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Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #12

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Jun 9, 2017, 5:40pm Top

Summer is finally here!!

Edited: Jun 24, 2017, 3:06am Top

Reading Now
Bad Feminist (318 pages) by Roxanne Gay (Thank you, Twin!)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (K) by Douglas Preston
Mr. Rochester (449 pages) by Sarah Shoemaker

I Am No One (LTER) by Patrick Flannery

Read in June
52. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (320 pages) A Meg Lanslow Master by Donna Andrews
51. The Wailing Wind (304 pages) by Tony Hillerman 4.0
50. The Almost Sisters (339 pages) (LTER) by Joshilyn Jackson 5.0
49. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (504 pages) by Harry Bingham 4.0
48. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Story: The Red Headed League (A) by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Simon Vance 3.5
47. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Story: A Scandal in Bohemia (A) by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Simon Vance 3.0
46. The Dream Lover (400 pages) (K) by Elizabeth Berg (June RL Bookclub #1) 3.0

Read in May / 2,125 pages / 13,497 YTD
45. Dreams from My Father (480 pages) (A) by Barack Obama 3.5
44. As Time Goes By (335 pages) by Mary Higgins Clark 3.75
43. Borne (336 pages) (IR) by Jeff Vandermeer 3.75
42. A Wild Sheep Chase (353 pages) by Murakami 4.0
41. Hillbilly Elegy (272 pages) by JD Vance, May RL Bookclub 3.5
40. Ordinary Light (349 pages) by Tracy K. Smith 3.5

Read in April / 2,346 pages / 11,372 YTD
39. Love Story, with Murders (K) (400 pages) by Harry Bingham 3.5
38. Harry Potter (309 pages) re-read and April Obama Read 5.0
37. The Captain and the Enemy (A) (192 pages) by Graham Greene, Narrate by Kenneth Branagh
36. Nutshell (208 pages) (L) by Ian McEwan 4.0
35. Being Mortal (OTS) (263 pages) by Atul Gawade -- RL Bookclub 4.0
34. LaRose (384 pages) by Louise Erdrich 4.0
33. We Are Legion (A) (382 pages) by Dennis E. Taylor, Narrated by Ray Porter 4.0
32. milk and honey (208 pages) by rupi kaur 4.0

Read in March / 3,448 pages / 9,026 YTD
31. We Are Called To Rise (305 pages) by Laura McBride 4.0
30. Self-Reliance (117 pages) by 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: Jun 9, 2017, 5:48pm 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.

June--Summer Reads 2016
1. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, William Finnegan
2. H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
3. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
4. Seveneves, Neal Stephenson
5. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

And anytime, any month
By President Obama
1. Dreams from My Father
3. The Audacity of Hope
3. Of Thee I Sing a truly beautiful children's book

By Michelle Obama
1. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
2. Michelle Obama: In Her Own Words
3. We Rise: Speeches by Inspirational Black Women by Michelle Obama, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Rosa Parks
4. Michelle Obama: Speeches on Life, Love, and American Values by Michelle Obama, Stacie Vander Pol (Editor)
5. Michelle Obama: Our First Lady

And here are some other links:



(Coinciding with Mark's Poetry Month)

Completed This Year (✔ ✔ are ones I have read)
February -- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo ✔ ✔
March -- Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson ✔ ✔
April -- Harry Potter And the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling ✔ ✔
May -- Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama --reading ✔ ✔
June -- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

What are you going to read? Click on the link and tell everyone!!


Edited: Jun 28, 2017, 1:05am 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 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling ✔ ✔
May- Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama ✔ ✔
June -- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
July -
August -
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 ✔ ✔
May- Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance ✔ ✔
June - Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg ✔ ✔
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: Discworld II by Terry Pratchett ✔ ✔
March - Nope
April - Poetry Month - milk and honey by rupi kaur ✔ ✔
April - Paul's CAC - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood ✔ ✔
May - AAC Zora Neale Hurston - Nope
June - BAC Georgette Heyer
July - AAC James McBride or BAC RL Stevens
August - AAC Patricia Highsmith
September - Short Story Month or The New Millennium
October - AAC Commonwealth (OS) Ann Pratchett and BAC Roald Dahl
November - AAC Russell Banks and BAC Poet Laureates
December - AAC Ernest Hemingway or BAC Neil Gaiman

luvamystery65/Roberta's Tony Hillerman and ???

January - The First Eagle
March - Hunting Badger ✔ ✔
May - The Wailing Wind ✔ ✔
July - The Sinister Pig
September - Skeleton Man
November - The Shape Shifter


August - Kafka on the Shore by Murakami

Edited: Jun 28, 2017, 1:06am 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: Jun 28, 2017, 1:07am Top

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

Inspector Gamache by Louis Penny (on #3 The Cruelest Month)
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)
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, 4, 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 #3)
Leaphorn/Chee Series by Tony Hillerman (Read #1, 2, 7, 9, 14, 15)

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

Edited: Jun 28, 2017, 1:09am 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 (A) by Craig Johnson (Free--Audible)
11. The Night Bird (K) by Brian Freeman (Free--Kindle First Pre-Release)
12. Night of Fire by Colin Thubron, INDIEspensible Reader #63 ✔ ✔
13. Moonglow (IR) by Michael Chabon
14. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (from MichiganTrumpet) ✔ ✔
15: History of Wolves by Emily Fredlund, INDIEspensible Reader #64
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 (A) read by Stephen Fry (have read book 1, 2 ✔ ✔)
26. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders, INDIEspensible Reader #65 ✔ ✔
27. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Powell's INDIEspensible Reader #65
28. A Criminal Defense by William L Meyers, Jr (Free-K) no touchstone
29. 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die (A)
30. The Ice Twins: A Novel (K) 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
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
47. For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2 (A) by Dennis E. Taylor
48. The Almost Sisters: A Novel (LT ER) by Joshilyn Jackson
49. Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë ✔ ✔
50. The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) by Elly Griffiths
51. A Small Revolution (K) by Jimin Han (Free Kindle First)
52. News of the World (K) by Paulette Jiles (Ellen's Fault)
53. Hillbillly Elegy by JD Vance ✔ ✔
54. The First Word by Isley Robson (Kindle First Reader-Free)
55. As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark
56. The Grip of It by Jac Jemc Powell's INDIEspensible Reader #66
57. Borne by Jeff Vandermeer Powell's INDIEspensible Reader #66 ✔ ✔
58. Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker
59. The Sound of Gravel, by a Portland author Ruth Wariner

Jun 9, 2017, 5:44pm Top

Come on in!

Jun 9, 2017, 6:16pm Top

Happy new one, Twinnie! I mean Kith/Bim.

Jun 9, 2017, 6:29pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim! Looking good!

Jun 9, 2017, 6:55pm Top

Happy Friday, Kimmers! Happy New Thread! Are you reading a Sherman Alexie this month? I just started The Toughest Indian in the World. It is very good. He can go very dark, which of course I like.

Jun 9, 2017, 7:16pm Top

>9 BLBera: Hi Twinnie! Figures you would be first on my thread, being psychically linked and all. Do you want the red or the orange popsicle? : )

Edited: Jun 9, 2017, 8:06pm Top

>10 jessibud2: Thank you! I am ready for some light summer reads. I just started my LT ER of Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson and it is off to a good start.

>11 msf59: I love Sherman Alexie!! But I have been feeling constrained by my many reading commitments lately, so I think it will have to be random reads this month and I am not looking for dark right now. Have fun reading The Toughest Indian in the World -- I look forward to your review!! Happy Friday!

Jun 9, 2017, 7:24pm Top

Happy new thread!

Edited: Jun 9, 2017, 7:41pm Top

>14 mstrust: Thank you!

I am bummed because I thought I had The Underground Railroad in my stacks and I was going to read that for the Obama Challenge, but apparently it is only wishlisted. Rats. And there is no chance I can get it from the library in time; the waitlist is HUGE!. So...I can buy a copy or choose another from this month's selection.

June--Obama Challenge Summer Reads 2016
1. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, William Finnegan (lots of awards, but not that into surfing and it is a 700+ chunkster)
2. H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald (Have it, but can't seem to get into it)
3. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins (read it and enjoyed it)
4. Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (love Sci Fi and good reviews, but another real chunkster & I don't have that in me right now)
5. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (rave reviews and only about 300 pages)

And the winner is...Guess I better get a copy of the RR!!! : )

Jun 9, 2017, 7:48pm Top

Happy new one, Kim! I am happy to see you reading Joshilyn Jackson - I really like her books, and she is a Georgia author.

Jun 9, 2017, 8:07pm Top

>16 Crazymamie: Hi, Crazy. I have never read anything by her, but with your endorsement and her being Gorgeian and all, now I am even more excited to read Almost Sisters! : ) We are in for spotty weather this weekend. How about you?

Jun 9, 2017, 9:20pm Top

Kimmers, wishing you a great new thread my dear. I will try to get The Underground Railroad done soon for the Obama books but I am in quicksand at the moment and despite my best efforts - have finished nothing at all this month yet.

Jun 9, 2017, 9:35pm Top

Happy newest! While you power on through summer, we are grateful for a teaspoonful of watery sunshine today after the winter sport this morning. (W won his first game of the season!! Hoorahs all around!!)

Jun 9, 2017, 10:21pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

I may have missed it - how did you like The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths?

Jun 9, 2017, 11:42pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!!

Jun 10, 2017, 5:11am Top

Happy new thread. Rain here!

Jun 10, 2017, 8:36am Top

HOT here this weekend, so I am planning to read and watch tennis and expend as little energy as possible. I will try to get my steps in though...

I'll take the red popsicle.

Jun 10, 2017, 10:07am Top

What Beth said — hot, hot, hot. Mid 90s. A great day to stay inside and read!

Jun 10, 2017, 11:53am Top

>8 Berly: love the toes, Kim.

>23 BLBera: and >24 rosalita: Hot here too in NYC - 90ish all weekend and in to Tuesday, after which I assume le deluge. I'm heading out anyway - a little stir crazy.

