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1AuntieClio
Edited: May 31, 2015, 3:51pm



Hi! I'm Stephanie and I live in Silicon Valley. 2014 was not at all kind, so I'm hopeful 2015 is nicer.

My reading is wide and varied. I have no goals other to read off my own stacks and purge as I go.

Skip the Preliminaries

3AuntieClio
Mar 22, 2015, 4:40am

Challenges/Themes:

Monthly - TIOLI (Take it or Leave It)
My rule is not to get a book simply to match a TIOLI challenge. I also refuse to dig into my stacks for a book to match.

2015 - Group read of Navajo – Mystery (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee)/Walt Longmire Project.
I’ll only be reading the Tony Hillerman books.

May - Thingadingy
I will be reading at least 7 books by non-North American authors. Recommendations are welcome.

July – Birthday month.
I live in California, so July's reading is California themed.

The Roll-Over Rule means that whatever planned reading didn’t get read for a given month goes to the top of the stack for the next month.

My 244 square foot apartment is furnished with 42+ boxes and several large stacks of books. I’ll be reading from Mysterious Box 20 this year, which also happens to be the box which contains my Hillerman collection.

4AuntieClio
Edited: Mar 22, 2015, 4:49am

Counters:

ROOTS



75 in 2015



Mysterious Box 20


5AuntieClio
Edited: May 31, 2015, 3:11am

Running Total
(updated at the end of each month)




2015 Books Read: 55
2015 TIOLI Books Read: 55
2015 ROOTs: 33
2015 Pearl Ruled: 4
2015 Borrowed: 2

2015 Fiction: 38
2015 Non-Fiction: 16
2015 Poetry: 1

2015 Acquired: 47
2015 Rousted Unread: 43

2015 Unique Authors: 40
   (2 x Harrison, Kim, 6 x Hearne, Kevin, 3 x Hillerman, Tony, 6 x Rowland, Diana, 2 x Scalzi, John, 2 x Shawn, Allen)

2015 Pages Read: 15475

2015 Unique Publication Dates: 27
1959
1961
1967
1972
1973 x 2
1975
1978
1981
1985
1990
1991
1994
1995
1997
1998
1999
2002
2005
2006
2007 x 2
2009 x 3
2010
2011 x 8
2012 x 5
2013 x 2
2014 x 8
2015

2015 Gender Ratio:
28 male : 27 female

2015 Read vs. Acquired:
55/48

2015 Read vs. Borrowed/ROOT/Pearl Ruled/Rousted:
55/65

6AuntieClio
Edited: May 31, 2015, 3:53pm

Monthly Reading Links
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

8AuntieClio
Edited: Jun 15, 2015, 2:46am

ROOTS



01. The Eagle Catcher by Margaret Coel
02. Trotsky by Bertrand M. Patenaude
03. Peter Puck and the Runaway Zamboni Machine by Brian McFarlane
04. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
05. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
06. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
07. Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson
08. Hexed by Kevin Hearne
09. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
10. Hammered by Kevin Hearne
11. Tricked by Kevin Hearne
12. Into the Woods by Kim Harrison
13. Trapped by Kevin Hearne
14. Hunted by Kevin Hearne
15. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
16. The Sword Swallower by Ron Goulart
17. The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami by Matthew Carl Strecher
18. Heat by William Goldman
19. Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland
20. The Beatles are Here! edited by Penelope Rowlands
21. Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland
22. Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland
23. Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland
24. Fury of the Demon by Diana Rowland
25. Wish I Could Be There by Allen Shawn
26. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
27. Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland
28. Iron-Jawed Angels by Linda G. Ford
29. A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi
30. Twin by Allen Shawn
31. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
32. The Black Tower by P. D. James
33. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
34. The Hurricane Party by Klas Ostergren
35. Adam + Evelyn by Ingo Schulze
36. My Friend the Fanatic by Sadanand Dhume

Pearl Ruled
01. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
02. Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
03. Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
04. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

9AuntieClio
Edited: May 2, 2015, 12:09am

Deleted because I decided I don't want to play with categories any more.

12AuntieClio
Edited: Jun 10, 2015, 2:28am

Year to Date Book Haul

January: - 13
01. Who I Am: A Memoir by Pete Townshend
02. God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicolson
03. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
04. The Black Tower by P. D. James
05. The BFG by Roald Dahl
06. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
07. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

08. Death in Holy Orders by P. D. James
09. Approaching The Qur'an: The Early Revelations by Michael Anthony Sells
10. Peter Puck and the Runaway Zamboni Machine by Brian McFarlane
11. The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney
12. The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

13. The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami by Matthew Carl Strecher

February - 13
14. Willow Wilson, G. - Alif the Unseen
15. Harrison, Kim - Into the Woods: Tales From The Hollows And Beyond

16. Erickson, Carolly - The Last Wife of Henry VIII
17. Pyykkonen, Carrie; Washington, Linda - Secrets of the Wee Free Men and Discworld: The Myths and Legends Of Terry Pratchett's Multiverse
18. Joyce Johnson - The Voice Is All
19. Meyer, Marissa - Cinder
20. Shawn, Allen - Twin: A Memoir
21. Shawn, Allen - Wish I Could Be There: Notes From A Phobic Life
22. Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland
23. Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland
24. Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland
25. Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland
26. Fury of the Demon by Diana Rowland


March - 10
27. bird by bird by Anne Lamott
28. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
29. Butcher Bird by Richard Kadrey
30. The Players' Boy is Dead by Leonard Tourney
31. Low Treason by Leonard Tourney
32. Ghosh, Amitav - River of Smoke (May Thingy)
33. Freeman, Ru - Disobedient Girl, A (May Thingy)

34. Johnson, Joyce - minor characters
35. Sijie, D'ai - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (May Thingy)
36. Kadrey, Richard - Dead Set

April - 8
37. Hurricane Party, The by Ostergren, Klas (May thingy)
38. Angel's Game, The by Zafon, Carlos Ruiz (May thingy)

39. Familiar Spirits by Tourney, Leonard
40. Alchemist, The by Coelho, Paulo (May thingy) - Pearl Ruled
41. Adam & Evelyn by Schulze, Ingo (May thingy)
42. Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland

43. Metamophoses by Ovid
44. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

May - 4
45. Oryx and Crake by Atwood, Margaret
46. Prisoner of Tehran by Nemat, Marina
47. Story of the Bible by Foster Charles
48. Methods of Breaking Bad, The edited by Blevins, Jacob & Wood, Dafydd

13AuntieClio
Edited: May 31, 2015, 1:27am

Actually read in March:
24. (S)(F) Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman - TIOLI #6. Read a book where the author's last name has more syllables than his or her first name
25. (G)(F) Hunted by Kevin Hearne - TIOLI #16. Read a book with at least one Irish character (Atticus O'Sullivan)
26. (S)(F) Wave Without a Shore by C. J. Cherryh - TIOLI #20. Read a book in which one of author's names begins with an "A", "J", or "E"
27. (G)(F) The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid - TIOLI #5. Read a book about change
28. (G)(F) The Sword Swallower by Ron Goulart - TIOLI #15. Read a book of which at least three books in the "LibraryThing Recommendations" section are featured in your collections
29. (K)(F) No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor - TIOLI #4. Read a book with a 2015 copyright
30. (S)(NF) The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg - TIOLI #2. Read a book whose title includes the name of a country other than the one in which you currently reside
31. (G)(NF) The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami by Matthew Carl Strecher - TIOLI #18. Read a book with the name of a chocolatier in the title or the author's name (World's)
32. (G)(F) Heat by William Goldman - TIOLI #11. Read a book with something you should beware of in the title (heat)
33. (S)(NF) The Voice is All by Joyce Johnson - TIOLI #14: Read a book in which one of the characters is a working woman (Gabrielle Kerouac - Jack's mother worked in a shoe factory.)
34. (G)(F) Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #13: Read a book that acknowledges the book designer or cover artist
35. (G)(NF) The Beatles are Here! edited by Penelope Rowlands - TIOLI 5. Read a book about change
36. (G)(F) Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #3. Read the third book in a series
37. (S)(NF) bird by bird by Anne Lamott - TIOLI #20. Read a book in which one of author's names begins with an "A", "J", or "E"
38. (G)(F) Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #14. Read a book in which one of the characters is a working woman (Kara Griffins - cop, Jill Faciane - CSI, Tessa - Storeowner)



New to the Stacks:
27. bird by bird by Anne Lamott
28. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
29. Butcher Bird by Richard Kadrey
30. The Players' Boy is Dead by Leonard Tourney
31. Low Treason by Leonard Tourney
32. Ghosh, Amitav - River of Smoke (May Thingy)
33. Freeman, Ru - Disobedient Girl, A (May Thingy)

34. Johnson, Joyce - minor characters
35. Sijie, D'ai - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (May Thingy)
36. Kadrey, Richard - Dead Set



March Books Read: 15
March TIOLI Books Read: 15
March ROOTs: 9

March Fiction: 10
March Non-Fiction: 5
March Poetry:

March Books Acquired: 10
March Books Rousted Unread: 26
March Books Pearl Ruled:

14AuntieClio
Mar 22, 2015, 4:44am

Welcome!

