell's up there made me sigh. Can't wait until we get back your way. I told our daughter she has to see this bookstore.

28karenmarie
Jun 29, 2:58pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim! Here's to a fantastic July.

29msf59
Edited: Jun 29, 4:42pm Top

Happy Saturday, Kim. Happy New Thread! I really enjoyed Lost Children Archive. I hope it also works for you. And hooray for Powell's Books!!

30Donna828
Jun 29, 9:25pm Top

Hi Kim. I'm with you on June…a blur for me. July has to be better, right?
I'll be interested in your thoughts on Lost Children Archive. I had to return my copy to the library unread. June was not a stellar reading month for me.

31ronincats
Jun 29, 9:32pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kimmers!

32PaulCranswick
Jun 29, 11:07pm Top

>1 Berly: I'd say that was just about right!

Happy new thread, Kimmers.

33Familyhistorian
Jun 29, 11:45pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim. Hope July is way better for you!

34quondame
Jun 29, 11:49pm Top

Happy new thread!

35EBT1002
Jun 29, 11:49pm Top

Happy New Thread and Happy July!!! It needs to be better than June was for you...

I'm glad you loved Circe. It is one of my favorite reads of 2019 so far.

I have a copy of Lost Children Archive. I need to start reading it.

36banjo123
Jun 30, 12:55am Top

Happy new thread!!

37richardderus
Jun 30, 2:37am Top

Hey there Limited Edition Lady!

38charl08
Jun 30, 10:20am Top

Hope you had fun cheering on your daughter.
I'm not moving yet - but have been thinking about it. Not sure what to do with *bookcase full* of school books I don't use any more.

39johnsimpson
Jun 30, 3:48pm Top

Happy new thread Kim my dear, hope you and the family are having a good weekend. I hope that after your recent health issue you are better and from what you have said it would appear so but take things steady. Sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.

40FAMeulstee
Jun 30, 6:00pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!
Glad to read on your previous thread the knee is progressing with help of PT.

Love the topper, as we all are ;-)

41Berly
Jun 30, 10:53pm Top

>24 drneutron: Thanks, Doc!

>25 thornton37814: Thank you and welcome.

>26 BLBera: The soccer was fun! My daughter's team came in second.

42Berly
Jun 30, 11:00pm Top

>27 jnwelch: Sounds like you need a family vacation to Portland...

>28 karenmarie: Cheers to July!!!

>29 msf59: I just finished Divide Me By Zero and I am ready to pick up The Lost Children Archive again. (They're both Powell's INDIEspensable Books!)

43LovingLit
Edited: Jul 1, 5:22am Top

>7 Berly: I love how your challenge can be book or author name! Much more realistic ad exciting that way- yes, I said exciting :)

Love the Powell's Books image, so cool!

ETA: yay! June is over!!! Bring on July, which I hope is much more fruitful for you.

44mstrust
Jul 1, 5:04pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

45Berly
Jul 1, 7:48pm Top

>30 Donna828: Sorry June wasn't great for you either. But we've made it to July!! Hurray!! Sorry you didn't get to finish Lost Children Archive. Luckily I own it. No I just hope I remember what happened before I put it down a month ago....

>31 ronincats: HI Roni!!

>32 PaulCranswick: Hello to another Ltd Edition, Paul!

>33 Familyhistorian: Thanks. So far, so good. Day one of July was just fine. : )

46Berly
Jul 1, 7:52pm Top

>34 quondame: Thank you! And nice to see you.

>35 EBT1002: It will not be hard for July to be better than June. LOL I am confident. *runs and hurriedly knocks on wood*

I think you should start LCA right about now! ; )

>36 banjo123: Hi. We are due for a Powell's meetup soon, dontcha think?

>37 richardderus: That's me for sure. And that makes you Limited Edition Man.

47Berly
Jul 1, 7:58pm Top

>38 charl08: I have been slowly purging the old school books. I don't know what I will do when we downsize. I have a wall of books! Right now I am just basking in them. And I stalled out on cataloging them--really need to get back to that.

>39 johnsimpson: Health is improving and I am being a good doobie and not overdoing. Yet. : ) Worked most of Saturday, but did manage to make it to the movies and see Dark Phoenix (pretty good!). Then yesterday, I pretty much lounged. Today was work again and then I am playing hooky tomorrow to have fun with my daughter for her birthday. We are both getting massages! C A N N O T W A I T!!!

>40 FAMeulstee: Yes, PT is going well. Flexibility seems to be great. Now just working on strength. Hoping to start hopping/jumping stuff next week. Hopefully, I will be good to start low level TKD classes again in August.

48Berly
Jul 1, 8:00pm Top

>43 LovingLit: Ah, thank you for seeing my interchangeable Name/Author challenge as EXCITING (rather then easier-shhhh!). I have always like you. LOL

And if you think Powell's images are great, you should check out the store!!

>44 mstrust: Hi there!!

49Berly
Edited: Jul 1, 8:41pm Top

Just got my library copy copy of



Jackson Brodie Book #5--Can't wait!! And I started watching the series. : )

50msf59
Jul 1, 8:46pm Top

>49 Berly: Hooray, Big Sky, Kim. I am waiting for the audio version to pop up.

51BLBera
Jul 2, 9:49am Top

I'll be reading Big Sky soon as well, Twin. Can we count it as a shared read? Glad to hear you're taking care of yourself. And happy birthday to ? Which one?

52richardderus
Jul 2, 9:52am Top

>49 Berly: ...so we know where you'll be in the next few days. Nose into Brodie's business.

53streamsong
Jul 2, 11:16am Top

Love the image in >14 Berly: Someday I will make it over the mountains to Powell's!

