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Currently Listening to:
122. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (4 stars)
123. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (A New Verse translation) by Simon Armitage (4 stars)
124. Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney (4 stars)
125. The Witch's Grave by Phillip DePoy (3.4 stars)
126. Night by Elie Wiesel
127. Till We Have Faces by C. S Lewis (4.5 stars)
128. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (3.5 stars)
129. The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer (4.6 stars)
Strangers on the Train by Patricia Highsmith - TIOLI #1 - 2013 acquired ebook
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - TIOLI #2 - ROOT audiobook
Zealot by Reza Aslan - TIOLI #3 - 2013 acquired ebook
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - TIOLI #7 - ROOT paperback
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith - 2013 acquired ebook
Looking for Rachel Wallace by Robert B. Parker - TIOLI #5
Hey, Wait Minute...This Wasn't on the List...
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill - TIOLI #2 - 2013 acquired ebook
Dracula by Bram Stoker - TIOLI # - ROOT hardback
Total Books Read: 129
ROOTs books (off my own bookshelves): 56 counted/ 1 reread not counted
New to me Authors - not including manga or graphic novels: 62
Male authors: 60
Female authors: 69
US authors: 84
Authors from other countries: 44
Living Authors: 97
Dead Authors: 32
1. Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie (4.25 stars) - ebook - ROOT
2. Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson (4 stars) - paperback, library book
3. Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose - paperback - ROOT
4. A Bride's Story by Kaoru Mori - hardback, Abby's book
5. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (4 stars) - ebook - ROOT
6. Maus I by Art Spiegelman (4.5 stars) - paperback - ROOT
7. Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken (4 stars) - ebook - ROOT
8. In the Woods by Tana French (4.5 stars) - paperback, library book
9. Volt by Alan Heathcock (4 stars) - paperback, library book
10. Emma by Karou Mori (3 stars) - hardback, library book
11. Maus II by Art Spiegelman (4.5 stars) - paperback - ROOT
12. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (4 stars) - audiobook - ROOT
13. The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair (3.75 stars) - paperback, Early Reviewer book
14. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (4.5 stars) - paperback - ROOT
15. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (4 stars) - hardback - ROOT
16. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (5 stars) - ebook - ROOT
17. The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith (5 stars) - this was a reread, I am leaving the previous rating that I assigned it in place - hardback - ROOT
February (10 books)
18. Before Midnight by Rex Stout (4 stars), paperback, library book
19. 420 Characters by Lou Beach (4 stars), hardback, library book
20. The Iron Duke by Maljean Brook (3 stars), paperback, library book
21. Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors (4.25 stars), paperback, ER book
22. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (4.25 stars), hardback purchased hot off the presses
23. A Literary Guide to Flannery O'Connor's Georgia by Sarah Gordon (4 stars), paperback, library book
24. Soulless by Gail Carringer (3.5 stars), library ebook
25. The Pale Criminal by Phillip Kerr (3.5 stars) ebook, ROOT
26. Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel by Melissa de la Cruz (3.5 stars), hardback purchased in 2013
27. Pyongyang by Guy Delisle (3 stars), paperback, library book
March (12 books)
28. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (3.75 stars), paperback - ROOT
29. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers - reread (I know what you're thinking, but I like it)
30. Killing Floor by Lee Child (3.5 stars) - ebook - ROOT
31. Hamlet by William Shakespeare - reread (4.5 stars) - hardback - ROOT
32. The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes by Tess Uriza Holthe (4 stars) - hardback - library book
33. The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambly (4 stars) - ebook - 2013 acquired
34. Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson (4.25 stars) - ebook - ROOT
35. The Chardonnay Charade by Ellen Crosby (3.5 stars) - ebook - ROOT
36. The Bordeaux Betrayal by Ellen Crosby (3.5 stars) - ebook - 2013 acquired
37. Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb (4 stars for sheer entertainment value) - ebook - 2013 acquired
38. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (3 stars) - ebook - ROOT
39. The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel (5 stars)- hardback - 2013 acquired
40. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman (4.5 stars) - Thanks for the shove, Morphy!
41. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (4.25 stars)
42. Round Mountain by Castle Freeman, Jr. (3.75 stars)
43. The Searchers by Alan LeMay (4.25 stars)
44. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (4.5 stars)
45. A Man Without Breath by Phillip Kerr (4.3 stars)
46. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (3.75 stars)
47. Ashfall by Mike Mullin (4 stars)
48. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (4 stars)
49. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (4 stars)
50. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (5 stars)
51. Howards End by E. M. Forster (4.5 stars)
52. Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman
May (15 books)
53. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - reread
54. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (3.75 stars)
55. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (4.5 stars)
56. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris - reread
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx (5 stars)
57. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (5 stars)
58. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris - reread
59. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C Gwynne (4.5 stars)
60. The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh (3.5 stars)
61. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris - reread
62. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris - reread
63. The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler (4.75 stars)
64. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (4.5 stars)
65. The Making of the African Queen by Katharine Hepburn (5 stars)
66. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris - reread
67. The Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen (4.5 stars)
June (18 books)
68. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris - reread
69. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (3 stars)
70. The Radleys by Matt Haig (4 stars)
71. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (5 stars)
72. The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri (4 stars)
73. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris - reread
74. Austenland by Shannon Hale (4 stars)
75. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - reread (4.25 stars)
76. God Save the Child by Robert B. Parker (3 stars)
77. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris - reread
78. The African Queen by C. S. Forrester (4 stars)
79. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (3.75 stars)
80. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (4 stars)
81. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (4.25 stars)
82. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (4.75 stars)
83. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith - reread
84. Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout (3.75 stars)
85. Blood Kin by Henry Chappell (4 stars)
86. American Born Chinese by Gene Yang (4 stars)
87. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (4 stars)
88. gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson (3.5 stars)
89. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (4.5 stars)
90. The Bat by Jo Nesbo (3 stars)
91. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen - reread
92. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (4.25 stars)
93. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (3.75 stars)
94. A Bride's Story, Vol. 2 by Kaoru Mori (4 stars)
95. Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker (3.25 stars)
96. Pride and Prejudice adapted graphic novel by Nancy Butler (4 stars)
August: (12 books)
97. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (4 stars)
98. Cop Hater by Ed McBain (3.5 stars)
99. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (4.25 stars)
100. Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 stars)
101. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (4 stars)
102. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (3.75 stars)
103. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (3.75 stars)
104. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (4.25 stars)
105. Promised Land by Robert B. Parker (3 stars)
106. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (3.75 stars)
107. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (5 stars - It's always a 5 star read!)
108. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (3.75 stars)
September: (13 books)
109. Light in August by William Faulkner (4.25 stars)
110. Raylan by Elmore Leonard (3.3 stars)
111. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (4 stars)
112. The Judas Goat by Robert B. Parker (3 stars)
113. The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman (3.5 stars)
114. The Road Home by Rose Tremain (4 stars)
115. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett - reread (always 5 stars for me!)