15karenmarie
Mar 22, 2015, 9:18am

Good morning, Steph! Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

Yum, that looks good!!!

16streamsong
Mar 22, 2015, 10:24am

I'm gad you liked Underground Girls of Kabul! One of the things I need to do in the next few days is to reread it with notes so I can lead the RL book club discussion on Thursday on the book.

Have you watched the movie Osama? There are several uploads of it on YouTube including by the director, Sayed Ali Yaser. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBzFz9XwKoM My library contact is adamant about not violating copyright, but I'd love to show a few minutes of it - say starting at about minute 14 or minute 57.

17ronincats
Mar 22, 2015, 11:07am

Wow, fantastically organized new thread, Steph!

18Crazymamie
Mar 22, 2015, 11:53am

Happy new thread, Stephanie! Hoping that your Sunday is full of fabulous!

19Ameise1
Mar 22, 2015, 12:26pm

Happy new thread, Stephanie. I love the photo in #1.

20Familyhistorian
Mar 22, 2015, 3:19pm

>14 AuntieClio: Congrats on your new thread. That looks refreshing!

21AuntieClio
Mar 23, 2015, 3:46am



33. The Voice is All by Joyce Johnson - TIOLI #14: Read a book in which one of the characters is a working woman (Gabrielle Kerouac - Jack's mother worked in a shoe factory.)

Johnson is the first biographer of Jack Kerouac to delve into his inner conflict of being Franco-Canadian and American. She writes about how this conflict, and the feeling of always not quite fitting in, made an impact on his writing and his style. Told with love and compassion for a cast of characters who must have been hard to love, especially Jack at times, the influence of the Beat Generation on literature and society, comes through. This is a well-written, heavily researched book worthy of repeat readings.

22connie53
Mar 23, 2015, 3:34pm

Happy New Thread, Steph!

23scaifea
Mar 23, 2015, 4:07pm

Happy New Thread, Stephanie!!

24Berly
Mar 26, 2015, 2:27am

Catching up again. So, from last thread...The Murakami Analysis book looked interesting. I think I need to read a few more before I can deconstruct though. Glad to hear you are finished with PT--yay!!!! And in this thread--love all your categories and lists up top and the handsome picture of Jack Kerouac, ok, and the book too. ; ) Happy Thursday!

25bohemima
Mar 26, 2015, 12:36pm

Love that picture of Jack! My, my.

So, how's by the reading front?

26AuntieClio
Edited: Mar 28, 2015, 1:09am

I typed in a long information laden post last night and it got eaten! :-(

Much progress is being made in the packing and purging. My wrist is tired and sore, but I'm doing okay.

*hugs* to all who visit

27Ameise1
Mar 28, 2015, 7:39am

Stephanie, I wish you a relaxed weekend.

28karenmarie
Mar 28, 2015, 5:02pm

*hugs* back, Steph. Hope your weekend is enjoyable.

29Familyhistorian
Mar 28, 2015, 11:54pm

>26 AuntieClio: I don't envy you the packing and purging but doesn't it feel good when it's done?

30AuntieClio
Edited: Jun 10, 2015, 2:28am

TIOLI



Actually read in April:
39. (S)(NF) The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore - TIOLI #17. Read a book that could have something to do with feminism (Wonder Woman)
40. (G)(F) Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #17. Read a book that could have something to do with feminism (The author is female, the protagonist is an independent, strong woman)
41. (S)(F) Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson - TIOLI #3. Read a book whose narrator is the opposite sex from the author
42. (G)(F) Fury of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #11. Read a book with a four-letter word in the title (Fury)
43. (G)(NF) Wish I Could be There by Allen Shawn - TIOLI #11. Read a book with a four-letter word in the title
44. (G)(NF) Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman - TIOLI #2. Read a book where the cover, the author's name, or the title has something to do with 'green'
45. (G)(F) Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #6. Read a book in which a government (or agency) plays a major role
46. (G)(NF) Iron-Jawed Angels by Linda G. Ford - TIOLI #16: Read a book that has the name of an island in the title or author's name (Angel Island)
47. (G)(NF) A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi - TIOLI #23. Read a book whose title has a subtitle
48. (G)(NF) Twin: A Memoir by Allen Shawn - TIOLI # 15. Read a book which features character with autism
49. (G)(F) The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - TIOLI #13. Read a book that has a cover that you love
50. (G)(F) The Black Tower by P. D. James - TIOLI #12: Read a book written when the author was the same age you are now



New to the Stacks:
37. Hurricane Party, The by Ostergren, Klas (May thingy)
38. Angel's Game, The by Zafon, Carlos Ruiz (May thingy)

39. Familiar Spirits by Tourney, Leonard
40. Alchemist, The by Coelho, Paulo (May thingy) Pearl Ruled
41. Adam & Evelyn by Schulze, Ingo (May thingy)
42. Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland

42. Metamophoses by Ovid
43. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines



April Books Read: 12
April TIOLI Books Read: 12
April ROOTs: 10

April Fiction: 5
April Non-Fiction: 7
April Poetry:

April Books Acquired: 8
April Books Rousted Unread: 1
April Books Pearl Ruled: 1

31Donna828
Mar 29, 2015, 12:56pm

Just catching up here and with the unread messages on your last thread, Stephanie. You actually may have inspired me to do some purging of my own…not just books either. I have way too much "stuff" in my life and think I would be a good minimalist. I'm glad the wrist is getting better and that you graduated from PT. With fly colors, I'm sure! Best of luck on the continuing job search. It sounds like you have found a good job counselor who listens to you and can help you find the job that utilizes your strengths.

32Familyhistorian
Mar 29, 2015, 3:36pm

>30 AuntieClio: Looks like you read more books than you acquired in April but April hasn't happened yet or is 39/37 your stats for March?

33richardderus
Mar 29, 2015, 8:43pm

*smooch*

34AuntieClio
Mar 30, 2015, 7:32pm

>15 karenmarie: Karen, here's a sunflower for being first. :-)

35AuntieClio
Mar 30, 2015, 7:35pm

>16 streamsong: Janet, I started watching it last night and just found I couldn't. Maybe I will try again another time.

>17 ronincats: Hi Roni! Thank you for not saying something like OCD or "anal." :-D

>18 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie, thanks for dropping by.

>19 Ameise1: Hi Barb, the topper reflects a great day with Jess

>20 Familyhistorian: Oh hai! And welcome to my quiet corner of LT.

36AuntieClio
Edited: Mar 31, 2015, 1:07am

>22 connie53: Hi Connie, thanks for your visit.

>23 scaifea: Hi Amber, thanks for visiting.

>24 Berly: Hi Berly, as I was packing and purging I came across Kafka on the Shore but did not pull it out. Why? Because I already have two boxes designated 2015 TBR, and I was getting overwhelmed with the sheer number of books I own and the ones I have not read.

Jack and Neal were quite the pair, and both very good looking. I was so happy my replacement came with the cover so I could have that handsome visage in my hands. (Okay, that just sounded wrong.)

Somewhere there's a picture of me "hugging" both of them at the Beat Museum in San Francisco.

Just read about your doing stairs. On the one hand, ugh. But on the other, go you!