And I'm glad you enjoyed Circe. Good review on your previous thread. (See how far behind I am!!!!)

Happy reading, happy July!

54laytonwoman3rd
Jul 2, 8:57pm Top

It seems July is treating you well so far....

55Familyhistorian
Jul 2, 11:45pm Top

Happy birthday to you and your daughter, Kim. Is it today? Whenever it is today was massage day so part of the celebration!

56karenmarie
Jul 4, 8:50am Top

Hi Kim!

Bill and I just finished watching the Jackson Brodie series, and I'm almost finished with a re-read of Case Histories. I think I'll continue with the series and eventually get to Big Sky. What do you think of the series?

57Berly
Jul 4, 6:43pm Top

Wishing all my buddies here (who celebrate!) a very...



And a great day to everyone else as well. : )

58brenzi
Jul 4, 6:52pm Top

Hey I'm reading Big Sky too Kim. Of course it looks like a bunch of us are lol.

Here's to a better July!

59tymfos
Jul 4, 10:41pm Top

Hi, Kim! Happy 4th of July!

I'm looking forward to reading Big Sky. It's been a long time since we've had a new Jackson Brodie!

60charl08
Jul 5, 2:11am Top

Nice to see all the Atkinson enthusiasm here :-) Hope you have/ had a good day off, Kim.

61mstrust
Jul 5, 12:38pm Top

I hope you had a good 4th, Kim!

62Berly
Jul 5, 3:28pm Top

>50 msf59: I just couldn't wait for the audio of Big Sky!! LOL So far, so good. : )

>51 BLBera: Oh, I think we can count it as a shared read. ; ) Sarah, my middle daughter, celebrated her 23 birthday.

>52 richardderus: You guessed correctly! And I am enjoying both the written and the screen versions.

63Berly
Jul 5, 3:35pm Top

>53 streamsong: I really hope you do make it to Powell's one day, and, of course, let me know when you are here! And congrats on being all caught up on my thread again and extra points for going back to read the old thread.

>54 laytonwoman3rd: July is off to a great start, thank goodness. Had a great day at a friend's house on the lake yesterday. Sunshine, rriends, boat ride, lots of great food and drink, and fireworks. A wonderful Fourth of July. : )

>55 Familyhistorian: I will pass on your good wishes to my daughter!! Thank you.

>56 karenmarie: I think the series is lots of fun! It's been long enough, I probably should go back and read from the beginning again, but I am too impatient. : )

64Berly
Jul 5, 3:41pm Top

>58 brenzi: I am not surprised that several of us are reading Big Sky -- we had to wait long enough for it, right?! Are you enjoying it?

>59 tymfos: Happy Fourth! Or Fifth, as the case may be! And another Jackson Brodie fan. Happy reading when you get to it, and in the meantime, too.

>60 charl08: I had a very fun Fourth. It wasn't at my house, so very nice and low key for me. I just had to bring some dishes to the potluck. My pleasure! How about you? Did the kids enjoy the fireworks? I was out on a walk this morning and passed this mom picking up the leftover fireworks stuff and it made me miss the days when the kids ran around the driveway with their lit sprinklers in hand. So cute and fun.

>61 mstrust: I did, I did!! How about you? Knowing you , I am sure you did. ; )

65Berly
Jul 5, 3:57pm Top



I just finished The Dispatcher by John Scalzi. It's an audio quickie, less than three hours, which sometimes I don't like because the plot isn't that good, but this one really was.

For unknown reasons, in the near future, when people are murdered, the reappear in their homes, naked but unharmed. Their lives seem to be set back 10-20 hours. This changes everything. Botched surgeries, the mafia. Everything.

Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher—a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to murder/save people by dispatching them so they can reappear and have a second chance. But then a fellow Dispatcher goes missing and Tony is compelled to help find him.

Recommended!

66charl08
Jul 6, 5:58am Top

>64 Berly: I think you mixed me up with Chelle there - maybe we can be the new twins on the block?!! :-)

>65 Berly: This sounds good - I'll have a look on Audible. I keep falling asleep in the middle of the very long crime novels and having no idea what I've missed in the plot when I listen again (thank goodness for the timed sleep feature, which has at least - when I remember - made this a little less difficult to track).

67Carmenere
Jul 6, 8:08am Top

Happy newish thread, Kim! Hope your enjoying the holiday weekend!

68witchyrichy
Edited: Jul 6, 10:25am Top

Happy new thread!

>65 Berly: I've had Scalzi on my radar for awhile and this "sounds" like a good way to get started!

69BLBera
Jul 7, 12:10pm Top

Happy Birthday to Sarah.

I am loving Big Sky. I think today might be a reading day. :)

70Berly
Edited: Jul 7, 5:27pm Top

>66 charl08: Hi CHARLOTTE! Sorry about mixing you up with Chelle (good guess); luckily you are both lovely people. : ) Welcome to the Twin club!! LOL

And, yes, the timed sleep feature is a must. That way I only have to backtrack a little bit to find where I drifted off to sleep. You should give this Scalzi a try.

>67 Carmenere: Hello there! Thanks for popping in. It was so nice to have a long weekend. But I have decompressed so much that now I don't want to go to work tomorrow. ; ) Did yo have any fun?

71Berly
Edited: Jul 8, 2:42am Top

>68 witchyrichy: Hi! I think it is a great way to "sound" out Scalzi. (I like how you did that with the " ".) It's not a big time commitment and conceptually a fun read.



>69 BLBera: Just finished Big Sky today and it did not disappoint.

As usual, Brodie seems to pop up in all the wrong places at the right time. There are several mysteries happening at once here: a kidnapping, a murder, sex trafficking and a cold case, oh, and a wedding. There seems to be far less of Jackson Brodie in this book; but the other characters were quite good and so I didn't mind at all. A very fun read!

