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karenmarie's 2017 reading and occasional other nonsense - part 7

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Jul 17, 7:56am Top

Welcome to my seventh thread of 2017. Thanks to all who visit!

I joined LT in October of 2007, anxious to find a good place to catalog my books. I never dreamed that I’d make so many friends, participate in so many conversations, and get SO MANY book bullets! My reading has expanded thanks to the 75 Book Challenge. I have also, in that time, doubled the number of books on my shelves, from about 2200 to about 4400. I’ve got the bug bad, I’m afraid. *smile*

My goal is to read a minimum of 100 books and seem to be on track with 54 read through the middle of July. I also want to read 34,000 pages. This will include abandoned book pages, so far only 311, thank goodness!

I am reading the Literary Study Bible for the entire year, and am tracking the number of pages read. I'll update it at the end of every month.


The year is half done, I’m on target for my goal of 100 books, and I’ve started the Treasurer’s job for the Friends of the Library. Things mostly seem to be settling down.

Our two kitties, Kitty William on the left, and Inara Starbuck on the right.


My take on the Pearl Rule:

Karen's Rule "If for any reason you don't want to continue reading a book, put it down. You may keep it, get rid of it, re-start it, never finish it, finish it from where you left off, but put it down." A different way of saying it is that I abandon books with glee if they're not working for me.

Apologies to SuziQoregon (Juli) - I have appropriated your 2016 subject line because I like it so much!

Edited: Aug 18, 8:36am Top

Books read in 2017

01. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling 1/1/17 1/3/17 **** 318 pages hardcover
** Defining the Wind by Scott Huler abandoned after 61 pages read
02. The Stolen Bride by Jo Beverley 1/3/17 1/3/17 ** 269 pages trade paperback
03. The Patriotic Murders by Agatha Christie 1/8/17 1/9/17 *** 211 pages hardcover
04. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie 1/10/17 1/11/17 ***1/2 184 pages hardcover
05. The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories by Agatha Christie 1/13/17 1/14/17 ***1/2 185 pages hardcover
06. American Tabloid by James Ellroy 1/4/16 1/19/17 **** 592 pages trade paperback
07. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham 1/23/17 1/26/17 **** 378 pages Kindle
08. Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell 1/27/17 1/27/17 ***1/2 144 pages trade paperback
09. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham 1/28/17 1/29/17 **** 398 pages Kindle
10. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie 1/29/17 1/30/2017 ***1/2 201 pages hardcover
11. One Good Turn by Carla Kelly 1/31/17 1/31/17 **** 215 pages mass market paperback
12. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 2/4/17 2/5/17 ***1/2 140 pages hardcover
13. The Dutiful Daughter by Vanessa Gray 2/1/17 2/5/17 ** 216 pages mass market paperback
14. Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate 2/6/17 2/7/17 *** 250 pages trade paperback
15. The Crossing by Michael Connelly 2/8/17 2/10/17 ***1/2 388 pages hardcover
16. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly 2/10/17 2/12/17 **** 400 pages hardcover
17. My Dark Places by James Ellroy 2/13/17 2/16/17 **** 427 pages trade paperback
18. Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham 2/17/17 2/19/17 **** 344 pages trade paperback
19. This Thing of Darkness by Harry Bingham 2/21/17 2/24/17 **** Kindle 562 pages trade paperback
20. Bleak House by Charles Dickens 2/1/17 2/27/17 Kindle 830 pages hardcover
21. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 2/20/17 3/1/17 ***** 343 pages hardcover
** The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton abandoned after 122 pages read
22. Warleggan by Winston Graham 2/27/17 3/9/17 **** 471 pages trade paperback
23. The Black Moon by Winston Graham 3/10/17 3/13/17 ****546 pages trade paperback
24. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie 3/14/17 3/18/17 **1/2 214 pages hardcover
25. The Four Swans by Winston Graham 3/19/17 581 pages trade paperback 1976
26. Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear 3/28/17 3/29/17 ****1/2 221 pages
27. His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis 3/1/17 to 4/3/17 **** audiobook, 14.75 hours unabridged
28. The Angry Tide by Winston Graham 3/30/17 4/9/17 **** 612 pages trade paperback
29. The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike 4/13/17 4/13/17 12 pages hardcover
30. Amok by Stefan Zweig 4/14/17 to 4/14/17 ***1/2 121 pages hardcover
31. The Stranger from the Sea by Winston Graham 4/9/17 4/17/17 ***1/2 499 pages trade paperback
32. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama 4/3/17 4/19/17 ****1/2 audiobook, 7.5 hours abridged
33. The Big Year by Mark Obmascik 248 pages, 253 pages trade paperback 4/18/17 4/21/17 **** 250 pages trade paperback
34. The Miller's Dance by Winston Graham 4/22/17 4/26/17 **** 485 pages trade paperback
35. The Dead House by Harry Bingham 5/1/17 5/4/17 **** 500 pages trade paperback
36. Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews 5/6/17 5/8/17 *** 402 pages trade paperback
37. The Twisted Sword by Winston Graham 5/9/17 5/12/17 **** 645 pages trade paperback
38. Bella Poldark by Winston Graham 5/12/17 5/17/17 ***1/2 704 pages trade paperback read as e-book on Kindle
39. Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella 5/17/18 5/22/17 ****1/2 272 pages trade paperback read as e-book on Kindle
40. The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah 5/23/17 5/25/17 *** 384 pages hardcover
41. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston 5/25/17 5/28/17 *** 336 pages hardover
42. Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews 5/28/17 6/1/17 *** 582 page mass market paperback
43. Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris 6/1/17 6/6/17 *** 305 pages hardcover
44. A Cup of Light by Nicole Mones 6/10/17 6/12/17 **** 292 pages trade paperback
45. Festive in Death by J.D. Robb 6/12/17 6/16/17 ***1/2 389 pages hardcover
46. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 4/20/17 -5/8/17 and 6/10/17 - 6/22/17 **** audiobook 8.3 hours unabridged
47. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari 3/16/17 6/29/17 ****1/2 416 pages hardcover
48. Home by Harlan Coben 6/29/17 7/1/17 **** 442 pages mass market paperback
49. The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham 7/1/17 7/4/17 **** 454 pages trade paperback
50. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 7/4/17 7/6/17 ***1/2 252 pages hardcover
51. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 7/7/17 7/9/17 **** 538 pages mass market paperback
52. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling 6/23/17 7/14/17 **** audiobook 8.3 hours unabridged
53. An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist by Nick Middleton 7/14/17 7/16/17 **** 240 pages hardcover
54. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood 7/14/17 7/16/17 ***1/2 175 pages trade paperback
55. The Stranger by Harlan Coben 07/16/17 7/17/17 **** 449 pages mass market paperback
56. The Blackhouse by Peter May 7/18/17 7/22/17 ****1/2 479 pages trade paperback
57. The Lewis Man by Peter May 7/22/17 7/25/17 ****1/2 418 pages trade paperback
58. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah 7/24/17 7/27/17 **** 8.75 hours audiobook
59. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon 7/30/17 8/3/17 ** 152 pages trade paperback
60. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves 8/3/17 8/8/17 *** 376 pages trade paperback
61. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 7/14/17 8/11/17 **** audiobook
62. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 7/30/17 8/12/17 467 pages trade paperback
63. A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope 8/12/17 8/14/17 *** 1/2 288 pages Kindle
64. The Late Show by Michael Connelly 8/14/17 8/17/17 **** 448 pages hardcover

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty 8/17/17 388 pages trade paperback, 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling 8/11/17 audiobook
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut 6/16/17 219 pages hardcover 1997
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson 6/17/17 614 pages hardcover 2007
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt 11/15/16 318 pages hardcover 2012
The Literary Study Bible by Leland Ryken and Philip Graham Ryken 1/1/17 1879 pages hardcover plus 18 pages Preface, Introduction, and Features 2007
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible by James S. Bell Jr. and Stan Campbell 7/23/17 334 pages including Introduction

Edited: Aug 18, 4:34pm Top

Adds in 2017

January - 18
1. Amazon Gift Card American Blood by James Ellroy suggested by Ameise1
2. Amazon Gift Card The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy suggested by Ameise1
3. Amazon The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood - suggested by SGiV
4. Bookmooch hide and seek by Ian Rankin
5. Friend Louise Killer View by Ridley Pearson
6. Friend Nancy I Am Radar by Reif Larsen
7. Amazon Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
8. Amazon The Assault by Harry Mulisch suggested by Paul C. and Anita
9. Bookmooch A Knife to Remember by Jill Churchill
10. Bookmooch Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost
11. Amazon Quiet by Susan Cain
12. Bookmooch Creation by Gore Vidal
13. Amazon The Three-Body Problem
14. Mom Holy Bible
15. Mom Bottom Line's Secret Food Cures
16. Mom Bottom Line's Best-Ever Kitchen Secrets
17. Mom Bottom Line's Best-Ever Home Secrets
18. Mom Hummingbirds by Esther Qusada Tyrrell and Robert A. Tyrrell

February - 42
19. Amazon Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate recommended by jillmwo Jill
20. Thrift Shop Idiot's Guide to Conversational Sign Language
21. Thrift Shop I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert
22. Thrift Shop Night Film by Marisha Pessl
23. Thrift Shop The United States of Europe by T.R. Reid
24. Thrift Shop Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
25. Thrift Shop Closed Casket by Agatha Christie
26. Thrift Shop Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
27. Thrift Shop Simply Tai Chi by Graham Bryant and Lorraine James
28. Thrift Shop Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky
29. Thrift Shop Apes, Angels, and Victorians by William Levine
30. Thrift Shop My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
31. Thrift Shop Four in Hand by Stephanie Laurens
32. Amazon The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
33. Circle City Books My Dark Places by James Ellroy
34. Amazon Racing the Devil by Charles Todd
35. Friend Karen The Trouble with Islam Today by Irshad Manji
36. Friend Karen Goddesses: An illustrated journey into the myths, symbols, and rituals of the goddess by Manuela Dunn Mascetti
37. Friend Karen The Eagle and The Rose by Rosemary Altea
38. Friend Karen Last Call by Daniel Okrent
39. Friend Karen Wildflowers in Color: Eastern Edition by Walter
40. Friend Karen Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
41. Friend Karen The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
42. Friend Karen Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West
43. Friend Karen Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
44. Friend Karen Jerusalem, Jerusalem by James Carroll
45. Friend Karen Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig
46. Friend Karen The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser
47. Friend Karen Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
48. Friend Karen Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss
49. Uncle Oren - New Testament
50. Thrift Shop - The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
51. Kindle - The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
52. Kindle - This Thing of Darkness by Harry Bingham
53. Kindle - The Dead House by Harry Bingham
54. Amazon - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
55. Amazon - Warleggan by Winston Graham
56. Amazon - The Black Moon by Winston Graham
57. Amazon - The Four Swans by Winston Graham
58. Amazon - The Oxford Companion to the Bible
59. Costco - The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
60. Amazon - The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton

March - 7
61. Bookmooch - The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
62. Amazon - A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
63. Costco - Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
64. Amazon - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
65. Amazon - The Angry Tide by Winston Graham
66. Amazon - The Stranger from the Sea by Winston Graham
67. Amazon - The Miller's Dance by Winston Graham

April - 64
68. Friends of the Library free for donating time - Dead Man's Time by Peter James
69. Friends of the Library free for donating time - The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
70. Friends of the Library free for donating time - Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre
71. Amazon - A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Markup
72. Thrift Shop – You Suck by Christopher Moore
73. Thrift Shop – Mansfield Park Revisited by Joan Aiken
74. Thrift Shop – Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
75. Stasia - The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
76. Amazon – The Miller’s Dance
77. Amazon – The Stranger from the Sea
78. Amazon – The Angry Tide
79. - 123. Friends of the Library Book Sale: 45 books
The 26 Letters by Oscar Ogg
Astray by Emma Donoghue
Enemy Women by Penelope Jiles
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
A Judgment in Stone by Ruth Rendell
Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood
Not Dead Enough by Peter James
Dead Like You by Peter James
Not Dead Yet by Peter James
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
Death's End by Cixin Liu
The Book of Abraham by Marek Halter
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Mass Market Paperback - O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King
Audiobook - Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The Covenant by James Michener
Alaska by James Michener
Caribbean by James Michener
Chesapeake by James Michener
Return to Paradise by ... you guessed it..... James Michener
The Man of Property by John Galsworthy, slipcased
Amok by Stefan Zweig
The Life and Campaigns of Napoleon by M.A. Arnault and C.L.F. Panckoucke - 1852
Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot - 1935 - first US edition with tattered dust jacket
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
Mission to Malaspiga by Evelyn Anthony
The Poellenberg Inheritance by Evelyn Anthony
van Loon's Lives by Hendrik Willem van Loon
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me by Ruth Rendell
The Incongruous Spy by John le Carré - two novels, Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality
The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike with Drawings by Edward Gorey
The Poems of James Russell Lowell
The Library Paradox by Catherine Shaw
The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido
The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Pötzsch
The Missing File by D.A. Mishani
New Orleans Noir edited by Julie Smith
The Kookaburra Gambit by Claire McNab
Wartime Writings 1939-1944 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman
Copper River by Willliam Kent Krueger
The Ogden Nash Pocket Book by Ogden Nash with Introduction by Louis Untermeyer
124. Cordelia by Winston Graham
125. Amazon – Peterson Guide to Eastern Birds by Roger Tory Peterson
126. Amazon – Bella Poldark by Winston Graham
127. Amazon – The Twisted Sword by Winston Graham
128. Amazon – The Loving Cup by Winston Graham
129. Bookmooch - Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith
130. Friend Louise - The Appeal by John Grisham
131. Costco - White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Story of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

May - 6
132. Sanford PTO - Blood's a Rover by James Ellroy
133. Bookmooch - The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
134. Amazon - The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah - Kindle
135. CVS - Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews
136. Amazon Kindle - The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
137. Amazon Kindle - Bella Poldark by Winston Graham

June - 15
138. Diamond Bar FOL Bookstore - Midnight Crossing by Charlaine Harris
139. Diamond Bar FOL Bookstore - A Study in Scarlet/The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
140. Bookmooch - A Cup of Light by Nicole Mones
141. Amazon Kindle - The Man Who Could be King by John Ripin Miller
142. Amazon Kindle - This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
143. Amazon - spill simmer falter wither by Sara Baume
144. Amazon - The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham
145. LT ER book - An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist by Nick Middleton
146. Walgreens - Home by Harlan Coben
147. Thrift Shop - Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
148. Amazon - Making the Mummies Dance by Thomas Hoving
149. Amazon - Lincoln in the Bardo audiobook
150. Amazon - Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
151. Mom's House - Franklin School Yearbook 1949
152. Mom's House - Franklin School Yearbook 1950

July - 23
153. Friend Karen - The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible by Bell and Campbell
154. Friend Karen - Beowulf Translated - Bilingual Edition by Seamus Heaney
155. Friend Karen - Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard
156. Friend Karen - The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner
157. D&K Library - Faith and Works by Helen Zagat
158. D&K Library - You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children by Dr. Seuss
159. D&K Library - Ships by Enzo Angelucci
160. Thrift Shop - Julie & Julia by Julie Powell trade paperback to replace ratty mass market
161. Thrift Shop - Close by Martina Cole
162. Thrift Shop - Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence
163. Amazon - Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
164. McIntyre's - The Stranger by Harlen Coban
165. Amazon - Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
166. Louise - The Racketeer by John Grisholm
167. Amazon - Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
168. Amazon - Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
169. Thrift Shop - The Demon in the House by Angela Thirkell
170. Thrift Shop - The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
171. Thrift Shop - Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb
172. Thrift Shop - A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
173. Thrift Shop - Run by Ann Patchett
174. Amazon - Extraordinary People by Peter May
175. Bookmooch - Good Will Hunting: A Screenplay by Ben Affleck

August - 8
176. Amazon - MASH A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker
177. Thrift Shop - Captain Wentworth's Persuasion by Regina Jeffers
178. Bookmooch - The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
179. Bookmooch - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
180. Amazon - Kindle - A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope
181. Amazon - Kindle - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
182. Costco - The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
183. Costo - The Late Show by Michael Connelly
184. Thrift Shop - Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
185. Thrift Shop - Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
186. Thrift Shop - Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
187. Thrift Shop - The Ravenous Must by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
188. Thrift Shop - A Year with G.K. Chesteron edited by Kevin Belmonte
189. Thrift Shop - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
190. Barnes & Noble - Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Edited: Aug 9, 4:08pm Top

