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Mark's Reading Place: Spring Forward #9

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75 Books Challenge for 2013

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Edited: Apr 1, 2013, 10:00pm Top

^An Orchard in Spring - Claude Monet

^ Is that Phil? Seriously? How dare he show his furry behind around here. Ma, get the shotgun!

Edited: Apr 14, 2013, 9:42am Top

Currently Reading:



Books Read So Far...


1) Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson 4.2 stars
2) The Dog Stars by Peter Heller 4.5 (audio)
3) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 4 stars (audio)
4) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 4.5 stars (audio)
5) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 4 stars Group Read (OTS)
6) Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder 4.5 stars (OTS)
7) The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon 4.2 stars GN
8) Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks 4 stars (audio)
9) The Miniature Wife: Stories by Manuel Gonzales 4.5 stars E.R
10) No Easy Day by Mark Owen 4 stars (audio)
11) Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan 4.2 stars
12) The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver 4.3 stars (OTS)
13) Howl: A Graphic Novel by Allen Ginsberg 4.2 stars GN


14) Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed 4.4 stars (audio)
15) A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick 3.3 stars (audio) (OTS)
16) Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay 4.2 stars Group Read (OTS)
17) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 4.6 stars (audio) (OTS)
18) In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda 3.5 stars (audio)
19) Unsaid by Neil Abramson 3.8 stars
20) The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi 4 stars (audio)
21) The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout 4 stars (ER)
22) The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis 3 stars (audio)
23) Rebel Heart by Moira Young 4 stars (audio) (OTS)
24) Drinking at the Movies by Julia Wertz 4.5 stars (GN)
25) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch 3.8 stars (audio) (OTS)


26) Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan 4.2 stars (audio)
27) Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel G. Marquez 4.5 stars (OTS)
28) The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie 5 stars
29) Fire (A Companion to Graceling) by Kristin Cashore 4 stars (audio)
30) Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller 4.3 stars (audio)
31) The Collector by John Fowles 4 stars (OTS)
32) St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell 3.8 stars (OTS)
33) Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer 4 stars (audio)
34) My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor 4.6 stars (audio)
35) Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 4 stars (audio)
36) Delirium by Lauren Oliver 3.6 stars (audio)
37) The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner 4.8 stars GR (OTS)
38) Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky 4.2 stars (audio)
39) Devil's Peak: A Novel by Deon Meyer 4.5 stars


40) The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters 3.7 stars (audio)
41) Galore by Michael Crummey 4.6 stars (audio)
42) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood 3.8 stars (OTS)
43) Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach 4.7 stars (audio)
44) Old Filth by Jane Gardam 4.6 stars GR
45) The Dinner by Herman Koch 3.3 stars (audio)

Edited: Apr 14, 2013, 9:44am Top

First-Time Author Challenge 2013

Gabriel Garcia Marquez- Love in The Time of Cholera- Feb (Chelle)
John Fowles- The Collector-March (Pat)
E.M. Forster- April (Katie)
Mario Vargas Llosa- May (Caro)
Dinaw Mengestu- June (RD)
Rohinton Mistry- A Fine Balance- July (Donna)
Pearl S. Buck-The Good Earth- Aug (AnneDC)
Ann Patchett- Bel Canto- September (Lisa)
Nicole Krauss- October (Nancy)
J.G. Farrell- Troubles- November (Ellen)
Tim Winton- December (Paul)
Zoe Heller
Tom McCarthy

Once again, thanks for the participation. You guys are great! Of course, anyone is welcome to join me on any of these reads and if we have more than a couple participants, I'll set up a Group Read.

Group Reads 2013:

The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner- March: http://www.librarything.com/topic/150879#t
Atwood April- Any Atwood! Start lining 'em up: http://www.librarything.com/topic/151831#t
Old Filth by Jane Gardam- April (Kerri)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller- June
A Fine Balance- by Rohinton Mistry July
2666 by Roberto Bolaño- October

**And do not forget May: Murder & Mayhem!

Apr 1, 2013, 9:36pm Top

I think/hope it's safe to wander in and plop myself down on the sofa?

Apr 1, 2013, 9:40pm Top

Hey Mark!

Apr 1, 2013, 9:46pm Top

Well I'm among the first. Does that count for anything Mark? Nifty new thread you've got here. Yes Phil should not be showing his face.

Apr 1, 2013, 9:49pm Top

Well, I'm lucky number 7! Fabulous new thread, Mark!

Apr 1, 2013, 9:50pm Top

Love the Monet.

I liked Heads in Beds, too, Mark. You've had lots of good books this year, so far.

Apr 1, 2013, 9:59pm Top

I too LOVE the Monet you chose. Gorgeous!

Edited: Apr 1, 2013, 10:05pm Top

I just hit the 40 book mark! In 3 months, mind you. Life is good. March was a great reading month. What an amazing variety. Love those left turns. I thrive on it. I can see no reason why April should be any different.
And thanks to all of you, who follow along and keep this thread a safe and warm haven. Hugs to all!

Julia- You are number one, my friend! Grab a book and make yourself comfortable on the sofa.

Prue made it! Prue made it! Yah!

Bonnie- Anyone that arrives in the top 5, gets an extra big HUG! And yes, Phil is a bold one, isn't he?

Deb- Yep, you are my lucky charm Tonto! Can you tell blue is my favorite color?

Linda- Heads in Beds was a lot of fun. He's a bit of a smart-ass but it worked for me. I NEED to write up my review on that one.

Tina- I was just browsing Spring paintings and that one jumped out. I need some color around here.

Apr 1, 2013, 10:01pm Top

Hello there! Shiny new thread you've got here :)

Apr 1, 2013, 10:08pm Top

Nice new digs, Mark! Should I put the beer in the fridge? I just hit the 40 book mark, too!

Edited: Apr 1, 2013, 10:34pm Top

^ I think I might have this...don't worry, I'll be okay.

Es- Thanks! Good to see you.

Mamie- We are neck and neck, huh? How cool. My audios are what keep me in the game, otherwise I would be a lightweight, at least here on LT.

Apr 1, 2013, 10:54pm Top

Woo hoo! A chance to drop in and say hi before I get overwhelmed again. Congrats on a great start to your reading year.

Apr 1, 2013, 11:52pm Top

The Blind Assassin is a far cry from The Handmaid's Tale.....but it's all Atwood

I love the Monet....


Apr 2, 2013, 1:24am Top

Hi Mark, Pretty paintings!

I noticed your snub of The Walking Dead on your last thread. Did you watch the last 6 or so episodes? I thought they were the best of the entire series and while I recognize that that's not necessarily a rousing endorsement, they were pretty darn good.

Call the Midwife is such a treat! Mad Men in a week!

Apr 2, 2013, 3:35am Top

Hej Mark, lovely paintings to start your new thread with.

Apr 2, 2013, 6:48am Top

Happy April, Mark! For me, The Blind Assassin was WAAAAAAAAY better than The Handmaid's Tale. But different strokes blah blah blah. Look forward to see what your take is. Have a great Tuesday.

Apr 2, 2013, 6:53am Top

Mornin' Mark! Adding my appreciation of the paintings to the pile - I especially like that second one, as it reminds me of growing up: Dad's old International tractor, the red barn, the mushrooms!

Edited: Apr 2, 2013, 7:23am Top

Guten Morgen!

Lisa- Glad you made your usual "early" appearance. LOL. Good to see you.

Jude- I also recently read Oryx and Crake and that was an entirely a different animal too! Atwood Rocks!

Joanne- All the Pretty Paintings. Could be a book title, although I don't think Cormac McCarthy would choose it.
Are you referring to the last 6 episodes of the Walking Dead or the 1st part of this season? I would totally agree with the latter but definitely not the former.
Yah, Mad Men. Did not see CTM yet.

Paul- Thanks! It's good to see you again sir!

Morning Lynda- Since I gave The Handmaid's Tale 5 stars, that's quite an endorsement. I know there is mixed opinion on that title, along with Atwood herself but it's pretty clear what camp I am in. Enjoy your day too!

Morning Amber- I don't know who the artist is, on the 2nd painting but it reminded me a little of Grant Wood, although he uses more earthier tones. Glad it brought back fond memories.

Apr 2, 2013, 7:42am Top

Guten Morgen, back at you. Although I speak nearly no French at all, my German is worse. I spent 3 years in Germany, ages 1.5 to 4.5 years and was fluent, back then. over 60 years ago. Can't blame me for having forgotten, I guess.

The topper pictures are both so fine! Nice choices.

Yesterday, I started a class to brush up my child care skills so I can apply for a job as a substitute in a big child care/preschool center nearby, as soon as the Niece's kids are all in school full time. Oh! fun and games! I'd forgotten how very very expensive textbooks can be. Holy moley. Luckily I found a used one on Amazon, and I will be able to eat this month.

GOT cookbook may help as it is full of simple and filling dishes.

I hope your weather improves. Carry on.

Apr 2, 2013, 8:12am Top

Yeah, textbooks can be as expensive as the class itself!

Apr 2, 2013, 8:33am Top

I love your thread toppers, both of them. I am avoiding all blue text right now..
Not much to share, as you found out at my thread :) Hope the sun shines on us all.

Apr 2, 2013, 9:41am Top

Chiming back in to say that I had missed your caption under the second photo in your thread topper until this morning. Hilarious! It's back to freezing here in Iowa again. As my mom would say whenever my brother or I broke something in the house, "We just can't have anything nice, can we?"

Apr 2, 2013, 10:01am Top

Goedemorgen, Mark. Happy New Thread!

Apr 2, 2013, 11:05am Top

Love the Monet, Mark! The Phil painting looks a bit like a Thomas Hart Benton, with that farmland perspective. Grant Wood, too, as you say.

Congrats on finishing 40! I'm chugging along behind you and Mamie. I remember you explaining that the 75er group is the place to be, even if you read more than that. Good advice, as usual.

Right now I'm balancing the heart-pulling of Beloved with the levity of a Wodehouse.

Apr 2, 2013, 11:32am Top

Phew....way far behind on threads....just breezing thru to say hello....happy spring....good reading....

Apr 2, 2013, 11:47am Top

Mark, You are going to love Blind Assassin! I think it is one of my all time favorite's. It is certainly my favorite Atwood. I am obligated with my reading to finish Big Rock Candy Mountain. Then I must finish Omnivore's Dilemma and Ender's Game for my book discussion group. When that is completed I will read Alias Grace for my Atwood book. There are so many books I want to finish that I have started that I am having trouble remembering to read all of them. I get very little reading done when I visit my family as it is just a social whirl. Last week I hosted my "Green Tea." (A tea party where we had green tea, crumpets, and green food.) Then my mom and I got to remodel the bathroom. Well, they haven't done it yet, but we purchased all the components. You wouldn't believe how much a new bathtub costs! It was great fun, but it was exhausting. I am still recovering.

I started reading Ender's Game last night. It is very good. I am surprised at how much I am enjoying it.

Apr 2, 2013, 4:49pm Top

So, you're still mad at Phil, huh? I may join in the hunt. We had sleet and snow showers here this morning.

Congratulations on 40 books read, Mark. And some pretty good ones at that. Keep up the good work. I think you would like Atwood's linked short stories, Moral Disorder. It's pretty short so maybe you can bookhorn it in this month!

Apr 2, 2013, 5:12pm Top

>28 benitastrnad:: Oh, Ender's Game is the bomb! So glad someone is enjoying it - it deserves to be enjoyed by all.

Apr 2, 2013, 5:27pm Top

I had great fun driving home last weekend. My sister called me to say that she as in the ditch in Lawrence, Kansas waiting for the tow truck to come pull her out. I was east of Mount Vernon, IL on Interstate 64 with not even a snowflake in sight. Well, that changed. I can say that I looked the storm in the face and just kept driving west. By noon I was in St. Louis and I can say that was a real mess to drive in. They probably had about 8 inches of snow by noon and more came all day. I finally punched through the west side of the storm about 50 miles east of Kansas City. From there on home the pavement was dry and the driving was good. It was an adventure and so I totally understand your feelings about Phil.

I probably should have just found a hotel room in St. Louis about noon and stopped for the day. I would have gotten lots of reading done. This way I didn't get much reading done at all during the week.

So far I agree, Ender's Game rocks! I read another chapter at lunch today.

Edited: Apr 2, 2013, 7:02pm Top

^Now these are book ends! I want some. Let me shower and grab a bite to eat and I will be back...
Okay, all done. Reply time!

Karen- I have struggled with the German language for decades. I took it in high school and a semester in college and did poorly both times. I was then stationed in Germany (in the Army) for a couple years and took a class there too and started to get a little better because I could try it out more often, especially when ordering beer. But, of course, after returning to the states, I promptly forgot most of it. So it goes.
Good luck on the job hunt.

Big Wave to Morphy! I hope she sees me!

Kath- I wanted to let you know, I am enjoying Galore. I remember you were one of the very first LTers to recommend that one. See, it only took 2 years!

Julia- I made that Phil comment specifically for you! LOL. Glad you caught it. If we didn't have this stubborn chilly wind, it would be pretty nice out. Still lots of sunshine. We NEED a turnaround.
"We just can't have anything nice, can we?" I think I heard that once or twice, growing up.

Goedenavond, Diana! I know it's the middle of the night there but I tried. LOL. Hope you had a good day!

Apr 2, 2013, 6:21pm Top

Hi, Mark! Love your pictures at the top. I'd love your bookends more if they were guys, but, to each his own!

Edited: Apr 2, 2013, 7:15pm Top

Joe- I thought of Benton too! I'll have to see if I can find who did that painting. It was nameless. Like, I mentioned to Mamie, my numbers are beefed up by audios. If I only relied on print book reading, I don't think I could read more than 80 total.
Glad you are enjoying Beloved.

Tina made it! Tina made it! Yah! I'll have to stop by and see what you are reading.

Benita- I am very impressed with The Blind Assassin, although I have no idea, where it is headed. I feel the first 100-150 pages is just setting it up. Atwood Rules!
I read Ender's Game with my son, back in his early high school days. It was a good book and SHORT too. Never read the follow-up books though.
Sounds like quite a harrowing trip back from Kansas. I'm glad you got back okay. Yikes.

