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Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #6

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This topic was continued by Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #7 .

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1Berly
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 2:18pm Top



BESTest friends hit each other with book bullets!!

Maybe we can talk about a few together. You know, after the direct hit heals. : )

2Berly
Edited: Mar 6, 2017, 2:07am Top



Reading Now
Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson, March Obama Read
A Study in Scarlett (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, collection read by Stephen Fry
The Globe: The Science of Discworld II (345 pages) by Terry Pratchett, for Paul's BAC
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

Future Maybes
I Am No One by Patrick Flanery LT ER--need to read!!
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders




Read in March
19. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (A) by Trevor Noah 5.0
18. The Night Beat (K) (30 pages?) Short story by Harry Bingham 3.75

Read in February / 2590 pages / 5,273 YTD
17. Talking to the Dead (368 pages)(K) by Harry Bingham 4.0
16. Life on Mars: Poems (76 pages) by Tracy K. Smith 3.5
15. Behind the Beautiful Forevers (256 pages)(OS) by Katherine Boo, for Feb Obama Reading Challenge 4.0
14. Invisible Man (608 pages) (A) by Ralph Ellison, read by Joe Morton, reread of a classic 4.0
13. Nights at the Circus (294 pages) by Angela Carter w/ Cammykitty (Late Bowie read) 2.5
12. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (316 pages) by Amy Schumer 3.5
11. Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott (LT)(215 pages) by Joyce Wallace Scott 5.0
10. Jane Eyre, (457 pages)(OS) by Charlotte Bronte, classic reread for RL book group 4.5

Read in January / 2,683 pages
9. The Secret History of Wonder Woman (OTS)(332 pages not incl. the index) by Jill Lepore 4.0
8. Kindred (264 pages)(L)(K) by Octavia Butler 4.0
7. The Vegetarian (201 pages) by Han Kang 4.5
6. Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos Meg Langslow #3(288 pgs)(L)(K)by Donna Andrews 3.0
5. An Obvious Fact (336 pages)(A)(L) by Craig Johnson 3.5
4. Fun Home. A Family Tragicomic (232 page)(GN) by Alison Bechdel--RL Bookclub 4.0
3. Night of Fire (358 pages) (IR) by Colin Thubron 4.5
2. Fire Touched Mercy Thompson novel #9 (352 pages)(K)(L) by Patricia Briggs 4.0
1. Murder with Peacocks (320 pages)(K)(L) 1st in Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews 3.0

Rating System
I think I am giving out too many high scores, so I needed to post a rating chart and I borrowed Karenmarie's. You probably won't see many below three because I am less afraid to use the Pearl rule now, but "Anathema" tickled me. So many books, so little time!

Masterpiece 5.0
Stunning 4.5
Excellent 4.0
Very Good 3.5
Good 3.0
Average 2.5
Bad 2.0
Very Bad 1.5
Don't Bother 1.0
Anathema 0.5

A=Audio
L=Library
OTS=Off the shelf
N=New/Gift
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
K=Kindle
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

3Berly
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 12:50am Top



Welcome to the President Obama Challenge!!

This is a chance to read one of his books, or several; independently or following a monthly theme. Just have fun and let us know what you are reading and what you think about it! There are more books suggestions on the thread.

February
1. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Evan Osnos
2. Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
3. Moral Man And Immoral Society, Reinhold Niebuhr
4. A Kind And Just Parent, William Ayers
5. The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria
6. Lessons in Disaster, Gordon Goldstein
7. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
8. The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
9. Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American, Richard S Tedlow
10. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo ✔ ✔

March
1. Moby Dick, Herman Melville ✔ ✔
2. Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson--planned read for March
3. Song Of Solomon, Toni Morrison ✔ ✔
4. Parting The Waters, Taylor Branch
5. Gilead, Marylinne Robinson ✔ ✔
6. Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam
7. The Federalist, Alexander Hamilton
8. Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois
9. The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
10. The Quiet American, Graham Greene
11. Cancer Ward, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ✔ ✔
12. Gandhi’s autobiography
13. Working, Studs Terkel
14. Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
15. Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith
16. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren ✔ ✔

What are you going to read? Click on the link and tell everyone!! (✔ ✔ are ones I have read)

https://www.librarything.com/topic/247375

4Berly
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 12:51am Top

Plans for Reading


The President Obama Reading Challenge
https://www.librarything.com/topic/247375
February - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo ✔ ✔
March - Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
April -
May-
Summer -
September -
October -
November -
December -

RL Book Club #1
February - Jane Eyre - Jane Austin ✔ ✔
April - Being Mortal - Atul Gawade
June - America's First Daughter - Laura Kanole, Stephanie Dray
August - In the Time of Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
October - Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
December - Choose new books! ✔ ✔

And RL Book Club #2
January - snowed out : (
February - Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel ✔ ✔
March - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (read last year) ✔ ✔
April -
May-
Summer - Off!
September -
October -
November -

And just maybe an occasional one from here, Mark's AAC or Paul's BAC

January AAC- Kindred by Octavia Butler ✔ ✔
February BAC - The Globe by Terry Pratchett
March- William Styron
April- Poetry Month
May- Zora Neale Hurston
June- AAC Sherman Alexie or BAC Georgette Heyer
July- James McBride
August- Patricia Highsmith
September- Short Story Month
October- Commonwealth (OS) by Ann Patchett
November- Russell Banks
December- AAC Ernest Hemingway or BAC Neil Gaiman

luvamystery65/Roberta's Tony Hillerman and ???

January - The First Eagle
February -
March - Hunting Badger
April -
May - The Wailing Wind
June -
July - The Sinister Pig
August -
September - Skeleton Man
October -
November - The Shape Shifter
December -

And because I don't have enough going on..maybe Ellen's Erdrich thread:

February: The Round House

March (optional): LaRose

April: The Master Butchers' Singing Club

June: The Birchbark House

August: The Beet Queen

October: The Bingo Palace

December: The Antelope Wife or The Painted Drum

5Berly
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 12:47am Top



Favorites from last year:

Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson 4.5
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore 4.5
A History of the World In 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor 4.5
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes 4.5
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman 5.0
The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens 4.5
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs 4.5
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens 4.5
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchet 5.0
Eleanor Jason Gurley 4.5
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters 5.0
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeannete Winterson 5.0
And Again by Jessica Chiarella 4.5
As I Lay Dying by Faulkner 5.0

6Berly
Edited: Feb 26, 2017, 9:18am Top



These are series I still want to follow. This list will evolve over time...

Dublin Murder Squad by Tanya French (on #2 The Likeness)
#2 Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
Cormoran Strike--#4 whenever that comes out
Alex Cross--I have read (17) and (23)
Alpha and Omega--Next is Dead Heat (4)
Author Terry Pratchett, Discworld, Wyrd Sisters Souloftherose's fault ; )
Longmire Series: now on (9)
The Gaslit Empire Series: (3) The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire
Morgue Drawer by Jutta Profijt (on book 6, not out yet)
Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs--next up is (10)
Meg Langslow Mysteries by Donna Andrews (Read #1, 2, 3, 7, 20)
Spenser and Hawk Series, by Robert Parker (Read # 1,2,3, 15,16,20) And Ace Atkins
Maggie Hope series by Susan Ella MacNeal (on #2 Princess Elizabeth's Spy)
Fiona Griffiths Crime Series by Harry Bingham (on book #1)

Finished:
End of Watch in Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

7Berly
Edited: Mar 6, 2017, 8:22am Top



New Books in 2017
✔ ✔ = read

A=Audio
N=New/Gift
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=INDIEspensable Readers
K=Kindle
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

8th Thingaversary
1. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (GN) by Alison Bechdel ✔ ✔
2. The Vegetarian by Han Kang ✔ ✔
3. Commonwealth (TBR in October) by Ann Patchett
4. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
5. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer ✔ ✔
6. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
7. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter ✔ ✔
8. Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
+1. Self-Reliance and other essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Others
10. Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson (Free--Audible)
11. The Night Bird by Brian Freeman (Free--Kindle First Pre-Release)
12. Night of Fire (IR) by Colin Thubron ✔ ✔
13. Moonglow (IR) by Michael Chabon
14. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (from MichiganTrumpet)
15: History of Wolves (IR) by Emily Fredlund
16: Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith
17. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
18. Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Christen O'Keefe Aptowicz
19. Talking to the Dead (K) by Harry Bingham ✔ ✔
20. Love Story, With Murders (K) by Harry Bingham
21. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (K) by Harry Bingham
22. This Thing of Darkness (K) by Harry Bingham
23. The Dead House (K) by Harry Bingham
24. The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (K) by Douglas Preston
25. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (IR) by George Saunders
26. Lincoln in the Bardo (IR) by George Saunders
27. A Criminal Defense by William L Meyers Jr (Free-K) no touchstone

8Berly
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 12:44am Top



You guys are the exception. I love hanging with you. Welcome!

9Berly
Feb 24, 2017, 12:53am Top

So do any of you lend books or do you just give away books when you are done with them or do you hoard them all? : )

10Familyhistorian
Feb 24, 2017, 12:58am Top

Thought you would sneak another one in here when no one was looking eh? Happy new thread, Kim. I tend to hoard but try to give away some so I can make room for new books.

11Ameise1
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 2:19am Top

Happy new thread, Kim.

To your question: I do all three things.

12rosalita
Feb 24, 2017, 7:07am Top

>9 Berly: I used to be more picky about loaning after I lost several favorite books that way. Now I mostly read e-books and I'm culling my paper books so I'm happy to re-home them with friends. And there are a couple of books, The Sparrow prominent among them, that I will buy whenever I see them at a used bookstore specifically to give away to people who need to read it.

13jessibud2
Feb 24, 2017, 7:32am Top

Happy new thread, Kim. As for your question, I also do all three. When I lend books to friends, unless I specifically want them back for my permanent library at home, I usually tell them to do what they want with them after. Some books I deposit into LFLs (Little Free Libraries) around my city. Some books I take to my favourite used book store to exchange for credits which I easily spend on the spot... And also, I am a bookcrosser so when we have our meetups every other month, I try to have at least a few that I can bring to meetups. We all bring books, place them on the table while we eat and everyone gets a chance to look through and take what they want. What remains are placed on the dedicated bookshelf the pub owner has given us for our bookcrossing books, which are labelled and available for anyone to take.

14FAMeulstee
Feb 24, 2017, 8:34am Top

Happy new thread, Kim, perfect top message :-)

>9 Berly: I rarely lend books and give some away after reading, and then there are writers I want to own EVERYTHING they wrote.

15drneutron
Feb 24, 2017, 8:41am Top

Happy new thread! I do all three. My mother-in-law lives in a senior apartment building with a small library and I usually give books I don't want to keep (for example, ERs that I get) to them. Occasionally I'll loan or give something to a person that I know will enjoy it. Still keep a bunch of books, though...

16Crazymamie
Feb 24, 2017, 8:43am Top

The topper is good, but I love >8 Berly:! Happy new one, Kim. I lend books unless they are not ones I can easily replace. I keep a book after reading it if: I love the cover or the edition, I am likely to read it again (I am a big rereader), someone else in the family wants to read it. If not, then I donate it to the library or send it on to someone else.

17lauralkeet
Feb 24, 2017, 9:08am Top

I am wary about lending books, because I worry about that "mint condition" thing. About a year ago a new friend asked to borrow the first Elena Ferrante novel. She said she intended to return the book but if she hadn't I would have requested it. She also warned me that she was a slow reader, which I appreciated. I ended up lending her all four books and am happy to report they are still in perfect condition. But still, I don't seek out opportunities to lend books. I keep the ones I really love, and donate the rest to a used bookshop.

