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Mark's Reading Place: Chapter 2

This is a continuation of the topic Mark's Reading Place: A Warbler Returns....

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75 Books Challenge for 2016

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Edited: Jan 16, 2016, 11:52am Top

-Marc Bohne

^These are not my shelves and I did finally purchase 3 Penguin Clothbounds. It's a start...

Edited: Jan 20, 2016, 7:20pm Top



Books Read So Far...


1) Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt 3.5 stars (audio)
2) The Revenant by Michael Punke 4.3 stars (E)
3) The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 3.8 stars (E)
4) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 4.2 stars (audio/print)
5) Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler 3.8 stars AAC (E)

Edited: Jan 20, 2016, 7:20pm Top

American Author Challenge 2016

January- Anne Tyler
February- Richard Russo
March- Jane Smiley
April- Poetry Month
May- Ivan Doig
June- Annie Proulx
July- John Steinbeck
August-Joyce Carol Oates
September- John Irving
October- Michael Chabon
November- Annie Dillard
December- Don DeLillo

Mark's Picks for the AACIII: (under construction)

January- Anne Tyler- Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
February- Richard Russo- Straight Man
March- Jane Smiley- Some Luck
April- Poetry Month
May- Ivan Doig
June- Annie Proulx
July- John Steinbeck
August-Joyce Carol Oates
September- John Irving
October- Michael Chabon
November- Annie Dillard
December- Don DeLillo

The General Discussion Thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/209611

Edited: Jan 20, 2016, 7:23pm Top


There is no way, I'll be able to read all 4 of these Challenge authors, per month but I will select one each and try my best to bookhorn them in. There are other various Challenges going on, in '16 and I would like the chance to give one or 2 of those a chance too.


February : Agatha Christie & William Dalrymple
March : Ali Smith & Thomas Hardy
April : George Eliot & Hanif Kureishi
May : Jane Gardam & Robert Goddard
June : Lady Antonia Fraser & Joseph Conrad
July : Bernice Rubens & H.G. Wells
August : Diana Wynne-Jones & Ian McEwan
September : Doris Lessing & Laurie Lee
October : Kate Atkinson & William Golding
November : Rebecca West & Len Deighton
December : WEST YORKSHIRE writers
Wildcard : Rumer Godden and George Orwell


January: Robertson Davies, Kim Thúy
February: Helen Humphreys, Stephen Leacock
March: Farley Mowat, Anita Rau Badami
April: Margaret Atwood, Michael Crummey
May: Michel Tremblay, Emily St. John Mandel
June: Timothy Findley, Joseph Boyden
July: LM Montgomery, Pierre Berton
August: Mordechai Richler, Gabrielle Roy
September: Miriam Toews, Dany Laferrière
October: Lawrence Hill, Jane Urquhart
November: Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Laurence
December: Alice Munro, Rawi Hage

Jan 10, 2016, 8:19am Top

Happy New Thread, Mark. What a lovely painting. wishing you a fabulous Sunday.

Jan 10, 2016, 8:22am Top

Morning, Mark! Happy new thread!

Jan 10, 2016, 8:27am Top

>5 Ameise1: Thanks, Barb! You have been #1, for my last 2 threads. Impressive.

Jan 10, 2016, 8:28am Top

>6 Crazymamie: Morning Mamie! Happy Sunday! How is things in Mamieland?

Jan 10, 2016, 8:29am Top

Things are most excellent in Mamieland, Mark, thanks for asking. And it's Big Breakfast today, so feel free to stop in and grab a plate full of YUM!

Jan 10, 2016, 8:30am Top

>7 msf59: Ha, you have only to set up a new thread at the right time and I'm just falling through the door. Thanks so much for the medal, Mark.

Jan 10, 2016, 8:35am Top

>9 Crazymamie: If I could teleport, I would be there immediately. I would love to try one of Mamie's Big Breakfast meals.

>10 Ameise1: Be careful falling through that door, Barb. I do not want you to get hurt. Smiles...

Edited: Jan 10, 2016, 8:53am Top

^I started Moose. A GN that addresses bullying. This is a painful and difficult subject, but it is handled very well here.

I seem like I am spinning my wheels, with my current reads, but I should finally finish The Invasion of the Tearling this morniong and then I may have to switch to the print book, of A Little Life, so I can wrap that up. I hate to wait another week, before returning to work, to finish the audio, especially with W & P looming in the wings.

Edited: Jan 10, 2016, 9:18am Top

Nice new thread, Big Dog! I look forward to your comments about A Little Life.

How about those Cincinnati Bungles yesterday? I can't remember a more impressive meltdown than the one at the end of last night's game against the Steelers.

Edited: Jan 10, 2016, 9:29am Top

Thanks, Darryl! And Good Morning! We had friends over last night and I did not see the Cincy meltdown. It sounds like an ugly one.

I will be watching the Seahawks & Vikes. Should be quite a battle.

Jan 10, 2016, 9:38am Top

Morning, Mark! Happy new thread!!

I own a couple of those Penguin Clothbounds and love 'em. So pretty.

Jan 10, 2016, 9:54am Top

Already a new thread Mark! You are a happening guy! With a A Little Life, a door stopper, I can understand how you feel like you are spinning your wheels, but you are not !

Jan 10, 2016, 10:27am Top

>15 scaifea: Morning, Amber! I am going to start looking around for one of those Penguin Clothbounds and maybe add one, to my shelf, every couple of months. They are gorgeous and i like them better than the Drop-Caps.

>16 vancouverdeb: Morning Deb! Yes, I am a Happening Guy, although I am not sure my wife would agree. LOL. Hope you have a nice Sunday.

Jan 10, 2016, 11:36am Top

Hey Mark, congrats on the new thread. The Penguin Clothbound Classics are beautiful aren't they? My mom has several.

Jan 10, 2016, 12:12pm Top

Happy Sunday, Mark! Congrats on Thread #2.

Jan 10, 2016, 12:40pm Top

Happy new thread, Mark!

I just got a Clothbound Classic in the mail yesterday - Love and Freindship, to complete my collection of Austens in those editions. So pretty on my shelf :-)

Jan 10, 2016, 12:49pm Top

Mmm...a little Penguin envy going on here...those editions are SO nice.

Jan 10, 2016, 12:49pm Top

>18 Thebookdiva: Thanks, Abby! I will have to find out which Penguin Classics, your Mom has. Hope you are enjoying the day.

>19 Berly: Thanks, Kimmers! Great to see you. Getting any reading in?

>20 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! Could you suggest a good place to buy these Penquin Classics. I have not started researching yet.

Happy Sunday, my friend!

Jan 10, 2016, 12:51pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mark. I hope you are enjoying your time off. Love your thread toppers.

Jan 10, 2016, 12:54pm Top

>21 laytonwoman3rd: Do you own any, Linda? Inquiring minds and all that...

>23 BLBera: Happy Sunday, Beth! Great to see you. I am loving my time off. It is COLD out there today. About 15. That is probably warm for you. LOL.

Jan 10, 2016, 1:52pm Top

>22 msf59: - Mark, I just get them from Amazon.

Jan 10, 2016, 1:54pm Top

>25 katiekrug: Me, too. And I have over twenty of them - they are gorgeous!

Jan 10, 2016, 2:21pm Top

>25 katiekrug: >26 Crazymamie: Maybe I will browse, while watching the game...

>26 Crazymamie: What are a couple of your favorite editions, Mamie?

Jan 10, 2016, 2:41pm Top

Hello Mark and Happy Sunday.

The cloth-bound Penguins are indeed lovely. I might like to have a short shelf full of them.


OMG. This game is not going well but Doug Baldwin just made an amazing one-handed catch. Incredible.

Jan 10, 2016, 3:12pm Top

Happy Sunday, Mark, made even happier by the knowledge you don't have to go to work tomorrow. Glad you're staying warm inside. 15F? Not fun. I know that because we were about that cold last week. It's warming up here, though (31F currently), and is supposed to get into the 40s this coming week, so you should warm up too just in time for the end of your vacay. :) At least you don't have snow. (Or do you?)

Jan 10, 2016, 3:23pm Top

I just saw over on Joe's thread that you're planning a trip to Boston, including a meet-up with Caroline (and perhaps others?). Meeting Caro was a highlight of our Boston trip in September, as was meeting Suzanne at the Museum of Fine Art. I know you'll have fun.

Jan 10, 2016, 3:52pm Top

>28 EBT1002: "Doug Baldwin just made an amazing one-handed catch." I saw that! Wow! It has been a close battle. my friend.

>30 EBT1002: I had a nice chat with Caroline this morning, Ellen and we have begun making plans. She is going to take a full day off work and show us the town. It looks like we are going to stay in Cambridge. Also, keep in mind, we are going to finish up the trip in Manchester, Vermont, for Booktopia. B.A.G.

>29 Storeetllr: Happy Sunday, Mary! Yep, I am tucked away in the Marky-Mark Man Cave, with the fireplace on, along with some football. Trying to squeeze in some reading here and there.

Jan 10, 2016, 4:05pm Top

They are all gorgeous, but let's see...I have all of the Austens. Love her, and the spines are just as pretty as the front and back covers. Um...Far From the Madding Crowd, Vanity Fair, Hard Times, and Jane Eyre are stunning, I think.

Really, you can't go wrong with any of them.

Jan 10, 2016, 4:29pm Top

Thank you so much, Mamie! I really love that Jane Eyre cover. It might be the first one I buy.

Jan 10, 2016, 4:31pm Top


Jan 10, 2016, 4:41pm Top

Love those. Even the paperback ones are nice though!

Jan 10, 2016, 5:21pm Top

Still managing to keep relatively caught up with your thread. For now... :)

Jan 10, 2016, 5:28pm Top

Happy to see you join the two thread club but I am not in the least surprised. Enjoy what is left of your Sunday, buddy.

Jan 10, 2016, 7:46pm Top

>34 Crazymamie: Sweet!!

>35 charl08: Sweet!! Did not know they were in softcover too!

>36 MickyFine: Happy Sunday, Micky! Great to see you again.

>37 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! The 75ers have been on FIRE!! I LOVE it!

Edited: Jan 10, 2016, 7:56pm Top

^We watched the film version of The Revenant. Stunning photography. Good acting. Brutal & Relentless. The Faint of Heart- Beware! I wish it could have stayed closer to the book, in the last 30 or 40 minutes. It weakened the impact. IMHO.

Jan 10, 2016, 8:46pm Top

>32 Crazymamie: It's a conspiracy! I don't own any of these pretties. So far. I have been tempted into a few Folio Society editions (and usually only when I can buy them on sale, or when I come across a second hand treasure trove as I did a year or so ago at a "jumble sale" booth at one of our county fairs.) But there may be a Penguin or two in my future. Select titles that I love deserve special editions, right? Come ON, people, enable me!

Jan 10, 2016, 9:01pm Top

>32 Crazymamie: I just took a quick glimpse… Must. Stay. Strong. I am trying to downsize my library. Besides, if I bought a few of these beauties, wouldn't my used books be jealous? You go right ahead, though, Mark. You deserve some very special books to set off your Man Cave.

By the way, I'm still awaiting the Word from the Warbler on A Little Life. I took one look at that cover and thought I didn't want to end up with that sad face. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Jan 10, 2016, 9:04pm Top

Mark, As always, you have lovely opening images.

Jan 10, 2016, 9:16pm Top

Happy new thread and happy weekend Mark!

Edited: Jan 10, 2016, 10:12pm Top

>40 laytonwoman3rd: "I don't own any of these pretties." Me, neither, Linda, but that is about to change, my friend. Grins...