Culls for 2017

1. The Stolen Bride by Jo Beverley Drivel
2. Defining the Wind by Scott Huler I will never read this book
3. Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard started, abandoned
4. Touch by Elmore Leonard bookmooched but won't ever read
5. Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener duplicate
6. Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener triplicate
7. The United States of Europe by T.R. Reid duplicate
8. The Dutiful Daughter by Vanessa Gray too stupid to keep
9. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly duplicate
10. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster duplicate
11. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith duplicate
12. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith triplicate
13. A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey duplicate
14. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie duplicate
15. Angels Flight by Michael Connelly duplicate
16. Anna's Book by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara vine duplicate with Asta's Book
17. Balthazar (Alexandria Quartet) by Lawrence Durrell duplicate
18. Black Orchids by Rex Stout duplicate
19. Clea (Alexandria Quartet) by Lawrence Durrell duplicate
20. Justine (Alexandria Quartet) by Lawrence Durrell duplicate
21. Mountolive (Alexandria Quartet) by Lawrence Durrell duplicate
22. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly duplicate
23. Dinner at Antoine's by Frances Parkinson Keyes duplicate
24. Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell duplicate
25. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift duplicate
26. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift triplicate
27. Cat People by Bill Hayward duplicate (I bought one copy, a friend gave me a second, so I'm keeping the second out of sentimentality)
28. The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton abandoned after 122 pages
29. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler meh didn't want to read
30. The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer got a new trade paperback
31. David Coperfield by Charles Dickens, duplicate
32. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, duplicate
33. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, duplicate
34. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand translation by Brian Hooker duplicate
35. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer duplicate
36. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene duplicate
37. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
38. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
39. Miracle in the Hills by Maqry T. Martin Sloop duplicate
40. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad duplicate
41. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
42. Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith duplicate
43. Roots by Alex Haley duplicate
44. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence duplicate
45. Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling duplicate
46. The Road by Cormac McCarthy duplicate
47. In Search of J.D. Salinger by Ian Hamilton duplicate (kept SGiV's copy)
48. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey triplicate
49. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey triplicate
50. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey triplicate
51. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey triplicate
52. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey duplicate
53. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey duplicate
54. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey duplicate
55. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey duplicate
56. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder duplicate in Thornton Wilder Trio
57. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll triplicate
58. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen duplicate
59. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain duplicate
60. Casual Day Has Gone Too Far by Scott Adams duplicate, given to daughter
61. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers duplicate
62. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers triplicate
63. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers triplicate
64. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers duplicate
65. Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate don't want to keep
66. The Mayor of Castorbridge by Thomas Hardy duplicate
67. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain don't want to keep
68. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy triplicate
69. Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman duplicate
70. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs duplicate
71. The toplofty Lord Thorpe by Kasey Michaels 2.5 stars taking up shelf space
72. The Beleaguered Lord Bourne by Kasey Michaels 2.5 stars taking up shelf space
73. The Ruthless Lord Rule by Kasey Michaels 2.5 stars taking up shelf space
74. The Enterprising Lord Edward by Kasey Michaels 2.5 stars taking up shelf space
75. Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda duplicate
76. Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind by Donald Johanson duplicate
77. the lives and times of archy and mehitabel by don marquis duplicate
78. Lord Peter by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
79. QB VII by Leon Uris duplicate
80. Seabiscuit by Laura Hilldebrand duplicate
81. No Second Chance by Harlan Coben duplicate
82. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff duplicate
83. the Floatplane Notebooks by Clyde Edgerton duplicate
84. Shining Through by Susan Isaacs duplicate
85. Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford duplicate
86. The Woods by Harlan Coben duplicate
87. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles duplicate
88. The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout duplicate
89. The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout triplicate
90. Tutankhamun:The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving duplicate
91. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy duplicate
92. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy duplicate
93. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy duplicate
94. Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown Jr. duplicate
95. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner duplicate, contained within anthology
96. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame duplicate
97. Royal Escape by Georgette Heyer duplicate
98. Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch duplicate
99. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather duplicate contained within anthology
100. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith duplicate
101. The Sherlock Holmes Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle duplicate
102. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
103. Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
104. Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
105. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
106. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
107. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers duplicate
108. The Balloon Man by Charlotte Armstrong duplicate, contained within anthology
109. The Witch's House by Charlotte Armstrong duplicate, contained within anthology
110. The Gift Shop by Charlotte Armstrong duplicate, contained within anthology
111. The Turret Room by Charlotte Armstrong duplicate, contained within anthology
112. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins duplicate
113. Austenland by Hale, Shannon 2.5 stars
114. The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Brown, Nancy Marie 2.5 stars
115. Einstein's Dreams by Lightman, Alan 2.5 stars
116. The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Slater, Maya 2.5 stars
117. The Great Influenza (The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History) by Barry, John M. 2.5 stars
118. 'Tis by McCourt, Frank 2.5 stars
119. Fire and Ice by Stuart, Anne 2 stars
120. Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe by Rosen, William 2.5 stars
121. Fangs But No Fangs (The Young Brothers, Book 2) by Love, Kathy 2.5 stars
122. Fangs for the Memories (The Young Brothers, Book 1) by Love, Kathy 2.5 stars
123. I Only Have Fangs for You (The Young Brothers, Book 3) by Love, Kathy 2.5 stars
124. The Giver by Lowry, Lois 2.5 stars
125. The Member of the Wedding by McCullers, Carson 2 stars
126. The Assault by Harry Mulisch started it, didn't like it
127. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante started it, didn't like it
128. Astray by Emma Donoghue duplicate
129. van Loon's Lives by Henrik Willem van Loon duplicate
130. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy duplicate
131. Sandy Koufax - Strikeout King by Arnold Hano - will never read
132. Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard J. Carwardine started listening and didn't like the reader's voice and didn't like the tenor of the book
133. The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman - dated, boring
134. Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews - bought in CA, not worth paying to ship home to NC
135. A Study in Scarlet/The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
136. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee audiobook, duplicate, 2nd one purchased better quality
137. The Judas Pair by Jonathan Gash
138. The Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
139. spill simmer falter wither by Sara Baume abandoned yeesh. depressing. And dogs.
140. Julie & Julia by Julie Powell mass market paperback replaced with trade paperback
141. The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner
142. Run by Ann Patchett
143. The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
144. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon blech
145. Ghost Stories from the American Southwest by Richard and Judy Dockrey Young - I took it off the shelf to scan the cover, looked through it, and realized I'd never, ever read it
146. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
147. More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
148. Further Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
149. Significant Others by Armistead Maupin
150. Sure of You by Armistead Maupin
151. Babycakes by Armistead Maupin

Edited: Aug 1, 8:36am Top

Year-to-Date Statistics through July 31

58 books read.
21,169 pages read.
1,140 pages of The Literary Study Bible, 69 pages of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible.
48.6 hours of audiobooks

Male 66%
Female 34%

Living 67%
Dead 33%

US Born 38%
Foreign Born 62%

Hardcover 31%
Trade Pback 33%
Mass Market 10%
Audiobook 9%
e-Book 17%

My Library 93%
Other 7%

Re-read 5%
Series 55%

Fiction 84%
NonFiction 16%

Author Birth Country
Australia 3%
Austria 2%
Canada 3%
England 48%
Israel 2%
Scotland 3%
South Africa 2%
US 38%

Original Year Published
1852 2%
1922 2%
1939 3%
1940 3%
1950 2%
1952 2%
1953 2%
1961 2%
1973 2%
1976 2%
1977 2%
1980 2%
1981 2%
1982 3%
1989 2%
1990 3%
1995 3%
1997 3%
1998 3%
1999 2%
2001 2%
2002 3%
2004 3%
2006 2%
2009 2%
2011 2%
2012 5%
2013 2%
2014 5%
2015 12%
2016 7%
2017 9%

Anthropology 2%
Biography 2%
Fantasy 7%
Fiction 7%
Geography 2%
Historical Fiction 17%
Literary Fiction 3%
Memoir 9%
Mystery 40%
Nature 2%
Romance 9%

Jul 17, 2:49am Top

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Jul 17, 3:22am Top

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Edited: Jul 17, 6:46am Top

Congrats on your shiny new thread, Karen. What a lovely photos of your cats.

Edited: Jul 17, 7:10am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy New Thread! Since, this is my day off for the week, my vacay continues for one day. I plan on going for a hike this A.M. to take full advantage of this nice weather.

Enjoy your day.

Jul 17, 7:17am Top

>1 karenmarie: "I abandon books with glee if they're not working for me."

And it rhymes!! : )

Congrats on a new thread. I was going to give you grief on all your book additions, but them I saw the awesome job you have done culling. Well done!

Edited: Jul 17, 7:59am Top

Happy new thread, Karen! I actually posted (or thought I did) this right after >7 fblogin0:, but apparently neglected to hit *post*.

I was impressed with your massive lists of books, but in truth, I am afraid to even attempt to count my own....

Jul 17, 8:02am Top

Thanks Ameise1, msf59, Berly.

>8 Ameise1: Kitty William is sitting on my printer even as I type this, Inara is probably outside since I haven't seen her yet.

>9 msf59: Good morning, Mark! Enjoy your last vacay day.

>10 Berly: Hey Berly! Thank you! I'm getting better at getting rid of books. My daughter will have enough to handle without these.

Today is some Friends of the Library work, paying a bill or two, straightening a bit, reading a bit. I had insomnia from 1:40 - 4:30 this morning, so am a bit woozy right now.

Jul 17, 8:06am Top

>11 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley! I'm irritated at that post by fblogin0 for sure and wish I could delete it. *grumble*

I love my books, plain and simple. Once I saw the awesomeness of LT (and awesome is a word I Just Do Not Use), I knew every book would have to be in my catalog. And since I use location tags, it satisfies my need for order and control. Mind you, there are a lot of other parts of the house that I do not need to have order and control over, but books.....

Kitty William has now moved to the left of the monitor and is intently watching the letters as I type them here. His eyes are tracking when I start a new line. I can almost hear him yearn for opposable thumbs and a human voice.

Edited: Jul 17, 8:14am Top

>13 karenmarie: If we all flag >7 fblogin0: it will at least get deleted for spam.

Also I woke up at 4am and can't get back to sleep. Insomnia abounds!!

LOL re Kitty watching you type.

Jul 17, 8:35am Top

>14 Berly: - I thought about that but I don't know how to flag a post.

Edited: Jul 17, 8:38am Top

Click More at the bottom of the post. You will see options, one of them is Flag. If you click on Flag, you will get Flag this message? and then the blue link to actually flag. Click on it and you're done.

Jul 17, 8:41am Top

>16 karenmarie: - Done! Thanks, now I know for next time!

Jul 17, 8:59am Top

Good morning, Karen! And happy new thread!

>13 karenmarie: Otto is sometimes intrigued when I'm typing (more so when I'm moving the pointer around), but the other cats really have no interest. I've considered loading one of our old laptops with some sort of cat-oriented program — maybe just a sufficiently interesting screensaver — and setting it up for him on a table of his own.

Jul 17, 9:09am Top

Hi Harry! Thank you.

Our 56-gallon fish tank, currently home to one lone senior citizen Black Tetra, became Fish TV for a while when we had the cat condo next to it. I'm sure Otto would appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Jul 17, 9:12am Top

Happy new thread, Karen!
I am happy to see that your addings and cullings are still nearly the same, ;-)

Jul 17, 9:23am Top

Thank you, Anita!

The next time I go to town I plan on taking some of those cullings to the thrift store and getting a tax receipt. Then the little yellow table will be cleared for the next round!

So it took 1 1/2 hours to at least read the threads I'm following this morning. Now it's time to do a bit of Bible as Literature reading then tackle Friends of the Library stuff for a while.

I'm enjoying The Stranger by Harlan Coben.

Jul 17, 9:28am Top

>21 karenmarie: I have spended about the same time on reading the threads today. Now it is time for some housework and walking Ari. Then I go back to reading :-)

Jul 17, 9:37am Top

New thread, I'm in!

Jul 17, 10:18am Top

Happy new one, Karen!

Jul 17, 10:24am Top

Lovely Kitty William! Lovely Inara Starbuck!
I look forward to enjoying your new thread, Karen.

Jul 17, 11:55am Top

>22 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Reading and walking Ari seems like more fun than Treasurer stuff, but I did get the spreadsheet for budget and actuals set up for the year (I will be buying 501(c)3 software sometime this year!), documenting all activity for the year so far (from July 1 forward) and doing the preliminary prep on a deposit slip. That took 2 1/2 hours.

>23 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Good to see you here.

>24 katiekrug: Thank you, Katie!

>25 LizzieD: I'm glad you like my kitties, Peggy, and thank you.

Jul 17, 12:32pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 17, 2:07pm Top

>4 karenmarie: I want you to know, Karen, that I've culled some books this year. Why, just last week I gifted my daughter with a half-dozen books. Ok, they were dupes, but they were good dupes. Erik Larsen, Kent Haruf, Ivan Doig, Louise Erdrich.

And Saturday, I'm off to the book sale! To buy more books, of course.

Jul 17, 3:50pm Top

Hi Karen, happy new thread my dear. I loved your review of Cocaine Blues and will get to it soon. I love seeing your opening post my dear as I seem to catch you up on pages and then you steam ahead again, it is a nice bit of friendly competition. Hope you are having a good Monday and that you had a good weekend dear friend.

Jul 17, 4:09pm Top

>27 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>28 weird_O: Bravo, Bill! Getting rid of dupes is admirable. Gifting books to your daughter also counts. Yay on the book sale. Good hunting!

>29 johnsimpson: Hi John. Thank you re my review. I really liked it. Today's been a combination of busy and lots of fun reading and watching hummingbirds. I just saw five, I think - they were zooming about. The crepe myrtle is coming along and the feeder has fresh food in it for them.

Jul 17, 4:15pm Top

It would be lovely to see Hummingbirds on the feeder but we just have Chaffinches and common or garden sparrows on our feeder and now that I have altered things I don't get the Darn Wood Pigeons gorging on the food.

Jul 18, 6:57am Top

Morning, Karen! Yep, back to the grind for this Old Warbler! The good news is, I am really enjoying The Golem.

Have a good day.

Jul 18, 7:44am Top

Hi, Karen! I hope it's a good day for you. Enjoy the hummingbirds!

Jul 18, 7:58am Top

>31 johnsimpson: Hi John! We don't get Chaffinches or Wood Pigeons in the US. I just looked them up and they both have beautiful markings. Hummingbirds zoom in and out so quickly it's hard to see their markings but they are so much fun to watch. Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

>32 msf59: Morning, Mark! I guess one of the consolations of the grind is that you get to listen to audiobooks, eh? I'm glad you're liking The Golem and the Jinni.

Jul 18, 11:04am Top

Happy new thread, Karen. Your busiest year on the threads by a country mile. xx

Jul 18, 11:19am Top

: )

Jul 18, 2:21pm Top

>30 karenmarie: Wow, the crepe myrtle is pretty. Country life!

Jul 18, 5:52pm Top

Happy new thread!!

Edited: Jul 19, 7:45am Top

>35 PaulCranswick: H Paul! I'm absolutely amazed and flattered at all the visits. It's a lot of fun to log on and see that there are messages waiting for me!

>36 Berly: :) back'atcha

>37 SomeGuyInVirginia: They are gorgeous, I must say. Yes, country life! Plus, our land was pasture for 80 or so years before it got developed and there were chicken coops nearby, and our neighbor Mark remembers spreading chicken poop on the pastures when he was young. Good stuff, chicken poop, although very few things in the world smell worse. All our plantings are very healthy.

>38 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!

I forgot to mention that on Saturday as we were heading into town to run errands I saw a Little Blue Heron wading in the shallows of a cow pond.

Jul 18, 10:12pm Top

Chicken poop is very good stuff if you don't have to live with it!
>30 karenmarie: Obviously out of Southern Living!

Jul 19, 7:48am Top

For about the first 8 years or so after we built our house here Mark's daddy Farmer Joe Clark would use chicken poop from his coops on his own land. Our winds are generally westerly, and we are east of the Clark property, so we always knew when Farmer Joe was fertilizing his pastures!

Jul 19, 9:17am Top

Hi, Karen! Happy Wednesday!

>41 karenmarie: How aromatic! Though I generally don't mind the smell of manured fields (indeed, it's almost restful, as a signal to me that I've gotten out of city and suburbs, which is when I feel best), I can still recall the odoriferous conditions that we encountered as we drove into Iowa on our cross-country honeymoon trip.

Jul 19, 9:26am Top

I know what you mean about chicken poop. We had chickens when I was very young and they really do stink. Cow muck is another strong country scent but I always associate it with spring and a simple life so I kind of like it.

Another smell that I like, skunks. Again, it might be an association brought on by traveling a lot by car when I was a kid and smelling skunk in the night on some highway, but I like the smell.

Jul 19, 3:25pm Top

>42 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Thank you. So far a visit with Louise, lunch with a friend, grocery store stop for peanut butter for husband, gas tank filled, and nails done. Good stuff. Now to read.

If you went anywhere near Cedar Rapids you would have smelled the Quaker Oats plant. Yeesh, what a yeasty, old-socks smell.

>43 SomeGuyInVirginia: Well, Larry, disliking chicken poop, liking cow muck, and liking skunk must be a unique combination. *smile*

Skunk? Come to my house sometime. I'll let you know when they're back - they wander through our yard periodically. We chased them away earlier this year with a light out by the place they used to hide out in the daytime. We heard that they went to Louise's, then down the street towards Larry/Pat's and Gary's. I caught a whiff the other day, too, but not near the house.

Jul 19, 4:29pm Top

Yeah, snort. I think I'd flip if I actually got sprayed. Skunk does smell like weaponized toast.

Jul 19, 9:59pm Top

Ha! Weaponized toast. I like it.

Husband and I are really enjoying Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and are, alas, just two episodes away from the end. There may be a 4th season or a movie, apparently, but not any time soon.

Jul 20, 6:54am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday! A storm rolling through here at the moment and then more heat and humidity. Yippee!

Enjoy your day, my friend.

Jul 20, 7:02am Top

Hi, Karen! We occasionally get a skunk around (once the dog was sprayed), but fortunately not too often. A number of years ago when we lived in a townhouse there was a skunk family that regularly came by -- the mother and four or so stinky little kits. Easily avoided, but they'd wander around in the backs of the townhouses, too, so we couldn't always keep our patio door open.

The catbird seems to be enjoying our blackberries — swooping in, grabbing one (or part of one), and zipping back into our garden to dine.

Jul 20, 7:05am Top

Thank you, Mark! We've got heat and humidity, too, and our storms typically roll through late afternoon/early evening. Two days ago we got 3/4" in about 20 minutes.

Today is deep tissue massage and reading.

I opened up my e-mail to an offer on Mom's house today - we'll take it because we'll make a bit of money but not much. At least there's an enthusiastic buyer who will love the house! It's got me a bit unsettled, but I'm sure that it's because that will be the last tie to Diamond Bar, CA.

Gotta talk to sister, mortgage holder, real estate agent.

Jul 20, 8:57am Top

>49 karenmarie: - I'm glad you got an offer, but can understand the unsettled feeling.

Jul 20, 9:00am Top

I understand. The house will be loved, and that's a lot.

Don't those deep tissue massages hurt? Everyone I know who gets them swears by them.

Jul 20, 9:51am Top

>50 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie. Mom and Dad owned that house almost 50 years. I haven't spoken with my sister yet - 3 hour time difference - but will sometime this afternoon. She's in a "I'm mad at Mom" phase, so perhaps I won't get tears. I can be happy with no tears.

>51 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yes, Larry. It will be interesting to watch over the next several years if a new picture shows up with the inevitable exterior changes.

And re deep tissue massage - yes, there is pain involved as connective tissue adhesions are broken up, muscles pummeled, tendons stretched. My therapist is absolutely wonderful. It's at a home she owns but doesn't live in, on a quiet street, in a peaceful room. Usually interesting, low key music but not always. She uses wonderful smelling and feeling lotions. She's caring and deeply concerned about what's going on with my body and makes every effort to solve, at least temporarily, the problems I identify. I wish I could afford to go every week. The mental relief is significant, too. And although it's officially for 1 1/2 hours, she usually goes a bit over, then gives me a glass of water while we talk for a few minutes after. I get hugs before and after, too. I always come home and take Aleve or Advil and drink more water.

Jul 20, 4:24pm Top

>49 karenmarie: I hope the offer on your Mom's house works out, Karen, it is a bit sad but also a conclusion to all the work you have done.

Jul 20, 4:42pm Top

Hi Karen, hope the offer on your mum's house works out my dear, I remember when as executor of Karen's dad's will I had to put the property on the market and after being messed about by various people we got an offer. I spoke to Karen and her brother and reluctantly we accepted the low offer but even then it wasn't straightforward and the buyers tried to mess me about but eventually things got sorted and as it worked out the sale went through and I got the funds just before Christmas and was able to split the money as per the will and told them all it was the last Christmas present from Grandad as he would have wanted me to do. It is the last thing you can do and the timing for me was perfect so I hope yours is sorted out without any major hassles dear friend.

Jul 20, 4:48pm Top

>53 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! I've sent the offer to the lawyer, my sister is happy, my husband is happy, and I'll be happy when it's a done deal!

>54 johnsimpson: What a wonderful story, John! And thank you for your good wishes. I'm thinking that nothing can go as bad as the last 7 months. We have a very good realtor, and I have a very good lawyer, my Mom's who I hired to help settle the estate. He is also a real estate lawyer who said that helping us with the sale would be part of settling the estate.

I can't resist putting this picture here. Kitty William loves to keep me company here in the Sunroom, and imagine my joy when I saw him using my book as a pillow:

Jul 20, 7:30pm Top

>55 karenmarie: What an adorable picture! We have four cats and this set gets along better than any we've had before. They are all indoor cats, but LOVE the screened porch in the summer.

Karen O.

Jul 20, 8:47pm Top

What good news! I hope that your lawyer lives up to his reputation and sees you through the process smoothly. I get the mixed emotions, but I'm betting that the relief of being out from under will quickly put the sentiment in its place.
Aww--- You'll have to love that book to enjoy it more than Kitty William in the picture.
Deep tissue massage sounds like heaven. Could they (as a general rule) do it for somebody with pretty bad osteoporosis?
I've never encountered or smelled skunks. We get paper mill sometimes, and I spent some childhood summer weeks with a friend in Georgetown, S.C. where the paper mill was a constant. "Ham and Eggs," said my friend's father, an employee.
Hog farms are another story.

Jul 20, 9:59pm Top

Jul 21, 6:25am Top

>56 klobrien2: Hi Karen! Thank you. I'm glad your current set gets along. We tried a third kitty 2 years ago because she needed a home. She got along great with us, but tried to dominate our other two kitties to the point of attacking them and stressing them out terribly. Fortunately, her previous owner was able to take her back since she had just put her diabetic kitty into a special shelter. I've been afraid to add another kitty to the mix ever since.