116. The Asphalt Jungle by W. R. Burnett (4 stars)
117. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (3.75 stars)
118. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (3.75 stars)
119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling -reread
120. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling - reread
121. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling - reread
1. Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
2. Dog Stars by Peter Heller
3. Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
4. The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
5. Nightbirds on Nantucketby Joan Aiken
6. In the Woods by Tana French - read it this year, but I loved it so much that I wanted my own copy
7. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
8. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie - collecting these covers
9. Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie - collecting these covers
10. The Clocks by Agatha Christie - collecting these covers
11. Third Girl by Agatha Christie - collecting these covers
12. The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
13. The Likeness by Tana French - the book store had the hardcopy edition on sale for $6, how can I resist that?
14. Raylan by Elmore Leonard - Craig and I will both read this
15. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - I read this on Kindle last year, but wanted a physical copy of it
16. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory - book store had this on sale for $3, recommended by Chéli
17. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCollough - I read this forever ago and loved it, today I found a lovely edition with deckled edge pages, enough said!
18. Old Filth by Jane Gardam - my very first Europa edition!
19. The New Moon With the Old by Dodie Smith
20. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
21. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin - I read this on Kindle, but wanted a physical copy of it for my shelves
22. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
23. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
24. A Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin
25. A Dance of Dragons by George R. R. Martin
27. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
28. Vampire Empire by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
29. Faithful Place by Tana French
30. Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers (Kindle Daily Deal)
31. The Woman Who Wouldn't Die by Colin Cotterill - the latest Dr. Siri!
32. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - deckled edge pages!
33. The Cider House Rules by John Irving - Kindle Daily Deal
35. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
36. Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
37. Still Life With Murder by P. B Ryan (Kindle Daily Deal)
40. West With the Night by Beryl Markham (Kindle Daily Deal)
41. Made in the USA by Billie Letts - bookstore had this hardback on sale for $6
42. Die Trying by Lee Child
44. The Witches of Wenshar by Barbara Hambly
45. Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly (Kindle Daily Deal)
46. The Poet by Michael Connelly
47. Blood Work by Michael Connelly
49. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
50. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
55. Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard
56. Bandits by Elmore Leonard
58. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
59. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
60. The Green Mile by Stephen King
61. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - because of Roberta's lovely review and because it comes in a Penguin deluxe classic edition with deckled edge pages
62. Valdez is Coming by Elmore Leonard
63. Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard
66. Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson
67. The Watchman by Robert Crais - Kindle Daily Deal
68. Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara - Penguin Deluxe Classic Edition
69. The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma - Kindle Daily Deal
70. The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann - recommended by Richard and Roberta
72. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving - Kindle Daily Deal
73. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood - free on Kindle, recommended by Dejah
74. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
76. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
77. The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
78. The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
79. Call for the Dead by John le Carré
80. A Murder of Quality by John le Carré
81. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré
82. The Looking Glass War by John le Carré
83. Smiley's People by John le Carré
84. The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carré
85. The Naíve and Sentimental Lover by John le Carré
86. A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
87. Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré
90. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown - bought the ebook and added the professional narration for a few bucks more
91. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - hardcover with deckled edge pages on sale for $3
92. City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte - Reading
93. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - replacing my sad mass market paperback with a trade paperback with deckled edge pages
94. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle
95. Close Range by Annie Proulx
96. The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
97. Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey - Kindle Deal ($1.99)
98. Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey - Kindle Daily Deal ($.99)
99. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - read it this month, but wanted my own copy, added the audiobook for $3.49
100. Heaven's Prisoners by James Lee Burke - Kindle Daily Deal ($.99)
101. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Kindle Daily Deal (1.99)
102. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton - Kindle Daily Deal (1.99)
103. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway - Kindle Daily Deal (1.99)
104. The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway - Kindle Daily Deal (1.99)
106. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith - Kindle Deal ($2.99)
110. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene - gift
111. The World According to Garp by John Irving - gift
112. The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly - Kindle Daily Deal (2.99)
113. The Reversal by Michael Connelly - Kindle Daily Deal (2.99)
114. The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly - Kindle Daily Deal (2.99)
115. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
117. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - discussion on Megan's thread
118. Worlds of Exile and Illusion by Ursula K. Le Guin - because I liked The Dispossessed, which was recommended by Kerri. This book contains three more in the Hainish Cycle: Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, and City of Illusions
120. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
121. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
122. Saving Cee-Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman - bargain book $2, set in Georgia
123. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley - recommended by Karen and Kathleen - deckled edge pages!!
124. The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
126. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald - free on Kindle
129. The Bone People by Keri Hulme - deckled edge pages!
131. Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford - $2.99 on Kindle
133. Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
137. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher - audiobook $4
138. The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas - recommended by Cee
139. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain - Kindle Daily Deal ($1.99) - recommended by Bonnie
141. Crown of Embers by Rae Carson - Kindle deal $1.99
142. Tilt-a-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein - Kindle deal $.99
145. Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos
146. Stick by Elmore Leonard
147. The Switch by Elmore Leonard
148. The Bounty Hunters by Elmore Leonard
149. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry - Kindle deal $1.99
150. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard - Kindle deal $2.99
153. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
154. High Sierra by W. R. Burnett
155. Little Caesar by W. R. Burnett
156. Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout
157. The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint - author recommended by Kathleen
158. Mind's Eye by Hakan Nesser
160. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
161.Plainsong by Kent Haruf
161. The Storycatcher by Ann Hite
162. All Quiet on the Western Front by Enrich Maria Remarque
163. Zealot by Reza Asian
164. The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny
165. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill - $2.99 on Kindle
166. The Shining by Stephen King - $3.99 on Kindle
167. Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews
168. Mad Mouse by Chris Grabenstein - Kindle Daily Deal
169. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick - Kindle Daily Deal (I think)
170. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson - free on Kindle - recommended by Julia
171. Whack A Mole by Chris Grabenstein - $.99 Kindle Deal
172. Free Fall by Chris Grabenstein - $1.99 Kindle Deal
173. Face in the Frost by John Bellairs - $4.99 0n Kindle, recommended by Roni
174. Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton - $1.99 Kindle Daily Deal
175. The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings - $1.99 Kindle Daily Deal
1. African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe: Next Up: Arrow of God (3/3)
2. *Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones: Next Up: Third Grave Dead Ahead (3/4)
3. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache by Louise Penny: Next Up: The Cruellest Month (3/8)
4. *Commissario Montalbano by Andrea Camilleri: Next Up: The Snack Thief (3/15)
5. * Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: Next Up: Days of Blood and Starlight (2/3)
6. *Divergent by Veronica Roth: Next Up: Insurgent (2/3)
7. *Dr. Siri Paiboun by Colin Cotterill: Next up: Slash and Burn (8/9) - Richard's fault!
8. *Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French: Next Up: The Likeness (2/4) - Dee's fault!
9. Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James by Deborah Crombie:Next Up: Kissed a Sad Goodbye (6/15)
10. * Dust Lands by Moira Young: Next Up: Rebel Heart (2/3) - Mark and Chelle's fault!
11. *Fever Devilin by Phillip DePoy: Next Up: The Minister's Ghost (3/8) - Terri and Kathleen's fault!