18BLBera
Feb 24, 2017, 9:19am Top

Happy Birthday, belated, Kim.

Happy New Thread.

Snow Day here today! Nine inches so far, with double that by the evening. The only downside is shoveling.

I hope you had a great birthday.

19katiekrug
Feb 24, 2017, 9:31am Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

I am trying not to hold onto so many books after I've read them. I would happily re-home them with friends, but mostly I seem to take them to the used bookstore. Of books I do want to keep, I don't like to lend them because I worry about getting them back...

20Carmenere
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 9:37am Top

Happy new thread, Kim! and Happy Friday!!
I set my books free in a number of ways. If I'm traveling, I'll leave what I've finished in the hotel room or if there is one in the hotel, a lending bookshelf.
At home, I'll pass them to other readers if they show an interest in them and otherwise I'll take them to my local independent bookstore in exchange for store credit. The bottom line is one way or another, they're leaving and I can share the joy! :0)

21ChelleBearss
Feb 24, 2017, 9:36am Top

Happy new thread!!

22karenmarie
Feb 24, 2017, 9:38am Top

Happy new thread, Berly! Love your topper and words.

I do all three, too. But I very rarely loan books and am now down to only loaning to 3 people. My worst experience was loaning a book to a member of my book club. She returned it to me in terrible condition, handing it to me in front of other members of the book club and saying "Would you like me to replace this?" Stupidly, I said no, but now I don't loan books to anybody in book club.

I borrowed Snow Falling on Cedars from my MiL. I spilled coffee on it, and simply bought a new copy to give to her. The coffee-stained one is still on my shelves.

I give books to my daughter (she'll get all mine eventually, but I let her look through my culls and take what she wants to her apartment). Anything left over goes to the thrift shop.

But as a rule I'm a book hoarder. Last year I acquired 257 books and culled 121. This year I've acquired 58 and culled 8 so far. I will be reviewing my duplicates soon - I have 127 sets of duplicates - and hope to cull some of them.

23Oberon
Feb 24, 2017, 11:37am Top

>1 Berly: That one hits home for me! I am very particular about my books and while I love lending them it irks me to have beat up copies.

24Berly
Feb 24, 2017, 11:50am Top

>10 Familyhistorian: I was trying to keep this thread on the down low, but you found me!!! Thanks for being a frequent visitor!! Same. I hoard until I run out of room. And there are certain friends I totally trust to loan books to and others, not so much.

>11 Ameise1: All 3, huh? I guess that makes you versatile. LOL

>12 rosalita: Yeah. I was particularly mad when I loaned my Hubby's friend some signed editions of books from when I worked at Milkweed Editions and then he moved away and never gave them back to me. > : ( That's kinda fun that you have a favorite book to give and that you get extra copies to do so!! I will have to figure out what book that might be for me....

>13 jessibud2: I have a growing pile that is to take in to Powell's for credit and which is also for swapping with my RL bookclub friends. Why not? Unless they are part of a special collection or an all-time favorite, I would rather share and get some new ones for my TBR collection. Besides, I keep running out of bookshelf space! I don't like to loan books very much, because they inevitably come back shabbier. But if I am done with them, I will happily give them away. ; )

25Berly
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 12:03pm Top

>14 FAMeulstee: Which are your favorite authors that you have to own EVERYTHING by? I don't think I have one. I have lots by certain authors, but I think that may be because they are prolific and their books are in paperback. Comfort books or mysteries. Those are the ones I seem to be culling out now.

>15 drneutron: If my Mom and Dad lived closer, I could share with them. They have pretty keen book appetites. I have mostly lucked out on the ER books. They have been pretty good reads, but they are not always keepers. Which reminds me, I still have to write a review and read my latest one....

>16 Crazymamie: I have noticed you are a big re-reader!! I do not know how you find the time. LOL. Also, I am envious that you have so many readers in your family. My girls seem to be enjoying it more now that they are older, but I still wouldn't call them bookworms. And we don't necessarily share the same taste in books either. A little. I just picked up Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham to share with my oldest because we used to watch The Gilmore Girls together. So that should be a fun shared read.

26jnwelch
Feb 24, 2017, 1:22pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

I may have missed this - how did you like Behind the Beautiful Forevers? It knocked my socks off.

27charl08
Feb 24, 2017, 1:50pm Top

I am amused by the topper. I believe in cracking spines! Having said that, there are some lovely books I want to stay perfect too. I'm not much of a loaner - I tend to give or donate to a charity shop. I don't like the uncertainty of not knowing if the book is coming back. And I like the idea someone might pass on a book and share it.

28Berly
Feb 24, 2017, 2:15pm Top

>17 lauralkeet: Hi there. I am so glad the books came back in good condition! I think it would break a friendship for me if they trashed my books. That's probably why I don't loan them out very often. ; )

>18 BLBera: I had a very ice birthday. : ) And I kinda got the Mardi Gras approach since it fell mid-week we did a little celebrating last weekend and we are going to do a little more this weekend. Why not?!

>19 katiekrug: Same. I think it is easier to just let books go to a new home. If they are ones I really treasure, I don't really want to lend them out. I am afraid I will lose them, they will get hurt or mistreatment may ruin a friendship. Better to give with no strings attached.

>20 Carmenere: I like sharing the joy! Lately, my piles have been growing so I think I really need to set a few more free. Thanks for the push.

29Berly
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 4:28pm Top

>21 ChelleBearss: Thank you!! Happy Friday!!

>22 karenmarie: The thing I forget to do when I cull books is to change them on LT so they show as read but not in my library. I really need to do a better job of that! I can't believe your bookclub member asked if she should replace the book after trashing it. If you have to ask, you should!!

>23 Oberon: Exactly!! Obviously we could loan books to one another if only we lived closer. ; )

>26 jnwelch: You didn't miss anything. I have to write my review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers this weekend. Anticipa..a...a...tion! It's making me wait. (Now I know you'll come visit me again soon.) : )

>27 charl08: No!!! You spine cracker, you! LOL. I generally try hard not to, but there are some tombs, particularly paperbacks, where you just can't see the words in the middle unless you bend the book open a bit more. I have to be able to read it, right? : )

30m.belljackson
Feb 24, 2017, 3:04pm Top

RE: loaning books - when someone shows an interest, I usually find a Very Good or Like New copy for her/him on abe.com.

31LovingLit
Feb 24, 2017, 3:50pm Top

>3 Berly: doesn't he just look amazing compared to the current.....

I don't mind lending out books, apart from my top shelf ones, which I always keep an eye on when my dad comes to visit. We have a habit of stealing each others books....

32ursula
Feb 24, 2017, 4:23pm Top

I give books away. I was a little bit sad when I realized that I'd never be able to let my daughter borrow books because she absolutely destroys them when she reads. My books usually look like they've never left the shelf when I'm done with them, which confounds her. Hers look like they've been through a hurricane followed by a laundry mangle.

But because I am particular about new books, I learned that I would only give them to someone to read if I had no intention of getting them back. Which used to make me sad but now doesn't bother me since I don't keep books anyway. They either go to someone who wants to read them, or they go to a used bookstore, or they go somewhere with a "free" sign on them.

33johnsimpson
Feb 24, 2017, 4:29pm Top

Happy new thread my dear, I am impressed with your posting dear friend. In answer to your question I do all three but get annoyed when books come back not in the condition they went out although this rarely happens as it is mainly Amy that I lend to and she is like me with books. I hope you are having a good Friday and wish you and the family a really nice weekend dear lady, sending love and hugs.

34PaulCranswick
Feb 24, 2017, 4:48pm Top

Happy New Thread Kimmers.

>9 Berly: In answer to the lending, giving away or hoarding, it would be yes, yes, yes! I do lend books but not so enthusiastically. I give away plenty to the school library and a couple of local orphanages and I certainly hoard with an unread physical TBR exceeding 4,000 books.

35michigantrumpet
Feb 24, 2017, 4:57pm Top

Yikes! I think I missed your birthday here on LT! Hope you had a FABULOUS day (and felt well enough to enjoy it.)



As to bonus question: There are a few treasured books that you'd have to prise out of my death-like grip before you get them away from me. However, I've been giving more away as I get older. I guess, I've come to grips with the idea I truly won't ever go back and read them again.

36weird_O
Feb 24, 2017, 5:01pm Top

I can't part with books, even old ones I am highly unlikely to ever read. Actually, I do part with dupes. And some years back, I sorted through the books in the "stacks", the stuff down the basement, out of the public eye. *Time Passes* "Whatever happened to _______? I'm sure we had a copy...Uh! Never mind. I think I donated it to the library sale."

I do lend books to family and selected friends. The folks I borrow from.

37FAMeulstee
Feb 24, 2017, 6:37pm Top

>25 Berly: >14 FAMeulstee: Most are YA writers, I own everything by Tonke Dragt (except het school books) and Alet Schouten and every book translated into Dutch by Rosemary Sutcliff, Helen Griffiths and Peter Pohl. I used to own everything by Thea Beckman but culled some last year.
At the moment I try to collect everything by J.J. Voskuil.

38Berly
Feb 24, 2017, 7:01pm Top

>30 m.belljackson: I will have to check out that site--I don't know it. And that is very nice of you!

>31 LovingLit: Yes, he looks amazing compared to the current.....sigh. Okay, moving on. I think I would like your Dad a lot!! Top shelf, huh. Now I know where to look! LOL

>32 ursula: Her returned books look like they have been "through a hurricane followed by a laundry mangle"! That made me laugh so hard. Some people really are hard on their books. I can understand some wear and tear if people like to read in the bathtub, but otherwise?

39Berly
Feb 24, 2017, 7:24pm Top

>33 johnsimpson: Hi John--I am glad you can trust Amy to loan your books to. It is nice to be able to share. Do you guys ever read books together and talk about them? I do once in a while with my girls. Wishing you a great weekend and hope Karen is feeling better. Hugs!

>34 PaulCranswick: Okay, dear friend. Over 4,000 TBR is tad on the excessive side. LOL. Do we need to get you professional help? Or just more bookshelves!! You realize that half your cost for moving back to England will be the books, right? Shhhh! Don't tell Hani! xoxo

>35 michigantrumpet: Marianne--I will remember not to mess with your "Death-like grip" on your treasured books!! Thank you for the lovely birthday spread. : )

>36 weird_O: Bill--I love your description of the "piles" you have already sorted through. So true and funny! But if you still can't bear to let books go, do I sense that your shelves are double/triple stacked? ; )

>37 FAMeulstee: How fun! I must admit to not knowing these authors, but have to cut myself a little slack because several of them are not primarily English writers--now I only feel a little bad!!

40Berly
Edited: Feb 24, 2017, 7:27pm Top

So, I am currently reading and loving both of these...

41Berly
Feb 24, 2017, 7:29pm Top

And I promised Mark I would post a picture of my backyard friend. What kind of owl is this?

42m.belljackson
Edited: Feb 27, 2017, 10:09pm Top

Looks alot like the BARRED OWL shown in THE BACKYARD BIRDSONG GUIDE (Donald Kroodsma)...