72BLBera
Jul 7, 10:09pm Top

Just finished Big Sky, Twin, and loved it as well. I love Atkinson's style.

73Berly
Jul 8, 2:43am Top

>72 BLBera: So, you did have a day of reading today, Twin! Hurrah!!

74BLBera
Jul 10, 7:53am Top

I did - tennis is eating into my reading time. I'm reading a chunkster, The Flight Portfolio now because it has to go back to the library, and then, I'm booked to read The Luminaries with Ellen. I have some catching up to do. What problems, right?

75Donna828
Jul 10, 4:42pm Top

I'm glad your July is off to a great start, Kim. What am I saying? The month is already 1/3 over! How on earth does that keep happening? At least I'm home now and can start seeing the hope of getting back into my old routine. Even though it's pretty boring, that's where I long to be. Haha.

I'm glad you liked Big Sky. What's not to like, right? It's Jackson Brodie after all. I hope we don't have to wait as long for the next installment.

76richardderus
Jul 11, 12:33am Top

If only The Dispatcher wasn't so expensive...$5.99...oh dear...
*gives up and trudges off the get the darn thing*

77Familyhistorian
Jul 11, 5:10pm Top

Looks like your July so far is a winner, Kim. Keep up the good work!

78witchyrichy
Jul 11, 6:27pm Top

July is my slowest month for reading, and I am completely blaming tennis. I have been more connected to Wimbledon than ever before and loving it! Had an all day meeting on Monday but kept the scores and a little coverage running on my phone when I could ;-)

79PaulCranswick
Jul 12, 11:58pm Top

>78 witchyrichy: I need to find reasons to blame too, Karen - am finishing nada.

Have a lovely weekend, Kimmers. xx

80ffortsa
Jul 15, 6:53pm Top

Hm. What's the 'timed sleep' feature?

81bell7
Jul 17, 5:35pm Top

>80 ffortsa: On some apps, you can set a timer so that it will stop reading at a certain point. I don't have Audible, but I use it on Overdrive when I'm listening to an audiobook before I go to bed, and I'll typically set it for 30 minutes so when I look for the place where I fell asleep, I only have to go back so far to check it.

Hope things are going well, Kim! Have you more time to read with Wimbledon over? What a doozy of a final, huh?

82vikzen
Jul 17, 6:41pm Top

Hey there! Long time no shout, I see in the months I've been gone you've ripped through like 7 threads! wow! I have plenty catching up to do. I'm going to add Big Sky to my reading list seeing the discussion above. I have a few of her books just haven't gotten around to reading any yet (go figure!)

83weird_O
Jul 18, 2:34pm Top



Nice to see what all you've been up to, Kim.

As is the case with most everything, I'm a few scandals behind. Reading Watergate: A Novel by Thomas Mallon. Very interesting view of the event from the perspective of those enmeshed in it; it is quite sympathetic to the small fry who did get fried.

84johnsimpson
Jul 20, 4:10pm Top

Hi Kim my dear, hope all is well with you and that you are having a good start to the weekend along with the family. Sending love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

85EBT1002
Jul 21, 12:18pm Top

I still need to read Started Early, Took My Dog and then I can get around to Big Sky. So many books!!!! :-)

I hope you're doing well....

86karenmarie
Jul 21, 12:40pm Top

Hi Kim!

Happy Sunday to you. I hope you're doing well.

87Berly
Jul 21, 4:40pm Top

>75 Donna828: Okay, now the month is 2/3 over. Where is all my time going?! I really hope we don't have to wait as long for the next Jackson Brodie release. While I wait, I have been enjoying the movie version of the series. : )

>76 richardderus: And? Have you dispatched The Dispatcher yet?

>77 Familyhistorian: Had the last of the dental work done, so maybe now I can enjoy what's left of July!!!

88Berly
Jul 21, 4:46pm Top

>78 witchyrichy: I totally got sucked into Wimbledon, between the wonderful new women's player, Coco Gauff, and all my regular favorites, I spent hours glued to the TV.

>79 PaulCranswick: Hi and happy next weekend to you!! What's your reason for falling behind on the reading? ; )

>80 ffortsa: See >81 bell7:. (Thanks!) I usually set mine for 15 min because I am out way before 30 min at bedtime. I love it because if I fall asleep I don't have to backtrack much to find my place.

>81 bell7: Exactly!!

Oh, the men's finale made me so sad. I wanted Federer to win and he had it within a point and then lost his grip. Oh well, it was a phenomenal match and they both played amazingly. Longest Wimbledon match on record now, isn't it?

89Berly
Jul 21, 4:55pm Top

>82 vikzen: Well, hello there! Welcome back. I am a tad behind on threads myself lately, but I'll slowly make my rounds and see what you've been up to.

>83 weird_O: Are you reading scandals or causing them? LOL Love your peek-a-boo image.

>84 johnsimpson: Thanks for the happy weekend wishes! It has been a very good, much-needed social weekend. Hubby and I went out for dinner on Friday at a favorite place downtown and then we went over to his parents place and stayed until 11:30pm!! Unheard of late night for them, but so much fun catching up.

Then yesterday, I spent the entire day reading Where the Crawdads Sing (yes, it is amazing like everyone says) until at 5pm I went over to a friend's new house for cocktails. I am super excited--she is just a few minutes away now and I love her new abode. And then she and my family went out to see The Lion King remake. It was very good--I was blown away by the computer generated (CG) imagery, so much detail!! I still like the original version better, but glad I went.

Today I am being very unproductive and I am proud of it. : )

90Berly
Jul 21, 4:58pm Top

>85 EBT1002: Last month and this month had some ups and downs, but I have had a great weekend. Hope to spend some time now catching up here. Thanks for checking in.