12. *Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly: Next Up: The Narrows (10/18)
13. *Harry Hole by Jo Nesbo: Next Up: The Snowman (7/9)
14. ☛ The Ibis Trilogy by Amitav Ghosh: Next Up: ? (3/3) - Judy's fault!
15. *In Death by J. D. Robb: Next Up: Glory in Death (2/44) - Joe's fault!
16. *Inspector Sejer by Karin Fossum: Next Up: He Who Fears the Wolf (2/9)
17. Jack Taylor by Ken Bruen: Next Up: The Dramatist (4/9) - also Mark's fault!
18. *James Bond by Ian Fleming: Next Up: Live and Let Die (2/14)
19. *Jackson Brodie by Kate Atkinson: Next Up: One Good Turn (2/4) - Stasia's fault!
20. *Kenzie and Gennaro by Dennis Lehane: Next Up: Sacred (3/6)
21. *Lady Julia Gray by Deanna Raybourn: Next Up: The Dark Enquiry (5/5)
22. ☛ Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Next Up: Cress (3/4)
23. MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood: Next Up: The Year of the Flood (2/3) - Mark's fault!
24. *Matched by Ally Condie: Next Up: Crossed (2/3)
25. *Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs: Next Up: River Marked (6/8)
26. *Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larrson: Next Up: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (3/3)
27. *Philip Marlowe by Raymond Chandler: Next Up: Trouble is My Business (6/8)
28. *Raylan Givens by Elmore Leonard: Next Up: Raylan (3/3)
29. *Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch: Next Up: Whispers Under Ground (3/4)
30. *Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris: Next Up: Dead Reckoning (10/13)
31. *Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin: Next Up: A Clash of Kings (2/5)
32. *Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker: Next Up: Looking for Rachel Wallace (6/39) - this is Joe's fault!
33. Temperance Brennan by Kathy Reichs: Next Up: Grave Secrets (5/15)
34. Vish Puri by Tarquin Hall: Next Up: The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing (2/3)
35. *Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold: Next Up: Warrior's Apprentice: (3/16) - also Joe's fault! Also Richard's fault!
36. *Walt Longmire by Craig Johnson: Up Next: Another Man's Moccasins (4/8) - blaming this on Mark!
37. Wine Country Mysteries by Ellen Crosby: Next Up: The Riesling Retribution (4/6)
38. ☛Wolf Hall Trilogy by Hilary Mantel: Next up: ? (3/3)
Series that I am reading out of order:
39. Bernie Gunther by Phillip Kerr (3/9)
40. Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout (3/47) - Julia's fault!
Congratulations on your latest thread, Mamie.
Happy 18th Thread! You're legal now!
Lots of interesting & fun current reads too!
Beowulf - reading this with Rae, Dan and Abby, it's the Seamus Heaney translation
Till We Have Faces by C. S Lewis - reading this with Birdy, it's a retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid
Lucy - Welcome! Lovely to see you here!
Reba - Third place is nothing to sneeze at!
Pat - Hey there! So glad you love the photos!
Roberta - Welcome!!
Julia - Excellent deduction - must be all those Rex Stout books! Yes, the day totally got away from me. I am hoping today will be better.
Paul - The spaces are all filled in now! Craig would also like one of those hammocks! We had one in our old yard and Rae spent many, many hours in it - she loved reading out there. And thanks for those congrats!
Lynda - We have a hammock very similar to that, actually, but no where to hang it right now - our trees are not close enough together. I guess I'll have to settle for poolside reading...or the deck...or the screened in porch... It's definitely still warm enough to spend the night outside down here - we are still in the high 80s. We can still go swimming! And thanks for those congratulatory cheers - so lovely to be legal!!
Mark - Morning! I am hoping to be around more this month, but things are already crazy, so we'll see. I might have to actually schedule LT time in! Thanks for your good wishes, and I'm glad you liked the thread topper. Dan and Abby are only 14 months apart, and that photo shows just how close they have always been. I was hoping to get most of my current reads finished in September, but it was not to be. I need to get my groove on!
Kathleen - You probably DON'T want to see how I filled up those spaces because they are all lists! I like having a place to keep track of everything, so I always have all those lists up there. Don't look!
Whatever the many many things my parents did wrong were, stories and reading were the compensatory benefits I got. They were both avid readers. My father read non-fiction and maybe a thriller or two, but he knew him some poetry.
I have to admit, it feels good to be at fault for some of the series you like now. Did you notice that Richard and I tend to recommend ones featuring smart alecks?
Richard - I had not heard of Till We Have Faces before, but both Birdy and I are loving it. And the others are really enjoying Beowulf - I have read it before, but it has been waaayyy back in my high school days. The newer translation is beautiful. We are having fun comparing the graphic novel and the movie versions with the real thing. I'm so glad to hear that in that mixed up childhood of yours there were bright moments with stories and reading.
Joe - I am quite liking the Heaney Beowulf, too, Joe. It makes the story so much more accessible, and all the kids are really enjoying it. So nice when that happens.
And what would I be reading without you and Richard's input?! I did notice that they all seem to feature smart alecks - what does it say about me that those are my favorites, too?
We are having fun comparing the graphic novel and the movie versions with the real thing.
I would have loved to grow up in your house! I was considered a nerd of the highest order for doing things like that in my childhood :)
Perelandra was well read around here.. I'm not sure which of my kids absconded with it. Even as a non-religious household, we all liked that one a lot.
I now want to read Till We Have Faces.
Books and story telling? No. Well, I loved being at my great grandmother's house, because there were family stories told around the dinner table for hours after the last of the food had been eaten. That is where I got stories. Books? No one ever read to me, no wonder I figured out how to do it myself :)
My grandfather read me the sunday funnies... my favorite was Prince Valiant. There weren't many books in the house after my dad left... a few, not many. ( no $) Thank goodness I happened on the library!
I have never read Beowulf. Is it safe to say that here?
Book #122: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (4 stars)
I finished up the second book in the Three Pines series by Louise Penny, A Fatal Grace, and with this one I see what many of you have said about this series. The first book had left me wanting more, although I enjoyed both the characters and the setting. This second book was so much better. Very well done even though I put a lot of the pieces of the mystery together right away - I'm clever like that. The writing was rich and wonderful, and I loved all of the literary references. So much more complete and complex than the first book, so for me, this series is a keeper.
Tina - Thank you! The vacation was wonderful and the big toe is healing. I whacked it again yesterday, and that really hurt, so I'm trying to be very careful with it now. On the bright side, Craig brought home red bandaging to buddy tape it with - it matches my toenail polish! Is he the greatest guy or what?!!
Megan - I am loving the Heaney translation of Beowulf! And thank you for that lovely compliment! We are total nerds with that sort of thing - it's SO much fun! And we love to quote Star Wars, so you would fit right in here!
Kim - Broken toe sisters unite!! So you are literally feeling my pain, huh?! The Oz book is a beauty - I might have to snag one for myself. They have a whole line coming out under the Puffin Chalk label - they are all gorgeous. And thank you for those Thingaversary wishes! It was a good one.