43FAMeulstee
Feb 25, 2017, 4:25am Top

>39 Berly: >37 FAMeulstee: Don't feel bad, most are Dutch writers, not widely known outside my country...
Part of the fun was finding the books, I started seriously collecting these writers (and awarded childrens/YA books) in the 1980s, when some of the books already were out of stock. Searching through second hand bookshops with a list of wanted books on paper and feeling so happy to find a book I didn't own yet... With the internet that all changed.

45msf59
Feb 25, 2017, 7:13am Top

>41 Berly: OMG! He is a beauty! I think this is a barred owl (I am still new at this). You can check other images, to verify.

Happy New Thread, Kimmers! Have a great weekend.

46lauralkeet
Feb 25, 2017, 7:33am Top

I really like the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds for bird id. That is definitely a Barred Owl!

47nittnut
Feb 25, 2017, 8:19am Top

Great new thread! I am loving the discussion of give/loan/hoard. Like most of us, I have a mix, but of late, I am more willing to just give a book away than loan it. I don't like how I feel when it comes back mistreated. I have books I don't loan, signed copies, the classic hardcovers I grew up with, that sort of thing. I don't know if I hoard so much as collect. Since the big overseas move and the great culling of the book collection, I think I tend to think a little harder about what I want on my shelves. I am also curating a library for the kids, so I want the books on our shelves to be the best ones. Of course, there are a lot of "best" ones. *grin*

48karenmarie
Feb 25, 2017, 9:54am Top

Hi Berly!

>40 Berly: Our book club is going to read Born a Crime for our September discussion, and I can hardly wait.

>41 Berly: My Audubon Bird Guide: Eastern Land Birds, plate 2 confirms the Barred Owl too. You're lucky to get to see him up close - fantastic picture.

Best wishes for a great weekend.

49BLBera
Feb 25, 2017, 10:19am Top

Hi Kim -

I am in favor of extended birthday celebrations. Have a lovely weekend.

I love the discussion about loaning books. I admit, I write in books, which might count as mistreatment to some? I might also dog ear pages if the bookmark disappeared. I do have favorites that I am reluctant to loan. One thing I've learned about loaning books is that if I loan it, I should not have any expectations of getting it back. That helps me decide what I am willing to loan.

Like many, I have started to give books away, especially if I know I will never reread them or use them for a class.

50Carmenere
Feb 25, 2017, 10:22am Top

Happy Saturday, Kim!

51Berly
Feb 25, 2017, 12:46pm Top

>42 m.belljackson: Thanks, Marianne! I hadn't a clue, but I think you are right. ; )

>43 FAMeulstee: Thanks for the bye, Anita. I am not up on my Dutch!! I understand what you mean about the joy of the hunt and how it is not quite the same thing with the internet. But I am glad you got the chance to experience it. And now you have the collections and the fond memories!

>44 jessibud2: Shelley--It does look like a Barred Owl, doesn't it?! Vey distinctive markings with the feather pattern going the other way across the neck region and the big wide eye markings. Thanks!!

That is the first time I have seen him up close. Usually he is hidden in the branches of the trees or swooping in. So cool!!

52Berly
Feb 25, 2017, 12:57pm Top

>45 msf59: Hi Mark! I think the consensus is Barred Owl!! How's that for a cool neighbor? He says goodnight to me every night. Absolutely beautiful.

>46 lauralkeet: Laura--Thanks for the link. I checked the audio link and the first part of the call for the Barred Owl sounds pretty close to my friend. : )

>47 nittnut: Jenn--Same. It is easier to just give a book away than to hope for it to come back in mint condition. I still have a few people I trust, but for the most part I would rather not loan a book. And I did the same thing for my kids! Every couple of years, we go through the books and divvy them up so they can have their favorites to read to their kids when they are parents. Most of them are boxed up, waiting in the attic. I kept a few myself so I can be a cool grandma later on. Ooooh! That was a scary sentence to write! Not there yet! LOL

53Berly
Feb 25, 2017, 1:03pm Top

>48 karenmarie: Hi Karen--I am LOVING Born a Crime! I am pretty sure it is going to be a five-star read for me. Glad you like my owl picture!

>49 BLBera: Morning Beth! I don't write in books, and I try really hard not to dog-ear them, but sometimes I just can't find my thing of book darts and I just know I want to quote something here on LT later, so I have to! Clearly, I should blame this bad habit on LT. ; P

>50 Carmenere: Hi, Lynda!! Thanks for popping in. Are you enjoying the new Master Bath? I bet you are!

54Berly
Edited: Feb 25, 2017, 1:36pm Top



Last night my daughter and I went to the Literary Arts lecture series and heard Colum McCann speak. He is probably best known for Let the Great World Spin, which won the US National Book Award and the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. I admit to having read nothing by him, although I have LtGWS waiting in my TBR pile.

He is not the best public speaker. Lots of umms and errs, but he is immensely likable and once he got his pages of notes arranged and started talking about his passions, he was quite wonderful. He told us stories about how things he researched kept popping up again, even when he thought he was done with them. The classic example was tightrope walker Phillip Petit, who is a character in LtGWS and keeps cropping up in McCann's research. He told the funny story of Petit and the dove in Israel which you can find here.

https://justalchemy.com/2013/09/02/500/



Anyhow. He was a treat and now I want to get his other book, too, This Side of Brightness!!

55weird_O
Feb 25, 2017, 1:55pm Top

>43 FAMeulstee: Melancholy is what strikes me. I'm not familiar with owls, but as I think about photos I've seen, the owls always appear strong, commanding. This one appears sad, alone.

56jessibud2
Feb 25, 2017, 2:08pm Top

>49 BLBera: - Oh, thank you! I was hesitating about admitting to that, myself. I only write in books that I own, of course, never in borrowed books, but I like to mark passages to go back to and I've even been known to *talk back* or comment in the margins. Mostly, I'd say, for books that I intend to keep as my permanent collection books.

57Berly
Edited: Feb 25, 2017, 2:50pm Top

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo 4.0

I was struck by the rawness of life in this slum "built in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport." Here are some passages to set the tone.

"Everything around is roses" is how Abdul's younger brother, Mirchi, put it. "And we are the shit in between."

"True, only six of the slums three thousand residents had permanent jobs. (The rest, like 85 percent of Indian workers, were part of the informal, unorganized economy.) True, a few residents trapped rats and frogs and fried them for dinner. A few ate the scrub grass at the sewage lake's edge. And these individuals, miserable souls, thereby made an inestimable contribution to their neighbors. They gave those slumdwellers who didn't fry rats and eat weeds, like Abdul, a felt sense of their upward mobility."

And then, not for the faint-of-heart:

"Abdul had seen a boy's hand cut clean off when he was putting plastic into one of the shredders. The boy's eyes had filled with tears, but he hadn't screamed. Instead he'd stood there with his blood-spurting stump, his ability to earn a living ended, and started apologizing to the owner of the plant. "Saab, I'm sorry," he'd said to the man in white. 'I won't cause you any problems by reporting this. You will have no trouble from me.'

"For all Mirchi's talk of progress, India still made a person know his place..."

This is a life I can scarce imagine and one I know I would not do well in if it was my reality.
The writing is gorgeous, the characters are vivid, and the story is compelling. But life is hard here! Poverty is everywhere, corruption abounds, love is scarce.

"...he had tried to be honorable in his final years as a boy, but wouldn't be able to sustain it now that he was pretty sure he was a man. A man, if sensible, didn't make bright distinctions between good and bad, truth and falsehood, justice and that other thing.

"For some time I tried to keep the ice inside me from melting," was how he put it. "But now I'm just becoming dirty water, like everyone else. I tell Allah I love Him immensely. But I tell Him I cannot be better, because of how the world is."

This is a neighborhood and a life I am only too happy to be apart from. People truly live like this. At times, I did not want to read this book, but I knew I had to be open to these images and people, their lives; to see it and be moved by it.

58jessibud2
Feb 25, 2017, 2:13pm Top

>53 Berly: - Here's a trick I use. I try to have a yellow stickie note inside the front cover or first page so that if there is a paragraph or quote I want to remember, I just jot down the page number, and write top, middle or bottom so I can find it later. That way I don't need so many other bookmarks or whatever. Of course, that means I need to remember to have a pen or pencil close by... ;-)

59weird_O
Feb 25, 2017, 2:19pm Top

>39 Berly: I recall libraries having vast book-storage rooms that were not open to the public. They were called The Stacks. You'd look in the Card Catalog by subject or author or book title, jot down the Dewey Decimal number(s) of the book or books you wanted on a scrap of paper, and hand it to the librarian at the desk. A minion would scurry into the stacks, and return with your book.

60Berly
Feb 25, 2017, 2:22pm Top

>55 weird_O: Bill--I can tell you he is not a sad, little guy! LOL. He is always coming and going and hooting up a storm. He was perfectly at ease claiming the deck as his perch. I would promise to take a better picture, but he is hard to capture on film!!

>56 jessibud2: LOL. Out comes the truth. If they are books you own, well then...they are yours!

61Berly
Feb 25, 2017, 2:49pm Top

>58 jessibud2: I like that trick Shelley. It might even work: it's not usually that hard to find a writing tool!

>59 weird_O: Bill--Oh, I remember The Stacks. Hmmm. Maybe that's what's wrong with my shelving system. I need a minion who can find my books for me!! In fact, I need one today. Because I cannot find my copy of Let The Great World Spin for the life of me!

62ronincats
Feb 25, 2017, 2:53pm Top

Happy Saturday, oh early bird on my new thread! You were welcome nonetheless. And I have had some bad luck, lending out irreplaceable books and then not remembering to whom I had lent them. I do a much better job these days of passing on newish books after I've read them.

63Ameise1
Feb 25, 2017, 3:49pm Top

Happy weekend, Kim.

64BLBera
Feb 25, 2017, 3:56pm Top

>56 jessibud2: Yes, I should add that I only write in books that I own. I do not deface library books or borrowed books. I do use Post-its as well.

The Boo book sounds powerful, Kim.

65jnwelch
Feb 25, 2017, 4:41pm Top

>57 Berly: Yes. Good review, Kim. What an amazing reporting job she did in Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Our first world problems look very different next to this. It's hard for me to even imagine the position Boo was in for the time she was, in order to write this.

66johnsimpson
Feb 25, 2017, 5:24pm Top

>39 Berly:, Hi Kim, Amy and I never read together but we do read the same books occasionally and have a quick chat about them. Amy asked me for books four to eight in the Bird kids series by James Patterson, I have read them and have the ninth and last (according to JP but he said that after book eight so watch this space) so Amy will want that when I have read it or she may get it before I get to it.

Hope you are having a great weekend my dear, Karen is not so good at the moment so we will see how she is tomorrow.

67Berly
Feb 25, 2017, 6:23pm Top

>62 ronincats: Roni--Sorry! I waited a minute or two because I didn't want to get in the way, but it wasn't long enough and I did. Sorry. : / But at least you know I like to follow you and your thread, right? : ) I no longer lend out books that are special to me. Nope.

>63 Ameise1: Happy weekend, Barbara!!

>64 BLBera: Beth--I trusted that you wrote with discretion. ; ) It is a very powerful book, especially if you let it draw you in.

>65 jnwelch: Joe--I heard her talk about writing this book, and I still can't imagine how she did it! She spent a long time trying to get the people to trust her enough to let her in to their world. It was hard to get to know them. She probably grow to care for a few of them, and then ultimately had leave them behind. I am obviously much too soft and not cut out to be an investigative reporter!!

>66 johnsimpson: John--Are you reading the Maximum Ride series? My daughter Sarah loves that one! We have both read all of them; we were both very disappointed by the movie, though. Bad casting and I thought it was disconnected.