Donna- I think most of us are still upset with Mr. Phil! It did reach the mid-40s today but it felt nearly 10 degrees colder.
I'll have to look for that Atwood story collection. Bonus, that it's a shorty. Did you see my BRCM review?

Big wave to Es! I liked Ender's Game too! Did you read any of the other books in the series?

Apr 2, 2013, 7:59pm Top

Lovely pictures, L.R. and lovely new thread! Thank heavens! I think I recall a picture of " That Atwood Woman" on one of your previous threads. Why, I could barely peek onto your thread! ;)LOL! True though. Her unruly curly grey hair! Ugh! That would be my hair if I let myself go. Like that Atwood woman.

Apr 2, 2013, 8:37pm Top

Hi Mark-
Love the second picture over the first (if you know what I mean).....its so bright and breezy. Even if you are cross at Phil - that's the groundhog I take it?

I hope you are getting treatment for your cenosillicaphobic tendencies! You know the answer is to always have a full glass, dont you? (easy!)

Apr 2, 2013, 9:00pm Top

I started Atwood's Alias Grace this morning and I'm loving it so far Mark. She has always been rather hit or miss for me so I'm happy this is looking like a hit:-)

Edited: Apr 2, 2013, 10:13pm Top

^ Terri- Here's your "fella" bookends! I hope you like them.

Deb- Should I give a spoiler warning, when I am getting ready to mention Ms. Atwood? Or post a picture of her and her lovely mane? This way you can leave the room.

Megan- If you like the 2nd painting, you should check out Grant Wood or Thomas Hart Benton. They both have a unique vision of the West and rural America.
Yes, that is Phil the groundhog. Cute, isn't he?
Thanks for your concern on my cenosillicaphobic tendencies! And I love your remedy.

Bonnie- That's good news. I don't know if I could bookhorn in another 500 page Atwood but I am still trying to see if I could find it on audio.

Apr 2, 2013, 10:16pm Top

>34 msf59:: Hey, Mark :) I've read the entire Ender quartet and some of the Bean books. I have pretty much all of the books that deal with Ender, but I haven't gotten around to all of them just yet.

Apr 3, 2013, 4:28am Top

Nothing new to add. Just marking a place so I don't completely lose my mind. I mean spot!

Apr 3, 2013, 6:30am Top

Passing through to say I'm still alive! I just finished Galore and enjoyed it, I hope you're liking it too!

Thanks for the Atwood April link! I'd completely forgotten about it. I'm sure I have an unread Atwood or two around the house. :)

Apr 3, 2013, 6:53am Top

>32 msf59:: Ha! I saw that photo on facebook and just *knew* that I'd find it here, too! Love those pinup gals.

Apr 3, 2013, 6:56am Top

Hi Mark! So, are you giving up on The Walking Dead? I know we've discussed this and I seem to have much lower expectations, so tend not to be as disappointed in it. I do think it improved as the season progressed, although the last three episodes caused a lot of eye rolling. Also:


I was rather horrified that they killed Andrea (maybe that's what happens in the books? I'm not sure). I somehow knew a woman was going to die and, quite frankly, I was hoping it would be Maggie, as she bores me to tears. (Is that terrible to say?)

Anyway, have a good Wednesday.

Edited: Apr 3, 2013, 7:18am Top

Happy Hump day! This is my weekend off, so I have either 2 more work days left or 3, depending if they need me to work Friday. And a Meet-Up on Saturday. Life is Sweet!

Es- One of these days, I'll reread Enders Game and maybe try a couple of the others.

RD- Please do not lose your mind! We NEED you around here. You keep us in check.

Wookie made! Wookie made it! Good to see you Tania. And yes, I am enjoying Galore.

Amber- You know I can't help myself. LOL.

Kerri- Thanks for putting up the spoiler alert. Sue has been working later the past 2 nights, so we haven't seen WD yet. hopefully, we can get to it tonight. It doesn't matter much anyway. I am so done with this show.

Apr 3, 2013, 7:25am Top

#44 - Ok, but you have to go back and read my comment after you watch the show. I said something mean.

Apr 3, 2013, 8:24am Top

Oh yes! I did like Galore! Glad you are liking it, too :)
Wednesday! Any warm headed your way?

Apr 3, 2013, 9:53am Top

Glad you're heading into a weekend off, Mark. Yeah, we've lost our enthusiasm for The Walking Dead tv show, too. The gns remain interesting, but the show's one note grimness lost us.

Edited: Apr 3, 2013, 1:54pm Top

There are so many Ender and Bean books, sequels and prequels, that it's hard to keep track. I did love the original trilogy: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide. I thought the themes brought up in the 2nd and 3rd books were very thought provoking, but be forewarned that they are not quite as page turning adventurous as the first. Your thread discussion makes me think that perhaps I'll re-read them the next time I get an urge for some sci-fi. I do have Redshirts by John Scalzi checked out from the library. My husband got to it first though. Have you read much of Scalzi's work?

Edited: Apr 3, 2013, 5:38pm Top

I did not get to see "Call the Midwife" this last weekend but I had talked so much about it that my neighbor watched it. She called last night to say that she won't watch another one as this one was all about birthin those babies. Too many blood curdling screams for her. I am surprised because I didn't think last season was like that. Since I am without a TV I won't be able to see this season. I had gone to this ladies house to watch the last part of Downtown Abby, but I am thinking that she called me to tell me she really didn't like Call the Midwife. I thought it was a subtle hint that she was not interested in watching it with me on Sunday nights. Did anybody watch it? If so what did you think?

I was surprised to learn that there were so many sequels to Ender's Game. I like this book, but don't think I will read the sequels. But we will see.

I finished listening to The Magicians on the trip to Kansas and enjoyed it. I know that there are mixed reactions to it, but for a twenty-something angst book it was pretty good. I will read the sequel to this one.

Edited: Apr 3, 2013, 6:22pm Top

^Someone suggested a Scooby Do Velma. I never quite pictured her that way but I can see it a little.

Apr 3, 2013, 6:28pm Top

Just skimming by Mark, but I saw Ender's Game mentioned-- are you talking about the movie also? I need to reread (it's been since school days!) before it comes out. It'll be cool to see Harrison Ford on the big screen again too.

Benita, I haven't gotten to this new episode of CTM yet, but last season wasn't all about babies. I mean, sure, there are some babies, it's a midwife show! But perhaps your friend is a little squeamish about it?

I actually just posted some thoughts on TWD on Charlotte's thread (Fourpawz2). This finale both redeemed the show and made it more eye-rolly for me! I will keep watching though. :)

Apr 3, 2013, 6:36pm Top

>50 msf59: I once dressed up at Velma for a dress-up party, and I sure didnt look like that!! (I wouldnt have minded if I did though, as she has a lovely figure)
Better go and cook dinner, as if I dont do it now, it might not happen :)
(ps, its pasta with bacon and broccoli and mushrooms, with a white sauce)

Edited: Apr 3, 2013, 7:06pm Top

Just a tad warmer today, but it was incremental. Once again, plenty of sunshine but a stubborn and chilly wind. 56 tomorrow! Yah! I have a feeling Gautam will never visit me again. Come back, Gautam it's okay.
Both my current books are amazing: the Blind Assassin and on audio, Galore. I have finally got into a rhythm with the latter. Crummey is doing a fine job, juggling these characters and storylines.
Has anyone read Crummey before this book?

Kerri- I will watch Walking Dead tonight, one way or the other. You were being mean? I am shocked. LOL.

Kath- I should have listened to you a couple years ago, with Galore. You nailed it. Have you read The Shipping News? This reminds me a little of that one.

Joe- I haven't heard if I am working on Friday yet. I kind of hope so. I could use the cash, for the bookstore on Saturday. See, I am always thinking.
I will watch this TWD finale and then I am done with it. It needed to be much more consistent for me to want to continue.

Lisa- I REALLY want to get to John Scalzi. I have several of his saved on audio, including The Old Man's War trilogy and Redshirts. Since you'll be reading the latter, maybe I'll pop it in soon.

Benita- I haven't seen CTM yet, this week either. My wife has been working late and we can't find time to watch it. It's on the agenda for tomorrow night.
Are you going to read/listen to the Magician King? I am still considering.

Kathy- I know it's been a long rocky road, putting Enders Game on the big screen. I think I'll take up your idea and try to at listen to it before the film comes out.
Regardless, what happens on the finale of WTD. I give up. I NEED consistency, to keep me hooked on a show and this one sucks at that.

Apr 3, 2013, 8:58pm Top

I saw on the LT homepage a big welcome to Goodreads newcomers. I didn't know that GR had been bought by Amazon. Do you know anything about changes, current or future, now that it's Amazon owned? Seems as though there has been a significant migration to LT.

Apr 3, 2013, 9:59pm Top

>44 msf59: I highly recommend you do.

Apr 3, 2013, 10:29pm Top

Ummm, not QUITE what I had in mind. But probably given my age & general physical characteristics, the best I could hope for!

Ah, youth. To be able to realistically lust after hunks...

Apr 3, 2013, 10:35pm Top

YAY I am glad that you are enjoying both the Blind Assassin and Galore!
I hadn't read Crummey before I randomly picked Galore at the library. I'd like to read more of him as I loved Galore

Apr 3, 2013, 11:26pm Top

Based on the chatter here, I just bought The Blind Assassin today. Loved The Handmaid's Tale, but wasn't a huge Oryx and Crake fan. I wonder where I will fall on this one?

Apr 4, 2013, 2:18am Top

I'm going to read The Blind Assassin when I return home and back to real life.


Edited: Apr 4, 2013, 7:12am Top

Sweet Thursday!! I might finish Galore today. I'll hate to see it go. I am not a cold weather person but I would love to spend more time with these folks in Newfoundland.

Megan- Any old photos of you dressed up like Velma? That would be quite a hit around here and I could have a new desktop picture too! Hope dinner was yummy. It sounded good.

Lisa- I noticed that welcome banner to Good Readers too! I wonder how that will affect them over there. Amazon has their big corporate fingers in everything. I just signed up for Audible...yes, owned by Ammy.
I think you will like the Blind Assassin. It's not as bleak or dark, as Handmaid's and has none of the dystopian tropes of Oryx.

Es- Yes, ma'am! Salutes!

Terri- LOL. I was hoping you would come back to comment on the bookends I choose for you. I know, I chuckled.

Chelle- Yep, both books are winners and both by Canadian authors. Nice timing. I wouldn't mind trying some of Crummy's earlier work.

Ellen- It looks like I'll be 3 for 3 with Atwood. I've read 3 and all were terrific,with their own distinctive stamp. Atwood Rules!

Apr 4, 2013, 7:23am Top

I saw someone in the elevator at work reading The Blind Assassin yesterday and wanted to ask her if she knew that it's Atwood April, but then decided she might think I'm crazy. I don't really know her and LT is sort of hard to explain to people. Ha!

Apr 4, 2013, 8:12am Top

I think I am just in love with Nefoundland... I have liked several books that took place there.
I see that you are continuing the busy blue text :) So you have a GR in progress? enjoy!

Apr 4, 2013, 12:49pm Top

Hi Mark: Hope you're enjoying the spring day!! I'm hoping to get outside for a walk later today.

I started The Blind Assassin but got distracted by the play, yes I said the play, I was reading, in advance of my opera on Sat, as well as Monuments Men.

Apr 4, 2013, 1:45pm Top

>49 benitastrnad:: Benita, I watched CTM on Sunday and yes, it was about "birthin those babies" and because part of the story was about the introduction of gas to relieve pain during childbirth, there was a bit more screaming until the doctor arrived and brought out his magic mask. Plus I think in general the story lines were more focused on a couple of mothers, than on "what midwives do in their spare time."

Apr 4, 2013, 2:42pm Top

I like your idea of making some cash for the bookstore, Mark! We just cashed in our pocket change that had built up, so that'll help.

Looking forward to your comments on The Blind Assassin when you're done. I've got that one at home, but haven't read it. Finished a gn that likely wouldn't interest you, Vagabond Vol. 34 by Takehiko Inoue. The series is based on the life of famous (to some anyway!) swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, the guy who wrote The Book of Five Rings. The story's well done, and the artwork is stellar. The hard part is waiting for new volumes to come out in the U.S.

Edited: Apr 4, 2013, 5:34pm Top

Harrison Ford is going to be in the movie of Ender's Game? Well that's cool.

There has been lots of talk over on Goodreads about the Amazon purchase. I even put my two cents worth into the discussion. I don't use it much and really only use it because it was the vehicle that Books on the Nightstand used for the Booktopia events. I monitor Ann and Micheal's threads over there, but if I am busy I don't go there as I spend my time here on LT. (Aren't I cool?) I did tell them that I used LT and that I ordered most of my books from Alibris rather than Amazon, but then got the guilts because I am not sure who owns Alibris. I can't imagine that it isn't owned by somebody big in this day and age. People did mention Book Depository as an alternative to Amazon for shipping outside the US. When we all meet up at the ALA conference in Chicago we can talk to Tim and Abby about all this buying up stuff because Amazon owns part of LT. I am not sure what difference that makes, but it might to some of us. Anyway, I told them that they would be welcome on LT if they decided to come to the dark side.

The main complaint in Goodreads, was that nobody liked the Amazon reviews and the thought is that Amazon will use the book reviews done for Goodreads on the Amazon web site.

I have already put Magician King on my reading list and my library has a copy just waiting for me. Might as well keep that series currant. If the next one isn't better than the first then I might not read a third, but I am usually game for two. I think I will read it for the series in september reads. But then I have Wise Man's Fear for that month and maybe Storm of Swords. Gosh those are big books for one month. But I am usually not in a hurry. Still reading on Big Rock Candy Mountain but admittedly sidetracked by Ender.

Thanks for the comments about Call the Midwife. Now I know what is going on. I did tell my neighbor that the British National Health Care system was a major part of the story but I don't think that interested her that much. I may have to wait until I can see this show some other way since I don't think she will be very enthusiastic about sharing it with me on Sunday nights. I will probably have to watch something like The Mentalist. Or stay at home and read a book.