We are enjoying our shared reads - Birdy has already finished Till We Have Faces, and she loved it. And Beowulf! We are all loving that!
Kathleen - What a lovely thought! How much fun would that be?!! My kids tend to read a lot of fantasy and paranormal stuff. You can check out Abby's library here if you want to see what she loves most - she is our biggest reader by far. A complete nut, just like her mother. Her username is thebookdiva.
I will have to check out Perelandra - I am not familiar with that one. I am really liking Till We Have Faces so far - very well done, and Birdy and I both really love the main character. I don't really remember anyone reading me books, either. My Mom would read Bible stories, but that was it. We had some of those Readers Digest books that people used to collect - all the stories were abridged, and some great old books like The One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Escape to Witch Mountain. I got most of my stuff from the library, too. Thank goodness for libraries!
And yes, it is always safe to confess anything that you want here!
Morphy - Okay. I think I will try it just so I can watch and then compare it to the movie, since you say the movie is good. Thanks for that!
This place is loaded with book nuts...
I used to like sharing reads with my family... I miss it.
Glad you enjoyed your 2nd Penny!
Love the thread-topper photo!
Sure would! I will tell you, that may have been my least favorite of the series, but still some good reading there.
Were you a fan of Bel Canto? I am nearly finished with it and it is very good.
I liked the entire DePoy series.. which I found thanks to Terri. Great setting, great quirky characters... totally enjoyable series.
I have not read Bel Canto, but I would like to get to it - I have a very nice copy with deckled edge pages! Good to know that you are liking it. That bodes well for me also liking it!
Kathleen - Yes! Hooray for Friday!! I have only read the first book in the Fever Devlin books so far, but I loved it - and it's hard to snag a copy. Why is that I wonder? I can buy all of them on Kindle except for that first book - I had to hunt down a used copy of it. I LOVE the setting and the quirky characters. I started the second book last night.
Richard - I really do want one! Happy weekend to you, too, BigDaddy! Hoping that it is full of fabulous!
Have a great weekend, Mamie.
Katie - Thank you for taking the time. I am honored! And thanks for those weekend wishes. Wishing for you a weekend full of fabulous! And a win for those Giants!! Please, please let the Giants win this Sunday.
Life goes on...thunderstorms predicted for today, desperately needed, are not forthcoming. Re-reading Common Sense, also desperately needed, is making me cry instead of buoying me up. Who is today's Thomas Paine? Jonathan Franzen? That boy who killed himself?
Richard - Don't laugh, but Common Sense is one of Birdy's favorites. When we took her to Williamsburg and asked her what she wanted for a souvenir, she responded, "Well of course I would like my own copy of Common Sense." She was nine.
Julia - This is the only thing that I know about the San Francisco Giants - their catcher, Buster Posey, is from Leesburg, Georgia. Which is where we live. Which is how come I know that one and only baseball fact.
Morphy - I'm 46, so I say YES, you are a young whippersnapper.
Richard - LOL! A mere blink of the eye, right?
Katie - Yes - totally breaking Rae's heart. She says, "This is beyond reason. It just cannot be."
I can't join into the broken toe, or the Giants, conversations as neither is a part of my life these days although I do remember a time when I would bang my little toes on coffee tables all the time. Now I wear shoes, or at least flip flops and seem to be able to avoid doing that. I hope your toe heals quickly as walking does seem to be something we all like to do.
Have a great weekend! I hope the tropical storm down south west of you does not cause you uncomfortable weather.
Hope you have a nice weekend planned, filled with bookish things.
Birdy's birthday is coming up (on Tuesday), and she has requested pineapple chicken with steamed broccoli and rice. No cake for Miss Birdy - she wants Big Ol' Cookies, which is what we call these big chocolate chip and toffee cookies that I make. She wants them served warm with vanilla ice cream on top. She will be fifteen, and that just does not seem possible.
Proof positive that our Birdy was born an old soul. We took the kids to Disney World when she was about three, and she loved it. She enjoyed meeting Cinderella and the characters where you could see the actual faces, but she wasn't too sure about the full costumed characters like Mickey Mouse and Goofy. "Let's steer clear of the loonies," she said, "these people think they actually are the cartoons."
Lori - I know, right?!
Karen - Lovely to see you here! There was a big jump in the writing between books one and two in the Three Pines series. I am definitely a fan. The toe is coming along nicely, thanks, and I am glad to hear that you cannot join me in having a broken toe!! And you don't have to talk football just because I like to do so, but I must say that your Seattle Seahawks are looking good this year.
Thanks for those weekend wishes - hoping that your weekend is full of fabulous. We are supposed to get rain tomorrow and Monday, which is probably a fallout from the hurricane, but no severe weather as far as I know.
Morning Mark! - I LOVE when you say that! (the Morning Mamie part) You are still very young at heart, dear. Chronological age is just a number. Craig is on call this weekend - we plan on making lasagna (Rae's favorite), getting ready for Birdy's big day, and whipping up some sncks to enjoy with Sunday's parade of football games. Hopefully, I can also squeeze in some reading.
And the *convulse* weather is just *expectorate* scrumptious! *gag* So refreshing, so healthful! So like a suppurating sore on the gangrenous buttocks of the planet.
Richard - LOL! You make me laugh, BigDaddy! That last sentence is especially delightful! Let's see what we can do to get that nasty taste out of your mouth...
Gin and tonics on the screened in porch overlooking the back gardens?
It's kind of like Soenser being the source of so much humor as he goes about killing or maiming before he is killed or maimed. I didn't see Parker's book on your October plan. I hope you weren't turned off by his last book to the point of abandonment.
After spending the last few years in Broncos country, it's strange to not have football exist at all. Or I guess I should say American football.
Hope your Saturday is going well.
Love Julia's Plato comment made funnier by its wild inaccuracy (he was actually schooling with RD).
Couldn't finish Still Life and I am going to have to return to it soon to see if it was me that is wrong or everyone else.
Have a lovely weekend.
I see that you are reading The Tourist which I have had on my TBR shelf for years. If you enjoy it, maybe that will motivate me to actually get around to reading it!
I hope October is bringing lovely weather to the Atlanta area.
On the reading front, I managed to finish two books this weekend; they were both epic poems, and they were both books that I am reading with the kids as part of their literature unit. The first book was one I actually had not heard of before, but really enjoyed - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This was the translation by Simon Armitage - what a great story, although I hate how in those old tales somehow a woman always ends up being blamed. What's up with that? This is the book that Dan and Abby and I will be discussing this week, so I was actually getting ahead of the game.
The other book was the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf. Very well done. I had read this before many, many years ago, and I cannot say enough about this beautiful rendering of the story. We all liked it, and it made for some great discussions.
Birdy and I are continuing with Till We Have Faces, which Birdy has already finished because she fell in love with this book. Written by C. S. Lewis, it is an incredibly detailed retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, told from the point of view of Psyche's oldest sister Orual. Those of you familiar only with Lewis' Narnia books might want to check this one out - his writing is very different here and beautifully layered.
Hope everyone out there has as lovely of a weekend as we did.
