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75 Books Challenge for 2012

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Edited: Jan 6, 2012, 11:30am Top

Hi!! I'm Tammy. I've been with the 75 group since Oct. 2010. I live in WI with my boyfriend, my 14 yr old son, 2 fur kids (dogs) and 2 foster fur kids (1 cat, 1 dog). I'm an assistant program manager at a company that runs CBRFs for people with chronic mental illness, developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injury.

My most favorite pastime is reading. I take a book everywhere I go because I might have a spare 2 minutes to read and I can't just sit and do nothing. I'm also one of those weird multi- taskers. I cook and read, I eat and read, I walk and read, I clean and take a break to read and the one thing the men in my house hate the most; I read and watch TV.

In 2010 I read 75 books, some were long ones. In 2011 I read 87 books, but most were about 200-250 pages. Again this year I have a goal of 75 books, I'm also working on the lists 1001 books to read before you grow up and 1001 books to read before you die. I've decided though that if I come across something I don't really like on either of the lists, I'm not going to try to finish it.

Well here goes!! :-)

Edited: Feb 7, 2012, 12:55pm Top

Oh and my favorites of 2011 were:

1.Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet--Jamie Ford
2.The Help--Kathryn Sockett
3.A Lantern In Her Hand--Bess Streeter Aldrich
4.A White Bird Flying--Bess Streeter Aldrich
5.Coop--Michael Perry
6.Mozart And The Whale--Jerry and Mary Newport
7.Zeitoun--Dave Eggers
8.Across America By Bicycle--Honeywell and Montgomery
9.Ask Me why I Hurt--Randy Christensen
10.Born To Run-- Christopher McDougall
11.The Day The World Came To Town--Jim Defede
12.Crossing The Water--Daniel Robb
13.To Kill A Mockingbird--Harper Lee
14.In this House Of Brede--Rumer Godden
15.Witch Child--Celia rees
16.The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest--Stieg Larsson

and all of the Little House series --Laura Ingalls Wilder

Jan 6, 2012, 11:51am Top

Hi Tammy!! Great to have you here again. I love to watch tv while I read a book. I feel that I sometimes focus more on the book than usual.

I loved The Help. I even loved the movie. You have a few books from last year that I want to read this year, hopefully. I love Laura Ingalls Wilder's books too.

I look forward to seeing what books you read this year.

Edited: Dec 30, 2012, 1:24pm Top

2012 Reading:

1.Cake Wrecks--Yates
2.United States On The Road--Insight Guides
3.House Of Prayer No. 2--Richard!!
4.Then Again--Keaton !!!
5.Safe Area Gorazde--Sacco!!!
6.Cool Stuff For Your Garden--Scheunemann!!
7.Handmade Garden Projects--Forkner!!!
8.The Beginner's Guide to growing
Heirloom Vegetables--Iannotti!!!
9.Destiny of the Republic--Millard!!!!
10.The American Way of Eating--McMillan!!!!!
11.Angels in The ER-- Leslie
12.Shabby Chic--Ashwell!!
13.Fleamarket Finds With Matthew Mead
15. The Woman Who Wasn't There--!!
16.Return to Wake Robin--Mamminga!!!!!
17.The Everything Guide to Thyroid Disease--Friedmann
18.Escape From Camp 14--Harden!!
19.Let's Pretend This Never Happened--Lawson!!!
20.The Engine 2 Diet--Esselstyn!!!
21.The Truck Food Cookbook--Edge!!!!
22.I Brake for Yard Sales--Spencer!!!
23.A Silence of Mockingbirds--Zacharias!!!
24.The Skinny Rules--Bob Harper!!!!!
25.Cooking Across America--Roarke!!!!
26.Rez Life--Treuer!!!!
27.Visiting Tom--Perry!!!!
28.700 Sundays--Crystal!!!
29.On The Way Home--Wilder!!
30.West From Home--Wilder!!
31.You Are What You Eat--Dr. McKeith
32.Travels With Charley--Steinbeck
33.Murder In Wauwatosa--Hoffmann
34.Cleaning House--Wyma!!!!
35.Running the books--Steinberg!!!!

1. The Night Strangers--Bohjalian!
2. Nightwoods--Frazier!!
3. Montana 1948--Watson!!!
4. The Reservoir-- Thompson!!!
5. Killing The Blues!!!i
6. A Map of Place--Barry!!
7. Work Song-Doig!!
8. The Wayward Bus--Steinbeck!!
9. The Sisters--Jensen
10. The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag--Bradley!!!
11. When Will There Be Good News--Atkinson
12.The Language of Flowers--Diffenbaugh!!!
13.The Winter Of Our Discontent!! Steinbeck
14.The Bell Jar--Plath
15.The Sense Of An Ending--Barnes
16.Heart of a Killer--Rosenfelt
17.The Beginner's Goodbye--Tyler!!!
18.The Walk--Evans!!!!
19.Miles To Go--Evans!!!
20.Marjorie Morningstar-Wouk!!!
21.Her Fearful Symmetry-Niffenegger
22.The Road To Grace-- Evans!!!!!
23.The House At Riverton--Morton!!!!!
24.Train Dreams--Johnson!!
25.Ordinary Thunderstorms--Boyd!
26.Beautiful Ruins--Walter
27.The Sandcastle Girls--Bohjalian!!!
28.The Other Woman's House--Hannah
29.Dark Fire--Sansom!!!
31.Everything In This Country--McCann!!!
33.The Day The Falls Stood Still--Buchanan!!!
34.A Red Herring Without Mustard--Bradley!!!
35.The Roots of the Olive Tree--Santo!!!
36.Garden Spells--Allen!!
37.The Time Keeper-Albom
38.Love Anthony--Genova!!!!!

1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up:
1.The Princess and The Goblin-- MacDonald!!

1001 Books to Read Before You Die:
1.The Grapes Of Wrath --- Steinbeck

Edited: Jan 6, 2012, 12:04pm Top

Hi Monica!! Yay!! My first visitor!!!

I haven't seen The Help yet, but I think it is very popular. I have it on hold at the library and I think I'm number 300 and something.

I will find your thread and visit you there. Happy Reading!!!

Right now I'm working on finishing books I started at the end of the year.

Insight Guides- United States On The Road

The Night Strangers--C. Bohjalian

The Princess and The Goblin--George MacDonald

Jan 6, 2012, 12:52pm Top

Glad to see you back with us again, Tammy!

Jan 6, 2012, 3:15pm Top

Thanks Stasia!!!!!

Jan 6, 2012, 7:53pm Top

Yay Tammy is here! Welcome back!

Edited: Jan 12, 2012, 12:56am Top

Thanks Marie!!!

1.The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian 3.5 stars.

This is the second book of his that I have read in the past month. The Night Strangers and Secrets of Eden both his newest ones and I was a bit disappointed by both of them. In my opinion not as good as most of his earlier work.

Jan 7, 2012, 10:44am Top

Drat! Not done checking things out, but I gotta go make breakfast before somebody naws my arm off. Be back later!!! :-)

Jan 7, 2012, 9:03pm Top

Welcome back!

Jan 7, 2012, 11:55pm Top

Sorry to hear that your reading year is not off to a better start, Tammy. I hope your next read is a 5-star book!

Edited: Jan 8, 2012, 8:52am Top

Thanks Jim!!

Hi Stasia!!! Someone here will point me in the direction of a 5 star book. Don't like being disappointed by one of my favorite authors, but it's happened before.

Jan 8, 2012, 8:42am Top

Yeah, I am sure you will get plenty of 5-star book recommendations in this group!

Edited: Jan 8, 2012, 12:17pm Top

The sun is shining, so I had a nice walk to and from church. Also the high school choir sang during the service, nice surprise. I spent the remainder of the morning here, I suppose I better get around to doing something productive. Or I could finish a book.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!!!! :-)

Jan 8, 2012, 12:32pm Top

Welcome to the New Year! I was waiting for your new thread and here it is. Sorry, both The Night Strangers and Secrets of Eden weren't as strong as you liked. I really liked the premise of the former. Enjoy your day.

Jan 10, 2012, 1:52pm Top

Hi Tammy! Interesting list from 2011. Have you read Two Under the Indian Sun by Rumer Godden? I enjoyed that book many, many years ago. It is semi-autobiographical, if I remember correctly, about Rumer Godden and her sister as English children in India.

My husband and I also both read and watch tv. Hey, gotta have something to do while the commercials are on!

Sandy K

Jan 12, 2012, 12:49am Top

Hi Sandy!!! I haven't read Two Under The Indian Sun. I will have to check it out.

Jan 12, 2012, 12:55am Top

2.The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald. 4 stars. From 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.

