• LibraryThing
  • Book discussions
  • Your LibraryThing
  • Join to start using.

avatiakh tackles Mt tbr in 2012

This topic was continued by avatiakh tackles Mt tbr in 2012 #2.

75 Books Challenge for 2012

Join LibraryThing to post.

This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.

Edited: May 19, 2012, 2:25am Top

Illustration by Edward Gorey

Hi one and all, welcome to my thread.

Currently Reading:

Edited: Feb 7, 2012, 9:42pm Top

My other LT threads & challenge family

(image from Edward Gorey)

My 12in12 category challenge thread:

1) Favourite Writers & Rereads 2/12
2) Israel & the Diaspora
3) Australia 1/12
4) New Zealand
5) Fact not Fiction 1/12
6) Short n' Sweet 1/12
7) Neverending Stories - series 3/12
8) God is Back - religious themes/retellings in fiction
9) Big Boys - chunksters / omnibus editions
10) The Crowded Nest - Mt tbr
11) The Lists - booklists, longlists, shortlists, award winners etc 1/12
12) Dropbox - anything goes 2/12
Baker's Dozen bonus Category - graphic novels & picturebooks 2/12

The 12in12 Starts with Food challenge thread

My 2012 Orange thread

Themed reads:
Reading Globally 1st Quarter:Turkey + the Balkans:
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis (Greece)
How the soldier repairs the gramophone by Saša Stanišic (Bosnia/Germany) - READING
The bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić (Bosnia)

Links back to 2011:
My last 75 books in 2011 thread
My 11in11 challenge thread

Edited: Dec 31, 2011, 5:26pm Top

Mr Edward Gorey again

Reading Highlights for 2011:

I've just skimmed through all my 2011 threads and have to say that I read a lot of great books over the year, I'm trying to narrow it down to a few standouts but it's hard as so many are saying 'pick me'.

The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens + the other 10 books
Under the Frog by Tibor Fischer (1992)
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
War & Peace and Sonya by Judith Armstrong
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
The glass-blowers by Daphne du Maurier
Sorry by Gail Jones
Mr Rosenblum’s List by Natasha Solomons
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

Translated Fiction:
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Fatelessness by Imre Kertész
Jean de Florette & Manon des Sources by Marcel Pagnol
The People by Jean Raspail
The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi
Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Game of Thrones by George Martin
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch - debut
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Lips Touch: three times by Laini Taylor
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds

Best Homegrown (New Zealand) fiction
The Conductor by Sarah Quigley
Wulf by Hamish Clayton - debut

Nonfiction Highlights:
The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and WWII by Harold Blum
Sydney: haunted city by Delia Falconer
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

Children’s & YA Books:
here's a small selection from many great reads
Layla Queen of Hearts by Glenda Millard
A tale dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
Fall-out by Gudrun Pausewang
My sister lives on the mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
Midget by Tim Bowler
The Travelling Restaurant: Jasper’s voyage in three parts by Barbara Else
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
One dog and his boy by Eva Ibbotson
The Outsiders of Uskoken Castle by Kurt Held
The Three Golden Keys by Peter Sis

Graphic novels:
Will Eisner's New York
Habibi by Craig Thompson

Best Reread:
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Best Audio Experience:
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Lenny Henry

Best Title:
(and a very fine read)
There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: scary fairy tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Most Promising Debut:
Wulf by Hamish Clayton
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

My Book of the Year:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Dec 31, 2011, 5:13pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 31, 2011, 5:28pm Top

Hi Kerry, Happy New Year! I love how you organize your thread. Maybe I'll take tips from you for when I plan my 2013 thread since I've already started my 2012 thread and there's no way I can go back for a re-do. ;-)

Edited: Jul 30, 2012, 9:33am Top

Thanks for the welcome and I can't resist adding this wonderful LT friendly photo of Edward Gorey.

{Image removed at photographer's request}

I'll be reading a few of his books and a bio of Gorey this year.

Dec 31, 2011, 5:33pm Top

I LOVE that pic! Apart from the cats and Mr Gorey himself, that photo could have been one of my rooms.

Dec 31, 2011, 5:39pm Top

I know, as soon as I saw it I just had to post it here!

Dec 31, 2011, 6:19pm Top

Hi Kerry! Loved reading your wrap-up of 2011.

Dec 31, 2011, 6:29pm Top

*tosses star in your general direction*

Dec 31, 2011, 7:12pm Top

Dec 31, 2011, 7:45pm Top

Hi Kerry!! Just dropping off my star

Hope you have a Happy New Year!!

Dec 31, 2011, 7:55pm Top

Hi Kerry, I wonder if it's a coincidence that maybe half the books you've listed are either on my shelves or on my wishlist...

Love Edward Gorey's work and I look forward to seeing what works of his you'll be talking about. That photo of him makes me think I need to get a third cat... hmmmm.

Starred, obviously! :-)

Dec 31, 2011, 10:26pm Top

Great illuminated thread! Looking for forward to lots more book bullets and good discussion in 2012.

Dec 31, 2011, 10:34pm Top

Hi, Kerry - love the Gorey!

Dec 31, 2011, 10:37pm Top

LOVE the Gorey illos!

Happy 2012, Kerry!

Dec 31, 2011, 11:36pm Top

Hi Kerry and Happy New Year (which was hours ago for you). I'm still interested in reading Australia and New Zealand fiction, so I'll be following with interest the books you come up with in those categories.

Dec 31, 2011, 11:37pm Top

Happy New Year, Kerry! Thanks for sharing all the Gorey pics!

Jan 1, 2012, 1:44am Top

Kerry will be fun keeping up with you again in 2012. Happy new year!
With more black than grey in my beard I could indeed be Gorey - similarly frazzled, feline intrusion, books surrounding my every waking moment and easing my slumber - great photo!

Jan 1, 2012, 1:53am Top

Happy New Year, Kerry. I am looking forward to watching my wishlist grow as I follow your reading during 2012.

Jan 1, 2012, 6:57am Top

hi Kerry, i'll be folowing you in 2012 again ;-)

Jan 1, 2012, 9:06am Top

I'll come back just for the illustrations!

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2012, 11:18am Top

Happy New Year, Kerry! I look forward to your reads from Israel this year. I have several books lined up by Amos Oz, David Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua for the third quarter Reading Globally challenge, and I hope to get some ideas of other books to read from you and other 75ers.

Jan 1, 2012, 11:26am Top

Good morning (my time), Kerry, and Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2012, 12:06pm Top

Happy New Year, Kerry, and like everyone else here, I'm LOVING all of the Gorey!

Jan 1, 2012, 5:39pm Top

Got you starred, Happy New Year and just wanted to say thank you for opening my eyes to Mr Peter Sis from your last thread. I just read his 'three keys', 'tibet', and 'darwin' books and loved them all.

Jan 1, 2012, 8:45pm Top

impressive list Kerry- I'm looking forward to following along!

Jan 1, 2012, 11:02pm Top

Dropping off a star with the rest, Kerry.

Jan 2, 2012, 6:12am Top

*waving* as I pass through the threads, Kerry

Jan 2, 2012, 10:00am Top

Found and starred!

Jan 2, 2012, 10:03am Top

Happy New Year Kerry - I love the Edward Gorey pictures (including his cats).

Jan 2, 2012, 10:49am Top

Hi, Kerry. Have a great 2012. Stopping by to star your thread. Of course, you know you're always a star in my book! :)

Jan 2, 2012, 3:27pm Top

*waving hello back to everyone*
I've been spending so much time reading the prolific launching of so many threads that I haven't had time to
1) read a book
2) post about my 2012 resolutions
3) list my January goals

Well I'll be back later today to do all that, for now I'm going to settle down for a good couple of hours with The Concert Ticket which I'm really enjoying and one that I had hoped to finish in December. The housework can also wait.

Jan 2, 2012, 3:36pm Top

Thanks for the link to the 2012 Food Challenge, Kerry. I'm soooo tempted, but I'm wondering if I can take on the 12 in 12 Challenge given everything else I'm doing.

Jan 2, 2012, 3:50pm Top

LOVE the pic, Kerry... That is a bit like my room now, although instead of having a cat sprawled atop me , she is behind my head. And Tigger is curled up beside me.

Also like the pic at the top!!

Jan 2, 2012, 4:13pm Top

Caroline - I wouldn't expect you to try the 12in12 you have a very busy life, just wanted to post that link so you knew where the food challenge idea came from.

Suzanne - I thought the pic sort of summed up quite a few of our homes - books, reading related clutter, pets. My dog always curls up next to me when I'm reading. We're currently cat-free but are thinking of getting a couple of kittens later this month. I've seen a mouse in our garden and that's enough to make it a priority for me.

Jan 2, 2012, 4:51pm Top

*sigh* ... I'm tempted to sign up for the 12 in 12, but I hate failing at anything I do, so I'm going to stick with the challenges I've already signed up for this year and see how it goes. If things don't get too hairy, maybe I'll take it up next year. :-)

Will you be posting your test kitchen reviews here, Kerry?

Jan 2, 2012, 4:59pm Top

Ooo, I love the Gorey prints - and the photograph. Delightful!

Jan 2, 2012, 4:59pm Top

Yes, I'll be posting my food talk here. I'm quite excited by this food challenge, the chat on the 12in12 thread about the artisan breads is inspiring the baker in me.
I thought I'd trial some recipes with ingredients that I'm not so familiar with. Cooking with tamarind will be one of my first priority.

Jan 2, 2012, 5:00pm Top

Hi Luxx - looking forward to following you and your babes again this year.

Jan 2, 2012, 5:42pm Top

What's the 2012 food challenge? Can I do it while I'm on a diet?! :)

Jan 2, 2012, 6:18pm Top

Kerry, I love tamarind. My favourite easy thing to do with tamarind in the summer (perfect timing or what?) is to get slice cleaned squid in big circles and leave the head whole (but after removing the eyes and beak) and soak them in a bowl of tamarind juice for about 2 hours. Then throw on the grill for a couple of minutes and pop on a plate.

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 6:47pm Top

#41: Hi Madeline. the 12in12 group has adopted your TIOLI approach and put up a food challenge - through the year to cook from 12 different cookbooks that you've owned but never cooked from before. The thread is here: 2012 Starts With Food. The discussion on the thread is already interesting.

Caroline and I have decided to do personal food challenges on our threads here - to try to cook 75 recipes from our cookbooks that we haven't tried before and to report back on our threads here in the 75 group. Yes you can join us, I'm not sure I can make the #75 but will have fun trying. Diet recipes will be good for all of us. The idea is to dust off the beautiful glossy cookbooks that we bought, perused the beautiful food photographs but never cooked from and start using them.

Jan 2, 2012, 6:57pm Top

#42: Tamarind with squid - that will be a new departure for me, I'll have to try it.
I'll probably start with a recipe from Aromas of Aleppo a book that I gushed over on my thread back in 2010 or 2009 but still haven't cooked from. I remember there were several recipes using tamarind.

Jan 2, 2012, 7:02pm Top

Hi and Happy New Year To You!

Congratulations, as always I visit your threads and add many books. The first book added to the TBR pile for 2012 is A Monster Calls.

Naturally, I'll be back throughout the weeks, months and year to add many more of your excellent recommendations.

Jan 2, 2012, 8:40pm Top

> 43

through the year to cook from 12 different cookbooks

That challenge sounds irresistible! What might I be getting into?!

Jan 2, 2012, 10:17pm Top

Squid have beaks?? "omoshiroiii...."

I have a great recipe for carraway bread, obtained from a Swedish friend's mother. time-consuming, so I rarely make it, but I need to try it again sometime soon, as it's great with soup.

Jan 2, 2012, 11:19pm Top

#43 Kerry, I think you've just convinced me to join that 12/12 cooking challenge. I keep saying "I don't cook", but it's not true. I don't cook often nor regularly by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have a bunch of cookbooks I love to admire on my kitchen shelves that barely ever get cracked open, and I think doing one per month is completely feasible, especially as I've been meaning to challenge myself that way for a long time now. Starred the thread in any case. That's a start in the right direction, right?

Jan 2, 2012, 11:35pm Top

Ooo what a great idea! Maybe that's what I can use my 2012 NF thread for!

Jan 3, 2012, 12:54am Top

A cooking thread, another of my favorite things to do, I'll start by lurking but I am very keen and we'll see where the year takes me. Thanks for posting the link.

Edited: Jan 3, 2012, 1:56am Top

#49, 50: The more the merrier. I suggest we just post our 'cooking' progress here on our threads, noting the name of the recipe and a short description of the book if it's a less well known one. But feel free also to follow on the 12in12 groups cooking thread.

My January goals:

Hopefully most of my reading will also be put towards my 12in12 challenge too.

Last year I was quite neglectful of the Reading Globally group so this year I'm aiming to read at least one book each month for their quarterly theme reads. The first quarter theme is Turkey and the Balkans (the link to the thread is at the top in post #2).
I'll be starting with either
How the soldier repairs the gramophone by Saša Stanišic (Bosnia) - set in Bosnia, Saša Stanišic is Bosnian but has lived in Germany since his teens so writes in German.
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis (Greece) - I've never got round to reading this classic. I loved the film and the music so time to read the book.
They also have a year long Classics in Their Own Country theme and I'll try to fit a few reads into this as well, hopefully books from my tbr stacks.

