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Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #8

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75 Books Challenge for 2017

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I Opened a Book
By Julia Donaldson

I opened a book and in I strode.
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.

Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 3:24pm Top

Reading Now
We Are Legion (A) by Dennis E. Taylor, Narrated by Ray Porter
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
Harry Potter re-read and April Obama Read

Future Maybes
Poetry Month Choice
Being Mortal by Atul Gawade -- RL Bookclub
Lincoln in the Bardo (IR) by George Saunders
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (K) by Douglas Preston
Evicted by Desmond
I Am No One by Patrick Flanery -- LT ER
Nutshell (L) by Ian McEwan

Read in March
30. Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson, March Obama Read 4.0
29. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (456 pages) by Anne Brontë 3.0
28. The Obsession (480pages) by Nora Roberts 3.5
27. The Sign of Four (92 pages) (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Read by Stephen Fry 3.0
26. Dr. Mütter's Marvels (304 pages) by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 4.5
25. Insidious (447 pages) by Catherine Coulter 3.5
24. Hunting Badger (324 pages) (K) A Leaphorn Mystery by Tony Hillerman 3.5
23. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (84 pages) (IR) by George Saunders 4.0
22. The Madwoman Upstairs (341 pages) by Catherine Lowell 3.75
21. The Globe: The Science of Discworld II (345 pages) by Terry Pratchett, for Paul's BAC 3.0
20. A Study in Scarlett (124 pages) (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, collection read by Stephen Fry 3.0
19. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (304 pages) (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) 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

OTS=Off the shelf
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 3:28pm 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.

April--Excellent Novels and Poetry collections
(Coinciding with Mark's Poetry Month)
1. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese ✔ ✔
2. To the End of the Land, David Grossman
3. Purity, Jonathan Franzen
4. A Bend in the River, V. S. Naipau
5. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
6. Lush Life, Richard Price
7. Netherland, Joseph O’Neill
8. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie
9. Redeployment, Phil Klay
10. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison ✔ ✔
11. Plainsong, Kent Haruf
12. The Way Home, George Pelecanos
13. What Is the What, Dave Eggers
14. Philosophy & Literature, Peter S Thompson
15. Collected Poems, Derek Walcott
16. In Dubious Battle, John Steinbeck
17. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn ✔ ✔
18. The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin
19. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling planned re-read of April ✔ ✔

Completed This Year
February -- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo ✔ ✔
March -- Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson ✔ ✔

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


Edited: Mar 28, 2017, 2:09am Top

Plans for Reading

The President Obama Reading Challenge
February - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo ✔ ✔
March - Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
April - I am thinking Harry Potter re-read
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 - Born A Crime by Trevor Noah ✔ ✔
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 reading now

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

Edited: Mar 18, 2017, 1:34pm Top

Favorites from this year:

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 5.0
Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott by Joyce Wallace Scott 5.0
The Vegetarian by Han Kang 4.5

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

Edited: Mar 18, 2017, 1:34pm 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)

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

Edited: Mar 21, 2017, 6:38pm Top

New Books in 2017
✔ ✔ = read

GN=Graphic Novel
IR=INDIEspensable Readers
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

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. Sherlock Holmes Collection read by Stephen Fry (have read book 1, 2 ✔ ✔)
26. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (IR) by George Saunders ✔ ✔
27. Lincoln in the Bardo (IR) by George Saunders
28. A Criminal Defense by William L Meyers, Jr (Free-K) no touchstone
29. 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die
30. The Ice Twins: A Novel by S. K. Tremayne
31. Insidious by Catherine Coulter ✔ ✔
31. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
32. The Obsession BY Nora Roberts
33. We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
34. Good poems selected by Garrison Keillor
33. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay Thank you BLBera!!
35. Milk and Honey poetry by rupi kaur
36. The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (I am on a Brontë tear this year!)
37. Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
38. Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir Aczel (April--CultureCAT Challenge hosted by EBT1002)
39. Seamus Heaney collected works 1966-1987 (April--Mark's Poetry Month)
40. Kafka on the Shore by Murakami
41. A Wild Sheep Chase by Murakami
42. Babayaga by Toby Barlow
43. Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (Tournament of Books)
44. Pond by Clare-Louise Bennett
45. All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks
46. The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Mar 18, 2017, 1:45pm Top

Happy new one, Kim.

Mar 18, 2017, 1:45pm Top

Have a great time at the meet-up today, and don't forget to take pictures!!!

Edited: Mar 18, 2017, 2:01pm Top

>8 Berly: Thanks, Barbara! For you, a comfy chair, a little something to drink, and some books!! Stay for a while. : )

Mar 18, 2017, 2:32pm Top

>10 ronincats: Thanks!! I won't!

Off to the meet-up. : )

Mar 18, 2017, 2:49pm Top

Happy New Thread, Berly!

Have fun today with the meet up.

Mar 18, 2017, 4:13pm Top

>11 Berly: Thanks so much. Perfect timing cause I need it.

Mar 18, 2017, 4:25pm Top

Happy New Thread!

Mar 18, 2017, 4:44pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim. I love the opening poem!

Mar 18, 2017, 5:08pm Top

Happy new thread Kim my dear and hope you have a really great meet-up dear lady.

Mar 18, 2017, 6:08pm Top

Happy new one, Kim! I am sure you are out painting the town red right now - enjoy!

Mar 18, 2017, 8:15pm Top

Happy new thread!

Mar 19, 2017, 12:16am Top

Great new thread, Kim. I love the poem at the top. Thanks so much for arranging a great day. I had a lot of fun. Take care and get some rest.

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 12:19am Top

Great meetup, Kimmers! I hope you feel better tomorrow!

By the way, A Wild Sheep Chase is apparently third in a series. The first two are Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973. I'm not sure how cohesive a series it is, but this is how they are listed in LibraryThing.

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 4:24am Top

>11 Berly: i am just imagining that if I went into someone's house and saw that- I would be so distracted and unable to have normal conversation until I had checked out each of the books in that pile. It'd be hard, and I'd probably just wish everyone would go away so I could do it properly ;) (I know yo know I don't mean to be rude, and that my comment here will be understood)

Happy newest! Now I better go back and see what I missed of the last thread...

ETA: love that you stepped in with the definition of your words in the last thread. It was all I could do not to copy and paste them somewhere just because....but, I'm not promising I won't go back ;)

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 7:10am Top

>13 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. : ) Pictures below...

>14 Ameise1: Welcome! Uh-oh...why do you need it? I will check your thread...

>15 thornton37814: Thank you, Lori!

>16 Familyhistorian: Meg--Glad you liked the poem. Thanks for coming by. : )

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 7:05am Top

>17 johnsimpson: John--The Meet-up was so much fun! More below...

>18 Crazymamie: Crazy--I ran out of red paint. Besides, everyone is still into Green this weekend! ; ) And I am up at 4 in the morning, because something woke me up and now I am wide awake. Sigh.

>19 drneutron: Thanks, Jim! Happy Sunday.

>20 BLBera: Hi Beth! Long time no talk, LOL. Have a safe trip back--it was so much fun to see you again and thank you for the books!!

Mar 19, 2017, 6:29am Top

>21 EBT1002: Ellen--I know you have been traveling like crazy and I am so glad you were up for squeezing this trip in. It was so great to see you!

Uh-oh. Third in a series. Dang it. Do we read it out of order or get the other two from the library and start from the beginning?

>22 LovingLit: Hi Megan! You know I would totally support your investigative nature and the call to check out the books, LOL. Glad you liked the definitions--You just gotta know, right?!

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 7:13am Top

Hurray!! The Meet-up is here.

Judy (ffortsa), Kim (Berly), and Beth (BLBera)

Portland Art Museum

Judy (ffortsa), her cousin, and Beth (BLBera)

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 6:51am Top

Powell's and the Loot!!

Beth (BLBera), Ellen (EBT1002), Juli (SuziQOregon), Kim (Berly), Deborah (arubabookwoman), Judy (ffortsa)

I already got one at the grocery store this week, so I didn't get any of these...this time!! LOL

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 12:19pm Top

The gang is all here!!!