Hugs to Karen.

68PaulCranswick
Feb 25, 2017, 6:50pm Top

>39 Berly: I am beyond all hope of redemption already.

>54 Berly: Thanks for sharing the McCann evening. Like you I haven't read anything by him but have a few on the shelves and his charming reserve appeals to me to give his books a chance soon.

69Berly
Edited: Feb 25, 2017, 9:00pm Top



Life On Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith 4.0

So, let me be clear: I do not read a lot of poetry. In fact, since graduating college, probably only the poems that friends have posted on their threads here on LT. But I heard Smith speak and loved her as a person and I bought this book, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

I am more of a traditionalist: I do not care for lines that extend into the next one, stopped by punctuation halfway in. Or stanzas that are sometimes three lines and then often two. Let's not even talk about rhyming. Clearly I am dated. Nor do I enjoy politics in my poetry. But there you are. This is what she does. In the end, my limits were tossed aside as Smith explored life, death, piracy, space, love, Bowie and her father (who worked on the Hubble Telescope).

I didn't understand all of the poems, but many of them I found stunning, or really interesting, or both!

This one is about the presence of her own child before conception:

“When Your Small Form Tumbled Into Me”

...You must have watched
For what felt like forever, wanting to be
What we passed back and forth between us like fire.
Wanting weight, desiring desire, dying
To descend into flesh, fault, the brief ecstasy of being.
From what dream of world did you wriggle free?
What soared--and what grieved--when you aimed your will
At the yes of my body alive like that on the sheets?

70Berly
Feb 25, 2017, 7:00pm Top

>68 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul!! Yes, I am sure you must have one or two by him in that enormous TBR pile of 4,000+!! LOL. I hope you have better luck finding your copies than I am. I know I just saw Let the Great World Spin and I can't find it anywhere! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Hugs.

71PaulCranswick
Feb 25, 2017, 7:10pm Top

>70 Berly: When I sorted my books late last year and set aside 900 novels that would be prioritised, two McCann books were amongst them:

Transatlantic
&
Let the Great World Spin

Can put my hands on them in an instant. I also have This Side of Brightness and Zoli not prioritised and which would take just a little longer to track down.

72Berly
Feb 25, 2017, 7:26pm Top

>71 PaulCranswick: Showoff!! : P

I just saw my LTGWS this week, because I knew this reading was coming up. Grrrr. I will hopefully find it soon.

73Donna828
Feb 25, 2017, 8:21pm Top

Hi Kim, are you still eating leftover birthday cake? Have a piece for me! Loved your comments on Behind the Beautiful Forevers. That is a book I kept for my permanent collection. I may not read them again but can't bear to part with them. Other books read go to the Friends of the Library for their book sales or to the used bookstore for credit. I'm getting better at purging books.

74lit_chick
Feb 25, 2017, 11:28pm Top

So, let me be clear: I do not read a lot of poetry. Well, apparently, you read more than I do, Kim. Great comments on Life on Mars.

75LovingLit
Feb 26, 2017, 1:41am Top

>54 Berly: I didn't n=know that the tightrope walker featured in Let the Great World Spin. I read TransAtlantic, which I think is by Colum McCann. Loved it. Have LtGWS and want to read it but the type is tiny, it puts me off.

76Familyhistorian
Feb 26, 2017, 3:34am Top

>72 Berly: Ha, you probably put it somewhere ready to read, somewhere that you could find it again in an instant. That is where I usually put the things that I can't find again.

77jessibud2
Feb 26, 2017, 7:28am Top

>76 Familyhistorian: - Ha!! In my house, growing up (and even now), that's called a *safe place*....

78msf59
Feb 26, 2017, 7:44am Top

>54 Berly: Wow! This is great. I LOVE McCann and I still have several of his books to read. Let the Great World Spin is such a great book.

>57 Berly: Good review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers and I love the quotes. Another fantastic read. I thought of this book, while watching the film Lion. Try to see the film if you can.

>69 Berly: Life On Mars: Poems is such a terrific collection. I am glad it spoke to you. I like the excerpt you shared. Lovely.

Happy Sunday, Kimmers! You are doing some mighty fine reading.

79Berly
Feb 26, 2017, 8:56am Top

>73 Donna828: As if! Birthday cake does not linger long in this household. LOL. I have a large stack ready to go to Powell's for credit. I am hoping to fund a large splurge at the meet-up in March.

>74 lit_chick: Ha, ha! I think that means I am only up one book of poetry on you. Glad you liked my thoughts about it. : )

>75 LovingLit: McCann talked about TransAtlantic. He said that the Senator George Mitchell helped negotiate the peace in Ireland, but was thwarted in attempts to do the same in Israel, which led to the talk about Phillip Petit and his use of the dove as a symbol of peace. This is another book of his I want to read!!

80Berly
Feb 26, 2017, 8:59am Top

>76 Familyhistorian: Yeah. Hidden in plain view.

>77 jessibud2: And very safe. LOL.

>78 msf59: I am glad you approve of my reading selections. All of which you have already read!! You prolific reader, you. Enjoy your day off today.

81Berly
Feb 26, 2017, 9:06am Top

Talking to the Dead was already on my WL thanks to KarenMarie, and then Katie and Crazy were talking up a Kindle deal a few days ago for the set of Harry Bingham's Fiona Griffith's Crime Series, and I jumped on it. Just started book one!!

82lunacat
Feb 26, 2017, 9:35am Top

Back to the owl - what a wonderful visitor, and how polite of him to wish you goodnight every evening l. I hope you dutifully respond :). I always love seeing owls swooping around - I often hear tawny owls near our house but have never set eyes on one, but I have seen barn owls on drives before and they are beautiful.

83Berly
Feb 26, 2017, 9:41am Top

>82 lunacat: Ha! I just posted on your thread that I loved your owl picture. Yours is a tad funnier than mine. LOL. Happy Sunday.

84Crazymamie
Feb 26, 2017, 9:57am Top

I love that owl photo, Kim! What a handsome fellow. And I am so excited that you are reading the first Fiona book!!!

85jnwelch
Feb 26, 2017, 10:34am Top

Go Fiona!

I liked those comments on Life on Mars, too, Kim. That was one of my favorites last year. Good for you for taking it on.

86karenmarie
Feb 26, 2017, 11:22am Top

Hi Berly!

>69 Berly: I am more of a traditionalist: I do not care for lines that extend into the next one, stopped by punctuation halfway in. Or stanzas that are sometimes three lines and then often two. Let's not even talk about rhyming. Clearly I am dated. Nor do I enjoy politics in my poetry. But there you are.

How did you know that about me? *smile*

>81 Berly: Oh, I do hope you like it! I've just finished the 4th one This Thing of Darkness and will dive into the 5th The Dead House soon. I have to finish Lincoln in the Bardo first - get it! get it! get it! - and then choose between #5 and the 4th Poldark, Warleggan.

I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.

87Berly
Feb 26, 2017, 1:20pm Top

>84 Crazymamie: He is a handsome little guy, my owl, isn't he? And I didn't sleep well last night, so I read a bit more of Fiona--liking it a lot so far. : ) I hope you weather on your deck is nicer than here--rather drippy today.

>85 jnwelch: And now Joe has read everything that I am reading!! LOL Apparently you have good taste. ; )

>86 karenmarie: I am psychic!! So sorry you are not enjoying your reading right now...LOL. I can see you practically jumping up and down with enthusiasm!

Happy Sunday Everyone!!

88scaifea
Feb 26, 2017, 1:24pm Top

Hi, Kim! Happy Sunday!

89ChelleBearss
Feb 26, 2017, 5:18pm Top

>81 Berly: Crap, not you too! I need another series like a hole in the head but everyone keeps talking about this one. Crap! *Adds it to mount TBR

90Berly
Feb 26, 2017, 5:23pm Top

>88 scaifea: Hi Amber!!

>89 ChelleBearss: Sorry! Not Sorry!! You made me laugh out loud. : )

91BLBera
Edited: Feb 26, 2017, 5:29pm Top

>69 Berly: Love the poem - Life on Mars definitely is on my Powell's list.

You have read some intense things lately, Kim. You need something more light-hearted.

I also want to hear about your book discussion of Jane Eyre! I just finished my reread. Want to talk about it?

Happy Sunday to you.

92Berly
Feb 26, 2017, 5:38pm Top

Beth--Just cross-posted on your thread about Jane!! Happy Sunday to you too. I am definitely in for the light read now. : )

93BLBera
Feb 26, 2017, 5:42pm Top

Just think, we can continue the conversation in person in a couple of weeks. I can't believe how fast Feb. went.

94EBT1002
Feb 26, 2017, 6:01pm Top

>81 Berly: I just tried to download some books from the library on my Kindle. Every book I want has a hold on it. I want something to start reading on my Kindle! (I purchased A Gentleman in Moscow but it would conflict too much with my other current read, The Assault, so I don't want to start it yet). SO -- maybe I can get in on that deal and join you in reading the first in the Harry Bingham series.

I'll report back.

Happy New Thread!

95EBT1002
Feb 26, 2017, 6:04pm Top

I got the first one for $0.99. Now I need to see if it shows up on my Kindle.

Learning, learning.

96Whisper1
Feb 26, 2017, 6:11pm Top

What an incredible sight to see in our own back yard, a beautiful owl.

97lkernagh
Feb 26, 2017, 7:31pm Top

Okay, I know I have been away for a while but to find myself 4 threads behind is absolutely horrifying!

*making mental note to check out "Obama Challenge"*

I see tennis was front and centre for the second half of January! Curling is more my game but only as a spectator. The one time my older brother brought me out to complete a foursome I was unable to have any of my rocks go over the hog line and we won't even talk about my "walking on ice" adventures. Good thing I was just a hapless teen at the time.... no pressure to be a key player on the team. ;-)

We are about to enter the next sport season that my family - or my sister's family anyways - are avid fans of: March Madness. They suffer/tolerate me, just barely, when I keep asking questions like "who is the team in white with blue trim and are we cheering for them?" ;-)

I have decided that the Canadian groudhogs got it wrong about an early spring. I just hope that means we will have an awesome summer instead.

Love the comic discussion. Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom County are personal favs of mine... of course, the Bloom County angle is no surprise if you know that penguins are my favorite animal. ;-)

Happy belated birthday wishes, Kim!

Happy new thread. and in answer to your question, I give books away - usually to a LTL - when I finish reading them, except for 5 star reads or Europa Editions as I collect those.

>41 Berly: - Love your backyard friend!

...and all caught up!

98weird_O
Feb 26, 2017, 11:34pm Top

It's gonna be Monday is just a few hours, Kim. You'll want to get off to the good start!

99LovingLit
Edited: Feb 27, 2017, 1:02am Top

>98 weird_O: what the heck is going on here!?
LOL

edited to add: >97 lkernagh: Lori! Where's your thread!!?? ....edited again to add- s'OK, I found it now ;)

100Berly
Edited: Feb 27, 2017, 10:22am Top

>93 BLBera: I know!! February flew by. And I can't wait to continue our Jane Eyre discussion in person!!

>94 EBT1002: And? Are you happily reading your new book on your new Kindle?! : )

>96 Whisper1: Hi Linda! Yes, I like my very own owl. I hope your injections start working ASAP. How is work going for you?

>97 lkernagh: LORI!! Responding to your post is like responding to a whole thread!! LOL.