>86 karenmarie: Happy Sunday!! Doing pretty well. I plan to spend today doing nothing and I am pretty excited about it. LOL Hope all is well with you, too

91Berly
Jul 21, 5:01pm Top

My plans for the day...

92msf59
Edited: Jul 21, 5:16pm Top

Happy Sunday, Kimmers. Miss seeing you around. Your plans for today, look wonderful. I am finally starting Big Sky tomorrow. I have been shamelessly warbling to everyone about If You Want to Make God Laugh. It is now your turn. Love this book.

93BLBera
Jul 21, 5:27pm Top

>91 Berly: Looks like an excellent plan, Twinnie. Coco Gauff was amazing to watch, hard to believe she is 15. I was sorry that Serena and Rafa did not win. :(

Your weekend does sound excellent.

I did get some time with my girls, my daughter and Scout. They will be gone all next week, so I'll probably go into withdrawal.

94Berly
Jul 21, 6:45pm Top

>92 msf59: Well, hopefully I am back. That's my plan anyways. : ) I hope you enjoy Big Sky as much as I did--if you have made it this far in the series, its probably a safe bet!

I love/hate when I get a book bullet on my own thread!! Thanks for sharing your enthusiam. LOL

>93 BLBera: I was sorry about Serena, too, but you know I am a Federer fan. ; )

So glad you got some time with your girls!! If you have withdrawal symptoms, just give me a call. Speaking of calls, I am waiting for my sister to let me know whether she can get time off for when I want to come out and visit in the beginning of September. I will keep you posted....

95Ameise1
Jul 22, 3:10am Top

What a gorgeous topper, Kim. Wishing you a good start into the new week.

96Caroline_McElwee
Jul 22, 5:07am Top

>91 Berly: Great plans Kim.

97BLBera
Jul 22, 8:35am Top

I can live with your being a Fed fan. :) So excited about your upcoming visit!

98richardderus
Jul 22, 9:25am Top

Hiya Berly boo, I'm happy you're in less of a swivet and can join in the reindeer games.

The Dispatcher languishes in purchasing Purgatory because for $6 I can get a real (used) book. I'm most often unwilling to spend more than $5 because that's the point below which I can't get a real (used) from Ammy. It's a hangover from the times when I could hold any book for any amount of time. Now I buy Kindlebooks of large tomes in preference to tree books; easier on the hands. I just hold my nose and pay through it simultaneously...IF the library holds line is immense or the county system simply won't get a book as well as if it's a kitten squisher.

99Berly
Jul 23, 11:19am Top

>95 Ameise1: Glad you like the topper! I think it's very true. ; ) So nice to see you here. RL has been getting in the way of my LT time, but I am slowly making the rounds. Hope life is treating you well.

>96 Caroline_McElwee: Right? LOL. I managed to carry through on my plans on Sunday. It was lovely and much needed.

100Berly
Jul 23, 11:23am Top

>97 BLBera: As I can live with you being a Nadal fan. ; ) I PMed you a message about my visit. So excited to see you in September!

>98 richardderus: Big swivel yesterday, but more on that later. I still made it back to LT!

I think I can send anyone one free audio book. Not sure you would want to spend it on the Dispatcher (not because it isn't good--it is!--but because it is so short. I will try to give you a call and see which of my audio books you might like. Smooch.

101Berly
Jul 23, 11:35am Top



So, July hasn't been much better than June for me, which is why I have been largely MIA here. Health stuff. Yesterday I wound up in the hospital with an allergic reaction. I ate Domino's pizza for lunch at work with the crew last week and I was fine. But apparently they have changed their recipe and now use Palm Oil in their crusts, which I cannot do. So yesterday, we again treated our interns to free lunch and I only had one piece of veggie pizza (my favorite) and then I started to feel horrible, but I couldn't figure out what was going on. My hubby called them and asked about ingredients. Sigh. The dreaded Palm Oil. I left work and went home, thinking I could fight off the reaction with some Benadryl and sleep. But after two rounds of that, the pain just kept getting worse and then I started to wheeze, so that meant an Epi Pen injection and off to the ER. They managed to turn me around pretty quickly and I only spent about 4 hours there and was home by midnight, thank goodness.

No more Domino's pizza for me. Bummer. But the important thing is I am still alive!! : )

102Caroline_McElwee
Edited: Jul 23, 11:44am Top

>101 Berly: oh no Kim. Glad you are better now. It's so hard to avoid palm oil these days, it's in everything. I try to avoid it for reasons of forest destruction, but I know I'm not able to achieve 100% non-use. Just to find peanut butter without palm oil took a while. And as I type, I realise I need to check my favourite choc bar, Reeses nut bar, to see if it has palm oil. I should probably hope it does, as it will make it easier to give up!

ETA and your post was appropriately 101!

103BLBera
Jul 23, 1:18pm Top

I wrote it in PEN on my calendar, so nothing will get in the way.

104weird_O
Jul 23, 1:32pm Top

>101 Berly: I'd think that just a glance at that kaleidoscopic hot pad would put you off tasting it. Yow! Glad you survived and are feeling better, Kim. Food allergies can be so grim.

105RBeffa
Jul 23, 1:43pm Top

>101 Berly: Oh what a bummer. Glad you got through it OK, but who needs that? I can't take Benadryl anymore. It started giving me nightmares and bizarre, really bizarre, dreams. I mentioned it to my doc several years ago and she said she no longer recommends it to her patients over 60, and sometimes younger, something about the blood/brain barrier. It had been my go to for a long time for my seasonal hay fever allergies.