>41 Donna828: "You deserve some very special books to set off your Man Cave." Bless your soul, Donna! I think so too. LOL.

I am still working my way through A Little Life. I am not sure this is your cuppa and I sure would hate for you to make that same face, as on the cover. Snickers...

>42 Whisper1: Thanks, Linda! Honestly, those were last minute topper decisions. LOL.

>43 The_Hibernator: Thank you, Rachel! Hope you had a good weekend.

Jan 10, 2016, 10:14pm Top

Any thoughts on tonight's DA? I thought it was okay. The Carson & Hughes bits are still my favorites. Poor, poor Thomas...it is hard to forget how much of a jerk he has been over 5 seasons.

Jan 10, 2016, 10:18pm Top

>45 msf59: One almost wants to feel sorry for Mr. Barrow. But somehow I think he'll come up smelling like roses...

Jan 10, 2016, 10:20pm Top

You are probably right, Linda but I believe in comeuppances...wouldn't that be nice?

Jan 11, 2016, 1:32am Top

When you mentioned not getting any reading , I could resist but suggesting your were into the cups. It's an expression I ran across in one of Irish books that I read lately. Get used to it, Lone Ranger! I'm pretty sure I heard my grandma and my mom describe people as getting in the cups. Oh it's a great expression. I did not watch the Golden Globe Awards this evening, but I thought of you when the Revenant won. I'm way behind in any tv watching, including DA. One I'll catch up.

Jan 11, 2016, 7:32am Top

Hi, Deb! I did have a couple beers yesterday, while laying around the house but I was definitely not "into the cups". LOL.

I saw that The Revenant won best film at the Globes. I have not see all the worthy films of '15 yet but it was a very good film.

How much DA have you watched?

Jan 11, 2016, 7:43am Top

Woo Hoo for new threads and vacation!
DA ugh! The Dreu/Drew storyline is erking me as much as the Bates'. This show is stuck in neutral and makes me want to cry. :'(

Jan 11, 2016, 7:50am Top

Morning Lynda! I don't like that Dreu/Drew storyline either. The show has been pretty routine so far but I think the Carson/Hughes moments make it tolerable.

Jan 11, 2016, 7:57am Top

>51 msf59: Carson/Hughes = Agree!

Jan 11, 2016, 8:48am Top

I'm with everyone on Carson/Hughes, they are an adorable couple and it's fun to see them working through their personal relationship.

Jan 11, 2016, 9:07am Top

>52 Carmenere: Thumbs Up!

>53 lauralkeet: Hi, Laura! Great to see you stop by. Wouldn't it be nice if Mrs. Hughes could get her way?

Jan 11, 2016, 9:41am Top

>40 laytonwoman3rd: Yes, Linda, select titles are worthy of special treatment.

>41 Donna828: Donna, for me they are like art - so beautiful just to look at, but I can also read them, which makes them even more useful.

Morning, Mark! Okay, you mentioned on Katie's thread that you ordered three of those babies - which ones?!

Jan 11, 2016, 10:26am Top

Morning Mamie! I ordered The Count of Monte Cristo, Jane Eyre & The Woman in White. I have only read Jane Eyre, so that should inspire me to finally read the other 2. Plus, they will look so GOOD on shelf. B.A.G.

Jan 11, 2016, 10:29am Top

I have The Woman in White, but I haven't read it yet. And I was tempted by The Count of Monte Cristo because even though I am familiar with the storyline, I have never read the actual book. I am guessing that one would be excellent on audio with the right narrator.

Jan 11, 2016, 10:32am Top

Most of the Penguin titles are worthy of ownership, (unless I all ready have them on shelf) but I also selected them for ascetic reasons. Shallow, you say? Nah!!

We may have to schedule a shared read of either The Count of Monte Cristo or The Woman in White, or both, some time down the road.

Jan 11, 2016, 10:34am Top

>55 Crazymamie: - Ha! I came here, too, to ask what titles he bought!

I am thinking of only buying them once I've read the book. I thought that might inspire me to actually read more classics. But I doubt I have that much self-control. In fact, I'm already thinking of treating myself to Jane Eyre.....

Jan 11, 2016, 10:37am Top

>58 msf59: That would be fun, Mark, just let me know.

>59 katiekrug: DO it, Katie! That Jane Eyre is one of my favorites, and I love that story.

Jan 11, 2016, 10:38am Top

>59 katiekrug: Thanks to both of you, for the nudge. I was definitely considering it but your "book love" pushed me over. I am all ready planning, exactly where to put those babies.

Jan 11, 2016, 10:40am Top

>60 Crazymamie: Funny, some of the cover images, of Jane Eyre looked muted and others sharp and vibrant. Of course, I am hoping for the latter.

Jan 11, 2016, 10:42am Top

Might be the lighting in the photo? Mine is vibrant.

Jan 11, 2016, 10:42am Top

Ooh, yes...

Jan 11, 2016, 10:54am Top

>60 Crazymamie: - I think I might actually get Gulliver's Travels which I remember loving when I read it in college.

Jan 11, 2016, 10:58am Top

I have that one, Katie, but I have not yet read it. I love the color - a kind of slate blue. That's one of my newer additions.

Jan 11, 2016, 12:22pm Top

>58 msf59: I have read the Count, but if you do Woman in White I am in!

Jan 11, 2016, 2:23pm Top

>65 katiekrug: >66 Crazymamie: Now, I will have to check out the copy of Gulliver's Travels. You people are relentless...

>67 Berly: Hi, Kimmers. It would also fit the Doorstop Challenge, right?

Jan 11, 2016, 2:46pm Top

After being first to comment in recent months, I somehow missed your new thread, Mark.

Love the top of thread artwork, as usual.

Hope you're enjoying your time off. I'm sure you're glad to not have to venture off into the Arctic cold.

Jan 11, 2016, 2:51pm Top

Quick work adding three to the collection: congrats!

Jan 11, 2016, 3:21pm Top

>69 lindapanzo: And I was waiting and waiting for you, Linda. Where, oh, where, is my pal? LOL.

Thanks! Glad you made it over. Yes, nice to be on vacation and how about those Packers? They sure came alive when they needed to.

>70 charl08: As long as there will be a Mighty 75, Charlotte, there will be a danger of BBs. This is our world...

Jan 11, 2016, 3:27pm Top

>71 msf59: Did you see that Viking game in the bitter cold though? Yikes!! I feel sorry for that poor kicker. Apparently, when the football's stiches face the kicker like that, the ball can go anywhere. And it did.

Jan 11, 2016, 3:49pm Top

Hi Mark! Finally getting around to stopping by and dropping a star. Look forward to seeing what interesting reads you come up with this year.

Jan 11, 2016, 4:10pm Top

>72 lindapanzo: Yes, I did see that field goal attempt, Linda. Ouch. I like the Seahawks but that was a tough break for the Vikes, who had a very good season.

>73 tututhefirst: Thanks, Tina! Good to see you. And Happy Reading to you too.

Jan 11, 2016, 4:20pm Top

Love the new thread, Mark! Are you still on vacation? I hope you have a great week!

Jan 11, 2016, 6:09pm Top

Hi Mark! Happy (relatively) new thread

It's always risking coming to your thread on a Monday because we record Downton Abbey and don't watch until Monday night.

I've heard enough about A Little Life to know it's not my cuppa but I know folks who have read it and said it's amazing.

I had a good reading weekend - finished up The Infernals by John Connolly and the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Illustrated Edition which is simply gorgeous. Today at lunch I started Sunset Express by Robert Crais because it's been too long since I last read an Elvis Cole book.

I'm beginning to feel like my long lost reading mojo might be coming back. Slowly but showing signs of returning.

Jan 11, 2016, 7:15pm Top

>75 lkernagh: Glad you like the new thread, Lori! Good to see you. I had the weekend off, so today is officially my first day of vacation. We are having some winter type weather the next few days, so my timing was good.

>76 SuziQoregon: Thanks, Juli! There hasn't been much to discuss on DA anyway and we try to avoid spoilers. The show seems to be stuck in it's Safe Default mode anyway.

Still plugging away at A Little Life. I have been switching back and forth from audio and print, just to make my way through it.

Glad to hear you found your Reading Mojo, again! That is very important. Now, just hold on a little tighter to it. LOL.

Edited: Jan 11, 2016, 7:16pm Top

^ I started Sweet Tooth, Vol. 6: Wild Game. This is the last in a terrific series, by one of my favorite GN authors. If you like dark, dystopia, with animal/human hybrid people, give this series a try.

Jan 12, 2016, 6:47am Top

I'm hoping to pick up another Penguin clothbound (or two) at Prairie Lights...

Morning, Mark!

Jan 12, 2016, 7:23am Top

Gosh! I finally made it to being up to date with you! Just a little vacation from threads and yours gets almost out of reach. My eye doctor appointment resulted in new prescriptions and a suggestion that I use artificial tears for a bit of "dry eye". Hopefully, I am looking forward to being able to read longer than in small 25 minute spurts. That said, the GNs have been helpful.

I received Plutona No. 1 yesterday and the cover looks like it is promising. Also, DC Comics Bombshells #1 is also awaiting my attention. Think I'll take them with me to the kids' place this morning and I'll read them while waiting for the kids to wake and get outta bed. I did finish reading volume 2 of the Lumberjanes Friendship to the Max and loved it. Nice combination of fantasy and reality.

Hope you are making good progress on A Little Life so that we can all benefit from your comments.

Jan 12, 2016, 8:01am Top

>79 scaifea: Morning, Amber! I am looking forward to my Clothbound Classics. I should get a package today or tomorrow. Expect a photo. B.A.G.

>80 maggie1944: Morning, Karen! Good to see you. Glad you made it to the eye doctor. Hope this takes care of those pesty issues. 25 minute spurts is not long enough, that is for sure.

I really enjoyed the 1st volume of Lumberjanes. I have to request the 2nd.

Still plugging away at A Little Life. I am currently doing print and audio and I do see the end of this very dark tunnel.

Edited: Jan 12, 2016, 8:47am Top

"On and on and on the stories will go, and in their path will lie squalor: blood and bones and dirt and disease and misery."

^This is a quote from A Little Life and it sums it up perfectly. I am still marching along, on this Grim Chunkster Journey. I am now reading it, in both audio and print. I kicked up the speed on the audio, to the "faster" level and it seems to pick up the pace. I still have about 160 pages to go. Yes, it remains relentlessly bleak and overlong but there is also something, hypnotic and fascinating about it, like passing a complicated and endless train wreck.

Jan 12, 2016, 8:49am Top

Morning, Mark! I have only read the first book in that Sweet Tooth series - you are reminding me that I should get back to it.

Jan 12, 2016, 9:00am Top

Morning Mamie! Sweet Tooth gets darker and darker as it goes along, but it is a very good series. I hope you get back to it.

If you are looking for a solid fantasy trilogy, check out The Queen of the Tearling. I finished the 2nd book. I think I mentioned this to Abby too.

Jan 12, 2016, 9:10am Top

We have the first two books in that series, Mark - I picked them up as Kindle deals after you mentioned that you liked the first one. Hoping to get to them this year!

Jan 12, 2016, 9:20am Top

I couldn't remember if I warbled it to you, earlier. The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3 comes out in November, so the wait is not bad.

Jan 12, 2016, 9:23am Top

Oh, that's good to know!