TIOLI January:
My new resolution after overindulging on the TIOLI wiki month after month in 2011 is to limit myself to listing 5 or less books at the start of the month.
Still to find a book I want to read. I've just read 2 books in December that were set in one of the southern states.
Challenge#5: Read a book that mentions a form of transportation in the title
The Necropolis Railway: a novel of murder, mystery and steam by Andrew Martin - set in 1903 London. This was one of my santathing books.
Challenge#6: Read a book that was long or short listed for or won the Orange prize
The Hunter by Julia Leigh - this is my Orange January read
Challenges #7: Read a posthumously published book
My challenge so I have listed two books and have a 3rd lined up.
American Ghosts & Old World Wonders by Angela Carter
Persuasion by Jane Austen
& possibly A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Group Reads:
Iron House by John Hart - January GR in the 12in12 - audiobook
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes - year long GR in the 12in12.

While my reading plans look great, I have hardly read in the past two days, I've found reading & posting on all the threads here very time consuming. I'm also watching a few crime shows on dvd - Prime Suspect, it's been a long time since I last saw this series and it's still really brilliant. Wallender - now I really must read the books, a real treat as well.

I'm also trying to finish a few books I started in December - The Concert Ticket by Olga Grushin is great, just need to finish it. The Last Werewolf and Only Yesterday both need attention too. And I have a pile of graphic novels staring up at me as I type.

Jan 3, 2012, 2:35am Top

Kerry I still have the Concert Ticket here too and will probably try to get into it tomorrow (first two chapters were really good). But did you wonder why the heck did they rename it The Concert Ticket for our edition?! Kind of removes the suspense of chapter 1. (Now I think about it, maybe you already said that to me before I started it.)

I haven't written my goals out for the year yet, but your Reading Globally one is going to be one of mine. My reading horizons shrank a bit last year and I'm going to make more effort this year. At least that's the plan... your Bosnian book has a great title.

Jan 3, 2012, 9:19am Top

49: A use of the NF group that I had not anticipated. :-)

Edited: Jan 3, 2012, 9:57am Top

Hi Kerry and Happy New Year! I feel like I know you better after reading about your international meet-up in 2011 with accompanying pics.

>6 avatiakh:: I'm a new fan of Edward Gorey thanks to you. He looks pretty laid back in his picture. ;-)

Jan 3, 2012, 10:03am Top

Ooooh goody, lots of my TBR books appear on your favourites of 2011 which is always a good sign. I like to know I'm in for some good reading...
Happy New Year! And never fear, I haven't even finished last year's reviews yet, let alone started in on this year's reading goals. 2012 seems to have sneaked upon us rather quickly this winter!

Jan 4, 2012, 1:37am Top

#51: Looks like some ambitious reading goals for January, Kerry. Good luck with them.

I have never gotten around to reading Zorba the Greek either although I have had it in the BlackHole for a long while now. Maybe you will inspire me to actually get to it!

Jan 4, 2012, 3:13am Top

Isn't Branagh fab as Wallander?? I haven't read the books either, but my neighbor has 'em all and will lend them to me when I read Faceless Killers (which I do own). So much Scandicrime, so little time...

Edited: Jan 4, 2012, 4:33am Top

Cushla - I'm almost done on the Grushin, and another one with the UK/US title change that makes no sense.

Katherine - hi!

Donna - yes LT meetups are fun for all of us when the pics get taken

Ellie - Hi! It's always good when you see other people rating books on your tbr highly. I'm looking forward to The Last Werewolf which I remember you enjoyed.

Stasia - poor Zorba is always getting overlooked. I have a rather tatty paperback which never helps.

Suzanne - I adore Mr Branagh and he's good as Wallander. I've barely cracked open Scandicrime though i'm up to date with my Montalbanos.

Today was my birthday and so it was lovely to receive Disobedience by Naomi Alderman in the mail. I've been wanting to read this since Citizenjoyce commented on it over in the Orange Group.
I took my youngest daughter to the city to have lunch and browse a few bookshops.
We eventually ate down by the waterfront after strolling through the new pedestrian friendly areas and then had a coffee and cake in Imperial Lane, a newly renovated development that's special for me as my husband and I started a travel business years ago in the building. After, we visited my favourite downtown used bookstore, Jasons, and I brought home a few preloved treasures:

The Mirror Maker by Primo Levi - Levi's writings for La Stampa
Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson - recommended only a couple of days ago by arubabookwoman
The Angel on the Roof by Russell Banks
Longitude by Dava Sobel
An Education by Lynn Barber
Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb - I enjoyed his The Pendragon Legend
The Balkans by Mark Mazower
The Half Life of Ryan Davis by Melinda Szymanik - a NZ writer of children's books, this is her first YA & by a new local publisher, Pear Jam Books.

Jan 4, 2012, 4:52am Top

Happy birthday, Kerry!

Jan 4, 2012, 5:00am Top

Thank you Richard. It's been a lovely day.

Jan 4, 2012, 5:23am Top

So glad!

Jan 4, 2012, 8:26am Top

Happy Birthday from me too! (if I have not missed it already?)

Jan 4, 2012, 8:27am Top

Hi Kerry,

Have a lovely birthday!

Jan 4, 2012, 9:12am Top

Happy Birthday!

Jan 4, 2012, 11:24am Top

Hi Kerry, Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!!

Woo for Edward Gorey! (and I love that photo - wonderful!)

Thank you for reminding me that I wanted to have Tibor Fischer's Under the Frog on this year's reading list.

I've more or less given up on the TIOLI sadly - I'm still going to keep an eye on it, because it's great for getting me to read my TBR pile, but I just never seem to be able to keep track of it any more. I look forward to seeing what you think of the Angela Carter though...

Jan 4, 2012, 1:09pm Top

Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday for yesterday.

Jan 4, 2012, 2:34pm Top

Adding my belated best wishes for your birthday, Kerry!

Jan 4, 2012, 4:47pm Top

Happy Brithday, Kerry.

Jan 4, 2012, 4:51pm Top

Happy Birthday, Kerry! It's my sister's birthday too.

Jan 4, 2012, 10:57pm Top

Hi Kerry! Belated birthday wishes. Hope you enjoyed your day.
Loving the Gorey pics, esp The Gashlycrumb Tinies. My family has a long running joke about Neville who died of ennui.
A Monster Calls was my favorite book of 2011 as well.
Looking forward to seeing what you'll be reading in 2012.

Jan 4, 2012, 11:03pm Top

Happy birthday Kerry!

I read Zorba the Greek when I stayed in Crete for five months (well, it took me less time than that to read obviously!) and it was all the more memorable for it I assure you. I'll want to revisit it eventually. Kazantsakis has a really interesting philosophy on life. Or had, I should say.

Has the Don Quixote group read started yet? I guess I should go over there and check it out...

Jan 5, 2012, 1:50am Top

Belated Happy Birthday ..... Hope it was a great one

Jan 5, 2012, 2:12am Top

Happy birthday for yesterday Kerry! Sounds like a lovely day. Is Imperial Lane near High St or am I thinking of the wrong bit of town?

If you get time for a coffee when you're down here I'd love to meet up, but if it's a flying visit and you're rushed don't worry - there will be another visit I'm sure! I'll PM you my phone numbers in case.

Jan 5, 2012, 2:38am Top

Hi Kerry, my first visit to your thread, expect many more :)

Jan 5, 2012, 4:13am Top

Happy Belated Birthday! Your day in town sounded just perfect.

Jan 5, 2012, 7:34pm Top

Hi Kerry! I'm finally back! Dropping a star!! I just LOVE Edward Gorey and always try to have a calender by him. So much fun! Happy Belated Birthday! I was just out last night picking out a birthday present for my mom and she for me. At least I've got a couple of weeks to go til I get older!;)

Jan 5, 2012, 7:58pm Top

Glad you had a great birthday, Kerry. Hope it's indicative of the rest of your year.

Jan 5, 2012, 7:59pm Top

I notice that you gave Olga Grushin's The Concert Ticket high marks. Dream Life of Sukhanov was one of my favorite reads in 2007, so I'm adding this one to my list.

Jan 5, 2012, 8:00pm Top

Happy Belated Birthday!

Jan 5, 2012, 10:56pm Top

Kerry I also wish you a happy belated.

Jan 7, 2012, 2:17am Top

Belated Happy Birthday Kerry--it sounds like it was a good one!

Jan 7, 2012, 7:14am Top

Happy belated birthday, Kerry, and glad to see you'll actively be participating in the RG-group too. I read Stanisic book last year and I'm looking forward to your thoughts of it. In retrospect, I think it's quite an unusual book. I wonder if you'll find that too.

Jan 7, 2012, 10:20pm Top

I'm glad to hear so much buzz about Olga Grushin's books. I read both in the last year or so and thought they were great. I hope she comes out with a new one soon. She hasn't been very active on her webpage so she's either moved on or working hard on her next one. Has anyone heard any rumors?

Jan 7, 2012, 10:21pm Top

Happy very belated birthday!

Jan 8, 2012, 1:08am Top

I have some reading to report back on, feedback on your comments due and talk about my cookbook challenge, but delays have been caused this weekend by new additions to our family:



Yes, I know I said a couple of months ago that we would be cat-free from now on, but....

Jan 8, 2012, 1:21am Top

Oh they're soooo cute! (and that's from a not-too-keen-on-cats-really person). Love the names too.

Jan 8, 2012, 1:28am Top

Adorable new family members. Enjoy them.

Jan 8, 2012, 4:49am Top

Love the additions to the family, Kerry!

Jan 8, 2012, 7:39am Top

#58 A rather belated Happy Birthday Kerry!

#85 So cute (*melts*). I love Freya's colouring - we have a black/white tabby with ginger shades too :-) Morrigan is also very adorable too of course.

Jan 8, 2012, 8:12am Top

A very belated Happy Birthday Kerry! Your kittens are adorable!

Jan 8, 2012, 8:24am Top

Love the new kitties!

Jan 8, 2012, 8:30am Top


Jan 8, 2012, 9:11am Top

Omigosh omigosh omigosh SO ADORABLE... I could stare at them ALL DAY...

Jan 8, 2012, 10:09am Top

Awwww........I want little kittens. We're not allowed any more though - housemate says four is enough :( Not that I don't love ours, but there is something so special when they are that age.

Jan 8, 2012, 10:12am Top

Ohhhhhhh kitties!!! sooo cute! Freya looks like my Taz when she was a kitty!
Have fun, kitties are so much fun to have around!!

Jan 8, 2012, 11:04am Top

Ohmygosh, cuteness overload!!!

Jan 8, 2012, 3:06pm Top

Found you and have you starred but no time to catch up on your thread right now...maybe this evening? (I hope...I've been awfully ambitious with starring threads).

Jan 8, 2012, 3:09pm Top

Firstly...belated happy birthday, Kerry.

Secondly .... I love the new additions to the family. They're adorable!!! Freya's coloring is amazing.

Jan 8, 2012, 4:03pm Top

There's something about kittens! They are so cute and frisky! Have fun with them :)
(I love their names too)

Jan 8, 2012, 4:11pm Top

Oh, I adore kittens. I would have them every year except, well, my dad was always fond of saying,
"The only thing wrong with a kitten is that
eventually it becomes a cat!"

And while I love cats, our current 3 level is very nice.

Jan 8, 2012, 4:51pm Top

OK...caught up on your thread now. I really envy you and Ilana and Morphy and others who are so organized about their threads. I love reading your highlights of the year and wish I were better organized about such things myself. Ah well, at least I am reading plenty again, I can always aspire to improve.

Love the Gorey photograph and the new kittens are SO cute. Happy belated b-day from me as well and thank you for reminding me that I have been wanting to read A Monster Calls

I love the 12 in 12 Food Challenge and have starred it to lurk. Most of my cookbooks are still packed (not that I don't have plenty out though) but my own goal is to be better about cooking out of my monthly Cooking Light magazine subscription. OTOH, 1 recipe per month is a really modest goal...maybe I will participate...

Jan 8, 2012, 8:42pm Top

Happy belated birthday, Kerry! I love the new kittens, too.

Jan 8, 2012, 9:54pm Top

Adorable kittens! I actually have a human friend named Freya, so shall have to let her know she has a feline namesake. (She has been known to gripe that no one will ever name a child after her...)

And happy belated b-day...

Jan 9, 2012, 1:34am Top

Your little kitty-cats are really cute. Morrigan's eyes really jumped out at me and Freya's marking is beautiful.

Jan 9, 2012, 4:05am Top

1) The Concert Ticket by Olga Grushin (2010)
fiction, 12in12

I added this to TIOLI challenge: winter scene cover. I've been wanting to read this since gaskella blogged about it in May 2010, and because I find the cover so darn appealing - I want that coat. The US title is The Line.
The setting is Moscow and the time period is undefined, Grushin states in the historical notes that she borrows from three eras - Stalin's 1930s, Krushchev's late 50s-early 60s and Brezhnev's 1970s. The storyline is based on a historic 1964 concert given by Stravinsky after more than 50 years in exile, the line for tickets began a year before the concert and a complex social strata evolved. Grushin has taken this and built a truly beautiful story revolving around a family, the neighbourhood and a year of queueing at a nearby kiosk. This will be one of my memorable reads for the year - a great start and I'm looking forward to her The Dream Life of Sukhanov which resides on my tbr.

2) The hunter by Julia Leigh (1999)
fiction, Orange January, 12in12

TIOLI Orange Prize Long list. I read this for Orange January and can't really remember why I decided on this one, possibly I read a review and was intrigued by the description of psychological thriller set round a Tasmanian hunting trip. There is much to admire in this, but it won't be to everyone's taste. The hunter comes to a small settlement by a National Park, he's been sent by a faceless corporation to hunt down a Tasmanian tiger, supposedly extinct but a reliable sighting of one has been made. The story centres around the hunter and his solitary treks into the wilderness, his contemplation of his life as he spends night after night waiting by his traps. It's rather grim with a menacing atmosphere and she does damaged, broken families rather well.
This was made into a movie starring William Dafoe and Sam Neill last year.