Apr 4, 2013, 5:14pm Top

Benita, if you are able to stream video over your computer, the PBS website streams the episodes starting the day after they air on the actual television machine. That's how I'm watching it, because I don't have a TV.

Apr 4, 2013, 5:15pm Top

I don't have a computer at home. Thanks for the information because my sister does have a computer so when I visit her I can watch it there.

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“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”
— Jiddu Krishnamurti

^ I don't know who this person is, but I love the quote!

"Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895 – February 17, 1986) was an Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects, and was widely considered as a World Teacher."

Now we know! What is a World Teacher? Anyone? Is it, just the obvious answer?

Edited: Apr 4, 2013, 7:47pm Top

Okay, I finished Galore and it was wonderful. I hate to leave that Newfoundland port and all those offbeat & colorful characters. I am also into the 2nd half of the Blind Assassin, which has also been very good. I am interested in seeing how these disparate parts weave together. Or do they? No spoiling folks. Got that, amigos, amigas?

Kerri- You should have asked her, if she has heard of Atwood April and when she shook her head, a little suspiciously, you could have filled her in. Or is that out of your comfort zone?

Kath- Have you read the Shipping News? That was one of the 1st novels I had read, that featured Newfoundland. I loved it but I know not everyone did.

Linda- You are so well-cultured. I am envious. I read, work, read, go on LT and watch a little TV. My life in a wonderful nut-shell.
I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on the Blind Assassin. Yes, very nice day today. Lot of people out and about.

Laura- If my wife gets home at a decent time, we'll try to watch CTM.

Joe- I also should make a wishlist to take along. I need direction in my life. I'm sure books will be in Alpha order, so it will make it easier to treasure hunt.
I think you would like Galore. Think about it.

Benita- I bum around on Good Reads a little, ever since the first Booktopia, in '11. I chat with a few people over there but the sociability is nothing like it is here. I'm curious to see how the Amazon take-over, will pan out.
Yes, it looks like you have a few lunker books, to catch up on. Thankfully, I have read both of those.

Julia- You must live in rural rural Iowa. No, I did not stutter. Is living without a TV, a choice? I admit, I don't turn mine on a lot, either but it's nice to have.

Apr 4, 2013, 8:00pm Top

Mark, I'll have you know that I live in a town with a population of about 2,000 which is considered pretty big time in Iowa! I swear this state has more tiny towns than anywhere else I've ever lived. There is TV service available (we even have electricity and that fancy indoor plumbing) but a combination of high cost and lousy service made me cut the cord on cable. I can't put up an antenna at my apartment building to pull in over-the-air channels so I just got rid of the TV altogether. I can still watch pretty much everything I'd want to on Hulu, Netflix, PBS, etc. The only thing I really miss is live sports, but a lot of that can be found if you know where to look (cough cough).

Apr 5, 2013, 1:05am Top

#69 Ah Mark! Krishnamurti was an extraordinary man - I actually heard him speak over a weekend at the school he owned in Hampshire, England. I am sure some of his books on philosophy are still in print (Penguin?). He would be alarmed to have been referred to as a 'world teacher'; he would say "I am not your teacher or guru: we are just people engaged in conversation about life".

I'm currently reading The Republic of Love by Carol Shields, which is set rather beautifully in Winnipeg. I know it is not Newfoundland, but Nova Scotia has a similar feel and is the setting for a gorgeous book called No Great Mischief. Have you read that? You would like it I think.

Edited: Apr 5, 2013, 7:08am Top

^Yah! I am working today, (more book money) but I will be off the weekend. I mentioned this on the AA thread but I could NOT find Alias Grace on audio. I even joined Audible, so I could snag a copy but the only one they offered was abridged. WTH? It was read by Elizabeth McGovern, which would have been cool. The good news is, I did manage to grab the new Mary Roach, Gulp, which I plan on starting today. I know there are many Roach fans here. Silver linings, folks.
I also managed to get the Dinner on audio, through my library. Double Yah!

I watched the latest Call the Midwife episode. It was a nice start to the season and yes, there were plenty of howling mothers. I like the scenes with Trixie and Sister Evangeline. The show is the perfect mix and light & dark.

Julia- Thanks for the explanation. How far away from Davenport are you? I've had family and friends that have lived there. Actually, my daughter lived there nearly a year, with her boyfriend.

Prue- I knew one of my worldly friends would know of Krishnamurti. Thanks for the book recs. Both sound good and I have not read Shields. Have a good weekend.

Apr 5, 2013, 9:28am Top

Happy Friday, Mark! I hope your work day goes smoothly. West Branch is about an hour due west of Davenport so not very far at all. I lived in the so-called Quad-Cities (of which Davenport is one) for about 15 years, although on the Illinois side (Rock Island). It was a nice place; I really miss seeing the Mississippi River every day.

Apr 5, 2013, 1:20pm Top

I haven't heard the term Quad Cities in years. I never lived there but everybody knows about those Mississippi River manufacturing giants. Don't they? I see John Deere stuff everywhere so I think all those T-shirt wearers know about the Quad Cities. I have a cousin who doesn't have a TV. He and his family haven't had one for ten years or more. He says he doesn't miss it. I am getting so I don't miss it, except for my cooking shows.

I did it. I finally finished one of those books lingering on my current reading list Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution by Rafael Sabitini. This one has a copyright date of 1921. It was surprisingly good. At least as good as The Three Musketeers. I gave it four stars. So why did it take me so long to get it read? I read it only when I worked out at the Gym on the elliptical machines. I also finished Ender's Game last night. Very good YA book. Now I will have to see the movie.

Glad to have the report on Call the Midwife. Maybe since I wasn't there to tell the back story, my neighbor got the wrong impression. At this point I think turning her into a convert to the show isn't likely, but I may try.

Apr 5, 2013, 2:50pm Top

Sacaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango? Sorry, Benita, had a moment of Queen and Wayne's World come over me. I liked his Captain Blood, and should read Scaramouche. (Loved The Three Musketeers!)

Hope you're enjoying the day, Mark. Finished Beloved, and I can see why Toni Morrison is so well-regarded as a writer. Impressive. I had some thoughts of moving on to Germinal, but I think I'll do a palette cleanser mystery first, one with just a slight hint of mint.

We survived watching the hockey game last night (and had a blast), and tonight MBH and I are off to see the Bulls. I'll try to squeeze in some reading during timeouts. :-)

Apr 5, 2013, 3:09pm Top

Oooh ooooh, I'm jealous... you managed to snag Gulp? I want a copy too and have been arguing with myself as to whether I should download the Kindle copy or order the hard copy. It's not available in my digital library... waaahhhhhhh!

Apr 5, 2013, 5:02pm Top

Happy Friday, Mark. Did you happen to see this - http://www.librarything.com/topic/152543 - while wandering about in LT?

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^The Wellesbourne in West LA. Would this be a great place to hang out or what? Hopefully, they have some beer tappers, at the bar. And what's up with the empty shelves, in the top photo? That would never happen in my world.

Apr 5, 2013, 7:08pm Top

Uh huh, you loved Galore? What did I tell you, Mark? It reminded me of The Shipping News too. As a matter of fact I think I'm going to reread that one in the near future since I have a copy of it.

Edited: Apr 5, 2013, 7:45pm Top

I stopped at the library on the way home and picked up Old Filth for the G.R. It will probably be my next read, because I like Kerri and she's hosting. And I picked up Alias Grace because I completely struck out finding the audiobook, which no on else seems bummed out about but me. Hopefully, I can bookhorn this baby in. I have an ER book to attend to, plus Howards End. I know, Boo Hoo!
On audiobook, I also picked up Code Name Verity, which I've heard very good things about.

Gulp Report: Great! Roach Rules! Female writers are kicking butt in my reading world at the moment.

Julia- My aunt and uncle lived in Davenport, when I was a little guy and I have fond memories visiting them. My uncle had a pontoon boat and I remember cruising on Ole Miss. We also used to visit there quite a bit when the gambling riverboats first started opening up there. Now, the gambling boats are everywhere and I NEVER go.

Benita- "I worked out at the Gym on the elliptical machines." Are you getting in shape for your ALA Chicago visit? Have you had a chance to see the latest CTM, yet?

Joe- I never knew what Freddy Mercury was singing about. Now, I do! LT is not only for fun: It's an Education. Hey, another T-shirt.
I am glad you enjoyed Beloved and had a good time at the Hawks game. And I am glad you came away unscathed.

Caro- Isn't Roach, great? This is my 4th one and I've loved all of them on audio. I know you are not a fan of that format but try to track down the book.

Karen- Thanks! I did see the link and I will be stopping by. We appreciate you setting that up.

Apr 5, 2013, 7:45pm Top

...because I like Kerri and she's hosting. Awe, I just shed a tear.

Really, I think you'll like it a lot. I loved it and was initially worried that it wasn't going to be my thing, as I'm not usually a fan of old-man-looking-back-on-his-life novels, but it's so much more than that. It's actually not that at all really, but that was my fear.

Apr 5, 2013, 8:28pm Top

Thanks for reminding me about Code Name Verity. I just went and put a copy on hold at the library. I've been wanting to read that one too.

Apr 5, 2013, 8:34pm Top

Oooh, I LOVED Code Name Verity.

Edited: Apr 5, 2013, 8:52pm Top

On The Book Pod podcast, they talked about the Good Reads acquisition and they talked quite a bit about Library Thing. We need to get more credit. I think this place has much more soul than G.R. I think G.R. is more user-friendly but that's about it. It looks like Good Reads folk are heading this way. Let, the stampede begin. Try to listen to the podcast, it's only a few minutes long and it starts about 6 minutes in:

Bonnie- Yes, I really enjoyed Galore. He's a terrific writer. I even went back and listened to the 1st 30 minutes, to make sure I "got" the beginning. Now, I NEED to get to The Colony Of Unrequited Dreams, which I know you've been gushing about for years.

Kerri- I am SO looking forward to a book that is less that 300 pages. Talk about bringing a tear to your eye.

Lisa- I've had Code Name Verity on my WL, since it came out. I have been waiting this long, for the audio to be released.

Mary- I know there were a couple LTers that loved Code Name Verity. I think Ilana was another one.

Edited: Apr 5, 2013, 9:01pm Top

#75 by benitastrnad> Yep, for a while the ag manufacturers were thick on the ground in the QC: John Deere, International Harvester, J.I. Case (those last two later merged into Case IH). I think Deere's the only one with a continuing manufacturing presence, but I could be wrong about that. Lots of good-paying, blue-collar union jobs went bye-bye in the 1980s and the area has struggled and to a large degree succeeded in lifting itself out of the depression. If you're a fan of tractors or big machines (or you have kids that are) the John Deere Pavilion on the riverfront in Moline, Ill., is well worth a visit.

Sorry, Mark, for hijacking your thread with some of that rural rural knowledge-dropping. :-)

Apr 5, 2013, 9:28pm Top

Thanks for the link to the Book Pod episode. It was very interesting. Since they made an issue out of LT having a membership fee, I wish they had said how much it was since it's not much. They also seemed to be hoping that LT would become more like Goodreads. I hope not! I like LT being LT-ish. :-)

Apr 5, 2013, 10:23pm Top

I have used both LT and Goodreads and think that LT is the more user friendly of the two. It looks more like a library catalog to me so that makes it more comfortable for me. Ha Ha! It took me two years after I joined to participate in the threads here but now they are great fun and I keep LT open on my PC all day long just so I can check the threads. It is the only social networking site I use.

Apr 5, 2013, 10:30pm Top

Very little of the Long Green Line is made in the US. At this point I think that IH is all made in Canada and John Deere is still assembled here but made elsewhere. Sad. It is also sad that Deere makes lots of money out of licensing its famous colors and its logo. Sometimes I think it is a strange world in which we live.

Did you and Linda hear the story on NPR this evening about Wrigley Field and the Cubs? It was very interesting and started out with the fact that it is a team with consistently one of the lowest team standings but has remained profitable. The fans say it is because of Wrigley Field. Something about it being such a friendly place.

Apr 6, 2013, 1:40am Top

I think Kerri should have asked the woman on the elevator if she knew it's Atwood April. Maybe not, but if so, think of the new friendship that would have been forged!

Mark, I also love the quote in #69 above.

And if Harrison Ford is in Ender's Game I will go see it. Period.

I have been to two games at Wrigley Field (back when I lived in Illinois). It's a wonderful park.

Edited: Apr 6, 2013, 8:04am Top

Yah, for 2 days off! And a double cheer for bookstores & LT Meet-Ups, which will happen later today. It's supposed to be a nice day too. 64, with possible rain moving in later.

Julia- You butt in anytime, my friend! Have a great weekend.

Lisa- I agree, I don't want to see LT tinkered with. It's perfect the way it is. Did you see where LT is waiving the membership fee for the Good Reads refugees?

Benita- I keep my library up to date over on Good Reads and chat with a few people over there. I am deciding if I should continue to post my reviews over there. I kind of dislike Amazon having control of them.
I didn't hear the NPR story about Wrigley. The park has been in the news a lot lately, while the owners decide if they should stay where they are or move out to the suburbs. Lots of opinions on that one.

Ellen- Yep, Kerri could have made a new pal. I do love Wrigley field and of course I've been there dozens of times but the park is aging. Have a great weekend.

Apr 6, 2013, 8:08am Top

I decided to terminate my Goodreads account. I never really took to the place in any case. I know Richard is picking up his reviews and putting them into a new blog and is promoting it. There are many ways to respond and it will all settle down I'm sure. And I guess people are adjusting to having their reviews or photographs or postings just a part of the great soup that is what is on the internet and in the clouds. I confess I still have a rather strong sense of personal privacy and entitlement to having what's mine, stay mine.

It is fascinating how new realities create new points of view on old questions.

I hope to get a good deal of The Searchers read today along with the other weekend stuff that needs doing. Hope your weekend is great!

Apr 6, 2013, 8:18am Top

And a happy Saturday to you too, Mark. Should be a lovely day or a meet-up. Enjoy!

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Happy weekend

What about Laurel & Hardy or Golum as bookends?

Apr 6, 2013, 8:26am Top

Oh, gosh! So fun. I want, I want, and I want more like them.