>57 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! It is very good news. I hope to hear back from him today. I think the mixed emotions will come and go, and I will just have to deal with them. It is definitely a better problem to have than to have to turn the house back into the bank!

I'll ask Sherry about working with someone with bad osteoporosis.

No skunks in your neck of the woods? *smile* You're lucky. Ah, the joys of Wikipedia! Here's skunk scent info:

Skunk spray is composed mainly of three low-molecular-weight thiol compounds, (E)-2-butene-1-thiol, 3-methyl-1-butanethiol, and 2-quinolinemethanethiol, as well as acetate thioesters of these. These compounds are detectable by the human nose at concentrations of only 10 parts per billion.

The smell aside, the spray can cause irritation and even temporary blindness, and is sufficiently powerful to be detected by a human nose up to 5.6 km (3.5 miles) down wind.

>58 thornton37814: Hi Lori! When he's not yowling out of confusion (he's 18) or hunger (he thinks he needs wet food every time I go into the kitchen!) he's pretty darned cute.

Yesterday's deep tissue massage was painful and wonderful. I've got the next 3 sessions scheduled, one a month.

Today is a meeting at the library with the President of the Friends to work on purchasing the Square debit/credit card system. We want to offer debit/credit card payment at our next Book Sale in October.

Jul 21, 6:58am Top

Good morning, Karen!

>49 karenmarie: Good luck with the sale — I hope it will all go smoothly.

>55 karenmarie: A nice photo. Our Elli was using a book as a bolster for napping yesterday in much the same way. It's curious that cats seem to like that sort of extra layer on the surface where they choose to lounge: recently Otto was distractedly pacing back and forth on the cat-bed tower beside my desk, keeping me from working, until I put a stack of papers on the bed, whereupon he immediately curled up partly on the papers and went to sleep.

Jul 21, 7:05am Top

Morning, Karen! Happy Friday!

Jul 21, 9:23am Top

What a great picture. Cats seem to love what their owners use a lot.

Jul 21, 5:38pm Top

Stopping by to say hello and get caught up on the news. Glad to hear the house is sold: it will be hard to break that tie but having new owners who love it should feel good.

Your kitty is adorable!

Jul 22, 10:19am Top

Happy weekend, Karen.

Jul 22, 10:46am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. Hope you get plenty of reading in.

Jul 22, 1:40pm Top

Well, color me surprised. I thought I responded to yesterday’s messages. Bad me.

>60 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry. Good for Elli! And Kitty William also loves sleeping on papers, just like Otto.

>61 msf59: Hi Mark! I had a nice Friday.

>62 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hey Larry! Clothes, shoes, books, socks, slippers. My kitties are frequently near or on any of those items. Thanks re the picture – thank goodness the cell phone was handy! I turned around, there he was, there the cell phone was. Serendipity.

>63 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! Thank you. It will be bizarre to have no connection to Diamond Bar CA any more, for sure.

Katman and I both thank you.

>64 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara. Lovely photo!

>65 msf59: Hi Mark!

We just got back from running errands. Now we’re back safe and sound and out of the 100F temperatures. I’ve got female House Finches sucking down the sunflower seeds and a female hummingbird taking a long drink on the feeder I can see. Another couple of hummingbirds are flitting about.

I’m going to scan in the last book cover for one of three new books, then go read. The three books are:

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney – a birthday present for myself
Dangerous Lady – a Martina Cole book recommended by johnsimpson
The Racketeer by John Grisholm – given to me by Louise

I had to wait ‘til we got back from our errands to get the last of the label to come off of Dangerous Lady. Goo Gone works wonders if you let it sit long enough.

Jul 22, 2:27pm Top

Happy weekend!! Hope the deal is a go and you can be DONE! Stay cool inside and enjoy your books. Still jealous of the hummingbirds. ; )

Jul 22, 3:03pm Top

Thanks, Berly! It will be nice to have the house gone and closed and money in the bank.

Inside is good, books are good. I just did a bit of Friends of the Library work and am now heading off to continue the Blackhouse.

This year is a good year for hummingbirds for some reason. Other years, not so good.

Jul 22, 3:51pm Top

Hi Karen, hope you are having a good weekend my dear and enjoy your books, sending love and hugs dear friend.

Jul 22, 5:40pm Top

Hi John! Yes, my weekend is going well. I just finished a wonderful mystery, The Blackhouse by Peter May.

The Blackhouse by Peter May
7/17/17 to 7/22/17

The description from Amazon:

The Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people's fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge. When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past. Each year the island's men perform the hunting of the gugas, a savage custom no longer necessary for survival, but which they cling to even more fiercely in the face of the demands of modern morality. For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy, which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrifice. The Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision. Peter May has crafted a page-turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls, and just how difficult it is to escape the past.

Life on Lewis was bleak and narrow, made worse by evil. Detective Inspector Fin MacLeod comes back, just returned to work from a personal tragedy, to investigate possible ties with a murder in Edinburgh and faces the tragedies and horrors of his childhood.

This is one of the best mysteries I’ve read in a long time. It is atmospheric, suspenseful, and keeps building and building until all the pieces fall into place. The book moves between chapters unfolding the events of Fin’s childhood told in the first person and the murder investigation told in the third person. Characters are fully fleshed out. Customs, geography, and events are written with a vividness and starkness to make this a book that combines subtlety and a badgering of the senses. It kept me reading almost compulsively. So much told, so much left untold, teasing us and pulling us along until the very end.

It smacks of the truth, research well done but not intrusive. I can’t wait to read the second and third books of the trilogy.

Jul 22, 6:22pm Top

>70 karenmarie: Happy to see you enjoyed The Blackhouse too, Karen.
The next two are also great reads :-)

Jul 22, 6:37pm Top

Hi Anita! Good to hear. I just started The Lewis Man about 10 minutes ago. I debated other books, but I couldn't resist.

Jul 22, 9:13pm Top

Dad was just reading about Peter May, I'll have to check him out. I'm sold on audio versions of mysteries, they are so much richer than when I just read them. I wonder if the lie-berry has any copies?

Jul 22, 9:36pm Top

Hi Larry! Ooh, an audiobook would be stunning, I think.

I seem to be in a Scotland phase. I'm reading about the Outer Hebrides with the Lewis Trilogy and the Shetlands with watching Shetland, based on the DI Jimmy Perez series by Ann Cleeves. Funny enough, I have the first Jimmy Perez novel, Black Raven but it's still in the ever-expanding tbr pile.

Jul 23, 7:24am Top

>70 karenmarie: I loved that and the second one, too. the third one is still on my shelf waiting to be read.
Happy Sunday, Karen.

Jul 23, 7:55am Top

Hi Barbara! I just started the second one last night but didn't get very far, I'm afraid. Ah well, today's another day, another opportunity for lots of reading.

I was just visiting Berly's thread, and ireadthereforeiam Megan wrote something that I found absolutely hilarious and totally scary:

I just saw a funny thing on FB, something like having a rational argument with a trump-supporter being like playing chess with a pigeon, they just shit on the board and then go on about how great they play chess.

So true!

Jul 23, 8:14am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. Love the Trump, chess, pigeon shit idea. Perfect.

Jul 23, 9:36am Top

Hi Mark! Thank you. It is the perfect analogy.

Jul 23, 1:59pm Top

>55 karenmarie: Lovely picture of Kitty William and glad you enjoyed your massage. I've been struggling with a lot of tension in my shoulders the past year and do find massages give some relief.

>70 karenmarie: I've just been over on Peggy's thread seeing her praise for this series - we have the whole trilogy and I will have to bump them up the list.

>76 karenmarie: Ha!

Jul 23, 2:52pm Top




Jul 23, 3:04pm Top

Hi, Karen! I hope you're enjoying your Sunday.

Jul 24, 4:29am Top

Good morning, Karen. Wishing you a good start into the new week.

Edited: Jul 24, 9:05am Top

>79 souloftherose: Hi Heather! My back pain has moved around a lot over the years and right now is more in my right hip and lower back, but I remember those awful upper back muscle spasms. I'm glad you get massages, too. I just wish I could afford one a week!

My MiL's sister loaned me the trilogy. I forgot about it being on loan and read The Blackhouse. When I pulled The Lewis Man, I saw her name in pencil on the inside cover and remembered they were on loan. But somehow in the kerfuffle I had actually acquired The Lewis Man and The Chessmen. I got this all straightened out yesterday! And I realized that he's written other series and many standalone novels.

Thinking of the pigeon version of bloviating orange gasbag doing the ...er... shitting and the vision of sycophant Sarah or Good Hair Mooch trying to say they were good at chess is highly entertaining.

>80 weird_O: Hi Bill, you almost made it! Maybe next time.

>81 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Yesterday was inside all the way, with temps of 100F and heat index of 115F. We watched two episodes of Shetland. The rain went just north and just south of us. A friend e-mailed me last night and said that they got 2 1/2" of rain from the storms that went north of us.

>82 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Thank you. Today is errands at two of the three banks I deal with - mine and the Friends of the Library. Mom's bank is in a different town, but I don't need to go there today. Reading, paying a couple of bills.....

Jul 24, 9:01am Top

Morning kiddo. I hope you have a great day!

Jul 24, 9:08am Top

Thanks, Larry! I hope you do, too, even if it's Monday.

I just got inspired by connie53 and tess_schoolmarm over on the ROOTs threads and cleaned out the freezer in the garage, making room for things from the freezer in the kitchen. Did a mostly-good cleanup of the shelving, too. There are trash bags with freezer-burned food, not too much, actually, but some..... and a few things that might still be good but I'm not willing to take the risk on. Wasteful.

Jul 24, 9:18am Top

Good morning, Karen!

>85 karenmarie: For a time I kept good track of what we had in our freezer using a couple printed sheets, to help with both shopping and meal planning, but I let it get away from me. I think I may find time to make new tracking sheets next month, to help us deal with the tomatoes and other produce. A dry-erase board might be better, but I don't know whether I could write small enough on to track everything we keep in the freezer.

Jul 24, 9:27am Top

Hi Harry!

You're much more organized than I am. I'm impressed, even if it's gotten away from you recently. I'm just happy to have gotten rid of things we won't use and gotten most everything else into the garage freezer. I've never been good at meal planning, and since husband is happy when I cook but isn't terribly upset when I don't, I try to not buy too much in case I'm not in the mood!

Jul 24, 7:45pm Top

Hi Karen - Happy Newish Thread :)

I'm glad you have an offer on your Mom's house. I hope it all goes through smoothly. It will be such a weight off your mind!

I'm going the other way - using some of Mom's estate to buy a place in the SF area for son to live while he goes to grad school. I think I'm making my life more complicated at a time when I should be making it simpler ....

My hummingbabies must be hatched as I see Mom constantly feeding, but the angle precludes me seeing the babies themselves.

I bought a lovely sack of organic stir-fry veggies at the farmers' market on Saturday. And so now, I must go cook em up. They came with several stirfry sauce recipe variations from the Moosewood cookbook. Yup, I buy, but don't always get them cooked.

Jul 25, 5:54am Top

Hi Janet!

Thank you.

Living in the SF area is not cheap. My nephew pays $1000/month for just a room and shared bath in a house in Fremont, and when niece/wife/son were living in San Marino, they paid $3900/month to rent a 1600-square foot house with a microscopic lawn. Good luck with it!

I wish I could see a hummingbird nest. Lucky you! They are so small.

A vegetable stir fry sounds wonderful. Husband wouldn't touch it with a barge pole, so I'd have to do it at lunch time. Sigh.

Not quite insomnia, but I did get up at 5 this morning and have just had my first sip of coffee.

Jul 25, 6:52am Top

Today is my brother’s 62nd birthday. I do not know if he is alive or dead. Moving to Diamond Bar, CA, USA, when I was 14, he was 12, and my sister was 10 was so very hard on all of us kids, ripping us away from everything we ever knew, but most of all on my brother. He never made the kind of friends he lost, never met his intellectual potential, and always disappointed my father, who wanted him to be an engineer like he was. My brother is a fantastic brick mason. He is also an alcoholic, with violent tendencies, although I never experienced them first hand, having gone off to college at the tender age of 18 and only returning for one summer before leaving home permanently. My sister has major issues with him that are still unresolved. My parents tried to help him with back pain from a 4-wheeler accident when he was about 19, spending tens of thousands of dollars on treatments and opinions, but were unsuccessful. At various points he lived with my sister and me, but both of us had to ask him to leave as he was unstable. He then lived at home until my father died in 2006, when my mother kicked him out and disinherited him from her portion of the estate. He is still part of the trust and will receive money if I am successful in selling the house. It will be set aside, legally, until we can determine if he is alive. If not and he has children, they would inherit, otherwise it reverts to my sister and me. I don’t think he has any children.

The last time I heard from him was in 2008, after he had tried to kill himself in Arizona. He was adamant that I not come out there. He was in a state-run hospital and he and his psychologist wanted me to participate in his medical treatment plan, which I was happy to do. However, on the day of the first conference call, she called me to say that he changed his mind and didn’t want me in the call. That’s the last I heard from her or him. My phone number hasn’t changed, my address hasn’t changed.

I’ve found Internet evidence of him at least through 2014, in Phoenix. I haven’t had the emotional wherewithal to reach out, mostly afraid of being rebuffed.

It makes me sad to think of his life, his failures, his alcoholism. I love him very much.

Jul 25, 7:01am Top

Oh, Karen. That is tough. My only sibling is a sister I haven't seen or spoken to since 2000. Different back story but I know the pain of wondering while not feeling strong enough to reach out, even if I knew how to contact her.

Take care and be extra kind to yourself today.

Jul 25, 7:34am Top


Families can be so complicated. In our family, it wasn't my sibling, but one of my father's, but I still know how painful that can be. I was a teenager when that chapter of our life unfolded and I saw what it did to my dad (my uncle was his youngest brother, and he - the uncle - was barely 10 years older than I was)

Send out your loving thoughts and vibes but be kind to yourself, too

Jul 25, 7:35am Top

Morning, Karen. I am enjoying a day off. Looks to be another beauty. We are meeting other family members for breakfast and then the day is wide open.
A short hike and my books are definitely in the works.

Sorry, to hear your your strained relations, with your brother. That must be tough. I have a brother that lives in Florida. We are not close but we do stay in touch, every 2-3 months.

Jul 25, 7:38am Top

Good morning, Karen! Sorry to hear of the situation with your brother; I wish you comfort and hope the best for you all.

Jul 25, 8:42am Top

Hugs for you on your brother's birthday and hugs for him, too. I'll send good prayerful thoughts for both of you.

Not quite insomnia - I'm down to about five hours of sleep a night. By the middle of the afternoon I am tired enough that if I sit down, I doze off. Early mornings are the most pleasant time of day right now, so getting up early is almost wonderful. :)

Jul 25, 9:43am Top

I'm really sorry, Karen, having someone spiral out of control is so hard on the rest of the family. You love your brother still and you've done what you could to help him. If he was in a hospital at one time then he's pretty good about keeping himself going. I wish you didn't have to deal with that, but you've done all the right things.

Edited: Jul 25, 12:46pm Top

katiekrug, jessibud2, msf59, harrygbutler, streamsong, SomeGuyInVirginia - thank you all for your supportive and consoling words. They really mean a lot to me. I debated whether to post about Doug, but in the end decided that it was important to me to have it out there that I have a brother and I miss him and love him.

>93 msf59: I'm glad you have a day off today and have such wonderful things to do on it!

Jul 25, 11:38am Top

And, as a perfect way to spend time and NOT fret too much, I pulled into a spreadsheet every book I've read since 2008, the only ones I've actually recorded as having read in my entire life. I'm such a doof - I've been seriously reading since 3rd grade, yet never thought to keep a book diary. Ever.

Ah well, inspired by LT, so far since 2008 I've read or listened, and in some cases re-read and re-listened to, 980 books. I should be able to hit the magic 1000 mark sometime in the next 2 or three months.

Jul 25, 11:54am Top

>98 karenmarie: Woohoo! Good luck on the road to 1,000!

I'm not very good at that sort of bookkeeping. The tracking I've done on LT for the last couple years is really all I've ever managed in terms of tracking reading, though one year I did track every movie I watched, as I was aiming to watch at least 500 (and did!).

Jul 25, 6:09pm Top

So here’s a picture of my family circa 1986, Christmas at my house in Tujunga, CA. From left to right: Dad, Mom, sister Laura, brother Doug, niece Heather, me, nephew Ryan. It’s rather amazing that I still have this photo – scanned it at some point, and was able to find it and pull it into LT just now.

Jul 25, 6:32pm Top

The Lewis Man by Peter May
7/22/17 to 7/25/17

The description from Amazon:

A MAN WITH NO NAME. An unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog; the only clue to its identity being a DNA sibling match to a local farmer. A MAN WITH NO MEMORY. But this islander, Tormod Macdonald - now an elderly man suffering from dementia - has always claimed to be an only child. A MAN WITH NO CHOICE. When Tormod's family approach Fin Macleod for help, Fin feels duty-bound to solve the mystery.

After the shattering events of The Blackhouse, Fin Macleod’s marriage is over, he quits his job, and returns to Lewis. There undercurrents and mysteries abound. As Fin starts getting involved, he uses his influence on DS Gunn (I think he’s a DS, but can’t find a page where his rank is identified) to get information on the corpse and information that helps him continue his search.

This book follows the pattern of the first book, alternating chapters between two stories. The first is Tormod Macdonald’s – erratic, scattered, confused, occasionally lucid – and the second is the third person story of Fin’s search for the killer 56 years after the fact.

Peter May’s emotional range is stunning. His characters are totally realized, authentic, and true. He moves back and forth in time effortlessly and carried me away from the first page. Fin’s atheism is set against Donald Murray’s piousness. His grief over the events of the past are set against his need to help his lost love and her family. And finally, his leaving the police force is contradicted by his desire to solve this mystery.

I can’t wait to start the final book in the trilogy, The Chessmen. Fortunately, it’s sitting right here, next to me, ready to begin!

Jul 25, 7:50pm Top

Karen--Ahhhh!! Another series I want to start. Curse/Bless you!! : )

Sorry to hear about your brother. It's nice of you to hold him in your thoughts and send good wishes his way. I hope he hears you.

Jul 26, 7:05am Top

>100 karenmarie: LOVE the family photo!

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. Enjoy your day. Any interesting bird sightings?

Jul 26, 8:26am Top

>102 Berly: Hi Berly! I'll take the compliment because the series is SOOO good. I hope my brother hears me, too.

>103 msf59: Thanks, Mark! Today is puttering around the house, reading, etc. I did wash out the bird feeders yesterday and let them air dry all day yesterday. I'll fill them this morning and put them back out.

No new birds after the heron a couple of weeks ago. I look and look and look, but I don't take walks because of problems with my feet and so miss the birds who aren't feeder feeders.

I didn't get much reading in late yesterday, and had a serious bout of insomnia from 1:30 - 5:30 this morning. Instead of reading, though, I watched Easy Virtue and the first episode of the Colin Firth/Jennifer/Ehle Pride and Prejudice. Colin Firth is just delicious.

Jul 26, 9:09am Top

I am sorry for you, Karen, having lost sight on your brother, despite trying to keep in touch.
Families can be a mess sometimes. Your brother is now the same age as my oldest sister was.

Thanks for sharing the picture >100 karenmarie:. A few weeks ago I scanned the last picture of me and my siblings together (1978), but haven't found the right time to show it. We have been together after that one, I think the last time was in 1984, but no pictures with all of us then.

Glad you enjoyed The Lewis Man!