Jan 12, 2016, 9:46am Top

Morning vacationing postal carrier! I own The Woman in White and I'd be all in for a group read of it but definitely not this year. To many 3 inch tomes already await me. Have a relaxing day

Jan 12, 2016, 9:52am Top

>88 Carmenere: Morning Lynda! "To many 3 inch tomes already await." Amen, my friend!

Lots of sunshine out there, but frigid temps. Only in the single digits at the moment. Brrrrr...

Edited: Jan 12, 2016, 10:01am Top

Jan 12, 2016, 10:51am Top

>90 msf59: Ha!

Good morning, Mark! Hope you're continuing to enjoy some R & R.

How was Moose? I'm reading Concrete Park, which is an intriguing GN - not sure where the story's going.

Still working on War and Peace, although I've finally made some headway, and I'm heading into the last fifth or so. It has changed my understanding of Napoleon's invasion of Russia.

Jan 12, 2016, 11:13am Top

Hi Mark, enjoy your day. I hope it's filled with R&R.

Jan 12, 2016, 1:41pm Top

>91 jnwelch: Joe is back! Joe is back! Hooray! I have been running errands. It was only 9 degrees. I am hooking up with Bree later, for a little a brew & eats action.

Moose was very good but tough and unflinching. Not familiar with Concrete Park. I will watch for your final thoughts.

Congrats on doing so well, on W & P. I hope to start it sometime next week.

>92 Ameise1: Hi, Barb! Not much R & R today but I did get plenty in yesterday and more on the way tomorrow. Thanks.

Jan 12, 2016, 1:45pm Top

Hi Mark
I just posted a couple of comments from my review of Sweet Tooth, Vol. 6: Wild Game over on the Graphic Novel thread. Loved that series and will likely reread at some point. The final one was very emotional.

Jan 12, 2016, 3:04pm Top

>94 SuziQoregon: Thanks, Juli! I am nearly halfway done with, "Wild Game". This series went pretty dark and seemed to be just the right length.

Jan 12, 2016, 3:15pm Top

Just checking in to make sure you are surviving your staycation. How lovely your daughter lives close by and can go out for the 'brew & eats action." Now *that's* the way to relax!

Jan 12, 2016, 3:20pm Top

>82 msf59: ooooh, sounds grim. But as you hint at, possibly stacks of meaning and importance.

>12 msf59: my nickname as a child was Moose. Only from one person, but still. That GN does appeal, and I haven't read a GN since Habibi!

Happy chillaxing!

Jan 12, 2016, 3:30pm Top

>96 michigantrumpet: Hi, Marianne! Yep, brew and eats tonight, brew & eats tomorrow night and a Meet-Up with Joe and his Dear Wife on Friday night. Yes, all is good.

>97 LovingLit: Howdy, Moose! I had a good friend, who we called Moose, as kids, but he lost a lot of weight as an adult and refused to answer to that dreaded nickname. This was not the bullied kid's name in the story but an imaginary moose, that befriends him.

Jan 12, 2016, 5:48pm Top

I'm back from ALA and had a great and wonderful time with all the folks in Boston. I was amazed that the whole crew came back for Sunday and we had Meet-up number 2! It was just as good as the first. Then Caro an Edd came back for Monday. They didn't come in until noon, so many of the free books were gone, but Caro said that she still managed to get some books that she really wanted. I managed to score a copy of Year of the Runaways and was very happy with that. However, my beloved Europa Editions were not there. They got lost in the muddle of the Penguin/Random House merger. I hope they correct that in time for summer. I transferred my spending habit to the New York Review of Books booth and purchased 8 titles for $40.00. They are now in boxes working their way through the postal system.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming ALA meetings. You guys in Chicago are very lucky to be the headquarters town of ALA as it comes back there more frequently than other cities.

Dates for Future Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences


Midwinter Meeting, Boston, MA: January 8-12, 2016

Annual Conference, Orlando, FL: June 23-28, 2016

(Registration opens noon Central January 19, 2016)


Midwinter Meeting, Atlanta, GA: January 20-24, 2017

Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: June 22-27, 2017


Midwinter Meeting, Denver, CO: February 9-13, 2018

Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA: June 21-26, 2018


Midwinter Meeting, Seattle, WA: January 25-29, 2019

Annual Conference, DC: June 20-25, 2019


Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA: January 17-21, 2020

Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: June 25-30, 2020

Jan 12, 2016, 7:50pm Top

Oh, I see a conference in Seattle, and only 3 years from right now... plus or minus a day or some.


Jan 12, 2016, 8:26pm Top

And then DC!

Jan 13, 2016, 7:51am Top

>99 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita! Sounds like another fun time at ALA. We sure love those Meet-Ups. We will be visiting Boston in early May and plan to meet some of those very same folks.

Thanks, for supplying those future ALA dates and it is great seeing Chicago on there, so much. Are you going to Book Expo?

>100 maggie1944: >101 drneutron: Hooray for Hometown ALAs!!

Jan 13, 2016, 8:18am Top

Good Afternoon, Mark!

Jan 13, 2016, 8:46am Top

>99 benitastrnad: Marking my calendar for June 2017!

Jan 13, 2016, 9:34am Top

Good morning, Mark!

Woo, I'm finally nearing the end of War and Peace. It's been a good ride, if an awfully long one.

I liked Concrete Park, and will track down the next one. It's harsh and dark, but I feel like those qualities might appeal to you. :-)

Jan 13, 2016, 9:39am Top

Morning, Mark! SO whatcha doing today?

Jan 13, 2016, 9:53am Top

You poor dear, still grinding along with A Little Life. I admire your staying power. Though now that you only got 160 pages left, you hate to abandon it. So much invested. Endless trainwreck : that does not sound like fun.

Jan 13, 2016, 9:55am Top

Morning, Mark!
Ooof, I can't seem to get warm this morning. I think I need some HoCho...

Jan 13, 2016, 10:14am Top

>103 DianaNL: Happy Wednesday, Diana! Hope the week is going well.

>104 alphaorder: Hope to see you there, Nancy. Grins...

>105 jnwelch: Morning Joe! I am so impressed that you powered through W & P and to top it off, you really liked it. Attaboy!

I will add Concrete Park to the list. Thanks!

Jan 13, 2016, 10:19am Top

>106 Crazymamie: Morning Mamie! R & R for most of the day and then I am meeting a good friend, for brews and eats.

I plan on hunkering down and finishing A Little Life. It feels like I have been reading it for weeks. LOL.

>107 vancouverdeb: Morning, Deb! I have about a 100 pages left in A Little Life and I am going to try and finish it. Let's hope it ends pleasantly. Grins...

>108 scaifea: Morning, Amber! I think it is only single digits out there at the moment but it is supposed to warm up to the low 20s ,which should feel like a relief, after yesterday.

Jan 13, 2016, 11:42am Top

The dates for Book Expo are May 11 - 14, 2016 in Chicago at McCormick Place Convention Center. Here is the schedule for the major events. I have never been to Book Expo, but Chatterbox has and might have more information as to what to expect than do I.

Event Hours

Wednesday, May 11
9:00 am – 5:30 pm CIROBE Remainders Pavilion Open (Entire exhibit hall opens at 1:00 pm)
9:30 am – 5:30 pm BEA Content & Digital Conference
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Opening Day Spotlight
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Exhibit Hall
8:00 am – 5:30 pm Press Room Hours
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm International Rights Center
Thursday, May 12
8:00 am – 9:30 am Adult Book & Author Breakfast (Ticket Required)
8:00 am – 5:30 pm Press Room Hours
9:00 am – 5:30 pm BEA Content & Digital Conference
9:00 am – 5:30 pm Exhibit Hall
9:00 am – 5:30 pm Exhibitor Meeting Rooms
9:00 am – 5:30 pm International Rights Center
Friday, May 13
8:00 am – 9:30 am Children’s Book & Author Breakfast (Ticket Required)
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Press Room Hours
9:00 am – 5:00 pm BEA Content & Digital Conference
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Meeting Rooms
9:00 am – 5:00 pm International Rights Center
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Audio Publishers Association (APA) Author Tea (Ticket Required)
Saturday, May 14
10:00 am –6:00 pm Show Floor Hours
11:00 am – 6:00 pm Panel Hours

Jan 13, 2016, 12:51pm Top

Hey there Mr Mark. Hope you're staying warm, though I don't think it's nearly as bad out there today. Maybe I'm getting used to it.

It's my 7th Thingaversary. What a great day Jan 13, 2009 turned out to be for me!!

Jan 13, 2016, 12:53pm Top

Mark! I just have to share! I've just finished Volume I of W&P. I'm really enjoying it but getting a bit war weary. Stunning ending to this section.
Hope you're enjoying your VAE CAE!

Jan 13, 2016, 2:19pm Top

>111 benitastrnad: Thanks, for supplying the Book Expo info. Does this mean you are going? I will have to find out if this is open to the general public. I clicked on a link awhile back and did not see any info on it.

>112 lindapanzo: Happy Thingaversary, Linda! Hooray for 7 years. I am on vacation this week, so the weather is not impacting me much. LOL.

>113 Carmenere: Fine job finishing Volume 1 of W & P, Lynda. Sorry about the war weariness, but you are actually getting through it.

I still hope to start it next week.

Jan 13, 2016, 2:24pm Top

...back to A Little Life...almost there.

Jan 13, 2016, 2:53pm Top

>114 msf59: Well, you're lucky. Not sure when you go back but Sun/Mon are supposed to be the coldest of them all. On Sunday, might not get much about 0 and that's the day I'm downtown for the Bel Canto opera. No lingering downtown for me that day, that's for sure.

Jan 13, 2016, 3:05pm Top

Hi Mark - just finished Sweet Caress which I raced through but enjoyed less than Any Human Heart. If I remember correctly, I think that was your feeling too. But I'm really glad I read it and thanks again for passing along the ARC. I know how you feel about A Little Life - I just couldn't stop reading, despite the bleakness.

Jan 13, 2016, 3:22pm Top

I didn't get 75 books at the ALA conference like Marianne and Suzanne. Or only 45 like Caro, but I did get 4 boxes and mailed them all back. I stayed at the Sheraton at the Prudential complex and there is a US Post Office there. I hauled the heaviest of the boxes of books down to that Post Office first. I was huffing and sweaty by the time I got there. When I got to the window I told the lady that I had three more boxes close to the same size to bring over. She volunteered to let me have one of their aluminum dolly's. I sure would make the job a lot easier. However, she needed an ID to keep while I took the dolly. I didn't have one on me. I had two credit cards, but she wasn't interested in them. She told me people will leave the credit cards and won't come back. I then told her I had my Starbucks card and a Dunkin' Donuts card on me. She asked me how much money was on the Dunkin' Donuts card. I told her $50.00. She said she would take that because I would come back for a Dunkin' Donuts card. Nobody leaves those behind. I got the dolly. Went and got the boxes and was out of there in half an hour. Goes to show that those folks in the Northeast love, just LOVE, their Dunkin' Donuts. (I swear there were at least 2 in every block in the downtown area.)

Now all I have to do is wait for the boxes of books. Gotta love those USPS employees.

Jan 13, 2016, 3:24pm Top

*makes note to get a Dunkin' Donuts card for universal use in Boston*

Jan 13, 2016, 3:26pm Top

Book Expo is open to the public. However, it has a registration fee that I think is quite hefty. Maybe in the neighborhood of $150.00. I am not sure but Suzanne (Chatterbox) would know. She has been to Book Expo before. I found the registration page when I was looking for the dates but didn't go into it.