106mstrust
Jul 23, 1:46pm Top

I'm glad you're better now. I had no idea palm oil was a problem for some people, or that it would be in a pizza crust.

107RebaRelishesReading
Jul 23, 3:41pm Top

>101 Berly: Dang! and Carp! and a bunch of other things. So sorry you're having another rough month.

108richardderus
Jul 23, 4:00pm Top

>101 Berly: Holy CARP!! That is a nightmare. I had an aesthetic version of your response when my favorite flavor of instant oatmeal started using sucralose instead of real sugar. They call it "sugars" or "natural sweetener" but it's wet aluminum shavings for all of me. Had to throw an entire box away. Luckily, the cleaner fished the box out and took it to the break room. Other people will actually eat that stuff, not me.

But that involves copious mouth-rinsing, not an Epi Pen. *smooch*

>100 Berly: Please do call, but no worries on the audiobooks since I'm not having trouble sleeping. They conk me out inside 10min. Last year I listened to all ~5hrs of The Man in the High Castle according to the book company but I remember zip! I was deep in Dreamland before whatever that baritone's name is was fully launched into the story and mellifluating his honeyed syllables into my willing earholes.

109BLBera
Jul 23, 6:09pm Top

Hope all is well with you today, Twin. Take care.

110Berly
Jul 23, 8:42pm Top

Just bragging about next season at Portland's Literary Arts....

111BLBera
Jul 23, 8:56pm Top

>110 Berly: Whoa! Brag away, Twin. That looks like an awesome line-up. I think I have to move to Portland.

112Berly
Jul 23, 8:56pm Top

>102 Caroline_McElwee: Avoiding palm oil for environmental reasons is awesome! I like to claim that unselfish motivation, but mine is totally personal. The effect will be the same, so can I have some points? Good luck on the peanut bar (although I don't know whether to vote for its good to eat for you or not! LOL)

>103 BLBera: Perfect!! Thanks, Twin. : )

>104 weird_O: After the whole hormone change thing (that women go through at my age), I seem to be more sensitive to food allergies, which sorta sucks, but looking on the bright side it is also making my shy away from a lot of junk food, so that's good.

113Berly
Jul 23, 9:33pm Top

>105 RBeffa: That's not a good side effect! Man, I hope that doesn't happen to me. It is my go to allergy fix for severe episodes before I have to resort to an Epipen. Argh. Do you have a new seasonal allergy remedy that is working for you? I hope so!

>106 mstrust: I have always been allergic to all nuts and coconut, but I have had to add sesame seeds, sunflower (which is also in everything!), and poppy seeds over the years. And now palm oil. I can't believe it is in pizza and Regal Cinemas just starting using coconut oil on the popcorn. I am going to have to start bringing my own!! : )

>107 RebaRelishesReading: I like your colorful language. : ) I am now rooting for August. LOL

114Berly
Jul 23, 9:36pm Top

>108 richardderus: Copious mouth washing! I have a vision of that in my head. Glad that you could solve the problem doing that instead of other remedies. Sorry you have to give up on your instant oatmeal though.

I will definitely call you soon, just for the fun of it! Probably not tonight as it's getting late your time and I am pooping out. But smooches in the mean time.

>109 BLBera: Fine day today. Just a little wiped out. Should be good to go again by tomorrow. Also on a little Prednisone, which also gives me a quick energy high for the first few days.

>111 BLBera: Twin, you keep threatening to move to Portland. Hurry up!! : )

115PaulCranswick
Jul 23, 10:51pm Top

I try to avoid palm oil as much as possible also despite the fact that I live in a country that produces a significant portion of the world's supply.

So much of the rain forest was destroyed to cultivate it.

116banjo123
Jul 24, 12:14am Top

Oh no! so sorry about the pizza.

That looks like a great Literary Arts Line-up!

117Berly
Jul 24, 12:19am Top

>115 PaulCranswick: Well, sounds like I am joining the ranks of some of my favorite people in the anti-palm oil thinking.

>116 banjo123: Boo on the pizza! Yay on the Literary Arts!! Hope you are enjoying summer here.

118charl08
Jul 24, 1:10am Top

>110 Berly: Looks like an impressive line up there, Kim.

So sorry about the palm oil reaction. I think here they would have had to flag up the change in recipe: after a few court cases linked to labelling the shops/ restaurants are very hot on this right now.

119Berly
Jul 24, 1:23am Top

>118 charl08: Thanks! I am excited for this year's authors.

I do wish they could just say something when someone orders over the phone indicating that change in ingredients have been made, and they should especially make notice on their website. We order online most of the time and that shouldn't be too hard to do.

120Berly
Jul 24, 1:26am Top

Currently reading...

121RebaRelishesReading
Jul 24, 2:29pm Top

>110 Berly: I know and love 4 of the 5. Great line up there.

122Caroline_McElwee
Jul 24, 3:56pm Top

>110 Berly: Moving to Portland...

123Familyhistorian
Jul 24, 10:20pm Top

Sorry to see that your pizza is now made with palm oil and it affected you adversely, Kim. Looks like July isn't going that well either. I hope that August is amazingly good for you!

124kidzdoc
Jul 24, 10:49pm Top

I look forward to your thoughts about Prognosis, Kim; I have a copy of it on my Kindle.

125richardderus
Jul 25, 7:48pm Top

>120 Berly: Oh, The Roses of May...I was seriously skeeved by The Butterfly Garden, I dunno if I can make it through the second one....

126karenmarie
Jul 25, 9:42pm Top

Hi Kim!

I hope you're fully recovered from the palm oil-pizza crust episode. Onward to August!

127ffortsa
Jul 26, 2:32pm Top

Palm oil allergies. Blech! If we must have these little quirks, they should at least be obvious! Sorry you got hit again.

