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Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #14

This is a continuation of the topic Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #13 .

This topic was continued by Berly's ABCs -- Amidst Books and Chums #15 .

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Jul 22, 10:26am Top

Summer is in full bloom!! These flowers are in my yard.

It's time to play. Come see what I've been reading and share your thoughts. LT is all about books and friends. : )

Edited: Aug 1, 6:08pm Top

Reading Now
For We Are Many (A) by Dennis Taylor
In the Time of Butterflies -- August
Kafka on the Shore by Murakami -- August
The Sixth Extinction July Obama Read

The Sinister Pig -- July
Junie B. Jones -- August Obama Read
Mr. Rochester (449 pages) by Sarah Shoemaker
I Am No One (LTER) by Patrick Flannery

Read in August

Read in July / 3,010 pages / 19,004 YTD
63. Uprooted (464 pages) by Naomi Novik 4.5
62. Ecotopia (181 pages) by Ernest Callenbach 3.5
61. The Leavers (K) by Lisa Ko, RL Bookclub July read, pearl-ruled at 151 pages
60. The Underground Railroad (306 pages) by Colson Whitehead 3.5
59. Bad Feminist (318 pages) by Roxanne Gay (Thank you, Twin!) 4.0
58. The First Word (330 pages) (K) by Isley Robson 3.75
57. News of the World (224 pages) by Paulette Jiles 3.75
56. Stillhouse Lake (K) (300 pages) by Rachel Caine 4.0
55. Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle (400 pages) (K)( BAC) Georgette Heyer 3.0
54. The Lost City of the Monkey God (336 pages) (K) by Douglas Preston 3.75

Rating System
You probably won't see many below three because I am less afraid to use the Pearl rule now, but "Anathema" tickled me. So many books, so little time!

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

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

Edited: Jul 22, 10:33am Top

Read in June / 2,297pages / 15,994 YTD
53. The Ice Twins (K) (320 pages) by SK Tremayne 4.0
52. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (320 pages) A Meg Lanslow Mystery by Donna Andrews 3.5
51. The Wailing Wind (304 pages) by Tony Hillerman 4.0
50. The Almost Sisters (339 pages) (LTER) by Joshilyn Jackson 5.0
49. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (504 pages) by Harry Bingham 4.0
48. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Story: The Red Headed League (A) by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Simon Vance 3.5
47. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Story: A Scandal in Bohemia (A) by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Simon Vance 3.0
46. The Dream Lover (400 pages) (K) by Elizabeth Berg (June RL Bookclub #1) 3.0

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

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

Read in March / 3,448 pages / 9,026 YTD
31. We Are Called To Rise (305 pages) by Laura McBride 4.0
30. Self-Reliance (117 pages) by Ralph Waldo Emerson, March Obama Read 4.0
29. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (456 pages) by Anne Brontë 3.0
28. The Obsession (480pages) by Nora Roberts 3.5
27. The Sign of Four (92 pages) (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Read by Stephen Fry 3.0
26. Dr. Mütter's Marvels (304 pages) by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 4.5
25. Insidious (447 pages) by Catherine Coulter 3.5
24. Hunting Badger (324 pages) (K) A Leaphorn Mystery by Tony Hillerman 3.5
23. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (84 pages) (IR) by George Saunders 4.0
22. The Madwoman Upstairs (341 pages) by Catherine Lowell 3.75
21. The Globe: The Science of Discworld II (345 pages) by Terry Pratchett, for Paul's BAC 3.0
20. A Study in Scarlett (124 pages) (A) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, collection read by Stephen Fry 3.0
19. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (304 pages) (A) by Trevor Noah 5.0
18. The Night Beat (K) (30 pages?) Short story by Harry Bingham 3.75

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

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

Edited: Jul 22, 10:34am Top

Welcome to the President Obama Challenge!!

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

July--Summer Reads
1. All That Is, James Salter
2. The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
3. The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
4. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
5. Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow
6. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

August--Independent Bookstore Purchases
1. Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
2. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
3. Nora Webster, Colm Toibin
4. The Laughing Monsters, Denis Johnson
5. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos
6. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Dr. Atul Gawande
7. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, Katherine Rundell
8. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
9. Redwall series, Brian Jacques
10. Junie B. Jones series, Barbara Park
11. Nuts To You, Lynn Rae Perkins

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

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

And here are some other links:



(Coinciding with Mark's Poetry Month)

Completed This Year (✔ ✔ are ones I have read)
February -- Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo ✔ ✔
March -- Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson ✔ ✔
April -- Harry Potter And the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling ✔ ✔
May -- Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama ✔ ✔
June -- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead -- reading
July -- The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
August -- Being Mortal Dr. Atul Gawande ✔ ✔
Junie B. Jones series, Barbara Park

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


Edited: Jul 23, 10:30pm Top

Plans for Reading

The President Obama Reading Challenge
February - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo ✔ ✔
March - Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson ✔ ✔
April - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling ✔ ✔
May- Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama ✔ ✔
June -- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead ✔ ✔
July - The Sixth Extinction -- reading
August - Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande ✔ ✔
Junie B. Jones
September -
October -
November -
December -

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

And RL Book Club #2
January - snowed out : (
February - Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel ✔ ✔
March - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (read last year) ✔ ✔
April - Born A Crime by Trevor Noah ✔ ✔
May- Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance ✔ ✔
June - Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg ✔ ✔
July - The Leavers by Lisa Ko ✔ ✔
August - off
September -
October -
November -

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

January AAC - Kindred by Octavia Butler ✔ ✔
February BAC - The Globe: Discworld II by Terry Pratchett ✔ ✔
April - Poetry Month - milk and honey by rupi kaur ✔ ✔
April - Paul's CAC - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood ✔ ✔
June BAC - Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle (K) by Georgette Heyer ✔ ✔
August - AAC Patricia Highsmith
September - Short Story Month or The New Millennium
October - AAC Commonwealth (OS) Ann Pratchett and BAC Roald Dahl
November - AAC Russell Banks and BAC Poet Laureates
December - AAC Ernest Hemingway or BAC Neil Gaiman

luvamystery65/Roberta's Tony Hillerman and ???

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


August - Kafka on the Shore by Murakami

October - The Doll's House by Camilla Gudova
The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

Edited: Jul 22, 10:36am Top

These are series I still want to follow. This list will evolve over time...in no particular order.

# / Series / Author / Next Book / Progress
1 Chief Inspector Gamache / Penny, Louise / The Cruellest Month (#3) / 14% (2 of 14)
2 Dublin Murder Squad / French, Tana / The Likeness (#2) / 17% (1 of 6)
3 Constance Kopp / Stewart, Amy / Lady Cop Makes Trouble (#2) / 33% (1 of 3)
4 Cormoran Strike / Galbraith, Robert / Lethal White (#4) / 75% (3 of 4)
5 Alex Cross / Patterson et al / Along Came a Spider (#1) / 7% (2 of 27)
6 Alpha and Omega / Briggs, Patricia /Alpha and Omega (#0) / 38% (3 of 8))
7 Walt Longmire Mysteries / Johnson, Craig / Divorce Horse (#7.5) / 42% (8 of 19)
8 Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire / Duncan, Rod / The Custodian of Marvels (#3) / 67% (2 of 3)
9 Morgue Drawer / Profijt, Jutta / Morgue Drawer: Clink or Cooler? (#5) /80% (4 of 5)
10 Mercy Thompson/ Briggs, Patricia Shif/ting Shadows (#8.5) 83%/ (10 of 12)
11 Meg Langslow / Andrews, Donna/ We'll Always Have Parrots (#5) / 27% (6 of 22)
12 Spenser / Parker, Robert B / Promised Land (#4) / 13% (6 of 46)
13 Maggie Hope / MacNeal, Susan Elia/ Princess Elizabeth's Spy (#2) / 14% (1 of 7)
14 Fiona Griffiths / Bingham, Harry/ This Thing of Darkness (#4) / 50% (3 of 6)
15 Leaphorn & Chee / Hillerman, Tony/ Listening Woman (#3) / 29% (6 of 21)

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

Edited: Jul 22, 10:37am Top

New Books in 2017
✔ ✔ = read

GN=Graphic Novel
IR=INDIEspensable Readers
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