Suzanne told us that there is a whole different group of people at Book Expo. She said that publishers were more interested in selling books than in promoting the books or authors like what is common at ALA. She said that ALA was less intense and more friendly.

I know that technically the last day of Book Expo is called Book Con and is a separate event. I think registration for it is $25.00, but am not sure about that. It is on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Jan 13, 2016, 3:26pm Top

Talk and photos of all the books acquired in Boston make me green with envy. I love the stories! And, my experience when meeting LT folk is always positive, filled with laughter and hearty conversations.

Congratulations to all!

Edited: Jan 13, 2016, 9:57pm Top

^I finished A Little Life! I finished A Little Life! I am free! I am really glad I read this book. It is a one of a kind experience but I am also glad to put it behind me. We all know I like dark and edgy books but this meat-grinder approach really left me exhausted.

I thought there might be a bit more "sunshine" in the final chapters but no such luck. More bruised clouds and troubled waters.

I think I am in the mood for something "light".

Edited: Jan 13, 2016, 3:53pm Top

>116 lindapanzo: I do not return to work until Tuesday, Linda. Monday is the MLK holiday. Glad to hear I will miss the frigid stuff...again.

>117 vivians: Hi, Vivian. I am so glad you liked Sweet Caress. I hope to read more Boyd this year. I really liked A Little Life but it was exhausting. I am not sure it needed to be 720 pages.

>118 benitastrnad: I loved the post office/Dunkin' Donuts story, Benita. LOL. And I am sure glad you were able to use the two-wheeled cart. Those are a lifesaver.

I definitely won't pay a $150 for Book Expo, but 25 bucks would work. I'll have to contact Suz!!

>119 jnwelch: Grins...

>121 Whisper1: Hi, Linda! We had a good time at ALA, when it was in Chicago. We are making a trip to Boston in May and hope to see many of those same people.

Jan 13, 2016, 6:02pm Top

I normally have a haul like Suzanne, Marianne, and Caro got but this time I was in meetings, meetings, meetings, and only had limited time in the exhibits. I did have the foresight to tell them about the PopTop Stage and told them that they might use it as a rest stop. However, where did I find them? Gathered at the cooking stage watching the cooks do their demonstrations. You will have to go over to their threads and see what they learned about human nature at the cooking stage. It can be surprising what librarians will do.

I attended the EBSCO lunch for academic librarians. EBSCO is a huge information company and UA spends millions of dollars with them every year. I sat at a table full of academic librarians. When we registered for the conference we all got a plastic grocery size tote bag with a flat bottom. It had our conference catalog and some other registration papers in it. When the EBSCO event was over, the librarian I was sitting next to reached into my tote bag and took out the plastic grocery bag style tote. I didn't say anything, but noticed it. Then he got agitated and turned to me and asked me if I had my tote from registration. I told him no, that the one he had was mine. He then got more agitated and hunted all around for his tote bag. He even made one of the waitresses go back to the kitchen and look to see if it was there. He then went to some EBSCO personnel and bent their ear about how somebody had stolen his bag. I tried to tell him to just go back to the registration desk and ask for another one, as I was sure they had a thousand of them left over. He was not interested. I thought it was silly for just a ubiquitous tote bag.

It seems that librarians have a reputation in the publishing world of being item snatchers. Some of my publisher friends complain that if books or other items in the booth are tied down that hungry librarians take them. Sometimes they take the only copy of a book that they have in the booth and that makes them uncharitable towards the rest of the people who are attending.

It is important to remember that the free books are most likely to be my first time authors or more obscure authors that publishers are trying to get people to read. Super star authors are going to be less likely to be there. I did see Michael Connelly speak at one conference, but when I met Craig Johnson he was a unknown author with a mystery series set in Wyoming. The only reason I noticed him and paid attention to what he had to say was that he was wearing Wrangler jeans and a Western style sport coat. His cowboy hat was sitting on the table brim up. He just had that western look about him. But he was not well known to either librarians or the general public. I think that things are different now for him.

Jan 13, 2016, 7:37pm Top

Hi Mark, congratulations of finishing A Little Life, that seemed like quite the marathon! I also just finished a rather long book called Bad Penny Blues set in 1960's London that mixes fashion design, police work and serial killing all together in a very memorable read but I will also be looking for something a little lighter for my next read. This is exactly when I like to turn to Georgette Heyer!

Jan 13, 2016, 8:10pm Top

Congrats on finishing A Little Life. I've heard many people say it left them exhausted. I don't plan to read it, Nonstop bleak is not my cuppa at all.

Edited: Jan 13, 2016, 8:29pm Top

>111 benitastrnad:

After I posted about ALA this am, I thought, "Wait, isn't BEA in Chicago this year?"

Thanks for sharing the schedule. I will definitely be there. I went for 20 years when I was a bookseller and it was terrific. Of course, my vantage point will be different now. But I look forward to seeing lots of friends - publishers, booksellers and LTers! And of course there are the books....

Jan 13, 2016, 8:45pm Top

Congrats on finishing A Little Life. That sounds like a gruelling marathon from the review I saw. Hope you thought it was worth it for the writing. Did you think it should have won the Booker?

Jan 13, 2016, 9:20pm Top

Great going on A Little Life, Mark! Are you going to warble about your rippin' good Doorstop Challenge start on the on the Challenge thread? Don't forget that you need a wedgie to complete the challenge; something lite as a reward?

What's up for February? How about some Proust!

I'm hoping to finish my substitute Dead-Weight Doorstop (The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett) by the weekend. 729 pages. My wedgie was The Quiet American--Graham Greene; super book, very prescient, written in the early 1950s and foreshadowing the bungling American involvement in Vietnam.

Jan 13, 2016, 9:34pm Top

>120 benitastrnad: According to their website, the fee for the one day Book Con is $30. $40 at the door, I think.

Edited: Jan 13, 2016, 9:48pm Top

>124 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita! Thanks for all the ALA info. Always interesting stuff.

>125 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy! Like I mentioned, I really liked A Little Life but it is nice to take a breather, after that Misery Marathon. I like the way Bad Penny Blues sounds. I better add it to the list. I had never heard of it or the author.

>126 SuziQoregon: Thanks, Juli! " Nonstop bleak", is a good description. I gave the book 4 stars but it was relentlessly bleak and I do not see any reason, it needed to be 720 pages.

>127 alphaorder: I might see you, Nancy. If I go, it will probably be Saturday.

Jan 13, 2016, 9:56pm Top

>128 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! A Little Life was well written but she sets a bleak tone and pretty much sticks to it. I think The Brief History of Seven Killings was the worthy choice.

>129 weird_O: Thanks, Bill! I actually meant to add some comments about A Little Life over on the Doorstop Challenge and had to leave for dinner. No time for a wedgie read, unfortunately. I want to get to my Tyler read and my CAC read and then I have W & P waiting in the wings. A fast, crazy start to my new year of reading.

Can you believe I have still not read Proust! Bad Reader!

>130 lindapanzo: 30 bucks ain't bad, right?

Jan 13, 2016, 11:49pm Top

>99 benitastrnad: Denver, 2018! Something to think about. I'll have to round up Mary and Anne and any other Front Ranger that may want to go!

Congrats (?) on finishing A Little Life. I found some of the reviews for it pretty entertaining.

Jan 14, 2016, 12:06am Top

I'm impressed with your achievement with A Little Life. I was thinking I would read it but I admit to having second thoughts...

I understand you may be in Portland this June? I would love love love to see you my friend so I'll see if we can make that Portland meetup happen. Unfortunately, between various graduations and my already having made reservations for a camping trip the weekend of June 24, we may run into trouble. But. I will do my darnedest.

Jan 14, 2016, 7:48am Top

>133 Copperskye: Hi, Joanne! Warbling will be limited for A Little Life, at least on my end. It is a hard book to recommend and it could ruin friendships, (grins) so I will let everyone decide on their own. We are all grown-folks after all.

>134 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen! See my comments on A Little Life, just above.

I took the last week in June off, for our Oregon trip. We should arrive 26 or 27th. Hope to arrange something in Portland. Fingers crossed, my friend.

Edited: Jan 14, 2016, 8:12am Top

Sweet Thursday!!

^My first 3 Penguin Clothbound Classics...Merry Christmas to me! Merry Christmas to me!

Jane Eyre, The Woman in White, The Count of Monte Cristo. I have still not read the last 2. Hope this purchase, gives me the right kick in the pants.

Edited: Jan 14, 2016, 12:54pm Top

^Three great books in beautiful editions. Congratulations, Mark! And congrats on finishing A Little Life, which sounds like a challenging one.

Happy Thursday! I finished War and Peace, finally, and so I'm reading an ER mystery, Bryant & May and the Burning Man. Nice change of pace so far.

A welcome warmup out there. We'll want to enjoy it, since the temps supposedly will come crashing down again soon.

Jan 14, 2016, 9:38am Top

Morning, Mark!

Jan 14, 2016, 9:42am Top

>137 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! I am happy with the Penguin editions. Thanks! Congrats on finishing W & P. I think I asked you about the Bryant & May series, awhile back. Do you think that is something I would like?

>138 scaifea: Morning, Amber! No love, for my new additions?

Edited: Jan 14, 2016, 9:58am Top

^An alternate title for A Little Life could be "I am Sorry". I think this would make a perfect Drinking Game. Every time the words "I am sorry", appear, you drink. The only problem is, (and it's a biggie), is that participants would have to be rushed to the hospital and have their stomachs pumped, after 200 pages. Keep in mind, this a 700 page book.

Okay, forget it. I do not want readers hospitalized...

Jan 14, 2016, 10:09am Top

Sweet , Mark! You deserved those cloth bound Penguins for reading A Little Life. Merry belated Christmas Mark! I like your idea of a drinking game, but I had some delicious fresh squeezed lemonade yesterday and it was fabulous! I'll take that instead of booze! :) Yes, it is that warm after a long walk and fun shopping trip to the second hand book store! :)

Jan 14, 2016, 11:43am Top

I am taking A LIttle LIfe off my wishlist, Mark. I do like the idea of the drinking game...

Jan 14, 2016, 11:57am Top

>136 msf59: Love the three additions to the library. Very classy.

Jan 14, 2016, 12:56pm Top

>139 msf59: I'll give you my thoughts on the Bryant & May series after I finish this one, Mark. One of my sisters, an Anglophile like me, loves it. I tried the first one Full Dark House, and liked it, but wasn't moved to read more. I thought I'd give it another try, with this one. So I'll report back.

Jan 14, 2016, 1:22pm Top

>141 vancouverdeb: The drinking game might be much safer with lemonade, Deb, but you could still get sick and it might put you off the stuff, for life. LOL.

>142 BLBera: " I do like the idea of the drinking game..." Me too, Beth. LOL. I really don't want to discourage people from reading A Little Life but I just want to make sure everyone has fair warning. It is a tough read.

>143 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! I plan on making room on the "Classic" shelves, this afternoon.

>144 jnwelch: I thought you had said you had read one of the Bryant & May titles and were not bowled over. Let me know how the Second Chance goes.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 12:06pm Top

Hi There Mark. I'm merely stopping by and waving hi. Knowing you and Joe are the Kings of lovely illustrative images, I'm sending a pretty one your way, this creative image is from a book I have on reserve at my local library titled Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle

Edited: Jan 14, 2016, 3:12pm Top

>82 msf59: I just got the audio of A Little Life ripped it to my MP3. I'm thinking I'll save it for walks along the beach in Hilton Head in February. I'm going down with my 91 year old Mom, and my sister Cheli (cyderry). My alone and break time is for long walks on the beach. Even in "brisk" weather I enjoy the solitude and have found it perfect for audios. This one seems a good candidate. AND............thanks for the reminder about bumping up the speed. I forget that is sometimes possible and it would sure be a help for some narrators who are more "thoughtful" readers than others!