Deborah (arubabookwoman), Ellen (EBT10020 and Judy (ffortsa)

Beth (BLBera), Kim (berly) , Juli (SuziQoregon)

(In red is Beth's sister and not pictured was Deborah's indulgent husband)

We had a few people who had to drop at the last second and they were missed: Rhonda (Banjo123), Maggie1944 (Karen), and Jan (Oregonreader). Next time!!

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 7:12am Top

I don't know about the rest of you, but I had so much fun!! I got way too many books at Powell's--and I blame all of you! Thanks for being my partners in crime and enabling the heist. ; )

Mar 19, 2017, 7:20am Top

Such amazing photos!! It looks like everyone had a great time.
Um ... it's oh-dark-30 where you are Kim. Insomnia again?! At least you're making good use of your time, LOL. Sending a little hug nevertheless!

Mar 19, 2017, 7:22am Top

>30 lauralkeet: I know. It's 4:20am, dang it. Something woke me up and I am wide awake. Sigh. I am going to try to go back to sleep and I will post my purchases later. Thanks for the hug! : )

Mar 19, 2017, 7:49am Top

Thanks so much for posting all these gorgeous photos. It looks like you had a fabulous time.

Mar 19, 2017, 8:38am Top

I am very green with jealousy, sitting quietly in my apt., very, very early on Sunday, reading my NY Times book review newspaper, wishing for more books, always more books!

Looks like it was a sweet Meet-Up as it seems it always is when we meet at Powell's.

Thanks for the great photographs.

Mar 19, 2017, 8:42am Top

>21 EBT1002:, >25 Berly: Murakami considers A Wild Sheep Chase his first book. He didn't allow the first two to be published in English until last year. I just finished reading Wind / Pinball (they were combined into one book for the US) and there's no reason to read those before A Wild Sheep Chase. There's really no reason to read them at all, unless you're really into seeing where writers started out. They're both okay, and they both feature the same characters as Sheep Chase but there's not really any development to speak of that you'd be missing out on if you skipped them.

Mar 19, 2017, 8:49am Top

Happy New Thread, Kimmers! LOVE the Meet-Up photos. The only thing missing is a male presence...particularly ME. It looks like a wonderful time. So glad Beth & Judy made it too. How special.

I hope you were able to get back to sleep...poor thing.

Mar 19, 2017, 8:56am Top

LOVE the poem topper!

My ENVY at your recent meet-up knows no bounds. I've had a few but never a group, just two of us.

Mar 19, 2017, 9:13am Top

The meet-up looks great! (And I love the photo of you with the romance display!)

Looks like you all had great fun. Thanks for posting the pictures!

Mar 19, 2017, 9:14am Top

Happy new thread, Kim, I love the top picture it's book imagination like the poem.
Thanks for sharing the meet-up pictures, you all look happy being together and with the purchased books :-)

Mar 19, 2017, 11:21am Top

Happy new thread, Kimmers.

I can see it is indeed a happy one with six of the gang meeting up in that Mecca of books; Powells. Pray tell what did you buy?

Love the photos.

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 12:19pm Top

>32 Ameise1: It was absolutely a blast! Thanks again to Beth (BLBera) for deciding to attend her conference out here and giving us enough time to gather a crowd. It's immensely fun to meet my LT friends in person, to share stories, phone photos, and get hit with real live book bullets.

>33 maggie1944: I am so sorry that you were not able to join us this time. You were definitely missed! How is Ms. Greta doing? Sending good mojo to her and a hug to you. Hopefully you can make the next one!

>34 ursula: You are the best!! I will just start with the Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase then and not worry about it. Phew! Hear that Ellen? : )

>35 msf59: Glad you enjoyed the photos, Mark. And next time you better be in the photos! I am holding you to a visit within the next year. ; )

Mar 19, 2017, 12:18pm Top

>36 sibyx: Glad you liked the poem!! A group is totally fun, but meeting one-on-one is also wonderful. I would jump at either chance. : ) LTers are truly an amazing bunch of people: interesting, kind, smart and fun.

>37 katiekrug: Ha!! I thought you might like that photo. ; ) I just started The Obsession last night (when I couldn't sleep). So far, gotta say, no romance but lots of creepy serial killer stuff. Also, not helpful when trying to sleep. LOL

>38 FAMeulstee: I am glad you like the topper and the poem. I though they were a good pairing, too. : ) I loved every part of the Meet-up and will enjoy reading some of the books I bought with the people who talked me into them! They will have little notes in them that say "So-and-So's Fault"!! LOL

>39 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! A designated Mecca...yup! That's Powell's. : )

I will happily post my purchases later today. Right now I am off to IKEA with my daughter to find a bed frame and then we have to go assemble things in her apartment. I'll be back this afternoon.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Mar 19, 2017, 1:03pm Top

Wonderful pictures, Kim! I hope you can work in a nap later today. Maybe after assembling the bed at your daughter's new apartment?

Mar 19, 2017, 2:09pm Top

Wonderful to see the meetup photos! It looks like you all had a fabulous time.

Mar 19, 2017, 2:14pm Top

>25 Berly: "Do we read it out of order or get the other two from the library and start from the beginning?"

It's a valid question. Maybe someone who is a Murakami aficionado can advise us. In any case, let's start with that mutual-support read of Kafka on the Shore (after I read Norwegian Wood!) and then decide.

Mar 19, 2017, 2:15pm Top

>34 ursula: and >40 Berly: Oh. Now I hear that! Cool beans. We'll go with the one we bought (after all, that title!...)

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 2:16pm Top

Hmmm, and now, based on >34 ursula:, I'm wondering if we should dive into A Wild Sheep Chase before I read Norwegian Wood!

Mar 19, 2017, 2:18pm Top

Thanks for posting pictures, Kim! I think my favorite is the one of you by the Romance novels. ;-)

Mar 19, 2017, 2:29pm Top

Nice pic! It's great to see how LTers get together and enjoy good times. :)

Mar 19, 2017, 3:21pm Top

Love seeing another LT meetup!

Mar 19, 2017, 3:27pm Top

Thanks for the pictures, Kim, and thanks for organizing a great meet-up - the most fun I've had in a long time. And, all of my purchases fit into my suitcase.

Good luck with the IKEA and construction project today. I hope you got some rest and are back to 100% soon.

Mar 19, 2017, 3:54pm Top

Hi Kim, looks like you had a great time during your meet-up and the photo's are gorgeous. I must admit you all look as though you got a goodly amount of books my dear.

Good luck at IKEA and enjoy the construction project, that job is usually left to me.

Mar 19, 2017, 6:05pm Top

Lovely pictures. One day I will make it to Powells...

Mar 19, 2017, 7:05pm Top

Hi Kim--It was great meeting up with you and the other ladies yesterday. I had a wonderful time (and so did Mr. Arubabookwoman). Thank you so much for organizing this.

We are safely back at home after another early morning trip to Powells before leaving--I ended up with several more goodies. So I may end up with the prize for buying the most books. :)

Hope you are feeling better!

Mar 19, 2017, 7:34pm Top

Love the pictures, Kim! I am so bummed to have missed it. But it looks like you all had a great time.

And Mrs. Banjo says hi.

Mar 19, 2017, 11:14pm Top

^ Sorry you couldn't join us, Rhonda!

I wonder how Kim's IKEA trip and project went today.

Edited: Mar 20, 2017, 12:28am Top

>42 ronincats: Nope. No nap. It was an all day affair. We spend about two hours at IKEA, and then needed a few things, like hooks, a step ladder, drawer organizers, etc. When we made it to the apartment we assembled the bed frame, a shelving combo, and the TV stand. Then it was just put away, put away, put away! We finished most of it. Phew! I am exhausted. We didn't get around to the grocery shopping, so my daughter is staying here one more night and then the final move-in.

>43 lunacat: I need that reminder BAD!! Thanks. ; )

>46 EBT1002: Let's do LaRose, like you suggested and then the Sheep.

And I am glad you like the Romance photo. LOL It was too good to pass up.

>48 drneutron: I think you would be hard pressed to find a get-together with LTers which wasn't fun!