Jan 12, 2012, 9:36am Top

19: I have always wanted to read that ever since I was a kid and watched the animated film.

Jan 12, 2012, 10:58am Top

Hi Marie!! It seems lots of books are made into films. I guess they need ideas from somewhere. I didn't know or remember much about children's books before looking at the 1001 list, so I'm enjoying them now.

Jan 12, 2012, 11:10pm Top

Welcome back, Tammy! Nice to see you here.

Jan 14, 2012, 8:36am Top

Thanks Joanne!

Jan 16, 2012, 1:56pm Top

I found you!! :)
Midwives I liked by Bohjalian but that is the only one of his I have read. I have 3 or 4 of his in a stack somewhere.
I can't read and watch TV :(
it has to be muted

Edited: Jan 17, 2012, 2:00pm Top

Hi Kara!!! I think Trans-sister Radio is one of the few that I haven't read.

3.Nightwoods by Charles Frazier 3.75 stars A story of hard living, bad choices and things gone wrong. Didn't think I was going to like this one. It is written in the style of his other books, but reads like a short story instead of a novel. Only the main character and her sister are fleshed out and I couldn't imagine where he was going with the story. In the end I liked it.

Jan 17, 2012, 3:27pm Top

I have Nightwoods
shhh It's an ER that I haven't gotten to yet...gave it to my mom first- she liked it!
glad it turned out well for you :)

Jan 17, 2012, 7:27pm Top

Hi Tammy- Glad you liked Nightwoods. Brace yourself, we have some frigid temps coming tomorrow night.

Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 4:40pm Top

Hi Mark!!! It's really, really cold!!!

4.Montana 1948 by Larry Watson 4.5 stars

Edited: Jan 20, 2012, 9:31am Top

It's so cold here I can't walk my poor doggies. I took them out Wednesday and I had to carry little Kipper home, because he laid down in the snow with all four feet in the air. Hope everyone in the north is staying warm.

5.Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates 3 stars Kind of funny, mostly icky.

Jan 20, 2012, 9:04pm Top

Hi Tammy, Glad to see Montana 1948 has another fan. You felt about Cake Wrecks the same way I felt about Awkward Pet Photos. Ick! (I did like Cake Wrecks though.)

Hope your weather improves soon! Poor puppies!

Jan 20, 2012, 9:51pm Top

Hi Tammy- Montana 1948 is such a great book. I NEED to read more of Watson's work. I have no doggone excuse.
Hope you are enjoying house of Prayer No. 2 and I hope you have gotten used to the 2nd person narration. That can be a hurdle for some readers, although not moi!

Jan 20, 2012, 9:53pm Top

#28: Man, I have got to get that one read! Everyone raves about it. Now I just need to find my copy. I know it is around here somewhere.

Jan 21, 2012, 3:13am Top

Hi, Tammy! Happy New Year! I finally got caught up with you. Looks like you are off to a great start with your reading. Stay warm!

Jan 23, 2012, 4:29pm Top

me to Stasia!
Montana 1948 has been waiting a long time for me :)

Jan 26, 2012, 2:58pm Top

Hi Joanne!!

Hi Mark!! Finished House of Prayer No. 2 yesterday!!! It was a pretty colorful account of the Mark Richard's life.

Hi BJ!!

Hi Stasia!!

Hi Kara!! Montana 1948 is a good one!!

6.House of Prayer No. 2 by Mark Richard 3.75 stars

7.Insight Guides United States On The Road Interesting and colorful travelogue. It maps out 4 routes across the country.

It's been a crazy few days. Besides working and Ty's BBall games, I spent the last few days with my Uncle. He had his gallbladder removed. Thankfully everything went well. The only good thing about sitting in a hospital waiting room, lots of time to read.

Hope everyone is having a good week!!!

Edited: Jan 27, 2012, 2:06pm Top

Right now reading a new southern gothic The Reservoir and a good cookbook The Casserole Queens Cookbook. I think I will join in the Feb. group read, The Wayward Bus. I read a collection of Steinbeck's short novels last year. Read The Grapes of Wrath many moons ago.

Jan 27, 2012, 2:11pm Top

Hi Tammy, I had to return House of Prayer No. 2 to the library unfinished. How nervy of them to want their books back!

I can get lots of reading done in hospitals - provided the patient isn't too sick. I'm looking forward to reading The Wayward Bus next month with you and the Steinbeck group. I didn't post much about Cannery Row for some reason. I loved it.

Jan 27, 2012, 10:20pm Top

Hidey-Ho, neighbor! One of these years I need to check out Steinbeck. He seems to be on the list of all-time classic authors, like Vonnegut. Not that many get on that list, maybe one every few decades.

Jan 28, 2012, 8:57am Top

Hi Donna!! I haven't joined a group read in awhile, should be fun.

Hi Ryan!! How is school going?

Jan 28, 2012, 2:09pm Top

School's good, but Differential Equations is harder than it sounds, and it sounds hard enough already. Luckily I'm pretty good at the basics.

Feb 3, 2012, 10:54am Top

>40 DirtPriest: How many classes are you taking and what are Differential Equations?

8. The Reservoir by John Milliken Johnson. 4 stars A southern gothic based on a true story.

Feb 3, 2012, 5:20pm Top

I'm in historical geology (the ages and fossils, as opposed to history of the science), early western civ (pretty easy basics). Differential Equations is, as I like to say when people ask, taking the Ferris Wheel of calculus apart and building a rocket ship out of the pieces. Basically, differentials represent rates of change, stuff from calculus. The hard part is that I might get a field full of parabolas instead of a specific one for an answer. And I had to buy a $170 calculator plus $150 for the textbook and $30 for a solutions manual so I can figure out the homework. But, I can make sense out of graphs like this.

Feb 3, 2012, 9:08pm Top

Tammy- Hope to see you over at The Wayward Bus thread! I started it today and of course, I was grabbed right away. Glad you liked The Reservoir. This one has been on my WL for awhile. I saw the author at the BOTNS Book Retreat last Spring. Interesting guy.

Feb 3, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Oh glad you liked The Reservoir! that one is on my WL :)

Feb 4, 2012, 4:16pm Top

De-lurking to add to the Differential Equations chat: when my husband (a physicist) and I were dating, he kept talking to his friends (there were all at the time in college) about this course they were taking, and he (and they) called it "Diffy Queue", or at least that's what I thought they were saying. It took me ages to speak up and ask what the what they were talking about! And, yep, that's the pathetic extent of my knowledge on the subject (hi, I'm a humanities person). Ha!

Feb 5, 2012, 5:58pm Top

Good heavens! I just found you. Realized a couple weeks ago I was missing you - then on and off. So just now (finally!) i searched and found! YAY!

Here is my 2012 star for you -

Edited: Feb 5, 2012, 9:35pm Top

Hi Ryan!!! Sounds like alot of hard work.

Hi Mark!! I started The Wayward Bus yesterday and I'm liking it so far.

Hi Kara!!

Hi Amber!!

Hi Claudia!!! Yay you found me!!!! The threadbook makes it easy.

We are watching the last few minutes of the Superbowl, waiting for my new favorite show,The Voice.

Feb 7, 2012, 5:28am Top

Can't sleep. Guess I'll get caught up with everyone.

Feb 7, 2012, 12:49pm Top

9.Robert B. Parker's Killing The Blues by Michael Brandman 4 stars The Jesse Stone Series continued by the producer of the TV movies. Nothing profound or brillant, but I liked it. I found out there are 2 more before this one. I will have to find them.

Feb 9, 2012, 12:22am Top

47) The math isn't that hard, my problem is figuring out what these things mean. It's fields of vectors pointing all over showing trends of an infinite number of solutions. It does have some interesting applications, mixing liquids of different concentrations or predator/prey population models.

Feb 9, 2012, 1:19am Top

Egad! Read some Sherlock Holmes! The best stuff are the short stories. It doesn't matter much which, but avoid the Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes for a first read, they are the last chronologically and there is little or no appearance of Dr. Watson. There are four novels and I think four short story books, maybe five.

Feb 9, 2012, 1:29pm Top


Feb 9, 2012, 8:14pm Top

Ryan, I'll read some Sherlock Holmes I promise, but right now I have 20 books library books sitting on my table.

Hi Kara!!! What's new?

Feb 10, 2012, 12:08pm Top

not much- same ole same ole :)
work and read when I get a chance
20 library books wow! the most I check out is 7 or 8 at one time I think because I don't want to have to take them back without reading them.
what are you reading now???
have a great weekend Tammy!

Edited: Feb 11, 2012, 2:43pm Top

Hi Kara!!! Right now I'm reading The Wayward Bus and A Map of Places.