3) The Speed Abater by Christophe Blain (1999)
graphic novel, France

"Like Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut, Blain uses the irrationality of war to explore the fragility of life and society. An intriguing tale with plenty of humor and insight." School library Journal.

First time navel cadets are on 'The Bellicose' during wartime and seem to be on a secret mission involving a submarine. To escape being seasick they climb down towards the engine room and find themselves in a massive labryinth that seemingly goes on for miles.
I liked the artwork and parts of the story, but overall it didn't completely appeal.

4) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling (1997)
children's fiction, 12in12

Added to TIOLI Dragon appreciation challenge. This is a reread, I've read it aloud several times to my children but not for at least 10 years so felt it was time to revisit. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed returning to Hogwarts.

5) Persuasion by Jane Austen (1818)
fiction, 12in12

TIOLI Posthumous publication. I love to reread Jane Austen every few years and this is one of my favourites.

Jan 9, 2012, 4:08am Top

Thank you, one and all, for all the Happy Birthday greetings - very much appreciated.

Jan 9, 2012, 4:55am Top

So many visitors to my thread to reply to, I've been AWOL for a couple of days while participating on the readathon and settling in our kittens. Not reading the threads or posting much has enabled me to actually read some books so I'm delighted to have finally posted about some completed reads. I don't do extensive reviews unless I really feel the urge.

Waving to: Stasia, Madeline, Fliss, Chelle, Diane, MickyFine, Judith, Roni, Kelly, Ilana, Alex, Cushla, Megan, Leonie, Deborah's x 2, Gail, Jeanne, Linda, Paul, JustJoey4, Lisa, Zoe, Heather, Brit, Faith, lunacat, Amber, elfchild, Caroline, Darryl, Suzanne.

I'll come back to some individual comments but have a kitten update to post.

Jan 9, 2012, 5:11am Top

Dana, my youngest, loves the kittens but sometimes they do get in the way.

We picked them up on Saturday morning from a poor harrassed man who had two cats give birth and was looking for homes for 9 kittens (why don't people get their cats speyed?). They had been living outside and not coming in for socialisation as much as they could have so were little 'feisty' balls of spitfire. When we got home the black kitten got a real fright seeing her first dog and scratched me quite badly and bit my finger as well. So we put them in lockup in my son's bedroom for a couple of days and they have calmed down and are quite the little scamps now. They had their first day in our living area today, we kept our beagle on a lead where they could all see each other but not touch. Hopefully the dog/cat thing will be sorted in a couple of days.

Jan 9, 2012, 6:08am Top

75 Recipes Cookbook Challenge:

Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews

I reviewed this on my thread back in 2009 and then put it way and never did cook from it. SO to start my cookbook chgallenge off I thought I'd try using tamarind and try a few of the recipes in here as I remembered that there was a good description of preparing tamarind in the book.

So I prepared the paste from a block of tamarind pulp, I followed the recipe but only used about 1/3 of the amount that the recipe called for. It soaks overnight, is squeezed through a cheesecloth/sieve and then boiled down with the addition of sugar & citric acid. The paste keeps in a glass jar for a few months and tastes sweet n sour.
Now I was ready to sample a few of the recipes in the book, I have to admit to slightly tweaking most of them:

1) Bazargan: Tangy Tamarind Bulghur Salad - definitely an acquired taste, there is just so much tamarind in this, over 8 tablespoons in the recipe for a cup of burghul, I used 4 tablespns and it was still very strongly flavoured. I think it would be ok in small amounts with other salads.

2) Salat Shwandar Maslook: Tamarind Beetroot onion salad - this was given the thumbs up by most of the family, the flavour got better over the couple of days we were trying it.

3) Keftes: Tamarind-stewed meatballs - I didn't have matzo meal so used dried breadcrumbs. The tamarind flavoured tomato sauce for the meatballs was not so welcome on the first try. I checked the seasoning and the second time i served them up they met with more approval.

The recipes also called for Aleppo pepper, a mild red pepper from a particular Syrian capsicum. I had dried Turkish capsicum flakes in my pantry so substituted that.
I'll be trying more recipes using tamarind, I'm enjoying the flavour but don't recommend serving up three dishes containing tamarind to your family on the same night!

Jan 9, 2012, 7:01am Top

Good luck with the kitties!

Jan 9, 2012, 4:12pm Top

I'm so glad you liked The Concert Ticket. One of my favs for the year before last.

Jan 9, 2012, 5:31pm Top

Beautiful kitties. Freya's markings look like the markings on my Thalia--kind of like a big bull's eye on her side.

Added The Hunter to my wishlist.

Jan 10, 2012, 2:54pm Top

Add me to the adoring fans of the kitties. Glad you enjoyed your re-reads as well as the new books.

Jan 10, 2012, 6:27pm Top

Wow, love the kittens Kerry, especially love the great names you gave them and thank you for the review of The Concert Ticket, it sounds great.

Edited: Nov 21, 2012, 8:15pm Top

6) Iron House by John Hart (2011)

This was a group read in the 12in12 challenge group and I listened to an audiobook. I loved his The Last Child and also enjoyed this second book of his. Not totally perfect and I got quite frustrated having to listen to the ending which seemed to drag on a little too unnecessarily, I don't need every loose end tied up. Sometimes reading the book has an advantage over listening when you want to skim the final pages but with audio you have to listen to every word.
Quite violent but that's to be expected in these type of books.

The story starts with Michael, 'adopted' son of a New York crime boss. He's met the love of his life and has told the old man he wants out. It's not that easy. Now flashback to two brothers, one orphanage and lots of painful memories.

Drawing from Memory by Allen Say (2011)
YA nonfiction

This is an illustrated memoir by Japanese/American artist Allen Say who has illustrated many picture books over the years. He tells the story of his childhood growing up in Japan before he gets the chance to live in the USA. Say became an artist despite the opposition of his father and was mentored by one of Japan's leading cartoonists when in high school in the 1950s. The artwork in the book is varied as Say shows the various styles he worked in as he grew as an artist. I'll be following this up with his autobiographical novel, The Ink-Keeper’s Apprentice which covers his defining teenage years.
His most well known work is Grandfather's Journey which won many awards including the Caldicott Medal in 1994.

Jan 11, 2012, 6:08am Top

Going back to some of the earlier posts which I still haven't responded to:

#65: flissp - Hi, good to see you back for another year. I loved the first story in the Angela Carter, but taking my time.

#71: Ilana - 5 months on Crete, must have been wonderful. I managed a couple of weeks beachcombing on Corfu and Pharo many many years ago. Hoping to enjoy Zorba, and also want to read My family and other animals, I've only seen the movie which was rather fun.
Don Quixote - I'm not starting for another week, the GR is underway.
#73: Hi Cushla. Imperial Lane is the name of the development and is off Fort Lane which is behind Queen St and between Shortland St and Customs St. High St is a short walk away.
Our Wellington trip has had to be delayed for a couple of weeks.

#78: Jeanne - Grushin's The Dream Life of Sukhanov is on my tbr pile, I'm going to try and read it in the next couple of months.

#82: JustJoey4: I only glanced at the first couple of pages of How the soldier repairs the gramophone and can already see that it will be a 'different' read. it does get a lot of positive reviews though so I'll keep at it.

#83: Lisa - I've had a good look on the net and can't find anything about any new writing by Grushin. Fingers crossed.

#94: lunacat: I couldn't imagine having more than 4 cats. We used to have 4 a long time ago but I can't see us doing it again.

Kittens: I wanted a black and a tabby so was really happy to get these two cuties. They're exploring our house and still in the process of meeting our beagle, Ginny. There's hissing and a little too much 'excitement' from Ginny when they meet up, so we have to be careful.

#101: elfchild - thanks for your compliment on my thread setup. I enjoy Edward Gorey's work too. There's been quite a few posters to the food challenge thread who talk about the Cooking Light magazine. I get the New Zealand Healthy Food Guide occasionally and it is full of interesting recipes.
I'm hoping that you get to A monster calls soon, it's a great book.

#103: Suzanne: I've always liked the name 'Freya'. A children's book illustrator whose work I like is Freya Blackwood, she's an Australian who came to NZ for a few years and worked in the art department at Weta for the Lord of the Rings movies.

Jan 11, 2012, 8:08am Top

Oh, I'll have to look for the Say book; I read Grandfather's Journey last year as I was making my way through the Caldecott list and enjoyed it.

Jan 11, 2012, 9:24pm Top

I love The Glass Blowers too. This is, I believe, the first time I've seen it mentioned here on LT. I don't know how many times I've read it, but the first was when I was just a kid.

>6 avatiakh: phot of Gorey. Our house doesn't look too dissimilar. I think there are three cats sleeping with the husband as I write and there are two more perched in front of a bookshelf in another room :)

>43 avatiakh: re: 75 recipes. Great idea! Is there a thread? My kitchen should be done soon and I'm eager to get back to exploring :)

I love your new babies! too adorable. Glad I don't have to choose between them. We've had our new kittens for 4 weeks now -- they grow so fast!

Jan 11, 2012, 9:56pm Top

Kerry just delurking to say hi and that I am enjoying the varied discussion here. SWMBO and I love cookery books and the Aleppo one looks a winner.

Jan 11, 2012, 11:57pm Top

Freya and Morrigan are so so so very cute! I had a feeling when you said "no more cats" that it wouldn't be too long before you went ahead and got one. Better yet with two! Since you've gotten them so young, the odds are very good that they'll end up getting along well with your dog. It's a bit trickier when they're adults, but doable.

I've put The Concert Ticket on the wishlist, and reserved Drawing from Memory and Grandfather's Journey from the library. They have a good two dozen books by Say available. Seriously Kerry, you're the only person who's managed to lead me to reserve books out of the library before they've even had time to land on my wishlist! But then again, we both love illustration and those books are a much lesser time commitment than your average novel. Still, keep up the good work! :-)

Jan 13, 2012, 8:55pm Top

Okay. You convinced me. I just put 6 Sis books and the two Allen Say books on hold at the library.

Jan 13, 2012, 11:59pm Top

#117: Amber, I read Grandfather's Journey so long ago, I probably need to take another look at it.

#118: Hi Susan, I thought The glass-blowers was excellent, did you know that it's based on du Mairier's own family story?
Re the 75 recipes idea, I think we are just reviewing them on our threads and maybe mentioning it on the kitchen thread which is all about food anyway. There are a couple of cookbookers groups, I belong to one but don't visit there often. I like stumbling across cookbook/recipe talk in the middle of someone's thread. Caroline (cameling) posted a Tres Leches banana cake recipe that looks to be awfully delicious.

#119: Hi Paul - I have a swag of cookbooks and get more regularly from the library so there'll be no shortage of recommendations on this thread.

#120: Ilana - Morrigan is getting fairly friendly with the dog. She now cuddles up on the couch quite near to her. I'm just being careful now about food. The dog doesn't eat her dog biscuits when I give them to her in the morning, stashes them around the house and there could be confrontations over this.
Love that you appreciate children's book illustrators.

#121: Ha Lisa, you've probably visited Leonie and Ilana's threads as well. They've both been reviewing Peter Sis books as well.

I haven't been reading as much lately, just too many distractions and getting to read doesn't happen till too late at night.
I had a small blow out at betterworldbooks for my birthday and the books have arrived:
The Emmigrants by Vilhelm Moberg
Translation is a love affair by Jacques Poulin - thanks Lisa
The Sagas of Icelanders : a selection
Quarrel & Quandary: essays by Cynthia Ozick
Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis
The translator by John Crowley

These are mostly ex-library books / used paperbacks but the postage is free and so work out to be really cheap reads.

and for my daughter who wants to read Agatha Christie
Miss Marple omnibus vol.1 & Endless Night which I'd like to read.

From the library Here comes the nice by Jeremy Reed, I saw this on the new books shelf a couple of times and ended up getting it out because it sounds so darn intriguing. The author is a well known poet so hopefully this weirdish time travel novel set around 1960s Carnaby St will be worth putting others aside for.
Also some Japanese graphic novels I must get to this weekend.

Jan 14, 2012, 2:49am Top

>105 avatiakh: Love the cover for The Concert Ticket and the little penguin in the bottom corner makes me want to read it too :)

Jan 14, 2012, 7:00am Top

#105 Hi Kerry, I agree about the coat on the cover of The Concert Ticket. That and The Hunter have gone on my wishlist.

Jan 14, 2012, 12:26pm Top

#122 Where to start with all your new finds? I vote for Poulin's book, but then, that's the only one on your list I've read. (Although I did read Ozick's The Shawl.) And I refuse to click on the title links. No more book bullets! I'm drowning *gurgle*

Jan 14, 2012, 12:38pm Top

Kerry, what a super thread you have! Gorey! Kittens!! Daughter and kittens!!! And BOOKS that I wouldn't know about otherwise. I don't know whether to stay or go, but I think I'll stay - or rather, I think I'll go look up Olga Grushin. Thanks!

Jan 14, 2012, 1:30pm Top

The Emigrants was a 5 star read for me. It's the first of a quartet following the same characters, which I've continued to read.

Jan 14, 2012, 6:04pm Top

I would rate all of Moberg's books at 4.5 or 5 stars as I remember them from reading them years ago. I absolutely love them. I hope you enjoy The Emigrants as much as arubabookwoman and I did.

Jan 14, 2012, 9:07pm Top

So much for my pledge in post 125. I added The Emigrants to my TBR list.

Jan 14, 2012, 10:16pm Top

#123/124: The coat would probably look silly on me, but looks the height of style in the picture!

#126: Hi Lizzie - I'll have to find your thread. You have quite an extensive library, I've just had a quick look using the 'what I should borrow' feature.

#127: Deborah - I must have been led to The Emmigrants from your classics list in Reading Globally. I almost got a couple more from the series, looks like I should have.