Mar 20, 2017, 12:18am Top

I've got LaRose in the carry-on bag, ready to dig into it once I finish Maisie Dobbs and The Confessions of Nat Turner. Have no fear; the first is a quick read and I'm about 60% through the second. And I have a 4.5-hour flight tomorrow....

Mar 20, 2017, 12:22am Top

>49 alcottacre: It is so much fun to actually meet in person. To hear people's voices and see their smiles. I feel like I "know" my friends on LT, but just like any shared experience, it is another opportunity to create memories together, to grow closer. Not to be missed!

>50 BLBera: I am so glad all your purchases fit into the suitcase!! ; ) Phew! Now it's back to the grind stone. Happy Monday! What book are you going to read first?

>51 johnsimpson: Yes, lots of books were bought. Powell's did all right by us for sure! I am too tired to post my purchases tonight, but I will tomorrow. The IKEA projects went very well. It was probably one of the first big projects my daughter has assembled and it was a great experience to let her read the instructions, get all the tools and figure things out. We only had to backtrack one step, because one piece got reversed, but it was an easy fix and it is done! She is quite proud and rightly so.

Mar 20, 2017, 12:28am Top

>52 charl08: And you will have to let my know when you are here to visit Powell's!!! We would have fun. Just saying....!

>53 arubabookwoman: So glad you and your hubby could make the trek down here. It was great to see you both. With your additional purchases, you may be the prize winner indeed!! I will pop over tomorrow to see your final list. : )

>54 banjo123: I am so sorry you weren't feeling well yesterday. I hope you heal quickly. You both were definitely missed.

>57 EBT1002: I have to finish up The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (told you I was on a Brontë tear!) and find a copy of LaRose and then I'm in! I think you may blow by me, but I will catch up.

Mar 20, 2017, 2:10am Top

Wishing you a great start into the new week, Kim.

Mar 20, 2017, 7:38am Top

Mar 20, 2017, 7:42am Top

Hi Berly!

Thank you so much for sharing all the meet up pictures with names and LT usernames. I'm envious, for sure.

I hope you're feeling well and am sending wishes for a Happy Monday!

Mar 20, 2017, 8:38am Top

Hey Kim! What great pics from the meetup! Always, always, always smiling faces when LTers get together!
Did you post a haul list? Must scroll back up and check again
Have a marvy monday :0)

Mar 20, 2017, 9:43am Top

Thanks for posting so many fantastic meet-up photos, Kim! It sure looks like y'all had a rollicking good time. :-)

Mar 20, 2017, 10:55am Top

Morning, Kim! Love the meet-up photos and the romance section!! Too funny. Hoping you can catch up on your sleep soon and that your daughter loves her new apartment and is blessed in her newest endeavor.

Mar 20, 2017, 11:22am Top

Kim, thank you so much for posting the pictures. I was there in spirit!

Mar 20, 2017, 2:59pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

>1 Berly: "Like!"

Love them photos of the meetup. Easy to tell you all had a great time. I'll join you one of these times. Kudos to Judy (ffortsa) for making the trip. That's what I plan to do, with Madame MBH.

Murakami: I've read them all, and I like what Ursula says in >34 ursula:. I don't think you can go wrong with where you start, except don't start with What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - that one's more for completists, Murakamians, and runners, seems to me.

I usually recommend the slim short story collection After the Quake or Kafka on the Shore, and a lot of folks recommend starting with Norwegian Wood, as a very accessible one. But I love the idea of doing it chronologically - A Wild Sheep Chase is bizarre and wonderful, and you'll see his writing at the beginning. (I agree with Ursula about Wind and Pinball - later is better).

Mar 20, 2017, 5:34pm Top

Kim - thanks again for organizing us for Saturday. it was great to see you again. Glad you survived your IKEA mission. Hope you get some decent rest soon.

Mar 20, 2017, 6:11pm Top

Great pics!! It's nice to see what fellow LTers look like.

Mar 20, 2017, 6:42pm Top

>58 Berly: You either need to come down here or I need to come up there so we can meet in person! I think I still have your phone number (and Walt's) back from your surgery a few years back.

Mar 20, 2017, 9:54pm Top

Great photos, Kim. Meetups are always so much fun!

Mar 21, 2017, 9:26am Top

>60 Ameise1: Hi Barbara. Happy Tuesday to you! Yesterday was a good day. My daughter and I made a run to the grocery store and loaded her up on staples and then finished the BIG MOVE! She spent last night at her new apartment and today her roommate will be back in town. She is so happy. : )

>61 lunacat: Jenny--That. Is. Just. Perfect! Thank you. : )

>62 karenmarie: Karen--Glad you liked the photos. I am much better with faces than with names, especially when so many of the LT user names have NOTHING to do with people's real names, LOL. It is nice to see what people look like and who they are in person.

Mar 21, 2017, 9:32am Top

>63 Carmenere: Morning Lynda! Marvey Monday. I like that. Terrific Tuesday is good, but not quite as good. LOL. How can you not smile when meeting up with people who like books as much as we do?! I promise to list my haul today....

>64 rosalita: Julia--So much fun!! : )

>65 Crazymamie: Morning, Crazy. Thank you so much! Got some sleep last night. Weight off my shoulders now that the move is done. Maybe I can even read some today!! And/or catchup on LT. It was all I could do to keep up with the big meet-up and the mover. Phew! Hope all is well over in your neck of the woods. I'll be over later...

Mar 21, 2017, 9:41am Top

>66 Oregonreader: Hi Jan! We missed you. : ( Don't you hate when RL gets in the way? I hope I get to see you in the near future. : )

>67 jnwelch: Joe--It would be awesome to get the chance to hang with you in person, and with Mrs. MBH (I love that name). A good time was had by all, for sure.

I think I am going to go for A Wild Sheep Chase (I love the name and it sounds like great fun) first and then Norwegian Wood. I have Wind / Pinball waiting for me, too. Honestly, though, I don't think I can go wrong!

>68 SuziQoregon: Juli--It was great to see you again. And I am incredibly jealous that your work office is just four blocks from Powell's. Although that could be a bad thing, too, LOL! I am loving my books and my new Typewriter bag--I think you should splurge and go back and get one.

IKEA is a great store, but I am glad I don't have to go again soon. It's huge!! And all the furniture has so many little pieces. If I don't see a screw or a cam lock or a dowel for a while, I will be good. ; )

Mar 21, 2017, 9:47am Top

>69 lindapanzo: Hi Linda! Glad you liked the pictures. Me too!! I have a book photo I will post later today. Happy Tuesday!

>70 alcottacre: Stasai--That would be so much fun! I am definitely putting that idea out to the universe and we'll see how soon we can make it happen. And I still have your phone number, too. : )

>71 jessibud2: Hi Shelley. Meet-ups are the best!

Edited: Mar 21, 2017, 6:38pm Top

My fun, new book bag, and it zippers on top, which is a good thing in rainy Portland!

The book haul!

Milk and Honey poetry by rupi kaur
The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (I am on a Brontë tear this year!)
The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks
Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir Aczel (April--CultureCAT Challenge hosted by EBT1002)
Seamus Heaney collected works 1966-1987 (April--Mark's Poetry Month)
Kafka on the Shore by Murakami
A Wild Sheep Chase by Murakami
Babayaga by Toby Barlow
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (Tournament of Books)

And two more, gifts from BLBera/Beth--Thank you!!
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennet
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gray

Mar 21, 2017, 10:16am Top

Absolutely fantastic meetup pics, Kim! LT people are the best, aren't they? I'm looking forward to seeing which books you bought. It looks like everyone's bag is full in the group picture. 📚

Mar 21, 2017, 11:16am Top

>77 Donna828: Morning, Donna!! You must have been typing the same time I was. Check out ^^

Mar 21, 2017, 11:19am Top

>76 Berly: Ooof, I LOVE that bag! And that book stack looks pretty sweet, too.

Mar 21, 2017, 11:26am Top

>79 scaifea: I know, right?! Happy Tuesday. : )

Mar 21, 2017, 12:13pm Top

>72 Berly: Great to hear that the big move went well.