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

10. Wait for Signs (A) by Craig Johnson (Free--Audible)
11. The Night Bird (K) by Brian Freeman (Free--Kindle First Pre-Release)
12. Night of Fire by Colin Thubron, INDIEspensible Reader #63 ✔ ✔
13. Moonglow (IR) by Michael Chabon
14. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (from MichiganTrumpet) ✔ ✔
15: History of Wolves by Emily Fredlund, INDIEspensible Reader #64
16: Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith ✔ ✔
17. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
18. Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Christen O'Keefe Aptowicz ✔ ✔
19. Talking to the Dead (K) by Harry Bingham ✔ ✔
20. Love Story, With Murders (K) by Harry Bingham ✔ ✔
21. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (K) by Harry Bingham ✔ ✔
22. This Thing of Darkness (K) by Harry Bingham
23. The Dead House (K) by Harry Bingham
24. The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (K) by Douglas Preston ✔ ✔
25. Sherlock Holmes Collection (A) read by Stephen Fry (have read book 1, 2 ✔ ✔)
26. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders, INDIEspensible Reader #65 ✔ ✔
27. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Powell's INDIEspensible Reader #65
28. A Criminal Defense by William L Meyers, Jr (Free-K) no touchstone
29. 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die (A)
30. The Ice Twins: A Novel (K) by S. K. Tremayne ✔ ✔
31. Insidious by Catherine Coulter ✔ ✔
31. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
32. The Obsession BY Nora Roberts ✔ ✔
33. We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride ✔ ✔
34. Good poems selected by Garrison Keillor
33. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay Thank you BLBera!! ✔ ✔
35. Milk and Honey poetry by rupi kaur ✔ ✔
36. The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (I am on a Brontë tear this year!)
37. Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
38. Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir Aczel
39. Seamus Heaney collected works 1966-1987 (April--Mark's Poetry Month)
40. Kafka on the Shore by Murakami
41. A Wild Sheep Chase by Murakami ✔ ✔
42. Babayaga by Toby Barlow
43. Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (Tournament of Books)
44. Pond by Clare-Louise Bennett
45. All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks
46. The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky
47. For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2 (A) by Dennis E. Taylor
48. The Almost Sisters: A Novel (LT ER) by Joshilyn Jackson ✔ ✔
49. Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë ✔ ✔
50. The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) by Elly Griffiths
51. A Small Revolution (K) by Jimin Han (Free Kindle First)
52. News of the World (K) by Paulette Jiles (Ellen's Fault) ✔ ✔
53. Hillbillly Elegy by JD Vance ✔ ✔
54. The First Word by Isley Robson (Kindle First Reader-Free) ✔ ✔
55. As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark
56. The Grip of It by Jac Jemc, Powell's INDIEspensible Reader #66
57. Borne by Jeff Vandermeer, Powell's INDIEspensible Reader #66 ✔ ✔
58. Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker
59. The Sound of Gravel, by a Portland author Ruth Wariner
60. Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle (K) by Georgette Heyer ✔ ✔
61. The Deepest Grave (K) Fiona Griffiths #6 by Harry Bingham
62. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (June Free Kindle Read) ✔ ✔
63. The Leavers by Lisa Ko
64. The Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Grudoba, Powell's INDIEspensable #67
65. Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash, Powell's INDIEspensable #67
66. The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed by astronaut Scoot Parazynski (Amazon Kindle Free July Pick)

Edited: Jul 22, 4:15pm Top

Favorites from this year:

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (A) by Trevor Noah 5.0
Dr. Mütter's Marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 4.5
We Are Legion (A) by Dennis E. Taylor, Narrated by Ray Porter 4.5
Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott by Joyce Wallace Scott 5.0
The Vegetarian by Han Kang 4.5

Favorites from last year:

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

Jul 22, 10:23am Top

A little bit of this....

And now we're ready!!

Jul 22, 10:24am Top

Happy new thread and happy weekend!

Jul 22, 10:43am Top

You get speedy points!! Thanks for the warm welcome and happy weekend right back atcha!!! Any fun plans? I woke up at the crack of dawn and already went running. Hubby and I are spending the day in the office to get caught up and then I am out tonight with a friend. Hoping to chill tomorrow.

Jul 22, 10:46am Top

Happy new thread and happy weekend, Twinnie. I see you have In the Time of the Butterflies for your book club read for August -- GREAT novel. I love Alvarez.

Jul 22, 11:09am Top

Congrats on your shiny new thread, Kim and happy weekend.

Jul 22, 11:15am Top

>12 BLBera: Hi Twin! Yes, I am really looking forward to that one. Now if I could just find some time to get over my slump and through what I am in the middle of. My books have had very positive reviews but they are just not thrilling me at the moment. The Leavers has picked up a little bit now that I am on the second part in the voice of another character, so fingers crossed for that one. The Underground Railroad has been good but not great so far and I am not feeling very close to the main female character. Ecotopia is my daughter's school book and it is thought-provoking, but not particularly well written and it is a little weird. Right now, my favorite is my fun sci-fi audio of the Bobiverse. Go, Bob, go!! What are you reading now?

Jul 22, 11:16am Top

>13 Ameise1: Ahhh! I love that. Thanks, Barbara. Happy weekend to you!

Jul 22, 11:18am Top

Happy new thread! And what pretty flowers growing in your topper!

Jul 22, 11:34am Top

Thanks! I took a whole bunch of flower pictures on my walk this morning and just posted them on FB. Love my neighborhood! Happy weekend to you.

Jul 22, 12:18pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

Jul 22, 1:08pm Top

>11 Berly: No real plans for today. Got a whiney baby who wants to eat all day so we won't go far from the house. Perhaps an exciting trip to the grocery store lol
Enjoy your night out!

Jul 22, 1:43pm Top

Happy new thread! Gorgeous topper.

Jul 22, 1:46pm Top

Happy new thread, Berly!

Jul 22, 2:10pm Top

>18 scaifea: Hi Amber! Did you guys have more blueberry pancakes this morning? Charlie looks like a natural in the kitchen. 'Course he has you for a role model! : )

>19 ChelleBearss: I am not whiney, but I want to eat all day, too! LOL. I am always hungriest when I am trying to lose weight. So far, I have gained a pound, but I went down in body fat, so I am thinking I gained muscle and I am good with that. Have fun at the grocery store (!) and I hope you get a nap.

>20 banjo123: Thanks! I took a bunch of pictures on my walk today and put them up on FB. That one is my favorite of the day.

>21 karenmarie: Thank you. Happy Saturday!

Jul 22, 2:49pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim.

Jul 22, 3:13pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

I see Born a Crime as one of your favorites so far. That's in my soonish future. I hear the audio is terrific, but I normally only do audios on car trips, and we don't have one coming up until maybe December. Hmm. I may have to read it in print.

Jul 22, 3:29pm Top

>22 Berly: We DID have more blueberry pancakes, and they were delicious!

Jul 22, 3:31pm Top

Well, hello Kim.

Jul 22, 4:02pm Top

Happy new thread Kim my dear, hope you are having a good weekend. Sending love and hugs dear friend.

Edited: Jul 22, 5:06pm Top

>23 majleavy: Thanks, Michael! It's nice to have a new face on LT.

>24 jnwelch: Joe--I am sure Born A Crime will be great in print, too. It's just that Trevor Noah has such great delivery and when he speaks the African languages, it is so authentic and beautiful. I almost recommend holding off for the audio. Anyone else read BaC in print? How was it?

>25 scaifea: Yum! I'll come next weekend, okay?

>26 weird_O: Hello, Bill. :

>27 johnsimpson: Thanks, John. xoxo

Edited: Jul 22, 4:40pm Top

>28 Berly:, ? Lol.

Jul 22, 4:54pm Top

>28 Berly: - I completely agree with your sentiments re the audio of Born a Crime, Kim. Not knowing a language would tend to make me want to skim or skip those passages if I were seeing them in print, rather than attempt pronunciation on my own but hearing him speak them not only gives it that authenticity you speak of but it's just so lovely to hear a foreign language being spoken. Joe, hold off and listen to it!! :-)

Jul 22, 4:57pm Top

>28 Berly:, >30 jessibud2: Thanks! You're convincing me. :-)

Jul 22, 5:11pm Top

Thanks my dear.

Jul 22, 5:37pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

>24 jnwelch: >28 Berly: I read Born a crime in print, loved it!

Jul 22, 6:28pm Top

Happy Saturday, Kimmers! Happy New Thread! Hooray for Books & Chums!!

I hope The Underground Railroad turns around for you. I LOVED that one.

Jul 22, 6:42pm Top

>14 Berly: I think you are not in the right mind for either of the books you're reading. Pick up something lighter and leave those for later, when you might enjoy them more. I loved both TUR and TL.

Jul 22, 11:27pm Top

>4 Berly: that guy is so familiar- I feel like he's an old friend who moved away. I wish he would move back....

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.

Sorry for sullying your new thread with trump-talk. Happy newest!!!

Jul 23, 12:45am Top

I have really just started getting into audio in the last few months, although I have been a reader my whole half-century life. Being a purest (I don't read ebooks either), I previously poo-pooed audio books until recently, when my husband was getting a bit sleepy driving back from Iowa. I suggested listening to the new Al Franken book to engage him. I loved it!

So since then I have "read" HUNGER and am now listening to JANESVILLE, during my 30-minute commute.

I bought and started BaC months ago in print, but didn't read much because something else came along and life got in the way. I am thinking now of adding it to my audio list, after the Danticat book on death and David Sedaris's newest.

Jul 23, 1:16am Top

Happy new thread Kimmers. #14 is quite a number and by far the most you've ever managed.

Have a great weekend. xx

Jul 23, 6:45am Top

>38 alphaorder: - Another vote here for Born a Crime on audio. It's a must! (just saying)

Jul 23, 7:54am Top

Hi Berly!

