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Paul C's 2017 Reading & Life - 24

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After two 22 threads I am onto #24 and into South Yorkshire. One of my favourite training cycles was Thurgoland to Bradfield via Strines reservoir. A peaceful and somehow enchanted place. I have had very distinct and ethereal moments on the roads atop the reservoir.

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Paul's poems

They are getting more and more personal. It is no secret here that my beloved wife and I are having difficulties partly due to the conflict of fire and water and partly as a result of a lot of other things that have happened between us in the last number of years - some of which I am certainly not proud of.

This poem is called :


Every crease, every line, every fold, every blemish
bears testimony to a life lived full.

Crow's feet dapple eye corners put there
by the times I brought you to smile,
by the times I inflicted a frown
and by the cares of a loving but difficult relationship.

The Caesarean scar; keloid and slightly purple -
a reminder of a daughter emerged gasping
and by the love that put it there;
it's ragged acreage a bond immemorial.

That warm, confiding body whose every contour
I have savoured,
whose every cell I have pondered
with it's third nipple and subtle elasticity.
At once familiar yet remaining wondrous.

I cannot abstain from its knowledge
nor envision it's loss henceforward.


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I was 50 in September 2016 and have enough unread reading material on my shelves to take me safely into my seventies! I have lived in Malaysia since 1994 and have a long suffering (but never quietly) wife, Hani (sometimes referred to as SWMBO), three children Yasmyne (19), Kyran (17) and Belle (12), as well as a supporting cast which includes my book smuggling assistants Azim (also my driver and a part time bouncer who, despite his muscles, lives in almost as much fear of my wife as I do) and Erni (my housemaid, almost-little sister and the worlds greatest coffee maker). On this thread you'll probably read as much about the vagaries of life, book buying and group related statistics as you do about the actual books themselves.

I have added 3,000 books to my shelves in four years but late last year I decided to sort my books from the 4,500 books unread into the essentials of 900 fiction and 180 non-fiction books and I will try to make a serious dent in that list this year.

I will also be reading, as usual, plenty of poetry which is another passion and, as you have seen above, a faltering pastime.

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1. The Magician's Wife by Brian Moore (1997) 229 pp
2. Maus I : My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (1986) 159 pp
3. Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft (2006) 440 pp
4. Out in the Midday Sun : The British in Malaya 1880-1960 by Margaret Shennan (2000) 471 pp
5. Blood Child and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler (2003) 214 pp
6. The Assault by Harry Mulisch (1985) 185 pp
7. 100 Prized Poems : Twenty-Five Years of the Forward Books (2016) 176 pp
8. The Broken Shore by Peter Temple (2005) 400 pp
9. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost by Ismail Kadare (2000) 182 pp
10. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (2010) 352 pp
11. Varamo by Cesar Aira (2002) 89 pp
12. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen (1935) 250 pp


13. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1970) 456 pp
14. A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine : The Last Diaries by Tony Benn (2013) 294 pp
15. City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan (2016) 190 pp
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (1983) 210 pp
17. The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert by Jaroslav Seifert (1998) 246 pp
18. Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien (2011) 253 pp


19. Up the Junction by Nell Dunn (1963) 133 pp
20. Middle Passages by Kamau Brathwaite (1992) 120 pp
21. Maus II : A Survivor's Tale : And Here My Troubles Began (1991) 136 pp
22. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (2011) 466 pp
23. Fences by August Wilson (1985) 101 pp
24. No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod (1999) 262 pp
25. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (2001) 399 pp

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26. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2003) 343 pp
27. Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason (2010) 296 pp
28. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (1967) 415 pp
29. When I Was Old by Georges Simenon (1970) 452 pp
30. On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin (1982) 262 pp
31. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (2013) 444 pp
32. The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald (2013) 307 pp
33. I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish (2010) 236 pp
34. Ariel by Sylvia Plath (1965) 81 pp
35. Shout at the Devil by Wilbur Smith (1968) 391 pp
36. A Perfidious Distortion of History : The Versailles Peace Treaty and the Success of the Nazis by Jurgen Tampke (2017) 269 pp
37. Doctor Who and the Web of Fear by Terrance Dicks (1976) 150 pp
38. The Haw Lantern by Seamus Heaney (1987) 51 pp


39. Then by Morris Gleitzman (2009) 196 pp
40. March: Book One by John Lewis (2013) 121 pp
41. Selected Poems : 1940-1982 by Norman Nicholson (1982) 78 pp
42. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (1992) 587 pp
43. The Englishman's Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe (1997) 402 pp
44. Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth (1800) 97 pp
45. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (1999) 220 pp
46. And the Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yaris Varoufakis (2016) 246 pp


47. Il Postino by Antonio Skarmeta (1985) 112 pp
48. How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position by Tabish Khair (2012) 190 pp
49. 1914 by Jean Echenoz (2012) 118 pp
50. Resistance by Carla Jablonski (2010) 121 pp

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51. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig (1968) 281 pp


52. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson (1936) 299 pp
53. Amok by Stefan Zweig (1922) 121 pp
54. The King's Revenge by Don Jordan (2012) 328 pp


55. A Voice in the Night by Andrea Camilleri (2012) 278 pp

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British Author Challenge 2017



MARCH : A DECADE OF BRITISH NOVELS : The 1960s - 10 Novels by Men; 10 Novels by Women - 1 DONE


MAY : BEFORE QUEEN VIC : 10 Novels written prior to 1837




SEPTEMBER : THE NEW MILLENNIUM (Great Books Since 2000) A novel chosen from each year of the new century

OCTOBER : WELSH AUTHORS (Born in or associated with Wales) : JO WALTON & ROALD DAHL

NOVEMBER : POET LAUREATES : British laureates, children's laureate, National Poets


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American Author Challenge

American Author Challenge 2017

January- Octavia Butler Blood Child and Other Stories
February- Stewart O' Nan City of Secrets : A Novel
March- William Styron The Confessions of Nat Turner
April- Poetry Month - Ariel by Sylvia Plath
May- Zora Neale Hurston
June- Sherman Alexie
July- James McBride
August- Patricia Highsmith
September- Short Story Month
October- Ann Patchett
November- Russell Banks
December- Ernest Hemingway

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b>ANZ Author Challenge

I will be doing Kerry's ANZAC Bingo Challenge 2x12

ANZAC Bingo 2x12
1: Read a book about conflict or war
2: Read a book with more than 500 pgs
3: Read an Aussie crime novel COMPLETED The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald
4: Read a book using word play in the title
5: Read a book about exploration or a journey
6: Read a book that's been longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award
7: Read a book that's part of a series COMPLETED Then by Morris Gleitzman
8: Read a memoir/biography (can be fiction)
9: Read a book written under a pen name
10: Read a book with a musical plot
11: Read a book with water featured in title/cover : COMPLETED The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
12: Read a book with an immigrant protagonist

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I have not included the UK and USA in this as so much of our reading is from those two places but these are my 80 countries. Authors should have been born there, been a citizen of that country or are clearly associated with it.

visited 24 states (10.6%)
Create your own visited map of The World

1 AFGHANISTAN Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed
2 ALBANIA ISMAIL KADARE - Spring Flowers, Spring Frost
3 Algeria
4 Angola
5 Antigua
9 Bangladesh
12 Bosnia
13 Brazil
14 CANADA BRIAN MOORE - The Magician's Wife
16 China
17 Colombia
18 Croatia
19 CZECHIA JAROSLAV SEIFERT - The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert
20 Denmark
21 Dominica
22 Dominican Republic
23 Egypt
24 Ethiopia
25 Finland
27 GERMANY JURGEN TAMPKE -A Perfidious Distortion of History
28 Ghana
29 GREECE YANIS VAROUFAKIS - And the Weak Suffer What they Must?
30 Haiti
32 Hungary
34 INDIA TABISH KHAIR - How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position
35 Indonesia
38 ISRAEL YUVAL NOAH HARARI - Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind
39 ITALY ANDREA CAMILLERI - A Voice in the Night
40 Jamaica
41 Japan
42 Kenya
43 Korea
44 Lithuania ESTHER HAUTZIG - The Endless Steppe
45 Malawi
46 Malaysia
47 Mexico
48 Morocco
49 Mozambique
50 New Zealand
51 Nigeria
52 Norway
53 Pakistan
55 Peru
56 Philippines
57 Poland
58 Portugal
59 Romania
60 Russia
61 Saudi Arabia
62 Senegal
63 Serbia
64 Sierra Leone
65 Singapore
66 Somalia
68 Spain
69 Sri Lanka
70 St. Kitts
71 Sudan
72 SWEDEN MONS KALLENTOFT - Midwinter Sacrifice
73 Switzerland
74 Syria
75 Tanzania
76 Trinidad
77 Turkey
78 Ukraine
79 ZAMBIA WILBUR SMITH - Shout at the Devil
80 Zimbabwe

Aug 31, 2017, 1:00am Top


Aug 31, 2017, 1:48am Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 31, 2017, 1:49am Top

Happy new thread, Paul. The topper photo looks otherworldly.

Aug 31, 2017, 2:21am Top

Happy new thread, love the photo up top.

Aug 31, 2017, 2:39am Top

I'm not first but I'll take anything in the top 20 posts. Happy New Thread my friend.

Aug 31, 2017, 2:49am Top

Happy New thread Paul. Stunning topper.

Aug 31, 2017, 3:06am Top

>16 amanda4242: Thank you Amanda.

>17 Familyhistorian: I thought so too, Meg. The Strines-Bradfield road was the first time I realised I had ability on a bike and it is a place I often go back to. It is a place I can think and breath and that seems to give me space and peace.

Aug 31, 2017, 3:08am Top

>18 avatiakh: Thanks Kerry. I really am going to have to make this a thread of reading as my performance for the last three months has been the worst of my adult life. Not only do I respond badly to personal crises but it now seems to impact my ability to read as well!

>19 mahsdad: Thanks lot Jeff. Always great to have you pop in no matter where in the the post numbers.

>20 charl08: Thank you Charlotte. Have you been to that part of the world at all?