Lucy - I know just how you feel! And I'm glad you like the Birdy story.
Ursula - I wish I had her on tape! She has always been an old soul in a young body, and how she thinks about things totally cracks me up. The Broncos did good today - beat those Cowboys, and Tony Romo was having an awesome game. I felt a little badly that he played so well for most of the game and then lost it with one tiny interception. But then I blinked and got over it. Go Broncos! Go Peyton!
Mark - Yep. I like the first two Blade movies. I will have to check out the Hell Boy movies, as I haven't seen those yet.
Kathleen - Thanks for that! You say the sweetest things! And agreed that G&T makes for very yummy.
Pat - So happy you liked the Birdy story and pic! And I can't take credit for the G&T and pecan pie combo - that is Richard's doing, but now I want that pecan pie with that Crisco crust!! LT is a dangerous place!
Tina - I have this stuff jotted down on scraps of paper and stuffed into a drawer - I need to write it all down in one place for the kids. If only there were more time in the day... We are great with the oral tradition of repeating our favorite stories and the kids all have their favorites, but I need to write it all down before it gets lost in the cobwebs of my memory.
Paul - I ask myself that every day! And LOL about the Plato comment! Julia always makes me smile with her sharp wit. Still Life was not that good in comparison with the second book. Okay, it was just not that good - I only tries the second book because I liked the characters and the setting so much, and because everyone assured me that the books got better. You kind of need that first book to set the stage though, so it's kind of a Catch22. If you decide to try it again, just remember that it is not good - think of it as a stepping stone to book 2. My weekend was lovely, thanks. I hope yours was, too.
Richard - ROFL! YOu crack me up, BigDaddy!
Ellen - So glad you have survived the work overload! I am very much liking The Tourist so far, but I'm only about half way in, so I'll let you know when I finish if it holds up or not. The October weather is lovely so far, but nothing like Indiana Fall - it was 86F today! And I am sorry, so very sorry about your Seahawks. I did not get to see that game because it wasn't shown down here. I was thrilled for the Colts, but sorry for you and Karen and Kerri.
Mark - We were thrilled with the Colts win! Amazing! And then the Broncos won, too!! I was sorry for your Bears (who lost to Abby's Saints today) and Ellen's Seahawks, though.
Ellen - I know. I'm sorry.
The suppurating sore on the gangrenous buttocks of the planet I take it is subjective? lol
Birdie's comment about the cartoons cracked me up! No one is going to pull the wool over her eyes. When I went o Disneyland as a 7 (8?) year old, I got Snow White's autograph, I was very very pleased with myself.
Glad you finished Beowulf and that it brought forth some interesting conversations. Talking about books brings so much more out of them, for me anyway.
I, too, am sad for my Seahawks and Huskies, as Ellen is; but she's right about the fact that LT is such an affable place where we can have our differences and yet love each other dearly.
(I hope I used affable correctly)
ETA: yup, definition from wiktionary - affable: Receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner; friendly, courteous, sociable
perfect use of the word, and I blame it on my being a reader. I use all kinds of words which are first learned in books.
Yeah, our Bears weren't good enough to beat them Saints. I could see the Saints going a long way this year if Drew Brees stays healthy.
Hope your week is off to a good start.
I hope your Monday has been a good one.
Donna, if you're thinking the audiobook won't work for you, I would be happy to send you my well-used paperback for your next Spenser. Is it 'Rachel Wallace' you need, or the next one, 'Early Autumn' (an even bigger favorite, if that's possible)?
Donna take the copy! Even the sample of the audio is hideous. LOL
Megan - I don't feel qualified to confirm or deny the redneck riviera comment. I have only been to that area the one time, and we went in the off season, so it was basically just us. Since I was born and raised in the Midwest, my parents were not related to each other, and my hairdo was never ruined by a ceiling fan, I don't consider myself a redneck.
Birdy has been fourteen years of pure delight - I can't wait to see what the next year holds. What ever it is, I hope she never loses her sass and her spunk. And I agree that talking about books is one of the coolest things ever - you always find things you didn't think about or that you perceived differently. I love hearing what everyone gets from the same book.
Karen - It was not a bad day for a Monday. Well, except for the house looking like a hurricane swept through. I'm tired, so we'll have to fix that tomorrow. And excellent use of the word affable! Don't you just love vocabulary?! I do! This group is pretty awesome with just meeting everyone where they are at and agreeing to disagree. And supportive? Amazing support here!
Richard - That image is just so deliciously creepy!! Thanks for thinking of me! Today actually wasn't too bad - for a Monday!
Joe - Isn't it funny that both teams have horse mascots? And YES! Go Colts! Go Broncos! Two big games for us. And I am sorry about your Bears. Those Saints were looking mighty good on Sunday. The week is off to a lovely start, thanks. Hoping yours is, too.
Morphy - Allrighty! If you and Mark both say watch it, then I will!
Roberta - Hello there!
Donna - It does not matter which challenge that it goes in to me - I'll just look to see where you slot it and then join you there. And ...um...avoid the audio if you possibly can. SO not good.
Ellen - You will, my friend. You will! My Monday was very productive for the most part, so good.
Julia - So good to know. Roberta said the she heard it was one of the better ones. I hope Donna takes you up on your offer because the audio is a disaster.
DONNA- DID YOU SEE JULIAS OFFER?
Roberta - Oh thank you for that!!! So sweet of you! And yes - Donna should take Julia up on her offer!
Mamie, I love the stories you've included further up the thread. I had never heard of Common Sense, so I had to look it up. Quite something for a nine-year-old to request!
I hope you experience a reverse hurricane today, to save housework :-)
Happy Birthday, dear girl.
and as Dr. Seuss would say: Oh, the places you will go!
and you have a great Tuesday. Hopefully the reverse hurricane did its job yesterday and today will be more clean and calm.
Roberta - Thank you.
Richard - She LOVED that! *sniff because yes, they do*
Susan - Thanks for that. Before going to Williamsburg, we had studied the American Revolution and the events leading up to it. That was our first year of homeschooling - after really immersing ourselves in early American history, we took the kids to Williamsburg where they could see the first House of Burgesses and see history acted out before their eyes and to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Birdy had already fallen in love with the Thomas Paine pamphlet, and had decided that she wanted her own copy of it. The book dealer was delighted when she inquired where she might find a copy, and they discussed its merits.
And I could use that reverse hurricane!!
Karen - I let her read your message for herself! Thanks for that. And the reverse hurricane has not yet occurred - hopefully very soon!
Paul - Thank you! Poor Craig and I is right!! I am SO not ready for our baby to be 15!
Bridie... I hope your birthday and fifteenth year are as amazing as you have shown yourself to be.
Happy Tuesday! I'm having extra coffee. It's that kinda day.
I remember Looking for Rachel Wallace was the first Spenser I read, and it got me hooked immediately. I have particularly fond memories of that one.
Lynda - Thank you, dear.
Kathleen - Oh. I LOVE that! Exactly how I feel! I am trying to soak it all up because I know I just have a small bit of time left with everyone living at home. And Birdy thanks you for those kind and wonderful words.