I'm listening to Born a Crime on audio - in the house - not in my car - the first audiobook ever listened to in the house! It's fantastic and I'm so glad I got the audiobook instead of the paper book.

Jul 23, 8:44am Top

>28 Berly: Ha! You're welcome anytime!

Jul 23, 10:24am Top

>33 johnsimpson: : )

>34 FAMeulstee: See! I don't think you can go wrong with Born a Crime. Thanks for the input.

>35 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks for being a regular on my threads. Love seeing you. I will get back to The Underground Railroad, but probably not today. ; )

>36 BLBera: I think you are right. I am going to save them for a week or so and then give them anther try. I don't want to ruin a great read by being in the wrong frame of mind.

>37 Ireadthereforeiam: The pigeon/chess board is a very funny (sad) analogy of the trump phenomenon. Did you know that trump has the word rump in it? Which is just another way to say ass. Just saying. I thought of that all on my own!

Jul 23, 10:34am Top

>38 alphaorder: And a whole new world has opened up! I am glad you are enjoying audio books now--you've got some great ones picked out. And you should DEFINITELY add BaC to the list.

I have been commuting to work with my husband lately and although I love him and our conversations dearly, I miss my morning audio time. LOL

>39 PaulCranswick: Hi! 14 threads for me is a world record! I think the most I have had previously was 8 or 9 for the entire year. I have no idea what the difference is, but it's fun!

>40 jessibud2: Exactly. Thanks for chiming in!

>41 karenmarie: Yay for firsts! And for Born A Crime on audio being such a hit! It is absolutely one of my favorite all-time books.

>42 scaifea: : )

Jul 23, 11:41am Top

Hi Berly.

To answer your question from the tag end of your previous thread, I'll be teaching AP English Lit, 12th grade composition, and one section of 11th grade American Lit/Composition. I've moved to a new school and haven't yet met my grade level or interdisciplinary teams or even my department colleagues, so I have no idea of the established contents/contexts for those classes. I'll have about a week to start planning for the the new semester.

Jul 23, 1:17pm Top

>45 majleavy: Michael--I am hoping for your sake that you have taught these classes before, even if elsewhere, so that you have some idea for lessons plans, timelines, etc. Are you excited for the move? Those are some of my favorite classes. Good luck!!

Jul 23, 1:21pm Top

HI, Kim. I dropped in midday yesterday but just lurked. Happy New Thread! Lovely flowers.

Jul 23, 1:25pm Top

Hi Roni! Lurking is perfectly acceptable. But I am even happier you came back and posted! ; ) Happy Sunday.

Jul 23, 1:37pm Top

>47 ronincats: I thought I saw you poking around, Roni. I was doing the same thing.

Kim, I'm staggered by the traffic through your place here. Thanks for stopping by to ogle my stack o' new-to-me books. Better results from your reading of The Underground Railroad should be coming up just past the next station. Don't jump off, 'cause it's too far to walk in the dark. Haha.

Jul 23, 6:16pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim! Have a great week!

Jul 23, 6:21pm Top

50 posts in, I'm here to wish you a happy new thread!

Jul 23, 9:06pm Top

Puff Puff Puff. Finally caught up. I'm worried about your allergies, otherwise your life seems full of good times.

Jul 23, 10:54pm Top

Waving 'hello' Kim.

We love watching Trevor Noah and I'm sure his autobiography is fascinating. Listening to him read it on audio must really bring it to life.

Jul 24, 12:35am Top

>49 weird_O: Hi! Well, I followed your advice and didn't jump off the train. Made it to the last stop with mixed feelings on the book. I am going to let it settle a little before I comment. ; )

>50 tymfos: Thanks! And you, too. : )

>51 katiekrug: Hi Katie. Thanks for popping in. Here's wishing you a great week!

>52 ffortsa: Take a deep breath! In...out.... See? It's all good. You are caught up again. LOL. Well, I am finished with the prednisone and I have an appointment with the allergist this week. Things are going pretty well in that department right now.

>53 humouress: *waving back* Yup. We love Trevor's show here.

Jul 24, 4:12am Top

Hi Kim, wishing you a good start into the new week.

Edited: Jul 25, 10:29am Top

Happy Monday, Kim! I have borrowed a copy of Born a Crime from a colleague — the coordinator of our campus Peace Corps office. She gets the summers off, lucky duck, and she left the book with me in May with the idea that I would read it this summer and give it back when she returns in August. And now I look around and it's almost August, so I'd better get on the stick and start reading! I expect to enjoy it but because it's a hardback and a loaner, I hesitate to carry it back and forth on my commute for fear of mucking it up.

Jul 24, 11:44am Top

Happy nearly-new thread!

Jul 24, 1:54pm Top

Hi Kim--I need to find my copy of Kafka on the Shore to get ready for the August group read. I can't believe it's already nearly August.

We've been home since June with no travel plans until October, and I'm getting antsy. My middle son and his wife have been in Berlin, Israel visiting her family, and are now in Paris, and my youngest son is now in London and will be joining middle son in Paris tomorrow. They texted me a photo of them in the Monet Water Lilies Museum. I am so jealous!

>43 Berly: I refer to him as T-Rump (as in T-Rex) in all my correspondence.

Jul 24, 3:45pm Top

>46 Berly: Hi Kim. AP Lit is totally new to me. I've taught AP Art History before, but that probably won't help. 11th grade is my long time specialty, but my curriculum for that is highly idiosyncratic. 12th grade I've been teaching as a year long film class for the last half-dozen years, so that'll be a total makeover.

Still, I've been teaching English in the same barrio for 15 years, so I'm not really worried.

I'm mostly jazzed about the new challenge. The school I'm leaving was a small semi-autonomous Academy within the LA school district, for which I wrote the proposal. Over 7 years we'd built it into the top academy school on LA's Eastside. The school I'm moving to is on the same campus, and is near the bottom of the Eastside pile, academically. Still, it's got a Social Justice focus which will fit me well, and the Principal and some of the staff are former colleagues from further back in the day. It was internal politics that compelled me to make a switch - I fancy myself now in the lineage of Steve Jobs, Vladimir Lenin, Pancho Villa, and the Snapchat guy.

I'm still a long way from getting everyone's bio straight, so I've either forgotten or never knew: are/were you a teacher yourself?

Jul 24, 3:51pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim. I've dusted off my copy of Kafka on the Shore and can't wait for the August group read.

Edited: Jul 25, 9:45am Top

>55 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. Monday went pretty well. Tuesday is going to be spent at the doctor's office. The dermatologist for my son and the allergist for me. Joy. Hope your Tuesday is more fun that that!! LOL

>56 rosalita: Julia--I am totally jealous of your co-workers schedule--summers off would be wonderful. At least she was nice enough to leave you Born a Crime and, yes, you better hurry up and start reading that one! Can you leave the paper cover off so it doesn't get ruined on the commute?

>57 drneutron: Hi Jim! New, young or old, happy to see you pop up on my thread. : )

>58 arubabookwoman: Deborah--I love the Monet Water Lilies Museum! And I miss Paris in general. I haven't been in about 20 years, so we can be jealous together. ; )

T-rump works for me. Sadly.

Edited: Jul 25, 3:14pm Top

>59 majleavy: Michael--I have held several job titles (more on that another time), but teacher was never one of them. I have been on the board of a few private schools (my kids variously attended Montesori, a foreign language immersion school and one for kids with learning differences) and helped create the library and computer systems for one including Intel Readers to help dyslexics, but I have never run a classroom. You have my utmost respect!!

Glad to hear you are psyched for the change. Sounds like you are more than up for the challenge. Good luck and have fun with it! I expect updates throughout the year. ; )

>60 cameling: Caro--So glad you are on board!

Here's a reminder -- The August read of Kafka on the Shore by Murakami is almost here!! GO find your copy. : )

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.

Come join us!!


Edited: Jul 25, 1:16pm Top

I have a copy of Kafka on the Shore right where I can see it. Have to read 400+ pages about photographer Diane Arbus; I hope to do that before July ends.

Edited: Jul 25, 10:31am Top

>61 Berly: That's a good idea to leave the dust jacket here at work and just carry the book back and forth. I don't know why that didn't occur to me but sometimes we just need one of our smart friends to point out what we've overlooked. I'll give that a try!

Jul 25, 11:20am Top

That is a beautiful dahlia you have in your yard! And nice background flowers, too. Happy New Thread!

>62 Berly: I am excited for this group read. Should we make a special thread for it?

Jul 25, 1:13pm Top

>62 Berly: - Kim, I am going to wimp out of the Murakami group read (which I only reluctantly agreed to). My excuse is that in exactly one week, I have a friend visiting from the States. She will be here for a week then we will be travelling for another week and I am not likely to get much reading done and will probably want something light and easy (my first and only Murakami was neither). I will give him a try at some other time, just not this time....

(backs out of the room quietly...)

Jul 25, 1:23pm Top

I have a copy of Kafka on the Shore sitting here looking at me hopefully.....