Jun 10, 2017, 12:13pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim. I was just catching up with your last thread and wanted to post in answer to some of the stuff there but then you changed threads. It was a close run thing to see if the new one would load before we went into the long tunnel where nothing gets through.

Loved the rose photos. In response to #185. I am happy we have a choice about what we wear too. I can remember when women had to wear skirts to work because I had to do that for my first few jobs. The autobiography link looked like it would be fun. I'll have to have a look when I am not on my phone.

Jun 10, 2017, 12:30pm Top

Happy new thread! Glad you enjoyed The Girl on the Train - I think she has a new book out but I haven't heard much about it yet on LT.

Jun 10, 2017, 12:58pm Top

>18 PaulCranswick: Paul-- I hope you get to the Obama read, but remember this is supposed to be fun and not an assignment. Quicksand?!?! I am sending good thoughts!!

Jun 10, 2017, 1:08pm Top

Did I mention that I'm reading The Underground Railroad for my Obama June. Starting it soon perhaps. Like in the coming week.

Jun 10, 2017, 1:12pm Top

>19 LovingLit: Megan--Hurray for Will and the win!! I won't rub in the weather today, mostly because I can't. It is cooler and rain. It's okay. That means I am not going to do yard work so maybe some reading?! : )

>20 jnwelch: Joe--I loved Fiona again! I just haven't posted the review yet. Very, very far behind in that department. I am trying to not read them all at once, but it is hard not to just start the next one.

>21 ronincats: Roni--Thanks! Happy weekend to you.

>22 charl08: Charlotte--Rain here, too!

>23 BLBera: Twin--Good thing you wanted the red; I ate the orange. LOL. I recorded the tennis and will be watching it later. Don't tell me who won!

Edited: Jun 10, 2017, 7:33pm Top

>24 rosalita: For Julia and all you people with hot weather...here you go!

Perfect excuse to sit and read a book.

>25 ffortsa: Judy--Hope your excursion solves the stir crazy. Stay cool!

>26 Familyhistorian: Meg--Glad you enjoyed the roses and thanks for taking the time to read the old thread!! Let me know what your autobiography turns out to be.

>27 rretzler: Robin--Hi! Paula Hawkins does have a new one out: Into the Water and I want to read it!

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

“Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors – think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott – who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psychological menace and social unease… there’s a certain solace to a dark escape, in the promise of submerged truths coming to light.” –Vogue

Jun 10, 2017, 7:25pm Top

A youngster wins Rolland Garros!! Twenty years old (and two days) unseeded Jelena Ostapenko!

Jun 10, 2017, 7:30pm Top

>31 Berly: Thanks for the fan! I'm one of those wimps who would expire without ceiling fans and central A/C, even though we never had either when I was growing up. I've gotten soft in my old age!

I want to read the new Paula Hawkins as well. There was a review/interview on NPR a while back and I thought it sounded intriguing. I liked The Girl on the Train quite a bit when I finally got around to reading it. I think that quote from Vogue is spot on.

Jun 10, 2017, 7:42pm Top

Checking in on the new thread, Kim :)

Jun 10, 2017, 7:46pm Top

The Strange Death Of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham 4.5

This is not really a review, more of a directive: read this series!! If you like murder mysteries and detectives who are a bit off the beaten path, then this is the book for you. Fiona, a quirky individual, goes undercover in this, the third in the series. Fi has some of her own identity issues, so having to navigate who she is and who she is supposed to be and remembering the difference was fascinating. Several of the regular characters have smallish parts, but it didn't dampen my love for this book. I don't want to say much more or give anything away. Just know that this is my favorite one so far!

Edited: Jun 11, 2017, 2:07am Top

So, I have been largely absent this past week, because my husband and I have been trying to help out a friend of my daughters. She met him through another friend at work and he is a nice, smart guy, who has been over to our house a few times. But she came to us and divulged that he is homeless. He moved out here to be with his biological parents (he was adopted at age 4). But his bio mom is an alcoholic. She was given custody of him when he moved out here a few months ago as a minor and she emptied his bank account. His dad just got out of jail. Not a pretty picture. So, he just turned 18, was living in his car and then the car broke down and there went his home. So this is what he and I were up to last week...

1) He is currently staying at our house.
2) I took him to the DMV to get temporary tags for his car (they were expired when he bought the car)
3) He passed the written exam for his Driver's License, but couldn't get the license because of an old ticket on his license from Ohio (He moved here a few months ago).
4) We paid that fee over the phone and got the release signed by the judge but apparently they only send the list over to the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) once a week and that won't be until next Thursday.
5) We took him to his court appointment to get an extension because he got a ticket for having the expired tags and they cited him for lack of proper license. Fortunately they took pity on him and they gave him three more weeks to get his act together. Which is good because the fine is like $1,000 if he doesn't get it all taken care of. Yikes!!
5) Once we get the license and he can drive, we can go to the DEQ and get his permanent tags for the car.
6) I also took him to the doctor to get a blood test, some prescriptions and register him for the Oregon Health Plan. He told me he had been off the meds for over three weeks and I am familiar with his condition and he didn't seem to be exhibiting any negative effects, so I insisted on the blood work and sure enough it came back fine and the Dr doesn't think he needs the meds for that anymore. Gotta wonder when he was last tested...
7) Also drove him to a job interview.
8) Got his car moving again.
9) He needs three more credits to graduate high school so we are talking to our local community college about whether to take classes or the GED.

He is going to work in our yard to help pay off some of what we spent to get him back afloat, not because we need it but because then he doesn't have to feel guilty or like he owes us. We want him to feel proud.

I don't think we can fix his entire world and he is certainly not used to caring, parental involvement, but at least we have turned a few things around for him. I feel so sorry for him. And I know there are so many other kids out there like him. Sigh.

Jun 10, 2017, 8:44pm Top

>33 rosalita: >34 alcottacre: I responded to both of you and then poof! it was gone. How about just a simple "Happy Weekend!"? : )

Jun 10, 2017, 9:07pm Top

>36 Berly: - How lucky for this boy to have found you. And how wonderful of you and your family to embrace him and give him a chance to get on the right track! One day, some time in the future, he will pay it forward, and you will have the knowledge and comfort of knowing you helped that happen. Good on you all, Kim! {{hugs}}

Jun 11, 2017, 1:15am Top

>32 Berly: And wasn't she gutsy?! I reckon she will be around at the top for a while if she can keep up that amazing level.

Have a lovely weekend, Kimmers and I do note that you have already amassed the most posts in a single year on your threads already this year and we are not even half way through!

Jun 11, 2017, 1:24am Top

>38 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. I can't even begin to write down all the horrible things that have happened to this young man. I hope he can find his way and I hope that we have helped him just a little. I think he is a good spirit and will indeed turn around and help someone else. He deserves some good luck. : )

>39 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! So nice to see you here in the midst of all your mire and muck. I do hope you know how much you are loved and appreciated here and that your LT friends and fans provide a little light in the midst of your tribulations right now. : )

Whoohoo! I broke a record! It doesn't' quite compare to winning at Rolland Garros, but I'll take it. : ) Ostapenko was quite impressive today and I look forward to many more tournaments with her at the finish.

Jun 11, 2017, 1:59am Top

>36 Berly: Fingers crossed for his interview and that he is able to get himself (with help) back into a stable position. I can't imagine navigating all that administration at his age without help.

Jun 11, 2017, 2:11am Top

>41 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. He can use all the good mojo he can get. : ) I certainly would not have been worldly enough to handle all this stuff on my own when I was 18 and I can't imagine ever having to live in my car.

Jun 11, 2017, 2:45am Top

>40 Berly: I certainly know how helpful and consoling to me are the comments I receive in the group. It really is stocked full of warm hearts.

Jun 11, 2017, 6:53am Top

It seems like you got involved with your daughter's friend just in the nick of time. Reading his story I thought about the difficulty of untangling all the car-related tasks to clear up his record. That could easily overwhelm someone and then the unpaid fines just start to mount ... and maybe that starts an even worse downward spiral.

And then there's his medical care ... yikes.

I really hope your intervention helps get him on his feet.

Jun 11, 2017, 7:44am Top

You have your hands full, Kim - luckily, your heart is also full. I will be keeping both you and the young man in my thoughts and prayers and sending you good mojo.

Here's hoping that your Sunday is full of calm and relaxing.

>35 Berly: That's the one I am ready for, so good to know how much you enjoyed it!

Jun 11, 2017, 7:45am Top

Happy Sunday, Kimmers! You both are kind and generous people. I hope it all works out for this young man.

Hope you are finding some "book time" this weekend.

Jun 11, 2017, 9:15am Top

>36 Berly: Love that, Kim. Kudos to you guys for giving such practical, critical help to your daughter's friend. (What an awful betrayal by his addicted to alcohol bio mom).

Yay for Fiona Griffiths! I failed to resist, and read them all in a short amount of time. The new one is supposed to come out some time this year.

Jun 11, 2017, 9:52am Top

Kim - You and your family are stars. It's so great what you are doing to help that young man. I hope he can get back on his feet.

Ostapenko looks like a champion, right? I think she'll be around for a while.

I need to read the Bingham series.

Jun 11, 2017, 9:58am Top

Trying to get back into the LT habit. I've been visiting threads here and there but not saying anything.

>36 Berly: So much good stuff you've done there.

Oddly enough, it's cool here. Only 71 as a high today. (Don't worry, I won't miss out on the heat, it's supposed to be 107 for a couple of days later in the week.)

Got up early today for my run - had it done and was on the couch by 6:15 to watch the men's final - only missed 4 points.

Jun 11, 2017, 10:06am Top

>36 Berly: How fortunate that he found your family, Kim! Once a downward spiral starts, it can be nearly impossible to get out of - sounds like you have made a great start for him.

Jun 11, 2017, 10:27am Top

Sounds like you have been busy! That's very kind of you to help your daughter's friend like that!

Jun 11, 2017, 10:47am Top

Happy New Thread!