Richard - She did - I am going to print it out for her! So good work, BigDaddy! And extra coffee sounds wondeful - I could have used some of that today.
Joe - Thank you. I cannot imagine you as clueless! And another positive vote for the next Spenser - that makes me SO happy!!
Reba - Birdy thanks you! She has had a fun day so far and has been so thankful for all the birthday wishes here. She was disappointed that she did not get one birthday card in the mail - usually the aunts and uncles remember. So all of you made her day!
We had the picture all posed, and then at the last minute Dan leaned forward with Rae and Birdy, shutting Abby out of the photo. I loved the totally candid moment - look at Abby's face!
*I realized that I assumed that all of you knew who was who - Abby, Rae, Dan, and Birdy
Birdy's blue hair rocks.
I will put the latest Spenser book in the Halloween word challenge as Madeline's challenge has diminishing letters going on and I don't want to wait until it works its way back up to seven!
>107 rosalita:: Julia, that was a super generous offer but I had already decided to order a copy from another Missouri library. It's on its way to me! I didn't want to ruin a good Robert B. Parker book with a lousy narrator. My library system has two copies of Early Autumn. I hope as we get to more recent books that I will be able to find them locally.
Frame that one, k??
I was happy to read your throughts on the second Three Pines Mystery, I am another one who read the first one and hasn't really had the urge to pick up the next one. Now both you and Mark have spurred me on.
My youngest daughter and her husband were in Florida at Disneyland during the last week of September and they suffered through a lot of rain as well.
I was sorry to read about your toe, I broke mine years ago and thought no more about it but found out years later that I also did ligament damage as well which I am paying for today. So perhaps you should get your personal doctor check that out for you.
And I'm with Julia in having a crush on your family - obviously no family is perfect but yours seems pretty awesome. Would that we all had such a one!
Great photos, too! And yes! Great gift! Good on you for doing it for her.. as you say, it's only hair.... no harm ... even if everyone hated it. Still, many parents wouldn't see it that way. Well done Mamie family!
Wonderful pics of your family; Craig (no surprise) looks like he's a most excellent dad.
Happy Birthday to a very beautiful 15 y/o with gorgeous blue hair!
Thanks so much for the pictures, Mamie - they are all great! They have grown so much even in the short time we have known you - thanks for sharing. These pictures will bring back precious memories in years to come of when they were teens ... especially when they have families and teens of their own.
It all happens so fast. Ach - I feel so old now that my grands are becoming teenagers.
Have a great weekend - maybe mum should follow suit and choose a rainbow colour to join her baby?!
Today is our one year anniversary of living in Georgia - can you believe that?! One year ago today we bought this house and spent our very first night in our new and extremely empty home - the furniture and everything else arrived the next day. What an extraordinary journey the past year has been - I know that I could not have managed it without all of you! SO here's to our friendship and to the Pecan Paradisio - thanks for sharing in our journey!
I am not always gifted in "christening" places or giving taglines but I am thrilled that "Pecan Paradisio" not only found its way towards being lingua franca in this diverse group but also that the connotations it brings to mind seems to have been largely fulfilled in the reality of your daily lives down there. xx
LOL! That is very true. I did enjoy Dracula but I remember having pretty much the same thought on more than one occasion.
It's always good to fulfill a dream, even if it's one that you never knew you had...
Richard - Thank you, dear! You always make me laugh!
Rhian - Oh, good! Then it's not just me!!
Kathleen - Thank you! I love what you said! Sometimes it's fulfilling the dreams that we didn't know we had that makes the biggest impact.
Karen - Thanks! I have yet to make a homemade pecan pie, but that is on my list for this Fall. Pecan Pie goddess sounds like something to reach for!! Happy Sunday to you, too!
>128 maggie1944: Karen - Thank you! I thought it turned out so fabulous!
>129 Donna828: Donna - Thank you for those good wishes for both Birdy and for Craig and me! I added my name to challenge #5 for a shared read - LOVE those. And I am so glad to hear that you will be reading the print version!!
>130 phebj: Pat - Thank you! It does seem to suit her! I had Birdy come in and read all of your lovely messages for herself, and she was grinning from ear to ear, so thanks for that! And thanks for the kind words concerning our parenting skills! I bet it is strange to suddenly see the kids looking so old after all of those photos from when they were young! They suddenly morphed before your eyes! LOL!
>131 RebaRelishesReading: Reba - What a lovely thing to say! She is still thrilled with the hair, so it was the perfect gift for her.
>132 msf59: Mark - Thank you! I had her read it for herself. She couldn't believe all the fabulous comments from people that had never even met her! Glad you liked the hair and the photos!
>133 TinaV95: Tina - I LOVE your enthusiasm!! And what wonderful compliments - thank you, my dear. I never even thought about how different they look almost all grown up when you are used to seeing the photos of them so young until Pat mentioned it! And I did frame the photo - Craig has it sitting on his desk at work. I need to get another frame so that I can put it on my desk here at home.
And Richard deserved those special smooches - I was touched by his comments, too!
The second Three Pines book is worth picking up - I could not believe how much better it was than the first one. Now I am dying to dip into the third book, but I am trying to get to a few other books first.
And yes - the weather was very wet for the first few days of our Florida vacation. Luckily the end of the week was gorgeous. And Thanks for the head's up about the ligament damage - it is healing nicely if I could just stop bumping it on things. I will have it checked to make sure that I did not do any damage beyond breaking it.
>136 rosalita: Julia - That was just the loveliest compliment! Thanks so much for that! We love you back.
>137 lkernagh: Lori - Thank you! She loves the hair!
>138 ursula: Ursula - Turquoise streaks sound like a lot of fun! I think the teenage years are the perfect time for playing around with different looks. SO much stuff going on inside trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be, that changing up the surface appearance becomes a fun way to let off some energy. Hair is a good conduit for self expression!
>139 SandDune: Rhian - Thank you! Glad you liked the photo and Birdy's blue hair!
>140 katiekrug: Katie - Thank you! She was thrilled to get birthday wishes all the way from Dubai! And thank you for that awesome compliment! I am wanting to adopt you and Julia!!
>141 mckait: Kathleen - I myself would never choose blue, but it has always been Birdy's very favorite color, and she has been saying for the past two years that someday she was going to dye her hair blue. That's what gave me the idea for the birthday present - it was a huge hit. She absolutely loves it, which was what I wanted for her - that I also think it looks really cool was an added bonus! SO I hear you!! I do think that you should go for the few strands in back on your own self - I bet it would look fabulous! And if you don't like it - it's just hair, you can let it grow out or color it back.
And you are right - the haircut suits her. The back is a stack if you know what that is - I have a photo somewhere... And thanks so much for your wonderful praise - you always say the nicest things. SO glad I have you for my sis!
Here's the photo I was thinking of:
>143 ronincats: Roni - Thank you so much!