Jul 25, 3:13pm Top

>63 weird_O: Bill-- I also have a few books I have to finish up before I dive into Murakami. ; )

>64 rosalita: Julia--Ha! Happy to be of service. Hope it does the trick.

>65 EBT1002: Hi Ellen--I am glad you like my flower topper. I do love to take photos of flowers. Actually I like close-ups of almost anything, especially textures.

I made a thread for our group read. I'll post the link below.

>66 jessibud2: Shelley--Sadness! You will be missed on the group read, but I totally respect your decision. Sometimes it is just not the right time. And, by the way, your excuse is a darn good one! Hope you have an excellent time.

>67 karenmarie: Karen--you need to reassure your book! Look directly at it and tell it in a firm, loving voice that in about a week you are going to pick it up and open to the first page and reassure it that you are indeed going to be very good friends over the course of its roughly 480 pages. You'll both feel better!!

Jul 25, 3:14pm Top

Jul 25, 4:26pm Top

Enjoy your Kafka read! I would like to tackle some Murakami someday, but 600 pages is a little out of reach for me right now :-p

Jul 25, 7:18pm Top

>70 ChelleBearss: Mine is only 467 pages. Does that help draw you back in? If not, you certainly have a good excuse. LOL : )

Jul 26, 6:45am Top

Hey Kim, I just read and LOVED The Almost Sisters. Scrolling through the reviews I see you did, too. This one needs more warbling in the 75ers, don't you think?

Jul 26, 8:45am Top

Hi Berly! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

>68 Berly: I have tentatively promised the book I'll start it. It perked up some. *smile*

Jul 26, 9:46am Top

Ah yes, Murakami. I did say I'd try to join. Right now I'm looking at a fairly long book for September for my downtown f2f group, but I might be able to pace myself and read the two in parallel. Not my usual style however, so we'll see how it goes. Thread up already? Are you sneaking ahead of us?

Jul 26, 10:00am Top

Happy Tuesday, Kim! Sorry yours will be tied up with appointments, but here's hoping they go smoothly and quickly.

I am excited about the Murakami read coming up, so I'll pop over to the thread for it next - thanks for setting it up. And guess what I grabbed at the library - The Almost Sisters! I love her books, so I am looking forward to indulging in this one.

Jul 26, 10:30am Top

>72 lauralkeet: Laura--So glad you loved The Almost Sisters, too!! Here is my repeat warble from June...

Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson 5.0

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

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

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

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

Jul 26, 10:37am Top

>73 karenmarie: Well done, Karen. ; )

>74 ffortsa: Hi, Judy. The thread is up and, no, I am not cheating by reading ahead. Honestly, don't you trust me? LOL. I have merely located my copy of Kafka on the Shore. I hope the side by side reading method works for you!

>75 Crazymamie: Crazy!! So happy to see you. Awesome! And I am glad you are ready to go on Murakami -- should be strange and fun. : )

Timing is everything -- I love that you just picked up The Almost Sisters -- I hope you enjoy as much as Laura and I did. It is a perfect summer read. Happy Wednesday!

Jul 26, 1:35pm Top

Hi, Kim.

The Almost Sisters sounds really good. I'll follow up.

I'm ready for Kafka on the Shore. I liked it so much the first time, I bought a second copy in a nice hard copy. I'll use the paperback for the re-read.

Jul 26, 8:43pm Top

>62 Berly: Thanks for the kind words and the interest, Kim. Looks like you know summat about education, anyway. I will keep you posted.

Jul 26, 8:54pm Top

Hey Twin - I'll try to get in on the Kafka on the Shore read.

Jul 26, 9:16pm Top

Hi, Kimmers. I hope your week is going well. I just landed my audio copy of Kafka, so I am on board for a reread. This is first reread of a Murakami. I plan on starting it, in about 2 weeks.

Jul 26, 9:24pm Top

>78 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Hope you enjoy The Almost Sisters.

I love that you are up for a re-read!! That says a lot for Kafka on the Shore. Jealous that you have a pretty hard-cover version. ; )

>79 majleavy: I claim to know very little about actually leading a full-time classroom, but I am a regular and enthusiastic volunteer, from art to science, reading and writing. One of my favorites was a program a teacher and I instigated using books to springboard weekly science experiments for grade schoolers. Since reading and science are both true loves of mine, that was a very fun project. And, of course, I tested it out on my own kids first!! They liked it, too. ; )

How is your vacation going?

>80 BLBera: Awesome!! That means I get to "see" more of you.

Edited: Jul 26, 9:25pm Top

>81 msf59: And Mark is on board!! Yay! I am still on first reads for Murakami, but it sounds like we will have both first timers and old hats on board for this one. Fun!

You'll have to let us know how the audio version is...

Jul 27, 10:30am Top

>82 Berly: Vacation is good so far. Saw a world premiere production last night of "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" at the Santa Fe Opera; music by Mason Bates, libretto by Mark Campbell. Very good work, the crowd went wild. Very nimble libretto with a fabulous production involving movable set pieces and projections. Music very easy on the ear, resolutely tonal with some electronics added; a little less adventurous than I like in opera - tending toward the Broadway musical style (which I also enjoy).

Tonight is Beethoven's Grosse Fugue in Albuquerque.

I'm going to post some photos on my thread from the Museum of International Folk Art, when I can manage it.

Jul 27, 1:42pm Top

Just waving 👋 Kim before I miss your thread altogether...
Love the flowers.

Jul 27, 1:58pm Top

>71 Berly: HA! If it was 467 pages of James Patterson perhaps, a nice easy read. But I don't think Murakami is the easiest of reads!

Jul 27, 4:20pm Top

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

Jul 27, 5:55pm Top

Hi Kim, hope things are going well.

Jul 27, 6:45pm Top

Howdy, Kim!! I've got my copy of Kafka on the Shore but I've got to tell you, if my reserved Booker nominations come in, I'm going to have to drop out :0( You know how that is.

Jul 28, 1:06am Top

>84 majleavy: Sounds fantastic!!! I cannot believe there is an opera about Steve Jobs. LOL. I will head over to your thread to check for pictures.

>85 charl08: My thread doesn't travel THAT fast! ; ) Glad to see you though. *waves back*

>86 ChelleBearss: Well, you can't blame a girl for trying.

>87 johnsimpson: Excellent day, John! See the next post...

>88 lindapanzo: Things are going very well. Although I found out at the doctor that I not only have asthma, I actually have VCD, which is Vocal Cord Disorder. The doctor said, "You sound great!" after listening to my lungs. And I said, "What?! What about this?" And I exhaled really fast and produced a very constricted wheezy sound up high in my chest/throat which she couldn't hear with the stethoscope focused lower. She sent me back in for another breathing test and wala!! VCD. Sigh. Hoping it is temporary and a result of the pneumonia earlier this year. And something that is easy to fix!!

It isn't severe and I am still doing my TKD. Performing with the Demo Team before an International Demo Team next weekend. Yay!

>89 Carmenere: Well then, you better start reading Kafka early!! : )

Edited: Jul 28, 1:19am Top

I went to a class at Bulls Eye glass today, learning how to make sheets of glass. It was so much fun!! Here are a few pictures.

My close-ups of the patterns lost some of the color. They are more blue.

Jul 28, 4:01am Top

>90 Berly: You're nearly at 100 before a week is out, not exactly slow-moving either!

Love the blue glass. Are you going to make your own?

Jul 28, 6:33am Top

Oh, wow, that glass is beautiful! Very cool!

Jul 28, 6:42am Top

Wow, that class looks amazing!

Jul 28, 8:02am Top

The sheet glass is very cool! (well, not temperature-wise, I mean). Did you do the patterning yourself? Did you get to keep the sheet and what will you use it to make, later?

Jul 28, 8:33am Top

Hi Berly!

Your glass-making class sounds fun! And thank you for sharing the pics - the results are gorgeous.

Jul 28, 8:59am Top

Love the glass, Twinnie.

I hope with you that VCD is temporary and easy to treat. How are the allergies?

Hooray for the TKD demo!

Have a lovely weekend.

Jul 28, 9:35am Top

Sorry about the VCD and hope they can knock it out for you.

The glasswork is beautiful and looks like a lot of fun! I am hooked on watching demonstration videos from the Corning Museum of Glass on YouTube. I think glassblowers and artists who work with glass are amazing.

Edited: Jul 29, 6:56pm Top

>92 charl08: No, I will never make my own, unless they start having open pour time at Bulls Eye. It requires way too much equipment, ventilation, etc. This was the first time they offered this class and I jumped on it when I saw the email!

>93 scaifea: Thanks! Bulls Eye has been under a lot of scrutiny over the past year due to air pollution, but they have worked very hard to get things under control again and they just started up production of some of their colors last month using a new air filtration process. I think they handled the whole thing very well and I want to support them. They are an international leader in hand-made glass production.