#128: Hi Lori - I'm looking forward to fitting it in in the near future following all this book love.

#125/129: Lisa: Sorry for the book bullet especially as I haven't even read the book yet. I've read Ozick's The Shawl and her The bear boy.

And I finished another book, a fairly average read, first in the Jim Stringer series.

Edited: Jan 14, 2012, 11:26pm Top

I don't know if I've said this already Kerry, but one of my favourite parts of being a magazine art director was being able to choose illustrators to provide visuals for articles. It was always a hard sell to my editor-in-chief, who strongly favoured photography, which I also love, but sometimes illustration is just the right way to go. I still have loads of promo pieces some of the top agencies in the world sent to me and countless samples of amazing illustrators' work in one of my drawers. I don't really differentiate between children's book illustrators and other types. To me, they are all artist of great talent who can provide visuals on demand—which is pretty amazing in and of itself.

Edited: Jan 15, 2012, 3:09am Top

7) The Necropolis Railway: a novel of murder, mystery and steam by Andrew Martin (2002)
Jim Stringer #1

Read for TIOLI transportation challenge and added to my series category in the 12in12 challenge. This was one of my santathing gifts and was chosen from my wishlist. I'd added it after reading Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper which made me interested to find out a little more about the special cemetery railway of Edwardian London.
Jim Stringer is a young railwayman, brought in from up north by one of the managers of the Necropolis Railway. There have been some mysterious disappearances and hopefully a fresh new face might get to the bottom of it all. The mystery moves quite slowly but there is enough to hold your interest and the plot twists and turns satisfyingly. I'm tempted to keep reading the series as young Jim is quite the resourceful young man and the books meander towards him serving in WW1.

8) Walkabout by James Vance Marshall (1959)
children's fiction

This is included in 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up and I got hold of an old paperback last year which has lingered on the bookshelf ever since. When Darryl mentioned it was coming out as a NYRB classic this year, I dusted off my paperback and had a read.
It's the story of two American children who survive a plane crash in the Northern Territory, Australia but are stranded in the harsh desert miles from anywhere. They meet a teenage aboriginal boy who is on his 'walkabout', a rite of passage, and while he is able to help them survive, there is a cultural clash as the children (especially the girl who is older and less accepting than her younger brother) find it difficult to accept their new 'friend'. I found it dated and didn't like the interaction between the characters at all. The natural world of the desert is described in depth really well but overall I don't find this exceptional enough to counterbalance the rest of the story.
I'm sure there are other writers now doing this better. I mentioned on Darryl's thread Patricia Wrightson's The Nargun and The Stars and also have Tangara by Nan Chauncy to read.

From NYRB: Walkabout is a work of collaboration between Donald G. Payne and the Australian James Vance Marshall (1887–1964). Marshall spent much of his life in the outback of Australia—a part of the world he knew intimately and loved deeply. He wrote a series of articles about the people, flora, and fauna of the outback, and with his permission, Payne used these articles as background for their novel Walkabout. Subsequently, and with the consent of Marshall’s son, Payne continued to publish under the pseudonym Marshall.

Jan 15, 2012, 2:56pm Top

Although I use the 1001 children's books as a guide (not all are translated), I think I will skip Walkabout ;-)

Jan 15, 2012, 3:33pm Top

>132 avatiakh: We have almost identical views about Walkabout; it was certainly a curious choice by NYRB Classics. Hopefully the next book in the series will be much better.

Jan 16, 2012, 6:12am Top

I've not read the book, but there is a fantastic movie by the same name, made in the early '70s, that I highly recommend.

Jan 17, 2012, 3:48am Top

LOL I was afraid the recipe challenge might lead to finding new ones more than trying out old ones!

re: Walkabout - I had a similar reaction when I re-read the Burrough's Tarzan's. I was offended! Sad because I really enjoyed them when I was a kid. Glad his POV didn't infect me though! LOL

Our kitties had their month visit yesterday (a harrowing experience). All's good except I'm bothered that neither gained the anticipated 100g/week. Greenwich, the maine coon, gained 300g over a month -- you can't tell me it's cause he's a small kitty (he's huge). And Githingy who is tiny gained 200g. The vet said she has no worries -- they eat ALL THE TIME! and are eating the right things. alors...

Jan 17, 2012, 5:22am Top

Kerry - Walkabout looks like a proceed with care notice needs affixing to it. I must say I didn't much care for Jim Stringer and the Necropolis Railway although I have the next two and will attempt to see sooner rather than later whether these are more to my taste or not. Good reviews.

Jan 17, 2012, 8:23am Top

#115> We read several of Allan Say's picture books in the fall, but not yet Grandfather's Journey. G wasn't really ready for some of the longer/deeper Caldecott books until recently and I have no doubt that we'll take a fresh run through the list when the 2012 Medal is announced...that ought to be any day now, no?

I really need a copy of 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

Jan 17, 2012, 7:49pm Top

#133: Anita - The 1001 Books entry for Walkabout did warn that it was dated. I've requested the movie from the library, just to compare. The portrayal of the aborignal boy was good, just that the other two having been yanked from 1950s southern USA society couldn't treat him with respect and it all felt too heavy-handed. Although the two boys formed a friendship of sorts I couldn't abide the young American boy continuing to call him 'darkie' rather than trying to give him a name.

#134: Darryl - the other books all look to be fairly good. I read a blog post this morning on ANZlitlovers, where Lisa blasted HarperCollins for publishing a new edition of Eric Newby's A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
I know, I just know that I’m going to upset legions of Eric Newby enthusiasts with my thoughts about this book, but I was appalled by it, and I am astonished that Harper Press are so crass as to reissue it.

#135: Amber, I've requested the movie to check out. One of my favourite Australian desert movies has to be Priscilla, Queen of the Desert though Rabbit Proof Fence is probably more appropriate fare and the book is on my tbr pile.

#136: Susan, I've a few recipes to list still. I'm getting behind. I find that I get inspired by the cookbooks but find a recipe online to use.
I haven't read any Tarzan but can imagine it would also have problems for today's audience.
I'll be posting an update on my kitties, they are doing very well and will need a trip to the vet in the next few days.

#137: Paul, I was probably nicer about Jim Stringer than I originally intended to be. Until the very end I was also fairly lukewarm, but the story got a little more involved in the last few pages. I liked the banter with his landlady too. It sounds like it might get better, I was interested in the latest which is set in the Somme.

#138: From memory I think GJ is fairly sophisticated in style. I haven't looked out for the Caldicott yet, but did read a few that were meant to be contenders late last year. Have you looked at I want my hat back?
The 1001 book is quite a good reference though many books haven't been translated outside of their original language and a few I consider to be adult books. There are quite a few reference books like this but unfortunately they date really fast, I quite liked The Rough Guide to Children's Books, 0-5 years
Have you read Reading Magic by Mem Fox?

There's a spreadsheet of the 1001 list here.

Jan 17, 2012, 8:06pm Top

The film of Walkabout changes the set-up to the novel, including the childrens' background.

If you are going to watch it, you might want to be warned that it contains scenes of real animal killing.

Jan 17, 2012, 8:20pm Top

I love all three books in Patricia Wrightson's trilogy as well as The Nargun and the Stars.

As long as the kitties keep eating and don't have parasites, all will be good.

Jan 17, 2012, 9:37pm Top

Kerry, just had a strong recommendation for Helen Lowe's The Heir of Night. I know I've seen her Thornspell discussed on LT--have you read this one?

Jan 17, 2012, 10:23pm Top

Yes, I liked both books and the second Heir of Night book should be out this year, she did the final edits at the end of last year.
joannasephine did a great review of it a couple of years back.
It's annoying that you can't click through to the actual posts on the conversations feature anymore or I'd give you the link.

Jan 17, 2012, 10:30pm Top

I'm going to participate in this reading challenge from the Paper Tigers blog on top of all my other goals for the year. Should be doable.

#140: Thanks for the warning.

#141: Roni: I've collected a stack of Patricia Wrightson's books but haven't got round to reading them yet. I'm hoping to read a couple this year with a 12in12 category dedicated to Australia.

The black kitten, Morrigan, is a total bully to her sister. At least the cat/dog relationship has been sorted, they are all curled up 'together' on the sofa at the moment.

Jan 18, 2012, 12:09am Top

9) How to play a video game by Pippin Barr (2011)
nonfiction, new zealand

TIOLI challenge verb + noun challenge (video/play). This is book #12 in Awa Press's Ginger "How to" series. The best two in the series are still How to look at a painting by Justin Paton and How to watch a bird by Steve Braunias IMO. This one is a bit hard to place, Pippin Barr is a New Zealand academic who lectures on video game design and programming at IT University of Copenhagen's Center for Computer Games Research. The book takes us through a brief history of video games and tells a few yarns and overviews some reasons for why they are so compelling. Nothing really new here for me though I had an agreeable time reading it. One of the chapters, 'Some of my best friends are avatars', tries to explain the social aspect of online play.
Not one you need to seek out but I shared a few anecdotes with my game addict son and we played a couple of the sillier games on Barr's website: http://www.pippinbarr.com/

Edited: Nov 21, 2012, 8:16pm Top

10) The Push Man & other stories by Yoshiro Tatsumi (1969/2005)
Good-bye by Yoshiro Tatsumi (1971/2008)
graphic novel

These two volumes along with Abandon the Old in Tokyo are the collected works of Yoshiri Tatsumi, the father of the Japanese graphic novel. Gritty urban stories from the underbelly of Tokyo citylife, these aren't too appealing but portray the everyman caught in his daily toil to survive his life. Quite a ride to read through these, some aren't that pleasant, but then life isn't always a bunch of roses.
Tatsumi’s Trapped People
The Push Man and Other Stories is a collection of 16 manga tales written and drawn by Yoshihiro Tatsumi in 1969. Tatsumi had been publishing for almost 20 years by then (starting when he was around 14 years old), and roughly 12 years earlier had coined the term gekiga to describe his genre of manga. Gekiga meant “dramatic pictures,” and referred to a gritter, noir-influenced and often more violent type of story than the Disney-esque style that was popular in the mainstream manga of the time.
Pop Matters article
I've still got his massive autobiographical A drifting life to read.

Jan 18, 2012, 12:38am Top

Just had to stop by and say hi! I just love your Gorey Illustrations! They are so much fun!

Jan 18, 2012, 12:43am Top

And a mini-gift picturebook that has been translated from the French by a new Australian publisher.

Three sardines on a bench by Michael Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo (2008 Fr) (2011)

From Berbay Publishing because it sums it up better than I can: Three Sardines on a Bench is a humorous and fantastic children's picture book. The story centres around three eccentric sardines sharing their views on the world; pontificating on strange matters and purporting to know things that the sardines obviously know nothing about. The sardines begin to even baffle themselves with some of life's unanswered questions. This small, quirky and precocious book reminds us of the importance of broadening our horizons, seizing life's every moment and not wasting time.
Petite in size, replicating the size of a tin of sardines this is an extraordinary imaginative and beautiful book.

Not really worth hunting down, more one to read if you happen on it.

Edited: Jan 18, 2012, 12:45am Top

#147: good to see you. I must get to your thread.

Jan 21, 2012, 9:39pm Top

11) American Ghosts and Old World Wonders by Angela Carter (1993)
short stories/essays

Read for TIOLI Posthumous book challenge #7 & 12in12 Short n' Sweet category.
Carter writes beautifully in this collection that was compiled from her unpublished work after her death. I enjoyed her look at the Cinderella story in Ashputtle or The Mother's Ghost, was really taken with her Impressions: the Wrightsman Magdalene and found most of the others highly enjoyable. The only one that was a struggle to read was Alice in Prague or The Curious Room.
Will be continuing to read Carter's work, this was only my second look in.

12) Giuseppe by Kurt Held (1955)
childrens fiction

I really enjoyed Held's more well known book The Outsiders of Uskoken Castle last year so thought I'd follow up with this. Giuseppe is a 14 year old lad who loses his parents in a bombing raid just as the Allied Army arrives to liberate southern Italy. His dying mother tells him to go to Naples to find her sister who married a cobbler. The story continues with Giuseppe's adventures travelling to Naples, his efforts to locate his aunt and all the colourful characters he meets including a number of orphaned but resourceful children. A good read and was the first of maybe 3 books about Giuseppe and his friends.
The original German title was Giuseppe und Maria.
Held's political views show through again in the anti-authority tone of the book, I also liked his multi-ethnic band of American soldiers that look out for Giuseppe at the start of the book. Held's wikipedia entry is worth reading.
I added this to the beverage on pg10 TIOLI challenge.

13) Assault by Brian Falkner (2011)
YA fiction/ Recon Team Angel #1

Added to TIOLI acknowledgements challenge. This is the first in a new scifi series by NZ writer Falkner. I always enjoy his books, and this new series should appeal to the younger teen reader who enjoys fast paced action scifi.
Teen soldiers, trained in the alien Bzadian culture, are sent on a mission to Ulruru Rock (Ayers Rock) in the Australian desert to uncover the secret behind alien activity inside the rock. It's 2030 and Earth is the battleground between humans and the invading Bzadian alien race.

Jan 21, 2012, 9:53pm Top

I love the pics of the furkids all on the sofa together, Kerry. And the darling kitty stretching out towards the dog. *sigh.... gives me the warm fuzzies for today*

Thanks for the tip to The Paper Tigers reading challenge. I think I'll sign up for that too. I'm pretty sure I can meet the criteria of this challenge.

Jan 22, 2012, 12:07am Top

#Hi Caroline - yes, furkids are all settled in with one another now and I better get some books sorted for the reading challenge. I've been a bit slack lately with reading constantly being sidelined for other activities.