37AuntieClio
Mar 30, 2015, 7:44pm

>25 bohemima: Gail, reviews coming this week. I've read another five books since Mr. Kerouac.

>27 Ameise1: Barb, thanks for the lovely tulips, they are gorgeous.

>28 karenmarie: Karen, I have been lethargic but still managing to get some stuff done and read. *hugs*

38AuntieClio
Edited: Mar 30, 2015, 7:47pm

>29 Familyhistorian: It does feel good when I see the progress I'm making. There's floor I tell you, FLOOR, under those stacks of books.

>32 Familyhistorian: The numbers in the April list are the "next up" numbers. Whatever book I list in the "Actually read" section will be #39 read for the year. Same goes for the "New to the Stacks" section.

39AuntieClio
Edited: Mar 30, 2015, 7:51pm

>31 Donna828: Donna, thank you for visiting. I just keeping finding stuff that I wonder why I thought it was so important. Lately, I've been concentrating on the stacks of books and have, so far, given away three or four boxes to Goodwill. In addition, I gave a paper grocery bag full to a friend.

40AuntieClio
Mar 30, 2015, 7:50pm

Richard! My darling sweetiekins, I have missed your drop by smooches so much. I'm so glad to have you back.

xoxo

41AuntieClio
Edited: May 2, 2015, 12:13am

March Wrap-up:

March Books Read: 15
March TIOLI Books Read: 15
March ROOTs: 9

March Fiction: 10
March Non-Fiction: 5

March Books Acquired: 10
March Books Rousted Unread: 26
March Books Pearl Ruled:

Unique Authors: 13 (3 x Diana Rowland)
Unique Countries: 3 (1 x Pakistan, 1 x Sweden)
Pages Read: 3393

Publication Dates:
1967
1973
1981
1985
1994
2007
2010
2011
2012 x 2
2013
2014 x 3
2015

Gender Ratio:
9 female : 6 male

Read vs. Acquired:
15 / 10

Read vs. Borrowed/ROOT/Pearl Ruled/Rousted:
15 / 37

42karenmarie
Mar 31, 2015, 6:30pm

Thank you for my sunflower, Steph! It's gorgeous. Gets me excited about planting my vegetable garden - I always plant some giant sunflowers for the birds.

Giving books is as good as getting books sometimes..... good for you.

43AuntieClio
Mar 31, 2015, 10:00pm

    

34. Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #13: Read a book that acknowledges the book designer or cover artist
36. Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #3. Read the third book in a series
38. Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #14. Read a book in which one of the characters is a working woman (Kara Gillian - cop, Jill Faciane - CSI, Tessa - Storeowner)

Categories: Familiarity, Serially Yours, Hear Me Roar, Things That Go Bump in the Night

Threefer: ROOT, TIOLI, 75 in 2015

The friend who sent this series told me I would love them. She was not joking. But if she had spoilered everything for me, I would have thought she was joking. There were a couple of twists which took me so much by surprise, I actually yelped out loud.

Kara Gillian is a murder investigator for her small town police force. She is also a summoner and can summon twelve different levels of demons. (These demons are not from hell as some might expect, just a different plane of existence, and as such, have a rigid set of rules which must be honored or dishonor will fall on both the demon and the summoner.)

In the first book, Mark of the Demon, Kara accidentally summons a demon lord, which are supposed to be basically un-summonable. (Yes, I'm making up words here.) As the books go on, Kara's relationship with this demon lord and the FBI officers she works with on a special task force take weird turns. Not only are things not as they seem, they are wildly different from any presumption which could have been made given the circumstances.

Blood of the Demon left me sobbing because Kara's emotions are so raw and so real.

Secrets of the Demon and Sins of the Demon were not so emotional, but they both left me with the aforementioned yelp of surprise.

My friend is begging me to read the next one so we can talk about it. I'm so glad of the habit of reading a different book between books in a series. My head would probably explode if I read them back to back.

If you like urban fantasy, you will love Diana Rowland and Kara Gillian.

44AuntieClio
Edited: Mar 31, 2015, 10:18pm



35. The Beatles are Here! edited by Penelope Rowlands - TIOLI 5. Read a book about change

Categories: Familiarity, Hear Me Roar, The Clio-ness of it All

Note: I received this book as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.

Meh. I so much wanted to like this book but found that it read as a random collection of essays, email, and articles reminiscing about The Beatles first arrival in the US. There was no real cohesion to these pieces which made it an uneven read.

45AuntieClio
Edited: Mar 31, 2015, 10:33pm



37. bird by bird by Anne Lamott - TIOLI #20. Read a book in which one of author's names begins with an "A", "J", or "E"

Categories: California Dreamin', Hear Me Roar, Inner Workings

" ... truth is always subversive." (p.226)

A very dear friend was so appalled that I hadn't read any of Lamott's non-fiction that she sent two books to me. (For full disclosure, I had read one fiction book and had found it deeply lacking leading me to wonder what all the fuss over Lamott was about.)

bird by bird showed me the errors of my ways, and I have joined the bandwagon of people beating the drum for sweet, honest, just as messed up as the rest of us, Anne Lamott.

Although each chapter is, ostensibly, about writing and learning how to shut those voices in our heads off and being willing to just write "shitty first drafts," it's also about learning to live life honestly.

I fell so thoroughly in love with Ms. Lamott that I left her a mash note on her Facebook page. Something I very rarely do on any author's page. I might have said something about wanting to hug her until I suffocated her. Might have.

46ronincats
Mar 31, 2015, 10:24pm

LOL, Steph!

47streamsong
Apr 1, 2015, 9:48am

Heehee. Thanks for starting my day with a smile. I'm a Lamott fan, too, although Bird By Bird is sitting sadly unread on Planet TBR.

Sorry you didn't enjoy Osama. It's heavy, I know, and with the Taliban in charge, you know it won't end well. My RL book club had a great discussion about Underground Girls of Kabul. I had worried the night before that it was too off the wall for the group, but it worked out really well. It generated lots of respectful disagreement about issues. :-)

48bohemima
Apr 1, 2015, 12:28pm

>45 AuntieClio: Tole ya!!!

49AuntieClio
Apr 2, 2015, 2:40am



39. The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore - TIOLI #17. Read a book that could have something to do with feminism (Wonder Woman)

Categories: Hear Me Roar, The Clio-ness of it All
Wonder Woman left Paradise Island to fight fascism with feminism. (p. 200)

The Secret History of Wonder Woman is filled with secrets and steeped in the traditions of feminism starting with Margaret Sanger and her quest to legalize birth control.

Dr. William Moulton Marston was not an ordinary man, even by early twentieth century standards. His lifestyle (two wives, a third woman, and four children all under one roof) was odd, and his insistence on equal rights for women was decades ahead of the times. One of his wives and mother of two children was Margaret Sanger's niece.

As wild as Marston and his household was, the history of Wonder Woman herself reveals some of the most staunch feminists in the world. The struggle to get her published and kept published is quite interesting. Along with Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman has remained the longest running superhero in comic history.

50karenmarie
Apr 3, 2015, 9:54am

Good morning, Steph!

I've gotten burned on series by reading too many in a row..... now I'm much more careful.

Hope you have a loverly weekend. Mine starts today with Good Friday - we get it off with pay. I think I'll make pancakes and bacon for a late breakfast.....

52Ameise1
Apr 4, 2015, 6:55am

Hi Stephanie, I wish you Happy Easter.

53AuntieClio
Edited: Apr 4, 2015, 11:18pm



40. Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #17. Read a book that could have something to do with feminism (Kara Gillian shows the men she doesn't take guff from anyone)

Categories: Familiarity, Hear Me Roar, Things That Go Bump in the Night

Threefer: ROOT, TIOLI, 75 in 2015

Although the sex scenes are more graphic than I'd like, this series continues to be great fun. Everything I thought I knew about the characters and world Rowland had created in the Kara Gillian series got turned upside down. And yet, when I thought back over everything already read, it all fit together even better. I really like that.

Any summation of the plot would be so spoilerific, I won't even try. Kara gets summoned to the demon world ... and, things just go bam!