>94 lauralkeet: I haven't had the time to take a class there in soooo long! I've missed it. : )

>95 jessibud2: They taught us a bunch of different ways to make patterns and we each got to try two times. Yes, we get to keep the sheets!! Some of the patterns are really cool (I think!) and I will probably cut out a largish square or two to make simple platters without doing anything but molding them into shape. Other areas I would love to cut out long strips and then mix up the pieces and patterns to get a more mosaic look or intersperse with other sheets I have already bought. I will definitely have to schedule some open workshop time for cutting and molding. Someday, I would love to get a kiln for the garage.

>96 karenmarie: Don't you like my bad-ass glasses?! LOL

>97 BLBera: Thanks! I thought my allergies were doing well, but my doc thinks they are contributing to the VC irritation. Post nasal drip at night. So taking more meds. I go back in 6 weeks to check on progress. Like I said, not dying, but could be better.

I have put all books aside and picked up a new one, Uprooted. Total fantasy, magic, and I am loving it! I thought I had entered the book and whose fault it was that I was reading it, but apparently not. Thanks whoever wrote the review that sucked me in! I'll figure it out eventually.

Happy Friday everyone!

Jul 28, 11:53am Top

>99 Berly: I think I saw it on Julia's thread. I might have to find a copy of Uprooted as well...

Have a great weekend.

Jul 28, 12:05pm Top

>91 Berly: You are rocking that look, Kim! And how very cool that you got to do that. Those sheets are beautiful.

Sorry to hear about the VCD. Boo! Sending healing mojo your way and wishing you well.

Hoping your Friday is full of fabulous!

Jul 28, 1:40pm Top

>91 Berly: That is SO COOL.

Jul 28, 1:40pm Top

Sorry to hear about the VCD. Sigh. Take good care, Kim. xo

Jul 28, 2:05pm Top

Ouch. Hope the VCD improves soon!

Jul 28, 3:25pm Top

Hi Kim, love the glass making photos my dear, it looks like you had a good time and the colours are great.

Jul 28, 6:20pm Top

That class looks very cool! What do you use the sheets for after?

Jul 28, 7:27pm Top

The glass work is cool. Good blue-collar look for you, too.

Jul 28, 9:01pm Top

Hope the VCD is temporary.

Jul 29, 6:31am Top

Hi Berly!

>99 Berly: I do like your bad-ass glasses! The whole look is way cool. You look like one of the pros from Dover (M.A.S.H. reference) - you could have been the teacher demoing how to pour properly!

Edited: Jul 29, 10:39am Top

>100 BLBera: Still loving Uprooted, Twin. About third of the way in. I will check out Julia's thread. Thanks!

>101 Crazymamie: Thanks, Crazy. Love having you show up. : )

I had so much fun making the glass. It's fun to have something new to look forward to and I get a keepsake I will use in a future project. Happy Weekend!

>102 EBT1002: : )

>103 EBT1002: Ellen--Thanks--trying!!

>104 drneutron: Jim--Let's just say that my Kiyap in TKD is not very loud right now. So, I have to use my tiger eyes to scare my opponent instead. LOL

Jul 29, 10:44am Top

>105 johnsimpson: So much fun, John! I had no choice in the color selection, but I do like how they turned out. Happy Anniversary to you and Karen!!

>106 ChelleBearss: Chelle--The sheets can be cut into smaller pieces and then used to make plates or coasters or just plain ol' art. I will post a few of my past pieces later so you can see.

>107 majleavy: Michael--You like the look, huh? ; )

>108 thornton37814: Lori--Me, too!! The VCD isn't horrible. Just not right.

>109 karenmarie: Karen--Why, thank you very much! I wish I had smiled more in the photos, but I was concentrating on not spilling molten glass everywhere!! Besides, the serious face does go well with the bad-ass glasses.

Edited: Jul 29, 10:50am Top

>98 rosalita: I almost missed you up there, Julia!! Bulls Eye has a video series, too, but you have to pay a nominal fee to watch them. I am going to look up the one you mentioned. Glad you like my hobby!

And it was you that recommended Uprooted! Loving it. : )

Edited: Jul 29, 11:14am Top

Here are some other pieces I have made. First the glass is cut into shapes from larger sheets of glass and placed to make patterns, etc. Then the pieces are fired to melt them into a flat single sheet again. This is then heated to form it to the desired shape by placing them over heat resistant molds. Some of these are before and others after firing.

This finished plate is most similar to what I just did, with slightly different colors. But this was a sheet made by staff at Bulls Eye and this last time I made the sheet!! : )

Jul 29, 1:22pm Top

They're beautiful! I'd put the last one on the wall.

Jul 29, 5:23pm Top

>113 Berly: Awesome.

Jul 29, 5:50pm Top

Kim, your glass work is beautiful! I've never known anyone who does this type of craft and it's really fascinating.

Jul 29, 6:40pm Top

That glasswork is amazing, Kim! And I'm glad you are enjoying Uprooted!

Jul 29, 6:58pm Top

Love your glass work!
And sorry to say will decline the Kafka invitation - naughty me, I should push myself, but am part way through the Soviet doorstop Secondhand Time and nearly done with Murder on the Orient Express in advance of the film (well in advance it seems, the film is scheduled for release in November!).

Jul 29, 10:50pm Top

>91 Berly: What a great action picture, Kimmers!

I am in a rut my dear, quite frankly. Struggling with pretty serious and quite personal life issues between Hani and I. I have read only one book the whole month and hardly posted (well by my standards).

Sorry I haven't kept up nearly as well as I would normally do.

Jul 29, 11:57pm Top

>113 Berly: Wow! You're either very talented or the glasses have great power.

Edited: Jul 30, 1:12am Top

>114 charl08: Thanks!! I don't have any of my pieces on the wall, but they are on stands scattered throughout the house.

>115 EBT1002: : )

>116 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura. I definitely enjoy working with the glass. I love all the colors, the combinations, the special effects. And quite frankly, I am just a beginner. The artwork on display in the Bulls Eye store is AMAZING!! I have so much to learn.

>117 ronincats: Thank you very much and YES!!

Jul 30, 1:25am Top

>118 Ireadthereforeiam: Fine, fine, fine. Be that way. ; ) I hope we can find something else to read together later this year. ; )

>119 PaulCranswick: Action photo" Yes, LOL. I am glad you like it.

Paul, it's so very nice to see you my friend. : ) No apologies necessary. Just so glad to SEE you! I am so sorry you are going through a rough patch. You know I wish you the very best. I miss your usual cheery cheeky self and hope that life gets YOU back to YOU very soon. And that you find time to read another book or two. BIG hugs.

>120 majleavy: I am just following the wishes of the glass. It kinda speaks to me. : )

Jul 30, 3:31am Top

>91 Berly: Great photos, Kim. Love them.
>113 Berly: I like your art.

Wishing you a fabulous Sunday.

Jul 30, 8:48am Top

Thanks for sharing all the photos, Berly!

Happy Sunday to you.

Okay, I just pulled Kafka on the Shore off the shelf. I've moved the lamp 1" to the left to accommodate it in the "I'm reading now" place for books I don't actually carry around the house with me. Watch me, here I go..... opening the book.....

Jul 30, 10:06am Top

Oh, I see! Those are very nice!!

Jul 30, 10:46am Top

>122 Berly: I get you.

Jul 30, 11:18am Top

Jack's soccer team won 5-0, 4-0, and 3-2. He scored 3 times. : ) Off to the semi's this morning...

Jul 30, 4:53pm Top

>127 Berly: Wow, congratulations to Jack and his team!

Jul 30, 4:55pm Top

>113 Berly: Wow! You are so talented. I LOVE the glass.

Jul 30, 5:01pm Top

Big congratulations to Jack and his team my dear.

Edited: Jul 30, 10:47pm Top

Your glasswork is stunning, Kim! You have a real eye for color and form. Thanks for sharing the pretties with us!

I am delighted but unsurprised that you are loving Uprooted. It's terrific.

Jul 30, 10:48pm Top

Joy all around.

Jul 31, 6:58am Top

Oh gosh, your glass work is amazing!

Jul 31, 3:12pm Top

>123 Ameise1: Thanks and Happy Monday!!

>124 karenmarie: Oooh! You opened THE BOOK! I am hoping to finish up one today so I can start Kafka on the Shore tomorrow. ; )

>125 ChelleBearss: : )

>126 majleavy: And another : )

Jul 31, 3:18pm Top

>128 FAMeulstee: They won!! Jack was less enthused because they were only in the Silver division this time, but they had pretty decisive wins. The final was 4-0 in their favor.

>129 BLBera: Thank you!

>130 johnsimpson: Another medal for the collection. Jack is busy calling college soccer coaches today to see if he can go meet with them and do a practice. I am not sure he wants to play in college. It is a big time commitment. We shall see...

>131 rosalita: I am flattered by your compliments. Thank you. I do really enjoy working with glass. The patterns and possibilities are endless. I hope to schedule some open studio time this fall. I have about 100 pages left in Uprooted.

>132 weird_O: >133 scaifea: Happiness. : )

Edited: Jul 31, 10:25pm Top

I won an LT ER copy of Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman. Yay!!