Jul 26, 9:22am Top

Hi Anita! The very strong feelings we have towards family are a joy and a curse. This past half year has been a test of my love for my sister. Fortunately our relationship came through the crap, but it was a very close thing on my side for a while. She has said that she knows that they wear people out with their drama. I let it slide off me until one breaking point day in April when I realized that YES! You do wear people down. We get tired of hearing about it. Now I love her and care about her but realize that they love their drama-filled lives even though they would reject that thesis. I have a bit of distance emotionally, which is good for me. We don't talk about her husband much and when she does try to elicit sympathy for him I just pretty much stay mum.

I must admit to the nasty delicious feeling of happiness that he wasn't in the photo above - he must have taken it.

I hope the time comes soon when you can share the photo of your siblings.

Jul 26, 9:43am Top

Good morning, Karen! Thanks for sharing your family photo. I scanned quite a few the last time we visited my parents, but I have many more to do.

Jul 26, 10:58am Top

Hi Harry!

You're welcome. It's good to get them scanned even though there are still the actual photos themselves. I just pulled a decorative box of photos from my bedroom closet - I think it will take perhaps 6-8 hours to just scan those.

Jul 27, 7:31am Top

I just saw FOUR female hummingbirds settle in on the feeder to drink their morning breakfast! Little heads bobbed up and down in unison, a bit of nervous flitting and resettling. Then a male came along and disrupted the whole thing. But for about 15 seconds there was harmony in hummingbirdland!

Jul 27, 7:44am Top

Hi, Karen!

>108 karenmarie: One of the pluses of scanning is that it makes it much easier to share with those who may not have had access to the pictures before (I'm thinking of, say, more distant cousins).

>109 karenmarie: That is cool! After glimpsing one hummingbird visitor recently, we haven't seen more, but it may just be that we aren't meshing well with when they come to visit.

Jul 27, 8:21am Top

Good morning, Harry! (I'm working my way through threads and just haven't gotten around to visiting yours yet!)

I really think I need to set aside time several times per week to scan photos. So here's possibly the last one - just found it going through the decorative box from the closet. First day of school, 1965. Laura, Karen, Doug. 3rd grade, 7th grade, 5th grade. Don't you just love the highwater pants my brother is wearing? And Mom made both our dresses.

Jul 27, 9:36am Top

Ha! So adorable. Those highwaters are back in style. Gosh, the last time I saw kids that groomed and turned out I was at a wedding.

Edited: Jul 27, 4:20pm Top

Thank you, Larry! We didn't call them highwaters then, for sure. I agree about the grooming, though - now all you see are kids in jeans and sweatshirts or little girls in princess dresses.

I think the house offer has fallen through. The buyer wanted us to pay for any potential mandatory government retrofit standards work..... we are selling the house as is. They haven't responded to this counter, made last Friday. Oh well, 5 more weeks and if not sold goes back to the mortgage holder.

I was supposed to get a hair cut today at 11:30, but when I got there Kelly could hardly talk. Okay, laryngitis, no problem, but when she said she had a white pus pocket in her throat and mentioned the word 'strep', I got outta there in one quick hurry. We rescheduled for next week.

Which explains why I was in the thrift shop before my lunch appointment, killing time and buying the following books:

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
Run by Ann Patchett
The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
The Demon in the House by Angela Thirkell

Jul 27, 4:28pm Top

Hi Karen, nice book haul my dear and hope you had a nice lunch appointment. How lovely to have four female Hummingbirds on the feeder and then a stroppy male comes along to spoil the party, lol. Hope your day is good dear friend, we have had a good one in Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

Jul 27, 4:48pm Top

Hi John! Thanks. I had a fine time with Sue. We did a bit of Friends of the Library business but then hid out in a study room at the Library where I showed her some of the things she could do with her new smartphone. We had fun.

A good day here, and glad to hear it's been a good day in Harrogate! Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

Jul 27, 4:49pm Top

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
7/24/17 to 7/27/17

The description from Amazon:
Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

I listened to the audiobook, read by Trevor Noah himself. Listening to his words, his speaking of Afrikaans and African dialects, brings the reality of his multi-lingual reality to life. There’s even a time when he is taking a girl on a date and only finds out when she won’t get out of the car when they arrive that they don’t speak any languages in common.

It is compelling and insightful. The realities of apartheid South Africa are heartbreaking and his matter of fact description of these is chilling. His white father couldn’t marry his mother, although she never wanted to get married to him, only wanted a child. The prejudice against ‘Colored’ people of mixed race is reversed in two specific incidents where Trevor got off the hook for bad and/or illegal behavior because of his ‘whiteness’.

Many of his insights, of course, could pertain to any family anywhere in the world regardless of race and prejudice – his mother wanting a better life for him than she had, her marrying a man who beat her and Trevor, his getting into trouble and flirting with a life of crime, his younger brothers getting treated better than he did. He had a pet dog named Foofi, he had homework and chores.

An excellent book, beautifully read. I could listen to Trevor Noah for another 8 ¾ hours, easily.

Jul 27, 4:58pm Top

>116 karenmarie: - I just knew you'd love it Karen!

Jul 27, 9:57pm Top

Oh yes, Shelley! I probably shouldn't have listened to it yet since our book club discussion won't be until our September meeting, but it is so vivid and I've written that review. It should help refresh my memory!

We always watch things way after the fact, so just started watching House of Cards tonight. We got through the first two episodes and really like it and are intrigued.

Edited: Jul 28, 7:05am Top

>111 karenmarie: Love the photo and those high-water trousers!

>116 karenmarie: Hooray for Born a Crime! Good review! And I agree, it is terrific on audio.

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Our weather will be gorgeous today. Sunny, upper-70s. Sweet!

Jul 28, 8:00am Top

Hi Mark!

I'm glad you're getting good weather today since you'll be out in it all day! Ours will be hot and humid, but not viciously hot - only about 88F.

I'm going to visit MiL's sister today - Aunt Ann. I'll leave around 9 to get there around 10, we'll hang out, then do something about lunch, and I plan on coming back mid-afternoon. The Costco is on the way home - I wonder if there's anything I need? Hmm....

Jul 28, 9:09am Top

There is ALWAYS something to buy at Costco!

We're supposed to get dramatic rain storms this afternoon and then it's going to turn unseasonably cool with highs in the low 70s. Whoo-hoo!

Last night I said goodbye to Jeannie and picked up Jeannie Too from the dealer. It's a gas- I made calls, listened to audiobooks, played 'what's this button do?', cussed out drivers for following too closely...

Jul 28, 10:01am Top

Hi, Karen! Sounds like an enjoyable day.

>111 karenmarie: That's a fun picture. My mother made some clothes for us, as well as dresses for herself. Not too many years ago she made me a shirt and a barbecue apron from some cool vintage material I had found. She also made a fair number of quilts, but she has essentially retired from that sort of project.

Jul 28, 10:15am Top

Hi Karen--SOOOO glad you enjoyed Trevor. And I totally understand why you couldn't wait for bookclub to read it. Good luck with the house sale. It's too bad your didn't get your hair cut, but hurray for the book purchases! Happy Friday.

Jul 28, 6:15pm Top

Congratulations on thread #7, Karen!

Love the kitty photos and I see you have been making fabulous process with your book culling project. Glad to see that you have received an offer for your mom's house. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly and they accept that you are selling the house "as is". As others here have mentioned, the story about your brother and the strained relationship is tough and sad.

>109 karenmarie: - Wow, 4 hummingbirds!

Fabulous family photos and yup, highwater pants are in style again. I walking into town at lunchtime today behind an office worker wearing a pair, displaying his bright red socks and his two-tone tan canvas oxford lace-ups to full advantage. ;-)

Jul 28, 6:22pm Top

>121 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! There probably was something to buy at Costco, but I stayed strong and in the left lane so I wouldn’t turn in.

We’re supposed to get rain this afternoon and evening, too. It is overcast and juicy out.

Congratulations on Jeannie Too. Excellent name! What color is she?

My husband had a car named Norma Jean. We had a Ford SUV named Raptor – named by daughter. I never name my cars – I usually call them The Volvo, The Datsun, the SUV. Sometimes I call this one the Es-ka’pay – Escape in Dory speak.

>122 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! I didn’t get home ‘til 5:30. By the time I drove through town to see if the Pet Store had Cat Sip (they didn’t), stopped at the Phoenix Bakery to buy Louise a little something, then deliver it and hang out for a while, then come home, it was a full day away. Just what retirement’s supposed to be.

Thanks re the picture. Quilts – ambitious. My mom loved to knit. There were knitting needles and yarn all over the house. The knitting needles are here with me to be given to a friend who knits, but the yarn – a hundred or more balls and skeins – went to the Goodwill.

>123 Berly: Hi Berly! Yup, a stellar read. I might listen to it again before bookclub. The house – if it doesn’t sell in 6 weeks it goes back to the mortgage company as a deed in lieu of foreclosure. I just couldn’t see sitting there with Kelly breathing potential strep-throat-germs all over me, so I’ll be shaggy for another week. Of course leveraging that into books was a stroke of brilliance….. *smile*

Well, both husband and I forgot that we had tentatively planned on going out to dinner tonight. We’ll go next Friday – I’ve already put it in my desk calendar.

Jul 29, 7:02am Top

As I was adding the books acquired Thursday I discovered that I already had two of them, The Widow of the South and Run. I kept the hardcover WoftW and didn't add the one I bought, but deleted the trade paperback of Run and kept the hardcover.

Resolved: Always use LT's android app on my smartphone to check my catalog for duplicates before actually purchasing them.

Jul 29, 7:13am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. I have always heard just enough mixed responses to The Widow of the South that I never got to it. I believe I still have it on shelf. I have not read the Patchett either.

Jul 29, 9:48am Top

Hi Mark and thank you. Eventually books call out to me, although the ones more recently acquired frequently have louder voices.....

I just learned a hummingbird food lesson. I had made some up and put it in a Tupperware container but didn't put it in the refrigerator. This morning when I went to fill up the feeders I noticed that it was a bit cloudy, not disgusting but not perfectly clear either, but put it out anyway. Well, the hummingbirds voted with their ... wings?.... feet?..... and nobody touched it. So I got out two fresh hummingbird feeders, made fresh food, put the feeders out, and now the hummingbirds are happy. So I either have to make it up fresh every time or keep it in the refrigerator.

Jul 29, 9:55am Top

Exposure to strep or pile of books? Brilliant choice indeed!

I have to get used to using the Android app, too. It's taking me too long to figure out the scanning each time since I'm also new to having a Smart Phone. I would look like a fool doing it in public. Nevertheless, I managed to pick up four books on my way out of my RLBC meeting at the FOL shelf.

Hope it works out with your Mom's house. I know you've said that your sister could really use the money, even it's only a bit.

Jul 29, 10:08am Top

Hi Janet!

Congratulations on getting a new smart phone! I hope you have a lot of fun with it. I use mine for news, games, and specialized apps, in addition to hands-free calling in my car and texting. It's totally worth the monthly expenditure, IMO.

I am only using the LT app to confirm whether I have a book or not because setting the proper tags and putting in the correct custom cover (whether using one scanned in by someone else or one I have to scan in) are important to me. So I add books here on the website.

However the app is quick and searches my catalog nicely to identify a book already owned. My only cavil is that the search is a wild card against all fields, apparently, not just titles. After playing with it a bit just now, I think I'll try to put authors in instead of titles.

Frankly, we both could use a bit of money. I would like to recoup some of the money I've fronted that I may or may not get back from the remainder of her checking accounts without dipping into my part of her Fidelity account as reimbursement instead of inheritance. Oh well, this is a seriously first world problem, and a problem of being greedy, so I'm going to try to just let go of as much of it as I can.

Jul 29, 5:49pm Top

>101 karenmarie: Glad to see that you liked that one, too.
Happy weekend, Karen.

Jul 30, 3:48pm Top

Hi, Karen! I hope you've been having a great weekend.

>126 karenmarie: I haven't yet used the LT app. So far, I have been exporting a tab-delimited file every so often, turning it into a spreadsheet, and sending it to my Kindle. Though a bit of a hassle, it does let me search with exact strings -- usually then a title search works well, but sometimes I use an author search instead. I do publisher, tags, and private comments in the spreadsheet, so I can check those if they matter for a particular possible purchase.

Edited: Jul 30, 3:57pm Top

Hi Harry! So far so good. Yesterday was lazy. Today I got a bee in my bonnet and took everything out of the corner cabinet in the kitchen, almost all crystal.

The Heisey is going into the attic, as is the Tiffin-Franciscan, husband's grandmother's and mother's crystal respectively. There are plenty of wine glasses to fill up the cabinet without them. I've washed the Heisey and it's in the library, waiting to be boxed. Next is the Tiffin-Franciscan Dolores. I'll most likely finish up this project tomorrow.

But now it's hammock time = 82F, not humid, Carolina blue skies, Kafka on the Shore and/or Tales of the City, some diet tonic water to sip on.

Re the app: I don't need private comments or publication data for my purposes, but your solution sounds perfect for easy access to those fields. Yay spreadsheets!

Jul 31, 7:08am Top

>128 karenmarie: Good tip on the hummingbird feeder. I put out fresh yesterday. It has been about once a week.

Morning, Karen. Enjoy your day.

Jul 31, 7:13am Top

Hi Mark! Thank you and I hope your day goes well. Working, yes?

Today is working on the corner cabinet stuff, paying some bills, and going to get cards and some little stuff for daughter's birthday. I thought I still had a few 'daughter' cards here at the house but don't and should have gone out yesterday but didn't. Sigh. So I have to go out today, make up a little box of stuff for her, get her dad to sign the cards tonight and pay whatever it takes to get to her Thursday, her 24th birthday, when I take it to the post office tomorrow. She wouldn't mind if it was late, but I would.

Jul 31, 9:30am Top

Oh man, the hammock sounds awesome. It's been really beautiful here yesterday and today. Plus, PLUS, I need a tan.

Jul 31, 2:02pm Top

The hammock beckons. Paid the bills, did some more crystal cabinet stuff, went shopping, visited Louise for a few minutes. Off I go!

A TAN? Do tell.

Aug 1, 8:29am Top

Good morning, Karen!

>133 karenmarie: We've made some efforts at reducing our multiple sets of dishes and similar items, but there's still plenty in storage totes, including almost all the Hull mirror brown dinnerware that was mine before we got married. (The Hull coffee mugs are still out, because I prefer them for coffee to most, if not all, others I've tried.) The only china we have ready to use is the set we bought piece by piece after we got married, through one of our local grocery stores, but I think there are two sets stored.

>137 karenmarie: I don't use my hammock nearly enough.

Edited: Aug 1, 8:50am Top

Hi Harry!

I did spend time in the hammock yesterday afternoon. It was glorious.

So do I dare mention that I have 7 sets of dishes? The Franciscan Apple Pattern husband had when we married - culled from sets his mother and grandmother had and that he got bored with about 3 years into our marriage. His grandmother's good china, his mother's good china, our good china, his mother's every day, our every day, and his stepmother/dad's Christmas dishes. Ridiculous, isn't it? I blame having enough storage space for it all. There's no need (yet) to get rid of any of it.

Today is a quick trip to the post office to mail a package off for daughter's birthday on Thursday (should have gone out last week..... sigh), reading, and washing the last of the stuff from the crystal cabinet and putting it back in. Everything else is in or in the library to be boxed up for the attic.

Aug 1, 8:52am Top

I just updated my statistics through the end of July - here's the link to message 5 above.

YTD Reading Statistics

Aug 1, 9:13am Top

>139 karenmarie: Oh, my. I remember being fascinated and confused by my grandma having 5 coffee services (her and grandpa's regular, their fancy one, her parents' fancy one, her grandparents' fancy one and some other that I can't remember). I can't remember what happened to them all when she died, but I know my parents took over at least one set (even though they had at least three already). My mum couldn't stand to see them just sold to a thrift shop.
They also took over grandma's everyday dining service (but got rid of their own to make room, thank goodness). It's now become a rule that the fancy service actually gets used and isn't just kept in the cupboard, so dinner is always served on the fancy service on the weekend, on holidays, and if there are guests.
They also have at least 5 complete sets of drinking glasses, several of which must be washed by hand and are thus never used.

Aug 1, 9:26am Top

Good morning, Karen!

When we got married, we opted not to register for china/crystal/silverware and I remain pleased with that decision, especially hearing about your 7 sets! I would love to have gotten my mother's wedding china, but my useless father either lost it or sold it...

Aug 1, 10:33am Top

>139 karenmarie: I think we only have two sets of china at present (one from Erika's family, plus the set we bought together), but we may have a third; we once had an antique set we'd bought for a song that we never ended up using and finally set free. We have two sets of regular dishes (Fiesta dishes that Erika had had and that we've augmented, and the stored Hull dishes). There are some Melmac pieces stored in the basement, but not enough to consider a set; those will either make their way into a donation box or be revived into use for outdoor dining.

Aug 1, 11:22am Top

Karen--Does you hummingbird food get used up every week or do you just replace it every week because it goes bad?

We got a complete set of fancy dishes when we were married and then I inherited my great aunt's set when she passed. We try to use them as often as we can so that they are not just sitting in the cupboard. For holidays, special occasions or when we have lots of people over (but not my sons soccer buddies -- sport uniforms and china do not mix well! LOL).

Aug 1, 12:22pm Top

>141 PawsforThought: Things just get passed down and accumulated by the people who seem to want them, don’t they? I can’t stand the idea of these getting sold/donated before daughter has a chance to set up her own household and take what she wants or is willing to put in storage.

I’m always glad to hear when china gets used. We use our good china for Thanksgiving when we host friends and family and at Christmas if I’m in the mood. It all has to be hand-washed. My sister inherited my great-grandmother’s china and uses it for Thanksgiving. I was sad to see, though, that she has a few of the smaller pieces out and mixed in with her less-than-quality every day. Didn’t say a thing, though. This china was brought from the East Coast to Iowa in the 1890s packed in sawdust in barrels.

I have good quality heavy duty drinking glasses, but they are dishwasher safe and don’t have to be handwashed. Some of the crystal does, though, so don’t use it very often.

>142 katiekrug: Hi Katie! I was 38 when I got married and had never had good quality dishes (every day or china) so took the opportunity. Husband’s mother didn’t offer hers and I’m not sure I would have taken it any way – both hers and her mother’s are bright deep floral with gold rims. I like them, but they’re not really me. Of course the pattern I chose 27 years ago isn’t me so much anymore, either but it has sentimental value and does look good on the table. *smile*

When we got married there were So Many People on my husband’s side who were just lining up to give us stuff and it’s easier on people if you register. Bill’s mother and stepmother both were adamant that I pick patterns and register. So I did. We got more than enough to last a lifetime.

I’m glad you’re not having second thoughts about the fancy stuff, but am sorry to hear that your mother’s wedding china is lost or sold. .

>143 harrygbutler: It’s amusing that even with the best of intentions china will accumulate. Except my Mom and Dad - they didn't like Stuff and my mother hated the Limoges that her MiL had. She managed to break most of it over the years and the few pieces left went to my sister.

>144 Berly: Hi Berly! Lately the hummers have been so plentiful that once I notice that it’s down to the point where they can’t easily stick their beaks in and lap it up, I throw out what’s left, rinse the feeders out, then put in new. I did that after 5 days most recently.

Good for you for using the fancy stuff. But not, of course, for son’s soccer buddies.

I used to make Cousin Rebecca nervous at Thanksgiving by never putting out plastic or paper for the kidlets and insisting they (her two and my one) use the good china and pay attention. We all helped them navigate safely to tables. Had any broken I wouldn’t have gotten too upset, because I could buy more. But children need to know things have value and need to be taken care of even if it’s just for special occasions.

Ironically, the only thing that ever has gotten broken that I’ve had a pang about is one of husband’s mother’s wedding wine glasses at Book Club. Diane wasn’t paying attention and smashed it good. I didn’t let on that it had special value…..