54AuntieClio
Apr 4, 2015, 8:05pm

Just a little update:
Adjusting to life without PT, which means really paying attention to how much is too much for the wrist.
I now have 50 boxes of books inventoried and up on shelves. There are no stacks on the floor now.
There's a growing stack of plastic bins with lids growing against one wall as I empty them. That's a satisfying feeling.
Went to a workshop called Resume Facts yesterday at the career center, and boy, was that helpful. I definitely know which path to start working.
Things are still excruciating on the financial front.
I've been quiet because I have a lot on my mind, and I'm just doing "stuff."

55PaulCranswick
Apr 5, 2015, 9:13am

>54 AuntieClio: I have not forgotten you my dear. My own financial front has been a bit frazzled too recently due to non-payment from several quarters into my company but there is light at the end of the tunnel. I hope to be in a position to make good on my pledge to you very soon.

Take care of yourself my dear and enjoy your Easter. xx

56karenmarie
Apr 6, 2015, 6:56pm

Hi Steph - hang in there. You are doing all the right things, and I'm sure it will all come together soon.

57AuntieClio
Apr 6, 2015, 8:54pm



41. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson - TIOLI #3. Read a book whose narrator is the opposite sex from the author

Categories: Hear Me Roar, Or is it Memorex?, Things That Go Bump in the Night

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have forgiven it its flaws, especially the ending which fell a little flat. Alif is a grey hat hacktivist in an unnamed Middle Eastern city. One day, his forbidden lover from a higher class breaks up with him, explaining that she is to be married to someone "more worthy" of her station. Alif writes a program which will track her and keep her from seeing his activity online. The program, Tin Sari, outruns its progenitor and wreaks havoc, prompting State Censors and Security to chase him down. In over his head, Alif finds help from the jinn, a fellow hacktivist (quite immaturely written), the girl next door, and the imam of his local mosque.

Featuring themes of unrest against censorship, government oppression, code as knowledge and love, Alif the Unseen moves fast. Filled with magical realism, cyberpunk, and fairy tales, Wilson's story engaged me. I recommend this book for people who like to read about what can be seen, or unseen, and what that might mean in a belief system.

58Berly
Apr 7, 2015, 1:28am

Really nice reviews Steph! I love Lamott, but have not read that one yet. Guess I will have to now! And I really need to get my hands on Wonder Woman, too. Great progress on putting away the books. Hugs. : )

59AuntieClio
Apr 10, 2015, 7:00pm



42. Fury of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #11. Read a book with a four-letter word in the title (Fury)

Categories: Familiarity, Hear Me Roar, Serially Yours, Things That Go Bump in the Night

Threefer: ROOT, TIOLI, 75 in 2015

Kara returns to Earth only to find that things between the demon realm and home are even more complex than before. Enter a man with the skill to make people fearful of even thinking about not doing what he commands, a kid who turns the energy flows of Earth into computer programs, and four demons bent on opening a portal between the realms which will destroy both. Hard truths continue to be revealed as Kara Gillian fights for those she loves and to protect the rest of the world. And, again, with the twist which makes complete sense in the larger story arc.

Alas, I am now at the end of the books published. Now I must practice patience until #7, which was just published, becomes affordable to me.

60Ameise1
Apr 11, 2015, 7:12am

Hi Stephanie, I wish you a fabulous weekend.

61connie53
Apr 12, 2015, 2:39pm

Hi Stephanie! I hope everything will work out for you. You deserve it!

62Berly
Apr 13, 2015, 2:43am

Hi Steph--just making sure I keep up to date here. : ) Hugs.

63karenmarie
Apr 13, 2015, 6:10pm

Hi Steph! Hope your Monday is a good one.

64AuntieClio
Apr 16, 2015, 7:17pm

Last week I was on call for jury duty. I spent the entire week worrying and fretting and checking the website more often than necessary. Didn't get much else done.

This week I have been to the temp agency's office to update my paperwork yet again. People keep saying that admins are getting snapped up right and left and temp agency clients are "desperate" for admins. I'll believe it when I get my first paycheck.

Making great progress on the purging and packing. There's about a dozen shelves which need to be gone through. What makes me happiest is the growing stack of plastic bins against the back wall.

65Whisper1
Apr 16, 2015, 9:42pm

Hi. I'm so impressed with all your reading. I know that I want to add quite a lot if them. I did add the superwoman book, s was able to get it from the library. I'm glad you are doing better with you r hand. As I feel better I want to get back into bi s it ing more often. I'm also incredibly impressed with all the time your took to compile,all your list. I wish you well Stephanie and hope that your wrist continues to improve

66The_Hibernator
Apr 17, 2015, 11:49pm

Good job with your purging and packing! I know that's hard to do.

I understand exactly what you feel like when you're told that the market is hot and yet you'll only believe it when you get your first paycheck. That's how I felt when I hear that Biomedical Engineering is one of the top jobs in 2015. I'll believe it when I see it!

That said, it's good to keep a positive outlook....*looks around for her positive outlook...she knows she has it somewhere*

67Ameise1
Apr 18, 2015, 7:21am

Hi Stephanie, it's great to hear that you're making such good progress with your packing. I wish you a wonderful weekend. hugs

68AuntieClio
Apr 19, 2015, 9:17pm



43. Wish I Could be There by Allen Shawn - TIOLI #11. Read a book with a four-letter word in the title

Categories: Inner Workings

Threefer: ROOT, TIOLI, 75 in 2015

Allen Shawn writes about being phobic. How his phobias shape his life, how he's tried to overcome them, and how knowing how his childhood environment shaped them doesn't relieve the tension.

Trying to explain how being phobic feels must be like trying to explain what a banana tastes like to someone who has never had the experience. While Wish I Could be There is an explanation, in layman's terms, of the research he's done on phobias, it is also filled with anecdotes of Shawn's experiences. And, it's the story of his family's secrets (Dad had two families) and his twin sister's autism and institutionalization at age 8, among other traumas. Told with care and curiosity, Allen Shawn explains his life as conductor, teacher and composer, all the while coping with his debilitating phobias.

Although somewhat academic in places, I liked reading about Shawn and his life. The parts about his twin are almost heart-breaking.

69AuntieClio
Edited: Apr 22, 2015, 7:35pm



44. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman - TIOLI #2. Read a book where the cover, the author's name, or the title has something to do with 'green' (green cover)

Categories: Hear Me Roar

Threefer: ROOT, TIOLI, 75 in 2015

Although I didn't love Ex Libris as much as many others, I did find it to be a charming book of essays about books and reading. Indeed, I would have felt left out if I hadn't read it.

70AuntieClio
Apr 19, 2015, 9:46pm



45. Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland - TIOLI #6. Read a book in which a government (or agency) plays a major role (local law enforcement)

Categories: Familiarity, Hear Me Roar, Serially Yours, Things That Go Bump in the Night

Threefer: ROOT, TIOLI, 75 in 2015

You know your friend shares a brain when it comes to books when they buy and send the latest installment of a series when it is released so that you can read it at the same time.

And holy cow, Diana Rowland continues to deliver in her Kara Gillian series. I would like to say that I didn't see a couple of things coming, but having read the previous six books in quick succession, I figured those out. But, there were those twists I didn't even guess at.

Kara Gillian finds herself back on earth with her posse cleaning up after the mess in Fury of the Demon. Those characters who seek to create an open portal between earth and their realm ratchet up their machinations. While Kara and those who seek to keep the portal closed defend themselves. But, something happens to Kara that makes me weep (literally) and it's interesting how Rowland takes something that could have crippled her protagonist and turns it into something useful. Idris shows himself to be a brat who should be benched if it weren't for his superior talent. Nothing is wrapped up in this book. It's all set up for book 8 which I would like to read Right Now Please.

71AuntieClio
Edited: May 2, 2015, 12:10am



46. Iron-Jawed Angels by Linda G. Ford - TIOLI #16: Read a book that has the name of an island in the title or author's name (Angel Island)

Categories: Hear Me Roar , The Clio-ness of it All

Threefer: ROOT, TIOLI, 75 in 2015

Iron-Jawed Angels is Linda G. Ford's (author touchstone is incorrect) doctoral dissertation turned into published book. As such, it reads academically. This in no way detracts from the fascinating story of Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, the New Woman's Party and their drive for the right of women to vote. This is what militant feminists look like; jailed, force fed, beaten, reviled for being "unwomanly," these women kept going until the goal of a constitutional amendment (19, ratified on August 18, 1920).