128Berly
Jul 26, 2:53pm Top

>121 RebaRelishesReading: Nice to hear your endorsement for the Lit Arts lineup!! : )

>122 Caroline_McElwee: Excellent. Hurry up!

>123 Familyhistorian: I am pulling for August, too. I have two sets of nieces and nephews coming to visit, so it should be great fun.

129Berly
Jul 26, 2:57pm Top

>124 kidzdoc: I am about halfway through Prognosis and enjoying it. There is less medical information than I might like, but then brain injuries and recovery are not necessarily well know. There are so many variables determining injury impact. More on this later when I finish....

>125 richardderus: Still macabre but less skeevy and a repeat of the Quantico FBI agents. I enjoyed The Roses of May, an easy summer read.

130Berly
Jul 26, 3:01pm Top

>126 karenmarie: I think I am going to have to avoid eating out for a wee bit until I get myself back on track with allergy reactions. Oh well. Maybe it's time to try to lose a few pounds while I am at it!! LOL

131Berly
Jul 27, 1:49am Top

>127 ffortsa: Thanks. It was only obvious AFTER I ate the pizza. >: P

Tonight I am spending the night with my MIL at her appt. My FIL and wonderful hubby and his brother are all meeting up in WI to see some sort of amazing airplane show this weekend. They are super excited to have a guys weekend together. My MIL has Alzheimer's and can't be left alone at this point, but is has not been a hardship at all. We spend the whole night talking and she shared so many wonderful stories about her life, her marriage and her kids. Loved it!

Tomorrow my SIL is joining us and we are having a girls weekend. Not sure exactly what that will entail; kinda depends on my MIL's energy level, but it will be nice no matter what.

Happy weekend to all!!

132witchyrichy
Jul 27, 10:44am Top

Happy weekend to you! Hope August is better.

133banjo123
Jul 28, 12:26am Top

Glad that you are enjoying the weekend!

134charl08
Jul 28, 4:40am Top

Hope the weekend has gone well.

I'm just going to leave this here...(as seen on Netgalley)

135Caroline_McElwee
Jul 28, 10:37am Top

>134 charl08: can't wait for the hard copy to come out in November.

Here's the list in the meantime:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/david-bowie-infl...

136BLBera
Jul 28, 11:17am Top

Have a great girls' weekend, Twin. Take care.

137bell7
Jul 28, 3:04pm Top

>88 Berly: Yeah, we watched the replay that afternoon and I really thought Federer would have it when he had those match points. I was disappointed, but not entirely surprised either, as Djokovic has been playing so incredibly well the last few years. I think the Big 3 have won...13 years of majors between them? Something like that. Anyway, it's definitely the longest Wimbledon final, and it was very interesting to see the 12-12 tiebreak (imagine if they didn't have that!).

Sorry to hear about the allergy challenges. Scary stuff to go through, especially when you thought you knew it wouldn't be an issue :(

Hope you have a great weekend.

138Ameise1
Jul 29, 3:03am Top

>113 Berly: I try to avoid palm oil. In our kitchen we use only olive oil or butter and do everything from scratch. But I know that many finished products contain palm oil, so I always read the fine print.
Wishing you a good start into the new week.

139streamsong
Jul 29, 3:09pm Top

Oh my on the allergic reaction. I think I would contact their corporate headquarters and let them know what their recipe change without notice did to you. Of course, they might offer you some free pizza for compensation which wouldn't be at all useful. :)

140Berly
Jul 29, 9:25pm Top

>132 witchyrichy: Sooooo ready for August!!! LOL

>133 banjo123: Friday night was great and then it went downhill...more on that later...

>134 charl08: Oh! I really enjoyed reading off his list of top books. Just might have to find that!

>135 Caroline_McElwee: And here is Bowie's list!! Thank you. : )

141Berly
Jul 29, 9:28pm Top

>136 BLBera: Happy Monday, Twin!!

>137 bell7: Wimbledon definitely has the longest sets before tie breaks are called. What a match that was!! Djokovic has been playing great and he was the better player that day. Earned it!!

>138 Ameise1: I don't like palm oil at all for a variety of reasons, but it was just a surprise that Domino's had changed their recipe. It is much easier to check the ingredients on store-bought stuff than in a restaurant.

>139 streamsong: Exactly!! Like I need more pizza I can't eat! LOL : )

142Berly
Jul 29, 9:38pm Top

So Friday night really was fun with my MIL (see >131 Berly:), but I woke up around 3am for some reason and through I'd just go check on her since I was awake. The light was on and I could see it under her door, so I thought I'd poke my head in, maybe turn off the light if she was asleep.

I found her curled up on the floor.

I had a small heart attack, but she responded immediately when I called her name, so I think at that point she was just asleep. However, since she had a huge black eye and couldn't remember how she wound up on the floor, (Alzhiemer's) I had no way of knowing if she tripped and knocked herself out or just couldn't get back up to bed on her own and fell asleep. She was nowhere near her walker. So, off to the hospital we went. Did bloodwork, EKG, CT scans, the whole works. Everything turned out to be ok, save the black eye, and best guess is she just tripped. Phew! What a night/day. And now my FIL has to figure out whether (yes!) he needs to have even more care for her, just to keep her safe. Aging is not an easy thing.

Happily, my FIL, Hubby and his brother trusted me and my SIL to take care of things here and managed to still have a fun time at the airshow. : )

143ronincats
Jul 29, 9:54pm Top

What a scary episode with your MIL, Kim! Glad she was okay. No, aging is NOT for sissies.