Aug 1, 2:33pm Top

>145 karenmarie:

Do you have any photos of your great-grandmother's china from the 1890s?

My Mother had only a small set of Noritake - I saved 2 cups and saucers to use every morning
and donated the rest as she would have wanted. She loved finding small dishes and mugs at garage sales
while my daughter and I enjoy finding a single china cup and saucer.

I also inherited a love for Fiesta ware - have an antique bowl set, missing a single bowl that,
many years ago, our handsome German Shepherd knocked down trying to get to the newly made tuna salad.

To go with all the cobalt, I got hand blown blue glasses from Novica - Efren in Mexico -
very strong
and so beautiful...and some light blue juice glasses from the Vermont Country Store.

Aug 1, 6:43pm Top

Great discussion about family china, etc. I admit to not owning any fine china, and sadly I have no room to take any of the three china sets my mom had, although when the time comes I will ask about a couple of the individual tea cup and saucer sets mom collected. Some of them are really quite lovely. We have Arabia stoneware that we use for both every day and entertaining, but like any discontinued china set, it is getting harder and harder to find replacement pieces. I do have an antique silver coffee and tea service I snagged at an auction 15 years ago, but it doesn't get used much these days.

Aug 2, 6:56am Top

>146 m.belljackson: Hi Marianne! No photos - it went straight to my sister. I've asked her for the pattern. We figured it out one time on replacements.com but I don't remember what it is.

I have 6 cups and saucers that were from an estate in Southern California. A friend of mine was renting a house from a friend after the friend's mother died and when the house was being readied for sale, the friend said Daniele could take whatever she wanted. She was given permission to extend that to me, and there were some beautiful bone china cups and saucers that I snagged. They're in the attic now, so I couldn't tell you what they are.

Having the 2 cups and saucers is exactly the kind of thing I'd do - I have some pieces of Mom and Dad's stainless steel flatware from when I was a child before they got rid of it. Daughter asked me to do the same when we got rid of what we had when she was a child! I used to love to find interesting pieces at garage sales, too. I live in a rural setting now and would have to drive a long way to get to an 'estate' sale!

My niece collects Fiesta ware. Your blue glasses, both dark and light, sound beautiful.

>146 m.belljackson: Hi Lori! Once a set gets discontinued, you're right, it's harder to find pieces. I just discovered that my good china was discontinued in 2009 - first inkling of that!

It's sad that your antique silver coffee and tea service rarely gets used. I have some gorgeous pieces that hardly get ever used either. They're beautiful to look at, though, and so far that's good enough, I guess.

Yesterday I inventoried our every day, husband's mother's everyday, and my, my MiL's, and husband's grandmother's good china.

I love replacements.com.

Aug 2, 7:00am Top

Good morning, Karen!

We don't use many of our dishes that must be hand-washed all that often, chiefly because our kitchen only has a single sink, and I don't much care for using a dish pan. The sink is slated for replacement, but not until we redo the countertop (and maybe some of the cupboards as well), a project that hasn't yet made it to the top of the list.

Our hummingbird feeder is getting regular visits, but it appears by just a single bird.

Aug 2, 7:10am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. I have the day off. Not much planned. A few house chores and some reading. We are all going to the Cubs game tonight, so that should be fun.

Enjoy your day!

Aug 2, 7:17am Top

Hi Harry and good morning to you!

A single sink cries out to be replaced..... but of course it's a package deal with a counter top!

When we built our first house in 1992 husband and our builder had a shallow stainless steel sink in the plan. I personally don't like stainless steel as I've always had porcelain either in my parents' houses or my houses. So I picked out a HUGE porcelain sink - one deep side and one shallow side. Even though we're in the country, I insisted on a septic-sewer-compatible garbage disposer, too. Poor husband. And when we built this second (and final, I think) house, I did the same thing.

I'm glad you have a regular hummingbird visitor, Harry! It means that more are nearby, even if they don't visit. This year has been a banner year for us, but many years they're scarce.

Aug 2, 10:55am Top

I almost never use the stove so I don't have any formal china, and the everyday stuff I use is mis-matched Spode. I do like Spode. I was ashamed a few years ago when the cat-sitter showed up and the only thing I had to offer her a drink in was disposable plastic cups (the kind that you've seen at every kegger you've ever been to.) Now I have crystal glasses and my blue and red Spode. I guess I'll inherit Mom and Dad's stuff in the future, which is going to be a pain since they have a service for 20. It's beautiful, but it takes up the same room as a VW Bug. Not looking forward to hauling that all over the country.

Aug 2, 12:06pm Top

>152 SomeGuyInVirginia: "but it takes up the same room as a VW Bug"!! LOL

Hi Karen. : )

Aug 2, 1:07pm Top

Hi Larry! Take out and eat out guy, eh? Spode is so cool, even mis-matched. And I perfectly understand getting crystal so you wouldn't be ashamed when the cat sitter came over. *smile*

Yikes. Service for 20. A nice corner hutch would probably hold most of it, depending on how many service pieces you have. Or, perhaps two? I've got approx. 26 settings, 3 different sets, plus some serving pieces, in our corner hutch.

We've moved twice since we got married, but only 3 of the sets of dishes. 4 sets came to us here in the last 19 years and were moved in our vehicles since they were only moved from several hours away.

Hi Berly! Good visual, eh? A VW Bug filled with Spode.

Edited: Aug 3, 9:20am Top

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
7/30/17 to 8/3/17

The description from Amazon:

When her ex-lover, wealthy real-estate tycoon Pierce Inverarity dies and designates her the co-executor of his estate, California housewife Oedipa Maas is thrust into a paranoid mystery of metaphors, symbols, and the United States Postal Service. Traveling across Southern California, she meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not-inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.

There’s nothing like a good postmodern novella to make you doubt your ability to understand a book, its meaning, its symbolism, its entirety.

I stand humbled and irritated. I did not understand, like, or appreciate this novella. There was some minor humor over character names including Mucho Maas, Mike Fallopian, Genghis Cohen, Pierce Inverarity, even Oedipa Maas herself. There are some cute cultural references that were mildly amusing. But by about page 30 of page 152 I was in agony. Only my resolve to finish it, only the 5th book of 11 for this book club year, kept me going.

Not that I ever considered Time Magazine a valid news source after about 1975 or so, but this cements it: included the novel in its "TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005".

From Wikipedia: Critics have read the book as both an "exemplary postmodern text" and an outright parody of postmodernism. "Mike Fallopian cannot be a real character's name," protests one reviewer. Pynchon disparaged this book, writing in the prologue to his 1984 collection Slow Learner, "As is clear from the up-and-down shape of my learning curve, however, it was too much to expect that I'd keep on for long in this positive or professional direction. The next story I wrote was The Crying of Lot 49, which was marketed as a 'novel', and in which I seem to have forgotten most of what I thought I'd learned up until then."

If even the author disparaged it.....

If you’re a fan of the postmodern novel go ahead, dig in. If you like obscure references, unknowable heroines, or abrupt endings that leave EVERYTHING on the table, go ahead, dig in. Otherwise, avoid this like the plague.

Aug 3, 9:38pm Top

Hi Karen. Sorry to hear you had to fight your way through Crying, but I admire your persistence. I'm a huge fan of Pynchon's, but there is something clunky in his prose and off-putting in his rhythm that makes him (to me) virtually intolerable when I'm not wrapped up in his swirls of images and incidents (Vineland and Bleeding Edge were the two I couldn't finish).

He's tough to interpret, I think, because his main obsession is the search for a meaning that isn't there - everything seems to him (it seems to me) to be part of humanity's desperate search for a coherence that, if it exists, exists only in the persistence of the search. The description you quote above is a version of the one on page 153 of the pictured edition. That one replaces "thrust into, etc...." with "enmeshed in what would appear to be a worldwide conspiracy." That "would appear" is so apt: nothing there except the desire we all share to find something there. Because of that, his books need to be about everything, a kind of impossibility he bangs his (and the reader's) head against, novel and after novel.

Aug 3, 11:28pm Top

I'm still here, Karen, and wanted to speak. It's just that I'm getting in so late that I'm too tired to follow up on anything. I'd love to contribute to the tableware conversation, but I don't have it in me.
Families! We all have the lost ones, I think, unless we're the lost ones ourselves. Peace to you all.
You make me want to put down everything else and read Chessmen, but I'm going to hold out just a bit longer.

Aug 4, 6:38am Top

>156 majleavy: Hi Michael! It's nice to see you here and I appreciate your comments. For me, Pynchon's search for meaning in this book is lost in the style. It goes all over the place, always on the surface, with shallow people blithering around. It was written in 1965 and is dated, but I've read many books decades old that had depth to them. I didn't get a sense of any true feeling, now that I really think about it: I get more depth of feeling, more nuanced emotions from many of the mysteries I read. If Pynchon's books need to be about an ultimate truth and he doesn't think there is one, of course he metaphorically bangs his head and I certainly almost literally banged my head with my hand trying to find the non-existent meaning.

I have Mason & Dixon on my shelves, all 784 pages of it. The idea of opening it is daunting.

>157 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! I can certainly understand being too tired to engage sometimes. Your being here is enough. Yes, we all have lost ones. Sometimes I feel like the lost one, but can't give in to that because I have a daughter who relies on my ... stability and unconditional love? ... for her peace of mind. I can't afford to be lost although sometimes I feel like a sham. Ah well.

I have started Raven Black, the first book in the Jimmy Perez/Shetland series. Of course I have to completely forget pretty much all about the TV series. Jimmy Perez is not winsome and light haired. He doesn't have a daughter. But Magnus Tait was well-realized on the screen, as is the death of Catherine Ross (no spoiler, as her murder comes up immediately).

It just seemed too much to start The Chessman right away. Perhaps I'll start it after I finish Raven Black, zooming back and forth between Fin Macleod in the Outer Hebrides and Jimmy Perez in the Shetlands.

Today is a meeting with the President of the Friends of the Library - we have acquired the hardware and software to start using the Square Credit/Debit Card System for our book sales. The next one is in October, so we will be testing the system by making a few personal charges with our own personal cards and then being reimbursed. I charged the readers yesterday, cute little things that plug into the headphone jack on a smartphone.

Aug 4, 6:44am Top

>155 karenmarie: "Otherwise, avoid this like the plague." If that isn't a non-warble, I do not know what is. I still have to read at least one Pynchon, but it doesn't appear to be this one.

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Much cooler here today. High 60s. Wow!

Aug 4, 6:57am Top

Hi Mark! Serious non-warble. I looked at the LT reviews after I'd finished it, and finishing it seems to have been a major accomplishment. Thank God it was only 152 pages. I don't see any Pynchon in your catalog. I'd be glad to send you The Crying of Lot 49 to see if you could make more sense of it than I did - you tend to like literary fiction more than I do, so perhaps it would work for you. It seems to either inspire total love or total disgust. I still have your address - let me know if you'd like to have it.

Wow. High 60s? It's 68F here now and I actually have a blanket on my legs and between my feet and the floor. A nice chill start to the day.

Aug 4, 8:35am Top

Good morning, Karen! Pity about the Pynchon; it sounds like a real ordeal.

I'd most like a porcelain double sink with integral drainboards on both sides, but that may not work with where the window is vis-a-vis the sink and stove.

Aug 4, 8:48am Top

Hi Harry! Yup, pity about the Pynchon. Now I have to decide whether to keep/read Mason & Dixon.

It's always so much fun to think about renovations, envisioning what would look good and functionally meet your needs! We had a lot of fun almost 2 years ago deciding to replace our French doors and front door and to replace sliding glass doors with a window. Anticipation is half the pleasure.

Aug 4, 9:58am Top

Ugh, I read a highly-rated James McCourt novel right out of college, and it was all but unintelligible to me. I finished the damn thing but I've avoided slogs since then. I think I'm going to read Ulysses to same way I read the Bible- a few pages at a time over several months. But I'm saving that fore retirement. But that McCourt book really turned me off tiresome, highly-rated books.

Aug 4, 12:32pm Top

68F sigh, I would kill for lows 70's but it's coming up fast so I'm not in a hurry to wish the summer away, sucks the pool water is so hot.

Aug 4, 12:52pm Top

>158 karenmarie: Tell you what, Karen, if I were you I'd pass on Mason & Dixon. I loved it, but boy was it hard work.

It's reminiscent of some of Joyce Carol Oates' attempts to ironically re-create the authorial styles of centuries past, in this case an extreme 18th century mode. For my money, Gravity's Rainbow is the most accessible of his works. I managed to enjoy it, because I'm always moved by the wistful hopefulness of his characters that, maybe, one more effort will finally make it all make sense. But that's me.

Aug 4, 5:14pm Top

Happy Friday, Karen.

Aug 4, 5:33pm Top

>165 majleavy: I couldn't get through it at first go either. I think one really needs to be in the zone to appreciate Pynchon and I wasn't there at the time I tried to read it.

Have a wonderful weekend, Karen and thank you so much for all your kind words and support to me over the last weeks and months - believe me they mean the world to me and do help. xx

Aug 4, 7:05pm Top

>163 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Liking a book is sooo subjective. It includes appreciation, empathy, understanding, caring about characters, respect for what the author is trying to say, and getting to the emotional truth of whatever story is being told. I don’t worry any more if I don’t like something that ‘everybody’ likes, and I abandon books with glee. There are entirely too many books and entirely too little time to read all the good ones, much less the ‘bad’ ones.

I just discovered the read-a-few-pages-at-a-time method with last year’s Great Expectations, this year’s Bleak House, John Irving’s Until I Find You, and the Bible as Literature. Maybe that would be good for Mason & Dixon? If I decide to actually try to read it! I’ve also got a few other chunksters that are currently trying to intimidate me from their shelves, but I am being strong and resisting their attempted badgering.

>164 beeg: Hi Brenda! We will lose summer soon. The sun angles are just starting to get interesting, the grass is stunted, and fall is around the corner. I remember hot pool water and don’t envy you that at all.

>165 majleavy: Hey Michael! I have enough shelf space so that Mason & Dixon can stay around for a while. I have found that there is a right time and a wrong time for a particular book, and very rarely push to read a book when it’s clearly the wrong time. I’m not sure there would have ever been a right time to read The Crying of Lot 49 and actually appreciate it, but it was the right time to read a smallish book and be able to intelligently discuss it at book club this coming Sunday.

If I see Gravity’s Rainbow at the thrift shop or at the Friends of the Library I might snag it. Thank you for the recommendation.

>166 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! I hope you’re still having a wonderful holiday. Thank you for stopping by.

>167 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! I rarely go back and re-start/finish a book that I’ve put down, but it has been known to happen.

Thank you re our weekend. It has started nicely by our having a delicious steak dinner at Virlie’s, a local joint in our little town. As soon as I walked in the door I was greeted by my daughter’s first grade teacher’s assistant Cathy, who now waitresses there. Less than a minute later I saw Leslie – the high school band teacher's wife. Our daughter had him for for Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Marching Band. Being from LA and never seeing people out and about that you know, it’s so nice to have a history in our town and be known.

Tomorrow we have house re-financing homework – we qualify for a HARP loan and want to get the paperwork done quickly. Our house payment will reduce by $397/month although we’re extending the life of the loan, but as my husband pointed out, we’ll probably be in a retirement community before the original loan would have ended, so either way we’ll sell the house before we own it. We do have a fair bit of equity, even though we’ll have to pay off a second before this new HARP loan closes – there’s a balloon payment. Not a surprise, just a matter of doing it.

Sunday is book club to discuss the deliciously awful The Crying of Lot 49. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that of the 12 of us, 9 of whom will be there, only Sarah and Judy will have liked it. I am also predicting that only 4 or 5 will have actually completed it. Stay tuned for the results…..

And, Paul, there are just some people here on LT who inspire kind words and support. I’m glad that any words of mine have been helpful to you.

Aug 4, 7:52pm Top

Can't wait to see what the rest of your bookclub salvaged from The Crying of Lot 49. Sounds like a struggle.

Congrats on refinancing! Hey! $400 bucks more a month is awesome.

Aug 4, 8:28pm Top

>168 karenmarie: :D. Good luck with the HARP paperwork.

Aug 4, 10:12pm Top

>169 Berly: Hi Berly! I'll report back and see if my predictions are correct. It was a struggle, but I persevered. Had it been any longer I might have bailed.

$400/month more is very awesome.

>170 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! There are 20 documents we each have to electronically sign. Sigh. This electronic crap intimidates me. Why can't I just sign documents in front of a person?

Off to read Raven Black.

Aug 4, 10:23pm Top

>168 karenmarie: Think you can make a podcast of that Lot 49 discussion? Should be interesting.

Aug 4, 10:58pm Top

Hi again, Karen.
Pynchon. I read *Rainbow* the year I retired and decided that I had left it too late. Some of it thrilled me; some of it left me cold and confused. I think I would have lapped it up 20 years or so earlier. I haven't been motivated to try again although *Mason-Dixon* does whisper my name from time to time.
I'm glad that you can deal with your finances yourself. It's a good thing that I don't have any!
And I have Raven Black, but I think I'll read Chessmen first. Like you, I wasn't anxious to jump right into it.

Aug 5, 8:44am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope your Saturday goes well despite the pile of paperwork.

>162 karenmarie: One challenge in thinking about the kitchen is that I'd actually like fewer built-in cabinets (where things disappear :-) ) and less counter space than we have now, as I'd like a place for a Hoosier, and I do most of my food prep (e.g., rolling out biscuit dough, chopping on a cutting board, etc.) on the dinette table anyhow.

Edited: Aug 5, 9:24am Top

>172 majleavy: It would be interesting, Michael. In days gone by we'd simply say "I sure would like to be a fly on the wall", but now there are Podcasts. My Luddite tendencies are twitching.

>173 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! You bring up the interesting issue of timing. I might have enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49 in 1965 or as late as my college years.

Did you have a list of books to read as you started retirement? If so, how did other reads go?

Perhaps we might consider a Mason & Dixon read, when both our whispering selves whisper it at the same time.

I do not like dealing with finances. We started our marriage with separate finances for about 2 years, then when he was expecting me to pay half the mortgage and I made 2/3 of his income, I insisted on combining so that it would all be "our" money. Husband handed them off to me when I retired, but I admit that I have done the bare minimum. All regular payments are autodrafted, which is good in one way but requires more monitoring than I like. Car insurance, groceries, meals out, car gas, prescription and health insurance copays, etc. are pretty much all put on our debit card. I look online periodically, usually about a week before the house payment is due, but otherwise keep a running total in my head.

I think we're going to work on the refinance after our morning errands - dump, lunch, grocery shopping - when we're 'watered and fed'. Husband is also not a morning person and is currently staggering out of the fog with his first cup of coffee.

>174 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! So far so good - coffee, LT, getting ready to read some of Jeremiah for the year-long Bible as Literature project, a bit of catch-up reading of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible to get up to Jeremiah and then continue as a companion to the Bible for the rest of the year, and finally some Kafka on the Shore, which is a marvelous book.

The Hoosiers I looked at online are big pieces of furniture with cabinets and a counter - is that what you have in mind?

I have an under-the-counter corner storage space that is impossible to get things into and out of. I've been trying to get the energy up to clean it out and REALLY get rid of things I don't use. We'll keep Kitty, though.

Aug 5, 9:26am Top

>175 karenmarie: - I redid part of my kitchen (well, *I* didn't, but hired someone to do it) a couple of years ago. My corner cabinet was even narrower than yours, pictured. The door to it was just facing one side, not the entire corner. This was the main focus of my redo. I got rid of the (broken) dishwasher I never used, moved the sink to the right and he completely rebuilt the corner space with a large hinged door that now allows for incredibly easy access. I had considered (briefly) getting lazy Susan type of shelving inside but it was more expensive and the current access is so good, there was no reason. If I ever get my pics loaded into my LT gallery (once I get back fro my vacation, after Aug. 16), I will include a pic so you can see. I am really loving this part of my kitchen, I can tell you!