Edited: Aug 31, 2017, 4:22am Top

1001 books read from first edition: First 100 (Chronological Publication Order)

1 Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe (1719)
2 Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe (1722)
3 Castle Rackrent - Maria Edgeworth (1800)
4 Mansfield Park - Jane Austen (1814)
5 Rob Roy - Walter Scott (1817)
6 Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen (1818)
7 Ivanhoe - Walter Scott (1820)
8 Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper (1826)
9 The Red and the Black - Stendhal (1831)
10 La Pere Goriot - Honore de Balzac (1835)
11 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (1838)
12 Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens (1839)
13 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (1843)
14 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (1847)
15 Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte (1847)
16 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (1847)
17 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (1850)
18 The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)
19 Hard Times - Charles Dickens (1854)
20 North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)
21 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (1857)
22 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (1859)
23 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (1860)
24 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (1861)
25 Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev (1862)
26 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (1862)
27 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (1865)
28 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866)
29 Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne (1866)
30 Therese Raquin - Emile Zola (1867)
31 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (1868)
32 The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins (1868)
33 Erewhon - Samuel Butler (1872)
34 Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (1874)
35 Drunkard - Emile Zola (1877)
36 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (1877)
37 Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy (1878)
38 Nana - Emile Zola (1880)
39 Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
40 The Death of Ivan Ilych - Leo Tolstoy (1884)
41 Bel-Ami - Guy de Maupassant (1885)
42 Germinal - Emile Zola (1885)
43 King Solomon's Mines - H Rider Haggard (1885)
44 Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
45 The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy (1886)
46 She - H Rider Haggard (1886)
47 Hunger - Knut Hamsun (1890)
48 La Bete Humaine - Emile Zola (1890)
49 The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (1891)
50 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (1891)
51 News from Nowhere - William Morris (1892)
52 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan-Doyle (1892)
53 Diary of a Nobody - George & Weedon Grossmith (1892)
54 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy (1895)
55 The Time Machine - HG Wells (1895)
56 The Island of Dr. Moreau - HG Wells (1896)
57 Dracula - Bram Stoker (1897)
58 Fruits of the Earth - Andre Gide (1897)
59 What Maisie Knew - Henry James (1897)
60 The Invisible Man - HG Wells (1897)
61 The War of the Worlds - HG Wells (1898)
62 The Turn of the Screw - Henry James (1898)
63 The Awakening - Kate Chopin (1899)
64 Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad
65 Kim - Rudyard Kipling
66 The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
67 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
68 The Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers
69 Where Angels Fear to Tread - EM Forster
70 The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy
71 The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad
72 Mother - Maxim Gorky
73 The Old Wives' Tale - Arnold Bennett
74 A Room with a View - EM Forster
75 Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton
76 Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
77 Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence
78 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell
79 Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
80 The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan
81 The Rainbow - DH Lawrence
82 Of Human Bondage - William Somerset Maugham
83 The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
84 The Shadow Line - Joseph Conrad
85 Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West
86 Women in Love - DH Lawrence
87 Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
88 The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
89 Ulysses - James Joyce
90 Babbitt - Sinclair Lewis
91 Amok - Stefan Zweig
92 A Passage to India - EM Forster
93 The Green Hat - Michael Arlen
94 The Trial - Franz Kafka
95 The Counterfeiters - Andre Gide
96 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
97 Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
98 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
99 The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
100 To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

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1001 Book Read from First Edition (Second 100 in Chronological Publication Order)

101 Steppenwolf - Herman Hesse
102 Parade's End - Ford Madox Ford
103 Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh
104 Quartet - Jean Rhys
105 Story of the Eye - Georges Bataille
106 The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
107 All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
108 A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
109 Cakes and Ale - W Somerset Maugham
110 The Waves - Virginia Woolf
111 The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
112 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
113 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
114 Sunset Song - Lewis Grassic Gibbon
115 Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain
116 Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy L Sayers
117 Miss Lonelyhearts - Nathanael West
118 A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh
119 The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M Cain
120 England Made Me - Graham Green
121 The House in Paris - Elizabeth Bowen
122 Keep the Aspidistra Flying - George Orwell
123 In Parenthesis - David Jones
124 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
125 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
126 Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
127 Cause for Alarm - Eric Ambler
128 Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
129 Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre
130 The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
131 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
132 The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene
133 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
134 Farewell My Lovely - Raymond Chandler
135 The Outsider - Albert Camus
136 The Razor's Edge - William Somerset Maugham
137 Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
138 Animal Farm - George Orwell
139 The Bridge on the Drina - Ivo Andric
140 The Plague - Albert Camus
141 If This is a Man - Primo Levi
142 Cry, The Beloved Country - Alan Paton
143 The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
144 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
145 The Grass is Singing - Doris Lessing
146 The Third Man - Graham Greene
147 The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
148 The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
149 Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
150 The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
151 Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
152 Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
153 Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin
154 Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis
155 The Long Good-Bye - Raymond Chandler
156 The Go-Between - LP Hartley
157 Under the Net - Iris Murdoch
158 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
159 Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan
160 The Quiet American - Graham Greene
161 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
162 Seize the Day - Saul Bellow
163 Justine - Lawrence Durrell
164 Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
165 The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham
166 The Bell - Iris Murdoch
167 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning - Alan Sillitoe
168 Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
169 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
170 Breakfast at Tiffanys's - Truman Capote
171 Billiards at Half-Past Nine - Heinrich Boll
172 Memento Mori - Muriel Spark
173 Henderson the Rain King - Saul Bellow
174 Cider With Rosie - Laurie Lee
175 Rabbit, Run - John Updike
176 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
177 The Country Girls - Edna O'Brien
178 Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
179 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
180 A Severed Head - Iris Murdoch
181 A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
182 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
183 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
184 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
185 The Girls of Slender Means - Muriel Spark
186 The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John Le Carre
187 Manon des Sources - Marcel Pagnol
188 Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
189 Herzog - Saul Bellow
190 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater - Kurt Vonnegut
191 In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
192 The Joke - Milan Kundera
193 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
194 Chocky - John Wyndham
195 A Kestrel for a Knave - Barry Hines
196 Cancer Ward - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
197 The Nice and the Good - Iris Murdoch
198 Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
199 The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles
200 Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

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1001 Books Read from first edition (Third 100 in Chronological Publication Order)

201 Troubles - JG Farrell
202 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
203 The Driver's Seat - Muriel Spark
204 The Book of Daniel - EL Doctorow
205 Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
206 Sula - Toni Morrison
207 The Honorary Consul - Graham Greene
208 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John Le Carre
209 Ragtime - EL Doctorow
210 Grimus - Salman Rushdie
211 In the Heart of the Country - JM Coetzee
212 The Singapore Grip - JG Farrell
213 The World According to Garp - John Irving
214 If On a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino
215 Smiley's People - John Le Carre
216 The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Milan Kundera
217 Rites of Passage - William Golding
218 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
219 Broken April - Ismail Kadare
220 July's People - Nadine Gordimer
221 On the Black Hill - Bruce Chatwin
222 Schindler's Ark - Thomas Keneally
223 A Pale View of Hills - Kazuo Ishiguro
224 If Not Now, When? - Primo Levi
225 The Piano Teacher - Elfriede Jelinek
226 Waterland - Graham Swift
227 Fools of Fortune - William Trevor
228 Shame - Salman Rushie
229 Money - Martin Amis
230 Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes
231 The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
232 Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter
233 The Wasp Factory -Iain Banks
234 Empire of the Sun - JG Ballard
235 The Lover - Marguerite Duras
236 The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis - Jose Saramago
237 White Noise - Don Delillo
238 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
239 An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
240 The Old Devils - Kingsley Amis
241 The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster
242 The Child in Time - Ian McEwan
243 A Prayer for Own Meany - John Irving
244 Billy Bathgate - EL Doctorow
245 Possession - AS Byatt
246 Amongst Women - John McGahern
247 Wise Children - Angela Carter
248 Regeneration - Pat Barker
249 Mao II - Don Delillo
250 Black Dogs - Ian McEwan
251 The Heather Blazing - Colm Toibin
252 The Butcher Boy - Patrick McCabe
253 Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg
254 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
255 The House of Doctor Dee - Peter Ackroyd
256 What a Carve Up! - Jonathan Coe
257 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
258 The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
259 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
260 The Master of Petersburg - JM Coetzee
261 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
262 The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
263 Sabbath's Theater - Philip Roth
264 Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
265 Jack Maggs - Peter Carey
266 Underworld - Don Delillo
267 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
268 The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
269 The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
270 Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
271 Atomized - Michel Houellebecq
272 Disgrace - JM Coetzee
273 City of God - EL Doctorow
274 Nineteen Seventy Seven - David Peace
275 White Teeth - Zadie Smith
276 Spring Flowers, Spring Frost - Ismail Kadare
277 In the Forest - Edna O'Brien
278 Unless - Carol Shields
279 Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
280 Family Matters - Rohinton Mistry
281 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
282 The Light of Day - Graham Swift
283 The Sea - John Banville

284 S : A Novel of the Balkans - Slavenka Drakulic
285 Embers - Sandor Marai
286 Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
287 Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
288 Girl With Green Eyes - Edna O'Brien

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>2 PaulCranswick: touching poem Paul. Happy new thread.

Like the topper too.

Aug 31, 2017, 7:20am Top

>26 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you Caroline. I wrote it this morning from an idea I have had for a while - sometimes we think that as we age we become less attractive to each other but in actual fact the knowledge of each other's body can be very self revealing and also as the lines and scars have replaced the seeming perfection of youth it replaces with a beauty of a decidedly deeper hue.

Aug 31, 2017, 10:23am Top

>1 PaulCranswick:

Beautiful - may remind Americans of photos of Crater Lake in Oregon.

Aug 31, 2017, 10:37am Top

Morning Paul!! Love the topper. What's the plan with the 1001 list? Glad you are back on track with the thread count, LOL. Wishing you and Hani the love, time and fortitude to figure things out. big hugs.

Aug 31, 2017, 11:50am Top

Happy New Thread, mate.

Aug 31, 2017, 12:06pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul, you find the coolest pictures for your thread toppers!

>23 PaulCranswick: Are these the books you have read from the 1001 list?

Edited: Aug 31, 2017, 12:32pm Top

>28 m.belljackson: It is indeed beautiful, Marianne and is another place of natural beauty in my home county of Yorkshire

>29 Berly: The 1001 Books First Edition listing was me double checking which books I have actually read to date as I thought I may have missed a few out. Hani and I had a nice evening out at least tonight but she seems to have lost her temper again for some reason unexplained at the moment.

Aug 31, 2017, 12:36pm Top

>30 jnwelch: Thanks Joe.

>31 FAMeulstee: Thank you Anita.

Yep, posts >23 PaulCranswick: >24 PaulCranswick: & >25 PaulCranswick: are the list of the 1001 Books first edition books that I have read so far. 283 down and 718 to go!