Anyway, time for a look at some cookbooks I've had out from the library before I give them back:

zumbo by Adriano Zumbo (2011)

Like every other follower of Australia's Masterchef, I've fallen for the charms of guest judge Adriano Zumbo and his wonderful sweet treats. A visit to his pâtisserie is on my 'to do' list for my next visit to Sydney. For now I've just been browsing the pages of his book and enjoying the fun of it without feeling any pressing need to make any of the recipes. I'd rather eat one small cake occasionally as a special treat than spend all day making 30. The book design and photographs are very playful and the names of some of the creations are fun too; honey comb-over, attack of the killer tomatoes, miss marple, red wine cameltoes.

I did feel inspired to make macarons, but used a recipe from the internet rather than his zumbaron recipe that is too technical for my homestyle cooking abilities. The entire batch disappeared within a few hours of my making them so were deemed a success.

Chocolat: The Chocolate Bible by Le Cordon Bleu (2011)
I saw this in a bookshop and just had to request it from the library so I could drool over some of the pictures. Another book that I won't be cooking from, but just one to enjoy an indepth look at all the fabulous recipes, over 380pgs worth of chocolate heaven.
A more indulgent foodie blog review can be found here.

Jan 22, 2012, 12:14am Top

Kerry - Books 11,12 & 13 couldn't be more varied. It is always a pleasure to come to your thread and enjoy the immense breadth of your reading selections.

Jan 22, 2012, 12:44am Top

Ouch, Giuseppe got me.

Jan 22, 2012, 1:06am Top

Ooh I've got The Chocolate Bible too, Kerry. It's brilliant, isn't it? I think the sacher torte recipe in this makes the best one I've ever tasted. I bought a second copy for my mom and she's used it more often than I have.

I need to see if my library has a copy of Zumbo

Edited: Jan 22, 2012, 1:44am Top

Thanks Paul.

Caroline - thanks for that info on the sachertorte. I'll grab the recipe before taking the book back. You've got me taking another look at the book now, though do I really need another cookbook in my house.

Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy by Diana Kennedy (2010)

This is a mammoth celebration of the culture and cuisine of the state of Oaxaca by world renown Mexican cooking specialist Diana Kennedy. I was very keen to take a look as I spent several enjoyable days in Oaxaca many years ago. Overall the recipes are more of an anthropological resource - take one iguana and ten types of local chile or one head of bull. Kennedy has travelled all over the state cooking with local families, in markets, food stalls and small cantinas. Most of the many photographs are hers as well. This is a beautiful, sumptuous publication (436pgs) containing many traditional recipes that can't be reproduced outside of the state.
An excerpt and trial recipe can be found here on the publisher's website.

Jan 22, 2012, 1:55am Top

That would be cool and I wouldn't mind trying some of the recipes although I have to admit I'll probably be challenged finding a head of bull or an iguana.

Edited: Nov 21, 2012, 8:18pm Top

Esquire: eat like a man by Ryan D'Agostino (2011)
'the only cookbook a man will ever need'
I got this from the library as my son is following one of those paleo-cavemen diets, low carbs with high fats, and I came across their Sunday Gravy recipe online and he thought it looked so wonderful! I haven't tried it yet, I'm not really tempted by it myself. Most of the book deals with simple cooking techniques & advice, and recipes such as hashbrowns, shortribs, green eggs and parma ham or cocacola-brined fried chicken. Very masculine, meaty book.

Wanaka: earth to heaven at Whare Kea by Michael McKay (2011)
No touchstone but more book info can be found here
This is a lavish coffee table book that is chock full of photographs celebrating the natural beauty of the Wanaka region of New Zealand. The owners of Whare Kea, a luxury lodge, have produced this book as a tribute to their community, to celebrate the lodge, the food they serve and also to highlight the local people who provide services/produce such as mountain guiding, heliskiiing or jetboating to visitors to the region. The photographs are stunning, the recipes are delectable: wild Fiordland venison with cavolo nero, gnocci, roasted garlic and chestnut mushrooms; Grilled West Coast Crayfish with fennel and apple remoulade and saltcod croquettes.

Jan 22, 2012, 2:43am Top

#157: Caroline: I love Mexican food but don't feel the urge to try iguana or cook a bull's head. I'll stick with the simple stuff!

OK, I better get back to reading a few of the novels I have on the go. The Disorderly Knights is starting to grab my attention.

Jan 22, 2012, 4:20am Top

One more to add:

Fat Witch Brownies by Patricia Helding (2010)
My daughter is a big brownie fan so when I saw this book enthusiastically recommended during santathing I tracked down a copy through my library. We ended up only trying the classic recipe, I no longer cook that much sweet stuff at home as my husband has type2 diabetes and the rest of us eat only minimal cake/cookies etc.
Helding opened the Fat Witch Bakery in New York several years ago which specialises in brownies and this cookbook gives an overview of what you can buy there.
Our attempt at the basic brownie recipe went a little astray due to my non-precise baking methods. Then the recipe stated that the brownie must stand for 60mins when it comes out from the oven, we were only able to wait 10 mins before we were diving in. The result was a good brownie but not a great brownie, so I'm still looking for that elusive great and foolproof brownie recipe, though there seem to be a lot of good lookers on a few food blogs, I just need to try a few more.
Here's a link to the their classic recipe.

Jan 22, 2012, 4:44am Top

>158 avatiakh: Grilled West Coast Crayfish with fennel and apple remoulade and saltcod croquettes.

*drooooooool* What a gorgeous-looking book, and place, and dish!

Jan 22, 2012, 7:01am Top

I am so hungry right now! What a yummy list of books you've recently read!

Edited: Jan 23, 2012, 8:20am Top

I'm a big fan of baking from scratch, mostly because I just love to do so, but with brownies, I bow to the excellence and ease of the box mix. Ghirardelli has the absolute best brownie mixes - I've yet to find a recipe that tops it.

Jan 22, 2012, 6:17pm Top

I am adding tons of books to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendations, Kerry. (I think!)

Edited: Jan 23, 2012, 10:39am Top

> 156

It's so interesting that you, too, visited Oaxaca, Kerri. That was the very place in Mexico that I suffered from a terrible bout of food poisoning. I didn't drink the water...but I did eat the ice cream. My downfall! :)

Enjoy your Oaxacan cooking... Buen apetito!

Jan 24, 2012, 2:59pm Top

I'm so enjoying your cookbook journeys. I confess to being tempted by the Sunday gravy recipe--got to eat healthier--and I have eaten iguana in Aruba.

I'm going to the Wanaka region next time I'm in New Zealand! How far is it from Queenstown?

Jan 24, 2012, 3:18pm Top

>145 avatiakh: I also liked How to Listen to Music from the same series. I think I recall the bird one being read aloud on National Radio last year or the year before, it certainly gave me an insight into bird watching, it came over as very interesting.
How to Read a Book didnt really do it for m though, have you read it? It is more the authors personal journey concerning her writing and less for the reader.

>150 avatiakh: Giuseppe (1955!) looks a good looking book. Where do you come across these?

>158 avatiakh: Wanaka is such a lovely area, I love those mountains that look like blobs of thick cake mixture that have been dolloped from the heavens. It's so beautiful there.

Edited: Nov 21, 2012, 8:13pm Top

I've tried to stay away from LT for a few days and tackle some long overdue work in my garden. Plus I've been busy getting everything ready for a new academic year for three offspring and my youngest turned 15 yesterday as well.
I've also been kept busy by my brother who is taking his first trip to Europe and Israel, he asked me to help find their hotels in Italy and Paris and I've also helped him plan some of his time in the UK - it all soaks up my time and I've found it difficult to settle down with a book this past fortnight.

#161: Richard - Wanaka is a lovely area. I'd love to revisit, I haven't been there for too many years.

#162: Hi Brit - Yes, I love looking through cookbooks.

#163: Amber - we don't get that many premix packs here in New Zealand, though my mother used to keep the odd Betty Crocker one on standby when I was a child. I've got a couple more brownie recipes to try. I brought home Chewy gooey crispy crunchy which looks like having a good brownie recipe in it.

#164: Hi Stasia - glad to be of service!

#165: Madeline - I loved Oaxaca, I've only had good food experiences in Mexico.

#166: Deborah - Yes, the Sunday gravy is healthy as far as not having sugar in it.
Wanaka is close to Queenstown - probably an hour of scenic driving.

#167: Hi Megan - I also didn't much enjoy How to read a book. I read it a few years ago and remember that she just raved on and on about the horse books that she read as a child. Lydia Wever's essay On reading from Lloyd Jones' Four Winds Press is a better read.

I've been involved in children's literature for several years, less so lately, though am still on a couple of Storylines committees, so have lots of resources and lists of books, favourite children's writers etc etc that I like to keep up with. Kurt Held sounded interesting and his Uskoken Castle book is in 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up, Giuseppe was a followup read.

14) Don't look back by Karin Fossum (1996)
fiction, norway

Added to TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book where a word in the title can be used as a verb as well as another part of speech. This was my first Inspector Sejer book and while the mystery side of the novel was not exactly riveting I found myself quite taken with the banter between Sejer and his new sidekick Skarre, a younger policeman. I'll definitely read more of these, but first I have to try something by Denise Mina.

Jan 29, 2012, 12:03am Top

Sounds like you've been busy, Kerry.

Jan 29, 2012, 3:48am Top

Since moving to NYC, I appear to have forgotten how to cook... That said, I do still bake on occasion, but less and less frequently. That's the problem being a solo act -- it's so much easier to make some sandwiches, get some very good soup from the local outlet of Hale & Hearty (which makes fab soups with v. good/fresh ingredients, far more cheaply than I could and far better), order the occasional takeout, etc. I eat reasonably well, when I plan and don't let myself get distracted by work, but I just don't cook or use cookbooks much any more. Gone are the days when I could whip off a pecan pie!

I have The Dream Life of Sukhanov sitting on my Kindle and teed up to read this year; sounds as if I need to add Grushin's other tome to the list!

Jan 29, 2012, 5:04am Top

My mother has to cook for one but often cooks too much and then has to eat the same meal for 3 or 4 nights in a row.
I bake a lot less than I used too, we are eating much healthier food than in the past though my paleo-caveman 20 yr old (who was vegetarian up till a year or so ago) is so judgemental on the ingredients I use that food prep is not as fun as it used to be. My husband has type-2 diabetes and doesn't get to try any of our sweet treats which also lessens the incentive to bake. I find reading the cookbooks gives me enough of a sweet fix at present, though I am in an ongoing quest to find my ultimate brownie recipe.

Tonight we are making gingerbread, my daughter felt the urge to make some biscuits.

Jan 29, 2012, 7:11am Top

#143 I think you still can link to specific posts in talk threads, you just need to do it in a slightly different way since they updated talk. if you click the link that says 'More' at the bottom of the post you want to link to then right clink on 'Link' and select 'Copy link address' that should give you the direct link to the post. The last step might be different for different browsers. Was that what you were referring to?

Joannasephine's review of The Heir of Night is here and you've reminded me that I need to read some Helen Lowe :-)

#144 Cute dog and cat photos (*melts*)

#158 Wow, the sky looks so blue that it almost looks unreal. What a beautiful area.

#168 I've had Karen Fossum on my list of Scandicrime authors to read for a while now.

#171 Gingerbread - yum!

Jan 29, 2012, 11:13pm Top

Hi Kerry :) awwww cute kittens!!! My cat Cleo still sits on my laptop like yours do now - only she's like 10 times the size - not so cute lol.

the search for the perfect brownie - if I was in your family I would find fault with them all so you would have to keep baking them!!

Feb 1, 2012, 4:25pm Top

Hi Kerry, catching up but have enjoyed the cookbook titles on your thread. I've never made the perfect brownie either although I've never made a brownie full stop so perhaps that is where I am going wrong...

Edited: Feb 2, 2012, 5:22am Top

#172: Thanks for that info on linking, I'll have to check it out.

#173: I made a Donna Hay brownie tonight, but though I liked it enough it did not pass go with other food critics in the house so will try again next week!
I have a huge number of lemons off my trees to deal with so will be focused on citrus this weekend.

#174: Hi Leonie - Yes, that would have to be the problem! I always used the same brownie recipe, and made it for many years as a quick dessert to serve with icecream. It's only lately that I've felt the urge to look for a more interesting recipe.

15) Klezmer: tales of the Wild East by Joann Sfar (2005)
graphic novel

This is the first of three Klezmer GNs, I'd love to read the other two but my library doesn't have them, in fact I'm not sure if they've been translated to English yet. Sfar says in his author notes that he recommends reading this alongside his The Rabbi's Cat as both books have been inspired by his family heritage. The artwork is a delight, very loose, and very colourful, he mentions Chagall as an inspiration.
Sfar's grandfather came from the Ukraine to France and the book looks at what it is to be Jewish with/without religion in those times and places. The story revolves round a musician who loses his fellow band members in one foul swoop, a young maiden who runs away from village life, and two ex-Yeshiva boys who end up travelling together with a young gypsy.

You can read an excerpt here at First Second.

Feb 2, 2012, 6:00am Top

16) Why we broke up by Daniel Handler (2011)
YA novel

This was a Printz Honor Book at the recent ALA Awards. The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature is awarded alongside the Caldicott and Newbery Medals but doesn't seem to attract the same attention.
Daniel Handler is better known for his Lemony Snicket books, A Series of Unfortunate Events and he's also written a few adult novels, this is his first YA novel. The book chronicles a short romance and inevitable breakup between two high school students. It's done through a series of objects, all momentos of memorable incidents in their relationship and how they led to the 'breakup'. Min has a box full of these objects to give back to Ed and written about each one and the reason for its inclusion in her break up letter. It's quite an introspective slow moving novel but the writing is impeccable and the emotions feel very real. I ended up enjoying it. Min, the girlfriend whose breakup letter 'is' the novel is a classic movie fan and references movie scenes throughout the novel. These are not real movies but made up ones that Handler must have had a lot of fun inventing.
Each object is illustrated by Maria Kalman at the start of each chapter.