>76 Berly: Gorgeous bag, would like to have it too.
Great book haul. I hope you'll like The Wide Sargasso Sea as much as I did.

Happy Tuesday, Kim.

Mar 21, 2017, 1:06pm Top

The book bag is brilliant!

Mar 21, 2017, 3:13pm Top

More book bag love here! Did you buy that at Powell's along with the books?

Mar 21, 2017, 3:34pm Top

>76 Berly: Nice bag! I have been (not actively) looking for something along those lines but I haven't run across any totes that were roomy enough and also had zippered tops. Good find. :)

Mar 21, 2017, 4:57pm Top

>76 Berly: - Greal haul and I LOVE that bag!!

There was a new documentary film at our local doc cinema recently about the Typewriter. I missed it but it will likely come around again. I hope

Mar 21, 2017, 4:59pm Top

>76 Berly: I love both the bag and the book haul!

Maybe you could come to the Joplin meet up in November (hint, hint). I am not missing it this year!

Mar 21, 2017, 5:31pm Top

Hi Kim! Meetup! And a book haul! And a book bag! I love it.

Did I read upthread you were finishing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall? What did you think?

I liked Wide Sargasso Sea - hope you enjoy it. Also, I see lots of Murakami discussion happening - I've only read Norwegian Wood (which was great) and really, really need to try his other books. If there's some kind of Murakami reading happening please give me a nudge.....

Mar 21, 2017, 5:40pm Top

Rainy Portland...LOL. Our library lends out library book bags. These bags automatically renew. I check one out whenever I'm at the library and it's pouring which, around here, isn't all that often.

Mar 21, 2017, 6:16pm Top

Hi, Beth. It looks like we both arrived home safely, if tired. It was great to spend time with you in Portland.

Mar 21, 2017, 9:19pm Top

Great photos of the meet-up!

Mar 22, 2017, 12:30am Top

>81 Ameise1: Let's see...you used "great," "gorgeous" and "great" to describe my activities and purchases. I'd say I did all right!! Happy Wednesday!

>82 rosalita: And now "brilliant"! I concur. A most excellent bag. : )

>83 lauralkeet: Yes, it is a Powell's bag. I love the retro typewriter, that it's water resistant and the zipper on top. With a cute little outside pocket, too. Perfect.

>84 ursula: I saw it and I had to have the bag. Total impulse buy and I have no regrets.

>85 jessibud2: I would love to see that documentary--and drag my kids to see it, too. I am not sure they have ever used a typewriter!

Mar 22, 2017, 12:36am Top

>86 alcottacre: Joplin in November, huh? Hmmmmm. ; ) I would love to meet you in person!

>87 souloftherose: I am halfway through The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I love how the entire point of view has switched.

>88 lindapanzo: Lendable book bags. What a concept. You would think they would have that here. Maybe they do and I have just missed it; I will have to check next time I am physically there (as opposed to Kindle loans).

>89 ffortsa: LOL. Judy, you heard Beth (BLBera) and I talking about how we keep getting called each other's names didn't you? : P Glad you arrived home safe and sound. Say Hi to Jim for me!

>90 thornton37814: Hi Lori! : )

Mar 22, 2017, 1:34am Top

>76 Berly: A good old baker's dozen of books Kimmers, well done!

Mar 22, 2017, 1:41am Top

Happy Wednesday, Kim.

Mar 22, 2017, 9:59am Top

(Last thread) I have very mild asthma myself. It's only triggered by environmental factors like fragrance and smoke. I can't imagine having asthma like yours and hope you are feeling a bit better now.

>1 Berly: Love the poem. I'm going to steal it and do... something with it.

>28 Berly: Thanks for posting the usernames along with the real names. I'm awful at putting the two together unless it's obvious like PaulCranswick. Heh. Although I do have Joe and Mark down. Initials help!

Mar 22, 2017, 10:30am Top

>93 PaulCranswick: A baker's dozen is a good number I think! But I hope I can cut down a little bit on my purchases for the next quarter (notice I didn't set the impossible goal of "the rest of the year"), because I am out of shelf space. My upstairs TBR pile now has about 8 stacks of 10-15 books on the floor lining the wall of my bedroom under the windows...yikes!

>94 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! I am hoping to have time to make the LT rounds again today. I'll see you later on yours. ; )

>95 Morphidae: Morphy!!! How are you? Did you get my card? I hope so! Glad you like the poem. I thought it was a pretty good one, obviously. : )

I know exactly what you mean! I have such a hard time with certain LT people's user names and real names and keeping them straight. LOL

Loved seeing you here. Happy Wednesday with HUGE hugs!!

Mar 22, 2017, 11:42am Top

>96 Berly: Yes! I got your card! It got buried in a bunch of medical paperwork somehow and I was going to get it sorted out today to thank the person who sent it to me. You beat me to the punch! Thank you so much!

Mar 22, 2017, 2:29pm Top

Love the haul and the cute bag. I'm quite tempted by a new LT tote. My current book bag is rather tired...

Mar 22, 2017, 6:09pm Top

I'm starting LaRose today.
We don't have to read in tandem, mind you, but I did think I should check in. :-)

Mar 22, 2017, 6:11pm Top

And I found this book bag for Charlotte:

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 6:12pm Top

Although this might be better:

Mar 22, 2017, 6:16pm Top

Yep - I have to go get that bag.

Mar 22, 2017, 6:16pm Top

Hi Berly! Excellent haul, books and book bag! I hope you're doing well, asthma at bay, lots of energy.

Mar 22, 2017, 7:05pm Top

>76 Berly: Great book haul, Kimmers. I see my favorite Murakami on there- Kafka. I still have not read A Wild Sheep Chase but I have it on shelf. I also just snagged a copy of Consider the Lobster. Maybe, we could do a mini-group read, of both of those. I am also curious about Babayaga. It did sound good but no LT buzz. You may have to change that.

Mar 22, 2017, 8:04pm Top

>97 Morphidae: Glad you got the card. I just wanted to make sure you had it before you left that awful place. ; ) Congratulations again on the weight loss and I hope that being at home you can stay centered and moving forward with everything. Pulling for you!!! Hugs.

>98 charl08: A tired book bag!! Oh no! Check out Ellen's ideas....!

>99 EBT1002: My copy came in today, so I can go pick it up tomorrow. Probably will start this weekend. Gotta finish at least one book before I start another!!

>100 EBT1002: Love it.

>101 EBT1002: And this one. Although I like the word "mischief" on it so that may be the winner. ; )

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 11:52pm Top

>102 SuziQoregon: Which one?!?!

>103 karenmarie: Thank you, thank you. I try hard. ; ) I am winning the asthma war, slowly cutting down on meds. I have two days left on antibiotics and I am crossing my fingers. I see a pulmonologist tomorrow.

>104 msf59: I would love to do a mini read with you! Ellen wants in on the Sheep, but I am foot loose and fancy free on on the Lobster. I am probably not going to start either one until April.
Did you see all the poetry I have for April? : )

Ellen??? ^^ Timing?

Mar 22, 2017, 8:16pm Top

Was the poetry question for me? If it was, I am very impressed, plus I can always use recommendations. I think I would also be up for the Murakami.

Mar 22, 2017, 10:00pm Top

>92 Berly: Yikes. I think I was trying to talk to Beth, as she had the next longest trip home, but obviously, it's in the wrong place. Or without a number reference. Or i just was too tired to know where I was typing.

Recovering from this trip is taking a long time. Next time I visit Portland, I'll have to take Jim along to run interference with Bonnie and Richard, otherwise I'll be up round the clock.

Mar 22, 2017, 11:51pm Top

>107 msf59: Yeah...my poetry comment kinda got out of order. ; )

Awesome--group reads!!

>108 ffortsa: LOL. Your cousin was so cute, but definitely high energy!!! Relax. Pull up a chair. Open a book...

Edited: Mar 23, 2017, 1:27am Top

Fabulous meet - up pictures, Kim! What a lot of fun Hmm- my library sells book bags for $3.00 - thick woven fabric with a graphic that says " I eat books". But I think I prefer the penguin graphic. They are quite accommodating at my library - if I forget my library bag, they will dig up an old plastic bag.