Edited: Aug 31, 2017, 12:45pm Top

Hi, Paul. I missed a lot on your thread #22, especially the exchanges about To Kill a Mockingbird. I think comparing TKaM to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is comparing apples and oranges. I gather the latter book is a story of the black experience, through and through. Harper Lee's story is, I think, a coming of age story set in the deep south, depicting a young white girl grappling with the discrimination of whites against blacks, but also against "others," like Boo. Too, there's a measure of ad hominem to the criticism that Lee's background as a rich white woman (Is this even true? I know nothing of her life) taints her credentials to address the whole race issue.

Are we still on, Paul, for reading The Bros K in September?

ETA: What happened to thread #23? Did I miss an entire 300+ (probably) post thread?

Aug 31, 2017, 12:44pm Top

I only started this year with the 1001 Books list, Paul, only 47 so far. I had read 25 before and read 22 this year.

Aug 31, 2017, 1:07pm Top

>34 weird_O: Hi Bill. Last one first - yes we're on for the Brothers K!

I am in the Pro camp with regards to To Kill a Mockingbird but then again I am also white and (relatively) affluent. I don't see that as a bar to writing effectively about discrimination - and she did write effectively. Surely the best person to write about housebreaking is a burglar!

There were 2 #22 threads.

>35 FAMeulstee: 22 1001 Books this year is pretty solid going. I am pleased to have ground my way through 283 to date.

Aug 31, 2017, 1:19pm Top

Happy new thread, Paul!

Aug 31, 2017, 1:34pm Top

I'm very sorry to hear about the problems that you and Hani are having, Paul. I pray and hope that things work themselves out. As you know I'm very fond of both of you, from our unforgettable meet up last year in London, and the thought of not seeing both of you together is disheartening.

Aug 31, 2017, 2:05pm Top

>37 harrygbutler: Thanks Harry.

>38 kidzdoc: I am actually also very disheartened, Darryl. Our road back to being as before seems a pretty rocky one at the moment and I am not at all sure that we'll make it.

Aug 31, 2017, 3:19pm Top

Happy new thread! Looking for life to get better for you with this one... :)

Aug 31, 2017, 3:29pm Top

>40 drneutron: Thanks Jim. I could do with a bit of a boost at the moment mate so all good wishes are welcome.

Aug 31, 2017, 4:17pm Top

Happy new one, Paul!

>1 PaulCranswick: Fascinating picture of South Yorkshire. The rock formations trick my eyes to belive they aren't real while the lake and valley are clearly real. Add the clouds and this is a tricky pic. :-)

Aug 31, 2017, 4:23pm Top

>42 brodiew2: Thanks Brodie. Would like to host the group in South Yorkshire one day!

Aug 31, 2017, 4:28pm Top

Adding my best vibes to the piles coming in, Paul. Hang in there, my friend {{hugs}}

Aug 31, 2017, 4:34pm Top

Hi Paul, happy new thread mate. I must admit that I haven't ventured up that neck of the woods mate but seeing the photo has made me want to visit so will add that to our list of jaunts. Sending good wishes to you at this trying time mate.

Aug 31, 2017, 4:57pm Top

Checking in so I don't lose track of you!

Aug 31, 2017, 7:41pm Top

>44 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley - I am trying to.

>45 johnsimpson: Strines is a good part of the world and there are a couple of old country inns up there that make the journey quite rewarding!

>46 laytonwoman3rd: Thank you Linda - i don't want to get any more lost. xx

Aug 31, 2017, 7:48pm Top

Happy New Thread, Paul. Love the South Yorkshire topper. I could do some serious hiking there.

Aug 31, 2017, 9:46pm Top

>48 msf59: Nice to see you buddy. The inns nearby would serve us some great beer too!

Aug 31, 2017, 10:39pm Top

Happy new thread Paul!

>1 PaulCranswick: Looks like a great setting for a fantasy novel, especially with a name like 'Thurgoland' :0)

>22 PaulCranswick: *gasp of horror*. Though I seem to be on a bit of a go-slow(er) with regards to reading, too.

Aug 31, 2017, 10:49pm Top

>50 humouress: It doesn't help matters any that there is also a nearby place called Penistone!
I really do need to get my reading back on track.

Sep 1, 2017, 1:22am Top

>20 charl08: I don't know Yorkshire at all well Paul, beyond some of the bits that border Lancs (I love Todmorden) and tourist sites (Whitby, Scarborough, and of course the Jorvik Viking Centre!) Oh, and some scenic hiking near Wensleydale. I know it's remiss of me - such beautiful countryside. I am enjoying seeeing new to me places through your photo toppers, maybe next year I'll do that for Lancashire. Not sure how I'd shoehorn the penguins into it though (!!)

Sep 1, 2017, 1:25am Top

>52 charl08: Penguins in Stalybridge? Now that would be well worth seeing, Charlotte!

Sep 1, 2017, 4:08am Top

>53 PaulCranswick: Let's just say that I'm going to be on the lookout for a soft toy penguin on my upcoming trip to see the real thing!

Sep 1, 2017, 4:23am Top

>54 charl08: Hahaha, good luck hunting down the penguins, Charlotte.

Sep 1, 2017, 5:10am Top

Morning Paul

I'm going to start

The Brother's Karamazov in the Richard Pevear/Larissa Volokhousky translation at the weekend. Nudge, nudge....

Sep 1, 2017, 6:46am Top

>56 Caroline_McElwee: OK Caroline - not too much of a nudge needed but I shall start it too then.

The Brothers Karamazov :

This is my version:

Sep 1, 2017, 7:28am Top

Happy new thread Paul!

Hugs to you and Hani as you are going through this disheartening time.

Bookish hugs to you as you work on getting your reading mojo back - I hope you're reading some good'uns right now. Do you ever go back and read something you love? I personally use comfort reading when I'm not in a good place. It doesn't solve the problems, but it lets me hide for a bit in something that's predictable and that provides some endorphins.

Sep 1, 2017, 8:07am Top

Happy New Thread Paul, and lots of {{{{{hugs}}}}}! You and Hani are in my daily thoughts and I hope you'll work things out.
Have a good weekend!

Sep 1, 2017, 8:31am Top

Happy new thread, Paul. Love the topper.

Sep 1, 2017, 10:30am Top


Hope you have a beautiful, fun, and joyous Celebration of Your Life with Family and Friends!

Good Wishes from Around the World,


Sep 1, 2017, 11:20am Top

Ooops - I forgot, a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, and an extra dose of {{{hugs}}}!

Edited: Sep 1, 2017, 12:48pm Top

Hey, Happy Birthday, buddy!

Hope it's an excellent day of celebration for you.

Sep 1, 2017, 1:32pm Top

>56 Caroline_McElwee: >57 PaulCranswick: One of my copies of The K Bros is off the shelf, atop the chest of drawers, looking at me, looking at me, looking at me. Wanting to be read. My wife isn't going to do it. I guess it's up to me.

Let's roll!

Sep 1, 2017, 3:22pm Top

Lovely poem Paul.

That topper photo is amazing!

Sending thoughts and hugs to you and Hani.

Sep 1, 2017, 3:26pm Top

Happy Birthday, tomorrow! But it's already tomorrow for you

Welcome to 51. 1966 was a very good year.

Sep 1, 2017, 3:27pm Top

'Felt citations' according to auto correct... HARPY BIRTHDAY Paul.

Sep 1, 2017, 4:37pm Top

Happy Birthday Paul.

Sep 1, 2017, 5:52pm Top

>58 karenmarie: Thank you Karen. Mojo is a bit better; relationship tough but still sort of clinging on.

>59 Deern: Thanks Nathalie. I do want this thread to be a happy one with good news imparted rather than the doom and gloom that is becoming associated with me!

Sep 1, 2017, 5:54pm Top

>60 BLBera: Thanks Beth - another spot to see when you visit!

>61 m.belljackson: Why Thanks Marianne - slightly premature even with the time zones playing up but I shall happily blow a candle!

Sep 1, 2017, 5:55pm Top

>62 Deern: Wow Nathalie I am truly spoiled today. xx

>63 jnwelch: Thanks Joe. I don't really have plans yet off the back of the Haj holiday.

Sep 1, 2017, 5:57pm Top

>64 weird_O: Hahaha - well Bill if the missus won't do it then it is left in your capable hands surely.

>65 SuziQoregon: Thanks Juli. The poem was obviously pretty personal. Hani seemed to enjoy it also but did later shred it in a fit of pique! Gladly I transposed it onto the computer!

Sep 1, 2017, 6:00pm Top

>66 mahsdad: Your post put in me mind of the Frank Sinatra song, Jeff. If I am joining you my dear friend then I am truly in good company.

>67 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you Caroline. I do hope that we get that poetry binge together in the London bookshops sooner rather than later.

>68 johnsimpson: Thanks John. Love to both you and Karen.

Sep 1, 2017, 6:54pm Top

Congratulations on completing another journey 'round the sun!

Sep 1, 2017, 7:00pm Top

>74 amanda4242: Thanks Amanda - What was that about if you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen? I have been uncomfortably close to the sun sometimes in the last year.

Sep 1, 2017, 8:18pm Top

Bonne fête, as they say where I grew up. Hope it's a good one, Paul!

Sep 1, 2017, 8:40pm Top

>75 PaulCranswick: Remember the story of Icarus: not too close to the sun, not too close to the waves.

Sep 1, 2017, 8:49pm Top

>76 Familyhistorian: Merci beaucoup, Meg!

>77 amanda4242: I easily get sunstroke, Amanda, and am not the best swimmer in the world although I can swm.

Edited: Sep 1, 2017, 8:57pm Top

^It sounds like it is your special day, Sir Paul! Cheers, my friend.

Sep 1, 2017, 9:04pm Top

>79 msf59: Thanks Buddy. 51 books on the shelf this time.

Sep 1, 2017, 9:36pm Top

SIX OF THE BEST - IRISH NOVELS (Here I suppose one could include those with a clear Irish descent)

1 Ulysses by James Joyce

Admired and hated in almost equal proportion, I love the word wizardry although it is a difficult read without breaks

2 The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin

One of Ireland's finest living novelists for sure

3 The Children of Dynmouth by William Trevor

I could have picked a few of his.

4 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Amazingly his only complete novel. What a cynically wonderful wit he was.