Back to a question on your prior thread, we are hoping to have a front porch built for us this summer. Our nephew introduced us to a friend of his who is a contractor and "likes" smaller projects (getting a contractor in Seattle these days is pretty difficult; with the construction boom, most of them have plenty of work, long waiting lists, and little time for small projects like just building a front porch). Once that is done, we are making vague plans for redoing our front yard. We have two healthy Japanese Maples that take up a lot of space and are not very good at sharing soil nutrients with others, so we have to work around that. And our yard drops steeply down to the street, so there is that to navigate. We want to do an assortment of low-water mostly-native plants, some of which are evergreen. But a showy rose or two might fit in very nicely. :-)

I have the first Harry Bingham novel on my Kindle and I clearly need to shoehorn it in! I have gotten a bit caught up in Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series. It's funny; I used to read lots of mystery novels but have been sort of "off" them since starting LT. But now with my Kindle, I seem to be getting into them again. It's so easy to obtain them from the library with the Kindle and they are good for reading on the light rail.

Nice that you are doing all that for your daughter's friend. Homelessness is more of a problem among youth than should be the case. I hope he is able to get his feet under him.

Edited: Jun 11, 2017, 11:41am Top

>43 PaulCranswick:

>44 lauralkeet: Laura--I think he has been on the brink of a really awful downward spiral for quite a while. I hope we have provided a little breathing room and that he can get back on his feet. He is a free spirit and we have house rules etc., so I am not sure how long he is going to want to stay. I hope he knows he can call for advice anytime and I know enough of what is going on to call him and try to keep him on track for a bit. We shall see!

>45 Crazymamie: Thanks, Crazy. We'll both take the good mojo! Today should be a good day. Let the Graduation parties begin!! One of Sarah's best friends has her party today and we have a few next weekend.

>46 msf59: Mark--we are trying! Hope it leaves everyone in a better place. I hope to get a little reading time in, but I also have to watch me some tennis!

Jun 11, 2017, 11:47am Top

>47 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. It just seems like such a long list, but he has to just start and then check them off one at a time and not go into denial. Or run out of money. That's the hard part.

I am excited to hear another Fiona Griffiths novel is due out this year--yay!!! Which one has been your favorite so far?

>48 BLBera: Thanks. Yup and yup!! ; ) Have a great Sunday, Beth.

>49 ursula: Hi there! Well, not only did you show up here, but you de-lurked, too! And I like it. : ) You should make it a habit. LOL.

Enjoy your cool weather while you can. 107? Yikes!! I get cranky when it is over 85. : P

I am trying to get caught up here and then I am turning on the TV and watching tennis. Rooting for Rafa and #10!

Jun 11, 2017, 12:03pm Top

>50 rretzler: Hi Robin--Thanks. I just couldn't believe how as soon as we helped him fix one thing, then another popped up. And how such simple beaurocratic things can spin out of control so quickly. I am sure more things will appear, but hopefully we can help him sort through.

>51 ChelleBearss: Chelle! Nice to see you. Glad you have some time off work before the baby comes. : )

I hope that if my kids were in some sort of a crisis (hopefully not one as complicated or difficult as this), and we were not around to help, that someone would step in. And I hope that this young man winds up in a secure enough place that later in life he can pass it on. This world needs to be a loving place!!

>52 EBT1002: Wow, that sounds like an exciting home improvement project! Hope this contractor works out. Make sure to take before and after pictures when you start. : )

Funny. I have found that I have read far less Sci Fi, Murder Mysteries, and YA since landing here in LT land, and I kinda miss all three. I don't know if it is the group reads or all the book bullets from the 75ers, which have largely NOT been these genres, but I have started reading more of them this year. We are Legion and the Fiona Griffiths series have been so much fun! I don't want to cut myself off from the group interactions, because I love those, and I have really enjoyed the increase in NF, but I am going to have to fit in more of my roots.

Jun 11, 2017, 12:08pm Top

Interesting discussion about changes in reading after LT. I have been trying to catalog my books and have realized that I used to read many more mysteries. They are still my go-to light reading, but I seem to have less time for them.

Jun 11, 2017, 12:11pm Top

A very good LT friend posted some private comments about this whole situation. I want to share them here because she is spot on.

"...I worry a little about the possibility of a con, however. That's not to say he hasn't had bad times, but as the reported troubles mount up, I would get a little suspicious. Just be careful of yourselves."

In response, I said, "No. You are most certainly right. This situation is not without it's awkwardness and I have to make sure that it is not compromising our family; but I can visibly see the relief on his face when he gets over a hurdle. So far, it is a good thing. I may post this on my thread, so people don't think I am totally naive. Thanks for reaching out to me."

: )

Jun 11, 2017, 2:28pm Top

Rafa!! First player to win 10 titles at at the same major in the open era. Roland Garros. Incroyable!!

Jun 11, 2017, 2:28pm Top

Woo hoo!

Jun 11, 2017, 2:30pm Top

Right?! I was so pleased for him although I would have liked a more exciting match. But he just bulldozed all over poor Stan the Man. I can't see anyone taking his King of Clay title away from him either... at least not with the current crop of players.

Jun 11, 2017, 2:34pm Top

>59 BLBera: Indeed!

>60 cameling: Rafa kinda crushed Stan: clearly Rafa was having a great day and Stan was off a little. The title of King of Clay will be Rafa's for a LONG time to come. 10!! I love that France had all sorts of banners and signage prepared to honor Rafa in the event he won.

Jun 11, 2017, 2:37pm Top

>60 cameling: BTW -- So great to see you here! I haven't seen your thread in forever. Off to find you...

Jun 11, 2017, 2:45pm Top

>61 Berly: Stan looked tired and I think his 5 set match against Murray took more out of him than he needed to be ready to play Rafa. And you're right, Rafa was having a great day though and on his good days, I don't know anyone who can beat him on clay.

Jun 11, 2017, 2:50pm Top

>63 cameling: Absolutely right on both observations. Enjoy the rest of today! And don't send too much time in the yard. ; )

Jun 11, 2017, 5:05pm Top

>36 Berly: Wow, that's a lot of work! :)

Jun 11, 2017, 5:11pm Top

>57 Berly: Excellent post. Stay aware and generous of spirit, my friend.

I'm loving the conversation about LT's impact on reading. It has been clear for a long time that it has broadened my horizons and, shall I say, elevated the level of my pleasure reading. But it is kind of fun to be rediscovering the joy of a mystery read. Mixing it up, that is the key (for me).

Jun 11, 2017, 5:12pm Top

Hi Kim, happy new thread my dear. What a wonderful family you are in trying to help the young man, makes my heart burst with pride reading post 36. The tennis in France has been great and lovely to see the young lady win and for Rafa to get a perfect 10 here. Hope you have a great week ahead my dear and send love and hugs from both of us dear friend.

Jun 11, 2017, 5:39pm Top

>65 drneutron: I know! And can you imagine having to navigate it on your own as a teen still in high school?

>66 EBT1002: Trying to strike that balance. : )

Mixing it up is key! In drinks and books. It's been quite a week. Hmmm.....which one should I have?

>67 johnsimpson: John, thanks for all your kind words. You are the nicest guy! Hugs to you and Karen. I hope you have a lovely week ahead.

Jun 11, 2017, 5:50pm Top

Puerto Rico came under US control in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. Today they voted by an overwhelming 97% to become the 51st state! 97%!! Congress still has to approve. Tonight's news should be very interesting.

Will we need a new flag?

Jun 11, 2017, 9:00pm Top

Another purchase at the grocery store checkout: NYT best seller, The Sound of Gravel, by a Portland author Ruth Wariner.

"The thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children, Ruth Wariner grew up in polygamist family on a farm in rural Mexico. In The Sound of Gravel, she offers an unforgettable portrait of the violence that threatened her community, her family’s fierce sense of loyalty, and her own unshakeable belief in the possibility of a better life. An intimate, gripping tale of triumph and courage, The Sound of Gravel is a heart-stopping true story."

Jun 11, 2017, 9:13pm Top

>69 Berly: Interesting! Many over on the other side of the pond considered the UK as the 51st for the longest while so at least Puerto Rico can stop that sort of jawing.

Edited: Jun 11, 2017, 9:24pm Top

I don't follow tennis, Kimmers but I really liked The Sound of Gravel. I did not realize she was from Portland.

Jun 11, 2017, 9:29pm Top

Wow, The Sound of Gravel sounds great.

And wow, Puerto Rico!

Jun 11, 2017, 11:06pm Top

>71 PaulCranswick: Ha!! Now that is funny.

>72 msf59: I didn't know Ruth Wariner was from my hometown until I read the jacket cover. The title, The Sound of Gravel caught my eye and the writeup just sounded like something I would like to read, so I grabbed it. Then the checkout clerk asks if I found everything I was looking for and my answer is "And then some!"

>73 BLBera: I thought so (39 siblings. Can you imagine?) and stay tuned...51??

Jun 11, 2017, 11:51pm Top

Jun 12, 2017, 12:24am Top

Hi Kim! You are so great to help this young man out. For getting his high school degree, check out the Alliance at Benson. They have a program for 16-21 year olds who are close to graduating, very supportive.

Jun 12, 2017, 12:28am Top

It sounds like the Puerto Rico thing is not quite that simple - a much lower turnout than usual for the vote (many boycotted), and a wording that didn't exactly say what it meant. It reminds me a bit of the referendum that was done in Sicily to determine whether or not to join Italy.

The NY Times says that the ballot asked if voters wanted Puerto Rico to "stay as it is today, subject to the powers of Congress." Which is apparently part of the reason the opposing parties boycotted the vote - they don't agree that PR is a colony, as stated on the ballot, or that they're subject to the powers of Congress. So I guess they didn't vote to avoid accepting those ideas by default.

Edited: Jun 12, 2017, 9:23am Top

>75 PaulCranswick: I will check it out. Thanks!

>76 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda. I will take a look at it with him.

>77 ursula: You are right--of course it is not simple! LOL. Last time they tried to vote in 2012, statehood passed I think by 52%, but it was a two-part question and although the first part passed, the second only passed if you didn't count all the people who left that part blank. Again, because of confusing wording. And then one house voted to make PR a state, but the other never even had a vote on it.

I have been very disappointed by the news coverage tonight. Very little in-depth explanation, history or exploration, perhaps because it is Sunday? I will be looking for more on this tomorrow.