Spent most of the morming on LT and watching movies. Trying to get myself ready for a double shift tonight.

Feb 12, 2012, 2:00am Top

Wow! It's taken me almost a month and a half to realize I hadn't visited your 2012 thread! Sometimes I wonder about my mental acuity. :)

Well, here I am now, so *waves* hi, Tammy!

Feb 12, 2012, 2:21am Top

Hi Mary!! I was wondering if anyone else would be up at this time. But I suppose it's a little after 11p there.

I'm breaking from working and lurking. Can't sit to long or I'll want to go to sleep and I think the smell of Pine Sol is getting to me!!!

Edited: Feb 12, 2012, 2:32am Top

So sorry you can't sleep. I find that listening to audiobooks sometimes helps when it's late and I'm resistant to Morpheus.

ETA that they usually have to be nonfiction or at least no thrillers or otherwise exciting reads. Last night, I fell asleep listening to Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. That's not to say it isn't good. It's just not heart-poundingly thrilling (and the reader has a pretty monotonous voice).

Feb 12, 2012, 8:27am Top

Hi Tammy- Hope your weekend is going well and you are enjoying The Wayward Bus. I finished it and loved it. See anything good, movie-wise?
We watched "Contagion" last night. Good film.

Edited: Feb 12, 2012, 4:30pm Top

Hi Mary!! Was able to sleep for awhile when I got home this morning. Now it's almost time to go back to work. In between naps and laundry I able to finish a book. Yay!!!

Hi Mark!! I'm working all weekend. Last night I worked a double shift. I got home a little after 7am, slept for a few hours. Read a little and now its time to go back to work.

We watched The Help Friday night and it was as good as the book. Even my boyfriend liked it.

We're getting sunshine today! Hope you are too!!

10.The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry 4 stars

A story of fate and destiny and the fine line between real life and fairy tales. I liked her book The Lace Reader well enough and I liked this even more.

Feb 12, 2012, 6:33pm Top

Oh! I hadn't noticed you were up because you were working. On a Saturday night, and a double shift to boot.

That's even sadder than being in bed but not being able to sleep. Unless you are getting double overtime. ;)

Feb 13, 2012, 10:44am Top

I have The Map of true Places wishlisted already :)
I loved The Lace Reader so I'm encouraged to hear this one is even better!

Feb 21, 2012, 4:46pm Top

Hi Kara!!

I'm still here. It's just been a crazy week. Almost finished with The Wayward Bus and Work Song.

Feb 21, 2012, 5:15pm Top

The Whistling Season is on my wishlist....did you like that one?
you must have to pick up the second one Work Song :)
not on The Wayward Bus bus yet ;) no one has convinced me...maybe it will be you!

crazy week...I SO get that! pop in when you can

Feb 21, 2012, 7:10pm Top

Hi Tammy, just stoppin' by and sayin' hello!

Feb 23, 2012, 12:10pm Top

Hi Kara!!! Yes, I did like The Whistling Season. Doig is fast becoming one of my favorite authors and I like most books written about that time period.

Hi Marie!!!

It's about time I finished another book!!!

11.Work Song by Ivan Doig 4 stars Morrie Morgan was the main character in this one. A good old fashioned story with alot of suspense and a little romance.

Feb 23, 2012, 12:27pm Top

Trying to get caught up with everyone, but the library is getting crowded. Will visit some more later today!! Any way I have 4 days off after working like crazy the last 2 weeks. Hope to finish The Wayward Bus tonight.

Feb 24, 2012, 9:26am Top

Hi Tammy!
I love Doig's writing too! Loved The Whistling Season. Have a few others of his to get to - oh for more reading time! I have some dang good books waiting for me ;-)

Feb 24, 2012, 1:35pm Top

Hi Claudia!!!

12.The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck 4 stars

Feb 24, 2012, 2:53pm Top

Well, I kinda got caught up. I suppose I better get home and get some things done around there.

Then Again and The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag are the next ones up for me.

Hope everyone is havng a great week!!

Feb 25, 2012, 7:09am Top

Up early to enjoy the peace and quiet of my last day off. Back to work tomorrow afternoon. :-{

On the upside, I get to spend the day with Tylan. He has a basketball tournament to go to today.

Feb 25, 2012, 9:11am Top

Hi Tammy, you remind me that I have several Ivan Doig books sitting here patiently waiting to be read. So far I've liked his books and keep buying more of them. I bought a used copy of The Sea Runners at The Tattered Cover in Denver at the LT meetup in January. A bit different than his usual Montana setting.

Enjoy the basketball tournament. I didn't get to attend any of my granddaughter's BB games. She's already started soccer practices. I'll be sure to visit at a time to watch both girls play their soccer games.

Feb 25, 2012, 3:56pm Top

Hi, Tammy! I'm so glad you found me over at CR; it's been taking me awhile to catch up with everybody's threads. I really enjoyed Whistling Season, but found Prairie Nocturne a bit of a slog. I've heard that Dancing at the Rascal Fair is one of his best, so may still read that one, because I like books that include history too. Definitely going to have to read Insight Guides United States on the Road, huh? What made you interested in reading that one?

Feb 27, 2012, 11:33am Top

Hi Donna!! Ty's team took 2nd place!!! Yay! Baseball is coming up!!

Hi Bonnie!! I like travelogs. I like all of the glossy pictures and knowing things about places. I have a few Insight Guides about about different cities at home too. I will have to find Dancing at the Rascal Fair.

I was kind of excited the other day. I was shopping at the Good Will and found one of Doig's books for 79 cents. I don't remember which one. Two of my clients at work like to read and since we don't get to the library very often, I bought a bunch of books for bingo prizes. That way they can keep the book and not worry about late fees. I got 24 books for 19.90. I was thrilled!!

Hope everyone is having a great week!!!!

Feb 27, 2012, 11:07pm Top

Hi Tammy - Congrats to Ty! Great deal you got on those books and what a good idea!

Feb 28, 2012, 1:24pm Top

congrats to TY and his team :)
24 books for 19.90! great find!

Feb 28, 2012, 8:42pm Top

Hi Tammy!
ditto what Kara said above...on both counts.
Ty's team did great and you had a wonderful idea!
carry on... carry on....

Feb 28, 2012, 10:59pm Top

BINGO! When can I collect my book? ;-)

Edited: Feb 29, 2012, 9:28pm Top

Hi Joanne, Kara,Claudia, and Donna!!!!

13.Then Again by Diane Keaton. 4 stars

Mar 4, 2012, 9:11am Top

I worked a double yesterday and didn't get home until 1am. Nobody wants to let me sleep. At 6:45am the dogs were whining and scratching at the bedroom door. The neighbor was shoveling the sidewalk. The cat jumped into the bin for the soda cans and Tylan is playing a video game. Mom might be crabby all day!!!

Mar 4, 2012, 10:04am Top

Hi Tammy- Glad to see you checking in. Sorry, your day hasn't started well, maybe it will reverse itself. Hope you can find refuge in your books.

Mar 4, 2012, 10:32am Top

Hi Mark!!! Aw thanks!! I was trying to be funny!! The house is kinda quiet now and Ty walked to church, so I'm going to try to take a nap. :-)

Mar 4, 2012, 12:52pm Top

Naps are wonderful, and totally wasted on the young. :) Enjoy your quiet time!

Mar 4, 2012, 5:03pm Top

Hi Mary!!

Mar 5, 2012, 7:31pm Top

"Naps are wonderful, and totally wasted on the young."

LOL! Love it!

Hi Tammy! Hope your day straightened out :)

Edited: Mar 13, 2012, 10:14am Top

Hi Claudia!!!!

14.The Sisters by Nancy Jensen 3.5 stars

This is the story of 2 sisters, Mabel and Bertie. They have lost their beloved mother and are trying to find the courage to leave their abusive stepfather. One misunderstanding, one secret and the younger sister's (Bertie) inability to believe her sister had good intentions changes there lives forever.

Mar 13, 2012, 10:30am Top

Yay for spring weather!!!!!

I'm still whittling down the pile of library book. Working on 3 and have about 10 left on the pile. I stopped at the library the other day for some CDs. The librarian chuckled and said" Tammy we don't have any books for you today."

I'm finishing up The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag and liking it. I need to get started on The Winter of Our Discontent. I'm also working on When Will There Be Good News. I'm not liking this one, so I'm trying to decide if I want to continue.

Hope everyone is having a great week!!! Happy Reading!!!!!

Edited: Mar 13, 2012, 4:58pm Top

Went to Good Will today. Found The Wapshot Chronicles by John Cheever and a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri for $1.66. Yay!! Mark told me I have to try some short stories..