From Harper Collins: The author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Jonah explores questions of love and choice, disappointment and hope in the lives of two strangers who meet by chance in this mesmerizing tale that unfolds over one Thanksgiving Day.
Adam is a former musician and recovering alcoholic who is home for Thanksgiving for the first time in many years. Surrounded by his parents and siblings, nieces and nephews—all who have seen him at his worst—he can’t shake the feeling that no matter how hard he tries, he’ll always be the one who can’t get it right.
Marissa is a flight attendant whose marriage is strained by simmering tensions over race, class, and ambition. Heading to her in-laws for their picture-perfect holiday family dinner, her anxiety is intensified by the knowledge she is pregnant from an impulsive one-night-stand.
In an airport restaurant on Thanksgiving morning, Adam and Marissa meet. Over the course of this day fraught with emotion and expectation, these two strangers will form an unlikely bond as they reckon with their family ties, their pasts, and the choices that will determine their way forward.
Joshua Max Feldman focuses his knowing eye on one of the last bastions of classical American idealism, the Thanksgiving family gathering, as he explores our struggles to know—and to be—our best selves. Hilarious and heartrending, Start Without Me is a thoughtful and entertaining page-turner that will leave its indelible mark on your heart.

Edited: Aug 1, 9:25pm Top

My August reads to start with....

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do by Wallace J. Nichols

For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2) by Dennis E. Taylor

Kafka on the Shore group read by Haruki Murakami--join us!!


The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (my late July Obama Read)

Edited: Aug 1, 12:08am Top

Here is the August list for the Obama thread:


August--Independent Bookstore Purchases
1. Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
2. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
3. Nora Webster, Colm Toibin
4. The Laughing Monsters, Denis Johnson
5. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos
6. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Dr. Atul Gawande
7. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, Katherine Rundell
8. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
9. Redwall series, Brian Jacques
10. Junie B. Jones series, Barbara Park
11. Nuts To You, Lynn Rae Perkins

I already finished Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Dr. Atul Gawande earlier this year. Maybe now I can catch up on my July read of The Sixth Extinction! And maybe I'll slip in a Junie B. Jones.

Aug 1, 2:17am Top

Laughing at a new phrase by Trevor Noah on the Daily Show regarding the White House now suffering from "Retention Deficit Disorder" after the firing of Scaramucci (11 whole days in office and he doesn't even officially start until Aug 15th!)!!

Edited: Aug 1, 2:34am Top

Look what I have to look forward to...HOT, HOT, HOT!! Every day should break a record. The all-time high for Portland is 107. We could still beat it. Ugh.

Aug 1, 6:27am Top

That is a thoroughly gross 7-day forecast! Our weather seems to have moderated at least for this week, but clearly it's because the sun is concentrating on the PNW.

Aug 1, 6:49am Top

>139 Berly: - Haha, good one! Sheesh, what a circus. Between hirings and firings and tweetings, how does trump find the time in his busy days to actually do any work?

Aug 1, 3:30pm Top

Can we swap some weather with you my dear, according to reports we are going to have a very wet August so not much of a summer for us, a few days of your really hot weather for a few wet days.

Aug 1, 6:07pm Top

>141 rosalita: Thank you for validating my reaction!! I am glad your weather is cooperating.

>142 jessibud2: Clearly, he doesn't : P

>143 johnsimpson: If you can work a trade with the weather gods I am up for it!!!

Aug 1, 6:14pm Top

WOAH 106F = 41.1111DegC. That is insane. I hope you have a cool drink and a shady spot.

Aug 1, 6:52pm Top

>145 Ireadthereforeiam: These temperatures may be normal for Arizona, but not Portland!! A shady spot is not going to cut it. Inside with AC is the only way to go.

Aug 1, 7:29pm Top

Aug 1, 9:22pm Top

>137 Berly: Your July reads? Is it the heat or are you drinking heavily? I loved The Sixth Extinction. I don't think I warbled loud enough about that one.

>140 Berly: That is ridiculous! Keep cool, Kimmers!

Glad to hear Kafka is off to a good start for you. It is amazing!

Aug 1, 9:27pm Top

>147 jessibud2: : )

>148 msf59: Duh! AUGUST reads. I think it was the heat. Definitely the heat. LOL. Fixed. ; )

Thank you. Accepting all cold and cool thoughts right now.

Yay for Kafka!

Aug 1, 9:33pm Top

I was hoping it was the drinking...smiles.

Aug 1, 9:53pm Top

Drinking was not happening last night...but it might tonight! You never know. ; )

Aug 1, 10:04pm Top

Go Kimmers! Go Kimmers!

Edited: Aug 1, 10:09pm Top

Your enthusiasm is...well...enthusiastic!! Drinking in moderation only tonight, Mark. It is a week night after all.

Edited: Aug 2, 3:00am Top

Ugh. The heat is even slowing down transportation!! We should break 105˚F the next two days.

Aug 2, 5:52am Top

Edited: Aug 2, 7:57am Top

Aug 2, 8:47am Top

Hi Berly!

Yikes, what an awful forecast! I can't imagine it that hot in Portland. SoCal yes, here with the heat index yes, but Portland? Stay safe.

Aug 2, 9:21am Top

>139 Berly: Hah! I'm reading Born a Crime right now and gaining more appreciation for Noah (still missing Jon Stewart). It's as good as all the raves suggest, at least in the first 50 pages.

>140 Berly: Well, that is just disgusting. We're getting a cold front the next few days - temps in the 70s! I do not like the heat.

As we've been cleaning out my daughter's stuff, we came across her old Barbie dolls. Scout calls them the princesses. What she likes the best is trying on shoes. :) Her mom has a thing about shoes, so like mother... My daughter also had a pool for the Barbies, so yesterday we had to get it out and put water in it.

Aug 2, 11:07am Top

>155 sirfurboy: : ) and nice to see you here!

>156 msf59: Trying to follow your advice!

>157 karenmarie: I know. Highly unusual. Thank goodness.

>158 BLBera: Glad you are liking Born a Crime so far.

I will take your 70s over 100s any day!!

Barbie shoes and a dip in the pool! I love your Scout stories. Thanks for sharing. : )

Aug 2, 12:14pm Top

I am always happy to share Scout stories. :)

Aug 2, 2:13pm Top

>140 Berly: I didn't realize that Portland got so hot.

otoh, here in suburban Chicago, we're expecting a high temp of 61 degrees on Fri. I don't ever remember a summer's day that didn't make it out of the 50s and there's a chance.

Aug 2, 7:47pm Top

>161 lindapanzo: Well, normally we don't get this hot. And I'd rather we didn't!! My rose bush is keeling over. Poor baby.

Hope you stay out of the 50's. Brrrr!! What is going on with the weather?

Aug 2, 10:04pm Top

>162 Berly: - What is going on with the weather? I think it's that *fake climate change* thing...

Aug 3, 12:08am Top

>163 jessibud2: Exactly! >: (

Aug 3, 10:29am Top

Hey Twin - You were on the national news this morning - historic heat wave. You have my sympathy. I am basking in 60s with rain today.

Aug 3, 10:59am Top

Kim, I hope you'll be able to weather the weather. You have my sympathy. We have some fans in the house, no air conditioning. The house is on a hillside—like a bank barn—so rooms in the basement have tall windows, shaded by the deck off the main floor. I transformed a basement bedroom into my hermitty place with books, a table, comfy chair and a fan. Coolest spot in the house. My wife says, deliberately sounding pathetic, "Where are you going?" as I start down the stairs.

Aug 3, 11:15am Top

YIKES to that weather, Kim! And I remember those gorgeous glass pieces of yours - how lovely to see them again. I am amazed by your talents.

Aug 3, 12:14pm Top

>165 BLBera: Making the national news is not usually a good thing. 107 predicted today. And I have TKD demo team practice tonight with the kids group. We are performing this weekend with an international team. Usually the Masters leave the doors open for the higher up belts so we can toughen up. I suspect tonight the doors will be closed with the air conditioning on. At least I hope so!!

>166 weird_O: You hideaway sounds perfect! And no wonder your wife is envious. ; )

>167 Crazymamie: Crazy is here!! : )

I haven't done much glasswork in the last year or two, so it was fun to be back in the studio. I hope to go again this fall, but not in this heat!

Client presentation today. Gotta get back to work....

Happy Thursday!

Aug 4, 10:29am Top

Aug 4, 10:32am Top

>169 Berly: - LOL! One day, you too will retire and then, every day will be Friday! :-)

Aug 4, 10:41am Top

>170 jessibud2: That will be a good day!! : )

Aug 4, 10:47am Top

Our weather continues HORRIBLE!! Yesterday was 105 degrees and we have an air quality warning because of all the fires and the particulates in the air. Asthmatics (me) are warned to stay inside. Apparently is it worse than Shanghai. You know, where people wear masks outside. Ugh. The wind might be blowing in a better direction today and we should stay below 100. Fingers crossed!