Nearly 100 years later, it's still appalling to read of the vitriol and abuse flung at women. People could, and still do, horrible things to each other when faced with the idea of change.

For those wanting to know more about the fight for suffrage, and those who gave their all so we could vote, this is a pretty good place to start. One niece will be pursuing grad work in women's studies. I'll be sending her this book so she can know what happened before, upon whose shoulders we stand, and the work that still needs to be done.

72Berly
Apr 20, 2015, 12:31am

Great reviews! Wish I Could Be There sounds quite interesting and I have never heard of the Rowland series--that sounds like fun! Keep 'em coming.

73scaifea
Apr 20, 2015, 6:33am

>68 AuntieClio: Adding this one to my wishlist - it sounds fascinating!

74AuntieClio
Apr 21, 2015, 2:26am

Usually, when I Pearl Rule a book, I just remove it from my library and make note of it in my lists. But since this book was part of the Library Thing Early Reviewers Program, I wrote this review:

I received this book as part of the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.

I really wanted to like this book, but McRobbie's writing is so breezy and gossipy that I couldn't take anything she wrote seriously, especially the articles about women I already knew. Trying to figure out which of my six nieces I would give this book to helped me decide that I am not part of the target audience I want my nieces to take the women of history seriously, and understand the problems being a woman can be. And I want them to understand the context of what the women in Princesses Behaving Badly lived through. I'm sorry Ms. McRobbie, I'm sure it's me, not you.

75thornton37814
Apr 21, 2015, 7:43am

>74 AuntieClio: I always leave it in my LT library so I know not to pick it up again. I also generally write a brief review as to why I didn't like it. Sometimes I post it publicly; sometimes I put it in private notes. I usually don't rate it if I did not finish it.

76karenmarie
Apr 23, 2015, 3:45pm

Hi Steph! Hope you're doing well.

77AuntieClio
Edited: Apr 24, 2015, 2:04am

Librarians remake "Uptown Funk" - https://youtu.be/J6zcIFUvdJ0

78bell7
Apr 24, 2015, 9:50pm

>77 AuntieClio: Hahahaha that was fantastic!

79Ameise1
Apr 25, 2015, 9:02am

Hi Stephanie, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

80AuntieClio
Apr 26, 2015, 2:24am

I have run out of floor space again because of all the bins and boxes of stuff which needs to leave the apartment. Two more boxes of books and two bins filled with random stuff and a bamboo trunk will go to Goodwill tomorrow.

Then, in a few days three medium boxes of office supplies will go to a loving school.

I am close to being done with this project, which gives me no more excuses not to work on my resume.

81thornton37814
Apr 26, 2015, 3:46pm

>80 AuntieClio: I took two loads of stuff to the landfill recently. I took about three big garbage bags full of clothes and some old appliances to Goodwill also. I took several boxes of books to the used bookstore, but they didn't take all of them, so some of them ended up going to the library for either the paperback rack or used book sale. I've still got some additional stuff to go through, especially on the book front, but my spring cleaning has been successful thus far. It will extend into "summer cleaning" I'm certain, but I'm making quite a bit of progress.

82connie53
Apr 27, 2015, 6:33am

Hi Steph! I've been absent for a time, but I'm back and trying to keep up with threads. You are doing great on the apartment clean-up!

83SuziQoregon
Apr 27, 2015, 2:49pm

Good for you on the clean up project. I need to do some serious weeding out of the collection areas in my house.

84AuntieClio
Apr 28, 2015, 5:02am

Supposedly, in about three weeks the roof will be redone and my ceiling patched. The last I heard they were talking about patching the ceiling, not replacing it. Maybe they won't have to move my stuff out ... maybe. In the meantime, I keep cleaning and purging. There are actually empty shelves and bins now. And although the floor is being taken up by things which are ready to leave the apartment, there will be empty floor too.

In the meantime, my car needs a new windshield and her tags are due. I'm imagining sitting at my mechanic's for an unknown number of hours so am planning accordingly with books. What an expensive inconvenience! However, I'm very grateful my regular shop can do the replacement.

A friend helped get stuff out on Sunday and then we went to lunch where I had fried oysters.

The wrist is really doing well and only aches when in certain, specific positions. For instance, I can no longer fully supinate, instead of 180 degrees rotation I get a little less than that. Eating with a utensil is sometimes tricky, again because of the lack of movement. This is due to the mechanics since my ulna is jammed up against my hand, so things don't bend or rotate the way they should. I've been using it as close to normal as I'm ever gonna get now.

So that's what's up with me these days.

85Ameise1
Apr 28, 2015, 7:11am

Stephanie, you are a good girl. Wow, what you have achieved the last couple of weeks. I'm so impressed. hugs xx

86paulstalder
Apr 28, 2015, 3:31pm

Hej Stephanie, it seems you are doing a lot of cleaning and clearing books and stuff - and all that with a bad wrist. I wish you all the strength you need for going through with everything.

87AuntieClio
Edited: Jun 1, 2015, 4:06am

Proposed reading for May:
TIOLI

May is my Thingadingy, so is the month I stretch myself and read only* authors outside the US and Canada.

*Tony Hillerman is the exception since I am also participating in the Navajo Mystery Group Read

China
India
Spain
Sri Lanka




Actually read in May:
51. (S)(F) Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman - Navajo Mystery(Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee)/Walt Longmire Project TIOLI #2. Read the next book in a series
52. (G)(F) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (China) - TIOLI #8. Read a book that has a word in the title that means a female
53. (S)(F) River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh (India) - TIOLI #5. Read a book with a sentimental dedication
54. (S)(F) A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman (Sri Lanka) - TIOLI #14. Read a book about systemic oppression
55. (S)(F) The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Spain) - TIOLI #13: Read a book written by an author from a country you've never been to (Spain)



New to the Stacks:
44. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
45. Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat
46. Story of the Bible by Charles Foster
47. The Methods of Breaking Bad edited by Jacob Blevins and Dafydd Wood




May Books Read: 5
May TIOLI Books Read: 5
May ROOTs: 1

May Fiction: 5
May Non-Fiction:
May Poetry:

May Books Acquired: 4
May Books Rousted Unread:
May Books Pearl Ruled: 1

88paulstalder
Apr 29, 2015, 2:59am

Hej Stephanie, interesting choices. I have read Sijie, Zafon, and Coelho's books. Ghosh is waiting to be read, and Schulze is on the way from the library to me, so I can read it next week. Switzerland is missing... I would know some suggestions but I'm afraid they are not all translated into English.

89ronincats
Apr 29, 2015, 11:40am

Good to see the updates, Steph! Looks like you've been very productive.

90AuntieClio
Edited: May 2, 2015, 12:14am

April Wrap-up:

April Books Read: 12
April TIOLI Books Read: 12
April ROOTs: 10

April Fiction: 5
April Non-Fiction: 7
April Poetry:

April Books Acquired: 8
April Books Rousted Unread: 1
April Books Pearl Ruled: 1

Unique Authors: 9 (2 x Allen Shawn, 3 x Diana Rowland)
Unique Countries: 3 (1 x Iran, 1 x UK)
Pages Read: 3393

Publication Dates:
1961
1975
1991
1998
2007
2012
2013
2015
2011 x 2
2014 x 2

Gender Ratio:
8 female : 4 male

Read vs. Acquired:
12 / 8

Read vs. Borrowed/ROOT/Pearl Ruled/Rousted:
12 / 12

91bohemima
May 1, 2015, 11:20am

Sigh.

Bridge today.

Heavier sigh.

92The_Hibernator
May 2, 2015, 12:36am

Good job with all the hard work to get stuff out of your apartment. I know how difficult that can be. Both the work of sorting as well as the pain of separation. Kudos to you!