Apr 6, 2013, 8:34am Top

Morning Mark! I finally posted my review of The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend - I think you would love that book. And Code Name verity has been on my list for quite awhile, so I'll be interested to see what you think of the audiobook, as I think our library has that. I am very much enjoying Oryx and Crake so thanks for the rec on that because no one else has really mentioned that one on the Atwood thread, so I think I would not have tried it if not for you.

Enjoy your two day soft - hope they are full of fabulous!

Edited: Apr 6, 2013, 9:00am Top

50 Reasons You Should Be A Bookworm. This is cool and some of the book covers are amazing:


I've read 24 of them. I thought I would have done better. Looks like I have some work to do. Mark the Slacker. And stop giggling out there...

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Hm, I got Old Filth out of the library once, but had to return it unread. Looking forward to your comments!

I watched my first episode of Call the Midwife last weekend, and it looks as if it was the same episode you got! We're in synch! Lots of birthin' babies. :) but I had a great time. Will watch again, I hope.

Almost finished The Orphan Master's Son, an awesome read.

ETA: read 22 of the list, although one was DNF, Lolita; and one was an abridged copy as a child, The Three Musketeers. Gorgeous covers!

Edited: Apr 6, 2013, 9:26am Top

Karen- It will be interesting to see what happens with Good Reads. At least we have our HOME here. Stumbling over here was one of the happiest accidents in my life. Sniffles a little.
Mamie loved the Searchers too. I am looking forward to that one.

Lynda- No matter what the weather is like, it's a great day for a Meet-Up and a bookstore visit.

Paul- I LOVE the bookends! I might have to go with the Gollum. What a perfect conversation piece. Thanks!

Mamie- It doesn't look like the Searchers is available on audio yet. I think I may wait a little longer and if not, I'll request the print version.
Some LTers did not get into Oryx and Crake but I had a feeling it might work for you.

Tania- I am so glad you loved Orphan Master! It's an amazing read and I wish more people would give it a try. North Korea has been in the news a lot lately. Have you read Nothing to envy yet?
I am glad you liked CTM. I like the idea that it doesn't flinch from the darkness and nastiness of real life.
Many of those books on the Bookworm list, that I haven't read are classics. I need to read a few a year. He doesn't like Dickens, eh?

Apr 6, 2013, 9:35am Top

#70 and #90 - When I tell friends and family about LT, they just sort of smile and nod, so I'm sort of afraid to approach a stranger. Ha! I wonder if anyone has had success with convincing friends or family to join up over here. I once convinced a friend to join, but she never uploaded any books or participated in any way. Lunatics who read 75 or more books a year and talk about them all day are (unfortunately) not the norm. At least not in my world.

Apr 6, 2013, 10:29am Top

97: Thanks for posting that link, Mark. Some people are so clever. My favorite reason to be a bookworm was -- We know how to Dream...Cloud Atlas. Yet another book that could be on My Ideal Bookshelf.

Have tons of fun on the meet-up. Don't forget the pictures!

Apr 6, 2013, 11:13am Top

#97 Thanks for the bookworm link, I just love lists. And of course I have to see how many I've read: 33, but a few were read a long time ago. Meaning I couldn't write a review if you paid me. :-)

Deleted my Goodreads account, but forgot to catch up on the BOTNS thread first.

Apr 6, 2013, 11:38am Top

I have not read The Shipping News.. I am afraid to even think about more books at this moment in time...
have fun today!

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Kerri- I think I have one cousin on LT, although she is never on. I have more family and friends on Good Reads, for some reason, although once again, sparingly. And yes, Why bring it up? They will only look at you, with horror and possibly mild disdain. LOL.
Did you see the Bookworm list^?

Donna- I love your Ideal bookshelf, idea. I'll have to try that, once I get my books back in order. How many Bookworm titles have you read?

Lisa- I think 33 is very impressive. It just proves to you, that no matter how well-read you think you are, there are so many still floating around out there. Of course, this is just one person's opinion on the 50 best. There are tons that were left off.

Kath- Try to track down the Shipping News, although it's definitely more offbeat.

Apr 6, 2013, 12:05pm Top

>90 EBT1002:: Harrison Ford is definitely in Ender's Game, and I've heard really good things about the film version besides :)

Apr 6, 2013, 12:08pm Top

>97 msf59:: I've only read 20 of them. Too heavy on the Russian lit, IMHO :) Mind if I post this on my thread too?

Apr 6, 2013, 12:59pm Top

I'm another one who liked Old Filth, Mark. Looking forward to hearing your reaction.

After the heart-pulling of Beloved, I'm taking a break with another Eve Dallas mystery. There are about a zillion (or at least 40 or so) in the series already written, so I've got plenty of fun reading ahead of me.

See you soon!

Apr 6, 2013, 3:23pm Top

Well, we are getting ready to head into the city. Nice day but very windy.

Es- Yes, I did notice the heavy influence of Russian lit. I haven't read much of it.

Joe- I am always looking forward to Old filth. See you soon, sir....

Edited: Apr 6, 2013, 3:32pm Top

beer bookend

or Narnia

Apr 6, 2013, 4:11pm Top

I confess I still have a rather strong sense of personal privacy and entitlement to having what's mine, stay mine. .....what Karen says (#92) doubled here. No tweets, no twits, just friends that we've come to trust. I may blast many of my "reviews" on my personal blog, and occasionally I may share a review on FB, but I want to be able to control what appears when and where.

Now.....if the warm temps would just appear to match the brilliant sunshine that continues to bombard my eyes to make my brain think that spring is here. Then the windy windy wind blast thru bringing temps and gusts n the 20's. Days like this I really have great admiration for what you do Mark....don't know if I could handle a steady dose of being out in this..every single day.

Rant over.

Apr 6, 2013, 4:43pm Top

104: Mark, I've read 25 out of 50. That's a failing grade. Must read more classics!

Apr 6, 2013, 6:16pm Top

>108 msf59:: Anna Karenina was enough for me :)

Apr 6, 2013, 7:03pm Top

Hope you are having a great meetup tonight!

Love the bookworm link! I've only read 9 so I have some catching up to do!

I have a cousin who joined LT last week but I don't know if she has taken a look at any groups yet. I've encouraged her to join the 75'ers cause everyone is so awesome here!

Apr 6, 2013, 8:22pm Top

Phew, it gets busy over here on the weekends!

Mark, I have Nothing to Envy on my wishlist, but I rarely read non fiction. The library does have a copy, so it's easily accessible. I just have to first read the mountain of library books I already have out!

I rarely catch up on the news, but I have noticed the rumblings from North Korea. Interesting times to be reading about it! I was talking to mum yesterday about The Orphan Master's Son and I said I wouldn't be surprised if it won the Pulitzer. I also said that I haven't read much quality American lit of late, so to take my opinion with a pinch of salt. :)

Apr 6, 2013, 9:18pm Top

Didi you see this?! It is so Mark!

10 Delicious Literary Beers to Drink While Reading

Apr 6, 2013, 9:20pm Top

>113 ChelleBearss:: As a newcomer this year to the 75'ers, I can definitely get behind that this is a great group of people. I'm so glad to have this community to support my reading!

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^I love this image. It is so...........LT.

Had a great time at the Meet-Up. Everyone connects so well. Books, book gab, beer & pizza. Is there anything better? My daughter, yes she dropped by too, took some photos, so I will be sharing them, in the A.M. It was such a pleasure to spend time with Joe & Kerri and their perfect significant others.

I enjoyed Myopic Books! A labyrinth of shelves, winding through 3 stories of narrow passage ways, filled with literary treasure. I showed amazing restraint and only came away with 2. Everyone else brought home some serious booty.

Apr 6, 2013, 10:12pm Top

Wow I've read 34 of the books on the list. Of course many were long ago. I've got an advantage on the list with all those Russian works. :)

Can't wait to hear about the meet up!

Apr 6, 2013, 10:14pm Top

Oh yay! Looking forward to the pictures.

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Paul- Thank you for the bookends! Anything that features the mighty brew, is okay with me.

Tina- Yes, the "windy windy wind" was in force here too! But it was pleasant enough. We just can not seem to turn that final Spring corner.

Donna- One better than me. I think that is a tough list to do well on, unless you are a die-hard Russian lit fan. I've barely skimmed the surface.

Es- So, I take it, no War and Peace in your future? It is so nice to have you in, our little community. Can you imagine a better second home?

Chelle- Only 9? What are we going to do with you youngsters? It's by no means a definitive list but there are some amazing titles on there.
And yes, the Meet-up went very well. I wish more of us could get together. There is some magic there.

Tania- I'll have to try to convince you to read more NF. You are missing out on some jaw-dropping books. And yes, let's continue to sing the praises of Orphan master! It is a Must Read!!

Nancy- I wish you could have joined us for the Meet-Up. I think you would have fit right in. Maybe next time?
Thanks for "10 Delicious Literary Beers to Drink While Reading". And yes, it is so Mark!

Kathy- I think 34 is very impressive. You are well-read, my friend. The Meet-Up was perfect, although it's never long enough.

Apr 6, 2013, 10:27pm Top

How was the meet-up, Mark?

While Renee Fleming was fantastic, on the whole, my opera was a bit disappointing to me.

It certainly was warm out, though.

Edited: Apr 6, 2013, 10:41pm Top

^ This is from Nancy's literary beer list! I love it, of course.

Apr 6, 2013, 10:56pm Top

>120 msf59:: No War and Peace, no Crime and Punishment. I did love Lolita, though.

LT is a lovely secondary home, isn't it. That's a great way to describe it.

Edited: Apr 6, 2013, 11:20pm Top

Did anybody here hear the news story on NPR's Weekend Edition this morning on the Goodreads sale and the fallout from it? I had the radio on early but was dozing so didn't catch the full story.

The general opinion of the public regarding Wrigley Field, at least according to the story, was that it should not be moved. People who attend the games there find it user friendly and they love the neighborhood in which it is located.

I went to the Gen. J. C. Sanders Memorial lecture at the University of Alabama today. This series of Civil War lectures is held every year to commemorate the University of Alabama cadets who served in the Civil War as well as the aforementioned unfortunate general who died. This year the theme was religion and music in the Civil War. Very interesting. Apparently it was much better than Linda's opera!

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Stopping by to say hi, Mark- tastic! I hope you had a wonderful LT meet up and I look forward to the pictures!

Apr 7, 2013, 7:46am Top

Happy Sunday! I didn't get much reading in yesterday. You know, attending Meet-ups and house-chores and such, but hopefully I can make up for it today.

Es- I also loved Lolita and have been really meaning to get back to Nabokov. I heard several of his other books are very good.

Benita- Did they mention LT on NPR, at all? It's amazing how many people have deleted their accounts. I won't right away. I'll see what happens for awhile.
Yes, the lecture sounds interesting.

Deb- Good morning, my friend. The Meet-Up was a blast, as usual. It's a fun, very compatible, bunch. I wish more of us could do this. I'll post a picture or 2 a little later on.

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I will think about Shipping News.. I may even have it here somewhere, but it would still need tracking down. I have been busy reading.. and this reminds me that I need to up date my thread! Enjoy your day off :)

Apr 7, 2013, 8:27am Top

Hi Mark - Your meet up sounds lovely. I can't wait to see the pictures. It's hard to keep up with you -- congratulations on reaching 40 already!

Apr 7, 2013, 8:31am Top

Morning Mark! Glad you had fun at the meet up yesterday - like there could be any doubt about that, right?! SO what two books did you bring home to the man cave?

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Chicago Meet-Up April 2013. At the Piece Brewery & Pizza. Clockwise from Me (in the green). Me, Joe, Becca, Debi, Kerri, Joe & my wife Sue. My daughter Bree took the photo. A happy sated bunch.

Apr 7, 2013, 9:45am Top

That does look like a happy crowd. It is fun to continue to attach faces to names, and to see the smiles, too!

Apr 7, 2013, 9:55am Top

Looks like a good time, Mark!

Apr 7, 2013, 9:55am Top

Great looking group!! Last night I was wishing I was with you guys instead of at work. Glad to hear you all had a good time!!!

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Kath- I hope you can track down the Shipping News. I have a copy on my "keeper" shelves. It's one of my favs. Enjoy your day too!

Beth- Good to see you! You'll have to come down one of these days and attend a Meet-Up. We would love to have you.

Mamie- We have such a good time together. Joe, Kerri's husband, also is a huge beer & music lover too, so the conversation never ebbs.
I did have a book list with me but it should have been more extensive, so i only found 2 titles:
The Raw Shark Texts. I heard about this title in one of my books about books and it sounded fantastic.
Fathers and Sons. Kerri MADE me buy this one. There will be a G.R. for it, I think next month. It is considered a Russian classic and it's a shorty! Yah!

Karen- Yes, the beer was flowing but I think the smiles are from the wonderful company. BTW- the pizza was very good too!

Tammy- Great to see you! I wish you could make it down here one year. We had no one from WI, attend this time. Sad face.

Apr 7, 2013, 1:05pm Top

Sounds like a fun meetup! Glad you are going to try Fathers and Sons. I considered it a fav when I read it eons ago.

Apr 7, 2013, 1:08pm Top

Ah, The Shipping News, that's one I've had on my shelves for years and, I'm ashamed to say, have not yet read. Thanks for the reminder! See you're reading The Blind Assassin; are you liking it? It's one I read years ago and enjoyed at the time. If it weren't for so many books, so little time, I'd reread both it and Alias Grace.

Apr 7, 2013, 1:15pm Top

>134 msf59:: Fathers and Sons was on that list of "50 Reasons to Be a Bookworm" too :)

Apr 7, 2013, 1:40pm Top

^Guess what I'll be doing today? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Actually I have a bunch of wood trim to prime and a bookcase to empty. Perhaps, in between tasks?

Lisa- Looking forward to Fathers and Sons. Yep, we love these Meet-Ups.

Nancy- Good to see you. I highly recommend The Shipping News. Have you read Proulx at all? I have alias Grace in my hot little hands.

Es- That's where I snagged it from. LOL. Plus, I remembered an upcoming G.R. of it. The timing was good.