Mar 23, 2017, 3:43am Top

>27 Berly: >28 Berly:
Woah! What a meet up! :)
I always feel so happy seeing the groupings, and the faces and the smiles. So many book lovers, in a book shop- what's not to like? Nice job LTers.

>76 Berly: niiiiiice :) Love that bag. Will you literally use it for books? How many books do you need to take out wiht you when you go anyway? ;) I usually always need to take at least one.

Mar 23, 2017, 5:32am Top

Love the new tote, Kim, and that is a fabulous haul!

>100 EBT1002:, >101 EBT1002: Nice! I have this one:

Mar 23, 2017, 6:47am Top

Oh, all the glorious tote bags!! I need one of each, please.

Mar 23, 2017, 9:53am Top

Bags. We have many. mrsdrneutron is addicted to them. :)

Mar 23, 2017, 10:06am Top

Our Friends of the Library Sale is in 2 weeks and even though I have many canvas bags here at the house, it thrills me to get a two-bags-reinforced brown paper grocery store bag when I go. And when the first one fills up, they give me another, and then another.....

>106 Berly: I'm glad you're coming along, Berly, cutting down on the meds and etc.!

My sister isn't doing as well - she has costochondritis, which is inflammation of the chest wall. They think it was brought on with all the coughing and wheezing she was doing with the most recent asthma attack even though she has been on lots of meds and a nebulizer. She was supposed to go to a pulmonologist but they haven't made an appointment for her yet because it's Kaiser, notoriously slow for scheduling specialist appointments.

Mar 23, 2017, 11:24am Top

Great to see your meet-up pics! It looks like you all had a really fun time. And I too envy your new bag in >76 Berly:. It's fantastic.

Mar 24, 2017, 11:59am Top

>110 vancouverdeb: Oh, I like the "I Eat Books" one, too! That's funny. Whatever bag we choose, as long as the books stay dry, right? ; )

>111 LovingLit: I am sure I will use my typewriter bag for lots of things, and, yes, I have already used it for books! I always have to have a book with me. That's usually my Kindle in my purse, because it is nice and thin. And then there's the audio for whenever I am in the car. Then there's the one at home on the night table. So, usually three going at once. : )

>112 Crazymamie: Love it! Well, I love the Penguin whenever it shows up. And that's a nice roomy one...

Mar 24, 2017, 12:04pm Top

>113 scaifea: One of each, LOL. Here, have this one, too.

Mar 24, 2017, 12:07pm Top

>114 drneutron: There are worse addictions. Deal with it. ; )

>115 karenmarie: Show some restraint woman! Well, just a little. LOL. I am sorry your sister is not doing well. Sending what little mojo I can spare.

>116 mstrust: Hi there! It was so much fun and I am glad you liked all the pictures. I am planning on using my new book bag to take a bunch of books and trade them in for credit at Powell's sometime soon. My piles are falling over!

Mar 24, 2017, 12:12pm Top

So, I finally saw the pulmonologist yesterday and it's official. I have pneumonia. Which explains why I have felt like crap. >: (

The Doc was confident that I am on the right antibiotic to treat it though, and said my lungs sound pretty good. So everyone cross your fingers for me that this round works and I can get OVER this!! I am, of course, really bummed because my next TKD belt test is in two weeks and I think I have about a 2% chance of being able to do it. I haven't been in weeks. Sigh.

I plan on doing nothing this weekend. No apartment moving. Nothing! But read books. : )

Mar 24, 2017, 12:58pm Top

Quite right for doing nothing!!! Sit down, sleep and read. I remember having pneumonia and it is so exhausting. Completely understandable that you're struggling so much.

Fingers crossed tightly that this antibiotic works and you have a long enough treatment plan to kick those bugs thoroughly. Rest, recuperate, read and drink lots of fluids.

Mar 24, 2017, 1:34pm Top

Pneumonia! Oh, my. You're darn right you're doing nothing this weekend, missy. Get lots of rest! Read lots of books!

Mar 24, 2017, 1:55pm Top

Hang in there, Kim! A weekend of doing nothing sounds like just what the doctor should have ordered, along with the antibiotic. Get better quickly, please!

Mar 24, 2017, 2:15pm Top

Yay, for a weekend of nothing! That's the best medicine of all, no side effects to nothing! The zippered bag is awesome as is your book hall. I finished Wide Sargasso Sea last week and read Sweet Lamb last year. I'll be waiting for your thoughts on those.

Mar 24, 2017, 2:35pm Top

Oh no, pneumonia! I'm sorry, Kim. I hope the door doesn't hit it's behind on the way out!

>118 Berly: Oh, YES, I need that one, too! A certain 1st-grade teacher at Charlie's school has asked me for 4 years straight now to come in a read to her class as part of her month-long Seuss celebration. That is always one of the books I read, and I always read that page twice. I read it through once, then pause and say, "Okay, that was so good - and so important - that I'm gonna read it again. Ready?" And then, well, read it again. I like giving myself goosebumps that way...

Mar 24, 2017, 2:48pm Top

Oh, how did I miss all the bags? I want them all!

Kim I'm really sorry to hear about the pneumonia. Hope the drugs get to work quickly.

Mar 24, 2017, 2:49pm Top

Pneumonia! Holy cow!

No wonder you've been feeling crappy, Kim. I'm glad it's now diagnosed, you're on the right antibiotic, and you can rest to help you get better. Reading sounds like the perfect diversion. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

Mar 24, 2017, 4:52pm Top

Gotta love walking pneumonia! Hope you kick it's nasty butt to the curb soon!

Mar 24, 2017, 5:06pm Top

>118 Berly: - Oh, I love this one too!

Mar 24, 2017, 5:11pm Top

Oh dear. I am so sorry about your pneumonia. My mum has it too and is actually in the hospital right now. Of course, there are a bunch of other things going on with her too and she looks like a pin-cushion as they try to find out what, exactly. She is 83 and this is, I think, the first time in her life she has been so sick. I just got home last night from Montreal, after being there a week. I will probably go back next week. The coughing alone can sap all your energy. Good that you are staying home for the weekend. Enough of being sick! Gentle {{hugs}}

Mar 24, 2017, 5:19pm Top

My goodness, pneumonia. At least you've been taking the right antibiotic. I hope you follow through on the Doing Nothing and Reading.

>119 Berly: Aw, c'mon, I don't want to show restraint - there are two book sales a year and I usually acquire 30-50 each sale. I used to take two precious vacation days a year for these sales; now being retired, of course, every day is a vacation day. And this year I'm volunteering all day Monday to help set up the mysteries and general fiction. There are two benefits to this - first, it helps Rhoda, my friend who is responsible for the mysteries section, and second, I get a preview of what's on the shelves and when I go in there first thing Thursday as a customer, I can find one or two special things I might have missed.

And thank you for sending some of your precious mojo to my sister. God knows she needs it. She seems to be doing a bit better, fortunately, and can NOT talk this weekend.

Mar 24, 2017, 5:28pm Top

Hi Kim, so sorry to hear you have pneumonia my dear but at least you are on the right antibiotic and so I hope you are doing nothing but reading and having a relaxing and stress less weekend dear friend. This calls for special relaxing love and hugs from both of us dear lady.

Mar 24, 2017, 11:12pm Top

Ick. Phooey to pneumonia! Hope you get better soon!

Mar 24, 2017, 11:50pm Top

OOh--so sorry to hear that you have pneumonia! You were a trooper to hang on at the restaurant as long as you did. Be sure to rest and do nothing (except read) for as long as you can, and then some. I've heard from people who had pneumonia that a relapse is likely if you start to do too much too soon.

Mar 25, 2017, 8:33am Top

>120 Berly: I am sorry you have pneumonia, Kim, please take care of yourself!

Mar 25, 2017, 9:08am Top

Ugh to the pneumonia, Kim. Total bummer. Hoping that your weekend is full of nothing. Feel better, my friend.

Mar 25, 2017, 9:41am Top

Kim - Take care and beat that pneumonia into submission. I hope this antibiotic does the trick.