>144 Morphidae: Morphy - Thanks! Rae is 21, Dan is 18, Abby is 17, and Birdy just turned 15. The candid photos are always my favorites, too! Because you are right - they reveal so much! And Birdy is her nickname - her "paper name" as she calls it is Sara. We started calling her Birdy when she was little because she is always up early in the morning, she is always cheerful, and she chatters away all day long! It suits her - the necklace that she always wears (you can see it in the photo) is a little silver bird and there is a little silver tag hanging by it that says "fly". I gave it to her many years ago and told her to always remember who she was - defining yourself is not about your name on paper; it is about letting your spirit soar and being true to yourself. Birdy was born old, so she has always known that, but just in case she grows young as she ages, I don't want her to forget that she was born to fly.
>145 richardderus: Richard - I ADORE you! How thoughtful! I think a glass of Chardonay would go nicely with that feast!
>146 sibylline: Lucy - Thank you! And we all loved the Beowulf translation - so good! There is a Tolkien Gawain?! I WANT!!
>147 -Cee-: Cee!! SO lovely to see you here! And thank you for those wonderful wishes! I am glad that you liked the photos - I am trying to remember to take more of them because, as you say, time is short! I just want to soak up as much as I possibly can. Time does have a way of moving more quickly the older one gets...
>148 EBT1002: Ellen - Thank you, thank you, thank you! Such kind words! And the birthday bracelet was a moment of serendipity - Abby and I went into a shop just a few doors down from where Birdy was getting her hair done while we were waiting. We found the bracelet in there - such a perfect fit for our Birdy, so we bought it and they gift wrapped it for her. We gave her the bracelet right after she was finished with her hair, and she LOVES it. She looked it up, and it's from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
>150Judy - Thanks for thinking of us - you are right; I haven't been on the threads much lately. I have been lurking in spare moments, but this has been a busy week for us. I keep hoping that things will slow down and settle into a rhythm, but time has been tight lately. We are all well and have been enjoying the gorgeous weather. I am truly hoping to get more time for visiting the threads this coming week - looking good so far as we have no appointments scheduled.
>151 PaulCranswick: Paul - Thank you, dear! I did have a hair appointment on Friday, and Craig asked before he left for work if he needed to brace himself before coming home! I do get my hair colored, but nothing so exotic as Birdy's new do. Just a bit of red and the roots covered up!
>152 msf59: Mark - Aw! It's so nice to be missed! Thanks for that! I should be around more this week. I hope.
>153 Morphidae: Morphy - You made me laugh! Good work!!
>154 maggie1944: Karen - Now you made me laugh! I am picturing the looks on the faces of my Southern neighbors!! I could go big, no problem - the South is very accepting of big hair drama. But lime green and pink stripes might get me in trouble with the local church ladies. Then again, they might stop asking me if I have found a "Home Church" - something to think about!
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE... I have caught up with my own thread!!
I love Birdy's blue hair and the cut suits the color. I am laughing at your kids morphing before our eyes. It reminds of SORAS (Soap Opera Rapidly Aging Syndrome) Ha! Your thread is a soap Mamie and you SORASed your own kids. I love it.
How is Dracula going? Is it long?
(This will take two passes to get both photos up, so bear with me)
This is the 'real' hair although it was a 'spirit' week, and I believe the black lipstick etc was because her 'class' color is black this year.
And this is the very next day for Formal Day:
She was particularly amused because people kept asking if it was her real hair!
Lucy - Oh, she is just gorgeous! I LOVE the real hair, but look how great she is with red hair and a completely different style! How fun! Thanks for sharing, Lucy!
Lucy and Mamie, you both have beautiful daughters with great senses of style!
Ellen - I did not get to see the game because it wasn't shown here, but we followed the game on the internet. So thrilled that you won this week. And thank you for the compliment to my daughters and to Lucy's.
Yesterday was not a good day for tv for me :P That is one reason I read two books.. which reminds me...
Silver White and The Call by Shawn Underhill were kindle.. inexpensive and rather good.. I would think you and yours might enjoy them. Book three by Halloween per the author.
Here we are back at Square One- day
I watched a little bit of the Seahawks game yesterday. Truly, it was not blacked out in the local market even though it was a home game. The stadium was chock-a-block full of screaming fans, including my niece and her hubby. The game was fun to watch because as Ellen said it was not pretty. But Seahawks did win which is nice for the home crowd. They are on some kinda roll this year. And Seattle needs a big winning team, or two, or three.
Huskies lost, but still looking good. And I think we are still doing OK in the soccer arena with the Seattle Sounders, too. Seattle is quite the young and sporty city right now. Not the place where I grew up, that is for sure. Used to be fishermen and loggers and gold diggers (real gold, real digging, not the girls after rich men).
Have a great week, dear friend. Enjoy those kids and their schoolin'.
I almost didn't send it but then I thought your poor ears with that narrator.
Okay, so it's Monday. Again. I can handle it.
Kathleen - Sorry about the scary sports talk. Two books read yesterday? Awesome! And I'll look up those recommendations - love getting recs form you! This Monday is not too bad so far - it is cooler and overcast here, so I was able to open up the French doors to the screened in porch. I LOVE doing that! Only 74 here, so hooray for cooler. Hoping that today is kind to you, sis!
Karen - Right. Monday is better than no day. Good point. I did not get to see that Seahawks game, but it was a hoot watching the highlights! Not pretty about sums it up, but in the end the Seahawks won and that's what goes on the record books, so...
Thank you for those good wishes - schoolin' and the kids is always an adventure! Wishing for you a week full of fabulous!
Joe - Thanks! All is indeed well in Pecan Paradisio - we got a lot of those Fall chores checked off the list this weekend, so that's good. And you are so right - it's all downhill after Monday! Especially this week, because I have no appointments scheduled!! Yippy Skippy for that! I will tell Tsukiko that you said hello. LOL!
Roberta - You are cracking me up! If it passed the smell test, it's all good. Free is free! Thanks so much for thinking of me. I am just so thankful not to have to borrow the audio. Truly.
I can't believe that you have been in Georgia a year already! It's scary how fast time flies.
Judy - Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day! Yours is timed better than ours, I am thinking - ours comes so close to Christmas, it would be lovely to stretch the holidays out a bit more. Plenty of nothing sounds like a fabulous plan!! I can't believe it has been a year already for us, either. Amazing. Enjoy your holiday, and eat some turkey for me.
take a look at this :)
we were looking fwd all week to the Broncos- Jags game and mightily miffed when it got dumped. Titans? blech!
i expect i read Dracula 3 or 4 times in my yoot. loved it. and The graveyard book? now that's one to listen to. Gaiman is a soopurb narrator.
chortled at your "fainting couch" for RD. they are crucial, apparently. with one, one is faint but fetching. without one, one could lose one's book at a crucial passage, which is enough to cause a second fainting. horrors!
with fainting couch:
without fainting couch:
Time for a nightcap! Perkins is stirring up a martini or six for me. What will you have?
Kathleen - We checked that out. Very cool. Abby really wanted to enter, but you have to be 18. I wonder of they do it every year - do you know?
Ellie - Your post made me laugh out loud, so of course all the kids came running, and they got a good laugh, too! Thanks for that - LOVE those images!! And it supports my claim that a fainting couch is required furniture!