Apr 7, 2013, 1:51pm Top

Weren't you a fan of Game of Thrones on TV? I'm off pretty soon to the grocery store to buy some supplies for Bean and Bacon soup, with an old fashioned lemonade to go with, for tonight's show and potluck. Fun!

Apr 7, 2013, 1:53pm Top

thanks for the reminder, Mark ....as I'm sitting in the San Francisco airport waiting for my connecting flight to HK, I find myself in Gordon Biersch ... what a coincidence ... and so I guess I'll have to have a pint to celebrate the day.

Apr 7, 2013, 2:02pm Top

Hi Mark. Just getting caught up. I forgot you guys were having a meetup so what a treat to see the picture of your smiling faces! I just put Galore on my library list after seeing the comparison to The Shipping News. TSN was one of my favorite books. Enjoy National Beer Day!

Apr 7, 2013, 3:13pm Top

Hi Mark, looks like you had a great meet-up. I'm thinking of rereading The Shipping News now that you bring up the comparison to Galore. Are you still suffering from Galore hangover? Haha.

Apr 7, 2013, 3:19pm Top

Oh, the meet-up group looks like bags of fun! And what restraint you had to only pick up 2 books, Mark.

'The Shipping News' made me break out in hives, I hated it so much, so I'll politely ignore that segment of the conversation.

Apr 7, 2013, 3:57pm Top

Galore hangover, LOL! Good one, Bonnie .

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^Mad Men: Season 6- Tonight. 2 hr premiere.

^Love this image and love that Joan! Go Joanie! Go Joanie!

Apr 7, 2013, 4:28pm Top

Great time, Mark! Really enjoyed spending time with you and Sue and Bree and Kerri and Joe, and those other two, whoever they were.

I went back and counted 33 I'd read on the bookworm list. Not bad, but I have some work to do. Good to see V is for Vendetta and Phillip K. Dick on there - that was unexpected.

Off to enjoy some more of this pretty day! Hope you're having a good one.

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Is Sunday night the only night for TV? Why is every quality show stock-piled on the 7th day? Call the Midwife, Mad Men & Game of Thrones. What do they show the rest of the week: Honey Boo Boo reruns?

Karen- Yes, we are big GOT fans! Looking forward to it! It looks like you are too! Enjoy that Bean & Bacon soup.

Caro- We have a Gordon Biersch, about 10 minutes away. Good beer, good food. Have a safe trip, my friend. Stay in touch.

Pat- Galore is very good. I am sure you will enjoy it. Hope the weekend is going well.

Bonnie- I missed the hangover joke. Remember, I am just a lowly postal worker. Actually, I don't think there is a lot of similarities to Galore & the Shipping News but the setting but they are both terrific books, that's for sure.

Julia- I think the used bookstore was a little pricey for used books, otherwise I would have picked up at least a couple more. I didn't see any discount books either.
"'The Shipping News' made me break out in hives." Did you have to see a doctor? I am not surprised. I know opinion on that one was divided.

Nancy- You got it! Not me. Sad face.

Joe- Yep, we always seem to have a good time together. I am glad you connected with Kerri & Joe. They fit in perfectly, don't they?
33 off the Bookworm list is very impressive sir! You are well-read. And I like some of their more off-beat choices but of course it was far from definitive.

Apr 7, 2013, 5:34pm Top

Guess I'll have to make sure I get to one of my Honeycrisp Wheat Shocktops tonight :)

Apr 7, 2013, 5:56pm Top

Yup, I'm off to make the Bean and Bacon soup right now.

I'm back in college, you know, and I'm doing this potluck and TV show thing in between reading chapters in the fat text book. Ye gads! Luckily, I enjoyed being in college, so I just have to adjust my schedule and fit in all this "school work"! OK, off to the kitchen I go....

Apr 7, 2013, 7:57pm Top

Fabulous picture of everyone at the meet up , Mark! You must be the most outgoing person on LT! Swilling back the beer and just generally having a good time with life and your naughty librarians! :)

Sunday night is my TV night - but I watch The Mentalist, which features my TV boyfriend, Patrick Jane.

Here a little serious eye candy for you ( or maybe me ).

Apr 7, 2013, 9:40pm Top

I am so late..

I started a Goodreads account, because it was easier to post reviews, there.....then "copy&paste" them to my Blog...I never joined Groups or such

If you like Margaret Atwood's fiction...maybe take a gander at Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing......just a suggestion...

I should get back to watching Mad Men...


Apr 7, 2013, 10:42pm Top

It was a good Game of Thrones tonight! Everyone seems to be on the road, heading somewhere.

Es- How was your Honeycrisp Wheat?

Karen- I hope you enjoyed GOT. Some good moments.

Deb- I haven't had a chance to mess with any naughty librarians but everything else is going good. I have never seen The Mentalist. Good?

Jude- Good to see you. I have Negotiating With the Dead on my WL. I think you may have recommended that one to me before. I am nearly finished with the Blind Assassin.

Good night, people!

Apr 7, 2013, 11:15pm Top

I remember watching the Mentalist when it first started... The main guy is indeed charming and handsome (thanks Deb) but I'm too much a fan of Psych I guess. The Mentalist felt like Psych with more blood and without the funny. Maybe it's changed over the seasons though?

I've been enjoying Elementary more than I thought I would-- about a modern day Sherlock Holmes.

Apr 8, 2013, 6:28am Top

Good morning, Mark!

#104 - Did you see the Bookworm list^?
I did and have only read 20.

#134 - Kerri MADE me buy this one.
Ha! I feel sort of guilty as I think you've already done your time with Russian classics this year. It is short, so there's that. : )

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^ I wonder how he's coming with that 3rd Kingkiller book?

No Mad Men fans, huh? Maybe, the show has been on to long. I think it's pretty consistent. I'll try to watch the premiere tonight.

I should finish the Blind Assassin today and will continue Gulp.

Kathy- I haven't seen any of those shows. With GOT, CTM & Mad Men, those will keep me busy for awhile.

Kerri- Did you see Joe had read 30, off that Bookworm list? That's pretty impressive. Like I mentioned to him, it's far from definitive but there are many titles I would still like to read.
I like the book nudges. I think we all need that at times.
Keep dry. It's really raining out there.

Apr 8, 2013, 8:11am Top

Where/what is the bookworm list everyone is talking about?

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I've read 21 from the Bookworm list. Not a lot there that I haven't read that I'm interested in. So doubt the number will go much higher. But two of my favorite books of all time are there: To Kill a Mockingbird and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Apr 8, 2013, 8:27am Top

Good morning, Mark! Yes, GOT last night was good and he ending, as always, made me say "one hour is just not enough"!

I said I was going to make the Bean and Bacon soup from the book A Feast of Ice & Fire and like usual, "I am incapable of following recipes". Dang. I used beans from my cupboard rather than those called for, I used an herb I had rather than those called for; I used beef broth, rather than chicken (because I could). Silly, silly, silly. I'll need to try again to follow the recipe, but the soup I made was a hit! Next week, I'm going to try to make Pork Pie. These are dishes from the chapter on The Wall. One of our guests started looking at the chapter Dorne and spotted some especially wonderful looking foods.

So, show was good, and so was dinner!

Apr 8, 2013, 9:54am Top

'Mad Men' fan over here, Mark! I won't get to watch it until tonight, though. I downloaded it from iTunes this morning.

Apr 8, 2013, 10:41am Top

We like Psych, but never caught the Mentalist bug. Periodically, they'll make fun on Psych of the similarity between the two. We like Psych's goofy humor.

I finished the palate cleanser mystery, Mark, so now I've started on another author I've never read, Zola, and his Germinal. So far, so good. France in the 1860s, with a homeless, jobless guy wandering the countryside trying to find work.

Debbi loves Mary Roach, so I'll be sure to pass on your reaction to Gulp.

Apr 8, 2013, 12:16pm Top

>152 msf59:: Delicious! I love this permutation of Shocktop.

Apr 8, 2013, 12:30pm Top

I'm a Psych fan, too. Sometimes you just need a little goofiness in your life.

Apr 8, 2013, 3:29pm Top

Which channel was showing GOT last night? I looked for it and couldn't find it. :-(

Apr 8, 2013, 4:44pm Top

On my TV, which is fed by DirectTV, it was on channel 501, one of the premium channels. Of course, I pay Direct TV so I guess I'm feeding the TV, my own self.

Apr 8, 2013, 4:50pm Top

I think Game of Thrones is on HBO? I seem to have absorbed that information by osmosis, because I don't watch it.

Apr 8, 2013, 4:51pm Top

Yes, HBO was just the three initials I could not remember in posting 164. But you are correct!

Apr 8, 2013, 4:54pm Top

Thanks. That explains it-we don't get HBO. For some reason I was thinking PBS, since Call the Midwife is there. Btw, any fans of the CtM tv show will love her memoir trilogy upon which the show is based. Less graphic too. ;-)

Apr 8, 2013, 5:42pm Top

I have only one question about this picture. Does the woman with the boobs have a body? Where is the rest of her? That leads me to think that picture is doctored.

Apr 8, 2013, 6:16pm Top

Hi Mark! Love the meetup photo--totally jealous too! So at the auction I was in charge of there was a Mad Men dance and cocktail party in the live auction and I won the bid! It comes with a dance lesson and I get to bring 12 friends. Should be a blast! I will have to go shopping to get the perfect dress. : )

Apr 8, 2013, 6:43pm Top

Way behind but popping in to say hello :)
Hope you are enjoying the return of your show !

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Happy Birthday, Barbara Kingsolver! You go girl!

And on the sad side of things:

RIP- Annette Funicello (1942- 2013)- And yes, like many early teen boys, I had a crush on her.

Apr 8, 2013, 6:53pm Top

>60 msf59: Any old photos of you dressed up like Velma?
None digital :) (thank goodness- I dont really have the figure for mini-skirts)

Wow, so that's what Barbara Kingsolver looks like! I had no idea. I imagined her more...earthy, maybe. I like her gray shocks, they are cool.

Hi Mark!

Apr 8, 2013, 7:44pm Top

Trying desperately to catch up on your thread Mark! Been a busy few weeks here.... Love the meetup photo! You all look so happy!! :)

Apr 8, 2013, 7:45pm Top

I love The Mentalist , Mark! A great combo of serious murder stuff and a bit of humour too. I have not watched Psych, that I am aware of. So you had a teenage crush on Annette Funicello! Well, I had a pre- pubscent crush on Davy Jones from the Monkeys , so I guess we are even! :)

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Nancy- The link was in post #97. Here is the Bookworm list: http://qwiklit.com/2013/03/21/50-reasons-you-should-be-a-bookworm/
Take a look and let me know your total.

Morphy- That's a good point about the Bookworm list. How many of the books, that you haven't read, would you even care to read? I'll have to go back and check. I know there are at least 10 I plan to read.

Karen- It looks like you are loving your A Feast of Ice & Fire. What a great idea. I agree it was a good show, filled with many juicy small moments, that the show excels at. It was great to see Arrya, Jamie & Brienne again.

Julia- Yah, a Mad Men fan! I'll be watching it tonight too. Hopefully I'll finish it. You know it's 2 hrs, right? I also heard that Don starts out right away in a dark place. No surprise there! LOL.
Can you watch GOT on itunes, as well?

Joe- Never watched Psych or the Mentalist and I have not read Zola. What have I been doing with my life? I am sure you will inspire me to read the latter.
I did start Old filth and can immediately tell it's going to a winner.

Es- I tried Shocktop once. I am not a fan of the lemonade mix. I know I am a beer snob, but if it floats your boat, I have no problem with it.

Lisa- Do you have Netflix? You could try GOT on there or request the 1st season from your library system. You'll know if you like it after a few episodes.
Did you see last night's CTM? We didn't, maybe tomorrow.

Benita- " Does the woman with the boobs have a body? " I didn't notice if she had a lower torso. LOL. This does look like a photo montage created by GQ. I liked the imagery. You never watched Mad Men, huh?

Apr 8, 2013, 9:05pm Top

Did anyone have any luck with the new ER list? I didn't request anything. There were a couple "maybes" but I NEED to get caught up with the 3 or 4 I already have.

Kim- Yah, for the Mad Men Dance Party and Yah, for the free dance lessons. Very cool. Take photos.

Kath- Always good to see you, my friend. I hope you are enjoying some R & R tonight.

Megan- Kingsolver has gone through many different looks over the years but I thought this was fitting for her age and stature.

Tina- Yes, we had another successful Meet-Up. We have a really good time together.

Deb- So Tonto had a crush on Davy Jones, huh? I can see it. LOL.

Apr 8, 2013, 9:06pm Top

Yes, I think A Feast of Ice & Fire was a great idea for a cookbook. Some of the recipes are a bit, shall we say, exotic and probably will not be tried by me; but, who knows maybe I can find some rattlesnake meat for one of the dishes.

Apr 8, 2013, 10:29pm Top

Love it! I only managed 11. But truthfully, because I was a bookseller, I can't always remember if I actually read the book or just talked a lot about it and sold a boat load. So I tend to under report...

Apr 8, 2013, 11:06pm Top

Hi, Mark. I think you can buy GoT on iTunes, but Mad Men is the only show I'm willing to shell out the extra bucks for. The other TV shows I watch online, like all the PBS shows, are free. A season of Mad Men on iTunes costs less than a month of cable TV when I had it, so it's totally worth it to me. It's kind of like buying the DVDs except you don't have to wait until the season is over. I should check Netflix to see if GoT is available in streaming.

So, that Mad Men episode! Wow, lots of darkness, eh? Although I have to say as we get further into goofy clothes-and-hair territory, the sideburns and the paisley are getting a bit distracting! I do love this show.

Apr 8, 2013, 11:51pm Top

Looks like you guys had a fun meetup, Mark!

Betty was even odder than usual in Mad Men this week. Yikes - that pillow talk discussion! Yeah Betty, funny. Not.

I love the 60s styles but the 70s look....ugh. It's like looking at my high school yearbook.

Apr 9, 2013, 12:49am Top

Mark, the picture of the meet-up has me jealous, jealous, jealous. Great people and you look like you were having fun with the pizza & beer, too!