Feb 2, 2012, 6:32am Top

There is a Whywebrokeup Project website to accompany the book, where anyone can share their breakup story.

Books Shape You - NZ Book Council clip

Feb 2, 2012, 9:51am Top

I'm eager to read Why We Broke Up, as I've heard nothing but good things about it!

Feb 2, 2012, 10:36am Top

My brownie recipe substitutes some of the flour for ground almonds. It ends up expensive to make, and rich, but they are fabulously gooey, and have been declared the best by a long stretch.

Feb 2, 2012, 3:29pm Top

Gosh I really thought I had posted here - guess I've been lurking too much:)

Love the Kittens and the names:) and lots of interesting reading going on.

Feb 2, 2012, 5:24pm Top

I'm in the same boat as Faith when it comes to Why We Broke Up.

Feb 2, 2012, 6:03pm Top

Kerry my eldest Yasmyne bought and enjoyed Why We Broke Up - will pinch it off her and add it to my own list!

Feb 2, 2012, 6:08pm Top

*waving* at Kerry

Edited: Feb 4, 2012, 3:44pm Top

#172: Heather - after going back to your post I see that I didn't originally make myself clear. What I miss is the specific posts of book conversation on the book's work pages. Lt now only lists the threads where the books are mentioned. They used to also list previews of the actual posts after the initial thread list and it was easy to find a conversation about a book - I was using this feature constantly to look back at who recommended a book and also to find discussion about a book. Now it's no longer there and I really miss it. Case in point is book below - I know labfs39 (Lisa) recommended it but now I can't click back quickly to where Poulin was discussed on her 2011 thread.

17) Translation is a Love Affair by Jacques Poulin (French, 2006); (2009 Eng)
fiction, canada

I added Jacques Poulin to my list of new authors to try after Lisa read one of his books last year and recommended this one. What a beautiful little read it is too. The writer blends the the idea of people/animals finding refuge with the theme of translation and the need to find just the right word/phrase to caress the original language into it's new one. I read a beautiful Archipelago edition so this was an absolute joy to read. The story is soft and muted, seeped in literary references and was perfect to read slowly and savour over a few days.

Feb 4, 2012, 3:45pm Top

Here's a short thread in bugcollectors about the missing previews in conversations: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131188

Feb 4, 2012, 4:11pm Top

Thanks for the shout-out, Kerry. I'm so glad you enjoyed Translation is a Love Affair too. Since you liked it, I highly recommend Mister Blue, another book by Poulin.

Feb 4, 2012, 4:24pm Top

#184 Ah, sorry for misunderstanding. I know what you mean now and I miss that too. I don't remember seeing an announcement about it so I'm not sure whether it was intentional or not but it can make finding conversations quite a chore.. Just seen your next post - I'll go and add my voice to the 'bring it back' pleas!

I am seeing a lot of good things about Jacques Poulin on the threads at the moment. Adding to the list...

Feb 4, 2012, 5:04pm Top

ah.....this is such a dangerous thread for me.

I've added The Concert Ticket and Iron Horse.

How I wish we could have a kitten/cat. Alas, my partner is asthmatic and highly allergic to cats...drat.

Edited: Feb 4, 2012, 7:20pm Top

#186: Hi Lisa - I'm very keen to read more of his work. Weird that our library does not have anything at all by him. Spring Tides will be my next one once I track down an affordable copy. Thank goodness for betterworld books and their free postage.

#187: Hi Heather - This was one of my favourite LT features and I'm quite frustrated by the fact it isn't there anymore. I don't usually read the reviews, preferring to visit lengthy discussions of the books in the group pages.
Yes, I've been seeing lots of Poulin talk as well lately, now I can join in.

Any visitors to my thread please click on the link in #185 above and ask LT to bring this feature back.

#188: Hi Linda. Great to see you visiting, The Concert Ticket will be available as The Line in the US.

My kittens are growing and exploring. Freya can climb up trees, not very far thank goodness, but is still learning about how to get down from them. Very comical to watch. Morrigan caught her first little mouse last week, in the garden but she brought it inside to play with! Happily we got her and mouse outside before too long. She played with the poor thing for ages before abandoning the corpse on our verandah for me to dispose of.
They move really fast and in and out of our legs as we walk, any trip to the laundry room is fret with danger as that's where I feed them so they race in expectantly. We have a cat door to the outside in there that they are now using, it is actually a hole in the door, the cat flap needs to be replaced as my beagle is always breaking them by forcing herself through. When this next one breaks I'm going to have the hole enlarged and a dog flap installed, I've finally done the maths and this will be a cheaper all round solution.

I've been reading a few books fairly slowly this past month, so have decided to concentrate on each one till I finish it. Currently I'm pushing through and enjoying The Disorderly Knights, I love these Lymond books but find them slow to get going but well worth persevering with.

After finishing Joann Sfar's Klezmer last week and being disappointed that only volume 1 has been translated (he's currently working on #4) I noticed that my library had a movie Sfar made about the musician Serge Gainsbourg, so I watched Gainsbourg: a heroic life, over the weekend and really enjoyed it. Warning: there is a vast quantity of cigarettes consumed in this movie.The special effects were done by the same team that worked on Pans Labryinth. Here's a link to the trailer, I'm now on a mission to listen to more of Gainsbourg's music.

Feb 4, 2012, 8:04pm Top

I forgot to ask you if you have read the 2001 Newbery honor book Joey Pigza Loses Control. I highly recommend this one!

Feb 4, 2012, 8:10pm Top

Linda - I haven't, I do have a copy of his Dead End in Norvelt which won this year's Newbery Award. I'll add Joey Pigza to my list.

Feb 4, 2012, 8:18pm Top

Hi Kerry, just doing a fly by, and confessing to "spot-reading" the posts as I go.
Was caught by the word brownie (#179) and think that the gooey texture gained from subbing Almond meal for flour would indeed make for a delicious treat. That's all I ever think about these days, baking.

Feb 5, 2012, 7:00am Top

Love the idea of the beagle through the cat-flap. Has she ever got stuck?

Edited: Feb 5, 2012, 4:57pm Top

#192: Hi Megan - yes, Jenny's idea of using the almond meal has also appealed to me. I'll have to wait a couple of weeks before I make another batch or we'll start suffering from 'brownie overload'.

#193: Hi Jenny - no, not stuck but the physics of it all continues to amaze me! She must contort her body to get it through. Most of the time we've had the door closed off with cardboard or a plastic cover but with these kittens in training I'm thinking I'll go for the dog flap.

18a) Level Up by Gene Luen Yang (2011)
graphic novel
I was very taken with the cover for this GN and had enjoyed reading his American Born Chinese. This story is about a young college student, a video game fanatic, coming to terms with what he thinks he wants to do, what his father has always wanted for him and how he finally finds his way. At the end of each section he 'levels up'. This quick read is quite the appealing story and will 'speak' to many as they grapple with similar issues of parental expectations.

18b) The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi (2011)
illustrated story
I had to read this as I enjoyed Persepolis so much. This is a reinterpretation of a popular fairy tale with Eastern overtones, nothing like the wonderful work she did in Persepolis. It's an average story with average illustrations, worth a few minutes of your time if you find it in the library.

18c) The Conductor by Laetitia Devernay (2011)
This first book by Devernay from Switzerland won the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima last year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. It's a beautiful wordless picturebook that adults will appreciate perhaps more than younger children. A conductor climbs onto a tree and conducts the leaves in the trees to a wild dance through the skies. A muted use of colour and the tall narrow shape of the book make it stand out.
More of the artwork can be found here.

18d) A ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (2011)
A gorgeous wordless picturebook which won the 2012 Caldicott Medal for Illustration. This appeals directly to the youngest reader, a tender little story about a dog and her ball. The illustration style is quite loose, no lines to keep the colour in, and Raschka is not shy of colour, there's lots of it here. Raschka has also done a couple of picturebooks on jazz giants John Coltrane and Charlie Parker.
John Coltrane's Giant Steps and Charlie Parker Played Be Bop

More great picturebook chat from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog post here

18e) No dogs allowed by Linda Ashman (2011)
Another 'wordless' picturebook, no text per say but through the use of the cafe's signage and the blackboard's changing message, the owner/waiter's growing conumdrun is clearly evident. Very fun for children. When he sees a young boy heading in the cafe's direction with a dog in tow Alberto quickly scrawls 'no dogs allowed' on the blackboard, however it seems like every man and his 'pet' is due to arrive in the little Parisian square this particular morning.
Ashman writes about tackling a wordless picturebook here on her website.

Feb 5, 2012, 9:27pm Top

I love how you post pics from the books, they look great and give a great feel for how the book will go.

Feb 6, 2012, 12:50am Top

How disappointing about Marjane Satrapi's latest. I too loved Persepolis.

Feb 6, 2012, 4:09am Top

Wow! I'm so behind, Kerry! What darling little kittens! Both of your names for them are wonderful and I'm particularly partial to Freya. The maternal side of my family is Icelandic, though even my grandparents were born in Canada. I had a distant cousin named Freya..

Such a colourful and hunger inducing thread! Brownies. Hmm - A Ball for Daisy - that 's the name of our dog - she came with her name .

Feb 6, 2012, 5:08am Top

I obviously need to spend more time in the children's section of the library. These books are amazing! I was especially impressed by The Conductor, but they all look wonderful. All are going onto my list . . .

Feb 6, 2012, 5:35am Top

#197: Hi Deb - I know that it's hard to keep up with all the threads you want to follow. I'm struggling to visit everyone. No baking been done here lately...though i really need to deal with the basket containing 30-40 lemons off my trees.
Wow, Iceland in your family! I'm just a mutt from all parts of the UK/Ireland.

#198: Hi Brenda - lots of great illustration in children's books. I must admit that I was a little sad at sending The Conductor back to the library, such a stunning edition. I was able to pick up a very colourful graphic novel Sita's Ramayana which I'm looking forward to reading.

I've been to two of the bookshops featured on this slideshow, The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World and would dearly love to visit a few more of them.

Here's a cute & recent look at Freya. Morrigan being completely black does not fare so well in photos:

Feb 6, 2012, 9:25am Top

KITTIES!!! (I swear, half of my posts in this group consist of me squee-ing over cute animal photos...)

But still... KITTIES!!! *pets screen*

Feb 6, 2012, 9:43am Top

Awwww, so cute. We've got a blackie that never shows up well in pics, but the ones that DO work look stunning. Wait till they get older and the shine comes through on their coats, and the black looks absolutely stunning.

Feb 6, 2012, 1:32pm Top

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World are amazing! I've never been to any, but next time I'm in Belgium, and if I'm ever in Argentina, you'll know where to find me!

Feb 6, 2012, 2:41pm Top

Awwww. Hello kittehs!!! :D

Feb 6, 2012, 3:03pm Top

I've just requested Level Up from the library after seeing you mention it here. I enjoyed American Born Chinese when I read it several years ago, and I don't normally like graphic novels.

Feb 6, 2012, 3:33pm Top

Your kitties are adorable!

Feb 7, 2012, 2:24pm Top

Back to say that I now am the proud owner, but not yet reader, of The Line. Thank you, Kerry!
Those kittens are mighty cute. Freya has quite handsome whiskers.
I"m on my way before I find myself ordering something else...............

Feb 7, 2012, 9:20pm Top

Hi Kerry! I'm catching up on threads this evening. I'm surprised you were able to find the book Fat Witch Brownies in New Zealand. I didn't think people outside of NYC would have heard of them. Sometimes families send boxes of Fat Witch brownies to us at work as a thank you. Even the brownies from the shop are more good than great. I actually prefer brownies I make at home from a mix better than Fat Witch brownies.
I see you liked Klezmer better than I did. I'm not a fan of Sfar's drawing style. This was my least favorite. While I appreciate the Chagall influence the style is just too loose for me.
I have The Sigh and Translation is a Love Affair on the TBR pile. Judging from reviews I'm looking forward to at least one of them. Added Why We Broke Up to the wish list.
Yesterday in B&N I was walking past the art book display area and recognized a cover - The Conference of the Birds - from your thread. I bought it. I've only skimmed it so far but it looks gorgeous and I love the feel of the paper.

#170 Suzanne - I love Hale & Hearty soups. On my days off work I always check to see if they have butternut squash, asparagus- potato- leak or spicy chickpea (lemony chickpea in summer). Worth a trip into the city.

Feb 7, 2012, 10:01pm Top

Thanks for all the kitten love. Lizzie, I was looking at several photos of Freya and thought she had extremely photogenic whiskers! She's been curled up sleeping half in a shopping bag that I've yet to unpack, there's only tins in it, always cute.

Kelly - interesting about Fat Witch, when I saw the background of the owner I thought there was a chance they might not be too brilliant. I found an Australian food blog where the blogger cooked several brownie recipes including the Fat Witch ones, she had her husband and son critique them all, so I'll be trying out a couple of those 'winning' recipes. They gave the FW recipe a thumbs down too.
Auckland Libraries is wonderful, we get newly published books from all round the world and most new books including these 'trendy' cookbooks seem to be available for loan soon after they are published in the US or UK.

Lucky you to have a copy of The Conference of Birds, I'm tempted as it's such a quality production, but I say that about a lot of the books i buy and I really do have too many (still tempted though!). I picked up a bargain copy of Lemony Snicket's 13 words today which made me really happy as it's illustrated by Maria Kalman who did the quirky drawings in Why we broke up.