Mar 25, 2017, 3:59pm Top

You did pretty well for a gal with pneumonia, Kim. At least it's been diagnosed now and you know what you are up against. Rest, reading, maybe some tea from time to time? I also hope this antibiotic is the right match for the bad buggies (as my mother used to call them).

Mar 25, 2017, 6:05pm Top

I'm sorry to hear about your case of pneumonia, Kim. I was nearly admitted to hospital after a bout of asthma with walking pneumonia, and I remember how badly I felt when I returned to work after taking only one off from work.

Trivia for the day: "pneumonia" in Spanish is "neumonía".

Mar 25, 2017, 6:06pm Top

>120 Berly: My poor old mother has had pneumonia on several occasions and her lungs are pretty shot to pieces, but she soldiers on. I mention that not to cheer you up (!) but to note that I know it is a tough one to get over so take your time and take good care of yourself. Taekwondo that bug right out of the way!

Bed rest and books. Better than a herbal remedy. xx

Mar 25, 2017, 6:18pm Top

So sorry to hear that you have pneumonia. I know it can be difficult to discern when you have pneumonia. When my eldest was about 25 and living on his own, he called me and told he was not feeling well and wondered if he had pneumonia. He'd been too tired to get out of bed for three days and felt some difficulty breathing. Of course I rushed over there right away and tried to convince him to Emergency. He was not sure he wanted to go, so he called me later, and we went to the Emergency. And yes, he has pneumonia. Two chest x- rays later and several more checks at the family doctor and a couple of weeks and he was good to go. But he had a nebulizer and antibiotics.

So do take it easy and just do nothing. I hope you will soon be feeling better.

Mar 25, 2017, 7:29pm Top

>112 Crazymamie: *like*

>120 Berly: oh no! That is crap.
you. have. to. take. it. easy.
I know cos that is what they told my dad when he had it. You have the perfect reason to dial things down a bit for now, and you have plenty of books for something to do. Demand it of your family. (listen to me getting all bossy!!)

Mar 25, 2017, 7:47pm Top

I am so sorry about your pneumonia. I think you should get to lie in bed and read and have your kiddos bring you soup and gingerale.

Mar 25, 2017, 7:56pm Top

Having had pneumonia myself, I know what a pain it can be. Take care of yourself, Kim!!

Mar 26, 2017, 8:45am Top

I keep my fingers crossed that the antibiotics are doing their trick. Get well soon, Kim and happy Sunday.

Mar 26, 2017, 11:11am Top

Well, pneumonia makes total sense. I'm SO sorry! But the good news is that you know what to do now. Take those meds and REST. I had walking pneumonia a few years ago and they mandated that I stay home the rest of the week (I think I got diagnosed on a Tuesday). I had been doing much what you have been doing -- work, rest, work, rest, repeat. So, settle in with some books and take it easy, my friend!

I got sidetracked into A Gentleman in Moscow but started reading LaRose again last night after we got home from the airport. I will dig in some more today. I can tell I'm going to love it.

Shared read comments
Regarding timing of A Wild Sheep Chase and Consider the Lobster, I can be influenced. How about Sheep in early April and Lobster in early May? Is that soon enough for each of them?

Mar 26, 2017, 11:20am Top

>146 EBT1002: I'll be interested in your comments on LaRose.

Hi Kim.

Mar 27, 2017, 6:46am Top

Thinking of you, Kim, and wishing you well.

Mar 27, 2017, 2:25pm Top

Hi Kim! Love the book-hugging pic up top. Some books really do give a nice warm hug, don't they? ;-)

Looks like you all had a wonderful meetup!

>76 Berly: - I love your new book bag and fantastic book haul! Zipper top to the bag is a very smart feature. I always try to have a plastic bag or two in my purse, just in case I need to carry books home in an open top bag in the rain. Have to keep the books dry!

>120 Berly: - Sorry to learn that you have pneumonia! Take care of yourself. Glad to see the weekend plans were for rest and nothing but rest.

Mar 27, 2017, 11:31pm Top

Great meet-up photos, Kim. It shows how energizing meet-ups can be that you were able to meet everyone and enjoy yourself while you had walking pneumonia! Hope you feel better soon.

Mar 27, 2017, 11:49pm Top

Just a quick update...

R&R did NOT happen this weekend! Spent Friday night in the ER, not because of me, but my son. He could not stop throwing up. Made it home at 7am. He has anti-nausea meds and is doing much better now. Apparently a particularly nasty virus going around. Then Saturday, my daughter's car broke down. Wouldn't go into reverse. Had to take it in and get a rental. Hoping to get that back soon. This week at work, we are interviewing candidates for an engineering position. 8 candidates, today through Wednesday. I am exhausted, but so far feeling like the illness is still at bay. Keeping fingers crossed. Going to bed now. : )

Thank you everyone for your kind words!! I'll respond individually later...


Mar 28, 2017, 12:49am Top

Thinking of you, Kim.

Mar 28, 2017, 4:52am Top

>151 Berly: Oh Kim, pneumonia, your son being sick and a broken down car :-( And then interviews at work! Please try to take it easy as much as you can..... Thinking of you.

Mar 28, 2017, 5:54am Top

You have way too much going on, Berly, but I'm glad your illness is "at bay" as you have so many other people relying on you.

Hang in there and I hope that by the time you read this you've gotten a good night's sleep.

Mar 28, 2017, 6:29am Top

>151 Berly: I hope you are feeling better by now, Kim. Take care of yourself!

Mar 28, 2017, 7:40am Top

>151 Berly: Kim, I have to admit I was getting a little worried about you so thanks for checking in. But oh my, what a weekend you had! I hope your son continues to recover and that the car issues get resolved quickly and without too great expense. I sure hope you are able to rest up and keep the illness at bay, too. Take care!

Mar 28, 2017, 7:05pm Top

I hope all is now well in Kim household.

Mar 29, 2017, 10:24am Top

Sending positive thoughts and energy, Berly!

Mar 29, 2017, 2:10pm Top

Hi again. I am so far behind on my own thread.... but for all your support and words of encouragement, a very BIG

Mar 29, 2017, 2:20pm Top

My son was nice enough to share his gastroenteritis with me. Grrr! I am getting lots of exercise running back and forth to the bathroom. I have lost 5 pounds in one day--not recommended!! I am just trying to keep hydrated, which is harder than it sounds. Zofran, an anti-nausea med, is my new best friend.

I made it through most of the interviews this week, but today I am missing out on two of the interviewees. If my coworkers think that they are stellar, I will have to phone interview them or schedule another visit later.

Now I am going to visit some threads and say Hi!

Mar 29, 2017, 2:59pm Top

Argh, sorry to hear about the gastro. Exactly what you didn't need, illness and exercise while having pneumonia. Poor, poor you :(

Mar 29, 2017, 3:18pm Top

>161 lunacat: Thank you! I will take all the sympathy I can get while I fend off these guys...

Mar 29, 2017, 3:25pm Top

>146 EBT1002: Can we move Wild Sheep to the end of April? I have too many books lined up right now with group reads and RL bookclub.

Edited: Mar 29, 2017, 5:06pm Top

Not feeling well? Awwwwww, Kimmers! Gentle hug to my pal, with healing vibes from the Midwest!

Please keep me posted on that hummingbird feeder and other bird sightings.

Mar 29, 2017, 5:17pm Top

Hope you are feeling better really soon, Kim! That sounds nasty, especially on top of pneumonia.

Mar 29, 2017, 5:27pm Top

What Rhonda said, Kim. Woo, that's a tough combo. Joining Mark in sending healing vibes from the heartland.

Mar 29, 2017, 5:36pm Top

Kim! You can't catch a break. It is nice of your son to share, though. :)

Mar 29, 2017, 6:31pm Top

Hi Kim, feel better! Those are some scary looking bugs you are working to fend off.

Mar 29, 2017, 8:53pm Top

Ha! I thought, great, a day at home, I will catch up on LT...I think I made it to all of about 10 threads before I feel fast asleep! LOL

>164 msf59: I promise keep you up to date on any cool bird sightings. ; )

>165 banjo123: Rhonda--It is not a good combo, I'm telling you! At least I managed to keep down some Ritz crackers and Gatorade. A feast!