Your thread is wonderful. I'm trying to get caught back up.

We are becoming addicted to "Call the Midwife" but we need to get episodes from season one.

And hey, no RIP for The Iron Lady???? I mean.....

Apr 9, 2013, 12:54am Top

How embarrassing. I've only read 16 of the 50. I'm really a slacker!
Of course, I have to say that there are one or two that I will likely never read. I've tried Don Quixote. Twice.

Apr 9, 2013, 6:16am Top

Forty-one. *preens*

Happy two-down four-to-go day.

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Oh, we're still watching Mad Men and got around to the season premiere last night. It was ok, but terribly long. We'll see how the season goes, I suppose.

Apr 9, 2013, 7:08am Top

Okay, I finished up the Blind Assassin. I liked it but did not love it. It seemed to be missing something and didn't quite pull together the way I hoped it would. I still gave it a good rating because it's filled with such terrific writing and her creative abilities are jaw-dropping.
I started Old Filth, which I know I am going to love. I am also nearly done with Gulp and this is another winner from Ms. Roach. You will continuously cringe and giggle throughout.

Did you know the human body secretes 3 pints of saliva a day? And did you know women fart more and the farts are more odious?

Karen- I will be following your recipes! Sounds fun.

Nancy- Only 11? Now, I don't feel so bad. LOL. I thought you might be in the 30-40 range. Slacker.

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Julia, Joanne & Kerri- I'll cut right to the chase and I still have 30 minutes left to watch: That Mad Men episode was AWFUL! The worst one I've seen and the Betty segments are terrible, like a bad David Lynch movie. And like Joanne mentioned: that rape remark was disgusting. Do we need to see Don drunk and puking again? Didn't we see enough of that in season 4? I did like the gorgeous opening in Hawaii, but that's it. I heard the last half hour is pretty bad too! Can the show rebound or is it through?

Julia- I don't think Netflix streams any HBO shows. I wish I would have purchased GOT. I would have sent it to you.

Joanne- I knew 7 seasons of Mad Men was going to be way to long but is it already beginning to choke? I might be starting the Dinner today.

Ellen- I am not a fan of Ms. Thatcher. She was a Reagan clone. Sadly, I didn't realize this until a decade later. Only 16? I am shocked. You have work to do, Slacker!

RD- You are leading the pack, my friend! That's very impressive. Why do most of those classics have to be so damn BIG?

Kerri- The length of MM was the least problem with that crappy episode.

Man, I gotta go to work...

Apr 9, 2013, 7:29am Top

#186 - Hmmm. "Awful" seems a bit strong for me, but I definitely wasn't blown away. The Betty thing was definitely odd. I wonder where we're going with that. Eek!

Apr 9, 2013, 8:35am Top

15 for me, and maybe more.... if I read them between 1962 and 1970, well, I might have been reading really, really fast and am not completely remembering... college years, + Peace Corps. Those years went by very quickly.

Apr 9, 2013, 9:03am Top

Mad Men chat: The bedroom scene between Henry and Betty was weird. My impression was that they were trying to draw a contrast between the way the issue of older men/teenage girls was perceived at that time (as something to joke about) versus the consensus view we have now (as child abuse). It reminded me of the scene way back in the first season when Betty was completely cavalier about letting the kids play with the plastic bag her dry cleaning came in. Dangers were perceived very differently in that era.

Apr 9, 2013, 9:28am Top

Yay for Old Filth! Glad it's already scoring high on the Mark-o-Meter.

I am indeed liking Germinal a lot. I've got Welsh ancestors, and I assume some were coal miners. At the beginning, Germinal details what a tough life that was in France, and I'm sure the same was true in Wales.

Apr 9, 2013, 9:55am Top

I'm glad you're reading Old Filth. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have all suggested you might.
I purchased a used copy of The Blind Assassin and have been planning to read it. The oohs and ahs about Lady Oracle might pull me in that direction in stead, though.

I hope your Tuesday is a good one, Mark!

Apr 9, 2013, 11:19am Top

And did you know women fart more and the farts are more odious
Hmmm don't tell my husband that! I've got him convinced that women don't fart (maybe not convinced but I do keep telling him that ;)

Happy Tuesday Mark!

Apr 9, 2013, 11:26am Top

I'm late to the party. Work is consuming. I'm sorry I haven't visited on a regular basis.


I'll go with these! We so enjoy our ten year old grand daughter. She is a delight! It is wonderful to celebrate life through the eyes of children.

Apr 9, 2013, 11:42am Top

>185 msf59:: I'm surprised you didn't love The Blind Assassin, Mark. It's one of my faves. Hmm. Interesting.

>191 EBT1002:: Lady Oracle was quite good indeed; I was very pleased with my reading of it. The Blind Assassin is a favorite of mine, but it seems to get dichotomous reviews. Hmm. Not sure what to make of that.

Apr 9, 2013, 3:13pm Top

I too loved the Blind Assassin. It is one of the Atwood books about which I rave. I was not that big of a fan about The Handmaid's Tale and thought Oryx and Crake was borderline awful. (It reminded me of some of the scenes in Cloud Atlas, which I read first.) Blind Assassin completely turned Atwood from a "why do people like this author" into a "I LOVE this author." This book is one of my all time favorites. I had a hard time parting with my copy and giving it to my sister. I loved all the questions about what really happened, it keeps me thinking about the book. This is one of the few books I would consider rereading. So I really really disagree with you Mark. Blind Assassin is a great book.

Apr 9, 2013, 4:07pm Top

Hi Mark: What with the opera and the two ballgames the last couple days, I haven't been reading much. I have to check out this bookworm thing you mentioned earlier.

Thanks for posting the meet-up pic. When is the next one? I think it's been a year since I last saw you.

I had two definites that I want on the ER list. A baseball book and a disaster book. I'd be happy with either of them.

Apr 9, 2013, 7:12pm Top

I wasn't a huge fan of The Blind Assassin either but I'm still basking in the glory of Alias Grace Mark. I'm planning on rereading some of here earlier stuff too.

I've only read 24/50 so I will continue to tackle the Russians but the one classic I really want to get to is The Count of Monte Cristo.

Apr 9, 2013, 7:14pm Top

I'm still reading Blind Assassin so I'll weigh in when I'm done...

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"Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. ”

— Germaine Greer

I finished the wonderful Gulp. More info on the lower digestive system that I could ever imagine, without attending medical school and I snickered throughout.
If you haven't tried Mary Roach. Do yourself a BIG BIG favor. I am still loving Old Filth and I just started the Dinner, on audio. I noticed Bonnie only gave it a measly 3 stars. Now, I am nervous.

Kerri- Maybe "awful" was a little strong but I will say it was a poorly written and poorly executed show. And yes, I hold this program to a high standard. It's earned it in the past. And please, no more Betty. I can't even look at her anymore.

Karen- 15 isn't bad. Are there quite a few titles that you would still like to read?

Julia- I just have not cared for Betty, since the divorce. She is just not interesting anymore. The daughter has had some good moments though.

Joe- Yes, Old Filth is going very well. Another gem and one I would have never heard of without the wonderful world of LT.

Ellen- As you can tell Atwood's books are very polarizing. You might love the Blind Assassin. Many people have. I am sure I will read most of her work and judge them for myself. It was a hard day at work and I am glad to be home. Hope yours went well.

Apr 9, 2013, 7:57pm Top

>185 msf59: And did you know women fart more and the farts are more odious?
My farts are inaudible and smell like talcum powder and/or roses. Just ask my lovely other, he knows to concur.

Apr 9, 2013, 7:58pm Top

Nope, I'm not buying it. Women don't fart. *fingers in ears*

Apr 9, 2013, 8:25pm Top

Chelle- You might have to steer Nate clear of Gulp. He might find way to much useful information. I'll have to stop by and see what you are reading.

Linda- Good to see you! You are never late to this party. And I love the bookends.

Es- I don't understand either, because I did love the 1st 2 books I have read of hers.

Benita- It looks like Atwood does that to readers. I think the Handmaid's Tale was a 5 star read. And you didn't like it or Oryx and Crake, which I loved.
I still gave the blind Assassin nearly 4 stars but after loving the 1st half, I just wasn't as satisfied with the way it pulled together.

Linda- Actually, no Meet-Up planned for awhile but it looks like a few of us with make the Printer's Row Book Fair, in early June and then the Chicago ALA at the end of June.
We'll try to plan a dinner hook-up at some point.

Bonnie- It's always tough when others rave about something, that you just didn't "get" and of course the reverse, as well. I can't wait to get to Alias Grace.

Tina- I hope you come down on the "loving" side of the Blind Assassin. I'll be watching...

Megan- I knew you were sweet and all but I never realized how much. LOL.

Apr 9, 2013, 8:39pm Top

#189 - That's a good point, Julia. I went right to Betty has finally lost her mind completely.

#199 - That's ok, Mark. You'll always be our resident television grump. I wouldn't have it any other way. Ha!

Apr 9, 2013, 8:57pm Top

#203 by DorsVenabili> Well, Kerri, I admit I was trying hard to find a rationale. But I don't think you can ever go wrong with "Betty has finally lost her mind completely' — she's one character I wouldn't miss for an instant.

Edited: Apr 9, 2013, 10:04pm Top

Oh! My husband might well love Gulp. I won't even let him know that it exists. I know far too much about his farts already. Hmmm I don't believe that women fart more often and more odiously than men. My husband thinks the reason men fart more often is because of all of the gas that comes out of women's mouths - as in talking a lot. Can you tell we have a good marriage? Really we do, nearly 30 years now. Both of us have a sense of humour. Very much needed for marriage.

As for Dave's books, yes he is liking Lawrence Block, at least the Burglar ones . In fact , he is reading Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson right now. Turns out he really does like that series after all. And he just finished Harlen Coben 's latest, Six Years. I might get to it later on. He's off to the library with my card of course, to pick up Suspect by Robert Crais. He's very bookish now! :)

Apr 9, 2013, 10:05pm Top

My husband has Gulp in his mount TBR. I reminded him to move it up based on your thread. I have a bookselling friend who decided to become a funeral director after reading Stiff.

Apr 9, 2013, 10:45pm Top

Hey Mark, glad to hear Gulp is another gem from Mary Roach. Where would you rank it with her other stuff?

Apr 9, 2013, 10:48pm Top

I just watched this. It's Mary Roach on The Daily Show, talking about Gulp. It's fun. She's a good interview: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-april-1-2013/mary-roach

Good night, folks! I'll see you tomorrow!

Apr 10, 2013, 12:14am Top

Marky-Mark : From your comment on Gulp, I would like to offer up my personal experience that the hubster farts more often and his farts are waaay more noxious! So Mary Roach must be wrong.. what? ;-) I'm bummed that I didn't download a copy of Gulp before I came on my trip ... for some odd reason, China is blocking my Kindle downloads ... so I'll have to wait until I get home on Friday night.

I loved Old Filth. You're in for a treat. Are you intending to read The Man in the Wooden Hat after? I read it and really didn't like it....but I know others who did.

Apr 10, 2013, 7:04am Top

Happy Hump Day! Cool, with rain. I think for the next couple days. Wet Mark. Boo.

Kerri & Julia- I did finish up MM. Not bad but I am hoping this show has something more fresh to offer. What's up with Betty's hair? Betty, go away please! Pretty please.

Edited: Apr 10, 2013, 7:28am Top

#210 - Really?! Betty cracks me up. She's nuts. And that deadpan delivery. It's impossible for me to tell if January Jones is a terrible actress, or if she's just totally nailing that part. I love it!

ETA: Clarity

Edited: Apr 10, 2013, 7:27am Top

Deb- I am so glad your husband is still loving his books and it sounds like you take very good care of him in that department. I wonder if he would like nonfiction. I need to get back to Longmire myself and I have heard very good things about six Years.

Nancy- "I have a bookselling friend who decided to become a funeral director after reading Stiff." Wow. Interesting. Glad that friend didn't read Bonk first. Yes, Gulp is another Roach winner.

Katie- I think Packing for Mars still remains my favorite, with Gulp a close second.

Caro- You will love Gulp and you'll be a fart expert too! I think Roach mentioned that's women's bodies, have the make-up for generating more gas but since women are quieter and more stealthy, it's hard to tell. LOL.

Apr 10, 2013, 7:51am Top

It did make me sad to hear about Annette. I also felt a bit relieved for her. Being trapped within ones own body sounds horrific. I have a dear friend who has MS. Hers progressed very quickly, and she has been unable to do anything for herself for a very very long time. Her voice is leaving her. She is the dearest, most accepting and sweet person I know. I think I would be angry. I was a huge fan of Annette in years gone by, and I am glad she has found the freedom of spirit and light again.

Apr 10, 2013, 7:55am Top

Such a lovely way to start a Wednesday! Good morning, Mark. I hope your weather is not too much of a bother. We're still chilly, with some raining, but also some sun shining from time to time. I've been out picking the dandelions; putting worms and worm castings into the big pots out back (thinking about what will I plant there....beans? zucchini? I need a big pumpkin plant, I think!) Sigh. I will probably stay inside today and read the last chapter of this weeks assignments for Child Development. I am still working on The Searchers and enjoying it. You, too, you have a great day, today!

Apr 10, 2013, 7:58am Top

Women don't fart. We fluff.

My SIL has MS but it's the slow progressing kind. She works part time as a librarian.

Apr 10, 2013, 8:18am Top

>215 Morphidae:: Women don't fart. We fluff.
HA! I love that.

Apr 10, 2013, 10:02am Top

>210 msf59: Love the surreal bookstore! I want to visit that one.

Did you read Stiff? I know Debbi loved that one. Others, not as much, although I don't think she tried Packing for Mars or Gulp. I haven't read her, and will have to give her a try.

Hope this weather isn't too tough on you today. It's pouring downtown, with lots of lightening. Not a fit day for man nor beast.

Apr 10, 2013, 1:09pm Top

Gulp sounds like another excellent Mary Roach.

Apr 10, 2013, 3:29pm Top

I read Packing for Mars and loved it. I'm looking forward to Gulp, too.

Getting sick of this chilly, rainy weather. I want spring, I want spring!!