Aug 4, 10:48am Top

All my sympathy for the horrible heat wave and bad air pollution, Kim! That's awful, and not at all what you're accustomed to, I expect. I hope the heat breaks soon.

Edited: Aug 4, 10:55am Top

Thanks! 90's for the next week, which is still out of my comfort zone, but better. : )

I am really enjoying Kafka on the Shore. About 100 pages in....

Aug 4, 10:54am Top

Morning, Kimmers! I was hoping for a better weather forecast for you. Bummer!

It is barely 60 here at the moment, with a strong breeze.

Keep cool, my friend.

Aug 4, 10:56am Top

That sounds wonderful!! Jealous.

Aug 4, 10:56am Top

Take care and avoid the bad air, Twinnie. Keeping my fingers crossed for better temps coming up. It's in the 70s here. :)

Aug 4, 10:58am Top

Maybe I should just leave the bad air here and come visit you? ; )

Aug 4, 11:02am Top

Hey, I have an extra room and a beautiful clean kitchen. You could sit and read, and I would wait on you hand and foot.

Aug 4, 11:56am Top

Morning, Kim!

>169 Berly:, >170 jessibud2: Love it!

I'm glad you're having a good time with Kafka on the Shore. I'm getting a lot out of the re-read. For one thing, I'd forgotten Kafka was adopted while his sister apparently was the natural born child.

Aug 4, 1:45pm Top

>162 Berly: Hope you're staying cool, Kim. We did make it out of the 50s, but not by much so far. It's 61 one out and already past noon. This is more like early October weather for us.

Aug 4, 4:09pm Top

I am pleased to report that I have dusted down my copy of Kafka on the Shore and will start it tomorrow after finishing Miss Buncle's Book.

Have a great weekend, Kimmers!

Aug 4, 5:16pm Top

>146 Berly: LOL, it's the same here. Very hot.

Happy Friday, Kim.

Aug 4, 5:56pm Top

*lurking, enjoying the beautiful pictures of glass*

Aug 4, 9:27pm Top

>179 BLBera: I am booking my tix right now!! : )

>180 jnwelch: I didn't click on your spoiler because I fear you are ahead of me in Kafka! ; ) I am totally loving the book so far. About 150 pages in.

>181 lindapanzo: Wow, that is a huge temperature dip. definitely fall-like. Stay warm. (Can't believe I am saying that.)

Aug 4, 9:33pm Top

>182 PaulCranswick: Good job, man! And how is Miss Buncle? Should I try to meet her? Happy weekend to you, too.

>183 Ameise1: Misery loves company?! Hope you have a great weekend. Your trip photos are fabulous!!

>184 humouress: Happy to "see" you lurking! LOL. Glad you like my glasswork. I really can't wait to get in the studio again. Life has been busy and it has been too long.

Aug 4, 9:35pm Top

>186 Berly: Her acquaintance is timeless and sweet, Kimmers. xx

Aug 4, 9:52pm Top

>187 PaulCranswick: Then I shall certainly have to search out Miss Buncle! How do I keep getting hit by book bullets on my own thread?

Edited: Aug 4, 10:21pm Top

So all these things have happened in Kafka on the Shore so far. None of them make sense...yet!! But I don't really care. The journey is awesome.

And I love the deeper thoughts of Murakami's characters, their insights....

"Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine. It's just like Yeats said: 'In dreams begin responsibilities.' Flip this around and you could say that where there's no power to imagine, no responsibility can arise. "

"From my own experience, when someone is trying very hard to get something, they don't. And when they're running away from something as hard as they can, it usually catches up with them."

Want to join us now?!


Aug 5, 9:36am Top

Hi Berly!

Happy Saturday to you and continued joy in reading Kafka on the Shore.

Aug 5, 11:38am Top

>189 Berly: Nope. But I wish all the readers on the challenge joy. :-)

Edited: Aug 6, 2:31pm Top

>190 karenmarie: Happy Sunday and thanks.

>191 charl08: If I can't have you then I'll take the joy. ; )

Today is a lot of TKD. Practice at 10 with the kid's demo team. Then at 2 set-up and practice with the Dong A University. Performance at 4!

Then I dash away with Hubby to a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. It's at a winery, which should be fun. Just hope it is indoors--still have air quality issues here.


Aug 5, 12:42pm Top

I can't believe how awful the weather has been in your neck of the woods. Strange and awful.

It sounds like you have a good-kind-of-busy day. :) Our Saturday is tending toward field hockey at the moment, but I don't go to that. I'm sitting on the screened porch enjoying an unseasonably lovely summer day. Light breeze and birdsong and all. Will enjoy it while it lasts.

Edited: Aug 5, 1:35pm Top

I started my re-read of Kafka. It will help carry me though the long work day. Thank you Mr. Murakami...and thank you Kimmers.

Aug 5, 3:32pm Top

I love the pictures you've posted for the Murakami read, Kim. Maybe the reading of Kafka is helping you forget how awful the weather is .. at least for a spell?

Hope you have a good (and cool) time at the fundraiser.

Aug 5, 4:34pm Top

Hi Kim, hope it is not too hot for you my dear and it looks like you are having a busy but enjoyable day. Hope the rest of your weekend is really good dear friend and send love and hugs to you and the family.

Aug 5, 10:32pm Top

Empathise with you on the air pollution issue. Over here, my haze app is showing all green with one or two yellow bands for the year since February (which is when it all reset, for some reason). No oranges or, more importantly, no reds or blacks which is when we have to keep the kids indoors or schools shut down. Hopefully - fingers very tightly crossed - this means that they've solved the problem at its root, which is the burning of thousands of acres of palm oil estates to clear the land over in Indonesia (apparently carried out by Singaporean and Malaysian firms).

Just delurking to say 'hi'!

Edited: Aug 6, 12:50am Top

I'm finally starting Kafka on the Shore and joining in the conversation.

Sounds like you're getting the smoke down there like we are, but it has moderated our horrible heat a wee bit. It has still been a terrible week for anyone with respiratory disease and/or no A/C. Those wildfires in BC are brutal.

Take good care, my friend. Stay inside as much as you can!

Aug 6, 5:16am Top

>186 Berly: Thanks so much, Kim. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

Aug 6, 6:24am Top

>169 Berly: Always going against the grain....but I love Mondays. Mondays for me mean that I get to go back to sanity-preserving quiet time. When it was work, it was fun and calm , and now that that job is over, it is uni again, which is even better!!

>189 Berly: ooh, that is tough to resist!

Aug 6, 2:22pm Top

>72 lauralkeet:, >77 Berly: I may have to succumb to your warbling, Laura and Kim. This one sounds like it might be worth a look. I've shied away from it because of the graphic novel connection. I need to get over that…

Love love love the glasswork…and your cool glasses!

I wish I could join in on Kafka on the Shore group read. I read it too recently to revisit it. I may pop in on the thread to read the comments, though. It's one of my Murakami favorites.

Edited: Aug 7, 1:02am Top

>193 nittnut: I hope your day continued lovely! The weather is a bit better here with highs in the low 90s and the air has cleared up a bit--they sky is no longer a white/grey but has clouds and some blue poking through. Yay!

>194 msf59: I am so glad you had Kafka and Nakata to keep you company while you worked. I am loving this book! It is strange, thoughtful, and humorous.

>195 cameling: Thanks, Caro! I see that you already finished your 3rd re-read of Kafka and enjoyed it just as much this time around. I have about 100 pages left. Glad my pictures of the book have tickled you over on the thread. I think that is one of the things I like so much about his Murakami's writing is that it is so visual. the fundraiser was very fun! More on that later....

>196 johnsimpson: I actually spent most of the day in bed today. My back has been out a little this past week and I managed to pinch a nerve during the TKD practice yesterday. It was all I could do to bow to my Master and leave in the middle of the practice class. Driving our manual car home had me in tears and I drove home pretty much in second gear so I wouldn't have to shift.

Hubby helped crack my back a little, I took lots of Arnica and Ibuprofin and I managed to make it to the Demo performance and make it through everything but the double side kick, which I replaced with front kicks (less twisting). So glad I managed to go though. The Hong A University demo team was amazing!! And we were the only other demo team to perform. (And, no, we are not at their level.) There were five Olympics Gold Medalists there behind the team table watching. Five!! That's not intimidating.

But today I am sore. I see a chiropractor in my future and no TKD this week.

Aug 6, 11:52pm Top

>197 humouress: You have a haze app? Wow. Which is cool, but kinda sad, too. I hope that the burning of the palm oil estates goes away. Thanks for delurking!!

>198 EBT1002: Yes, the haze lowered the temp a bit, but I think I would rather have the heat than the haze! Hope your neighbors have put their final coat on the floor and that the noxious fumes go away so you can at least open your windows tonight!!

Nice to see you over on the Murakami thread. Since you were one of the instigators!

>199 Ameise1: I think I missed Sunday. Happy Monday!!

>200 Ireadthereforeiam: LOL. No, I get you. Monday always holds the promise of a new start and I am usually energized and ready to tackle things. Hope you have a great day back at Uni!!