Aug 5, 9:33am Top

Hi Shelley! Your solution sounds wonderful. Our other house had that lazy-Susan type of shelving, but it completely underutilized the space. For this house I didn't want that, but be careful of what you ask for! Now I've got a different problem. I'd love to see your kitchen corner.

Your broken dishwasher makes me smile. My mom and dad had dishwashers, and they broke pretty quickly. They would take forever to get a new one, so most of the 49 years in that house were dishwasher-less. Mom used them to store stuff.

Edited: Aug 5, 11:19am Top

>175 karenmarie: Our dead corner has worse access (more like Shelley's kitchen's before state, I suspect), but yes, that's one of the problems. Stuff back in the corner is used rarely; I'd rather have it out on pantry shelves. (Indeed, given my druthers, I'd have a somewhat smaller kitchen and a usable walk-in pantry.)

Of course you'd keep the cat! :-) A chunk of our countertop is devoted to giving the cats their open feeding dry food and water, where the dog can't get at it, and ready access to the back window when we have it open for them to use.

Right, a Hoosier is a piece of furniture, a cupboard with an integral porcelain countertop (often with a pull-out leaf) and, in many models, a built-in flour bin with sifter. I like both white-painted and stained wood varieties, not the biggest of the models. Here are a few of the sort I have in mind:

(Though I'd want it in white.)
From here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290622982185051194

(Though I think the top cabinet may have been remodeled for straight storage, which might be a better choice for us, since we're plagued by ants every year.)
From here: https://www.pinterest.com/detodd73/hoosier-cabinets/

(This one even still has a carousel for frequently used spice/seasoning jars (http://www.dougschmittantiques.com/hoosiercabinetcajars.JPG; recognizable in antique stores by a glass ridge in the middle of the jar to keep it from slipping through the hole in the carousel or other rack).)
From here: http://www.dougschmittantiques.com/hoosiercabinetca.htm

Aug 5, 12:26pm Top

Hi Karen, I've been sitting on the porch, watching birds and getting caught up. I can only describe the weather this last week or so as Perfect. I am sure August will assert itself eventually, but I have no complaints.
I completely sympathize with your situation with your brother. One of my brothers systematically disowned us last month. He rang us each up, ranted about the perceived abuses visited on him as a child, the imperfections of our parents, that we dare have a relationship with his ex-wife without his permission (nuts to that - he agreed we should all stay friends with her so as to have access to the children - but has conveniently forgotten) and told us to f-off out of his life. He's had issues since he was a teen, drugs, alcohol, etc. and he's a violent and abusive addict. Sigh. It's amazing how different the perceptions of events can be across a family. I greatly fear there will be a time when we need to reach him and won't be able to because we won't know where is is or whether he is alive or dead. It's heartbreaking. We love him, but he doesn't want our help, so the praying ones of us pray and we try and protect our parents from the worst of it. His ex-wife recently got engaged to a good man (as far as we can tell) and we wish her the best. It probably explains his diving into a black hole though.

All this talk of china inspired me to check out replacements.com for a look at my own wedding china. I have a lovely white Windsor bone by Block. It wasn't the most expensive or fancy one, but I still like it 24 years on. I have unpacked it and put it in the dining room in hopes that we will use it more than we have.

Aug 5, 2:39pm Top

>178 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Neat Hoosiers. I like them all, possibly the first one best for all the drawers. And is that a light below the cabinet? We have under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen and I couldn't live without it anymore. Totally spoiled.

We don't get ants, but do have the occasional mouse in the house (courtesy of Inara Starbuck and the kitty door), so we could never keep flour stored in anything but an airtight Tupperware-like container. No flour bins for us, alas.

>179 nittnut: Hi Jenn! This weather is a happy blip in an otherwise nasty, typical NC summer.

I'm so sorry about your brother - it is heartbreaking for everybody involved. I hope he can get the help he needs. You're right about how different the perception of events can be for various family members.

Don't you just love replacements.com? I recently had to get 4 dinner plates for our every day china - a combination of chips and outright breakage. 3 of the 4 were perfect, the fourth was clearly inferior because of faded colors in the pattern. I called them up, explained the problem. Asked if I should send it back, asked if they wanted photos. Nope, we'll send you another one, just keep the defective one as a backup or get rid of it. I was more than happy.

Using good china makes sense to me. I hope you can do so soon.

Aug 5, 3:39pm Top

>177 karenmarie: Woot - that's the best use for a cabinet that I've ever seen!

I'll be interested to see what your book club says about The Crying of Lot 49. I've thought about reading it a few times since it's short and on the 1001 list. At least as short as it was, the pain didn't last too long!

I've just started Kafka on the Shore.

Aug 5, 4:36pm Top

Hi Karen, hope all is well with you my dear and you are having a good weekend. I have a few Thomas Pynchon books to read on my shelves and hopefully will get one read before year end. Sending love and hugs to you dear friend.

Aug 5, 10:21pm Top

>173 LizzieD: >175 karenmarie: Timing is important, isn't it? My first Pynchon was V. (no touchstone) my senior year in high school, followed by Gravity's Rainbow and Crying of Lot 49 freshman year in college. He was just the next step up from Kurt Vonnegut, my high school favorite: snarky attitude, zany names, wild conspiracies, generalized pessimism... I think all of Pynchon's later works still, for me, bask in that undergrad glow.

Aug 6, 4:48am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen and good luck with your financel stuff.

Aug 6, 8:17am Top

>181 streamsong: Hi Janet! Isn't he the cutest thing? He's the most photogenic kitty I've ever had.

I'll report back about book club. This one should be fun.

>182 johnsimpson: Hi John! Good goal, I wish you all the best as you attempt Pynchon. Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

>183 majleavy: Hi Michael! I read anything and everything when I was in high school, all the way from Regency Romances (Georgette Heyer, Barbara Cartland) to Crime and Punishment, to my absolute favorite author of all time, J.D. Salinger.

Ah, Vonnegut. I absolutely adore Slaughterhouse Five. I've read five of the books of his I own, have four currently unread, and of those unread have actually have started Timequake. It's upstairs, I think - I need to bring it back downstairs and stick it in my 'currently reading' stack.

I like that phrase 'bask in that undergrad glow'. For me, though, I only read perhaps 3 or 4 'free reading' (not assigned) books my entire 4 years of undergraduate study. I read so intensely and so much for my classes that any other reading was not on my radar. I made up for it quickly after I graduated, though. *smile*

>184 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Thank you. We'll be in good shape by the fall, with a couple of things taken care of.

Today is the aforementioned esigning of HARP loan documents, reading, book club.

Aug 6, 8:52am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. Nice to have a day off, after a tough work day yesterday and I am having lunch with Joe a little later on. Always a good time.

Sure, I wouldn't mind trying The Crying of Lot 49, especially since it is a shorty. I think I only have Vineland on shelf. I bet it has been there 15-plus years. Not a good sign.

Aug 6, 4:59pm Top

AAAK! I'd be scared to death of a balloon payment! Of course, I didn't expect to live this long.

My Grandmother had a Hoosier that looked a lot like the top one but hers was mint green. It was really cool.

Aug 6, 6:02pm Top

>186 msf59: Hi Mark! Enjoy your day off and your lunch with Joe. A mini-meet-up! I'll be happy to send it to you, probably Tuesday as I need to buy more packing tape. *smile*

>187 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ignorance is bliss, Larry - I only heard about the balloon payment starting about 2 or 3 months ago. I left the finances to husband.

You sound like my Dad - he never expected to live to be 84, his dad died at age 49 and his dad's dad died at age 59. He got his live-long genes from his mother's side.

Time to get ready for book club.

Aug 6, 9:21pm Top

Book club update on The Crying of Lot 49.

Only 8 of the 12 were there, but of the 8 only 4 finished the book. None of us liked it, although a couple of us liked some of the language. Most of us didn't understand what he was trying to say. The ones who didn't finish it were frustrated that it was so unintelligible to them.

So I was wrong. I thought Sarah would like it - Judy wasn't there so don't know what she thought. Sometimes the best discussions are over the books that most of us disliked.

Next month's book is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I've listened to it once and will listen to it again before the meeting because it's so good.

Edited: Aug 7, 11:57am Top

Insomnia has reared its ugly head.

I'm in the Kafka on the Shore group read and am entranced with it so far.

There have been some quotable lines, but this extended quote just reached out to me, spoken by Oshima to Kafka, describing two people who come into the library:

"Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear and loathe. Of course it's important to know what's right and what's wrong. Individual errors in judgment can usually be corrected. As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around. But intolerant, narrow minds with no imagination are like parasites that transform the host, change form, and continue to thrive. They're a lost cause, and I don't want anyone like that coming in here."

Oshima points at the stacks with the tip of his pencil. What he means, of course, is the entire library.

"I wish I could just laugh off people like that, but I can't."

Aug 7, 6:53am Top

Morning, Karen. Sorry to hear the book club choice was a dud but I am so glad you are enjoying Kafka. Love the Oshima quote.

I am loving my revisit of it, as well.

Aug 7, 8:06am Top

>189 karenmarie: I have The Crying of Lot 49 at the shelves, Karen, not sure if I want to read it after your review & your bookclub. At least you know you have a good book for next month!

Aug 7, 9:23am Top

Good morning, Karen! Sorry to hear about the insomnia. I've been fighting that a bit lately, too.

I loved Born a Crime. It should generate some interesting discussion! I've been meaning to look up some of his comedy on youtube as I've heard there is good stuff.

Our book club is reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks this month. As someone who worked with HeLa cells every day for 25! years, I have a different take on the story, which is a reread for me. A friend in the club was supposed to co-chair the meeting with the 'pro' side of the book, and I was going to be grumpy old me and share some of the scientific downside of what the author said. Friend will not be there. Just grumpy old me to moderate.

Aug 7, 12:18pm Top

>191 msf59: Hi Mark! We had a great time, all pretty much agreeing that the book was an absolute dud!

There are things on almost every page or so from Kafka on the Shore that I could quote, but that one got me to actually expend effort. *smile*

>192 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! You are such a quick reader that it wouldn't even take you a day, I think. If you can appreciate/enjoy/like it, more power to you!

Ah yes, Born a Crime. I'm going to re-listen to it before next meeting.

>193 streamsong: This morning's insomnia was because of a potential health issue. I went to the doctor, had him pooh-pooh what I thought the problem might be, told me it was probably an inflammation of the Long Thoracic Nerve, and to take ibuprophen 3 times a day for up to five days. My mind is relieved, and now I can concentrate on not doing anything strenuous for a week or so.

I've never watched any of Trevor Noah's stand up comedy, surprisingly, but I do watch The Daily Show excerpts on YouTube. I think I'd like his stand up, so should watch some soon.

I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in March of 2013. Here's my review as a spoiler:
I liked the first half of the book best. It describe Henrietta's life and death and the culturing of her cells. The scientific world was different then and George Gey simply gave them away. Nobody every asked Henrietta Lacks for permission. It wasn't required or even thought necessary. Skloot describes events, people, and concepts with power and in an interesting way.

The second half of the book is about Henrietta's family and the worldwide impact of and value derived from the HeLa cell line - the most prolific and important cell line ever developed. It's been used in research for polio, HiV, cancer, and many other diseases. All the HeLa cells, if lined up, would circle Earth 5 times..... an amazing feat for something so small. They're powerful, almost indestructible, and have actually contaminated other cell lines because of a rare genetic marker that identifies them as coming from Henrietta Lacks.

I admire Skloot for pursuing the family - in a good way - in her quest for the truth. The family is about as dysfunctional as possible, yet there's love and caring there. The family is poor poor poor in a world where a vial of HeLa cells is sold for hundreds of dollars. As of the book's being published, no compensation has been provided by any of the labs that sell the cells. All of the family has major health problems. Henrietta had syphilis, and her children have inherited genetic disabilities because of the syphilis.

The book grabbed me from the first page. It's interestingly written and complicated scientific concepts are written for the layman without being condescending or over simplistic. Her care about Henrietta and her family come through on every page. I definitely recommend this book.

I'd be interested in your take on it - either as a spoiler or in a PM.

Tomorrow Louise is taking her husband Harold to a Memory Care Unit about 30 minutes away from here. She's desperate unhappy with the decision and desperately unhappy with him at home. I hope that he does better with more people, more freedom within the confines of the large memory care unit and gardens, and that Louise can get some rest and TLC from her family and friends. I offered to go with her tomorrow and I'm so glad that she finally accepted - she hates taking help.

Aug 7, 3:09pm Top

Major excitement! I just saw a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher in the Crepe Myrtle. They're not feeder birds. Louise has been saying for a week that she's seen one around, and he was over visiting here today. Not my picture.

Aug 7, 9:11pm Top

>189 karenmarie: Ah, a shame that there was no one to defend Crying at the book club, but it goes that way sometimes. Makes me think of a time a few years back, in an Academic Decathlon class I was teaching. The book we had to read that year was Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, and to a person we hated it. Made for a disheartening couple of weeks, I tell ya.

>185 karenmarie: I read all of Vonnegut up through Slaughterhouse - 6 in all, I think - then he got replaced in my affections by Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and others who better satisfied my urge for the serious-fantastical.

Salinger! I'll be teaching Catcher to my AP class this year - never had occasion to teach it before now, and I can't wait.

Aug 8, 12:00am Top

Okay, so passing on The Crying Lot of 49. I know you are going to have fun at bookclub with Born a Crime and I also enjoyed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

>190 karenmarie: That quote is one that struck me, too. I posted the first part of it on my thread. Loving Kafka! I have about 75 pages left. Didn't get to it at all today. : ( Tomorrow!

Aug 8, 8:33am Top

>196 majleavy: Hi Michael! The woman who chose the book, Teresa, spent more time talking about Pynchon than we collectively spent talking about the book, I think. Our group is a mix of casual and serious readers, so I wouldn't have expected too much in the way of erudite talk. We covered most of the points that seem to relate to the book. Our book club read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek for our March 2006 discussion. I almost always at least start book club books, but that was during a major, major project and I'm not sure I even started it.

I haven't read DeLillo, Oates, or Marquez, but have something by each on my shelves. Too many books, too little time.

I don't know if I read The Catcher in the Rye for class or just because when I was in high school, but I have my original and my husband's original 1968 Bantam mass market paperbacks and husband's grandmother's old hardcover edition. I prefer his books about the Glass Family, however. I went through a phase in high school where I read every short story published in magazines at the Pomona Public Library.

I hope your AP class loves it as much as I do - even though I love the Glass Family better, Catcher is pretty doggone good.

>197 Berly: There are so many books out there that are more worthy, IMO, Berly. At the risk of scarring you for life for NOT reading it, I'd say passing it not a bad thing.

I will be reading more Kafka on the Shore this morning. I came here on LT to just check in, as it were, but have spent the last hour here, on my thread, researching the books and authors Michael mentioned above, checking out my catalog for books by those authors, and checking when I read books he mentioned.

So now, with breakfast (bacon and toast) and a fresh cup of coffee in hand, I will be reading. First some of the Bible for the year-long Bible as Literature read, then some of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible to catch up to Jeremiah so that it can then be a companion read for the rest of the year, Kafka on the Shore, and my 'free reading' book Raven Black.

It is such a luxury to have real time to read - this is absolutely the best part of retirement.

Aug 8, 10:09am Top

I am so jealous about the reading, it must be heaven. And I'll have to check out Kafka, I've only heard good things about it.

Aug 8, 10:44am Top

>194 karenmarie: I hope all goes well today with Louise and her husband, Karen, it is a heartbreaking decision to take...

Aug 8, 10:59am Top

>198 karenmarie: I believe that I still have in storage my 75 cent copy of Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction from the late 60s.

I almost feel abashed that I set you off on a research mission, but it's exactly the sort of thing I do, too. Enjoy your reading!

Aug 8, 11:05am Top

Morning, Karen. Hooray for the gnatcatcher. Nice looking birds. I have been lucky enough to see a couple, but not at my feeders.

Enjoy your day.

Aug 8, 12:06pm Top

>199 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Just being able to do whatever without having to reference work is the best thing. This morning it happens to be reading, although I also just spent about half an hour setting up an online presence with our stockbroker and chatting with husband about the finagling for paying off the equity line. All good stuff.

Kafka on the Shore is a marvelous read so far.

>200 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! It is. And it’s been delayed a week because of one more medical exam/form. Next Tuesday, now.

>201 majleavy: I think my copy is 75 cents, too – all my copies are mass market paperbacks excepting the bootlegged short story collections and the hardcover Catcher.

That’s the fun of LT, books, and the Internet. Research missions abound.

>202 msf59: Hi Mark! I was excited. He wasn’t exactly at the feeder, but in the Crepe Myrtle next to the feeder.

So far today is good. The pain in my left side is manageable now that I'm taking ibuprophen 3x/day with meals - keeping it regularly in my system to help with the inflammation. Or, it could be coincidence and it would have started getting better on its own. Now that we have tolerable medical insurance - not wonderful but tolerable - I didn't feel bad about going to the doctor. Previously it would have cost upwards of $150 for the visit, this time I only had a $20 copay. The premium is exorbitant, but it's taken out from husband's check pretax so invisible to us.

Aug 8, 12:43pm Top

Hi, Karen! Cool that you've got a gnatcatcher around. They're fun birds to watch.

What you saw on the one Hoosier was the built-in sifter at the bottom of the flour bin. If I worked on the counters, I'd want under-cabinet lighting, too, but I do almost everything on the kitchen table instead.

Aug 8, 2:42pm Top

Uh oh Karen. What is the pain in your side? Is it caused by your back or I have missed something important? I'm glad it's feeling better, though!

I agree with you that Kafka is so far a great read, although I am quite a bit behind you.

Aug 8, 4:30pm Top

>204 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Right now all the birds are hiding - it's raining cats and dogs! We desperately need the rain, so I'm happy.

Ah, the built-in-sifter. Couldn't tell. I had a lovely little kitchen table that I used for mixing things and rolling out pastry and kneading bread at cottage I rented in Redondo Beach CA from 1974 - 1977. There were 12 cottages, I was 4th in on the last row. They were built in the 1920s and I had a claw-foot tub and a gorgeous old gas stove with single oven. I loved that little place, but I'm sure it's been torn down.

>205 streamsong: Hi Janet. I haven't mentioned it before. I am not a hypochondriac, but was imagining worst-case scenarios just because it would be just my luck to retire, have husband get laid off (although he's working now), lose my mother, deal with blowhard BiL, and THEN get a terrible diagnosis. Paranoia.

Anyway, I accidentally gouged my rib cage pretty badly on the handle of my exercise bike 2-3 weeks ago (bike is in the hall, just I misjudged and it's the exact right height to be dangerous). When I told this to the doctor, and when he was examining me, he saw bruising. I hadn't really looked to see if there was any and would have expected it to be gone by now anyway.

My back is a whole other story entirely. Mostly my right hip these days, aggravated by how I sit on the couch although I'm trying to be better and NOT curl up into it as much. Hit-and-run drunk driver in 1976. Bad back off and on ever since.

Aug 8, 10:02pm Top

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
8/3/17 to 8/8/17

The description from Amazon:
Long a celebrated crime writer in Britain, Ann Cleeves' fame went international when she won the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger for this amazing suspense novel, Raven Black. Like Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse or Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks, Cleeves' new detective, Inspector Jimmy Perez, is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands.

It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross.

The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man---loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbors nervously lock their doors, while a killer lives on in their midst.

It’s extremely difficult to separate this book from the TV series Shetland in my mind. Both take place in the Shetland Islands, both have Jimmy Perez, both have a murdered girl and a girl missing for many years. It’s unfortunate that I saw the series first, something I never do intentionally.