I've finished two books that I feel like I've been reading forever, both were really good reads but just took a little time to get through. I'll come back to review later this evening, got to prepare dinner right now and unpack that shopping bag.

Feb 8, 2012, 9:47pm Top

>207 VioletBramble: brownies ...we call them brownie (no "s") here. I made a lovely batch of Lemon Coconut Brownie the other day (again) and it has been happily polished off by various visitors!

Feb 8, 2012, 11:29pm Top

>209 Ireadthereforeiam: LOL, it's always plural here in the US. Probably because we always eat more than one. That's why we're so over weight here. Lemon Coconut Brownie(s) sounds yummy.

Feb 9, 2012, 12:12am Top

Hehe! We have plural brownies, just like cookies. It's odd to think of saying, "Here, I've made a plate of brownie, would you like one?" If you cut the batch into squares and put them in a tin, would you say you've filled the tin with brownie? What happens if someone wants more than one? ♥

Lemon coconut sounds wonderful right now.

Feb 9, 2012, 2:43am Top

Kitten pics... so so sweet. But how on earth did you get them to stay still for long while wide awake?? Mine were always trying to investigate the camera when I tried to take their pics!

Re Poulin - he is v. hard to find in libraries here, as well. I'm tempted to check out Amazon.fr or Amazon.ca for some French copies when I feel like reading another. (Tackled Spring Tides last year; liked, but didn't love it.)

Feb 10, 2012, 8:09pm Top

Recipe for lemon coconut brownies please?

Feb 10, 2012, 8:12pm Top

Oh, what lovely kitty cats.

Feb 10, 2012, 8:54pm Top

>211 UnrulySun: I think so....I would say "look I've made some brownie, here's a tin full, try some" The only reason I'd say it with an S is if I'd made two batches, and even then I'm not sure. If someone wanted more than one bit, I'd say "Please, have 2 bits of brownie". Weird :)

>213 arubabookwoman: Recipe: Disclaimer- this is not a health food :)

Lemon Coconut Brownie
250g butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup dessicated coconut
3 teaspoon lemon rind
1/4 cup lemon juice

Melt butter, stir in sugar. Add eggs one at time, stirring til thick and glossy. Sift flour and mix. Stir in coconut and lemon rind/juice. Pour into tin and bake 180degC for about 30 minutes until skewer comes out clean.
Serve with a thick (non sweetened) yoghurt.

Feb 11, 2012, 6:26am Top

Just to add to the Brownie chatter, as a Canadian I would say I've made some brownies, would you like a piece? Or there would be a recipe for Chocolate Brownies -but what does it matter as long as they taste good!:)

Kerry, Karin Fossum is definitely my favourite Scandicrime writer.

Yummy recipe above - thanks to Megan!

Edited: Feb 11, 2012, 8:40am Top

>215 Ireadthereforeiam:

Er, there's no chocolate in your brownie?!

What size tin?

Feb 11, 2012, 1:17pm Top

Hi everyone - enjoying the brownie talk. I'm going to be away for a few days for a quick trip to Wellington but alas no time to get together with Cushla.

Reading: I'm now up to date with the year long 12in12 GR of Don Quixote - this is rather a fun read so far. I'm also into several graphic novels, currently the biography, Feynman. I'm also reading Shades of Grey for Fantasy February.

Brownie/s: not much to add, I use the singular form mostly. Thanks for the recipe Megan, now we need to experiment with a 'pineapple lump brownie'.

Anyway, I'm out the door.....and into the car

Feb 11, 2012, 2:39pm Top

whew! Finally caught up with your thread, Kerry. I'm not doing so well with my resolution to keep up with the threads this year, and this is after I've starred them, yours included ... oh dear .... I can only imagine with horror how bad it'd be if I hadn't starred the ones I want to make a special effort to follow at the start of the year. Why, I'd lose more than half of my fave LT folk.

Love the pics of the kitties. The one with Freya by herself is precious .. she has that 'why are you not playing with or feeding me instead of pointing that little thing at me' look on her face.

Edited: Nov 21, 2012, 8:20pm Top

19) The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett (1966)
Lymond Chronicles #3

This is the third installment of the continuing adventures of Frances of Lymond. Set in the mid 16th century Europe, this adventure takes us from Malta to Tripoli and then back to Scotland. Frances agrees to help the Crusading Order of Knights Hospitaller of St John whose home base in Malta is about to come under attack by invading Turks. Intrigue, adventure, political maneuvering, feuds and blackmail all rolled up in a great historical novel that finishes on a bit of a cliffhanger, has me lining up book 4 to read as soon as I can find time for it. I was going to read her Macbeth novel King Hereafter next but will bump it for #4 Pawn in Frankincense.
I find these books slow to start as Dunnett sets up the story but the pay off as the novel progresses is well worth the time put in. Love my Lymond. Added to the TIOLI challenge #15: Read a book that has the Letters in TIOLI (T,I,O,L) as doubles in the title or Author's Name.
Also for my 12in12 series category.

20) Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds (2003)
Revelation Space #3 / audiobook
While there are other standalone books set in this world, this is the concluding book in the original trilogy. I've really enjoyed John Lee's narration and will continue with the standalones, I've already listened to Chasm City the first one. Just need a break from scifi for a couple of weeks. The saving of the human race from the 'Inhibitors' continues, Reynolds uses separate story strands that come together towards the end of the novel in a pleasing conclusion.
Added to TIOLI scrabble challenge and my 12in12 series category.

21) D.E.S.I.G.N. by Ewa Solarz (2010 Poland) (2011)
illustrated by Aleksandra Mizielinski & Daniel Mizielinski
children's nonfiction

Another beautiful book translated by Gecko Press. You can view pages of the book here at the website of the graphic designers who illustrated this and the wonderful H.O.U.S.E.
This was an informative little read that I couldn't put down once I started. The book tells the story behind the design of 69 household objects, some quirky and some utilitarian from Michel Thonet's 1859 bistro chair to The Front Group's 2009 Moment Collection based on illusion. Along the way we meet designers such as Philippe Stark (citrus squeezer), Arne Jacobsen (ant chair), Frank Gehry (punnet chair). There are lots of chair stories, all really interesting, I enjoyed the story behind the Barcelona Chair (1929).

Edited: Nov 21, 2012, 8:20pm Top

22) The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein (1982)
YA fiction

Read this for Fantasy February and also my 12in12 Israel and the Diaspora category. This Holocaust novel is seeped in mystical and magical happenings. Kicsi is the youngest in her family, they live in a remote shetl in Hungary where they've always been protected by their rabbi, who is also possibly a magician. Then Voros, a traveller and magician arrives to warn them of impending death and destruction. Only Kicsi listens, while a battle of power begins between the rabbi and the red magician.
This is quite well done, the descriptions of the shetl are very good and the power play between the magicians, the illjusions etc etc really good. It falls down a little for me during Kicsi's time in the camps, but I think I might have been too critical while reading this part. If I did stars probably 3.6 star read.

23) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (1817)
Had to reread another Austen after enjoying Persuasion so much last month. I've read this a few times now and once again I loved it, Catherine and Henry are both great characters. Added to my 12in12 Favourite Authors/rereads category. I've also enjoyed reading Madeline's tutored read of NA which I caught up on this afternoon.

24) Feynman by Jim Ottaviani (2011)
graphic novel / nonfiction

This graphic biography of physicist Richard Feynman is my first introduction to his life and work, but of course, I'm now eager to read some of his own work. There is a bibliography at the end of the GN which lists lots of books and lectures worth looking at.
Quite weird reading a biography in this form, but it works well.

25) Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni, illustrations by Moyna Chitrakar (2011)
graphic novel

Tells the Ramayana legend from the woman's perspective. Stunningly bold colourful illustration with an interesting layout. After reading this I had to find out about the Patua scroll painting tradition. Chitrakar is an artist storyteller, you can see her performing her Tsunami scroll story here alongside the making of the book.
Patua art is created by Bengal’s Patua community. “Patua artists are singers and story-tellers who go from house to house with their scrolls and tell stories from epics through their art work”
Patua artists are familiar figures in India’s art and craft landscape. In the 1970s, an artists’ cooperative was set up in Bengal to rejuvenate their art, which had suffered an interim eclipse after a period of middle class interest during the late colonial period. They were once itinerant tellers of tales, who carried their scrolls of stories, and sang songs while unrolling each of them. Muslims by faith, their stories were wide-ranging. Tales from the Ramayana and Mahabarata feature prominently in their repertoire, which today has expanded to include news, political allegories and much else.

An interesting interview with writer/adapter Samhita Arni here.

And I'm now up to date with my year long group read of Don Quixote over in the 12in12 group.

Feb 16, 2012, 2:10pm Top

So many interesting books you read Kerry, and so few are translated :-(

Feb 16, 2012, 2:17pm Top

Kerry, did you know the Barcelona chair wasn't created by Mies van der Rohe, but actually by his longtime companion Lilly Reich? I don't know if they covered that in the book?

I just noticed they mention it in the wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona_chair but I just found out about it last week during a conversation with my best friend who is an environmental designer. She was apparently responsible for much of the furniture design which he is credited for.

Feb 16, 2012, 2:38pm Top

#222: Anita: Hopefully some will eventually be translated. I find with so many books published in English that they go out of print really fast and our libraries no longer keep that many older books in their stacks. I had trouble finding a copy of The Red Magician to read.

#223: Ilana, That's interesting about the Barcelona chair. I just looked at the book again and only he is credited. Being a children's book they focused on the 'chair fit for a king' aspect and included an illustration of a Pharoah sitting on a simple stool with crosslegs. Well, we do learn something new every day.

Feb 16, 2012, 7:08pm Top

>217 SqueakyChu: size tin....rectangle....ok, Ill just go measure it....
it's an 18x28 cm shallow tin. No...no chocolate. But you wont miss it, the citrussy zing and all that butter and sugar make up for it :)

>223 Smiler69: well, that is interesting. So was she using his status to launch her pieces? Or was he using her designs to his own end?

Hi Kerry- the Wellington trip went well? (I didnt miss discussion of it anywhere did I?) DESIGN book looks great, I love Gecko Press.

Edited: Feb 16, 2012, 8:29pm Top

Ilana - I went back through the book before I took it to the library to see how many women were in the book. Eileen Gray (UK, 1927) designed a great sidetable, the E1027. Charlotte Perriand (France, 1928) was given credit alongside Pierre Janneret and Le Corbusier for that great lounging chair. No more women till the 2000s and then quite a few including Hella Jongerius (Holland, 2005) for her Polder sofa (landscape in a sofa).

Megan - I'll post on my trip sometime today, I've only mentioned it a little on Paul's thread. I took a few photos and got a few books, ate pineapple lumps.

Feb 17, 2012, 3:49pm Top

I'm taking a break from audiobooks while I catch up on all the podcasts I subscribe but never listen to. Currently making my way through the wonderful wonderful New Yorker fiction podcasts which I found out about on someone's thread last year. I'm really enjoying the discussions with the NYer fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.
So far:
Cynthia Ozick reads Steven Millhauser’s “In the Reign of Harad IV"
Jennifer Egan reads Lore Segal’s “The Reverse Bug.”
A. M. Homes reads Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”
Nathan Englander reads Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Disguised.”
Tobias Wolff reads Stephanie Vaughn’s “Dog Heaven.”
Louise Erdrich reads Lorrie Moore’s “Dance in America.”
Jonathan Lethem reads James Thurber’s “The Wood Duck."

Currently: Paul Theroux reads Jorge Luis Borges’s short story “The Gospel According to Mark.”

And if anyone wants some talk around Dr Who, Rob Shearman is interviewed on Radio NZ here. I've read two of his short story collections and would love to be in Wellington for the Writers Festival but alas have too many commitments to leave Auckland that week.

Feb 17, 2012, 6:06pm Top

After visiting Darryl's thread I had a look at 'my books in common' with JanetinLondon and from the 164 listed came up with 73 that I haven't yet read, though one of those, Don Quixote, I am currently reading. Rather than list all 73 I'm going to just list the ones that I've been meaning to get to for a long time and will start considering for upcoming reading challenges.

Hiroshima Joe by Martin Booth - I'm more likely to read his A Very Private Gentleman next
Cities of Salt by Abdelrahman Munif
Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson
The Singapore Grip by J. G. Farrell
Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone
Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
The Crow Road by Iain Banks
Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake - stalled on this one a few years ago
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey - on my current list for this year
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Don Quixote A New Translation by Edith Grossman by Miguel de Cervantes - currently reading
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Then the list of Recommended Reads -
from the 33 listed these look most of interest.

1. The Road Home by Rose Tremain
2. Last Orders by Graham Swift
3. The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
4. The Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell
5. I Married a Communist by Philip Roth
6. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
7 The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman
8 Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
9. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
10 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
11. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
12 The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

Edited: Feb 17, 2012, 11:52pm Top

I was in Wellington very briefly earlier this week as my husband had an appointment at the Israeli Embassy and we decided to make it into a quick road trip with my daughter tagging along. It's an 8 hour drive each way plus time out for stops. We stopped for lunch in Taihape, the gumboot capital of the world. My usual stop here is Le Cafe Telephonique, they have piles of food magazines and cookbooks around the cafe which you can browse and excellent coffee. A few minutes drive further south is a small settlement, Mangaweka, my grandmother was born here in 1895 so I like to pull in for a drive up the historic but rather rundown main street.