Apr 10, 2013, 4:11pm Top

We had a wonderful English babysitter, (a gramma type) years ago for our 4 little girls and she called the dreaded fart a "windypouff" said with a great sing song voice. Said that way they sound so benign! I have asked our library to get Gulp!

Apr 10, 2013, 5:43pm Top

It always amazes me that all of us readers love different books. Isn't that weird? Or good? I didn't think that Blind Assassin had any faults and you thought it was weak at the ending. Interesting. I may have to go back and read it again. This time with an eye to the plot instead of just getting sucked into the story and lost in the worlds of the book. For me, the difference between Blind Assassin and Handmaid's Tale was that getting sucked in. Handmaid's Tale didn't grab me and pull me into that world as much as Blind Assassin. I think it is because I saw more reality in Handmaid's Tale in the Science Fiction part than I did in the Blind Assassin. Blind Assassin was such a wonderful story for me, but Handmaid's Tale might have been too close to reality.

Edited: Apr 10, 2013, 6:57pm Top

April 10th, right? Damp, cold and windy. 42 on the way home. And more of the same through Friday. This is Spring? WTH? I know: Wah, wah!
At least my books treat me well. Old Filth is continuing along, on a lovely pace. The Dinner has turned dark & disturbing. These are not pleasant people. Not the sort you would like to eat across the same table from.

Kath- Thanks for your thoughts on Annette. She does sound like a special lady. It also looks like her 2nd husband took good care of her too, throughout her long illness.

Karen- I would just like a nice string of 70s, just for a week, so I can get outside and start doing some of my Spring yard work. Hope your day went well.

Morphy & Laura- Big waves to a couple of real fluffers!

Apr 10, 2013, 7:14pm Top

Joe- Yes, I also loved Stiff. They are all highly entertaining. These are fun reads but Roach also does exhaustive research on her subjects, so you learn a lot. Also, these are great audio listens, so if you can find them in that format, give it a shot.
Fortunately, the rain held off most of the day, just here and there but the wind and cold never let up.

Diana- This was my 4th Roach and they were all very good.

Linda- "I want spring, I want spring!" I hear you, my friend! I see they postponed the Cubs game for tonight. Probably a very good idea. Yes, track down Gulp and see if you can also find Stiff.

Mdoris- Good to see you! Hopefully you can snag a copy of Gulp. I am sure it will be a popular title.

Benita- Thanks for your explanation on the Atwoods. I think her style and story structure spark discourse, which I think is healthy and interesting. Now, I'll see how I feel about alias Grace, which I'll start next week sometime.

Apr 10, 2013, 8:01pm Top

>222 msf59: ...so this isn't the moment to reveal that it's been over 70 for two days, sunshiney and pleasant, and today's thunderstorms are just now starting...

Apr 10, 2013, 9:49pm Top

So I wasn't as far along in Blind Assassin as I'd thought. NOW I'm about mid way through. :)

Apr 10, 2013, 10:02pm Top

Hi Mark, boy was I behind here! I mostly skimmed to catch up, but nevertheless your praise for Mary Roach has caught my attention. It seems like I have been planning on reading one of her books forever, I really must get on with it. We had some lovely spring weather last week when I was away but since I've been home it's turned cold with lots of showers. Like you I would like to see a string of nice days to make us at least feel that Spring is here.

I will probably be starting Alias Grace next week as well.

Apr 11, 2013, 3:50am Top

After reading the graphic mortuary scenes in A Trick I Learned From Dead Men, I don't think I could read Stiff at all! That said, a friend of mine had a son go into the mortuary business not long after highschool and he seemed to like it, though he is now pursuing an engineering degree.

Our weather has been very variable. Warmed up nicely, but very windy today and a big down pour of rain earlier on!

Apr 11, 2013, 7:08am Top

Good morning, Mark! Glad to hear you're enjoying Old Filth! I look forward to your comments. I still have to post mine. It's been a busy week.

Edited: Apr 11, 2013, 7:20am Top

" 'think of it.' said Robert Rosenbluth, a doctor whose acquaintance i made at the start of this book. 'no engineer could design something as multifunctional and fine tuned as an anus. to call someone an asshole is really bragging him up.”


Sweet Thursday! I should wrap up the Dinner today and we'll see where I come down on this one. I am deciding what to start next on audio...Broken Harbor perhaps?

RD- You are an evil evil man. Have a nice day.

Tina- I'll be curious to see what you think. I am sure you will love it.

Judy- Great to see you! Yes, give Mary Roach a try. I haven't seen anyone that hasn't liked her. I hope to start Alias Grace later next week.

Deb- Maybe, your husband should try Roach. He might really like packing For Mars. It still remains my favorite.

Morning Kerri- I have just over a 100 pages left in Old Filth. And it's so good. I love her characters. The week is nearly done.

Apr 11, 2013, 7:40am Top

Hi Mark!! I just got the chance to catch up on your thread and I so love your remarks regarding the Mad Men premiere. As I watched it my only thought was, "Has this show just jumped the shark?"
I loved Betty's weirdness in earlier seasons but this episode was a hateful, bitter kind of weirdness that was offing. Why so much time on skid row and why should I care?

Still, I will return next Sunday, just because I need to see where the Don Draper collapse is going and of course the other characters are so intriguing. Plus I like seeing how the world was back when I was 7 years old.

You noticed Don was reading Dante on the beach, right? I had to laugh because a few years back I did the same in Cancun for a class I was taking at the time. Have a good day...........and oh yeah, glad to see you'll still be delivery mail on Saturdays! Hurray for lighter bags on Monday!

Apr 11, 2013, 7:54am Top

Hmph, you called me a fluffer! I shall seek my revenge.

Apr 11, 2013, 7:56am Top

Morning Mark! Love the Atwood discussion here - so interesting that everyone has a different favorite! I am finishing up Oryx and Crake, which I have really enjoyed- just about one hour left to listen to. Also I have started The Handmaid's Tale and so far so good - I'm not very far in yet, just about eight or so chapters. Hope Thursday treats you well.

Apr 11, 2013, 1:55pm Top

Thursday isn't treating me as well as it should. They have closed the university because of "the threat of bad weather." (Mark don't get mad even though I am sure that you would like your place of employment to close due to the "threat" of bad weather.) Yesterday it was 88 here and that set a record high for that date. Today is much more pleasant because the wind is blowing. I am sure that we will get thunderstorms later, but right now the library is really quiet. Except for that huge TV that we now have to keep us informed about the "threat" of bad weather.

Apr 11, 2013, 2:27pm Top

That quote from Gulp reinforces my belief that Mary Roach is actually a teenaged boy in drag.

Apr 11, 2013, 5:34pm Top

Ha! Always good to follow an RD post.

Hope this has been an okay day, Mark. Could have sworn I heard a dog howling on the moors.

I'm thinking maybe Packing for Mars will be the one of hers I try first, based on all the comments. My tbr is getting a little absurd right now. The good news is this weekend we're taking a long train ride there and back to celebrate my dad's birthday. That normally would mean lots of time to read. The wrench in the works is an old friend is joining us on the train ride, and he's not a reader and loves to talk. Although of course I enjoy talking to him, I have to admit I'm hoping he brings some videogames or something so I at least get some reading time. We'll see.

Apr 11, 2013, 5:53pm Top

Mary Roach is great -- I loved Bonk. Packing for Mars is our citywide read this year, and Roach is coming to town in May. I want to read it before then. We'll see.

Apr 11, 2013, 6:19pm Top

HI Mark! Just trying to catch up here. I'm supposed to be cleaning up since Nate comes home this weekend but I'm playing on LT instead. Bad girl, I know.

Glad to see Gulp was a good audio. I enjoyed Stiff and I've been thinking about buying Gulp. Maybe I'll see if the library has it ...

Edited: Apr 11, 2013, 7:16pm Top

^ Yep, that's me today. My iPod Nano is giving me trouble, so I was not able to listen to ANYTHING today. So I trudged through light rain and an early Spring chill with no company at all. Boo hoo! And if I have to restore my player, which is likely, I lose everything on there, including my current audio book, the Dinner. Some might think that's a good thing but I WANT to finish it at least and decide for myself. At least I had the comfort of old Filth, which I am nearly done with.

Lynda- It looks like we have similar feelings about the Mad Men premiere. I was not very impressed. I do not think I have ever seen a subpar episode of MM, in 5 seasons but this one was a stinker for me. Even when they introduced "Fat Betty" early last season and that was pretty bad, at least the rest of the episode was solid. I will watch the next couple episodes but if it doesn't improve quickly...I am out of there!

Laura- Well, I think fluffer is better than Fart Woman, so I was trying to be nice. Snickering softly...

Mamie- Good to see you! Opinion seems to fluctuate with Atwood, book to book. At least I didn't dislike the Blind Assassin, it's just my least favorite so far, which is no big deal. I am glad you are enjoying Oryx and Crake. I loved that one. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Handmaid's.

Apr 11, 2013, 7:03pm Top

Hi Mark, I still have Stiff on my shelf after reading and loving Packing for Mars. Too. Many. Books.

Apr 11, 2013, 7:29pm Top

Hey Mark!
Reporting in to let you know I added BEER to my pot roast and it came out great ;-) Finally I've found a justification for the existence of beer...LOL

I am reading an Atwood and loving it - Alias Grace.
What kept me? I have yet to pick up a Roach...
Great meet-up picture. I hope to be in a Chicago meetup someday :-)
I think I just made it before you go to a new thread. Whew!

Edited: Apr 11, 2013, 8:23pm Top

I saw in the news this morning, that the Postmaster General decided to drop the 5-day delivery idea and continue with the 6-day. He didn't seem very pleased about it but I think it was a very good move. Now, these devious privatizers, will have to come up with another sinister plan.

Benita- You know I would never get mad at you, although I do like the idea of me quitting work if the weather is bad. I'll have to put that in the suggestion box.
I hope your Thursday evening is much better than the daytime part!

RD- " Mary Roach is actually a teenaged boy in drag." LOL. I think you may be onto something, my friend. You should try to track down here latest. I am sure you will love it.

Joe- Packing for Mars is an excellent place to start with Roach and should make you an instant fan. "My tbr is getting a little absurd right now." I think we can all relate to that one.
When do leave for Michigan? tomorrow afternoon?

Beth- I NEED to keep an eye out for a Roach appearance in the Chicago area. I am sure she would be a blast to see.

Chelle- Are you being a bad girl? I bet you are looking forward to Nate's return. You guys have a great weekend. If you liked Stiff, I am sure you will love Gulp.

Bonnie- "Too. Many. Books." You said it, my friend. I just picked up 5 more titles, all audios and GNs from the library. Hey, at least we are never bored.

Claudia- You just made my evening. Thanks! I always enjoy your visits. Give Roach a try. You'll know right away if she's your cuppa or not. I'll also be starting Alias Grace, later next week. Glad to hear you are enjoying it. And Yah to beer pot roast!!

Apr 12, 2013, 2:14am Top

Woot! Staying with the 6 day mail plan! I imagine that is good news. Mark, I always thing that you have a primo job! Yes, you are out in the dreadful weather but imagine all of the exercise you pack into a day at work! No need to " hit the gym" and work out. No need to feel guilty about sitting around reading a book. That said, I'm not sure that I could handle the weather and now as I am older ( yet still younger than you) I'd be getting to old for all of that dragging a mail bag about.

Stiff - hmm A Trick I Learned From Dead Men was as much info as I need to know about dead people. Rock on, Mark!

Apr 12, 2013, 3:54am Top

Hi Mark, just stopping by to wish you a great weekend!

In regards to your work - what Deborah said *smile* you must be very fit :)

I loved the photo of your meetup. You all look very happy and settled!

In regards to the bookworm list I only read 12 out of the 50 and found only a few which I would be interested in reading. Lolita, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, 1984 and the Count of Monte Christo count among my faves.

Edited: Apr 12, 2013, 7:21am Top

Happy Friday! I spent last evening, hustling around to repair my ipod. It is working now but I had to restore it and lost all my books. Most of them I have saved, including the Dinner, which I was almost done with. Whew! Those silly hassles.
It looks like another gloomy, damp day. This is beginning to feel like the movie Groundhog Day...

Deb- I hope the 6 day delivery week sticks around. I think it's important for our survival. I am sure the exercise is a benefit in my job but your body does adjust to your routine and I still have to watch my weight. I could definitely lose a few pounds for the summer. I'll put it on the to-do list.

Bianca- It's great to see you! We always have a good time at the Meet-Ups. It's a happy bunch. I adore all your favorites off that Bookworm list and NEED to get to The Count of Monte Christo, one of these days. Why does it have to be so darn big?

Apr 12, 2013, 7:16am Top

#244 - Oh! That happened to me last year and what a nightmare. Actually, my iPod has been on the fritz for a while, but it keeps hanging on (I sort of wish it would just die, so I can justify getting a new one). Like you, I always wait until after I finish a book before deleting it from iTunes.

Have a good Friday, Mark!

Apr 12, 2013, 7:25am Top

Kerri- The only books I can't save are the digital ones from the library, which go directly into my ipod. Do you know how to save them? It also said you could backup everything on your ipod before you restore but I don't know how that works either. See, I spend to much time reading!

Apr 12, 2013, 7:29am Top

Hmm. I thought those went to iTunes too. I'm not sure. My library has a terrible download selection, so I haven't used it yet (plus they only started offering it last year). When I used to download them from CPL though, I thought they went to iTunes. You should ask your librarian. : )

Apr 12, 2013, 8:24am Top

The Count of Monte Cristo really should count as three books.

I've read three books by Roach. Stiff was my favorite, I gave it 9 out of 10 stars. Packing for Mars got 7 stars. I wasn't as impressed with Bonk, it got just 6 stars.

I hadn't been doing my mini-reviews when I read two of them. Here's the one for Packing:

Amusing and gross. Her one failing as an author is a bit of repetitiveness.

Okay, it's more of a micro-review!

Apr 12, 2013, 8:31am Top

Gray, rainy, and 47 here today. You did this, didn't you? Couldn't bear for us to have gorgeous weather here when you were out in the misery.