5 Strumpet City by James Plunkett

Great historical fiction on the Dublin lock-out

6 Dracula by Bram Stoker

Just beats out Farrell's "Troubles" in my list.

Sep 1, 2017, 10:50pm Top

Happy Birthday, Paul. I would say that Hani's birthday message to you on Facebook augers well for your continued connubial bliss!

Sep 1, 2017, 10:51pm Top

>82 ronincats: I would like to think so, Roni! She also caught a picture of my none too tidy desk whilst I was catching up on LT this morning.

Sep 1, 2017, 10:54pm Top

Edited: Sep 1, 2017, 10:56pm Top

No doubt there will be a book binge?

Ha, we posted together... are you logging the haul?

Sep 1, 2017, 11:14pm Top

>85 Caroline_McElwee: No haul Caroline. They are read and unread books nicely stacking up.

Sep 1, 2017, 11:24pm Top

Hi Paul and a very happy birthday to you. I hope all your birthday wishes come true. :)

Sep 1, 2017, 11:25pm Top

Happy Birthday, Paul!

Sep 1, 2017, 11:30pm Top

>87 DeltaQueen50: Judy, thank you my dear Guru. Lovely of you to drop by today.

>88 kidzdoc: Thanks Doc. Hani sends her love to you.

Edited: Sep 1, 2017, 11:47pm Top


I agree with some of these but not all:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Man and Wife by Anthony Parsons

Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum

Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Sep 1, 2017, 11:46pm Top

Happy birthday Paul!

No book haul to celebrate? Most unlike you. Will you at least regale us with details of a slap-up celebratory meal?

Sep 1, 2017, 11:48pm Top

Not yet, Nina - but the day is not yet old!

Sep 2, 2017, 12:35am Top

Sep 2, 2017, 4:47am Top

Thanks Kimmers!

Sep 2, 2017, 5:37am Top

Happy Birthday Hope you day is filled with family & ..... ūüďö

Sep 2, 2017, 6:56am Top

>95 roundballnz: I am trying to get them to move a bit so that I can go to the bookshop, Alex! Thanks for the good wishes mate.

Edited: Sep 2, 2017, 7:43am Top

Adding my birthday wishes to the pile! May this be a better year for you as you forge forward!

Sep 2, 2017, 7:17am Top

Happy Birthday, Paul!

Do you know if the complete 1001 list is available anywhere on LT or online?

Sep 2, 2017, 7:27am Top

Happy Birthday, Paul! I hope this year brings continuing financial stability and renewed joy in your marriage.

Plus, of course, many new books.

Sending hugs.

Sep 2, 2017, 7:29am Top

>97 jessibud2: A few Amens to that Shelly, thank you.

>98 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita. It is available in the zeitgeist section under awards I think. I will find it online and send you the link.

Sep 2, 2017, 7:30am Top

>99 karenmarie: What a welcome threesome, Karen! Have to say that the love and support of my friends is most crucial to me at the moment.

Sep 2, 2017, 7:38am Top

For Anita and anyone else I suppose.

The 1001 Lists - this includes three editions


Sep 2, 2017, 8:07am Top

Happy new thread, Paul - Happy September as well!
Your topper is awesome! Somthing about the jutting rocks make it look primeval to me. Just love it!

Sep 2, 2017, 8:51am Top

Happy Birthday, Paul- have a great day!

Sep 2, 2017, 10:29am Top

Happy Birthday, Paul and many happy returns. Your desk is eerily similar to mine...

Sep 2, 2017, 11:21am Top

Happy Birthday, Paul. May all your wishes come true.

Sep 2, 2017, 11:34am Top

Happiest of Birthdays to you, Paul!!

Sep 2, 2017, 12:25pm Top

>103 Carmenere: Lynda - probably not the only thing primeval about South Yorks!

>104 torontoc: Lovely to see you here Cyrel, thank you.

Edited: Sep 2, 2017, 12:27pm Top

>105 BLBera: I suppose it comes with the group to be, erm, blessed by having desks a little like ours!

>106 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara - hugs are always received with pleasure

>107 scaifea: Thank you Amber, dear.

Sep 2, 2017, 12:37pm Top

A small book haul that Hani added for my birthday:

How I Became North Korean by Krys Lee

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

Danube by Claudio Magris

Sep 2, 2017, 12:52pm Top

I shan't be remiss: Happy Birthday, Paul. All the best to you and yours. I mean THE BEST. Everybody loves YOU, man.

Tomorrow is my wife's birthday. She'll be...well, a year older.

Sep 2, 2017, 3:23pm Top

Happy Birthday, Paul.

Best wishes to you and Hani for better days ahead.

Sep 2, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Happy Birthday Paul!! Glad to see you got your requisite books :) I hope you had a lovely day, and enjoyed fun, food, and family!

Sep 2, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Happy Birthday Paul!!

Sep 2, 2017, 4:52pm Top

Happy birthday, Paul xx

Sep 2, 2017, 6:51pm Top

Hi, Paul - Happy happy birthday! Have a wonderful birthday weekend!

Sep 2, 2017, 7:05pm Top

>111 weird_O: Best wishes to the Better Half too, Bill. It is comforting in the bosom of the group.

>112 tymfos: Thank you Terri. Half steps with Hani and I - we had a good evening together so let us see whether we can capitalise on that.

Sep 2, 2017, 7:07pm Top

>113 LovingLit: Thanks Megan. Four books is really the limit of what I felt I could push Hani to yesterday! She did offer to let me keep adding but I could sense that it may lose me some Brownie points later!

>114 SuziQoregon: Thanks Juli. Lovely as always to see you in these parts.

Sep 2, 2017, 7:09pm Top

>115 DianaNL: Nice surprise to see you posting Diana. Are you busy watching the Vuelta. I would be pleased for Froome if he can pull of the very difficult Le Tour / Vuelta double.

>116 Storeetllr: Thanks Mary. We are going down to Johor Bahru this morning as it is a long weekend over here.

Sep 2, 2017, 7:51pm Top

I hope your Birthday was amazing, Paul. Very sweet words from Hani on FB and some books, too. I'd say things are looking up for you. I sure hope so.

Sep 2, 2017, 9:07pm Top

>120 Donna828: We are getting there in incremental steps, Donna. There is a lot of water under the bridge with Hani and I and we are both looking for a raft that will help us traverse to less choppy waters.

Sep 2, 2017, 10:51pm Top

Happy Birthday Paul - enjoy your weekend.

Sep 2, 2017, 10:55pm Top

Happy Birthday +1 here, Paul! Hope your new year is more satisfying and less traumatic on every front - it's time!
I'm looking at your Best Irish list and wondering whether you read Niall Williams's History of the Rain and if so, why it didn't make your list. Admittedly, I haven't read all your nominees, but I found *Rain* extraordinary.

Sep 2, 2017, 10:58pm Top

>122 avatiakh: Thank you, Kerry. I have almost finished my first September book and am about to get myself a new niece as my sister is on the cusp of giving birth in the UK.

>123 LizzieD: I haven't read it Peggy, but I do own it and will now certainly get to it soon!

Edited: Aug 13, 7:19pm Top


1 Troubles by JG Farrell (1970) Lost Booker
2 Holiday by Stanley Middleton (1974)
3 Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1975)
4 Saville by David Storey (1976)
5 Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald (1979)
6 Rites of Passage by William Golding (1980)
7 Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (1981)
8 Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally (1982)
9 Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (1984)
10 The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis (1986)
11 Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (1987)
12 Possession by AS Byatt (1990)
13 Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth (1992)
14 Last Orders by Graham Swift (1996)
15 The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997)
16 Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (1998)
17 Disgrace by JM Coetzee (1999)
18 True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (2001)
19 The Sea by John Banville (2005)
20 The Gathering by Anne Enright (2007)
21 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009)
22 The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2011)
23 Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantell
24 A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
25 The Sellout by Paul Beatty
26 The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
27 The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
28 Something to Answer For by PH Newby

Touchstones playing up

Sep 3, 2017, 9:28am Top

>102 PaulCranswick: Thank you very much, Paul.
I spend last evening putting together a list of 1001 books that are availble in Dutch translation :-)

Sep 3, 2017, 11:24am Top

Happy belated birthday wishes, Paul. Wishing you a better year to come!

I'm enjoying your lists of bests, providing me with lots of good choices for future reading, so thanks.

Sep 3, 2017, 1:32pm Top

Howdy Paul! Happy belated birthday. I got to spend mine riding out Hurricane Harvey at the hospital. Thankfully, my family and home are just fine. Unfortunately, there are many, including many coworkers who cannot say the same.

Take care

Sep 3, 2017, 3:26pm Top

Hi Paul - a late Happy Birthday from the land of smoke and fire!

Another list from LT of the 1319 books to read:


I'm not doing too well, knocking out 1001 titles this year (my goal was 25; I'm sadly behind in all my reading).

Sep 3, 2017, 4:21pm Top

>69 PaulCranswick: I get it. It's why I hardly post to my own thread anymore. "Still housebound. Still horrendously poor and struggling. Still depressed. Still rereading books for comfort. Blah blah blah boring boring blah blah blah." I mean, I was in the hospital four times last year with severe depression. Who wants to read that? Ugh.

At least you have some good times and forward movement to talk about. Or your kids. Or books. :D


I'm so sorry you and Hani are struggling. It hurts my heart. If you ever need an ear or shoulder, just send me a PM. Love ya, guy. I'm glad you had a good birthday. Any birthday with books is good!

Sep 3, 2017, 4:58pm Top

>126 FAMeulstee: Pleased to be of help, Anita. It has been the cause of so many lists for me too!

>127 EllaTim: I do have a few more Six of the Best lists up my sleeve, Ella.

Sep 3, 2017, 5:01pm Top

>128 luvamystery65: Relieved to see you safe and posting Ro. It seems to me that these tropical storms are getting progressively worse every time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all Americans affected by Hurricane Harvey.

>129 streamsong: Ha, Janet - I am usually the water!
The fact of there now being 1,319 books is exactly why I am merely concentrating upon the first edition of the 1001 Books.

Sep 3, 2017, 5:07pm Top

Happy belated birthday. I'm behind on threads as usual. Hope yours was great. Congrats on the book hauls.

Sep 3, 2017, 5:10pm Top

>130 Morphidae: I am not sure Morphy but sometimes I think it helps me a little to put things out there knowing that I have friends here who care. I am much happier giving positive news and I have always tended towards a glass half full attitude but I am struggling for much of the time these days to see the sun behind all those grey clouds.