>122 msf59: On second thought......I will only promise to give it a try. I certainly don't want to ruin the calming effects of walking on the beach by being bombard by "bruised clouds and troubled waters."

Jan 14, 2016, 3:09pm Top

>118 benitastrnad: I'd probably give up my AMEX card before my Dunkin Donuts.

Jan 14, 2016, 4:38pm Top

>146 Whisper1: I love that image, Linda. Thanks for sharing. I'll be watching for your thoughts on that book, once you get it.

>147 tututhefirst: Hi, Tina! Good to see you. I wish I would have thought earlier, to up the speed on the audio of A Little Life. It could have saved me a couple of hours, listening time. I rarely increase the speed on audios, but this time it would have been beneficial.

Since you have it set up on your MP3 player, give it a chance. You should know, in the first 2 or 3 hours, if you can handle it. LOL.

Edited: Jan 14, 2016, 4:44pm Top

"There ought to be a whole separate language, she thought, for words that are truer than other words- for perfect absolute truth."

- I started Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. I like it...

Jan 14, 2016, 4:59pm Top

>136 msf59: those cloth-bound books are fab. I have Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray which I purchased new in a moment of weakness. I don't regret it :)

This Little Life sounds controversial. I am not sure if I want to go there....I read a few of the reviews on the book page and it didn't sway me either way.

Jan 14, 2016, 6:43pm Top

>151 LovingLit: Hi, Megan! I plan on adding a couple more Clothbound Classics, through the year. The Picture of Dorian Gray sounds good and I wanted to add a Jane Austen, as well.

I would like a couple of my LT pals to read A Little Life, so we could compare notes. You wouldn't like to participate in a Drinking Game? LOL.

Jan 14, 2016, 7:18pm Top

Re the drinking game picture up there: those red cups. They feature in every American movie with liquid for consumption. Don't you (all) have glassware there?! ;)

Edited: Jan 14, 2016, 7:35pm Top

They are called Solo cups, Megan and we all have them. LOL. I do have pint glasses for my beer!!

Jan 14, 2016, 7:48pm Top

>154 msf59: they have a name! hehe.
I just saw them here for sale for the first time, and it surprised me a little bit. At a BBQ or party here, there might be paper cups or clear plastic cups (small) but never those big red ones. I like a glass, but for my wine I prefer a glass tumbler over a traditional wine glass.

Jan 14, 2016, 8:23pm Top

Actually, the Solo cups are kind of expensive, so we rarely use them for daily use. We do use them for bigger parties and of course my kids use them for Beer Pong! LOL!

Edited: Jan 15, 2016, 7:29am Top

^Postal: Volume 1 is my current GN. It is about a postal worker, named Mark, working in a small town in Wyoming. Yes, he has Asperger's, unlike myself, but he does look good in uniform. LOL. This is very dark and creepy and I am really enjoying it. The artwork is excellent. What a nice surprise. Here are a couple of choice quotes:

"You need to deliver the mail, then go home and leave the things the way they are."

"Can't you just deliver the fu*king mail?"

Jan 14, 2016, 9:13pm Top

>155 LovingLit: and >156 msf59: - Don't forget the unofficial national anthem "Red Solo Cup" by Toby Keith :-P I'd post a link but I'm on my phone typing this. Look it up, it's stupid and immature but kind of endearing in parts (if you ignore the objectification of women rampant throughout)...

Jan 14, 2016, 9:15pm Top

Mark, I'm so glad you're enjoying Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. I didn't review it when I reread it in 2014 but I did write down some comments and quotes, one of which was the one you posted. Here's another that I liked, from pg 20, Pearl thinking of her children: "Their growing up amounted, therefore, to a gradual dimming of the light at her bedroom door, as if they took some radiance with them." Pearl, pg 20.

Anyway, it's my favorite Tyler. It hurts my heart to think of someone not liking it! :)

Sounds like an interesting GN. Something tells me small town Wyoming is a bit different from IL 'burbs, too! I love that cover.

Jan 14, 2016, 10:25pm Top

>159 Copperskye: Oh, I remember that line and I thought it was brilliant!

I'm glad you're enjoying Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Mark. I liked it too (although I fear that my comments suggested less than that).

Edited: Jan 14, 2016, 10:56pm Top

Hey, Mark! I'm 116 posts behind, but I'm so tired I can scarcely see straight, much less type (I've already correct corrected at least a dozen typos and there are hardly that many words in this post so far), so I'm going to reluctantly skip over those 116 unless I get a burst of energy tomorrow.

>157 msf59: Love the quotes! I already put a hold on the GN at the library.

You're still on vacay, right? On that assumption, I'm going to wish you a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend!

Edited to fix typo.

Jan 15, 2016, 6:47am Top

Morning, Mark!
Ah, Solo Cups: helping Americans Stay Classy Since...

Jan 15, 2016, 7:24am Top

>158 katiekrug: I am not sure I have heard ""Red Solo Cup", Katie! I will have to check it out.

>159 Copperskye: Hi, Joanne! " It hurts my heart to think of someone not liking it!" Yes, Tyler is taking a bit of a beating over on the AAC. It is puzzling, since I am such a fan. I am enjoying Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Of course, I am not far enough along to see how I will rate it, but so far so good.
I like that quote too. Thanks for sharing.

And you are right, the Chicago 'burbs are a far cry from a small town in Wyoming. Grins...

>160 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen! I am beginning to understand your review scale, so all is good. I like Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. It's not quite as polished as her later stuff but that's not a bad thing, right?

Jan 15, 2016, 7:28am Top

>161 Storeetllr: Hi, Mary! 116 posts? What? Retirement is really kicking your butt, eh? Snickers...

I am sure you will like Postal: Volume 1. This one caught me by surprise and I am going to request the 2nd one right away.

Yes, I am still on vacay and will return to work on Tuesday. It has been very nice.

>162 scaifea: Morning, Amber! And Amen! LOL!

Jan 15, 2016, 8:03am Top

A toast for finishing A Little Life

Jan 15, 2016, 8:11am Top

^That is perfect, Lynda! LOL!! Happy Friday, my friend!

Edited: Jan 15, 2016, 8:12am Top

^I think this sums up the group very well...

Jan 15, 2016, 8:19am Top

>167 msf59: Love it! So true!

Jan 15, 2016, 9:28am Top

Good morning, Mark! Happy Friday!

Hope things go all right tonight. Debbi sends her sympathy, too.

>167 msf59: Nice!

Postal Volume 1? Intriguing. Haven't heard about it before. It may not fit your druthers, but I'm reading the third and final volume of the new Black Widow trilogy, Black Widow Vol. 3: Last Days and this has been a high quality revival.

Jan 15, 2016, 10:12am Top

Postal Volume 1. Trust you to find such a book ! Enjoy!

Hey, I love Anne Tyler. If I get a chance, I'll read another of her books. One of my favourite books was A Spool of Blue Thread, that I read last year. I've read so many of her books about over the years, I am not sure which books I've read. I know I've read Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant, Breathing Lessons. Patchwork Planet - and more. My sister introduced me to Anne Tyler as she is a fan too. I love her quirky but life like characters and fascinating look into people lives.

Anne Tyler love from me .

Jan 15, 2016, 10:18am Top

>168 Carmenere: It sure fits, doesn't, Lynda?

>169 jnwelch: Morning Joe! And thanks. It's going to be a tough evening but we will be surrounded with a loving family. It will help.

In regards, to Postal Volume 1, I get regular emails from Image Comics and they offer free PDF galleys, so I saw this posted and asked for Volume 1. I am reading it on my desktop and it is working very well. The artwork is amazing but the story is very dark.

>170 vancouverdeb: Morning Deb! I do not think Postal Volume 1 is your thing. LOL. Glad to see all the Tyler love. She sure seems to be a polarizing author.

Jan 15, 2016, 11:44am Top

Colleges around this vast country would go belly up if there were no Red Solo Cups.

>158 katiekrug: Here's the video to Toby Keith's song that Katie mentioned and her assessment pretty much sumes it up... (29m views on this thing)


We are all doomed. :)

Jan 15, 2016, 11:52am Top

>167 msf59: Oh, I LOVE that! I may take it...

Jan 15, 2016, 11:53am Top

Have a lovely weekend!

Jan 15, 2016, 11:59am Top

Morning, Mark! Just squeezing in under the wire with that. Congrats on finishing A Little Life!! A doorstopper out of the way so early in the year - way to go!

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>172 mahsdad: "Colleges around this vast country would go belly up if there were no Red Solo Cups." Amen, brother!

Thanks for sharing the video, Jeff I'll check it out when I get back from running an errand.

>173 scaifea: I found it on FB and knew immediately, I had to share it over here.

>174 DianaNL: Go baby! That is exactly how I am feeling, Diana. Thanks!

>175 Crazymamie: Yes, hooray for finishing a Doorstop, but now I have W & P waiting in the wings. Sighs...

Hope you are having a good day, Mamie!

Jan 15, 2016, 10:58pm Top

Objectification of women is parr for the course when it comes to a Toby Keith song. For me he is the Donald Trump of country singers.

Jan 15, 2016, 11:09pm Top

Today I received three of the four boxes of books I mailed "Library Rate" from Boston. When I hauled the first box into that Post Office the postal clerk assumed I would be sending them "Book Rate." I told her that since they were going to a library I wanted to send them "Library Rate" because that would be cheaper. She checked and "Library Rate" was about $2.00 cheaper on the two large boxes. She told me that she had over 20 years with the USPS and she didn't think that she had ever mailed anything "Library Rate," and didn't even know it existed, but it was cheaper and it was listed as a legitimate rate so she stamped them and sent them on their way. I told her that you can only send things library rate when the books are going to a library. She then asked me about my library and why I was sending books there. That gave me the opportunity to tell her about the ALA conference and to warn her that there might be other librarians mailing books from that post office since it was so close to the hotel. It really worked out well and if I had been returning to the convention center I would have posted a notice on the ALA post office entrance telling them about the Post Office at the Sheraton Boston. It wasn't as amazing as the Post Office in the basement of Macy's in San Francisco but it did rank right up there with the Post Office in Daly Plaza in Chicago.

Jan 16, 2016, 1:30am Top

>165 Carmenere: and >167 msf59: Love these!!! Happy weekend, Mark! I have decided I have no need to suffer through all those sorries, so thanks for warning me off A Little Life. Bless you! Really!

Jan 16, 2016, 7:47am Top

>178 benitastrnad: No, Toby Keith love, eh? I do love the Trump of country music tag. Grins...

I had not heard of a "library rate" through the P.O. either. I bet it is always fun going through the boxes, Benita. Do you all ready have space reserved?

>179 Berly: Hi, Kimmers! Happy Weekend! It may sounded like I was warning people away from A Little Life, but I just wanted to make sure they knew what they were getting into.

Edited: Jan 16, 2016, 9:22am Top

"It looks like her face is not trying. Know what I mean? Like she can't be bothered putting out the effort."

-Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

I am into the second half now. I would sure visit a restaurant like this one.

"I can be more than a mailman. I can do things. I see things other people can't see..."

-Postal: Volume 1

Happy Saturday!!

Jan 16, 2016, 9:42am Top

>181 msf59: Is Postal a biography of Mark, then? Love that quote...