>166 jnwelch: Joe--Thank you so much. All healing vibes gratefully accepted. : )

>167 BLBera: Beth--He is a good kid and I taught him well, don't you think?

>168 lit_chick: LOL, Nancy. Colorful critters, too.

Mar 29, 2017, 9:04pm Top

Falling fast asleep is probably the best thing you could have done, Kim, all things considered. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Mar 29, 2017, 9:32pm Top

Okay, this is not fair. You need the bad health gremlins to leave you alone!!

We can read Wild Sheep any darn time you want. I am at your beck and call with that one. Late April. You say go and I will start reading. (yes, I have had a bourbon and ginger ale, but the sentiment is genuine.)

Sending you HUGE get well wishes all around!!!!!! xoxo

Mar 29, 2017, 10:22pm Top

>170 ronincats: So right! I think I probably have another day or two of this before I come out the other side. But I feel better tonight than this morning, so progress!

>171 EBT1002: Thank you. I'll let the Gremlins know that you don't approve. ; )

I like your sentiment, with or without the bourbon and ginger ale!! LOL I loved the pictures of the plantations on your cruise, although it is a shame they just glossed over history and slavery. And I vote for the Rhine or some of your other choices for the next cruise!

Mar 29, 2017, 10:51pm Top

Take good care, Kim and don't rush it. If you push yourself too hard, too fast, you will only end up prolonging the nasties....

{{hugs}} (but from a distance....)

Mar 29, 2017, 11:15pm Top

Sounds like your house is going to be marked as a plague house at this rate. Hope you are better soon.

Mar 30, 2017, 1:00am Top

Oh dear, Kim! What a lot of things to be fending with! I suppose with the pneumonia , your resistance to a stomach bug goes down. So sorry! Take it easy and please feel better soon.

Mar 30, 2017, 1:01am Top

Ohh, nastiness on top of illness. Are you trying to get through all this year's illnesses at once, Kim? I hope you get better soon and don't have any other ailments for at least a year!

Mar 30, 2017, 4:12am Top

Oh dear! You have been having a time of it. Sheesh, what next? I'll tell ya what next, rest and recuperation.
Take care!!

Mar 30, 2017, 6:43am Top

Oh, Kim, no! I hope you're all feeling better soon!

Mar 30, 2017, 7:00am Top

Maybe we need to hire a witch doctor or shaman for you, Kim? Sounds like they could not hurt at this point!

Mar 30, 2017, 8:30am Top

Kim, I am so sorry that you have even more health issues to deal with - absolutely not fair and definitely not fun. Wishing you well.

Mar 30, 2017, 8:47am Top

Hopefully you're beginning to feel better by now!

Mar 30, 2017, 10:07am Top

Hi Berly. I'm so sorry that on top of everything else your son shared germs. I hope you're on the road to recovery, but I think you need these guys to perform voodoo on, as per >179 alcottacre: Stasia's recommendation!

Gut Check Pack:

Although he's not a nasty bug, I do have Bookworm:

Here's the website!

Giant Microbes

Mar 30, 2017, 11:29am Top

>173 jessibud2: Smart woman--hugs from afar!!

>174 Oberon: I think we are going to narrowly miss Plague House designation as my son is fully recovered and CAN NOT WAIT to get out of the house!

>175 vancouverdeb: Yup. I want my very own plastic bubble so I don't catch anything else!

>176 Familyhistorian: Um...yeah. That's my secret plan. Get sick with all the bugs I can in the first quarter and then be healthy the rest of the year. Brilliant!

Mar 30, 2017, 11:33am Top

>177 LovingLit: I like your plan for what's next: R&R!! I'm in!!

>178 scaifea: I managed to cut down on bathroom runs (get it?!) last night and actually slept 6 hours straight. I am hoping that I can actually eat a little something today. : )

>179 alcottacre: Hey, I am open to alternative methods of healing. ; )

>180 Crazymamie: I would throw a hissy fit at the unfairness of it all, but that would take way too much energy. LOL

>181 lunacat: Today is better than yesterday. A good trend I think!

>182 karenmarie: Thank you for the Gut Check Pack. LOL And the Bookworm is the only kind of bug I want now!!

Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 7:07pm Top

Not really up to reviews, but I have been reading. These are recently finished:

30. Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson, March Obama Read 4.0
29. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (456 pages) by Anne Brontë 3.0
28. The Obsession (480pages) by Nora Roberts 3.5
27. The Sign of Four (92 pages) (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Read by Stephen Fry 3.0
26. Dr. Mütter's Marvels (304 pages) by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 4.5

And here's what I am currently enjoying:

We Are Legion (A) by Dennis E. Taylor, Narrated by Ray Porter
LaRose by Louise Erdrich

And at the top of the TBR Tower are:

Nutshell (L) by Ian McEwan
Harry Potter re-read and April Obama Read
Poetry Month Choice
Being Mortal by Atul Gawade -- RL Bookclub
Lincoln in the Bardo (IR) by George Saunders
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (K) by Douglas Preston
Evicted by Desmond
I Am No One by Patrick Flanery -- LT ER

Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 12:15pm Top

What are you going to read??

Here is the list of the April Obama Suggested Books (there are lots of other options, too). I am in for Harry Potter, book one, and maybe another one later in the month...


The list is long, so choose one you like from any month. It matters not! The groupings are actually from the NYTs and I just assigned months to them. Here is the suggested list for April.

April--Excellent Novels and Poetry collections
(Coinciding with Mark's Poetry Month)
1. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese ✔ ✔
2. To the End of the Land, David Grossman
3. Purity, Jonathan Franzen
4. A Bend in the River, V. S. Naipau
5. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
6. Lush Life, Richard Price
7. Netherland, Joseph O’Neill
8. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie
9. Redeployment, Phil Klay
10. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison ✔ ✔
11. Plainsong, Kent Haruf ✔ ✔
12. The Way Home, George Pelecanos
13. What Is the What, Dave Eggers
14. Philosophy & Literature, Peter S Thompson
15. Collected Poems, Derek Walcott
16. In Dubious Battle, John Steinbeck
17. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn ✔ ✔
18. The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin
19. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ I have read

Mar 30, 2017, 12:41pm Top

Ohhh, I could crack open the two illustrated versions of Harry Potter than have been released so far, and therefore actually tick off an Obama month.

Mar 30, 2017, 12:54pm Top

>160 Berly: Oh dear, I'm so sorry zhat you had to get that bug too. It looks like you're collecting all bugs which are flying around. Get well soon.

Mar 30, 2017, 1:04pm Top

>186 Berly: I'm glad to see Redeployment on the list. That one deserves more readers. And Plainsong - well, what can I say? So great!

Mar 30, 2017, 2:02pm Top

>187 lunacat: Yes!! I have sucked you in for April! B.A.G.

>188 Ameise1: I know! And I never, ever wanted to be an entomologist!

>189 jnwelch: So, Joe...any on the list which you haven't read and might be calling to you? : )

Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 7:13pm Top

I finished!! Phew, this was heavy, but well worth reading. One of my favorites passages came from the essay from which the book draws its name: Self-Reliance, but it also contains one of my least favorites.

"A man should learn to detect and watch that gem of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lessons for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt the whole time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another." (20)

And from this need to be self-reliant Emerson draws an interesting and harsh corollary:

"Do not tell me, as a good man did to-day, of my obligation to put all poor men in good situations. Are they my poor? I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent, I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong. There is a class of persons to whom by all spiritual affinity I am bought and sold; for them I will go tot prison, if need be; but your miscellaneous popular charities; the education at college of fools; the building of meeting-houses to the vain end to which many now stand; alms to sots; and the thousandfold Relief Societies;--though I confess with shame I sometimes succumb and give the dollar, it is a wicked dollar which by and by I shall have the manhood to withhold." (22)

I could keep quoting forever, but here's just one more from "History":

"The instinct of the mind, the purpose of nature, betrays itself in the use we make of the signal narrations of history. Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts. No anchor, no cable, no fences, avail to keep a fact a fact. Babylon, Troy, Tyre, Palestine, and ever early Rome, are passing already into fiction....'What is History,' said Napoleon, 'but a fable agreed upon?'...All history becomes subjective; in other words, there is properly no history; only biography." (3)

Other essays cover Friendship, The Over-Soul, The Poet, Experience, and The Divinity School Address. I think I would have preferred a live conversation with Mr. Emerson, but I am still glad I read this.