Edited: Mar 13, 2012, 10:20pm Top

Tammy- It looks like you are reading some good books. I'm well into Winter. I loved When Will There Be Good News. I need to get to her 4th book.
I landed a nice copy of The Stories of John Cheever. Which Lahiri did you get?

ETA- Beautiful day today and another one tomorrow. Yah!

Mar 17, 2012, 11:24am Top

Hi Mark!!! Silly me!! I can't remeber the name, I'll have to check. We had great weather all week. Today we are going to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade here in New London.

15.The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley 4 stars This one started out a bit slow, but half way through I decided I liked it as much as the first.

Mar 17, 2012, 1:11pm Top

Unaccustomed Earth is the Jhumpa Lahiri book I have.

Mar 18, 2012, 2:46pm Top

Hi, Tammy! *waves* Just dropping by for a quick look-see.

Mar 19, 2012, 9:29pm Top

Hi Mary!!!

Mar 19, 2012, 9:48pm Top

Tammy- Hope you had a nice weekend. Unaccustomed Earth is wonderful. You'll love it.

Mar 20, 2012, 3:57am Top

You had me laughing, Tammy, especially imagining your cat's reaction to landing in the recycle bin.

Mar 22, 2012, 2:05pm Top

Hi Mark!!!

Hi Bonnie!!! Yep, 3 dogs, a cat and a teenager make life interesting.

I told myself I wasn't stopping here until I finished another book.

16.When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson. 3.75 stars A story of tragedy and how people are connected. This one was ok. In the beginning it moved around to much telling about all the different characters and I found it too confusing. In the middle it came together, starting to let on how everyone was connected. Also I felt the ending wasn't believable.

Happy Spring!!!

Mar 22, 2012, 8:41pm Top

Happy Spring to you, Tammy! Are you getting rain, too? I thought it was the April showers that brought the flowers. We came back from a short trip to Texas to an explosion of color in our yard. Unfortunately, much of it can be attributed to the blooming weeds. Ah-choo!

Mar 24, 2012, 11:26am Top

I'd really like to read something by Kate Atkinson. Tammy, where would you suggest I start?

Edited: Mar 26, 2012, 11:04am Top

Hi Donna!!! Last week we had really warm weather and some rain. I was even thinking about mowing my lawn. :-} Last night it turned cold. Brrr!!

Hi Marie!!! I didn't realize When Will There Be Good News? is the 3rd book in a series until just now. Maybe that's why I found it a bit confusing. Case Histories is the first book. These kind of detective novels are hit and miss for me, some I really like and some are ok.

17.The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 4 stars

I really liked this one. It is about a young woman who grew up in foster care. It is difficult for her to truly accept love from anyone. After the struggles of becoming a woman and a mother, she finally believes she is worthy of love and can love someone in return.

Mar 28, 2012, 11:21am Top

Hi Tammy!
Hmmm... The Language of Flowers apparently I have that one around here somewhere... must find and move it up the pile. Everytime someone reports on this one I am intrigued. You said a lot in a few sentences - good job.

Mar 29, 2012, 8:13pm Top

Thanks Claudia!

Right now I'm sitting in the park watching my boyfriend play soccer and I'm freezing my butt off.

Edited: Mar 31, 2012, 11:49pm Top

18.The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck 4 stars

We watched Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tonight and I really liked it.

Apr 2, 2012, 2:25pm Top

Hi Tammy!
Have you read the book Extremely Loud?
if so how does it compare to the movie?
I want to see the movie but really was not sure how they were going to adapt it..... the book has so many visuals in it.

Apr 3, 2012, 12:53pm Top

Hi Kara! I usually read books before I see the movie, but I haven't read Extremely Loud yet.

19.Safe Area Gorazde The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995 by Joe Sacco 4 stars

Edited: Apr 7, 2012, 1:15pm Top

20.The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I'm not going to rate this one. It's considered a classic and autobiographical, but I didn't feel that great of a connection with it. I do have a favorite part though.

"I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story.
From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Cee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out.
I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't male up my mind which of these figs I would choose. I wanted each and everyone of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet." pg 85 +86.

I've been working on David Copperfield and Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President . In the book it mentions that Garfield had a favorite character in David Copperfield, Elizabeth Trotwell, and he nicknamed is oldest daughter Trot.

The cat is driving me crazy!!! Yesterday she crawled into the cupboard when I wasn't looking. I must have closed her in and there she stayed almost all day. I searched and searched the house and started to worry that she got out. I finally found her before I had to go to work. After I got home from work she started yowling and meowing. She kept me awake half the night. She continued meowing most of the morning, especially when she couldn't see me. But she didn't want to eat or be held. Oh Boy!! Fur kids are just as bad as human kids.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!!! Don't eat too much ham or chocolate rabbits. :-}

Apr 8, 2012, 12:29am Top

Apr 8, 2012, 7:58am Top

Happy Easter Tammy! I loved The Bell Jar when I was an angsty teenager, I wonder if I would like it still today....

Apr 8, 2012, 8:01am Top

Happy Easter, Tammy! Looks like your books have been treating you well. I see you liked Safe Area Gorazde. Me too, I never reviewed it but I was very impressed.
I am making my way through DC too. Make sure you stop by and comment on the Group Read thread.

Apr 8, 2012, 3:44pm Top


Apr 8, 2012, 8:59pm Top

Hope you have had a lovely Easter, Tammy!

Apr 10, 2012, 12:23pm Top

HI Claudia!! Aw cute little chicky!!!

HI Mary!!

Mother Nature is messing with us. I hate coats, but I'm wearing my winter coat today!! 35 and gusty cold wind!!! :-

Apr 12, 2012, 11:01pm Top

I loved The Bell Jar...have you tried any of Ellen Hopkins books?

Lots of your reads are on my wishlist. I hope to get to some of them soon :)

Apr 13, 2012, 9:24am Top

Hi Tammy, your quote from The Bell Jar reminded me why I was so impressed with Sylvia Plath's writing. I still have the book but I'm not in a hurry to reread it. I have enough angst in my life without adding to it!

Edited: Apr 20, 2012, 11:49am Top

Hi Ellen!! What other books of Ellen Hopkin's have you read besides Crank?

Hi Donna!! I did like the writing, but not the story so much.

21Cool Stuff For Your Garden: Creative Handmade Projects for Kid by Pam Scheunemann 4 stars

22.Handmade Garden Projects by Lorene Edwards Forkner 4 stars

Both have great ideas.

Edited: Apr 24, 2012, 2:18pm Top

Plodding along... Started a few I just couldn't get into, so back to the library they went. Even though I'm liking David Copperfield I think it is going to be a long drawn out one, but I'll finish it.

Cold, windy and raining slush. :-{ Kind a feels like winter again. It's the kind of day I don't mind going to work.

23.The Beginner's Guide to growing Heirloom Vegetables by Marie Iannotti 4 stars Even though I don't have time or space for a garden I still like to read this kind of book. It made me long for summers and helping grandma in the garden.

Apr 20, 2012, 8:50pm Top

*waving* at Tammy

Apr 22, 2012, 12:35pm Top

Hi Stasia!!!! Glad to see you!!!

Apr 22, 2012, 12:43pm Top

Hi Tammy- Sorry to hear your books haven't been clicking. Be patient. Something will grab you. Nice day here, just cool.
Enjoy your Sunday.

Apr 22, 2012, 2:08pm Top

Hi, Tammy ~ Just dropping by to say hi. Sorry about your book slump. I've been in a few myself ~ hate them! Hope you find one that catches your fancy soon!

Edited: Apr 24, 2012, 2:19pm Top

Hi Mark!! Hi Mary!!! I only have to visit either of your threads and I'll find a 5 star read!! :-}

24.Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candace Millard 4 stars

How can people think history is boring? This one is well written and interesting. I knew very little about President Garfield before reading this book and didn't remember that he was shot. The book also tells about other famous people central to Garfield's story, which makes me want to read more about them. I need to find The River of Doubt next.

My favorite quote: "There is nothing in all the earth that you and I can do for the Dead. They are past our help and past our praise. We can add to them no glory, we can give them no immortality. They do not need us, but forever and forever more we need them." --- James A. Garfield, August 1880

And a poem:

Despite the prayers and tears, and earnest pleading,
And piteous protest o'er a hero's fall,
Death cometh after all

Over the brightest scenes are clouds descending;
The flames soars highest ere its deepest fall;
The glorious day has all too swift an ending;
Night cometh after all

O'er bloom or beauty now in our possession
Is seen the shadow of the funeral pall;
Though Love and Life make tearful intercession,
Death cometh after all

Anonymous poem, Upon the death of Presient Garfield,
September 1881

Hope everyone has a great week!!!