If you have been one thing during all the time I have gotten to know you on LT, then boring most definitely is NOT it. I can't think of too many more in the group who are held in such general esteem and care as you are and I do worry about you and Mr. Morphy unduly when you don't post for a while.

I do often need a shoulder, my dear lady, part of our difficulties are my own stupid doing and part of it is the difficulties of coping with stress, getting older, kids growing up, money problems and losing touch with each other. It is a very bitter pill for me to swallow to realise that my wife is terribly lonely and that both of us - despite our clowns faces and obvious love for each other - are desperately unhappy. To be quite honest I am heartbroken to be on the cusp of being sent away from the love of my life.

Sep 3, 2017, 5:10pm Top

>133 thornton37814: Thanks Lori. xx Hope you catch up as I have been trying to too.

Sep 3, 2017, 8:41pm Top

I agree with you that the tropical storms are getting worse. Science can prove they are getting worse as the oceans and air warm up. That said, Americans are building homes and businesses in places were they shouldn't - like plainly mapped and known flood plaines. Worse yet, they are covering hundreds of acres a day with asphalt and cement. Water that falls out of the sky has to go somewhere and it is going to run faster and farther and stay longer than ever as more and more development takes places in area where it shouldn't.

Cities like Houston need more green spaces and need to work to preserve marshlands and grassy open spaces. Home owners need to do things like create lawns that absorb water instead of shedding it. Small conservation by everybody can make a difference, but so few people are doing that, and cities in the American South are notoriously slow to create regulations that require homeowners and developers to do some of these small conservation measures or enforce zoning laws that are already in place.

Sep 3, 2017, 9:11pm Top

>136 benitastrnad: As a young man I joined an organisation called Friends of the Earth - a sort of Green Party - in the UK at the time and much time was spent on how the little things added together can make a difference in lieu of the grand gestures.

Flood plains are being misused throughout the world but particularly in the over developed so-called first world and the ramifications of this are manifest already. It is probably too late but it would be nice if more efforts in conservation were made.

Edited: Sep 3, 2017, 9:14pm Top

>136 benitastrnad: - There was a program on the radio this morning that I listened to and the guest was from The Netherlands, and he was talking about exactly this, Benita. The need to work WITH the water and not against it, in the way we build and plan our living spaces. It makes so much sense but sadly, that is precisely why it isn't likely to happen here (in North America)

Sep 3, 2017, 10:24pm Top

>138 jessibud2: Believe me Shelley, it isn't just North America. The world is not listening.

Sep 3, 2017, 11:35pm Top

Stopping by to wish you a belated Happy Birthday, Paul.

Sep 4, 2017, 4:24am Top

>140 kac522: Thank you, my dear. xx

Sep 4, 2017, 4:30am Top

>118 PaulCranswick: keep adding
I love it how you side step the "buying" part ;)

>139 PaulCranswick: The world is not listening.
Hear hear. I mean, sheesh! How many signs and signals do we need!!??

Sep 4, 2017, 5:24am Top

>142 LovingLit: To be fair to me, Hani bought those last few.

I dread to think what is needful to make everyone really wake-up.

Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 5:29am Top

>143 PaulCranswick: the trouble is, anything can be explained away if you try hard enough. A great book on the topic is Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand. Reading that was incredible, and now when I hear (Republicans) talking about "Climate Alarmists", I can see right through them!!

Did you know my sister is on LT now, Paul? the link to her inaugural thread is on my thread- I hear you get the biggest prize ribbon EVER for being the first non-relative to drop by ;)

Sep 4, 2017, 5:54am Top

>144 LovingLit: Too right it can. Climate alarmism is probably the most understated thing imaginable!

I will certainly go and try and be amongst the first to visit your sister in her new den!

Sep 4, 2017, 6:07am Top

I had a bit of a rant near the end of my last thread, about the climate change issue. I recently saw the newest documentary film by Al Gore, called An Inconvenient Sequel. This man had it right when he first started ringing the alarm bells and he still has it right. And he is doing something about it, though goodness knows, it's (pardon the bad pun) merely a drop in the bucket. It will take world leaders to understand, too, before real change can happen, and sadly, one in particular, seems to be pretty thick-headed so far...

Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 6:24am Top

Sep 4, 2017, 6:34am Top

>146 jessibud2: Gore was one of the first serious senior politicians to bang the conservation drum wasn't he, Shelley?

>147 LovingLit: Wow, that is some ribbon!

Sep 4, 2017, 7:03am Top

>148 PaulCranswick: - I think he was one of the first, but I honestly see that he is able to do far more now, out of politics, and through education, than he ever could while in office.

Sep 4, 2017, 7:05am Top

>149 jessibud2: Which is a sad indictment of politics don't you think?

Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 7:14am Top

Started The Brothers Karamazov last night in JB and read the first Book which basically introduces the brothers and their lovely father.

Edited: Sep 6, 2017, 9:07pm Top

Currently reading:

And here it gets a bit complicated

Sep 4, 2017, 7:36am Top

Hi, Paul! Good luck with The Brothers Karamazov. I have never read it. If I didn't have such a heavy workload, I would have joined you.

How is Kafka coming?

Sep 4, 2017, 7:42am Top

>152 PaulCranswick: I like Kafka, Mark but I have hit a little trough whilst polishing off the latest (for me) Camilleri.

Would have liked to have seen you with Karamazov.

Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 8:07am Top

British Author Challenge Thread for September is up: http://www.librarything.com/topic/268716

I have selected a book from each year of the new millennium (up to end 2016) for you to choose from a couple of which I have read already.

Sep 4, 2017, 8:21am Top


Also a little slow getting this one up too (sorry guys).

Lori Lansens and Steven Galloway

Sep 4, 2017, 8:24am Top

Hi Paul!

Hugs from central NC, USA all the way to Malaysia.

>152 PaulCranswick: An ambitious group of books. Good luck.

Sep 4, 2017, 8:26am Top


Paul Stalder is a lovely man from Switzerland for those of you not properly acquainted with him. He is a peaceful, spiritual person (who collects book additions even more avidly than his namesake) and he is going through a very tough time at the moment as his dear wife Suki is having a real battle with the dreaded Big C.

I would be most grateful if some of my friends, who may not have realised his current sadness, could stop by with virtual hugs for our friend.

Sep 4, 2017, 8:28am Top

>157 karenmarie: Hi Karen. North Carolina is fine I am sure and Malaysia greets y'all back.

I hope to report first completed September books shortly!

Sep 4, 2017, 8:54am Top

>152 PaulCranswick: That's some heavy reading there, Paul! Glad you threw in some Camilleri to break it up a bit!

Sep 4, 2017, 8:58am Top

>152 PaulCranswick: I plan to mix things up a bit this month, Chelle, let's see.

Sep 4, 2017, 9:02am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: Very interesting list, Paul. And the first of your nation surveys where I feel sufficiently competent to comment. (Well, I suppose I could've entered the US discussion, but I feel like my tastes are too eccentric there.)

Anyway, I'd want to toss Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds and Samuel Beckett's Molloy in there ahead of anything else on the list - including Ulysses (okay, I guess I'm pretty eccentric here, too). Among Ireland's modernist trinity. O'Brien seemed to me to understand Ireland better than Joyce, and Beckett best understood the century.

Right on for William Trevor, and as you say, there're are a number of his jockeying for position. I'd want to opt also for Country Girls (Edna O'Brien) and maybe The Informer (Liam O'Flaherty) or Sean O'Faolin's And Again?. I don't know the Toibin or Plunkett you chose, so maybe in place of the 19th century picks?

Sep 4, 2017, 9:03am Top

I'm late I'm late I'm late! Happy Belated Birthday Paul!

Birthday wishes and hopings for not just you but for all our LT buddies who are struggling this year.

Sep 4, 2017, 9:19am Top

>162 majleavy: Though I have them on the shelves, Michael, O'Brien and Beckett remain on my unread pile. I must address that very soon. I considered Country Girls and The Woman who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle as alternative picks to Dracula but I do like that old novel.

>163 BekkaJo: What a nice wish, Bekka. I don't wish to share around my heap of troubles but remembering others in the group with far more pressing concerns than I is the spirit of this group exactly.

Sep 4, 2017, 1:33pm Top

>151 PaulCranswick: 'bloody 'ell' I thought, he's steaming ahead, thinking book one was half the volume, then I looked... hahaha. Not that it's a race you understand. I managed 10 pages last night, but will get started properly this week.

Sep 4, 2017, 2:17pm Top

>152 PaulCranswick:

Well, that's a cheerful bunch of books!

Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 3:44pm Top

It is a national holiday here in the U.S. so I went to the Used Book store and went on a book buying binge. I purchased nine books.

Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones
Nastchez Burning by Greg Isles
Lovers at the Chameleon Club by Francine Prose
Trackers by Deon Meyers
Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
Rockefellers: An American Dynasty by Peter Collier
Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Isles
Island at the Center of the World by Russsell Shorto

Sep 4, 2017, 4:03pm Top

>167 benitastrnad: oooh, nice haul.

Sep 4, 2017, 4:59pm Top

>165 Caroline_McElwee: I didn't want to embarrass myself to say that I was 34 pages into the book, Caroline!

>166 m.belljackson: It is a pretty mixed bag, I guess, Marianne.

Sep 4, 2017, 5:01pm Top

>167 benitastrnad: Happy Labor Day, Benita (and all my American buddies). I love Deon Meyer and I seem to recall that it was you who first got me onto him?

>168 Caroline_McElwee: Indeed.

Sep 4, 2017, 5:47pm Top

Hi Paul, I'm enjoying A nest of vipers at the moment, Montalbano never fails to hit the mark.

Sep 4, 2017, 6:32pm Top

Happy belated birthday, Paul!

Sep 4, 2017, 8:22pm Top

>171 avatiakh: I am reading the one immediately before it and, yes, he hasn't failed me yet in 20 books.

>172 banjo123: Rhonda dear. Thank you.

Sep 4, 2017, 10:01pm Top

>151 PaulCranswick: >165 Caroline_McElwee: Yoiks! I'm only on page one. I guess I better get reading.

Sep 4, 2017, 10:06pm Top

>174 weird_O: It is a start though all the same!

Sep 4, 2017, 11:43pm Top

>152 PaulCranswick: LOL! It was complicated enough with the Dostoevsky!!! And I presume you are being sarcastic with the lovely father bit?

Thanks for the heads up re: the first Paul...