Mar 30, 2017, 3:42pm Top

>190 Berly: I do have The Three Body Problem on my Kindle on our son's recommendation. I'm definitely reading it at some point.

Mar 30, 2017, 3:47pm Top

>192 jnwelch: ...at some point in April, right? : ) I am trying to be relentless, but feel free to ignore me. LOL

Mar 30, 2017, 3:49pm Top

>193 Berly: Ha! I live with someone who's relentless like you. Impossible to ignore, I find. I'll try to give it a go in April. :-)

Mar 30, 2017, 4:03pm Top

>191 Berly: a curiously harsh, and (dare I say it) unimaginative view of the poor as both other and to blame for their own condition.

Mar 30, 2017, 4:21pm Top

>191 Berly: Loved the first quote, the second not so much. I feel as though I should read him, bit it doesn't get me to open one of his books...

Mar 30, 2017, 4:25pm Top

Hi Kim, just stopping by my dear.

Mar 30, 2017, 4:56pm Top

>191 Berly: Sounds like Social Darwinism. Ugh.

Sorry you've been sick (and sick, and sick on top of that). Hope things are looking up soon.

Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 7:14pm Top

>194 jnwelch: Yes!! Another willing happy participant. : )

>195 ffortsa: I thought the second quote was also incredibly harsh (and added that to my description up above). I am all for striving for independence and taking care of oneself, but I don't think lending a helping hand in time of need is a bad thing. Take "Meal so Wheels" and the orange terror's latest budget cuts. Anything with compassion or that helps people learn and grow--gone!! The arts, science, the environment...makes me so mad.

>196 charl08: I was in the "want" to read this camp, and switched back and forth with the "should" read this camp and finished up in the "I am glad I read it" camp. I found it thought-provoking. And, no, I didn't actually agree with all of it (read the second quote).

>197 johnsimpson: Hi John!! Nice to see you. Hope the bank is cooperating on your end. What a muddle!

>198 ursula: LOL. I am not well enough today to compare/contrast Emerson and Darwin. You are making my brain hurt. Maybe tomorrow...!

Mar 30, 2017, 6:50pm Top

Look at you with your reading! I hope you're enjoying LaRose. I think you need a new thread, too.

Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 7:35pm Top

Hi Beth--My reading is well ahead of any LT year so far. I attribute that to lots of time sick at home. So I am not sure the trade-off was worth it. But I am making the most of it!!

I just started LaRose; April is Poetry month; and then I have Harry Potter for the Obama thread; and I have Nutshell out from the library. I think I will give it a try and see how the viewpoint goes for me. And then I have Lost City of the Monkey God waiting for me, and then, and then, and then...

I am totally stealing this from Stasia's thread: BAD (Book Acquisition Disorder)!!! Yup. I've got it, too. : )

Mar 30, 2017, 7:35pm Top

And, to make my point perfectly clear, I just noticed that I won The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson on LT ERs!! Yay!! : )

Mar 30, 2017, 11:09pm Top

Oh, Kim! I came for the pictures - they're great! I love seeing everybody's face even if I can't meet their whole person. Then I stayed for the list of your acquisitions - they're great too!!! And then I read about pneumonia and virus and daughter's car. Good grief! That's enough for the rest of the year. I truly hope from here on out that the only BAD you have to deal with is Stasia's BAD (and yours, and mine)
Take care of yourself!
Oh! Good for you for winning The Almost Sisters. I'm going to get City of Miracles, and I'm as excited as you!

Mar 30, 2017, 11:30pm Top

Hi Lizzie!! It's great to see you. : ) I am glad you enjoyed the meet-up photos and my books. Me too. I love how you transitioned from the germy kind of BAD to the best kind of BAD! Nicely done and I plan to follow your lead. Hurray for another ER win!

Mar 31, 2017, 1:05am Top

Happy Friday, Kim. I hope you feel better today.

Mar 31, 2017, 1:27am Top

>201 Berly: Sounds like you're going to be very busy with those reads Kim. Hope the month gives you time to read that is healthy too!

Mar 31, 2017, 8:02am Top

>205 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Thank you for your daily Hello! Making progress here. I wouldn't say they were exactly meals, but I did eat three times yesterday. : )

>206 charl08: That would be bliss! Healthy AND time to read. Keeping that wish close to my heart.

Mar 31, 2017, 8:05am Top

Hey Kim! Ugh! just when you needed "me" time all those little things intruded (d's car - hubby's virus) It's just not FAIR!
I'm glad you're coming around! Slow and steady wins the race, so take it easy and I hope this weekend will give you a little peace and quiet!

Mar 31, 2017, 8:08am Top

So, my latest audio book has been We Are Legion and I have been loving it. The next one is due for release April 17th and I just pre-ordered it. Yay!

This is awesome Sci-Fi with a sense of humor and Ray Porter does an amazing job at narration. Here is the plot summary of Book one in the Bobiverse.

Winner: Audible's Best of 2016 - Science Fiction

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.
Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.
The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad - very mad.

Mar 31, 2017, 8:15am Top

>208 Carmenere: Hi Lynda! I know. The nerve of everyone intruding on my get-well space!! LOL. I am winning the war on the virus, but I think I am going to have to take it a wee bit slow on the way to 100%. I just got hit too hard for too long. But I'll get there!

The daughter is looking at new cars. One of her friends works at a car dealership and the current car is 7 years old...we might buy it off her and do some minor repairs. It would be nice to have an extra car around for our other two kid drivers. And it if dies, we do have other cars. If it dies on her, she has no other backup. We'll see what she wants to do.

Mar 31, 2017, 8:27am Top

Glad to hear that you're able to keep food.

Mar 31, 2017, 9:06am Top

>209 Berly: Great tip re We Are Legion, Kim. That's new to me. I'm on it!

Mar 31, 2017, 10:01am Top

Hurrah for keeping food down. I hope your three 'meals' can turn into three proper meals today :).

Mar 31, 2017, 10:11am Top

I'm glad to hear you're improving, Berly.

I have The Three-Body Problem on my shelves, just don't know when I'll get to it.

Happy Friday!

Mar 31, 2017, 1:17pm Top

>211 Ameise1: You and me both!!

>212 jnwelch: Yes! A book bullet! Seriously, it is nerdy fun.

>213 lunacat: So far, so good. I had a real breakfast. Whoohoo!!

>214 karenmarie: You'll have to talk to Joe about this. I think his arm is pretty sore from all the TKD moves I put on him. Just give in and agree to read The Three-Body Problem for Obama April and spare yourself the pain. ; )

Happy Friday!!

Mar 31, 2017, 1:19pm Top

Glad you're recovering. And I do love the stolen image in >201 Berly:

Mar 31, 2017, 8:09pm Top

I'm going for it, Kim. :)

Mar 31, 2017, 8:22pm Top

I see that! I am waiting until you are done to say Hi!

Mar 31, 2017, 8:26pm Top

Hi to you, too.

Edited: Mar 31, 2017, 8:27pm Top

Happy Friday, Kimmers! Glad to hear you are improving somewhat. Hope that continues.

I NEED to add Dr. Mütter's Marvels to my audio rotation.

You have some mighty fine reads stacked up on your TBR Tower. Wow! You should be in your glory.

I finally posted the AAC Poetry thread. Just Sayin'...

Mar 31, 2017, 9:21pm Top

>216 ffortsa: Actually I came up with the image, but I stole BAD from Staisa. ; )

>217 BLBera: Done!!

>219 BLBera: And Hi!

>220 msf59: Happy Friday, Mark. Better and better, bit by bit. : )

I haven't written my review yet, but I loved Dr. Mutter's Marvels, so yes you HAVE to great it.

And, thanks, my TBR Tower is looking mighty good right now!!

Off to check out the AAC Poetry thread.

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