Only a few characters are given depth. Most are caricatures instead, and it may get better in subsequent books but the police force of Shetland is a shadowy denigrated lot, only represented by Sandy and Morag.

We are given a good sense of life on a small subarctic island in the North Sea. Lots of descriptions of local customs and holidays, fishing, isolation, conflict between natives and inlanders. There are failed romances, sad divorces, tragic deaths of spouses, and teenage angst. Travel by boat, travel by airplane, driving over rough roads all play their part. Some of this is unique to Shetland, but much of it simply life, regardless of environment.

The assumption of Magnus Tait’s guilt in both cases is vague and prejudicial, and it’s almost anticlimactic to find out who the murderer of Catherine Ross is and what happens to the missing girl, Catriona Bruce. We are allowed into the minds of many of the characters – Jimmy Perez, Magnus Tait, Sally (Catherine’s friend), and Fran Hunter, who finds Catherine’s body – but I didn’t find them terribly compelling.

The local tradition of Up Helly Aa is supposed to be frenetic and build the tension that leads to the denouement. However, all in all the book didn’t have the power I expected from the winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, a staggeringly rich prize. It never quite jelled for me.

Aug 8, 10:46pm Top

I'm glad that Ibuprophen is taking care of your back problems, Karen! Surely, you have another few years before bad stuff begins!!!!!
I'm sorry that the A. Cleeves didn't work well for you. I won't be in quite so much a hurry to get to it - as if I knew at this point what being in a hurry means.
That gnat-catcher is gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen one, certainly not to identify it as something that needed keying out.
I hope your friend Louise has left her husband half-way satisfied. If she's as tired as I imagine, she doesn't have energy to be anything else - or so I guess.
I haven't said but my best hometown friend and her husband have just bought a house in Farrington Village and will move soon...... Yet another pull for me in your direction!

Aug 9, 2:13am Top

Karen--I feel your pain. Literally! Went to the chiropractor today. Threw my back out during TKD this weekend. Hope your bruises heal quickly and the back behaves again.

Aug 9, 6:27am Top

Good morning, Karen! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Aug 9, 7:15am Top

>207 karenmarie: Sorry Raven Black didn't work for you, Karen, I liked it better than you did...

Aug 9, 10:50am Top

>208 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! My shoulder and side keep feeling better and better, so either they were going to anyway, or the regular ibuprophen are working.

It’s not that I disliked Raven Black, it’s just that I didn’t love it. If I find others in the series I might get them and read them, but I won’t go out of the way for them.

One of the things I’ve been discovering about retirement is that “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!” Days fill themselves quickly and easily, but with the exception of the Treasurer of the Friends of the Library activities, nothing I wasn’t doing before I retired. Sigh.

I only saw the Gnatcatcher because I was specifically looking for him. Louise amazes me with her knowledge. I’m a novice, for sure. Still, proud that I saw him and identified him successfully!

Well, Fearrington is just a hop and skip up the road for me, so yay! Tell your friends that there are some very dedicated Friends of the Library folks there and that our next book sale is October 5, 6, 7! If there’s anything I can do for them, mostly in the way of putting them in touch with my friends up there, please don’t hesitate to ask.

>209 Berly: Back pain is just the shits, isn’t it, Berly? I’m sorry you threw yours out and hope the chiropractor has helped. If it was up to me and not my finances, I’d go to the chiropractor every week and my massage therapist every week. As I wrote above, I’m coming along. I tend to use ibuprophen on what I consider an as-needed-basis, so taking it 3x a day to keep it in my system and allow the inflammation to reduce really makes more sense. Yay Doctor Corey!

>210 harrygbutler: Hi Harry and thank you! This morning has gotten away from me and I’m still on my Bible-as-Literature reading. Still need to read a bit of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible, Kafka on the Shore, and start Racing the Devil, the mystery I’ve chosen to read next.

>211 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Ah well, it was 3 stars – good in my book – just not more than that.

I just saw a hummingbird dive bomb a female House Finch! So much fun to watch. I have also seen a Tufted Titmouse – first one of the summer. We usually see them in spring, but we’ve been in a mild drought so perhaps there isn’t enough food out there.

Aug 9, 11:18am Top

Morning, Karen. Sorry to hear about the continuing back pain. Bummer. But, hooray for the tufted titmouse. I have only seen one.

Aug 9, 4:52pm Top

Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by my thread my dear, I have posted a war and peace message in reply on there. Hope you are having a good week so far dear friend and Leo loved the skritches from you and says Meow. Sending love and hugs.

Aug 9, 5:10pm Top

213 Hi Mark! We usually see them in spring, and usually see a lot of them.

Back feels okay right now.

>214 johnsimpson: Hi John. You're welcome. Aww, thank Leo for me! Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

Speaking of kitties, Kitty William was a bad boy sometime today when I wasn't looking. I can't believe he chewed my book. I fed him multiple times today, with food he was willing to eat! And just look at him - angelic, sweet as can be. Grrrrr.

Aug 9, 5:25pm Top

>215 karenmarie:, He looks so angelic the little devil.

Aug 9, 5:28pm Top

Bad kitty!!

Aug 9, 6:49pm Top

>216 johnsimpson: and >217 Berly: I don't know when he did it so if I smacked him he wouldn't relate the smack to the chewing. Drat him.

Well, I won't leave any books open any more - I very rarely do so but today kept interrupting myself to do other things and look at what it got me. A chewed book. (I have another chewed book, from when I was 10 or so - The Great Gatsby. Miss Hermione Greenrat escaped from her cage in my bedroom and did a number on it.)

Aug 9, 9:45pm Top

Sorry you've been having pain and paranoia. The two often go together in my experience lol. I am glad you're feeling better too. :) Isn't this weather lovely?

Aug 9, 10:36pm Top

I can't believe I didn't manage to find your thread before this. Sorry to hear the kitty thinks books are chew toys. Not good. But sounds like some nice birds to watch. I set up a hummingbird feeder but none came to visit, so I've taken it down for now. The sparrows are loving the feeder that is still up. Not very exciting, but lively activity with the morning tea.

Aug 9, 11:06pm Top

>219 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Well, I'm usually very optimistic about my longevity, but for some reason just knew I had an Awful Disease. Not good for my mental health, so going to the doctor to see what was really going on was top on my list. Relief. Yay.

The weather feels like late September. Great for the electric and propane bills, too. Tomorrow afternoon: resolved to do some serious hammock-ing.

>220 justchris: Hi Chris! Thanks for visiting. All birds are good (except perhaps cowbirds and grackles). Watching them at the feeders is such a joy, isn't it? I'm sorry you don't have hummingbird activity. Some years we don't either, but this year is absolutely spectacular. I wish I could post videos! I've taken some great ones. I usually end up deleting them off my cell phone, but they're fun to watch for a day or so.

Catman (aka Kitty William) is getting old and senile and I'll cut him some slack on this one, poor old dear. He's 18. I like my books to be in good shape, but at this point chewed up Jeremiah is more of a cute story than a major problem.

The Panthers beat the Titans, 27-17. Yay. It was fun to watch and husband is excited that the sports hell he's been in recently will be over soon.

Aug 10, 7:23am Top

"All birds are good." Amen, my friend. Sweet Thursday, Karen. I have the day off and I plan on doing some birding/hiking later this morning.

I have to freshen all my feeders today too. Running low.

Aug 10, 7:38am Top

Good morning, Karen!

>215 karenmarie: Otto will sometimes rend and chew individual pieces of paper, particularly if they are fluttering in the breeze. So far no books, I think. I once had a puppy that chewed a band in the spines of a whole shelf of paperback books before it learned better. Luckily it couldn't reach anything else.

Aug 10, 8:11am Top

>222 msf59: Hi Mark! Yes they are. Have fun looking for them on your hike today. I filled my feeders yesterday.

>223 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Kitty and Inara will both chase a piece of balled up paper, but this is KW's first, and I hope his last, foray into book chewing. He's had some turkey and giblets wet food and 3 crumbles of bacon and is sitting on the printer basking in the warmth of the lamp.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through Kafka on the Shore and have met Colonel Sanders.

Aug 11, 3:34am Top

Happy Friday, Karen.

Aug 11, 7:28am Top

Happy Friday, Karen!

>224 karenmarie: Elli is probably our biggest bacon fan among the cats. She'll suddenly show up in the kitchen when I'm fixing it, just in case a few bits are available.

Aug 11, 8:17am Top

>225 Ameise1: and >226 harrygbutler: Thank you Barbara and Harry!

Neither of my kitties shows up when I'm making it, and Inara is never around when I'm sharing. I'll have to save a bit or two for her next time I make it and see if she likes it.

Today is lunch with former coworkers about 30 miles from home, where I used to work.

Aug 11, 9:23am Top

>215 karenmarie: Ah, he is just leaving something for you to remember him by, Karen. I sometimes find slightly chewed books in my collection and it reminds me of my last cat *sigh*. I was interested in your review of The Blackhouse somewhere way back up thread. I started that book and put it aside. After reading your review, I think I should pick it up again - once I can add it to the mix.

Aug 11, 6:27pm Top

>228 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! That's for sure - I'll always remember that it was Kitty William who chewed pages in Jeremiah.

It took me a bit to really start appreciating The Blackhouse.

I'm on page 405 of 467 of Kafka on the Shore. I just read something that gave me pause: A bit of shape and form has disappeared from the world, increasing the amount of nothingness.

Profound without being self-important.

Aug 11, 7:52pm Top

What incredible additions you found! I made a vow to take all my library books back and simply stick with some of those I own. It was an admirable attempt to end this crazy book compulsion. Alas, I came home with eight new books. And, I am on the waiting list for some recently released books.

I like the paper magazine found in the library I get excellent ideas from Book Page.

And, of course visiting threads such as yours that are so enticing simply make me add more and more to my library.

I hope your summer is a good one.

>215 karenmarie: Kitty William is a regal lad. Who would have suspected that he was guilty of chomping on paper?

Aug 11, 9:16pm Top

>230 Whisper1: Hi Linda! Nice to see you here!

For those of us with BAD (book acquisition disorder as per stasia), more and more and more are necessary. I personally don't do library books any more, but acquired 2 Kindle books today - The Radium Girls and The Cotswold Killing.

My summer is getting better and better - just in time for it to turn in to fall! Things are settling down.

He does look regal, doesn't he? I swear he looks like he's posing some times, and I am convinced that he wishes for opposable thumbs so he can type!

Aug 12, 2:43am Top

Well, I guess that you will finish Kafka tomorrow! Then you have to share your impressions. : )

Aug 12, 7:11am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. Hooray for snagging The Radium Girls. It is such a fine read. I am also thoroughly enjoying Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. You might also like this one.

So glad you are continuing to love Kafka.

Aug 12, 8:18am Top

>232 Berly: Hi Berly! 63 pages to go. Once my coffee's ready, I'll go to it. *smile*

>233 msf59: Good morning Mark, and thank you. Al Franken for President! Although, wait, Joe Biden might run?

Here I come, Kafka.....

Edited: Aug 12, 11:19am Top

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
7/30/17 to 8/12/17

The description from Amazon:

Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom.

As their paths converge, and the reasons for that convergence become clear, Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder. Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers.

I’ve had this book on my shelves since 2009. I read 1Q84 in November and December of 2012 and was stunned, absolutely stunned with it. Now I wonder why I didn’t seek more Murakami, or even pull Kafka on the Shore from my shelves.

But in a Murakami world where reality slides among dimensions and knowing crashes up against utter helplessness and unknowing, it makes sense that I wouldn’t read it until now.

This book is ridiculously easy to read and incredibly difficult to understand. It flows between Kafka’s chapters and Mr. Nagata’s chapters, with vivid impressions and callous behaviors, delicate descriptions and philosophical bombshells. I cannot imagine this story being complete without every single incident described, every peripheral character given her, his, or its place.

Need I say that I absolutely adore the idea of talking cats?

I quoted this above but want to put it here again because it is so striking:
"Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear and loathe. Of course it's important to know what's right and what's wrong. Individual errors in judgment can usually be corrected. As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around. But intolerant, narrow minds with no imagination are like parasites that transform the host, change form, and continue to thrive. They're a lost cause, and I don't want anyone like that coming in here."

Oshima points at the stacks with the tip of his pencil. What he means, of course, is the entire library.

"I wish I could just laugh off people like that, but I can't."
On the other hand, there is an acceptance of the unknowable, as between Mr. Nakata and Hoshino:
”I don’t understand.”
“I don’t get it either. Thinking about those kinds of things always gives me a headache.”
“So maybe we should stop thinking about it.”
Curiosity kept me going, wanting to understand how two supposedly disparate stories – Kafka and Mr. Nagata – actually intertwined.

There is still a lot at the end that is not confirmed but only a theory, as Miss Saeki would say. I choose to believe the theory as in a way it makes for a happy ending. Even if the ending isn't completely happy, it is true to the feeling, magic, and inevitability of the story.

Aug 12, 11:45am Top

Awesome. The Book and the Review.

Edited: Aug 12, 2:06pm Top

>236 Berly: Thank you, Berly! I'm so glad I decided to join the group read! Now I can go back and follow the thread!

Aug 12, 4:41pm Top

Hi Karen, things have been a bit naughty over the last couple of days and Karen has been upset but it is down to them to sort things out. I spoke to Rob yesterday and said I can't comprehend things so I don't know what is going on in his head at the moment.

On a better line I hope you are having a good weekend so far my dear and hope it is a really good weekend for you and your husband dear friend.

Aug 12, 5:23pm Top

>238 johnsimpson: Hi John! I'm sorry that their problems have tainted your home life and peace of mind. It must be so hard trying to be supportive of Rob yet take care of yourself and Karen's peace of mind! Sending love and hugs to you both.

The weekend is good so far, except that I must have dropped my favorite reading glasses at the dump when I was emptying the recyclables. I had them going to Carl's, didn't hve them by the time we got to the restaurant. They aren't in husband's car, I didn't drop them when I put a letter in the mailbox, and so can only conclude that they're at the dump, either safe and sound and waiting for us to go next week and see if they're in the lost and found, or crushed beyond repair. Sigh.

Aug 12, 5:25pm Top

Happy weekend, Karen.

Aug 13, 1:40am Top

Bummer about losing the glasses. I am glad you joined the Kafka thread--have fun reading it now!! Doing The Windup Bird Chronicles in November. Hint, hint.

Aug 13, 5:24am Top

Yay for talking cats!

How horrid that your glasses sort of got recycled. I would be lost completely without my own.

Have a lovely weekend dear Karen.

Aug 13, 6:03am Top

>240 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Thank you.

>241 Berly: Just carelessness on my part, Berly, and I can't justify buying another pair since I have 4 pair by the same company, just black frames instead of the tortoiseshell ones. Hmmm. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. We'll have to see. It sounds intriguing.

>242 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! I've always wished that I could just have a five-minute conversation with each of my kitties, whether in English or Cat wouldn't matter.

If I wasn't retired, I'd be very unhappy that I'm up at 6 a.m. on a Sunday, but as it is, if I get tired this afternoon I'll take a nap.

I've started A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope.

Aug 13, 7:00am Top

Good morning, Karen! Having to wrangle &mdash and keep track of — reading glasses was one of the things that sent me back to glasses the last time I tried contacts instead.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Edited: Aug 13, 7:24am Top

>235 karenmarie: Great review of Kafka. I am so glad you loved it. It is a special book and a special experience.

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I have a lazy, bookish A.M. planned and then a surprise birthday party at a brewery early this afternoon. Should be a good day.

Aug 13, 7:49am Top

>244 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! I only keep one pair of reading glasses out. If they're not in front of my eyes, they're most likely on top of my head, except at night when they're on the nightstand.

For when I go out, I think I might switch to a pin for my glasses instead of the magnetic pin that is strong but apparently not strong enough. Pins put little puncture wounds in my shirts, but since I'm retired and don't wear dress shirts any more - what I wear is clean, serviceable, not too ratty - I might just do it.

I had to stop wearing contacts about 15 years ago - my astigmatism was so strong that I could only wear hard lenses and those were intolerable.

Now I don't even want to wear contacts.

>245 msf59: Thank you, Mark! I loved it and think I'll join in the group read of The Wind-up Bird Chronicles in November.

I'm glad to hear you have a day off with such lovely things planned. Enjoy!

As usual, we won't be doing anything - by the time the weekend rolls around husband usually just wants to veg out in front of the TV (sigh) and play on his cell phone. We occasionally visit with friends, but nothing planned this weekend. I'll read, possibly search for a glasses holder pin that I remember my MiL having and which is probably in a little box in my dresser.

Aug 13, 12:49pm Top

Stopping by with wishes for a good Sunday, Karen...

Aug 13, 2:12pm Top

>247 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! It is good. We got a few financial bits of information I need for tomorrow's meeting with one of our financial planners, and I'm enjoying A Cotswold Killing very much.

Aug 13, 6:34pm Top

>243 karenmarie: It didn't take you long to start A Cotswold Killing, Karen. I hope you enjoy this new-to-you series. Your lazy Sunday sounds wonderful. I am going to a BBQ *sigh*. I would much rather spend my day catching up on the hundred and one things that I have to do.

Aug 13, 6:50pm Top

>249 Familyhistorian: I know the feeling, Meg! Sometimes home is better. I hope that once you get there, you have a wonderful time. That's what usually happens to me - grumble, grumble, then have a good time.

I'm 86% done with A Cotswold Killing - my Kindle tells me so. *smile* I am racing through it!

Aug 14, 6:50am Top

Good morning, Karen! I trust you enjoyed your Sunday. A new visitor to our yard for the season is a chickadee. (I don't recall hearing any in the spring.)

Aug 14, 7:54am Top

And good morning to you, too, Harry! I did, but think I shouldn't have cleaned the porch railings and power washed half the porch. My shoulder and upper arm are telling me so today. I did a lot of good reading, too, and husband and I continued the extremely intense and disturbing House of Cards.

It's always exciting to get a new visitor! Congratulations on your first Chickadee.

I just finished A Cotswold Killing, the first in the series by Rebecca Tope. Review a bit later.

Today is a phone call with my mom's sister, Aunt Joyce, and then a trek to Raleigh to talk with one of our financial planners.

This week has things scheduled away from home every single day. Grumble. Why did I commit to so many things? All necessary, all important, but still.

Aug 14, 8:32am Top

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Aug 14, 8:50am Top

A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope
8/12/17 to 8/14/17

The description from Amazon:

Nestled in the fertile hills of the Cotswolds, the village of Duntisbourne Abbots is a well-kept secret: beautiful, timeless and quintessentially English. When recently widowed Thea Osborne arrives to house-sit for a local couple, her only fear is that three weeks there might prove a little dull. Her first night’s sleep at Brook View is broken by a piercing scream outside but she decides such things don’t require investigation in a sleepy place like this. At least not until a body turns up... In calling on her neighbors to get some answers, Thea uncovers more tragedy and intrigue than she thought possible behind the peaceful Gloucestershire village.

The first in a new series of thrillers to be set in the Cotswold area, A Cotswold Killing takes the reader on a tense journey along winding roads and muddy paths towards a dramatic and unexpected denouement.

I got this book on a whim, based on a review of the second book in the series by familyhistorian. I’m glad I did, because although it’s what I’d consider a cozy mystery and I have gotten away from cozy mysteries in recent years, it’s full of life and insight with an interesting set of murders.

The strengths of this book lie in Thea’s being drawn into the mystery in a convincing manner and her continued grieving over the death of her husband Carl the previous year. The feelings are true and written poignantly. They are almost ruthlessly honest, too. Thea also has her bitchy moments, which are amusing.