>201 Donna828: Hi there. The graphic novel part is not that big a piece of Almost Sisters. It adds a nice element so don't let it put you off!

I am glad you enjoyed my glasswork. It is so much fun!

Please just come visit the Kafka thread and add a comment or two. No need to re-read especially if it was recent. ; )

Edited: Aug 7, 12:01am Top

Cameling/Caro has an IKEA discussion going on over on her thread and I posted a link there that I just had to repost here. Just because. It is so funny that I have gone back to watch it a bunch of times. If you need laugh...

IKEA in the Middle Ages


Aug 7, 12:31am Top

Hi Kim! The weather has been crazy, hasn't it? The smoke is creepy.

I am tempted to re-read Kafka on the Shore You are reminding me of everything I liked about it.

Aug 7, 12:41am Top

>202 Berly: "...everything but the double side kick..." Slacker.

Actually, I'm totally impressed with your continuing TKD prowess and I bet it was cool to see the Olympic gold medalists!

I'm glad to be joining the Murakami fun. I just didn't realize that everyone but me was going to start like at midnight on July 31. ;-)
But really, it's such a great read! I'm having the same feeling I had when we read Wild Sheep Chase ~~ why on earth have I not read more Murakami before this and might I eschew all else and just read his entire collection of works back to back in the next several weeks. Well, that might be overdoing it, but I see more Murakami reads in my future (and maybe you and I can do some of them together?).

Aug 7, 12:44am Top

>204 Berly: That is hilarious! I love when he holds up the huge hex wrench like "what is this??"

Edited: Aug 7, 1:40am Top

>205 banjo123: Yeah--this is a photo taken 3 days ago, when our air quality was at its worst. Enough already!!

I definitely want to encourage you to try Kafka on the Shore--it's awesome!

Edited: Aug 7, 1:43am Top

>206 EBT1002: Slacker!! A girl just can't catch a break. No sympathy. Yeesh. ; )

Thanks. I do love my TKD.

I didn't know that the masses would jump right in on Kafka either! But not everyone has started yet, so you are not behind by any means. And I would LOVE to do another Murakami with you. Maybe not one after another, but we should definitely brainstorm....

>207 EBT1002: I love when he looks up and the catapult is upside down.

Aug 7, 3:47am Top

>208 Berly: It's terrible to see the smog at your place. Here is hope that it turns to the better side soon.
Wishing you a go8d start into the new week.

Aug 7, 4:34am Top

Hi Berly!

>202 Berly: I'm sorry to hear about your back problems and hope that chiropractors and meds get it under control.

>204 Berly: What a hoot! Thanks for sharing.

>208 Berly: Yeesh. Reminds me of LA when I was growing up. I remember coming in from recess (K-2 specifically) and laying my head on the desk. My eyes and lungs hurt.

Kafka on the Shore is soooo good!

Aug 7, 6:23am Top

Not sure I really agree with the majority opinion about Kafka on Shore, but it definitely had strengths. Have you got to the discussion of the word "gender" yet? I don't think its a spoiler if you have not, as knowledge of the existence of the discussion does nor affect the plot at all.

If you have read it, I have a question about that. This novel is translated from Japanese, but the discussion is about English words (and spot on too). So is the Japanese original discussing English words? Is there a similar distinction in Japanese? Or is that section just put there fore English readers?

Aug 7, 11:01am Top

>210 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara! The air quality index for today is much better and the temps should get back to normal by th end of the week. Hope it is a good one for you!

>211 karenmarie: Thanks and me, too. I have to call and see if I can get an appointment ASAP!

Glad you got a laugh from the IKEA ad.

Poor kid!

And yay!

Aug 7, 11:29am Top

>212 sirfurboy: I don't know. I had a similar question about word plays like "subsidy" and "sub city" by Nakata. Were these added by the translator and do they make up for a similar misunderstanding in the Japanese edition?

I was able to find this statement by Philip Gabriel, the translator for Kafka:

"The greatest challenge was to find the right voice for the two main characters, Kafka and Nakata, neither of whom are fully adults. On the one hand, you have a bright fifteen-year-old boy, on the other, a sixtyish old man who never developed, mentally, beyond a child. Being true to these two characters means being constrained a bit in the level of vocabulary you can employ. This is different from earlier Murakami novels, which typically feature an adult first person narrator and a cast of adult speakers. Another challenge lay in finding ways to deal with some of the word play in the text. This is the kind of thing that sometimes takes days of experimenting.

...And as always with a novel of Murakami, it is a distinct pleasure to work closely with an author who is a noted translator himself, who understands the difficulties involved in translating, and who is always more than willing to make construction suggestions. I really enjoy this interaction."

Which doesn't really answer our questions does it? : )

Aug 7, 11:43am Top

>214 Berly: No, it doesn't - but perhaps it hints at an answer. I would read that as saying that this word play may be added so as to convey some of the word play of the original, without being equivalent to that original.

Maybe. :)

Aug 7, 11:46am Top

>215 sirfurboy: Exactly!! : )

Aug 7, 12:02pm Top

>208 Berly: UGH. Our air seems to be clearing a bit here. The down side is that it will get hotter but I am tired of this smoke. I walked in our house yesterday and it smelled like someone had been burning logs in the (gas) fireplace!

I'm definitely up for another Murakami read together! And I know I'm not really behind on KotS but next time I want to synchronize more closely with you if we can.

Aug 7, 12:03pm Top

>214 Berly: Thanks for finding that. Very interesting.

Aug 7, 2:19pm Top

Hiya, Kim.

>214 Berly: It may not answer our questions, but I love hearing from the translator like this. The word play, like sub city - at least, apparently, he got, or had available, input from Murakami. I hadn't thought about the challenges in translating the voices of the young Kafka and the childish Nakata.

Aug 7, 2:29pm Top

>217 EBT1002: It smells a bit better today and I will gladly take the heat over the smoke!!

Awesome on continuing on with Murakami--next time I will do a better job of giving you a heads up when I start it. ; )

>218 EBT1002: Glad you liked my bit of info. I have been looking on a bunch of websites for insights and pictures. That bit came from http://www.harukimurakami.com.

Aug 7, 6:49pm Top

^Fast approaching the halfway point. This one is so much fun...

Aug 7, 7:20pm Top

Okay, that cover is a little too much for my taste. Ewww!!

Glad you are enjoying it, Mark. I have about 75 pages to go.

Aug 7, 8:10pm Top

I'm getting a little bit worried about what happens to the cat..... (people had warned me that something bad happens but I have no idea what and I'm worried it will bother me).

Still, I'm so loving it, I plan to persist.

Aug 7, 8:10pm Top

>220 Berly: Thoughts about which Murakami you might like to co-read next?

Aug 7, 9:41pm Top

>223 EBT1002: The cat scene is just plain gross and sick. I would recommend skipping or skimming it if I were you. It had to be despicable enough to cause the reaction that follows, but still. And Murakami says he really likes cats!!

As for the next one, I have The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle around here somewhere, but I could be open to other suggestions, too.

Aug 7, 9:57pm Top

>208 Berly: Ugh, Kim. Take care. I imagine this air is especially hard on those with asthma.

I wish I had time to read the Murakami with you. >189 Berly: My reaction was the same as yours - I felt that things were going past me, that if I knew more about Japanese pop culture, I would maybe understand a little more. In any case, I do want to read it again.

Edited: Aug 8, 3:52am Top

>206 EBT1002: >221 msf59: boo hoo Im missing out :( :( :( And it's all my fault. (double boo hoo)

ETA: also, >208 Berly: ew! Smog? We get that mainly in winter with the smoke from log burners and car emissions. And the temperature inversion, and the fact that out city is in a bit of a dip between the Southern Alps and the Port Hills...

Aug 8, 8:58am Top

Hi Berly!

Cleaner air and more heat vs less heat and dirtier air. Two unhappy choices, and I'm sorry there's no current choice of less heat AND cleaner air.

>212 sirfurboy: and >214 Berly:. The translation, with so much slang and subtlety, makes this such a wonderful read.

Edited: Aug 8, 10:37pm Top

>226 BLBera: I wish you had time to read Kafka, too! At least you have read it once though. ; )

>227 Ireadthereforeiam: Woman. There is not enough time in the world to read everything when you want to. Sadness. I hope you get to read it sometime soon. Hope you are having fun with Uni!!

>228 karenmarie: It is a wonderful translation!

Come see a beautiful picture of smog in Portland on my next thread. No, really! : )

Aug 13, 2:02pm Top

You ladies (I've never discussed it with men, somehow) who practice TKD are so dedicated. On the one hand, it inspires me to take it up, but on the other hand, I'm put off by the risk of injuries. :0)

Love the IKEA trailer. But I thought, at the end, that they'd suddenly go flying. And I kept expecting the lady to finally walk over, take one look at the instructions and put it together properly. (That's not what happens in my house. In my house, the men don't read the instructions.)

>207 EBT1002: We call that an Allen key and I heard him say "Allen, what's this?"

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