Jun 12, 2017, 9:23am Top

Jun 12, 2017, 10:08am Top

>79 Berly: Hear, hear!

Go Rafa! Incroyable is right!

Favorite Fiona Griffiths - tough one. I like them all. This Thing of Darkness does stick out for me, with the security guard at the bottom of the cliff, and the cold case she brings to life and pieces together and solves.

Edited: Jun 12, 2017, 1:37pm Top

Haven't read any Joshilyn Jackson in a while. Looking forward to hearing what you think of Almost Sisters.

Clearly I need to get to the first Harry Bingham soon.

Wonderful of you and your family to help this young man out.

I've seen The Sound of Gravel in the checkout line. Didn't realize she was a local author.

Jun 12, 2017, 5:11pm Top

>79 Berly: I agree.

Jun 12, 2017, 5:25pm Top

>79 Berly: And me. My to do list looks like I wasn't even there, galling.

Jun 12, 2017, 9:40pm Top

>80 jnwelch: Ooooh good! I am glad to hear that This Thing of Darkness is your favorite Fiona Griffiths. That's #4 and the one up next for me. I am going to try and hold out for a month or two, because I will be so sad when they are all gone!

>81 SuziQoregon: OK. I could not put Almost Sisters down. I loved it!! No time to write my review right now, but it was awesome! Cleary you should also get Bingham books!!

>82 BLBera: : )

>83 charl08: and another : )

Jun 12, 2017, 9:43pm Top

>79 Berly: Amen, Kimmers...

Jun 12, 2017, 11:41pm Top

>79 Berly: Indeed.

And Puerto Rico. This is so interesting.

Jun 13, 2017, 12:12am Top

>85 msf59: : )

>86 EBT1002: : )

You guys are all making me smile!!

Jun 13, 2017, 12:18am Top

So, update on "our" guy.

Over the weekend he picked up his green stamps.
We registered him for his Math GED--which he passed today!!
Tomorrow is Science.
He took his car in for further diagnostics. His clutch is getting old and the third gear is gone. He has to shift from second to fourth. It will be okay for local trips, but not long ones: just too unreliable. We suspected, but he didn't want to listen. The garage convinced him. So that's good that he won't get stranded far away now, but bad because his car may not last much longer.

Checking off the boxes!!!

Edited: Jun 13, 2017, 10:50am Top

I just say Roxanne Gay interviewed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, (author of Born a Crime -- one of my favorite books ever!). I really liked her, so I have searched my piles and found Bad Feminist, which I am going to start tomorrow. I think BLBera gave me this one when we had our big LT Powell's get together. Her latest book deals with her weight, her reasons for having it, and how heavy people are viewed/treated in our society -- Hunger: A Memoir of My Body.

There's a great article about her here:


Jun 13, 2017, 1:01pm Top

OK - I'll add Almost Sisters to the list.

Great progress with "your guy"!!

Jun 13, 2017, 1:20pm Top

Hi Berly!

I'm back after a month in California. Mom's mail is forwarded, her safe deposit box permanently closed, and the house on the market. Back to retirement!

Drawing a line in the sand, and just moving forward seems wisest, otherwise I'd never get caught up!

But in scanning above, it's nice to see that you've been helping a young man in need of help and reading good books. I, too, can hardly wait for the newest Fiona Griffiths.

Jun 13, 2017, 1:40pm Top

Hi Kim. Happy new (?) thread!

Good for you, making the world a much better place :0)

Jun 14, 2017, 12:53am Top

>90 SuziQoregon: I'd offer to send it to you, but my daughter wants to read Almost Sisters next. : )

>91 karenmarie: Welcome home!! Retirement will never feel better. ; ) Now back to the books!

>92 humouress: My thread is not even a week old, so it is still new. LOL And thanks, making a difference one person at a time. He passed his science GED today! Next test on Thursday.

I seem to be speeding a lot of time at the DMV lately. Yesterday I had to get another temporary trip permit for the Jeep while we wait for the new license plate to come in. At least I got some reading time in!!

Jun 14, 2017, 1:08am Top

"How do we reconcile the imperfection of feminism with all the good it can do? In truth, feminism is flawed because it is a movement powered by people and people are inherently flawed. For whatever reason, we hold feminism to an unreasonable standard where the movement must be everything we want and must always make the best choices. When feminism falls short of our expectations, we decide the problem is with feminism rather than with the flawed people who act in the name of the movement....

"I openly embrace the label of bad feminist. I do so because I am flawed and human. I am not terribly well versed in feminine history. I am not as well read in key feminist texts as I would like to be. I have certain...interests and personality traits and opinions that may not fall in line with mainstream feminism, but I am still a feminist. I cannot tell you how freeing it has been to accept this about myself."

Bad Feminist Introduction by Roxane Gay

Jun 14, 2017, 7:28am Top

Hi, dropping by to say my greeting. I'm very much less active and I make no promises but I'm here this morning. I'm in the middle of Born a Crime which I recommend. And looking forward to getting You Don't Have to Say You Love Me from Sherman Alexie today, from Amazon. Fingers crossed.

Jun 14, 2017, 9:20am Top

Hi Berly! I hope you have a great Wednesday.

>94 Berly: Interesting quotes. They've got me thinking about books I've read, people I've met, choices I've made trying to gain my own power and place.

I always felt empowered to do and be whatever I wanted to (I was born in 1953). I've read quite a few of the traditional feminist manifestos and they are powerful and strong. I don't think it's admirable for a feminist writer to not be well-versed in feminist history, frankly. I hope she reads the texts she seems to rather smugly dismiss. It's still very close - the dominant male culture - just ask female parents and grandparents if they've ever felt restricted in their choices and lack of access to power. I have my own stories about this, too, even with my empowerment and feelings of strength as a woman.

I've never felt that my choices about work/career/family/children were for every woman. I vehemently believe that every woman's choice is valid, as long as it's a choice. What is not valid is forcing a woman into one mold or another and keeping her away from power. I used to complain in the 1980s that the Men's Room was a place where way too many business decisions were made!

Oh well, I won't solve the world's problems today and today there are other crises - the Grenfell fire in London and the shooting in Alexandria Virginia. And I won't even mention politics.....

Jun 14, 2017, 11:57am Top

>95 maggie1944: Hi there!! It's so nice to see you here. And I promise not to hold you ransom. : )

Are you reading or listening to Born A crime? I loved, loved, loved the audio! And I also love Sherman Alexie, but I have not read or heard much about You Don't Have to Say You Love Me--I look forward to your thoughts.

>96 karenmarie: Happy Wednesday!! I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts on feminism. For me, personally, being a woman has not gotten in the way. Nor have I been afraid to be the only woman among men or to take a leadership position. I was in the second class of women at Amherst College and I played on the men's water polo team! But I know that I am also lucky to feel this way and to have the chance to BE this way. Other times and other places would not allow me this position.

Gay talks about this, too, in Bad Feminist: "When we talk about privilege, some people start to play a very pointless and dangerous game where they try to mix and match various demographic characteristics to determine who wins at the Game of Privilege. Who would win in a privilege battle between a wealthy black woman and a wealthy white man? Who would win the privilege battle between a queer white man and a queer Asian woman?...We could play this game all day and never have a winner....

"When someone writes from experience there is often someone else, at the ready, pointing a trembling finger, accusing the writer of having various kinds of privilege. How dare someone speak to a personal experience without accounting for every possible configuration of privilege or the lack thereof? We would live in a world of silence if the only people who were allowed to write or speak from experience or about difference were those absolutely without privilege."

She lists the many different types of privilege -- gender (identity), race, religion, heterosexual, economic, it's a very long list. And then she says, "At some point, you have to surrender to the kinds of privileges you hold." But she also reminds us that we don't have to apologize for those privileges. They don't make us less nor do they negate the areas where we have been marginalized or hurt. But they do afford us the chance to do good on the behalf of those who are disenfranchised.

"Feminism is a choice, and if a woman does not want to be a feminist, that is her right, but it is still my responsibility to fight for her rights. I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choice of women even if we wouldn't make certain choices for ourselves."

Can you tell I am enjoying the thoughts found in this book? : )

Jun 14, 2017, 12:08pm Top

>97 Berly: - I just checked the library online and I have moved up in line for Born A Crime. I am now #23 on the waiting list! Hopefully, that means another week or two, at most. Or maybe longer... And yes, it's the audiobook I am waiting for, thanks for that recommendation!

Jun 14, 2017, 2:25pm Top

Hi Kim--It is heart-breaking that there are so many young kids with stories like "your" young man's. He is so fortunate to have found you and your family, and bless you for what you are doing.

Jun 14, 2017, 4:49pm Top

>93 Berly: Oh thanks but that's not necessary. I'll just get it from the library when I'm ready to read it.

Jun 14, 2017, 4:51pm Top

>84 Berly: This Thing of Darkness is my next Fiona Griffiths too, and I"m also putting it off to avoid the cliff of no more Fiona. Let me know when your resistance crumbles.

Jun 15, 2017, 12:27am Top

>98 jessibud2: Yay! The Audiobook of Born a Crime! I hope it comes in at the library soon. : )

>99 arubabookwoman: I know. Makes my heart break that there are kids out there all alone fending for themselves. Good news is he passed the Science GED! Social Studies (which would be MY least favorite!) is tomorrow.

>100 SuziQoregon: Perfect.

>101 ffortsa: I am trying to hold off until maybe July or August. Can you last that long? ; )

Edited: Jun 16, 2017, 11:51pm Top

Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson 5.0

Okay. I am just going to say it: I loved this book! There are three pairs of sisters: The main character, Leia, and her stepsister; Leia's beloved grandmother Birchie and her friend Wattie, both raised by the same mom although they are not related and one of them is white and one is black; and then the two graphic novel characters, Violence and Violet. There is also a cast of other friends and relatives -- wonderful, each and every one of them.

The small town is set in the South and skillfully painted: the dialogue, the intimacy, the traditions, the claustrophobia and the joy. The plot has unexpected twists and turns right up until the very end and they are not contrived, but brilliant! It made me laugh out loud and it made me cry. And I don't usually do either one when I am reading.