Apr 23, 2012, 1:05pm Top

Looks like I need to chose something from one of the 1001 list soon.

Edited: Apr 24, 2012, 2:19pm Top

25.The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes 3 stars

Apr 25, 2012, 9:25am Top

>120 tjblue:: "Me too!" on Destiny of the Republic. I did know the basics of the story, but I had been completely unaware of Alexander Graham Bell's participation, which was fascinating, or the depth of Guiteau's sickness, which was tragic. And all of it told so well!

I hope you enjoy "River of Doubt" as much as I did: I predict you'll be a confirmed Candice Millard fan when you finish.

Apr 25, 2012, 2:28pm Top

Tammy- Lucky, I have a nice copy of Destiny of the Republic sitting on my shelf, whispering my name. I loved her book river of doubt, which made my best of the year list in '11.
I liked The Sense Of An Ending more than you. I gave it 4.

Apr 26, 2012, 9:00am Top

Just to brag a bit - I got to hear Millard speak at last years' National Book Festival on the Mall in DC. He talk on Garfield was very good. I think there's a video on the Library of Congress website somewhere.

Apr 29, 2012, 9:06am Top

Hi Swynn!! Another fan of Millard. Yay!!

Hi Mark!! I thought the main character inThe Sense of an Ending was to full of himself, but I suppose the story was about him and told by him. Just did't care for it.

Hi Jim!! How nice!! Seeing a writer speak must give the reader a greater connection to the books.

I've been reading The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. I really like this type of book.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!!!

Happy Reading!!!!!

Apr 29, 2012, 1:15pm Top

26.The American Way of Eating: Undercover At Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. 4.5 stars

I found this quite thought provoking and it reinforces the idea that all of us need to take the time to learn to cook and pass that knowledge on to our children!!!

May 2, 2012, 12:33am Top

27.Angels in The ER by Robert D. Leslie,MD 3.5 stars

May 2, 2012, 12:46am Top

Hi Tammy, I'm on the library's waitlist for The American Way of Eating. I'm glad to see you liked it!

May 3, 2012, 4:56pm Top

Hi Joanne!!! It made me start reading nutrional labels again and really think about what I'm buying, but it's not just about what we eat. It's about people and maybe people we don't always think about or really see.

28.Heart of a Killer by David Rosenfelt 3.75 stars

A quick easy read. A story about money, computer hackers and a mother trying to save her daughter.

May 6, 2012, 8:55am Top

Hi Tammy, dropping by to say hello and wish you a lovely Sunday!

May 6, 2012, 8:59am Top

Hi Tammy- The American Way of Eating sounds very good. Hope you are having a nice weekend!

May 6, 2012, 2:19pm Top

Hi Marie!!

Hi Mark!!

Working this weekend, but things are pretty good. My Ty got confirmed this morning. He's growing up too fast.

May 8, 2012, 12:12pm Top

29.The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler 4 stars I haven't read anything by Anne Tyler in more than 10 years. This one was a short one and I liked it. Thanks Joanne for the rec!!

May 10, 2012, 11:01pm Top

Hi Tammy - I'm glad you liked The Beginner's Goodbye! Tyler's usually pretty reliable.

May 12, 2012, 8:47am Top

Hi Joanne!!!!

Ok, time to go make pancakes. Be back to get caught up with more of you later.

Wishing all moms out there Happy Mother's Day!!!

And everyone else Happy Reading!!!

May 16, 2012, 8:00pm Top

30.Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell

May 18, 2012, 3:43pm Top

catching up with you Tammy!
hope you had a happy Mother's Day :)

May 19, 2012, 1:45pm Top

May 24, 2012, 11:52pm Top

32.The Walk by Richard Paul Evans 3.75 stars

I read this in one afternoon and liked it enough to want to read the others in the series.

May 25, 2012, 1:13pm Top

My Ty graduated from 8th grade at Emanuel Lutheran yesterday!!! Wonderful ceremony, heartfelt speeches from the teachers and students. He received the most improved student award. Now I have 3 months to be in denial that he starts high school in the fall.

May 25, 2012, 9:26pm Top

Tammy- Congrat's on Ty's graduation. Very exciting. Mom must be proud. I have requested the audio of The Beginner's Goodbye. I'm just waiting. I've heard good things. Have a great holiday weekend.

May 26, 2012, 8:13am Top

Hi Mark!!! Thanks!!!

I've been working on Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar and not wanting it to end. So I've been putting it down every 50 pages or so and reading a fluff piece. It will be one of my favorites for the year!

Still haven't started The Grapes of Wrath. I found to daunting to be reading two 500+ pg books at the same time.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend!!!

Edited: May 27, 2012, 12:31am Top

33.Miles To Go by Richard Paul Evans

May 27, 2012, 9:12am Top

It rained half the day and all night. Wonder what today will be like?

I think I'm ready to finish Majorie Morningstar. Marjorie is on a ship sailing to Europe to find Noel.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend!!!

May 27, 2012, 11:05am Top

Congrats to Ty for graduation and his award!!!

I hope you are also having a great holiday weekend.

May 27, 2012, 11:12am Top

Hi Tammy- I wish we could get some of that rain down here. We NEED it. I am loving 11/22/63. I don't know why I dragged my feet on starting this one.
Hope you are having a great holiday weekend!

Oh hi BJ!!

Edited: Jun 3, 2012, 12:49pm Top

Thanks BJ!!

Hi Mark!! I used to be a big King fan so I will give 11/22/63 a try. The last King book I read was Under The Dome, but I didn't really like it.

34.Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
5 stars. A coming of age story for a young jewish woman in New York in the 1930's.

May 31, 2012, 7:29pm Top

Hi Tammy!

5 stars?

Jun 3, 2012, 12:46pm Top

Hi Kara! Marjorie Morningstar is a good one!!!

Does anyone want to go to work for me so I can continue reading and visiting here?

Jun 3, 2012, 12:52pm Top

Hi Tammy

Congratulations on your son's graduation. These are such special times that we hold in our heart, creating lovely memories.

Jun 4, 2012, 4:18pm Top

Hi Linda!!! Thank You!!!

Jun 6, 2012, 5:05pm Top

Last night Ty and his team mates played their first game of the season and won!!! It was an exciting on the edge of your seat kind of game and Ty made the winning run!!!

Jun 9, 2012, 8:52pm Top

Ha. Finally finished a book.

35.Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. 3.75 stars

A modern gothic. I liked the descriptions of London,but didn't really like the story.

Jun 12, 2012, 3:23pm Top

154: That one never really grabbed my attention either... hope the next one is better for you!

Jun 12, 2012, 9:16pm Top

Uh Oh will have to sliiiiiide that one a tad lower on the wishlist ;)

Jun 14, 2012, 2:17pm Top

Hi Marie!! Did you read The Time Traveler's Wife?

Hi Kara!!

I'm reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed and liking it. Also trying to make myself start The Grapes of Wrath,but dragging my feet at starting another long one.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Jun 15, 2012, 11:12pm Top

Hi, Tammy ~ I just saw you came to visit my thread a week or so ago to say hi. I haven't really been on LT (or any website) lately. Going through a bit of a rough patch, but also have been reading a lot, which is a good thing. Glad to know you are doing well and reading right along! Have a great weekend!

Jun 15, 2012, 11:50pm Top

Hi Tammy, I hope you like *Wild* as much as I did. It was one of those books that I didn't want to put down, though I still don't see why anyone would want to do that kind of trekking. I like my comforts!

Belated congrats on Ty's graduation from 8th Grade. It's a pity that kids have to grow up so fast. I've been with my 3 oldest grandkids in KC this week. It seems like just yesterday they were babies.

Jun 17, 2012, 3:04pm Top

Hi Mary!!! Sending good vibes, hope things are looking up for you! Hope you are finding moments of calm and quiet in your reading!!

Hi Donna!! I am enjoying Wild. It's good that we can live vicariously through books.

Jun 17, 2012, 10:29pm Top

Hi Tammy- I'm glad you are still enjoying "Wild". It was such a good memoir. I hope you can get kick-started on Grapes of Wrath. My favorite all-time book.

Jun 18, 2012, 10:08am Top

Tammy, some of my best times are lived through the pages of books. I'm looking forward to being back on the sea, this time on the South China Sea as we trace the opium trade to Canton, China in River of Smoke.

I hope you're having a great summer so far!

Jun 19, 2012, 11:46am Top

Hi Mark!!

Hi Donna!!!

36.Wild From Lost to Found On The Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed 4 stars Finished it, but I didn't want it to end!!