Happy Weekend, friend!

Jan 16, 2016, 11:17am Top

Morning, Mark! You are making want to read Postal: Volume1 - as if the premise were not enough to grab me!

Jan 16, 2016, 11:30am Top

Hi Mark, dropping by to wish you a happy weekend. Congratulations on the Penguin cloth-bound titles! I keep admiring and wishing I could add them to my collection, but I own most of the titles in several editions already, and I know if I start collecting them, I won't know where to stop. You need to update your first post to mention you DID in fact get your first few. I saw that on FB and was happy for you.

Boy, am I ever glad to give A Little Life a miss! If even you found it a bit too heavy going, it's a sure bet I would be totally overwhelmed in no time at all. Meanwhile, I loved Sacred Hunger this week, which certainly can't be called light reading, but then Barry Unsworth won me over several books ago. I'm sure you'll like him whenever you manage to get to him. Great historical fiction.

Jan 16, 2016, 11:51am Top

>182 scaifea: Nope, Amber! Postal is not a bio of me and thank God for that. It is a very dark story. Nasty and violent, not like me at all. Nervous smile...

>183 Crazymamie: Morning Mamie! I am going to request Postal Vol 2. I really liked it but it was a very dark GN.

>184 Smiler69: Great to see you, Ilana! And hooray for Clothbounds. I will edit the top post. Thanks!

I can almost guarantee, you would HATE A Little Life.

Glad you liked Sacred Hunger. I have not read Unsworth but I have Morality Play waiting nearby.

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Jan 16, 2016, 12:05pm Top

Jan 16, 2016, 12:47pm Top

"Never think less yourself, believe in your natural talents and do not be ashamed if you have your doubts. Instead, if you can't believe in yourself then believe in your friends.

Go out and enjoy the mysteries that life has to offer and do not leave one stone unturned."

- Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max

^I just started Volume 2. This is a light & fun series.

Jan 16, 2016, 3:44pm Top

Hi Mark, happy Saturday!! Those Penguin cloth bound books are beautiful.

Just picked up a book at the library. I think you liked A Manual for Cleaning Women, didn't you?

After an oil change this am (got lots of reading in while I waited) and lunch with friends, I'm home now for football and some reading. Go Pack!!

Jan 16, 2016, 4:45pm Top

Mark, I wish you a relaxed weekend.

Jan 16, 2016, 5:09pm Top

>188 msf59: Great quotes. I really want to get to this series. Too many books!

Jan 16, 2016, 5:21pm Top

>189 lindapanzo: Happy Sunday, Linda. I am kicking back, watching the latest Bond film and having a beer.

Looking forward to the game tonight, which I am sure you are too.

I LOVED Cleaning Women. It may not be your usual style but I hope you like it.

Jan 16, 2016, 5:25pm Top

>190 Ameise1: Hi, Barb! Thanks for the frosty image. I am having a. Nice R & R weekend.

>191 charl08: This is a very light series, Charlotte. At least, most of these GN series books are a quick read. That really helps.

Jan 16, 2016, 6:07pm Top

>186 msf59: So true, Mark! Enjoy your weekend and kicking back, Mark!

Jan 16, 2016, 6:24pm Top

My sister was talking about A Little Lifetoday. She just finished it. She said if she would have known what it was about, she probably wouldn't have read it, but that she was glad that she did, that it was a powerful read. I'm still not convinced.

Jan 16, 2016, 6:45pm Top

>194 vancouverdeb: Hi, Deb! It has been a very good R & R weekend. Just what the doctor ordered.

>195 BLBera: Happy Saturday, Beth. Congrats on your sister finishing A Little Life. According to her, was I exaggerating the misery? LOL.

Edited: Jan 17, 2016, 7:59am Top

^Happy Sunday! This will not be Chicagoland today, it will be single digits here, all day, (Brrrrr....) but I think the picture is comforting.

I should finish Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and hope to start The Manticore. W & P is looming on the horizon and I want to clear the decks.

Jan 17, 2016, 8:05am Top

>185 msf59: *snork!* Sorry! I haven't read it and didn't know that it's dark and violent! I just assumed from the quote that it's about a superhero mailman, and that sounds an awful lot like our Mark...

Happy Sunday, friend!

Jan 17, 2016, 8:15am Top

>198 scaifea: Morning, Amber! The character in "Postal" is a dutiful mail-carrier, but that is where the similarities end. I am going to pull together a mini-rieview.

Have a great trip to Iowa City, my friend.

Jan 17, 2016, 8:24am Top

>189 lindapanzo: Well, that was certainly an exciting game, even if it was a heartbreaker.

Jan 17, 2016, 9:14am Top

Happy Sunday, Mark! It won't be nearly that cold in Atlanta but it's chilly enough. I hope that you have a great day of reading and relaxation.

Jan 17, 2016, 9:20am Top

>200 alphaorder: Waves at Nancy! It was a very exciting game and that last reception by Rodgers was amazing.

>201 kidzdoc: Morning, Darryl! We are in a deep freeze for a few days. I am glad I don't have to return until Tuesday.

Yep, books & football are on the agenda for today.

Jan 17, 2016, 9:21am Top

Mark - She didn't think the misery was exaggerated, but as a long time foster parent, she felt one character didn't get the help he needed. I'm trying to say this without spoiling anything. I think you'll understand. Stay warm. Do you work tomorrow?

Edited: Jan 17, 2016, 9:38am Top

Postal: Volume 1 by Matt Hawkins 3.7 stars

Mark Shiffron is the local postman, in Eden, Wyoming. He has Aspergers and we see the sleepy town through his unique and slightly skewed viewpoint. When a murdered woman, is found on main street, Mark feels it's his duty to investigate and this leads him to an underworld of evil and darkness, which involves both of his parents. This is a solid start to a promising series but it a violent one, so be prepared. The artwork is amazing.

Jan 17, 2016, 9:29am Top

>204 msf59: BB Mark!

Jan 17, 2016, 9:31am Top

Morning, Mark! Nice review. I can't decide if I would like it or not - I like dark and creepy, but...

Jan 17, 2016, 9:34am Top

>203 BLBera: Morning, Beth! I completely agree with your sister, but I wonder if some people are just beyond "help".

I am off until Tuesday. Whew!!

>205 luvamystery65: Morning Ro! I think you love this one. I am going to request the 2nd volume right away.

Jan 17, 2016, 12:23pm Top

Happy Sunday, Mark!

Postal Volume 1 certainly sounds intriguing.

We went to that Peruvian restaurant and had a great time, so we can recommend it to you.

I just started Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, so I'm glad to see your positive comments.

Edited: Jan 17, 2016, 1:07pm Top

>206 Crazymamie: Howdy, Mamie! Maybe if you could request "Postal" from the library, so you can see for yourself. I would hate for you to pay for it and then...

>208 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! Getting ready to watch the Seahawks game. Should be a good one.

Glad you liked the Peruvian restaurant. We will look forward to trying it ourselves.

Just finished Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Good read but not a cheery one.

Jan 17, 2016, 1:08pm Top

I know, and I would love to, but I can't request it. Probably too new, so I'll have to wait, you know, for it to age!

Edited: Jan 17, 2016, 1:30pm Top

This may not be your cuppa anyway, Mamie, despite the adorable, postal worker angle...

Jan 17, 2016, 1:17pm Top

Happy Sunday, Mark!

Jan 17, 2016, 1:30pm Top

Hi, Katie! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday. I know I am.

Jan 17, 2016, 2:09pm Top

>167 msf59: I love that!

Well, it is now 31-0 so I'm wondering if it's time to go do something else. I have started messing about on LT during Seahawks games to manage my stress but at this point I'm thinking a walk in the arboretum might be better for my mental health! LOL.

I'm glad you enjoyed Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. It was not cheery but the characters are so richly wrought; I feel like I still have a very clear sense of their presence.

I might investigate Postal: Volume 1. I don't always go for violence but I'm interested in Autism Spectrum as we are seeing more and more students on the spectrum coming to college.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday (and your MLK Day)!

Jan 17, 2016, 2:37pm Top

Hiya Mark! Say Hi to Bond for me. : )

Jan 17, 2016, 2:37pm Top

Hi, Ellen! I was really looking forward to this game. It should have been a battle. You could shut off the TV, curl up with books and wait for the Broncos.

I wish Homesick had a bit more humor, to balance out the gloom. Not very likable characters. I think my favorite was Jenny, but she was still a bit elusive.

Jan 17, 2016, 4:36pm Top

"Even the postman signified catastrophe; his wife had been murdered in a burglary last spring, and now he lugged his leather pouch through the neighborhood as it were heavy beyond endurance...Every day the mail arrived later.”

- Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Lots of mailman references lately. I did finish the book. I am not sure it ranks among my favorites of Tyler but I did like it.

Jan 17, 2016, 4:54pm Top

>165 Carmenere: wow! Those cups also come in 'fancy'!!! :)

>186 msf59: always. I get jealous of my bed when I see it all bathed in sunlight in the afternoons.

>204 msf59: of course you read that one! It looks interesting and I note that my new local library has a whole shelf of GNs that I clearly need to look more closely at.

Jan 17, 2016, 5:42pm Top

>218 LovingLit: Hi, Megan. Glad to hear your new library has a nice GN section. Hopefully, you can find a few titles and share them with us.

Jan 17, 2016, 5:47pm Top

Mark, at time being a letter carrier must be a challenge. So many references to postman or as I would say, mailman or more correctly postperson because a lot of them here a woman. Don't go postal on me or anything.

Jan 17, 2016, 6:07pm Top

I would never go Postal on you, Tonto. We are a team.

Hope you are having a fine Sunday, my friend.

Jan 17, 2016, 6:51pm Top

You know I am just kidding, Lone Ranger! Such a silly phrase, going postal. ;) I love to tease you!

Jan 17, 2016, 8:13pm Top

Happy New Year Mark! I didn't even attempt to read through two really long threads to get to this blank spot and I won't kid myself (or you) into thinking I will be able to keep up but I wanted to drop by a few threads. I gave up on A Little Life last year after two hundred pages. It wasn't the bleakness although it was certainly that but I found it boring. On another note I read Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant back in the 80s or 90s and although I can't remember much about it I know I really liked it.

Jan 17, 2016, 8:36pm Top

>197 msf59: I can almost feel the sea breeze as it billows thru the curtains. I'd like to be there right now!!
is not for me. Nope uh uh. But glad it's a promising series to you.
Hope you have another restful vacay day on Monday.

Edited: Jan 17, 2016, 8:54pm Top

Ok, well, 4 stars for Homesick Restaurant isn't bad. :) I found the characters to be not necessarily likable as much as sympathetic. They grew on me, I guess.

>197 msf59: Love that!

I'm intrigued by Postal, for some reason, and I'm not really a big fan of GNs...

Jan 17, 2016, 9:17pm Top

>140 msf59: I could totally play that game - I'm a really slow reader. Unless I listen while driving, and, well....

You certainly don't make A Little Life sound like it's a very fun read! I feel very untempted after all that.

Jan 17, 2016, 9:27pm Top

Finally finding my way over to see what all you have been up to Mark.

>136 msf59: - Lovely! I can highly, highly recommend The Count of Monte Cristo! Absolutely love that story. I still remember a meme that was going around a couple of years ago as to which fictional characters you would invite to a dinner party. Edmund Dantes made the top of my invite list.