Do check out the Obama Challenge!! Have fun with March madness. My parents used to curl when we lived in Canada. I have only tried it once and it was fun. The ground hog was so off and I like your summer makeup forecast. Glad you enjoyed the comics, thanks for the birthday wishes and keep those 5 star books! Phew.

I am glad you are caught up here again and I can't believe you actually went back and looked at all of the old threads, way back to tennis! You get major points. In fact, here's your reward: two of your favorite things: cross stitch and a penguin!!


101Berly
Feb 27, 2017, 10:18am Top

>98 weird_O: Bill--Dang! I need some coffee before I can hang out with these girls. And a red dress. And long hair. : )

>99 LovingLit: Megan--Good question!! And I am glad you found Lori.

And...to one and all...

102nittnut
Feb 27, 2017, 11:01am Top

Just be in the Southern Hemisphere. It's Tuesday.

>69 Berly: I have been seeing a lot of poetry love for Life On Mars around here. It's on my list for the AAC poetry month. I find that I often do not understand all the poetry, but when I do, it usually makes quite the impact.

103PaulCranswick
Feb 27, 2017, 11:06am Top

>98 weird_O: I have just moved into Tuesday here and I have to say that I do believe that those dancers have hastened the last day's passing!

104Whisper1
Feb 27, 2017, 11:08am Top

Happy Monday. I hope your day is a good one. I took a vacation day today and have slept a lot since Friday. I think eight injections was too much to handle. But, they are helping. Thanks for asking. And, how are you my dear?

105Crazymamie
Feb 27, 2017, 11:26am Top

Good luck with the hiding, Kim. Let me know if that works - I'm always looking for new strategy.

106ffortsa
Feb 27, 2017, 4:24pm Top

Ah, still Monday here too, and I'm caught up again, at least with you!

On the question of lend, give or hoard, I'm slowly climbing out of the hoarding camp. We put up new bookshelves this weekend and I moved all my drama books on to them, and then asked myself why I had so many scripts. Some are going to be donated very soon, maybe to a theater studio near here.

I also discovered I have THREE books on lifting weights. Might be useful if I ever opened them.

But now the poetry is more at hand, and I might even read some of it again.

I usually don't lend books, not because I'm afraid of their returned condition, but because too often they don't come back at all. In one instance, I did indeed lose a friend over it, when I asked if she was done with it and she insisted she had returned it. Well, no. She was the one who seemed offended.

My TBR is not as high as Paul's (whose is??), and I've promised myself to read off the shelf more. Running out of room.

107jessibud2
Feb 27, 2017, 4:32pm Top

>106 ffortsa: - I also discovered I have THREE books on lifting weights. Might be useful if I ever opened them

Or, you could just lift the books.....;-)

108charl08
Feb 27, 2017, 6:04pm Top

>100 Berly: Ooh that is giving me ideas. Maybe I could cross stitch and listen to an audio book...

I love the owl picture - how amazing to get that close.

I'm super envious re McCann. I heard him on the radio recentlt talking about the Thirteen book, and was impressed. Love transatlantic too.

109Berly
Feb 27, 2017, 6:43pm Top

>102 nittnut: Dang! Why didn't I think of that? Next Sunday I'll catch a plane and east for about 12 hours and then as soon as I land I can jump back in the plane and fly back west and by then it will be Tuesday!! Perfect. ; )

I didn't love all of the poetry, but enough. I want to get some Heaney for April.

>103 PaulCranswick: You've heard of dancing the night away? LOL

>104 Whisper1: Hi Linda--Why did they up it from 6 to 8 injections? It does seem a lot. How long did it take last time to kick in? I am hoping they start working very soon.

Myself? Actually I am still pretty low energy after this last bout of antibiotics and prednisone. Just finished the course. Haven't done TKD in about 3 weeks. Hoping to try a class tonight, but I don't know. I also got blocked two nights ago. So it was pain meds and cranberry juice in the middle of the night, which cut into my sleep. Sigh. (For those of you who don't know me well, I have ulcerative colitis and have had MANY surgeries for it, but try to ignore the fact that I have it as best I can.) Apparently bacon is harder to digest when it is all crispy (But it tasted so good!). Now aren't you sorry you asked? LOL. I will be fine. Just tired right now.

110Berly
Edited: Feb 27, 2017, 6:55pm Top

>105 Crazymamie: Hiding went pretty well today. I played hookie from work, saw my doctor, went to the grocery store, took a nap, paid bills and drove my daughter to class. I am home briefly before heading out to be taxi mom again. I know you can relate!

>106 ffortsa: Sounds like you are making serious progress with the de-hoarding!! I am sure the theatre will love to have more scripts and you'll have to check out >107 jessibud2: Shelley's idea before you give away the weight-lifting books. LOL Good luck reading some more of your OS and save up some poetry for April!!

>107 jessibud2: ^^ Made me laugh.

>108 charl08: Okay, everyone seems to like TransAtlantic, so I am grudgingly adding it to my WL. Nothing like getting hit with a book bullet on your own thread!! ; ) I really enjoyed listening to McCann. He also has a cool foundation called Narrative 4 or N4, which "builds a community of empathic global citizens who improve the world through the exchange of personal narratives." I like him!

111BLBera
Feb 27, 2017, 7:02pm Top

Take care, Kim. I hope you feel better.

So, I rarely watch award shows, mostly because I rarely see the movies before said award shows, but last night I turned on the Oscars. They announced the winner, I turned off the TV and went to bed. Was I surprised this morning!

112nittnut
Feb 27, 2017, 7:52pm Top

>109 Berly: I was thinking you could just do it in your imagination...

113karenmarie
Feb 27, 2017, 7:55pm Top

I'm sorry you're still low energy, Berly, and hope that things perk up soon. Your awful weather this winter can't have helped, either.

114jessibud2
Edited: Feb 27, 2017, 9:49pm Top

Feel better, Kim. If low energy doesn't pick up soon, ask your doctor to check for thyroid issues. A simple blood test to check the thyroid hormone. My thyroid function reached the *dangerously low* level before we figured it out I am now on thyroid pills for life but hey, if that's what it takes, that is an easy *fix*. But believe me, I know what constant low energy/no energy feels like and it's no fun at all. Not that I'm bouncing around now but at least I can stay awake past 7 pm!

115cammykitty
Feb 27, 2017, 9:03pm Top

Great comments on both Beautiful Forevers and Mars. Hope you made it through this Monday! It was a struggle for me, and then I wound up going to puppy class forgetting that there was no puppy class this week. Duh.

116Berly
Feb 27, 2017, 9:46pm Top

>111 BLBera: We happen to be out eating dinner after my son's soccer game (they tied 1-1) and saw the whole fiasco. I am most bummed that it took away from a major coup in the African American and gay community when Moonlight didn't get to have the stage solo because of the mixup.

>112 nittnut: Well, that makes things so much simpler. : D

>113 karenmarie: Thanks and no it hasn't!! I am upping my Vitamin D. Immediately!

>114 jessibud2: Great advice!!! Spot on in fact. I have Grave's Disease and take replacement stuff already. THAT blood level seems to be good at the moment. Vitamin D, Iron and Vitamin B's not so much. Trying to fix it. Sorry you have had to deal with low energy stuff, too; I am glad you can be a night owl and last till past 7 now!! ; )

>115 cammykitty: Oh no! Showing up for puppy class and there isn't one! That's high on the disappointment scale.

Thanks everyone for all the posts, and sympathy and good cheer. Monday is almost over!! Hurray!!

117Berly
Edited: Feb 28, 2017, 1:03pm Top

The March Obama Thread is up!

http://www.librarything.com/topic/250137

118johnsimpson
Feb 28, 2017, 3:26pm Top

Hello Kim, I am sorry to hear that you are not very well my dear and having Ulcerative Colitis which leaves you with low energy levels. I know it must be frustrating and you just want to get on and do things but you can leave us while you get back to full health, we will always be here for you when you are ready, just make sure you look after yourself for you and your family dear lady. I am sending special nursing love and hugs to you as you have sent the same for Karen.

119Berly
Feb 28, 2017, 4:54pm Top

John--You are the sweetest! Thank you.

The funny thing is, my attendance here kinda works in reverse. If I am all healthy, then it is off to classes and book groups, TKD and kid stuff. My attendance here falls off.

If I am only "meh", then I am on here a lot, because I have just enough energy to lie around and be on LT and read.

If I am truly awful (right before surgery for example) then I also tend to fall off here. I was on an every two or three year surgery rotation for a long time, but luckily, I seem to have broken that cycle. (QUICKLY runs around knocking on everything wood I can find!)

But I am enjoying LT so much this year, that I will do my best to keep up my participation no matter what! ; )

120Ameise1
Feb 28, 2017, 5:03pm Top

Touch wood, Kim. I hope you stay healthy. Thinking of you.

121Berly
Feb 28, 2017, 5:26pm Top

>120 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. I never turn down a "touch wood"! Today is looking up. Vitamins slowly kicking in. No pain meds. Made it to work for a half day. Now doing a little from home. I'll take it!

122Ameise1
Feb 28, 2017, 5:34pm Top

Sounds improving. Keep smiling. :-)

123karenmarie
Feb 28, 2017, 6:30pm Top

Touching wood for you, too, Berly! I'm glad today had some up side to it.

124nittnut
Feb 28, 2017, 7:04pm Top

Glad you're feeling better!

125jessibud2
Feb 28, 2017, 7:12pm Top

Priorities, Kim. Health always first! Glad you are doing well

126Berly
Mar 1, 2017, 10:14am Top

>122 Ameise1: >123 karenmarie: >124 nittnut: >125 jessibud2: Thanks you guys!! Those wishes made me feel much better!!

127Berly
Mar 1, 2017, 10:15am Top

Here is my question for the day:

128FAMeulstee
Mar 1, 2017, 10:17am Top

>116 Berly: >114 jessibud2: My thyroid problems were diagnosed 6 years ago, together with vitamine D and B12 shortage.
In the past years I have learned my thyroid levels should be at the high end of "normal" to feel good, if I am at "average normal" levels my phobias come back and I have very low energy...

129nittnut
Mar 1, 2017, 10:21am Top

>127 Berly: Excellent question.

130jessibud2
Mar 1, 2017, 10:32am Top

>127 Berly: - Heehee. This sounds like a George Carlin or Steven Wright type of question......

131Ameise1
Mar 1, 2017, 12:03pm Top

>127 Berly: LOL I never use that light but we must have a two leg mouse who is using it frequently :-)

132lunacat
Edited: Mar 1, 2017, 3:08pm Top

133BLBera
Mar 1, 2017, 3:07pm Top

>127 Berly: Very excellent question, Kim.

134katiekrug
Mar 1, 2017, 5:12pm Top

>127 Berly: - For some reason this raises the question of whether the glass of wine and chocolate donut I had last night constitutes an acceptable dinner.

135SuziQoregon
Mar 1, 2017, 5:57pm Top

>127 Berly: It certainly doesn't help The Hubster find anything.

136Berly
Mar 2, 2017, 1:07am Top

>128 FAMeulstee: >114 jessibud2: I am the same way and like to be on the high end of normal and I have the same vitamin deficiencies, along with Iron. I am the way I am though and just keep muddling through!! Good luck to all of us!

>129 nittnut: Obviously, I thought so!! LOL

>130 jessibud2: I can live with that!! : D

>131 Ameise1: That must be one big mouse!! Hmmmm....