Jun 23, 2012, 10:25am Top

My first me morning in more than a month!! Coffee, a drumstick and LT!! :-) And I finally started The Grapes of Wrath Yay!!!

Jun 23, 2012, 11:06am Top

We are spending the weekend in Menominee. We waved as we passed you. Are you reading The Cold Dish? I just started it.

Jun 24, 2012, 11:18pm Top

Hi Mark!! I wondered when you passed through here. I hope you guys are having a good time!!! I haven't started The Cold Dish, but I did add it to my long wish list.

37.The Road To Grace by Richard Paul Evans 3.75 stars

Jun 27, 2012, 2:44pm Top

I've been working on The Grapes of Wrath, a 1/3 of the way through.

Ty's team won their game last night!! Yay!! Now they're 2-2. He was kinda bummed though. The game ended just before it was his turn to pitch.

Hope everyone is having a great week!!!

Jul 1, 2012, 10:15am Top

Baseball season is well on it's way!! I got to watch another exciting game on Thursday! Ty's team won 11 to 8.

I'm almost finished with The Grapes of Wrath and I think this maybe my favorite Steinbeck!!! I just startedUnaccustomed Earth and The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception

Jul 3, 2012, 1:54am Top

38.The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Yay I finally finished!!!

Jul 7, 2012, 6:47pm Top

39.The Woman Who Wasn't There by Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo JR. 3.75 stars. The story of Tania Head the woman who faked being a 9/11 survivor. It is sad and unbelievable.

Jul 7, 2012, 10:08pm Top

Tammy- Grapes is my favorite book, so I'm glad you loved it. Literature just does not get any better. Hope you are still enjoying the Lahiri.

Jul 8, 2012, 5:05am Top

I've been awake for almost 2 hours, so here I am on LT.

Hi Mark!! I was so intent on finishing this last book, that I set her aside. Now I can get back to her!

Edited: Jul 18, 2012, 6:17pm Top

40.Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts by Marnie O. Mamminga 5stars

A nostalgic and simply written book of essays. It paints a beautiful picture of family ties,lifelong friendshs and vacationing in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Jul 19, 2012, 8:11am Top

Morning Tammy- Return to Wake Robin sounds like a lot of fun. And 5 stars too! Wow!

Jul 21, 2012, 4:46pm Top

Hi Mark! The book reminded me of family vacations of my childhood.

41.The Everything Guide to Thyroid Disease by Friedmann
42.Train Dreams by Denis Johnson 4 stars

Jul 28, 2012, 11:16am Top

I haven't been here much in the last few weeks. I've been busy with work and baseball. The nice thing, even though Ty's team didn't do so great during the season, they have won their first two tournament games. Now we're waiting to see what the next two days will bring. I did manage to finish a book. Yay!!

43.The House At Riverton by Kate Morton 4.5stars A great historical novel. Morton did a really good job of transitioning from the past to the present. Sometimes I was so engrossed in the telling of the past that I forgot about the present.

Hope everyone is having a great reading weekend!!!

Jul 28, 2012, 10:39pm Top

Baseball season over. Ty's team lost 2 well played games today. On to football. :-)

Edited: Jul 28, 2012, 11:29pm Top

All they can do is play well, Tammy. Too bad about the loses... :(

I have a couple of Kate Morton's books sitting on my shelves, including The House at Riverton. I think it will be the first of hers I read. So glad you liked it!

Aug 1, 2012, 10:48am Top

Hi Joanne!! Yep, you're right. Sometimes it's really hard to watch them struggle.

Which Morton books do you have? I think I might read more of hers.

Aug 1, 2012, 10:41pm Top

Right now I'm reading Ordinary Thunderstorms, not yet sure if I like it. Also Escape From Camp 14.

Aug 5, 2012, 11:10am Top

44.Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden 4 stars A well written account of one man's life and his escape from a Korean prison camp.

Aug 9, 2012, 8:52pm Top

45.Let Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson 4 stars

Watching soccer tonight and it's not 100°. Yay!!

Aug 10, 2012, 6:35am Top

Hi Tammy- Looks like you are doing some terrific reading. I'm over halfway through with Let Pretend This Never Happened and it's a lot of fun. She's quite a character. "Escape" is on my WL and I own the Boyd. Have a great weekend!

Aug 10, 2012, 10:04pm Top

#181: I really need to get my hands on Escape from Camp 14. Rebecca read it recently too and it sounds right up my alley. Glad to see that you appreciated the book as well, Tammy.

Aug 12, 2012, 8:58pm Top

Hi Tammy!
Congrats on Ty's graduation and achievement... he must have worked hard and been a great student.
Win or lose - it's a good thing to play on a team, stay active, and keep growing.
You've been busy, too. Great reads for you!

Aug 13, 2012, 11:29am Top

Hi Mark!!

Hi Stasia!!

Hi Claudia!!

46.Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd 3.75 stars

Aug 18, 2012, 9:43am Top

47.The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn 4 stars
I'm working on switching to a plant-based diet for health reasons. If anyone has ideas or knows of more good books on the subject let me know. Right now I'm reading The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper and his ideas are a bit different than the author of The E2 Diet.

Since Monday I've had no butter or margarine, very little oil, no candy, very little cheese and about 3 bites of meat. Not sure if I want to switch to a replacement for milk. Wish me luck!!

On another note, the foster kitty is now ours to keep. :-) The owner ( my friend) has decided that the kitty has been here so long and has become attached to my boyfriend, it better for everyone. She is still working on getting the dog, which is ok with me because I think the dog misses her an 3 dogs in the house is really too many.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!

Edited: Aug 21, 2012, 7:47pm Top

Reading Dark Fireand liking it.

I got a big surprise today! My kid mowed the lawn without being asked!!!

Aug 22, 2012, 1:47pm Top

48.The Truck Food Cookbook by John T. Edge 4 stars I know, what a book to be looking through when I'm trying to change my eating habits. I love these kinds of books though. Not only are they about food, but they are about people and places and culture. It is whimsical and glossy and it gave me something else to think about besides the everyday drudgery.

Aug 22, 2012, 2:25pm Top

Just found out there are a new books out by 2 of my favorite authors Christopher Bohjalian and Michael Perry. Thankfully there are about 30 holds on each one, so I'm not tempted to skip what I already have out from the library.

Aug 22, 2012, 9:50pm Top

"My kid mowed the lawn without being asked!!!"

Wow! I don't think that *ever* happened at our house. You are doing something right! ;-)

Edited: Aug 22, 2012, 10:13pm Top

Hi Tammy- Actually, I have The Sandcastle girls saved on audio and plan to get to it very soon. This would only be my 3rd book by him.
I've never heard of Perry.

Aug 24, 2012, 9:00am Top

Hi Claudia!! Yea. He's a good kid.

Hi Mark!! Michael Perry is a writer from WI.

Aug 24, 2012, 8:10pm Top

And a new kitty, too! Congrats

Aug 26, 2012, 9:17am Top

Hi Joanne!! And she is my favorite kind, a calico!!

49.I Brake for Yard Sales and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster by Lara Spencer 4 stars

Aug 27, 2012, 10:52am Top

Just quickly checking in. Most of the computers at the library have been down for a few days! :-{

Aug 28, 2012, 8:08pm Top

50.A Silence of Mockingbirds The Memoir Of A Murder by Karen Spears Zacharias 5 stars Well told. We all need to read or listen to accounts like this to remind us that we need to watch over and take care of each other.

Aug 31, 2012, 11:39am Top

Well summer is over. Boo!!! My son starts high school on Tuesday and he is ready, but I'm not. Football started in the middle of August and he already got a concussion in the first game. So he had to sit out during last night's game. I'm not to thrilled about him wanting to play, but I go and support him anyway.

I've been doing fairly well with my changes in diet. I haven't been to regimented, still eating some meat and drinking milk. But I've lost about 5 pounds and am able to fit into my size 12's, that I haven't worn in about 3 years. So I'm happy so far.

On the book front, I've been plodding along, but not so sure I will make it to 75 this year. Oh well. I've been reading some recs from others, but mostly adding them to my wishlist and mainly reading what I find listed on the bulletin board at the library. Right now I'm working on Dark Fire. I want to like it because everyone else did, but it's a bit dry. I still appreciate that it is a well written book and probably a well writen series, but don't think I will continue with the series.

Didn't do to many exciting things this summer. Mainly watched my guys play baseball and soccer and spent time with my sister and her 3 year old granddaughter. A few weeks ago we did drive to Milwaukee and spent the day looking for stores selling soccer clothes and equipment. Actually was brave enough to drive downtown to one where the guys got jerseys for $30. So it was worth it.

Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!!! Now that school is starting hopefully I will have more time to check out everyone elses thread.

Happy Reading!!!