>140 msf59: - Well, that says a fair bit about A Little Life, doesn't it. *makes mental note to only read A Little Life when I am prepared to keep reading "I am Sorry."*

>157 msf59: - Postal Volume 1 sounds good!

Wishing you a lovely week!

Jan 17, 2016, 9:54pm Top

Great DA episode tonight!!

Edited: Jan 17, 2016, 10:24pm Top

After watching a nice Broncos victory, (Go Manning!) we watched "Joy", with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. It is based on a true story of Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop and built a business dynasty. The film was pretty good but Lawrence was excellent, as usual.

We ran out of time and did not see tonight's DA. Even on vacation, I need my beauty sleep. I will catch the show later.

Jan 17, 2016, 10:30pm Top

>222 vancouverdeb: I know you were kidding, Deb! We have been pals awhile now.

>223 brenzi: Wow! What a great surprise. So good to see you, Bonnie! I hope this means we'll see more of you, now and then.

And yes, I remember you throwing down A Little Life is disgust. LOL. And that was probably one of the reasons, it took me so long, so finally pick it up. Honestly, I am glad I read it but would probably never consider a reread.

>224 Carmenere: Glad you liked the sea breeze, Lynda and no, I do not think Postal will ring your bells. One more vacay day, my friend.

Jan 17, 2016, 10:30pm Top

Mark, thanks for your review of A Little Life. I still plan to read it, but I will wait until a time when I have enormous emotional reserves.

I loved Homesick Restaurant when I read it, back in the 80's. Here's my story about it. I gave it to my mom to read, thinking she would really like it. After she finished it she said to me "Rhonda, I hope you don't think that our family is like that."
Which wasn't my point at the time, but now I wonder. I should re-read.

And have a great day off tomorrow!

Jan 17, 2016, 10:32pm Top

>229 msf59: I missed your post! We really liked "Joy" as well. Lawrence was great, but I thought DeNiro was the best part of the movie.

Jan 17, 2016, 10:40pm Top

>225 Copperskye: Happy Sunday, Joanne! I did like Homesick, but I had a bit of a hard time engaging with the characters. I think I liked Jenny best. I saw that Ann Tyler liked Ezra the best, but I always wanted to crack him upside the head. LOL.

If you can find Postal at the library, give it a shot. It's a quick read but a violent one.

>226 The_Hibernator: "You certainly don't make A Little Life sound like it's a very fun read!" You know, Rachel, I may have pushed it a bit far on that, especially since I gave the book 4 stars. I guess I wanted to make sure readers, knew what they were getting into. It was well-written and ambitious, but it's probably to late for that, right?

>227 lkernagh: Happy Sunday, Lori! Glad you made it by. I might try to bookhorn in Monte Cristo, later in the year. Maybe, for the Doorstop Challenge.

So, I didn't inspire you to read A Little Life? Spooked by all the "Sorries"?

>228 lindapanzo: Good to know, Linda. We ran out of time tonight.

Jan 17, 2016, 10:57pm Top

>231 banjo123: Happy Sunday, Rhonda! I would start building those "emotional reserves" now and then maybe by fall, you'll have enough in the tank. LOL.

I love your Homesick story. Yes, the parents did not come off well in this story.

Glad to hear you also liked Joy. It wasn't as strong as his last few films but not bad. I also liked DeNiro. He was also good and scary in American Hustle.

Jan 18, 2016, 1:06am Top

Whoa! I just dropped by to say "Hi!" and drop a star on your thread, and was stunned to see how active your thread is! I'll definitely take the BB for Lumberjanes (Volume 1 that is) and 'Postal' :-)

Jan 18, 2016, 1:42am Top

Here's to having one more vacation day, Mark! Hope you enjoy it. Postal sounds like my cup of tea and I am adding to my ever-growing list. I am planning on mostly focusing on the Fables GN series this year, but every once in awhile, a darker story is needed.

Jan 18, 2016, 3:01am Top

Oooh your new books are so pretty! Love the Woman in White cover. I hope you enjoy WiW and the Count - they are two of my all time top ten books. The Count is a chunkster but I found it reads very quickly - unlike your painful sounding A Little Life. I'll be avoiding that one...

Jan 18, 2016, 7:32am Top

Mark, I think you'll enjoy last night's DA episode whenever you get around to watching it. I shed a few happy tears.

Edited: Jan 18, 2016, 7:45am Top

^Yep, the grand finale! I am not sad or bummed. It was a good vacation. Plenty of R & R. I do miss my audios and look forward to starting W & P.

Fortunately, it is also the last day of the frigid temps. High single digits today but high teens tomorrow. It'll do pig...

Jan 18, 2016, 7:53am Top

>235 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Thanks for dropping by, Tanya! Great to see a new visitor and, also one that loves GNs. Yes, it does get busy around here at times, but you learn to roll with it. Hope to see you again.

>236 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy! I have a few things to do this morning but I will be kicking back this afternoon, with the books. Yes, you would like Postal.

>237 BekkaJo: Hi, Bekka! Hope you had a good weekend. Glad you like the Clothbounds. They sure look good on shelf. Funny, for all the reading I do, I never seem to catch up with the classics. This should give me incentive.

>238 lauralkeet: Morning, Laura! Good to see you. Glad to hear DA is a good one. It has been fairly routine, in the early going. The wife is busy tonight, so we will probably watch it tomorrow night.

We did like the CTM Christmas special and are looking forward to the new season, in a couple of months.

Jan 18, 2016, 7:58am Top

Oh hey Mark, one more thing: the BBC dramatization of War and Peace starts tonight. It's airing concurrently on the History Channel, Lifetime, and A&E (I think it's those three). Great cast and since I've decided I will probably never tackle the book I have set my DVR with a clear conscience.

Jan 18, 2016, 8:09am Top

Thanks for the heads-up, Laura! I did set the recording and I will double-check it tonight. I am starting the book today or tomorrow, so I will be holding off, until I read a healthy chunk.

The good news about the book is, many of our LT pals have been enjoying it, despite it's mammoth proportions.

Jan 18, 2016, 8:39am Top

Morning, Mark! We are huge Jennifer Lawrence fans - I have not yet seen Joy, but I want to. And yes - Go Manning!

Jan 18, 2016, 8:42am Top

>241 lauralkeet: - Thanks for the heads up, Laura! We just got SlingTV which has at least one of those channels, so hopefully I can watch W&P. I was going to join the group read, but I'm having second thoughts...

Hi Mark! Enjoy your last day of vacation, my friend!

Jan 18, 2016, 8:52am Top

>243 Crazymamie: Morning Mamie! Jennifer Lawrence is such an amazing talent. She always handles each role, with such precision. Much like our guy, Mr. Manning, right?

My wife knew of Joy Mangano and QVC, but I was clueless. LOL.

>244 katiekrug: Morning Katie! I bailed on W & P, last January, but I am going to jump in, this time. It really helps that Joe, Lynda and others are or have been really enjoying it.

I am going to get a massage, later this morning. (I am overdue). Otherwise I am in...

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Jan 18, 2016, 9:07am Top


Jan 18, 2016, 9:56am Top

>246 msf59: - LOVE!

Jan 18, 2016, 10:11am Top

>246 msf59:. Ha!

Good morning, Mark!

Woo, brutal out there. We made it over to our local cafe, and are hunkered in for a good while.

The Bryant & May mystery is good, so I suspect I'll be giving you a thumbs-up. I'm also reading the second Concrete Park.

Hope you have a good one today. Glad there are no mail deliveries! This would be one tough work day.

Edited: Jan 18, 2016, 11:29am Top

>246 msf59: lol! ARe they still there?!

I recorded DA last night so it will be a treat this evening...if I can wait that long.

Enjoy the finale of your vacation and absorb all the warmth you can!

Jan 18, 2016, 10:26am Top

>247 Crazymamie: >248 katiekrug: >249 jnwelch: Since I am such a T.R. fan, I had to post that one!

Question: What are they trying to accomplish again in Oregon? I forget...(a bit tongue in cheek)

>249 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! So you are off today too? If so, that is perfect. I am getting a massage a little later and then I will "hunker" down with The Manticore. You read that one, right?

Edited: Jan 18, 2016, 4:02pm Top

I have the day off and will be heading out to see the Star Wars movie in a few minutes. The afternoon matinee is cheaper and after that I will be home making soup. It's cold down here in the South so I need that soup.

I finished reading my Barry Unsworth book for the BAC and will be starting Digging to America for AAC in a day or two. I will be behind, like I was for most of last year, but I do get some books read.

Jan 18, 2016, 4:17pm Top

Hey Mark! I hope you enjoyed your massage. Another thing I think you'll enjoy is last nights DA. I just viewed it and, for me, it's an improvement over the last two.
Ooooo, war and peace tonight! So much good television makes for less reading time :o) :0(

Jan 18, 2016, 4:51pm Top

Nice ! A massage! Nice way to end your holidays!

>246 msf59: I am a good Liberal voting Canadian, Mark! What more can you get!

Jan 18, 2016, 4:57pm Top

>252 benitastrnad: Have a good time with the Star Wars film, Benita! It is nothing earth-shattering but it safely pushes all the right buttons. Enjoy that hot soup. It's about 8 degrees here.

>253 Carmenere: >254 vancouverdeb: Good massage! I have not had one, in about 3 months ,so I was due. Loosened me up for my return to work tomorrow.

>253 Carmenere: Good news on DA, Lynda. We plan to watch it tomorrow night. I listened to a very small chunk of W & P. I will skip the TV series for now, until I have most of the book read.

>254 vancouverdeb: Hooray for a good Liberal voting Canadian!! Way to go, Tonto!

Edited: Jan 18, 2016, 5:10pm Top

^Anyone feel like hosting Fantasy February? Give the old warbler a break? I know there are legions of fantasy fans out there...

Jan 18, 2016, 5:12pm Top

Thought you might like to know Mark that I started listening to H is for Hawk today, and about an hour into it I'm loving it so much that I'm only left wondering why I didn't read it sooner. Thanks so much for picking it for me!

Jan 18, 2016, 5:46pm Top

Wow, Postal looks good, Mark. Got to add that one to my OWL ... I wasn't going to buy anymore books until I finish reading all the ARCs I picked up but really... GNs are allowed right?

Glad to hear you liked 'Joy'. We have been thinking of watching the movie but hesitated because the trailers haven't been very compelling and I wasn't sure if it would be any good. We just watched The Revenant and I detested the movie. Leo was good and the bear was excellent, but other than that, I thought it was 2 hours too long.

Jan 18, 2016, 6:18pm Top

>257 Smiler69: I am so glad you are enjoying H is For Hawk, Ilana. I may have hesitated recommending it to you, because of the dark elements and the grief. I thought it was excellent. One of my top reads of last year and the audio is wonderful.

>258 cameling: Hi, Caro! Always nice to see you drop by. I get my GNs from the library. I could never afford to buy everything I read and it is an endless flow.

The trailers for "Joy" were terrible and did represent the film at all. It's not a perfect movie. It feels rushed and unformed at times, but I still recommend it. Lawrence is terrific.

I really liked the film version of The Revenant. I think it was too long and there were changes made from the book to film, that bugged me, but I thought there was also much to admire.

Jan 18, 2016, 6:37pm Top

As we know, great minds think alike, Mark. I put in a request for the DVD of The Remains of the Day from my library. I should have it soon. I'm looking really forward to the new X- Files with Scully and Mulder. That series used to terrify me back in the day! Dave would always be working those nights and the kids were to young to keep the boogey men at bay. I think eventually my eldest used to watch with me! He had a a sense of the spooky, but also a cracker jack sense of irony and humour and that was a help to me! :) Makes me miss my dad. He used to love that show a lot he saw the humour of it, whereas I'd be terrified. My dad was just 19 years older than me, so I do miss him. He should still be here, but for the cancer. He'd only be 74 to my 54 years.