144jessibud2
Edited: Jul 30, 9:17am Top

>142 Berly: - Eek. Thank goodness you were there, Kim! My mother's dementia is not at that stage yet but it's a worry that is with me constantly. Glad it all turned out as ok as it did. Whew!

145streamsong
Jul 30, 9:13am Top

Oh, how scary! I'm glad your MIL was OK. Kudos to the ER for giving her such a thorough work up!

146richardderus
Jul 30, 9:49am Top

>142 Berly: Moms really *do* know Everything, see Everything, hear Everything. It's uncanny. Happy resolution to what could've been a bad situation, except of course for your blood pressure....

147BLBera
Jul 30, 2:18pm Top

>142 Berly: OMG, Twin! What a scare.

148Caroline_McElwee
Jul 30, 6:30pm Top

>142 Berly: Agreeing with Beth, definitely scary. Less stress required Kim.

149Berly
Edited: Jul 31, 9:01pm Top

>143 ronincats: I have personally decided to stay the exact age I am and never age. LOL

>144 jessibud2: So glad she turned out to be OK. Her eye is slowly looking less dramatic.

>145 streamsong: The ER has to do all that stuff because we had no idea what precipitated the fall or whether she was ever knocked out or not. Also she has constant back pain, but it seemed to be higher up on her neck than usual and that could have been a fracture. Better safe than sorry!

>146 richardderus: Right?! So glad I went to check on her. And my blood pressure was fine once she responded and I knew she was alive. Hospitals I am used to.

>147 BLBera: I need less excitement in my life. : )

>148 Caroline_McElwee: I am thinking a little wine and a book tonight.

150Berly
Edited: Jul 31, 9:44pm Top




Okay. Enough with trauma. Last night I saw the Backstreet Boys!! Had a great time with my girls and one of their friends. The BSB played about 2/3 oldies and 1/3 songs off their new DNA album. They even did an accapella song which was AMAZING! I can't believe when the band started 26 years ago that the oldest member was 21 and the youngest was 12. How did that ever work?!?!

"Hey, I am gonna go off to the bars."

"Hey, I am gonna go do my homework."

Crazy. : )

151Berly
Jul 31, 9:43pm Top

New books....!!!

152nittnut
Jul 31, 9:52pm Top

Hi Kimberly! Long time no visit. I am glad you are well, glad your MIL is well (so scary!) and Backstreet Boys! I had no idea they had such a wide range of ages when they started. Crazy.

153thornton37814
Aug 1, 8:29am Top

>151 Berly: New books are always a welcome sight! Hope you enjoy your new stash.

154Dianekeenoy
Aug 1, 9:29am Top

>151 Berly: I loved Finding Dorothy and The Immortalists , both were 4.5 stars for me! Going to concerts with daughters is always the best! Glad your MIL checked out okay, it's always so scary handling our parents' health scares. My FIL, who is 93 and mostly healthy has a habit of injuring himself only on holidays! We've spent Mother's Day, New Year's Day and too many Sundays to remember in the emergency room.

155PaulCranswick
Aug 1, 11:28pm Top

New books are always nice to see, Kimmers!

Have a lovely weekend.

156banjo123
Aug 2, 12:42am Top

Oh dear! Glad your mother-in-law had you there for help! And hooray for daughters and music.

157ChelleBearss
Aug 5, 7:54am Top

Looks like you’ve been keeping busy! The Backstreet concert sounds fun! My sister was a huge fan but I was more of a rocker when they were popular.

158figsfromthistle
Aug 5, 6:42pm Top

Looks like you had a lot of fun at the concert! I remember when I was in elementary school the Backstreet boys were all the rage.

159Berly
Aug 5, 7:24pm Top

>152 nittnut: Hey stranger!! Nice to see you here. : )
MIL continues to do well and I can't imagine having to work with someone half my age when I was 21.

>153 thornton37814: I am enjoying Finding Dorothy, which is for my RL bookclub next week. And I am sure I will enjoy the rest of my newbies when I get to them. I also got a package in the mail today....see below.

>154 Dianekeenoy: I am so glad you liked both those books--they are both for my RL bookclubs this month!! Yay, now I am very excited to read them. I am so sorry you keep spending holidays in the ER with your father. Sigh. What can you do?

160Berly
Aug 5, 7:29pm Top

>155 PaulCranswick: As the King of acquisitions, you should know how fun it is to have new books!! And I got two more today....

>156 banjo123: It was no fun at all that my MIL's excitement happened on the very first time I was entrusted to watch out for her. But there was really nothing I could have done since she tumbled while I was asleep in the other room. We are looking at methods to keep an eye on her at night too, from an in-house attendant to weight change activated monitors that let you know if someone leaves the bed and doesn't return within a specified time. Yikes.

>157 ChelleBearss: I thought the BSB were totally fun. I am not sure I was their biggest fan, but I certainly loved hearing them again and I was so surprised my kids knew their stuff as well as I did!!

>158 figsfromthistle: I hadn't been o a concert in a few years, so that alone was fun. Man, next time I have to remember to bring ear plugs! The bass was literally pulsing through me. : )

161Berly
Aug 5, 7:37pm Top

So, today I got my next INDIEspensable books installment (thank you Hubby!!).

And I am super excited because Colson Whitehead (Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad) is one of the speakers for Literary Arts next season. Yay!! Both books sound fascinating.



From Wikipedia--The Intuitionist is a 1999 novel by Colson Whitehead. It falls broadly into speculative fiction.

The Intuitionist takes place in a city (implicitly, New York) full of skyscrapers and other buildings requiring vertical transportation in the form of elevators. The time, never identified explicitly, is one when black people are called "colored" and integration is a current topic. The protagonist is Lila Mae Watson, an elevator inspector of the "Intuitionist" school. The Intuitionists practice an inspecting method by which they ride in an elevator and intuit the state of the elevator and its related systems. The competing school, the "Empiricists", insists upon traditional instrument-based verification of the condition of the elevator. Watson is the second black inspector and the first black female inspector in the city.