The one quibble I have with Thea is her scattiness. She forgets to fill the dog water dishes, doesn’t shop for food when she needs to, and doesn’t really seem to be doing the job she was hired for – house and dog-sitting – as well as could be expected for someone isolated in a small country hamlet. And once she’s drawn into the mystery and seems fully engaged, she loses track of one clue and misses the significance of another. It’s a minor complaint, though.

I’ll definitely search out more of the series.

Aug 14, 8:58am Top

Did you have perfect weather last Thursday? I was in Williamsburg and it was one of those rare, pricelessly perfect summer days. I'd have given my eye teeth for a hammock, but I did get to sit on the balcony and read Rex Stout. Bliss. I hope you also had that weather and got to enjoy it.

Sorry about the glasses. I feel you on that one.

Aug 14, 9:09am Top

Hi Larry! We've had some gorgeous weather recently, Thursday included, with lots of hammock weather, but it started getting nasty again Saturday. It's overcast today and will get to 86F with humidity. Sitting on the balcony reading Rex Stout is not a bad thing at all. I hope your dad and Da Floof are having a great time together. Which Rex Stout?

The glasses thing was just stupid, frankly. I haven't looked for the non-magnetic pin yet, the one I know is in husband's mother's jewelry, which takes up 2 jewelry boxes in my closet and 5 of 7 drawers in the lingerie chest. A daunting and time-consuming prospect that I'm not sure I'm up for today. But, I can see it in my mind's eye on one of her sweaters so I know I have it.

Aug 14, 9:44am Top

Another sorry about the glasses. Doesn't matter why they got lost, they're gone, and I'm sorry. Maybe you're in line for a miracle and will find them safely at the recycling place. (Thus speaks Pollyanna.
Ooo. A *wind-up Bird* group in November? It's time that I could reread it. I'll see.
We're muggy but not awful....... expecting more rain.

Aug 14, 10:40am Top

>257 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! It would be lovely if you joined in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I think Berly said Ellen would start the thread.

My daughter will be visiting after the beach season ends, and she's going to be buying me a late birthday present - I told her either The Wind-up Bird Chronicle or Y is for Yesterday.

Yes, it's muggy and yucky. Maybe some showers or storms.

Aug 14, 4:00pm Top

Hi Karen, glad you enjoyed A Cotswold Killing my dear and I am sure you will enjoy the rest. I am up to book six and we have the first 12 with two more to get, Karen also likes them and as I said we enjoy that area and will have to go back again, in fact we could call through on our way back from our trip to Wales in September, now that's an idea, thank you for that. Sending love and hugs to you dear friend.

Aug 14, 7:48pm Top

Hi Karen. Sorry about the glasses. We've been having a wonderful time watching fledgling Carolina Wrens bathe on the back patio. I couldn't get a good photo because they startle too easily, but they were in the rhododendrons getting wet, then preening on the porch railings and then flitting down to the deck and spreading out their wings and tails to dry. So cute.

Aug 15, 7:00am Top

Morning, Karen! It was crazy busy at work yesterday. No time for thread visiting. Hope today is much better. Short work week for me. B.A.G.

Thanks again for the book. Much appreciated.

Aug 15, 7:35am Top

>259 johnsimpson: Hi John! I'm glad too - but unfortunately the 2nd book on Kindle is $7.55 and right now I'm too cheap to pay it. I might change my mind later, but I have so many in my TBR stack that I'll hold off for now.

My pleasure in reminding you of the Cotswolds. Sending love and hugs back to you and Karen.

>260 nittnut: Hey Jenn! Aww, baby wrens. That sounds wonderful. One of the things I really enjoyed when I was settling Mom's house back in May was watching the birds use her bird bath. It's wide and shallow and they loved it. Our bird bath is not nearly as accommodating, something I plan on remedying this fall, I think, with a new one more like Mom's.

>261 msf59: Good morning, Mark! You're very welcome. I hope today is less crazy at work. B.A.G.?

You're welcome re the Pynchon book, but don't shoot the messenger if it turns out to be the slog for you that it was for me. *smile*

Today was supposed to be helping Louise take Harold to the Memory Unit at Chatham Ridge, but they've delayed 'til next Monday. She was in tears last night.

Aug 15, 9:36am Top

Yuck, warm and rainy here in the Nation's Blah. Put an umbrella over that hammock and read for us poor sinners!

Aug 15, 10:33am Top

>250 karenmarie: You called it, Karen. Grumble, grumble and then enjoy. I had a good time at the BBQ on Sunday. Now I have to see how far I can get caught up. Good to see that you enjoyed The Cotswold Killing.

Aug 15, 10:44am Top

B.A.G. = Big Ass Grin.

Aug 15, 11:30am Top

>263 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Yuck, warm and humid here, but not rainy so far. It's entirely too humid for a poor Southern California girl like me to want to suffer outside. Inside with air conditioning, that's the ticket!! Even after 26 years here in NC, I hate the humidity.

>264 Familyhistorian: Ah, I'm glad you had a good time! Good luck getting caught up.

>265 msf59: Ha! Now I know. B.A.G. back at'cha!

Edited: Aug 15, 12:57pm Top

Hi, Karen! I hope you've been enjoying your day. Too rainy for the hammock for me today, but I did just spot a wren out enjoying it. I don't know exactly what it was doing, though I assume it was grabbing bugs that were sheltering there from the rain.

We would like a bird bath from one of the Roseville, Ohio, potteries, but when we visited Robinson-Ransbottom there a few years before it went out of business, we had no yard and no place to store one. We'll probably end up with something from Burley Clay Products eventually, but we're in no hurry and will likely try finding an RRP bird bath first.

For now we just have something I cobbled together using some spare bricks we had around, with a big, low ceramic tray at the top. Functional, but not particularly beautiful.

Aug 15, 11:54pm Top

Delurking and waving Hi!!

Aug 16, 9:07am Top

I'm totally with you on the humidity. I don't like it, either. I can't imagine what life was like before air conditioning.

You know, I should get a birdbath for the balcony so Parker can have Bird TV. The sparrow hatched and flew away, so now the papa bird doesn't sit on the railing and make rude noises at Himself, a ritual that takes up most of every morning.

It's pretty nice out there today- hammock time?

Aug 16, 9:08am Top

>267 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! I had a productive, if a bit stressful day yesterday, doing some financial stuff. I also did some reading and lazing.

>268 Berly: Hi Berly!

Today I have a doctor's apt that I have to leave for in 15 minutes, nothing big. Then this afternoon is Miss Inara Starbuck's annual visit to the vet.

Reading and etc. in between. I am a bit frustrated that I can't do too much physically because I reinjured my shoulder/side when I cleaned the porch Sunday. Not seriously, just enough to remind me that I really need to allow the inflammation to completely go away, probably another 2 weeks. Sigh. So no heavy box moving, no weed pulling, no power washing. It is better, just not as 'better' as it was Saturday.

Aug 16, 11:22am Top

Hi Karen! Hope your pain issues have improved!

Aug 16, 12:29pm Top

Even after 26 years here in NC, I hate the humidity. ---- Make that coming up on 73 years, and I'm with you.
It is vet weather. DH took May and Elle for boosters.
Sorry about your shoulder and wishing you a satisfactory doc visit for yourself.
I am here to write some Humane Society thanks, but then I intend to read all afternoon, and I don't have any excuse at all. Better get cracking with those letters!

Aug 16, 1:50pm Top

>271 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! Ibuprophen helps, just not supposed to take it all the time. Time is the best healer, of course.

>272 LizzieD: Ah, a native Carolinian. Which, if you're a native Carolinian, or married to one, you know is pronounced Ca-ro-LEE-nee-an.

Inara is locked in the house - kitty door closed - so I don't get stressed when it's time to find her to go.

I love getting things done so that I won't feel guilty reading. Go to it!

Friends of the Library bills paid, talked with neighbor Louise, and while trying to set up something for the weekend of the 26th with friends, husband had to give away the secret that daughter is coming home for a 4-day surprise visit that weekend. I don't particularly like surprises, but apparently she initiated this one on her own. I'll leave the boxes on the bed in the guest bedroom and NOT put out towels - proof that I don't know since I always have the guest bedroom and towels ready for her - and will put on my surprised face when she shows up on Friday the 25th.

Aug 17, 12:14am Top

>273 karenmarie: Hope your shoulder heals quickly -- do give it a bit of rest!!

Love the not-surprised surprise!!! You should practice that face a few times before your daughter shows up. LOL

Aug 17, 6:27am Top

>274 Berly: Hi Berly! It's hard to not do some of the things I want to, but realize that I just cannot strain it any more. So, two weeks of nothing strenuous. Sigh. It's good timing, therefore, that a friend of ours sent me an e-mail this morning asking if I could use the services of a strapping young 17-year old for yardwork. I'm going to take her up on it.

Yesterday when I spoke with daughter I said I'll be glad to see her in September. She agreed, sneaky little thing.

And Inara Starbuck got a clean bill of health at the vet. Vet did discover some arthritis in her back and rear legs, but said that it's normal for a 10-year old kitty. She gave me some metacam in liquid form to help with stiffness. If it works, she might be on it for the rest of her life, but I can get a 10ml bottle of it and dispense the miniscule doses myself. Alternatively, Dr. Cindy said we could give both Kitty William and Inara a dose of non-coated 81mg aspirin every 3 or 4 days to help with stiffness and pain.

Aug 17, 7:21am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday! I am taking an extra day off today, to tie in with my weekend off. We leave for a camping trip tonight and will come back Sunday.

I know you like a good mystery, so might I suggest the Magpie Murders, which I just started on audio. Joe recently warbled about it too.

Aug 17, 8:26am Top

Hi Mark! Thank you. I hope you enjoy your day and weekend off.

I've added Magpie Murders to my wishlist. It sounds wonderful.

Today is another one of those busy-in-retirement days. I'll be staying with neighbor Harold while his wife Louise takes the dogs to the groomer - I'm so happy that she's finally asking for help for what seem to be small things but can be so helpful to her. Then it's off for deep-tissue massage, a picture-framing place to get a photo proof of Mom's painting framed for daughter for her birthday, post office, food store, and finally dinner with a friend.

But I'll read for another 35 minutes first. *smile*

Aug 17, 12:20pm Top

Sorry about the shoulder, that's a tough thing to go sore. There's always something to do on a house, though, and I know it can be frustrating when it piles up. Hell yes have the strapping 17 year old work on the yard!

Dad has Parker for another week and a half! HALP!

Aug 18, 6:33am Top

>278 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Peggy (not our LizzieD Peggy, acquaintance Peggy), is bringing Brandon over to meet us this afternoon.

Miss your kitty, eh? I can understand it. I was reduced to feeding the feral kitty at Mom's house in CA without my Kitty William and Inara Starbuck for 5 weeks. He wouldn't let me near him, but I really enjoyed watching him wolf the food down.

The thrift shop was having a 50% sale off everything yesterday, so I acquired a few books:

Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
The Ravenous Muse by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
A Year with G. K. Chesterton edited by Kevin Belmonte
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith - I've gotten rid of copies over the years, didn't read it for book club's April 2005 meeting, but for 40 cents I couldn't resist and might give it another go

Aug 18, 7:21am Top

Good morning, Karen! Those sales can certainly be tempting!

I hope your shoulder is on the mend.

It's beginning to be a lot like fall in the bird world around here. A very large flock of starlings descended on our feeders yesterday.

Aug 18, 7:25am Top

Hi Harry!

Yes, I have BAD - book acquisition disorder! It's fun, and in this case, inexpensive.

Yesterday's deep tissue massage seemed like a mistake yesterday afternoon when it was hurting again, but I think she did a lot of good because today it feels a lot better.

We're still in summer mode, bird-wise, here. But the sun angles are getting more in line with fall. *smile*

Aug 18, 8:34am Top

The Late Show by Michael Connelly
8/14/17 to 8/17/17

The description from Amazon:

Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood--also known as the Late Show--beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job, no matter what the department throws at her.

The Harry Bosch series got me started on Michael Connelly and the Mickey Haller series confirmed that he’s one of my favorite mystery writers. I’m excited that he’s started a new series, and this book did not disappoint.

The new norm seems to be get as much background about the protagonist in the first of a potential series as possible, and that’s exactly what Connelly does. It’s a tad disappointing, in a way, because the leisurely understanding of a character isn’t allowed to unfold over 5 or more books. I’m thinking of Peter Wimsey by Dorothy Sayers, Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie, and Eve Dallas by J.D. Robb – that backstory evolving over 20 or more books!

But the crash course on Renee’s background, history with the police department, and current life style are vivid and helpful in our understanding of what motivates her to work two cases she’s not supposed to be working. She’s supposed to turn them over and back off. She doesn’t, however, and the clues are subtle yet blossom into insubordination, danger, and solutions.

Los Angeles is once again portrayed with love and anxiety, as we can see the seamy side and the exclusive side. Connelly obviously loves LA but does not wear rose-colored glasses as he delves into the underworld of the homeless, potentially crooked cops, cop-flight to the Simi Valley (a real thing, actually), and sadism and torture.

However, we also see Renee on her surf board, paddling as her dog Lola guards her little tent. Lola is a rescue dog. Renee is a rescue granddaughter. Whether going up the coast to Ventura or hiding out in a motel, Renee is strong and knows what’s important to her. She's a very tough and lovable character.

All in all a great introduction to Renee Ballard and the Late Show. Of course with a book that just came out last month I’ll have to be patient and wait for more, but I’d just as soon have the second installment right here, right now.

Aug 18, 8:46am Top

>279 karenmarie: Nice book haul, Karen, who can resist 50% off ;-)

I hope your shoulder keeps progressing, can be annoying as you use your shoulder with almost everything. I had bursitis in my left shoulder a few years back, no fun. It acts up once in a while.

Edited: Aug 18, 8:51am Top

Hi Anita! Thanks, I was pleased. I was happily surprised that even though I knew I needed all three of the Eve Dallas Series by J.D. Robb, they are actually the next three I need to keep reading in order!

I just had fun creating this picture of what I'm currently reading. I didn't plan it, but looks like a fall montage!

Aug 18, 10:03am Top

Ha! It does look like fall!

Aug 18, 10:14am Top

>282 karenmarie: Great review!! I mean it! I need another detective series like a hole in the head, but I am going to look for this one. Hope the shoulder continues to improve.

Aug 18, 4:33pm Top

>285 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yes, my favorite season! Can't wait for this humid sticky mess to Go Away.

>286 Berly: Thanks, Berly! Have you read the Harry Bosch and/or Mickey Haller series by the same author?

Shoulder is feeling a bit painful right now, off to take some ibuprophen.

I bought another book - sigh - I was out with husband's Aunt Ann. We had a great day and spent about an hour and a half or so at Barnes & Noble. I was strong, only bought the one book - Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.

Aug 18, 4:50pm Top

Hi Karen, glad that Inara Starbuck got a clean bill of health at the vets and arthritis seems to be a common problem with kitty's. Leo was prescribed Metacam and then we found Arthriti-um tablets at the pet store and Leo has been having half a tablet every day and he is so much better.

Nice book haul from the thrift store my dear, I have been pretty good for most of this month and have not visited any charity shops or Dave's books for bargain books since about the 4th of August, I am saving my next book haul for Hay-on-Wye.

Sorry to hear your shoulder is giving you problems my dear, since I had shoulder and bicep surgery last year my left shoulder has been great, touchwood.

Hope you have a great weekend dear friend and send love and hugs.

Aug 19, 10:51am Top

>288 johnsimpson: Hi John! I couldn't find arthriti-um tablets here in the US.

It's always fun to look forward to books, eh?

I'm glad shoulder and bicep surgery has worked well for you. This isn't nearly as severe as anything that would require surgery, but it was not pleasant for all that.

This weekend is quiet, just errands, a Panthers/Titans football game at 3 p.m. that we only just found out about, and having the strapping 17-year old weed. He's doing a good job so far. My back and shoulder appreciate him, for sure! Husband's mowing the front 2 acres right now.

Dwain, our photographer friend, brought over the prints made from the gallery proof of Mom's painting. They're absolutely gorgeous and I'm going to take them over on Tuesday for framing. I might even switch out the original gallery proof and have them frame one for daughter with the expensive, like-the-original framing, Dwain did such a beautiful job.

Edited: Aug 19, 10:59am Top

I love quizzes, and just took this one:

Aug 19, 12:30pm Top

>290 karenmarie: Yes it was a fun quiz, said the Obsessive Compulsive Bookworm ;-)
Maybe you can provide a link for others to take the quiz?

Aug 19, 2:09pm Top

Hi Anita!

Here's the one that Berly posted on rosalita's thread:

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Aug 19, 3:28pm Top

>287 karenmarie: I don't think I have read anything by this author. I requested the one you reviewed from the library. : ) Glad your 17-year-old is taking care of the weeds and that you can rest the shoulder.

Aug 19, 4:39pm Top

Thanks for the Link - I enjoyed it, only puzzled over the Novels vs Non-fiction (out-of-print and B&N).

I'm about equal with both, reading novels straight through while have a couple of non-fiction books to
read only a few pages each night.

Aug 19, 6:02pm Top

Sorry to hear that your should is bothering you. I hope it feels better soon. I tried the quiz and I'm a dedicated reader.

Aug 19, 6:57pm Top

>293 Berly: Hi Berly! The-year-old is a friend's friends son. He did a great job, we paid him for 5 hours, he worked for about 4 1/2. I also bought him a sandwich combo from Subway before sending him on his way. I'd forgotten that to the left of the Crepe Myrtle should be a clear view to the trees at the creek, so a nice surprise when he cut out the volunteers.

>294 m.belljackson: Hi Marianne! I couldn't answer a couple of the questions absolutely correctly, so just winged it.

I'm 8 months into the year-long Bible as Literature read and reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible as a companion book, given to me for my birthday by my friend Karen in Montana. I'm also reading The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. Fiction is The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. I've also started and am debating whether to finish Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson and Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut.

>295 vancouverdeb: Thanks, Deborah! It's twinging occasionally, but much, much better. Ah, dedicated reader. Good for you. I don't know how many categories there are, unless what you see is what you get.

The Panthers lost their second pre-season game, but they came back from a large deficit and except for a screw-up at the end could have actually won it. The Cowboys are playing at seven. I'm not sure I can handle two football games today..... like diving into an icy pool without dipping your toe in first.

Edited: Aug 19, 11:06pm Top

Just a speak --- Hi, Karen! Hope your shoulder is feeling better after that massage! I'm off to learn whether I'm really the compulsive book snob that I think I am.
ETA Hmmmm. I turn out to be a dedicated reader too, but I could have checked every answer on at least a couple of questions, so I think that the results might be skewed by my attitude of the moment.....

Aug 20, 12:28am Top

Hi Karen- I'm glad your shoulder is feeling better. May it continue to get better and better!

I'm also a 'Literate Good Citizen', but unlike you, I'm only 80% good. That tickles my funny bone. I'm wondering what the 20% Literate BAD Citizen part of me does. Overdue library books? Reading without a license? Speeding through books? Of course we both know I have BAD to the bone ... yup, new books for me, too.

Edited: Aug 20, 11:06am Top

Hi Karen! I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

>290 karenmarie: Like Anita, I got "Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm." I take that to mean I'm a constant reader, but as with so many of these sorts of quizzes, the questions, or rather the answer choices, left a lot to be desired. :-)

Aug 20, 11:15am Top

>297 LizzieD: I agree that depending on attitude, the results can be skewed! My shoulder is coming along and I slept well last night - didn't wake myself up with pain when I turned over.

>298 streamsong: Hi Janet! Thank you. I wonder why you're only 80% good? We do both have BAD, agreed, so perhaps you're more-BAD right now and it read your mind.

>299 harrygbutler: I am, Harry, thank you. I agree that quizzes are never what we would feel to define us.

I'm off to create my new thread - give me a few and come visit me there!

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