Jan 18, 2016, 8:09pm Top

>246 msf59: LOL. I have no idea why they are protesting in Oregon and I live here!! What is wrong with preserving Federal Land? Why this parcel? Why now? Sigh.

Jan 18, 2016, 9:29pm Top

>260 vancouverdeb: I am sure you will love the film version of The Remains of the Day.
I am curious to see how the new X-Files show does. I was a fan of the original series.
My Mother was also 19, when I was born. We were also close. Sadly, she passed at 53.

>261 Berly: How is this playing out in Oregon, Kim? I was just talking to my sister and forgot to ask her about it.

Jan 18, 2016, 9:33pm Top

>246 msf59: >261 Berly: we have heard about this here too. They sound like a bunch o' red necks who want to have free rein (reign maybe?!) over as much land as they want. Reminiscent of toddlers grabbing at toys and saying mine mine mine!

Jan 19, 2016, 12:11am Top

>260 vancouverdeb: In the original X-Files series, do you remember the secret incubation lab that the baddies had in Lehigh Furnace, PA? I think it was in more than one episode, but I could be mistaken. There'd be a i.d. chyron along the bottom saying: Lehigh Furnace, PA, then a cut to a vast fluorescent-lite room, no windows, with, as I recall, rows of hospital cribs with babies all bunched up.

Lehigh Furnace is a real place, just 10-12 miles from here. Just a cross-roads. In the 18th century, there was a lime kiln and an iron furnace, and I do remember the remnants of the kiln. I believe it's only been in the last ten years or so that it was bulldozed, and that seemingly to just tidy up. Nothing at the site. And though it'd be a swell location for a secret lab, there's none such there.

My younger son really liked that show, and I watched a lot of episodes. We both thought it was a hoot.

Jan 19, 2016, 6:34am Top

>263 LovingLit: It sounds like they are a bunch of western rednecks, Megan. I am really not sure what they are trying to accomplish. Trying to take back America? Good luck with that.

>264 weird_O: Thanks for filling us in on Lehigh Furnace, PA, Bill. It's cool when something is mentioned like that, especially in a popular show. We will probably give the new one a shot.

Jan 19, 2016, 6:35am Top

Morning, Mark! Happy Tuesday, and Happy Listening on your first day back!

Jan 19, 2016, 6:41am Top

Morning! Time to stroll the streets of Chicagoland again, aye? Well, at least you'll have uninterrupted listening time.

Jan 19, 2016, 6:46am Top

BTW, I will join in on the AACIII in February as I have Russo's That Old Cape Magic on my 7' 11" challenge so now's a good time to pull that one off the stack.

Edited: Jan 21, 2016, 6:55am Top

^ It's all about War & Peace, baby! Wish me luck! I also enjoying The Manticore for the CAC.

I will be leaving my iPad home, because of the temps, so no checking in until tonight.

Jan 19, 2016, 6:53am Top

>266 scaifea: Thanks, Amber! Let's hope W & P is the perfect distraction.

>267 Carmenere: >268 Carmenere: Morning, Lynda! Yes, I will be back strolling the streets. I will have to deal with the cold but at least I don't have to plow through snow and ice. That's a relief.

Yah, for joining us on the AAC! And yah for Mr. Russo. I have not read that one.

Jan 19, 2016, 8:05am Top

Morning, Mark! I see you have been to the archives to retrieve W&P. That's the same one I have except I have the paperback - every little bit helps.

Jan 19, 2016, 9:03am Top

Morning, Mark! Good luck with War and Peace!

Yes, I did read The Manticore. I liked the whole Deptford Trilogy. Nothing out there like it.

I finally finished The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. I love Padua's tone and sense of humor, but man oh man, at times that was a lot of information. We did give it to Jesse, and he'll undoubtedly enjoy the heck out of it.

I'm continuing with Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, and started The Watsons, an Austen I hadn't read yet.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 9:22am Top

>256 msf59: Mark if you still need a host for FF I will happily create a thread and take over the reins this year for you. It's one of my faves and I know you are busy with AACIII.

Jan 19, 2016, 11:48am Top

The Hubster is headed to Chicago next week and decided to check the weather yesterday - it was only a minor freak out. Fortunately for him it will be warmer by the time he arrives.
You on the other hand, well . . . stay warm. I prescribe a hot buttered rum when you get home.

Jan 19, 2016, 3:48pm Top

>269 msf59: Oh my....is that the W&P you're going to read? Or are you listening to it? I had to give up on it in that edition, as I simply could not manage to hold it long enough to get well into the book. (I'm just little, you know?) I've switched translations, too, and am now Kindling it, hoping for a better experience.

Jan 19, 2016, 4:59pm Top

>264 weird_O: Bill, I looked up the episode on the internet and yes, I sort of remember that episode. I looked up LeHigh Furnance too. Really interesting!Did you know that a lot / most of The X-Files was filmed in the Vancouver Lower Mainland! :) They used Simon Fraser University as FBI Headquarters. It is quite interesting to watch a lot of TV show and movies as many are filmed here in " Hollywood North."

Jan 19, 2016, 6:03pm Top

>271 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie! I couldn't check in today from work, so no Morning Mamie! That W & P book is just an image I snagged. I am listening to it on audio and I have another version on my Kindle. I also think I have a thick paperback of it, somewhere.

>272 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! W & P is going fine, I am just trying to get used to all the various characters. I just started the 1st War section.

Glad you knocked out Lovelace and Babbage. It is an impressive work and I am sure Jesse is eating it up. Hope you like the Tyler.

>273 luvamystery65: You are the best, Ro! Thank you. I am feeling just a smidge swamped at the moment. I know, Wah!!

Jan 19, 2016, 6:06pm Top

>277 msf59: Well, thank goodness. You'll save your wrists then. Who does your audio - I am listening to Neville Jason, and I am really liking his narration.

Jan 19, 2016, 6:09pm Top

>274 SuziQoregon: Hi, Juli! I just requested and downloaded 2 more comics from Image Comics. It is a sweet deal. Yes, you read them on your laptop or other device, but that is fine with me.

I think the weather is supposed to get, at least back to normal, for the next week, so it shouldn't be to bad for your husband.

>274 SuziQoregon: >275 laytonwoman3rd: I am listening to W & P and I also have it on my Kindle. I just grabbed that image because I liked it. Just keeping track of the characters, is my only challenge so far.

>276 vancouverdeb: Hi, Deb! Hooray for "Hollywood North"!

Jan 19, 2016, 6:11pm Top

>278 Crazymamie: My narrator is Frederick Davidson. He's not bad. Lot of characters to keep track of, that's for sure.

Jan 19, 2016, 6:34pm Top

Glad to hear that you're making at least some progress in War and Peace which is more than I can say for myself. I read a bit each night for 3 or 4 nights.

Now I've discovered a new app (game) called Stop and battle my sister instead of reading. Argh. Fun, though.

Jan 19, 2016, 6:39pm Top

>277 msf59: Hey Mark. I finally got around to requesting Lovelace and Babbage from the Library, as well as Moose. Looking forward to them.

Jan 19, 2016, 7:00pm Top

>281 lindapanzo: W & P is a commitment, Linda. No question, but it is surprisingly good. I just have to get all the characters straight. And on audio, it is harder to flip back and forth. I hope you can find time to read more of it. Glad you found a new game. T.C. is more than enough for me. LOL.

>282 mahsdad: Hi, Jeff. Great to see you. Lovelace and Babbage is quite an achievement, although some of it does sail over my head. I still learned a lot.

Moose is lean and hard-hitting! Glad you requested it.

Jan 20, 2016, 6:51am Top

Morning, Mark!
Did I mention over here that I read Roller Girl and it was a pretty fun GN read? I think you'd maybe like it...

Jan 20, 2016, 7:12am Top

Ooh, a GN rec. I like it. I think I heard that one mentioned somewhere else too...

Morning, Amber!

Edited: Jan 20, 2016, 7:13am Top

^I like that he has a book on the nightstand. I wonder what it is? Between the World and Me?

Jan 20, 2016, 7:34am Top

Morning Mark! Yuk yuk! For whom the Bell Tolls?

Jan 20, 2016, 9:02am Top

Morning, Mark!

Yes, so far Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is good, although I not sensing she's going to be an author I'll read a lot of. I'm also enjoying The Watsons - this is one Austen never finished, written during her "dry spell" before moving to Chawton Cottage.

Jan 20, 2016, 10:51am Top

Enjoy War and Peace. Gosh I loved this book.

Jan 20, 2016, 11:19am Top

I have already read W&P twice, so I think I will just follow along this time. Is there a thread up somewhere, for discussion?

Stay warm, Mark!

Jan 20, 2016, 12:13pm Top

>287 Carmenere: Hi, Lynda! I think that is a very good choice.

>288 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! A bit slippery out here but the temps have been rising, which is a good thing.
Glad you are liking the Tyler, even if it isn't ringing all your bells.

>289 Ameise1: Great lashes! Thanks, Barb!

>290 Berly: Hi, Kimmers! There is a W & P discussion thread. I'll have to pass it on to you later. I am impressed you have read it twice.

Jan 20, 2016, 2:37pm Top

Checking in before you rush to a new thread!

Have you seen, there is a new mini-series on A&E of War and Peace They just did the first episode on Sunday, so I'm sure you can catch up! Interesting cast!


Jan 20, 2016, 4:50pm Top

>292 michigantrumpet: My DVR is set, we haven't watched the first episode yet but I'm looking forward to it.

Jan 20, 2016, 5:37pm Top

Just checking it to be sure you are behaving, Lone Ranger!

Jan 20, 2016, 6:05pm Top

>292 michigantrumpet: Thanks, Marianne! I thought I had W & P recorded for Monday but it did not take. I have set it up again, for next Monday. No hurry, to watch it yet, since I am slowly making my way through the book. Have you read it?

>293 lauralkeet: Have you read it? Grins...

>294 vancouverdeb: Hi, Tonto! L.R. is back to work, so I am behaving. I have no choice. Cold here, but tolerable.

Jan 20, 2016, 6:20pm Top

One of these years I'll read W&P. This is not the year though.

Jan 20, 2016, 6:50pm Top

>296 SuziQoregon: I was all set to read W & P in Jan '15, but bailed last minute. I did not want fail again, Juli! I am also impressed how many of my LT pals are diving in this month.

Despite it's mammoth proportions and it's daunting reputation, it reads surprisingly easy.

Jan 20, 2016, 7:02pm Top

I decided to not watch the TV series of War and Peace because it is on Sunday night and there is only so much I can watch on one evening. Maybe someday I can put this one on a Netflix account wishlist. As for now I will stay with Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, etc. etc.

Jan 20, 2016, 7:15pm Top

>290 Berly: W&P Group read main page. There will likely be threads for each volume but I don't think they are up yet. http://www.librarything.com/topic/206069

Jan 20, 2016, 7:26pm Top

>298 benitastrnad: I think W & P is only 4 parts, Benita, so it's not a big commitment. Have you ever read the book?

BTW- I really liked Sunday's DA. You?

>299 luvamystery65: Thanks for posting the link, Ro! I haven't been over there in awhile, due to any spoilers.

Jan 20, 2016, 9:54pm Top

^Time for Chapter 3, fly on by!!

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