The story begins with the catastrophic failure of an elevator which Watson had inspected just days before, leading to suspicion cast upon both herself and the Intuitionist school as a whole. To cope with the inspectorate, the corporate elevator establishment, and other looming elements, she must return to her intellectual roots, the texts (both known and lost) of the founder of the school, to try to reconstruct what is happening around her.



Whitehead's latest novel. From Amazon--As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.

The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.

Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

162richardderus
Aug 5, 8:44pm Top

>161 Berly: Oh whee! A chance to hear the man speak about his really very intriguing career. Hope it's exciting...next year...*smooch*

163msf59
Aug 5, 8:53pm Top

Congrats on getting copies of both of these, Kimmers. You will love The Nickel Boys. I want to read The Intuitionist.

164Berly
Aug 6, 12:21am Top

>162 richardderus: >163 msf59: I know...I am excited! I don't want to wait either. Maybe I won't, LOL. I can at least start with The Intuitionist. : )

165BLBera
Aug 6, 10:29am Top

Maybe we can read The Nickel Boys together, Twin.

>151 Berly: I can't see what the new books are. :(

166Berly
Aug 6, 6:04pm Top

Twin--I'd love to read it with you, but it probably won't be for a while. I will get to The Intuitionist sooner I think.

I still see pictures. ????

167Berly
Aug 6, 6:42pm Top

I am recovering from my third allergic reaction in two weeks. All my tried and true usuals are changing their recipes and changing their oils to palm and sunflower, both of which are way bad for me. I just checked my favorite pastas, which I bought at the grocery store yesterday, and they both added sunflower oil. Guess I won't be eating those!! I need to read all the ingredients on EVERYTHING I buy now. I am sick of Benadryl and Prednisone. Sigh.

168charl08
Aug 7, 3:00am Top

>167 Berly: Oh no! Hope there are some alternatives too. I have been really surprised by how many things have dairy in them when I started looking.

Can I join the Nickel boys read? I have a copy waiting!

169Familyhistorian
Aug 7, 4:01pm Top

More allergic reactions, Kim? Why are there so many food producers changing their formulas at the same time and what does it say about the food that we use? Looks like you all had a great time at the Back Street Boys!

170ffortsa
Aug 7, 7:09pm Top

Wow. These recipe changes! It's not as if allergies are unusual. These manufacturers should put changes in obvious text. I doubt they would comply, but maybe you should complain.

I'm so sorry you are encountering so many old favorites you have to avoid.

171BLBera
Aug 7, 8:21pm Top

Sorry you are having so many allergic reactions, Twinnie. That has to be hard on your system. Boo, to changing ingredients.

172tymfos
Aug 7, 10:19pm Top

Hi, Kim! Why, oh why, do manufacturers change recipes to add common allergens without warning? Here's hoping you can avoid any more nasty surprises of this type.

173LovingLit
Aug 8, 5:29am Top

>110 Berly: Yep, drool-worthy :) Particularly Colson Whitehaed, who I have a thing for. I've never even read him, but I think he looks like he would impress me :):);)
Also, I want to read Pachinko, and A Gentleman in Moscow *still*!!!

>161 Berly: and already I contradict myself! I have read The Intuitionist! I recall it being odd, but really compelling.

174Caroline_McElwee
Aug 8, 12:48pm Top

>167 Berly: grrr, very frustrating Kim. With allergies being so common now, they should be more sensitive to the issues. The mighty $ wins out over everything though. I hate seeing 'New and improved' on any food item I like, as it never is improved. Maybe I should look for it on things I didn't like before, they might have been improved :-) .

175vikzen
Aug 9, 12:11am Top

Oh dear, sorry to hear about the allergic reactions Kim, that's quite bothersome to say the least! They should make it very obvious to note the changes for those with allergies. Hope you're feeling better by now.

176Donna828
Aug 10, 9:59pm Top

Hi Kim. I'm really sorry about the food surprises you've been getting. I don't have allergies but several of my grandkids do. It's scary to realize that food companies are changing their ingredients like that.

Lucky you, getting your own copy of The Nickel Boys. I am currently on a long wait list from the library. I know you'll share some of the nuggets from the Whitehead lecture coming up.

177ronincats
Aug 11, 10:27pm Top

Also sorry to hear about your allergic reactions to food changes, Kim. You'd think food producers would be more responsible these days.

178humouress
Aug 12, 6:32am Top

Hi Kim! *waving* because I've found you again. Sorry to hear about your reactions and your MILs scary night.

Why are they changing to palm oil when we're all trying to reduce using it? Although, in my case I confess, it's a bit more theoretical than actual practice.

179Dianekeenoy
Aug 15, 9:36pm Top

>161 Berly: I have The Nickel Boys up next, I got it as an ARC from my library book club. I couldn't believe no one else wanted it!

180figsfromthistle
Edited: Aug 15, 9:41pm Top

Sorry to hear about your allergic reactions. Never easy when companies change the recipes. Mostly without thinking about the people affected by it.

181ChelleBearss
Aug 18, 12:42pm Top

Sorry to see that you've been struggling with allergic reactions! Hope you are better now! hugs

182EBT1002
Aug 19, 11:57pm Top

Kimmers. I miss you so much. I need to schedule a Portland trip.... I do keep trying to get myself to a conference there but it hasn't worked out yet.

Why do pastas need oil in them, anyway???? Grrrr.

>151 Berly: none of the images are working (not on my thread, either), but >161 Berly: The Nickel Boys sounds really good.

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