Sep 1, 2012, 6:56pm Top

Hi Tammy,
As I remember... nothing calls a halt to summer faster than the first day of school. I bet Ty is psyched- even if you aren't.

Caongrats on your diet success. Size 12 - huh. I remember that. Hope you find and switch to a book you like better :)

Sep 1, 2012, 6:59pm Top

I can join in with the not making it to 75 this year, Tammy. you are not alone!

I am sorry to hear that Ty has had a concussion already, but I am happy that the coaches took it seriously enough to bench him a game to avoid further injury.

Sep 2, 2012, 9:26am Top

Hi Claudia!!! Thanks!! Yeah, I wish he was little again. One thing I'm excited about though is his first english class is literature.

Sep 2, 2012, 9:51am Top

Hi Stasia!!! I'll keep going and I'll get close.

Yeah, they have good coaches and the PT trainer is a lady and she seems like a mother hen. While the kids are out they have to text her about their physical activity and how they're feeling.

Sep 2, 2012, 12:59pm Top

Hi Tammy! Sorry to hear about Ty. It can be a scary sport for the little guys. Hope he'll be alright. Hope you are enjoying the long weekend.

Sep 2, 2012, 1:13pm Top

Hi Mark!! Ty is doing good. He had to rest for a few weeks. No texting, no video games,no rough housing. There have been several kids that have benched for mild concussions, so I think the coaches and trainer are watching the kids close.

The Library Thing Blog said The Library Thing turned 7.
Happy Birthday Library Thing!!!

Thanks for all the wonderful friendships and great reading!!!

Sep 4, 2012, 10:46am Top

This morning had breakfast with my freshman before dropping him off for his first day. Even got a kiss on the cheek before he got out of the car! Hope he has a great day!!!!

Sep 4, 2012, 6:05pm Top


Sep 5, 2012, 10:44pm Top

Hi Claudia!

51.Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 3.5 stars

Sep 11, 2012, 12:14am Top

The first day of high school - it's amazing how quickly that happens! I wish you both well - they are fun years.

I hope Ty is fully recovered. I'm sure he was disappointed but it's good that concussions are taken seriously now.

Sep 15, 2012, 6:07pm Top

Hi Joanne!! Thanks!!

52.The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian 4 stars

Sep 16, 2012, 11:05am Top

Hi Tammy- I'll be picking up Beautiful Ruins sometime today. A few of my LT pals didn't care for it. I hope it works for me. Glad you liked sandcastle Girls. It's a good read.

Sep 22, 2012, 9:01am Top

Hi Mark!!! Thanks for stopping!! I did like Sandcastle Girls. I like the idea of learning about family history. And I think I've liked pretty much everything he has written.

I thought Beautiful Ruins was ok. I liked the concept, but the book is kind of cheesy. Running over to your thread to see if you finished it.

Sep 27, 2012, 9:57pm Top

53.The Other Woman's House by Sophie Hannah

Edited: Sep 28, 2012, 12:31pm Top

54.The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper 5 stars

This one has some good information. And though I haven't strictly followed it, I think it would be easy for people who want to try it.

I've been doing fairly well. In a little over a month I've lost about 15 pounds. But kind seem stuck here, which is ok. The last two weeks I have been eating some meat and have been mostly eating the meals served at work. I will have to get back in the habit of taking my own food.

The few things I have tried to really stick with are:

No eating after 8pm, sometimes I try to make it 6:30pm or 7pm.

No eggs. I've only eaten 1 egg and I had pancakes a few times. There is alot of disagreement about this one. Some say eggs are bad, some say eggs are ok, some say eggs are good.

No baked goods or candy. Not to hard for me, though I ate alot of baked goods in the before. I have nut bars or granola once in awhile. I've had dark chocolate a few times and DQ for a treat more times than I want to admit.

Only whole grain cereal and bread. No pasta or rice. Had pasta and rice at work twice each so far. I'm going to try preparing spaghetti squash with marinara and see what my ladies think.

Almost no oil or butter or cheese. Have used oil or salad dressing sparingly and have had spreadables only 4 times.

Almost no liquid calories. This one is really easy for me. I really only drink water or coffee with 1% milk. I've had tea with sugar a few times and last week I was bad and drank soda a few times.

The other thing that keeps me on track is a daily food log. I write everything down and do my best to estimate the calories. Most information I've read is women should shoot for between 1200 to 1400 calories a day. Strangely I've been eating on average 2,000 calories a day.

I'm going to keep at it, hoping I'm a little lighter and have lowered my cholesterol before I have to go to the doctor for my yearly physical.

55.Cooking Across America: Country Comfort: Over 175 Traditonal and Regional Recipes by Mary Roarke 4 stars

Oct 2, 2012, 10:34pm Top

56.Dark Fire by CJ Sansom 4 stars.
A bit dry at times and kind of long, but in the end I liked it.

Oct 11, 2012, 9:48pm Top

57.Rez Life by David Treuer 4 stars

Oct 15, 2012, 9:36pm Top

58.Visiting Tom by Michael Perry 5 stars
My favorite book of the year.

Oct 17, 2012, 10:50am Top

59.Blame by Michelle Huneven 4 stars

60.700 Sundays by Billy Crystal 4 stars

Looks like I might make it to 75 this year after all.

Edited: Oct 19, 2012, 1:11pm Top


Edited: Oct 18, 2012, 7:06am Top

Tammy- Glad to see you are knocking out the books. Keep it up. Hope your week is going great.
BTW- Visiting Tom sounds very good.

Oct 19, 2012, 1:14pm Top

Hi Mark!!! Yep!! I'm reading in between raindrops and yard work!!! :-} I really like Michael Perry. He shows Wisconsin at it's best.

Oct 22, 2012, 1:51pm Top

Oct 22, 2012, 9:45pm Top

Go Tammy! 75 or bust!
you can do it

Oct 26, 2012, 11:20am Top

Hi Claudia!!! How are you doing?

Edited: Oct 26, 2012, 11:26am Top

62.Tinkers by Paul Harding 3.5 stars

This one was quite descriptive, but it jumped around too much and I just couldn't stay interested in it.

So far 28 Non-Fiction, 32 Fiction and 1 for each of the 1001 books. Need to find something in the 1001 lists I want to read.

Oct 28, 2012, 2:49pm Top

except for the broken shoulder (which is healing) -
i'm fine
you'll be roaring past me in the book count soon if i don't get reading more ;-) nice balance for you

Nov 2, 2012, 5:17pm Top

Hi Claudia!! I've been reading some short books. Good thing there are long ones and short ones.

63.The Day The Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
4 stars

Nov 2, 2012, 5:40pm Top

ooo - was that one about niagra? did you like it a lot?

Edited: Nov 2, 2012, 8:26pm Top

Hi Tammy- I do love your book choices. I've been meaning to read more McCann but I have not heard of this one. Tinkers should have been a 5 star read. There is some stunning writing in there, but like you, something fell a little short.
I have The Day The Falls Stood Still waiting in the stacks.

Nov 5, 2012, 1:19am Top

Hi Claudia!!! The Day The Falls Stood Still is about Niagra Fals and it's a good one.

Hi Mark!!! The McMann book was ok. It was a LT rec, bot I can't remeber who.

64.On The Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Nov 11, 2012, 2:48pm Top

65.West From Home Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder San Francisco edited by Roger Lea MacBride 3.5 stars

10 left to go, wondering if I will make it.

Today it is 60, but rainy and dreary. Trying to do some outside tasks to get ready for winter. Yuck!!!!!

Nov 15, 2012, 8:37pm Top

66.A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley 4 stars I think Flavia will be my favorite character this year.

Nov 20, 2012, 2:00pm Top

Working and reading, reading and working.

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Nov 20, 2012, 7:52pm Top

Happy Thanksgiving, Tammy! Have a great holiday with the family!

Nov 20, 2012, 10:56pm Top

#232 Sounds like a good and productive life :)

Happy Turkey Day to you, too!

Nov 21, 2012, 1:08am Top

Hi, Tammy ~ Thank you for the Happy Thanksgiving wishes! I hope you have a great holiday too. I'm going to have Thanksgiving dinner with my daughter's boyfriend's family. Unfortunately, my daughter and their son are in Boston and won't be home for the holidays. :( But it should be a nice day anyway ~ they are very lovely people. And his mom and I can plot how to get them married and give us a grandbaby. LOL Will you guys be staying home for the holiday or going someplace?

Nov 21, 2012, 11:12pm Top

Hi Mark!

Hi Claudia!

Hi Mary!

I have to work 1st shift tomorrow. I get to eat turkey dinner with my boss and my ladies. Then Ty and I and my sister's family will eat supper with my uncles.