93AuntieClio
May 2, 2015, 2:45am



47. A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness by Nassir Ghaemi - TIOLI #23. Read a book whose title has a subtitle

While Dr. Ghaemi may have a point about leaders diagnosed with mental illness being great leaders, I tend to think his hypothesis is a pattern looking for an answer, rather than proving the answer. His sample is too small, and cherry-picked. Comparing JFK to Hitler is like comparing filet mignon to maggot infested offal. And claiming Nixon wasn't mentally ill until he took office? That just doesn't fly.

The crux of the discussion should be, just what is the definition of mental health or illness? Followed by how does that definition apply to a large sample of leaders (e. g. all American presidents, all world leaders during WWII, etc.)

There are some valid points to be made; such as those who have survived traumatic childhoods may be better tempered to be better leaders in times of crisis. But many of us know people who were traumatized during childhood who are extremely fragile and vulnerable, and in no condition to lead a parade, much less a business or country.

This is not to say that Ghaemi's work is completely without value, I learned more about those he studied than I knew before. It was worth reading for the history parts. But I probably could have read any number of biographies and come away with the same information.

94AuntieClio
May 2, 2015, 3:05am



48. Twin: A Memoir by Allen Shawn - TIOLI # 15. Read a book which features character with autism

At the age of eight, Allen Shawn's twin sister, Mary, was removed from the home and institutionalized for the rest of their lives. Eventually diagnosed with autism, Mary lives in surroundings which suit her and keep her healthy.

Shawn's exploration of what it is for him to be a twin, separated as they were, and his family life, including phobias, is thoughtful. Mary was always just Mary to him, and remains so. Although he understands that her autism keeps her from functioning in ways which would allow her to function in society at large, he does not judge her for that. He has always accepted her as she is.

The longing for her to fill the void left by their separation is at the heart of this exploration. As heart-felt as his previous book, Wish I Could be There, Allen Shawn shares his journey with those who care to listen.

95AuntieClio
Edited: May 2, 2015, 3:30am



49. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - TIOLI #13. Read a book that has a cover that you love

What's not to love about a book illustrated by Jules Feiffer? Furthermore, I imagine that those few who are not charmed by Juster Norton's adventure tale about Milo and his Phantom Tollbooth to be Humbugs.

Yes, it holds up well on second readings over many, many years. And I'm sure that it will hold up well on subsequent readings. After all, Milo's journey from bored schoolboy to enlightened youth who now finds joy in all around him is not to be taken lightly. Don't we all wish we had a phantom tollbooth to take us on adventures which hinge on our critical thinking and rescuing two princesses who return joy to the kingdom? Well, maybe not everyone, but I do.

96AuntieClio
May 2, 2015, 3:38am



50. The Black Tower by P. D. James - TIOLI #12: Read a book written when the author was the same age you are now

Definitely not one of the better Dalgliesh mysteries. There's too much navel gazing on Adam Dagliesh's part, after leaving the hospital recovering from what he thought was death's door. I suppose nearly dying does that to someone. He spends the entire book trying to stay out of the company at the nursing home he has gone to in answer to an old friend (now dead).

Yet, Dagliesh cannot stop employing his "little grey cells" (as Poirot would call them), and makes a leap which neatly solves the mystery of serial killings and an unlikely motive. I still don't understand how the leap from young homosexual boy being sent away to heroin smuggling in wheelchairs was made. Nor do I understand how we are expected to believe that the small amount of heroin smuggled would lead to enough money for a somewhat lavish lifestyle on Toyton Grange.

Buck up Dagliesh, better times are ahead.

97scaifea
May 2, 2015, 7:43am

The Phantom Tollbooth!! I loved that one as a kid, and it's sitting on Charlie's shelves waiting for him to discover it!

98Whisper1
May 2, 2015, 9:05am

Stephanie, Your goal and mine are the same, ie to read the books off the shelves, to try not to bring more into the house, and then to get them out of the house.

Being home and sedentary after the Feb. surgery has afforded me a very stark look at just how out of hand this collecting is.

I also have boxes of books, down in the basement -- hundreds of them I'm sure. I'm glad our basement isn't damp and it is safe to store them there.

I confess that I have large shelves in my office, and I've taken to placing them in large cloth containers.

Realistically, I doubt if I'll ever read them all before my time on earth is finished, and my eye sight blurs with old age -- later years, of course, not soon.

I know you've had a rough time of it these months. I continue to think of you and send all good wishes your way.

99SuziQoregon
May 2, 2015, 8:43pm

I have actually never read The Phantom Tollbooth I keep meaning to but it just hasn't happened yet. One of these days . . .

100bohemima
May 3, 2015, 3:30pm

I love how your voice comes through in your excellent reviews, Stephanie!

The front cover of A First-Rate Madness is fairly creepy...

101tututhefirst
May 5, 2015, 12:37am

>96 AuntieClio: Thank you for the concise review which now allows me to abandon this book I've been struggling with for the past three weeks. I have been trying to re-read the Dalgleish books in order, but am finding them much more of a struggle than I remember from my first readings 8-10 years ago.

On to something more enjoyable.

102AuntieClio
May 6, 2015, 6:52pm



Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman - Navajo Mystery(Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee)/Walt Longmire Project TIOLI #2. Read the next book in a series

This one felt a little disjointed. A list of cases and security duty at a Boy Scout campout in the first chapter all become related later. It was like going to an improv comedy show where audience members yell out random words, and the troupe is supposed to use them all in a story.

Still loving Joe Leaphorn as a character and the Navajo Way.

103Ameise1
May 9, 2015, 5:10am

Hi Stephanie, I wish you a lovely weekend.

104karenmarie
May 9, 2015, 5:00pm

Hi Stephanie! Drive-by hello and best wishes for a good weekend.

105AuntieClio
May 9, 2015, 5:13pm

Book haul from the Friends of Palo Alto Library monthly book sale, where I volunteered for the morning:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat
Story of the Bible by Charles Foster

106Ameise1
May 9, 2015, 5:24pm

>105 AuntieClio: Nice book haul, Stephanie. I loved the reading of Oryx and Crake very much. I hope you'll enjoy it, too.

107Whisper1
May 9, 2015, 9:41pm

Great book haul. Oryx and Crake is on the tbr pile for a long time now.

108karenmarie
May 10, 2015, 9:43am

Oryx and Crake is on shelf 25 in my sunroom, just waiting to be opened.

But I'm reading The Goldfinch now and highly recommend it.

109AuntieClio
Edited: May 12, 2015, 1:53am



52 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (China) - TIOLI #8. Read a book that has a word in the title that means a female

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is about the effects books can have. Set in rural China during the time of Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution, a forbidden suitcase of western books translated into chinese illustrates the surprise consequences exposure to these books can have.

The two protagonists come from educated, professional families sent to peasant villages to be reeducated as good peasant workers. In order to impress the Little Seamstress, and to make her more sophisticated, the two obtain a copy of Balzac's Ursule Mirouët and tell her the story. But the consequences of their actions are not as they expected. The Little Seamstress does become more sophisticated, but to the chagrin of her two friends, the only lesson she has learned from Balzac is "a woman's beauty is treasure beyond price."

What these two educated boys saw as the opening of a world different than the one in which they lived, and reminded them of the cities they had come from where the importance of education and books was taken for granted, served to show the Little Seamstress that she could be valued for her grace and beauty in the cities.

Which means books can be a two-edged sword y'all.

I found Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress to be charming, while expressing the unintended consequences of stories and story-telling.

Half a star lost because of the completely jolting change of narrative voice about two-thirds of the way through. Three chapters are told from other points of view with no explanation why the change. After these, the narrator's voice returns as though no change had occurred.

110jnwelch
May 11, 2015, 3:18pm

Oh good, Stephanie. I really liked Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, too. I'd forgotten about the change in narrative perspective. That book cover is a beauty in RL, and one of my favorite covers ever.

111Whisper1
May 11, 2015, 8:22pm

I read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress awhile back and liked it a lot. Happy Evening to you Stephanie.

112klobrien2
May 11, 2015, 8:45pm

>95 AuntieClio: I just got Phantom Toolbooth from the library (a lovely new paperback) and I can't wait to get into it. I can't believe I haven't read it before now!

Karen O.

113AuntieClio
May 14, 2015, 2:11pm

114AuntieClio
May 14, 2015, 2:34pm

115connie53
May 15, 2015, 3:11am

Hi Steph. Just passing and waving.