Apr 12, 2013, 8:49am Top

It's grey and rainy here, too, Mark! I thought we agreed that you would use your powers only for good! But it warm compared to your temps - going to 78 today which for us is a ten degree drop. Hope I survive this cold front!

Apr 12, 2013, 9:01am Top

*waving* - cool and rainy, here, too, but that surprises no one! I planted some lettuce a couple of days ago...

Still reading The Searchers after I get my class work done. Looking forward to a fun weekend ahead? I hope the weather treats you better soon!

Apr 12, 2013, 9:17am Top

Hm, also the The Count of Monte Cristo is another chunkster it reads much quicker and easier than Anna Karenina as it is more an adventure story, in the same league as The Three Musketeers, well at least IMO.

You asked how Blindness is narrated. The book is narrated by Jonathan Davies who is doing a terrific job.

Apr 12, 2013, 9:32am Top

Another big fan of The Count of Monte Cristo here. As Bianca is saying, it's a fast, entertaining read, like The Three Musketeers.

We leave early Saturday morning, Mark. My friend gets in from San Francisco at midnight(!) Friday, and then will take the train with us. We come back Saturday afternoon.

Apr 12, 2013, 10:41am Top

Happy weekend, Mark. Maybe someday, the rain will stop and it'll warm up. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that.

I've never seen a game of any kind from a suite but, tonight, my friend got tickets from her law school alumni association and we'll be watching the Blackhawks/Red Wings game from a Penthouse Suite at the UC. This means we're way, way up there, near the flag. Really looking forward to this.

Apr 12, 2013, 2:13pm Top

Poor Mark... sorry to hear about your iPod. My carrier talks on the phone all the time. I swear, I sometimes wonder what he finds to talk about all the time!

Apr 12, 2013, 5:33pm Top

BTW, to me the April ER list is even less appealing than the March one. Is it just me?

Apr 12, 2013, 5:41pm Top

I can't believe I'm just getting to this thread. So much lively discussion, and love the Monet thread topper!

Re: Amazon acquisitiveness and the trend for big companies to buy up everything: I still buy some stuff from Amazon -- especially the more inexpensive of the Kindle e-books. But I find I'm using Better World Books more and more. I think they're still independent. I love the free shipping, w/o minimums or having to pay to join a Prime service or other membership. And I love their environmental and literacy education ethos.

My iPod Nano is giving me trouble, so I was not able to listen to ANYTHING today. So I trudged through light rain and an early Spring chill with no company at all. Boo hoo! And if I have to restore my player, which is likely, I lose everything on there, including my current audio book, the Dinner.

Oh, what a bummer! I think one of our library download services actually lets you download the book again if you need to, but I'm not sure and I imagine different services work differently. We use the Overdrive system. We have OneClick, too, but that's such a pain I stopped using it pretty much.

Edited: Apr 12, 2013, 7:27pm Top

^ Is this amazing or what? It is called Selexyz Dominicanen Bookshop, located in Maastricht, in the Netherlands. It's a 700 year old, former church. And all books are a euro....kidding about that last part.

Road trip, anyone? I need some cheering up. Another chilly, damp day! Ugh!

Apr 12, 2013, 6:14pm Top

I'm ready, Mark. I've always fancied a trip to Denmark. That's a beaut.

Edited: Apr 12, 2013, 7:28pm Top

I did finish the Dinner but I am still processing it. Paul, the main character and narrator, began to drive me crazy, with his insufferable, relentless blather. I truly wanted to punch him in the face. There are some thought-provoking issues being brought up here, about families and their children and what extremes you might go to, to protect them but what nasty, despicable, people to be stuck with for several days. I've heard this compared to Gone Girl, but honestly, I don't see it. That book was very unsettling too but in the end, Flynn pulled it off.
I also finished Old Filth. What a joy to read and what a contrast to the book mentioned above. I can't wait to see where Madam Gardam takes Old Teddy next.

Kerri- That stinks about your library's digital collection. I hope they can expand it at some point. Our system is probably one of the best out there. It keeps me in audios.

Morphy- Thanks for your Roach re-cap! So far, I have not found her repetitive. She really throws herself into the research. It's one of the many things I admire about her.

RD- It wasn't me sir! I would not wish that weather on anyone. Actually, that perfectly describes our weather the past few days but even chillier. It will continue to be cool tomorrow but at least no rain in the forecast.

Mamie- I continue to use my powers, only for the good. Sure, I think about sending some nasty stuff to certain places but never ever act on it.
I would LOVE me some 70s!!

Karen- It looks like Mamie is one of the only LTers enjoying her Spring. That's just not fair. Pouts a little...

Apr 12, 2013, 7:50pm Top

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

^ Did everyone get to this one?? Louder, I can't hear you! It's a Must Read!

Bianca- I am not sure I will get to The Count of Monte Cristo this year but I will get to it. I think your comparison to A.K. sold me. LOL. Glad you like the narrator for Blindness. I NEED to his follow-up book.

Joe- So you leave Saturday morning and return Saturday afternoon. Talk about a fast trip. LOL. Do you mean Sunday or the following Saturday? Either way, have a wonderful time with your Dad.
I didn't care for the ER choices either, which is good, it will give me a chance to get caught up on my past ER winners.
And yes, I would like to get to Denmark too. I have visited Holland but not the Danes.

Linda- Happy weekend to you too! I was listening to the end of the Cubs game on the way home. Wow. They were leading 2 to zip going in to the 9th and ended up winning 4-3. Go Castro!
Enjoy the skybox! I've been there several times over the years and it's always a blast. Go Blackhawks.

Kath- Does your carrier use a bluetooth or just talk normally on his cell? I think the latter would be difficult. I have used a bluetooth before, while walking the route but it's awkward when customers begin to speak to you. LOL.

Terri- Great to see you. I don't think I have ever tried Better World Books. I'll have to give it a try. Your library digital system sounds very similar to ours. We also use Overdrive Media to manage the audios. It's a great way to listen to audios. Do you also use it for an e-reader?

Apr 12, 2013, 8:03pm Top

I think The fault In Our Stars was in the Tournament of Books final with The Orphan Master's Son (which was the winner). Sure sounded like all 16 were worthy entries. This the the Tournament of Books that coincides with the NCAA basketball championships.

Edited: Apr 12, 2013, 8:51pm Top

I want to read The Count of Monte Cristo too Mark. Is there a GR in the future somewhere?

No ER choices for me this time either.


I think I completely turned against The Dinner when it became apparent that Claire was as deranged as Paul. I mean an unreliable narrator is one thing but when all the characters are are as sleazy as these are I just couldn't buy into it. And Paul was just too much. In GG the characters were very believable and you're absolutely right---Anderson was able to pull it off with aplomb.

ETA: I loved Old Filth too:-)

Apr 12, 2013, 9:38pm Top

Ohhh, The Count is one of my all-time favourite reads!

Edited: Apr 12, 2013, 10:36pm Top

^ Did anyone else see this weeks Call the Midwife? It was a terrific episode. Tears and laughter. Poor Nurse Cynthia. Don't go, Chummy! Don't go, Chummy! This is such a good show.

Mary- I saw that tournament. Some great books on there. I have to agree with The Orphan Master's Son, which ended up being a favorite from last year along with the Green YA.

**Spoiler, if you haven't read the Dinner.

Bonnie- I did not see the Claire angle coming! Wow. And a wineglass to the face? Yes, Serge was a boor, but he turned out to be one of the sympathetic ones. And why wasn't Paul in prison or in an institution?

Nancy- Big wave! I will get to the Count.

Apr 12, 2013, 10:51pm Top

Mark I was so upset about Chummy until I realized she is coming back. That character totally sold the show for me last season. I totally saw Jimmy and the secretary coming the minute she walked into the clinic. How awesome that Jenny and Cynthia were life long friends in RL!

Apr 12, 2013, 11:08pm Top

>238 msf59: My iPod Nano is giving me trouble
Mine has given me nothing BUT trouble. The battery seems to last about one hour. I dont have the tech to load anything onto it, and Im terrified to take it out anywhere as am sure the battery will crap out and my ideas of blissful listening will be flummoxed.

Glad to see you loved Old Filth. I did too :)

Edited: Apr 13, 2013, 2:17am Top

I've always fancied a trip to Denmark too, Mark! They have some good Scandi crime authors who another LT'er from Denmark has dubbed Dandicrime. Great looking libraries!It was cool and rainy here today. sigh! And I had to be downtown for a while and it just poured. No one really carries umbrellas here, because what is the point? Got my hair " cut and styled" and the stylist accidentally sprayed a bunch of water down my back during the " rinse " cycle and my shirt got all wet. Brrrrrr...............

Apr 13, 2013, 7:19am Top

Yah, for Saturday! Let me get through this one and then I am off the next two days. I started the Hope Factory. This is an ER book I needed to get to. It's set in India. I like her easy writing style. I will also start the audio of Broken Harbor, which I've been meaning to get to for months. It's another big book. I think it was 17 discs. I do love French and this one did receive glowing reviews.

Roberta- I think Chummy and Peter (that's his name, right?) are one of the best couples on TV. I am still hoping it works out with Jimmy and Jenny. And thanks for pointing out the Cynthia & Jenny connection. I liked that too.

Megan- Sorry, about the ipod woes. Always a bummer. Is there somewhere you can get a new battery? Or start saving up your pennies for a new one? The shuffles are pretty inexpensive. Hope you are having a good weekend.

Deb- Remember: We have May- Murder & Mayhem coming up. I have a ton of crime/mystery titles to attend to. What's new, right? Poor Tonto, got water down her shirt! Are you okay, now?

Apr 13, 2013, 7:24am Top

Have a great Saturday, Mark! Hope it is not too, too cold for you. We've got buckets of rain coming down and my backyard is a swamp, as usual. Started the garden stuff in big pots, sitting on paving stones. Hope that works.

Am doing school work, but should be able to get some reading done, too. Photography taking a back seat for now.

I hope your two days off are swell!

Apr 13, 2013, 8:38am Top

My sister has a nono, and she listens to books on hers. Even though I am a reader, not a listener, I do fimd them to be a wee bit magical in that they are so tiny and hold so much. Like the kindle app on my phone, for instance! lol.

I'm finishing the Bohjalian ARC and then Benediction...maybe.

i hope today goes quickly for you..

Apr 13, 2013, 8:58am Top

Oops, yeah, I meant we're coming back Sunday afternoon (tomorrow), Mark.

We're on the train now, heading around the bottom of the lake and toward Ann Arbor. Fingers crossed we don't run into a big delay, as that might screw up getting to his party on time. Our friend made it in last night, and he's with us, so, so far, so good. My sister in Montana got held up by bad weather in Minnesota, but she made it.

Hope today treats you decently, and then enjoy those days off!

Apr 13, 2013, 4:37pm Top

I've read and reviewed a comic book. Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald, in my thread...post #71.

Twitter made me do it.

Apr 13, 2013, 5:55pm Top

Glad that week is over! Whew! Another cool Spring day, with a chilly wind. And snow flurries this morning. WTH? We are heading out to a our Wii bowling party, which is always a lot of fun, So I'll see everyone in the A.M. It looks like I am ready for a new thread.

Karen- No rain today and the sun is shining now but still a chilly day. This is ridiculous. Hope you had a nice Saturday.

Kath- Were you off today? I hope so. How was the Bohjalian? I bought Benediction and hope to bookhorn it in, in the next couple weeks. Wow, I am booked.

Joe- I hope you have a great time at the party and spending prime time with your Dad.

RD- I will check it out, my friend. Thanks!

Apr 13, 2013, 7:50pm Top

I forgot about May-Murder & Mayhem, though it's not exactly tough for me to think of a dozens of mysteries I want to read.

I'm hearing rumors that Sunday might be kind of warm, at least by our standards. I hope so.

Apr 13, 2013, 8:45pm Top

>274 msf59: I love your happy place, Mark. I think its my happy place too. :)

Im not sure about my iPod nano, It was a gift and I am a bit useless at it. I put a whole lot of what friend had on his computer onto it, so have heaps of (cool) random music and BBC podcasts. It is fun to explore when I have the head space for it, but am always fearful of a crappy battery cut-out.

Apr 13, 2013, 11:08pm Top

>243 drachenbraut23: you must be very fit

As one who has seen Mark's calves, I can vouch for that!

I've watched the first three Call the Midwife episodes (season 1) and read the first two books of Jennifer Worth's trilogy of memoirs. I thought the first two episodes were fairly true to the story and chronology, but the third episode convinced me to continue with the books. In episode 3 of the show, Jenny meets and becomes friends with Joe Collett, the war veteran (which happens in the second book). The show was nice, but of necessity had to cut out soooooo much. Joe's story was amazing, and it was unfortunate that so much had to be left out. I guess it is true of most books and adaptations, but I hated to see poor Joe's story cut so!

Edited: Apr 13, 2013, 11:16pm Top

I can't keep up but it doesn't mean I don't care. :-)
I have The Blind Assassin (owned) and Alias Grace (library) and I will be interested to see how I react to both. I do hope to read both this month.
Meanwhile, I say, purr me another one.

Edited: Apr 14, 2013, 8:43am Top

Happy Sunday! It's supposed to be nice today, pushing 70, but of course it will not last long and the rest of the week will be damp & cool. We are re-tiling the downstairs bathroom, (the Man Cave now has no potty, woe is me) so it also needs to be painted, so that's what I will be doing for a chunk of my day. I HOPE I can squeeze in some reading, here and there.
I did start Broken Harbor. I like the Irish narrator, gives it the right tone. This is a police procedural to the T and I am curious to see where French takes me on this one.

Linda- Yep, M & M coming up! I think my May will be as action-packed as this month. Have a good Sunday.

Megan- I gave up my classic ipod because of low battery power. I was constantly recharging. Fortunately my wife had the nano, which she wasn't using.

Lisa- Yes, I do get teased about my calves. I wish I could transfer some of that girth to my arms. LOL. I'll have to try the CTM books, one of these days. Hope you are having a nice weekend.

Ellen- LT is a tough place to keep up with, so I completely understand. I hope to start alias Grace, later next week.

Apr 14, 2013, 9:03am Top

I hope Dan catches some of the re-do bug that you have...

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