We were totally bummed not to be able to see the Broncos game - there was shouting, and I'm pretty sure it was me. Then we did get to see the lots game on Monday night, and they lost. They deserved to lose - they dropped the ball five times. What's up with that?!
I am enjoying both Dracula and The Graveyard Book. I do know that Neil Gaiman is a fabulous narrator - we have Graveyard both in print version and in audio. I started with the print version just to get a good jump start into the story, but I'll probably listen to part of it, too. Recently I haven't faired too well with audio just because I keep getting interrupted - imagine that in a house with six full time residents!
And I'm firmly convinced that the fact that I read Bimbos of the Death Sun means that you should come here more often!! Just saying…
Tina!! - How ARE you, my dear? Feeling any better? Thanks for stopping in and checking on me. Hugs back to you!
Judy - I loved the fainting pics, too! And me too with the drama! Although I probably have more Scarlett O'Hara in me than Melanie Hamilton.
Reba - Oh dear. Let's not do that. No falling on the floor.
Richard - YES! Let's just pretend that it's still evening, shall we? I'll take two martinis, please.
Karen - Oh dear! *moves fainting couch closer to Karen and has the menfolk place her gently on it. Goes to fetch the smelling salts*
Forgot to mention that I finished Till We Have Faces, and I absolutely loved it. 4.5 stars
Perkins, refresh Miss Mamie's martini, please.
I'm trying to think of good spooky/scary or creepy reads for next week - we are having a free read, so the kids will each choose their own book to read, but we are keeping to a Halloween inspired theme. Here's what I listed for them so far:
Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Macbeth by Shakespeare
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
World War Z by Max Brooks
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marlon
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Any other ideas?
The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers, or The Drawing of the Dark or The Anubis Gates. Most of his are plenty spooky.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is definitely a favorite of mine.
Maybe some of Terry Pratchett's DEATH books, for fun? Mort or Reaper Man, for example.
I really like Woman in Black, hope you do too!
Michael Koryta writes a good creepy novel... tymfos found him and I really like him!
And I am realizing that C.S. Lewis is another of those authors whose works I have simply never read and really should, or at least really want to. I'm thinking that 2014 might be the year of trying to hit at least one work by a dozen authors in that category. Or maybe I'll do 14 since that's a relatively undemanding way to give a nod to the year.
Have a great Thursday!
Mamie, I hope you like Spenser #6, Looking for Rachel Wallace. It is my favorite to date!
Reba - You are ever so welcome.
Richard - I started Rebecca, but have never actually finished it. Bad Mamie. I am planning on picking it back up next month. Laughing about mimosae! I'm totally stealing that!
Joe - Oohh, The Haunting of Hill House - adding that one to my own reading list! Dracula is a good one, too - reading that one right now. Should have put that on the list - blaming that oversight on a mental moment.
Roni - Thanks for that! I snagged the Kindle version of Face in the Frost for just $5, so I have added that one to the list. I read and LOVED Something Wicked This Way Comes last year, so I am hoping that one of them chooses that! I have not read Terry Pratchett or Tim Powers, so sounds like I need to look into them.
Kathleen - I hope they do it again next year - she barely missed it because she will be 18 in February. I read Woman in Black last year and loved it. Abby is reading it right now and is also liking it! I'll look into Michael Koryta - thanks for that!
Ellen - I will definitely report back on the kids' choices of creepy reads. Concerning C. S. Lewis, I have only read his Narnia books before this. Till We Have Faces was even better, in my opinion, and the writing was so layered and thought provoking, but very accessible, if that makes any sense. The last chapter is a gem all by itself. Wonderful! Your challenge sounds like a good one - I have authors I need to get to, too! Thursday was great, thanks, and your Seahawks added another win to their total!
Julia - We loved the Narnia books. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a favorite of Rae's when she was younger.
Richard - I have to admit that I never would have thought to put that combo together, but it looks delightful. I have never eaten radishes.
Donna - I will be sure to post which books they choose! I have already read most of the books - still need to get to Rebecca, Warm Bodies, and World War Z. I am really hoping that one of them chooses Something Wicked This Way Comes - I read that for the first time last year, and I absolutely loved it.
And I keep hearing good things about Spenser book #6 - that is just so fabulous. The lovely and generous Roberta has sent me a copy of Looking for Rachel Wallace, which arrived on Wednesday, so I look forward to diving into it - probably next week.
Sounds like a lot of fun going on over there with the creepy reads ;-)
So many great reads to choose from.
I am now well into A Stranger in a Strange Land rec'd by Kath as I have never read that one and she was shocked. It's a fun read - just kind of long... 500 pgs or so. Wish I could read faster and the phone would stop ringing. I need to put it down today to get some housework done - lol.
Enjoy your Friday!
I am anxiously awaiting to hear what books the kids choose - they have to decide by Saturday night.
Thanks for those Friday wishes - here's hoping that yours is full of fabulous!
Richard - Darling! Thanks for that! *smooch back*
(if we don't stop posting on each others' threads we're never going to get off of LT this morning lol)
General radish rule: The longer, the sweeter.
Richard - Right. Never. Guess I need to get out more. I love peppery, so I am guessing that I will enjoy radishes. And thanks for sharing the general radish rule!!
Sorry about missing the deadline.. fingers crossed for next year, I think she would have a great time with it!
The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Folate and Potassium.
The bad: A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars.
Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2606/2#ixz...
Karen - I'm so shallow about these things! It's all about taste for me, so if I like it, I'll eat it even if there is 0 nutritional value. The trick for me is to balance those types of foods with ones that are also very good for you.
Richard - You are a font of information, BigDaddy!! And naturally occurring sugars are so much better for you than...sugar...right?
Richard - Oh, I see. I should have thought about that. My Dad was a diabetic.
According to Heinlein's widow, the edition I am reading is the true original - which was unpublished at the time and uncut. The original editors required a cut of words from 220,000 to 160,000 for the first publication. When Virginia (the widow) renewed the copyright on the book (after Heinlein's death) she compared the uncut and cut versions. She, Heinlein's agent, editors, and senior officials at the publishing house agreed the uncut version was different and better.
I requested Stranger in a Strange Land from the library and , of course, got the longer version. I'll never know if it is better or not. But I do know it is longer! That's ok. I'm liking it a lot.
I hope you'll enjoy it.
Mark - Hello there! SO glad you like my spooky list! Wishing you happy reading and good luck with finishing up that doorstopper you are currently working on. Rainy and 70 here - just so you know.
Richard - Hello!
Happy weekend! The carrot cake in the background is my Saturday breakfast. Knowing that you don't like cakes and sweets, I've brought you a plain, unbuttered, no-jam tough and leathery two-day-old croissant, with some cold coffee.
...wait...why am I mad at you again...hmmm I've forgotten. Maybe I'm not? Was I supposed to be? Most bewildering.
Cee - Yeppers! If you're going to have Big Breakfast, no sense in holding back! Sit down, dear, I'll fetch you a plate.
Paul - Thanks for checking in over here! I know exactly how trying to catch up feels! And thank you for the lovely compliment to Lucy's and my daughters! And more creepy book suggestions - hooray for that! Wishing you a lovely weekend as well, dear. xx