Nov 23, 2012, 8:17am Top

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Edited: Nov 26, 2012, 1:33pm Top

Hi Marie!!

I took 7 days off from work, going to have a stay at home vacation. The first 2 days I watched some movies, got caught up on laundry, cleaned the garage and finished 2 books. Not too bad!!!

68You Are What You Eat by Dr. Gillian McKeith Some of the ideas are kind of far out there, but I did find some useful info.

67.The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo 4 stars A story of a family of women spanning 5 generations.

Nov 30, 2012, 10:29am Top

Today is my last day of vacation. Boo Hooo!!! I had a good week off!!! Got some cleaning done, went out to eat way more than usual. Yay no cooking!! Spent much wanted time with my sweetie and my Ty watching basketball and movies. Doing P90x, shopping and cleaning. Got my sweetie to go in the pet store and nudged him more towards the idea that it might be ok to adopt another kitty.

I went out to dinner with my boss lady and 2 co-workers. It is nice to know I was missed. I told my boss all I have been dreaming about is fixing problems at work and that I wasn't coming back until I stopped dreaming about work. She didn't think that was funny.

Didn't get out with the doggies as much as I wanted, but will do that more in the coming weeks when my schedule is different than the guys and I'm home alone.

Didn't read as much as I wanted,but hope to finish Travels With Charley today and will be 1 book closer to 75. Yay!!!

Hope everyone has a great day and weekend!!!!

Nov 30, 2012, 11:09pm Top

69.Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

Dec 1, 2012, 8:58am Top


I'm 28 days from finishing P90, then onto the Master Series, THEN P90X! El Husbando does P90X, and absolutely LOVES it (but he hates it... you know what I mean... LOL).

Good luck with the kitty mission!

Dec 1, 2012, 9:12am Top

Morning Tammy- I hope you have a good relaxing weekend before returning to work. I also hope you liked Travels With Charley. I loved that one.

Dec 2, 2012, 9:51am Top

Hi Faith!! Thanx for visiting me!! I didn't know there were more P90 series. Are the others easier or just different routines?

Yeah, I didn't think I really liked cats, but a year ago we took in a cat and dog for a friend. It's funny how animals sometimes pick their humans. The cat tolerates me and my son, but is attached to my boyfriends hip much of the time he is home. Now I want one too!

Dec 2, 2012, 10:01am Top

Hi Mark!!! I did like Travels With Charley and I found out something about my sister that I didn't know. Steinbeck is one of her favorite authors and she has read some of his books several times!!

I started back to work yesterday afternoon, but it was ok. All of my ladies said they were very happy to see me!!

Dec 2, 2012, 4:59pm Top

Glad you had a good relaxing week off, Tammy!

Dec 3, 2012, 1:09pm Top

Dec 5, 2012, 5:37pm Top

71.Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen 3.75 stars Chick lit. An enjoyable quick read.

Dec 8, 2012, 8:52am Top

Go, Tammy! Almost there :-)

Dec 8, 2012, 9:07am Top

Hi Claudia!!! Hope you are doing well!!

Dec 8, 2012, 9:11am Top

>243 tjblue:: Oooh... okay, so Tony made P90 first, then followed it up with the P90 Master Series. Then Beachbody asked him to create a fitness program for people who were ALREADY fit, but wanted to build some serious strength/endurance/etc., so he created P90X (which is why there's a fit test at the beginning of the program). Recently, he followed that up with P90X2, which is INSANE (you can find a trailer on YouTube or the Beachbody site). There's also supplementary workouts like Tony's 10-Minute trainer, P90X One-on-One... yeah, there's a lot to do. ;)

Dec 8, 2012, 1:36pm Top

Hi Faith!! I will have to find some of the earlier P90s.

72.Cleaning House A Mom's 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma 4 stars This a fun and inspiring read!!

Dec 9, 2012, 12:49am Top

I should probably read the Cleaning House book. My kids are getting by with far too few responsibilities (at least during the school year).

Dec 9, 2012, 10:15am Top

Hi Carol!! It was a fun read and it gave me some motivation and ideas.

Dec 12, 2012, 11:46am Top

73.The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom 3.75 stars

Dec 12, 2012, 3:26pm Top

You're almost there, tjblue! Congratulations (a little early)!

Karen O.

Dec 23, 2012, 8:43am Top

Hi Karen!! Thanks I'm slowly plugging along on #74, hope to finish today.

It's been a interesting 2 weeks, and I made it through. Car has been in and out of the shop several times. Now that I almost have it paid off, I suppose things will start to go wrong. We survived the snow storm without any incidents. The nice thing about the snow is it dresses up all the trees and holiday decorations. And at work the wildlife is sticking closer to the woods and the buildings. We have been seeing more deer, turkeys and cardinals, which helps cheer up the residents. Also we have an owl, I think a Saw-Whet. It shows up about 5pm and hangs around until daylight the next morning.

Still considering looking for a new job, have been thinking about it for much of the year. Really like my direct supervisor, like the job, not too crazy about change, but hate the office politics and the lack of appreciation shown, the hoops we have to jump through and the crap we have to endure to get our meager pay. I've been looking for a part time job, but haven't found one that will work around my FT time job. Guess I will see if management makes any changes after the 1st and go from there.

Sorry for the too rant. Think I'll go read for awhile, then get ready for church. Ty helped with the Sunday School Christmas program again this year, which is being done today. I'll be back later with something positive to report.

Dec 23, 2012, 9:32am Top

Morning Tammy- I love owls but have never seen one in the wild. Hopefully one of these days. Good luck with the job situation. Sounds stressful.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hugs!

Dec 23, 2012, 4:32pm Top

Hi, Tammy ~ Just stopping by to wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

Just my two cents, but no matter where you go there is going to be office politics and lack of appreciation, and at this point in time most if not all employers are doing all they can to get the most out of the fewest employees for the least amount of money. If you like your immediate supervisor and your work, you're one step ahead of me. OTOH, if you're not making enough, it never hurts to look around. Best time to find another job is when you're still in your current job. And it can't hurt to ask for a raise. What's the worst they can do? Say no? (Not trying to be flip, but I've been struggling with these issues too over the past year or two, and now, after being on stress disability for a month and taking a course on dealing with stress in the workplace, have simply decided to retire as of this coming summer, assuming the economy doesn't take too steep a dive between now and then.)

Hmm, that 2 cents turned into at least 10 cents' worth. Sorry.

Anyway, Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2012, 8:35pm Top

Hi Tammy!
Sorry you are struggling with your job. My daughter is switching her place of employment and she is newly energized. Sometimes you have to just move on. I'm sure you will make the right decision for you.

In the meantime, wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas Day!

Dec 25, 2012, 10:42am Top

I hope you have a stress free Christmas Tammy! Merry Christmas!

Edited: Dec 29, 2012, 10:49am Top

Sorry I couldn't check in over the last few days, didn't have access to the internet. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!!

Mark-- Thank you!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday Season!!! With all the time you spend in the northwoods, I can't believe you haven't seen an owl. I do hope you do some day, they are beautiful birds.

Mary--Thank you!! Happy Holidays too you!!!
I can relate to what you are going through. I hope 2013 is a better year for you!!!

I know I should be happy I have a job, sometimes I just get frustrated. When I was hired I was told after a few months I would receive a wage increase, so I would be making what I made at my previous job. That never happened and now we all have gone 4 years without any raise. On top of that more things have been taken away, we were forced to take new insurance that costs more, pays for less, limits the providers we can see and makes us travel more than an hour away for medical care. I know here I go again.

Edited: Dec 29, 2012, 1:17pm Top

Hi Claudia--Thank you! Happy Holidays!!! Santa Loki is very cute!!!

Hi Marie-- Thank you!! Happy Holidays to you!!!

I made it to my goal of 75 yesterday and ended up with 2 of the best of the books I read all year.

74.Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prision Librarian by Avi Steinberg
75.Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
5 stars

Dec 29, 2012, 2:35pm Top


Dec 29, 2012, 3:25pm Top

Congratulations on meeting your goal! And with a strong of finish of 5-star books!

Dec 29, 2012, 11:42pm Top

Congratulations and a Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2012, 1:22pm Top

Thanks Jim, Carol and Marie!!!

Best wishes to everyone for the New Year!!! Hope 2013 is a great year and full of great books!!!

Dec 30, 2012, 1:50pm Top

Hi Tammy, Congrats on reaching 75! That's quite an accomplishment with work and family! And you finished the year with some good ones. Happy New Year and hope your holidays are good days!

Dec 31, 2012, 12:41pm Top

Hi Joanne!! Thank you!!! Best Wishes to you for the New Year!!!

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