Almost Sisters deals with small town life, families, sisters, graphic novels, unplanned pregnancies, love, aging parents, church and race. Phew! There is so much packed into this one and Jackson does it soooo well. I could not put this one down and I was truly sad when it ended.

Best ER book I have received! Keep your eye out for it.

Jun 15, 2017, 6:46am Top

>97 Berly: those are some great quotes and thoughts from Bad Feminist, Kim. Thanks for sharing! I like the way she describes the privilege game and yet also think it's important to be aware of the privilege you carry with you. Like you said, it's not a bad thing, but it's important to be aware of how it shapes your world view.

Jun 15, 2017, 8:05am Top

Morning, Kim! Very lovely review of Almost Sisters, and I love to see that author finding a wider audience. Adding that one to the list. Hoping that Thursday is sweet to you!

Jun 15, 2017, 9:49am Top

I will definitely keep my eye out for Almost Sisters, Twinnie.

Yes, I did give you a copy of Bad Feminist; I think I made everyone buy a copy at Powell's and then forgot to pick up a copy for myself, something I have since remedied. So glad you are liking it. There are so many quotable parts of the book. I love Gay. I will have to look for her segment on "The Daily Show."

Jun 15, 2017, 11:00am Top

>104 lauralkeet: My pleasure! It's also great because I can read just a chapter at a time and fit it in with my other reads.

>105 Crazymamie: I need to look up her other books because I would definitely enjoy them! Happy Thursday.

>106 BLBera: Why did you give me your copy of Bad Feminist if you didn't have one! LOL. Well, thank you. As you can tell I am thoroughly enjoying it. : )

Jun 15, 2017, 12:54pm Top

Between, Georgia is my favorite so far.

Jun 15, 2017, 6:40pm Top

>108 Crazymamie: Thanks, Crazy! Adding to my WL...

I have been doing all accounting stuff this week and my eyes are going cross-eyed and I see numbers floating everywhere!! LOL

Jun 15, 2017, 6:54pm Top

Hi, Kimmers! Not sure The Almost Sisters is my cuppa but I am glad you loved it. Those 5 star reads are special.

Jun 16, 2017, 3:14am Top

And, from the last thread...re: your comment about my search for a new book club that is a better fit....there is talk of a breakaway bookclub, with two from the existing one, and additions to our liking. Mwa ha ha.

>36 Berly: wow, you just never know what that guy or gal that you walk past is going through, do you? That poor young man, and how awesome that you are in a position to put yourself out there and help. Srsly- GO KIMMERS!

Also, I want to read Bad Feminist too. I thought I had ordered a Roxanne Gay book , but it turns out I got the cheaper We Should all be Feminists (or similar?)...

Jun 16, 2017, 10:47am Top

Hi Berly!

>103 Berly: I love books about eccentric Southerners, having moved to NC 26 years ago. I've learned a bit about the breed, and find them fascinating. I've added it to my wishlist.

Happy Friday to you.

Jun 16, 2017, 12:32pm Top

Fiona #6 from Harry Bingham is out today!! Whoohoo!!

Jun 16, 2017, 12:33pm Top

Just ordered it..... Whoohoo indeed.

Jun 16, 2017, 10:36pm Top

You're the 3rd person to have mentioned loving Almost Sisters .. but wow, 5 stars?! that's really a strong recommendation. arrgh... hit by a book bullet again!

Jun 17, 2017, 9:49am Top

>113 Berly: I snagged that right away.

Hoping that your Saturday is full of fabulous, Kim!

Jun 17, 2017, 11:43am Top

>110 msf59: Mark--Almost Sisters has some of the most moving scenes about racial identity and disparity that I have read. Those were the passages that moved me to tears. They aren't preachy. Just realizations. Maybe they won't hit other people as hard as it did me, but I think the important thing is to move people to an understanding of what it is like, even for a moment, to live in someone else's shoes. And this did that for me. And if you decide it is not your thing, that's still okay, too. : )

>111 LovingLit: Megan--Crossing my fingers for the breakaway bookclub!! Mwa ha ha!!

Thanks. He is making progress. Passed the Social Studies GED and today we are off to try the English part. Last of the four tests. Crossing fingers for him!! And apparently the judge in Ohio signed off on the paperwork to clear his Driver's License at the DMV there and now the paperwork just has to make its way here to Oregon. Then he can be official here! He asked if he can do some projects around the house to earn some money so he can pay off his phone bill. We have lots of those!! He is applying for jobs, but can get a much better paying one if he has his GED (high school equivalency), so we hope he passes today.

Jun 17, 2017, 11:47am Top

>112 karenmarie: >114 karenmarie: Karen--Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. : ) And that you are enjoying being back in your own bed. I see you are making the rounds on LT and catching up after your month away. Nice to have you back!

>115 cameling: It is only fair that I get to hit you with a book bullet every now and then since I frequently come away injured from yours!! Tee hee!!

>116 Crazymamie: I have it, but I don't want to read it right away. I am on book #4 and I am saving that for July or August. If I can last that long....Happy weekend!!

Jun 17, 2017, 11:49am Top

So, in Bad Feminist there is chapter on competitive Scrabble. (No, I only play for fun at home.) Roxanne Gay mentions that the word "anagram" has 39 possible Scrabble words in it. Anyone want to play?

#1 scab
#2 able

next one is yours!!

Jun 17, 2017, 12:32pm Top

>119 Berly: Wait...what am I missing? Neither word # 1 nor word #2 can be composed from letters in "anagram". Did I misunderstand?

In anagram, I see gram, ram, man, an, ran, nana (?). Good luck wrenching 39 words from anagram.

Edited: Jun 17, 2017, 1:13pm Top

>120 weird_O: Ha My bad!! The other word she did was Scrabble and I said one and did the other! I need coffee. : P

Let's start over. Anagram. Has to have at least two letters.

Bill has
#1 gram 7 points
#2 ram 5 points
#3 man 5 points
#4 an 2
#5 ran 3
#6 nana (I challenge--there is only 1 N to use)
#7 manga 8
#8 mag 6
#9 na 2
#10 rang 5


Jun 17, 2017, 2:15pm Top

I am bad at anagrams!

marg (at least I've seen that in British books as short version of margarine, but may not be a "real" word)
Rama (probably a proper name so doesn't count)

Edited: Jun 18, 2017, 11:49am Top

>122 rosalita: Apparently you are right and "marg" is not a "real" word. And can't count proper names. So you get three!!

#11 nag 4 points
#12 ma 4
#13 rag 4

Jun 17, 2017, 5:09pm Top

Mar? Did you have that already?
This is a hard puzzle...

Edited: Jun 18, 2017, 11:49am Top

#14 mar! 5 points : )

Edited: Jun 18, 2017, 11:49am Top

#15 arm 5

Jun 17, 2017, 8:39pm Top

how about 'Gran'?

Edited: Jun 18, 2017, 11:50am Top

#16 Gran! 5 points : )

Jun 17, 2017, 8:49pm Top


Jun 17, 2017, 8:51pm Top

how about 'marg'? it means road in Hindi. :-) Would that count?

Edited: Jun 18, 2017, 11:50am Top

>129 Donna828:

#17 ragman 9 points--that's the highest. Except for Anagram itself, which is worth 10. ; )

>130 cameling:

Sorry. "marg" is not accepted. : (

Jun 18, 2017, 2:46am Top

>119 Berly: woah! Feminism and competitive scrabble!!? Clearly I need to get that book :) I used to know almost all of the two-letter words, which are the money makers in scrabble if you play anyone serious.
I bet a lot of the words in anagram are two-letters!
Such as....

Jun 18, 2017, 5:59am Top

Happy Sunday, Kim. I'm so far behind.

Jun 18, 2017, 8:16am Top

>117 Berly: It's too bad you don't live close to us, I have a ton of odd jobs that your young man could have paid a few phone bills with!! :)

Happy Sunday!

Jun 18, 2017, 9:28am Top

And when your young man finished up at Chelle's, he could have paid even more phone bills doing odd jobs at my house! :-)

Jun 18, 2017, 10:25am Top

Hi Berly!

I've found 17 words in Anagram so far..... I'll look at it again later. I am very competitive.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Any Father's Day plans for the men in your family?

Edited: Jun 18, 2017, 11:50am Top

>132 LovingLit:

Nicely done! Ma, an and na already were found. But you get points for

#18 am 4 points
#19 ag 3
#20 aa 2 (never knew this was a word! Apparently a dry form of lava.)

>133 Ameise1: I know what you mean!! Hang in there. I'm trying to. ; )

>134 ChelleBearss: Nope. I am not sharing. LOL

>135 cameling: With you either. : )

>136 karenmarie: 17! You are almost halfway there. Go Karen, go Karen!

My hubby doesn't like to celebrate his birthday (when they are his) or Father's Day. So it will just be low key. He loves to get cards, so the kids all make sure to find or make one for him. We will be out in the yard today, beating back the forest. We border a city park, which I love for all its prettiness, but it is a constant battle with the foliage. I think a BBQ for dinner tonight.

Any Father's Day plans on your end?

Jun 18, 2017, 12:01pm Top

Anagram has to be on the list, too, duh. So I am adding that.

And I thought of:


That puts us at 23 /39. In alphabetical order by first letter:






Come on people! What else you got?

Jun 18, 2017, 12:04pm Top

Daughter lives 3 hours away and is working today, but called her Dad on her break to talk with him ad wish him Happy Father's Day. I got him cards and his two favorite candies (M&Ms and Skittles) and made his favorite breakfast, homemade chipped beef on toasted bagels. Then he went out to also beat back the forest, in this case, our several acres of lawn. Too much rain recently with no openings to mow until today. While he did that I pulled up Johnson grass from what used to be a Dutch Iris bed near the concrete pad/garage. I also cut back some of the volunteer black walnut trees although I really need to get some stuff to kill them at the root. Now I'm inside, dripping wet, because it is SO humid out there. Done for the day outside, for sure. Favorite dinner to cook, pie to bake, relaxing in air conditioning. Probably more than you wanted, but it's been a busy 3 1/2 hours so far.