'Good as Goldie Museum and Art Shop' seemed to be one of the only going ventures in main street at present

...note piano still around in my photo below

Wellington – our visit to the embassy was over early the next morning so headed to a couple of places I had lined up for quick visits. First The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie as the owner is highly respected in the New Zealand children’s book world and I’ve never managed to visit before. The shop is nothing out of the ordinary but the staff are all helpful and know their books. I called in to the Mary Potter Hospice shop which was just a few doors away and found a few books to rehome. We continued to Miramar and Weta Cave, there’s a Weta Cave in Auckland but I wanted to hone in on the original. This is a small shop cum mini museum of everything Weta. There’s lots of collectibles from the various movies Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor have worked on. My daughters and I went to the Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy Exhibition of props and costumes 9 or 10 years ago which was really interesting and just wanted a little more to feed my Hobbit movie habit. Came away with a Dr Who dalek poster for my son.

Special Effects for LOTR: From our 2003 LOTR exhibition trip, Yasmin (left) was about 20yrs old and Dana about 6yrs old. (Reminds me that I have to plan the trip to Hobbiton in Matamata).

Back to Cuba Mall and a late brunch at Floriditas after a trip to Pegasus Books. I came across this bookshop on my last visit to Wellington and found the pricing to be far more realistic than the more well known Arty Bees used bookstore. They helpfully shelve all the 1001 books you must read before you die books in one area. I love the ecletic frontage look, you just know you are going to have a good browse here.

Then time to start the return trip stopping overnight in Palmerston North and continuing in the rain the next day with coffee/lunch stops in Taihape, Taupo and Tirau.

Edited: Feb 18, 2012, 1:18am Top

Books acquired:
Children's Bookshop, Wellington:
Three Classic Children's Stories illustrated by Edward Gorey
By any means by Ben Sanders - NZ adult crime by young writer, this is #2 in series.

they had lots of ARCs some book reviewer has dropped off so:
Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child
A straight line to my heart by Bill Condon
A pocketful of eyes by Lili Wilkinson
Ministry of Pandemonium by Chris Westwood
Tomorrow we save the orphans by Owen Marshall - NZ short stories
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Pegasus Books:
a few history classics for my son
No one writes to the General by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Pilgerman by Russell Hoban

I spy books, Tirau
The time of the doves by Merce Rodoreda - Spanish Civil War classic that I've never heard of
The Big Killing by Robert Wilson - want to read the Bruce Medway series this year
Keepers of the House by Lisa St Aubin de Teran - Venezuelan Andes setting

Books arrived in mail:
There but for the by Ali Smith
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

Feb 17, 2012, 11:34pm Top

My my, so much goodness here. Love all the pictures you posted from your trip(s) and all the bookshops visited!

I'm tempted to look up my list of books in common with Janet and see if I can squeeze a few more in my list of reads for this year (overly ambitious, as usual) than what I spotted on Darryl's thread this morning.

#224 Apparently (according to my friend Kim and wikipedia), it's only been recently revealed that Lily Reich was behind Mies van der Rohe's furniture design, so it's not surprising you hadn't known about it before, nor that it wasn't mentioned in the book (do you remember what the date of publication was?)

#225 Megan, since the two were lovers as well as collaborators, I don't think there's a simple way to answer your question. But I went back to the wikipedia page about the Barcelona chair and thought this might be helpful: "Reich and van der Rohe met in the mid-1920s and collaborated on many of these exhibition design projects until he departed for the United States in 1938. While Reich always deferred to van der Rohe in public, the reverse was said to have been the case in private. While it is naturally difficult to apportion the contributions that each made to a particular design, it is interesting and poignant to note that van der Rohe never again produced any furniture designs after their partnership ended, nor had he designed any furniture beforehand. His first patent on a furniture design was issued in 1927 and his last in 1937."

#226 Kerry, that Hella Jongerius link ended up being highly dangerous. But thank you so much! I clicked through all the photos, wanted to start all over again, then decided to get the book (published just yesterday on the 16th). Not just one copy, but TWO so I can give one to Kim who probably knows her work and will be delighted when I give it to her for her b-day in May.

Feb 18, 2012, 1:08am Top

Wow Kerry, great sum up of your trip!
I loved Pegasus Books, Cushla suggested i head there when we had our meet up, and you're right, it is way cheaper than Arty Bees (which I suppose is so expensive as it is on a main road and so can be). Unfortunately when we went there, Lenny was grizzly and needed changing and I ended up changing him just out the door of Pegasus Books, to the right on that little raised concrete dias, in the rain and cold. So it wasnt ideal, and then we left :( But I did get a couple of good books before all that happened.

>231 Smiler69: thanks Ilana, from what that says I reckon she was the main designer!

Feb 18, 2012, 2:13am Top

This is the part when I admit having spent some years living in Taihape ( My old man was teaching at the high school ....Those who know the area shd know the joke about the location). The old place doesn't seem to have changed too much.

Must add that bookshop to the list for the next visit to Wellington.

Feb 18, 2012, 9:33am Top

Great photos and book acquisitions, Kerry! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Let me know if you decide to read The Singapore Grip or Lolita this year. I'll certainly read those two, and there is a fair chance that I'll read The Road Home as well.

Feb 18, 2012, 9:38am Top

Hi Kerry, I'm really enjoying your thread, as usual. Sorry I haven't said hi for a while, but re #223 can I fully endorse The Housekeeper and the Professor? It was my top adult read of 2009, so beautifully written and quietly moving. And of course, Oscar and Lucinda is one of favourite books of all time, how I'd love to be reading it for the first time. I got my copy signed by Peter Carey many years ago, but he's going to be in the next suburb for a visit in early April so I might use that as an excuse to indulge in a re-read. I hope you enjoy both when you get around to them.

Feb 18, 2012, 12:18pm Top

Love the pictures of your trip; thanks for sharing.

Feb 18, 2012, 4:01pm Top

mmmmm love the bookstores, so nice we could enjoy your trip with the pictures :-)

Feb 18, 2012, 5:02pm Top

Loved your trip report - I have yet to go to the Weta Cave. And I will put that cafe on the list for our next roadtrip to Auckland...

I found Oscar and Lucinda in a box and will try to read it this year too.

Feb 18, 2012, 6:18pm Top

Hi Kerry, I'm de-lurking to tell you how I appreciated the photographs and your trip description, I seem to be deligated to being a couch-traveller these days, so I enjoyed my excursion to New Zealand.

Feb 18, 2012, 6:50pm Top

Love the photos of your trip, Faith .... I've got to find a way to get myself over to NZ for a holiday one of these days.

Feb 18, 2012, 8:46pm Top

Hi Kerry, stopping in to say (which I forgot to do yesterday) that I enjoyed the trip report a lot!

Feb 19, 2012, 2:36am Top

Feb 19, 2012, 4:11am Top

Hi Kerry.

#220 You must have mentioned the other books in the Lymond Chronicles before but for some reason they hadn't made their way on to my wishlist - now rectified!

#229 Love the pictures from your Wellington trip.

Feb 19, 2012, 9:06am Top

What a great trip! I love the photos!

Feb 19, 2012, 7:43pm Top

Great pictures ! What a wonderful trip you had. Lovely picture of the bookstore too! It looks like you've aquired quite a few new books! Enjoy!

Feb 19, 2012, 9:09pm Top

#231/242: Ilana, thanks for that link to the book covers. Have you seen any of the sites for Polish movie poster art?
I saw you've had a look at your books in common with JanetinLondon

#232: Megan - Bookshopping with family members is a no-go territory for me. My husband sat outside (rather impatiently) and my daughter came in to observe me in my natural environment.

#233: Hi Alex - I'm rather fond of my brief stops in Taihape, much better than hoony Taupo. The only gumboot I saw was that great big corrugated one as we drove in.

Need to take a break but will return later.

Feb 19, 2012, 9:20pm Top

my daughter came in to observe me in my natural environment
haha- Excellent

Edited: Feb 21, 2012, 4:35am Top

only time to post a pic, not sure if I want one of these but sure is cute.

Feb 21, 2012, 7:05am Top

#248: It looks very cute! But wouldn't the cats start playing with the books? I once had a cat which loved the bindings...

Feb 21, 2012, 6:28pm Top

I love that picture! Put it near a window and my cat would hang out there all the time!! (Plus it's high enough that she can avoid contact with the dog ;)

Feb 21, 2012, 6:57pm Top

What a fantastic picture, Faith! Wish I had both .. all those cats and that interesting bookcase.

Feb 21, 2012, 7:59pm Top

Love the cat-case!

Feb 21, 2012, 9:44pm Top

What a great photo!

Feb 21, 2012, 11:32pm Top

I lOVE that!

Feb 21, 2012, 11:41pm Top

Awww, I'd probably stuff all the holes full of books. But if so, I'd just have to make more room in my lap for the kittehs.

Feb 22, 2012, 8:02am Top

I just thought of something to add to my earlier comment. That's the "purr-fect" bookcase!

Feb 22, 2012, 8:25am Top

>251 cameling:: Wait, wait... I'm Faith... has Kerry gone and stolen my name again? Oh, bother...

Feb 22, 2012, 11:23pm Top

All caught up Kerry and I used to frequent Taihape every year as we bought our school uniforms there, living in Waiouru and schooling in Ohakune. We'd make an afternoon of it which sounds funny now thinking back but I have good memories of that whole central plateau area. Oh, and one of the colors we are repainting the base of our house is called Taihape and is the perfect gumboot colour! You can take the girl out of Taihape but you can't take Taihape out of the girl...

Feb 25, 2012, 2:07am Top

Hi Kerry,
How to corner the niche market of book/cat lovers! Funny idea, but looks like it'll take off!
Still busy huh?

Feb 25, 2012, 3:43pm Top

Hilarious that shd find someone else here who lived in Taihape .......

Feb 25, 2012, 8:19pm Top

Love the idea of combining cat storage and book storage; resolving two problems simultaneously. As it is, resident felines tend to knock books off shelves in order to make space for themselves...

Feb 25, 2012, 11:37pm Top

Kerry, the cats in the bookcase looks very much like our pad. Your recent splurge on books reminds me of my other life until this year whn i have tried to rein in my normal aquisitionary instincts. Great mix of reading....jealousy reigns supreme in Malaysia!
Enjoy the little bit left of your weekend.

Feb 27, 2012, 10:44pm Top

Hi Kerry. I see that you are currently reading Twelve Minutes of Love, as am I. Under which TIOLI challenge will you list it? #12 for cover depicting love, or #6 author name with Scrabble score of >12 ChelleBearss:? Or another?

Feb 28, 2012, 2:32pm Top

Brenda - I'm fairly stalled on most of my reading that I listed up above, and also absent from updating my thread. I started Twelve Minutes of Love a couple of months ago but had to give it back to the library. Since then I decided to listen to some tango music and watch the Carlos Saura movie to get in the mood for the book as she describes the dancing so vividly and I had it listed in the Cover depicting love category but removed it yesterday (I was looking at challenge #22 as well). I've been struggling with my reading this month, finding it hard to settle to the books I chose and reading around them instead, so TMoL will be on my March reading list instead.

I'll be back later today to give replies and update my February reading before starting a new thread. Now I'm off to my weekly stretch class at the gym.

Feb 28, 2012, 4:01pm Top

Hope your stretch class gives you some rest and head space to choose the next right book. Sounds like you've been busy!

Feb 29, 2012, 12:33am Top

Kerry, Sorry to hear about your detour! I finished TMoL this evening and tomorrow will see what I can do about rounding up some of the music and films listed in the book. I have to thank you for making me aware of the book. . . Had it not been on your thread, I'd never have known about it! I am crazy about tango music, particularly Piazollo, and love any movie about the dance. Obviously, the book was a perfect choice for me. I enjoyed it very much. So . . . Thank you again and I am eager to read your comments once you've read the book.

Feb 29, 2012, 1:30am Top

Great to hear your love for the book. As soon as I heard about it I made a dive for the book and will pick it up again tomorrow as my first March read. I'm keen to read it, and had been using it as my reward for getting through Shades of grey and How the soldier repairs the gramophone, alas just haven't been picking those two books up at all for the past couple of weeks so will put them officially on the back burner.
I'm also a big fan of Latin & tango music and also love those movies which feature the dance. We have a big collection of tango music as for the past three years we have had a holiday in Buenos Aires.

Feb 29, 2012, 2:52am Top

So have you ever tried the tango? Gone to a tanguero?

Mar 1, 2012, 1:47am Top

#268: I've tickets to a tango show which features music by Piazzolla that I'm looking forward to. No, I've never tried the tango, my dancing days were more hippie/rock oriented.

#265: Megan - thanks I do Essentrics which is a mix of ballet, pilates & yoga stretching - very zen.

#262: Paul - another thing to be jealous of - I've been given 30 days free pet insurance cover by our vet for our kittens, he actually said in case they fall from a height or some such accident. I immediately thought of poor Bambi.
I'm 'hoping' not to acquire too many books from now on, I just have to clear the backlog lying around my house.

#258/260: sharing the Taihape love around! I'm from Taupiri so can really rub it in.

#257: Faith - I was hoping that Caroline would realise her misnaming without my prodding.

Everyone else - re the cat bookcase love, I just had to post the pic, but definitely not suitable in my house, I'd be turfing the cats to make room for more books.

#242: Ilana - Thanks for the link to the Polish book covers, have you seen any of the webpages dedicated to Polish movie posters?

#235: Eimear - really lovely to see you posting here. Thanks, once my current book funk ends I'll be looking out my copy of Oscar and Lucinda.

Everyone else - thanks for the lovely comments on my trip photos etc.

I've been in a real go slow with reading but have a few books to comment on later tonight. I haven't finished any of my planned reading so March will see a more informal approach to my reading choices.
First up tonight will be a rewatch of Lady and the Tramp.

This topic was continued by avatiakh tackles Mt tbr in 2012 #2.

Group: 75 Books Challenge for 2012

987 members

229,572 messages


This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.




You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,150,542 books! | Top bar: Always visible