>132 lunacat: Well put. And I love the cartoon. ; )

>133 BLBera: Yes, but what is the answer?! : 0

>134 katiekrug: Lucky for you, it is acceptable on Tuesdays.

>135 SuziQoregon: SOOOO true!!! Big smile.

137LovingLit
Mar 2, 2017, 3:22am Top

>127 Berly: my observation related to that comment? Opening the fridge door is the way that I test things if I suspect a power cut. You just know quicker! (because it's dark in there without electricity!!)

>135 SuziQoregon: haha, I hear you.

138michigantrumpet
Mar 2, 2017, 7:00am Top

Loving all the Colum McCann talk. I thought he was very engaging when he spoke here at the Boston Book Festival. Glad you enjoyed the talk. Transatlantic was the first of his I'd read (based on Mark's warbling). I've been delving into everything else he's written ever since. An excellent story teller.

So sorry about the ouchies. My husband has both Ulcerative colitis AND Crohn's, so I have a little idea of what you are going through. Sending healing whammies your way.

139karenmarie
Mar 2, 2017, 8:21am Top

Good morning, Berly! Hope you're feeling better.

We had serious thunderstorms last night after an 83F day yet are supposed to have a hard freeze Friday night. Crazy weather.

140Crazymamie
Mar 2, 2017, 10:38am Top

Happy Thursday, Kim!

141Berly
Mar 2, 2017, 11:44am Top

>137 LovingLit: LOL. A lot of people in my house must be checking for power outages!!

>138 michigantrumpet: I definitely want to read something else by Colum McCann in the near future. Sounds like TransAtlantic might be a front runner.

Sorry your hubby got not just one but two of the curses! And for you, too, because I know my hubby has to fill in for me when I get hit. Thanks for the healing whammy. : )

>139 karenmarie: I am feeling better. Thanks.

How can you go from 83F down to freezing like that? Insane!!!

>140 Crazymamie: Happy Thursday right back atcha, Crazy!!

142ronincats
Mar 2, 2017, 11:58am Top

Morning, Kimmers! Have a good one!

143Berly
Edited: Mar 4, 2017, 10:23am Top



17. I just finished Talking to the Dead, the first in the D.C. Fiona Griffiths series by Harry Bingham and I really liked it (3.75 stars)! I have KarenMarie, Katie, and Crazy to thank. : )

Fiona is smart and quirky. There is definitely something off about Fiona, but I like her and will happily follow along on her sleuthing adventures. Besides, I want to find out what's up with her....

Basic Plot: "For rookie detective constable (D.C.) Fiona Griffiths, her first major investigation promises to be a tough initiation into Cardiff's dark underbelly. A young woman and her six-year-old daughter have been found brutally murdered in a squalid flat, the single clue a platinum credit card belonging to a millionaire businessman who died in a plane crash six months before. For her fellow cops, it's just another case of a low-rent prostitute meeting the wrong kind of client and coming to a nasty end, but Fiona is convinced that the tragic lives and cruel deaths of this mother and daughter are part of a deeper, darker mystery...Tracing the twisted path that led them to their deaths quickly becomes an obsession for the young policewoman and searching for the truth wherever it leads will mean taking a journey to the last place she wants to go. Her own past."

I liked it enough to join the Fan Club and get a free download of a prequel and a short story. Yay!

144Berly
Mar 2, 2017, 11:59am Top

>142 ronincats: Hi Roni!! Thanks and same to you.

145Morphidae
Edited: Mar 2, 2017, 12:28pm Top

>9 Berly: I used to lend and hoard. But then I lost too many books, including not just one but two copies of Arrows of the Queen. I decided I wouldn't lend anymore, only giveaway. It's too aggravating otherwise.

I (we) used to be hoarders and had over 3,000 books. But we needed the moolah and sold many of them to Half-Price Books. We're now down to 800. Rarely are any added to the collection and I use the library for almost all my reading.

>34 PaulCranswick: Whoo hoo! Now that is one AWESOME TBR pile.

>109 Berly: You're a fellow Spoonie!

If you don't know what that is, read the story at the link below. Those of us with Chronic Illnesses have taken on the name Spoonie in honor of this story.

https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/

146mstrust
Mar 2, 2017, 12:48pm Top

Dropping in ti say hi, and I'm glad you're feeling better, Kim.

147Ameise1
Mar 2, 2017, 2:45pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Kim.

148Berly
Edited: Mar 2, 2017, 3:19pm Top

>145 Morphidae: Hi Morphy! You are making the rounds, so I hope that means today is not too bad, or at least you have a few spoons left. : )

Thanks for the link--I understood the analogy when you explained it on your thread before, but it didn't really hit home until I read the actual article. I bawled. Yup, it describes me. I know that I can come across very healthy and fit because I do TKD, but I actually have to budget my energy in order to get to it. It normally take 5 years of continuous classes to reach my belt level, but it has taken me almost 9 because I keep having illnesses or surgery. One of the core TKD values is perseverance, and man, that is my favorite one because I do not give up! I have battled health stuff since I was born. I couldn't even nurse from my mom because I was allergic to her milk. Day one. And very few people know what I am up against in RL because I just disappear when I have to. They don't see me when I am down. Even my kids don't always know because I have a really good public face. Mind you, they jump in to help when they figure it out or I ask. I am blessed to have a very loving, supportive family and the best husband ever!! I could go on about this illness stuff for a very long time, but that would get boring. ; ) My attitude is just to always do the most I can with the time I feel good. And that has worked for me pretty well.

So, here's to good days and extra spoons!!

149BLBera
Mar 2, 2017, 3:25pm Top

Here's to good days.

Two weeks and I will be in Portland!

150Berly
Edited: Mar 2, 2017, 3:29pm Top

>146 mstrust: Hi Jennifer!! How's the weather out your way? I have a friend who is headed out to AZ in a few days and I am totally jealous. I could use some sunshine and warm weather!! And I just got an audible deal on a Sherlock Holmes collection read by Stephen Fry--I seem to remember you are a fan. The first story is A Study in Scarlett. Have a good one!


151charl08
Mar 2, 2017, 3:33pm Top

>148 Berly: Wishing you lots of good days, Kim.

Stephen Fry reading Holmes sounds great. Hope it's as good as it is in my head!

152Berly
Mar 2, 2017, 3:44pm Top

>147 Ameise1: Hi Barbara!! Hope your rib is healing up and that you are being nice to yourself--don't overdo it!! : )

>149 BLBera: Can not wait to see you!!! It's gonna be fun. : )

>151 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! I'll take that and wish it right back to you.

I am very excited for Sherlock--it's pretty good in my head, too!! Off to check it out...

153johnsimpson
Mar 2, 2017, 3:45pm Top

Hi Kim, hope you are feeling a bit better my dear, we both send love and hugs dear lady.

154ffortsa
Mar 2, 2017, 5:05pm Top

>145 Morphidae: That's a great explanation of what it's like to live with chronic illness! All I really have to cope with is allergies, but it's true that we folks blessed with moderately good health should think about our own set of spoons and how to spend them. Thanks for posting the link.

Berly, I'm coming to Portland!

155mstrust
Mar 2, 2017, 6:23pm Top

>150 Berly: It's already warming up here. It's 77 degrees today and tomorrow is suppose to be 82. I wish Winter lasted longer. I know there are people who will hate me for saying that.
Stephen Fry reading Sherlock?! How perfect. And A Study in Scarlet is such a great story. It's the one that hooked me.

156lunacat
Mar 2, 2017, 6:30pm Top

Another fellow Spoonie here. I so love that theory and it makes it easy for me to get across to people around me that while I may want to do something, it's just not possible. I often say 'I'm out of spoons today' or 'today is a good spoon day' in order to explain how I'm feeling.

157msf59
Mar 2, 2017, 8:51pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Kimmers! I hope you had a smooth week, my friend. Hope those current reads are treating you well.

158Berly
Edited: Mar 3, 2017, 11:25pm Top

>153 johnsimpson: Thank you, kind sir!

>154 ffortsa: Yay, Judy! Whoohoo!!! It's a party!

That means our Portland Meet-up on Saturday, March 18th includes:

BLBera/Beth and her sister
EBT1002/Ellen
OregonReader/Jan
Banjo123/Rhonda and Mrs Banjo
SuziQOregon/Juli
arubabookwoman/Deborah
Maggie1944/Karen
Berly/Kim
ffortsa/Judy and maybe her sister and husband

and maybe:

Streamsong

!!!!


159Berly
Mar 3, 2017, 12:45am Top

>155 mstrust: Jennifer--Yup. I kinda hate you for your weather. ; ) Loving Sherlock read by Stephen Fry!

>156 lunacat: Hi Jenny--I had never heard the "Spoonie" terminology before yesterday. So, if I used it here, I think I will have a fair amount of explaining to do! LOL

>157 msf59: Hello Mark. I am loving my current reads. February was a good month with two five-star reads. I have high hopes for March. : )

160Ameise1
Mar 3, 2017, 4:19am Top

Happy Friday, Kim. Wishing you a good day.

161lunacat
Mar 3, 2017, 4:46am Top

This is quite a good graphic of it if you wanted to share with your family:



I hope you have a many spoons day!

162Ameise1
Mar 3, 2017, 4:59am Top

>161 lunacat: What a geat graphic, Jenny. Thanks for sharing it.

163Carmenere
Mar 3, 2017, 8:15am Top

Happy Friday, Kim!

164Crazymamie
Mar 3, 2017, 8:33am Top

Morning, Kim! Happy Friday! I also had not heard of the spoon theory, and that graphic Jenny posted is great. It totally makes sense, and what a fabulous way to explain it.

165nittnut
Mar 3, 2017, 9:24am Top

>143 Berly: I also fell prey to the deal on Amazon, so I'm glad to hear more love for Talking to the Dead. I am hoping to get to it soon, but I was just swarmed by library holds, so I must finish those first. Also it's moving week next week. So much to look forward to!

>161 lunacat: I had read an article about the spoon theory awhile back, and it's really good. I love the graphic. Stealing it...

166karenmarie
Mar 3, 2017, 10:04am Top

Good morning, Berly! I hope you have a great Friday.

167michigantrumpet
Mar 3, 2017, 10:18am Top

>145 Morphidae: and >161 lunacat: Thanks for posting these! Hadn't come across the concept before -- now I'm getting ready to spread the story.

I'm so excited for your meetup in Portland. Hope you post pictures!

168Berly
Mar 3, 2017, 10:28am Top

>161 lunacat: Jenny, you are a hit!! Thanks so much for posting the Spoon Theory graphic. A little understanding goes a long way. : )

>162 Ameise1: Exactly. And, Barbara, happy Friday!! Bells, whistles and all that stuff.

>163 Carmenere: Lynda--Guess what? IT'S FRIDAY!!!

>164 Crazymamie: Crazy--FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY!!

>165 nittnut: Jenn--You should definitely read the library books first, and THEN you can read about Fiona! Are you busy boxing everything in sight? Are you totally excited for the move? Are you getting any sleep? Single digit countdown!!!

>166 karenmarie: Hi Karen--Thanks and the same to you! Followed by a most excellent Saturday and a wonderful Sunday.

>167 michigantrumpet: Marianne--Spread it far and wide! And, of course, I will post pictures. ; )

169lunacat
Mar 3, 2017, 1:48pm Top

I'm glad I could be of assistance. I often give a number or a scale in the morning of how many spoons I think I might have, so TheBF can get an idea of what might be achieved that day! It leads to some weird conversations about trading spoons off each other and can get quite complex - when we go with an idea, we embrace it wholeheartedly. I was very pleased when I found that graphic, it's so easy to understand :)

170LovingLit
Mar 3, 2017, 4:05pm Top

>161 lunacat: what if you have those mega wooden cooking spoons! Does that mean more energy.....grasping at spoons, I know.