BBQ sounds fun.

Jun 18, 2017, 12:08pm Top

>139 karenmarie: Sounds like a perfect Father's Day, aside from the humidity. Enjoy the rest of it.

Jun 18, 2017, 12:39pm Top

Happy Sunday, Kim! Oh! Scrabble! We love that game.

Let's see: aga, grama, mana

Edited: Jun 19, 2017, 1:44am Top

>141 Crazymamie: Oooh, Crazy! Three for three! Happy Sunday.

24. aga 4 points
25. grama 8
26. mana 6







27. gar
28. gan

Jun 18, 2017, 2:55pm Top

Oh, you all are doing great with that anagram. I see I missed a lot of words. I did catch nag but neglected to write it.

Jun 18, 2017, 4:03pm Top


Jun 18, 2017, 4:03pm Top


Jun 18, 2017, 4:54pm Top

Of all of the things you would talk about from Bad Feminist, I must admit, Scrabble was not one that would have topped my list.

I hope you're having a wonderful father's day, even if your husband doesn't like to celebrate. Why?

Jun 18, 2017, 5:04pm Top

Oh, right! I got so distracted by the anagram challenge that I forgot to say this:
You may recall that I bought Bad Feminist at our last awesome Powell's meetup. I still haven't read it but it sits on my dresser along with the others from that book haul. I'm enjoying your comments as well as the anagram thingy.

Jun 18, 2017, 5:19pm Top

Kimmers there is an arguable "granma" as this is colloquially used in some parts in lieu of grandma.

see :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granma

Have a great Sunday.

Edited: Jun 18, 2017, 8:17pm Top

>143 weird_O: Glad you pointed out that I was anagramming the wrong word. Thanks!! ; )

>144 EBT1002: Ellen--#27 "gar" for 4 points!! What does it mean?! LOL (Arg doesn't count. Sorry.)

>146 BLBera: Twinnie! Regarding Bad Feminist -- I actually talked about some deeper messages and insights in >97 Berly:. And I'm not through with the book yet, so I will have more thoughts to share. : ) But Scrabble is fun!!!

As to Hubby celebrating Father's Day. He just isn't into it. Although he loves to celebrate things for other people. I can't tell you why. He isn't anti, he just does not even remember it. He recruited everyone to help around the yard today and we made great progress. Quick break here while everyone showers and then we have chicken to BBQ and I made cauliflower mashed potatoes and a cold beet salad. And I think we deserve a beer tonight!

>147 EBT1002: Ellen, I am enjoying most of Bad Feminist very much! She has a few chapters which analyze certain book and movie characters and since I am not familiar with some of them, they don't resonate quite as much with me, but overall it is a great read so far.

>148 PaulCranswick: Paul--I'd be willing to give you "granma" if we were playing, even though it is not one of the official solutions listed by the site I found, which I will share after a few more people chime in on solutions!

Jun 18, 2017, 9:27pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

>36 Berly: - You are providing him with a wonderful helping hand! Here is hoping that he is able to move forward with your help and find his feet.

>79 Berly: - I completely agree and thankfully, for me, it is every second Monday. ;-)

Jun 18, 2017, 9:48pm Top

>150 lkernagh: Hi there! I know we are making a difference in his life, moving him in the right direction; after that it will be up to him to keep it moving forward. He knows that he can still call us if he needs some guidance. I think he will be with us another couple of days. Still want to resolve a few things for him before he moves out.

Jun 18, 2017, 9:49pm Top

>145 EBT1002: Gar is a fish, a nasty one with sharp teeth, fresh-water. They get huge, too.

Jun 18, 2017, 11:15pm Top

>152 ronincats: Ugh. I will try not to find one!!

Jun 19, 2017, 1:05am Top

>151 Berly: So cool.

garam? naga? gan? garn?

Well, I don't play Scrabble :0)

Jun 19, 2017, 1:44am Top

>154 humouress: 28. "gan"!! 4 points Don't ask me why magna isn't on the list. : )

Jun 19, 2017, 8:23am Top


Happy Monday, Berly!

Jun 19, 2017, 8:35am Top

What about *manga* for your list? Isn't that a reading genre?

Jun 19, 2017, 12:01pm Top

>156 karenmarie: #29 agar for 5 points! Nope on anam.

>157 jessibud2: Manga is already on the list. Sorry.

Happy Monday you two!!

Jun 19, 2017, 12:04pm Top

I'll post the final list tonight. Enough of letters. I am off to work where I get to deal with numbers today. Not sure how, but my accounting software downloaded a bank transaction that ended in $.57 but the bank statement has that one ending in $.58. How can that be? I hope to solve the mystery today!

Jun 19, 2017, 2:00pm Top

Garam? There's a garam marsala spice mix.

Grana? It's some kind of inside-our-body thing.

Jun 19, 2017, 5:07pm Top

Enjoyed reading through the anagram fun. Too bad I missed it.

Jun 19, 2017, 7:22pm Top

This anagram thing is fun ... more fun because of the collaboration. I'm usually hopeless at anagrams. but what about agar? Isn't that a word?

Jun 19, 2017, 8:16pm Top

>159 Berly: So, bank dilemma is solved! I deleted the downloaded transaction, downloaded the statement again and this time the electronic and paper statements both ended in $.58, which is what the vendor receipt says, too. Phew!!! I am a happy camper.

: )

Edited: Jun 19, 2017, 8:32pm Top

>160 jnwelch: No "garam," Joe. But you get #29 grana for 6 points!!

>161 SuziQoregon: Juli--I won't post the final list until later tonight...take a stab at it!!

>162 cameling: It's a word! #30 "agar" for 5 points!! And you said you were hopeless at a anagrams. ; )

30/39. 9 more possibilities...








#31 gnar

Jun 19, 2017, 8:29pm Top


(I'm making sh*t up now.)

And thank you to Roni for knowing was a gar is. It might be something you have to live near warm salt water to know about (I saw my first and only school of gars when I was snorkeling in the Florida keys).

Jun 19, 2017, 8:30pm Top

I am off to RL bookclub tonight to discuss The First Daughter, which, to be perfectly honest, I have read absolutely none of! I think that is a first. But #1 it didn't appeal to me and #2 I have been a tad busy with our "guy."

Speaking of our "guy," it was a very good day. He heard that he passed his fourth and final test for the GED, English, which means he got his GED (high school equivalency) diploma electronically TODAY!!! When I heard it made me get all teary, I was so happy for him.

He also heard back that the Dept of Motor Vehicles (DMV) had cleared him in Ohio and he checked and Oregon had the info, so we rushed down to the DMV to finish getting him his driver's license. Done! He was very photogenic. Check box!!!

Now we have to get his car down to the DEQ for the air quality check and get his permanent tags for his car license plate. He has two job interviews lined up tomorrow and Thursday.

Then we have to work on a place for him to live.

HUGE progress for this young man!

Jun 19, 2017, 8:31pm Top

>166 Berly: And making Sh*t up pays off for Ellen!!

#31 gnar worth 5 points. : )

Jun 19, 2017, 8:39pm Top

You are expending a lot of energy on your "guy" -- and it seems to be going very well. Here's keeping fingers crossed that it continues in a positive direction for him!

>167 Berly: *pumps fist*
Maybe I should make sh*t up more often.

Jun 19, 2017, 8:52pm Top

Haha.. I eat agar, so I knew that was a word. :-)

So how about arang, agra, agram?

Jun 19, 2017, 8:53pm Top

>168 EBT1002: I am hoping that we have made enough of a dent in his to-do list that we can launch him sometime this week. I do not have the energy to take him on as a permanent full-time project and it has been a little uncomfortable for my son having him in the house 24/7, sharing a bathroom, etc., not to mention we don't really want to leave him alone in our house (valuables and stuff), so we have all been shuffling our schedules to stay with him. I don't want to judge him harshly, but I did only meet the guy two weeks ago.

So, I don't want it to go on too much longer. But the poor guy needed some breaks and a little support to get back on track. He still has a long list to get through, but it will be more spaced out and we can talk him through it by phone I think. My fingers, toes and everything else are crossed, hoping he keeps going in a good direction! He just has so many people around him that don't follow the rules (driving without a license, etc), which is fine, until you get caught and then it is a hard hole to get out of.

Perhaps!! LOL

Jun 19, 2017, 8:55pm Top

>169 cameling: Nope, nope and nope. But good try!!

Jun 19, 2017, 9:04pm Top

Kudos to you and your family, Kim, in helping equip "the poor guy" to set off on his life's journey.

Not having taken on such work, I've being making good strides in reading this month. Just started the eighth book for June. And I had a swell Father's Day, thank you very much. Hope the dads in your life did too.

Jun 19, 2017, 9:05pm Top

Hi, Kimmers! Just checking in with my pal. Nearly done with Borne. Good, creepy fun.

Did you read The Southern Reach trilogy?

Edited: Jun 19, 2017, 9:26pm Top

Congrats on all the progress with the young man. Here's hoping he continues in that direction and you can get some breathing room back while he gains some independence. Ya done good!

Jun 19, 2017, 9:28pm Top

Great news about your "guy," Kim. You've done him a lot of good, and I hope this gets him on strong footing so he can manage on his own.

Jun 19, 2017, 10:10pm Top

Kim - It is great what you are doing for your young man. I hope he understands how lucky he is and makes good choices. I can understand it must be very stressful to have him living with you. You rock.


And hooray for making S#$t up.

Jun 19, 2017, 10:40pm Top

>165 EBT1002: No, there are fresh-water gar as will in the lakes and rivers of the Midwest, at least, which is where I encountered them (while fishing, not while swimming!)

Certainly hope setting the young fellow up independently goes smoothly, Kim. You are building up a huge amount of positive karma, but it will be nice to have some down time, I am sure!

Edited: Jun 20, 2017, 1:19am Top

"I don't want to judge him harshly, but I did only meet the guy two weeks ago."

Yes. And you are demonstrating the kind of compassion, faith, and charity that I think our world sorely needs these days. Risky? Yes. But it also shows an optimism in the notion that, sometimes, what a young person needs is for someone to act as if they matter and as if they have the potential to succeed. Good for you.