Sep 4, 2017, 11:55pm Top

>176 LovingLit: Yep a little bit of sarcasm rarely goes amiss. Karamazov senior is a pretty poor excuse for a father.

Sep 4, 2017, 11:56pm Top

Russian novels don't generally do the happy families bit :)
Which reminds me, have you read Secondhand Time yet? Wow, that had some talking points!!!

Sep 5, 2017, 12:19am Top

>178 LovingLit: I haven't read it Megan, but I did "enjoy" (if that is the right word for such a depressing book) her Voices from Chernobyl.

Sep 5, 2017, 1:26am Top

I read the Bros. K. way back in my undergrad days and spent too much time going over and over the Grand Inquisitor chapter. (Just you wait.) I look forward to your thoughts.

Sep 5, 2017, 1:57am Top

>179 PaulCranswick: exactly. I can't say I enjoyed Secondhand Time, but there was SO MUCH in it to think on. In fact, when I was reading it I was thinking to *make* one of my supervisors to read it. He teaches a wellbeing class, and I reckon there was so much in that book about what exactly it is that promotes wellbeing- and I can tel you now, it ain't buying shit! (apart from books :)).
It seemed that a lot of Soviet folk were happy as Larry when they had a common purpose. It gets one thinking!

Sep 5, 2017, 2:35am Top

Paul--I read the Brothers K back in college--it's a good one!

>180 swynn: The Grand Inquisitor!! ooooooooh... shiver.

Sep 5, 2017, 11:00am Top

Waving hello.

I haven't done well with the challenges this year, but I do have the Longbourn audio from the library, so I'll make it this month, at least. I'll check in over on the BAC thread.

Sep 5, 2017, 3:22pm Top

Wow.... I love that thread topper pic! Looks like I am late with Happy Birthday wishes. Hope you had a great day!

Sep 5, 2017, 3:57pm Top

Goodness, I almost missed this thread. Belated happy birthday!

Sep 5, 2017, 4:05pm Top

>180 swynn: Stephen, it will clearly take me the month to work steadily through this huge tale but I am sure that it will be a rich and rewarding read.

>181 LovingLit: Thought provoking and Alexievich certainly seem to go together like peaches and cream, Megan.

Sep 5, 2017, 4:07pm Top

>182 Berly: I picked his other grand epic, Crime and Punishment, to read in college, Kimmers. Dostoevsky is always able to make an impact.

>183 streamsong: Nice to see you Janet! I have done terribly too with the challenges and, since I am administrator for two of them the BAC and CAC, I have double reason to hang my head in shame.

Sep 5, 2017, 4:08pm Top

>184 lkernagh: Belated wishes are just as nice Lori as it seems to extend your birthday somewhat!

>185 foggidawn: Thank you Foggy. xx

Sep 5, 2017, 4:20pm Top

The so-called Grand Inquisitor chapter was pretty much my downfall last year when I tackled the Bros. It put me to sleep again and again. I was very tempted to skip over it. Later learned it's pivotal. I do think that I have to rescan the chapters leading up to the GI, then read it closely from that point on.

Sep 5, 2017, 4:43pm Top

>189 weird_O: Yikes Bill, you never told me that this is your second attempt at it!

Sep 5, 2017, 6:00pm Top


I turn my back for *one second* and nearly miss an entire thread!


Anyway, pretty brave to try Murakami and Dostoevsky all at once. Seems just a wee bit difficult to me.

Thanks for the 1001 link! I lost my records for that one.
*sobs quietly*

I hope this year of your life finds you resolving your difficulties in the best possible way. Much love and many hugs to you

Sep 5, 2017, 6:45pm Top

>191 bohemima: This thread is chugging along quite nicely, Gail, to be honest.

Hani will probably be going to the UK shortly for an extended spell and that can give us some time to see how we can get along in our own space and how much we miss each other.

Sep 5, 2017, 8:05pm Top

THE BROTHERS K by David James Duncan is A LOT more fun!

and deep enough...

Sep 5, 2017, 9:11pm Top

>193 m.belljackson: Maybe that one later then Marianne as a commitment is a commitment!

Sep 6, 2017, 12:03am Top

<192 Paul--Wishing you and Hani the very best and trust that you will miss each other horribly. (That's kind of lack a backhanded compliment.) Hugs.

And as far the reading and falling behind on the challenges...even if you can't keep up right now, the gift you give to so many by setting up the threads is invaluable. Thank you!!

Sep 6, 2017, 12:08am Top

Falling behind. Again.

>148 PaulCranswick: Don't worry; your current president assures us that climate change is just Fake News, people.


Sep 6, 2017, 8:25am Top

Hi Paul!

I hope being apart gives you both some rest and time for introspection and perspective. I hope that you miss each other too.

Hugs from central NC USA to Malaysia.

Sep 6, 2017, 9:13am Top

>195 Berly: Thanks Kimmers. We are sometimes dreadful together but I know both of us would miss each other terribly.

>196 humouress: Tootrue. I sure am glad that he is not my President either!

>197 karenmarie: Are you safely out of the path of the hurricane, Karen? Take care my dear. xx

Sep 6, 2017, 9:31am Top

>186 PaulCranswick: I'm really not far along, but at the moment I'm wondering whether I will get far, I'm not big on buffoon's....

Sep 6, 2017, 10:06am Top

>192 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, I hope Hani's stay in the UK will ultimately bring you both back together.
Is she going to visit Yasmine?

Sep 6, 2017, 11:33am Top

>199 Caroline_McElwee: I have been on Kafka today chewing up a few more chapters, but I will finish The Brothers K this month despite also not being a huge fan of buffoons!

>200 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita. She will indeed be spending time with Yasmyne in Edinburgh although she has plans to go on a small trip somewhere - possibly Croatia, with a friend of hers.

Sep 6, 2017, 12:10pm Top

Hello, Paul! I hope all is well with you.

>159 PaulCranswick: Judge Savage looks interesting. I check into it further. I tried The Eyre Affair once a while back, but, like Terry Pratchett, I just don't get it. :-)

Sep 6, 2017, 12:10pm Top

Hiya, Paul.

The new Montalbano, A Nest of Vipers, is another good one. I was saying that this translator (Stephen Sartarelli) belongs in the Hall of Fame.

I've read Brothers Karamasov twice, and might go for a third some day. There's an awful lot to chew on in there.

Sep 6, 2017, 12:41pm Top

>202 brodiew2: I only got Pratchett at the second attempt, Brodie. I have had Judge Savage on the shelves for ages now and I really ought to get to it soon.

>203 jnwelch: You are right, Joe, about the brilliance of Sartarelli. He is a wonderfully gifted translator.

I suppose I can get that. I read Ulysses in my youth and can well imagine giving it another go one day.

Sep 6, 2017, 12:52pm Top

>192 PaulCranswick: Hope you and Hani both miss each other like crazy.

Sep 6, 2017, 1:19pm Top

I'm still savoring the first page of those Karamazovs, Paul. Engrossed in The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a recent Man Booker winner. Aussie POWs being sacrificed by the Japanese in their effort to build a railroad from the Malayan Peninsula to Burma. Grim grim grim. Probably complete it tomorrow. Then on to page two; I hear it's thought-provoking. :-)

Sep 6, 2017, 6:23pm Top

>205 SuziQoregon: We will, Juli. We will.

>206 weird_O: Pages 3 to 34 are also pretty good Bill!

Edited: Sep 6, 2017, 9:49pm Top


A Voice in the Night by Andrea Camilleri

Date of Publication : 2012
Pages : 278
Around the World in 80 Books : #25 - Italy
September Series and Sequels

Instalment number 20 in this excellent series featuring the Sicilian rebellious detective Salvo Montalbano.

In this one kidnapping, robbery, blackmail, the Mafia, crooked politicians and, of course, murder go towards making this a particularly enjoyable outing for my favourite Inspector.


Edited: Sep 16, 2017, 11:50pm Top


Country 25 of 80 - ITALY

Italy Factfile

Area : 116,347 sq miles
Population : 60,599,936
President/Prime Minister : Sergio Matterella / Paolo Gentiloni
Capital City : Rome
Largest City : Rome
Currency : Euro
GDP Nominal : $1,850 trillion (8th)
GDP Per Capita : $36,833
National Languages : Italian
Median Age : 45.1
Life Expectancy : 82.2
Percentage Using Internet : 61.3%

Its a Fact : In 2007, a dog named Rocco discovered a truffle in Tuscany that weighed 3.3 pounds. It sold at auction for $333,000 (USD), a world record for a truffle.

Sources : Various but mainly wikipedia and CIA world fact book

Sep 7, 2017, 6:16am Top


Tough one for me as italian food is absolutely my favourite but I'll plump for Lasagna al Forno

Edited: Sep 7, 2017, 6:19am Top


Monica Bellucci

No surprise Italy via Rome had such an Empire!

Sep 7, 2017, 6:22am Top


Giulio Berruti

Italian actor

Sep 7, 2017, 7:14am Top

Yummy, all around! Thanks, Paul, and good morning

Sep 7, 2017, 9:11am Top

Hi Paul!

>198 PaulCranswick: We don't know yet about the hurricane. The most recent National Hurricane Center "forecast cone" has it coming ashore at the border of GA and SC, and coming through NC somewhere, but don't know where in NC yet. Daughter lives in Wilmington but would come home if it's projected to come close to her. We can probably ride out anything here in central NC unless it stayed a Cat 4 or 5. Thanks for asking! It's very worrisome. We also have cousins in Florida, who are staying. I'm not sure I would stay. I think I'd evacuate.

>212 PaulCranswick: I think he's totally yummy.

Sep 7, 2017, 9:31am Top

#213 Seconded!

Sep 7, 2017, 9:53am Top

>208 PaulCranswick: Glad to see that you are still enjoying the Inspector Montalbano series!

>212 PaulCranswick: YUMMY!!

Sep 7, 2017, 10:14am Top

>213 jessibud2: Shelley, the most yummy for me is definitely the lasagne!

>214 karenmarie: I am keeping you very much in my thoughts at the moment. I have one friend here from Jacksonville who is on his way back to evacuate his family. The lovely airport I visited there earlier in the year has been very badly damaged, I hear.

Sep 7, 2017, 10:15am Top

>215 BekkaJo: A successful actor as well apparently.

>216 ChelleBearss: They are always good for me, Chelle. You know exactly what you are going to get with them.

Sep 7, 2017, 1:19pm Top

I listened to the first two or three of the Montalbano series. I should get back to that.