116Ameise1
May 16, 2015, 8:10am

Hi Stephanie, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

117AuntieClio
May 17, 2015, 3:06am

While I did not make the deadline of this weekend to have my belongings purged and packed into bins, the point is moot, at least for the time being.

There was so much of a ballyhoo over the fixing of the roof and ceiling that, after calming down, I suggested the ceiling be fixed at a later date. Can someone please explain to me how people think it's okay to put my belongings in the backyard for a couple of days while they do repairs? I kept hearing my things could sit in the backyard, including my bed, while repairs were being done! It was also suggested that I just take a long weekend with my boyfriend while they did repairs.

As most of you know the boyfriend is non-existent and I do not have resources to go away for a weekend.

After many lectures about how much noise was going to be made and how early the work would begin while the roof was being worked on, nothing happened today (Saturday). I do not know what is going on with these people but holy cow ...

118Ameise1
May 17, 2015, 4:22am

Stephanie, I'm so sorry to hear this. It's terrible when you are ready and nobody shows up. What does your landlord say about this?

119bohemima
May 17, 2015, 7:30am

Not surprising. Sad and disappointing, but not surprising.

120karenmarie
May 17, 2015, 8:31am

Too much stress from too many sources. I hope your Sunday is restful and full of joy.

121AuntieClio
Edited: May 17, 2015, 8:13pm



River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh (India) - TIOLI #5. Read a book with a sentimental dedication (For my mother / On her eightieth)

The book I wanted to read was the one about the continuing adventures of the people from Sea of Poppies. River of Smoke is not that book.

As it turns out, neither book is about the people, it's about opium. Sea of Poppies is populated by people in India involved somehow in the growing and processing of the poppies. River of Smoke is about the opium trade in Canton, and the smuggling trade which has grown up around it.

The time is of the first Opium War between the British and China. Western intervention being what it is, makes this war about trade expansion regardless of the invaded country's desires. Selfish, infuriating Westerners.

Ghosh's details and characters are so much fun to read. His research touches a period of time, and an event, I knew nothing about and now want to know more about.

Writers like Ghosh are the reason I purposefully extend myself into international waters each May. They expand my horizons and expose me to new things.

If you like Sea of Poppies, you will like River of Smoke.

122AuntieClio
May 17, 2015, 8:19pm

>118 Ameise1: Barb, the problem is that this is a DIY project by my landlord and various family members. For reasons that became clear to me just a few days ago, the reluctance to pay for storage and a hotel now make sense.

However, because they think nothing of putting their stuff in the backyard, they wouldn't understand why I'm appalled by the idea.

They have spent a great part of the day banging around on the roof. I have decided to stay inside and pretend nothing's going on.

123Ameise1
May 18, 2015, 12:56am

>122 AuntieClio: Now I got it. I hope that they'll finish this 'project' soon. Thinking od you xx

124connie53
Edited: May 18, 2015, 1:32pm

>117 AuntieClio: That's really stupid! And since your landlord is doing the project he could have known you have no where to go and no money to spare!

125Berly
May 18, 2015, 8:38pm

Hoping you have ear muffs!! Hang in there Stephanie.

Loved Oryx and Crake and I think I have River of Smoke around here somewhere... ; )

126bohemima
May 19, 2015, 6:46am

Outstanding review of River of Smoke. Thumbed!

So, how goes the roof? Are they done, or what?

127AuntieClio
May 19, 2015, 6:04pm

Day three on the roof, shingles/tiles/whatever they're called still on the sidewalk outside my apartment door.

128SuziQoregon
May 19, 2015, 6:49pm

What a nightmare about the roof repairs. Hope it's over soon.

129AuntieClio
May 20, 2015, 6:37pm

It sounds like they have the whole neighborhood working on the roof. Day 4.

130Ameise1
May 21, 2015, 12:59am

>129 AuntieClio: In this case there are two possibilities. They come through quicker because they CAN work hand in hand or it will go longer because everybody knows it better and all the discussion will take longer. I hope it's the first they go for.

131AuntieClio
May 21, 2015, 4:51am

Despite all the banging around, it appears that progress is being made on the roof. This afternoon, the tiles were going back up from the sidewalk to the roof.

I am 99% done with packing and purging. Another couple of boxes ready to go to Goodwill. Several bins condensed into fewer, with the result of empty bins strewn around. For some reason, it has been difficult to make the push for the last bit.

Just finished A Disobedient Girl and have to really think what I want to say about it. Did not see the twist coming but it made perfect sense when it did. Such a powerful book, it will take some time to digest.

Tomorrow will start a 12-week journey with what's basically a support group at the career center. They got funding for some sort of pilot program and I was asked to participate. This is exactly what I need, help in accountability and keeping me focused on finding a way to earn money. We meet in a group every week, and then with a dedicated career counselor every third week.

This is all to the good I'm sure since once I'm done putting my apartment back together and getting the floors clean, I won't exactly know what to do with myself. It feels odd to be shedding those many pressing issues I've had since my layoff in 2013, and realizing my needs now get undivided attention.

132ronincats
May 22, 2015, 12:10am

Hey, that's great that you get to participate in that group! Hopefully the roof will be done in the next few days and you can get your place put back together.

I've just spent a couple of day clearing out my office. I'm only about 60 percent done, but I tackled the BIG job today of clearing out my file cabinet so I can USE it and put all the papers piled on my desk into it in a functional way.

133streamsong
May 22, 2015, 8:39am

I had to have my roof replaced last year. I have an elderly golden retriever who is a house dog. When I cam home from work the first day the roofers were there, she was completely beside herself - over excited and terrified.. I had to take her to doggy day care for the rest of the week. I hope you can find a nice quiet place of refuge to get away from the noise when you need to!

Nice review of River of Smoke! I haven't read any of Ghosh's works. I need to change that.

134Ameise1
May 23, 2015, 6:28am

Hi Stephanie, what wonderful news about the program you'll be joining. I wish you a lovely weekend. xx

135karenmarie
May 23, 2015, 8:04am

Good morning, Steph! I hope the repair work is done soon. Congrats on the 12-week project at the career center, too.

I've read Sea of Poppies, loved it, and have River of Smoke in both Kindle and physical editions. The problem is that I get on LT and read about people enjoying books I have on my shelves and don't know what to pick next! I've just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, so am in the market for a new read.

Have a great weekend, too.

136tututhefirst
May 26, 2015, 12:50pm

>121 AuntieClio: Stephanie, I loved Sea of Poppies but was never able to finish River of Smoke. I wonder if there was too much time between my reading of each so that I lost the ribbon of thought. I do have the second one here on the shelf and hope to return to it someday. So glad you gave me some encouragement not to abandon it altogether.

137AuntieClio
May 31, 2015, 2:49am

May Wrap-up:

May Books Read: 5
May TIOLI Books Read: 5
May ROOTs: 1

May Fiction: 5
May Non-Fiction:

May Books Acquired: 4
May Books Rousted Unread:
May Books Pearl Ruled: 1

Unique Authors: 5
Unique Countries: 5 (1x India, 1x Sri Lanka, 1x Spain, 1x China)
Pages Read: 1826

Publication Dates:
1978
2002
2009 x 2
2011

Gender Ratio:
4 male : 1 female

Read vs. Acquired:
5 read : 4 Acquired

Read vs. Borrowed/ROOT/Pearl Ruled/Rousted:
5 read: 2 (1x ROOT, 1x Pearl Ruled)

138AuntieClio
Edited: Jun 30, 2015, 4:32am

Proposed reading for June:
TIOLI

Roll-over Rule in effect

Actually read in June:
56. (G)(F) The Hurricane Party by Klas Ostergren - TIOLI #20: Read a book which title has a word for "tropical cyclone" (e.g. hurricane, typhoon, tropical storm, cyclone, tropical depression)
57. (G)(F) Adam und Evelyn by Ingo Schulze - TIOLI #13. Read a book that has a punctuation mark and/or a symbol in the title (my copy uses Adam + Evelyn as its title)
58. (G)(NF) My Friend the Fanatic by Sadanand Dhume - TIOLI #3. Read a book that is set primarily in a country farther to the south than yours (for Northern hemisphere readers) (Indonesia)
59. (G)(F) - The Players' Boy is Dead by Leonard Tourney - TIOLI #2. Read a book that has a word in the title that means a male



New to the Stacks:
49. The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher
50. Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton




June Books Read: 4
June TIOLI Books Read: 4
June ROOTs: 4

June Fiction: 2
June Non-Fiction: 2
June Poetry:

June Books Acquired: 2
June Books Rousted Unread:
June Books Pearl Ruled:

139karenmarie
Jun 2, 2015, 6:55am

'Morning, Steph! Wishing you a wonderful day and lots of good reading for June.