Edited: Jun 20, 2017, 1:22am Top

>177 ronincats: Huh. I did not know that.

Jun 20, 2017, 2:31am Top

Internet at home not working so I'll respond to everyone tomorrow. Night!!

Jun 20, 2017, 9:14am Top

>166 Berly: That's wonderful news! A GED and a valid licence will help him out so much! Your family should be very proud of what you have done to improve this young man's life! Hopefully he will keep working hard once he is out on his own.

Jun 20, 2017, 9:38am Top

Hi Berly!

Great accomplishments for your young man. I applaud your helping him and his motivation on the GED and on improving his life.

Edited: Jun 20, 2017, 10:31am Top

Just getting caught up. You've been very busy! It's sometimes a risk taking people in to your home, but in my experience, worth the risk. Carefully done, it can change their lives, and in my experience, our own lives too. My son hasn't been homeless, but he was so determined to be independent. When his first living situation didn't work out, his girlfriend's grandmother stepped in and offered him a room in her apartment. I can't tell you how grateful we are to her, because he didn't want our help, and we were very worried about how things would work out for him. He's been there a year, and it's been a good thing. I hope your young man launches successfully soon!

Jun 20, 2017, 10:33am Top

I know, it is a bit late to wish you happy new thread, Kim ;-)
Glad you liked Fiona Griffiths!
How nice of you and your family to take this young man in to give him a break, I hope he finds his way back to his life.

Jun 20, 2017, 10:40am Top

Congratulations to the young man, and to you. I hope he can set himself on a good road now and achieve the stability everyone needs to move forward.

regarding 'anagram' - sorry I missed the fun. I've been playing Words With Friends, because it's so easy on my phone, but the word rules are truly weird, with lots of what I would consider proper names and foreign words mixed in. If and when I get back to Scrabble proper, I'll have to retool my vocabulary.

Jun 20, 2017, 10:48am Top

I am a Scrabble addict (though not a freak about it, scoring-wise). I play online with 4 friends who live far away from me. We play through a site called The Pixie Pit (out of England). It used to be free but it became so popular that the guy who runs it had to start charging a yearly fee to keep up with the bandwidth. It's still a great investment (I think it's around $12 or so a year, to play as many games as you want) and probably the best out there. I love it.

Did you ever read Word Freak? It's about competitive Scrabble and to be perfectly honest, those people are insane. That level of competitiveness would absolutely wreck the enjoyment for me. The story of how Scrabble was invented and created was told in alternate chapters and I adored that part of the book. Should have read only those chapters! ;-)

Jun 20, 2017, 2:55pm Top

Delurking to say hi, Kim. I enjoyed reading the anagram game. I hope all goes well for your young man.

Jun 22, 2017, 2:39am Top

>31 Berly: Well, my autobiography is exactly the same as yours, Kim. Maybe all of the titles come out the same? Sounds like your "guy" is making great progress kudos to you and your family for helping him out.

Jun 22, 2017, 7:48am Top

Hi Berly! I hope your week is going well.

Edited: Jun 22, 2017, 9:18pm Top

>172 weird_O: Reading has been going okay this month. I am just starting my 7th book of the month. They are not, however, ones that were necessarily on my to-read list. I have spontaneously switched to mysteries and read two short stores with the famous Sherlock Holmes, just finished The Wailing Wind by Tony Hillerman, and I have another one cued up, Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews. Just what I need right now!!

>173 msf59: I enjoyed Borne a lot! Don't think I ever got around to a review, LOL. Good sci-fi with memorable characters. Not sure where the ending leaves it in terms of a sequel. I have not read the Southern Reach Trilogy. Any good?

>174 jessibud2: Thanks! He got his GED High School diploma this week and was pretty darn psyched!!

>175 lauralkeet: Me, too! : )

Jun 22, 2017, 8:46pm Top

>176 BLBera: Now you can say aarg for another reason--not one of the anagrams. Darn it! Or maybe argh! lol

>177 ronincats: I prefer my fish in aquariums, not swimming with me (well, at least not gar), or on my late (I'm allergic!).

>178 EBT1002: Thank you! That describes what we are trying to do exactly. : ) It was great to see you yesterday!!! Hope everything went well for P!

>179 EBT1002: Thanks for the picture. That looks like an aggressive fish!! Do they taste good?

Edited: Jun 22, 2017, 8:51pm Top

>181 ChelleBearss: Thanks for the kudos. Our guy left today to go to an outdoor weekend concert. A friend gave him the ticket and we loaned him a tent. He is leaving his car at his dad's house and going up in someone else's car. Good move and I hope he has fun! He left just a few important items here in our house, so they are not sitting out in his car on the street. But I am hopeful he will be staying with friends upon his return. It is time for him to move on. He is, of course, welcome to call us any time for advice, etc, and I am sure he will be back to visit. : )

He got his Oregon Health Coverage card in the mail!! Check box.

Jun 22, 2017, 8:56pm Top

>182 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. I think we are racking up some good karma points here! LOL But I truly hope it is a little bit of bright spot for him.

>183 nittnut: See! I am glad someone reached out to your son when he needed help. Sometimes it doesn't take much to turn things around or make a difference.

>184 FAMeulstee: Hi! Well, it is a new thread to you, so that counts. : ) I am on a mystery kick this month-- just started my third one in three different series! Perhaps because I needed some lighter reads amidst the turmoil that is my house right now. Things should calm down a little now. : )

>185 ffortsa: I have the utmost confidence that you will be able to tool up again for Scrabble when you switch back to it. Love word games!!

Edited: Jun 23, 2017, 10:13am Top

>186 jessibud2: How cool that you get to play Scrabble with friends who live far away! And I think I will have to check out Word Freak for just those chapters. Sounds like fun.

>187 Oregonreader: Hi! Thanks for delurking--it's nice to "see" you. Is this June weather crazy or what? We are supposed to hit 100 in this next week. And all this sunshine?! I always tell people summer doesn't start until after the Fourth of July here. We are WEEKS early!

>188 Familyhistorian: Yeah, I think that link is a loser. And it was such a great idea, too. Oh well. We will just have to carry on. ; )

>189 karenmarie: Yesterday morning sucked.

I was supposed to attend a meeting, but the address was incorrect and I couldn't contact anyone to find the correct one and I just drove around and around and all the streets were under construction. Yuk. And it didn't get better until the afternoon...when I picked up Ellen!! She was down here for a conference and we ate a late lunch before she had to catch a train back to Seattle. We had Mexican food and talked up a storm! It was fun.

Today has been great.

Edited: Jun 23, 2017, 10:07am Top

Okay, here is the final anagram list for "Anagram"!!

We found 30/41 of them.







These were the ones left to find.

AMARNA points 8
AR 2

That was fun! I definitely do not know my two-letter Scrabble words. LOL

Jun 23, 2017, 3:18am Top

Hey! I got aa (>132 LovingLit:) ;)
That was a pretty good list from one word, from a book about feminism!!

>194 Berly: glad the day improved with the help of a fellow LRer!!! They will always cheer a person up :)

Jun 23, 2017, 7:28am Top

>192 Berly: That's wonderful! Hopefully he continues to move upward and knows to come back for help if needed!

Jun 23, 2017, 9:20am Top

Wow, Kim, I am so impressed with the generous and efficient way you have helped the young lad get on his feet. Even in families that aren't as dysfunctional as his it can be tricky -- that urge to be independent is so strong!

Jun 23, 2017, 10:12am Top

>196 LovingLit: Ooops! Yes, you did. I had it on the earlier list. Corrected!!

LT always cheers me up. : )

>197 ChelleBearss: I hope so. His car failed the DEQ test, so it obviously needs some repairs, but he landed a job yesterday!!!

>198 sibyx: Thanks. I do think we helped him check off a bunch of stuff in a short amount of time. But I didn't pass the GED or land the job. We just pushed him to sign up, to get out there, and he closed the deals. It was a joint effort.

Jun 23, 2017, 10:22am Top

Tonight I have a rescheduled book club (The Dream Lover) at my friend's house and she has a boat on the lake and it is supposed to be sunny and in the 80s!! A little wine and some munchies.... Can not wait!

Then this weekend, it is soccer tournament time. Unfortunately, all of Jack's games are up in Washington, so there will be driving and traffic involved. Oh well. I am a diehard fan and it will be fun.

Hubby and I have been busy watching The Tudors. I have noticed several historical glitches, but it is still good fun. It is one of the very few times I know my history better than my Hubby!! Perhaps it is all those historical romances I read as a teen? Whatever. I am trying not to gloat. Tee hee.

Jun 23, 2017, 10:39am Top

Leaphorn and Chee continue to solve mysterious murders. This one involves the search for gold and one man's missing wife. One of my favorites of the series! Perfect summer reading.

Jun 23, 2017, 11:39am Top

Mysteries are great in the summer, aren't they Twinnie? Your book club outing sounds great.

Good luck to your young protege. I hope he manages to turn things around.

Happy Friday.

Jun 23, 2017, 2:01pm Top

>202 BLBera: Hi Bim Twin! Happy Friday. Mine is off to a great start...becuause...I got books!!

I am supposed to be reading The Underground Railroad for the June Obama read, which I am hosting, so I better get on it!! Better late than never. : )

Jun 23, 2017, 2:44pm Top

Kudos to you for giving this kid a chance to regroup and launch a new start.

Hope the weather in Washington is a little cooler than we're going to get this weekend. A soccer tournament in the middle of this heat wave would be miserable. Even the Timbers moved their Sunday game to 7pm instead of 1pm.

Jun 23, 2017, 2:52pm Top

Gah! I'd never have gotten the rest of those words for the anagram. Thanks for the game, Kim, it really was fun. Got another? ;-)

I picked up 5 crime fictions for summer reading from the library. It really is a genre I seem to glom on to during the summer.

I hope your young guy is well and truly on the path to greatness now that you've given him a bit of a headstart. It's been very kind of your family to not only extend your hands to help him but to also open your house to him temporarily. If everyone were as generous and compassionate as you and your family, the world would be a much nicer place. You are an inspiration to us all, Kim.