Sep 7, 2017, 3:23pm Top

Hmm, somewhere I have the first ten Montalbano books. Maybe I should take a couple to Sicily with me next month.

>199 Caroline_McElwee: >201 PaulCranswick: doing better with Karamazov, though it's not weekend away material, so I'll put it aside until next week.

How's the mouth, by the way, Paul. Are you fully recovered on that front?

I hope Hani enjoys her visit, and it helps you both going forward.

Sep 7, 2017, 4:53pm Top

>219 SuziQoregon: I would have thought that the right narrator could make quite something of Montalbano and his cast.

>220 Caroline_McElwee: Sicily would be just right to read the Camilleri books, Caroline. He makes the gangsterism and raw charm of the place attractive!

Sep 8, 2017, 2:55pm Top

Hi Paul. It appears I missed your birthday so Happy Belated Birthday. It sounds as if things are better for you and I hope that is the case. My daughter lives in Florida and shame on me I have had so much going on I have not spoken to her lately. I have to call her tonight and find out what she is going to do. She runs two halfway houses there so it is a tough situation for evacuation.
I enjoyed your poem on the top of this thread. It reminded me of Stephen Dunn with your use of the language as a landscape of the heart. Lovely!
The weather here is already getting cooler. I was having great success with my legs. Swelling was really under control They looked and felt great. Then BOOM out of the blue the right leg swelled up to maximum capacity and of course it came at the same time that my friend's daughter moved back into her house with her delightful 5 year old son Connor and my hubby and I had to move a whole roomful of our belongings to accommodate them. I was not really up for the task but it's done and I can get back to work on my crafts. I'm feeling pretty enthusiastic about getting my life together. I'm working with my husband on plans (literally) blueprints for a big addition for a friend of his mom's. Her husband has been struck down with dementia and requires a special home environment to make life easier for both of them. We are hoping this will be the windfall that will get us out on our own again. Fingers crossed!
Love to you and yours! Keep reading!

Sep 8, 2017, 8:30pm Top

>222 mmignano11: I always love getting your posts, Mary Beth!
Thanks for the belated wishes but 51 is not one to overly celebrate!
The idea of the poem had been in my mind for a while - the idea that our relationships are etched into us physically and do provide a landscape for our memories. Hani and I have been having troubles and still are but there is simply such much shared between us over 21 years of, mainly joyful, union that moving on would be very very difficult.
I am worried by the catalogue of natural disasters that seem to be piling up especially to North/Central America and the Carib. Seems God's wrath to a bungling electorate knows no bounds!
Pleased to see that you and your husband are enthused and busy and I will wish you all the very best of everything always. Hope your legs will be fine.

Sep 9, 2017, 6:40am Top

Happy Weekend, Paul. Hope you can enjoy some R & R. I am currently reading Swing Time. It is moving along fine but Booker worthy? I don't see it.
This is only my second Smith. I really liked White Teeth.

Sep 9, 2017, 8:03am Top

Happy weekend, Paul, has Hani left yet?
At the moment I am struggling a bit with my own demons, so I am not very active at the threads.

Sep 9, 2017, 9:33am Top

>224 msf59: I have it on the stacks too Mark but I don't reckon I will read the Bookers this year before the winner is picked.

>225 FAMeulstee: No not yet, Anita. Maybe the back end of the week ahead.

Sep 9, 2017, 10:13am Top

Hi Paul!

Thinking about you and Hani and your children. Sending love and hugs as johnsimpson would say!

Sep 9, 2017, 10:15am Top

>227 karenmarie: It's funny Karen because I posted on your thread simultaneous to your post on mine!

Good fellow that John Simpson - love and hugs are both needed and welcome. xx

Sep 9, 2017, 10:27am Top

Yup, just saw it! *smile*

Sep 9, 2017, 10:58am Top

Doing well today. Some good reading and my soccer club are in the promotion positions. Unbeaten so far this season 7 games in (5 wins and 2 draws) they are winning 3-0 at half-time. Leeds United finally coming back to the big time!? MOT as Leeds fans everywhere say (Marching On Together).

Sep 9, 2017, 2:43pm Top

Well, Paul, while watching Rafael win tomorrow, si? non?

you could further amuse yourself with an offbeat perspective
on life and love:
Swami Pranayomama's How to Not Give a F--- in Ten Easy Steps.

Title is not a winner, yet advice is mostly upbeat and welcome.

Sep 9, 2017, 9:22pm Top

>231 m.belljackson: Sometimes I do think that I would be better off caring less but it would make me a completely different person.
I do think Rafa will win tomorrow but Anderson has the advantage of that dominating service which may not be easily broken. It has been a funny year in tennis with Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka and Nishikori all injured and often playing injured, but this has given the opportunity for tennis fans to appreciate Federer and Nadal again.

Sep 10, 2017, 1:31am Top

Happy Sunday!! Spent today at the office. Hoping for a half day tomorrow. Then I will be back on track. The women's US Open final match was less than dramatic, but I am encouraged by the all US semi-finals and the promise it holds for future US finishes.

Sep 10, 2017, 8:13am Top

Hi Paul!

I'm glad to hear that you're doing well - reading and fav sports teams winning are always a boost.

I watched the women's final and it was anti-climactic. The semis were much more interesting, but Sloan Stevens surely did deserve to win. She played well. I don't know if Madison Keys' taped thigh was significant or if she was just having an off day - didn't watch any of the stuff after they came to net after and hugged.

I'd like to see Anderson beat Rafa just because ... well, Rafa... but even if I didn't have to compete for the TV with husband and gridiron (North American) football, I'd have to leave before the end to go to book club to discuss Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

I hope the coming week treats you well.

Sep 10, 2017, 9:03am Top

Morning Paul! (Or evening for you?) Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Sep 10, 2017, 1:54pm Top

>233 Berly: I went to site at my condominium project this morning to take a look at things when they are relatively quiet. We have a problem with eccentricities on one of the pile caps which we need to resolve by tomorrow and which resulted in our application for payment being reduced somewhat this month.

>234 karenmarie: I don't think that the tennis this time in New York has been stellar. Too much of the male cast is missing and the ladies have no-one playing consistently enough either. Stephens certainly deserved to win and it bodes well for the future of American tennis for sure. I would like to see Anderson win too but I don't think Rafa will lose.

Sep 10, 2017, 7:46pm Top

>235 ChelleBearss: It wasn't too bad, Chelle. Hani and I went to see American Made yesterday which I thought was pretty good. Tom Cruise is not an absolute favourite but some of his films are really well done.

>236 PaulCranswick: Well I was right Marianne - Nadal coasted it.

Sep 10, 2017, 8:32pm Top


In order to be a series I have considered that we should have at least three books (a trilogy at least). This excludes the I, Claudius books and Wolf Hall which were at two books each and would otherwise be included.

1. Eleanor of Aquitaine Series/Trilogy by SHARON PENMAN

Read the first one and some say her Welsh princes series is even better.

2. The Poldark Series by WINSTON GRAHAM

I don't think that there will be much dissension with that pick

3. The Uhtred Series by BERNARD CORNWELL

His Sharpe books are much loved but these are better.

4. The Conqueror / Khan Series by CONN IGGULDEN

These are fascinating books with tremendous narrative

5. The Hannibal series /trilogy by ROSS LECKIE

Not so well read but I remember gobbling up this series

6. The John Russell series by DAVID DOWNING

Closer in time but gets the atmosphere just right of Berlin before and during the last war.

Sep 10, 2017, 8:48pm Top

>236 PaulCranswick: Hope you got the work situation figured out at the site. I refuse to see Tom Cruise anymore. The man annoys me so much I can't get lost in the character he is supposed to play. And oftentimes he doesn't even look like the character he is supposed to portray.

Nadal looked darn good, have to admit.

Sep 10, 2017, 9:00pm Top

>240 Berly: Cruise and Reacher is the thing that irritates the most.

Nadal was just too good for poor Anderson.

Work will be ok, fingers crossed.

Sep 10, 2017, 9:54pm Top

>239 PaulCranswick: I really enjoyed the David Downing series

Have you tried Ken Follet's two historical series The Century Trilogy or the Kingsbridge Series? I loved them both and the Kingsbridge series has the third book being released in a couple days

Sep 10, 2017, 10:01pm Top

>242 ChelleBearss: No I haven't read any of them Chelle so I couldn't really include the series. I have heard that it is good though.

Sep 11, 2017, 6:06am Top

I am reading an extra two books at the moment :

Listening to Van Morrison by Greil Marcus


S. by Slavenka Drakulic

Both are interesting in their own way. The latter is extremely powerful and one of the 1001 books

Sep 11, 2017, 6:19am Top

>239 PaulCranswick: I wish I could give some input on your selection, but I'm afraid I haven't read a single one of the series you listed (including I, Claudius and Wolf Hall). I know, it's terrible of me, but I haven't really been in a historical fiction-mood for a long time. I have greatly enjoyed the Poldark TV series, though.

Sep 11, 2017, 7:23am Top

>239 PaulCranswick: Thanks for the list again, Paul. I generally like historical fiction, but I haven't read any of these too.

And now I wonder, how would you rate I, Claudius or Wolf Hall, would they have made it to your selection? I'm asking because I loved the tv-series I Claudius, and couldn't get through Wolf Hall, when I tried to read it.

Sep 11, 2017, 8:00am Top

The Bernard Cornwell books look quite my type.

Sep 11, 2017, 8:42am Top

Nadal was just too good for poor Anderson. Agreed. I wish Federer had made it through. I'm happy for Nadal, but that wasn't ever a close match.

I love Cornwell's Sharpe books, and enjoyed the Saxon books and that Agincourt one.

Sep 11, 2017, 10:07am Top

>236 PaulCranswick:

Coasting?!? when balls are coming at you at Hurricane speed of 130 mph!

Sep 11, 2017, 10:21am Top

>244 PaulCranswick: I hope you'll comment more on S as you go along, Paul. I gave up on that one and purged it from my library as I had no inclination to try it again. I've not known of anyone else who read it or tried to, so I'm very interested in your reaction.

Sep 11, 2017, 10:55am Top

Nope. Not one of my favorite genres--historical fiction--I mostly take a pass. But have fun with those. ; )

Sep 11, 2017, 10:59am Top

Historical fiction has been in a slump in the last few years. The only works of historical fiction to be best-sellers have been Diana Gabeldon's Outlander series - that is classed as fantasy and Jeffrey Archer. I am sure that series of this type will come back around in popularity in the future, but right now it is a genre that is definitely in a slump.