Hi Kimmers, I came to thread-hog over here and give Mark a break ;)

171johnsimpson
Mar 3, 2017, 4:31pm Top

>158 Berly:, I want to come to your party (Stamps his feet in frustration and will get a slap on the wrist), Hope you all have a great time my dear.

172Berly
Mar 3, 2017, 5:27pm Top

>169 lunacat: This is not to be confused with the drinking game popular with college students also known as spoons. Because that would really complicate things!!

>170 LovingLit: ooooh! The spoon jokes...so bad they are almost funny. LOL. And you are welcome to thread-hog here any time. ;0

>171 johnsimpson: John, if you were in town, you would be more than welcome to join the party!!! : )

173LovingLit
Mar 3, 2017, 5:50pm Top

>172 Berly: The spoon jokes
That sounds like a thing. Are spoon jokes a thing? They're about to be!!!! (mwa ha ha)

174msf59
Mar 3, 2017, 6:34pm Top

I wish I could make the Portland Meet Up! What a wonderful line-up. Wah!!!

175karenmarie
Mar 3, 2017, 6:36pm Top

What Mark said! I'd love to go to Portland, too.

Happy weekend back at'cha, Berly!

176lauralkeet
Mar 3, 2017, 6:59pm Top

I'm excited about your meetup, Kim. I hope there will be photos galore!!

177drneutron
Mar 3, 2017, 8:21pm Top

Pics, pics, and more pics!

178tymfos
Mar 3, 2017, 9:00pm Top

Hi, Kim! I don't have time to properly catch up, but want to say "hang in there." Chronic health problems are a burden few people fully understand if they don't have them. I'm glad that perserverence is a trait you have and value.

179Berly
Mar 3, 2017, 11:31pm Top

>173 LovingLit: Okay. I am in no way trying to detract from the Spoon Theory, or the reality behind it ( I think it has been a very valuable conversation here!), but Megan asked about spoon jokes...

180Berly
Mar 3, 2017, 11:34pm Top

>174 msf59: It's okay. We are even. I wish I could make the one coming up in your neck of the woods!!

>175 karenmarie: Both you guys should just come!

>176 lauralkeet: Hopefully there will be enough of us that SOMEONE will remember to take photos!!

>177 drneutron: Okay! Okay! I have added a reminder to my phone!!

>178 tymfos: Thank you so much for your understanding and support. All us Spooners appreciate it!!

181Berly
Edited: Mar 3, 2017, 11:50pm Top



Born A Crime by Trevor Noah -- 5 Big Stars!!

Hands down, one of my favorite reads in years!! Trevor narrates his own book, filled with stories from his childhood growing up in South Africa. I can't imagine reading this book in print, the audio was just so amazing. He brings to life an array of characters with such honesty, love and humor, I just wanted to run errands so I could get in my car and listen some more! I loved hearing all the different African languages (he is fluent in several) and I learned so much about Africa's culture during apartheid. I had no idea that it wasn't just blacks and whites, but blacks, whites and coloreds. Or that a colored child could not be caught with his white parent or they would risk jail time. Or that Japanese and Chinese and Indian were lumped into one of these three categories based on how in favor they were (trade opportunities, etc) at the time. Trevor reveals all the intricacies of growing up a mixed race child, and the difficult changing politics of Africa, but fills your heart with his never-ending stories and sense of humor. I am not doing this book justice. It was amazing!! Thank you SouloftheRose!

182Ameise1
Mar 4, 2017, 4:21am Top

Happy Saturday, Kim.

183DianaNL
Mar 4, 2017, 6:23am Top

184karenmarie
Mar 4, 2017, 9:24am Top

Ha. Cereal Killer. I like it. I skipped your review of Born a Crime because we're reading it in book club for our October meeting. I like to know no more than the dust jacket or Amazon description of a book that I've already planned on reading. Just knowing you gave it 5 stars is enough encouragement to be even more anxious to read it.

Happy Saturday!

185katiekrug
Mar 4, 2017, 9:34am Top

>181 Berly: - I'm going to see Trevor Noah speak on March 31! The ticket price included a copy of the book, which is nice, but I think I will get the audio from the library - I like to hear memoirs read by the author.

186jessibud2
Edited: Mar 4, 2017, 9:47am Top

>181 Berly: - Oh, I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I heard an interview with him about the book and I really want to get the audiobook version of this. I agree, sometimes, an author reading his own work, especially when accents or *voices* are involved, really add a dimension you simply can't get from the written page. A few come to mind, that I have listened to and loved: Billy Crystal reading his Still Foolin' 'Em, also Marcus Samuelsson reading Yes Chef and also Ta-Nahisi Coates reading his Between the World and Me. I am sure there are others I've listened to that I've felt that way about but those three spring to mind. I have to see if my library has the Trevor Noah audiobook. Thanks for the great review.

187Berly
Mar 4, 2017, 10:15am Top

>182 Ameise1: Barbara--Happy Saturday. And Sunday while we are it at. (Now I am ahead of the game!)

>183 DianaNL: Thank you! I will try. : )

>184 karenmarie: Not another word on specifics. I am willing to wager you will love it!

>185 katiekrug: I am totally jealous! Kkeep the book, but listen to it on audio. Listening to books on audio--it's so hard to keep track of favorite quotes, but now you will have the best of both!

I have to admit, I had no idea who Trevor Noah was before I read this book. He anchors the Daily Show and now I have to give it a try. ; )

188Berly
Edited: Mar 4, 2017, 10:21am Top

>186 jessibud2: Dang it, woman!! Again, hit by book bullets on my own thread. : D

I love Billy Crystal and I have wanted to read Between the World and Me (which currently has a rating of 4.37 on LT). I think I should wait a while before the second one though, so I don't compare one to the other to the disadvantage of either.

Born a Crime currently has an LT rating of 4.43!

189jessibud2
Mar 4, 2017, 10:51am Top

>188 Berly: - Ha! You're welcome. All three that I mentioned are terrific, though each very different from one another. I have just placed my name on the reserved list for the Trevor Noah audiobook. I am now #156. :-)

At least there are multiple copies in the system, but it's just as well as I have a lot going on now anyhow, with books and audios so when my turn does come up, I will be ready!

190BLBera
Mar 4, 2017, 11:15am Top

>179 Berly: Hah!

Born a Crime sounds amazing. Onto the list it goes.

191alcottacre
Mar 4, 2017, 1:37pm Top

Hello, Kim!

192klobrien2
Mar 4, 2017, 1:48pm Top

>181 Berly: I loved Born a Crime (I read the paper book). I just adore Trevor Noah--The Daily Show is my "go to" when I feel despondent about American politics. And he has a great speaking voice, so I think I will have to track down the audio version.

Karen O.

193Berly
Mar 4, 2017, 3:55pm Top

>189 jessibud2: I hope the library hold pops up just when you need it.

>190 BLBera: Yes! Gotcha. : )

194michigantrumpet
Mar 4, 2017, 3:58pm Top

Lovely review of Born a Crime, Kim. A BIG fan of Trevor Noah, audiobooks, and great narration!

195Berly
Edited: Mar 4, 2017, 4:12pm Top

>191 alcottacre: Stasia!!!!



This is me in a dead faint.

You're here!! That must mean you are done with school and free once again? Wait....off to check FB. Yes, you finished with flying colors!! A GPA of 3.9. Not surprising, but amazing nonetheless. Congratulations!! And so glad you came to visit me. Please make it a habit. What are you going to do with all your free time? : )

196Berly
Mar 4, 2017, 4:11pm Top

>192 klobrien2: I just added The Daily Show to my recording list so I can check it out. I love his voice! And he seems very smart and funny from his book, so I have high hopes.

>194 michigantrumpet: So, you are a prime candidate for Born a Crime! You should get it. Just saying. : )

197johnsimpson
Mar 4, 2017, 4:39pm Top

Hello Kim my dear, hope you are having a really lovely weekend and send love and hugs to you and the family dear lady.

198cammykitty
Mar 4, 2017, 5:34pm Top

I am totally going to have to get the audio of Trevor's book. My grandfather was South African and he died when my dad was young so I never met him, but I knew about the black, white and colored thing. My dad pointed out that we didn't have "blacks" in the United States, they would all be colored in South Africa, but I don't think I have a concept of just how bad it got in the 70s and 80s. By that time, the only contact we had with the South African side of the family was Christmas cards and a few photos.

199nittnut
Mar 4, 2017, 5:38pm Top

>181 Berly: Born A Crime is definitely a BB for me. I will have to pick it up on Audible or something, because it sounds like the audio is the way to go.

200Berly
Edited: Mar 4, 2017, 11:32pm Top

>197 johnsimpson: Hi John. Thank you so much. I wish you and Karen a lovely weekend, too. Hugs.

>198 cammykitty: Interesting that your family is from South Africa -- I think you will love Born a Crime! Especially on audio. : )

>199 nittnut: A direct hit!! Audio for sure. : ) I am willing to bet that you will really enjoy it. Let me know!

201ronincats
Mar 4, 2017, 11:39pm Top

Just catching up here, Kim! {{{Kim}}} (I've heard that hugs add spoons to your stash.)

202Berly
Edited: Mar 4, 2017, 11:49pm Top

>201 ronincats: Roni, you have no idea how much I appreciate those hugs that can turn into extra spoons! I need some.

I went to the Urgent Care today because, yet again, I have a bacterial infection and my asthma is acting up. This is round number 3. So, back on an even stronger antibiotic and Prednisone...again. Sigh. I had an appointment already set up for Tuesday with my regular doc, but I just couldn't wait that long. So I kept the appointment for Tuesday and we'll see how I'm doing and what next steps might be for now and brainstorm steps for if this comes back again. I am crossing my fingers that this round does the trick though!

PS--I love how your purse and scarf turned out.

203EBT1002
Mar 5, 2017, 1:15am Top

>161 lunacat: That is a great graphic!
I think for some of us calling parents would require more than one spoon. :-|

>181 Berly: That is going smack on the wish list. I may not be able to wait until our Portland meet up to purchase it.

See you SOON! :-)

204Berly
Mar 5, 2017, 1:26am Top

>203 EBT1002: Go get it!! I will talk you into another book when you come out. 'Cuz that's what friends are for. : ) When do you find out about the Huskies hosting and tix? Can't wait to see you!

205EBT1002
Mar 5, 2017, 1:35am Top

>204 Berly: I think the selection show is Monday, March 13. Then the first round is probably that Thursday or Friday. I return from San Antonio on Wednesday, the 15th, so we'll see. Of course, I won't be attending the second round since I'll be in Portland playing with you and our other LT buddies! :-D

206souloftherose
Mar 5, 2017, 2:36am Top

>57 Berly: Great review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers Kim. Sounds like a challenging book in many ways but worth reading.

>181 Berly: So thrilled you enjoyed Born a Crime. And I agree that Trevor's narrative really makes the audio unmissable.

>202 Berly: Sorry to hear you needed more antibiotics - really hoping they get this infection sorted.

And thank you to everyone for the discussions up thread about spoons and chronic illnesses - really helpful.

Happy Sunday!