Jun 23, 2017, 7:20pm Top

enjoy your weekend of soccer!! We have Chloe's soccer game tomorrow morning (just toddlers running around) and then a festival at the soccer fields with a bouncy castle.

Jun 23, 2017, 8:10pm Top

>204 SuziQoregon: I think it is just going to be miserably hot!! Being a spectator might be better than being a player. : P

>205 cameling: I never would have gotten all those words either! How about I do another one on my next thread? : )

5 crime fictions!! Wow. You are set for some good summer reading.

And thanks for the kudos, but I think this is by and large a very compassionate group and I think many LTers would have also reached out to help this guy if he had made an appearance in your household. I just don't normally wind up with many homeless people on my front doorstep, let alone one that has a good chance of turning things around. I do not, however, plan to make a practice of this! LOL

>206 ChelleBearss: Dang it! You get a bouncy castle? NO fair. Totally jealous. What do you mean it is just for the kids? Well, I suppose you are not in any shape to use it this time around anyhow. ; )

Jun 23, 2017, 8:14pm Top

Happy Friday, Kimmers. Good luck at the soccer tournament. Stay cool, my friend.

And hooray for The Underground Railroad. You are in for a treat.

Jun 23, 2017, 11:49pm Top

>206 ChelleBearss: Ha, maybe I should hop in it and see if I can get this baby to make a slightly early entrance :)

Jun 24, 2017, 2:24am Top

Have a great weekend, Kim. Sounds like it will be busy and hot!

Jun 24, 2017, 7:58am Top

Hi Berly!

I hope the soccer tournament goes well.

>200 Berly: I should probably re-watch The Tudors after watching Wolf Hall. The biggest problem I had with The Tudors was the same problem I had with Tom Cruise being cast as Jack Reacher - in no way at all did Jonathan Rhys Meyers physically match up with all the historical and pictorial representations of Henry VIII. As I watched it, I kept envisioning a tall, bluff, red-haired man instead of the short, olive-complectioned Meyers. (I also thought Liam Neeson would have been a good Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher Does Not Have Dimples.).

Jun 24, 2017, 12:03pm Top

>208 msf59: Happy Saturday, Mark! It is supposed to be almost 100 today. My son was nice enough to give me a bye on going to watch his back-to-back soccer games in the heat. Phew!! Instead, I am staying inside with AC and cleaning house. And starting The Underground Railroad! Hope you have a great day. Any bird watching in store?

>209 ChelleBearss: Ha! Bounce away!!

>210 Familyhistorian: Thanks. And same to you! I have a graduation party today and another one tomorrow. Should be fun.

>211 karenmarie: I totally agree that the casting for Henry the VIII in the Tudors is not even close. Totally wrong, in fact. And it does detract a little for me. And, of course, I am wondering how they are going to age him and add a little paunch, etc. We shall see!

I can't watch Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Period.

Jun 24, 2017, 12:07pm Top

Last night's book club was so much fun! We only talked about the book, The Dream Lover, for about 20 minutes. None of us were big fans, although we liked learning about the author George Sands. The book felt too fictionalized for me. But the boat ride, women, food and drinks were awesome! We stayed out there for 4 hours, puttering around the lake.

Jun 24, 2017, 12:39pm Top

>211 karenmarie: The casting (well self-casting) of little Tommy Cruise as big Jack Reacher put me off the films entirely. I would have cast Aaron Eckhart over Liam Neeson in the role.

Have a lovely weekend, Kimmers.

Jun 24, 2017, 12:50pm Top

>213 Berly: Sounds like a brilliant setting for a book.club night.

Hope you have fun at the graduation events

Jun 24, 2017, 2:04pm Top

Book club night sounds like fun, even if you didn't discuss the book much.

Good luck with the soccer today. What a nice son. Enjoy The Underground Railroad.

Jun 25, 2017, 9:39am Top

>103 Berly: Into the BlackHole it goes! Hopefully my local library will get a copy at some point.

Jun 25, 2017, 9:51am Top

Hi Berly and happy Sunday!

I can't deliberately watch TC as Jack Reacher either, but he's like a train wreck - you can't help but look if you see him. Sometimes husband's flipping channels and there he is, trying to be all grown up and Jack Reacher-ish. >214 PaulCranswick: I've never heard of him, Paul, but he's definitely Jack Reacher-ish, if less craggy than I envision Reacher. He'd get my vote.

Jun 25, 2017, 2:22pm Top

>214 PaulCranswick: Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Paul. And lots of great FOOD now that your fast is over! : ) I got nothing done inside the house because our AC died and we had to run around town to find a new motor and capacitor. Couldn't wait for the AC repair guys because they are booked with all this hot weather. Nothing like working outside in 97˚ weather. Ugh!! It took all day, but we got it up and running again. Just in time to make the graduation party last night and let the house cool down. Slept great. Whoohoo!!

>215 charl08: One graduation event down and another one today. Went to the early morning (read much cooler) soccer game for my son and they won!! Off to the finals today.

>216 BLBera: Haven't cracked the first page yet; it's been a busy weekend. I do have a nice son though, don't I? LOL They made the finals so we off to watch that in the blistering heat. Supposed to be over 100˚. Argh.

>217 alcottacre: It's about time I got you back with one! LOL. It isn't released until July 11th, but keep an eye out for Almost Sisters.

>218 karenmarie: Happy Sunday, Karen!! Your TC comments made me laugh. ; )

Jun 25, 2017, 5:26pm Top

Hi Kim, hope you are having a really good weekend my dear, it sounds like it is quite hot with you at the moment, sending love and hugs dear friend.

Jun 25, 2017, 6:40pm Top

oh dear, how unusually hot your weather is! I'm glad you have any air conditioning at all. I would assume many Portlanders don't bother, as summers aren't usually this bad.

Congratulations on the graduations, the soccer, the progress that young man has made, and everything else.

Edited: Jun 25, 2017, 9:24pm Top

My son's team won!! Yay!! We hit 104˚F. Boo.

The graduation party was very nice. Lots of good friends and yummy food, too. But I am totally exhausted. Settling in for a night of TV and reading.

Hugs to all. I'll make the rounds later. : )

Jun 25, 2017, 9:32pm Top

Congrats on all fronts (except the weather). I am happy to share our unseasonably cool weather...!

Jun 26, 2017, 12:36am Top

Congrats to your son's soccer team! The heat is ridiculous, but I hear it will be better tomorrow.

Jun 26, 2017, 2:41am Top

I'm heading in to work for a rest after a much busier weekend than usual here. Congrats on the football win too.

Jun 26, 2017, 5:53am Top

Checking in to say hi. Graduation is a far away dream for me at the moment :) Glad 'yours' was good!!

Jun 26, 2017, 10:06am Top

Congrats on the soccer win. Is he done now? 104?! Way too hot.

Jun 26, 2017, 11:08am Top

Yikes on your AC troubles. Not a good weekend for that. Glad you got it fixed. It was brutal out there yesterday. Congrats to your son and his team!

Jun 26, 2017, 11:35am Top

Oooh! I hope you love Underground Railroad that's been sitting on my shelf since Christmas and I really want to get to it.

Jun 26, 2017, 3:12pm Top

>213 Berly: - Book club meeting on a boat on a lake... what more could one ask for? ;-)

Glad to see the wonderful progress with assisting that young man get back on his feet.

Jun 26, 2017, 3:33pm Top

I have to admit to having watched the Jack Reacher movie .. yes, yes, I know ... I shouldn't have, and Tom Cruise has spoiled me for the books now. Talk about poor casting. The person who casted Tom Cruise must not have read a single Jack Reacher book because I can't see how anyone who read the books could have seen Cruise in that role.

Jun 27, 2017, 9:48am Top

>231 cameling: I think the person who cast Tom Cruise as Reacher was ... Tom Cruise, so there's your answer. :-)

Jun 28, 2017, 12:37am Top

>220 johnsimpson: Hi John! It was a great weekend. We fixed the air conditioner and Jack's team won in soccer!! Hope your week is going well.

>221 ffortsa: Judy--We didn't have any AC for the first 7 years we lived out here. Then we hit 100˚F one day, and that was that. Thanks for all the congratulations. It has been busy!! And no signs of slowing down...I have one of my best friends coming to visit on Thursday or Friday from NY by way of CA. She is attending Morgan Freeman's birthday party!! Yes, she is in the business.

And then this weekend, my Sarah turns 21!! Whoohoo!!

>223 jessibud2: Shelley--I'd be happy to take some of that cooler weather off your hands! Send it on over! : )

>224 banjo123: Rhonda--this June has been crazy hot and sunny! Glad it is finally just warm. Hope summer is going well for you guys.

Jun 28, 2017, 12:43am Top

>225 charl08: Charlotte--you know it is bad when you are headed in to work for a rest!! Hope this week is calmer for you.

>226 LovingLit: Megan--None of the graduations are mine this year. Just friends. My youngest will graduate from high school next year. Don't worry--it comes faster than you think!! So enjoy yourself. ; )

>227 BLBera: Thanks Twin! They were psyched to win. And, yes, the tournament is over. And it is no longer 100. So, everyone is happy!!

>228 SuziQoregon: Juli--Of course the really hot weather is what makes the ACs give out!! And it was HORRIBLE timing! But we conquered the mechanics and got it back together. Whew! Hope your summer is going well. I seem to recall it is.

>229 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel!! So nice to see you! Well, I am only about 20 pages in on The Underground Railroad, so feel free to join in if you want. It's my June Obama read, but I am a tad behind. Which reminds me...I better post the July books. Thanks!

Jun 28, 2017, 12:46am Top

>230 lkernagh: Lori--The bookclub meeting could not have been more fun. I definitely recommend a boat cruise as the "locale"!

>231 cameling: Caro--I haven't watched one on principle, but I might have to just to see how bad TC is. LOL And to answer your casting question...

>232 rosalita: Julia and Paul figured out why there was such a bad decision in the casting!! TC himself did the dastardly deed. >: (

Jun 28, 2017, 1:25am Top

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