Suzanne also loved the Uhtred series by Bernard Cornwell. Several of my game playing buddies (a group of women of a certain age who get together once a month to play games and talk) loved, loved, loved the TV series. Or maybe they loved the hunk who played Uhtred?

Sep 11, 2017, 6:25pm Top

Hi Paul!

I loved the Poldark series and have read all twelve. I do admit that the last several were not quite slogs, but definitely less lively.

I've read the first of the Jack McColl series by David Downing and have the second one on my shelves, but hadn't even heard of the John Russell series. I prefer reading about WWI over WWII.

Have you read any of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? I see some of them in your library. The first several are a tad raunchy, not off-putting to me but perhaps to others; all are well-researched and informative.

Sep 11, 2017, 7:48pm Top

>245 PawsforThought: I remember, Paws, as a small boy watching Poldark and The Onedin Line with my mother and developing a love for historical storytelling that has never really left me.

>246 EllaTim: Yes they would make my list, Ella. I, Claudius is certainly one of my favourite novels full stop.

>247 The_Hibernator: Cornwell doesn't do purple prose, Rachel, but he always drags you straight into a story.

Sep 11, 2017, 7:53pm Top

>248 jnwelch: I don't think it devalues Nadal's achievement, Joe, that Federer fell by the wayside and that 4 of the world's top 6 were missing injured - he can only beat what is in front of him and he did that splendidly.

Having had a day to think about it I should probably have included the Flashman books by George MacDonald Fraser. Have you read any of those as they are truly great fun?

>249 m.belljackson: Yes, Marianne, that sure is some service that Anderson has. From Roscoe Tanner to Karlovic to John Isner though it is definitely not enough with which to win a Grand Slam.

Sep 11, 2017, 7:54pm Top

Hmm, I loved David Downing " Station " series, but the rest I've not read. Happy Belated Birthday, Paul

Sep 11, 2017, 7:58pm Top

>250 laytonwoman3rd: To be honest, Linda, I am finding it compelling so far. Visceral certainly but compelling. I can hardly conceive of the terrible reality which is visited in that fiction. It is scary to consider that the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and all the dreadful things that accompanied that is a mere 25 years ago.

>251 Berly: It is funny Beth in that history either grabs or not. Reminds me of the Irish parent who went to the school to complain that the history lessons were unfair because they were teaching his child about things that had happened before she was even born!

Sep 11, 2017, 8:01pm Top

>252 benitastrnad: We live and we learn Benita. I didn't know that the Uhtred series was now on TV!
I wasn't aware that the genre was in a slump either but you may well be right.

>253 karenmarie: I have read the first three, Karen, and will read number four very soon.
I haven't read the Outlander books although I do have the first on the shelves unless I am very much mistaken.

Sep 11, 2017, 8:02pm Top

>256 vancouverdeb: Almost missed you there, Deb!

I think I recall that you enjoyed the Station series by Downing. xx

Sep 11, 2017, 9:08pm Top


Rather than series which I cover in >239 PaulCranswick: above:

1 I, Claudius by Robert Graves

2 A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel

3 Morality Play by Barry Unsworth

4 The Sunne in Splendour by Karen Penman

5 The Far Pavilions by MM Kaye

6 The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Sep 12, 2017, 2:36am Top

>254 PaulCranswick: There's been another TV series of Poldark before the current one? I had no idea.

Edited: Sep 12, 2017, 4:40am Top

>262 PaulCranswick: Indeed there has, Paws. It was perhaps not as slick as the present one but I loved it nonetheless.

This is the first episode of the original series


Sep 12, 2017, 6:02am Top

>260 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul, looks like a great list. A series of BB's for me:)

Sep 12, 2017, 6:39am Top

>262 PaulCranswick: Interesting. I can't watch the clip right now but I'll have a look at it later.

Sep 12, 2017, 6:47am Top


Which are presently my favourite books published every year during my lifetime?

Present thoughts based on what I have read.

1966 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
1967 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1968 Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
1969 The Hired Man by Melvyn Bragg
1970 Troubles by J.G. Farrell
1971 Adolf Hitler : My Part in his Downfall by Spike Milligan
1972 To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield
1973 The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
1974 The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge
1975 Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
1976 Saville by David Storey
1977 Falconer by John Cheever
1978 Rumours of Rain by Andre Brink
1979 The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
1980 Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
1981 Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
1982 If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi
1983 Shame by Salman Rushdie
1984 Les Noces Barbares by Yann Queffelec
1985 Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
1986 The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
1987 The Colour of Blood by Brian Moore
1988 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
1989 A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
1990 The Innocent by Ian McEwan
1991 The Redundancy of Courage by Timothy Mo
1992 A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
1993 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
1994 Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
1995 A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
1996 Last Orders by Graham Swift
1997 In the Memory of the Forest by Charles T. Powers
1998 The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
1999 Plainsong by Kent Haruf
2000 White Teeth by Zadie Smith
2001 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
2002 Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
2003 The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M.G. Vassanji
2004 Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
2005 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2006 Half of a Yellow Sun by Chamamanda Ngozi Adichie
2007 The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
2008 Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
2009 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2010 Room by Emma Donoghue
2011 Snowdrops by AD Miller
2012 The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
2013 The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
2014 A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
2015 The Dictator's Last Night by Yasmina Khadra
2016 The North Water by Ian McGuire

Sep 12, 2017, 6:49am Top

>264 PawsforThought: The "clip" is the whole first episode, Paws!

Sep 12, 2017, 6:50am Top

>266 PaulCranswick: Yes, I figured, but it's on Youtube so I call it a clip!

Sep 12, 2017, 7:35am Top

Goodness. I haven't read any of those. *sigh*

Sep 12, 2017, 9:58am Top

>265 PaulCranswick: What a great idea.
I hope it is no copyright violation if I pick it up for myself.
Looking over it briefly, I think that one or two books might appear on my list too.
Out for listing...

Sep 12, 2017, 10:07am Top

>265 PaulCranswick: Ooh, I love the idea of a favorite book for every year of one's life. I may do that myself! I suspect that some years it will be tricky to narrow it down to just one book!

Sep 12, 2017, 10:12am Top

>255 PaulCranswick: Jeez, I haven't thought about the Flashman books in a while, Paul. Yes, I read a couple when I was younger, and had a lot of fun with them. I wonder how they are on a revisit?

Sep 12, 2017, 10:12am Top

I have read 4 from your list but will admit that there are a handful that I have started but never got through and abandoned

Sep 12, 2017, 10:16am Top

>265 PaulCranswick: Great list Paul. I've read a few and heard of a few more but a lot are new to me. Troubles and Wolf Hall were particular favourites and you've reminded me that I still haven't read A Place of Greater Safety.

>269 SirThomas:, >270 foggidawn: I sense a list meme!

Sep 12, 2017, 10:19am Top

Love the Years of My Life List, Paul.


Sep 12, 2017, 10:34am Top

>267 PawsforThought: Oh, I see Paws. I don't use YouTube that often really so I wouldn't know the difference between a clip or a clop. xx

>268 scaifea: Wow, you do surprise me, Amber.

12 of the books are by Americans
6 by Canadians (that is counting Moore and Donoghue both as Canadian)
1 Colombian
1 Russian
1 Czech
1 South African
1 French
1 Spanish
1 Australian
1 Malaysian
1 Nigerian
1 Indian
1 Italian
1 Algerian
1 Jamaican
19 British

Sep 12, 2017, 10:42am Top

269 Would be very interested to see your list too dear fellow! No copyright infringement in fact alternative lists more than encouraged.

>270 foggidawn: I had just that problem, Foggy. Three books in particular; The Sunne in Splendour which lost out in 1982 to If Not Now, When?; Peter Carey's brilliant Jack Maggs which was just shaded by the excellent In the Memory of the Forest in 1998 and Mister Pip (another Great Expectations linked novel like Carey's) couldn't beat The Gift of Rain about wartime Malaysia.

Sep 12, 2017, 10:43am Top

>265 PaulCranswick: I've only read 8 off your list. Oddly enough one that I have read is was published on my birth year (81)

>260 PaulCranswick: Glad to see that you liked The Orenda. I love Joseph Boyden's books and I would like to read this one as well. It's sitting on my shelves, very sadly waiting for it's turn.

Sep 12, 2017, 10:44am Top

>271 jnwelch: They are great fun Joe. What a cowardly scoundrel he is in the books and how joyfully he goes about celebrating it!

>272 jessibud2: Of course not everyone's list can be the same, Shelley. I think my reading is fairly mainstream - if a little Anglophile.

Sep 12, 2017, 10:48am Top

>273 souloftherose: I need to read Beyond Black by Mantel which I have heard is good and The Siege of Krishnapur by Farrell. Glad you liked the idea, Heather. Yours would make interesting reading, I am sure.

>274 bohemima: Thanks Gail. I thought with me having those 50 years - it was a nice round number to go at.

>277 ChelleBearss: Eight looks like a big number just now, Chelle!
The Orenda would be one of my absolute favourites of the last few years.

Sep 12, 2017, 3:27pm Top

>260 PaulCranswick: Glad to see M M Kaye make an appearance on the list. I loved her stuff when I read it "way back when." I agree the book you selected was my favorite of hers.

Sep 12, 2017, 3:30pm Top

Hi Paul!

What an interesting list! I've now spent two hours on mine and am only up to 1988. Plus I need to fill in with other sources. Sigh.

Sep 12, 2017, 3:41pm Top

>280 thornton37814: She almost made the 50 years list too, Lori as it was a toss up between The Far Pavilions and Rumours of Rain.

>281 karenmarie: I am sure that I must have forgotten the odd book that I ought to have included but the beauty of these lists is that they can be changed almost daily!

Sep 13, 2017, 2:51am Top

>275 PaulCranswick: Half the stuff I watch is on YouTube (British shows that don't air over here, generally). And I don't think it's an official term, but just something I say.

Sep 13, 2017, 8:11pm Top

>283 PawsforThought: Paws, I really ought to use YouTube more as there is a veritable wealth of stuff on there, I suppose.

Sep 16, 2017, 8:06pm Top

>262 PaulCranswick: The original Poldark!

Sep 16, 2017, 8:46pm Top

>285 luvamystery65: Its still has its charm Ro. I haven't seen much of the new version but I do know that the latest Poldark is more yearned for than his predecessor ever was!

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