140Tess_W
Edited: Jun 2, 2015, 3:23pm

Reading and purging, sounds like the story of my life! Good luck with the re-organization, roof, and with the new support group.

141AuntieClio
Jun 2, 2015, 8:02pm

Right, here I am. After seven days, the roof was finally finished and the noise abated.

Success Team at the career center has been a mixed bag, but then we have only had two meetings. A meeting with my career advisor yesterday about my resume was very helpful, and made me feel like I could stop flailing around so much.

We filled the back of Scott's Subaru station wagon to the brim on Sunday and shoved the last of the purge out of my apartment. Now it's just a matter of tidying up and rearranging a few things. I have empty modular cabinets, less crowded shelves and, most importantly, floor space. My legs are now bruise free! I will approach them about fixing my ceiling in several weeks.

No big projects on the horizon, some little ones to be done. Now is the time to concentrate full bore on my job search.

More books reviews to come.

142scaifea
Jun 3, 2015, 8:13am

What a great feeling you must have walking around your place and seeing all the clear spaces! I love that just-tidied-up feeling!

143bohemima
Jun 3, 2015, 8:19am

Success! Floor space!

Now if I could just follow your shining example of purging....

144ronincats
Jun 4, 2015, 12:42pm

What an ordeal! But it's over and you have a newly cleansed living area with SHELF SPACE! Wow, wish I could remember what that is like. Good wishes both on the group thing and the job hunt, Steph!

145Ameise1
Jun 5, 2015, 11:40am

Hi Stephanie, it's great to hear that the roof is finished and you can move in and have a lot of free space. I wish you a fabulous weekend.

146Berly
Jun 8, 2015, 3:02am

I left a message, but it got eaten. Dang it! Glad you are all tidied up and sending you lots of good energy for the job search. : )

147AuntieClio
Jun 8, 2015, 7:41pm



54. A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman (Sri Lanka) - TIOLI #14. Read a book about systemic oppression

Taking a month to concentrate on international authors has exposed me to so many gems. Ru Freeman's A Disobedient Girl is one.

The way she tells the story of a young woman who is a servant to the daughter of a wealthy family in parallel with a woman who has lost everything kept me guessing the connection. I enjoy stories which keep me asking "Where is she going with this?"

And so, in the last chapter or so, we learn about the cyclical nature of one family's tragedy, and the class system which encourages the systemic oppression of women.

What a well-written, often heart-wrenching story!

148AuntieClio
Jun 8, 2015, 10:21pm



55. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Spain) - TIOLI #13: Read a book written by an author from a country you've never been to (Spain)

This is familiar terrain for those who have read The Shadow of the Wind, but it is at the same time unfamiliar. Written as a "prequel," almost none of the characters are the same, and The Cemetery of Forgotten Books makes a brief appearance. As the story of David Martin of Barcelona unspools, we are left to wonder if David himself is unraveling. Is the story linear, or is it magical realism? It can all make sense, but does it? Should it? Delightful!

149AuntieClio
Jun 10, 2015, 12:32am

100 Pages a Day: The Hurricane Party - my latest blog feature

150AuntieClio
Jun 10, 2015, 2:18am



56. The Hurricane Party by Klas Ostergren - TIOLI #20: Read a book which title has a word for "tropical cyclone" (e.g. hurricane, typhoon, tropical storm, cyclone, tropical depression)

Part of the Canongate Myth series, which I found after reading Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad.

The Hurricane Party is part Swedish 1984 and Norse myth about the banquet all gods attend during which Loki, the trickster god, trips over his ego and kills a favored servant.

My reading of The Hurricane Party was another case of wishing the book was something it wasn't. I found the parts before and after the banquet story to be stilted, and somewhat mundane. Understanding that the foundation was being laid, I kept on. The banquet story was such fun to read, but didn't match with the rest.

It's a story about love but it takes a long way to get there.

Longer review.

151AuntieClio
Jun 10, 2015, 2:34am

I've been writing quite a bit for my blog the last few days. Some pieces published, some waiting in the wings. It feels good.

153Ameise1
Jun 12, 2015, 11:37am

Hi Stephanie, I wish you a relaxed weekend.

154thornton37814
Jun 14, 2015, 9:06pm

>148 AuntieClio: I might consider reading the prequel. I enjoyed The Shadow of the Wind. I'm not committing at the moment, but I'll think about it.

155AuntieClio
Edited: Jun 15, 2015, 2:53am



100 Pages a Day: Part One - Part Two - Part Three
Blog review

57. Adam und Evelyn by Ingo Schulze - TIOLI #13. Read a book that has a punctuation mark and/or a symbol in the title (my copy uses Adam + Evelyn as its title)

Ingo Schuzle's story of Adam and Evelyn leaving the Eastern Bloc for the West is an imagining of what might have happened when the biblical Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden.

Where would they go? What would they do? And how did they feel about it?

Evelyn comes home from quitting her waitress job to find Adam in the bathtub having sex with one of his tailoring customers. This is just one woman too far and Evelyn storms out of the house deciding to go on vacation to Hungary with friends, and without Adam.

Adam, oblivious to why Eve is so angry, packs his car and follows her. As they all drive across borders to Hungary, political tensions are high as large groups of people gather at the borders hoping that the restrictions against travel to the west are beginning to fall.

Adam sneaks a woman he meets at a rest stop, Katja, across the border in the trunk of his car. Evelyn has an affair with her friend's cousin, Michael, which puzzles Adam who still doesn't understand that Evelyn thinks their time as a couple is over.

This book works best as the story of two young people trying to figure out what their lives should mean. One thinks things are great just as they are in the East and really doesn't see a reason to leave, yet does. Evelyn, on the other hand, is restless and believes she can have a better life in the West where she can go to university and study what she likes.

There is endless pointless bickering until the very end, which in some ways mirrors the endless pointless political bickering over borders and ideologies. At the end, the Berlin Wall comes down, and Adam and Evelyn set up life in the West.

156SuziQoregon
Jun 15, 2015, 4:58pm

So glad to hear the roof is done. Between that and all the purging you've done it must feel like a brand new place.

157AuntieClio
Edited: Jun 19, 2015, 12:26am



58. My Friend the Fanatic by Sadanand Dhume - TIOLI #3. Read a book that is set primarily in a country farther to the south than yours (for Northern hemisphere readers) (Indonesia)

Full disclosure: This was an ARC (Advanced Readers' Copy) given to me through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers' program. In exchange, I agreed to give an honest review.

100 Pages a Day: Part One - Part Two - Part Three

Simplistically put, Indonesia's problems can be seen as the growing pains of a young nation searching for identity. What is it to be Indonesian? I found My Friend the Fanatic to be an interesting look into these issues from the point of view of an atheist journalist from India seeking answers from Islamic fundamentalists fighting against secular values.

Dhume writes of the stark contrasts in Indonesia and the conflicts in politics and ideology. His work has made me curious about Indonesia and its history.

158connie53
Jun 23, 2015, 1:45pm

The roof is done! Yeah!! Congrats on that.

159AuntieClio
Jun 27, 2015, 1:45am

What am I reading these days? Why Ovid 's Metamophoses. A friend sent along a copy of the latest translation by David Raeburn and I am enjoying it.

Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Book Four

160Ameise1
Jun 27, 2015, 7:34am

Hi Stephanie, I wish you a fabulous weekend.

161Tess_W
Jun 27, 2015, 12:07pm

>159 AuntieClio:, I'm in awe of you, reading it and liking it!