207jessibud2
Edited: Mar 5, 2017, 7:58am Top

>202 Berly: - I thought I posted something about the spoon theory story and the graphic but it looks like I *thought* it and didn't do it. I had heard it before but forgotten it so it was a great reminder again. I don't have a chronic illness in the way you do unless you count migraines, which can be pretty debilitating, but for me, thankfully, are not nearly as bad as they are for some I know. I do hope you are back to a full cutlery drawer very soon!! I would wonder if you are more affected or susceptible in the winter weather but do you get the same winters as we do in the north east? In any case, healing vibes out to you!

208lunacat
Mar 5, 2017, 9:04am Top

>203 EBT1002: Sadly true, I would require at least 4 spoons for a conversation with my mum, if not more. I love her dearly but my goodness she's exhausting.

Kim, I hope your spoons begin to be replenished soon and that the stronger antibiotics give it a kick up the backside and banish it for good. I also hope that the steroid insomnia isn't too bad this time around.

Rest up, get plenty of fluids and naps, and fingers crossed for feeling better!

209rosalita
Mar 5, 2017, 9:55am Top

I hope you can kick this stupid infection to the curb once and for all, Kim. It sounds like you are living that scene from Godfather III — "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" :-)

210BLBera
Mar 5, 2017, 9:58am Top

I hope the antibiotics work this time, Kim. Hugs. Take care of yourself.

211scaifea
Mar 5, 2017, 10:11am Top

Oh, Kim, I'm sorry that you're still having trouble with that infection! Yeesh! Here's hoping it's definitely on its way out!

212karenmarie
Mar 5, 2017, 10:28am Top

I'm sorry you've had to go back to Urgent Care again, Berly. Sending healing thoughts and hugs!

213Berly
Edited: Mar 5, 2017, 11:08am Top

>205 EBT1002: Ellen--Well, I hope whatever happens makes you happy. Two weeks till I see you!

>206 souloftherose: Heather--Happy Sunday to you, too. Glad you liked the spoon discussion, Behind the Beautiful Forevers and sucking me into Born a Crime. ; )

How are the crafts going? Aren't you meeting up with some LTers today? Knitting Show in London or something? How was it?

>207 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! Don't you hate when you thought you posted something, but nope, you didn't? No worries. You are not the only one. I like to blame technology instead of myself when it happens. ; )

>208 lunacat: >207 jessibud2: I think it so cool that I myself didn't know about the spoon theory until this week, and it has opened up this great eye-opening discussion for so many people. Thanks lunacat and Morphy! Shelley, I also really liked your image of a full cutlery draw! I got a good nights sleep, which always helps, so I am better today than yesterday. Maybe something like this:

214Berly
Mar 5, 2017, 11:21am Top

>209 rosalita: Rosalita, that made me laugh! As long as you don't think of me as having a mustache, too!!

>210 BLBera: Beth--The antibiotics have always helped me feel better quickly. I just haven't stayed well. The good news is that the timing of this bout means that even if this round is also a failure, I should be feeling great for our meet-up. Yay!!

>211 scaifea: Amber--I know, right? I said (up above in reference to doing TKD) that I value stubbornness and perseverance, but let's be clear: I meant me, not the bacteria!! Be gone vile pestilence!!

>212 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. The good thing about yesterday was that I have never had a quicker visit in Urgent Care. I only sat for about 5 minutes before they called me back. In fact, it was so fast that my Hubby, who had anticipated a long wait and went to get coffee and gas for the car, only made it in for the Doctor's summary at the very end. It was actually perfect timing.

Then he dropped me off at home and I got to skip watching son's soccer game. It isn't that I don't love him and soccer, but it was raining like crazy and I had a good excuse!! The girls wound up staying in the car and watching from there in the second half. Phew--got out of that one! LOL

215Berly
Mar 5, 2017, 11:27am Top

Not quite up to reading my March Obama book, Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson, so I started The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (thank you MichiganTrumpet!). The latter fiction is about the last living descendant of the Bronte sisters and has all sorts of literary references and involves a mystery/treasure hunt of some sort. Sounds great!

216jnwelch
Mar 5, 2017, 12:18pm Top

Wow, Born a Crime sounds terrific, Kim. I don't often do audio, but I may have to make an exception for this one. Thanks for tipping us off. Off to thumb.

217Berly
Mar 5, 2017, 12:33pm Top

Hi Joe! I just posted on your thread about your great postcard party. Nicely done. : )

And do get the audio of Born a Crime! I think you will really enjoy it.

218Donna828
Mar 5, 2017, 12:39pm Top

I'm happy to see a few spoons in your drawer, Kim. What a good analogy to better understand living with chronic illness. So glad your visit to urgent care went quickly. You will need all your spoons in order before the meetup. It sounds like a great turnout is expected. I know it will be a fun time for all.

219lit_chick
Mar 5, 2017, 1:39pm Top

Sunday morning coffee drive-by to say hello, Kim : ).

220BLBera
Edited: Mar 5, 2017, 2:16pm Top

>214 Berly: Very selfishly, I am hoping you are well for our meet up. Just over a week!

The Madwoman Upstairs sounds good; I have a copy from the library.

221alcottacre
Mar 5, 2017, 2:18pm Top

#195: I have 5 years of home projects to catch up on, visits to make, books to read, and life to enjoy! Did I mention books? Lots of books!

222Berly
Mar 5, 2017, 3:05pm Top

>218 Donna828: Hi Donna! I am really looking forward to the meet-up! And I will make sure I have plenty of spoons. ; )

>219 lit_chick: That's what I need! Coffee. ; ) Happy Sunday, Nancy.

>220 BLBera: Beth--I should finish the meds just before our meet-up, so any re-occurence probably won't have happened yet. Besides, I am optimistic that this round is going to work!!

>221 alcottacre: Stasia--Ha! So you aren't lacking for ideas. Just remember you can't do them all at once or in one day. Breathe and Enjoy! So nice to have you back. xoxo

223johnsimpson
Mar 5, 2017, 3:33pm Top

Hi Kim, hope you are having a really nice day my dear.

224Ameise1
Mar 5, 2017, 4:55pm Top

Get well soon, Kim. I hope this time the antibiotics are doing the trick.

225msf59
Mar 5, 2017, 7:04pm Top

Happy Sunday, Kimmers! I hope you had a great weekend. 5 stars for Born A Crime? Great! I have it saved on audio. Happy Camper!

226Berly
Mar 5, 2017, 7:24pm Top

>223 johnsimpson: John--I felt well enough to do a few basic chores around the house, but I am back in bed and Hubby is in charge of dinner. Yay!

>224 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. I already feel better than yesterday, so that's good. Pretty wiped. Perfect excuse to read a book! (I have a long list of excuses reasons why I should read!)

>225 msf59: It's the Warbler! Welcome home. You will love Born a Crime. Seriously! So glad your trip was fun and I hope you got back early enough to get some reading in. : )

227PaulCranswick
Mar 5, 2017, 9:21pm Top

>226 Berly: Back in bed nice and early on a Sunday evening, Kimmers. A good rest will see you back to full fighting form, I am sure.

228nittnut
Mar 5, 2017, 9:26pm Top

Ugh. Sorry you're not well again. I hope you had a lovely restful day and are feeling much better for the big meetup.

229Berly
Mar 5, 2017, 10:18pm Top

>227 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul. That's my plan and I am sticking to it!! : )

>228 nittnut: Hi Jenn! I am glad that you are finding some me-time in the midst of everything. I am so excited for your move!! We are doing the same on this end, on a much smaller scale. My oldest is moving out to an apartment on the 15th of this month, so there are piles and boxes in my dining room and downstairs. : )

I just bought The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story on my Kindle. It looks really interesting! I feel someone recommended it recently, but I can't remember who. It has a 4 rating on LT.

230EBT1002
Mar 5, 2017, 10:39pm Top

I decided to go ahead and purchase Born a Crime for my Kindle. See, this is my fear about the Kindle. I don't need to spend more money on books! Well, maybe I do. :-)

I hope you're feeling better....

231Morphidae
Mar 5, 2017, 11:19pm Top

>179 Berly: The only reason I survive being a Spoonie is my sense of humor.

>202 Berly: I wish I had some spoons to share but I'm always here with an ear.

>213 Berly: I'm glad the Spoon Theory went over so well.

>221 alcottacre: And then you go to work and it all starts over again!

232Berly
Mar 5, 2017, 11:52pm Top

>230 EBT1002: Who are you kidding? Of course you are going to spend money on your new Kindle!! And usually books are cheaper on the Kindle. : )

Ask me how I am feeling tomorrow after the antibiotic kicks in. : )

>231 Morphidae: I thought you might appreciate the spoon joke! / You need to hoard your spoons! / It totally did! / Sad but true! 'Course being paid is nice.

233Berly
Edited: Mar 6, 2017, 2:04am Top

So I did a re-read of Jane Eyre last month and I just say a new book out, Mr. Rochester, by Sarah Shoemaker, on Amazon and I couldn't resist. It has a release date of May 9, 2017. Ordered it!!!

234Berly
Edited: Mar 6, 2017, 2:11am Top

I also got my latest batch from Powell's INDIEspensable Reader club:



and another by George Saunders, a new fairy tale illustrated by Lane Smith



Whoohoo!! I actually got the package yesterday. After my Hubby and I returned from Urgent Care, it was waiting on outside the door for me and it just made me cry, tears of happiness, to know that there were books waiting for me inside that box and that my husband gets me and loves me. : )

235Ameise1
Mar 6, 2017, 12:54am Top

Wishing you a happy healthy new week ahead.

236scaifea
Mar 6, 2017, 6:39am Top

>234 Berly: Oooh Lane Smith!! Love.

237lunacat
Edited: Mar 6, 2017, 7:46am Top



I hope the drugs kick in really soon and that you begin to feel better.

238ffortsa
Mar 6, 2017, 9:11am Top

Yikes! Busy in some not so good ways, Kim. I insist that you are completely well for our epic meetup!

Seriously, I hope this round of meds is the last for a long while.

Speaking of Jane Eyre, have you read Wide Sargasso Sea? It gives the first Mrs. Rochester a fascinating backstory.

I'm all set for Portland. My cousin will pick me up at the airport Wednesday night. Are we meeting on Saturday? Or are there festivities planned for Friday as well?

239karenmarie
Mar 6, 2017, 9:19am Top

Good morning, Berly!

Yay for George Saunders! I really hope you like Lincoln in the Bardo. At book club last night my friend Sarah, who works for Quailridge Books in Raleigh, a great indie, said she was listening to it and it was working very well as an audiobook. I read it.

Crying for books and having an understanding husband are two of life's great blessings.

I hope the antibiotic is kicking in and that you are feeling much better. Spend your spoons wisely!

240ChelleBearss
Mar 6, 2017, 9:36am Top

Sorry to see you are ill again. Are the meds helping now?

241Berly
Edited: Mar 6, 2017, 1:31pm Top

>235 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara! I am working on it. : )

>236 scaifea: Amber--Looking forward to it even more now that I know you love Lane Smith--Yay!

>237 lunacat: Thank you so much! You da best.

>238 ffortsa: I am doing my best! We are going to have fun. Not sure about Friday...I'll get back to you on that. And with that plug, now I really need to read Wild Sargasso Sea!

>239 karenmarie: Awesome! I have read absolutely nothing by George Saunders, so this should be an adventure. It's always nice to hear good things about books before diving in.

>240 ChelleBearss: I know, right? They have helped a little, but hoping they really kick in by tomorrow. I have things to do, you know? ; )

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